US Open to Dialogue with North Korea at 'Appropriate Time'

The United States is open to talks with North Korea at the appropriate time, said the White House. (Reuters)
The United States is open to talks with North Korea at the appropriate time, said the White House. (Reuters)
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US Open to Dialogue with North Korea at 'Appropriate Time'

The United States is open to talks with North Korea at the appropriate time, said the White House. (Reuters)
The United States is open to talks with North Korea at the appropriate time, said the White House. (Reuters)

US President Donald Trump informed his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in that he was open for dialogue with Pyongyang, announced the White House on Wednesday.

The United States is open to talks with North Korea “at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances,” it added.

Moon briefed Trump in a phone call on the talks held on Tuesday between North and South Korea, their first in more than two years.

The White House said Moon thanked Trump for his “leadership in making the talks possible.”

Commenting on the prospect of holding talks with the North, Trump said: “Who knows where it leads?”

Trump told reporters as he met members of his Cabinet at the White House that Moon informed him the initial South Korean talks with North Korea went well.

“Hopefully it will lead to success for the world, not just for our country, but for the world. And we’ll be seeing over the next number of weeks and months what happens,” he said.



Fire at Hospital in Iran’s North Kills 9 Patients

The Iranian flag. (AFP)
The Iranian flag. (AFP)
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Fire at Hospital in Iran’s North Kills 9 Patients

The Iranian flag. (AFP)
The Iranian flag. (AFP)

A fire broke out at a hospital in Iran's north, killing nine patients, state media reported Tuesday.

The blaze started at 1:30 local time (2200GMT) at Qaem Hospital in the city of Rasht, some 330 kilometers (about 205 miles) northwest of the capital Tehran, state TV said, leaving six women and three men dead.

Chief of the city fire department, Shahram Momeni, said on state TV that an electric short circuit in the basement — which harbors the intensive care unit — malfunctioned, causing the fire.

Momeni said emergency workers rescued more than 140 people, patients and hospital staff, after being trapped because of the smoke, and that 120 of them were hospitalized in other medical facilities. He added that an investigation has been ordered.

A video posted online appeared to show smoke billowing from the hospital in the middle of the night.

Iranian media occasionally report on fires in hospitals and clinics that are mainly blamed on technical issues.

In 2020, an explosion from a gas leak in a medical clinic in northern Tehran killed 19 people.