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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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Japan donates 8 mobile drainage pumps to PH

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, January 21st, 2019

A power generation sets with tower lights

MANILA, Philippines – The government of Japan donated eight mobile drainage pumps and 17 power generation sets with tower lights to the Philippines as part of its commitment to help improve the country’s disaster response capabilities.

The equipment worth P51.21 million in total was donated through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said the donated equipment will be of big help in flood-prone areas.

The eight drainage equipment are in addition to the eight units earlier donated by Japan in 2014.

“Kumpleto na. Makakapaglagay kami sa lahat ng regions across the country. So next time, kapag may baha ulit, at least meron na kaming mobile na pumping station na pwede naming ipadala.” Villar said.

The truck-mount type submersible package complete with generator set has a drainage capacity of 7.5 cubic meters per minute.

With the new equipment, the DPWH expects that flood water in Metro Manila will be easily and speedily drained eventually prevent major flooding in the city. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Jennica Cruz)

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North Korea deemed ‘extraordinary threat’ in Trump missile defense review

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 18th, 2019

US President Donald Trump speaking in Arlington, Virgina, United States on January 17, 2019 | Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled a revamped U.S. missile defense strategy on Thursday (January 17) that singles out North Korea as an ongoing and “extraordinary threat,” seven months after he declared the threat posed by Pyongyang had been eliminated.

The Missile Defense Review is a sweeping examination of efforts to shield the United States from enemy missiles. It highlights concerns about advancing capabilities by North Korea, Iran, Russia and China.

“While a possible new avenue to peace now exists with North Korea, it continues to pose an extraordinary threat and the United States must remain vigilant,” the report said.

For Trump, who is trying to revive efforts to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear arsenal, the report’s release came at an awkward moment. A senior North Korean envoy was headed for Washington on Thursday for expected talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a possible encounter with Trump, a person familiar with the matter said.

Their talks, as well as a potential meeting with the president, could lead to an announcement of plans for a second U.S.-North Korea summit, the source told Reuters.

The Missile Defense Review recommended studying experimental technologies, including prospects for space-based weaponry that might be able to shoot down enemy missiles, a throwback to Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” initiative in the 1980s.

It also called for investments in space-based sensors that can better detect and track incoming missiles, and perhaps counter super-fast hypersonic technology, an area in which China has made major advances.

U.S. military officials have said U.S. missile defenses are primarily designed to counter attacks from countries with more limited arsenals, like North Korea, which U.S. intelligence officials believe is still advancing its nuclear program despite a halt to missile launches last year.

Pentagon officials contend that U.S. missiles defenses are too few to be able to counter a first-strike on the U.S. homeland by a major nuclear power like Russia or China. Washington hopes those countries will instead be deterred from attacks by America’s nuclear arsenal. — Reuters

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Mixed waste shipment returns to South Korea

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2019

Containers of mixed waste materials shipped from South Korea to the Philippines
Containers of mixed waste materials shipped from South Korea to the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – The initial 51 containers of mixed waste materials were already shipped back to Pyeongtaek City in South Korea on Sunday (January 13) after it was deferred from its original schedule on January 9.

Members of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) facilitated the return of the shipments which arrived in the country in October 2018 via Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

According to Mindanao International Container Terminal (MICT) port collector John Simon, the containers are expected to arrive South Korea between January 19 and 20.

Meanwhile, the BOC targets to finish at the soonest possible time the return of the remaining trash shipment which were dumped at Barangay Sta. Cruz in the town of Tagoloan.

“Ibinigay na natin ang re-exportation documents. They are now obligated to send it back to South Korea,” Simon said.

“Ito ang pinakamabilis na proseso sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas after 15 days. The last time that we talked with the Korean government, it was the 28th of December. So 15 days after, wala na. Tanggal na dito,” he further noted.

However, the Ecowaste Coaltion argued that the issue must not end with the return of the trash shipment to South Korea.

The group stressed that the investigation should push through to find out how the said garbage shipments entered the country so that authorities can eventually pin those responsible for the it.

According to Aileen Lucero, the group’s national coordinator, it is also high time to revise the law and totally ban the importation of waste materials.

“Ang isang magandang magiging epekto nyan, kung meron tayong ban ng import ng waste yung sa atin na basura yun na ang ire-recycle at sabi nga tataas ang employment,” Lucero said.

The UNTV News and Rescue team, meanwhile, sought the side of the shipment’s consignee Verde Soko.

However, the staff present on site refused to grant media interview. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Raymond Octubre)

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