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  •  U S aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea on Friday for the first time in about four years It is set to join other military vessels in a show of force intended to send a message to North Korea USS Ronald Reagan and ships from its accompanying strike group docked at a naval base in the southern port city of Busan ahead of joint drills with South Korean forces Its arrival marks the most significant deployment yet under a new push to have more U S strategic assets operate in the area to deter North Korea Strike group commander Rear Admiral Michael Donnelly told reporters aboard the ship that the visit was designed to build allied relations and boost interoperability between the navies We are leaving messages to diplomats It s an opportunity for us to practice tactics and operations Donnelly said South Korean President Yoon Suk yeol has pushed for more joint exercises and other displays of military power as a warning to North Korea This year North Korea conducted a record number of missile tests and appears to be preparing to resume nuclear testing for the first time since 2017 North Korea has denounced previous U S military deployments and joint drills as rehearsals for war and proof of hostile policies by Washington and Seoul The drills have also sparked protests by peace activists who said they raise regional tensions Earlier United States said the carrier s visit was a clear demonstration of its commitment to deploy and exercise strategic assets to deter Pyongyang and enhance regional security In announcing the visit however the U S Navy made no mention of North Korea It only referred to a regularly scheduled port visit and emphasising crew members visiting Busan to volunteer at orphanages and explore the K pop music scene Officials declined to provide details of the upcoming joint drills but said the carrier would be in port for several days Hours after the ship docked long lines of crewmembers formed as they took COVID 19 tests before being bused into the city One crew member who asked not to be identified because they were not authorised to speak to the media said that they were looking forward to a break but geopolitical tensions remained You can t ever really forget what we re all here for the crew member told Reuters The visit was the first to South Korea by an American aircraft carrier since 2018 Many drills were since scaled back or cancelled due to diplomatic efforts with North Korea or because of the COVID 19 pandemic The carrier visit was useful for political signaling reassuring Seoul and training with South Korean forces However it likely does little to further deter North Korea said Mason Richey a professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul A carrier group visit certainly doesn t do much in fact it likely does the opposite to discourage Pyongyang from developing more nuclear weapons and delivery systems as well as conventional capabilities he said It nevertheless underscores that under Yoon the allies see tighter military coordination and interoperability as the best way to deal with North Korea Richey added Questions have risen over the role the roughly 28 500 U S troops stationed in South Korea might play if conflict erupts over Taiwan Donnelly said such questions are for policymakers above him but said that operating with like minded allies such as South Korea was a key part of the U S Navy s efforts to maintain the regional security and stability NewsSourceCredit NAN
    U.S. aircraft carrier arrives in South Korea as warning to North
     U S aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea on Friday for the first time in about four years It is set to join other military vessels in a show of force intended to send a message to North Korea USS Ronald Reagan and ships from its accompanying strike group docked at a naval base in the southern port city of Busan ahead of joint drills with South Korean forces Its arrival marks the most significant deployment yet under a new push to have more U S strategic assets operate in the area to deter North Korea Strike group commander Rear Admiral Michael Donnelly told reporters aboard the ship that the visit was designed to build allied relations and boost interoperability between the navies We are leaving messages to diplomats It s an opportunity for us to practice tactics and operations Donnelly said South Korean President Yoon Suk yeol has pushed for more joint exercises and other displays of military power as a warning to North Korea This year North Korea conducted a record number of missile tests and appears to be preparing to resume nuclear testing for the first time since 2017 North Korea has denounced previous U S military deployments and joint drills as rehearsals for war and proof of hostile policies by Washington and Seoul The drills have also sparked protests by peace activists who said they raise regional tensions Earlier United States said the carrier s visit was a clear demonstration of its commitment to deploy and exercise strategic assets to deter Pyongyang and enhance regional security In announcing the visit however the U S Navy made no mention of North Korea It only referred to a regularly scheduled port visit and emphasising crew members visiting Busan to volunteer at orphanages and explore the K pop music scene Officials declined to provide details of the upcoming joint drills but said the carrier would be in port for several days Hours after the ship docked long lines of crewmembers formed as they took COVID 19 tests before being bused into the city One crew member who asked not to be identified because they were not authorised to speak to the media said that they were looking forward to a break but geopolitical tensions remained You can t ever really forget what we re all here for the crew member told Reuters The visit was the first to South Korea by an American aircraft carrier since 2018 Many drills were since scaled back or cancelled due to diplomatic efforts with North Korea or because of the COVID 19 pandemic The carrier visit was useful for political signaling reassuring Seoul and training with South Korean forces However it likely does little to further deter North Korea said Mason Richey a professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul A carrier group visit certainly doesn t do much in fact it likely does the opposite to discourage Pyongyang from developing more nuclear weapons and delivery systems as well as conventional capabilities he said It nevertheless underscores that under Yoon the allies see tighter military coordination and interoperability as the best way to deal with North Korea Richey added Questions have risen over the role the roughly 28 500 U S troops stationed in South Korea might play if conflict erupts over Taiwan Donnelly said such questions are for policymakers above him but said that operating with like minded allies such as South Korea was a key part of the U S Navy s efforts to maintain the regional security and stability NewsSourceCredit NAN
    U.S. aircraft carrier arrives in South Korea as warning to North
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    U.S. aircraft carrier arrives in South Korea as warning to North

    U.

    S. aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea on Friday for the first time in about four years.

    It is set to join other military vessels in a show of force intended to send a message to North Korea.

    USS Ronald Reagan and ships from its accompanying strike group docked at a naval base in the southern port city of Busan ahead of joint drills with South Korean forces.

    Its arrival marks the most significant deployment yet under a new push to have more U.

    S. “strategic assets” operate in the area to deter North Korea.

    Strike group commander Rear Admiral Michael Donnelly told reporters aboard the ship that the visit was designed to build allied relations and boost interoperability between the navies.

    “We are leaving messages to diplomats.

    It’s an opportunity for us to practice tactics and operations,” Donnelly said.

    South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has pushed for more joint exercises and other displays of military power as a warning to North Korea.

    This year North Korea conducted a record number of missile tests and appears to be preparing to resume nuclear testing for the first time since 2017. North Korea has denounced previous U.

    S. military deployments and joint drills as rehearsals for war and proof of hostile policies by Washington and Seoul.

    The drills have also sparked protests by peace activists who said they raise regional tensions.

    Earlier, United States said the carrier’s visit was a “clear demonstration” of its commitment to deploy and exercise strategic assets to deter Pyongyang and enhance regional security.

    In announcing the visit, however, the U.

    S. Navy made no mention of North Korea.

    It only referred to a “regularly scheduled port visit” and emphasising crew members visiting Busan to volunteer at orphanages and explore the K-pop music scene.

    Officials declined to provide details of the upcoming joint drills, but said the carrier would be in port for “several days.

    ” Hours after the ship docked, long lines of crewmembers formed as they took COVID-19 tests before being bused into the city.

    One crew member, who asked not to be identified because they were not authorised to speak to the media, said that they were looking forward to a break but geopolitical tensions remained.

    “You can’t ever really forget what we’re all here for,” the crew member told Reuters.

    The visit was the first to South Korea by an American aircraft carrier since 2018. Many drills were since scaled back or cancelled due to diplomatic efforts with North Korea or because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The carrier visit was useful for political signaling, reassuring Seoul, and training with South Korean forces.

    However, it likely does little to further deter North Korea, said Mason Richey, a professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul.

    “A carrier group visit certainly doesn’t do much in fact, it likely does the opposite to discourage Pyongyang from developing more nuclear weapons and delivery systems, as well as conventional capabilities,” he said.

    It nevertheless underscores that under Yoon the allies see tighter military coordination and interoperability as the best way to deal with North Korea, Richey added.

