ずくなしの冷や水

2017年12月16日

トランプが北朝鮮問題の処理にロシアの協力を得たいと発言

RT2017/12/15
Trump says would like to have Russia’s help with North Korea

President Donald Trump would like to have Russia’s help to deal with North Korea, he told reporters following his phone call with President Vladimir Putin.

"The primary point was to talk about North Korea, because we would love to have his help on North Korea. China's helping, Russia's not helping; we'd like to have Russia's help," Trump said at a briefing outside the White House.

On Thursday, Trump and Putin discussed the situation on the Korean Peninsula during a phone call initiated by Washington. Describing his conversation with Putin, Trump said it was “great."

Referring to Putin’s remarks about him during an annual Q&A session last Thursday, Trump stated that the Russian president “said very nice things about what I’ve done with this country in terms of the economy, but he also said some negative things in terms of what’s going on elsewhere."

Asked whether he was impressed by Trump’s performance as US president, Putin said he was not a US citizen and it is US citizens who should judge their president’s performance. However, he added that the improving state of the American economy under Trump’s presidency should be acknowledged, even by his critics.

Trump reiterated that his campaign did not collude with Russia during the election campaign last year. “There was absolutely no collusion, that has been proven,” he stated. “My worst enemies, they walk out [from sessions of Congress commissions] and they say ‘There is no collusion, but we’ll continue to look.’”

He added the “Russian collusion” story was a “hoax” and “scam” by the Democrats to explain their defeat in the election, and blamed his opponents of wasting millions of dollars on investigating it.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 13:30| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

北朝鮮は交渉開始のためには米国から演習終結の書面での保証が必要 ロシア上院議員

RT2017/12/15
N. Korea needs written guarantees that US will end drills to start talks – Russian senator
Pyongyang needs written guarantees of security and an end to military drills on the Korean Peninsula from Washington for negotiations between the sides to begin, a senior Russian senator, Vladimir Dzhabarov, has said.

"In order for talks between the US and North Korea to start, certain special conditions must be met,” Dzhabarov, deputy head of the upper house Committee for International Relations, told RIA Novosti. The most important one is that “Washington [gives] up staging military drills near the Korean Peninsula. And Pyongyang needs written guarantees of that,” he added.

According to Dzhabarov, the Americans have already violated their promise to curb the exercises in the autumn. It was the US move to hold new exercises that forced North Korea to resume ballistic missile tests, which were earlier put on hold, he said.

Also on Friday, US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said that a “sustained cessation of North Korea’s threatening behavior” would be required for the US to agree to sit down at the negotiations table. "Apart from that step, there are no preconditions for talks, nor will we accept preconditions from North Korea or others," Tillerson said during a UN Security Council meeting dedicated to the Korean issue.

The secretary of State also urged Moscow and Beijing to increase pressure on Pyongyang and go “beyond full implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions,” sanctioning the country over its nuclear program and ballistic missile tests. He questioned “Russia's dedication as a partner for peace,” blaming it for continuing to allow North Korean workers to toil in "slave-like conditions" for wages used to fund nuclear arms.

Tillerson also doubted China's commitment to "solving an issue that has serious implications for the security of its own citizens" due to the crude oil still being supplied to the North Koreans by the Chinese.

Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said that the pressure on North Korea has already reached the “red line,” with the country being at risk of “economic strangulation.” Morgulov told Interfax: “Russia will not be part of this,” adding that the sanctions were “counterproductive” and were hurting ordinary people.

Russia and China have been proposing the so-called “double freeze” solution to the Korean crisis, which envisages a halt on the joint US drills with South Korea in exchange for the North stopping its nuclear and missile tests, which would create the conditions for negotiations.

After his phone call with President Vladimir Putin earlier Friday, US President Donald Trump said that he would “love” to have help from Russia on North Korea. Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian and US leaders agreed to share information and initiatives on the issue during the conversation.


