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Mastermind of attacks on the South to head North Korean delegation to Olympic closing ceremony

Added: 22.02.2018 14:04 | 0 views | 0 comments


Pyongyang has announced that a hawkish general who is widely considered to have orchestrated a number of attacks on South Korea will lead the North Korean delegation to the closing ceremony of the Pyeonchang Winter Olympic Games on Sunday. General Kim Yong-chol presently serves as head of the Workers’ Party United Front Department but previously oversaw the regime’s shadowy Reconnaissance Bureau, the clandestine intelligence agency. South Korean intelligence believes Gen Kim masterminded the sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan off the west coast of the peninsula in March 2010, with the loss of 46 crew. Eight months later, North Korean artillery bombarded the island of Yeonpyeongdo, 50 miles west of the port city of Incheon, killing two South Korean soldiers and a further two civilians. The South Korean government has nevertheless confirmed that it will permit Pyongyang’s eight-strong delegation to attend the ceremony and that Moon Jae-in, the South’s president, will meet with them. Mr Moon will also meet Ivanka Trump, who is due to arrive in Seoul on Friday and will be heading the US officials at the closing ceremony. Despite suggestions that the event might be an opportunity for the two sides to talk, is unlikely that the US officials will agree to any such face-to-face meeting. At a glance | North Korean sanctions that were eased for Olympics Opposition parties in the South have expressed their outrage at that they see as Mr Moon kow-towing to the regime in Pyongyang. “The main culprit of the Cheonan’s sinking can never set foot on the land of the Republic of Korea”, Jun Hee-kyung, of the opposition Liberty Korea Party, said in a statement. Mrs Jun said North Korea’s decision to send Gen Kim to the closing ceremony is “shameless” and a “rare humiliation” for the South. She added that the only way Gen Kim should be permitted to enter South Korea would be if he was coming to “kneel before our people”, Yonhap news reported. Kim Hyun, a spokesman for the ruling Democratic Party, welcomed Pyongyang’s announcement and said, “We expect this visit will contribute to easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula and moving inter-Korean relations forward”. He added that he hopes the North’s officials will meet with the US delegation that will be attending the ceremony and will include Ivanka Trump. North Korea war puff The White House confirmed on Wednesday that President Donald Trump has asked his eldest daughter to lead the “high-level delegation” to Pyeongchang. An official of the administration ruled out the possibility that Mrs Trump, who is due to arrive in South Korea on Friday, would meet with North Koreans during her three-day stay. Instead, she is scheduled to meet with female defectors from North Korea to hear about their experiences. It was revealed on  Tuesday that Mike Pence and North Korean officials had planned to meet secretly during his trip to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, but Pyongyang scrapped the talks after the US vice president denounced abuses from the "murderous regime". In an interview printed on Thursday, Mr Moon declared that South Korea’s relations with the US are “rock solid” and “as robust as ever”, despite concerns that the apparent detante on the peninsula may be sidelining the US. He claimed that Mr Trump supports his efforts to engage North Korea in discussions, including a possible bilateral summit that Pyongyang has proposed.

Palestinian killed during Israeli raid in the West Bank

Added: 22.02.2018 11:48 | 0 views | 0 comments

Video of the killing shows Palestinian man being beaten by soldiers after a raid by Israeli troops in the West Bank.

From: www.aljazeera.com

Mastermind of attacks on the South to head North Korean delegation to Olympic closing ceremony

