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 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-20 11:01:58 | 显示全部楼层
本帖最后由 tian.schenkel 于 2017-4-27 09:38 编辑

Putin Quietly Detaches Ukraine's Rebel Zones as U.S. Wafflesby Henry Meyer         @meyerhenry4More stories by Henry Meyer

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https://www.bloomberg.com/politi ... ones-as-u-s-waffles

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-25 09:14:00 | 显示全部楼层
Tory government would launch preemptive nuclear strike, defense secretary says         
Published time: 24 Apr, 2017 15:39Edited time: 24 Apr, 2017 17:42
https://www.rt.com/uk/385959-corbyn-fallon-strike-nuclear/
Prime Minister Theresa May would be prepared to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against any enemies, even if Britain was not under attack, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has claimed.

“In the most extreme circumstances we have made it very clear that you can’t rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike,” Fallon told the BBC’s Today program.
When asked in what circumstances, he replied: “They are better not specified or described, which would only give comfort to our enemies and make the deterrent less credible.
“The whole point about the deterrent is that you have got to leave uncertainty in the mind of anyone who might be thinking of using weapons against this country.”
The prime minister’s official spokesperson later added there was “no reason to disagree with what the defense secretary said.”

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-25 09:26:47 | 显示全部楼层
An "Increasingly Worried" Chinese President Tells Trump To "Exercise Restraint" Over N.Korea
by Tyler Durden        
Apr 24, 2017 8:06 AM
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/20 ... straint-over-nkorea

US nuclear sub heads to South Korea: report    By Mark Hensch - 04/24/17 07:17 PM EDT
http://thehill.com/policy/defens ... -south-korea-report


US sends nuclear sub to S Korea amid rising tensions with NorthTue Apr 25, 2017 3:58AM
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/20 ... tensions-with-North
The United States has sent a nuclear submarine to South Korea amid escalating tensions with the neighboring North.
The USS Michigan, which is a guided missile submarine, arrived in the port city of Busan, South Korea, on Tuesday. A US military official described the move as a show of force.
Washington has already sent the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group to the western Pacific Ocean.
The Ohio class submarine will later join the aircraft carrier for exercises in the Sea of Japan.
A statement from US Naval Forces Korea described the submarine's visit as “routine deployment.”
"US Navy ships and submarines routinely make port calls in a variety of locations," Lieutenant commander Matt Knight with US Pacific Fleet told Fox News.
"As a matter of routine, we do not discuss future operations or the details regarding the operations of our submarines. USS Michigan is currently on a routine deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific."
'Senate to go to White House for North Korea briefing'
Meanwhile, the White House has invited the entire US Senate on Wednesday for a briefing on the mounting tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.
The briefing will be delivered by several top officials including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Monday.
President Donald Trump has said the United Nations Security Council must impose new sanctions on North Korea.
"The status quo in North Korea is also unacceptable and the council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs," Trump said on Monday ahead of a lunch with ambassadors from countries on the Security Council.
"This is a real threat to the world, whether we want to talk about it or not. North Korea is a big world problem and it's a problem that we have to finally solve," he added.


Tokyo prepares N. Korea attack evacuation and response plans
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
Preparations for a possible North Korean missile strike are being stepped up, with the government publishing information online about what to do in the event of an attack and briefing local officials on countermeasures.
Increased efforts to make contingency plans in response to growing public concern will also likely accelerate the government and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s push for an upgraded ballistic missile defense system for the nation.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga opened a news conference on April 21 by announcing that emergency measures in response to a possible attack by North Korea had been added to the Cabinet Secretariat’s Civil Protection Portal Site.
“We have compiled a set of actions for the public to take to protect themselves based on their heightened interest in the issue,” he said.
The heightening sense of alarm among the Japanese public and local officials concerning North Korea will likely boost the move by the central government and LDP to bolster the missile defense system.







 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-25 09:30:49 | 显示全部楼层
Russia prepared to deploy ground forces to Syria: SourcesMon Apr 24, 2017 1:23PM
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/20 ... a-Takfiri-militants
Syrian military sources say Moscow has informed Damascus of its preparedness to dispatch ground troops to the Arab country to help Syrian government forces with battles against the foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists.
The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, revealed on Monday that the Russian special forces were ready to be deployed in the areas where Syrian troops were engaged in serious battles against the terrorist groups.
They further noted that the technical aspects of the plan had already been drawn up, and that it would be implemented once the Damascus government puts in an official request and Russian President Vladimir Putin issues the order.


