China will deal ‘seriously’ with North Korea sanctions breaches

In this Feb. 16, 2018, file photo released by Japan's Ministry of Defense, shows what it says North Korean-flagged tanker Yu Jong 2, bottom, and Min Ning De You 078 lying alongside in the East China Sea. (AP)
Updated 25 February 2018
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China will deal ‘seriously’ with North Korea sanctions breaches

BEIJING: A foreign ministry official says China will “seriously” deal with any breaches of UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea should they be found.
However, ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Saturday that Beijing “firmly opposes the US imposing unilateral sanctions and ‘long-arm jurisdiction’ on Chinese entities or individuals.”
China previously said it was “highly concerned” about a reported ship-to-ship transfer that could violate sanctions and it was investigating. The incident reported by Japan in the past week was the third reported transfer in the past month.
China has agreed to impose increasingly tough sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, and Geng has said Beijing recently issued a statement explicitly banning ship-to-ship transfers.


Philippine Supreme Court upholds expulsion of chief justice

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Philippine Supreme Court upholds expulsion of chief justice

MANILA, Philippines: The Philippine Supreme Court has upheld the expulsion of its chief justice, the authoritarian president’s highest-ranking critic, in a final ruling that critics warned is unconstitutional and threatens judicial independence and the country’s fragile democracy.
Court spokesman Theodore Te said justices voted 8-6 Tuesday to uphold their May 11 decision to oust Maria Lourdes Sereno from the 15-member high court and deny her appeal. The government’s solicitor-general had asked the court to boot her out for allegedly failing to file some of her past assets disclosures, a charge she denies.
Sereno’s expulsion cut short a separate congressional impeachment attempt against her. The former law professor argues that the government petition to oust her violates the constitution, which stipulates that justices like her can be removed only by congressional impeachment.