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Trump breathes fire and fury
Bedminster (New Jersey)
United States President Donald
Trump has warned North Korea it
would be met with “fire and fury” if it
threatens the US.
Earlier Pyongyang said it was ready
to give Washington a “severe lesson”
with its strategic nuclear force in
response to any US military action.
Washington has warned it is ready
to use force if need be to stop North
Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear
programmes but that it prefers global
diplomatic action, including sanctions.
The consequences of any US strike
would potentially be catastrophic
for South Koreans, Japanese and US
military personnel within range of
North Korean retaliatory strikes.
US military and intelligence officials
said any military action against North
Korea could unleash a barrage of
missiles and artillery in retaliation
targeted on Seoul and US bases in
South Korea and elsewhere that
would probably claim hundreds of
thousands of lives.
“ North Korea best not make any
more threats to the United States.
They will be met with fire and fury
like the world has never seen,” Trump
told reporters at the Trump National
Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
The United Nations Security
Council unanimously imposed new
sanctions on North Korea on Saturday
over its continued missile tests, that
could slash the reclusive country’s
$3 billion annual export revenue by a
North Korea said the sanctions
infringed its sovereignty and it was
ready to give Washington a “severe
lesson” with its strategic nuclear force
in response to any US military action.
North Korea has made no secret
of plans to develop a nuclear-tipped
missile able to strike the US and has
ignored international calls to halt its
nuc lear and missile programmes.
North Korea says its intercontinental
ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are a
legitimate means of defence against
perceived US hostility. It has long
accused the US and South Korea of
worsening tensions by conducting
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis
has warned of an “effective and
over whelming” response
North Korea if it chose to use nuclear
weapons but has said any military
solution would be “tragic on an
unbelievable scale. ”
The US has 28,500 troops in South
Korea to guard against the North
Korean threat. Japan hosts about
54,000 US military personnel, the US
Department of Defence says, and tens
of thousands of Americans work in
Seoul is home to a population of
roughly 10 million, within range of
massed pre-targeted North Korean
rockets and artillery, which would be
impossible to destroy by a first US
“There is no question who would
prevail in the event of war, regardless
of who started it, but there also is no
question about the cost,” a former US
government expert on north-east Asia
On Monday, US Secretary of State
Rex Tillerson held the door open
for dialogue, saying Washington was
willing to talk to Pyongyang if it
halted its missile test launches.
Still, he maintained the pressure,
urging Thailand yesterday for more
action against Pyongyang.
The successful testing of two ICBMs
last month suggested the reclusive
North was making technical progress,
Japan’s annual defence white paper
“Since last year, when it forcibly
implemented two nuclear tests and
more than 20 ballistic missile launches,
the security threats have entered a
new stage,” its defence ministry said
in the 563-page document released
“It is conceivable that North Korea’s
nuclear weapons programme has
already considerably advanced and
it is possible that North Korea has
already achieved the miniaturisation
of nuclear weapons and has acquired
nuclear warheads,” it added.
South Korea reiterated further UN
resolutions against Pyongyang could
follow if it did not pull back.
“ North Korea should realise if it
doesn’t stop its . . . provocations,
it will face even stronger pressure
and sanctions,” Defence Ministry
spokesman Moon Sang-gyun told a
regular news briefing. “ We warn North
Korea not to test or misunderstand the
will of the South Korea-US alliance.”
Speaking at a regional security forum
in Manila on Monday that Tillerson
also attended, Chinese Foreign
Minister Wang Yi said the new UN
resolution showed China and the
international community’s opposition
to North Korea’s continued missile
“O wing to China’s traditional
economic ties with North Korea, it
will mainly be China paying the price
for implementing the resolution,”
China’s foreign ministry in a statement
overnight cited Wang as saying.
“But in order to protect the
international non-proliferation system
and regional peace and stability,
China will, as before, fully and
strictly properly implement the entire
contents of the relevant resolution. ”
China, North Korea’s lone major ally,
has repeatedly said it is committed
to enforcing increasingly tough UN
resolutions on North Korea, although
it has also said what it terms “normal”
trade and ordinary North Koreans
should not be affected.
