MUNICH (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended on Saturday his nation’s global role despite misgivings in Europe, vowing that Western values would prevail over Russian and Chinese desires for “empire”.
Seeking to reassure Europeans troubled by U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America first” rhetoric, his ambivalence over the NATO military alliance and tariffs on European goods, Pompeo said there was no crisis in Western leadership.
“I’m happy to report that the death of the transatlantic alliance is grossly exaggerated. The West is winning, and we’re winning together,” he said in a speech at the Munich Security Conference, listing U.S. steps to protect liberal democracies.
China and Russia have proposed that the UN Security Council lift a ban on North Korea exporting statues, seafood and textiles, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters.
Monday’s draft also called for a ban to be lifted on North Koreans working abroad and the termination of a 2017 requirement for all North Korean workers to be repatriated by next week.
The draft would also exempt inter-Korean rail and road cooperation projects from UN sanctions.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday named U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani as the leaders whom he most admires.
In a Q&A with university students, Erdogan said he struggles to name a current inspirational leader from Europe.
Pyongyang responds to tweets on denuclearization The Guardian view on North Korea: a brewing nuclear crisis North Korea insulted Donald Trump again on Monday, calling him a “heedless and erratic old man” after he tweeted that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wouldn’t want to abandon a special relationship between the two leaders and affect the US presidential election by resuming hostile acts .
Donald Trump has been overheard hailing his “funny” comment about “two-faced” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Mr Trump was later caught in an audio recording commenting to an unidentified individual about his decision to cancel his close-of-summit news conference.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg guides Donald Trump out the summit hall after a group photo (Picture: AP)
The Nato summit has brought together some of the world’s most well educated people. But despite those gathered being able to lead a country (albeit to various degrees of success), the simple matter of directions has quite literally got lost on them.