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

Move over Leather Balls: English Cricket Club Turns to Vegan Ones

first_imgLondon: In a first, an English Cricket Club is planning to switch from using traditional leather balls to new “vegan” ones.Popularly known as the vegan cricket club, Earley Cricket Club in Reading — a town 40 miles (64 kilometres) west of London — is testing vegan cricket balls which are made using a rubber covering, reports the Daily Mail. The English Cricket Club had already introduced a vegan tea for their players two years ago.Chairman Gary Shacklady, who turned vegan five years ago, is confident that adopting a solely plant-based lifestyle will give the team the edge over their opponents.“It does behave like a leather cricket ball, but it bounces more and it’s more difficult to grip,” Shacklady said. “But we’re enthused by it and we’re hopeful of finding a better version.”The Earley Cricket Club was set up by Shacklady 12 years ago. However after he turned vegan, Shacklady found he could no longer eat match teas — usually ham sandwiches. He also felt that the club’s meat-based catering meant Muslim and Hindu players were being excluded.“We had one member who was against it,” Shacklady said. “He felt that it was quite exclusive and against people’s right to meat.”“The teas have been well received as our players understand and support the reasoning behind the decision. It also means we can produce a far larger quantity of food for a lower cost,” he added.Ham and beef sandwiches at the club have been replaced by the likes of Moroccan tagine, lasagne and meat-free spaghetti Bolognese.The club owner now hopes that other teams in the Berkshire Cricket League will switch from the traditional leather-covered balls to the synthetic animal-free ones. (IANS)Also Read: A cricket ball that has gone ‘vegan’, Covered in rubber instead of the traditional leatherAlso Watch: Mangaldoi youth opts for celebrating Republic and Independence Day in a unique mannerlast_img read more

Best sportsperson of SBK will be known on 1 February

first_imgBest sportsperson of SBK will be known on 1 February in Centre of Culture, Travnik at 7.30 p.m.The expert jurors of this event are: Edhem Ekmeščić, Zvonimir Čilić, Mulo Hadžić, Hazim Čukle and Osman Mešan. The athletes will be categorized in 18 categories.But, unofficially, the votes of the audience and visitors of hronika.ba already chose Tatjana Stanić as the best sportswoman of SBK. Tatjana Stanić is the player of football club ”Mladost” and she received 1337 votes. She is also the top scorer of the club who won second place in the tournament in BiH.last_img read more