In a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency, Choe Son-hui, a North Korean vice foreign minister, said that whether the June 12 summit between its leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump will happen as scheduled entirely rests on the decision and behavior of the U.S. "Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States," Choe said. "In case the U.S. offends against our goodwill and clings to unlawful and outrageous acts, I will put forward a suggestion to our supreme leadership for reconsidering the DPRK-U.S. summit," she added. DPRK is the abbreviation of the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The threat came after South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Trump held a summit in Washington on Tuesday (local time). Trump suggested the summit with the North might not take place on June 12. North Korea has ramped up … [Read more...] about N. Korea threatens to walk away from planned summit with U.S.
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USA’s Michael Phelps celebrates after winning the Men’s 200m Butterfly Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday. — AFP/VNA Photo Viet Nam News Olympics RIO DE JANEIRO — By his own admission, Michael Phelps could not have scripted it better as he won back the title closest to his heart on an evening of pure gold for the most medalled Olympic athlete of all time. The 200m butterfly was the first race he swam at an Olympics, at Sydney in 2000, and the gold that got away -- the one he wanted back after being beaten by a fingertip at the 2012 London Games by South African Chad Le Clos. It hurt so much that Phelps made it his mission to exact revenge in Rio and win it one last time. "Mission accomplished," he said after claiming the 20th Olympic gold of his career, a number that became 21 after he helped the U.S. team win the 4x200 freestyle relay in the evening’s finale. … [Read more...] about Phelps wins back the one that got away
VietNamNet Bridge - While tens of thousand of businesses went bankrupted, a lot of others still can earn big money with small scaled business. AppeRice, a rice burger chain, which started up its business five months ago, has had tens of shops on advantageous positions in HCM City. AppRice has invested one million dollars on the production line, which is a big sum of money for the investor who cannot get the finance support from banks. However, the investor not only sees the financial difficulties, but great advantages as well. It is now easier than ever to lease retail premises: the rents are low, while the supply is profuse, which allows AppeRice to easily access consumers, cut down expenses and become more competitive. In the economic crisis, people tend to look for stable sources of income instead of big but risky ones. Since the required investment rate is small, just VND50-100 million for an AppeRice shop, which fits the pockets of many people, a lot of investors have … [Read more...] about The ones who earn big money in economic crisis
Six world powers and Iran negotiated past a March 31 deadline into the wee hours of Wednesday, struggling to conclude an outline accord on Tehran's nuclear programme in the face of a U.S. threat to abandon the talks. With Iran asserting its "nuclear rights", the talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne entered a seventh day, bogged down this time on the issues of nuclear research, the lifting of U.N. sanctions and their restoration if Iran breached the agreement. Officials cautioned that any accord would be fragile and incomplete, but the U.S. State Department gave the go-ahead for talks to go past a self-imposed midnight deadline. "We've made enough progress in the last days to merit staying until Wednesday," acting spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement. "There are several difficult issues still remaining." The six powers - the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China - aim to stop Iran from gaining the capacity to develop a nuclear bomb in exchange for … [Read more...] about Iran nuclear talks miss deadline; U.S. threatens to walk away
Pfizer abandoned its attempt to buy AstraZeneca for nearly 70 billion pounds ($118 billion) on Monday as a deadline approached without a last-minute change of heart by the British drugmaker. The decision ends a month-long public fight between two of the world's biggest pharmaceutical companies that sparked political concerns on both sides of Atlantic over jobs and corporate tax maneuvers. British rules now require an enforced cooling-off period. AstraZeneca could reach out to Pfizer after three months and Pfizer could take another run at its smaller British rival in six months time, whether it is invited back or not. Pfizer's move came two hours before a 5.00 pm (1200 ET) deadline to make a firm offer or walk away, under UK takeover rules. Its decision to quit the stage, at least for now, had been widely expected after AstraZeneca refused its final offer of 55 pounds a share. "Following the AstraZeneca board's rejection of the proposal, Pfizer announces that it does not intend to … [Read more...] about Pfizer walks away from $118 billion AstraZeneca takeover fight