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Two Koreas take tough stance as think-tank warns of war

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 5:57 am

The two Koreas are still talking tough one month after the North’s artillery bombardment sent tensions soaring, with Pyongyang threatening nuclear war and Seoul vowing strong retaliation for any new attack.


One day after deploying tanks, artillery and jet fighters in a military show of force, Seoul’s defence ministry said Friday that a giant Christmas tree near the North Korean border would stay lit up till January 8.


The move is likely to anger Pyongyang since the date marks the birthday of its heir apparent Kim Jong-Un. The communist North sees the tree topped with a glowing cross as a provocative propaganda symbol.


The ministry said it hoped to send “a message of peace to the North” and the timing was just a coincidence.

South Korean Army K-9 155mm self-propelled Howitzers fire live rounds during joint air and ground military exercises on the Seungjin Fire Training Field, in mountainous Pocheon.

An international think-tank urged the two Koreas to accept international arbitration to redraw the flashpoint disputed Yellow Sea border.


“Measures must urgently be adopted to reduce the possibility of all-out war”, the International Crisis Group said in a report.


The North said Thursday it was ready for a “sacred war” using its nuclear weapons, as the South held its second live-fire drill in a week.


Pyongyang’s armed forces minister Kim Yong-Chun said the South’s firing drill Monday, on Yeonpyeong island near the Yellow Sea border, was a preparation for a new Korean war.


“The revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK (North Korea) are getting fully prepared to launch a sacred war of justice of Korean style based on the nuclear deterrent at any time necessary to cope with the enemies’ actions deliberately pushing the situation to the brink of a war,” Kim said.


The North on November 23 bombarded Yeonpyeong, killing four people including civilians. Pyongyang said it was retaliating for a South Korean firing drill that dropped shells into waters that it claims are North Korean territory.


The South’s military, accused of a perceived feeble response to last month’s bombardment, has been stressing it will hit back harder next time, using air power.


President Lee Myung-Bak, visiting a frontline army unit Thursday, warned of severe retaliation for any new attack.


“We’ve endured for long enough. We thought we could maintain peace on this land if we endured, but that was not the case,” Lee said. “Now we need to strongly retaliate to maintain peace, deter provocations and prevent war.”


People in the North, the president said, “are almost starving to death, and with the money spent to make atomic bombs, people could live”.


The United States has firmly backed its ally the South and urged China to do more to restrain its own ally, the North.


The North’s latest comments prompted the US State Department to chide it for its “belligerent tricks”.


“We need constructive actions, not heated rhetoric,” spokesman Philip Crowley said.


Despite earlier strong threats, the North did not retaliate for Monday’s firing drill on Yeonpyeong. It also offered nuclear concessions, according to US politician Bill Richardson, who ended a visit to Pyongyang this week.

Richardson said the North agreed to readmit UN atomic inspectors and negotiate the sale of nuclear fuel rods to a third party.

The New Mexico governor, who has longstanding contacts with North Korea, said Thursday the United States should consider resuming talks with the North.

Richardson said a resumption of six-nation talks — under which the North earlier agreed to give up its nuclear weapons in return for aid — could help prevent a new escalation of tensions.

If “they don’t react militarily again to this recent drill, then maybe the time has come for the six-party talks,” he told CNN, referring to the South Korean exercise staged Thursday.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam affirms stance of people-centred national development

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2010 at 5:10 pm




Vietnam affirms stance of people-centred national development


QĐND – Friday, May 21, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

Vietnam has reiterated its consistent policy considering human factor the driving force and the ultimate goal of its national development at a UN meeting on human security.


“Vietnam has been doing its utmost to ensure effective implementation of adopted people-centered policies and strategies,” Ambassador Bui The Giang, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam, said at the General Assembly Plenary Meeting on Human Security in New York on May 20-21.


Ambassador Giang noted that Vietnam’s efforts over the years and subsequent encouraging results in implementing the MDGs, reducing poverty and improving both the material and spiritual living standards for the population are nothing else but the practical application of the human security concept to strategy and policy priorities in the country’s specific circumstances and conditions.


“We look forward to greater cooperation, assistance and partnership from the international community, the United Nations system in particular, in dealing with the current and emerging threats and challenges Vietnam is confronting, especially those posed by climate change, the spread of HIV/AIDS, and trafficking in persons,” he said, adding that Vietnam is willing to join initiatives and contribute to endevours along this line.


The Vietnamese diplomat also welcomed discussions on human security, especially in the context of increasing traditional and non-traditional security threats.


The discussions will better understanding about this concept, its relationship with non-traditional insecurities, possible responses to those non-traditional insecurities, and application of the human security concept in multilateral diplomacy, particularly through the UN’s activities, he said.


While affirming the State’s primary responsibility for ensuring the survival, livelihood and dignity of its individual citizens and communities, Ambassador Giang noted that human security does not entail the use of force against the sovereignty of States but rather focuses on fostering government and local capacities and strengthening the resilience of both to emerging challenges.


He was quick to add that in today’s globalised world, international cooperation, assistance and partnership are indispensable. Furthermore, such cooperation, assistance and partnership can only be most effective when and if taking into account specific social, economic, political, historical and cultural conditions, respecting the ownership of local stakeholders, and complying with the principles of international laws and the United Nations Charter, he said.


Giang affirmed Vietnam’s stance that the UN’s focused attention should be paid to hunger eradication, poverty alleviation and socio-economic development as hunger, poverty and underdevelopment represent the root causes of the many threats and challenges, both traditional and non-traditional, as well as are the very areas where the UN, with its vast and diverse experience and expertise, can make best contribution.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

S.Korea regrets Japan’s stance on disputed islands

In World on December 26, 2009 at 12:27 pm

South Korea expressed regret Friday about Japan’s official reference to a decades-old territorial dispute, even though Tokyo’s new government has apparently softened its stance on the issue.









