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Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Warns of Increasing Pressure on North Korea

Translation as follows:Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang criticised the West for putting pressure on China to solve the North Korean nuclear issue alone, when speaking in Beijing, Friday.
Geng Shuang, Foreign Ministry spokesperson (Mandarin): "In this critical moment, UN Security Council is holding Ministerial Open Conference. All the sides should fully discuss how to relieve this tension, how to maintain peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula, how to carry the propose of denuclearization in Peninsula forward and how to finally solve the 'nuclear issue' in the Peninsula. If these talks only focus on further sanctions and stepping up pressure, I think we will lose a great opportunity and it will aggravate the opposition of different sides and ideas. It probably will break all previous efforts of promoting peace."

Geng Shuang, Foreign Ministry spokesperson (Mandarin): "I want to emphasise once again: China is not at the centre of the North Kore…

Links for April 21-27 via ISHM

Key Takeaways: Turkish Warplanes Strike Targets in Sinjar, Drawing Condemnation - Between April 21 and 25, Turkish airstrikes hit targets in Dohuk and Ninewa Provinces. Turkey has been targeting Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK) camps in northern Iraq since at least late 2015, despite protests from the Iraqi government. The most significant incident occurred on April 25, when Turkish aircraft hit targets on Mount Sinjar, killing five Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers. While Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s office expressed disappointment at Turkish actions, the Turkish government has defended its airstrikes as a necessary measure to prevent PKK weapons and fighters from reaching Turkey. Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga officials have asked PKK fighters to withdraw from Sinjar as tensions between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and PKK continue to grow. One day after the Turkish airstrikes in Sinjar, U.S.-led international coalition spokesman Col. John Dorrian stated that the Turkish governme…