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WW3 fears: Kim Jong-Un rejects talks with Trump over North Korea’s nuclear programme

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North Korean vice foreign minister Choe Son Hui has warned the US Kim Jong-Un has no intention of changing policy and surrendering its nuclear weapons. Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump have met three times during the US President’s first term.

In their second meeting in 2019, talks broke down after chairman Kim failed to offer enough nuclear weapons or ballistic missiles in exchange for lifting international sanctions.

In a statement carried by the state-run KCNA news agency, Mr Hui questioned the motive of the US and accused Washington of using the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DRPK) for political reasons.

Mr Hui said: “We do not feel any need to sit face to face with the US as it does not consider the DPRK-US dialogue as nothing more than a tool for grappling its political crisis.”

He added: “There will never be any adjustment and change in our policy, conditional on external parameters like internal political schedule of someone.”

The refusal to engage with Washington comes as US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, who led previous working-level negotiations with North Korea, is due to visit neighbouring South Korea to discuss relations.

The North Korean vice foreign minister also accused Washington of having a “hostile policy” towards Pyongyang and going back on previous agreements.

Mr Hui added any potential negotiations would be a waste of time and insisted the US is “mistaken” for thinking talks could achieve anything.

He said: “Is it possible to hold dialogue or have any dealings with the US which persists in the hostile policy toward the DPRK in disregard of the agreements already made at the past summit.

“It is clear to us, even without meeting, as to what shallow trick the US will approach us with, as it has neither intention nor will to go back to the drawing board.

“The US is mistaken if it thinks things like negotiations would still work on us.”

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un met for the first time in 2018 in Singapore, they met again in Vietnam in 2019 before nuclear talks broke down.

A third surprise meeting took place on in June 2019 at the demilitarised zone separating the North and South Korea – Mr Trump made history by becoming the first US president to set foot in North Korea.

Ahead of his visit to South Korea next week, US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said there is time for both sides to re-engage and “make substantial progress”.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said Mr Trump and Kim Jong Un should meet again before the crucial US election in November.

President Moon Jae-in said: “I believe there’s a need for North Korea and the US to try dialogue one more time before the US presidential election.

“The issues of nuclear programs and sanctions will ultimately have to be resolved through North Korea-US talks.”

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GM's China sales drop 5% in second quarter, underperforms industry recovery

BEIJING (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s (GM.N) vehicle sales in China dropped 5.3% between April and June from the corresponding period last year, underperforming the industry average amid a recovery from the coronavirus fallout on the world’s biggest auto market.

China’s overall figure, which includes passenger and commercial vehicles, rose 4.4% in April and 14.5% in May, said the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), adding that it expected auto sales to grow 11% in June.

GM, China’s second-biggest foreign automaker after Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE), delivered 713,600 vehicles in the country in the second quarter, the company said in a statement, after reporting a drop of 43% in sales in the first quarter, due to the pandemic.

GM has a Shanghai-based joint venture in China with SAIC Motor Corp (600104.SS) which makes Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac vehicles. It has another venture, SGMW, with SAIC and Guangxi Automobile Group that produces no-frills minivans and has started making higher-end cars.

Sales of GM’s mass-market brand Buick rose 7.8% while Chevrolet dropped 27.7% for the latest quarter. Sales of premium brand Cadillac fell 12%, GM said in a statement on Friday.

Sales of the no-frills brand Wuling grew 9.7%, but those of Baojun tumbled 30.7%.

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Theresa May slams appointment of David Frost to senior security role

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The fuming ex-prime minister said David Frost had “no proven expertise” to take on a job so pivotal in keeping the country safe. Mr Frost replaces chief civil servant Sir Mark Sedwill, ousted amid claims mandarins are being driven out in a radical Whitehall overhaul. Normally restrained Mrs May was unable to hide her anger during a Commons clash with Cabinet minister Michael Gove yesterday. 

She said: “I served on the National Security Council for nine years. During that time I listened to the expert independent advice from national security advisers.”

She pointed out Mr Gove had talked of promoting people “with proven expertise” and demanded: “Why then is the new national security adviser a political appointee with no proven expertise in national security?” 

