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U.S., South Korea and Japan discuss military drills, North Korea denuclearization

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a bilateral meeting with South Korea’s President Jae-in at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji/Pool

SEOUL, South Korea – The top diplomats from United States, South Korea, and Japan promised on Thursday (June 14) to work together to ensure North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons programme after U.S President Donald Trump’s summit with the North’s leader Kim Jong Un.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono met in Seoul two days after Trump and Kim signed a statement agreeing to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Pompeo insisted that Pyongyang was committed to giving up its nuclear arsenal but said it would “be a process, not an easy one,” while Kono said he expects arrangements to be made for a summit between Japan and North Korea to resolve long-standing issues.- Reuters

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Bodies of South Korean climbers killed in Himalayas are returned home

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Coffins with bodies of climbers who died during expedition | Reuters

The bodies of five South Korean mountaineers who lost their lives climbing the Himalayas were returned to their home country on Wednesday (October 17), with officials attributing the disaster to a “sudden gust of wind.”

The team of nine, including four Nepalese, led by climber Kim Chang-ho, died in Nepal’s worst climbing disaster in two years when the Himalayan peak they were scaling was hit by a storm last week.

Kim had set the record in 2013 for being the fastest to reach the summits of the world’s 14 highest mountains over 8,000 meters (26,250 feet) without using supplemental oxygen.

The team was trying to blaze a new route on the south face of Mount Gurja, Yonhap news agency said, before being found near their base camp about 3,500 meters (11,500 feet) above sea level on the 7,193 meter-high (23,600-foot) peak on Saturday (October 13). — Reuters

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North Korea leader sincere, must be rewarded for move to abandon nuclear weapons: South Korean president

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 15th, 2018

FILE PHOTO – South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk during a luncheon, in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 21, 2018. KCNA via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is sincere and really means to abandon nuclear weapons, South Korean President Moon Jae-in told a French newspaper, adding that the international community needed to reward him for that.

Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump pledged at a landmark summit in Singapore in June to work toward denuclearization. But the agreement was short on specifics and talks have made little headway since, with the North refusing to declare its nuclear weapons and facilities or agree to a concrete timeline.

“This year I have discussed in depth with Kim for hours. These meetings have convinced me that he has taken the strategic decision to abandon his nuclear weapon,” Moon told Le Figaro in an interview before a state visit to Paris.

Moon is to meet President Emmanuel Macron on Monday.

While Pyongyang has stopped nuclear and missile tests this year, it failed to keep its promise to allow international inspections of its dismantling of the Punggye-ri site in May, stirring criticism that the move could be reversed.

But Moon said Kim was “sincere, calm and polite” and “felt frustrated by the international community’s continuing mistrust”.

“It is now time to respond to these efforts that were hard to agree to,” Moon said. “We need to assure Kim Jong Un that he took the right decision in deciding to denuclearize and we need to accompany him in his wish for a durable and solid peace.”

Washington wants concrete action, such as a full disclosure of North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities, before meeting Pyongyang’s demands, including an official end to the Korean war and the easing of international sanctions.

Moon said he hoped another Trump-Kim summit would allow the two leaders to go further than the statements they made at their first meeting in Singapore.

“Declaring an end to the Korea war would be a start to establishing a regime of peace,” he said, also calling for the United States to take “reliable corresponding measures to guarantee the security of the regime”.

“We could also in the future discuss the easing of sanctions, in accordance with progress on denuclearization,” he added.

Reporting by Ingrid Melander; editing by David Stamp

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2 illegal recruiters fall in Cavite entrapment

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Alleged illegal recruiters, Lenie Rose Limos and Maria Corazon Villanueva

Alleged illegal recruiters, Lenie Rose Limos and Maria Corazon Villanueva are now under the custody of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group – Anti Transnational Crime Unit (CIDG-ATCU) after several overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) filed complaints against them.

CIDG-ATCU Chief PSupt. Roque Merdegia, Jr. said the two enticed victims with promises of employment in Japan with a salary of about P70,000-P100,000 as a farm worker.
Limos and Villanueva charged unsuspecting recruits as much as P50,000 – P70,000 for the supposed processing of documents.

Things began to unravel for the duo when it became obvious that they were not sending anyone to Japan, much less produce a plane ticket.

“Noong hindi sila nakaalis, walang ticket na naibigay, marami ng alibi. Nag verify na sila [victims] sa POEA, at it turned out na walang kaukulang lisensya itong mga suspek na ito,” said Merdegia.

He added that on top of the exorbitant processing fee, the suspects charged each victim P9,000 as additional fees for pre-departure orientation seminar and visa.

After receiving the complaints, authorities set up an entrapment operation and eventually arrested the suspects in Imus, Cavite Wednesday afternoon.

Limos and Villanueva will be facing illegal recruitment and estafa charges.

Just a year ago,the  two were arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation for a similar case, but was released when the victims withdrew the charges after receiving compensation from the suspects. — Lea Ylagan.

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