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May 25, 2018 05:26 UTC
So, it isn’t too surprising that the North Korean government was not thrilled with Bolton’s analogy. If there were an argument for keeping his nuclear weapons, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un needn’t look far. Cuba Might Look BetterPerhaps what Mr. Bolton should have proposed was an improved Cuba model. That’s where Mr. Bolton might have offered a genuine sweetener to the Cuba model. What is pretty clear is that Libya wasn’t the “model” that North Korea wanted to hear.
May 25, 2018 05:03 UTC
BENGHAZI: At least seven people were killed and 10 wounded when a car bomb exploded on a busy street in the center of the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday night, a hospital medic said. Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city, is controlled by the Libyan National Army (LNA), the dominant force in eastern Libya led by commander Khalifa Haftar. The LNA was battling Islamists, including some linked to Islamic State and al Qaeda, as well as other opponents until late last year in the Mediterranean port city. Security has improved since then, but two mosque bombings earlier this year killed at least 35 people. In the past few months, there have been occasional, smaller- scale bombings apparently targeting LNA allies or supporters, but attacks in the city center are rare.
May 25, 2018 01:07 UTC
"That's right, I think we're looking at the Libya model of 2003, 2004," national security adviser John Bolton said on "Face the Nation." To get why, you need to understand what folks mean when they refer to the "Libya model" for denuclearization. Essentially, this is what everyone is referring to as "the Libya model." Gadhafi's death was, to North Korea, also part of the Libya model and vindication in its decision to pursue a nuclear weapon. So when Trump's team today refers to the "Libya model" for North Korea, an autocrat like Kim Jong-un's not going to be exactly comforted.
May 24, 2018 22:07 UTC
President Trump's decision to write a letter to Kim Jong-Un calling off the June 12 Singapore summit with North Korea came down to a "trail of broken promises," one White House official put it Thursday. The president's letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — a letter he dictated, the White House official told reporters in a conference call Thursday afternoon — blamed "tremendous anger and open hostility" in a recent North Korean statement. The decision to scuttle the summit came after a late-night huddle between Pompeo, Bolton, the vice president and the president, following a North Korean statement slamming Pence. South Korean President Moon Jae-in did not have much new information when he came to the White House two days ago. Mr. Trump and Kim have not spoken, a White House official told reporters, but have rather communicated through Pompeo.
May 24, 2018 22:05 UTC
President Trump speaks during a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House on May 10, 2018. The chants for President Trump to receive the Nobel Peace Prize are getting softer. Earlier in the day, North Korea dismantled a nuclear test site. Trump, in a letter to Kim, cited North Korea's “tremendous anger and hostility” in recent statements as reasons for the cancellation. North Korea called Vice President Pence’s comparison of North Korea and Libya "ignorant" and "stupid."
May 24, 2018 21:45 UTC
Here is a recap of Thursday’s news headlines from The Libya ObserverExchange Rates http://lyo.ly/5acHumanitarian access to Derna in east Libya is urgent, says UNSMIL coordinator http://lyo.ly/7glAudit Bureau discloses violations in expenditure by Libya Presidential Council http://lyo.ly/7gkOver 20 illegal immigrants wounded in human trafficker’s gunfire after mass escape http://lyo.ly/7g3NOC says oil production continues at the Raquba oil field despite protests http://lyo.ly/7gbUNSMIL hold discussions with HCS regarding the Derna file http://lyo.ly/7gaUNMAS provides Libya’s Free Fields with demining equipment http://lyo.ly/7g9Natural gas exported to Italy from Libya after four year halt http://lyo.ly/7g8President of HCS meets French envoy to discuss latest French initiative http://lyo.ly/7g6International Group for Libya calls for the international community to halt an imminent massacre in Derna http://lyo.ly/7g5
May 24, 2018 21:22 UTC
All parties need to meet their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law and ensure the protection of civilians in Derna, easter Libya, from attack and their freedom of movement, including facilitating the safe exit of those wishing to leave the city, the UNSMIL humanitarian coordinator Maria Ribeiro said Thursday. Ribeiro added in statement urging for humanitarian access to Derna that all parties must also ensure the safety and sanctity of health infrastructure and health workers. “I call on all parties to immediately allow safe and unfettered access to Derna for humanitarian actors and urgently needed humanitarian goods,” Ribeiro added. “We need to be able to assist people in need without delay to prevent further loss of life." The statement published on the UNSMIL website explained.