 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-25 09:43:24 | 显示全部楼层
China is sending the US a new message about North KoreaEvelyn Cheng                                                                                                        | @chengevelyn                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
17 Hours AgoCNBC.com
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/24/c ... ut-north-korea.html
Beijing appears to be sending fresh signals about its view on North Korea, in order to convince U.S. President Donald Trump to take less aggressive action against the rogue nuclear state, several political analysts say.
"One thing we're seeing is a tactical adjustment on Beijing's part to Trump," said John Delury, associate professor of Chinese studies at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. "There's a kind of game here where Beijing is playing along to a certain extent, almost to call Trump's bluff, and to get the Americans to recognize they have the key in their hand to unlock the problem."
"The key is not military. When you start to look carefully at the military options, they are horrific, just given the economic vulnerabilities of everyone in this neighborhood," he said. "The key the U.S. has is diplomacy."

World News             |             Tue Apr 25, 2017 | 3:17am EDT         
Reports of North Korea artillery drill as U.S. submarine docks in South
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-idUSKBN17Q06N

U.S., North Korea Flex Military Muscles as Tensions SimmerBloomberg News‎25‎. ‎April‎ ‎2017‎ ‎07‎:‎19‎ ‎CEST                                 ‎25‎. ‎April‎ ‎2017‎ ‎09‎:‎22‎ ‎CEST
https://www.bloomberg.com/politi ... ensions-remain-high
China has sought to calm tensions on the Korean Peninsula by emphasizing diplomacy. Speaking by phone with Trump on Monday, Xi urged all parties to avoid actions that might make the situation worse, and to work within the framework of UN Security Council resolutions, according to state broadcaster China Central Television.
‘Breaking Point’
The Global Times, a Chinese Communist Party-affiliated newspaper known for its nationalist views, said North Korea stands to lose the most in a conflict.
“The game of chicken between Washington and Pyongyang has come to a breaking point,” the newspaper wrote in an editorial published Tuesday. “If North Korea carries out a sixth nuclear test as expected, it is more likely than ever that the situation will cross the point of no return. All stakeholders will bear the consequences, with Pyongyang sure to suffer the greatest losses.”
China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang again called for restraint on Tuesday, saying the situation on the Korean peninsula was “complex and sensitive.”


 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-26 09:40:05 | 显示全部楼层
UK risks being ‘wiped off the map with nuclear counterstrike’ – Russian senator         
Published time: 25 Apr, 2017 14:25Edited time: 25 Apr, 2017 14:48
https://www.rt.com/news/386093-uk-nuclear-strike-russia/
The UK, which recently said it could launch a preemptive nuclear strike “in the most extreme circumstances,” runs the risk of being “wiped off the face of the Earth,” the deputy head of a Russian upper house committee said.

“The statement made by UK’s Defense Minister Michael Fallon calls for a harsh response and I’m not afraid of going too far. At best this statement may be seen as an element of a psychological war, which looks especially revolting in this context,” Frants Klintsevich wrote on Facebook.
“There is a quite natural question then: what country could be primitively targeted by the UK?” the deputy head of the Federation Council’s Committee for Defense and Security said.
In case the UK strikes a nuclear power, then “the UK, which doesn’t have vast territory, will be literally wiped off from the face of the earth with a counterstrike,” Klintsevich said.

US starts transporting THAAD parts to deployment site in South KoreaWed Apr 26, 2017 12:38AM
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/20 ... Korea-China-Seongju





 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-26 09:46:24 | 显示全部楼层
China warns North Korea not to pass 'point of no return'
Posted : 2017-04-25 14:21
Updated : 2017-04-25 16:11
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/04/103_228228.html
With North Korea believed to be ready to conduct a nuclear or missile test at any time, a Chinese newspaper warned the isolated country not to "pass the point of no return."

In an editorial Tuesday, the Global Times, a newspaper published by China's ruling Communist Party, said the previous day's phone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping showed the two countries were in close communication over the tensions.

