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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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North and South Korea hold talks on sports exchanges

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2018

Head of the North Korean delegation, Ri Son Gwon shakes hands with South Korean counterpart Cho Myoung-gyon as they exchange documents after their meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas. Yonhap via REUTERS

North and South Korea held a meeting at Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone on Monday (June 18) to discuss sports exchanges.

The South Korean delegation, led by the Secretary-General of the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee, Jeon Choong-ryul, and their North Korean counterparts headed by Vice Minister of Physical Culture and Sports, Won Kil U, discussed joint participation in the upcoming 2018 Asian Games and a unification basketball game.

Earlier this month, Seoul’s Unification Minister, Cho Myoung-gyon, held high-level talks with the North and agreed to hold additional meetings on family reunions, military, and sports exchanges.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is a supporter of the so-called ‘Sunshine policy’, a principle from two decades ago that said engagement through dialogue and economic and cultural exchanges would bring about a change in the North and foster peace between the two Koreas. — Reuters

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Two dead in western Japan earthquake

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2018

 

Moment the quake hit Osaka from the TV Osaka offices. Image grabbed from Reuters video

Two people, including a nine-year girl, are believed to be have been killed on Monday (June 18) crushed by falling concrete block walls after a strong earthquake hit western Japan.

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 hit western Japan early in the morning. The epicenter of the earthquake was in the northern part of Osaka Prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, and no tsunami warning was issued.

Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that a nine-year-old girl on her way to school was found unresponsive under a concrete wall that had fallen on her. Another 80-year-old man was also found dead and crushed by a falling wall in a different part of Osaka. Japanese broadcaster showed hundreds of thousands of commuters forced to exit trains and walk along tracks as morning commuting trains were halted.

Kansai Electric Power said no irregularities at any of the nuclear plants in the region after the quake, but there were more than 170,000 households without power in Osaka and neighboring Hyogo Prefecture. — Reuters

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Trump, Trudeau, and Pena Nieto celebrate 2026 World Cup bid win with tweets

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

The United States, Mexico and Canada will jointly host the 2026 World Cup, overwhelmingly winning a vote by soccer’s world governing body on Wednesday (June 13), even though U.S. President Donald Trump has frayed relations with his neighbors and others during his 18 months in office.

Trump, who has called for a wall to be built on the U.S. southern border and paid for by Mexico as part of a tougher immigration policy, just days ago personally criticized Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over a trade dispute.

U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro suggested to reporters on a conference call after Wednesday’s vote at FIFA’s Congress in Moscow that bringing the three countries together was more of a challenge than any Trump effect in overcoming the challenge from the competing bid from Morocco.

The North Americans pledged their tournament would generate an $11 billion profit for FIFA – greater than any previous World Cup finals – a financial shot in the arm for world soccer’s governing body, which has been rocked by a corruption and bribery scandal ensnaring top officials.

Morocco, which has now failed in five bids to host the World Cup, said their tournament would make $5 billion.

Trump praised the outcome on Twitter as the result of “a great deal of hard work.” Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted “We did it!” and Trudeau also took to Twitter to say: “Congratulations to everyone who worked hard on this bid – it’s going to be a great tournament!”

Under Trump, relations between the United States, Canada, and Mexico have plumbed new lows thanks to disputes in the renegotiation of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA, a $1.1 trillion trade pact that ties the three countries’ economies together and which Trump has said should be scrapped.

Although it will be the first World Cup to be hosted by three countries, most matches will be played in the United States. As part of the bid, Trump pledged that those traveling to the United States for the tournament would not be subject to stringent visa restrictions.

Even if Trump were to be elected for a second four-year term in 2020 he would not be president when the World Cup kicks off in 2026. — Reuters

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