Tensions have been on the rise on the Korean Peninsula in recent months as Pyongyang keeps pursuing its nuclear program and missile testing, despite international sanctions and condemnation, while the US and its allies intensify drills near North Korea’s borders. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly warned of a military scenario for North Korea, and recently included the country on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, paving the way for more sanctions. However, recently both sides have shown some interest in resolving the crisis via diplomatic means.

It’s not the North Koreans, but the Americans, who should be put under pressure to resolve the Korean crisis, Eric Sirotkin, human rights attorney and co-founder of Lawyers for Peace and Demilitarization In Korea, told RT. “It becomes necessary for international powers to not merely put pressure on the DPRK (North Korea), but to put pressure on the US for direct talks, formalizing relations and negotiating a lasting peace. These are required obligations under international law and under treaties such as the UN Charter that the US has ratified,” Sirotkin said. Apart from the “double freeze” proposal by Russia and China, “it is time the UN and other bodies call for unconditional talks,” he added.

The US has no other option but to accept the Russian-Chinese “double freeze” solution, as it’s obvious that military involvement in North Korea would be fruitless, Evgeny Kim, from the Centre for Korean Studies at the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IFES RAS), told RT. “It’s clear that nobody wants war. For South Korea, it’s the issue of life and death, and it’s obviously not going to fight. Japan doesn’t want war; China even more so. Russia also doesn’t allow the thought of this too. In the US, many high-ranked responsible generals don’t want to get involved in the war, which can’t be won, without an approval from the Congress,” he said. With even NATO allies such as Germany, France and the UK rejecting the military option, Washington has “nothing to do. They should agree to what we propose: ‘Put your drills – which, in principle, are a provocation by the US against the North – on hold for the talks to start,” Kim said. “If there will be an official proposal, I think the North will not reject talks. Besides, they always insist on direct negotiations,” he added.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 13:23| Comment(2) | 国際・政治

お主 スパイウェアを使っているな

2017年12月15日
RADEX ONEは意外な優れもの?に書きましたが、RADEX ONE用のチャートソフトで作ったグラフをサーバーにアプロードするソフトがなくて探し回りました。

その結果、不十分ながら使えそうなソフトを見つけて喜んだものの、一晩寝て覚めたら、待てよ! あれはスパイウェアそのものでは? という疑問が重くのしかかってきました。

このソフトを紹介している 「今日のどーじょー主」(どーじょー主は安田法晃氏)一定間隔でスクリーンショットを自動保存もそのような観点から注目されたようです。

ソフトの使い方にも大きな特徴があります。
@ インストール不要
関係のファイルを解凍して例えばディスクトップなどに置くだけです。USBメモリーに記録したものをコピーすればよいので簡単です。
.exeファイルをクリックすると指定されたサーバーへのアプロードが始まります。パソコンの使用主に察知されたくない場合はスタートアップに入れておきます。

インストールしませんからWindowsのマークから開くアプリケーションの一覧にも出てきません。

A 5秒以上の間隔で画像をキャプチャーして送ることができます。
ほとんど常時他のパソコンの画面を監視(?)することができます。原則的に画面全体が画像化されます。

B ソフトの稼働中も画面の一番下の横長の部分にアイコンがはっきりとは表示されません。

C つまりバックグラウンドでこのソフトは働くわけですし、このソフトの存在が気づかれないように工夫されています。

よほどパソコンに詳しい人、注意深い人でないと気づかないでしょう。

他の人が使うパソコンで、その人が何を見て、何の作業をやっているか一分かりです。

悪意の人は悪意に即して使うでしょう。善意の人は、子供がアダルトサイトにのめり込んでいないか知りたいと思うかもしれません。

監視していたら、アダルトサイトの次に突然、自殺願望サイトを見始めたら思わず声を上げてしまいますよね。あるいは詐欺や暴力のサイトなど。

知らなければ知らなかったで済むことも、知ってしまうととても悩むこともあります。放射性物質汚染も同じようなものですが。

というわけで、このソフトの設定の方法をご紹介しようかと思いましたが止めます。onodekita氏のGM-45の設定例の紹介はとても役に立っていますが、このソフトが一般に普及する手助けをすることは憚られます。

