4 Tuesday, January 23, 2018 National PPP Badin strongly condemn false cases over Chandio clan’s chiefs KARACHI: Head office: 509, Land Mark Plaza, I.I Chundrigar Road, Karachi, Pakistan. Ph: +9221-32214988- 32214990, Fax: +9221-32214989 email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Chief Editor: Muhammad Taqi Alvi Associate Editor: Ali Razavi - Editor Special Reports: Muhammad Rafique Rajpar Hyderabad Bureau Chief: Abbas Kassar - Islamabad Bureau Chief: Hameedullah Khan ISLAMABAD –– LAHORE –– RAWALPINDI –– KARACHI EDITORIAL From Immoral Quagmires, Rise Up For Morality, Or Face Evils And Downfall Of Families, Society THINK-TANKS of Pakistani intellectuals advise people: Rise up for morality, from quagmires of immorality, or else face evils and downfall of individuals, families, society and an entire nation eventually: This is often repeated warnings every now and then by humanitarians, social scientists, psychologists and followers of spiritualism and religious ideologies. These are in fact timely warnings whenever raised and must be heeded and followed in practice by one and all. ONE evil person can make an entire family, locality and society an evil one. And its ensuing losses cannot be under-estimated. Others in family and society must stop these evil doings and must not, therefore, take it lightly that "after all it is one person, and what can one person do?". Even one person can do a lot of irreparable damage against principled human relations and family unit. LIKEWISE, if one good person opposes evil people, then evil's losses may be blocked. Moreover, one good person can make an entire family, society and nation a good one. Benefits of such a phenomenon cannot be under-estimated either. IF evils are followed due to greed or awe of some people's riches, worldly belongings and evil ways, it will encourage and build a corrupt society. If good deeds are followed, it will encourage and build a noble society. CHOICE is entirely up to people themselves and their freedom on whether they follow good or embrace bad.Humans are born good by nature but get corrupted in evil company too and choose a bad course. A question here arises and is answered: Isn't OPINION it therefore better to block such freedom to evil and encourage freedom for goodness? That, some critics say, restricts freedom. So does laws of the world as well as heavenly religions followed by majority of population, billions worldwide. ACCOUNTABILITY and punishment reduces evil, violence, theft, killings and maintains peace, harmony and a meaningful human co-existence away from evil that even beasts do not engage in, but human beings do! Some countries have an entire ministry tilted like "do good, forbid evil" etc based on God's orders that humanity must practice. It's not a bad idea to create such a ministry or at least a similar unit within ministry of interior or ministry of religious affairs, etc. REASONS for such an advocacy are almost countless. This includes but is not limited to unconquered poverty, electricity breakdowns 6 to 8 hours a day, load shedding, corruption, bad governance, lack of proper education, work, income and inflation. Earthquakes of present evils, theft, gangsterism, target killing, suicide bombing and massacres do not shake or move people anyone anymore. It does not make planners and executors of open extortion, kidnapping, blackmailing and terrorism think enough to desist from evil, nor are government officials and institutions considerate enough to fully protect rights of peaceful citizens over petty and big criminals which continued as an insurmountable crisis. MORAL forces of society must unite, network and act collectively against immoral forces before it's too late. Who is to blame for US shutdown? Trump proved to be woefully inept at making tough deals and demonstrated that his strategy of trying to govern without the Democrats is fatally flawed By Charles M. Blow It’s already tiring to watch the jockeying among the partisans over who is to be blamed for the US government shutdown and who will likely face political consequences because of it. There is absolutely no reason that a deal couldn’t have been reached on the Dreamers, something that the vast majority of Americans want. But Republicans used the threat of withholding the fix as a bargaining chip, and Democrats held to the fix as imperative. Donald Trump proved himself both woefully inept at making tough deals and also demonstrated that his yearlong strategy of trying to govern to the exclusion of Democrats and playing to a narrow base is fatally flawed. Trump makes deal-making impossible. His word is meaningless and his policy principles are murky. He is mercurial and inconsistent. This may well have worked in business, to keep people off kilter, but it won’t work in politics. Voters often say that they want a business leader as a political leader, but the skills and interests aren’t always transferable. Operating with a profit interest is often at odds with operating in the public interest. Trump’s major successes — or, as I would call them, areas of injury — during his first year in office have largely been beneficial to big business, moving us ever closer