    Questions have risen over the role the roughly 28,500 U.

    S. troops stationed in South Korea might play if conflict erupts over Taiwan.

    Donnelly said such questions are for policymakers above him, but said that operating with like-minded allies such as South Korea was a key part of the U.

    S. Navy’s efforts to maintain the regional security and stability.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The chief nuclear envoys of South Korea and the United States on Thursday expressed serious concerns over North Korea s rising nuclear threat according to Seoul s foreign ministry The ministry said that the two countries had vowed to decisively respond if Pyongyang conducted another nuclear test Kim Gunn its special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs held talks in Seoul with his American counterpart Sung Kim to assess the recent security situation weeks after the North passed a law authorising the preemptive use of nuclear weapons in the face of an imminent threat to regime security The two sides shared serious concerns about North Korea s rising nuclear threat by legalising an aggressive nuclear strategy that sharply lowered barriers for nuclear attacks the foreign ministry said in a statement They shared the view that the new law poses a serious threat as it outlined broad conditions for the Kim Jong un regime to launch a preemptive nuclear strike according to the ministry The envoys noted that through a recent bilateral high level extended deterrence meeting the allies made it clear any North Korean nuclear attack would be met with an overwhelming and decisive response and reiterated the U S ironclad and unwavering security commitment They also assessed Pyongyang is ready to conduct its seventh nuclear test at any time and vowed to maintain the strong combined defense posture to deter the North s additional provocations Sung Kim separately met with Unification Minister Kwon Young se earlier in the day just before leaving Seoul according to local officials Later in the day Kim Gunn also met with Elizabeth Rosenberg the assistant secretary for terrorist financing and financial crimes at the U S Treasury Department to discuss sanctions on North Korea the ministry said in a separate release They agreed to work in coordination to block Pyongyang s attempt to secure illegal funds for its weapon programs through overseas North Korean IT workers or cryptocurrency theft it added YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    S. Korean, U.S. nuclear envoys voice concerns over N.K.’s new nuclear policy
     The chief nuclear envoys of South Korea and the United States on Thursday expressed serious concerns over North Korea s rising nuclear threat according to Seoul s foreign ministry The ministry said that the two countries had vowed to decisively respond if Pyongyang conducted another nuclear test Kim Gunn its special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs held talks in Seoul with his American counterpart Sung Kim to assess the recent security situation weeks after the North passed a law authorising the preemptive use of nuclear weapons in the face of an imminent threat to regime security The two sides shared serious concerns about North Korea s rising nuclear threat by legalising an aggressive nuclear strategy that sharply lowered barriers for nuclear attacks the foreign ministry said in a statement They shared the view that the new law poses a serious threat as it outlined broad conditions for the Kim Jong un regime to launch a preemptive nuclear strike according to the ministry The envoys noted that through a recent bilateral high level extended deterrence meeting the allies made it clear any North Korean nuclear attack would be met with an overwhelming and decisive response and reiterated the U S ironclad and unwavering security commitment They also assessed Pyongyang is ready to conduct its seventh nuclear test at any time and vowed to maintain the strong combined defense posture to deter the North s additional provocations Sung Kim separately met with Unification Minister Kwon Young se earlier in the day just before leaving Seoul according to local officials Later in the day Kim Gunn also met with Elizabeth Rosenberg the assistant secretary for terrorist financing and financial crimes at the U S Treasury Department to discuss sanctions on North Korea the ministry said in a separate release They agreed to work in coordination to block Pyongyang s attempt to secure illegal funds for its weapon programs through overseas North Korean IT workers or cryptocurrency theft it added YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    S. Korean, U.S. nuclear envoys voice concerns over N.K.’s new nuclear policy
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    S. Korean, U.S. nuclear envoys voice concerns over N.K.’s new nuclear policy

    The chief nuclear envoys of South Korea and the United States on Thursday expressed “serious concerns” over North Korea’s rising nuclear threat, according to Seoul’s foreign ministry.

    The ministry said that the two countries had vowed to decisively respond if Pyongyang conducted another nuclear test.

    Kim Gunn, its special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, held talks in Seoul with his American counterpart, Sung Kim, to assess the recent security situation weeks after the North passed a law authorising the preemptive use of nuclear weapons in the face of an imminent threat to regime security.

    “The two sides shared serious concerns about North Korea’s rising nuclear threat by legalising an aggressive nuclear strategy that sharply lowered barriers for nuclear attacks,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

    They shared the view that the new law poses “a serious threat,” as it outlined broad conditions for the Kim Jong-un regime to launch a preemptive nuclear strike, according to the ministry.

    The envoys noted that through a recent bilateral high-level extended deterrence meeting, the allies made it clear any North Korean nuclear attack would be met with “an overwhelming and decisive response” and reiterated the U.

    S.’ “ironclad and unwavering” security commitment.

    ”They also assessed Pyongyang is ready to conduct its seventh nuclear test “at any time” and vowed to maintain the strong combined defense posture to deter the North’s additional provocations.

    Sung Kim separately met with Unification Minister Kwon Young-se earlier in the day just before leaving Seoul, according to local officials.

    Later in the day, Kim Gunn also met with Elizabeth Rosenberg, the assistant secretary for terrorist financing and financial crimes at the U.

    S. Treasury Department, to discuss sanctions on North Korea, the ministry said in a separate release.

    They agreed to work in coordination to block Pyongyang’s attempt to secure illegal funds for its weapon programs through overseas North Korean IT workers or cryptocurrency theft, it added.

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  •  North Korea s military said Thursday it has never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia and does not plan to do so according to its state media It rejected accusations of arms trade between the two countries amid the ongoing war in Ukraine Earlier this month a U S state department spokesperson said Russia may be in the process of purchasing millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea which would violate multiple UN Security Council UNSC resolutions on the North In response a top North Korean military official issued a rare press statement We have never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia before and we will not plan to export them the vice director general of the General Bureau of Equipment at the North s defense ministry said in the English language statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA The KCNA did not mention the name of the official We condemn the U S for thoughtlessly circulating the rumor against the DPRK to pursue its base political and military aim the official added calling the rumour aimed at tarnishing the country s image DPRK stands for the North s official name the Democratic People s Republic of Korea Still the official defended the North s right to develop arms and export them and took aim at UN Security Council s resolutions against Pyongyang Not only the development production possession of military equipment but also their export and import are the lawful right peculiar to a sovereign state We have never recognised the UNSC unlawful sanctions resolution against the DPRK which was cooked up by the U S and its vassal forces the official said Seoul s unification ministry tasked with handling inter Korean affairs declined to comment formally on the North s claim Pyongyang has recently touted its friendly ties with Moscow despite Russia s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year In July the North officially recognised two pro Russian separatist people s republics in eastern Ukraine Donetsk and Luhansk becoming the world s third nation to do so after Russia and Syria YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    N. Korea’s military denies exporting weapons, ammo to Russia
     North Korea s military said Thursday it has never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia and does not plan to do so according to its state media It rejected accusations of arms trade between the two countries amid the ongoing war in Ukraine Earlier this month a U S state department spokesperson said Russia may be in the process of purchasing millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea which would violate multiple UN Security Council UNSC resolutions on the North In response a top North Korean military official issued a rare press statement We have never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia before and we will not plan to export them the vice director general of the General Bureau of Equipment at the North s defense ministry said in the English language statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA The KCNA did not mention the name of the official We condemn the U S for thoughtlessly circulating the rumor against the DPRK to pursue its base political and military aim the official added calling the rumour aimed at tarnishing the country s image DPRK stands for the North s official name the Democratic People s Republic of Korea Still the official defended the North s right to develop arms and export them and took aim at UN Security Council s resolutions against Pyongyang Not only the development production possession of military equipment but also their export and import are the lawful right peculiar to a sovereign state We have never recognised the UNSC unlawful sanctions resolution against the DPRK which was cooked up by the U S and its vassal forces the official said Seoul s unification ministry tasked with handling inter Korean affairs declined to comment formally on the North s claim Pyongyang has recently touted its friendly ties with Moscow despite Russia s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year In July the North officially recognised two pro Russian separatist people s republics in eastern Ukraine Donetsk and Luhansk becoming the world s third nation to do so after Russia and Syria YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    N. Korea’s military denies exporting weapons, ammo to Russia
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    N. Korea’s military denies exporting weapons, ammo to Russia

    North Korea’s military said Thursday it has never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia and does not plan to do so, according to its state media.

