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US Calls for Release of Millions of Religious Prisoners During Pandemic

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WASHINGTON – The United States on Thursday called on governments around the world to release millions of religious prisoners amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sam Brownback, United States Ambassador General for International Religious Freedom, told reporters that millions of religious minorities behind bars for practicing their religion should be released because …

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Eight Countries Urge UN to Lift Iran Sanctions

Iran

UNITED NATIONS – The diplomatic missions of Iran, Russia, China, Syria, North Korea, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela sent a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, asking him to call for the lifting of unilateral sanctions against Iran that hinder the fight against COVID-19. The letter described …

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China Closes Wuhan City to Stop Spread of Deadly Virus

China

BEIJING – China on Thursday closed a city of more than 11 million people in an unprecedented effort to try to contain a deadly new viral disease that sickened hundreds and spread to other cities and countries in the lunar New Year travel rush. Normally, the busy streets, malls, restaurants, …

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S.Korea’s Moon Could Seek Exemption of UN Sanctions on N.Korea

South Korean Moon

SEOUL – South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday that he could seek exemptions of U.N. sanctions placed on North Korea to bring about improved inter-Korean relations that he believes would help restart nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington. Moon has previously made similar comments, despite outside worries that any …

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Seoul Must Continue to Apply Sanctions on Pyongyang: US

Seoul

WASHINGTON – The United States has responded to South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s call for renewed inter-Korean cooperation, stressing that Seoul must continue to apply all sanctions against North Korea. “All UN member states have an obligation to implement the UN Security Council resolutions on sanctions, and we expect all …

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Kim Jong-Un Calls for “Positive and Offensive” Security Policy

North Korea

PYONGYANG – The leader of North Korea called for “positive and offensive measures” to guarantee the “sovereignty and security” of the country, state media reported Monday. Kim Jong-un was speaking at a multi-day gathering of party leaders in Pyongyang – unusual for this time of year. The comments come amid …

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China Hosts Japan, South Korea with Eyes on Nuclear North

China

BEIJING – China is hosting South Korea and Japan’s squabbling neighbors on Tuesday, expanding its diplomatic muscle with America’s two key military allies in Asia, and finding regional consensus on how to deal with a belligerent North Korea. The gathering in Chengdu’s southwest city is taking place with the clock …

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China, Russia Propose Lifting North Korea Sanctions

China

NEW YORK – On Monday, China and Russia proposed to relax UN sanctions against the ailing economy of North Korea in the face of concerns that the US-led negotiations with the hermit nation had gained little traction, Anadolu Agency reported Tuesday. Beijing and Moscow exchanged in the Security Council a …

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US Says It Won’t Accept North Korea Set Nuclear Deadline

US

SEOUL, South Korea – A senior US diplomat said Monday that Washington would not recognize North Korea’s year-end deadline to make concessions in failed nuclear talks and urged Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table immediately. “Let me be completely clear on this point: The United States has no deadline,” …

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Trump Warns North Korea After ‘Very Important’ Missile Tests

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SEOUL – President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in discussed North Korea-related developments on Saturday and the two leaders committed to continuing close communication, the White House said in a statement. Trump tweeted: “Kim Jong Un is too smart and has too much to lose, all in reality, …

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