huge blow to British leader Theresa May Brexit secretary Dominic Raab quits over EU withdrawal agreement


खास बातें

  1. पहले उत्तरी आयरलैंड के मंत्री शैलेश वारा ने दिया था इस्तीफा.
  2. राब ने कहा कि वह समझौते के मसौदे का समर्थन नहीं कर सकते.
  3. टेरेसा ने बुधवार बैठक में मंत्रिमंडल की सामूहिक मंजूरी हासिल की थी.

लंदन: ब्रिटेन की प्रधानमंत्री टेरेसा मे को गुरुवार को करारा झटका लगा है. यूरोपीय संघ (ईयू) से अलग होने के लिए प्रस्तावित समझौते को लेकर डोमिनिक राब ने ब्रेक्जिट मंत्री के पद से इस्तीफा दे दिया. संसद में ब्रेक्जिट समझौते पर सभी को राजी करने की तैयारी कर रहीं टेरेसा को इस खबर से राहत मिली कि यूरोप इस समझौते के लिए एक सम्मेलन की तैयारी में है. हालांकि, टेरेसा का संकट उस समय बढ़ गया जब राब ने कहा कि वह समझौते के मसौदे का समर्थन नहीं कर सकते. 

राब ने कहा, ‘घोषणापत्र में हमने देश से जो वादे किए थे, उसके बाद में प्रस्तावित सौदे की शर्तों पर समझौता नहीं कर सकते हैं. आप ऐसे ब्रेक्जिट मंत्री के हकदार हैं जो आपके समझौते को दृढता के साथ आगे बढ़ा सके. मुझे पक्का इस्तीफा देना चाहिए.’ टेरेसा की कैबिनेट से गुरुवार को यह दूसरा इस्तीफा है. इससे पहले उत्तरी आयरलैंड के मंत्री शैलेश वारा ने भी समझौते को लेकर पद से इस्तीफा दे दिया. 

ब्रेक्जिट विधेयक बना कानून, ब्रिटेन को यूरोपीय संघ छोड़ने की अनुमति मिली


ब्रिटेन की प्रधानमंत्री टेरेसा ने बुधवार को पांच घंटे तक चली बैठक के दौरान अपने मंत्रिमंडल की सामूहिक मंजूरी हासिल की थी. इस मंजूरी ने कारोबारी समुदाय की चिंताओं को दूर करने में मदद की है. टेरेसा संसद के निचले सदन ‘हाउस ऑफ कॉमन्स’ में यूरोपीय संघ के साथ ब्रेक्जिट समझौते के मसौदे के प्रावधान पेश करेंगी. इस सदन को 29 मार्च को ‘ब्रेक्जिट दिवस’ से पहले इस समझौते को मंजूरी देनी है. 

यूरोपीय संघ के अध्यक्ष डोनाल्ड टस्क ने ब्रसेल्स में कहा कि ब्रिटेन के साथ ब्रेक्जिट समझौते पर हस्ताक्षर करने के लिए संघ 25 नवंबर को विशेष सम्मेलन का आयोजन करेगा. टस्क की इस घोषणा से टेरेसा मे को कुछ राहत मिलेगी क्योंकि इस बीच वह संसद में ब्रेक्जिट समझौते के लिए सभी को राजी करने पर काम कर रही हैं. आशंका है कि संसद में टेरेसा को ब्रेक्जिट और यूरोपीय संघ दोनों का समर्थन करने वालों के विरोध का समान रूप से सामना करना पड़ेगा. इस बीच, पेरिस से मिली खबर के अनुसार, फ्रांस के वित्त मंत्री ब्रूनो ली मैरे ने कहा कि प्रस्तावित ब्रेक्जिट समझौता ‘फ्रेंच अर्थव्यवस्था के लिए अच्छी खबर’ है लेकिन पेरिस को इसके क्रियान्वयन पर नजर रखनी होगी. उन्होंने कहा कि तथ्य यह है कि समझौता फ्रेंच अर्थव्यवस्था, सभी फ्रेंच फर्मों के लिए अच्छी खबर है. यह सबके हित में है कि ब्रेक्जिट सही ढंग से आगे बढ़े.