The latest UN resolution bans North
Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore,
lead, lead ore and seafood. It also
prohibits countries from increasing
the number of North Korean
labourers working abroad, bans new
joint ventures with North Korea and
any new investment in current joint
ventures. — Reuters
uPyongyang ready to give Washington ‘severe lesson’
American country singer Glen
Campbell died early today at the age of
81, his publicist said.
The singer, famous for hits like
Rhinestone Cowboy and Wichita
Lineman, had been suffering from
Alzheimer’s disease for several years.
His publicist Sanford Brokaw said he
died early today (NZT) in Nashville at
an Alzheimer’s facility, surrounded by his
“ It is with the heaviest of hearts
that we announce the passing of our
beloved husband, father, grandfather,
and legendary singer and guitarist,
Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81,
following his long and courageous battle
with Alzheimer’s disease,” his family said
in a statement posted on the singer’s
Campbell announced in June 2011
he was suffering from Alzheimer’s.
The Gentle on My Mind singer then
embarked on a nationwide farewell tour
which ended in November 2012.
Campbell began his career as a well-
regarded recording session guitarist in
Los Angeles before becoming a fixture
on the United States music charts, radio
and television in the 1960s and 1970s.
He won six Grammy Awards and had
nine No 1 songs in a career of more than
He released a final studio album in June
this year, called Adios, that was recorded
after the tour wrapped up. — Reuters
dies at 81
Disused rail cars sit in the “train graveyard” in tunnels near the Mount Pleasant sorting office underground station in London.
Deep below London’s bustling
streets, a piece of once-vital
communications technology will
soon be roaring back into life after
years of disuse — a train.
The train operates on the “mail
rail” line — a 10km underground
train track that once transported
letters and parcels 21m feet below
ground to and from sorting offices
on the east and west sides of the
city 22 hours each day.
The line, construction of which
began in 1915, ceased operations
in 2003. It will be opened to the
public next month as a tourist
attraction, part of the new Postal
Museum in the city’s Clerkenwell
“Mail rail originally came about
because mail was being delayed in
London due to congestion in the
streets above us,” the director of
the Postal Museum and mail rail,
Adrian Steel, said.
Visitors can now ride a section
of the old track in specially built
trains, and explore an engineering
depot turned exhibition space.
“One of the biggest jobs we’ve had
is finding a way of taking people
through these narrow tunnels
that were never meant for people
to pass through in a way that ’s
not completely uncomfortable or
dangerous,” Steel said.
Apart from their role in delivering
mail, the tunnels played a useful
role during the World War One
and World War Two.
Construction of the line was
halted when war broke out and
the space was instead used to store
valuable artefacts, and was relied
on heavily to avoid mail disruption
during the blitz of World War Two.
Aside from its unique history,
another aspect of the mail rail line
sets it apart from other London
underground train lines — an
absence of rats.
“It’s a rodent free terminal and
under London which is unusual”,
Steel said. “Because there were no
people on the trains, there is no
food for the rats and mice.”
Rail mail at London’s Postal
Museum opens to visitors on
September 4. — Reuters
History unearthed as London’s mail rail line opens to public
Germany ’s agriculture minister said
overnight the contamination of millions
of eggs with a potentially harmful
insecticide was “criminal”, as authorities
in several European countries continued
to investigate the food safety scare.
Retailers in several European countries
have pulled millions of eggs from
supermarket shelves as the scare over the
use of the insecticide fipronil widened.
Millions of hens may need to be culled
in the Netherlands.
Fipronil is a popular insecticide to treat
pets for fleas and ticks but it is forbidden
for use in the food chain because it may
cause organ damage in humans if large
quantities are ingested.
“It is criminal, that is very clear,”
Christian Schmidt told German
television station ARD, without giving
Dutch and Belgian authorities have
pinned the source of the insecticide to
a supplier of cleaning products in the
The European Commission said it had
first learned about the contamination
in late July when it received an official
notification from Belgium but had not
yet established whether the country
had broken any rules by not notifying
The Belgian food safety regulator has
drawn criticism both at home and from
abroad after it said it was made aware of
a first case of fipronil contamination in
The regulator, which had repeatedly
stated none of the eggs tested had levels
of fipronil above those considered safe in
the EU, said overnight a second test on
a batch of Belgian eggs had shown levels
in excess of those limits.
As those eggs came from a producer
that has been barred from the market
since July 18, the contaminated eggs had
already been withdrawn from the supply
chain, the regulator added.
