The Latest | No mention of Kashmir in Indian PM’s speech

The Latest: No mention of Kashmir in Indian PM's speech
Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory, President of Republic of Mauritius, addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly’s annual gathering of world leaders (all times local):

10:24 p.m.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has denounced terrorism but avoided any mention of India’s crackdown in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Modi told world leaders gathered Friday at the United Nations General Assembly that India’s “voice against terrorism to alert the world about its evil rings with seriousness and outrage.”

Earlier in the week, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan bluntly warned that war was possible over rival India’s actions in Kashmir.

The nuclear-armed rivals, which have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir, have been locked in a worsening standoff since Aug. 5, when Modi stripped the portion of Kashmir that India controls of its limited autonomy.

Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led government imposed a sweeping military curfew and cut off residents in the Muslim-majority region from virtually all communications.


9:45 a.m.

A North Korean Foreign Ministry adviser is accusing the United States of doing nothing to implement the issues agreed on at summits between U.S. President Donald Trump and the country’s leader Kim Jong Un, but says he is putting his hope on Trump’s “wise option and bold decision.”

A statement from Kim Kye Gwan circulated Friday by North Korea’s U.N. Mission says it is “hard reality” that politicians in Washington are obsessed with nuclear disarmament before there can be any talk of lifting sanctions and North Korea “can get access to a bright future.”

The adviser said this makes him doubt whether “a new breakthrough” could take place in U.S.-North Korean relations through another summit.

But the adviser said “I came to know that president Trump is different from his predecessors in political sense and decision while watching his approach” to North Korea “so I would like to place my hope on president Trump’s wise option and bold decision.”


12:05 a.m.

Saudi Arabia urged the world to apply “utmost pressure” on Iran, while Tehran dismissed that policy as already having failed.

Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf took the stage Thursday at the U.N. General Assembly and urged world leaders to cut off Iran’s financial resources. But across town, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani insisted that would kill all chances of successful negotiations.

Saudi Arabia insists Iranian weapons were used in a Sept. 14 missile and drone attack on Saudi oil facilities, which jolted global oil prices. Iran denies involvement.

Gulf tensions took center stage again on the third day of debate at the U.N. General Assembly. Two more adversaries will face off Friday, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan take the stage in the morning.