to true plutocracy. He signed the plundering tax bill that disproportionately favoured businesses and the wealthy, and he and his administration continue to chip away at regulations. The strange thing about regulations is that most people don’t track them. They quietly restrain the rapaciousness of corporate greed, keeping people and planet safe from profit-atany-cost recklessness. We don’t truly appreciate regulations until we need them and they aren’t there. The argument over regulation has always been one of safety versus profit. Trump has chosen to support profit over safety. He tweeted Saturday: “The Trump Administration has terminated more UNNECESSARY Regulation, in just twelve months, than any other Administration has terminated during their full term in office, no matter what the length. The good news is, THERE IS MUCH MORE TO COME!” As with everything that comes from this White House, that is not entirely true. As Bloomberg Businessweek wrote in December, “only a handful of regulations have actually been taken off the books.” Bloomberg continued: “Rather, the claim of victory in the war on regulation is instead based almost entirely on stopping proposed rules that haven’t yet made their way through the machinery of government. The White House says it has killed or stalled 860 pending regulations. It’s done this by withdrawing 469, listing another 109 as inactive and relegating 282 to ‘long term.’” But Trump doesn’t care for the details or the truth. He only wants to be able to claim everything as the biggest, best, greatest ... ever. This showman’s sensibility, with a disdain for detail, is precisely the sort of thing that makes having him as a “deal-maker” in government problematic. He just doesn’t care much about the public good. He cares about maintaining a core of support, inflaming racist and nativist passions and about the appearance of winning. In short, it’s all about him. So, on this government shutdown, morally, Democrats hold the higher ground. But politics is seen through different lenses depending on where you sit. Trump’s team is now casting the shutdown as Democratic obstruction, which for some will resonate. It will be harder for Democrats to make their moral case the longer the shutdown stays in effect. A CNN/SSRS poll released Friday on the verge of the shutdown found that: “Overall, about half of Americans say they would blame either Trump (21 per cent) or his Republican counterparts in Congress (26 per cent) should Congress fail to fund the government by the midnight Friday deadline. About a third, 31 per cent, say they would hold the Democrats in Congress responsible, and another 10 per cent say they’d blame all three groups.” But the poll also found: “Still, 56 per cent overall say approving a budget agreement to avoid a shutdown is more important than continuing the DACA programme, while just 34 per cent choose DACA over a shutdown. Democrats break narrowly in favor of DACA — 49 per cent say it’s more important vs. 42 per cent who say avoiding a shutdown is the priority — while majorities of both Republicans (75 per cent) and independents (57 per cent) say avoiding a shutdown is more important.” Put another way, Americans wants to support the Dreamers, but only up to a point, that point being disruption. Republicans know this. They can feel the softness of many Americans’ moral convictions on the subject of Dreamers, and with this shutdown, they are going to poke that sore spot. Trump and his anti-immigrant, cultural-anxiety agitators are already pitching the shutdown as a choice Democrats made to put the brown children of illegal immigrants over the interests of beleaguered soldiers. Trump isn’t a great deal-maker, but he is an extraordinary norms-breaker. When this is all settled, however that is done, Trump will find a way to make himself look like a winner, even if he has to lie. Sawan Khaskheli BADIN: President Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Badin chapter, Haji Ramzan Chandio has strongly condemned the murder case which was filed on Chandio’s Chief falsely. According to reports, President, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Badin ISLAMABAD: The apex court on Monday ordered authorities to halt the implementation of an order by a military court which sentenced to death three hardcore terrorists. A two member bench of the top court under chapter, Haji Ramzan Chandio, in a press release issued on Monday, has condemned, issued press release mentioned the case as false and fabricated and which was lodged over chief of Chandio’s clan, Nawab Burhan Khan Chandio and Sardar Ahmed Chandio which Haji Ramzan termed as condemned able act. Adding Haji Ramzan added that on the incident noted day, Sardar Ahmed Khan and Nawab Burhan Ahmed Chandio were present at public gathering at Rahuki which was addressed by PPP, Chairman, Bilawal Bhutto SC suspends death penalty of three hardcore terrorists JOHI: Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) leader and former chief minister of Sindh Liaquat Ali Jatoi has alleged that the rulers have misappropriated at least Rs4bn in the Gorakh Hill projects and the corruption watchdog departments should take notice of