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UNITED NATIONS , Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General AntonioGuterres said Wednesday that the Democratic People's Republic ofKorea (DPRK) should "fully comply with international obligations"and "engage in a credible and meaningful dialogue" in order todefuse tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters in New York,Guterres said "the Security Council was united in adoptingResolution 2371 on August 5," adding "this resolution sends anunambiguous message regarding the peace and security obligations ofthe Democratic People's Republic of Korea."

"In particular, tensions related to the Korean Peninsula are atlevels not seen in decades. We remember the enormous sufferingcaused by the Korean War that began 67 years ago ," the UN chiefnoted.

The secretary-general stressed that over three million peoplewere killed in the Korean War. Many nations were directly engagedand experienced heavy losses.

"We need to heed the lessons of history, not to repeat themistakes," he stressed.

Guterres said that "it is obviously my role as UNSecretary-General to support the comprehensive implementation ofSecurity Council resolutions, namely this last one."

He urged all member states to fully fulfill their relatedobligations.

"All concerned parties should also recognize that the unifiedadoption of Resolution 2371 represents an opportunity fordiplomatic engagement and renewed dialogue to solve thiscrisis."

"I welcome the continued critical engagement by Member Statesand support the call of the Republic of Korea to the DPRK to engagein a credible and meaningful dialogue ," he noted.

There are many possible avenues for this dialogue, from variousbilateral formations to the Six-Party Talks, he said.

The Secretary-General disclosed that he conveyed this messageTuesday to the representatives of the Six-Party Talks, adding that"for my part , I want to repeat that my good offices are alwaysavailable."

He also called on the international community to send a clear,coherent message to the leadership of the DPRK: "fully comply withinternational obligations, work towards reopening communicationchannels and support efforts to deescalate the situation."

"The solution to this crisis must be political," he stressed ,noting that the potential consequences of military action are "toohorrific to even contemplate." Enditem

The characters from The Legend of the Lion King stage show at the Magic Kingdom in Florida. Photo: IC

Walt Disney Studios is teaming up with director Jon Favreau for a live-action remake of The Lion King, one of the most successful animated movies in history, the company said Wednesday.

The production will build on Disney's lucrative success reimagining its classics for contemporary audiences in films such as Maleficent, Cinderella and The Jungle Book.

"We can officially confirm that the Walt Disney Studios and director Jon Favreau are putting a new reimagining of The Lion King on the fast track to production ," the studio said in a statement without announcing a release date.

"The project follows the technologically groundbreaking smash hit The Jungle Book, directed by Favreau, which debuted in April and has earned $965.8 million worldwide."

Like the hotly anticipated Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and due for release next year , The Lion King will include songs from the animated film, Disney said.

The studio has previously announced it is also working with Favreau on a sequel to The Jungle Book, although no release date has been announced for that, either.

Released in 1994 , The Lion King became one of the biggest animated films of all time with a lifetime global box-office gross of just under $1 billion.

It won Oscars for the song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and for its score by Hans Zimmer.

WASHINGTON, June 19 (Xinhua) -- Following is the list of the last 15 winners of the US Open Golf Championship after Dustin Johnson's victory at Oakmont on Sunday:

2016 - Dustin Johnson, United States (at Oakmont)

2015 - Jordan Spieth, United States (at Chambers Bay)

2014 - Martin Kaymer, Germany (Pinehurst)

2013 - Justin Rose, England (Merion)

2012 - Webb Simpson, United States (Olympic Club)

2011 - Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland (Congressional)

2010 - Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland (Pebble Beach)

2009 - Lucas Glover, United States (Bethpage Black)

2008 - Tiger Woods, United States (Torrey Pines)

2007 - Angel Cabrera, Argentina (Oakmont)

2006 - Geoff Ogilvy, Australia (Winged Foot)

2005 - Michael Campbell, New Zealand (Pinehurst)

2004 - Retief Goosen, South Africa (Shinnecock Hills)

2003 - Jim Furyk, United States (Olympia Fields)

2002 - Tiger Woods, United States (Bethpage Black)

RIGA, June 7 (Xinhua) -- Latvia's center-right government coalition is considering raising the social tax rate by one percentage point in order to provide money for the Baltic country's underfunded health sector, a lawmaker said on public radio on Wednesday.

The present rate of the social security contributions paid by employers is 23.5 percent, and those paid by employees , 10.5 percent.

Romualds Razuks, a Member of Parliament (MP) of the ruling center-right Unity party, said in the interview with the public broadcaster that raising the social tax rate would effectively create a mandatory health insurance system.

Razuks said a government working group that has been formed to tackle the health care funding issue was also discussing the possibility of raising the value added tax (VAT) to 22 percent from the current 21 percent.

Imants Paradnieks, an MP of the ruling right-wing National Alliance , noted that if the government chose to raise the social tax rate, it would also. Cheap Nets Jerseys Cheap Mavericks Jerseys Cheap Charlotte Hornets Jerseys Cheap Atlanta Hawks Jerseys Cheap Memphis Grizzlies Jerseys Cheap Los Angeles Clippers Jerseys Wholesale Celtics Jerseys Wholesale Cavaliers Jerseys Wholesale Chicago Bulls Jerseys Wholesale Milwaukee Bucks Jerseys


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