Seoul hopes Iran’s nuke deal can help resolve Korea DPR nuke

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SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s nuclear envoy on Friday expressed hope that a tentative deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program could pave the way for helping resolve North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

The Iran deal, announced in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday, calls for limiting Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the U.S. and others lifting sanctions that have stifled the Middle Eastern nation’s economy. Negotiators plan to put the tentative deal in a final agreement by June 30.

Hwang Joon-kook, Seoul’s chief negotiator for the six-party talks aimed at North Korea’s denuclearization, said that despite differences over nuke activities between Pyongyang and Tehran, the Iran deal could have a big implication for the North’s nuclear program.

“I hope that the Iran deal could help create a positive atmosphere in resolving North Korea’s nuclear issue through negotiations such as the six-party talks,” Hwang said.

The six world powers — the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China — have held years of the so-called “P5 plus one” negotiations with Iran to restrain Teheran’s nuclear activities.

The deal has received highlight as it could affect the long-running impasse in the North Korean nuclear issue.

But many experts said that the Iran deal is not likely to revive Washington’s interest in resolving North Korea’s nuke standoff as the two cases are different.

They said Iran’s situations are different from those of North Korea, given that Iran has not pulled out of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and it has neither conducted nuclear tests nor declared itself as a nuclear state.

“Despite such differences, we hope that North Korea will show sincerity for coming to the negotiation table,” a Seoul official said, requesting anonymity.

The six-party talks on Pyongyang’s nuke program have been dormant since late 2008 as the North left the negotiating table. The six-party talks involve the two Koreas, the U.S., China, Japan and Russia.

Except for the North, South Korea and the other four nations to the six-party talks have recently reached a consensus for exploratory talks to gauge the North’s willingness for denuclearization. They have also shared the view for conditions for resuming the long-stalled talks.

Since a nuke test in 2013, North Korea has demanded the unconditional resumption of the six-party talks, but Seoul and Washington have claimed that the North should first show its sincerity toward denuclearization.





Korea DPR fires 4 short-range rockets into West Sea

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North Korea test-fired four short-range missiles into the West Sea on Friday in an apparent saber-rattling against the ongoing Seoul-Washington military exercise, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

The North Korean military “launched four short-range projectiles presumed to have a range of some 140 kilometers into the West Sea in succession between 4:15 p.m. and 5 p.m. today from Dongchang-ri, North Pyongan Province,” the JCS said in a brief statement.

Friday’s launch came after the bellicose regime’s test-firing of a rocket of the same kind the previous day, the JCS added, without further elaboration.

“What the North fired are believed to be KN-02 ground-to-ship missiles, factoring in their range, speed and trajectory,” a JCS officer said on condition of anonymity. “Some of the rockets appear to have landed inland in its own territory, which is not usual.”

Dongchang-ri is where the North’s missile test site is located, though it was not immediately confirmed whether the North fired the rockets Friday from the facility.

Friday’s firing “appears to be the North’s provocations in opposition to the ongoing Seoul-Washington joint military exercise and civic groups’ move to launch anti-Pyongyang leaflets,” the JCS said.

The joint annual Foal Eagle field training exercise between South Korea and the U.S. has been under way since March 2 as part of the allies’ efforts to improve the combined forces’ operation and combat capabilities to deter threats from the communist country. The drill is to run until April 24, with the allies also having staged their joint war game Key Resolve from March 2-13.

Repeating its long-held claims that the exercises are “dress rehearsals” for a northward invasion with nuclear weapons, the North has made good on its threats of harsh retaliation against “hostile” forces.

On the first day of the Seoul-Washington exercises, Pyongyang fired two short-range Scud-C type missiles. Two weeks later, the communist country also test-fired seven ground-to-air missiles into the East Sea.

Dismissing North Korea’s claims, the allies have stressed the exercises have been staged on a regular basis and that they are defensive in nature, aimed solely at bolstering readiness against a possible invasion by North Korea.



The Korea Herald

Morocco escapes harsh African Cup penalty

April 3, 2015 – 6:43PM

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Lausanne – The Court of Arbitration for Sport scrapped sanctions dished out by the Confederation of African Football to Morocco, freeing the North African country to play in the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

CAF hit Morocco’s football federation (FRMF) with the ban and a fine of $US1 million after it decided not to host the 2015 Cup of Nations amid fears over the Ebola crisis.

CAS said it “has upheld the appeal in a large proportion”.

“The sanctions imposed by the CAF on the FRMF have been set aside, with the exception of the fine, which is however reduced to $US50,000 ($A65,000).

