Daily Archives: May 19, 2018

National Assembly’s mid-year session to open on May 21

The 5th session of the 14th National Assembly will begin in Hanoi next Monday.

Lawmakers are expected to pass 8 bills and one draft resolution, and discuss 8 other draft laws. For the first time, the meeting will see an immediate Q&A session. Lawmakers will make questions for no more than one minute each and the respondents must answer immediately for no more than 3 minutes.

Source: VOV5

South Korea to act as mediator ahead of Trump-Kim summit

An official at South Korea’s presidential Blue House has said that South Korea is seeking to act as a mediator to bridge the gap between the US and North Korea ahead of a planned summit.

President Donald Trump will host South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House next Tuesday, three weeks before his first meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

Nam Gwan-pyo, deputy director of the presidential National Security Office, said on Friday that the two leaders will discuss ways to guarantee a bright future for North Korea in return for its complete denuclearization.

The Ministry of Unification said the same day that North Korea refused to accept a list of South Korean journalists to be present at the scheduled closing of the Punggye Village nuclear test site next week. Last Saturday, North Korea said it would be allowing coverage of the test site’s closure by news outlets from five countries: South Korea, the US, China, the UK, and Russia.

Source: VOV5

Vietnam calls for Gaza settlement by peaceful measures

Ambassador Duong Chi Dung, head of Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva, said Vietnam is concerned about escalating tension and violence in the Gaza Strip over recent days, which killed and injured many Palestinians.

Mr. Dung made the remark at a special session on the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, held by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday.

He said Vietnam calls for the settlement of conflicts by peaceful measures and efforts to seek a comprehensive, fair and sustainable solution, while ensuring life safety for civilians and the legitimate interests of concerned parties as well as peace and stability in the region.

The ambassador stressed that all solutions related to Jerusalem should adhere to international law, especially resolutions of the United Nations, with consensus of related parties. He emphasized Vietnam’s consistent position of supporting the just struggle of the Palestinian people and the two-State solution with the establishment of a State of Palestine that co-exists in peace with the State of Israel along the pre-1967 border and with East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

The UN Human Rights Council voted Friday to establish a Commission of Inquiry to examine possible war crimes committed by Israel during the recent confrontations on the Gaza border.

Source: VOV5

More than 100 killed in Cuba plane crash

Cuba’s state-run media reported that more than 100 people were believed dead Friday after a Cubana de Aviacion Boeing crashed on takeoff from Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport.

Three female passengers are in critical condition. There were 105 passengers on board, including one infant and 5 foreigners. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel was at the scene of the accident. He later offered his condolences to the victims’ families and told reporters the cause of the crash was under investigation.

The Cuban government announced two days of mourning, starting from 6 am Saturday to 12 pm Sunday local time.

Source: VOV5

Santa Fe shooting: Texas governor confirms 10 people dead

Texas governor Greg Abbott confirmed on Friday that ten people have been killed and ten wounded in a shooting at Santa Fe high school.

He said this is one of the most heinous attacks in the history of Texas. The suspected shooter had been identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a student at the school. The governor said the suspect used a shotgun and a revolver in the attack. Both of these weapons were obtained by the shooter from his father, who legally owned them. A number of explosive devices were also used. The shooter has been arrested and charged with murder. US President Trump extended his condolences to the victim’s families, saying his administration was determined to do everything in their power to prevent such incidents.

Source: VOV5