पहली बार संसद में रोबोट ने पेश की रिपोर्ट, ट्विटर यूजर्स ने उड़ाया प्रधानमंत्री का मजाक

टिप्पणियां

इस्तीफे के बाद गिरा पाउंड

राब के इस्तीफे के बाद डॉलर के मुकाबले पाउंड के मूल्य में करीब एक प्रतिशत की कमी आई है जबकि मंगलवार को मसौदा समझौता सामने आने के बाद से इसके मूल्य में वृद्धि हुई थी. 

(इस खबर को एनडीटीवी टीम ने संपादित नहीं किया है. यह सिंडीकेट फीड से सीधे प्रकाशित की गई है।)



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Delhi High Court Seeks Replies From Centre, Aam Aadmi Party Over Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash’s Case


Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash had filed the earlier plea in March this year. (File)

New Delhi: 

The Delhi High Court today sought responses from the Centre, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and the Delhi Assembly Speaker’s office on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash’s plea challenging the fresh breach of privilege proceedings initiated against him.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru, while issuing a notice in the matter, declined to pass any interim orders after Delhi government’s standing counsel Rahul Mehra said nothing was currently happening against the bureaucrat and that his plea was “premature”.

Mr Mehra said the instant petition be heard on November 27 with an earlier plea of the bureaucrat challenging another breach of privilege proceeding going on against him.

Senior advocate Siddharth Luthra and advocate Vivek Chib, appearing for Mr Prakash, on the other hand urged the court to pass interim orders staying the two fresh proceedings against him and to direct that his presence be not insisted upon by the Privileges Committee.

The judge, however, did not issue any interim directions and listed the matter for hearing on November 27.

Mr Prakash, in his plea filed through advocates Asif Ahmed and Ruchira Goel, has sought quashing of the two new breach of privilege proceedings initiated against him on the complaints by the Question and Reference Committee (QRC) and Protocol Committee of the Assembly.

Mr Luthra said some members of the two committees, which lodged the complaints against him, were also part of the Privileges Committee which is a “violation of principles of natural justice”.

The senior lawyer also argued that MLAs who were chargesheeted in connection with assault of the chief secretary were also part of the two committees.

He said the proceedings were initiated after filing of the charge sheet and alleged that they were biased against the bureaucrat and were trying to “harass and intimidate” him.

Opposing the allegations, Mr Mehra submitted in court a list of the members of the committees and said that none of the chargesheeted MLAs were part of the House panels.

The chief secretary, in his plea, has also challenged the complaints made against him by the QRC and Protocol Committee on September 7 and September 14, respectively.

He has contended that the proceedings were “violative of the Constitution of India as well as the Rules of the House and therefore, illegal and unconstitutional”.

The petition also seeks quashing of the Speaker’s decision to refer the two complaints to the Privileges Committee, saying it too was in violation of the Constitution and Rules of the House.





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Ready To Import More Gas And Oil From US, Says Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale


India is expected to import about $4 billion of oil from the United States this year: Foreign secretary.

SINGAPORE: 

India’s foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said on Wednesday the country is open to importing more oil and gas from the United States.

“We expressed our readiness to import more gas and more oil from United States as a way of expanding trade,” Gokhale told reporters on the sidelines of an Asian summit attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The United States early this month re-imposed sanctions against Iran’s oil exports to punish Tehran for its involvement in several Middle Eastern conflicts and curb its nuclear programmes.

But fearing a price spike, Washington granted a sanctions waiver to eight of the biggest buyers of Iran’s oil, including India.

India is expected to import about $4 billion of oil from the United States this year, Gokhale said.

