Topics : Moon “greatly favors sending special envoys for ‘tiding over crises’ and raises preposterous proposals frequently, but he has to clearly understand that such a trick will no longer work on us,” KCNA said.”The solution to the present crisis between the North and the South caused by the incompetence and irresponsibility of the South Korean authorities is impossible and it can be terminated only when proper price is paid.”There was no immediate comment from Moon’s office.Any moves to invalidate cross-border peace deals pose a major setback to Moon’s bid for more lasting reconciliation with the North, while complicating efforts to persuade Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and missile programs. North Korea said on Wednesday it had rejected South Korea’s offer to send special envoys to ease escalating bilateral tensions, and vowed to redeploy troops to demilitarized border units in the latest step towards nullifying inter-Korean peace accords.The announcements made by state media agency KCNA came one day after North Korea blew up a joint liaison office set up in a border town as part of a 2018 agreement by the two countries’ leaders, as tensions flare over propaganda leaflets sent by defectors into the reclusive state.South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in on Monday offered to send his national security adviser Chung Eui-yong and spy chief Suh Hoon as special envoys. But Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and a senior ruling party official, “flatly rejected the tactless and sinister proposal,” KCNA said. Kim Yo Jong also harshly criticized Moon in another KCNA statement, saying he had failed to implement any of the 2018 pacts and had made inter-Korean ties a “U.S. puppet.”In Monday’s speech, which marked the 20th anniversary of the first inter-Korean summit, Moon expressed regret that North Korea-U.S. and inter-Korean relations have not made progress as hoped but asked Pyongyang to maintain peace deals and return to dialogue.In a separate KCNA dispatch on Wednesday, a spokesman for the General Staff of the (North) Korean People’s Army (KPA) said it would dispatch troops to Mount Kumgang and Kaesong near the border, where the two Koreas had carried out joint economic projects in the past.Police posts that had been withdrawn from the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) will be reinstalled, while artillery units near the western sea border where defectors frequently send leaflets will be reinforced with the readiness alert heightened to the level of “top class combat duty,” the spokesman said.The North will also restart sending anti-Seoul leaflets across the border, he added.”Areas favorable for scattering leaflets against the South will open on the whole front line and our people’s drive for scattering leaflets will be guaranteed militarily and thorough-going security measures will be taken,” he said.The KPA said on Tuesday it had been studying an “action plan” to re-enter zones that had been demilitarized under a 2018 inter-Korean military pact and “turn the front line into a fortress.”Seoul’s defense ministry has urged North Korea to abide by the agreement, under which both sides vowed to cease “all hostile acts” and dismantled a number of structures along the DMZ.
Pat Fahy’s stable star was a Grade One winner over hurdles at the meeting last year and has twice been placed at the highest level over fences this term. He lost little in defeat when third in the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last week and Fahy is hoping the ground will be a little slower at Punchestown. “It was maybe just a touch too quick for him,” said Fahy. “Maybe if they’d gone quicker early in the race, he might have been like Lord Windermere in the Gold Cup, a bit outpaced, but then they would have come back to him at the end. “Time will tell, if the ground was slower they might not have got away from him at the finish. His jumping was spot on, though. “We’ll stick to the novice route this year, he won’t go for the Irish National. “He got light coming home so I need to build him back up now and get him ready for Punchestown.” Press Association Morning Assembly will return to the scene of his finest hour for the Growise Champion Novice Chase at the Punchestown Festival.
Parma: AS Roma took three points home after defeating Parma 2-0 in a Serie A tie at the Ennio Tardini Stadium here. Italy midfielder Bryan Cristante opened the scoring for Roma after connecting a corner-kick cross by Turkey winger Cengiz Under two minutes before the hour mark on Saturday. Roma secured the victory in minute 75 when Under connected a cross-pass by Italy midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini that Parma’s defense failed to deflect.In other Serie A Saturday action, Udinese topped visiting Cagliari 2-0 at the Dacia Arena stadium.Argentine forward Ignacio Pussetto secured a 1-0 lead for the host side by half time, nine minutes after the half-hour mark.Five minutes after the break, Cagliari’s Italian defender Luca Ceppitelli added to his team’s woes, as he was sent off with a straight red card.Switzerland midfielder Valon Behrami took advantage of his side’s numerical advantage, doubling Udinese’s lead seven minutes later.Italy striker Kevin Lasagna squandered the 3-0 lead chance when he failed to deliver from the 12-yard spot, one minute after the hour mark.During the closing minutes, the hosts’ Italy midfielder Rolando Mandragora was shown a direct red card and was sent off the pitch.With the win, Udinese moved two places up to 15th position with 18 points, while Cagliari remained in 13th place with 20 points. IANS Alos Read: AS Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons joins Sevilla on loan