WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Donald Trump has a door open for talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but is still waiting for action on denuclearisation, his top security advisor said Monday (Sept 10). "We're still waiting for them. The possibility of another meeting between the two presidents obviously exists," said White House National Security Advisor John Bolton. "But President Trump can't make the North Koreans walk through the door he's holding open. They are the ones that have to take the steps to denuclearise. And that's what we are waiting for." Bolton said in a speech to the Federalist Society that in their Singapore meeting in June, Kim committed to getting rid of his nuclear weapons, and later agreed with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that it could be done in one year. "If they would denuclearise, as they committed to do in Singapore, they could have a very different kind of life in North Korea," Bolton said. On Friday (Sept 7), Trump said he was expecting a … [Read more...] about John Bolton: US still waiting for action by North Korea’s Kim Jong Un
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Japan has one of the world’s toughest asylum policies. Despite having the third-largest economy, last year the nation accepted only 20 refugees. Strict policies, geography, and history have limited asylum-seekers’ access to Japan, while a general preference for its homogeneous society means citizens have little motivation to push for change. There is no official immigration policy in Japan, which forced much-needed low-skilled labor workers to gain legal residence via the refugee process. The system is overburdened as a result. Japan is facing a demographic time bomb. It’s rapidly shrinking workforce could easily be boosted by thousands of migrant workers and refugees who are not just will, but desperate, for work. Ammunition is one of the best memories Zahir Amini has of his childhood. “I enjoyed playing with bullets,” laughs Amini. “It was a popular … [Read more...] about NO ENTRY: How Japan’s shockingly low refugee intake is shaped by the paradox of isolation, a demographic time bomb, and the fear of North Korea
TOKYO (REUTERS) - The US ambassador to Japan on Tuesday (Apr 10) met the families of people abducted by North Korea decades ago to train its spies, just a week before Japan's Prime Minister is expected to raise the emotive topic at a summit with US President Donald Trump. The issue is a top domestic priority for Premier Shinzo Abe, whose support has been undermined by scandals over suspected cronyism and cover-ups. But Japan worries it could take a back seat to nuclear and missile issues in a series of summits planned with North Korea. North Korea admitted in 2002 that it had kidnapped 13 Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s to train as spies, and five of them returned to Japan. Mr Abe has said he will not rest until all 13 have come home, making the issue a keystone of his political career. In an apparent nod to Japan's concerns, US Ambassador William Hagerty and his wife met abductees' family members, such as Madam Sakie Yokota, whose daughter Megumi was snatched from a beach as a … [Read more...] about US envoy meets families of Japanese abducted by North Korea, ahead of Trump-Abe summit
The growing trade discord between China and the US is fueling concerns that it may hurt efforts to rein in North Korea’s nuclear crisis. On Tuesday, the Trump administration proposed levying 25 percent tariffs on 1,300 Chinese goods, which would add up to about US$50 billion annually. In retaliation, China on Wednesday announced plans to impose its own 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of US exports including aircraft, cars and soybeans. Earlier, China imposed levies on $3 billion worth of US fruits, nuts, pork and wine to protest the Trump administration’s move to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from China last month. The ramped-up trade dispute comes only weeks before US President Donald Trump is set to have a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un before the end of May, which is expected to shape the fate of the Korean Peninsula. Both the US, South Korea’s closest ally, and China, North Korea’s traditional ally, are … [Read more...] about Will US-China trade war hurt efforts to solve North Korea nuclear crisis?
GANGNEUNG, South Korea—They marvelled at her barely-there makeup and her lack of bling. They commented on her plain black outfits and simple purse. They noted the flower-shaped clip that kept her hair back in a no-nonsense style. Here she was, a political princess, but the North Korean “first sister” had none of the hallmarks of power and wealth that Koreans south of the divide have come to expect. In looks-obsessed South Korea, many 20-something women list plastic surgery and brand-name bags as life goals.Most of all, Kim Yo Jong was an enigma. Just like them, but nothing like them. A woman with a sphinx-like smile who gave nothing away during her three-day Olympic-related visit to South Korea as her brother Kim Jong Un’s special envoy. Read more: Heading home from Olympic visit, Mike Pence insists 'no daylight' on North Korea … [Read more...] about South Koreans dazzled by the arrival of the ‘Ivanka Trump’ of North Korea