    It rejected accusations of arms trade between the two countries amid the ongoing war in Ukraine.

    Earlier this month, a U.

    S. state department spokesperson said Russia may be in the process of purchasing “millions of rockets and artillery shells” from North Korea, which would violate multiple UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on the North.

    In response, a top North Korean military official issued a rare press statement.

    “We have never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia before and we will not plan to export them,” the vice director general of the General Bureau of Equipment at the North’s defense ministry said in the English-language statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

    The KCNA did not mention the name of the official.

    “We condemn the U.

    S. for thoughtlessly circulating the rumor against the DPRK to pursue its base political and military aim,” the official added, calling the “rumour” aimed at “tarnishing” the country’s image.

    DPRK stands for the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

    Still, the official defended the North’s right to develop arms and export them, and took aim at UN Security Council’s resolutions against Pyongyang.

    “Not only the development, production, possession of military equipment, but also their export and import are the lawful right peculiar to a sovereign state.

    “We have never recognised the UNSC unlawful ‘sanctions resolution’ against the DPRK, which was cooked up by the U.

    S. and its vassal forces,” the official said.

    Seoul’s unification ministry tasked with handling inter-Korean affairs declined to comment formally on the North’s claim.

    Pyongyang has recently touted its friendly ties with Moscow despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.

    In July, the North officially recognised two pro-Russian separatist “people’s republics” in eastern Ukraine – Donetsk and Luhansk – becoming the world’s third nation to do so after Russia and Syria.

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  •  Nearly 500 dignitaries from around the world are set to descend on London to pay their last respects to the long reigning monarch alongside members of the Royal family in one of the largest diplomatic moments of the century They will join members of the Royal family UK prime ministers past and present and key figures from public life at Westminster Abbey the historic church that can hold around 2 000 people at 11am next Monday This is the biggest international event we have hosted in decades a Whitehall source said The source compared the logistical task to organising hundreds of state visits within a matter of days Normally there might only be two or three a year It presents a huge logistical diplomatic and security challenge with practice runs taking place in the dead of night Invitations were sent over the weekend to the heads of state of nations with which the UK has diplomatic relations For most countries that means the head of state plus one guest So who can we expect to see attend Her Majesty s funeral on Monday September 19 The late Queen s four children King Charles III Princess Anne Prince Andrew and Prince Edward will be present at the funeral as well as their respective spouses Camilla the Queen Consort Sophie Countess of Wessex and Sir Tim Laurence The Duke of York s ex wife Sarah Ferguson is also expected to attend The late Queen s grandchildren will also be in attendance at the service Prince William Price Harry Peter Phillips Zara Tindall Princess Beatrice Princess Eugenie Lady Louise Windsor and James Viscount Severn Spouses of close family including Catherine the Princess of Wales and Meghan the Duchess of Sussex will pay their respects too Other Royals expected to attend the funeral ceremony include Queen Elizabeth II s cousins the Duke of Kent Prince and Princess Michael of Kent Princess Alexandra and Prince Richard Duke of Gloucester Monarchs from across the world will also fly into London to pay their respects Spain s King Felipe and Queen Letizia have been confirmed as guests while former king and queen Juan Carlos and Sof a have been invited King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway and Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco have all confirmed their attendances Other members from Europe s royal families will also be in attendance including Sweden Denmark Belgium and Greece Her Majesty met with countless world leaders during her 70 year reign and many of these politicians are expected to attend her state funeral The recently appointed prime minister Liz Truss will attend as well as the Labour party leader Sir Keir Starmer Both the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and the Irish premier Michael Martin have also confirmed they will be travelling to London for the service President Joe Biden has said he will be present with his wife First Lady Jill Biden The former U S presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama will also not be attending the White House confirmed on Monday European leaders who will be in attendance include the French president Emmanuel Macron the German president Frank Walter Steinmeier Italian president Sergio Mattarella and Finland s Sauli Niinisto the latter as per his presidential statement The European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel will also attend Other world leaders who are also expected to be present are New Zealand s prime minister Jacinda Ardern as well as her Australian and Canadian counterparts Anthony Albanese and Justin Trudeau Australia s Governor General David Hurley will also be joining as will Brazil s president Jair Bolsonaro Yoon Suk Yeol s office confirmed the South Korean president s attendance A representative of North Korea will be allowed to attend the funeral Britain and North Korea established diplomatic relations in 2000 after 60 years without embassies However Kim Jong Un the country s leader rarely travels abroad and is unlikely to attend The Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will travel to Britain to attend Traditionally a Japanese emperor stays away from funerals whether at home or abroad because of a cultural belief based in the Shinto religion that considers death impure The decision for Naruhito to attend the Queen s funeral underscores the importance and the deep bond between the royal families HH Amir Tamim bin Hamad al Thani Emir of Qatar will also be attending the funeral according to a source familiar with the Qatari leadership Israel s president will be present however the prime minister will not attend Although Iran s Supreme Leader will not be attending the BBC s James Lansdale confirmed that the country would be represented at an ambassadorial level Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will attend if the schedule allows Four leaders of Pacific Commonwealth nations will join the Australian Prime Minister at the Queen s funeral Anthony Albanese told a press conference shortly before midday local time on Wednesday that the leaders of the Solomon Islands Tuvalu Samoa and Papua New Guinea have accepted Australia s offer of help with transportation to London The delegation which is due to leave on Thursday evening will also include governor general David Hurley as well as 10 Australian citizens who have made extraordinary contributions to their communities Her Majesty relied on many close staff such as her ladies in waiting and footmen who will most likely also be in attendance to pay their respects to the late Queen All holders of the Victoria Cross or George Cross will be able to attend the Queen s funeral the PA news agency understands Invitations to the Queen s funeral have not been sent to Russia Belarus and Myanmar Russia has not been invited because of Vladimir Putin s invasion of Ukraine diplomatic sources said According to Dmitry Peskov although Russians respected her for her wisdom Putin s attendance at the late Queen s funeral is not being considered Venezuela and Syria are not invited because Britain does not have full diplomatic relations with them The Telegraph understands No representatives from Afghanistan will be invited because of the current political situation there The seating plan will be determined after the RSVP deadline on Thursday YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Around 500 world dignitaries to descend on London for queen’s funeral
     Nearly 500 dignitaries from around the world are set to descend on London to pay their last respects to the long reigning monarch alongside members of the Royal family in one of the largest diplomatic moments of the century They will join members of the Royal family UK prime ministers past and present and key figures from public life at Westminster Abbey the historic church that can hold around 2 000 people at 11am next Monday This is the biggest international event we have hosted in decades a Whitehall source said The source compared the logistical task to organising hundreds of state visits within a matter of days Normally there might only be two or three a year It presents a huge logistical diplomatic and security challenge with practice runs taking place in the dead of night Invitations were sent over the weekend to the heads of state of nations with which the UK has diplomatic relations For most countries that means the head of state plus one guest So who can we expect to see attend Her Majesty s funeral on Monday September 19 The late Queen s four children King Charles III Princess Anne Prince Andrew and Prince Edward will be present at the funeral as well as their respective spouses Camilla the Queen Consort Sophie Countess of Wessex and Sir Tim Laurence The Duke of York s ex wife Sarah Ferguson is also expected to attend The late Queen s grandchildren will also be in attendance at the service Prince William Price Harry Peter Phillips Zara Tindall Princess Beatrice Princess Eugenie Lady Louise Windsor and James Viscount Severn Spouses of close family including Catherine the Princess of Wales and Meghan the Duchess of Sussex will pay their respects too Other Royals expected to attend the funeral ceremony include Queen Elizabeth II s cousins the Duke of Kent Prince and Princess Michael of Kent Princess Alexandra and Prince Richard Duke of Gloucester Monarchs from across the world will also fly into London to pay their respects Spain s King Felipe and Queen Letizia have been confirmed as guests while former king and queen Juan Carlos and Sof a have been invited King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway and Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco have all confirmed their attendances Other members from Europe s royal families will also be in attendance including Sweden Denmark Belgium and Greece Her Majesty met with countless world leaders during her 70 year reign and many of these politicians are expected to attend her state funeral The recently appointed prime minister Liz Truss will attend as well as the Labour party leader Sir Keir Starmer Both the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and the Irish premier Michael Martin have also confirmed they will be travelling to London for the service President Joe Biden has said he will be present with his wife First Lady Jill Biden The former U S presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama will also not be attending the White House confirmed on Monday European leaders who will be in attendance include the French president Emmanuel Macron the German president Frank Walter Steinmeier Italian president Sergio Mattarella and Finland s Sauli Niinisto the latter as per his presidential statement The European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel will also attend Other world leaders who are also expected to be present are New Zealand s prime minister Jacinda Ardern as well as her Australian and Canadian counterparts Anthony Albanese and Justin Trudeau Australia s Governor General David Hurley will also be joining as will Brazil s president Jair Bolsonaro Yoon Suk Yeol s office confirmed the South Korean president s attendance A representative of North Korea will be allowed to attend the funeral Britain and North Korea established diplomatic relations in 2000 after 60 years without embassies However Kim Jong Un the country s leader rarely travels abroad and is unlikely to attend The Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will travel to Britain to attend Traditionally a Japanese emperor stays away from funerals whether at home or abroad because of a cultural belief based in the Shinto religion that considers death impure The decision for Naruhito to attend the Queen s funeral underscores the importance and the deep bond between the royal families HH Amir Tamim bin Hamad al Thani Emir of Qatar will also be attending the funeral according to a source familiar with the Qatari leadership Israel s president will be present however the prime minister will not attend Although Iran s Supreme Leader will not be attending the BBC s James Lansdale confirmed that the country would be represented at an ambassadorial level Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will attend if the schedule allows Four leaders of Pacific Commonwealth nations will join the Australian Prime Minister at the Queen s funeral Anthony Albanese told a press conference shortly before midday local time on Wednesday that the leaders of the Solomon Islands Tuvalu Samoa and Papua New Guinea have accepted Australia s offer of help with transportation to London The delegation which is due to leave on Thursday evening will also include governor general David Hurley as well as 10 Australian citizens who have made extraordinary contributions to their communities Her Majesty relied on many close staff such as her ladies in waiting and footmen who will most likely also be in attendance to pay their respects to the late Queen All holders of the Victoria Cross or George Cross will be able to attend the Queen s funeral the PA news agency understands Invitations to the Queen s funeral have not been sent to Russia Belarus and Myanmar Russia has not been invited because of Vladimir Putin s invasion of Ukraine diplomatic sources said According to Dmitry Peskov although Russians respected her for her wisdom Putin s attendance at the late Queen s funeral is not being considered Venezuela and Syria are not invited because Britain does not have full diplomatic relations with them The Telegraph understands No representatives from Afghanistan will be invited because of the current political situation there The seating plan will be determined after the RSVP deadline on Thursday YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Around 500 world dignitaries to descend on London for queen’s funeral
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    Around 500 world dignitaries to descend on London for queen’s funeral

