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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘US an Insolent Brigand’: North Korean Official claims

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘US an Insolent Brigand’: North Korean Official claims

Pyongyang was in fact pushed down the path of creating its own nuclear stockpile by the US hostility and constant “nuclear blackmailing,” Minister of Foreign Economic Relations and head of the North Korea delegation Kim Young-jae told reporters on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum claimed.

“To eradicate the hostile moves and nuclear blackmail on part of the US, which have been ongoing for over a decade, we’ve chosen the path of nuclear armament, and the recent hydrogen bomb to arm the ICBMs is a step to achieve the goal of … modernizing the state nuclear armed forces,” Kim Young-jae added.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Ready to Develop Ties With Both Koreas: Vladimir Putin Says

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Ready to Develop Ties With Both Koreas: Vladimir Putin Says

Russia is ready to develop ties with both Koreas, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday having met his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in at the EEF on Tuesday. The trilateral projects might include “piping Russian gas to Korea, and integration of the electric grids and railway systems of Russia, South and North Korea,” Putin stated.

“Implementation of the initiatives will not only have economic benefits, but will also contribute to strengthening trust and stability in the Korean Peninsula,” Putin stressed.

“It is obvious that the Korean Peninsula’s problems cannot be solved only with sanctions and pressure. One should not give in to emotion and drive North Korea into a corner.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Sanctions Doubts Grow as North Korea Warns of ‘Gift Packages’ for United States

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Sanctions Doubts Grow as North Korea Warns of ‘Gift Packages’ for United States

Sanctions have done little to stop North Korea boosting its nuclear and missile capacity as it faces off with U.S. President Donald Trump who has vowed to stop Pyongyang from being able to hit the mainland United States with a nuclear weapon.

Han Tae Song, ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva said, “The U.S. will receive more ‘gift packages’ from my country as long as its relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK.”

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Monday accused North Korean leader Kim Jong Un of “begging for war” with a series of nuclear bomb and missile tests. She urged the 15-member Security Council to impose the “strongest possible” sanctions to deter him and shut down his trading partners.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin: North Korea Sanctions ‘Useless’ and ‘Ineffective’

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin: North Korea Sanctions ‘Useless’ and ‘Ineffective’

On Sunday, Donald Trump tweeted that the US was considering stopping all trade with countries that do business with North Korea, prompting a stern response from China.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Monday any such move would be unfair and unacceptable but added on Tuesday that the use of military force to resolve issues on the Korean peninsula was never an option.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang ‘Moving Missile Towards West Coast’

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang ‘Moving Missile Towards West Coast’

North Korea alarmed the region with its most powerful test to date on Sundayof what it claimedwas a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted on to a long-range missile.

The US responded by saying that North Korea leader Kim Jong Un was “begging for war”.

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INDIA POLITICS: Modi Re-Allocated Portfolios to His Council of Ministers

INDIA POLITICS: Modi Re-Allocated Portfolios to His Council of Ministers

“I congratulate all those who have taken oath today. Their experience and wisdom will add immense value to the council of ministers,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said before leaving for China to attend a summit of the BRICS group of countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Nirmala Sitharaman, who was promoted from being a junior trade minister, becomes the first female defence minister since Indira Gandhi was in charge of the department when she was prime minister 35 years ago.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Two-Stage Hydrogen Bomb Possible ‘Game Changer’ for North Korea

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Two-Stage Hydrogen Bomb Possible ‘Game Changer’ for North Korea

“That scale is to the level where anyone can say (it is) a hydrogen bomb test,” said Kune Y. Suh, a nuclear engineering professor at Seoul National University.

“North Korea has effectively established itself as a nuclear state. This is not just a game changer, it’s a game over,” Suh said.

Lassina Zerbo, executive secretary of nuclear test ban watchdog CTBTO, said: “The physics of the event that we’re talking about today seems to indicate a much larger event than the one from 2016 and before.”

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing’s Anger at West to Overshadow Tougher Action on North Korea

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing’s Anger at West to Overshadow Tougher Action on North Korea

Over the past week, China’s foreign ministry has repeatedly hit back at calls from Western countries and Japan for China for to do more to rein in North Korea, saying that pushing for dialogue was an equally integral part of the U.N. resolutions, and that escalating sanctions alone had been evidently ineffective.

“On the one hand, sanctions have continued to be put in place via resolutions and on the other hand North Korea’s nuclear and missile launch process is still continuing,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said last week.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Successfully Tested Advanced H-Bomb

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Successfully Tested Advanced H-Bomb

North Korea said in an announcement on state television that a hydrogen bomb test ordered by leader Kim Jong Un was a “perfect success” and a “meaningful” step in completing the country’s nuclear weapons programmes.

