FOREIGN NEWS MONITORING
This section reposts global news articles from various outlets to give readers an international perspective on leading topics. Our writers synthesize these global perspectives weekly. Writer William Kim is currently tracking the Iran nuclear deal. Writer Kevin Moya is currently tracking the Korean Peninsula. They each repost an article from another outlet on a daily basis. Our current section editor is Kathleen Shea and our former editor is Forrest Ferguson (Fall 2017).
The Iran Nuclear Deal has been causing much controversy with the parties involved and their separate interests. Due to the conflict of interests, it has caused numerous countries to report on this international deal.
Global media monitors inter-Korean and international relations as North and South Korea ratify the Panmunjom Declaration, a symbol of hope for future peace in the Korean peninsula.
(France 24 - France) "If the United States withdraws from the nuclear deal, then we will not stay in it," Ali Akbar Velayati, foreign policy advisor to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was quoted as saying by the state television website.
(The Guardian — United Kingdom) In a statement, the North Korean mission at the UN said Pyongyang “has never recognized the illegal and unlawful security council’s ‘sanctions resolutions’” and “is not interested in what the sanctions committee does”, adding the idea that it had carried out a hacking operation was “nonsense”.
(Al Jazeera — Qatar) North and South Korea have begun removing loudspeakers used to broadcast competing propaganda messages across its shared border, as ties between the rival states continue to warm up following a breakthrough meeting of their leaders late last month.
(The Japan News — Japan) Japan, China and South Korea have decided to release a joint declaration at their summit meeting scheduled for Wednesday in Tokyo. They are considering demanding in the declaration the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, sources said.
(Chosun - Korea) Iran’s executive stated that there would not be any changes to its nuclear deal. With the extreme instability of Iran’s deal and its relations with the US and Europe, it lays unclear of the future moves of Iran or the related countries.
(RT - Russia) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has slammed Washington for “bullying” other nations against Tehran, and condemned EU states that are dancing to the US tune over the nuclear deal at the expense of Iran. In a statement published on Thursday on his YouTube channel, Zarif once again lambasted the US for shaking the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The minister reiterated that Iran had never shifted away from the 2015 deal, which has been repeatedly confirmed by the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). However, some other signatories, and the US in particular, failed to show the same commitment to its obligations, according to Zarif.
(Aljazeera - Qatar) A sustained effort by the administration of US President Donald Trump and its allies at home and in the Middle East to cancel, or at least renegotiate, the Iran nuclear deal appears to have succeeded in bringing one major European country, France, to its side.
(Tass — Russia) South Korea will continue strategic cooperation with Russia on the Korean Peninsula’s nuclear problem, South Korea’s Ambassador to Russia Woo Yoon-keun told TASS on Monday. "South Korea is well aware that Russia is playing a constructive role in the settlement of the North Korean nuclear problem and establishment of peace on the Korean Peninsula," he said. "Now, our countries continue close discussion of the Korean Peninsula’s problems."
(Global Times - China) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will discuss Saturday with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif the situation around the Iran nuclear deal after the United States and France threatened to scrap it, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Thursday. She said at a news briefing that the two top diplomats will meet on the sidelines of an extraordinary trilateral meeting of Russian, Iranian and Turkish foreign ministers on Syria scheduled for April 28 in Moscow.
(China News Daily — China) Trump seemed to be taking the credit for what is happening on the peninsula, hinting that he has accomplished mission impossible. "When I began, people were saying that was an impossibility," Trump said when meeting with US athletes who participated in this year's Winter Olympics in South Korea. "They said there were two alternatives: Let them have what they have, or go to war. And now we have a much better alternative than anybody thought even possible."
(Wall Street Journal — United States) The leaders of North and South Korea agreed to work toward a peace agreement to formally end the Korean War 68 years after it began, but Friday’s historic talks avoided specifics about Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons ahead of its planned summit with President Donald Trump. After an 8½-hour meeting in the demilitarized zone that was heavy on shows of amity between Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in, his South Korean counterpart, both men agreed to dial down tensions and start talks with the U.S.
