North Korea to shut nuke site in May
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plans to invite experts and journalists from the United States and South Korea when the country shuts its nuclear test site in May, Seoul officials said, as US President Trump pressed for total denuclearisation ahead of his own unprecedented meeting with Kim. On April 27, Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula in the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade, but the declaration did not include concrete steps to reach that goal. North Korea’s state media had said before the summit that Pyongyang would immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests, scrap its nuclear test site and instead pursue economic growth and peace.
UNSC’s Myanmar Trip: Naypyidaw to ‘try to fix ties with world’
As the UNSC delegation begins visiting Myanmar from April 30, its government will make an effort to repair its strained relationship with the international community and allow some of the Rohingyas to return to Rakhine State, said a Financial Times report. “The trip is part of an effort by Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government to repair its relations with the international community and make good on a pledge to allow some of the people driven from their homes to return to northern Rakhine State, the centre of one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises,” it read.
Cop jailed for “whistleblowing” on Reuters’ journo arrest trap
A police officer who testified that police framed two Reuters reporters has been sentenced to an undisclosed prison term for violating Myanmar’s Police Disciplinary Act, a police spokesman told Reuters on April 29 without elaborating. Captain Moe Yan Naing told the court on April 20 that a senior officer had ordered police to “trap” one of the two journalists arrested in December. He said officers had been told to meet reporter Wa Lone at a restaurant in Yangon and give him “secret documents.” During that hearing, Moe Yan Naing told the court he had been under arrest since the night of December 12, the date the Reuters reporters were arrested, without access to his family. He said he had been accused of violating the Police Disciplinary Act.
Amber Rudd resigns as British home secretary
Amber Rudd has resigned as home secretary, saying she “inadvertently misled” MPs over targets for removing illegal immigrants. The Windrush scandal had heaped pressure on Ms Rudd, who faced renewed criticism after saying she did not know about Home Office removals targets. Her successor is expected to be announced within hours by Theresa May, who was “very sorry” to see Ms Rudd go. Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said Ms Rudd had “done the right thing”. Ms Abbott added that the “architect of this crisis” - the prime minister - must come before the Commons to explain “whether she knew that Amber Rudd was misleading Parliament and the public last week”.