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Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash Moves Court, Says Assembly Proceedings Against Him Violate Constition


Anshu Prakash had filed the earlier plea in March this year.

New Delhi: 

Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash on Tuesday moved the high court challenging the fresh breach of privilege proceedings initiated against him by the Assembly on complaints by two of its committees.

The plea was mentioned before a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao which allowed it to be listed for hearing on Wednesday.

The petition has sought setting aside of the breach of privilege proceedings initiated by the Assembly’s Privileges Committee based on complaints by the Question and Reference Committee (QRC) and the Protocol Committee.

The chief secretary’s plea has also challenged the complaints made against him by the QRC and Protocol Committee.

He has contended that the breach of privilege proceedings initiated against him based on the two complaints were “violative of the Constitution of India as well as the Rules of the House and therefore, illegal and unconstitutional”.

The petition also seeks quashing of the Speaker’s decision to refer the two complaints to the Privileges Committee, saying it too was in violation of the Constitution and Rules of the House.

Apart from his latest petition, the chief secretary had in the past challenged breach of privilege proceedings initiated against him early this year by the Assembly panels for not appearing before them.

The earlier petition is at the final arguments stage and is scheduled to be heard next on November 27.

During the hearing on his earlier plea, Mr Prakash had claimed that the entire process of summoning him before a privileges committee for questioning over certain issues was “biased” and “premeditated”.

Mr Prakash had filed the earlier plea in March this year after he was served a notice by the Privileges Committee for skipping a meeting on February 20.

The meeting, in which he was asked to appear, was scheduled a day after he was allegedly assaulted by two AAP MLAs — Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal.

The court had earlier expressed displeasure with the panel for not completing its breach of privilege proceedings against the chief secretary despite questioning him for over four hours.

The Privileges Committee had issued him a notice on a complaint by the QRC.





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Donald Trump Prepares To Remove Kirstjen Nielsen As Homeland Security Secretary


Washington: 

US President Donald Trump told advisers that he has decided to remove Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and her departure from the administration is likely to occur in the coming weeks, according to White House officials.

Trump cancelled a planned trip with Nielsen this week to visit US troops at the border in South Texas and told aides over the weekend that he wants her out as soon as possible, The Washington Post quoted the officials as saying on Monday.

The President has argued for months about what he views as Nielsen’s lacklustre performance on immigration enforcement and was believed to be looking for a replacement who will implement his policy ideas with more alacrity.

Trump has also berated her during Cabinet meetings, belittled her to other White House staff and tagged her months ago as a “Bushie”, a reference to her previous service under former President George W. Bush and meant to cast suspicion on her loyalty, the daily said.

The announcement could come as soon as this week, the officials said.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials who work with Nielsen declined to comment on the development.

“The Secretary is honoured to lead the men and women of the DHS and is committed to implementing the President’s security-focused agenda to protect Americans from all threats and will continue to do so,” spokesman Tyler Q Houlton said in a statement.

Nielsen’s departure would leave a leadership void at the government’s third-largest agency, which has 240,000 employees and a $60 billion budget, The Post said.

The deputy secretary post at DHS has been vacant since April and the White House has not submitted to Congress a nomination for it.

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Paytm Chief Vijay Shekhar Sharma’s Secretary Sonia Dhawan Planned To Extort Him; Husband, Colleague Helped


New Delhi: 

Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma’s long-time secretary is among three persons arrested for allegedly trying to extort Rs 20 crore from the e-wallet giant’s founder after threatening to leak stolen personal data and information, the police said on Monday.

Sonia Dhawan, who has worked with Mr Sharma for 10 years, planned the extortion bid, according to the Noida police. Along with another Paytm employee, Devender Kumar, and her husband Rupak Jain, she had threatened to leak data and misuse information “to cause the firm loss and dent its public image,” officials said.

The three were arrested late Monday afternoon by a police team, while a fourth person in the plan is still missing. This man, Rohit Chomal, is a resident of Kolkata who allegedly made the extortion call to Mr Sharma’s brother Ajay Shekhar Sharma.

