Planned summit offers chance for progress on Korean peninsula official tells UN

28 September 2007A planned summit meeting next week bringing together leaders of the two Koreas offers the chance to take relations between them to a new level and consolidate peace on their shared peninsula, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea told the United Nations General Assembly today. A planned summit meeting next week bringing together leaders of the two Koreas offers the chance to take relations between them to a new level and consolidate peace on their shared peninsula, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea told the United Nations General Assembly today.Addressing the Assembly’s annual high-level debate, Song Min-soon said the leaders “will explore ways to increase mutual trust through political and military confidence-building measures, as well as ways to lay the groundwork for an eventual Inter-Korean Economic Community.”Anticipating progress in the denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), he said this would lead to a new peace regime replacing the half-century-old armistice on the peninsula. He pointed out that this would have a beneficial effect far beyond the two countries. “A peace process on the Korean Peninsula will open the path to a regional security dialogue, and the resultant improvement in North-East Asian security will further strengthen regional and global cooperation for peace and security,” he said. The ongoing Six-Party Talks, which bring together the two Koreas, the United States, the Russian Federation, China and Japan, offer “a real opportunity for change,” he added.“We hope that our partners in this process will help us transform today’s uncertainty into tomorrow’s stability and prosperity.” read more

Cyclist 30 in critical condition after being kicked off bike by fellow

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A cyclist is in a critical condition after being kicked off his bike into a parked car by another rider in an incident captured on CCTV.The 30-year-old victim was riding his bike in Wallis Road, Hackney, east London, on Sunday March 10 at around 12.45pm when another cyclist caught him up and began to cycle alongside him.Scotland Yard said his attacker then kicked the victim off his bike before riding away in the direction of Berkshire Road.The victim was taken by ambulance to an east London hospital, where his condition is critical.The motive for the attack is not known, according to police, who have released footage of the incident.The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s or 30s and police also want to hear from anyone who may have been threatened or assaulted by him in and around Hackney. read more