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North Korea: South Korea’s Unification Minister offers to step down amid worsening fights



North Korea: South Korea's Unification Minister offers to step down amid worsening fights

Minister Kim Yeon-chul offered to step down only a day after North Korea brought down a building used by Seoul and Pyongyang for dialogue. South Korean President Moon Jae-in has not officially accepted Kim’s resignation.

Kim told reporters that he took “all the responsibility for deteriorating inter-Korean relations” and that he was “sorry for not being able to fulfill the many requests and hopes of the Korean people for peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula.”

The Unification Ministry is a South Korean government body that manages relations with North Korea. Kim joined the ministry last April and was tasked with starting inter-Korean talks, which broke down in a few months after three inter-Korean summits in 2018.

Pyongyang has been voicing displeasure for months because plunging into diplomacy with South Korea and the United States has not resulted in aid from sanctions that paralyzed the North Korean economy.

However, North Korea has trapped threats and actions taken in the last two weeks in retaliation. Pyongyang accused Seoul of violating an agreement made by Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, citing not responding adequately after a group of North Korean defectors sent anti-North Korean leaflets to their shared border.

During their first summit in April 2018, as part of their efforts to build a “new era of peace,” Moon and Kim Jong Un agreed to stop “all hostile acts and eliminate their means, including broadcasting through loudspeakers and distribution of leaflets” together their shared border. It is illegal for most North Koreans to consume information that is not approved by the country’s powerful propaganda machine, and that can have dire consequences.

Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong Un’s sister and one of the country’s political officials, said the leaflets insulted his brother, who is a crime in North Korea, said defectors.

“They dare to slander the dignity of our highest leadership, our Chairperson whom we consider the most sacred as the central core, and ridicule all of our people at the same time,” he said in a statement released Wednesday by North Korean state media. North Korea also aired footage on Wednesday on state-run television that appeared to show the liaison office was smashed to pieces. The facade of a nearby building was also damaged by the explosion.

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Experts say it is possible that North Korea used the leaflet issue to create a crisis to gain influence in future negotiations, a game that had been used previously in diplomatic talks.

Yoon Do-han, Moon’s spokesman, said Wednesday that South Korea would “no longer bear” North Korea’s “unreasonable comments and actions” and urged Kim’s regime to return to the negotiating table.
“This is a violation of fundamental beliefs built between the leaders of the two Koreas, and we warn the North that such irrational words and actions will no longer be tolerated,” he said.

“We especially hope that North Korea maintains basic courtesy in the future.”

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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