CAF had also ordered the Moroccan federation to pay €8 million ($A11.33 million) “for damages caused to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and partners”.

And CAS, the highest appeal court in world sport, said the “question related to the compensation of the possible damage caused by the FRMF to the CAF may still be examined by another jurisdiction”.

The Moroccan federation had called for the 2015 tournament, eventually moved at the last minute to Equatorial Guinea and won by Ivory Coast on February 8, to be delayed as concerns over the potential spread of the Ebola virus grew, and then declined to host it when that delay was not granted.

The African division of global players’ union FIFPro have hit out at African football bosses for their treatment of Morocco.

And Morocco coach Badou Zaki insisted after the verdict that “justice had been done”.

“The law was on our side,” he said, adding: “Moroccan football remains the same but for its ambitions, instead of waiting until the 2018 World Cup, we’ll focus on the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

“The national team is completely ready, it will fight to qualify.”



The Canberra Times

Preview: Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory – 06/04/2015


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Two sides; two different objectives. The Jets are desperate to avoid the wooden spoon. Glory, who snapped a nine-game winless streak last round, are desperate for a top-two finish. Three precious points in this Easter Monday clash would do just nicely for either side.


Monday, 6 April

Hunter Stadium, Newcastle

Kick-Off: 5pm (Local) 5pm AEDT)


Newcastle Jets 3. Taylor REGAN (C), 5. Ben KANTAROVSKI, 7. Enver ALIVODIĆ, 8. Zenon CARAVELLA, 11. Andrew HOOLE, 12. Sam GALLAGHER, 13. Edson MONTAÑO, 16. Jacob PEPPER, 18. Allan WELSH, 19. Mitch COOPER, 20. Ben KENNEDY (Gk), 21. Daniel MULLEN, 22. Lee KI-JE, 26. Nicholas COWBURN, 27. Radovan PAVICEVIC, 29. Michael KANTAROVSKI, 30. John SOLARI (Gk), 31. Max BURGESS

***two to be omitted***

Ins 11. Andrew HOOLE (returns from international duty), 18. Allan WELSH (promoted)

Outs Nil

Unavailable 1. Jess VANSTRATTAN (Gk) (knee – indefinite), 2. Scott NEVILLE (groin – 3 weeks), 15. Joshua BARRESI (knee – season), 17. James VIRGILI (ankle – 4 weeks)

Perth Glory 1.Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 4.Riley WOODCOCK, 5.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 8.Ruben ZADKOVICH, 9.Andy KEOGH, 10.Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 11.Richard GARCIA,14.Chris Harold, 15.Jamie MACALREN, 16.Sidnei SCIOLA, 17.Mitch NICHOLS, 19.Josh RISDON, 21.Scott JAMIESON, 23.Michael THWAITE (c), 25.Mitch OXBORROW, 27.Dragan PALJIC, 30.Jordan THURTELL (gk)

***two to be omitted***

Ins 4.Riley WOODCOCK (promoted), 15.Jamie Maclaren (returns from international duty)

Outs Nil

Unavailable 7.Youssouf HERSI (hamstring – season)

Hashtag #NEWvPER

Broadcast coverage

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Radio – Online/ABC Radio Mobile phone app.

Referee Peter Green

Assistant Referee 1 Ryan Gallagher

Assistant Referee 2 Lance Greenshields

Fourth Official Stephen Lucas


The improving Newcastle have set themselves a target of getting off the bottom of the Hyundai A-League ladder by the end of the season and have just four games left to make it happen. Can they do it? Well, anything’s possible.

While their performances have improved dramatically since the 7-0 loss to Adelaide in January, they still find themselves last, behind the Wanderers on goal difference (who play on the Friday night before this clash).

Newy will need at least one win over the last month to avoid the spoon and will target their home matches, starting with the visit of Glory on Easter Monday, to get their required points.

Perth put an end to their long win-less run with a crucial 3-2 win over the Wanderers last weekend. Coach Kenny Lowe will be hoping their mid-season slump is now behind them and will hope they can rebuild some momentum heading towards the finals. They won’t get a better chance to do just that against a side they have a dominant recent record against.

After helping the Olyroos take the first step towards qualifying for next year’s Rio Olympics, winger Andrew Hoole is back in the Jets squad. Providing he pulls up with no problems, Hoole should come straight back into the starting side. He will give them that much-needed cutting edge.

Likewise, the visitors do however have Olyroo star Jamie Maclaren back from duty in Chinese Taipei.


