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Archive for May 1, 2017

Newsline: US embassy says CIA chief was in South Korea for “internal meeting”

CIA director Mike Pompeo was in South Korea Monday for an “internal meeting”, the US embassy in Seoul confirmed, following reports of an unannounced visit as tensions mount over growing nuclear threats from the North. South Korea’s largest daily Chosun Ilbo reported Monday that Pompeo arrived in Seoul at the weekend and held back-to-back closed-door meetings with the head of the South’s spy agency and senior presidential officials. Citing multiple intelligence sources, it said the CIA chief provided a detailed briefing on the Trump administration’s policy on Pyongyang and assessed the internal situation of the North Korean leadership. An official at the US embassy confirmed that the CIA chief was in South Korea, but said he had a limited itinerary. “The CIA director and his wife are in Seoul for an internal meeting with the United States Forces Korea and embassy officials,” he said. “He is not meeting with any Blue House officials, nor is he meeting with any political candidates,” he added, declining to elaborate further about any other possible meetings. Pompeo’s trip comes amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula following a series of missile tests by the North and speculation that Pyongyang could be preparing to conduct another nuclear test. Pyonyang’s latest attempted show of force was a failed missile test on Saturday that came just hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pressed the UN Security Council for more pressure to push the North into abandoning its weapons programme.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cia-chief-in-south-korea-for-internal-meeting-us-embassy-8808602

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Newsline: Russian embassy in Bangkok says turbulence injured 27 on Aeroflot flight to Bangkok

Passengers on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Thailand were slammed into the ceiling after their aircraft hit a patch of severe turbulence injuring 27 people, some of them suffering fractured bones, witnesses and officials said Monday. Denis Antonyuk, an official at Russia’s embassy in Bangkok said 24 Russian nationals and three Thais were injured. “Fifteen Russians and two Thais are still in hospital,” he told AFP, adding the rest had been discharged. The terrifying ordeal occurred when the plane flew through a pocket of “clean air” turbulence — so-called because there is no cloud warning of its presence — shortly before landing in Bangkok after midnight, the airline said. The head of the Russian embassy’s consular department Vladimir Sosnov told RIA Novosti news agency that some of the injured were undergoing operations but he could not give exact numbers. He added that none of the injuries were life-threatening. “All the injured were taken to a local hospital with injuries of varying degrees of severity — mainly fractures and contusions. Some need an operation,” the Russian embassy in Bangkok said in a statement.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/35235834/turbulence-injures-27-on-aeroflot-flight-to-bangkok/