The paper said China hopes for a peaceful outcome, but that Beijing has "very limited influence on the entire situation." It added: "The game of chicken between Washington and Pyongyang has come to a breaking point."
Chinese Troops at Border with N.Korea Put in High Alert
http://english.chosun.com/site/d ... /2017042601025.html

US THAADs to South Korea. China launches carrier
DEBKAfile Special Report April 26, 2017, 9:00 AM (IDT)
http://debka.com/article/26025/U ... na-launches-carrier
The US early Wednesday, April 26, began moving the THAAD missile defense system to central South Korea opposite the border with the North - months ahead of schedule. A South Korean military official said two road-mobile launchers had arrived at the Osan Air Base. One THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) unit includes six launchers.
Tuesday, the USS Michigan nuclear submarine docked in South Korea, after the North began a large-scale, long-range artillery fire drill in Wonsan on the east coast. More than 4,000 artillery guns are reported to be taking part in the “exercise.”
The Michigan is in place ready to join the USS Carl Vinson carrier and its strike group which are steaming towards the peninsula, along with two Japanese destroyers.
Later Wednesday, all 100 US senators are scheduled to gather at the White House for a briefing by US security and military chiefs on the North Korean crisis, as the buildup to meet North Korean belligerence continues apace.
Facing  US steps to meet the Korean crisis, China made ready to launch its second aircraft carrier, the Shandong, also known as the Type 001A. The new vessel, the first to be manufactured from prow to stern in China, is bigger than the Liaoning, China's first Russian-made aircraft carrier. It is due to be operational in two or three years.
Beijing has voiced objections to the deployment of an American missile shield in South Korea, a country it regards as its back yard. China also continues its own naval buildup to assert its control of the South China Sea.
At the same time, the Chinese Air Force remains on high alert over the Korean crisis, although this is denied in Beijing, and Russia continues to pour troops, tanks and missiles to its short 18-km border with North Korea in the Vladivostok district. Japan too is placing its army on a war footing. On Tuesday, US, Japanese and South Korean envoys met in Tokyo to coordinate their preparations for meeting North Korea’s threats, including the detonation of its sixth nuclear test.  Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Moscow and Washington are waiting tensely to see if Kim Jong-un is deterred from his aggressive rhetoric and moves by the arrival of the THAAD missiles at his back door.





 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-27 09:16:48 | 显示全部楼层
本帖最后由 tian.schenkel 于 2017-4-27 09:30 编辑

US preparing for war with North Korea: AnalystWed Apr 26, 2017 6:13PM
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/20 ... II-Gagnon-minuteman

Trump Administration: Military Preparations 'Underway' for North Korea

http://time.com/4756685/trump-no ... TIME%3A+Politics%29

President Trump has determined a course of action for responding to North Korea's continued nuclear missile development program, a senior administration official told reporters Wednesday, with U.S. military preparations "underway" for potential action.
"What the president has done is he's made a decision for us to pursue a certain course," the official told reporters in the White House briefing room, "and that course obviously has a number of options associated with it depending on how the situation develops in the future.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Trump plans include "a broad range of options, obviously, across all elements of national power and multinational power in connection with North Korea."
"What you’ve seen is really an integrated effort to prioritize diplomatic and informational aspects of national power, but also what you’ll see soon is using the economic dimension of national power as well as the military preparations that are underway," the official said, barely 100 yards from where the entire U.S. Senate was receiving a briefing on the administration's strategy for North Korea.
Earlier this month the Pentagon ordered the USS Carl Vinson and its escort ships to the waters off the Korean Peninsula, and this week the U.S. military deployed the THAAD anti-ballistic missile system in South Korea to respond to North Korea's continued missile tests and nuclear development. But the comments from the official indicated that more dramatic action is being contemplated. Trump Administration officials have escalated their rhetoric against North Korea in recent weeks, emphatically maintaining the right to launch a unilateral strike against that country's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Asked by a reporter to clarify what preparations are underway, the official declined to provide more information, saying, "I don't think we're going to describe those in any detail."
Among the options, the official said, the administration is considering placing North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. The official said the economic component of the strategy involves further working to deprive North Korea of access goods needed to develop the programs in violation of UN sanctions.














 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-27 09:27:54 | 显示全部楼层
本帖最后由 tian.schenkel 于 2017-4-27 09:30 编辑

US ready for possible NKorean attack, senators told at closed-door briefing

DEBKAfile     April 27, 2017, 8:39 AM (IDT)
http://debka.com/newsupdatepopup ... losed-door-briefing
At a classified briefing on Wednesday for all 100 US senators, the Trump administration said that Washington seeks to pressure North Korea to return to the negotiating table in order to peacefully end Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, but at the same time the US is ready to defend itself and its allies from the North. The briefing was given by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State James Mattis, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford.
Meanwhile, senior Pentagon officials said that the THAAD anti-missile system that the US deployed in South Korea during the day will be operational within a week to deal with North Korean threats.