“The owner of Paytm had made a complaint with the police that their employees, a woman and her aides, had stolen some data from the company and were blackmailing him. They were demanding Rs 20 crore for not leaking it,” senior police officer Ajay Pal Sharma said.

It is not known yet what data was stolen, the police said.

Sonia Dhawan had access to his laptop, mobile phone and computer and she allegedly passed on data to the man who made the extortion call.

The three have been charged with theft, extortion, cheating, criminal breach of trust and conspiracy. They have also been charged under the Information Technology Act, the police said.

Paytm confirmed in a statement that the Noida Police have arrested three people, including one woman employee.

“The employee along with two other accomplices attempted to extort money from Vijay Shekhar Sharma on the pretext of leaking his personal data. We are standing by our colleagues till the police enquiry reaches its meaningful conclusion,” the company said.

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TSPRI Panchayat Secretary Answer Key @ Tspri.cgg.gov.in, Tsprrecruitment.in, Download Now


TSPRI answer key for both paper 1 and paper 2 can be accessed from tspri.cgg.gov.in

New Delhi: 

Telangana Panchayat Secretary preliminary exam answer key has been released on the official examination website of the recruitment process. TSPRI answer key for both paper 1 and paper 2 can be accessed from the official website tspri.cgg.gov.in or from the direct website  tsprrecruitment.in. The candidates, who have appeared for the TSPRI Panchayat Secretary exam may raise their objections on the preliminary answer keys till October 29, 2018. Telangana State Panchayat Raj Department or TSPRI had earlier announced the recruitment process of 9,355 posts of Junior Panchayat Secretaries in the state.

The exams were held on October 10 in two sessions.

“The candidates have to upload the OBJECTIONS, if any, with respect to the Master Question Paper only through the candidate’s log-in, on or before 20-10-2018 by 5:00 PM,” said the notification posted on the official recruitment website of TSPRI.

TSPRI Panchayat Secretary Answer Key 2018: How to check

Follow these steps to check your Panchayat Secretary answer key:

Step One: Go to the official website of TSPRI, tspri.cgg.gov.in

Step Two: Click on the link “By clicking the above link you will leave Grama Jyothi website(tspri.cgg.gov.in) and will be redirected to “tsprrecruitment.in” Maintained by Panchayat Raj Department”

Step Three: On next page, click on the answer key links given there

 

TSPRI Panchayat Secretary Answer Key 2018: Direct links

 

Access the Pachayat Secretary answer keys here:

Preliminary key for MASTER QUESTION PAPER Paper – I (PRP1)

Preliminary key for MASTER QUESTION PAPER Paper – II (PRP2)

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“Sending Our Secretary,” Says Trump As Saudi Probes Khashoggi Case


Donald Trump threatens “severe punishment” if it turns out Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the consulate

Ankara/Washington: 

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Monday ordered an internal probe into the unexplained disappearance of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a joint Turkish-Saudi team was set to search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where he was last seen on October 2.

U.S. President Donald Trump said meanwhile he had spoken with King Salman about Khashoggi, a critic of the kingdom’s policies, and that he was sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet the king immediately.

Trump also said Salman denied “any knowledge of whatever may have happened” to Khashoggi, who disappeared after he went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago, and told him the Saudis are working closely with Turkey on the case.

Khashoggi, a US resident and Washington Post columnist, vanished after entering the consulate to get marriage documents. Turkish officials have said authorities believe he was murdered and his body removed, allegations that Saudi Arabia has denied.

The case has provoked an international outcry, with Trump threatening “severe punishment” if it turns out Khashoggi was killed in the consulate and European allies urging “a credible investigation” and accountability for those responsible.

A Turkish diplomatic source said investigators would inspect the consulate on Monday afternoon, after delays last week when Turkey accepted a Saudi proposal to work together to find out what happened to Khashoggi.