“All components of the H-bomb were homemade and all the processes … were put on the Juche basis, thus enabling the country to produce powerful nuclear weapons as many as it wants,” KCNA quoted Kim Jong Un In as saying.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Hands Note of Protest to US Over Plans to Search Trade Mission

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Hands Note of Protest to US Over Plans to Search Trade Mission

Moscow last month ordered the United States to cut its diplomatic and technical staff in Russia by more than half, to 455 people to match the number of Russian diplomats in the United States, after Congress overwhelmingly approved new sanctions against Russia.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Break ‘Worsening Cycle of Violence’ in Rakhine: United Nations Expert

MYANMAR POLITICS: Break ‘Worsening Cycle of Violence’ in Rakhine: United Nations Expert

“I am saddened to receive reports that, while the authorities are helping Rakhine and other communities living in affected townships evacuate to safer locations, this assistance is not being extended to the Rohingya Muslims,” Special Rapporteur said.

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INDIA POLITICS: End of Border Standoff With China Satisfies India, But It Will Not Lower its Guard

INDIA POLITICS: End of Border Standoff With China Satisfies India, But It Will Not Lower its Guard

For India, the lesson is that even though the standoff has been resolved, future flare-ups cannot be ruled out.

“The problem is essentially the aggressive stance that China has adopted on all territorial matters with all countries and here the manner in which it has tried to alter the status quo on the ground by building this road, which we have stopped,” said Jayadeva Ranade, a former China specialist at the Indian government’s National Security Advisory Board. He warned that they might repeat Doklam next year or try something else.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: United Nations Condemns North Korea Missile Launch, Pyongyang Remains Defiant

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: United Nations Condemns North Korea Missile Launch, Pyongyang Remains Defiant

China’s and Russia’s ambassadors to the United Nations said they opposed any unilateral sanctions on North Korea and reiterated calls to halt deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea.

“I certainly hope that we’ll be able to have a strong resolution following up this … statement,” Japan’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Koro Bessho, told reporters after the meeting.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘Overwhelming Force’: South Korea Conducts Bombing Drill in Response to North Korea Missile Test

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘Overwhelming Force’: South Korea Conducts Bombing Drill in Response to North Korea Missile Test

South Korean president Moon Jae-in’s chief press secretary, Yoon Young-chan, said the bombing drill was ordered immediately after the National Security Council meeting convened to discuss possible counter measures Seoul could take against Pyongyang’s ballistic missile provocation.

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INDIA POLITICS: Indian Military Withdrawal From Himalayas Border Region Pleases China

INDIA POLITICS: Indian Military Withdrawal From Himalayas Border Region Pleases China

“I am pleased to confirm that trespassing Indian personnel have all pulled back to the Indian side … [and] Chinese troops continue to patrol on the Chinese side of the border,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

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INDIA POLITICS: Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav Share Platform at Lalu Prasad’s Mega Rally

INDIA POLITICS: Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav Share Platform at Lalu Prasad’s Mega Rally

Rebel Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav, who is staring at expulsion from the party for defying orders of not to attend the rally, was greeted warmly by Prasad who embraced him on the dais. Yadav was accompanied by suspended JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar.

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THAILAND POLITICS: Yingluck Shinawatra Flees to Dubai: Puea Thai Party Senior Members Says

THAILAND POLITICS: Yingluck Shinawatra Flees to Dubai: Puea Thai Party Senior Members Says

“We heard that she went to Cambodia and then Singapore from where she flew to Dubai. She has arrived safely and is there now,” said a senior member of the Puea Thai Party who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Thailand’s former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra pleaded innocent to the charges against her and said she was the victim of political persecution.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Hackers Feel the Heat as Trump Seeks Warmer Russia Ties

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Hackers Feel the Heat as Trump Seeks Warmer Russia Ties

The increase to a record level shows that although President Donald Trump is trying to improve relations with Moscow, the United States has not shied away from pursuing Russians suspected of cyber crime.

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CAMBODIA POLITICS: 103-Year-Old Hong Inh Cambodian Becomes US Citizen

CAMBODIA POLITICS: 103-Year-Old Hong Inh Cambodian Becomes US Citizen

Hong Inh was the oldest of more than 10,000 people who took the oath of allegiance in a cavernous room at the downtown Convention Center in Los Angeles.

“She says she’s so excited and happy,” said her granddaughter, Siv Taing, 40, of Orange.

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CAMBODIA POLITICS: Hun Sen Attacks American’s Interests

CAMBODIA POLITICS: Hun Sen Attacks American’s Interests

Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge guerrilla who is now one of China’s closest allies, has ratched up steps against the United States this year from ending joint military exercises to demanding forgiveness of war-era debt from the 1970s.

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