US on track to meet climate targets, says UN

The United States is on track to achieve the goals set by the Paris climate agreement, despite President Trump's decision to withdraw his country from the deal, UN Secretary-General said Thursday .

After the announcement of Donald Trump in June 2017, cities, states, companies across the country, pledged to honor the objectives decreed in the French capital at the end of 2015.

"There are hopes that regardless of the position of the government, the United States could be able to meet the commitments made in Paris as a country, "stressed the press the UN boss, Antonio Guterres.

"We have seen in cities, and we have seen in many states, a very strong commitment to the Paris agreement, so that some indications are even in a better direction than has been the case. recently, "said Guterres.

Under this agreement, the United States committed itself, at the time of the Obama administration, to a reduction of 26% to 28% of its greenhouse gas emissions from here 2025 compared to 2005.

Nearly 200 countries and organizations had agreed in Paris, after intense negotiations, committing themselves to the reduction of carbon emissions, up to 2030. [19659002] President Trump justified his withdrawal, which provoked an international outcry, blaming a "bad deal" for the US economy.

Knowing that it takes three years for a signatory to be able to sign its withdrawal of the Paris agreement and one more year before the latter is effective, the exit of the United States could intervene concretely only in November 2020.

The international community wants to limit the rise of the temperatures to 2 ° C compared to the pre-industrial era but the UN boss warned that increased efforts were needed to achieve this goal in 2020.

Climate change is "the most systemic threat to the human species," warned Antonio Guterres, adding that recent data on extreme weather events have shown that "2017 was (a year) full of climate chaos".

The UN chief plans to hold a major summit next year to take stock of progress in implementing the climate agreement. The presence of the American president is more than uncertain.

South Korean President to Meet Kim Jong-un's sister

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un this weekend.

Presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said on Saturday (10/2) Moon will host lunch the North Korean delegation for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The delegation included Kim Yo-jong, a senior member of the ruling North Korean Workers Party as well as an important adviser to Kim Jong-un, as well as Kim Yong-nam, head of the North Korean regime.

Kim Yo-jong was the first of the old North Korean ruling family who visited South Korea since the end of the 1950-1953 Korean War.

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Eat Saturday afternoon (10/2) will be the culmination of a recent diplomatic effort between the two countries that began with President Moon's good reception of a surprise bid from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to send his country's athletes to the Pyeongchang Olympics. The offer was presented by Kim in his New Year speech.

The North Korean delegation will arrive in Seoul on Friday (9/2) to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics in the evening. [uh]

Pence Open to Meet with North Korean Officials

US Vice President Mike Pence says he has not ruled out the possibility of meeting with North Korean officials at the upcoming South Korean Olympic Games.

"Trump's president said he always put his faith in the conversation but I have not asked for any meetings, "Pence said before leaving on Monday (5/2), in a six-day trip to Asia. "But we'll see what happens," he said.

Pence arrived Tuesday in Japan, where he will meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and members of the US military.

The vice president's journey will include a stopover in Pyeongchang. He said there were no plans for him to meet with members of the North Korean delegation. [as/al]

Romanians Apologize Do not Meet Japanese Prime Minister

Romanians on Wednesday apologized in social media to Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe because of a political crisis that Abe was not met by a Romanian prime minister. Abe is on a historic visit in Romania

Abe is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Mihai Tudose on a visit to Romania on Tuesday in his last trip to several European countries.

It was also the first visit of the Japanese prime minister to the EU country. [19659002] But Tudose resigned on Monday night, the last victim of a power struggle within the ruling Social Democratic Party, leaving Abe unfamiliar with him.

But Abe held talks with President Klaus Iohannis, who on Wednesday approved Viorica Dancila as the new prime minister. [ka/al]

Pakistan Allow Families Meet Surprised Indian Spies

The Pakistani government has allowed wives and mothers of Indian spy who are serving a sentence, Kulbushan Jadhav visited him on Monday (25/12). Pakistan stressed that the move was purely humanitarian.

The meeting lasted about 40 minutes and took place at the Foreign Ministry shortly after the Jadhav family arrived in Islamabad, officials said.

Jadhav talks with his wife and mother through a microphone from behind a glass wall separator

The deputy high commissioner of India in Islamabad was also allowed to accompany these guests. Pakistani foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal informed that the Jadhavs would return to India on Monday afternoon.

The security is very tight in and around the Foreign Ministry's building complex, and signal scrambling is activated to prevent subversive attempts. [jm]