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

Julian Jacobs named a Jerry West award finalist

first_imgJunior shooting guard Julian Jacobs was named to the top ten finalists list for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. The watch list, selected by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, narrows down the competition for the final award, which will be announced on April 8.Named after Hall of Famer and 1959 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player Jerry West, the award recognizes the top shooting guards in Division I men’s college basketball. This is only the second year that the award has been given out by the Naismith Hall of Fame. Last year, it was given to former Ohio State University guard D’Angelo Russell.Averaging 12.1 points, 5.9 assists and 5.2 rebounds, Jacobs has played an integral part in leading the Trojans to a 17-5 record. This season has been the best start since 1991. Jacobs isn’t just a scoring leader for the USC offense — he’s also an offensive leader throughout the entirety of the Pac-12. He leads the division in assists per game and ranks sixth in steals per game, with an average of 1.5.His dynamic energy on the offense has garnered 22 dunks this season, providing an explosiveness that the Trojans need in order to stay competitive throughout the rest of their season. Jacobs will be key in solidifying an already strong season for the Trojans.This honor ranks Jacobs right alongside national superstars from powerhouse programs, such as Buddy Hield from the University of Oklahoma and Grayson Allen from Duke University. The pair will provide stiff competition. Hield has averaged 26.2 points per game while leading his Oklahoma squad to take the number one spot and put up a staggering 46 points and seven assists in the team’s triple-overtime loss to the University of Kansas. Allen, meanwhile, averages 20.3 points and 3.7 assists despite a disappointing season for the recently unranked Blue Devils.The competition will be narrowed down to five finalists in March before the final announcement at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show in April. The show is also in its second year and will take place at the Nokia Theater, where the Hall of Fame will also present the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award, the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award and the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award.last_img read more

Football Tour “PIKSI CUP” from 22 – 25 August on Jahorina

first_imgThe seventh International Football Tour ” Piksi Cup Jahorina” will be held from 22nd to 25th August in Jahorina.The tournament will be attended by 184 teams with about 1.000 young  football players from Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Romania.(Source: Fena)last_img