IAEA board calls for DPR of Korea to comply with safeguards readmit

Unless the DPRK “cooperates, and cooperates fully,” Pyongyang’s continued non-compliance will have to be referred to the UN Security Council, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told a press conference after an emergency meeting of the 35-nation governing board.”I hope the DPRK will seize this opportunity to come into compliance,” said IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei. “I hope [it] will understand that compliance, and not defiance, is the way towards a solution to this issue.”The Agency’s resolution deplores the “unilateral acts” by the DPRK to “impede the functioning of containment and surveillance equipment at its nuclear facilities and the nuclear material contained therein, including the expulsion of IAEA inspectors, which renders the Agency unable to verify, pursuant to its safeguards agreement with the DPRK, that there has been no diversion of nuclear material in the DPRK.”The resolution said the board “considers that the DPRK’s actions are of great non-proliferation concern and make the Agency unable at present to verify that all nuclear material in the DPRK is declared and submitted to Agency safeguards.”The text calls for Pyongyang to allow the IAEA’s inspectors to return, restore surveillance measures at its nuclear facilities, cooperate with the Agency to clarify the DPRK’s reported uranium enrichment programme, and continue a dialogue with the Agency.In his opening statement to the board’s meeting, Mr. ElBaradei said that the current situation with the DPRK was an unsustainable one and set a dangerous precedent, “namely that non-compliance with non-proliferation obligations can be tolerated.””If we aim to maintain and preserve the integrity of the non-proliferation regime then it must be incumbent on all parties to that regime to fully meet their respective obligations, and all cases of non-compliance must be consistently addressed in a uniform fashion – namely zero tolerance,” he stressed.In other news, a UN spokesperson in New York confirmed that Secretary-General Kofi Annan has sent an envoy to the DPRK to assess the humanitarian situation there.Maurice Strong, a Special Advisor to the Secretary-General, will travel first to Beijing and then Pyongyang, Hua Jiang told reporters. Asked if he would also be discussing the current nuclear situation with DPRK officials, the spokesperson said that Mr. Strong would be willing to listen to whatever they bring up during his meetings there. read more

BBC unveils cast of new Les Miserables series with pledge to take

first_img“In Valjean, we see the terrifying anger and resentment against society but also the tenderness that is hidden deep in his complex psyche. And in Javert, the ferocious dedication to duty that takes him from obsession to madness.”Dominic West said of his character: “Jean Valjean is one of the great characters in world literature. His epic journey of redemption is one of the extraordinary roles an actor can take on, and I can’t wait to get stuck in to bringing Andrew’s brilliant adaptation to the screen.”David Oyelowo said: “To play an iconic role like Javert is any actor’s dream, but to play it as written by Andrew Davies goes beyond my wildest dreams.” Scripts ready for their new starsCredit:BBC Hugh Jackman in the film version of Les Mis Davies, the writer behind BBC adaptations of War and Peace and the 1995 Pride and Prejudice, has previously railed against musical versions of Les Misérables, calling it a “shoddy farrago”.This version, the BBC said, would “go back to the original novel and delve deep into the many layers of Hugo’s story, revelling in Jean Valjean and Javert’s cat-and-mouse relationship, against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest.“With a striking intensity and relevance to us today, the novel is testimony to the struggles of France’s underclass and how far they must go to survive.”Davies said: “This is such an intense and gut-wrenching story and I am delighted that this esteemed ensemble of actors will be bringing it to life – led by Dominic West and David Oyelowo in the iconic roles of Jean Valjean and his nemesis Javert. The stage show of Les MiserablesCredit:Deen van Meer Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Les Miserables scripts Hugh Jackman in the film version of Les Miscenter_img The inkeeper's wife, played here in the film by Helena Bonham Carter, will be played by Olivia Colman  Lily Collins, the actress daughter of musician Phil Collins, said: “I’m so thrilled to be playing Fantine. She is a legendary character whose tragic story feels as relevant to tell today as when Les Misérables was first published.“Andrew’s wonderful dramatisation opens up the character in fresh ways that I’ve never seen before in previous adaptations.“And with this amazing cast coming together it really feels like it could be something very special indeed.” The series, which will be told in six episodes of one-hour each, will begin filming in February in Belgium and Northern France. The casting, striking in its diversity in comparison with numerous Les Misérables productions featuring white actors in each of the leading roles, follows the BBC’s commitment to ensuring more black and minority ethnic actors are seen on screen: 15 per cent representation by 2020. The stage show of Les Miserables It is cemented in the minds of a generation as an all-singing, all-dancing tale of bread theft, love and revolution.But the BBC is to take Les Misérables back to the “vibrant” story of Victor Hugo’s original novel as it retells Les Miserables, complete with diverse casting.The cast of the forthcoming Andrew Davies adaptation will be led by Dominic West as Jean Valjean, and David Oyelowo as the obsessed, villainous policeman Javert.Oyelowo, best-known for his star turns in Selma and the BBC’s Spooks, said playing the “iconic” role “goes beyond my wildest dreams”.The cast also includes Lily Collins as Fantine, Adeel Akhtar and Olivia Colman as innkeepers Monsieur and Madame Thénardier, and Erin Kellyman as Eponine. The inkeeper’s wife, played here in the film by Helena Bonham Carter, will be played by Olivia Colmanlast_img read more