こんな設定画面です。特に難しいことはなく、FTPの画面だけ綿密さを要する細かい作業になります。





米国におけるソフトの開発は、フリーソフトも含めて目覚ましいものがあります。日本のフリーソフトにも優れたものもありますが、このソフトのような際どいものの開発を通じて技術進歩はあるということは事実でしょう。

CIAがハッキングソフトを開発し、それをカスペルスキーが見つけて防護策を講じるために米国政府が敵視しカスペルスキーのアンチウイルスソフトの政府機関での使用を禁じたという話は、事実そのものなのだと思います。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:04| Comment(0) | デジタル・インターネット

GM-10の24時間稼働態勢を整えました

放射能測定器GM-10 24時間稼働の態勢をようやく整えました。

設計図とも言えない代物ですが、これでセットアップを進めてきました。


セットアップ済で稼働中のシステム。スイッチ兼用のランプが点いています。コードは2本だけです。本体は私の手の中に入る大きさです。


最初試したときは、GM-10の信号が弱いようでセルフパワーのハブが必要と考えましたが、通信ポートが適切に割り当てられていないためだったようです。現在はCOM3を使っています。

スイッチを入れると、自動サインインしてスタートアップでGM-10のソフトが立ち上がります。デスクトップにはごみ箱しかありません。他のソフトはブラウザーだけしか入っていません(使っていません)。

この画面は、再起動した後の画面です。スイッチを入れれば自動的にこの画面になります。


19時前から2時間連続稼働しましたが、本体は生ぬるいだけです。こちらにもグラフを掲げます。(最新のグラフに更新されています)



あれれ、21:10で更新が止まっています。スティックPCの電源は入っています。ボタンを押しましたが変化なし。いちいちディスプレイをつながないと様子が分かりませんが仕方がありません。ディスプレイへの信号なし。スリープ状態ですね。マウスをつなげて適当にクリックしても復帰しない? 分かりません。

設定を確認、2時間でスリープになる設定です。スリープなしに変更。18:54の再起動から21:10で2時間です。再起動しました。

2017/12/11正午現在で14時間連続稼働。本体や電源アダプターは触るとほんのりと温かい程度です。これなら機器に障害が生じた場合を除き、通常の稼働の範囲内では特に火災などの心配は低いでしょう。完全に落ち着いたら置き場所を整え、本体と無線LAN親機を金属製の箱に入れるか金網で覆います。無線LAN親機は出力の小さいものですが、電波を漏らさないようにするためです。

セットの費用
GM-10 249ドル 送料など45.09ドル(過去の輸入例)
スティックパソコン 1万円
超小型無線LAN親機 1500円
計 44,400円ほど

高すぎます。これでは何台も設置できません。

ですが、今回のセットアップ成功で設置に手間がかからず、メンテナンスフリーのリアルタイム表示システムを作れることが分かりました。15,000円程度の放射能測定器でログ出力とグラフ作成ソフトがあるものを選べば、26,500円程度でリアルタイム表示システムができます。

1万円のスティックパソコンを無線LAN経由でネットにつなぎ、自分のサイトを見てみましたが、画像表示に一瞬の遅れが感じられるものの、ストレスはありません。テレビのある人はテレビにつないでネット閲覧が十分に可能です。

USBポートが二つありますからマウス、キーボードを使う作業もできます。

・・・・・

いくつか気づいたことを備忘録として記しておきます。
Windows関係
@ 自動サインインにする。
A アプリはスタートアップに入れておく。
B スリープは「なし」にしておく。
C Win10のソフト更新で器械が止まることがある。通知のみにしてインストールは別途行う設定にすることもできる。
D 器械が止まった時、電源ボタンは機能しない。画面の信号も出ていないこともある。電源コードを抜くしかない。

