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  • Japan Mulls Global Fund to Pay for North Korea Nuclear Disarmament – Reports

    06/16/2018 1:33:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | June 16, 2018
    TOKYO (Sputnik) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe considers setting up an international foundation to finance North Korea’s denuclearization, media reported. Abe mentioned a global "mechanism" on Saturday that would accumulate donations by the international community to aid the North in its bid to get rid of nuclear weapons, Kyodo said. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un committed to a complete nuclear disarmament in a joint declaration signed after a historic summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12. Abe said Japan would benefit from the North's denuclearization but added Pyongyang would have to make concrete steps to...
  • It looks like North Korea is coming through with a 'major' denuclearization step for Trump

    06/14/2018 8:20:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 14, 2018 | Alex Lockie
    •US president Donald Trump left experts baffled when he said North Korea had agreed to destroy a missile engine testing site, but it now looks like North Korea is making good. •North Korea will reportedly destroy a large-scale facility in Tongchang-ri, North Pyongan Province that was used to test engines for the intercontinental-range ballistic missile, the Hwasong-14. •The Hwasong-14 was the first North Korean missile experts said could hit the US mainland with a nuclear payload. •Measures like the destruction of testing sites in North Korea, if monitored by US and international experts, could build the kind of trust needed...
  • Pompeo insists North Korea agreement 'encompasses' verifiable, irreversible denuclearization

    06/13/2018 11:05:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 13, 2018 | Sarah Kolinovsky
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is defending the agreement signed by President Trump and Kim Jong Un at the Singapore summit, insisting it “encompasses” ‘verifiable’ and ‘irreversible’ denuclearization, even though the document does not explicitly use those terms. The document calls only for “complete denuclearization,” sparking criticism the agreement was not specific enough to allow oversight of the denuclearization process. “Let me assure you that ‘complete’ encompasses ‘verifiable’ in the minds of everyone concerned,” Pompeo told reporters in Seoul Wednesday. “One can’t completely denuclearize without validating, authenticating – you pick the word. The President is committed to that.” When a...
  • Trump says Kim is 'very smart', that North Korea to denuclearize 'very, very quickly'

    06/12/2018 12:00:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 12, 2018 | Steve Holland, Jack Kim and Soyoung Kim, Reuters
    U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a "comprehensive" document on Tuesday following a historic summit in Singapore aimed at the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. There were no immediate details on the contents of the document but Trump said he expected the denuclearization process to start "very, very quickly". Although the breakthrough made at the summit marks just the start of a diplomatic process, it could bring lasting change to the security landscape of Northeast Asia, just as former U.S. President Richard Nixon visit to Beijing in 1972 led to the transformation of China....
  • LIVE THREAD: US-North Korea talks moving 'more quickly than expected'

    06/11/2018 8:19:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 636 replies
    The US says its discussions with North Korea are moving "more quickly than expected" ahead of the summit in Singapore on Tuesday. The preliminary talks between officials have been taking place ahead of the unprecedented first meeting. The White House also confirms that President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un will hold a one-on-one meeting, with only translators present. The outcome may determine the fate of North Korea's nuclear programme. The US insists it will accept nothing less than complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. North Korea has said it is willing to commit to denuclearisation, but that term is open...
  • China and North Korea's Greatest Fear: Japan Armed with Lots of Nuclear Weapons

    06/09/2018 10:52:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 3, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    Japan could invest in a small arsenal of land-based missiles, each carrying one or more nuclear warheads. The missiles could be stationed in hardened silos, like the American Minuteman III, or on mobile launchers like the Russian RS-24 Yars. A Japanese ICBM would be smaller, not needing the range and fuel to reach North America. The ability to reach all of China, European Russia and the Middle East would be sufficient. It is perhaps China’s greatest nightmare: a nuclear-armed Japan. Permanently anchored off the Asian mainland, bristling with nuclear weapons, a nuclear Japan would make China’s security situation much more...
  • Sudan says it has cut all defence ties with North Korea

