Two ar­rested in mi­grant Chan­nel cross­ings

China Daily - - WORLD - Li­ux­uan@chi­

The Na­tional Crime Agency said late on Wed­nes­day that a 33-year-old Ira­nian cit­i­zen and a 24-year-old Bri­tish man were ar­rested in Manch­ester. The men are be­ing ques­tioned but have not been charged or iden­ti­fied. They are sus­pected of smug­gling mi­grants across the English Chan­nel in small boats. The ar­rests are the first since Bri­tain’s Home Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid de­clared a rise in mi­grant cross­ings to be a “ma­jor in­ci­dent”. He is con­sid­er­ing ask­ing the Royal Navy to help pa­trol the Chan­nel.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said on Wed­nes­day that he has re­ceived a let­ter from the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Ko­rea and he ex­pects a sec­ond meet­ing with its top leader Kim Jong-un, but an­a­lyst said it will take some time be­fore the meet­ing could hap­pen.

Trump said at the White House dur­ing a Cab­i­net meet­ing that he got “a great let­ter” from Kim.

“We’ll prob­a­bly now have an­other meet­ing … we’ll be set­ting that up in the not-too-dis­tant fu­ture,” added Trump, who re­vealed in early De­cem­ber that his sec­ond meet­ing with Kim was likely to hap­pen in Jan­uary or Fe­bru­ary.

The pres­i­dent also wrote on so­cial me­dia that he looked for­ward to meet­ing with Kim “who re­al­izes so well that North Ko­rea pos­sesses great eco­nomic po­ten­tial”.

Speak­ing to re­porters at the White House, Trump de­fended the US ne­go­ti­a­tions with Kim, say­ing that if it had not been for his ad­min­is­tra­tion “you’d be hav­ing a nice big fat war in Asia”. He re­it­er­ated that there was no hurry, ac­cord­ing to Reuters.

“I’m not in any rush. I don’t have to rush. All I know is there’s no rock­ets, there’s no test­ing,” he said, re­fer­ring to DPRK’s nu­clear and mis­sile tests that have been halted since the sec­ond half of 2017.

Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry spokesman Lu Kang said on Thurs­day that China be­lieves Trump’s re­sponse is a pos­i­tive thing for the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion on the Korean Penin­sula.

Lu re­it­er­ated that China be­lieves that if the United States and the DPRK can carry out proac­tive in­ter­ac­tion and ef­fec­tive di­a­logues, it will cer­tainly be con­ducive to the set­tle­ment of the is­sue as well as the peace and sta­bil­ity of the penin­sula.

Shi Yong­ming, a se­nior ex­pert on Korean Penin­sula is­sues, said there is a pos­si­bil­ity for a TrumpKim sum­mit, while ob­sta­cles lie on the US side.

“DPRK’s in­ten­tion is very clear — as long as the US gives it peace and space, it will aban­don the nu­clear and con­cen­trate on eco­nomic devel­op­ment,” he said, adding that the US may not want to ful­fill Kim’s ex­pec­ta­tions as Trump’s global strat­egy is to use force to es­tab­lish US lead­er­ship around the world.

Trump and Kim met for the first time at a sum­mit held in Sin­ga­pore last June, which Shi said was be­cause of two fac­tors.

“On one hand, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween DPRK and the Repub­lic of Ko­rea has been im­proved, and DPRK has ex­pressed its will­ing­ness to de­nu­cle­arize,” he said.

“On the other hand, Trump wanted to prove that the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion was wrong — the US and DPRK can talk.”

But Trump does not have a clear strat­egy on how to solve the Korean Penin­sula is­sue even if the two sides are go­ing to meet again, Shi said.

Trump’s words came one day af­ter Py­ongyang re­leased a se­ries of pos­i­tive sig­nals over the de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula.

Kim said on Tues­day in his New Year speech that he would push for­ward with de­nu­cle­ariza­tion and was ready to meet with Trump at any time.

He also stressed his de­ter­mi­na­tion to work to build “new re­la­tions” with Wash­ing­ton, es­tab­lish­ing last­ing peace on the Korean Penin­sula while seek­ing com­plete de­nu­cle­ariza­tion, on the con­di­tion that the US takes cor­re­spond­ing mea­sures.

“We could be left with no choice but to seek a new way if the US does not make good on its prom­ises, mis­judges our pa­tience, while seek­ing to force things uni­lat­er­ally and cling­ing to sanc­tions and pres­sure,” Kim warned.

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