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    USA, UN launches 10-point declaration for support for UN reforms

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

    U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a session on reforming the United Nations at U.N. Headquarters in New York, U.S., September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

    The United States and the United Nations have launched the 10-point declaration for support for UN reforms which aims to simplify procedures and decentralized decisions, with greater transparency, efficiency, and accountability.

    U.S. President Donald Trump had criticized the United Nations on Monday as being wracked with bureaucracy and mismanagement and urged reforms so that the world body emerges stronger and a more effective force for peace.

    “The United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement. We are not seeing the results in line with this investment. But I know that under the secretary-general that’s changing and it’s changing fast. And we’ve seen it,” said US President Donald Trump.

    Secretary-General Antonio Guterres agreed with Trump and said that the world body’s “shared objective should focus more on people”.

    “You often have said, and you repeated today, that the U.N. has tremendous potential. All of us have the responsibility to make sure we live up to it. Our shared objective is a 21st Century U.N. focused more on people, less on the process. And as you rightly said, more on delivery, less on bureaucracy,” said the official.

    Lastly, Guterres emphasized that “to serve the people the world body must be flexible and efficient”.

    “And we must do so keenly aware of our obligation to live up to the values of the United Nations charter. Together, we are making progress on a broad and bold reform agenda to strengthen the United Nations,” said Guterres. — Reuters

     

     

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    Puerto Ricans wash clothes in rivers as utilities remain offline

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

    Large parts of the U.S. territory are still without running water or electricity and are facing food shortages almost three weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall there on September 20.

    Still struggling without water or electricity, some of the families washing their clothes in the Anon River in ponce on the south side of the island.

    They just say they are making the journey a family outing.

    “So we’re taking advantage of the time to wash clothes because we have to do it and so we’re spending time with the kids and with the family. We brought stuff for a barbecue and we’re enjoying the day,” said Alexis Vega.

    “We’re looking at it from a positive point of view and spending a lot of time with family. You have to do it. We have to. It’s going back to olden days,” said Heidi Vazquez.

    President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday in the US amid questions over whether his administration has acted with enough urgency in helping distribute emergency supplies throughout the island. — Reuters

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    Korea says “rocket man” striking rockets to U.S. is inevitable

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, September 25th, 2017

    North Korea said on Saturday that firing its rockets at the U.S. Mainland was “inevitable” after U.S. President Donald Trump called Pyongyang’s leader “rocket man”, in a further escalation of rhetoric between the two leaders.

    North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho’s remarks before the United Nations General Assembly came hours after U.S. Airforce B-1B Lancer bombers flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea.

    “Through such a prolonged and arduous struggle, now we are finally only a few steps away from the final gate of completion of the state nuclear force,” said the minister.

    “It is only a forlorn hope to consider any chance that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) would be shaken an inch or change its stance due to the harsher sanctions by the hostile forces,” he added.

    On Saturday, U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighter jets flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea in a show of force and was the farthest north of the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea that any U.S. Fighter jet or bomber has flown in the 21st century, the Pentagon said.

    Also on Saturday, the North’s official news agency, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said thousands of people attended an anti-U.S. rally at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, in support of the recent statement of Kim Jong Un considering the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history” against the United States. — Reuters

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    North Korea hints at Pacific H-bomb test

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, September 22nd, 2017

    North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un makes a statement regarding U.S. President Donald Trump’s speech at the U.N. general assembly, in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 22, 2017. KCNA via REUTERS

     

    North Korea struck back at U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to destroy it, with Kim Jong Un warning of the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history” and his foreign minister suggesting that could include testing a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific ocean.

    “[Personally I think] it should be a hydrogen bomb test on the ground of an unprecedented scale,” said North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho.

    Kim said in the statement carried by the North’s official  Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) that U.S. threat to “totally destroy” the north in his U.N. speech on Tuesday confirmed Pyongyang’s nuclear programme has been “the correct path.”

    Trump had warned the North Korean leader on Tuesday that the United States if threatened, would “totally destroy” the country and mocked Kim as a “rocket man” on a suicide mission.

    North Korea’s foreign minister reacted and called Trump’s U.N. address ‘sound of a dog barking’.

    “If [Trump] was thinking about surprising us with the sound of a dog barking then he is clearly dreaming,” said the foreign minister.

    It can be recalled that North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations Ja Song Nam exited the hall just as Trump walked on stage on Tuesday to deliver his speech.

    “His remarks have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last,” said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

    “As a man representing the DPRK and on behalf of the dignity and honor of my state and people and on my own, I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the U.S. pay dearly for his speech,” said the North Korean leader.— Reuters

     

     

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