Theresa May, Shinzo Abe conducting talks on Korea and future relations between Britain and Japan

Posted by DanielS on Saturday, 02 September 2017 03:36.

Sun “KIM’S COMING FOR EUROPE Japan’s PM warns North Korea will soon target EUROPE with nuke missiles as he hails Theresa May’s ‘smooth Brexit”, 31 Aug 2017:

Mrs May said Japan’s investment in Britain was “a powerful vote of confidence in the strength of the UK’s long-term economy” - The comments hint that the two countries could move quickly to strike a free-trade deal as soon as we quit the EU in 2019.

Japan and the UK pledged to work together to face down Kim Jong Un.

JAPAN’S prime minister today warned that North Korea could soon send nuclear missiles to Europe as he hailed Theresa May’s plan for a “smooth Brexit”.

Shinzo Abe called for the UK and other European countries must play a part in the fight against Kim Jong Un, saying the danger would not be confined to Asia.

Speaking ahead of a state banquet in honour of the PM, the leaders of Britain and Japan said they had discussed the threat from North Korea, which this week launched a missile over Japan in a new show of strength.

They agreed the threat is “unprecedented” and pledged to hold joint military exercises in a bid to show dictator Kim Jong Un that his crimes cannot go unpunished.

Mr Abe said: “That threat is felt not only by our country or Asia alone, it has become a global threat including Europe.

“North Korea will launch an ICBM [inter-continental ballistic missile] and the range would include almost the entire region of Europe.”

Mrs May demanded Kim’s ally China do more to restrain him, saying: “We need to ensure it’s not just words of condemnation, but that action is taken.”

In a statement, the leaders said: “North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launch on August 29, which passed over Japan, was an outrageous provocation and posed an unprecedented, serious and grave threat to Japan’s national security.

“Japan and the United Kingdom condemn North Korea in the strongest terms possible for this reckless act, which was a clear violation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions.”

The North Korea warning comes as Sun Online reveals how Brits would be warned if one of Kim’s missiles was heading towards the United Kingdom.

The pair also promised to forge a closer alliance in the aftermath of Brexit as they spoke at a press conference in Tokyo.

Mrs May said: “The UK and Japan are natural partners, we share common interests as outward-looking, democratic, free-trading island nations with a global reach.

“We will set up a new joint working group to examine how we can unblock remaining barriers to trade and take steps to build the closest, freest trading relationship between the UK and Japan after Brexit.”

The leaders pointed out that 1,000 Japanese companies are currently operating in Britain employing 140,000 Brits, with firms such as Nissan and Softbank already pledging to boost their investment.

Mr Abe called for a “smooth Brexit from the EU” to ensure the UK remains “the gateway into the EU”.

He added: “Our country would like to have the minimisation of impact on our countries because of Brexit.

“Prime Minister May said she will be listening to the voice of Japanese companies so that she will ensure the transition of Brexit in a smooth and orderly way.

“The Government and Prime Minister May’s position is appreciated by Japanese companies.”

Mrs May said Japan’s investment in Britain was “a powerful vote of confidence in the strength of the UK’s long-term economy”.

The comments are a hint that the two countries could move quickly to strike a free-trade deal as soon as we quit the EU in March 2019.



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Posted by N. Korean ghost ships washing ashore on Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:27 | #

Vice News, “Why wooden boats crewed by skeletons keep beaching on Japanese shores”, 28 Nov 2017:

A wooden boat carrying the skeletal remains of eight people washed up on a Japanese beach Monday, the latest suspected North Korean “ghost ship” to reach the country.

The discovery was made just days after two men’s bodies were found on the western shoreline of Japan’s Sado Island. Earlier this month, three more vessels were intercepted – one with a living crew on board, one with living and dead crew, and another containing four dead bodies.

Japanese authorities are working to establish where the men originate, but the likelihood is North Korea. Cigarettes and lifejackets bearing Korean lettering were located near the bodies found on Sado Island at the weekend.

Forty-four boats have washed up in Japan so far this year, Sky News reported, compared with 66 last year. Japanese media have taken to calling the floating tombs “ghost ships.”

Analysts say the boats carry fishermen or refugees, likely driven out to sea by deteriorating conditions in North Korea, as the country faces tightening sanctions over its nuclear and missiles programs.


More signs of desperation among those who flee North Korea:

CNN, “What parasitic worms in defector reveal about conditions in North Korea”, 23 Nov 2017:

Parasitic worms and a chronic liver infection identified in a North Korean soldier who dramatically defected are providing clues into health conditions inside the secretive rogue state, experts said Wednesday.

The soldier was shot up to five times November 13 while making a run for the South Korean side of the border through the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone, according to dramatic security video released this week.

North Korean soldiers fired at him about 40 times, hitting him with bullets from both pistols and an AK-47, violating the armistice agreement between the two countries after the Korean War, the UN Command said.

The defector, whose last name is Oh, required emergency treatment for his wounds, including extensive surgery. Doctors discovered a large number and multiple forms of parasitic worms.

Some of the parasites removed were as long as 27 centimeters (more than 10 inches), according to the South Korean doctors who treated him. One type of worm they discovered is typically found in dogs.

“In my 20 years as a surgeon, I have only seen something like this in a medical textbook,” Lee Cook-Jong, the man’s surgeon, told reporters on November 15.


Slides show intestinal worms, some as long as 27 centimeters, removed from the defector.

At another briefing Wednesday, Lee revealed the soldier also had hepatitis B, which is a serious risk factor for liver cancer.

David Heymann, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told CNN that the transmission of hepatitis B was usually a good indication of a country’s poor sterilization practices in hospitals.

“Hepatitis B is mainly transmitted either through unsterilized needles or syringes ... or by sexual activity,” he said.

It isn’t the first time a North Korean defector has been found to have large numbers of stomach parasites or hepatitis B.

A 2015 study of 169 defectors by Dankook University College of Medicine in South Korea found that out of the 17 female subjects who provided stool samples, seven had parasites.

One in ten of the total subjects were also discovered to have hepatitis B.
Choi Min-ho, a professor at Seoul National University College of Medicine who specializes in parasites, told CNN the use of human fertilizer on crops and poor sanitary conditions led to the transmission of parasitic cysts in North Korea.

Intestinal worms are typically transmitted through contact with feces or unwashed hands. Infections are easily treated with drugs.

“It is a vicious cycle that is hard to stop in North Korea. They are so desperate to make ends meet that they cannot take proper preventive measures,” he said.

North Korean defector and former army officer Kang Ri Hyuk told CNN Wednesday that conditions in his home country were “brutal” before he left four years ago.

“Everyone was hungry, even the soldiers,” he said. “The UN is sending rice and fertilizer and it all goes to the ranking officials under (North Korean leader) Kim Jong Un. There are many soldiers who also die from disease because they’re not given medical treatment.”

Choi said he believed at least half of North Korea’s population were likely to have parasites. “For those who can eat well and are healthy, parasitic infections might not be a big deal. But for those malnourished, this can be much more critical as parasites steal much-needed nutrition.”

North Korea has a long history of serious food shortages and famines, including a devastating drought between 1995 and 1999 that killed as many as 1 million people.

Meanwhile, the UN World’s Food Programme estimates as much as 70% of the country’s 25 million people still don’t eat a “sufficiently diverse diet.”

Doctors described the soldier’s condition now as great, with Lee saying all parasites had been removed from his system.

CNN’s Jake Kwon contributed to this report.



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