    Nearly 500 dignitaries from around the world are set to descend on London to pay their last respects to the long-reigning monarch alongside members of the Royal family in one of the largest diplomatic moments of the century.

    They will join members of the Royal family, UK prime ministers past and present, and key figures from public life at Westminster Abbey – the historic church that can hold around 2,000 people – at 11am next Monday.

    “This is the biggest international event we have hosted in decades,” a Whitehall source said.

    The source compared the logistical task to organising “hundreds of state visits” within a matter of days.

    Normally, there might only be two or three a year.

    It presents a huge logistical, diplomatic and security challenge, with practice runs taking place in the dead of night.

    Invitations were sent over the weekend to the heads of state of nations with which the UK has diplomatic relations.

    For most countries, that means the head of state plus one guest.

    So, who can we expect to see attend Her Majesty’s funeral on Monday, September 19?

    The late Queen’s four children – King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – will be present at the funeral, as well as their respective spouses: Camilla, the Queen Consort; Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Sir Tim Laurence.

    The Duke of York’s ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, is also expected to attend.

    The late Queen’s grandchildren will also be in attendance at the service – Prince William, Price Harry, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

    Spouses of close family, including Catherine, the Princess of Wales and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex will pay their respects too.

    Other Royals expected to attend the funeral ceremony include Queen Elizabeth II’s cousins: the Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester.

    Monarchs from across the world will also fly into London to pay their respects.

    Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia have been confirmed as guests, while former king and queen Juan Carlos and Sofía have been invited.

    King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway and Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco have all confirmed their attendances.

    Other members from Europe’s royal families will also be in attendance, including Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and Greece.

    Her Majesty met with countless world leaders during her 70-year reign and many of these politicians are expected to attend her state funeral.

    The recently appointed prime minister, Liz Truss, will attend, as well as the Labour party leader, Sir Keir Starmer.

    Both the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, and the Irish premier, Michael Martin, have also confirmed they will be travelling to London for the service.

    President Joe Biden has said he will be present, with his wife, First Lady Jill Biden.

    The former U.

    S. presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama will also not be attending, the White House confirmed on Monday.

    European leaders who will be in attendance include the French president Emmanuel Macron, the German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Italian president Sergio Mattarella and Finland’s Sauli Niinisto – the latter as per his presidential statement.

    The European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, and European Council President, Charles Michel, will also attend.

    Other world leaders who are also expected to be present are New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern, as well as her Australian and Canadian counterparts Anthony Albanese and Justin Trudeau.

    Australia’s Governor-General David Hurley will also be joining, as will Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro.

    Yoon Suk-Yeol’s office confirmed the South Korean president’s attendance.

    A representative of North Korea will be allowed to attend the funeral.

    Britain and North Korea established diplomatic relations in 2000 after 60 years without embassies.

    However, Kim Jong Un, the country’s leader, rarely travels abroad and is unlikely to attend.

    The Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will travel to Britain to attend.

    Traditionally, a Japanese emperor stays away from funerals whether at home or abroad because of a cultural belief based in the Shinto religion that considers death impure.

    The decision for Naruhito to attend the Queen’s funeral underscores the importance and the deep bond between the royal families.

    HH Amir Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, Emir of Qatar, will also be attending the funeral, according to a source familiar with the Qatari leadership.

    Israel’s president will be present, however the prime minister will not attend.

    Although Iran’s Supreme Leader will not be attending, the BBC’s James Lansdale confirmed that the country would be represented at an ambassadorial level.

    Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will attend “if the schedule allows”.

    Four leaders of Pacific Commonwealth nations will join the Australian Prime Minister at the Queen’s funeral.

    Anthony Albanese told a press conference shortly before midday local time on Wednesday that the leaders of the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Samoa and Papua New Guinea have accepted Australia’s offer of help with transportation to London.

