first_img“While Biden will want to put other issues, including domestic concerns, at the top of his list of priorities, Pyongyang has a way of forcing the United States to pay attention to North Korea.”Waqas Adenwala, Asia analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit, agreed.“North Korea often attempts to remain relevant by conducting various missile tests and this will ensure that the issue remains a key foreign policy priority,” he said.The reclusive regime launched missiles early in both the Obama and Trump administrations. Relations between Washington and Pyongyang have seen highs and lows over the past four years.President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un exchanged threats and provocations in 2017, but subsequently met twice at bilateral meetings in 2018 and 2019 discuss denuclearization in a bid to roll back tensions. The U.S. offered possible relief from sanctions that the U.N. has imposed on Pyongyang since 2006, but the talks failed to achieve much progress.Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, whose business holds a telecommunications license in North Korea, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble that Biden should continue Trump’s policy to connect with Pyongyang.“I work in North Korea, and I know the mentality. The threats and the bullying and so on, it will not work with them,” he said. “What will work with them is, we reach (out) to them and we test their sincerity of peace.”“It’s not in our interest, as a free world, to have China dominate this part of the world and take North Korea to its side,” he added. Seoul should thus avoid the impression that its alliance policy is: ‘Please protect us while we make peace with Pyongyang and make money with Beijing.’Leif-Eric EasleyProfessor at Ewha University North Korea often attempts to remain relevant by conducting various missile tests and this will ensure that the issue remains a key foreign policy priority.Waqas Adenwala- Advertisement – “The coming weeks may see North Korea conduct a nuclear or long-range ballistic missile test in order to send a strong message to the incoming president,” said Evans Revere, a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings Institution. Revere also said the demands being made are widely viewed as “excessive, unfair and unsupported by facts,” and that Trump failed to recognize that the military presence in South Korea — meant to deter North Korea — will be beneficial for the U.S. as well.“I have no doubt that the Biden administration will recognize this and come to a speedy, reasonable agreement with our South Korean allies,” he said.Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, said Biden would demand “more modest increases” in military cost-sharing without threatening to withdraw American troops.However, he said a Biden administration would be sensitive to international burden-sharing as it fights the pandemic at home. “Seoul should thus avoid the impression that its alliance policy is: ‘Please protect us while we make peace with Pyongyang and make money with Beijing,’” Easley said. – Advertisement – People watch a television news broadcast showing a file image of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on March 21, 2020.Jung Yeon-je | AFP | Getty Images Sharon Squassoni of George Washington University said Biden would take a principled approach to North Korea that supports “long-standing U.S. security and non-proliferation objectives.”The research professor at GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs added that the North Korea would be a “top foreign policy objective for Biden from the start,” even if Kim doesn’t provoke the U.S. with more missile tests.She said Biden knows “benign neglect” won’t work with North Korea, and will seek to address it.“It may be quieter diplomatically than anything Trump ever did, but I think it will be a priority,” said Squassoni.South Korea and JapanExperts also weighed in on what a Biden presidency would mean for other North Asian countries. Leaders from Japan and South Korea have congratulated Biden, and said they want to work on their alliances with the U.S.Under Trump, the U.S. considered reducing its military presence in South Korea and signaled it wanted South Korea to pay more for troops stationed in the country after a cost-sharing agreement expired in 2019.“It is natural for any U.S. administration to urge Seoul to pay more to underwrite the costs of stationing U.S. forces in Korea,” said Revere, noting that South Korea has already agreed to boost its contributions. “However, the Trump administration has rejected this generous increase and demanded more.”center_img SINGAPORE — North Korea may launch missiles to send a “strong message” to President-elect Joe Biden and ensure Pyongyang continues to be a foreign policy priority in Washington, analysts told CNBC.NBC News on Saturday projected that Biden would win the U.S. presidential election, four days after Election Day. President Donald Trump has not conceded, and has filed multiple lawsuits in swing states amid unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and illegal votes.Experts said Biden’s priority will be to tackle the coronavirus crisis and worries about the U.S. economy, but that North Korea could test weapons to make its presence felt.