'Suspicious package' found in UK parliament contained white powder: London police

Witnesses said the police were dealing with a 'suspicious package' at the Houses of Parliament in the UK. (Shutterstock)
Updated 13 February 2018
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'Suspicious package' found in UK parliament contained white powder: London police

LONDON: The Metropolitan Police launched an investigation into a 'suspicious package' found inside the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday.
According to reports, a House of Commons spokesperson had previously commented on the situation, saying that the police were investigating an 'incident' on the Parliamentary Estate, but without providing any further details.
When contacted by Arab News, a Metropolitan Police spokesperson said it was "looking into the incident" and that it was being dealt with by specialist officers.
A short statement said: "At approximately 11:36am on Tuesday, 13 February, police were informed of a suspicious package that had been delivered to an office within the Palace of Westminster. Police are at the scene and dealing.
"A letter contained a white powder which is currently being assessed by specialists. The office remains closed at this time, but the rest of the Palace of Westminster is open.
"Detectives from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command have been informed and are investigating."
A UK parliament statement went on to say that the white powder in the package has been found to be non-harmful, the lower house of the legislature said.
The package is understood to have been delivered to an office below the House of Commons chamber. The UK parliament is in recess this week, however, so the vast majority of ministers are not currently in Westminster.
 


No indication North Korea nuclear activities stopped: UN watchdog

Updated 21 August 2018
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No indication North Korea nuclear activities stopped: UN watchdog

  • ‘The continuation and further development of the DPRK’s nuclear program and related statements by the DPRK are a cause for grave concern’
  • The watchdog has stepped up monitoring through open source information and satellite imagery

VIENNA: The UN’s nuclear watchdog said it had not seen any indication that nuclear activities in North Korea have stopped despite its pledges to denuclearize.
“The continuation and further development of the DPRK’s nuclear program and related statements by the DPRK are a cause for grave concern,” said a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), referring to North Korea’s official name.
The report, published late Monday, by the director general of Yukiya Amano is to be submitted to an IAEA board meeting in September.
In 2009 Pyongyang expelled IAEA inspectors from its Yongbyon nuclear site and has since refused to allow IAEA inspections on its territory.
The watchdog has stepped up monitoring through open source information and satellite imagery, it said.
“As the Agency remains unable to carry out verification activities in the DPRK, its knowledge of the DPRK’s nuclear program is limited and, as further nuclear activities take place in the country, this knowledge is declining,” it said.
Between late-April and early-May, there were indications of the operation of the steam plant that serves the radiochemical laboratory at the Yongbyon site, according to the report.
However, the duration of the steam plant’s operation was not sufficient to have supported the reprocessing of a complete core from the experimental nuclear power plant reactor, it added.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump held a groundbreaking summit in Singapore in June.
At the meeting the pair struck a vague agreement to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, but there has been little movement since.
Before this, Kim met South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April for their first summit. They agreed to push for a declaration of an end to the Korean War this year.