Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, seen here with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, will host all of her G7 colleagues plus the European Union's representative at a working lunch to discuss the crisis in Russia and Ukraine. (AFP/Lars Hagberg) The envoys were also keen to glean clues from their US colleague about whether President Donald Trump will tear up the Iran nuclear deal and how he will handle a planned summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. The ministers from the world's most powerful democracies are meeting to plan for June's G7 summit of rich-world leaders in Charlevoix, Quebec - but Russia and North Korea will never be far from their minds. Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland hosted the meeting and invited her G7 colleagues plus the European Union's representative to a working lunch to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, where Russian-backed rebels have seized the eastern Donbas region. Afterwards, she said the G7 members had "reaffirmed our … [Read more...] about G7 ministers meet on Russia, Iran and North Korea threats
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(VOVworld) – On Monday, South Korean President Park Geun-hye ordered the military to be in a state of full combat readiness following emerging threats from North Korea. South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Photo: Yonhap) At a top-level meeting with government authorities, Ms. Park Geun-hye asked the government to work on effective measures to deal with North Korea’s increasing nuclear and missile capability. In another development, the South Korean Unification Ministry said there was a possibility that North Korea would make more military moves as the South Korea-US joint military drill “the Ulchi Freedom Guardian” is taking place. Ministry spokesperson Jeong Joon-hee said South Korea was closely watching the situation to deal with any developments. … [Read more...] about South Korean president orders full combat readiness over North Korea threats
South Korea and the United States said on Friday they will deploy an advanced missile defense system with U.S. military forces stationed in South Korea to counter North Korea's missile threat, drawing sharp and swift protest from neighboring China. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system will be used only to counter the threat from the North, the South's Defence Ministry and the U.S. Defence Department said in a joint statement. The selection of the location for the system could come "within weeks" and the allies were working to have it operational by the end of 2017, a South Korean defense ministry official said. "South Korea and the United States made an alliance decision to deploy THAAD to USFK as a defensive measure to ensure the security of the South and its people, and to protect alliance military forces from North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile threats," the joint statement said. USFK stands for U.S. Forces Korea, which … [Read more...] about South Korea, U.S. agree to deploy THAAD missile defense to counter North Korea threat
The United States said on Wednesday it would soon send a missile defence system to Guam to defend it from North Korea, as the U.S. military adjusts to what Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has called a "real and clear danger" from Pyongyang. At the same time, North Korea repeated its threat to launch a nuclear attack on the United States. Pyongyang said it had ratified a potential strike because of U.S. military deployments around the Korean peninsula that it claimed were a prelude to a possible nuclear attack on the North. Washington had been informed of the potential attack by North Korea, a spokesman for its army said in a statement carried by the English language service of state news agency KCNA. It was unclear how such a warning was given since North Korea does not have diplomatic ties with Washington. Experts say North Korea is years away from being able to hit the continental United States with a nuclear weapon, despite having worked for decades to achieve nuclear-arms … [Read more...] about U.S. to send missile defences to Guam over North Korea threat
Experts differ about the scale and immediacy of the military threat posed by North Korea's latest nuclear test, but there is little disagreement about the alarming proliferation risks it presents. The most pressing concern is that cash-strapped North Korea will become a one-stop shop, selling nuclear material, technology and even weapons to other countries, terror groups, or states seen as sponsoring terror. And there is also a fear that the North's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes will prompt others in the region to reconsider their non-nuclear status, causing the entire non-proliferation regime to unravel. North Korea has clear form as a proliferator, notably in the sharing of missile technology with Iran, but also in helping Syria build the nuclear reactor that was destroyed by Israeli warplanes in 2007. "Nuclear terrorism is the thing we worry most about in the United States," said Robert Gallucci president of the MacArthur Foundation and a former US … [Read more...] about North Korea: A nuclear 7-Eleven?