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Saturday, 20 January 2018

MID RF Sez Russia Opposes Unilateral Sanctions Against the DPRK

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On Saturday, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs I V Morgulov told us:

As for pressure on Pyongyang, we’d emphasise that the international community by adopting unanimously UNSC Resolution 2375 last December agreed to measures against the DPRK in response to its nuclear tests. We call on Washington to follow the measures specified by that resolution exactly. International sanctions, as agreed by the UN Security Council, are the proper way to influence Pyongyang. As regards any additional measures, Russia has always opposed unilateral limitations undertaken outside the UN Security Council.

20 January 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/politics/986042

 

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Lavrov: “USA Actually Set Up Alternative Government Bodies in Large Parts of Syria”

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On Friday, Minister of Foreign Affairs S V Lavrov said at a UN press conference:

We’ve received contradictory signals in this connection… a couple of days ago, the Americans announced the establishment of border security forces in Syria, and today they said that they were misunderstood as they had no plans to form such forces. However, it’s a fact that the USA actually set up alternative government bodies in large parts of Syria, which is contrary to the obligations in relation to Syria’s territorial integrity they reaffirmed commitment to, particularly at Security Council’s meetings. We’re concerned about that.

US Plans 

On 14 January, US Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve’s Director of Public Affairs Colonel Thomas Veale told us that the USA was training Syrian border security service personnel, which they expect to reach a total strength of around 30,000. Ibrahim Kalin, the Turkish President’s spokesman, said that Washington’s decision to train Kurdish troops to guard the Syrian-Turkish border was unacceptable. Later, The Pentagon said that you couldn’t describe the forces as an army, whilst US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said:

The entire situation was misportrayed, misdescribed. We aren’t creating a border security force at all.

19 January 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/world/985993

Editor:

The Yanks slammed their dick in the door, yet again. They got caught trying to pull a fast one… and a fast one involving Kurds at that. If there was anything that could drive the Turks into embracing Russia, well, this was that. Washington continues to goad the Turks… it keeps sticking a pin in their ass and giving dumbass replies when caught in the act. The Anglos are showing their juvenile arrogance and hubris. Trust me, the Turks will NOT allow any sort of armed Kurdish force on their borders. Foggy Bottom had best admit that Syria is a lost cause and get out of Dodge… if it doesn’t and continues to back the Kurds, well, they WILL lose Turkey as an ally. After all, Turkey doesn’t fear Russia… but it does fear American backing of the Kurds. Stay tuned on this one… it’s far from over, kids…

BMD

 

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

DPRK Ready to Send Delegation to Pyeongchang Paralympics

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On Wednesday, Yonhap news agency reported that the DPRK wants to send a delegation to the Paralympics in Pyeongchang in the ROK. Pyongyang officials put forward the initiative at Wednesday’s working-level talks in Panmunjom on the participation of a DPRK delegation in the Olympic Games. A ROK Unification Ministry official said:

The North informed the South of its broad plan to send a delegation to the Winter Games and the Paralympics.

The ROK will host the Paralympics on 9-18 March after the Winter Olympics on 9-25 February.

17 January 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/sport/985397

Monday, 15 January 2018

Pyongyang Accuses Washington of Undermining Inter-Korean Talks

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On Monday, Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the DPRK’s ruling party, wrote that the DPRK accused the USA of attempting to disrupt its dialogue with the ROK. The newspaper wrote:

Washington is preparing to deploy strategic military assets around the Korean Peninsula. The USA is repeating its pledge not to ease sanctions and pressure until the DPRK abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. It is throwing cold water on an atmosphere of reconciliation. The DPRK has various options that it can use against Washington at the appropriate time.

Early this year, we saw the first signs of a thaw in relations between the DPRK and the ROK. The two countries held talks at the ministerial level on 9 January, for the first time since December 2015, in Panmunjom, a small village located in the DMZ. The sides agreed that the DPRK would send a delegation, including officials, to the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang in the ROK. Seoul and Washington also postponed their annual military drills, as they upset Pyongyang.

15 January 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/world/985034

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