Seoul’s foreign ministry was responding to a Japanese education handbook released earlier in the day.


The manual calls for high school teachers to tell pupils that Japan is locked in a territorial dispute with South Korea over a tiny island chain known as Dokdo in Korea and Takeshima in Japan.


South Korea controls the islands in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) and insists its ownership is incontestable.


“Whatever claim the Japanese government makes, our government stresses the position once again that no territorial dispute exists between the two sides,” ministry spokesman Moon Tae-Young said in a statement.


The revised educational guidelines inject a wrong perception into Japan’s future generation, he said, describing the move as regrettable.


Japan claimed the islands in 1905 and went on to annex the Korean peninsula from 1910 until its World War II defeat in 1945. South Korea says its ownership dates back centuries.


South Korean officials quoted by Yonhap news agency noted that Japan’s education ministry did not directly mention Dokdo in the new document.


The handbook merely says teachers “need to deepen the understanding on territorial issues by providing accurate information based on the Japanese government’s proper claim and their study at junior high school”.


But Japan said the decision not to explicitly refer to the small rocky outcrops did not mean Tokyo had stopping asserting its sovereignty.


Seoul reacted angrily last year to Japanese guidelines issued for junior high schools saying students should have a “deeper understanding” of Tokyo’s claim over the islets, known as Takeshima in Japan.


A new teaching manual issued Friday for high school students says that study of Japanese territories “should be based on junior high school education.”


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PM takes a tough stance against corruption

In Politics-Society on October 14, 2009 at 4:26 am




PM takes a tough stance against corruption


QĐND – Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 21:4 (GMT+7)

Legal documents on combating corruption in areas such as taxation, land management, public spending and investments should be finalised to improve the efficiency of the fight.


Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung emphasized this when assigning the task to the Central Steering Committee for Corruption Prevention and Control at its 11th session in Hanoi on October 13.


He asked relevant agencies and localities to pay special attention to certain areas which are often sensitive and conductive to corruptive behaviour.


He acknowledged practical results from combating corruption in recent months, which have significantly contributed to the implementation of the country’s socio-economic development tasks. 


The PM emphasised the importance of both preventing and combating corruption, saying the fight should be carried out in a determined, synchronous and lawful manner. 


He spoke of the need to enhance communications, train those involved in the fight, compliment exemplary role models and deal harshly with individuals and organisations that break the law or show irresponsibility towards the fight.


He asked provincial and municipal anti-corruption committees to make a list of graft scandals in their localities and to closely monitor and strictly prosecute corruption cases by law.


Source: VOV


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West should apologize to Russia for S.Ossetian war stance – envoy

In World on October 1, 2009 at 7:47 am

Some Western politicians should offer their apologies to Russia for saying it started the August 2008 armed conflict with Georgia, RIA-Novosti quoted Russia’s envoy to NATO as saying on Thursday.








Russian envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin

After an independent commission established that Georgia’s attack on South Ossetia was unjustifiable under the international law, some Western politicians “would have to make their apologies to Russia for dishing so many dirt on it” over the conflict, Dmitry Rogozin told reporters in Brussels.


The report on the Russia-Georgia war in August 2008 was commissioned by the Council of the European Union, and compiled by Swiss diplomat Heidi Tagliavini, along with 30 European military, legal and history specialists. It puts the blame on Tbilisi for starting the conflict, but says that subsequent Russian actions “went far beyond the reasonable limits of defense” and also were “in violation of international law.”


Rogozin said that the report “for the first time confirmed Russia’s reports that Georgia committed aggression” against its former republic.


The Russian diplomat added that NATO secretary general’s initiatives of improving relations between Russia and NATO, which had been affected by the Russian-Georgian conflict, would be discussed during an informal meeting of the Russia-NATO council on October 5 in Brussels.


The Russia-NATO Council will convene at the level of ambassadors in November, he added. During the meeting, the participants would begin to assess common threats in the Euro-Atlantic region.


“We should give a realistic assessment to what poses a threat to our civilization and where do these hazards come from,” he said.


Russia and NATO would have to draft a roadmap for future bilateral cooperation to create guarantees on military conflict prevention, Rogozin added.


A senior Kremlin official, who refused to be identified, said earlier in the day that Rogozin’s statements on international issues “not always reflect Russia’s official position,” commenting on the envoy’s remarks on the recent shift in the U.S. missile plans in Europe.


The source said that Rogozin’s remarks on international issues that do not concern Russia-NATO relations “should often be viewed as an expert opinion.”


Source: SGGP

Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam intensify anti-drug stance

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Phnom Penh (VNA) – Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam have signed a joint agreement to boost cooperation in controlling illegal drugs during their 8 th ministerial meeting in Vientiane, Laos.

At the end of the meeting, which took place on November 23-26 and attracted the participation of the three countries’ ministers in charge of drugs prevention, the three countries issued a joint press release and the Joint Vientiane Declaration on the matter.

They also agreed to continue the implementation of a trilateral agreement regarding cooperation in the fight against drugs, which was approved by the three sides in Cambodia’s Siem Riep, in 2007.

Vietnam agreed to continue assisting Cambodia in the training of detoxification experts, and to carry out a survey on the current detoxification situation in Cambodia, head of Cambodia’s anti-drug international cooperation department Bo Ramy said.

At the meeting between Cambodia and Vietnam, the Cambodian side proposed to establish borderline offices (BLO) between the two countries’ provinces.

Meanwhile, at the other meeting, Cambodia and Laos also agreed to establish BLOs during 2009. –