GM-10のアプリ関係
とてもデリケートです。設定が少し異なるだけでグラフができなかったりします。デフォルトが設定されていないのはなぜ。

・・・・・

GM-10はアルファ線、ベータ線、ガンマ線が検出できるのが特徴ですが、MAZURを使ってあちこち測定した経験から言うと、GM-10を屋外に置いてアルファ線の検出を期待するのは難しいように感じます。ラドンはアルファ線ですが、ラドン検出器は時間をかけてアルファ線を検出しているようです。一般的にはカウント数のうちベータ線、ガンマ線が8割、9割を占めますから、これらを計測除外する方法がないのでアルファ線数の変化を把握するのは事実上できないと考えたほうが良いでしょう。

原発事故による放射能汚染をとらえるという観点からは、ガンマ線とベータ線を検出できれば、十分ではないかと考えます。

ガンマ線とベータ線を検出できれば良い、その変化を把握できれば良いということであれば、測定器の選択肢は広がり価格も安価です。

引き続きリアルタイム測定のシステム作りを試みますが、現実的な対応に切り替えます。測定器の組み立てキットを買って自分でハンダ付けする? 機器の信頼性が落ちるのでそれは断念します。

・・・・・

1週間近く連続稼働していました。2017/12/16朝見ると、午前0時過ぎで画像の更新が止まっています。



機器故障かとステッイクパソコンの電源スイッチを押しますが反応しません。ランプはついたままです。

スティックパソコンをモニターにつなぎます。画面の信号が出ていません。やむを得ず電源コードを抜きました。そしてスイッチオン。Win10のソフトの更新が始まりました。再起動待ちだったようです。勝手に再起動してくれても構わなかったのに。(ディスプレイをつながないと起動できないとの情報を見ましたが、そうなのかもしれません)

再起動直後にグラフが更新されました。朝の時点のものがアプロードされました。FTPの部分が止まっていて、データ蓄積グラフ化の部分は動いていたということのようです。


このシステムは安定して稼働します。Win10のソフトの更新は通知だけで実行を先送りすることもできますが、更新優先にしました。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 09:26| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

中国が2015年に5千人の兵士をシリアに送っていた? 夜の虎部隊がタルトース到着

Chinese Army's Night Tigers Arrive in Syria to Back up Gov't Forces
TEHRAN (FNA)- A group of Night Tigers, elite forces of the Chinese Military, has arrived in Tartous port city to back up the Syrian Army troops, the Syrian Mayadin TV was quoted by media sources as saying on Friday.

The Mayadin TV said that after the visit of the Chinese admiral Guan Yufi and his meeting with the Syrian Defense Minister Fahd Jasem Al-Furaij in mid 2016, the Chinese army was sending military advisors to Syria, Qasioun news reported.

Al-Mayadin cleared that there is no problem that China sends forces to Syria, as Damascus allowed 5,000 personnel from the Chinese military to enter the Syrian lands in 2015.




posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:26| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Russian Defense Ministry Suspects Pentagon of Deceiving International Community

RT2017/12/15
Russian Defense Ministry Suspects Pentagon of Deceiving International Community
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian Defense Ministry has pointed out confusion between US President Donald Trump's statements about the victory over the ISIL terrorist group in Syria and the Pentagon's desire to stay there until victory over terrorism.

"The Pentagon consciously deceives the international and American public, including the US Commander-in-Chief (Donald Trump), or there are no more grounds or even formal pretexts for the presence of American troops in Syria," the Defense Ministry's Spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said, Sputnik reported.

On Tuesday, Donald Trump announced victory over ISIL in Syria and Iraq, noting that militants had "spread to other areas" and that the US is "getting them as fast as they spread".

However, the US military has nevertheless repeatedly stated that the country would retain its military presence in Syria as long as it is necessary, to ensure that ISIL militants won't return.

Konashenkov also commented on the Pentagon's claims that the United States had not registered any significant withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria since Russia's pullout announcement, noting that they show "not only badly concealed desires that Russia leave Syria but also absence of control over real situation in the area".