- Advertisement – President-elect Joe Biden waves to supporters as he leaves the Queen theater after receiving a briefing from the transition Covid-19 advisory board on November 09, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.Joe Raedle | Getty Images News | Getty Images The Economist Intelligence Unit Japanese flag in Tokyo ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan in November 2017.Artur Widak | NurPhoto | Getty Images In Japan, relations are likely to strengthen further, according to Adenwala of the EIU.That’s because Biden will not pursue a “volatile and mercantilist policy” with its allies, he said.Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga do not have the same personal rapport that Trump and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shared, but they will likely work together on the basis of “mutual interests such as trade and especially on issues of security, particularly in the face of increasingly assertive policies from China,” Adenwala said.Brookings’ Revere said there has been “considerable unease” in Japan over Trump’s approach to North Korea. He added that Biden would manage North Korea and burden-sharing negotiations well, and “restore confidence in the United States’ handling of bilateral defense and security ties.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img2 Zimbabweans Face Charges over Death of Cecil the Lion Zimbabwe accuses 2nd American of illegally hunting Lion Zimbabwean authorities say they have suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in an area favored by hunters after the killing of Cecil the lion. An international hunting organisation has suspended the membership of the US hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in ZimbabweSafari Club International, which promotes big-game hunting worldwide, issued a statement saying memberships for Walter Palmer and his guide in Zimbabwe, Theo Bronkhorst, will be on hiatus until investigations into the lion’s death are complete.Bronkhorst is facing criminal charges in Zimbabwe over the July 1 killing of the beloved lion named Cecil, who was drawn away from a wildlife preserve and shot by Palmer with a bow and arrow. Palmer has said he believed the hunt was legal.The Safari Club said “those who intentionally take wildlife illegally should be prosecuted and punished to the maximum extent allowed by law”.Palmer, who is a dentist in the US, advised his patients to seek care elsewhere as he remained in hiding amid protests at his clinic.The-55-year-old has faced protests at his clinic in Bloomington, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he offers general and cosmetic dentistry, as well as intense condemnation online. He has not appeared in public since being identified on Tuesday as a party to the lion’s death.He is an active big-game hunter, with many kills to his name, some of them registered with hunting clubs.Meanwhile in Zimbabwe, a hunting guide and a farm owner appeared in court accused of helping Palmer kill Cecil.The head of Zimbabwe’s safari association said the big cat with the black mane was lured into the kill zone and denied “a chance of a fair chase”.The Zimbabwean men were accused of aiding Palmer, who reportedly paid £32,000 to track and kill a lion.During the night-time hunt, the Zimbabwean men tied a dead animal to their car to draw the lion out of a national park, said Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.The American is believed to have shot the lion with a crossbow. The wounded cat was then tracked for 40 hours before Palmer fatally shot him with a gun, Mr Rodrigues said.A professional hunter, Theo Bronkhorst, was accused of failing to “prevent an unlawful hunt”. Court documents said he was supervising while Palmer shot the animal.Bronkhorst was released on £640 bail after appearing in court in Hwange, about 435 miles west of the capital Harare. If convicted he faces up to 15 years in prison.A second man, farm owner Honest Trymore Ndlovu, also appeared in court but was not charged and released from custody, his lawyer said.The court documents made no mention of Palmer as a suspect.Using bait to lure the lion is deemed unethical by the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe, of which Bronkhorst is a member. The association has since revoked his licence.“Ethics are certainly against baiting. Animals are supposed to be given a chance of a fair chase,” Emmanuel Fundira, the association’s president, said. “In fact, it was not a hunt at all. The animal was baited, and that is not how we do it. It is not allowed.”It was not entirely clear whether baiting is allowed by Zimbabwe law. Mr Fundira said the practice was both unethical and illegal. The conservation group Lion Aid says it is unethical but not expressly forbidden.Relatedcenter_img Charges against Cecil the lion hunter dropped by a Zimbabwean courtlast_img read more

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies LOS ANGELES — Once upon a time, Rich Hill would have gone nine. Twice upon a time, Walker Buehler would have, too.It is not even a consideration these days, certainly not in the playoffs. Hill, like Buehler the night before, had a firm thumb on the Red Sox in Game 4 on Saturday night. He was throwing a one-hitter going into the seventh but then he walked a guy, and he was gone after his next batter, even with a 4-0 lead.The game, and probably the season, then shifted into the quicksand that has always been the Dodgers’ bullpen, through 30 ringless seasons.Think about it. Joe Blanton at Wrigley Field. Jonathan Broxton getting taken deep by Matt Stairs, in back to back seasons. Scott Elbert getting the inexplicable call to face Yadier Molina in St. Louis. The home run orgy of Game 5 last year in Houston, with Brandon Morrow barely able to button his jersey. