That 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.
“But only on TV afterwards could I understand the dimension of the fouls because some of them were really, really dangerous ones. “He’s a lucky kid, but he deserves luck because he’s so fair and honest that he deserves to be lucky. “He’s loyal, he enjoys his game and is not the type of player who when he is winning performs tricks to provoke people and create emotional reactions. “I’m proud of him for being honest on the pitch and I leave it with the authorities to do something about the rest.” “Everyone wants to stay at Chelsea, especially John Terry because he has been here all of his life,” Mourinho said. “He accepts our policy on players over 30 with a smile and accepts it as a challenge. Last season he won the challenge by performing so well and getting the one-year extension. “This season he is winning the challenge and the right to have another one-year extension. It’s what John wants, it’s what the club wants.” Mourinho has two years left on his contract and is unwilling to discuss his future beyond stating he is content at Stamford Bridge. “I want to stay. I think the club is happy. I’m not waiting for offers. I’m not going to give any space for speculation or for interest from other clubs,” he said. “I want to stay, I don’t want to go. My story is a non-story because I will stay for as long as (club owner) Mr (Roman) Abramovich wants me.” Among the talking points from Chelsea’s draw in Paris was the brutal attention playmaker Eden Hazard received at the hands of PSG. “Hazard is a lucky boy not to be injured. During the game I was aware of the number of fouls, I was counting and I was aware that every time he had the ball he was surrounded and fouled,” Mourinho said. Chelsea captain John Terry is on course to secure a one-year contract extension, but Jose Mourinho has refused to comment on reports he is close to agreeing fresh terms on his own deal. Terry stated after Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at Paris St Germain that he would like to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge knowing that club policy is to only grant single season deals to players over 30. Mourinho insists the 34-year-old’s form points towards another campaign with the Barclays Premier League leaders. Press Association
Pep Guardiola’s side travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley in the day’s early kick-off.Leaders Chelsea face Spurs in the late game – which gets underway at 5.30pm – at Stamford Bridge.In the 3 o’clock kick-offs Liverpool will be hoping to keep up the pressure at the top of the table when they take on Sunderland at Anfield, defending champions Leicester entertain Middlesbrough, West Brom travel to Hull, and Swansea take on Crystal Palace.
Updating the market, the governance of Nasdaq-listed gambling technology supplier Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) has announced that it will sanction a private offering of $350 million senior secured notes due for reimbursement in 2025. SGC governance will use the net proceeds of its note offering, to fund its cash and debt $631 million outright acquisition of NYX Gaming Group assets, announced on 20 September.The technology supplier informs that should its pending acquisition of Toronto TSX-listed NYX be suspended, SGC will use the funds for general corporate purposes, which may include the prepayment of corporate loan borrowings under the previous terms of its existing credit facilities.This September, SGC announced that it had entered a ‘definitive agreement’ to acquire all related NYX assets, with a view to accelerate its digital gambling dynamics and further gain a strong foothold in the global sports betting market gaining NYX’s OpenBet division as a new vertical.Expanding its omni-channel capabilities, SGC will seek to create a new ‘digital gambling division’ led by current NYX CEO Matt Davey, who will join SGC as President of Digital Gaming should the acquisition be approved.Taking over NYX assets, SGC will gain one of the biggest industry digital services portfolio, as NYX services a number of tier1 industry operators for platform and games content provisions including William Hill, Betsson, bet365 and Caesars Interactive. Scientific Games records $198m loss as COVID swamps casino and lottery performance July 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020 Submit Share