    06/06/2018 10:41:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 6, 2018 | Reuters
    KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan said on Wednesday it had cut all defence ties with North Korea, in a rare admission that it used to have such ties in the first place. The announcement came as Washington is locked in a standoff over Pyongyang's missile and nuclear weapons programmes, and as Sudan, which is still on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, reels from an economic crisis. "Sudan's government would like to affirm that its defence production sector has cancelled all contracts ... with North Korea, and ended all relations, direct or through a third party," the foreign ministry...
  • US pledges total North Korean de-nuclearisation: Sanction relief will be contingent on verification

    06/03/2018 12:38:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | June 3, 2018 | Kathrin Hille in Singapore and Bryan Harris in Seoul
    The US has pledged it will insist North Korea gives up all its nuclear capabilities and is subject to strict verification before sanctions are lifted, as it attempts to allay concerns that President Donald Trump could settle for a quick compromise deal at his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12. “We will continue to implement all UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea,” Jim Mattis, US defence secretary, said after a meeting with his Japanese and South Korean colleagues in Singapore on Sunday. “North Korea will receive relief only when it demonstrates verifiable and irreversible...
  • House Democrats try to shoot down Trump’s low-yield nukes

    06/02/2018 10:01:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 3, 2018 | Travis J. Tritten
    A group of House Democrats will take another run this week at stopping President Trump and the Pentagon from developing low-yield nuclear weapons. The new warhead program would be defunded by $65 million in the coming year under an amendment to a Department of Energy appropriations bill proposed by Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., John Garamendi, D-Calif., and Dan Kildee, D-Mich. The spending bill could hit the House floor late this week following Rules Committee meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday to decide if their amendment will get a vote. The proposal is the latest effort by Democrats on...
  • Pacific island leaders pledge action toward North Korea denuclearization

    05/19/2018 5:17:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Nikkei Asian Review ^ | May 19, 2018 | Saki Hayashi
    FUKUSHIMA, Japan -- The leaders of 16 Pacific island nations and territories, as well as Japan, Australia and New Zealand, adopted a declaration at the end of a two-day summit Saturday committing to concrete action toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. It was the first time for participants to refer to the North Korean threat at the summit, which is held every three years. This year's summit, the eighth, was held in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. The leaders welcomed the Panmunjeom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula, issued at the April summit between the leaders of...
  • Report: North Korea weapons could be flown to France

    05/11/2018 10:04:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    United Press International ^ | May 11, 2018 | Elizabeth Shim
    The United States asked North Korea to remove five nuclear weapons, that would be then flown to France for destruction, according to a South Korean press report. The Segye Ilbo reported Friday the U.S request from visiting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was part of a process to verify Kim Jong Un's intent. Quoting a South Korean diplomat, the newspaper said North Korea's sincerity about dismantlement is being tested. "It is my knowledge this position was directly conveyed to Kim by Secretary of State Pompeo," the diplomat said, adding the United States wants to shorten the time "as much as...
  • Why Pope Francis's Call to Ban Weapons Would Destroy the West

    05/08/2018 8:51:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/08/2018 | Raymond Ibrahim
    What would happen if the world took Pope Francis's advice (via a tweet)? "Do we really want peace?  Then let's ban all weapons so we don't have to live in fear of war," said the pontiff. Do we really want peace? Then let’s ban all weapons so we don’t have to live in fear of war.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 29, 2018 While on the surface, the disappearance of all weapons might suggest the inability to do violence, in reality, it would mean the certain annihilation of the West as a civilization. For starters, the pope seems to forget that...
  • Turkey says it will retaliate if U.S. halts weapons sales

    05/06/2018 5:57:32 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 6, 2018 / 7:42 AM / in 3 hours | Tuvan Gumrukcu
    “If the United States imposes sanctions on us or takes such a step, Turkey will absolutely retaliate,” Cavusoglu said. “What needs to be done is the U.S. needs to let go of this.” .. Turkey plans to buy more than 100 of Lockheed Martin’s (LMT.N) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets, and is also in talks with Washington over the purchase of Patriot missiles. Turkey signed an agreement with Russia in December to buy S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries as part of Ankara’s plans to boost its defense capabilities amid threats from Kurdish and Islamist militants at home and conflicts across its...
  • The Russian Military Is Getting New Assault Rifles