May 24, 2018 21:22 UTC
In the fourth chapter of the Audit Bureau annual report for 2017 issued on Wednesday, it revealed data and figures showing violation and exaggeration in spending by the Presidential Council (PC) based in Tripoli, along with House of Representatives (HoR) members and High Council (HCS) of State ones. "Despite the HoR having its own financial measures, some HoR members were receiving some privileges from the PC, which is a huge violation." It adds that the PC spent in 2017 over 3.273 million dinars on members for flight tickets, hotels and also booked money and travel bonuses. "Four HCS members and at least one HoR member took money from Presidential Council, which needs a probe as this is a serious violations." "The PC spent over 9 million dinars on private jets and a lot of money on giving presents to guests.
May 24, 2018 18:56 UTC
CLOSE President Donald Trump calls the summit's cancellation a "tremendous setback" for North Korea and the world. U.S. and North Korea Peace Talks commemorative 'Challenge Coin.' (Photo: EPA-EFE)Let us finally praise President Trump for getting it right on North Korea. It is possible that the North Koreans increased their rhetoric to scuttle the talks for their own reasons. More: Hold the irrational exuberance on North Korea.
May 24, 2018 17:03 UTC
(May 24) APPresident Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI, AFP/Getty Images)SEOUL — South Korean President Moon Jae-in called the cancellation of next month's landmark summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "very regrettable and unfortunate" and urged the two leaders to talk to each other directly. Moon's top press secretary, Yoon Young-chan, quoted the South Korean president as saying it may be difficult to resolve the sensitive and difficult diplomatic issues through traditional means of communications. North Korea, meanwhile, demolished its Punggye-ri nuclear test site on Thursday as it earlier said it would do ahead of the summit. More: Trump cancels meeting with North Korea, citing 'tremendous anger and open hostility'More: North Korea demolishes its nuclear test siteOnyanga-Omara reported from London.
May 24, 2018 15:33 UTC
In an emotional break-up letter, president Donald Trump today canceled his summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Soon after the White House National Security Adviser Bolton made the reckless remarks, Vice-President Pence has again spat out nonsense that the DPRK would follow in Libya’s footstep. Before making such reckless threatening remarks without knowing exactly who he is facing, Pence should have seriously considered the terrible consequences of his words. I only wonder what is the ulterior motive behind its move and what is it the US has calculated to gain from that. Read Next: Donald Trump’s break-up letter to Kim Jong Un
May 24, 2018 14:48 UTC
The summit involving US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would have taken place on June 12 in SIngapore. SEOUL: US President Donald Trump on Thursday called off a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, even after North Korea followed through on a pledge to blow up tunnels at its nuclear test site. Earlier on Thursday, North Korea repeated a threat to pull out of the unprecedented summit with Trump next month and warned it was prepared for a nuclear showdown with Washington if necessary. The apparent destruction of what North Korea says is its only nuclear test site has been widely welcomed as a positive, if largely symbolic, step toward resolving tension over its weapons. North Korean leader Kim has declared his nuclear force complete, amid speculation the site was obsolete anyway.
May 24, 2018 14:37 UTC
The prospect of a summit had significantly eased tensions between North Korea and the U.S. that had escalated last year. In response, North Korea said it is still willing to sit down with Trump "at any time, at any format." Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan issued a statement Friday saying North Korea is "willing to give the U.S. time and opportunities" to reconsider talks. "North Korea has a long history of demanding concessions merely to negotiate," said Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. But the letter also thanked Kim for the release of American hostages held in North Korea two weeks ago.
May 24, 2018 13:56 UTC
Salloum crossing - File photoMARSA MATROUH - 24 May 2018: As many as 207 Egyptians returned from Libya via Salloum crossing, Matrouh security director said on Thursday.The figure includes 173 people who traveled legally and 34 people who traveled illegally, he said.Also, 229 trucks crossed the terminal from both directions within the past 24 hours.The authorities finished the traveling procedures of 526 people, including 131 Egyptians and 395 Libyans, he said in a statement.
May 24, 2018 12:33 UTC