(BBC - US) In the phone call, President Hassan Rouhani said the existing seven-nation deal is non-negotiable. Earlier, France, the UK and Germany agreed that pursuing the current nuclear deal with Iran was the best way to stop it developing nuclear weapons. But they also said some of the concerns raised by US President Donald Trump must be addressed.
With the numerous air and rail strikes in France, many international countries have been affected due to the travel restrictions and have gained much attention in the world.
(Al Jazeera — Qatar) Britain's parliament is set to debate remaining in the European Union's customs union after Brexit, increasing pressure on UK Prime Minister Theresa May's government. The vote is non-binding, but many MPs believe quitting the tariff-free zone could spell economic disaster. And that has got the fishing industry in Scotland worried.
(Global Times - China) Air France's pilots, cabin crew and ground staff on Saturday stopped work over pay, forcing the country's main flag carrier to cancel a third of scheduled flights at the weekend during which commuters were also bracing for disrupted train traffic due to rolling strikes.
(Daily Star - Lebanon) The French prime minister and Air France both issued warnings on Thursday over the damage caused to the airline by workers striking over pay, in a dispute that has so far cost Air France some 300 million euros ($365 million).
(The Times of India — India) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday told his British counterpart Theresa May there would be no dilution in the importance of the UK to India after it leaves the EU, as the two leaders agreed to infuse new energy into bilateral ties post-Brexit. Modi and May had "fruitful discussions" on multiple aspects of India-UK relations and issues like counter-terrorism, radicalisation and online extremism, according to official statements.
(Taiwan News - Taiwan) Air France’s decision to cancel the Taipei flights due to the strike became known two days before, allowing the company to inform passengers and to assist them with alternative flight arrangements, the Central News Agency reported. The French airline operates three nonstop Paris-Taipei flights a week under a code-sharing agreement with China Airlines.
(SCMP — Hong Kong) UK Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a crushing Brexit defeat on Wednesday at the hands of the British Parliament’s upper house when it challenged her refusal to remain in a customs union with the European Union and sent back her proposed bill.
May, who has struggled to unite her Conservative party over Brexit, has said Britain will leave the EU’s single market and customs union after it quits the bloc next March so that London can forge its own free trade deals.
(Irish Times - Ireland) A far-left union bid to turn a protest on Thursday over a shakeup of the state railways into a bigger show of resistance to President Emmanuel Macron appears to have fallen flat, with the labour movement split and fewer people taking part.
(Le Monde — France) The tone has now changed. Less than a year from the official date of the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU), March 29, 2019, the City seems to find hope. At the City Week conference, which brought together, on Monday 23 April, most of the major players in the London financial center, most participants seemed to believe in a Brexit deal that included finance.
(New York Times — United States) There aren’t a lot of fishermen left in this town in North East England, once home to one of the largest fleet of trawlers in Britain. But nostalgia for the fishing industry permeates the place. So the result seemed inevitable when 70 percent of residents voted to leave the European Union. Britain’s fishermen have complained for years about regulations imposed on all members.
(The Local Fr - France) Air passengers faced yet more travel woes on Monday as workers at Air France went on strike for the tenth day in two months due to an ongoing wage dispute at the airline. The airline said it expected to operate 75 percent of flights on Monday, which is the first day of a 48-hour strike by employees.
(Independent - UK) Strikes by French rail and aviation staff are wrecking the plans of millions of passengers hoping to travel to, from or within France on the first two days of the working week. Workers at Air France and SNCF (French Railways) are engaged in separate long-running disputes. Both groups have planned a succession of two-day strikes, and on Monday and Tuesday the stoppages coincide for the first time.
As Brazil’s political crisis with Lula facing corruption charges is entering its late stages, many countries are reporting on efforts of his supporters and decisions of Brazilian courts of Lula’s imprisonment. As it enters its late stage, the future of Brazilian politics is uncertain.
(Times of India - India) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been arrested and will become the first current or former president in Brazil's modern history to be incarcerated. However, he is not the first to be accused of criminal activity. Other leaders in Latin America's largest nation have been accused of wrongdoing but managed to avoid being put behind bars.