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North Korea propaganda outlet demands 'corresponding' measures from U.S.

North Korea propaganda outlet demands 'corresponding' measures from U.S.

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SEOUL, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The United States should take "corresponding" measures to reward North Korea in order for the two countries to produce results that meet the expectations of the international community, a Pyongyang propaganda outlet said Wednesday in an apparent reference to next week's summit of their leaders. Ryomyong, a propaganda website, made the demand as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump are set to hold their second summit on Feb. 27-28 in Hanoi, Vietnam, to discuss dismantling the North's nuclear weapons program. The North has long claimed it has done its part under an agreement reached at June's historic first-ever summit between Kim and Trump, such as blowing up its nuclear testing site, and that it's the United State's turn to take "correspo...
Turkey demands China close camps after reports of musician's death

Turkey demands China close camps after reports of musician's death

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Turkey has called on China to close its detention camps following the reported death of a renowned musician from the ethnic Uighur minority.Abdurehim Heyit is thought to have been serving an eight-year sentence in the Xinjiang region, where up to a million Uighurs are reportedly being detained.A statement from Turkey's foreign ministry said they were being subjected to "torture" in "concentration camps".China described the comments as "completely unacceptable".The Uighurs are a Muslim Turkic-speaking minority based in the north-west Xinjiang region of China, which has come under intense surveillance by Chinese authorities.Their language is close to Turkish and a significant number of Uighurs have fl...
Italy budget: Rome rejects European Commission demands

Italy budget: Rome rejects European Commission demands

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The Italian government has defied the European Commission by sticking to its big-spending budget plan.Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said a deficit target of 2.4% and a growth forecast of 1.5% were unchanged.The Commission, worried by the impact of high spending on Italy's high levels of debt, had told Rome to revise the budget or face possible fines.It had set Tuesday as a deadline to Italy's governing populist parties to respond to its objections.The Commission's warning to Italy, the eurozone's third-biggest economy, is an unprecedented move with regard to an European Union member state. It will now decide whether to begin disciplinary measures against the Rome government. Italian government bond yields rose sharply earl...
North Korea: US is making 'gangster-like' demands on denuclearisation

North Korea: US is making 'gangster-like' demands on denuclearisation

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North Korea has accused the US of using "gangster-like" tactics to push it towards nuclear disarmament after a fresh round of high-level talks. It branded the US attitude at the meeting as "extremely troubling".The statement, by an unnamed foreign ministry official, gave a starkly different account from one provided by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just hours before.He had said progress was made during his two-day visit to Pyongyang.It is the first time he has visited North Korea since a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore.The leader's meeting ended with a promise from Mr Kim to work towards denuclearisation, but details on how this will be achieved remain thin.A key aim of Mr Pompeo during his visit was ...
N Korea: 'One-sided' demands threaten summit

N Korea: 'One-sided' demands threaten summit

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North Korea has said it has no interest in meeting the US if their summit is based on "one-sided" demands to give up nuclear weapons. First vice foreign minister Kim Kye Gwan said that if the US "corners us and unilaterally demands we give up nuclear weapons we will no longer have an interest in talks and will have to reconsider whether we will accept the upcoming DPRK-US summit".The US-North Korea summit, a historic meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, is scheduled for 12 June in Singapore.But it now looks to be under threat, with North Korea apparently losing its patience.On Tuesday night, the North announced it was scrapping high-level talks with South Korea, blaming the South's military drills with the US, which began a few days ago.T...