North Korea foreign minister to visit Iran on Tuesday

North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho is due to visit Iran on Tuesday. (AP)
Updated 04 August 2018

North Korea foreign minister to visit Iran on Tuesday

  • Ri is set to jet in as the United States reimposes sanctions on Iran following Washington’s withdrawal from the 2015 deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.
  • North Korea’s top diplomat will meet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

TEHRAN: North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho is due to visit Iran on Tuesday, Iranian media reported on Saturday.
Ri is set to jet in as the United States reimposes sanctions on Iran following Washington’s withdrawal from the 2015 deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.
The US is currently also pushing Pyongyang to scrap its nuclear capabilities after President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un agreed a vague commitment to “denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” at their landmark summit in June.
North Korea’s top diplomat will meet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, according to the conservative-aligned Fars news agency.
The report did not give any details of what will be discussed.
Ri is thought to have met with a high-level Iranian delegation at a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Baku, Azerbaijan in April, according to the Korean Central News Agency.
A North Korean delegation also attended President Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration in August 2017.
A United Nations Panel of Experts has expressed concern over collaboration between the two countries in the past, according to NK News.
In a 2017 report, it noted the presence of designated North Korean weapons traffickers living in Tehran and the similarity between missile designs in the two countries.


India coronavirus cases hit 2.5 million

Updated 15 August 2020

India coronavirus cases hit 2.5 million

  • India is behind the United States and Brazil in the number of cases
  • Subways, schools and movie theaters remain closed

MUMBAI: India’s confirmed coronavirus cases have crossed 2.5 million with another biggest single-day spike of 65,002 in the past 24 hours.
India is behind the United States and Brazil in the number of cases.
The Health Ministry on Saturday also reported another 996 deaths for a total of 49,036. The average daily reported cases jumped from around 15,000 in the first week of July to more than 50,000 at the beginning of August.
The Health Ministry said the rise shows the extent of testing with 800,000 carried out in a single day. But experts say India needs to pursue testing more vigorously.
India’s two-month lockdown imposed nationwide in late March kept infections low. But it has eased and is now largely being enforced in high-risk areas.

The new cases spiked after India reopened shops and manufacturing and allowed hundreds of thousands of migrant workers to return to their homes from coronavirus-hit regions. Subways, schools and movie theaters remain closed.