    The delegation, which is due to leave on Thursday evening, will also include governor-general David Hurley as well as 10 Australian citizens “who have made extraordinary contributions to their communities”.

    Her Majesty relied on many close staff, such as her ladies-in-waiting and footmen, who will most likely also be in attendance to pay their respects to the late Queen.

    All holders of the Victoria Cross or George Cross will be able to attend the Queen’s funeral, the PA news agency understands.

    Invitations to the Queen’s funeral have not been sent to Russia, Belarus and Myanmar.

    Russia has not been invited because of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, diplomatic sources said.

    According to Dmitry Peskov, although “Russians respected her for her wisdom”, Putin’s attendance at the late Queen’s funeral “is not being considered”.

    Venezuela and Syria are not invited because Britain does not have full diplomatic relations with them, The Telegraph understands.

    No representatives from Afghanistan will be invited because of the current political situation there.

    The seating plan will be determined after the RSVP deadline on Thursday.

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  •  Typhoon Hinnamnor killed one person and left nine missing on Tuesday before heading back to sea with few reports of major property damage The typhoon one of the most powerful to bear down on the country in decades hit the southern island of Jeju overnight before making landfall near the port city of Busan which was battered by huge waves and heavy rain which damaged beachfront roads and shops Early Tuesday in the eastern port city of Pohang an elderly woman in her 70s was swept away in flooding and killed the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters said Death tolls could climb later in the day authorities having identified at least nine people missing as of Tuesday afternoon including seven people at a submerged underground parking lot in Pohang More than 60 000 households nationwide lost power because of the typhoon As a precaution authorities closed more than 600 schools nationwide and local carriers grounded some 250 domestic flights but service gradually resumed Tuesday as Hinnamnor headed towards Japan North Korea had also been bracing for the storm with leader Kim Jong un overseeing a meeting in Pyongyang to assess the country s preparedness state media reported Tuesday Kim said boosting Pyongyang s disaster response was crucial as nothing is more precious than the people s life and safety news agency KCNA reported Experts say North Korea is particularly vulnerable to flooding and heavy rains due to deforestation and poor irrigation On Tuesday morning the typhoon was over the Sea of Japan known as the East Sea in Korea 100 kilometres 62 miles off Tsushima island according to the Japan Meteorological Agency Bringing gusts of up to 180 kilometres per hour it was moving northeast at a speed of 45 kph and was expected to bring heavy rains to western Japan on Tuesday More than 35 000 households were without power in Japan s southwestern Kyushu region Kyushu Electricity said in a statement Some of Japan s bullet trains were suspended due to strong winds and rain and many local trains also paused service operator JR Kyushu said At least 120 flights departing and landing at Kyushu s airport were cancelled public broadcaster NHK reported
    Typhoon kills one, leaves several missing in South Korea
     Typhoon Hinnamnor killed one person and left nine missing on Tuesday before heading back to sea with few reports of major property damage The typhoon one of the most powerful to bear down on the country in decades hit the southern island of Jeju overnight before making landfall near the port city of Busan which was battered by huge waves and heavy rain which damaged beachfront roads and shops Early Tuesday in the eastern port city of Pohang an elderly woman in her 70s was swept away in flooding and killed the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters said Death tolls could climb later in the day authorities having identified at least nine people missing as of Tuesday afternoon including seven people at a submerged underground parking lot in Pohang More than 60 000 households nationwide lost power because of the typhoon As a precaution authorities closed more than 600 schools nationwide and local carriers grounded some 250 domestic flights but service gradually resumed Tuesday as Hinnamnor headed towards Japan North Korea had also been bracing for the storm with leader Kim Jong un overseeing a meeting in Pyongyang to assess the country s preparedness state media reported Tuesday Kim said boosting Pyongyang s disaster response was crucial as nothing is more precious than the people s life and safety news agency KCNA reported Experts say North Korea is particularly vulnerable to flooding and heavy rains due to deforestation and poor irrigation On Tuesday morning the typhoon was over the Sea of Japan known as the East Sea in Korea 100 kilometres 62 miles off Tsushima island according to the Japan Meteorological Agency Bringing gusts of up to 180 kilometres per hour it was moving northeast at a speed of 45 kph and was expected to bring heavy rains to western Japan on Tuesday More than 35 000 households were without power in Japan s southwestern Kyushu region Kyushu Electricity said in a statement Some of Japan s bullet trains were suspended due to strong winds and rain and many local trains also paused service operator JR Kyushu said At least 120 flights departing and landing at Kyushu s airport were cancelled public broadcaster NHK reported
    Typhoon kills one, leaves several missing in South Korea
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    Typhoon kills one, leaves several missing in South Korea

    Typhoon Hinnamnor killed one person and left nine missing on Tuesday, before heading back to sea with few reports of major property damage.

    The typhoon, one of the most powerful to bear down on the country in decades, hit the southern island of Jeju overnight before making landfall near the port city of Busan, which was battered by huge waves and heavy rain which damaged beachfront roads and shops.

    Early Tuesday in the eastern port city of Pohang, an elderly woman in her 70s was swept away in flooding and killed, the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters said.

    Death tolls could climb later in the day, authorities having identified at least nine people missing as of Tuesday afternoon, including seven people at a submerged underground parking lot in Pohang.

    More than 60,000 households nationwide lost power because of the typhoon.

    As a precaution, authorities closed more than 600 schools nationwide, and local carriers grounded some 250 domestic flights — but service gradually resumed Tuesday as Hinnamnor headed towards Japan.

    North Korea had also been bracing for the storm, with leader Kim Jong-un overseeing a meeting in Pyongyang to assess the country’s preparedness, state media reported Tuesday.

    Kim said boosting Pyongyang’s disaster response was crucial as “nothing is more precious… than the people’s life and safety”, news agency KCNA reported.

    Experts say North Korea is particularly vulnerable to flooding and heavy rains due to deforestation and poor irrigation.

    On Tuesday morning, the typhoon was over the Sea of Japan, known as the East Sea in Korea, 100 kilometres (62 miles) off Tsushima island, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

    Bringing gusts of up to 180 kilometres per hour, it was moving northeast at a speed of 45 kph and was expected to bring heavy rains to western Japan on Tuesday.

    More than 35,000 households were without power in Japan’s southwestern Kyushu region, Kyushu Electricity said in a statement.

    Some of Japan’s bullet trains were suspended due to strong winds and rain, and many local trains also paused service, operator JR Kyushu said.

    At least 120 flights departing and landing at Kyushu’s airport were cancelled, public broadcaster NHK reported.

