Sep 162017
North Korean showdown

The US- North Korea tensions have escalated at an unprecedented pace and it looks like there is no going back, considering the recent hydrogen bomb detonation made by North Korea for ‘test purposes’. With both countries at draggers drawn and constantly threatening each other, it looks like World War III is inevitable. Now is the time for various world organisations like the UN and important world leaders, including Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, who have been sceptical of North Korea’s nuclear ambitions to step in and spearhead the process of arbitration between the two countries which have locked horns against each other. The world cannot expect Trump and Kim Jong Un to solve this issue on their own considering their braggadocio and blustering attitude. Only an effective and robust solution can bring stability. Muhammad Talha Waqas Rawalpindi  

Jul 302017

WASHINGTON: American forces successfully tried out Sunday a missile interception system the US hopes to set up on the Korean peninsula, military officials said following a trial just days after North Korea’s second test of an ICBM. In the American test of the so-called THAAD system, a medium-range missile was launched from a US Air Force C-17 aircraft flying over the Pacific and a THAAD unit in Alaska “detected, tracked and intercepted the target,” the US Missile Defence Agency said. It said this was the 15th successful intercept in 15 tests for the weapons system known as THAAD, which stands for Terminal High Altitude Area Defence. South Korea said Saturday it will speed up deployment of a THAAD battery on its territory because of the latest North Korean test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. North Korea tests another ICBM, claims all of US in strike range Parts of the THAAD defence system were brought into South Korea under the government of ousted president Park Geun-Hye. But new leader Moon Jae-In suspended deployment of the programme last month, citing the need for a new environmental impact assessment. However, South Korean Defence Minister Song Young-Moo said Saturday that Seoul will now begin consultations on the “tentative deployment” parts of the THAAD battery in response to the latest North Korean test. The THAAD deployment has infuriated China, which has long argued it will destabilise the region. The post US successfully tests missile intercept system appeared first on The Express Tribune.

Jun 202017
US Urges China to Change Calculus on N. Korea Ahead of Security Talks

STATE DEPARTMENT � The United States is urging China to play a more prominent role in combating global terrorism and help change the calculus on North Korea, ahead of high-level security talks with Beijing. The first round of the U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue kicks off in Washington Wednesday. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host a Chinese delegation led by State Councilor Yang Jiechi and General Fang Fenghui, chief of the People’s Liberation Army’s Joint Staff Department. Senior U.S. officials say China has taken a fairly limited profile in counterterrorism efforts. It is not a member of the 68-nation global coalition countering the Islamic State militant group We would like to see them step up and take more responsibility, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia Susan Thornton told VOA on Monday. Thornton said China has a lot of interest in Iraq, and the U.S. thinks it should be doing more to contribute to the efforts of the international coalition to defeat IS. Killings concern China Earlier this month, two Chinese citizens were killed by Islamic State militants after being kidnapped in southwestern Pakistan. In November 2015, IS said it killed Chinese national Fan Jinghui. Both cases triggered grave concern from Beijing. We have seen them [Chinese officials] become more interested over time, added Thornton, noting the talks are an early feeler on getting China more involved. On Tuesday, Chinese officials said both countries have been victims of terrorism. Cooperation is in [Read More…]

Jun 192017
US Urges Bigger Chinese Role to Combat Global Terrorism

WASHINGTON � The United States wants China to become more involved in supporting the global fight against terrorism and efforts to defeat Islamic State, including in Iraq, a senior U.S. official said on Monday ahead of high-level security talks with Beijing. Susan Thornton, the U.S. acting assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said that China has taken only a limited role in counter-terrorism efforts, although it appeared to be becoming more interested. “We would like to see them step up and take more responsibility,” Thornton told reporters as Washington and China’s diplomatic and defense chiefs prepared for a meeting in the U.S. capital on Wednesday. “They have a lot of interests, for example in Iraq, and we think they should be doing to more to contribute to the efforts of the international coalition to defeat ISIS [Islamic State],” she said. Thornton said Beijing, which is not a member of the 68-member coalition, was increasingly affected by terrorism, as was seen by the recent killing of two Chinese nationals in Pakistan. Beijing has sent out “early feelers” about getting more involved, Thornton said. “We’d like to have a good discussion with them about what more we think they can do, certainly in the way of providing resources to governments that are battling against terrorism and trying to help with capacity-building for governments and security forces in various places,” she added. Wednesday’s talks will involve U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis as well as China’s top [Read More…]

Apr 232017
North Korea says ready to strike US aircraft carrier

North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a US aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a US carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific. US President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to rising tension over the North's nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies. The United States has not specified where the carrier strike group is as it approaches the area. US Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday it would arrive “within days” but gave no other details. North Korea remained defiant. “Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike,” the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, said in a commentary. The paper likened the aircraft carrier to a “gross animal” and said a strike on it would be “an actual example to show our military's force”. The commentary was carried on page three of the newspaper, after a two-page feature about leader Kim Jong Un inspecting a pig farm. Speaking during a visit to Greece, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said there were already enough shows of force and confrontation at present and appealed for calm. “We need to issue peaceful and rational sounds,” Wang said, according to a statement issued by China's Foreign Ministry. Adding to the tensions, North Korea [Read More…]

Apr 142017
China warns of war as N.Korea vows 'merciless' response to US

China issued a stern warning Friday that a conflict over North Korea could break out “at any moment”, as Pyongyang vowed a “merciless” response to any US military action. Tensions in the region have surged to fresh heights in recent days with speculation mounting that the North is preparing a sixth nuclear test. A US naval strike force has been deployed near the Korean peninsula, and President Donald Trump has issued stark warnings that the threat posed by Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme “will be taken care of”. A clearly rattled China, under pressure from Trump to prevent any North Korean provocation, said the situation had reached breaking point. “One has the feeling that a conflict could break out at any moment,” Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said. “If a war occurs, the result is a situation in which everybody loses and there can be no winner,” he added during a joint press conference in Beijing with the visiting French foreign minister. Wang's comments mirrored a warning from the North Korean foreign ministry's Institute for Disarmament and Peace that “thermo-nuclear war may break out any moment”. Atomic jitters North Korea has invoked similarly dire scenarios on previous occasions when tensions on the Korean peninsula have spiked, but Beijing's warnings have fuelled international concerns that the current situation is reaching tipping point. The North's Korean People's Army (KPA) added its voice to the bellicose rhetoric on Friday with a statement threatening strikes against US military bases and other targets in South Korea. [Read More…]