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Trump says the U.S. will impose new sanctions on North Korea

The comments came during a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City.



President Trump said Thursday that he will impose new sanctions on North Korea.

The comments came during a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City.

“We will put more sanctions on North Korea,” Trump said in response to questions from reporters about whether new sanctions were imminent.

The president did not elaborate further. In his speech at the U.N. on Tuesday, Trump threatened the destruction of the North Korean regime if its leaders continued to threaten the United States and its allies with a nuclear weapons program.

[In U.N. speech, Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy North Korea’]

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump said in his speech.

“Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,” he added, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


Donald Trump should resign, says Kamala Harris



Washington, Dec 15: Kamala Harris, first Indian-American to serve in the US Senate, has joined a growing group of Democratic senators calling for President Donald Trump to step down amid resurfaced allegations of sexual misconduct.

“I think he should resign in the best interest of the country,” the California Democrat told Politico in an interview on Thursday.

Harris joined six other Democratic senators — Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Jeff Merkley, Mazie Hirono and Ron Wyden — who called for Trump to resign.

The former California Attorney General’s remarks came as Trump faced renewed scrutiny over past accusations of sexual misconduct. At least 16 women have accused him of inappropriate behaviour.

Earlier this week, three of the 16 women renewed their allegations publicly as they detailed their accounts of being groped, fondled and forcibly kissed by Trump before he was elected the US President. They urged Congress to investigate their stories.

Trump inflamed his critics again this week when he said in a tweet that Senator Gillibrand used to “come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions” and that she “would do anything for them”.

Harris, a potential presidential contender in 2020, said Trump’s tweet “was completely inappropriate on every level”.

“First of all, we know he’s not going to resign,” Harris said. “So let’s just be clear about that. But if he were going to make a decision that was in the best interest of the country, I think he should. He should seriously consider it.”

Trump has repeatedly denied accusations of sexual misconduct, taking to Twitter to deride what he called “false accusations and fabricated stories”.

Harris said she believed Trump’s accusers and said that there should be an inquiry into the veracity of their claims.


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Oxford Dictionaries named ‘Youthquake’ Word of the Year



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London, Dec 15: Oxford Dictionaries has declared “Youthquake” as 2017’s Word of the Year, reflecting what it calls a “political awakening” among millennial voters, the media reports on Friday.

It was first coined in the 1960s by Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, who used it to describe sudden changes in fashion, music and attitudes, reports the BBC.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines youthquake as the “series of radical political and cultural upheavals occurring among students and young people in the 1960s”.

Oxford Dictionaries said late Thursday that its use had seen a recent resurgence, to describe young people driving political change.

Oxford Dictionaries’ Casper Grathwohl said it was “not an obvious choice”.

But he said Youthquake’s use in everyday speech had increased five-fold during 2017.

“In the UK, where it rose to prominence as a descriptor of the impact of the country’s young people on its general election, calls it out as a word on the move,” he said.

Grathwohl said youthquake’s use in Britain peaked during the June general election, after polls delivered a better-than-expected result for the Labour party.

Oxford Dictionaries said the word sounded a note of hope after what it described as a “difficult and divisive year”.

The word of the year is a word, or expression, that Oxford Dictionaries deems has “attracted a great deal of interest during the year to date” and is drawn from newspapers, books, blogs and transcripts of spoken English, the BBC reported.

Last year’s word, “post-truth”, was chosen after the 2016 Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election.


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Japan imposes new unilateral sanctions on North Korea



Tokyo, Dec 15: The Japan on Friday imposed new unilateral sanctions on North Korea, which include freezing the assets of Pyongyang-based firms, in response to the launch of the country’s latest ballistic missile.

The new sanctions come as an addition to a long list of punitive measures imposed by Japan which affect North Korean companies of different sectors and senior officials of the Kim Jong-un regime, as well as the movement of citizens between the two countries, IANS quoted citing Efe news reported.

The government decided to add 19 more companies on the list of businesses whose assets have been frozen, including firms related to financial services, coal and oil traders, shipping and the supply of workers overseas, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga stated.

With the latest announcement, the total score of North Korean companies or entities subject to Japanese sanctions scaled up to 56, while 62 individuals have also been blacklisted.

However, many of these entities and people also figure in sanctions by the UN Security Council.

Addressing a press conference , Suga said the expanded sanctions, effective from Friday, are in response to North Korea’s continued provocative statements and actions as well as a lack of progress on the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea decades ago.

The decision was timed to coincide with a UNSC ministerial meeting on the situation on the Korean peninsula, to take place in New York later on Friday, he added.

During the meeting, leaders will discuss about the latest North Korean missile launch as well as the conciliatory message issued by United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson earlier this week, amid numerous calls for talk between the international community and the Kim Jong-un regime.

On November 29, North Korea launched the intercontinental ballistic missile, which is as another step towards the regime’s aim of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching US territory.



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