Sir Mark is also stepping down as Cabinet Secretary and head of the Civil Service after reports of clashes with Dominic Cummings. 

Mr Gove insisted Mr Frost, who served in the Foreign Office, worked in the private sector and later took over Brexit talks, was an expert. 

He added: “We have had previous national security advisers, all excellent, not all necessarily people steeped in the security world, some of whom were distinguished diplomats in their own right. 

“David Frost is a distinguished diplomat and it is appropriate the prime minister of the day should choose an adviser appropriate to the needs of the hour.” 

Tory MP Peter Bone said if the Government was going down the US route of making political appointments to key adviser roles, it should allow “confirmation hearings” to give the Commons a say. 

But ex-Cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell said: “It’s sensible to have the national security adviser separate from the head of the Civil Service.” 

Ex-ambassador to the US Lord Kerr said Mr Frost had resilience and stamina but was in a difficult position.

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Hong Kong health workers must swear oath to Xi Jinping under new security law

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The oath of allegiance would permeate through all structures of the health care profession. A health professional such as a doctor or nurse may find themselves having to treat a member of those opposed to Beijing’s oppression, such as a pro-democracy activist. That said health care professionals would then be obliged to inform the state authorities that they were treating a “terrorist” or “successionist” or else face disciplinary action enshrined in the new security law.

Speaking to Express.co.uk Doctor Darren Mann, a surgeon from Hong Kong said: “Requiring doctors to swear an oath of allegiance to the state runs counter to nearly 2,500 years of medical tradition which compels the physician to make the care of the patient their first concern.

“What comes next?

“Could this lead to a two-tier system with preferential treatments for political loyalists, and professional advancement for doctors according to points accumulated in a state-loyalty programme with bonuses for savings on the therapies allocated to dissidents?

“The medical associations of the world should be joined in a chorus of condemnation for this perfidious subversion of our medical value-system.”
The oath of allegiance is ultimately an oath of patriotic fidelity to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

It would even supersede the utmost professional and ethical standards that may contradict the new security law for Hong Kong.

The very principles of medical confidentiality and non-maleficence from the Hippocratic oath could be compromised.

Chairwoman of the Hong Kong Public Doctors’ Association Arisina Ma is worried that taking an oath of allegiance could mean that the interests of the government might come before the needs of patients.

The new security law for Hong Kong could see those involved in the pro-democracy movement extradited to mainland China and because of their “subversion of the central government” given a life sentence.

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In order to clear any confusion as to how much the new security law will permeate every aspect of life in the city former Chief Executive of Hong Kong C Y Leung announced on his Facebook page: “The Hong Kong National Security law is Hong Kong law.

“Moreover, what are the difficulties with pledging to uphold the basic law?

“If you are naturalized in the United States, don’t you swear allegiance to the United States?”

He then gave a warning to those they may wish to still defy the orders from Beijing, whether they be residents of Hong Kong or even those living abroad.

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He said: “Permanent residents of Hong Kong and even those who do not have the permanent resident status in Hong Kong who breach the new security law, this law shall apply.

“This is the net, and they cannot escape the law.”

Because of the new security law, as part of their work contract health care professionals must swear an oath of allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party.

This is a device that will coerce them from doing anything that is “unpatriotic”.

An “unpatriotic act” could be treating “pawns or anti-China forces of the US”, in other words, pro-democracy protesters.

Beijing has signed off on the law and is determined to implement it, as Chinese state tabloid the Global News states, “this time, it is the National People’s Congress of China which enacted the legislation, and the whole country will play a role in Hong Kong. The strength and will of 1.4 billion Chinese people will not let it fail.”

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China urges NO PANIC despite huge warnings new flu strain could be next pandemic

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Chinese scientists are now pleading for authorities to “urgently implement” measures to prevent the virus from spreading. The virus has been analysed and is known to have made the adaptation to allow it to infect humans. China’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention published a report on Monday that said the virus had “all the essential hallmarks of being highly adapted to infect humans”.

There has been no sign yet that it has developed the deadly attribute to spread from human to human.

