N Korea demands UN action over ship seizure by ‘gangster’ US May 19, 2019 0 1360 12345 AFPSeoulNorth Korea has demanded the United Nations take “urgent measures” to help return a cargo ship taken by the United States, calling the seizure a “heinous” act.Washington announced last week it had taken possession of the North Korean-registered bulk carrier M/V Wise Honest–a year after it was detained in Indonesia–citing sanctions-violating activities.The seizure came amid heightened tensions after Pyongyang conducted weapons drills involving short-range missiles in recent weeks, and with nuclear talks deadlocked since the collapse of the Hanoi summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier this year.In a letter sent Friday to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Kim Song–Pyongyang’s permanent representative at the UN–said the incident was “an unlawful and outrageous act”, according to North Korea’s state news agency KCNA.“This act of dispossession has clearly indicated that the United States is indeed a gangster country that does not care at all about international laws,” the letter said.The North Korean representative asked Guterres to “take urgent measures as a way of contributing to the stability of the Korean peninsula and proving the impartiality of the UN”.Earlier this week, Pyongyang had slammed the seizure as an “outright denial” of the spirit of a statement signed by Kim and Trump at their first summit in Singapore last year. RELATED ARTICLES Merkel urges Europe to stand up to politicians ‘for sale’ May 19, 2019 0 539 Biden holds US election kick-off rally amid Democrat attacks May 19, 2019 0 1596 Conservatives retain power in ‘miracle’ Australian elections May 19, 2019 0 821 Brexit legislation needs to include public vote: Labour’s Starmer LONDON: The British government’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill needs to include another public vote when it is presented to lawmakers again next month, the opposition Labour Party’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer .. Austria scandal overshadows Salvini’s European nationalist rally AFP Milan Italian populist leader Matteo Salvini on Saturday gathered Europe’s disparate nationalists for a unifying rally overshadowed by a major corruption scandal shaking Austria’s far-right coalition. The .. Austrian far-right leader resigns over ‘Ibiza affair’ Vienna: Austrian Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, a key figure of the European far-right, resigned Saturday after explosive revelations from a hidden camera sting, just days before key EU elections. “I .. Thousands of Poles, including Tusk, hold pro-EU rally before vote AFP Warsaw European Council chief Donald Tusk on Saturday joined thousands at a pro-Europe opposition rally in Warsaw, calling on his fellow Poles to vote against the eurosceptic governing conservatives in this .. British royals celebrate third wedding in 12 months London: The British royal family gathered for its third Windsor Castle wedding in a year as Lady Gabriella Windsor tied the knot on Saturday, with Queen Elizabeth II watching on. Windsor, 38, the daughter of the monarch’s .. Venezuela’s Maduro hails start of Norway-brokered talks with oppn Caracas: President Nicolas Maduro welcomed Friday the “beginning of talks” with the Venezuelan opposition in Norway, after months of bloody clashes between the two sides. “The talks have begun nicely to move toward ..