"If arrivals of Russian aircraft, military medics, engineers, military police units, and military hardware at Russian airfields and ports from Syria is not broadcast by American television, it is the problem of Pentagon. The Pentagon’s leadership can solve it by turning on Russian or European channels," he said.

On Monday, during his visit to the Humeimim airbase in Lattakia, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria to their permanent bases following a two-year anti-terrorist aerial campaign which Russia conducted in the country at the behest of its government, stressing that they are "returning home with victory."

However, the Pentagon voiced skepticism about Putin's announcement, with its spokesman Adrian Rankine-Galloway saying that "Russian comments about the removal of their forces do not often correspond with actual troop reductions."
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:14| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Arms Control Expert: US Cannot Win Int'l Support Against Iran by Voicing Concerns, Reimposing Sanctions

RT2017/12/15
Arms Control Expert: US Cannot Win Int'l Support Against Iran by Voicing Concerns, Reimposing Sanctions
TEHRAN (FNA)- Executive Director of the Arms Control Association in Washington Daryl G Kimball blasted strongly the recent allegations by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley who claimed that Iran had supplied Yemen with a missile fired at Saudi Arabia, and said that Washington cannot win international support by voicing concern about Tehran's activities and reimposing sanctions against the country.

"It would be foolish by White House to think that it can rally international for addressing concerns about Iran's role in the Middle East," Kimball wrote on his Twitter account on Thursday.

He further ridiculed the US for thinking that it could improve the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the six world powers (the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany) by pulling out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and reimposing nuclear-related sanctions.

"The US and P5+1 partners can build on JCPOA, but only by fully implementing the JCPOA," Kimball added.

Iran' permanent mission at the UN on Thursday categorically rejected as "fabricated" the evidence presented by Haley that it had supplied Yemen with a missile fired at Saudi Arabia, saying the accusations were baseless.

"As part of the baseless allegations raised by the US administration against the Islamic Republic of Iran throughout the last 10 months, the US ambassador accused Iran of supplying missiles to Yemen once again; a baseless allegation that we categorically reject," Iran's Envoy to the UN Gholamali Khoshrou said.

"We believe this is a clear indication of the destructive, provocative and irresponsible role of the United States," he continued, and added, "This purportedly evidence, put on public display today, is as much fabricated as the one presented on some other occasions earlier."

"The US government has an agenda and is constantly at work to deceive the public into believing the cases they put together to advance it," the ambassador said, stating that the accusations leveled by Haley were intended to divert attention from the devastating war in Yemen being led by Saudi Arabia.

"These hyperboles are meant to cover up the United States' adventurist moves in the Middle East, including its unharnessed and cruel back-up for the Israeli regime," he said.

Haley told a news conference in Washington that a missile fired at Riyadh airport by the popular Ansarullah Movement on November 4 was Iranian-made.

"It was made in Iran then sent to Houthi militants in Yemen," Haley said.

A confidential report to the council this month said UN officials had examined debris from missiles fired at Saudi Arabia there was no firm conclusion on whether they came from an Iranian supplier.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday said in a report on Iran's compliance with UNSC Resolution 2231 that accompanies the Iran-Powers nuclear deal that there was no proof to implicate Iran.

Haley has called on the UN Security Council to take a tougher stance toward Iran, accusing Tehran of making illegal arms deals in Yemen, Lebanon and Syria.

The Saudi-led coalition has long imposed a blockade of Yemen's air and sea ports and borders and has intensified the siege after the missile was fired at Riyadh, citing concerns that weapons were being smuggled into Yemen.

The siege has pushed the impoverished country into a humanitarian catastrophe.

A recent survey showed that almost one third of families have gaps in their diets, and hardly ever consume foods like pulses, vegetables, fruit, dairy products or meat.

More than 3 million pregnant and nursing women and children under 5 need support to prevent or cure malnutrition.

