N. Korea Escalates Threat to Pull Out of Summit with US

North KoreaA?ai??i??ai???s sudden threat to pull out of the upcoming summit with the U.S. raises new doubts of whether a denuclearization deal is possible.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to meet with U.S President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12 to work out an agreement to end the NorthA?ai??i??ai???s nuclear program in exchange for security guarantees and an end to punishing international sanctions.

But on Wednesday North KoreaA?ai??i??ai???s Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Kwan released a statement through the state-run KCNA news agency that criticized A?ai??i??Ai??unbridled remarksA?ai??i??A? made specifically by the U.S. presidentA?ai??i??ai???s National Security Adviser John Bolton demanding that Pyongyang completely decommission its entire nuclear arsenal, along with its ballistic missile program and chemical weapons stockpile, before receiving any compensation or concessions.

He expressed A?ai??i??Ai??indignationA?ai??i??A? at the U.S uncompromising position and said North Korea might pull out of the Trump-Kim summit, unless the Trump administration acts with A?ai??i??Ai??sincerityA?ai??i??A? to improve relations through dialogue.

A?ai??i??Ai??If the United States is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and cannot but reconsider our proceeding to the North Korea-U.S. summit,A?ai??i??A? the statement said.

The vice foreign minister also said it was A?ai??i??Ai??absolutely absurdA?ai??i??A? that Bolton would compare LibyaA?ai??i??ai???s experience dismantling its relatively rudimentary nuclear program as a model for dealing with the NorthA?ai??i??ai???s more advanced and expansive capabilities.

A?ai??i??ai???The vice ministerA?ai??i??ai???s remarks came shortly after the North abruptly canceled inter-Korean talks planned for Wednesday, citing ongoing joint military drills between South Korea and the U.S.

Source : VOA


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Macron: Trump Likely to Pull US Out of Iran Deal

French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday he believes U.S. President Donald Trump will pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal with Tehran to restrain its nuclear weapons development.

“I don’t know what the American decision will be but the rational analysis of all President Trump’s statements does not lead me to believe that he will do everything to stay in the JCPOA [Iranian nuclear deal],” Macron told a news conference at the conclusion of his three-day state visit.

Asked if such a decision would indicate a personal failure, Macron said his role was not to convince Trump to “walk away from campaign commitments, but rather to prove that the agreement makes sense.

Earlier Wednesday, Macron urged U.S. lawmakers to ensure the United States does not to abandon the Iran nuclear deal.

“Iran shall never possess nuclear weapons, not in five years, not in 10 years, never,” Macron declared in a ringing , 49-minute speech to both chambers of the U.S. Congress.

Trump is set to decide next month whether to renew sanctions relief for Iran. The agreement lifts sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limits on the country’s nuclear development.

The U.S. president called the agreement “insane” and “ridiculous” and has threatened to withdraw from it.

Instead Macron, as he did in talks with Trump on Tuesday, called for negotiations for a new agreement with Iran over Tehran’s ballistic missile tests and military involvement in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq.

Lawmakers from both chambers cheered robustly as Macron praised AmericaA?a��a�?s history of multilateralism, saying Europe and the United States must together face the “new threats and challenges” of the 21st century.

Source: voanews


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Topix Rises as Volatility Gauges Pull Back, Restoring Sentiment

Japanese shares rose after U.S. equities posted their best five-day gain since 2011, with technology stocks and automakers providing the biggest boost.

Topix added 1.1% to 1,738.63 as of 9:49 a.m. in Tokyo and Nikkei 225 also rose 1.1% to 21,691.84. Yen little changed at 106.16 to the dollar after strengthening 2.5% this week.

The benchmark Topix gauge was poised for a second day of gains even as the yen remained stronger against the dollar. The Japanese currency is headed for its biggest weekly advance since July 2016. The S&P 500 Index climbed almost 6 percent over the past five days as the VIX volatility gauge retreated from a record high, declining for five days. The Nikkei Stock Average Volatility Index also slid for a fourth day on Friday.

Source: Bloomberg

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