Pakistan's Input Efforts on Terrorist Funding List Pending

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Tuesday that a US-led motion to place Pakistan on a global terrorist financing watchlist has been suspended for three months.

Final Action Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is expected to be announced on Thursday (22/2).

Read: Pakistan Hopes Not to Be List of Terrorist Funding

Khawaja Asif, in an official visit to Russia, said on Twitter on Tuesday that "Pakistani efforts were successful" and the country was given a three-month suspension over the US-led motion.

Asif also mentioned that the financial regulatory body has instructed the Asia Pacific Group (APG) , one of the FATF entities, to consider "another June report" on the matter.

The South Asian nation has been trying hard not to be included in the list FATF countries that have failed to comply with FATF guidelines and regulations and take adequate measures to combat terror financing and money laundering. [as/al]

North Korea-South Korea Summit Can Be Difficult US Efforts to Suppress North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's invitation to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang could complicate the Trump government's diplomatic efforts to pressure the isolated communist state to abandon its nuclear weapons program, analysts said.

Kim delivered a rare invitation to South Korean leaders through his most trusted person, his only sister Kim Yo Jong, who traveled to the South as part of a North Korean delegation to the Winter Olympics, according to the South Korean president's office on Saturday. [19659002] Moon said he wanted to "create the circumstances that allow the visit to take place," according to the president's office.

North Korea's diplomatic initiative comes amid rising international pressure, led by the United States, aiming to impose maximum economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime. Former US officials and analysts say the North's move could make Moon, who supports the efforts of Trump's pressure while seeking dialogue with the North, is not in harmony with the Trump government.

"The invitation is a very smart move by Kim Jong Un as the separator between Washington and Seoul, Kim is very good at playing public relations with the summit invitation and fueling the feeling of Korean unity, "said Robert Manning, a researcher at the Atlantic Council. [gp]

US Foreign Secretary Praises Colombia's Progress in Drug Abuse Efforts

The United States is raising the support of countries in the Western Hemisphere to increase the fight against the most destructive problem in the region, namely drug smuggling.

While praising Colombia's progress in reducing coca production, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "We need to see the outcome, we need to see a reversed trend," Tillerson said at a press conference in Bogota along with Colombian President Juan Manuel (19659002) Santos.

Tillerson's remarks came just days after US President Donald Trump threatened to stop aid for countries suspected of being a center for drug trafficking.

Last Friday, the Trump President threatened to stop aid to failed states stop the flow of cross-border drug entry.The statement came after a Customs official and US Border Protection told him that cocaine was commonly from Colombia and Peru, and smuggled through Mexico and Central America

"There will be no supply if there is no demand, and there will be no demand if there is no supply," Santos said, indicating that demand from the US is part of the problem.

Santos says Colombia hopes to continue cooperation with the US in combating coca production. Colombia has been receiving massive US funding to combat drug cartels and left-wing rebel groups. [ab/uh]

Havana Protests US Efforts to Increase Internet Access in Cuba

Cuba has officially protested the creation of a US taskforce to improve internet access on the island, arguing it "violates Cuba's sovereignty." The communist-controlled island is one of the most not connected in the world.

The US State Department said that the task force will hold its first meeting on February 7 to encourage "free flow of information in Cuba." The team will study "the challenges and technological opportunities to expand internet access and media independently in Cuba, "the US State Department said.

In a diplomatic memo to the top US diplomat in Havana, Lawrence Gumbiner, Cuba on Wednesday (31/1) filed a" violent protest "against America's desire to publicly violate Cuba's related sovereignty national legislation governing the flow of information. "

The memo declared the attempt to manipulate the internet for political and subversive purposes it is intended to "alter or disrupt the constitutional order" in Cuba. Cuba demanded that America "halt subversive, intervention, and illegal action against Cuba." According to Cuban government data, 40 percent of the island's 11 million inhabitants can use the internet in 2017.

However, in spite of recent government efforts to increase wifi availability, most Cubans have no internet because of costly access, (19659003) US-Cuban relations began to warm under President Barack Obama, when both countries placed ambassadors in 2015 for the first time since 1961. But President Donald Trump has taken up a tougher approach to Cuba since taking office. In his state address on Tuesday, Trump highlighted how his administration had "imposed tough sanctions on communist and socialist dictatorships in Cuba and Venezuela." [as/ii]

US Citizens Must Be Enlarged with US Diplomatic Efforts

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised the diplomatic accomplishment of President Donald Trump's government this year, saying that "Americans should be heartened" by the way the Trump Administration handles the "biggest security threats," North Korea and China and Russia.

opinion published Thursday in the New York Times, Tillerson writes that Trump "abandoned a failed sabar strategy" and imposed a "pressing policy" on North Korea "through diplomatic and economic sanctions."

On 22 December, the UN Security Council enacted new sanctions against North Korea, reducing fuel supplies, tightening checks on goods coming out and entering North Korea, and requesting the expulsion of North Koreans working overseas – an important source of income for Pyongyang.

Tillerson also said pressure from America and its allies "has cut about 90 percent of North Korea's export revenue," most of which Pyongyang says is used to fund the development of illegal weapons.

"We hope that this international isolation will pressure the regime to negotiate seriously about the halt of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs," Tillerson wrote. After overcoming technological obstacles this year to develop a modern nuclear weapons program, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on Christmas day condemned the new sanctions, saying the sanctions are "an act of war" and ignoring the country's nuclear weapons is a "dream."

Tillerson said China has imposed some import restrictions and sanctions against North Korea, "but it can and should do more." He said the United States would hold talks with China on issues such as trade imbalances and "issues of Chinese military activity in the South China Sea.

Tillerson also said the US would consider carefully its long-term relationship with China, which Tillerson described as rising as an "economic and military power."

Tillerson praised the American role in recapturing ISIS territory in Iraq and Syria and the new government strategy focusing on Afghanistan – South Asia Tilllerson said Afghanistan "can not be a safe place for terrorists" and appealed to Pakistan to fight terrorists "in its own country". [my/al]