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

by UNTV News   |   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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Trump suspends war games with South Korea while DPRK denukes

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

President of the United States of America Donald Trump shakes hands with Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Kim Jong Un before the start of a historic summit at Capella, Singapore/photo by Kevin Lim The Strait Times


SINGAPORE — In the signed agreement between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jon Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), both leaders reaffirmed the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration where the DPRK “commits to working toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

Speaking before the international media following the conclusion of the summit, Trump said he will suspend military exercises with South Korea while North Korea works on fulfilling its commitment to denuclearization.

“We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money, unless and until we see that the future negotiation is not going along like it should. But we will be saving a tremendous amount of money, plus I think it’s very provocative,” Trump said.

Meanwhile, Reuters quoted North Korea’s state media highlighting on Wednesday, June 13, Trump’s concession on war games with South Korea; his offer of security guarantees to the North and vows to lift sanctions against it.

Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said both leaders invited each other to visit their respective countries which both sides “gladly accepted” to happen “at the right time.”

In an interview with Fox News Channel in Singapore on June 12, Trump said he would like to lift sanctions against DPRK, however, it would not happen immediately. – Annie Mancilla / Marje Pelayo

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Trump, Kim co-star in U.S.-made summit film mixing propaganda, Hollywood

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. Kevin Lim/The Straits Times via REUTERS

When U.S. President Donald Trump sat down to make the case for peace to North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday (June 12), he rolled out what amounted to a movie trailer starring the two leaders.

Trump said he urged Kim and other North Korean officials to watch a four-minute video produced before the Singapore summit. Trump said Kim and other senior members of the North Korean delegation huddled around an iPad to watch the video, which appeared to draw more from the hype of Hollywood than the careful language of diplomacy.

Kim’s late father and predecessor, Kim Jong Il, was a Hollywood film buff, with a special affection for director Steven Spielberg and actress Elizabeth Taylor and an extensive video library to match, according to defectors and intelligence agencies.

White House officials also arranged for the video to be played for reporters at Trump’s post-summit news conference. The video was produced by the U.S. government to help persuade Kim to make a deal, a White House official said.

The video mixes both Hollywood and propaganda film tropes that play over a pulsing orchestral score. It appears to be composed almost entirely of generic stock footage and old news clips, including images of Trump and Kim smiling. There is an English language version and one in Korean, the narrator having a South Korean accent.

At one point, it features a montage with babies and car factories, suggesting what a more prosperous future for North Korea could look like if it agreed to give up its nuclear arsenal. To illustrate the point, ballistic missiles are shown in reverse motion, pulling back into their launch silos.

“The past doesn’t have to be the future,” a narrator says as the video showed the demilitarized zone that has separated North and South Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

Then later, a video sequence suggests what impoverished North Korea could look like.

Trump and Kim reached a broad agreement that North Korea would move toward denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, while the United States committed to providing security guarantees and suspending military exercises with long-time ally South Korea.

The credit on the video said it was produced by Destiny Pictures, which disrupted the morning of Mark Castaldo, who owns a Los Angeles-based production company with the same name, albeit with a different logo than the one in the video.

“We had nothing to do with that film,” Castaldo said in a telephone interview, adding he had awoken to a deluge of calls and emails from journalists around the world. “Propaganda, all that stuff, that’s not something we’d get involved in.”

Before he ran for president in the 2016 election, Trump was a businessman with a long career in entertainment, presenting “The Apprentice” reality TV show for several years. Despite 10 years as a casino worker in Las Vegas and Atlantic City before switching to film, Castaldo said he had never met Trump or worked in a Trump casino.

At times, the video appeared to address Kim directly, suggesting he could make a choice that would open North Korea to new investment and step into a starring role in a moment in history with Trump.

“Featuring President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un, in a meeting to remake history, to shine in the sun,” the narrator says. “One moment. One choice. What if?” — Reuters

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Trump, Kim conclude historic summit with signing of ‘comprehensive’ document

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un sign documents that acknowledge the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a “comprehensive” document on Tuesday (June 12) following a historic summit in Singapore aimed at the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

There were no immediate details on the contents of the document but Trump said he expected the denuclearization process to start “very, very quickly”.

Although the breakthrough made at the summit marks just the start of a diplomatic process, it could bring lasting change to the security landscape of Northeast Asia, just as former U.S. President Richard Nixon’s visit to Beijing in 1972 led to the transformation of China.

Before signing what Trump described as a “comprehensive letter”, Kim said the two leaders had a historic meeting “and decided to leave the past behind. The world will see a major change.”

Trump said he had formed a “very special bond” with Kim and that the relationship with North Korea would be very different.

“People are going to be very impressed and people are going to be very happy and we are going to take care of a very dangerous problem for the world,” Trump said.

Asked whether he would invite Kim to the White House, Trump said: “Absolutely, I will.”

He called Kim “very smart” and a “very worthy, very hard negotiator.”

“I learned he’s a very talented man. I also learned that he loves his country very much.” — Reuters

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