Chinese firebrand foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily news conference on Tuesday that Beijing had everything under control.

He advised the populace to not worry and that the spread of the contagion will be contained.

He said: “We will take all necessary measures to prevent the spread and outbreak of any virus.”

The deadly pathogen has been given the name G4 EA H1N1 and it is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a swine flu pandemic in 2009.

Mutations within this deadly new strain allow it to bind successfully to the cells of the human respiratory system.

This influenza virus that has circulated among the cramped conditions of Chinese factory-scale pig farms has the potential to become a global pandemic.

Researchers from China have concluded that the virus has already infected an estimated 10.4 percent of pig farmworkers in the country.

A paper released by US science journal PNAS said that these farmworkers had fortunately tested positive for antibodies to fight against the virus.

However, Chinese researchers warned in the paper: “Controlling the prevailing G4 EA H1N1 viruses in pigs and close monitoring in human populations, especially workers in the swine industry, should be urgently implemented.”

Veterinary officials say the chances of the virus going on to mutate into a human to human contagion are small.

But, the Chinese government is taking swift measures to try and reduce the spread of the new influenza virus.

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A pig farmer from North China’s Hebei Province who owns 10,000 hogs spoke to the Chinese state tabloid the Global Times of the new regulations being enforced by the central government.

He said: “All employees need to be sterilized before entering the farm and the feed sampling is closely monitored.

“There has been no large-scale swine flu outbreak in the history of China so I am not too worried about it.”

Another pig farmer from eastern China told of his concern that African Swine Flu may creep back into the country and inflate an already precarious situation.

He said: “Half of the sickened pigs in our farm died last year.

“Now we disinfect the piggery every day.

“All workers must wear isolation suits, which are also disinfected daily.”

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India-China: Britons demand West intervene to STOP Beijing aggression – ‘They must learn’

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On Monday 15, 20 Indian troops were killed during clashes with Chinese troops along the border in the Himalayas. The deaths in the Galwan Valley in the disputed Ladakh region were the first military casualties in 40 years. Following the serious incident between the two countries, Beijing has begun to deploy large troops and weapons in the region which is in the far north of India, according to India’s foreign ministry. 

With that in mind, Express.co.uk asked, “Should the West take action to stop Chinese incursions in India?”

In response, 3,285 people out of 5,400 agreed that the West should stop China’s apparent aggression on the border. 

A further 1,945 said ‘no’ while just 170 were not sure. 

One person said: “The Western nations need to form a concerted financial response to China, perhaps tacitly to start with, by building our own manufacturing and other facilities to replace those in China. 

“Without the West’s money, China will be hampered in its expansion plans.”

A second said: “Sanctions from all countries are now required.”

A third said: “Nobody wants to see World War 3 happen, but China has become very quickly grown bossy and bolshie?

“China needs to be pulled up a bit, they have to learn that regardless of might and strength everybody suffers if they start a war.

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“Stop trading with them, hit them where it will hurt, they might soon learn the benefit of trade when the coffers dry up.

“World domination will NOT be that simple Xi.”

Despite the majority of readers believing the West should step in, some issued concern over a potential conflict. 

One person said: “India started with an incursion into Chinese territory, the West would be very stupid to get involved.

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“Keep well out of it.”

Satellite imagery has shown larger numbers of troops massing on the border according to India’s Foreign Ministry. 

Following the build-up of troops, the Indian government has made counter deployments in the region. 

Foreign Ministry spokesman, Anurag Srivastava, has, however, blamed China for the escalation of tensions. 

He said: “At the heart of the matter is that since early May, the Chinese side had been amassing a large contingent of troops and armaments along the LAC.

“Peace and tranquillity in the border areas is the basis of our bilateral relationship.

“A continuation of the current situation would only escalate the atmosphere.”

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U.S. auto sales expected to continue their recovery in June: J.D. Power, LMC Automotive

(Reuters) – U.S. auto sales are expected to continue their recovery in June following a collapse in April, as coronavirus-led lockdown restrictions ease and buyers slowly return to the market, industry consultants J.D. Power and LMC Automotive said.

