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Report: South Korea office says reports Seoul 'warned' U.S. are 'excessive'

Report: South Korea office says reports Seoul 'warned' U.S. are 'excessive'

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Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in is refuting claims the president challenged the United States in a speech he delivered on the 72nd anniversary of Korean independence on Tuesday.South Korean newspaper Asia Business reported Wednesday the presidential Blue House disagrees with news reports suggesting Moon was warning the United States, and particularly U.S. President Donald Trump, on the anniversary marking Korean liberation from Japanese colonial rule."War must never break out again on the Korean peninsula. Only the Republic of Korea can make the decision for military action on the Korean peninsula," the president said, while making no mention of the United States.Following his remarks, newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported...
400 bodies found after 'huge' mudslides

400 bodies found after 'huge' mudslides

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Nearly 400 bodies have been found so far after "huge" mudslides hit the capital of Sierra Leone - and more heavy rain is feared to be on the way.Relatives have been gathering at a morgue overloaded with bodies in Freetown and national TV showed images of people bringing bodies to the morgue in rice sacks.The chief coroner, Seneh Dumbuya, said he expected the death toll would rise to more than 500.Rescuers are still trying to find people buried under tons of mud when a hillside collapsed after storms lashed the West African country on Monday.Image:Diggers have been helping sift through the mud Sky News' Rebecca Williams, in Freetown, said some people were "digging with their bare hands" to try to find signs of life."The biggest worry is the forecast is not looking good," said Williams. "The...
Kim Jong Un briefed on possible Guam attacks

Kim Jong Un briefed on possible Guam attacks

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Kim Jong Un was briefed today by a North Korean general on the country's plan to launch missiles toward Guam, according to South Korea's largest news agency. "Dear Supreme Leader has spent a long time to review the plan to attack Guam by surrounding it and conferred with the leaders present," reads a translated statement by Yonhap, attributed to KCNA, the state news agency of North Korea, of the meeting Kim had with General Kim Rak Gyom. "Dear Supreme Leader has spent a long time to review the plan to attack Guam by surrounding it and conferred with the leaders present," the statement added. The war planning came during the leader's visit on Monday to the the headquarters of Strategy Division of the North Korea's People's Army. While there, Kim warned soldiers there to stand ready to st...
Car crashes into French pizzeria, kills 13-year-old

Car crashes into French pizzeria, kills 13-year-old

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Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A vehicle crashed into a pizzeria in northern France, killing an 13-year-old girl and injuring at least 12 others, federal police said Monday.French news outlet BFMTV reported the BMW rammed into the restaurant in the town of Sept-Sorts in the Seine-et-Marne region. The interior ministry said the act was deliberate, though officials aren't treating it as a terror attack.Police arrested the driver, who the ministry described as 32 years old and French.French national police, the Gendarmerie Nationale, posted on Twitter that it was investigating."Do not interfere with rescue operations," the post said. "Respect security permitters."Early local reports on the incident said the young girl who died was 8 years old. Her age was later revised to 13.The interior ministry told the ...
Tillerson, Mattis say 'no' to regime change on North Korea

Tillerson, Mattis say 'no' to regime change on North Korea

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Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Top U.S. officials confirmed their united front on North Korea: denuclearization through a new policy of "strategic accountability," and not regime change, is what they seek from Pyongyang in a time of heightened tensions.In a jointly written opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis stated the United States does not seek to "inflict harm" on the "long-suffering North Korean people.""We are replacing the failed policy of 'strategic patience'...with a new policy of strategic accountability," the two officials wrote.Tillerson and Mattis called for a "peaceful pressure campaign" that would be conducted with the aim of denuclearization, and without toppling the regime.But the two U.S. secretaries als...