N. Korea bombs only aimed at US, not at southern brethren, China & Russia – chief negotiator
Jan10

N. Korea bombs only aimed at US, not at southern brethren, China & Russia – chief negotiator

North Korea’s bombs and missiles are only aimed at the US, Pyongyang’s chief negotiator says. He said there was no reason to raise the issue of nuclear weapons during talks with the South. “All our weapons including atomic bombs, hydrogen bombs and ballistic missiles are only aimed at the United States, not our brethren, nor China and Russia,” the chairman of the North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, Ri...

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US Navy destroyer arrives in Black Sea on ‘familiar mission’
Jan10

US Navy destroyer arrives in Black Sea on ‘familiar mission’

American guided-missile destroyer USS Carney has docked in the Ukrainian port of Odessa. It has sailed to the Black Sea as part of a mission to reassure allies in the face of what Washington calls a “Russian threat.” “Returning to the Black Sea and Odessa is a familiar mission,” said Peter Halvorsen, USS Carney commanding officer, according the US 6th Fleet website. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer last visited the area in June to...

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US approves $133mn interceptor missile sale to Japan amid breakthrough intra-Korean talks
Jan10

US approves $133mn interceptor missile sale to Japan amid breakthrough intra-Korean talks

The White House has greenlighted the sale of four interceptor missiles that Tokyo wants to buy from Washington to “fundamentally” improve its defenses. The missiles can be deployed on land-based Aegis launchers. The US State Department announced on Tuesday it had given preliminary approval for Japan to purchase four SM-3 Block 2A missiles manufactured by Raytheon Co and BAE Systems, related hardware equipment, and technological,...

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Ecuador seeks mediator to resolve ‘unsustainable’ Assange ordeal
Jan10

Ecuador seeks mediator to resolve ‘unsustainable’ Assange ordeal

Ecuador is exploring options to secure safe passage for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange from its London embassy, the country’s FM said. The situation has become “unsustainable” and a person cannot live in such conditions. “We are considering and exploring the possibility of mediation. It may be a third country or a personality,” Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said at a news conference on Tuesday. Espinosa...

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Pyongyang & Seoul hold ‘serious and sincere’ high-level peace talks
Jan09

Pyongyang & Seoul hold ‘serious and sincere’ high-level peace talks

Optimism is high as the much anticipated intra-Korean talks, the first in two years, kicked off Tuesday, with the head of the N. Korean delegation hoping the “serious and sincere” negotiations will deliver “valuable” results. “Today, North and South Korea will engage in talks in a serious and sincere stance,” Ri Son Gwon, the chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, said. Ri, who leads the 5-member...

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