-Perth Glory’s unbeaten run against Newcastle Jets is currently at 10 Hyundai A-League games (W8 D2).

-Newcastle has had the fewest number of attempts on goal this campaign (176, excluding blocked shots)

-Perth has collected 47 yellow cards in this Hyundai A-League campaign, second only to Newcastle’s tally (59).

-Newcastle has won just once at home all Hyundai A-League season (D4 L6), fewer than any other club. Indeed, the Jets have failed to score in their last three matches at Hunter Stadium. This is the first time in Hyundai A-League history (inc. playoffs) that they’ve done this.


Chief playmaker Nebojsa Marinkovic is Perth’s key weapon and it will be up to the likes of Ben Kantarovski and Zenon Caravella to try and shut him down on Monday.

It will put more responsibility on the likes of Mitch Nichols, Richard Garcia and striker Andy Keogh to spark the visitor’s attack.

The Jets are likely to sit deep and try and soak up the pressure which will mean space in the middle of the park could be at a premium. Glory might best be served to attack the home side down the flanks, using the pace of Sidnei Sciola, Chris Harold and Dragan Paljic.

The Jets meanwhile will look to get Serbian Enver Alivodic on the ball as much as possible. He was sensational against Adelaide and looms as the biggest threat to Glory’s normally resolute defence along with newly re-signed Le Ki-je.


Josh Risdon. The Glory defender was the hero last week with his thunderbolt shot securing all three points and Perth’s first win in 10 games. Risdon is a key part of Glory’s side down the right and his battle with Jets winger Andrew Hoole should be a ripper.



Newcastle Jets: LWLLD

Perth Glory: WDLDD

Newcastle slumped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Adelaide United last Sunday but were unlucky not to get more out of it after having the better of the chances.

Glory finally got that winning feeling back, registering their first victory in 10 games – and 85 days – with a 3-2 triumph over the Wanderers. They are fourth and back within touching distance of top spot and a win here would see them jump further up the table.


Only nine players have scored a Hyundai A-League goal for Newcastle Jets this season; less than any other side.


Newcastle Jets 1-2 Perth Glory

On paper this would look like an easy win for the visitors, who are unbeaten in their last 10 games against the Jets. But Stubbins’ side has been far tougher to break down of late and could pull off a shock if they perform like they did last week against Adelaide.

It will be tight but we think Glory will just edge it  to continue to make this run-in to the Finals the tightest in history.

