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US Sanctions North Korean Tech firms based in China, Russia

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Washington, Sep 14: The US has imposed sanctions on two North Korean-controlled information technology (IT) companies based in China and Russia, accusing them of moving illicit funds to Pyongyang.

The U.S. Treasury Department designated the China-based China Silver Star, its North Korean CEO Jong Song Hwa and its Russia-based sister company Volasys Silver Star as fronts for the North Korean government.

“These actions are intended to stop the flow of illicit revenue to North Korea from overseas information technology workers disguising their true identities and hiding behind front companies, aliases, and third-party nationals,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Thursday.

The sanctions come at a time when the US is maintaining pressure on the North Korean government in its negotiations to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

“The US will continue to fully enforce and implement sanctions until we have achieved the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea,” Mnuchin said.

The US has been using sanctions to maintain pressure on Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programme, White House officials have acknowledged that there has been no progress on denuclearization, even as President Donald Trump considers a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

They met face-to-face during their historic summit in June in Singapore.

On Wednesday, the Pentagon said the US and allies are days away from launching a new effort to more publicly expose North Korean violations of sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear and missile programs, defence officials tell CNN.

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Watch Prince Harry stealing samosa at Meghan Markle’s event

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New Delhi, Sep 22: Prince Harry was caught on camera sneaking samosas from her wife’s Meghan Markle’s cookbook event. 

The Duke of Sussex had hosted an event at Kensington Palace to mark the launch her book “Together: Our Community Cookbook” on
Thursday and in the quirkiest way her husband was seen stealing Indian Snack ‘Samosas’.

The British television network, ITV shared a video on the @itvnews Twitter account on September 20.

In the video, Harry can be seen trying to hide the samosa as he caught red-handed. Later, he smiled and casually walked away checking his surroundings.

Meghan’s book features recipes from a group of women whose community was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire that claimed more than 70 lives.

As the video went viral, Twitterati’s just can’t stop laughing at the Royal Prince’s cheeky act.

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Attack on Iranian military parade : 24 killed, 53 wounded

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Tehran, Sep 22 : At least 24 people have been killed and 53 wounded in an attack when  terrorists disguised as Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Basiji (volunteer) forces opened fire at a military parade in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz.

The parade was part of nationwide celebrations in Iran to mark the 30th anniversary since the end of the eight-year war with Iraq that started in September 1980 and ended in August 1988.

Those killed in Saturday’s attack included members of the Revolutionary Guard and “women and children” who had come to watch the parade, the Iranian state-run IRNA news agency said.

“The terrorists disguised as Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Basiji (volunteer) forces opened fire during the parade,” Governor of Khuzestan Gholam-Reza Shariati was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency.

Fars news agency said the attack started at 9 a.m. and appeared to involve four gunmen. The attackers shot from a park near the parade and were wearing military uniforms.

“The terrorist team was annihilated, two of them were killed and other two were arrested. One of the detained terrorists was injured,” said Shariati.

Military personnel and a journalist were among those killed.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blamed “a foreign regime” backed by the US for the attack. “Terrorists recruited, trained, armed and paid by a foreign regime have attacked Ahvaz,” he said in a tweet, adding: “Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their US masters accountable for such attacks.”

Earlier, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani used the occasion of the military parade to compare US President Donald Trump to the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, according to Press TV.

Speaking at a military rally in Tehran, he said Trump will fail in the “economic and psychological war” he’s launched against Iran, just as Hussein failed in his 8-year war against the Islamic Republic”.

“Iran will neither abandon its defensive weapons nor will reduce its defence capabilities,” Rouhani said.

“Rather it will increase its defence power day by day. The fact that they are angry at our missiles shows that these are the most influential weapons Iran has.”

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Disappointed at India’s ‘negative, arrogant’ reply: Imran Khan

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Islamabad, Sep 22: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday expressed “disappointment” at India’s response calling it “arrogant and negative” after New Delhi called off talks between the foreign ministers of the two countries, blaming Islamabad for glorifying terrorism.

“Disappointed at the arrogant and negative response by India to my call for resumption of the peace dialogue,” tweeted Khan.

“However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture.”

Indian External Affairs Ministers Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi were set to meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York next week, that could have marked the first thaw in bilateral ties that have steadily deteriorated.

The Indian government said on Friday that it cancelled talks with Pakistan following two “deeply disturbing” developments that led to Islamabad’s “evil agenda” being exposed.

In one incident, terrorists abducted and gunned down three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir, marking a sharp escalation in militancy in the state which India says is backed by Pakistan.

Also, Islamabad had issued postage stamps in memory of Burhan Wani, a Hizbul Mujahideen leader who was shot dead by Indian security forces in July 2016, sparking widespread street protests.

Qureshi had called the development “unfortunate” and claimed that the decision was taken by New Delhi “under internal pressure”.

“The reasons cited by the Indian side for the decision to cancel the foreign ministers’ meeting, within 24 hours of its public confirmation, are entirely unconvincing,” the Pakistan Foreign Ministry had said in a statement.

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