“The King has ordered the Public Prosecutor to open an internal investigation into the Khashoggi matter based on the info from the joint team in Istanbul,” a Saudi official, not authorised to speak publicly, told Reuters.

Asked when the public prosecutor could make an announcement about the investigation, the official said: “He was instructed to work quickly.”

Britain expects Riyadh to provide “a complete and detailed response” to questions over Khashoggi’s disappearance, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said on Monday.

Saudi Arabia has responded to Western statements by saying it would retaliate against any pressure or economic sanctions “with greater action”, and Arab allies rallied to support it, setting up a potential showdown between the world’s top oil exporter and its main Western allies.

King Salman and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone on Sunday evening and stressed the importance of the two countries creating a joint group as part of the probe.

Broadcaster CNN Turk reported on Monday that the Saudi team had arrived at Istanbul police headquarters.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

The Saudi riyal fell to its lowest in two years and its international bond prices slipped over fears that foreign investment inflows could shrink amid international pressure.

The Saudi stock market had tumbled 7.2 percent over the previous two trading days but rebounded 2 percent on Monday.

Foreign capital is key to Saudi plans for economic diversification and job creation.

But concern over the disappearance has seen media organisations and a growing number of attendees pull out of a “Davos in the Desert” investment conference set for Oct. 23-25, which has become the biggest show for investors to promote Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s reform vision.

On Monday, a source familiar with the matter said Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman and BlackRock Chief Executive Larry Fink were pulling out of the summit. Both companies declined comment.

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which hosts the conference, has tentatively committed $20 billion to an infrastructure investment planned with Blackstone Group. Prince Mohammed told Reuters last year that Blackstone and BlackRock Inc were planning to open offices in the kingdom.

Bahrain called for a boycott of Uber, in which PIF has invested $3.5 billion, after its chief executive officer said he would not attend the conference.

PRELIMINARY EVIDENCE

Similar campaigns trended on social media in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. UAE businessman Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor urged a boycott of Virgin, which has suspended discussions with PIF over a planned $1 billion investment.

Khashoggi, a familiar face on Arab talk shows, moved to the United States last year fearing retribution for his criticism of Prince Mohammed, who has cracked down on dissent with arrests.

The former newspaper editor once interviewed Osama bin Laden and later became a consummate insider, advising former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal when he served as ambassador in London and Washington.

A pro-government Turkish daily published preliminary evidence last week from investigators it said identified a 15-member Saudi intelligence team which arrived in Istanbul on diplomatic passports hours before Khashoggi disappeared.

The Saudi consulate referred Reuters to authorities in Riyadh who did not respond to questions about the 15 Saudis.

 

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Madhya Pradesh : BJPs general secretary got angry on removal of poster, using abusive language – पोस्टर हटाने पर भड़के बीजेपी के महासचिव ने अफसरों से अपशब्द कहे, देखें


खास बातें

  1. महासचिव अनिल जैन और वीडी शर्मा अफसरों से भिड़ गए
  2. आचार संहिता के मद्देनजर डिप्टी कलेक्टर विशाखा देशमुख ने आपत्ति ली
  3. घटना के वीडियो में अनिल जैन प्रशासन को गालियां देते भी दिखे

भोपाल: “चुनाव के बाद इन्हें #&*रहना नहीं है क्या … चुनाव के बाद इन्हें #%*देंगे …” ऐसे असंसदीय शब्द तैश में आकर बीजेपी के राष्ट्रीय महासचिव, हरियाणा-छत्तीसगढ़ के प्रभारी सांसद अनिल जैन के मुंह से निकले. नेताजी गुस्सा हो गए क्योंकि प्रशासन ने नगरपालिका के किराये वाली दुकान से बीजेपी अध्यक्ष अमित शाह और पार्टी के पोस्टर-बैनर निकाल फेंके.