this huge bungling. Addressing a big public rally at Johi on Monday, he regretted that the cases of corruption belonging to what he called Zardari and his henchmen are put on the back burner. He said if accountability of Nawaz Sharif could be done why Zardari and his people should be spared. He said Justice Azamat Saeed on Monday conducted a hearing into appeals filed in the SC against the verdict by three terrorists, namely Shafaqat, Sabir Shah and Muhammad Liaqat. After hearing the arguments of the complainants, Justice Saeed ordered the suspension of the military court ruling until further orders, and adjourned proceedings indefinitely. Earlier, a military court had sentenced all three of them to death. Rs4bn corruption in Gorakh Hill projects, claims Liaquat Jatoi Work on eight small dams in tribal areas in progress ISLAMABAD: Work on the construction of eight small dams in tribal areas is in progress.In an interview, a spokesman of FATA Development Authority said that these dams are being constructed in North and South Waziristan, Mohmand and Bajaur Agencies and Frontier Regions of Bannu and Dera Ismail Khan. He said that these dams will be completed at a cost of about three billion rupees. On completion of these projects, thousands of acres of barren land will be brought under cultivation besides provision of clean drinking water to the inhabitants of these areas. Staff Reporter JACOBABAD: A large number workers taken out a rally against extrajudicial killing of Naqeebullah Masood from Pathan House to Deputy Commissioner Chowk, here on Monday. The rally was led by Raaz Khan Pathan, the district information secretary Pakistan Tehree-i-Insaf [PTI] Jacobabad chapter and others. Speaking on occasion, Pathan said that Naqeebullah Masood is killed in fake encounter carried out by SSP Rao Anwaar and his team which is condemnable act while he further said that Naqeebullah was inspired model and he was carrying out clothing business in ISLAMABAD: The construction work of rail car service between Kohat and Rawalpindi has been completed at a cost of over five hundred million rupees. corruption watchdogs should also take notice of how sugar mills in Sindh were controlled by force and intimidation to make a cartel like situation. He said the vital project of Gorakh Hll is in the limbo as the ruling party people are involved in mega corruption in related projects and schemes. He said billions of rupees tagged for water and drainage schemes of Dadu district have also gone into the pockets of corruption mafia and a through probe is needed in these scams. He said the people of Sindh have already been fed up with the corrupt government and in next election they would reject the PPP and elect the PTI to bring a positive change in the province. Kohat-Pindi rail service likely to start from next week Karachi which was his fundamental right, but Rao Anwaar killed him in a fake police encounter because he was only by caste Masood. Protesters including Ashique Pathan, Agha Saif, Muhammad Khan, Akbar Ali, Wazir Ali, Fatah Khan, Mumtaz Ali and other The project is expected to be inaugurated next week. Online facility of advanced booking will also be launched at Kohat Railway Station soon. demanded the high ups to arrest the then SSP Rao Anwar and his team. It should be mentioned here that a few plain clothes person whisked away him from a teashop from Karachi and his dead body was identified by his relatives when the then SSP Rao Anwaar Zardari on the eve of 31st death anniversary of renowned peasant leader, Shaheed Fazil Rahu where CM Sindh, Murad Ali Shah and other high police officers were also present. Chandio termed this act of lodging cases over the Chandio’s chiefs was grave conspiracy against them adding he also expressed his deep grievance and sorrows over the murders of youths meanwhile he termed lodging false cases over Chandio’s chiefs without concrete evidences as plotted conspiracy for demorale the Chandio’s chiefs. On the occasion, he demanded for removal of the cases on immediate basis from Sardar Ahmed Chandio and Nawab Burhan Chandio as erupted unrest among the peoples and clans of the Chandio community be lessened. KP govt recruited over 40,000 teachers: Khattak ISLAMABAD: CM KPK Pervez Khattak says the provincial government has recruited more than forty thousand teachers and provided missing facilities in twenty thousand schools. Addressing a public gathering in Nowshera, he said the shortage of doctors and other allied staff has also been overcome in hospitals. The Chief Minister said two point four million people will benefit from the Sehat Insaf Scheme by the end of this year. On this occasion, he also laid the foundation stone of an international standard gymnasium in the area, which will be completed at an estimated cost of about two hundred and twenty million rupees. Youth dies Staff Reporter SHIKARPUR:A28-yearold villager was died of when his Tractor was overturned at link road of village Kalo Qadrani Jatoi, in the limits of Lakhi Ghulam Shah Police Station, here on late other day evening. According to reports, a youth identified as Raza Hussain Jatoi was sustained severe injuries when he lost control over his Tractor owing to which his Tractor overturned and moved to Sukkur hospital for further medical treatment, but he succumbed to his injuries in hospital. Speaking to media men, his relatives allegedly said that Raza Hussain Jatoi was coming towards his village, but our rival Jatoi group members had tried to snatch hisTractor, on it, he sped tractor and lost control over it and overturned and demanded to lodge a case against them. Justice for Naqeeb rally holds claimed to have been killed four terrorists including Naqeebullah Masood, while the Chief Justice of Pakistan took suo motu notice and summoned a detailed report from IGP Sindh as well as Sindh govt has also formed a three member committee to investigate the original facts.
