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

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

World
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...
35 children die in north Indian hospital in 3 days

35 children die in north Indian hospital in 3 days

Health
Parents of at least 35 children who have died in a state-run hospital in northern India over the past three days have alleged that the fatalities were due to the lack of a sufficient oxygen supply in the children's ward. District Magistrate Rajiv Rautela said Saturday that the deaths of the children being treated for different ailments at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur city in Uttar Pradesh state were due to natural causes. He denied that an insufficient oxygen supply led to their deaths. Parents said that the oxygen supply to the ward ran out Thursday night and that patients' families were given self-inflating bags to help the children breathe. "That's the time when the death of the children peaked," said Mritunjaya Singh, whose 7-month-old son was admitted to ...
North Korea: China urges Trump not to worsen situation

North Korea: China urges Trump not to worsen situation

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceChina's President Xi Jinping has urged Donald Trump and North Korea to avoid "words and actions" that worsen tensions, state media say.Mr Trump and North Korea have been exchanging hostile rhetoric, with the US president threatening to rain "fire and fury" on the North.But China, North Korea's only major ally, has been urging restraint.A White House statement said the US and China agreed North Korea must stop "provocative and escalatory behaviour".Long-standing tensions over North Korea's nuclear programme worsened when it tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.The regime was also angered by last week's UN decision to increase economic sanctions against it.According to Chinese state media, Mr Xi told Mr Trump in a phone call that ...
Global markets slip amid North Korea tension

Global markets slip amid North Korea tension

Business
US stocks joined the downward trend after investors were left rattled by President Donald Trump's "fire and fury" warning to North Korea.Mr Trump's words came overnight on Tuesday, UK time, in an escalation of tensions between the two countries.The Dow ended a nine-day streak of closing records, falling by 0.24%, while the Nasdaq fell by just under half a percent and the S&P was down by 0.21%.JJ Kinahan, chief strategist at TD Ameritrade, said geopolitics had "splashed cold water on the markets".He added: "There's uncertainty and caution as investors nervously eye the next foreign policy moves.":: N Korea risks 'destruction' - US defence chiefIn the UK, the FTSE 100 closed down 0.59%, or 44.67 points, at 7498, broadly in line with negative trends in European markets.The pan-European ST...
North Korea 'examining' plan to strike Guam

North Korea 'examining' plan to strike Guam

World
North Korea says it is "carefully examining" a plan to strike the US territory of Guam with missiles.The threat came hours after President Donald Trump told Pyongyang that any threat to the US would be met with "fire and fury".A spokesman for the Korean People's Army said the strike plan would be "put into practice in a multi-current and consecutive way any moment" once Kim Jong Un makes a decision.He added that "enveloping fire" would be used to contain major US military bases on the island territory in the western Pacific Ocean - including the Anderson Air Force Base.KCNA, Pyongyang's state-run news agency, also carried a statement from a different military official which said North Korea may carry out a pre-emptive operation if the US shows signs of provocation.:: Why is North Korea thr...