U.S., South Korea, Japan condemn North Korean missile firing in joint statement

UNTV News   •   February 17, 2017   •   2713

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) and Korea’s Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se (R) talk before a meeting at the World Conference Center February 16, 2017 in Bonn, Germany. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

The United States, South Korea and Japan issued a joint statement on Thursday condemning North Korea’s test firing of a ballistic missile and saying Pyongyang should face an “even stronger” international response for violating U.N. resolutions.

The statement, which also condemned Pyongyang’s human rights abuses, was released after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, on the sidelines of a meeting of G20 foreign ministers.

“The ministers condemned in the strongest terms North Korea’s February 12, 2017 ballistic missile test, noting North Korea’s flagrant disregard for multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions that expressly prohibit its ballistic missile and nuclear programs,” the statement said.

North Korea on Wednesday rejected a U.N. Security Council statement that denounced its missile launch and said it was exercising a sovereign right to self-defense.

The U.S., South Korean and Japanese ministers agreed to press on with their security cooperation, to defend the global nuclear non-proliferation regime and to respond firmly to any further violations by North Korea.

Tillerson reaffirmed Washington’s “steadfast” commitment to defend Japan and South Korea, “backed by the full range of its nuclear and conventional defense capabilities”.

Tillerson and the other ministers did not respond when asked at the start of their meeting whether the United States would send a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to bolster Japan’s defenses.

The U.S. military is already deploying the Lockheed Martin Corp system and its powerful Raytheon Co radar to South Korea, a move that has greatly angered China.

The three ministers vowed to continue to focus global attention on what they called “the systemic, widespread and gross violations of human rights in North Korea”.

The three allies also agreed to hold consultations in the coming days on the ballistic missile and nuclear challenges posed by North Korea.

The South Korean minister met Tillerson separately before the group session, saying he viewed the discussion as “a good opportunity at this critical juncture”.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Madeline Chambers and Gareth Jones)

Duterte to attend ASEAN-ROK summit in South Korea

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Republic of Korea (ASEAN-ROK) Commemorative Summit in South Korea from November 25 to 27.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed on Sunday (November 10) that the president will be attending the summit in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the dialogue partnership between the regional bloc and South Korea.

“He will push through with the trip,” Panelo said.

President Duterte and South Korean President Moon Jae-In are also expected to have a bilateral meeting to discuss trade and security issues.

The Philippines and South Korea have recently celebrated its 70th bilateral relations.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Japanese firm recalls 1.7M bottles of Craft Boss Tea due to bacillus bacteria

Marje Pelayo   •   November 7, 2019

JAPAN – A Japanese beverage manufacturer has ordered the recall of its tea drink following reports that it causes severe stomachache.

The manufacturer, Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd, has ordered a recall of around 1.7 million 500ml bottles of ‘Craft Boss Tea’ specifically those marked “best before” August 2020, with blue caps and production facility code of ‘/JJ’.

The company admitted that bacillus cereus bacteria were detected in the said batch of tea drink which causes food poisoning and serious infections in humans.

In October, one customer complained that the tea tasted sour.

After laboratory tests and investigation, Suntory Beverage discovered that microbes were present even in other bottles.

Suntory Beverage vowed to refund its customers for every bottle of Craft Boss Tea Drink returned through a gift certificate corresponding their purchase costs. – MNP (with details from Danny Ticzon Jr.)

DFA warns against fake Korean visa assistance services

Marje Pelayo   •   November 1, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Embassy in Seoul, South Korea is reminding Filipinos to be wary of bogus visa processing services directed at irregular migrants.

The embassy added that these fake visa providers usually advertise on Facebook enticing Filipinos who wish to acquire valid visa to be able to apply for a job in South Korea.

“Please note that there is no such service allowed by Korean authorities,” the Embassy said.

“Members of the Filipino Community are encouraged to advise kababayans not to entertain these schemes, nor spread these in social media,” it added.

ADVISORY ON BOGUS KOREAN VISA ASSISTANCE SERVICE The Philippine Embassy in Seoul wishes to remind the Filipino public…

Posted by Philippine Embassy in Korea on Wednesday, 30 October 2019

REACH US

The Philippine Broadcast Hub

UNTV, 915 Barangay Philam,

EDSA, Quezon City M.M. 1104

(+632) 8396-8688 (Tel)

(+632) 8920.8336 (Fax)

info@untvweb.com (General inquiries)

support@untvweb.com

UNTV News and Rescue Emergency Hotlines:

LANDLINE (+632) 8396-8688

ADVERTISE WITH US

(+632) 8 442.6244 Loc. 143, 144, 162, 164

advertising@untvweb.com

ABOUT UNTV

UNTV is a major TV broadcast network with 24-hour programming. An Ultra High Frequency station with strong brand content that appeal to everyone, UNTV is one of the most trusted and successful Philippine networks that guarantees wholesome and quality viewing experience.