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South Korea's Moon Says Olympics May Be Chance For North Korea, U.S. Talks
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in says that the Tokyo Olympics could provide a chance to reopen talks between North Korea and the United States, North Korea and Japan, and the two Koreas.
Moon says South Korea will work with Japan for the success of the Tokyo Olympics, which could help the two countries recover from the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Moon’s speech came as North Korea’s relations with South Korea and Japan have soured after its denuclearisation negotiations with the United States fell apart in 2019.
Seoul is pinning high hopes on the Tokyo Olympics to revitalise diplomacy with North Korea despite uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic and Pyongyang’s cutoff of exchanges with the outside world.
UK Vaccinates Over 20 Million People With At Least One Dose
Britain says that it has given more than 20 million people at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, with the rapid rollout providing hope in a country with Europe’s highest death toll.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock made the announcement in a video on Twitter.
In mid-February, the UK met a government target of 15 million of the most vulnerable people receiving first doses.
The government says it plans to offer a first jab to the whole adult population by the end of July.
Only Israel and the United Arab Emirates have vaccinated more people per head of population.
Iran Rules Out Talks With US, EU To Discuss Nuclear Deal Revival
Iran has ruled out holding an informal meeting with the United States and European countries to discuss ways to revive its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers, insisting that Washington must first lift all its unilateral sanctions.
foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh according to Iranian media says considering the recent actions and statements by the United States and three European powers, Iran does not consider this the time to hold an informal meeting with these countries, which was proposed by the EU foreign policy chief.
The US in response says it was disappointed but remained ready to reengage in meaningful diplomacy to achieve a mutual return to compliance with JCPOA commitments referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the formal name of the Iran nuclear deal.
Nigeria's Okonjo-Iweala Starts Work As WTO Chief
The Nigerian-American, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, starts work as the new head of the World Trade Organisation on Monday.
A former Nigerian finance and foreign minister, she is the first woman and first African to run the WTO.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala says that addressing the health and economic consequences of the pandemic would be a key priority.
There are concerns in Washington and other capitals about China’s trade policies and how well equipped the WTO is to deal with them.
Dr Okonjo-Iweala is known to be reform-minded, but will be constrained by the wishes of member countries.
South Africa Signs J&J Vaccine Deal, Eases Restrictions
President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa has signed an agreement with Johnson & Johnson to secure 11 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and will ease restrictions due to a decline in new cases.
Ramaphosa in a televised address says that 2.8 million of the J&J doses would be delivered in the second quarter, with the rest spread throughout the year.
Ramaphosa says 20 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine had also been secured, 12 million shots would come from the World Health Organization’s COVAX scheme and that the government was finalising its allocation from the African Union.
Ghana President Urges Citizens To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo urged citizens of the West African state to ignore conspiracy theories surrounding coronavirus vaccines ahead of the launch of its nationwide inoculation campaign against the virus on Tuesday.
Akufo-Addo in a nationwide address says taking the vaccine will not alter the DNA, it will not embed a tracking device in the body, neither will it cause infertility in women or in men.
Health authorities in Ghana, like in other countries, are facing rumours and scepticism about vaccines, driven mostly by mistrust of pharmaceutical companies and other beliefs.
Akufo-Addo says to reassure the public that the vaccine is safe, he and the first lady, together with the vice president and second lady, would take the vaccine publicly on Monday.