Germany’s Schmidt said there should
not now be any contaminated eggs left
on store shelves in Germany.
Batches of possibly contaminated eggs
from the Netherlands and Germany
had also been shipped to Sweden,
Switzerland, France and Britain,
European Union filings showed last
Netherlands and Belgium have also been
found at five food production sites in
France, the country’s agriculture ministry
said, and all products still present at the
factories are barred from sale.
Authorities are working to “identify the
destination of products already shipped
that are likely to be contaminated”, the
ministry said in a statement. — Reuters
Model denies kidnap stor y a hoax
The lawyer for a 20-year-old
British model at the centre of an
alleged kidnapping in Italy has
denied suggestions that the case
was a hoax, after local media raised
doubts about her story.
Italian police said on Saturday they
had arrested the alleged kidnapper
who confessed to being involved in
a plot to auction the model on-line
unless a $300,000 ransom was paid.
People in the Italian village where
Chloe Ayling said she was held
captive told local media that she and
the man went out together.
residents told State
broadcaster Rai that the couple went
to a bar and that she also went shoe
shopping with Lukasz Pawel Herba,
30, a British resident born in Poland,
before he released her to the British
consulate in Milan.
“The implication that she was
involved (in the plot) — as I read
with disgust in some newspapers this
morning — is just unimaginable,”
Milan-based lawyer Francesco Pesce
Ayling told police she had been
lured to Milan last month for a
photo shoot, according to police
documents. She said that on arrival
at the studio she was drugged,
gagged, bound, stuffed into a bag,
put into the boot of a car and driven
to a village in north-west Italy where
she was held for six days.
Four or five men were involved in
the kidnapping, according to her
account. Herba told police he freed
her and handed her to the consulate
after the group became aware she
had a young child, according to
documents outlining his testimony.
Milan police, who are still
investigating the case, declined to
Pesce said the kidnappers had
removed Ayling’s restraints in the
village but threatened to kill her if
she tried to run away or tell anyone
she was being held there against her
“A 20-year-old, drugged, stuffed
intoabag andkidnapped...I can
well understand that she believed
them,” he said.
“There does not need to be a
physical restraint if there is a death
“The girl said she tried to be very
compliant with him (Herba),” Pesce
added. — Reuters
British police have appealed for
witnesses to help find a jogger who
pushed a woman into the path of a bus.
London’s Metropolitan Police force
released sur veillance camera footage
overnight of the May 5 incident on
It shows a jogger in shorts and t-shirt
banging into a pedestrian, who tumbles
in front of a double-decker bus. The bus
stops just before hitting her. Sergeant
Mat Knowles said “it was only due to the
superb quick reactions of the bus driver
that she was not hit.” — AP
Jogger pushes woman
into path of bus
Two Chinese tourists have been
detained for performing banned Nazi
salutes in front of the German parliament
in Berlin, police say.
Officers saw the two men, aged 36 and
49, taking photos of each other making
the gesture in front of the Reichstag on
Police said in a statement the men were
questioned at a nearby precinct but later
released after leaving a security deposit
of 500 euros ($801) each.
They face a criminal investigation
for using symbols associated with
organisations that are considered to be
in breach of Germany ’s constitution.
Convictions can incur a fine or a prison
sentence of up to three years. — AP
Tourists in trouble
over Nazi salutes
An earthquake measuring 6.5 in
magnitude struck a remote and
mountainous part of the south-
western province of Sichuan
overnight, the United States
Geological Sur vey said, killing seven
people and trapping 100 tourists in a
popular scenic spot.
The quake hit a sparsely populated
area 200km west-north-west of the
city of Guangyuan at a depth of
10km, the USGS said. It had earlier
put the quake at magnitude 6.6 and
administration said the epicentre of
the tremor was in Ngawa prefecture,
largely populated by ethnic Tibetans,
many of whom are nomadic herders.
It was also close to the Jiuzhaigou
nature reser ve, a tourist destination.
State television said seven people
had been killed and 88 were injured,
21 of them seriously. The official
People’s Daily said five of the dead
Sichuan’s government added 100
tourists had been trapped by a
landslide, but there were no reports
of any deaths or injuries among them.
Sichuan government spokesman
Chen Weide said it was unclear at
present what had happened to them
and whether they had been buried or
were just trapped by a blocked road.
