Dec 092017
Japan edge out North Korea 1-0

TOKYO: North Korea suffered late heartbreak against Japan on Saturday in a 1-0 football defeat played out against the backdrop of heightened political tensions over Pyongyang’s recent missile launches.Yosuke Ideguchi’s deflected winner deep into stoppage time in the East Asian Championship match in Tokyo gave Japan victory against a plucky North Korean side who were arguably more deserving of the three points. South Korea, who like Japan are caught in the middle of an escalating war of words between their communist cousins and Washington, were held 2-2 by China earlier in the tournament opener.Cheered on by around 1,000 vocal North Korea supporters, separated from Japan fans by a section of seating kept empty by organisers, the visitors peppered the Japan goal but paid for a lack of end product. “We were very unlucky tonight,” North Korea coach Jorn Andersen told reporters. “It’s psychologically very hard to take a goal like that in the last minute,” added the former Norway international, whose side registered 11 shots on goal to Japan’s six. Click for detailed story

Nov 042017

HONOLULU, HAWAII: US President Donald Trump headed to Japan on the first stop of his five-nation tour of Asia on Saturday, looking to present a united front with the Japanese against North Korea as tensions run high over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests. Trump, who is on a 12-day trip, is to speak to US and Japanese forces at Yokota air base shortly after arriving in Japan on Sunday and looked to stress the importance of the alliance to regional security. Ballistic missile tests by North Korea and its sixth-largest nuclear test, in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, have exacerbated the most critical international challenge of Trump’s presidency. Trump to top US diplomat: Don’t bother talking to North Korea Aerial drills conducted over South Korea by two US strategic bombers have raised tensions in recent days. In a display of golf diplomacy, Trump is to play a round of golf with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. The two leaders also played together in Florida earlier this year. Trump will also have a state call with the Imperial Family at Akasaka Palace during his visit. Abe and Trump will meet families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea. Joined by his wife Melania on part of the trip, Trump’s tour of Asia is the longest by an American president since George HW Bush in 1992. North Korea says Trump has ‘declared war’ Besides Japan, he will visit South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. Trump departed Hawaii for Japan aboard Air [Read More…]

Sep 242017
In times of war

While addressing the UN General Assembly session, US President Donald Trump has proposed the complete destruction of North Korea. In his zeal to overpower Korea, the president has perhaps ignored the war’s disastrous consequence that will affect the entire world. The war is never a solution for any problem. On the other hand, North Korea should try to settle its disputes in an efficient manner. Obviously the world is shocked over such an irresponsible statement of the American president. Proper steps should be taken to let the world know that the war is not a solution. All countries must work through international organisations to find peaceful solutions. Trump seems to be caught up in asserting his dominance in the world. Being a world leader, it is his responsibility to act wisely and lead the world with his political acumen. The ongoing war in Afghanistan shows the serious consequences of a wrong decision. Millions of civilians including women and children have lost their lives in the ongoing war. And millions have sought refuge in other countries. What has the US gained from these wars? The UN should play its role and take measures to keep the US and North Korea away from war. Javaid Bashir (Lahore) Click for detailed story

Sep 232017

WASHINGTON DC: North Korea said on Saturday that firing its rockets at the US mainland was “inevitable” after US President Donald Trump called Pyongyang’s leader “rocket man”, in a further escalation of rhetoric between the two leaders. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho’s remarks before the United Nations General Assembly came hours after US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers, escorted by fighter jets, flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea, in a show of force the Pentagon said demonstrated the range of military options available to Trump. Pentagon ‘worried Trump was going to declare war on North Korea’ “Through such a prolonged and arduous struggle, now we are finally only a few steps away from the final gate of completion of the state nuclear force,” Ri told the annual gathering of world leaders. “It is only a forlorn hope to consider any chance that the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) would be shaken an inch or change its stance due to the harsher sanctions by the hostile forces,” he said. Trump announced new US sanctions on Thursday that he said allow targeting of companies and institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea. Earlier this month the UN Security Council unanimously adopted its ninth round of sanctions on Pyongyang to counter its nuclear and ballistic missiles programs. Ri, who said Pyongyang’s ultimate goal was to establish a “balance of power with the US”, retorted that Trump himself was on a “suicide mission” after the US [Read More…]

Sep 212017

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader on Thursday lashed out against US President Donald Trump describing the speech he delivered at the UN this week as full of “gangster and cowboy” rhetoric. “The reason behind the foolish, very ugly, insolent and disorderly speech with cowboy and gangster wording… is their anger (and) desperation,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in reference to Trump and the US administration. In remarks to a top clerical body, the Assembly of Experts, carried by his website, Khamenei described Trump and the US administration as “having no brains”. “The US president’s remarks are not a source of pride for the American nation and the elite of that country should feel ashamed of… having such a president,” Khamenei said. At UN, Trump says US may have to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea The Assembly of Experts is a body of elected clerics that oversees the functions of the supreme leader and has constitutional powers to select and even dismiss the leader. Trump delivered a scathing verbal attack against Iran in his maiden speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. The US president referred to the Islamic republic as a “murderous regime” and a “depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos”. He also called the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, including the United States, an “embarrassment” for Washington. Tensions between Tehran and Washington have increased under Trump’s administration. In 2015, Iran reached an agreement with Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the US to curtail [Read More…]

Sep 172017

KUWAIT: Kuwait has ordered North Korea’s ambassador to leave within a month as the Gulf country downgraded diplomatic relations with Pyongyang, a North Korean diplomat in the Gulf region said on Sunday. The UN Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea earlier this month, and the United States called on countries to sever diplomatic and financial ties with it. The diplomat, who asked not to be named, told Reuters the move followed Kuwait’s decision to downgrade the North Korean diplomatic representation to charge d‘affaires level. North Korea launches missile over Japan In August, Kuwaiti authorities started taking measures against North Korea, such as cutting direct flights, after the Security Council imposed earlier sanctions on Pyongyang following missile tests. Kuwait’s announcement comes after US President Trump met with the Gulf state’s ruler in Washington earlier this month. The post Kuwait orders North Korea’s ambassador to leave within a month appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

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