Seoul’s unification minister resigns over North Korea tensions

first_imgThat meeting foundered on what the nuclear-armed North would be willing to give up in exchange for a loosening of sanctions.A pro-engagement academic and a longtime confidant of Moon, Kim was appointed to the post in March last year, days after the Hanoi meeting.Reports say John Bolton, the former US national security advisor, criticised Moon in his new memoir for encouraging both Kim and Trump to have unrealistic expectations of the other.Moon, who has also long backed engagement with the North, has been called unrealistic by his critics for his dovish approach.On Monday the left-leaning president gave a speech calling for inter-Korean dialogue and stressing the importance of peace on the peninsula.But Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of the North Korean leader, called the speech “disgusting” and “shameless and impudent”, adding Moon “seems to be insane though he appears to be normal outwardly”.The two Koreas remain technically at war after hostilities in the Korean War ended with an armistice in 1953 but not a peace treaty.Topics : Since early June, North Korea has issued a series of vitriolic condemnations of the South over anti-Pyongyang leaflets, which defectors send regularly, usually attached to balloons or floated in bottles.Analysts say the North may be seeking to manufacture a crisis to increase pressure on the South to extract concessions.On Tuesday it reduced the building on its side of the border that symbolised inter-Korean rapprochement to rubble, and the following day threatened to bolster its military presence in and around the Demilitarized Zone.Inter-Korean relations have been in deep freeze for months, following the collapse of a summit in Hanoi between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump. South Korea’s Unification Minister, its point man for relations with the North, resigned on Friday over heightened tensions on the peninsula, days after Pyongyang blew up its liaison office with the South.President Moon Jae-in “accepted Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul’s offer to resign”, the presidential Blue House said in a statement, without giving further details.Kim had offered to step down on Wednesday, a day after the North demolished the liaison office, saying he “takes responsibility” for the worsening of inter-Korean relations.last_img read more

Scottsburg United, No 73 Young Warriors to clash in Trophy Stall UCCA U-19 50 overs cricket final

first_imgTHE finalists of the second edition of the Trophy Stall and Upper Corentyne Cricket Association (UCCA) Under-19 Inter-club 50 overs cricket tournaments have been decided.The finalists are Scottsburg United and No 73 Young Warriors.In semifinal play, No, 73 Young Warriors got the better of No. 72 Cut and Load by 27 runs in a close encounter, in their game played at the No. 72 Cut and Load ground.Young Warriors batted first and fought their way to 109 all out in 29 overs. Victor Latchman top-scored with 34 while Niradt Singh made 16.Bowling for Cut and Load, Seeraj Chatterpaul led the way with 4 wickets – Charran Singh taking 3 and Mukesh Edwards 2.In reply, No. 72 Cut and Load were cut down for 72 in 18.5 overs with Salim Somdat contributing 27.Bowling for Young Warriors, off-spinner Rawle Jabbar 5-20 and leg-spinner Salim Khan 5-24 were the destroyers.In the other game, Scottsburg United defeated No. 73 Mandir by 4 wickets in their game played at the Scottsburg ground.No. 73 Mandir batted first and were dismissed for 92 in 14 overs with Andrew Tahal 33 and Inderpaul Singh 21 the top-scorers. Bowling for Scottsburg United, Joel Dhanraj and Aktar Nohar picked up 4 wickets each.Scottsburg United. in reply. reached 93-6 with all-rounder Joel Dhanraj making 21, Brandon Nandalall 20 and S Blair 18. Tahal picked up 2 wickets bowling for No. 73 Mandir.The final is set for today at the Crabwood Creek groundThe tournament is sponsored by Trophy Stall Port Mourant Branch through its General Manager Ramesh Sunich.Seven participated in the competition, the others being No. 43 Cricket Club, No. 66 Cricket Club and No. 73 Mandir and No. 52 Cricket Club.The Trophy Stall with head office in Bourda Market is one of the leading sponsors of sporting activities in Guyana. It is also one of the leading sports and trophy stores in the country.The Trophy Stall, which opened a Branch in Port Mourant Corentyne last year, is happy to give back to the people of Berbice for their unstinted support over the years.General Manager Ramesh Sunich was happy with the way the competition was organised last year and readily agreed to sponsor the competition again. He has committed to further sponsorship.last_img read more