Abbas wins EU backing for Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem Mumbai: BRUSSELS: The European Union assured President Mahmoud Abbas it supported his ambition to have East Jerusalem as capital of a Palestinian state, in the bloc's latest rejection of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. At a meeting in Brussels with EU foreign ministers, Abbas repeated his call for East Jerusalem as capital as he urged EU governments to recognise a state of Palestine immediately, arguing that this would not disrupt negotiations with Israel on a peace settlement for the region. While Abbas made no reference to Trump's move on Jerusalem or U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's visit to the city on Monday, his presence at the EU headquarters in Brussels was seized on by European officials as a chance to restate opposition to Trump's Dec. 6 decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Mogherini, in what HASSA: Turkey shelled targets in northern Syria on Monday and said it would swiftly crush the U.S.- backed Kurdish YPG fighters who control the Afrin region, amid growing international concern over its three-day-old military operation. Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies began their push to clear YPG fighters from the northwestern enclave on Saturday, opening a new appeared to be a veiled reference to Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel, called on those involved in the process to speak and act "wisely", with a sense of responsibility. "I want to reassure President Abbas of the firm commitment of the European Union to the twostate solution with Jerusalem as the shared front in Syria’s civil war despite calls for restraint from United States. France has called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Monday to discuss the fighting inAfrin and other parts of Syria. The YPG’s Afrin spokesman, Birusk Hasaka, said there were clashes between Kurdish and Turkey-backed forces on the third day of the operation. capital of the two states," Mogherini said. Before Abbas' arrival, she was more outspoken, saying: "Clearly there is a problem with Jerusalem. That is a very diplomatic euphemism," in reference to Trump's position. But Mogherini said she still wanted to work with the United States on Middle East peace talks and had He said Turkish shelling had hit civilian areas in Afrin’s northeast. Ankara considers the YPG a terrorist organization tied to Kurdish militant separatists in Turkey and has been infuriated by U.S. support for the fighters. Washington, which has backed the YPG in the battle against Islamic State in Syria, said on Sunday it was concerned about the situation. Turkish anger at U.S. support for the YPG is one discussed ways to restart them late last year with Pence and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. She played down the timing of the vice president's visit to Israel when Abbas was in Brussels, saying it was a coincidence. Deputy German Foreign Minister Michael Roth told reporters that Trump's decision had made peace talks Turkey says campaign against US-backed Kurdish force in Syria will be swift Afghan officials search for answers to deadly hotel attack KABUL: Afghan security officials met on Monday to draw up a response to a deadly attack on Kabul’s Hotel Intercontinental that exposed once again how vulnerable the capital SEOUL: South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday a thaw in relations between the two Koreas ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics presented a “precious chance” for the United States and North Korea to discuss the North’s weapons programs. North Korea is developing missile and nuclear technology amid regular threats to destroy the United remains to militant assaults. Even in a city long inured to violence, the attack by gunmen dressed in army uniforms has caused shock, with questions raised about how they States and Japan and in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions, prompting a war of words between the North and the United States. But after a year of mounting tension, diplomacy focused on sport enabled the International Olympic Committee to announce on Saturday that reclusive North Korea will send 22 athletes to the Feb. 9-25 Games. were able to penetrate security at one of the most prominent landmarks in Kabul. The smoke-blackened hotel, on a hill overlooking the city, remained blocked off on Monday and even the final casualty toll from the attack, which began on Saturday night and was claimed by Taliban insurgents, remains unclear. Officially, the government says at least 19 people were killed but people in the security system say the real figure is certainly above 30 and probably many more. The Taliban are seeking to re-impose Islamic rule after their 2001 ouster at the hands of U.S.