U.S. Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft chairs a UN Security Council meeting on “Non-proliferation/Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” on Wednesday at UN Headquarters in New York. The United States warned North Korea of consequences if it makes good on suggested threats of a missile test in the New Year, while offering flexibility if it stays in talks. [AFP/YONHAP]Washington is ready to be flexible and take “simultaneous” actions in North Korea’s denuclearization process, the top U.S. diplomat to the United Nations told the UN Security Council Wednesday, while warning Pyongyang against further missile provocations. “We have said many times before that we remain ready to engage in this comprehensive process,” said Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, at a Security Council session on North Korean nonproliferation in New York City. “We remain ready to take actions in parallel, and to simultaneously take concrete steps toward … [Read more...] about ‘Flexible’ stance possible: U.S.
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North Korea continues to retain a presence at its nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, according to satellite images published by a U.S. analysis website, fueling speculation of the regime’s continued nuclear ambitions amid signs of an impending missile test this month. 38 North, a North Korea analysis website run by the Washington-based Stimson Center, said in a report on Wednesday that there were signs of personnel and vehicle activity at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Hamgyong Province - the regime’s only known nuclear test site where it conducted numerous nuclear tests between 2006 and 2017.Foot and vehicle tracks in the snow were detected in images captured of the site between Nov. 18 and Saturday, the report said, which validated a similar observation by 38 North from March. The report added, however, that there were “no observable signs of activity around the closed tunnel areas,” referring to the three tunnels that Pyongyang publicly detonated in … [Read more...] about Activity at Punggye-ri continues
BEIJING: A wary China on Friday welcomed the first 2+2 Dialogue between India and the US but remained silent on the landmark security pact under which Indian military will have access to critical and encrypted American defence technologies. The Communications, Compatibility, Security Agreement (COMCASA) was signed on Thursday after the 2+2 talks External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis. The COMCASA will allow India to receive high-end military communications equipment from the US and will also help get real-time encrypted information from the US. Asked about China's reaction on the Indo-US talks and COMCASA agreement, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, "I have seen the reports about the 2+2 consultation between the United States and India." "China is happy to see the normal development of bilateral relations between the US and India and hopes … [Read more...] about China welcomes Indo-US 2+2 talks but declines comment on security pact
Benaulim (Goa):Mario Carvalho pointed to the billboards adorned with images of the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa that line the freshly tarred roads leading to the hotel hosting them tomorrow, then picked out two leaders. "I know Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi, and I know Russian President (Vladimir) Putin," Carvalho, a grocery store owner said. "I don't know the other foreign leaders but Putin - whether you love him or hate him - affects us." Five kilometres away, India's ambassador to Russia, Pankaj Saran, fielded questions on Russia's recent anti-terror exercises with Pakistan, and whether that represents a betrayal from an all-weather friend. "As far as India is concerned, the relationship with Russia is among its most important, and is based on mutual trust and respect," Saran said, before accepting that Modi was likely to articulate India's concerns over the drills to Putin. "I think all matters of interest will be discussed." For India, the 17th … [Read more...] about Goa’s mini-Russia mirrors dilemma