Japan PM to ask U.N. to strengthen pressure on North Korea

admin   •   August 29, 2017   •   4504

North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in waters off the northern region of Hokkaido early on Tuesday, marking a sharp escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

This prompted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to seek the assistance of the United Nations adding that the test was a clear violation of UN resolutions and the government had protested against the move in the strongest terms.

A video of the siren and announcement was recorded by Twitter user Jomark Narsico. The announcement read that North Korea had launched a missile that may hit areas within Hokkaido.

Hours after North Korea’s missile launch, the Japanese Air Self-Defense personnel conducted a drill operating the anti-ballistic missile system PAC-3 at the Yokota U.S. military base in Tokyo.

“We didn’t expect North Korea to fire a missile coincidentally right before we conducted this drill,” Japanese Air Self-Defense Force Lieutenant General Hiroaki Maehara said.

“As the lieutenant general of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, the fact our unit was able to show off our capabilities of dispatching such systems is, I believe, effective in its own way,” he added.

The latest missile test came as U.S. and South Korean forces were conducting annual military drills on the peninsula, against which North Korea strenuously objects. — Danny Ticzon | UNTV News & Rescue

UN secretary general says world is getting ‘F in ethics’ amid vaccine supply inequality

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 22, 2021

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has slammed world leaders for the inequity in the supply of COVID-19 vaccines.

Guterres said wealthier countries have vaccinated a majority of their population and are already contemplating on giving out booster shots while 90% of the people in Africa remain unvaccinated.

He also noted that images from some parts of the world showing expired and unused COVID-19 vaccines in the garbage tell “the tale of our times”.

“This is a moral indictment of the state of our world. It is an obscenity. We passed the science test. But we are getting an F in ethics,” he said.

More than 5.7 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, but only 2% of them in Africa.

The World Health Organization (WHO) also previously addressed the vaccine supply inequity and has urged high-income countries to delay distribution of booster shots and share their supply with other countries in need. AAC




Duterte calls UN ‘inadequate,’ urges to ‘reform itself’

Marje Pelayo   •   September 22, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said the United Nations (UN) needs to reform itself as it “no longer reflects the political and economic realities of the world.”

“Mr. President, we face multiple crises that demand effective global governance. Yet, our institutions, including the United Nations, have proven to be inadequate,” Duterte said in his speech before the 76th United Nations General Assembly.

“If the UN is to lead the world out of the many crises we face, things need to change. The UN must empower itself, by reforming itself. Therein lies the hope for humanity,” he added.

Also, President Duterte claimed that the UN Security Council, composed of 15 member states, have violated the tenets of the organization.

“The Security Council – the pinnacle of the UN structure – violates every tenet of these values. It is neither democratic nor transparent in its representation and processes,” he said.

Five nations considered permanent members of the UN Security Council include China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The UN Security Council is responsible for ‘the maintenance of international peace and security’ as mandated by the United Nations Charter.

During his speech, the Philippine president also hit rich countries for ‘hoarding’ supplies of COVID-19 vaccines.

“The picture is bleak. There is a man-made drought of vaccines ravaging poor countries. Rich countries hoard life-saving vaccines, while poor nations wait for trickles. They now talk of booster shots, while developing countries consider half-doses just to get by,” Duterte said.

“This is shocking beyond belief and must be condemned for what it is – a selfish act that can neither be justified rationally nor morally,” he added.

Duterte emphasized that the current pandemic will not end if the virus is not eliminated in all parts of the world, which can be done through intensified vaccination.

Thus, he urged rich nations to support the UN COVAX facility instead.

This is the second time that President Duterte attended the UN General Assembly since he took office in 2016.

PH gov’t intensifying readiness vs terror threat amid Japan warning – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   September 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday assured that the military and police forces are intensifying their readiness against any possible threat to national security.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque gave the assurance following the advisory issued by the government of Japan for its residents to avoid crowded areas and religious ins six Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines.

“Nagpapasalamat po tayo sa impormasyon. Pero lalo lang po nating pinaiigting ang ating kahandaan para po harapin ang posibleng terroristic attack muli,” Roque said in a Palace briefing.

The Palace official said state forces have been on heightened alert since the Marawi siege happened in 2017.

Roque, however, urged the public to be vigilant and to immediately report any suspicious individuals and activities in their areas.

“Nakahanda naman po ang ating kapulisan at ang ating Hukbong Sandatahan at hinihiling din atin ang kooperasyon ng ating mga mamamayan. I-report po ninyo sa kapulisan kung mayroon kayong kaduda-dudang mga personalidad o di naman kaya mga kadudang mga bagay-bagay lalo na sa mga pampublikong lugar,” he said.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police earlier said they have not monitored any terror threat but are working to validate the information.

Aside from the Philippines, the warning issued by the Japanese government also covers Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Malaysia.


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