Football Federation Australia

Preview: Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory – 04/04/2015

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There’s nothing like a top of the table clash to get the pulses racing. Two of the best performed sides this Hyundai A-League season meet at Westpac Stadium on Sunday in what could be a campaign-defining battle.
Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Sunday, 5 April 2015
Kick-Off: 7:00 PM (Local) (5:00 PM AEDT)
Wellington Phoenix squad: 1.Glen MOSS (GK), 2.Manny MUSCAT, 3.Joel GRIFFITHS, 4.Roly BONEVACIA, 5.Michael BOXALL, 8.Alex RODRIGUEZ, 9.Nathan BURNS, 10.Michael MCGLINCHEY, 11.Kwabena APPIAH, 15.Jason HICKS, 16.Louis FENTON, 18.Ben SIGMUND, 19.Tom DOYLE, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (GK), 21.Roy KRISHNA, 22.Andrew DURANTE (c)
Ins: 5.Michael BOXALL (returns from international duty), 9.Nathan BURNS (returns from international duty), 10.Michael McGLINCHEY (returns from international duty), 16.Louis FENTON (returns from international duty), 19.Tom DOYLE (returns from international duty)
Outs: 13.Albert RIERA (suspended – 1 match), 14.Alex RUFER (international duty), 17.Vince LIA (hamstring – 1 week), 23.Matthew RIDENTON (international duty) 31.Andrew BLAKE (international duty)
Unavailable: 7.Kenny CUNNINGHAM (hamstring – 1 week)
Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Nathan COE (GK), 2.Jason GERIA, 4.Nick ANSELL, 5.Mark MILLIGAN (c), 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Gui FINKLER, 8.Besart BERISHA, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 13.Andrew NABBOUT, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 15.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 17.Matthieu DELPIERRE, 18.Dylan MURNANE, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (GK), 21.Carl VALERI, 22.Jesse MAKAROUNAS
***two to be omitted***
Ins: 2.Jason GERIA (returns from international duty), 5.Mark MILLIGAN (returns from international duty), 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES (returns from international duty), 15.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI (returns from international duty)
Outs: 34.Thomas DENG (omitted), 35.George HOWARD (omitted)
Unavailable: 26.Jordan BROWN (injured)
Broadcast coverage
TV Broadcast: Live and exclusive coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 5.00pm (AEST) and Sky Sport 3 (New Zealand)
Radio Broadcast: Online/ABC Radio Mobile phone app, Radio Sport (New Zealand) nationwide and via I-Heart radio online and app.
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Wellington’s superb form in March took them to the summit of the A-League, where they remained last weekend, despite a 3-0 loss to Sydney FC on home soil. Just two points now separate the top five teams as the jockeying for playoff positions intensifies down the home stretch of the regular season.
Victory come to Wellington in excellent goal-scoring form, having netted 21 times in their last nine matches. They’re the favourites for the Premiers Plate (with a game in hand and a slightly less taxing run-in than their rivals) but they know a loss here will leave them four points behind the Phoenix with only four matches remaining.
The Phoenix have won just four of their 23 matches against Victory, but broke a long-standing duck last month by winning in Melbourne for the first time. Before that though, Victory had won nine of the previous ten matches, with the one exception being the 5-0 rout by Wellington at Westpac Stadium in January 2014.
Wellington have the equal-most home wins in the A-League this season (seven) but Victory have lost just once on the road in 2014/15. However, in their ten matches in Wellington, Victory have never kept a clean sheet.
The Phoenix will welcome back top-scorer Nathan Burns and attacking midfielder Michael McGlinchey with open arms from international duty.  Without that pair, they lacked a cutting edge against Sydney FC last weekend in their 0-3 loss.
Victory’s plethora of attacking threats is well-known (and feared) across the A-League; no side has kept them scoreless since Christmas – a run of 11 games. Besart Berisha needs one more goal to beat his A-League tally of 11 from last season at Brisbane.
Nathan Burns played in both of the Socceroos’ matches against Germany and Macedonia and was also a nominee for the A-League’s Player of the Month for March.
Wellington Phoenix: LWWWW
The loss to Sydney last weekend snapped Phoenix’s four-game winning streak and brought them back into the tightly-congested pack at the summit of the A-League. Their form in March though was undisputable.
Melbourne Victory: WDWDL
Since their flying start to the season, Victory haven’t won consecutive matches since early December. Having said that, the goals and points have kept coming, meaning Muscat’s men have spent just one week outside the A-League’s top three all season.
Did you know?
This will be Phoenix skipper Andrew Durante’s 50th consecutive game without missing a single minute.  At fulltime, he’ll have played 4500 straight A-League minutes for the Phoenix, which equates to 75 hours of football.
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There have been five goals in four of the last five meetings between these two, so a low-scoring match seems unlikely, especially given the 88 goals they’ve racked up between them this season. The first ever game between these two in August 2007 ended 2-2 at Westpac Stadium and a similar scoreline is entirely possible here.
Football Federation Australia

Preview: Sydney FC v Adelaide United – 04/04/2015




Both have designs on winning the Premiers’ Plate making this a huge round 24 Hyundai A-League clash. Can the Sky Blues translate their impeccable road form to Allianz? Or will Adelaide put the absence of playmaker Marcelo Carrusca aside to secure a vital three points on Saturday night?


Saturday, 4 April 2015

Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Kick-Off: 7.30pm (Local) 7.30pm AEDT)


Sydney FC 1.Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 2.Seb RYALL, 5.Matt JURMAN, 6.Nikola PETKOVIC, 8.Milos DIMITRIJEVIC, 11.Bernie IBINI, 13.Christopher NAUMOFF, 14.Alex BROSQUE (c), 16.Alex GERSBACH, 17.Terry ANTONIS, 18.Peter TRIANTIS, 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 21.Mark JANKO, 23.Rhyan GRANT, 26.Jacques FATY, 27.Mickael TAVARES, 29.George BLACKWOOD, 34.Robert STAMBOLZIEV

***two to be omitted***

Ins 17.Terry ANTONIS (return from injury), 21.Mark JANKO (return from international duty), 29.George BLACKWOOD (return from international duty)

Outs 9.Shane SMELTZ (suspended – 2 matches)

Unavailable 3.Sasa OGNENOVSKI (hip – indefinite), 7.Corey GAMEIRO (knee – indefinite), 19.Nick CARLE (knee – indefinite), 22.Ali ABBAS (knee – indefinite)