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Roberts said Hill told him, “Keep an eye on me,” when he went out for the seventh. When Roberts did lift Hill, the lefty seemed fine with it. He usually isn’t.This time he slapped Roberts on the shoulder. Triumph was imminent. A four-run lead? The Dodgers had won every game this season in which they had led by four.“You’re talking about a World Series game in which there’s no margin (for error) up to that point,” Roberts said. “He did everything to put us in a position to win a baseball game and, again, we’ve got to do a better job picking him up.”Roberts will be roasted for removing Hill, by those in all walks of life. He did not expect to become the next target of a Presidential tweet, but here it came, before game’s end:“It is amazing how a manager takes out a pitcher who is loose & dominating through almost 7 innings, Rich Hill of Dodgers, and brings in nervous reliever(s) who get shellacked. 4 run lead gone. Managers do it all the time, big mistake!”Someone recited the President’s observations to Roberts, who responded icily.“The President said that?” Roberts said, without as much as a quarter-smile. “I’m happy he was tuning in and watching the game. I don’t know how many Dodger games he’s watched. I don’t think he is privy to the conversation. That’s one man’s opinion.”Others will have their opinions.Alexander walked Brock Holt who, like a lot of Boston’s supporting cast, is blossoming in this Series.That put men on first and second. Alexander is a ground ball pitcher. He has thrown 15 double-play grounders. But this is the new rule. When a reliever falters, take him out. The choice might have been Pedro Baez. Instead, it was Madson.This was Madson’s 11th appearance of this postseason. He has had his moments, but he was touched up in Game 2. Here he got a pop-up from Jackie Bradley Jr., but his first pitch to Moreland was driven to such heights that some people thought Ryan Gosling was riding it.The three-run homer cut the lead to 4-3.“The ball just popped out of my hand,” Madson said. “It was a bad pitch, right in the middle. I wasn’t surprised he hit it, but I was surprised it went as far as it did.“They’re a very good team. You can get them out if you make good pitches, but you can’t miss your spots. As far as fatigue goes, that’s true for everyone. We’re all dealing with it. You have to make your pitches.”Baez, meanwhile, was unavailable, as was lefty Julio Urias.Madson has worked in the Dodgers’ last five games, an eight-day span in which he has thrown 58 high-stress pitches. Baez threw 26 pitches in his two innings Friday night, but he threw only 15 in the two Boston games. He also has given up only three hits in 10⅓ postseason innings. Unavailable? It’s hard to believe Baez wouldn’t have pitched if he were really healthy.Jansen worked two innings once in the 2018 regular season, once in 2017. But in last year’s playoff run he pitched in 13 of a possible 14 games and was asked to get more than three outs in five of those. Those demands followed Jansen into this season.“You look at the three innings he’s thrown,” Roberts said, “and he’s thrown a lot of good pitches. The two mistakes he made, the cutters didn’t cut and he gave up home runs. I don’t think it’s a mental or a physical thing.”Related Articles The story always ends this way, with a parade of managers walking slowly to the mound and, with an involuntary clap, taking the ball and handing it to another grunt who is shoved to the front line. The story apparently will end that way again, with the Red Sox frolicking like freed prisoners once Hill left and the relievers arrived.A walk by Scott Alexander preceded Mitch Moreland’s three-run homer off Ryan Madson.Dave Roberts again requested a two-out save from Kenley Jansen, who has been swimming upstream ever since he was ridden so hard last fall. Jansen only pitched the eighth and gave up the game-tying bomb to Steve Pearce. After that, it was Dylan Floro and a five-run ninth that featured the go-ahead single by Rafael Devers.Boston won 9-6 and takes a 3-1 Series lead against Clayton Kershaw on Sunday, with a shot at its fourth World Series championship in 14 seasons after the Red Sox endured 86 years without one.The better bullpen almost always wins. L.A.’s relievers now have a 4.81 ERA in this World Series. To be fair. Boston’s Craig Kimbrel has put Sox fans through the wringer, too, but the rest of the bullpen is firing away.Could Nathan Eovaldi be the first player to win the Series MVP award for his work in a losing game? In Game 3, he put together what will become a legendary six innings in New England, thus making sure Joe Kelly and Matt Barnes were fresh enough to handle Game 4. The Dodgers, with 12 pitchers on their roster, seemed oddly short-handed.Eovaldi looked like Charlie Morton, the Houston starter who descended into the midst of games to bedevil the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series.“We’re not out of it,” Roberts said, but here’s the other thing about a creaky bullpen in October. Once it starts falling, it usually can’t find the ripcord.Such is the gravity of this situation. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years One way or another, great success often requires great sacrifice.In ushering what the Lakers hope is a championship-contending era in a landmark trade for Anthony Davis on Saturday, they had to give up players they once thought might represent a bright future: Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart.None of those players, all of whom were first-round draft picks in the last three years, have approached the impact that Davis brings to the court. With two perennial All-Stars in Davis and LeBron James, the Lakers could be positioned to return to the game’s biggest stage again next season.But for many fans, trading three pieces of what was commonly called “the young core” of the team will extinguish a hopeful sentiment that flickered during some of the darkest seasons in franchise history. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIngram and Ball, in particular as No. 2 picks, were heralded after being drafted in back-to-back years. Coming out of Duke, Ingram captured the Lakers’ intrigue as a player who drew comparisons to Kevin Durant, with enviable length and raw tools. Ball, a homegrown, savvy-passing point guard from Chino Hills, needed no hype, but the Lakers provided some anyway when then-team president Magic Johnson said he expected Ball’s jersey to be hanging alongside other Lakers greats one day. The Lakers front office also punted on another former lottery pick, D’Angelo Russell, in a 2017 trade to create space for Ball to assume a starting role at point guard.They were promising prospects in the vacuum created by Kobe Bryant’s 2016 retirement, and then-Coach Luke Walton’s tenure was judged in part by their development during three losing seasons (98-148 record) out of the playoffs. They formed a playful team chemistry, which manifested in the public eye through their social media “roasts” of one another.James’ arrival shifted the importance of winning to the forefront, ahead of development. As the team maneuvered for Anthony Davis during January and February, then again this month, those players became critical trade chips. Next season, they’ll suit up for the Pelicans – an ESPN report described New Orleans’ vision for Ball and Ingram to start in next year’s lineup.Notably, the Lakers held onto Kyle Kuzma, a second-year forward who emerged as a starter this past season while winding up as the team’s second-leading scorer. A former No. 28 pick in the 2017 draft, Kuzma has a team-friendly contract and potential that has caught the eye of USA Basketball. Kuzma received word of the trade during a business trip in Shanghai.Of the trio dealt, Ingram has been the most productive. He averaged 13.9 points across 190 games with the Lakers, and his third season was his most efficient: He shot nearly 50 percent while scoring 18.3 points per game, adding 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists. The Lakers themselves once thought their young players with James provided an adequate foundation to compete. Last December, Walton said he thought the team “absolutely” had a chance to compete if the youth continued to develop as they had for the past few seasons. But he also acknowledged that trade rumors, even then, were a frequent part of their lives.“Do they read? I’m sure they do. Since we’ve been here every single year, there’s articles and media talking about who’s going to be traded, who’s not going to be traded,” Walton said. “Sadly, they’re probably used to it already even though a couple of them have only been at it for a year or two.” His 2018-19 campaign was cut short by a blood clot that Ingram first thought was mere shoulder soreness. After surgery, doctors determined that his condition was unlikely to recur and that he will be ready for next season. At his exit interview in April, Ingram said he was hoping to come back stronger, and that he thought the feeling of losing close games would make the Lakers “a better team and better organization next year.”Ball was more polarizing: At times, his dazzling passing and dogged defense flashed the All-Star potential the Lakers thought he had. In other games, he struggled to stand out. His unconventional shooting form never found the basket consistently: Ball’s 40.8 percent from the field and 41.7 mark from the free-throw line this past season emboldened critics. Averaging 10 points, 6.4 assists and 6.2 rebounds in just 99 games, Ball’s greatest obstacle might have been injury, ending the season on the bench in both of his Lakers seasons. He last saw the court on Jan. 19, when he sprained his ankle against the Houston Rockets.While a relatively mild-mannered player, Ball’s family manufactured plenty of off-the-court drama, particularly father LaVar Ball who lit into coaches and teammates with braggadocious sound bytes. This spring, Ball’s clothing company Big Baller Brand was dragged through an ugly split after the family discovered Alan Foster, a close family friend, could not account for missing money from the company.LaVar Ball couldn’t help but issue parting shots after learning his son had been traded, telling ESPN that he guaranteed the Lakers wouldn’t win another championship, and “it will be the worst move the Lakers ever did in their life.”Still, Lonzo Ball drew praise from teammates, including James, for his bearing on and off the court. Ball reflected in his exit interview about playing with James, who he grew up idolizing.“It was a dream come true for me,” he said. “Hopefully I can play more games with him. I’ve been watching him my whole life, it was everything I thought it would be.”A national championship winner out of Villanova, Hart surprised with his contributions shooting and hustling, often guarding much larger defenders. He averaged 7.9 points in 130 games across his two seasons. Hart was among the most candid about the influence of trade rumors this past season, which he called “annoying.”Related Articleslast_img read more