  •   Pyongyang on Friday accused the newly appointed UN special rapporteur on North Korean human rights of being a puppet of the US and making unpardonable reckless remarks The accusations came as the new rapporteur Elizabeth Salmon visited Seoul on her first trip since being appointed to the role last month Salmon a Peruvian professor of international law arrived earlier this week and has held meetings with South Korean officials and civic group members including female defectors from the North to discuss the situation in the isolated nuclear armed country We had already made clear our principled stand that we neither recognise nor deal with any special rapporteur who is merely a puppet of the US said an unnamed spokesman for North Korea s foreign ministry in an English statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA The spokesman said the rapporteur s activities were cover for an American smear campaign accusing Salmon of daring to make unpardonable reckless remarks encroaching upon our inviolable system and sovereign rights The UN should no longer allow its name and mission to be misused for the US hostile policy towards the DPRK the spokesman added using the acronym for North Korea s official name The statement referred to Salmon as he in an apparent mistake of her gender Salmon said in a statement released Friday that she was fully aware that the DPRK Government opposes country specific human rights mandates including my mandate However that does not mean that we should not try she said adding that she hoped Pyongyang would reconsider and engage with her We should not give up on engagement with the DPRK because what is at stake are the lives of the North Korean people and their human rights she added The UN established the special rapporteur on North Korean human rights in 2004 as international concerns grew over allegations of grave violations in the reclusive state None of the special envoys has been granted access to the country for a fact finding mission
    North Korea says UN human rights expert is ‘US puppet’
      Pyongyang on Friday accused the newly appointed UN special rapporteur on North Korean human rights of being a puppet of the US and making unpardonable reckless remarks The accusations came as the new rapporteur Elizabeth Salmon visited Seoul on her first trip since being appointed to the role last month Salmon a Peruvian professor of international law arrived earlier this week and has held meetings with South Korean officials and civic group members including female defectors from the North to discuss the situation in the isolated nuclear armed country We had already made clear our principled stand that we neither recognise nor deal with any special rapporteur who is merely a puppet of the US said an unnamed spokesman for North Korea s foreign ministry in an English statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA The spokesman said the rapporteur s activities were cover for an American smear campaign accusing Salmon of daring to make unpardonable reckless remarks encroaching upon our inviolable system and sovereign rights The UN should no longer allow its name and mission to be misused for the US hostile policy towards the DPRK the spokesman added using the acronym for North Korea s official name The statement referred to Salmon as he in an apparent mistake of her gender Salmon said in a statement released Friday that she was fully aware that the DPRK Government opposes country specific human rights mandates including my mandate However that does not mean that we should not try she said adding that she hoped Pyongyang would reconsider and engage with her We should not give up on engagement with the DPRK because what is at stake are the lives of the North Korean people and their human rights she added The UN established the special rapporteur on North Korean human rights in 2004 as international concerns grew over allegations of grave violations in the reclusive state None of the special envoys has been granted access to the country for a fact finding mission
    North Korea says UN human rights expert is ‘US puppet’
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    North Korea says UN human rights expert is ‘US puppet’

    Pyongyang on Friday accused the newly appointed UN special rapporteur on North Korean human rights of being a “puppet of the US” and making “unpardonable reckless remarks”.

    The accusations came as the new rapporteur, Elizabeth Salmon, visited Seoul on her first trip since being appointed to the role last month.

    Salmon, a Peruvian professor of international law, arrived earlier this week and has held meetings with South Korean officials and civic group members, including female defectors from the North, to discuss the situation in the isolated, nuclear-armed country.

    “We had already made clear our principled stand that we neither recognise nor deal with any ‘special rapporteur’ who is merely a puppet of the US,” said an unnamed spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry in an English statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

    The spokesman said the rapporteur’s activities were cover for an American smear campaign, accusing Salmon of daring to make “unpardonable reckless remarks encroaching upon our inviolable system and sovereign rights”.

    “The UN should no longer allow its name and mission to be misused for the US hostile policy towards the DPRK,” the spokesman added, using the acronym for North Korea’s official name.

    The statement referred to Salmon as “he” in an apparent mistake of her gender.

    Salmon said in a statement released Friday that she was “fully aware that the DPRK Government opposes country-specific human rights mandates including my mandate.

    ” “However, that does not mean that we should not try,” she said, adding that she hoped Pyongyang would reconsider and engage with her.

    “We should not give up on engagement with the DPRK because what is at stake are the lives of the North Korean people and their human rights,” she added.

    The UN established the special rapporteur on North Korean human rights in 2004 as international concerns grew over allegations of grave violations in the reclusive state.

    None of the special envoys has been granted access to the country for a fact-finding mission.

  •   On August 27 starting at 2 25 p m local time same day 10 25 p m JST for about 25 minutes Mr HAYASHI Yoshimasa Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan who is visiting Tunisia to attend the 8th Conference Tokyo International Conference on African Development TICAD 8 held a meeting of Foreign Ministers with H E Ms Shirley Ayorkor BOTCHWEY Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana The summary of the meeting is as follows At the beginning Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude to Minister Botchwey for her participation in TICAD 8 as in the previous edition Minister Hayashi expressed his hope for the development of an investment environment to deepen economic relations saying that Japan intends to cooperate in areas such as health and transportation infrastructure In response Minister Botchwey expressed her condolences to former Prime Minister Abe and Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude Minister Botchwey then mentioned the important role played by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in the fight against COVID 19 and expressed her appreciation for Japan s long standing support to Ghana Both sides confirmed working for further development of bilateral relations including further promotion of Japanese investment and human resource development in Ghana Minister Hayashi then stated that it is essential that the international community cooperate in its response to Russia s aggression against Ukraine and that Japan intends to continue contributing to the strengthening of food security in Africa Minister Botchwey said that Africa s food security vulnerabilities have already started to materialize in the form of price increases and that she appreciates Japan s support Minister Hayashi also raised the importance of transparency and fairness in development finance and the two sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other In addition the two sides shared the view of continuing to work together to respond to regional and international problems such as North Korea including nuclear missile and hijacking issues and strengthening the functions of the United Nations as a whole including the reform of the Security Council They also confirmed coordinating to maintain and strengthen the NPT regime following the recent NPT Review Conference
    Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Japan and Ghana
      On August 27 starting at 2 25 p m local time same day 10 25 p m JST for about 25 minutes Mr HAYASHI Yoshimasa Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan who is visiting Tunisia to attend the 8th Conference Tokyo International Conference on African Development TICAD 8 held a meeting of Foreign Ministers with H E Ms Shirley Ayorkor BOTCHWEY Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana The summary of the meeting is as follows At the beginning Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude to Minister Botchwey for her participation in TICAD 8 as in the previous edition Minister Hayashi expressed his hope for the development of an investment environment to deepen economic relations saying that Japan intends to cooperate in areas such as health and transportation infrastructure In response Minister Botchwey expressed her condolences to former Prime Minister Abe and Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude Minister Botchwey then mentioned the important role played by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in the fight against COVID 19 and expressed her appreciation for Japan s long standing support to Ghana Both sides confirmed working for further development of bilateral relations including further promotion of Japanese investment and human resource development in Ghana Minister Hayashi then stated that it is essential that the international community cooperate in its response to Russia s aggression against Ukraine and that Japan intends to continue contributing to the strengthening of food security in Africa Minister Botchwey said that Africa s food security vulnerabilities have already started to materialize in the form of price increases and that she appreciates Japan s support Minister Hayashi also raised the importance of transparency and fairness in development finance and the two sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other In addition the two sides shared the view of continuing to work together to respond to regional and international problems such as North Korea including nuclear missile and hijacking issues and strengthening the functions of the United Nations as a whole including the reform of the Security Council They also confirmed coordinating to maintain and strengthen the NPT regime following the recent NPT Review Conference
    Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Japan and Ghana
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    Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Japan and Ghana

    On August 27, starting at 2:25 p.m. (local time; same day, 10:25 p.m. JST) for about 25 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting Tunisia to attend the 8th Conference Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 8), held a meeting of Foreign Ministers with H.E. Ms. Shirley Ayorkor BOTCHWEY, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana.

    The summary of the meeting is as follows.

    At the beginning, Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude to Minister Botchwey for her participation in TICAD 8 as in the previous edition.

    Minister Hayashi expressed his hope for the development of an investment environment to deepen economic relations, saying that Japan intends to cooperate in areas such as health and transportation infrastructure.

    In response, Minister Botchwey expressed her condolences to former Prime Minister Abe and Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude.

    Minister Botchwey then mentioned the important role played by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in the fight against COVID-19 and expressed her appreciation for Japan's long-standing support to Ghana.

    Both sides confirmed working for further development of bilateral relations, including further promotion of Japanese investment and human resource development in Ghana.

    Minister Hayashi then stated that it is essential that the international community cooperate in its response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, and that Japan intends to continue contributing to the strengthening of food security in Africa.

    Minister Botchwey said that Africa's food security vulnerabilities have already started to materialize in the form of price increases and that she appreciates Japan's support.