Added: 22.02.2018 11:34 | 0 views | 0 comments


Pyongyang has announced that a hawkish general who is widely considered to have orchestrated a number of attacks on South Korea will lead the North Korean delegation to the closing ceremony of the Pyeonchang Winter Olympic Games on Sunday. General Kim Yong-chol presently serves as head of the Workers’ Party United Front Department but previously oversaw the regime’s shadowy Reconnaissance Bureau, the clandestine intelligence agency. South Korean intelligence believes Gen Kim masterminded the sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan off the west coast of the peninsula in March 2010, with the loss of 46 crew. Eight months later, North Korean artillery bombarded the island of Yeonpyeongdo, 50 miles west of the port city of Incheon, killing two South Korean soldiers and a further two civilians. The South Korean government has nevertheless confirmed that it will permit Pyongyang’s eight-strong delegation to attend the ceremony and that Moon Jae-in, the South’s president, will meet with them. Mr Moon will also meet Ivanka Trump, who is due to arrive in Seoul on Friday and will be heading the US officials at the closing ceremony. Despite suggestions that the event might be an opportunity for the two sides to talk, is unlikely that the US officials will agree to any such face-to-face meeting. At a glance | North Korean sanctions that were eased for Olympics Opposition parties in the South have expressed their outrage at that they see as Mr Moon kow-towing to the regime in Pyongyang. “The main culprit of the Cheonan’s sinking can never set foot on the land of the Republic of Korea”, Jun Hee-kyung, of the opposition Liberty Korea Party, said in a statement. Mrs Jun said North Korea’s decision to send Gen Kim to the closing ceremony is “shameless” and a “rare humiliation” for the South. She added that the only way Gen Kim should be permitted to enter South Korea would be if he was coming to “kneel before our people”, Yonhap news reported. Kim Hyun, a spokesman for the ruling Democratic Party, welcomed Pyongyang’s announcement and said, “We expect this visit will contribute to easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula and moving inter-Korean relations forward”. He added that he hopes the North’s officials will meet with the US delegation that will be attending the ceremony and will include Ivanka Trump. North Korea war puff The White House confirmed on Wednesday that President Donald Trump has asked his eldest daughter to lead the “high-level delegation” to Pyeongchang. An official of the administration ruled out the possibility that Mrs Trump, who is due to arrive in South Korea on Friday, would meet with North Koreans during her three-day stay. Instead, she is scheduled to meet with female defectors from North Korea to hear about their experiences. It was revealed on  Tuesday that Mike Pence and North Korean officials had planned to meet secretly during his trip to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, but Pyongyang scrapped the talks after the US vice president denounced abuses from the "murderous regime". In an interview printed on Thursday, Mr Moon declared that South Korea’s relations with the US are “rock solid” and “as robust as ever”, despite concerns that the apparent detante on the peninsula may be sidelining the US. He claimed that Mr Trump supports his efforts to engage North Korea in discussions, including a possible bilateral summit that Pyongyang has proposed.

Pakistan tight-lipped on Saudi Arabia troop mission

Added: 22.02.2018 3:15 | 0 views | 0 comments

Details sketchy on deployment of more than 1,000 soldiers on 'train and advise' mission in the kingdom.

From: www.aljazeera.com

World War 3: Japan and India vow to combine forces in AI to create elite ROBOT soldiers

Added: 21.02.2018 23:23 | 0 views | 0 comments

JAPAN and India are planning to work together and strengthen ties by increasing cooperation in defence, robotics, and AI to undermine China’s regional ambitions and North Korea’s nuclear plans, it has been revealed.

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Turkey to develop unmanned tanks, president says

Added: 21.02.2018 9:39 | 1 views | 0 comments

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s president says the country will develop unmanned tanks to minimize risks to soldiers in combat. Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the plan Wednesday during a speech delivered at a conference on Turkey’s five-year development plan. His comments came as Turkey’s military is carrying out a cross-border offensive in Syria to clear [...]

From: www.seattletimes.com

Reliant on UK? Armed with BROOM HANDLES German army too DECREPIT for battle, SLAMS report

Added: 20.02.2018 20:04 | 1 views | 0 comments

GERMANY’s armed forces are suffering from such severe shortages of weapons that it cannot meet its Nato commitments and its soldiers are forced to carry out drills with broom handles, it has been revealed.

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IS kills 27 Iraq pro-government fighters: paramilitary force

Added: 20.02.2018 19:59 | 0 views | 0 comments


The Islamic State group killed 27 pro-government fighters in an ambush in Iraq, their paramilitary group said Monday, underlining the threat still posed by the jihadists despite Baghdad's declaration of victory. IS members, disguised as soldiers, attacked a Hashed al-Shaabi unit in the Hawija region about 300 kilometres (185 miles) north of Baghdad on Sunday evening, the auxiliary force said in a statement. "The attackers were dressed in military uniforms and during the fighting 27 of our heroes were martyred," added the Hashed, a key partner of the government in the battle against IS.

From: www.yahoo.com

A Wrinkle in Time Will Bring You a New Sade Song

Added: 20.02.2018 13:40 | 0 views | 0 comments

Sade has not put out any new music since the 2010 album Soldier of Love, but the British singer reemerged long enough to contribute an original new song to the Wrinkle in Time soundtrack. Why? Because why would you say no to Ava DuVernay? In addition to teasing tracks from ...

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