UN advisor criticizes Maersk’s shipment for North Korea

  BY OLE ANDERSEN, TOMAS KRISTIANSEN Published  23.03.18 at 11:25 No companies should accept a risk of getting caught transporting components for sanctioned North Korean missiles, says former UN monitor and sanctions advisor to ShippingWatch. Photo: /ritzau/AP/Wong Maye-E It is not acceptable for subsidiaries in major international transport companies to claim that they did not know what…

Time for Africa to take concrete action in the DRC

The AU must resume its leadership role; taking a back seat to SADC is a recipe for inaction. 12 Jan 2018 Stephanie Wolters The fight between the Congolese government and the political opposition over who is right and wrong continues to drive the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) electoral crisis, now entering its third…

An Olympic Feat: North and South Korea Engage in High-Level Talks

The focus was on the upcoming Olympic Games, but North Korea agreed to additional military talks. By Hyunmin Michael Kang January 10, 2018 North and South Korea held high-level talks on January 9 and agreed to send North Korean delegations to the PyeongChang Olympic Games, as well as to hold military meetings. The high-level talks…

Congo Reports Arrest in Killing of 2 U.N. Experts

By STEVE WEMBI and JINA MOORE DEC. 30, 2017 Zaida Catalan and Michael Sharp were abducted in March while investigating crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit Bertil Ericson/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images; Timo Mueller/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images NAIROBI, Kenya — A man suspected in the killing of two United Nations experts in…

DR Congo: New ‘Kivu Security Tracker’ Maps Eastern Violence

 December 7, 2017 Over 500 Killed, 1,000 Abducted in Kivu Provinces in Past 6 Months Expand The Kivu Security Tracker maps violence by armed groups and Congolese security forces in Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern Kivu provinces. © 2017 Kivu Security Tracker     (Goma) – The new Kivu Security Tracker will map violence by armed groups and…

The UN’s Problem With North Korea Is Africa

Kambiz Foroohar November 30, 2017 Some nations don’t see North Korea as national security threat African countries continue arms deals, military training President Donald Trump’s administration calls North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism and is stepping up pressure on China to cut off all ties with its neighbor after Pyongyang’s test of another intercontinental…

中國特使到訪 北韓爆打造

    〔編譯魏國金/綜合外電報導〕中共中央對外聯絡部部長宋濤十七日以中國國家主席習近平特使身分前往北韓訪問,他是兩年來出訪平壤層級最高的特使。不過在宋濤到訪前,北韓喉舌「勞動新聞」指出,與國家利益及人民安全有關的核議題絕不能放在談判桌上協商,顯然拒絕宋濤預料中的說帖。 北韓勞動黨中央委員會副委員長崔龍海(左)十七日在平壤萬壽台議事堂迎接中共中央對外聯絡部部長宋濤。(美聯社) 由五名成員組成的特使團十七日下午從北京搭機前往平壤,北韓駐北京大使池在龍於機場送行。南韓韓聯社引述消息來源報導,該行程共四天,宋濤可望十九日與北韓領導人金正恩會面,向他報告中共十九大的狀況,以及「共同關切的其他議題」。分析家預料,宋濤將著墨北韓核武僵局。 但北韓勞動黨黨報「勞動新聞」十七日在標題為「(美國)應放棄愚蠢野心」的評論中說,歷史教訓顯示,「除了以正義的核威懾力,挺身對抗美帝的壓迫外,別無他法」,「我們已清楚表明,除非美國結束對我國的敵意政策,否則我們絕不會從加速國家核力量的路徑上後退一步」。北韓的裁軍會議大使韓泰松(Han Tae Song,譯音)十七日在日內瓦接受專訪也表示,只要美國與南韓仍持續進行聯合軍演,雙方就沒談判可能。 北韓專家認為,宋濤此行不太可能有重大突破。澳洲雪梨大學亞太安全議題專家袁勁東說:「我們預料會達成一些保住面子,但非常籠統抽象、不會實質改變北韓核子與飛彈計畫的承諾。」他認為,宋濤此行是「警告北韓不要走到極端更甚於迫其放棄核武」,因中國的首要之務仍是維持區域穩定。 監視北韓動向的「北緯三十八度」網站十六日引用攝自本月五日的衛星影像報告說,北韓新浦南造船廠出現兩件大型圓形物件,顯然是潛艦壓力艙零件,顯示北韓正積極打造新彈道飛彈潛艦,該潛艦可能是目前的「新浦級」(SINPO-class)實驗型彈道飛彈潛艦改良版「新浦C型」彈道飛彈潛艦。     Machine Translation: Chinese Special Envoy Visits North Korea Song Tao, External Relations Minister of the CPC Central Committee, visited North Korea on the 17th as his special envoy to President Xi Jinping. He is the highest-level special envoy visiting Pyongyang for the past…