The Sichuan fire ser vice said
the reception area in a hotel had
collapsed, trapping some people, but
that 2800 people had already been
safely evacuated from the building.
State television said another tourist
had been pulled out alive from rubble
in a different part of Jiuzhaigou.
While there was no confirmation
of their nationalities, Jiuzhaigou
is far more popular with Chinese
tourists than foreigners, meaning the
dead were likely to be Chinese.
The area is frequently struck by
Pictures on State media-run social
media sites showed some damage in
Jiuzhaigou, with tiles having fallen
from buildings and people gathering
State television said electricity had
now largely been restored to the
affected areas and the military was
also sending rescuers to help with
relief efforts. Jiuzhaigou airport was
operating as normal after the runway
was checked for damage, the report
A police official told State
television that there had been some
panic among the tourists when the
The Sichuan government said on
one of its official social media sites
that more than 38,000 tourists were
currently visiting Jiuzhaigou.
Shaking was felt in the provincial
capital Chengdu and as far away as
Xian, home of the famous Terracotta
Warrior figures, according to users of
Chinese social media.
A quake in Sichuan in May 2008
killed almost 70,000 people.
Quake kills seven in remote Chinese province
Eight missing after
diamond mine floods
Rescue teams were still searching
for eight workers missing in a flooded
underground mine owned by Russian
diamond miner Alrosa after one miner
was rescued over the weekend.
Parts of the Mir (Peace or World) mine
in the remote Yakutia region of eastern
Siberia flooded on Friday when water
seeped in from an open-cast mine above
Of the 142 workers underground at the
time, 133 were brought to the surface
on Friday and a big rescue operation
mounted to try to find the others.
Alrosa chief executive Sergey Ivanov
told miners on Saturday the rescue of
one of the nine missing miners since
then had raised hopes that others could
be brought out alive.
Production at the underground mine,
which accounts for about 9% of Alrosa’s
annual diamond output, has been
Alrosa is installing extra water pumps
to lessen the risk of the search area
flooding and clearing ways to the
spot where the missing men might be
trapped, the company said.
Rescue teams have already inspected
about 7km of tunnels. No casualties have
been reported so far.
Some of the miners rescued on Friday
took part in the search for the missing
men. The company is pumping air into
the shafts and has called in a range of
experts to help, including climbers.
State-controlled Alrosa is the world’s
largest producer of rough diamonds
in carat terms. Together with Anglo
American’s De Beers unit, it produces
about half the world’s rough diamonds.
Alrosa is reviewing its 2017 production
plan as a result of the accident and
expects to complete the review by Aug.
19. It previously planned to produce
slightly more than 39 million carats this
VTB Capital said in a note on Monday
that Alrosa got about 11% of its total
2016 earnings before interest, taxation,
depreciation and amortisation from the
The last time the mine had problems
with excess water was in 2014, when
production fell 32% year-on -year,
according to VTB Capital.
But analysts point out that Alrosa has
large inventory to partially cover any
Citi said in a note that Alrosa could
also use the International underground
mine, 16km from Mir, to replace some of
the lost output, if necessary. — Reuters
Dinosaurs decapitated in heist
Raptor robbers have decapitated three
dinosaurs seeking refuge in Canberra
and done a runner with their heads.
Offenders armed with angle grinders
or hacksaws broke into the National
Dinosaur Museum on Saturday night
to banish the prehistoric creatures into
extinction — again.
The bandits scaled a 1.2m fence at
about 11pm on Saturday before hacking
into the hapless carnivores in an outdoor
Security footage of the smash-and-
grab suggests the thieves fled the scene
in a dual cab utility vehicle.
Police are keen to retrieve the statue
dinosaur heads and track down the
“They probably think it ’s some sort of
prank and funny but it ’s actually criminal
damage,” sergeant Rod Anderson said in
Canberra last evening.
“They’ve ruined a really good display
for people to go and visit — particularly
kids — and it’s just a stupid act. ”
Anyone who spotted suspicious
activity near the museum on the night
of the heist — or knows somebody with
unusual additions to their taxidermy
collections — was urged to contact
expecting that there’s
perpetrators - because they ’re obviously
not very smart - will tell people about it,”
“ We want people to come for ward
and give us information leading to
identifying who these idiots are.”
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