World News in Brief: June 23

Sunday, 2019-06-23 14:16:54
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The 83rd Mekong River joint patrol led by China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand concluded Friday (June 21) at Guanlei Port, Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China's Yunnan Province.

* The Chairman of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un has received a personal letter from US President Donald Trump, the country's official Korean Central News Agency reported on Sunday (June 23). The agency did not disclose more details about the content of the letter.

* Russia intends to work with any new British prime minister who is willing to cooperate with Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday. He made the remarks when commenting on the ongoing election in Britain during an interview with Russia's Rossiya-1 TV Channel.

* President Donald Trump said on Saturday that the United States would impose major additional sanctions against Iran on Monday. Asked if military action is still on the table, he said that "it's always on the table until we get this solved."

* German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday (June 22) that the world should work together for peaceful resolution of the dispute between Iran and the United States and warned against isolationism.

* US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he will delay for two weeks the raids on illegal immigrants scheduled to start on Sunday in 10 US cities to see if Republican and Democratic lawmakers can get together and work out a solution.

* Flights of Georgian airlines to Russia will be suspended from July 8, Russian Transport Ministry said Saturday, amid rising unrest in the Caucasus country.

* Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday that he could meet with his US counterpart Donald Trump in September to review the progress of the migratory agreement between the two countries.

* Pakistan and Qatar on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to combat money laundering and terrorism financing, a statement from Pakistani prime minister's office said.

* Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Hakim on Saturday held a phone call with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian over bilateral ties and regional tensions amid rising US-Iran tensions.

* Libya's state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) on Saturday expressed concern over calls to shut down oil production in the country.

* Yemen's government forces on Saturday night fought fierce clashes with the Houthi rebels in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, a military official told Xinhua.

* A pickup truck hit and killed seven people on motorcycles on a two-lane highway in northeastern US state of New Hampshire on Friday night, local media reported on Saturday. Authorities are still investigating the accident.