China calls on US to remove missile interception system from SKorean soil

DEBKAfile     April 26, 2017, 11:34 AM (IDT)
http://www.debka.com/newsupdatep ... m-from-SKorean-soil
The Chinese government on Wednesday told the US and South Korea that it is concerned about the overnight deployment of the American-made THAAD anti-missile system in South Korean territory. During a daily press briefing in Beijing, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman called on the US to withdraw the system. China fears that the radar of the the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system can be used to monitor its military and civilian aviation. Washington has said that THAAD is only intended to provide defense against North Korean short-range missiles.   

China urges peaceful solution to Korean Peninsula tensionsWed Apr 26, 2017 6:11PM
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/20 ... on-Korean-Peninsula
China has called on all sides of the conflict on the Korean Peninsula to work for a peaceful solution and try to ease tensions between the two Koreas.
"The most urgent task at the moment is the resumption of negotiations and all sides in the conflict must take part in this," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, according to an interpreter, after talks with his German counterpart in Berlin on Wednesday.
"Security and stability is quite fragile and there is a great danger that a new conflict, or incidents could happen at any time. Therefore, we call all sides to be restrained and to avoid actions or words that could lead to new provocations," he added.

Thu Apr 27, 2017 | 2:28am EDT         U.S., South Korea warn defiant North against new provocation

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-idUSKBN17T0AW
South Korea and the United States agreed on Thursday on "swift punitive measures" against North Korea in the event of further provocation, as a North Korean official vowed it would push ahead with nuclear and missile tests to counter U.S. "hostile acts".
As a standoff escalated over North Korea's nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles, South Korea said the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile defense system was moving ahead effectively a day after angry protests against the battery and fierce opposition from China.
"The two sides pledged that in the event of additional strategic provocation by the North to swiftly take punitive measures including a new U.N. Security Council resolution that are unbearable for the North," the South's presidential office said after its national security adviser, Kim Kwan-jin, held a phone call with his U.S. counterpart, H.R. McMaster.
Though it has warned "all options are on the table", Trump's administration said on Wednesday it aimed to push North Korea into dismantling its weapons programs through tougher sanctions and diplomatic pressure, and it remained open to talks.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats described North Korea as "an urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority".
The U.S. signal of a willingness to exhaust non-military avenues came as the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group approached Korean waters, where it will join the USS Michigan nuclear submarine.






   

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-28 10:21:25 | 显示全部楼层
Trump expects Seoul to pay for THAAD, complains Saudis take unfair advantage of US protection
        Published time: 28 Apr, 2017 04:18
https://www.rt.com/usa/386408-trump-us-protection-costs/

            Fri Apr 28, 2017 | 3:10am EDT         
Exclusive: Trump says 'major, major' conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacyhttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-exclusive-idUSKBN17U04E?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute.
"There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely," Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview ahead of his 100th day in office on Saturday.
Nonetheless, Trump said he wanted to peacefully resolve a crisis that has bedeviled multiple U.S. presidents, a path that he and his administration are emphasizing by preparing a variety of new economic sanctions while not taking the military option off the table.
"We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it's very difficult," he said.
In other highlights of the 42-minute interview, Trump was cool to speaking again with Taiwan's president after an earlier telephone call with her angered China.
He also said he wants South Korea to pay the cost of the U.S. THAAD anti-missile defense system, which he estimated at $1 billion, and intends to renegotiate or terminate a U.S. free trade pact with South Korea because of a deep trade deficit with Seoul.
Asked when he would announce his intention to renegotiate the pact, Trump said: “Very soon. I’m announcing it now.”



 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-28 10:26:22 | 显示全部楼层
North Korea agrees to first ever UN rights expert visitNorth Korea has agreed to host a UN rights expert for the first time, granting access next week to the special rapporteur on disabled people's rights. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar is scheduled to arrive in the isolated nation on Wednesday following an invitation from Pyongyang.
AFP | Updated: Apr 27, 2017, 05.03 PM IST
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.c ... leshow/58398992.cms
GENEVA: North Korea has agreed to host a UN rights expert for the first time, granting access next week to the special rapporteur on disabled people's rights, the world body said on Thursday.

Catalina Devandas-Aguilar is scheduled to arrive in the isolated nation on Wednesday following an invitation from Pyongyang, the UN rights office said in a statement.

