#NuclearWeapons, #NorthKorea, #US, #DonldTrump, #KimJongUn; #MikePompeo; #WorldwideThreatAssessmentReport
Ottawa/Washington, Jan 30 (Canadian-Media): North Korea is unlikely to fully give up its nuclear weapons, a United States (US) intelligence report had said, with a second meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, scheduled to take place next month in Vietnam, media reports said.
Trump shaking hands with King Jong Un/CNN
Kim Yong-chol, a top North Korean envoy, recently arrived in Washington and met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
It was during meeting at Singapore Singapore meeting that the two leaders had met for the first time and had issued a commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
According to a Worldwide Threat Assessment (WTA) report, Pyongyang, the capital and largest city of North Korea, for more than one year, had not not conducted, any nuclear-capable missile or nuclear tests.
Pyongyang had declared its support for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, said WTA report and has reversibly dismantled portions of its WMD -- a weapon of mass destruction as a nuclear, radiological, chemical, biological, or any other weapon that can kill and bring significant harm to a large number of humans damage buildings, mountains, or the biosphere -- infrastructure.
"However, we continue to assess that North Korea is unlikely to give up all of its nuclear weapons and production capabilities, even as it seeks to negotiate partial denuclearization steps to obtain key US and international concessions. North Korean leaders view nuclear arms as critical to regime survival, according to official statements and regime-controlled media," WTA report said.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#GlobalPolitics; # DonaldTrump, #USShutdown, #TemporaryShutdown
Washington, Jan 26 (Canadian-Media): US President, Donald Trump has accepted the signed a bill into law to temporarily reopen the government ending the longest shutdown of the 35-day closure, media reports said.
The measures taken will fund the government for three weeks until Feb 15.
After 35 days, he backed a deal to fund federal agencies for three weeks, but it includes none of the money he has demanded for a US-Mexico border wall, BBC reported.
Trump had tweeted: "I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall. This was in no way a concession. It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding that in 21 days, if no deal is done, it’s off to the races!."
The Senate and House unanimously passed a bill to temporarily end the shutdown.
"If we don't get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down on February 15 again, or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency," Trump had said, "We will have great security."
Reporting by Asha Bajaj
#Canada, #China, #XiJinping
Ottawa, Jan 22 (IBNS): An open letter had been written, by more than 100 diplomats and scholars, to Chinese President Xi Jinping, with an appeal to release two Canadians - Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor - who were imprisoned in China, media reports said.
Both Kovrig, a former diplomat to China, and Spavor, an entrepreneur, were detained in China on suspicion of posing threats to the security of China, days after the arrest of Chinese telecom company Huawei's executive Meng Wanzhou on Dec 1.
Though Wanzhou was granted a bail, she can still be extradited to the US.
Wanzhou was arrested on the request of US authorities, for misleading multinational banks, claimed US, over Iran-linked transactions and that CEO had kept the banks in risk of violating US sanctions.
The letter stated, " Many of us know Michael Kovrig through his work as a diplomat in Beijing and as the senior expert for Northeast Asia at the International Crisis Group, an organization whose mission is to “build a more peaceful world.”"
The letter continued to state, "These meetings and exchanges are the foundation of serious research and diplomacy around the world...However, Kovrig and Spavor’s detentions send a message that this kind of constructive work is unwelcome and even risky in China.
"We who share Kovrig and Spavor’s enthusiasm for building genuine, productive, and lasting relationships must now be more cautious...That will lead to less dialogue and greater distrust, and undermine efforts to manage disagreements and identify common ground."
Canada & global community condemn death sentence to its national in China on drug smuggling charges
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Ottawa, Jan 14 (Canadian-Media): China's death sentence to a Canadian, Robert Schellenberg on Monday for drug smuggling to China had been condemned by Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada as well as by the human rights groups like Amnesty, media reports said.
Robert Schellenberg (ctre)/NewYorkTimes
In spite of Schellenberg's previous appeal against his original 15-year sentence for retrial, China's court reportedly decided on execution.
"It is of extreme concern to us as a government, as it should be to all our international friends and allies, that China has chosen to begin to arbitrarily apply the death penalty … as in this case," Trudeau told journalists in capital city Ottawa.
William Nee, a Hong Kong-based China researcher with Amnesty International, was also reportedly horrified as drug-related offenses did not meet the criteria of death penalty.
"This is all the more shocking given the rushed nature of the retrial, and the deliberate way in which the Chinese authorities drew attention to this case," Nee had told Reuters.
“The sudden re-trial and apparent rush to judgment has highlighted the numerous flaws in China’s judicial system. We hope that Robert Schellenberg and his defence counsel are given adequate time to prepare and respond to the prosecution’s new evidence when the case is finally brought up for appeal," said Nee
Canada will always intervene, said Trudeau, when a Canadian is sentenced to death in another country.
According to Amnesty, China executes more people than any other country in the world; however, the number of death sentences imposed and number of executions carried out are shrouded in secrecy.
"The authorities continue to execute a significant number of individuals for drug related and other offences which do not meet the “most serious crimes” threshold to which the use of the death penalty must be restricted under international law."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)