North Korea- Pakistan linked on Nuclear proliferation, says India

 

India sought investigation into North Korea’s nuclear linkages and asked to hold accountable for it, in a veiled reference to Pakistan. Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister’s remarks came days after North Korea fired another missile (mid ranged ballistic) over Japanon Friday. Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar informed reporters at a news conference in New York. 

Violating the international rules, it carried out its most powerful nuclear test with a hydrogen bomb on 3rd September, triggering an artificial earthquake with a 6.3 magnitude. 

Swaraj’s response comes in regard with her trilateral meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson and her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono on the United Nations General Assembly session. Kumar did not specifically mention Pakistan’s name, but surely suggested with hints. “I think I am giving you enough material to try to figure out what we are talking about,” he said. Reports indicate Pakistan had secretly supplied North Korea with nuclear enrichment technology when AQ Khan headed the former’s nuclear program. 

The three leaders discussed the issue of maritime security and connectivity. “We have spelled out what these heads mean on security the ministers emphasized the need to ensure freedom of navigation respect for international law and peaceful resolution of disputes,” said Kumar. 

Sources:

Indian Express, Hindustan Times

 

U.S. – South Korea begin bombing drills, Russia – China commence naval activities

The U.S. military organized bombing drills with South Korea over the Korean peninsula and Russia and China started naval activities in front of a U.N. General Assembly meeting on Tuesday where North Korea’s atomic risk is probably going to pose as a potential threat.

The whirlwind of military drills came after Pyongyang fired mid-range ballistic rocket over Japan on Friday and the disruptive North led its 6th and most intense atomic test on Sept. 3 in resistance of United Nations sanctions and other international weight.

A couple of U.S. B-1B aircraft and four F-35 planes flew from Guam and Japan and joined four South Korean F-15K warriors in the most recent venture, South Korea’s guard service said.

The drills are the second part of China-Russian maritime activities this year, the initial segment of which was organized in the Baltic in July.

China and Russia have more than once called for arrangement and converses to resolve the issue.

On Sunday, U.S. Diplomat to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the U.N. Security Council had come up short on alternatives on containing North Korea’s atomic program and the United States may need to turn the issue over to the Pentagon.

Sources: SBS, Newsweek

North Korea fires a ballistic missile over Japan

North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan, less than two weeks after its nuclear bomb test.
The missile was fired from the Sunan district of the capital Pyongyang on friday morning at 6:57 am Japanese standard time.
The missile flew over the Japanese island of Hokkaido before splashing down in the pacific ocean. There were no immediate reports of aircraft or ships damage. Alert messages were sent to the people living in regions near the missile flight path in Hokkaido to take cover.
The US and South Korea said that the missile was an intermediate range ballistic missile, similar to that fired over Japan last month although the Japan Prime minister said it to be an intercontinental missile.
The missile travelled 3700 kilometers- 800 kilometers further than the previous missiles launch over Japan, the longest ever flight carried out by range regime.
The launch came just a day after North Korea responded to a new United Nations sanctions against the country by threatning to “sink Japan and turn America to ashes”
The Japanese prime minister said that that launch was totally unacceptable and against the international community’s strong will for peaceful solution.

Sources: BBC, CNN

Antonio Guterres convenes a political solution for North Korea

North Korea is becoming an increasing threat to the global community in the wake of the persistent ballistic missile tests in Pyongyang.

On Thursday the UN Secretary Antonio Guterres has called for a political solution to clamp down on the violence and growing political tensions between North Korea and the rest of the world.

“The solution can only be political. Military action could cause devastation on a scale that would take generations to overcome,” Guterres told reporters at a news conference at the UN headquarters in New York as reported in the Times of India.

North Korea will be forced to comply with its international obligations, Guterres added as he called upon all the member nations to see to its implementation. This comes amidst a unanimous agreement and implementation of a new resolution by the Security Council, thus sending a clear warning to North Korea.

However, Nicholas Burns, an eminent American think tank believes this resolution is not enough for the North Korea and that they might not budge from their current political ideologies and plans.

“We are in a new and dangerous phase of the crisis” Burns said as reported in the Times of India.

