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He added that the US is deliberately provoking Pyongyang "at a time when the Korean peninsula is moving towards peace and reconciliation, thanks to the historic inter-Korean summit".

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North Korea on Sunday accused the US of pressurising it with the policy of maintaining sanctions on the regime and military threats and warned that these measures will not contribute to denuclearisation or peace in the region.

A Foreign Ministry spokesperson accused the US of “misleading the public opinion” by arguing that the willingness to denuclearise expressed by Pyongyang in the Panmunjom Declaration “is the result of pressure and sanctions”, reports Efe news.

Pyongyang referred to the joint declaration signed by Kim Jong-un and the South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the inter-Korean summit held on April 27 ahead of a planned meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump.

North Korea on Sunday accused the US of pressurising it with the policy of maintaining sanctions on the regime and military threats and warned that these measures will not contribute to denuclearisation or peace in the region.
Kim Jong accuses US of pressurising N.Korea

“The US is making open remarks that it would not ease the sanctions and pressure until North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons completely and also moving to aggravate the situation on the Korean peninsula by deploying strategic assets on the peninsula and increasing its attempt of taking up the ‘human rights’ issue against North Korea,” said the spokesperson.

He added that the US is deliberately provoking Pyongyang “at a time when the Korean peninsula is moving towards peace and reconciliation, thanks to the historic inter-Korean summit”.

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The spokesperson stressed that the US should not misinterpret Pyongyang’s pacifist willingness as weakness, and warned that “it would not be conducive” to continue with its “pressure and military threats”.

In the Panmunjom Declaration, Seoul and Pyongyang agreed to work to achieve the complete denuclearisation of the peninsula and also pledged to sign a multilateral agreement to formally end the Korean War (1950-53), which ended with an armistice, but not a peace treaty. (IANS)

 

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Apple Music On Lead Over Its Rival Spotify In All Market: Report

Trial users were not part of the comparison, the report added.

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Apple Music now has more than 45 million subscribers world-wide, with an additional 5-10 million free trial users.
Apple Music now has more than 45 million subscribers world-wide, with an additional 5-10 million free trial users. Pixabay

With more than 20 million paying users in the US, Apple Music has just taken the lead over its rival Spotify in an all-important market, the media reported.

Spotify still leads outside of the US, tallying 75 million subscribers as part of its first earnings report in May.

“The source, a US-based, major distributor, shared a report detailing the subscriber tallies of several streaming music services, including Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and Sirius XM. That report now ranks Apple Music as first in the US, at least among primarily on-demand music streaming services,” the Digital Music News recently reported.

Spotify Music still leads outside of the US, tallying 75 million subscribers as part of its first earnings report in May.
Spotify Music still leads outside of the US, tallying 75 million subscribers as part of its first earnings report in May. Pixabay

The data for 2018 also shows that Apple is experiencing a far stronger rate-of-growth in the US, suggesting a wider lead over the coming months.

Trial users were not part of the comparison, the report added.

Apple Music now has more than 45 million subscribers world-wide, with an additional 5-10 million free trial users.

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The iPhone maker’s free trials last about three months while Spotify says it has more than 70 million paying subscribers globally, with roughly 160 million overall users. (IANS)

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