Adelaide United 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (GK) (c), 2.Michael MARRONE, 3.Nigel BOOGAARD, 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 5.Osama MALIK, 7.PABLO SÁNCHEZ, 8.ISAÍAS, 9.Sergio CIRIO, 11.Bruce DJITE, 14.Cameron WATSON, 15.Ben WARLAND, 16.Craig GOODWIN, 17.Awer MABIL, 18.Jimmy JEGGO, 19.Miguel PALANCA, 20.Paul IZZO (GK), 24.Bruce KAMAU, 32.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS

***two to be omitted***

Ins 15.Ben WARLAND (promoted), 17.Awer MABIL (returns from injury), 32.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS (promoted)

Outs 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA (quadricep – 2-3 weeks)

Unavailable 21.Tarek ELRICH (suspended), 23.Jordan ELSEY (knee – indefinite), 30.John Hall (gk) (international duty)

Hashtag #SYDvADL

Broadcast coverage

TV – Live and exclusive coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 7.00pm (AEDT) and Sky Sport 3 (New Zealand)

Radio – Online/ABC Radio Mobile phone app.

Referee Chris Beath

Assistant Referee 1 Ashley Beecham

Assistant Referee 2 James Tesoriero

Fourth Official Chris Young


A pivotal clash awaits these two sides on Easter Saturday.

Win and take another step towards winning the Premiers’ Plate but lose and it’s likely to put an end to those hopes.

It should make for a titanic tussle between two sides who like to play open, attacking football.

Sydney FC’s home form has been a concern this season, with all four of their defeats coming at Allianz Stadium (this is Graham Arnold’s side’s last home match before the finals).

One of the losses in front of their home fans came at the hands of Adelaide on Boxing Day when they suffered a 3-0 drubbing. While both will be without key players due to injury and suspension, there is still plenty of quality and firepower to ensure a blockbuster clash with serious ramifications on final ladder position.

Marquee man Marc Janko is back for the Sky Blues and is expected to start despite only arriving back in Australia a couple of days before the match. Janko has been in Europe with Austria where he get on the scoresheet for his nation.

His return is timely with Shane Smeltz suspended. Terry Antonis returns from injury but is likely to come off the bench. The Reds have been dealt a blow with playmaker Marcelo Carrusca out with a quad injury for at least for next two games. Flyer Awer Mabil has been included in the squad after a long injury lay-off.


-Sydney FC has won just one of their last seven home matches against Adelaide United (D1 L5).

-The Sky Blues have been shown five red cards this season in the Hyundai A-League, more than any other side, while Adelaide have seen their opponents receive four dismissals this season – no side has seen more.

-The only team to keep more clean sheets this Hyundai A-League season than Adelaide United (7) is Sydney FC (8).

-Adelaide United has used a Hyundai A-League-low 20 different players so far this season.


The Sky Blues proved they could get goals even without marquee man Janko, putting three past Wellington last weekend. But the Austrian’s return is timely following the red card – and subsequent suspension – of Smeltz. But Sydney has found it hard to break Adelaide’s defence down, without a goal in either two of their previous clashes this season.

There’s no doubt the Reds’ attack has been dealt a blow with the injury to Carrusca. Without the Argentine playmaker, little Spaniard Sergio Cirio looms as Adelaide’s chief creator, with the pacy winger leading the way for the Reds this season when it comes to assists, shots and chances created.


Tarek Elrich What a week it’s been for the versatile 28-year-old. Elrich made his Socceroos debut against FYR Macedonia on Tuesday, putting in a strong 90-minute performance at right back. Unfortunately for Elrich he won’t be able to build on that display, suspended for this clash and missing out on a huge one-on-one battle with Sydney FC flyer Bernie Ibini.

That task this weekend will fall on the shoulders of another speedster, Craig Goodwin.


Sydney FC: WLWWW

Adelaide United: WDWLL

Sydney FC bounced back to winning ways in emphatic last weekend, crushing league-leaders Wellington Phoenix 3-0 at Westpac Stadium. In the process they broke a seven-year club record of 10 consecutive games on the road without defeat. Adelaide weren’t at their best but did just enough to beat Newcastle Jets 1-0 at Hunter Stadium. It was the Reds’ third game in a row without defeat.


Sydney FC has had the most shots on target in the Hyundai A-League this season (120), just one more than  City (119) and three more than opponents Adelaide (117).


Sydney FC 3-2 Adelaide United

The Sky Blues have struggled for wins at Allianz, especially against Adelaide in recent times but this clash represents a great opportunity to put things right. With no Carrusca for the Reds it leaves a huge hole in their side and Sydney will be after a confidence-boosting result on their home turf to take into the finals.

Football Federation Australia