    Minister Hayashi also raised the importance of transparency and fairness in development finance, and the two sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other.

    In addition, the two sides shared the view of continuing to work together to respond to regional and international problems, such as North Korea, including nuclear, missile and hijacking issues, and strengthening the functions of the United Nations as a whole, including the reform of the Security Council.

    They also confirmed coordinating to maintain and strengthen the NPT regime following the recent NPT Review Conference.

  •   On August 27 starting at around 07 20 p m local time August 28 around 03 20 a m JST for about 25 minutes Mr HAYASHI Yoshimasa Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan who is visiting Tunisia to attend the The 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development TICAD 8 paid a courtesy visit to H E Mr Wavel John Charles RAMKALAWAN President of the Republic of Seychelles The summary of the courtesy call is as follows Minister Hayashi initially praised the peaceful and democratic transition of power in Seychelles after his election two years ago President Ramkalawan expressed his condolences to former Prime Minister Abe and Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude Minister Hayashi stated that Japan intends to support Seychelles initiatives including climate change countermeasures and stressed that Japan shares with Seychelles which has a large EEZ the challenges of realizing the Free and Open Indo Pacific In response President Ramkalawan emphasizing the strong bilateral relations between Japan and Seychelles expressed appreciation for Japan s extensive support for Seychelles They confirmed to further develop bilateral relations based on the initiatives that Japan announced at TICAD 8 Minister Hayashi then stated that it is essential that the international community cooperate in its response to Russia s aggression against Ukraine and that Japan intends to continue to contribute to strengthening food security in Africa President Ramkalawan expressed his appreciation for Japan s support Minister Hayashi also raised the importance of transparency and fairness in development finance and the two sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other In addition the two sides shared the view of continuing to work together to respond to regional and international problems such as North Korea including nuclear missile and hijacking issues and strengthening the functions of the United Nations as a whole including the reform of the Security Council They also confirmed coordinating to maintain and strengthen the NPT regime following the recent NPT Review Conference
    Japan: Courtesy call from Foreign Minister Hayashi to President Ramkalawan of the Republic of Seychelles
      On August 27 starting at around 07 20 p m local time August 28 around 03 20 a m JST for about 25 minutes Mr HAYASHI Yoshimasa Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan who is visiting Tunisia to attend the The 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development TICAD 8 paid a courtesy visit to H E Mr Wavel John Charles RAMKALAWAN President of the Republic of Seychelles The summary of the courtesy call is as follows Minister Hayashi initially praised the peaceful and democratic transition of power in Seychelles after his election two years ago President Ramkalawan expressed his condolences to former Prime Minister Abe and Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude Minister Hayashi stated that Japan intends to support Seychelles initiatives including climate change countermeasures and stressed that Japan shares with Seychelles which has a large EEZ the challenges of realizing the Free and Open Indo Pacific In response President Ramkalawan emphasizing the strong bilateral relations between Japan and Seychelles expressed appreciation for Japan s extensive support for Seychelles They confirmed to further develop bilateral relations based on the initiatives that Japan announced at TICAD 8 Minister Hayashi then stated that it is essential that the international community cooperate in its response to Russia s aggression against Ukraine and that Japan intends to continue to contribute to strengthening food security in Africa President Ramkalawan expressed his appreciation for Japan s support Minister Hayashi also raised the importance of transparency and fairness in development finance and the two sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other In addition the two sides shared the view of continuing to work together to respond to regional and international problems such as North Korea including nuclear missile and hijacking issues and strengthening the functions of the United Nations as a whole including the reform of the Security Council They also confirmed coordinating to maintain and strengthen the NPT regime following the recent NPT Review Conference
    Japan: Courtesy call from Foreign Minister Hayashi to President Ramkalawan of the Republic of Seychelles
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    Japan: Courtesy call from Foreign Minister Hayashi to President Ramkalawan of the Republic of Seychelles

    On August 27, starting at around 07:20 p.m. (local time; August 28, around 03:20 a.m. JST) for about 25 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting Tunisia to attend the The 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 8), paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Mr. Wavel John Charles RAMKALAWAN, President of the Republic of Seychelles.

    The summary of the courtesy call is as follows.

    Minister Hayashi initially praised the peaceful and democratic transition of power in Seychelles after his election two years ago.

    President Ramkalawan expressed his condolences to former Prime Minister Abe and Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude.

    Minister Hayashi stated that Japan intends to support Seychelles' initiatives, including climate change countermeasures, and stressed that Japan shares with Seychelles, which has a large EEZ, the challenges of realizing the Free and Open Indo-Pacific .

    In response, President Ramkalawan, emphasizing the strong bilateral relations between Japan and Seychelles, expressed appreciation for Japan's extensive support for Seychelles.

    They confirmed to further develop bilateral relations based on the initiatives that Japan announced at TICAD 8.

    Minister Hayashi then stated that it is essential that the international community cooperate in its response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, and that Japan intends to continue to contribute to strengthening food security in Africa.

    President Ramkalawan expressed his appreciation for Japan's support.

    Minister Hayashi also raised the importance of transparency and fairness in development finance, and the two sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other.

    In addition, the two sides shared the view of continuing to work together to respond to regional and international problems, such as North Korea, including nuclear, missile and hijacking issues, and strengthening the functions of the United Nations as a whole, including the reform of the Security Council.

    They also confirmed coordinating to maintain and strengthen the NPT regime following the recent NPT Review Conference.

  •  Russia on Friday prevented the adoption of a joint declaration following a four week UN conference on a nuclear disarmament treaty with Moscow denouncing what it said were political aspects of the text The Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty NPT which 191 signatories review every five years aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons promote complete disarmament and promote cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy The nations had been gathered at UN headquarters in New York since August 1 participating in a month of negotiations including a final session that was postponed for several hours on Friday In the end the conference s president Gustavo Zlauvinen of Argentina said it was not in a position to achieve agreement after Russia took issue with the text Russian representative Igor Vishnevetsky said the draft final text which was more than 30 pages long lacked balance Our delegation has one key objection on some paragraphs which are blatantly political in nature he said adding Russia was not the only country to take issue with the text According to sources close to the negotiations Russia was opposed in particular to paragraphs concerning the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia which is occupied by the Russian military The latest draft text had expressed grave concern over military activities around Ukrainian power plants including Zaporizhzhia as well as over Ukraine s loss of control of such sites and the negative impact on safety Neutral and non nuclear Austria condemned Saturday the attitude at the talks of major powers and not just Russia While three quarters of the 191 signatory states support credible progress for nuclear disarmament it is mainly the nuclear armed states and above all Russia which resisted the government in Vienna said in a statement It noted that contrary to treaty commitments Britain China France Russia and the United States are improving or expanding their stock of nuclear weapons During the negotiations in New York there was no perceptible willingness to meet the previously unfulfilled contractual obligations The signatories discussed a number of other hot button topics during the conference including Iran s nuclear program and North Korean nuclear tests At the last review conference in 2015 the parties were also unable to reach an agreement on substantive issues At the conference opening UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned the world faces a nuclear danger not seen since the height of the Cold War Today humanity is just one misunderstanding one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation Guterres said
    Russia blocks adoption at UN of nuclear disarmament text
     Russia on Friday prevented the adoption of a joint declaration following a four week UN conference on a nuclear disarmament treaty with Moscow denouncing what it said were political aspects of the text The Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty NPT which 191 signatories review every five years aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons promote complete disarmament and promote cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy The nations had been gathered at UN headquarters in New York since August 1 participating in a month of negotiations including a final session that was postponed for several hours on Friday In the end the conference s president Gustavo Zlauvinen of Argentina said it was not in a position to achieve agreement after Russia took issue with the text Russian representative Igor Vishnevetsky said the draft final text which was more than 30 pages long lacked balance Our delegation has one key objection on some paragraphs which are blatantly political in nature he said adding Russia was not the only country to take issue with the text According to sources close to the negotiations Russia was opposed in particular to paragraphs concerning the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia which is occupied by the Russian military The latest draft text had expressed grave concern over military activities around Ukrainian power plants including Zaporizhzhia as well as over Ukraine s loss of control of such sites and the negative impact on safety Neutral and non nuclear Austria condemned Saturday the attitude at the talks of major powers and not just Russia While three quarters of the 191 signatory states support credible progress for nuclear disarmament it is mainly the nuclear armed states and above all Russia which resisted the government in Vienna said in a statement It noted that contrary to treaty commitments Britain China France Russia and the United States are improving or expanding their stock of nuclear weapons During the negotiations in New York there was no perceptible willingness to meet the previously unfulfilled contractual obligations The signatories discussed a number of other hot button topics during the conference including Iran s nuclear program and North Korean nuclear tests At the last review conference in 2015 the parties were also unable to reach an agreement on substantive issues At the conference opening UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned the world faces a nuclear danger not seen since the height of the Cold War Today humanity is just one misunderstanding one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation Guterres said
    Russia blocks adoption at UN of nuclear disarmament text
    Foreign4 weeks ago

