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N.Korea diplomat applied for asylum in Italy

North Korea’s top diplomat in Italy has applied for asylum and gone into hiding, Seoul lawmakers told reporters after a closed-door meeting with South Korean intelligence officials.

It would mark the latest high-profile defection by a senior North Korean envoy since the deputy ambassador in London in 2016.

Acting ambassador Jo Song Gil’s term was ending in late November last year and he escaped the diplomatic compound in early November” with his wife, lawmaker Kim Min-ki told reporters.

Jo Song-gil (48), has been acting ambassador in Rome since October 2017 after Italy expelled the then ambassador Mun Jong Nam in protest at a North Korean nuclear test a month earlier in violation of UN resolutions.

Italy is an important diplomatic mission for Pyongyang, as it handles relations with the Rome-headquartered UN Food and Agriculture Organization and North Korea suffers from chronic food shortages.

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A North Korean diplomat in Italy said to be seeking asylum is from a “prestigious diplomatic family” with both his father and father-in-law having worked in Pyongyang‘s foreign ministry,  Agency France press reports.

Stoltenberg supports political solution for Korean Peninsula

At margins of the Foreign Ministers meeting on Friday (27 April 2018) devoted to preparation of for the NATO Summit in July, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he fully supports a political solution in the Korean Peninsula. “I welcome the progress made between the 2 leaders at  and the commitment they have shown to resolving their differences peacefully” – Stoltenberg said. Further during the ministers’ four working sessions, they will focus on Russia, the Middle East and North Africa, Afghanistan, and the Western Balkans / NATO’s Open Door policy.

Earlier today North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made history with a brief walk into South Korea for an ice-breaking

Nirj DEVA: EU has role in North Korea nonproliferation

“The European Parliament and the EEAS have a vital role in facilitating compromises, reducing opposing red lines and supporting those which complement one another, thus building consensus between the protagonists” – Nirj DEVA MEP (ECR, UK) said, addressing the North Korea case.”…The European Union can not only support the dialogue, but also announce that it would coordinate with ROK (South Korea) to provide strictly monitored additional humanitarian aid to the DPRK, targeting vulnerable populations such as pregnant women and children.”

As a chairman of the Delegation to the Korean Peninsula, Nirj DEVA engaged in more than 50 meetings with senior figures in the governments of the Six-Party States; accepted invitations to the Blue House in The Republic of Korea, the White House and U.S. State Department, bilateral meetings in Beijing with Chinese officials, and also meeting responsible parties in Japan.

“We met in secret with senior North Koreans on 14 occasions. We understood their concerns, and they understood ours. We will meet them again soon” – DEVA insured.

Convinced that the North Korea case is remnant of the Cold War, MEP refers to example of Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, Helmut Kohl, and Mikhail Gorbachev, who engaged in talks without preconditions to step into new era of relations.

President Trump must be praised for his willingness to engage directly with the North Korean leadership, because there is no alternative to peace talks, DEVA insists.

However he admits that lack of trust remains a significant obstacle – the fate of ‘de-nuclearised’ Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein, who gave in to the Western demands of non-proliferation, does not encourage North Koreans to renounce the nuclear arsenal.

Washington warns North Korea of "utterly" destruction

The United States warned North Korea’s leadership it would be “utterly destroyed” in case of war break out after Pyongyang again launched this time its most advanced missile, putting the U.S. mainland within range, in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The Trump administration has repeatedly stated all options are on the table in dealing with North Korea’s ballistic and nuclear weapons programmes, including military ones, but that it still prefers a diplomatic option.

 

Speaking at an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting, U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley said the United States had never sought war with North Korea.

“If war does come, it will be because of continued acts of aggression like we witnessed yesterday,” she said. “…and if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.”

Haley said the United States has asked China to cut off oil supply to North Korea, a drastic step that Beijing – the North’s neighbour and sole major trading partner – has so far refrained from doing. Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping talked on the phone earlier on this week.

Apocalypse in Korean Peninsula “possible”

An apocalyptic scenario of developments on the Korean Peninsula is possible, but Moscow hopes that a common sense would prevail among the involved parties, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said on Monday.

“A scenario of the apocalyptic development of the situation on the Korean Peninsula exists and we cannot turn our blind eye to it,” Morgulov said speaking at the opening of the eighth annual Asian Conference of the Valdai discussion club in Seoul.

“I hope that a common sense, pragmatism and an instinct of self-preservation would prevail among our partners to exclude such negative scenario,” the Russian diplomat said.

 

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EU mounting pressure on North Korea

Given the persistent threat to international peace and stability posed by the DPRK, the Council adopted new EU autonomous measures to further increase the pressure on the DPRK to comply with its obligations. The measures complement and reinforce the UN Security Council sanctions. They take effect immediately.

The new measures include:

  • total ban on EU investment in the DPRK, in all sectors. The ban was previously limited to investment in the nuclear and conventional arms-related industry, in the sectors of mining, refining and chemical industries, metallurgy and metalworking and aerospace;
  • total ban on the sale of refined petroleum products and crude oil to the DPRK. These exports were subject to certain limitations under the UN Security Council resolution of 11 September;
  • lowering the amount of personal remittancestransferred to the DPRK from € 15 000 to € 5 000; as they are suspected of being used to support the country’s illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

In addition, with a view to eliminating remittances to the DPRK, member states agreed not to renew work authorisations for DPRK nationals present on their territory, except for refugees and other persons benefiting from international protection.

The Council also added three persons and six entities supporting the illicit programmes to the lists of those subject to an asset freeze and travel restrictions. This brings the total number under restrictive measures against the DPRK  as designated by the EU autonomously to 41 individuals and 10 entities. In addition, 63 individuals and 53 entities are listed by the UN.

Ministers also agreed to actively lobby for a robust implementation of all relevant UN Security Council resolutions by all UN member states.

Russia-China roadmap for North Korea crisis resolution

Foreign minister of Russia Sergei Lavrov urged world powers  to get behind a joint Russian-Chinese roadmap for settling the crisis over North Korea’s weapons program.

Speaking at a conference on non-proliferation in Moscow, Lavrov said that the break-up of a deal on Iran’s nuclear program would send an alarming message about international security mechanisms, and could impact the situation on the Korean peninsula.

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