    05/04/2018 5:44:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 3, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    Soon, Russian troops will carry new assault rifles into battle. The AK-12 and AK-15, direct descendants of the world-famous AK-47, are set to replace existing rifles and modernize the Russian military’s arsenal. Russian soldiers currently carry the AK-74M assault rifle. This 5.45-millimeter rifle is descended from the 7.62-millimeter AK-47, which was introduced in 1947. The AK-74 was introduced in the 1970s and modernized to the -M standard in 1991. The Russian Army retains a stockpile of approximately two million AK-74s in different variants.
  • Kim Jong Un offers to let U.S. journalists, experts inside decommissioned nuclear test facility

    04/30/2018 2:03:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 29, 2019
    On Friday, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un offered to shut down the nuclear test site, telling South Korea’s president Moon he’ll scrap the nuclear site by mid-May....
  • Mock Shooting Alarms Crowd, Triggers Police Response At Movie Theater In CT

    04/25/2018 8:20:19 AM PDT · by yoe · 17 replies
    CBS ^ | April 24, 2018 | Tony Aiello
    STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – The sound of gunfire and someone shouting “Everybody down, everybody” shocked moviegoers sitting in the lobby of the Bow Tie Majestic 6 movie theaters Sunday night, but the incident appears to have been a juvenile prank. Five children ranging in ages from 10 to 16 were arrested and face both criminal charges and potential school disciplinary action after police say they used toy cap guns to stage the mock attack in Stamford, reports CBS2’s Tony Aiello. Police say three members of the group had noisy toy guns and fired them in the theater while shouting “everyone...
  • World powers show off advanced weaponry in Syrian war

    04/17/2018 7:30:44 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 40 replies
    Ahval ^ | Apr 17 2018 | Salim Kahraman
    As tension mounts between Russia and the West, Syria’s brutal seven-year civil war has become an arena for world powers to display their advanced weaponry and ability to project their military might. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said his country had tested nearly 215 advanced weapons in Syria since his country directly intervened in the conflict to support Syrian President Bashar Assad in September 2015. Russia has shown off both its Kalibr cruise missiles, launched from warships and submarines in the Mediterranean and Caspian Seas, and the ability of its Tu 160 bombers to fly an 8,000-mile strike round trip mission...
  • Hamas: Demand to surrender weapons is 'aggression' against us

    04/12/2018 9:52:48 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/4/18
    Hamas spokesperson Hazem Kassem slammed US Special Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt for saying that Hamas should relinquish control of Gaza. "American envoy Jason Greenblatt's attack on Hamas and its leadership, and its demand that the movement surrender its weapons, are a continuation of the American partnership with the occupation, with aggression against our people," Maariv cited Kassem as saying. "This provides coverage for its crimes, use the terms of the occupation itself, and prove his participation in the Israeli propaganda apparatus, which justifies the continuation of the cruel Israeli siege on Gaza." Kassem's words come in response...
  • Book Review: War Before Civilization

    04/09/2018 11:35:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 45 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    War Before Civilization; The Myth of the Peaceful Savage by Lawrence H. Keeley, 1996, Oxford University Press, paperback edition, 1997, 245 pages. War Before Civilization is one of those works that cause observers of the human condition to have an "Aha!" moment. I first read the book over a decade ago. I have recommended it to many, including my friend, Curtis Eykamp of Medway, Quirindi NSW, Australia. He ordered a copy, and while I was helping take care of his 100 year old father, Roy, I had the happy occasion to entertain Roy by reading to him. War Before...
  • 68% of Indian military equipment is ‘vintage’ say officials

    04/03/2018 9:49:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Defense Journal ^ | April 2, 2018 | George Allison
    Indian officers and officials expressed concerns before an Indian parliamentary committee on defence, service chiefs revealed dire shortfalls in equipment and investment. According to an article that appeared in the Asia section of the print edition of ‘The Economist’: “Judging from the three services’ own testimony, the airing of such grievances is long overdue. MPs were told that some 68% of the army’s equipment, much of which was first supplied by the Soviet Union, such as BMP-2 personnel carriers and Shilka anti-aircraft guns, may be described as “vintage”