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Trump (above) says North Korea has agreed not to conduct another missile test until after proposed meetings.
Trump (above) says North Korea has agreed not to conduct another missile test until after proposed meetings.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Trump says North Korea agrees not to test missiles ‘through meetings’

US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that North Korea had agreed not to conduct another missile test until after proposed meetings with its leader, Kim Jong Un, had taken place, as he sought to rally international support for a potential summit.

“North Korea has not conducted a Missile Test since November 28, 2017 and has promised not to do so through our meetings. I believe they will honor that commitment!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Trump’s comments aligned with what a South Korean official had stated on Thursday about the possible talks. Trump made no mention of nuclear tests in his tweet, however.

The White House has been under fire for agreeing to talks and responded to the criticism on Friday by warning that no summit would occur unless Pyongyang took “concrete actions” over its nuclear programme.


British police identify over 200 witnesses in nerve agent attack

British police have identified more than 200 witnesses and are looking at more than 240 pieces of evidence in their investigation into a nerve agent attack on a Russian ex-spy and his daughter, interior minister Amber Rudd said on Saturday.

Former double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, have been in hospital in a critical condition since Sunday, when they were found unconscious on a bench in the southern English cathedral city of Salisbury.

"The two victims remain in hospital and they're critical but stable," Rudd told reporters after chairing a meeting of the government's Cobra security committee.


Trump ex-aide Bannon delivers rhetoric-filled speech to France’s National Front

Former White House senior staffer Steve Bannon addressed France’s far-right National Front on Saturday, heralding the global populist tide and attacking the “opposition party media".

Bannon’s surprise visit to the party’s conference in Lille – announced via Twitter late on Friday – marked the most recent stop on a European tour that has already included Switzerland, along with Italy, where last week voters abandoned establishment parties and opted for a hung parliament dominated by right-wing, anti-immigrant populists.

“I came to Europe as an observer and to learn,” Bannon said, wearing his typical rugged attire before a cadre of party elites dressed in suits. “What I’ve learned is that you’re part of a worldwide movement, that is bigger than France, bigger than Italy, bigger than Hungary – bigger than all of it. And history is on our side.”


1923 Leica camera fetches world record at Vienna auction

A 1923 Leica camera fetched a world record €2.4 million (S$3.9 million) at an auction on Saturday in Vienna, the city's Westlicht museum said.

The minimum price had been set at €400,000 but the Leica 0-series no. 122, one of a 25-strong series of prototypes made two years before the reputed German marque began retailing, was the subject of ferocious bidding given its pristine condition.

It finally finally went to an Asian bidder, the museum said, adding there only three of the series remained in their original condition.


Football: Man United sink Liverpool, unsavoury scenes at West Ham

Marcus Rashford scored twice as Manchester United beat their arch-rivals Liverpool 2-1 in a highly-charged derby on Saturday to consolidate second place in the Premier League table.

With runaway leaders Manchester City on course for a third Premier League title, second place is the best the chasing pack can hope for and United moved five points ahead of Liverpool.

United stifled Liverpool's exhilarating attack early on at Old Trafford and raced into a two-goal lead with 24 minutes on the clock after a double from Rashford.