The United Nations has also warned that 8.4 million people in war-torn Yemen are “a step away from famine”, as Saudi Arabia and its allies are ceaselessly pounding the impoverished country.

"The lives of millions of people, including 8.4 million Yemenis who are a step away from famine, hinge on our ability to continue our operations and to provide health, safe water, shelter and nutrition support," Jamie McGoldrick, the UN's humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, said in a statement on Monday.

"The continuing blockade of ports is limiting supplies of fuel, food and medicines, dramatically increasing the number of vulnerable people who need help," he added.

The United Nations had warned that millions of people will die in Yemen, in what will be the world's worst famine crisis in decades, unless the Saudi-led military coalition ends its devastating blockade and allows aid into the country.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen since March 2015 to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 15,200 Yemenis, mostly civilians.

Despite Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

According to several reports, the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen has driven the impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster, as Saudi Arabia's deadly campaign prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:47| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Iran: No Alternative Facts Can Cover Up US Complicity in Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

FARSNEWS2017/12/15
Iran: No Alternative Facts Can Cover Up US Complicity in Saudi War Crimes in Yemen
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blasted the US for its double-standards concerning Saudi Arabia's crimes in Yemen, and said that Washington cannot distract the international community's attention from its role in the ongoing massacre of the Yemeni people by the Riyadh government.

"No amount of alternative facts can cover up complicity of the US in war crimes in Yemen," Zarif wrote on his Twitter account on Friday.

He underlined that while Iran has been calling for ceasefire, aid and dialogue in Yemen from day 1, US the US has sold weapons enabling its allies to kill civilians and impose famine.

The top Iranian diplomat issued the message in response to US Ambassador Nikki Haley’s unfounded claim that a missile fired at Saudi Arabia from Yemen last month was supplied by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The US presented for the first time pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons supplied to the Houthi in Yemen, claiming it as conclusive evidence that Tehran was violating the UN resolutions.

During her press conference on Thursday, Haley appeared standing before what she claimed was debris of a missile from an Iranian-origin dispatched to Yemen and then fired to Saudi Arabia. Tehran immediately and categorically rejected all those charges.

Iran' permanent mission at the UN on Thursday categorically rejected as "fabricated" the evidence presented by US Ambassador Nikki Haley that it had supplied Yemen with a missile fired at Saudi Arabia, saying the accusations were baseless.

"As part of the baseless allegations raised by the US administration against the Islamic Republic of Iran throughout the last 10 months, the US ambassador accused Iran of supplying missiles to Yemen once again; a baseless allegation that we categorically reject," Iran's Envoy to the UN Gholamali Khoshrou said.

"We believe this is a clear indication of the destructive, provocative and irresponsible role of the United States," he continued, and added, "This purportedly evidence, put on public display today, is as much fabricated as the one presented on some other occasions earlier."

"The US government has an agenda and is constantly at work to deceive the public into believing the cases they put together to advance it," the ambassador said, stating that the accusations leveled by Haley were intended to divert attention from the devastating war in Yemen being led by Saudi Arabia.

"These hyperboles are meant to cover up the United States' adventurist moves in the Middle East, including its unharnessed and cruel back-up for the Israeli regime," he said.

Haley told a news conference in Washington that a missile fired at Riyadh airport by the popular Ansarullah Movement on November 4 was Iranian-made.

"It was made in Iran then sent to Houthi militants in Yemen," Haley said.

A confidential report to the council this month said UN officials had examined debris from missiles fired at Saudi Arabia there was no firm conclusion on whether they came from an Iranian supplier.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday said in a report on Iran's compliance with UNSC Resolution 2231 that accompanies the Iran-Powers nuclear deal that there was no proof to implicate Iran.

Haley has called on the UN Security Council to take a tougher stance toward Iran, accusing Tehran of making illegal arms deals in Yemen, Lebanon and Syria.

The Saudi-led coalition has long imposed a blockade of Yemen's air and sea ports and borders and has intensified the siege after the missile was fired at Riyadh, citing concerns that weapons were being smuggled into Yemen.

