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Japanese FM discusses North Korea crisis with Egyptian counterpart


Japanese Foreign Minister Tarō Kōno concluded meetings with President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry on Tuesday and Monday.In his meeting with Shoukry Monday stressed upon the necessity for North Korea to commit to the UN Security Council resolutions on Pyongyang nuclear activities.Meanwhile, Shoukry thanked the Japanese Minister for the Japanese support for the Cairo International Centre for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peace building since 2008, a ministry-affiliated centre which provides trainings on diplomatic conflict resolution.On a further note, Al-Sisi told the minister he hoped Japanese investments in Egypt would increase.The president expressed Egypt’s proud of the Egyptian-Japanese cooperation in developing education, and keenness on benefiting from the Japan’s experience in several fields including education.

How the US can get Chinese and Russian support for regime change in North Korea


Both China and Russia share borders with the North and are the key to any solution. They each have economic interests that favour stability in the region.  North invests heavily in its military and advanced weapons programmes, spends an estimated 23.3 per cent on the military, in comparison to the South’s 2.6 per cent. The only reason for such high service numbers in both countries is the very palpable threat of renewed conflict. A key sticking point to any solution remains the American troop presence in South Korea. US military personnel are there currently, and multiple installations serve as deterrents to aggression by the North. America benefits in this case not only from the avoidance of nuclear conflict, but also from its continued strong commercial connections with an enlarged Korean market, and the military cost savings of withdrawal. The new reality also ensures greater geopolitical stability in the region (important to allies Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan), and serves as a confidence-building measure for further cooperation by the US with China and Russia on other issues.

UN experts identify North Korea’s illegal exports worth US$270 million – including commodities sold to China


North Korea illegally exported coal, iron and other commodities worth at least 270 million dollar to China and other countries including India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, in the six-month period ending in early August in violation of UN sanctions. The experts monitoring sanctions said: Kim Jong-un’s government continues to flout sanctions on commodities as well as an arms embargo and restrictions on shipping and financial activities. Between December 2016 and May 2017, North Korea exported over 79 million dollar of iron China, the report said. And between October 2016 and May 2017, it exported iron and steel products to Egypt, China, France, India, Ireland and Mexico valued at 305,713 dollar. And since December 2016, the experts said China, Sri Lanka, and India imported one or more of these minerals in violation of sanctions. In addition, the experts said: DPRK officials and entities have engaged in deceptive financial practices, including opening multiple bank accounts in the same country and in neighbouring countries, North Korea continued to hone it’s evasion tactics.

Kim Jong-un praises ‘perfect success’ of North Korea’s latest nuclear test as UN prepares to vote on tough new sanctions


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un praised the perfect success, and media reported that US drive for tough new sanctions. North Korean Leader called for redoubled efforts to complete the country’s mission to become a recognised nuclear power. Pyongyang says it needs nuclear arms to protect itself from the US, but US has accused the nation of begging for war. The UN Security Council, which is set to consider a new draft resolution presented by Washington that is “the toughest ever imposed on North Korea”. The US is calling for an oil embargo on the North, an assets freeze an ban on textiles and the end to payments of North Korean. China and Russia are thought to have raised opposition to the measures. The request for North Korea is abandon the nuclear programmes, missile programmes and to refrain from more testing, because this is a violation of several UN security resolutions and it’s a threat to international peace and stability.

Chinese bank ban ‘threatens to tighten chokehold’ on trade with North Korea


Beijing has reportedly ordered Chinese state banks to suspend accounts held by North Koreans. Bank of China (China Construction Bank and Agricultural), border with city of Yanji, Jilin province, had suspended transactions through accounts held by North Koreans. Chinese analysts said: traders might still be able to find loopholes to bypass the ban, but China’s decision not change. Zhang Liangui, a North Korea specialist at the Central Party School, said big transactions, such as Chinese oil exports to North Korea, would be particularly hard hit because banks were integral to the trade. The UN Security Council is expected to vote on Monday a set of new sanctions against North Korea, the US has been pushing for a full ban on oil supplies to the country, North Korea textile exports, for work overseas, as well as an asset freeze. This is not the first time China has tightened its financial sanctions against North Korea. Last year, an ICBC  (Industrial and Commercial Bank of China) branch in the border city of Dandong, froze accounts belonging to North Koreans.


China detects rising radiation levels in areas close to North Korean nuclear blast site


The nuclear test by North Korea, relase a radiation level in Changbai Korean, closest Chinese urban area in Punggye-ri, the estimated 100 kiloton. Guo Qiuju, a professor of radiation protection at the school of physics at Peking University, said it was too early to be certain what had caused the rising trend at the monitoring stations as radiation levels change over time even under normal conditions. The current radiation levels were far below anything that could be regarded as a risk to people’s health, she said, but if the figures keep going up it may require a closer look. Guo explained that it was considered normal for readings to fluctuate within a 20 nanogray range due to the effects of wind, rain and cosmic rays. Radioactive materials floating high in the atmosphere could be carried down into the soil by rain, she said. Several regions close to the test site had recorded rain in the past few days, according to Chinese weather authorities.

North Korea, Paris: EU missiles target. Putin against sanctions


Mrs Florance Parly, France Defense Minister, stated that Nord Korean missiles could reach Europe earlier than expected. President Trump tweeted that he’s allowing Japan and South Korea to buy highly sophisticated military equipment from USA. Meanwhile it seems that an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is being placed on the west coast in North Korea. Seul’s intelligence, pin down as a possible date for new North Korean’s nuclear test the 9th of September Foundation’s anniversary, or the 10th of October, Worker’s Party of Korea’s birth date. UN security Council evaluate the possibility to apply new sanctions. Mrs. Nikki Haley, US ambassador for UN, said: “We have to adopt the strongest possible measures” and added: “his action show’s begging for war”. Even Angela Merkel stated that North Korean’s action are a clear violation of the convention and that stronger sanctions are necessary, and that there’s only a solution to this conflict and that solution must be a diplomatic one.

North Korea: Mogherini, on top of EU foreign policy agenda


The High Representative of EU said that the situation in the Korean Peninsula will be a priority for the informally Foraign Affairs Council that will take place in Tallin on Thursday. Mrs. Mogherini had an important meeting with the leaders of Aiea and CTBTO to discuss about how the EU and the international organizations can cooperate to enforce the nuclear non-proliferation agenda. Even Donald Tusk said that the H-Bomb test led by DPRK, force the international community to stand together for a strong reaction and asked to the UN Security Council to adopt further sanctions to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

Turkey strongly condemns North Korea nuclear test


Turkey’s Foreign Ministry Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu strongly condemned in a statement North Korea’s sixth nuclear test Sunday, calling it “irresponsible” and a “provocative act” as the tension continues to rise on the Korean peninsula. He then added that this Korean action was “in total disregard of international law as well as regional peace and security”. North Korea claimed it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded onto an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Last week the North fired a missile over Japan and into the Pacific. After the missile launch, Trump tweeted that the time for talks was over.

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