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Trump says meeting with DPRK’s Kim may be postponed

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

 

FILE PHOTO: (L-R) American President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (via REUTERS)

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his scheduled meeting with the top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un may be postponed.

It may not work out for June 12, Trump told reporters at the White House together with visiting President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Moon Jae-in, referring to the date of his planned meeting with Kim.

If it doesn’t happen now maybe it will happen at another time, he added.

However, Moon released a different message on the same day, saying that he will make every effort to help bring about the summit as scheduled, and contribute to permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that the United States is still preparing for the summit and will take all measures to make it successful.

The United States will provide economic aid for the DPRK if it gives up its nuclear program, he added.

Trump stressed that the United States will guarantee the safety of the DPRK leaders if it abandons its nuclear weapons.

When asked about his attitude towards unification of the Korean Peninsula, he said that he will not oppose it when the time is ripe.

The DPRK warned last week that it would have to reconsider whether to attend the summit in Singapore if the United States only wants to press the DPRK to abandon its nuclear arsenal.

Pyongyang suspended inter-Korean talks last Wednesday to protest a large-scale U.S.-ROK air drill and urged the ROK to stop its joint military drills with the United States. — Reuters

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Koreas’ first ladies visit Pyongyang children’s hospital, music university

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

North Korea’s First Lady Ri Sol Ju (Left) and South Korea’s First Lady Kim Jung-sook (Right) | REUTERS

South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook visited a children’s hospital and music university with her North Korean counterpart Ri Sol Ju in Pyongyang on Tuesday (September 18), a tour that took place on the sidelines their husbands’ inter-Korean summit.

Ri accompanied Kim’s visit to the Okryu Children’s Hospital and the Kim Won Gyun University of Music, while North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in were holding their meeting in the headquarters of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

South Korea’s music producer Kim Hyung-suk, singer Ailee and boy band member Zico from Block B joined the first ladies’ tour to the hospital and music college.

The footage provided by the Pyongyang Press Corps showed Kim greeting the hospital workers with Ri before watching an orchestra performance at the university.

On Wednesday (September 19), Kim is scheduled to visit the Mangyongdae School Children’s Palace, an educational institution for art, music, and sports for young talent. It is unknown Ri will be accompanying Kim for the second day of the state visit. — Reuters

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Trump on Florence: ‘We are ready’

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Satellite imagery showing eye of Hurricane Florence | NASA via REUTERS

 

U.S. President Donald Trump said the federal government “is ready” as fears about Hurricane Florence spread south on Wednesday (September 12), with Georgia declaring a state of emergency after officials in the Carolinas urged people to evacuate the coast ahead of the storm’s expected pounding winds and rain-driven floods.

Florence weakened slightly to a Category 3 storm on a five-step scale but had maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour (201 km per hour) as of 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT), down from 130 mph earlier in the day. Its trajectory showed its center most likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina by late Thursday or early Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Updated NHC forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast of the Carolinas, carrying days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from South Carolina to Virginia. Parts of North Carolina could get 40 inches (1 meter) of rain. — Reuters

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Duterte blames Trump’s import tariffs for inflation in PH

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 10th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte via PCOO; U.S. President Donald Trump via Reuters

From 5.7 percent in the month of July, the inflation rate in the country increased to 6.4 percent in August 2018.

This is the highest inflation rate reported by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in nine years.

President Rodrigo Duterte blames the policies of US President Donald Trump for the high inflation rate in the Philippines.

The Chief Executive first mentioned this during his meeting with the Filipino community in Jordan.  He said the inflation in the country is directly affected by the tariffs imposed by Trump administration on imported goods from its trading partners.

“Who started it? The United States of America. When USA increased the price of rice, everything increased. We can do nothing about it. It’s the economy,” he said.

The United States has imposed a series of tariffs on products coming from various trading partners such as the European Union, Canada, Mexico and especially China.

These tariffs have angered trading partners and implemented retaliatory tariffs on US goods.

Meanwhile, Duterte alleged that the opposition is using the issue of inflation against his administration.

This is after reports surfaced that an oust Duterte movement is allegedly being organized for October 2018.

“They are feeding on that eh, rice, tapos itong inflation. Iyon ‘yung ginagamit nila in preparation for this October. Maybe this October,I can… I’ll have to talk to the military and the police,” Duterte said. — Rosalie Coz

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