Her visit "will be the first ever to the country by an independent expert designated by the UN Human Rights Council," the statement said.

Russia, Japan call for resumption of talks on Korean settlementFri Apr 28, 2017 12:28AM
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/20 ... Russia-Japan-Koreas
Leaders of Russia and Japan have called for an urgent resumption of multi-party talks to find a solution to the current crisis in the Korean Peninsula.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that they were seeking de-escalation in the Korean conflict, admitting that the situation had seriously deteriorated over the past weeks.
Putin urged all sides of the crisis to refrain from any provocation that could further deteriorate the situation. He also said the surge in hostilities had made it necessary for all stakeholders to embark on renewed efforts to find a solution to the conflict.

"We are urging all the states involved in regional affairs to refrain from military rhetoric and seek a calm and constructive dialogue," Putin said, calling for the quickest restart of six-party negotiations which collapsed in 2009.
Abe, for his part, said he and the Russian leader had urged North Korea to comply with the United Nations resolutions banning it from developing nuclear weapons.
"President Putin and I have agreed that Japan and Russia will cooperate and call on North Korea to fully comply with the UN Security Council resolutions and refrain from further provocations," said Abe.
The joint statement comes amid heightened tensions in the Korean Peninsula in the wake of preparatory work for the deployment of an advanced US missile system in South Korea in a declared bid to counter potential missile strikes from the North.





 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-28 10:40:28 | 显示全部楼层
China warned N.Korea of sanctions after any nuclear test: Tillerson8 Hours Ago
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/27/c ... test-tillerson.html
China has told the Trump administration it warned North Korea it would impose unilateral sanctions should Pyongyang carry out another nuclear test, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday, in possibly China's toughest threat yet against its defiant neighbor.
Tillerson, speaking on Fox News, said China has asked North Korea not to conduct any more nuclear tests. He noted that major commemorations in North had passed in recent days without a feared nuclear test or test of any intercontinental ballistic missile.
"And in fact we were told by the Chinese that they informed the regime that if they did conduct further nuclear tests, China would be taking sanctions actions on their own," Tillerson said, without specifying what sanctions he was referring to.

Tillerson did not say when China made the threat and there was no immediate confirmation from Beijing. He is due to chair a meeting with U.N Security Council foreign ministers on Friday, where he said he would stress the need for members to fully implement existing sanctions as well as possible next steps.


 楼主| 发表于 2017-5-1 14:45:45 | 显示全部楼层
本帖最后由 tian.schenkel 于 2017-5-1 14:57 编辑

Japan deploys warship to protect US vessel, authorizes ‘minimum’ use of firepower         
Published time: 1 May, 2017 00:52Edited time: 1 May, 2017 06:06
https://www.rt.com/news/386694-japan-warship-escort-us-vessel/
Japan has reportedly deployed a helicopter carrier and authorized it to use weapons, if necessary, to escort and protect a US supply vessel. The mission, performed under the country’s expanded military doctrine, marks the first such mission since WWII.
The Japanese helicopter carrier is set to depart Yokosuka port in Kanagawa Prefecture to Monday to escort the US Navy supply ship from waters off the Boso Peninsula, near Tokyo, to the area off Shikoku, one of the four main islands of Japan.
Japanese media reports that the US ship could be delivering supplies to the aircraft carrier – the USS Carl Vinson striking group, that is now conducting a joint exercise with South Korea’s navy in the Sea of Japan.

Japan issues 1st order to protect U.S. ships amid N. Korea tension  
May 1, 2017 (Mainichi Japan)
http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170501/p2g/00m/0dm/001000c
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan has issued its first order for forces to protect U.S. military vessels since new security legislation was enacted last year, Japanese government sources said Sunday, amid heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula.




 楼主| 发表于 2017-5-1 15:05:44 | 显示全部楼层
Russia’s military buildup in Arctic has US watching closelyby LUCY KAFANOV                         
5 Hours Ago
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/01/r ... tching-closely.html
Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia has launched the biggest military build-up in the Arctic since the fall of the USSR - bolstering its fleet of nuclear-fueled icebreakers, reopening abandoned Soviet military bases and building a string of new ones.
Russia isn't alone in its Arctic ambition. The United States, Russia, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Iceland all lay claim to the area and its abundant natural resources.
The U.S. Geological Survey estimates the Arctic may contain 13 percent of the world's undiscovered oil and 30 percent of its natural gas. And thanks to climate change, melting polar ice is expected to make drilling, mining and shipping even easier.
North Korea: Trump keeps options open against 'smart cookie' Kim Jong-Un
https://www.theguardian.com/us-n ... th-korea-chess-game
National security adviser HR McMaster told Fox News Sunday that though the missile launches represented a “grave threat” to the US, its Asian allies and China, North Korea’s chief backer, “what we prefer to do is to work with others, China included, to resolve this situation short of military action”.
That meant enforcing United Nations sanctions and perhaps “ratcheting up those sanctions even further”, McMaster said. “And it also means being prepared for military operations if necessary.”

