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International News
N Korea threatens to resume nuke, long-range missile tests
 
Seoul: North Korea threatened again on Thursday to resume nuclear and long-range missile tests, accusing the US of having instigated some members of the UN Security Council to condemn its recent weapons tests. The warning by Pyongyang''s Foreign Ministry followed the weekend breakdown of North Korea-US nuclear negotiations in Sweden, the first such talks between the countries in more than seven months. North Korea said the talks collapsed because the US didn''t have any new proposals, and whether it maintains a self-imposed moratorium on major weapons tests was up to Washington.

Some observers say North Korea''s threat may be a tactic to pressure the US into making concessions as a restart of nuclear and long-range missile tests would likely derail negotiations, deepen its international isolation and further dim prospects for rebuilding its moribund economy. A ministry statement took issue with condemnation Tuesday by the European members of the UN Security Council of North Korea''s recent ballistic missile and other weapons tests, including its first underwater-launched missile launch in three years on October 2. North Korea said those tests were of the self-defense nature.

North Korea also accused the US of being behind the European condemnation of its weapons tests after having "begged for working-level North Korea-US talks" in Sweden. On Tuesday, the UN council discussed the North''s latest underwater-launched missile test and its European members urged Pyongyang to abandon all weapons of mass destruction and engage in "meaningful negotiations" with the US. The council meeting was called by France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Council members Belgium and Poland joined in supporting the statement along with Estonia, which will join the council in January.

The North Korean statement said the condemnation is particularly a "grave provocation to us" because the Security Council didn''t act on the October 2 US test of an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile, which it said was apparently designed to apply pressure on North Korea. A US Air Force Global Strike Command statement said that such tests demonstrate the capability of the intercontinental ballistic missile system and are not a response to world events or regional tensions. North Korea said it can make a response "on the same level" but is refraining from doing that because it''s still unnecessary or premature to do so.

But the statement said that "our patience has a limit" and the European condemnation is pushing North Korea to reconsider whether to maintain the disarmament steps it has taken to build confidence with the US. North Korea last year suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests, partially dismantled its long-range rocket test site and dismantled its only known underground nuclear testing site. US-led diplomacy aimed at stripping North Korea of its nuclear program had been stalemated since the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam in February ended without any agreement.

That summit fell apart because of Trump''s rejection of Kim''s demands for major sanctions relief in return for a limited denuclearization step.


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Hong Kong blocks Tiananmen vigil; rush on for UK passports
Oman reports 1,014 new COVID-19 cases, 11,437 in total
SpaceX Nasa Mission: Astronauts on historic mission enter space station
Protests over George Floyd death overwhelm US authorities again
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France reports 52 new Coronavirus deaths
Death toll from COVID-19 in Brazil rises by 1,124 to 27,878 People
Death toll from COVID-19 in Brazil rises by 1,124 to 27,878 People
Saudi Arabia registers 1,644 new COVID-19 cases
Coronavirus deaths in US top 100,000; Trump sympathises with families of the victims
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UK to seek 2021 date for UN climate change summit
COVID-19 death toll nears 100,000, New York Times calls it "incalculable loss"
Germany reports more than 178,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19
Iran warns US not to interfere with Venezuela oil shipment
Sri Lanka to ease coronavirus restrictions from May 26
At least 57 killed in Pakistan passenger plane crash in Karachi
China introduces new security bill in parliament to tighten controls over Hong Kong
Trump lashes out at scientists whose findings contradict him
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KERALA NEWS
Woman dies of COVID-19 in Kerala, toll rises to ten; 61 new cases reported
 Kozhikode/Thiruvananthapuram: A 53-year old woman, who returned from Riyadh recently succumbed to th
COVID-19 tally in Kerala rises to 1,208, 7 Pilots and cabin crew, among 58 infected
Vijayan slams Railways for scheduling trains to Kerala without informing state
Kerala records 6th COVID-19 death
NATIONAL NEWS
Depression in Arabian Sea to intensify into severe cyclonic storm; will impact Mumbai
 New Delhi, Jun 1 (PTI) The depression in the Arabian Sea is likely to intensify into a severe cyclon
Deferred due to coronavirus, elections to 18 RS seats to be held on June 19: EC
Mercury plummets as rain lashes Haryana and Punjab
New biography on PM Modi released
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