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

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.”


Protests in New Delhi against India’s citizenship law ahead of Trump visit

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Protests in New Delhi against India’s citizenship law ahead of Trump visit

  • Hundreds of people supporting the new law clashed with those opposing it
  • The protest comes just a day before US President Donald Trump begins a two-day visit to India

NEW DELHI: Police used tear gas to disperse large crowds in India’s capital of New Delhi on Sunday in the latest eruption of violence at protests over a new citizenship law, police officials said.
Hundreds of people supporting the new law clashed with those opposing it, with the two groups pelting each other with stones in the Maujpur area in the northeastern part of the city, according to television footage.
“There must be some miscreants who want to spoil the peace in the area. We will identify them and take action against them,” Alok Kumar, a senior Delhi police official, told reporters about the protest.
“The situation is under control now,” he added.
The protest comes just a day before US President Donald Trump begins a two-day visit to India, where he is expected to raise the issue of religious freedom in the country with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
India’s Citizenship Amendment Act, which eases the path for non-Muslims from neighboring Muslim-majority nations to gain citizenship, has triggered weeks of sometimes violent protests against Modi’s government.
The Indian law is seen by opponents as discriminating against Muslims and has deepened concerns that Modi’s administration is undermining India’s secular traditions.
Modi’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party denies any bias against the country’s 180 million Muslims.
On Sunday, a separate protest also erupted in the northern Indian city of Aligarh, where protesters threw stones at the police, state administration official Chandra Bhushan Singh said.
The Internet in the area had been suspended until midnight, he added.