The consultancies estimate total U.S. vehicle sales to fall about 25% to about 1.09 million units in June, slowing from an over 40% plunge in April and a 29% decline in May.

“The industry continues to show signs of recovery in June,” the consultancies said in a statement on Friday.

“The combination of pent-up demand, states relaxing coronavirus-related restriction and elevated incentives are all providing a tailwind for the industry.”

Record levels of incentives by automakers are supporting the sales recovery, with incentive spending on pace to reach $4,411, the highest ever for June and an increase of $445 from a year earlier, J.D. Power and LMC Automotive said.

But inventory constraints amid the COVID-19 pandemic and any easing of the pent-up demand could hurt the overall pace of the sales recovery, said the consultancies.

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London riot: Priti Patel outraged at hate-filled louts as 32 police injured by mob

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The Home Secretary condemned “stomach churning” footage of yobs pelting officers, left, with missiles and smashing emergency vehicles in Brixton, south London. She said officers have her full support in tackling thugs as police warned of disgraceful levels of violence directed towards them. Police were forced to retreat at the gathering on Wednesday night after yobs armed with bottles, makeshift bats and what appeared to be a sword moved towards them. The Daily Express understands 32 officers were injured during the brutal attacks.

Senior frontline police fear someone could be killed as they face “anger and hatred” from louts.

They warned officers are only escaping death or serious injury through luck. Hundreds have been injured during protests in recent weeks in London.

John Apter, chairman of the Police Federation, yesterday warned 85 officers are attacked every day and this number is increasing in the “pressure cooker” of the Covid-19 lockdown and protests over police brutality in the US.

Some of the thugs in Brixton were also armed with knives, according to police sources.

Forces chiefs are understood to be reinforcing the ranks for “super Saturday” amid fears of more disorder when pubs and restaurants reopen next weekend.

Writing exclusively for the Daily Express today, the Home Secretary hails last weekend’s extreme police bravery in Reading when officers prevented a knife maniac causing further fatalities. She said: “But just five days later, we saw these utterly vile scenes in Brixton. Video footage that can only be described as stomach churning.

“The police have my full support in upholding the rule of law and tackling this thuggery.

“I want to see those responsible arrested, brought to justice and taken off our streets – before they put even more people in danger.”

In one video, a man can be heard telling a group of officers to “back up” as he confronts them with what appears to be a sword. Another two men were seen carrying a large wooden table before ripping off its legs and running at the police, who started to retreat as the crowd descended on them.

The Metropolitan Police last night said four people have been arrested for assault and public order offences.

The disorder was repeated in incidents in Brighton, Devon and Merseyside. Devon and Cornwall Police summoned “all available units” to a mass brawl among youths in Exmouth on Wednesday night.

In Brighton, hundreds of drunken teenagers celebrating what should have been the last day of GCSEs had to be moved on by police after brawls broke out on the seafront on Wednesday night. Residents told of scenes of mayhem as officers were forced to issue a dispersal order for Hove Lawns.

Merseyside Police said they would move on any troublemakers at Formby Beach after youths gathered in large numbers on the sand dunes.

Five arrests were made for drink and drugs offences and music equipment was seized.

Mr Apter said: “We’ve seen about 250 police officers injured in recent weeks, that’s just an unimaginable number.

“The scale of the disorder in Brixton and the targeting of my colleagues is an absolute disgrace. We’re reaching the point where it’s only through fortune that my colleagues Just are not being more seriously injured or in fact killed.

“That is how bad it is getting. Policing is really difficult with the crisis that we are in, we’re starting to move to an easing of the lockdown, which is going to create its own special pressures.

“We’re damned if we do, damned if we don’t. If we police too soft, we’re criticised, if we go in harder, then our critics will criticise us even harder.

“Violence on our streets against police officers is certainly increasing.

“I understand there is a lot of frustration at the moment, a lot of anger, not only because of what has happened overseas but also because of this pandemic and the restrictions that have been placed on all of us. It has created a pressure cooker. My colleagues are having to deal with the brunt of that. Somebody is going to be killed.

“We need to put these people in prison where they belong because this is not acceptable at any level.”