The siege has pushed the impoverished country into a humanitarian catastrophe.

A recent survey showed that almost one third of families have gaps in their diets, and hardly ever consume foods like pulses, vegetables, fruit, dairy products or meat.

More than 3 million pregnant and nursing women and children under 5 need support to prevent or cure malnutrition.

The United Nations has also warned that 8.4 million people in war-torn Yemen are “a step away from famine”, as Saudi Arabia and its allies are ceaselessly pounding the impoverished country.

"The lives of millions of people, including 8.4 million Yemenis who are a step away from famine, hinge on our ability to continue our operations and to provide health, safe water, shelter and nutrition support," Jamie McGoldrick, the UN's humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, said in a statement on Monday.

"The continuing blockade of ports is limiting supplies of fuel, food and medicines, dramatically increasing the number of vulnerable people who need help," he added.

The United Nations had warned that millions of people will die in Yemen, in what will be the world's worst famine crisis in decades, unless the Saudi-led military coalition ends its devastating blockade and allows aid into the country.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen since March 2015 to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 15,200 Yemenis, mostly civilians.

Despite Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

According to several reports, the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen has driven the impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster, as Saudi Arabia's deadly campaign prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country.
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RT2017/12/15
Russia won’t be part of ‘strangling’ North Korea, says US should do its part to start talks
The mounting pressure on North Korea over its rocket and nuclear programs is reaching a point at which there is a risk of strangling the country, Russia’s deputy Foreign Minister has said, warning that Russia does not support such a tactic.

Pyongyang labors under harsh economic sanctions, imposed for its continued defiance of the UN Security Council, which banned North Korea from developing nuclear weapons or ballistic missiles. The level of pressure, however, is approaching a ‘red line’, after which an “economic strangulation of DPRK” would start, Russian Deputy FM Igor Morgulov said.

“Russia will not be part of this,” he told Interfax news agency. “We consider this counterproductive, since economic pressure alone will not lead to the outcome we seek, the resolution of the nuclear problem in the Korean Peninsula. Also, there is a humanitarian dimension, since sanctions hurt ordinary people in the first place, which we have to take into account.”

Morgulov reiterated Moscow’s position, that the US and South Korea should stop joint military exercises as a gesture of goodwill meant to win a pledge from North Korea to pause its nuclear and missile tests. Such a ‘double-freeze’ would allow Washington and Pyongyang to negotiate a resolution to the security crisis, the deputy FM explained.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said this week that the US is ready to negotiate with the North Koreans “anytime they'd like to talk”, but insists that such contacts must be unconditional and aimed at dismantling North Korea’s nuclear and missile arsenals. It rejects the idea of halting exercises in the region and, instead, has ramped them up, with one of the biggest drills launched this week, including Japanese participation.

Moscow for its part will not be hasty in taking action against North Korea, Morgulov promised. For example, it won’t kick out guest workers from North Korea already who are employed in Russia, but would rather halt new hiring, as ordered by the UN.

“North Korean workers, who signed their contracts before the sanctions resolution was passed [September 11], will continue to work in our country until their contracts expire,” he said. “We will not take any rash decisions. There will be no immediate expulsions or cancellations of the standing contracts.”

Russia employs an estimated 35,000 workers from North Korea, mostly in border areas, in industries like lumber production and construction. The practice was targeted by the UN because the workers are paid in hard currency, which the government in Pyongyang thoretically might later use to acquire products for its military projects on the black market.

Morgulov said Moscow and Pyongyang, despite their differences on the nuclear issue, remain engaged through a number of diplomatic channels. “Out interstate relations with DPRK are regular. We are neighbors and have a wide spectrum of channels for dialogue, through our foreign ministries, on cabinet level, through the legislature… We have a big interstate commission for cooperation which deals with economic projects.” He added the ongoing visit of a Russian military delegation to Pyongyang is one example of how the two nations remain in touch amid the crisis.
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