Pyongyang needs ‘security guarantees’ in exchange for denuclearization: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un shake hands during their meeting in Vladivostok on Thursday, April 25, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 25 April 2019
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Pyongyang needs ‘security guarantees’ in exchange for denuclearization: Putin

VLADIVOSTOK: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that North Korea needs security guarantees and that denuclearization could only be achieved through international law.

North Korea “needs guarantees of its security, the preservation of its sovereignty,” Putin said after talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“We need to restore the power of international law, to return to a state where international law, not the law of the strongest, determines the situation in the world.”

Putin said he would discuss his talks with Kim with Washington.

“There are no secrets here, no conspiracies... Chairman Kim himself asked us to inform the American side of our position,” Putin said.

He said Russia’s interests coincide with those of Washington in that both countries are for “complete denuclearization.”

“As far as reducing the threat of nuclear conflicts is concerned, this is certainly a common priority,” he said.

“I was given the impression that the North Korean leader shares the same point of view. And we need guarantees of security, that’s all. We need to think about this all together.”


Portugal suspends visas for Iranians for 'security reasons'

Updated 16 July 2019
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Portugal suspends visas for Iranians for 'security reasons'

  • Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva said Portugal does not play around with entry into its territory

LISBON: Portugal has suspended the issuance of entry visas for Iranian nationals for unspecified security reasons, Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday.
Answering a question from a committee member on whether such a move had been taken, Santos Silva said during the televised meeting: “Yes, we suspended those for security reasons ... I will provide explanations later, but not publicly.”
“Portugal does not play around with entry into its territory,” he added, without disclosing when the decision was taken.
The chairman declared the meeting closed after about two hours without further off-camera testimony.
Joao Goncalves Pereira, the lawmaker from the conservative CDS-PP party who asked the question, told Reuters: “We received information that visas for Iranians had been suspended for two or three weeks, and we just wanted to confirm that.”
He would not say what was the source of that original information or whether any Iranian nationals had complained about the situation.
Foreign ministry officials had no immediate comment and nobody was available for comment in the Iranian embassy in Lisbon.