Nuclear and missile tests of N Korea will continue; Haftar is violating cease-fire in Libya

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North Korea abandons nuclear freeze pledge, blames ‘brutal’ U.S. sanctions

North Korea said on Tuesday it was no longer bound by commitments to halt nuclear and missile testing, blaming the United States’ failure to meet a year-end deadline for nuclear talks and “brutal and inhumane” U.S. sanctions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un set an end-December deadline for denuclearisation talks with the United States and White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said at the time the United States had opened channels of communication.

O’Brien said then he hoped Kim would follow through on denuclearisation commitments he made at summits with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Ju Yong Chol, a counsellor at North Korea’s mission to the U.N. in Geneva, said that over the past two years, his country had halted nuclear tests and test firing of inter-continental ballistic missiles “in order to build confidence with the United States”.

But the United States had responded by conducting dozens of joint military exercises with South Korea on the divided peninsula and by imposing sanctions, he said.

“As it became clear now that the U.S. remains unchanged in its ambition to block the development of the DPRK and stifle its political system, we found no reason to be unilaterally bound any longer by the commitment that the other party fails to honour,” Ju told the U.N.-backed Conference on Disarmament.

Haftar’s militia continues violating cease-fire in Libya

Forces loyal to Libya’s renegade commander Khalifa Haftar once again violated a fragile cease-fire with the UN-recognized government in Tripoli, firing mortar shells on southern areas of the capital, an official said.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Abdulmalik al-Madani, a spokesman for the forces of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), said Haftar militia randomly shelled the southern fronts of Tripoli.

A similar statement was made on Monday by the GNA that said Haftar’s militia randomly shelled Salaheddin, al-Ramla and Ein Zara areas in southern Tripoli.

On Jan. 12, the conflict parties announced a cease-fire in response to a joint call by the Turkish and Russian leaders. However, the talks for a permanent cease-fire deal ended without an agreement after Haftar left Moscow without signing the deal.

On Sunday, Haftar accepted in the Berlin to designate members to a UN-proposed military commission with five members from each side to monitor implementation of the cease-fire.

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Source: Reuters, Yeni Safak