North Korea ambassador walks out ahead of Trump’s U.N. speech
admin • September 20, 2017 • 4750
North Korea ambassador to the United Nations, Ja Song Nam, left the room before US President Donald Trump arrived to speak at the UN General Assembly.
The North Korean mission to the U.N. admitted it “boycotted” the speech, leaving only a junior diplomat as a representative in the assembly chambers.
Ja is the permanent North Korean representative to the U.N., beginning his service on February 28, 2014.
The ambassador has been outspoken about the U.S. Military presence in South Korea. He wrote a letter on March 6 to the British U.N. Ambassador, saying “the situation on the Korean peninsula is again inching to the brink of a nuclear war” due to U.S.- South Korea military drills, Reuters reported.
Meanwhile, Trump seemed to be unfazed by the walk out. Loud murmurs filled the green-marbled U.N. General Assembly hall when he issued his sternest warning yet to North Korea, threatening it with an “unthinkable loss of human life” by pursuing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully, this will not be necessary.
In his first appearance at the annual gathering of world leaders, the president used a 41-minute speech to take aim also at Iran’s nuclear ambitions and regional influence, Venezuela’s collapsing democracy and the threat of Islamist extremists. — Reuters
MANILA, Philippines – Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Friday expressed his department’s intention to acquire helicopters from South Korea.
In a statement, Lorenzana said the DND is looking to acquire South Korean UH-1H and MD500 helicopters.
He, however, said the acquisition project is still in the “exploratory stage.”
Its details, including the timeline and quantity of the assets to be acquired, have yet to be finalized, he added.
In a congratulatory letter to newly-appointed Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Suh Wook, Lorenzana also bared DND’s plan to conduct a Joint Visual Inspection (JVI) in the fourth quarter of 2020.
The team will be composed of representatives from the DND and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Lorenzana assured that the JVI will be conducted following strict biosafety protocols amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
United States President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Trump confirmed their health situation on his twitter account where he also announced they will immediately begin a quarantine and recovery process.
The president’s physician in a statement said the president and the first lady are both well at this time but did not confirm if the two are experiencing symptoms. He added that the first couple will remain in isolation at the White House. AAC
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