    Russia blocks adoption at UN of nuclear disarmament text

    Russia on Friday prevented the adoption of a joint declaration following a four-week UN conference on a nuclear disarmament treaty, with Moscow denouncing what it said were “political” aspects of the text.

    The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which 191 signatories review every five years, aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, promote complete disarmament and promote cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

    The nations had been gathered at UN headquarters in New York since August 1 participating in a month of negotiations, including a final session that was postponed for several hours on Friday.

    In the end, the conference’s president, Gustavo Zlauvinen of Argentina, said it was “not in a position to achieve agreement” after Russia took issue with the text.

    Russian representative Igor Vishnevetsky said the draft final text, which was more than 30 pages long, lacked “balance.

    ” “Our delegation has one key objection on some paragraphs which are blatantly political in nature,” he said, adding Russia was not the only country to take issue with the text.

    According to sources close to the negotiations, Russia was opposed in particular to paragraphs concerning the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia, which is occupied by the Russian military.

    The latest draft text had expressed “grave concern” over military activities around Ukrainian power plants, including Zaporizhzhia, as well as over Ukraine’s loss of control of such sites and the negative impact on safety.

    Neutral and non-nuclear Austria condemned Saturday the attitude at the talks of major powers, and not just Russia.

    “While three-quarters of the 191 signatory states support credible progress for nuclear disarmament, it is mainly the nuclear-armed states, and above all Russia, which resisted,” the government in Vienna said in a statement.

    It noted that contrary to treaty commitments, Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States are improving or expanding their stock of nuclear weapons.

    “During the negotiations in New York, there was no perceptible willingness to meet the previously unfulfilled contractual obligations.

    ”The signatories discussed a number of other hot-button topics during the conference, including Iran’s nuclear program and North Korean nuclear tests.

    At the last review conference in 2015, the parties were also unable to reach an agreement on substantive issues.

    At the conference opening, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the world faces “a nuclear danger not seen since the height of the Cold War.” “Today, humanity is just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation,” Guterres said.

  •   North Korea said Friday that the fever cases it detected earlier this week were found to be influenza and not a Covid 19 resurgence as initially suspected The state media announcement came a day after authorities said they had locked down parts of Ryanggang province which borders China after finding four new fever cases there North Korea refers to fever patients rather than Covid patients in case reports apparently due to a lack of testing capacity The official Korean Central News Agency KCNA said Thursday that the new cases were suspected of being infected with the malignant epidemic just two weeks after the country declared victory over Covid 19 But on Friday it said they were actually not Covid infections and that the lockdown in the area had been lifted All the fever cases in Ryanggang Province were ones with influenza KCNA said citing data from the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters The fever cases recovered with normal temperature The isolated nation which has maintained a rigid blockade since the start of the pandemic confirmed an Omicron outbreak in the capital Pyongyang in May North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who also fell ill during the outbreak declared victory over the virus earlier this month and ordered the lifting of the country s maximum emergency epidemic prevention system as officially reported cases fell to zero North Korea has recorded nearly 4 8 million fever cases and just 74 deaths for an official fatality rate of 0 002 percent according to state media Experts and the World Health Organization have long questioned Pyongyang s Covid statistics and its claims to have brought the outbreak under control North Korea has one of the world s worst healthcare systems with poorly equipped hospitals few intensive care units and no Covid treatment drugs experts say It has blamed the outbreak on the South Korea and warned of retaliation
    North Korea says new fever cases were flu, not Covid
      North Korea said Friday that the fever cases it detected earlier this week were found to be influenza and not a Covid 19 resurgence as initially suspected The state media announcement came a day after authorities said they had locked down parts of Ryanggang province which borders China after finding four new fever cases there North Korea refers to fever patients rather than Covid patients in case reports apparently due to a lack of testing capacity The official Korean Central News Agency KCNA said Thursday that the new cases were suspected of being infected with the malignant epidemic just two weeks after the country declared victory over Covid 19 But on Friday it said they were actually not Covid infections and that the lockdown in the area had been lifted All the fever cases in Ryanggang Province were ones with influenza KCNA said citing data from the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters The fever cases recovered with normal temperature The isolated nation which has maintained a rigid blockade since the start of the pandemic confirmed an Omicron outbreak in the capital Pyongyang in May North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who also fell ill during the outbreak declared victory over the virus earlier this month and ordered the lifting of the country s maximum emergency epidemic prevention system as officially reported cases fell to zero North Korea has recorded nearly 4 8 million fever cases and just 74 deaths for an official fatality rate of 0 002 percent according to state media Experts and the World Health Organization have long questioned Pyongyang s Covid statistics and its claims to have brought the outbreak under control North Korea has one of the world s worst healthcare systems with poorly equipped hospitals few intensive care units and no Covid treatment drugs experts say It has blamed the outbreak on the South Korea and warned of retaliation
    North Korea says new fever cases were flu, not Covid
    Foreign4 weeks ago

    North Korea says new fever cases were flu, not Covid

    North Korea said Friday that the fever cases it detected earlier this week were found to be influenza and not a Covid-19 resurgence as initially suspected.

    The state media announcement came a day after authorities said they had locked down parts of Ryanggang province — which borders China — after finding four new “fever” cases there.

    North Korea refers to “fever patients” rather than “Covid patients” in case reports, apparently due to a lack of testing capacity.

    The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Thursday that the new cases were “suspected of being infected with the malignant epidemic” — just two weeks after the country declared victory over Covid-19.

    But on Friday, it said they were actually not Covid infections, and that the lockdown in the area had been lifted.

    “All the fever cases… in Ryanggang Province were ones with influenza,” KCNA said, citing data from the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters.

    “The fever cases recovered with normal temperature.

    ”The isolated nation, which has maintained a rigid blockade since the start of the pandemic, confirmed an Omicron outbreak in the capital Pyongyang in May. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — who also fell ill during the outbreak — declared victory over the virus earlier this month and ordered the lifting of the country’s “maximum emergency epidemic prevention system” as officially reported cases fell to zero.

    North Korea has recorded nearly 4.

    8 million “fever” cases and just 74 deaths for an official fatality rate of 0.

    002 percent, according to state media.

    Experts and the World Health Organization have long questioned Pyongyang’s Covid statistics and its claims to have brought the outbreak under control.

    North Korea has one of the world’s worst healthcare systems, with poorly equipped hospitals, few intensive care units and no Covid treatment drugs, experts say.

    It has blamed the outbreak on the South Korea and warned of “retaliation”.