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said colleagues faced “an absolute volley of anger and hatred towards the police” during violent scenes in Brixton.

Mr Marsh described the incident, which comes after dozens of officers were injured in protests in London in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the US, as “absolutely shocking”. He said: “This violence is despicable. Yet again our brave colleagues in London have come under attack.

“My colleagues are human beings as well – and suddenly in scenes like last night they’re confronted by people who ultimately want to cause them grievous damage.

“You can’t prepare for that. It’s deplorable.

We emphasise again that police officers are not punchbags. Colleagues should be going home to their families at the end of their shifts and not to hospital. My colleagues are faced with all sorts of trauma from these incidents. We wish all injured officers well and a swift recovery.”

Mr Marsh also warned of more disorder when pubs reopen on July 4. He said: “It’s very concerning for us because the weather is warm and people have been unable to gather for a long, long time.

“My concerns are obviously as we move towards July 4, how the public are going to respond to that, because ultimately it always seems to fall on the police’s shoulders to deal with everything.

“I would say to everybody, there is no place in society for disorder and wanting to cause violence and pain and grief towards public and police alike.”

COMMENT BY PRITI PATEL

Last weekend, the whole country came together to praise our heroic police officers for putting their own lives on the line to keep us safe.

We saw a student police officer run toward danger without a second thought, potentially saving countless lives, while risking his own, showing courage, bravery and selflessness way beyond his years.

But just five days later, we saw these utterly vile scenes in Brixton. Video footage that can only be described as stomach churning. Individuals flouting the law by holding a large unlicensed music event in the street.

We know the risk of transmission is greater in large groups, and the actions people took not only put themselves and others at potential risk of spreading the virus but they also showed absolutely no respect for their neighbours or community.

Refusing to engage with the police. Purposely attempting to hurt police officers and vandalise police vehicles. The police have my full support in upholding the rule of law and tackling this thuggery.

It is why I am looking to double the maximum sentence for those who assault police officers.

My message to them could not be clearer. I want to see those responsible arrested, brought to justice and taken off our streets – before they put even more people in danger.

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Travel shock: 150 pilots suspended after ‘they got friends to take flying exams for them’

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Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has confirmed it has grounded a 150 of its 434 pilots following a review by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The decision was made following an inquiry into the PIA passenger plane crash which killed 97 people including two pilots on May 22.

A PIA Airbus A320 crashed in a residential area in the southern city of Karachi after falling short of the runway with only two survivors.

The aircraft took off on its 750-mile journey from Lahore to Karachi at 1pm local time and was scheduled to land at around 2.45pm.

PIA spokesman Abdullah H Khan said: “We’ve been told that an investigation conducted by the civil aviation authority has found that about 150 of our pilots have dubious licenses.”

In his initial report aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan told parliament the aircraft attempted its first landing at the airport without its wheels down.

Shortly after the engines scraped the runway and another go-around was attempted both engines failed one-by-one.

Mr Khan said flight data showed the landing gear was lowered at 10 nautical miles but then raised again five nautical miles from the runway.

In his analysis Mr Khan described this move as “beyond comprehension”.

Mr Khan said: “When the plane took off again, both engines had been damaged and when the plane was making an approach for a second landing it didn’t have that power and fell on the residential area.”

The minister insisted the aircraft was 100 percent safe to fly but indicated the pilots may have been distracted by the coronavirus pandemic.

After listening to a recording from inside the cockpit, Mr Khan said one their last discussion was about COVID-19 as it had personally affected their own families.

Mr Khan added air traffic control drew the pilot’s attention to the irregularity and urged another go-around.

He said: “They were warned by the controllers, but said, ‘I’ll manage’ and then they started discussing corona again.

“The last words from the pilot were, ‘Oh God, oh God, oh God’.”

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Flight data also showed flight PK8303 from the eastern city of Lahore was at an altitude of just 7,220 feet (2,200 m) when 10 miles (16 km) from the runway.

At that stage the aircraft should have been at 2,500 feet (762m).

PIA has a fleet of 31 aircraft that fly domestic and international routes.

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