Sources: The Hindu, TOI

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UN Security Council adopts tough new sanctions against North Korea

The UN Security Council has unanimously voted to impose a fresh round of sanctions on North Korea following its sixth and largest nuclear test.

With support from China and Russia, the council voted 15-0 on Monday to back the US-drafted ban on textile exports and restricting shipments of oil products to North Korea.  The resolution also prohibits North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates.

The resolution limits North Korea’s imports of crude oil at the level of the last 12 months, and it limits the import of refined petroleum products to 2 million barrels a year. It also prohibits all the countries from authorizing new visas for North Korean overseas workers. these measures are appraised to cut off $ 500m of tax revenue per year.

The initial US proposal included an assets freeze and travel ban on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un but was dropped to come to terms with China and Russia.

After the vote, The US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that the US is not looking for war with North Korea and Pyongyang has “not passed the point of no return”. “If it agrees to stop its nuclear programme, it can reclaim its future. If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it,” she told the UN Security Council.

 

Sources: Al Jazeera, BBC

Kim Jong-un threatens with a missile launch over Japan

North Korea fired an intermediate range ballistic missile about 733 miles off the eastern shore of the Northern Japanese Island in the Pacific at 6 AM (local time) that travelled right above the populous island of Hokkaido. In response to the crisis, Japanese state launched its J-Alert warning system wherein people of Northern island were advised to seek a shelter elsewhere. In a phone call with the American President Trump, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has decided to hold an emergency meeting in the UN in order to find a means to tackle this precarious behaviour of Pyongyang.

North Korea had earlier threatened to launch an intercontinental missile over Guam region of US and a missile launch like this over Japan can be a precedent to a similar attack on the US. Trump has expressed “100 per cent” support from the US towards Japan.

On the other hand, China has given a diplomatic response to the situation with Foreign Ministry saying that China cannot be the party to be blamed since “one party holds constant military exercises … and the other is constantly launching missiles?”. Hua Chunying was referring to the military exercise between US and South Korean troops.

At the ongoing United Nations Conference in Geneva, North Korean diplomat Han Tai Song has defended his nation saying, “Now that the US has openly declared its hostile intention towards the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, by waging aggressive joint military exercises despite repeated warnings … my country has every reason to respond with tough countermeasures as an exercise of its right to self-defence”.Japan has, as a safety measure, deployed Patriot missile defence systems.

Sources – The Guardian, Al Jazeera

North Korea missile launch: Dollar hits rock bottom, Euro gains

Dollar index hits lowest since May 2016, dropping to a four-month low against the yen at an early stage on Tuesday. Yen, Swiss franc gain, after N.Korea fires ballistic missile. Whereas, Euro continues to probe 2-1/2-year highs vs. dollar.

The dollar was down 0.55% at 108.660 yen subsequent to hitting 108.330, its lowest since April 18.

A hazard loath inclination won in the district following the rocket dispatch (- the most recent demonstration of incitement by Pyongyang that has increased pressures in the locale over the previous month), with Japan’s Nikkei tumbling to a four-month low. The dollar had also further weakened  after Tropical Storm Harvey paralysed Houston, Texas.

The yen tends to profit amid times of geopolitical or money related worry as Japan is the world’s greatest creditor country and there is a suspicion that Japanese financial specialists will repatriate assets should an emergency appear.

“Based on past patterns in which the yen has gained on such incidences, speculators reacted immediately to the North Korean missile headlines, taking dollar/yen to the intraday lows,” said Mitsuo Imaizumi, chief FX strategist at Daiwa Securities.

“But dollar/yen trimmed some of the losses after the reports that the missile actually flew over northern Japan.”

The dollar was at that point on edge, especially against the euro, after Federal

Reserve Chair Janet Yellen did not say money related approach at a national financiers’ summit in Jackson Hole a week ago, and as European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s kept away from talking down the euro at a similar meeting.

The dollar file against a bushel of six noteworthy monetary standards was unfaltering at 92.274 in the wake of slipping as low as 92.137, its weakest since May 2016.

SOURCES: Reuters, CNBC

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