- led troops. Many of the victims were Ukrainian air crew of Kam Air and their deaths may raise questions over the willingness of foreign technical specialists to continue to work for Afghan companies who cannot provide the high levels of security provided by the United Nations or foreign embassies. Airlines provide a vital link between major cities in a country where travel by road is often dangerous and unreliable. The Olympics provided a “precious chance to open the door” for talks to resolve the nuclear issue and establish peace on the peninsula, Moon said at the presidential Blue House. “But no one can be optimistic about how long the current mood for dialogue will last. We need wisdom and efforts to sustain the dialogue opportunities ... beyond the Olympics so that the inter-Korean talks of a number of issues that have brought relations between the United States and its biggest Muslim ally within NATO to the breaking point in recent months. President Tayyip Erdogan has pledged to crush the YPG in Afrin, and also says he will target the Kurdish-held town of Manbij to the east, part of a much larger swath of northern Syria controlled by YPG-dominated forces. Iran says warplanes warned off two western vessels during drill TEHRAN: Iranian warplanes warned off two “coalition vessels” during military drill in waters off the country’s southeast, a senior naval officer said, in the latest confrontation between Iranian and western forces that patrol the Gulf. The vessels approached the area of the drills early on Monday to monitor Iranian ships, said Rear Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi, spokesman for drills, according to Tasnim news agency. “Iranian drones identified the vessels, then Iranian planes flew over them and gave them a warning. The vessels left the area,” he was quoted as saying. The Iranian army launched two days of exercises on Monday involving ground, naval and air forces in the country’s south and southeast, near the Makran Coast, and other areas in the Gulf of Oman. There have been periodic confrontations between the Iranian and U.S. military in the Gulf - a major trade route for oil - in recent years. In the first such incident since President Donald Trump took office, a U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots when an Iranian vessel approached to within 450 feet (140 meters) last July. harder but said all sides needed to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Abbas also struck a more diplomatic tone than in his recent public remarks, including earlier this month when he said he would only accept a broad, internationally-backed panel to broker any peace talks with Israel. "We are keen on continuing the way of negotiations," Abbas said. "We are determined to reunite our people and our land." In another gesture of support, EU foreign ministers discussed whether to increase the EU's aid to the Palestinian Authority, after the United States said last week it would withhold about half the initial aid it planned to give the U.N. agency that serves the Palestinians. No decisions were taken. But Abbas' call for the European Union to immediately and officially recognise the state of Palestine won little support in the lunch meeting, diplomats said. 'Shoot me' if I become a dictator: Philippine leader tells troops to protect constitution MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday instructed the army and police to shoot him if he became a dictator and stayed on beyond his term, a scenario his foes are warning against, amid moves by his loyalists to change the constitution. The firebrand leader sought to dispel speculation he had ordered loyalists in Congress to change the constitution to introduce a federal system that would let him stay in power beyond 2022, when his single term ends. “If I overstay and wanted to become a dictator, shoot me, I am not joking,” Duterte told soldiers during an army base visit, adding that security forces should not allow anybody to mess with the constitution. “It is your job to protect the constitution and to protect the people. Remember, it is your solemn duty.” Duterte has advocated federalism to tackle inequality, empower provinces and recognize the country’s diverse makeup. Last week, his lower house allies voted to convene a constituent assembly to revise the charter by May this year, scrapping mid-term elections next year and extending the terms of all elected officials. LONDON: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited the new $1 billion U.S. embassy in London on Monday, just days after his boss Donald Trump criticized the move to new diplomatic premises as part of a bad deal agreed by the administration of Barack Obama. Trump earlier this month canceled a trip to London to open the new embassy, saying he did not want to endorse a bad deal agreed by Hosted by the Badshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, the night of the Jio Filmfare Awards 2018 twinkled with more stars from Bollywood than the sky. Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Madhuri Dixit, Dia Mirza, Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Rajkummar Rao and many others came together to celebrate the best of 2017 in the industry. The Sanam Re actress Urvashi Rautela stole everyone’s thunder as she stepped out in her custommade bold and black Bellucio gown. The feathers along her arm gave the outfit a regal touch while the thigh-high slit only boasted of her bold confidence. The former beauty pageant winner was styled by Julie Shaikh, Urvashi opted for long earrings and kept the makeup to minimal with light lips and hair pinned on one side. Urvashi Rautela had little to no idea what was coming next after she shared pictures of herself on instagram. While some commented saying she looked like a “Princess”: Urvashi is all set to star in the fourth film of the revenge thriller Hate Story. The movie also stars Karan Wahi, Vivan Bhathena and Ihana Dhillon. The film has Tuesday, January 23, 2018 International been postponed to March 9 after the release of Sanjay 5 Urvashi Rautela’s daring outfit – trolled as well as praised Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavati was pushed. Bangladesh says start of Rohingya return to Myanmar delayed COPENHAGEN/MAD RID: Spain’s prosecutor sought on Monday to reactivate a European arrest warrant against Carles Puigdemont, as the former Catalan leader landed in Denmark for his first trip away from Belgium in three months of selfimposed exile. Puigdemont fled to Brussels in October after authorities in Madrid sacked him and accused him of sedition over an illegal referendum and a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain by the Catalan parliament. He is the top candidate to lead Catalonia again after regional elections last month gave separatists a PALONGKHALI, Bangladesh: Bangladesh has delayed the repatriation of Rohingya Muslim refugees to Myanmar, set to start on Tuesday, because the process of compiling and verifying the list of people to be sent back is incomplete, a senior Bangladesh official said. The decision comes as tensions have risen in camps holding hundreds of thousands of refugees, some of whom are opposing their transfer back to Myanmar because of lack of security guarantees. Myanmar agreed earlier this month to receive the Rohingya refugees at two reception centers and a temporary camp near its border with Bangladesh over a two-year period starting Tuesday. The authorities have said repatriations would be voluntary. But Abul Kalam, Bangladesh’s refugee relief and rehabilitation commissioner, said on Monday the return would have to be delayed. He did not immediately give a new date for the repatriations to begin. “There are many things remaining,” he told Reuters by phone. “The list of people to be sent back is yet to be prepared, their verification and setting up of transit camps is remaining.” Catalonia's Puigdemont lands in Denmark as Spain seeks new warrant the Obama administration to sell the old one for “peanuts”. Tillerson was greeted by U.S. Ambassador Woody majority. A Reuters reporter saw him come through customs at Copenhagen airport a little after 0700 GMT and, without being detained, get in a car and leave. It was not clear where Puigdemont, who is in Denmark to take part in a university debate, was headed. Rex Tillerson visits new U.S. embassy in London that Trump criticized will lead to talks between the United States and North Korea and other forms of dialogue”. While a recent opinion poll showed most South Koreans welcomed the North’s participation in the Games, conservative opponents staged a small but noisy rally as a North Korean delegation inspected venues in Seoul for cultural events to be held on the sidelines of the Olympics. South Korean police intervened when one group of protesters burned a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the steps of Seoul’s central train station where a delegation from the North had arrived. Holding a sign saying “We’re opposed to Kim Jong Un’s Pyongyang Olympics!”, the protesters chanted that the North had “snatched” attention for the showpiece event from Johnson as workmen finished planting shrubs in the grounds of the new embassy. America’s top diplomat then met some of the marines who are stationed at the embassy. “The embassy actually, is gonna really work,” U.S. Ambassador Johnson said ahead of Tillerson’s arrival. Asked when there would be a ribbon cutting ceremony, Ambassador Johnson said: “At some point we’re going to do it, but there’s no urgency to that. South Korea's Moon hopes inter-Korean thaw 'opens door' for nuclear talks with US South Korea. The North Korean delegation was led by Hyon Song-wol, a popular female singer, who smiled and waved to a crowd at the train station before the protest began. “Seeing the citizens here welcoming us, I feel we will be able to successfully complete the concert”, Hyon was quoted as saying by a Seoul official, according to South Korean media.