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Japan & North Korea

Japan will continue to closely work with the United States and other countries to analyse information linked to North Korea and do the uptmost to protect itself.

This was the response of the the Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan at a press conference on Monday 9 December.

When a journalist drew his attention to reports that North Korea might have tested an Intercontinetal Ballastic Missile and asked how the Japanese Government visualised the test and what kind of vigilance or security system they were having in place, the Chief Cabinet Secretary replied: We always watch the situation and developments in North Korea and gather and analyse information. Japan will continue to closely work with United States and other countries to analyse information and we are doing our uptmost to protect ourselves, the top Japanese offcial told media-persons.

Connectivity of Islands – Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep

With a focus on connectivity of Islands, UDAN 4.0 scheme. The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), has invited bids for 3 unserved airports/airstrips in Andaman & Nicobar Island and 1 underserved airport/airstrip in Lakshadweep Island. The ministry has also recognized 4 Water Aerodrome locations in Andaman & Nicobar Island and 2 in Lakshadweep Island that are up for bidding.

India-Australia Secretary-level 2+2 Dialogue

The third India-Australia Secretary-level 2+2 Dialogue was held in New Delhi today. The Indian delegation was led by Defence Secretary Dr. Ajay Kumar and Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. The Australian side was led by Defence Secretary Greg Moriarty and Foreign Secretary Ms Frances Adamson.

Government of India – outstanding liabilities

The quarterly report for July-September 2019 released by the Budget Division Under the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance shows that the the total liabilities, including liabilities under the ‘Public Account’, of the Government of India, increased to over ₹91014.84 billion at end-September 2019 from over ₹88183.92 billion at end-June 2019. The report also points to the fact that Public debt accounted for 90.2 per cent of total outstanding liabilities till end-September 2019.

The net average liquidity absorption by RBI under Liquidity Adjustment Facility (LAF) was ₹1309.02 billion during the quarter.

Monday Evening News at a Glance

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New Delhi: Addressing the 250th session of Rajya Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday, we can say with certainty that the framers of the Constitution must have discussed whether there should be one or two houses (of Parliament). Experience says that the arrangement made by the framers of the Constitution is most appropriate. If the lower House (lok Sabha) is connected to the ground, the Upper House has the ability and foresight to see things afar.

Top Evening News

JNU protest

There was heavy deployment of police at the JNU campus on Monday. The police detained many students and also used force to stop them when they were marching towards Parliament on the first day of the winter session. The students are demanding total rollback of the hostel fee hike.

Opposition protest in House

Detention of leaders in Jammu and Kashmir and “false cases” against leaders were issues that rocked the Lok Sabha during question hour on the first day of the winter session of the House on Monday.

N. Korea confronts the US

Trump administration is bound to sit up straight after senior North Korean official Kim Kye Gwan, who is a former vice foreign minister, said on Monday that it (North Korea) was not interested in meaningless talks with the United States so that President Donald Trump could boast about it.

Trump called to testify

Democratic House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi has invited the US President Donald Trump to testify in front of investigators in the House impeachment inquiry. Trump is under the scanner due to his treatment of former ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, who is a one of the witnesses, in the impeachment hearing.

 

UN Report on implementation of sanctions on North Korea will help governments around the world to take decisive action

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New York City/Washington DC: A report by the UN’s independent Panel of Experts on the implementation of UN sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K.) demonstrates the need for continued vigilance against entities involved in that country’s sanctions evasion activity.

The report, released on 12 March, provides timely, relevant, and impartial analysis that helps governments around the world to take decisive action continued vigilance against entities involved in sanctions evasion vis-a-vis North Korea.

The United States has welcomed the release of the report by the UN’s independent Panel of Experts and said that it takes allegations of UN sanctions violations seriously, and all Member States are expected to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions.

International unity in implementing these sanctions continues to hamper the D.P.R.K.’s ability to further its illegal weapons of mass destruction programs and sends the message that the D.P.R.K. will be economically and diplomatically isolated until it denuclearizes.

Trump-Kim summit is a mission of peace: Mike Pompeo

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Singapore: President Trump’s summit with Chairman Kim Jong Un of North Korea is truly a mission of peace as President Donald Trump said on Saturday.

This is how the US Secreyart of State Mike Pompeo descrribed the summit in his opening statement during a press briefing at JW Mariott here on June 11

As a runup to the summit, on Monday (11 June 2016) afternoonm Trump called Prime Minister Abe of Japan and President Moon of South Korea. Earlier during the day the US Ambassador, Sung Kim, led a delegation to meet with Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui and her North Korean delegation. The talks were continuing the next afternoon as the briefing by the US Secretaru of State continued.

Before discussing the summit, the US Secretary of State went on to address a report in The New York Times that suggested that the U.S. team lacks the technical expertise on dismantling North Korea’s weapons program as part of these talks.

Addressing the report directly, Pompeo said:

“For over three months, an interagency working group of over 100 experts across government has met multiple times per week to address technical and logistical issues associated with dismantling North Korea’s weapons programs. They include experts from the military charged with dismantling nuclear weapons; the Department of Energy, including PhDs and experts from DOE labs; and officials from the intelligence community covering North Korea. Those same experts also cover North Korea’s nuclear, chemical, biological, and missile programs.

These experts include dozens of PhDs who have expertise in nuclear weapons, the fuel cycle, missiles, chemical and biological weapons. They have advanced degrees in nuclear engineering, physics, chemistry, aerospace, biology, and other relevant fields.

On the ground in Singapore, we have a team that includes the President’s senior most expert in weapons of mass destruction who can cover any technical needs that the meetings may present.

Any suggestion that the United States somehow lacks the technical expertise across government or lacks it on the ground here in Singapore is mistaken.”

Pompeo further said that North Korea has previously confirmed to the US its willingness to denuclearize, and we are eager to see if those words prove sincere. The fact that the two leaders were sitting down face to face is a sign of the enormous potential to accomplish something that will immensely benefit both of our peoples and the entire world.

Pompeo went on to add: “President Trump believes that Kim Jong Un has an unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of our relationship and bring peace and prosperity to his country. We are hopeful this summit will have set the conditions for future productive talks. In light of how many flimsy agreements the United States has made in previous years, this President will ensure that no potential agreement will fail to adequately address the North Korean threat.

The ultimate objective we seek from diplomacy with North Korea has not changed. The complete and verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the only outcome that the United States will accept. Sanctions will remain until North Korea completely and verifiably eliminates its weapons of mass destruction programs. If diplomacy does not move in the right direction — and we are hopeful that it will continue to do so — those measures will increase.

President Trump recognizes Chairman Kim’s desire for security, and is prepared to ensure that a North Korea free of weapons of mass destruction is also a secure North Korea. The President has also expressed his openness to expanding access to foreign investment and other economic opportunities for North Korea if they take the right steps.

All the preparations for the summit have come together very nicely. The President met this afternoon with Minister Lee of Singapore. It was an important opportunity to thank the Prime Minister of Singapore for his partnership in helping make this summit a reality. Singapore is home to over 4,000 American companies and is a longstanding commercial partner, and we thank them for their help in making this summit what it is.

President Trump is going into this meeting with confidence, a positive attitude, and eagerness for real progress. He has made it clear that if Kim Jong Un denuclearizes, there is a brighter future for North Korea. Tomorrow, we will get our clearest indication to date of whether Chairman Kim Jong Un truly shares this vision.”