      

मंगलवार को गुना में हनुमान चौक के पास जब अमित शाह के पोस्टर हटाने के लिए प्रशासनिक अफसर पहुंचे तो अनिल जैन और बीजेपी मध्यप्रदेश के महामंत्री वीडी शर्मा उनसे भिड़ गए. पोस्टर बैनर को हटाने को लेकर चुनाव आचार संहिता का हवाला देते हुए डिप्टी कलेक्टर विशाखा देशमुख ने आपत्ति जताई. इस पर प्रदेश महामंत्री बीडी शर्मा और राष्ट्रीय महासचिव अनिल जैन से बहस हो गई.

बीजेपी के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष अमित शाह के ग्वालियर-चंबल संभाग के दौरे के तहत गुना में रोड शो करना था. बाद में अनिल जैन किसी को फोन लगाकर अफसरों को शिकायत करते और धमकाने वाले अंदाज में किसी से बात करते सुने गए.


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वीडियो में अनिल जैन प्रशासन को गालियां भी दे रहे हैं. अनिल जैन राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष अमित शाह के बेहद करीबी माने जाते हैं. जब किसी पार्टी कार्यकर्ता ने उन्हें बताया कि कैमरे उनकी तरफ हैं तब भी जैन के तेवर कम नहीं हुए कैमरे देखकर उन्होंने पूछा कौन हैं ये.

 

   

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US Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo Says North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Ready To Let Inspectors Into Missile, Nuclear Sites


Seoul: 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was ready to allow international inspectors into the North’s nuclear and missile testing sites, one of the main sticking points over an earlier denuclearisation pledge.

Pompeo, who met Kim during a short trip to Pyongyang on Sunday, said the inspectors would visit a missile engine test facility and the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site as soon as the two sides agree on logistics.

“There’s a lot of logistics that will be required to execute that,” Pompeo told a news briefing in Seoul before leaving for Beijing.

The top US diplomat also said both sides were “pretty close” to agreement on the details of a second summit, which Kim proposed to US President Donald Trump in a letter last month.

Trump and Kim held an historic first summit in Singapore in June.

Pompeo’s trip to Pyongyang, his fourth this year, followed a stalemate as North Korea resisted Washington’s demands for irreversible steps to give up its nuclear arsenal, including a complete inventory of its weapons and facilities.

He told South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday his latest trip to Pyongyang was “another step forward” to denuclearisation but there are “many steps along the way”.

In a more upbeat note, Pyongyang’s state media said on Monday Kim lauded his talks with Pompeo.

“Kim Jong Un expressed satisfaction over the productive and wonderful talks with Mike Pompeo at which mutual stands were fully understood and opinions exchanged,” North Korean news agency KCNA said.

It said the two sides agreed to hold working negotiations for the second North Korean-US summit as early as possible.

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Commenting on Pompeo’s meeting with Kim, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday Kim was expected to visit Russia soon. He said Chinese leader Xi Jinping was also expected to travel to North Korea but did not elaborate further.

North Korea’s state newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, featured eight photos of the meeting on its front page, including shots of Kim and Pompeo smiling and shaking hands, as well as some with Kim’s sister Kim Yo Jong.

“Together with Mike Pompeo, Kim Jong Un appreciated the positively developing situation on the Korean peninsula, explained in detail the proposals for solving the denuclearisation issue and matters of concern of both sides and exchanged constructive opinions,” KCNA said.

North Korea denounced Pompeo on his previous trip to Pyongyang in July for making “gangster-like demands”. Pompeo did not meet Kim on that trip.

Kim said he believed the dialogue between the two countries would continue to develop favourably, “based on the deep confidence between the two leaders of the two countries”, and expressed gratitude to Trump for making a sincere effort to implement the agreement made at their June summit, KCNA said.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement Kim had invited inspectors to visit the Punggye-ri nuclear test site to confirm it had been irreversibly dismantled. The statement did not provide further details.

KCNA did not mention that issue.

© Thomson Reuters 2018





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