 楼主| 发表于 2017-5-2 17:26:57 | 显示全部楼层
China demands ‘immediate’ halt to THAAD deployment in South Korea         
Published time: 2 May, 2017 11:58Edited time: 2 May, 2017 13:32
https://www.rt.com/news/386828-china-thaad-south-korea/
We oppose the deployment of the US missile system to South Korea and call on all parties to immediately stop this process. We are ready to take necessary measures to protect our interests," he said, adding that “China’s position on the THAAD issue has not changed.”The spokesperson didn’t specify what protective measures China had in mind. However, responding to the THAAD installation, China announced on Thursday that it will stage live-fire exercises and test new weapons to protect its security.
 楼主| 发表于 2017-5-2 17:29:24 | 显示全部楼层
Nuclear war 'closer' with US drills near Korean Peninsula, Pyongyang's media warn         
Published time: 2 May, 2017 09:52Edited time: 2 May, 2017 14:55
https://www.rt.com/news/386808-north-korea-nuclear-war/
According to Pyongyang, the US forces are carrying out “a nuclear bomb dropping drill against major objects” in its territory at the moment when US President Donald Trump as well as “other US warmongers are crying out for making a pre-emptive nuclear strike” against the North.
“The reckless military provocation is pushing the situation on the Korean Peninsula closer to the brink of nuclear war,” KCNA wrote, as cited by Reuters.
Seoul defended the drills, saying the war games were held to prevent provocations from the North, according to South Korea’s Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun.
The flight of the two supersonic B-1B bombers occurred on Monday, on the same day as Trump said he would be ready to meet with Kim Jong-un.
“If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Trump told Bloomberg News.
However, the White House was more reluctant to see the meeting in any near future, with spokesman Sean Spicer saying, “Clearly conditions are not there right now. I don't see this happening anytime soon.”


 楼主| 发表于 2017-5-2 17:39:18 | 显示全部楼层
Tue May 2, 2017 | 9:47am EDT         
North Korea says U.S. bomber flights push peninsula to brink of nuclear warhttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-idUSKBN17W04T
North Korea accused the United States on Tuesday of pushing the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war after a pair of strategic U.S. bombers flew training drills with the South Korean and Japanese air forces in another show of strength.
The two supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers were deployed amid rising tensions over North Korea's pursuit of its nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of U.N. sanctions and pressure from the United States.
The flight of the two bombers on Monday came as U.S. President Donald Trump said he would be "honoured" to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the right circumstances, and as his CIA director landed in South Korea for talks.

 楼主| 发表于 2017-5-3 09:26:11 | 显示全部楼层
China urges citizens in N. Korea to return home
Posted : 2017-05-02 13:52
Updated : 2017-05-02 14:33
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/05/103_228651.html

Japan Offers North Korea Diplomacy as U.S. Warns Tokyo at Risk
May 2, 2017, 8:21 AM EDT
       https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/ne ... warns-tokyo-at-risk


US B-1 bombers fly over Korean Peninsula
Updated 2339 GMT (0739 HKT) May 2, 2017
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/02/politics/us-b1-bombers-korean-peninsula/





 楼主| 发表于 2017-5-3 10:15:25 | 显示全部楼层
US deploys Global Hawk high-altitude drone to Japanese air base ‘to monitor N. Korea’         
Published time: 2 May, 2017 17:33
https://www.rt.com/news/386875-global-hawk-drone-japan/


Wed May 3, 2017 | 3:37am EDT         As U.S. and China find common ground on North Korea, is Russia the wild card?http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-russia-idUSKBN17Z0B7
North Korea does not care about China's pressure or sanctions because there is Russia next door," said Leonid Petrov, a North Korea expert at Australia National University.
"Pyongyang has been playing off Beijing and Moscow for half a century, letting them compete for the right to aid and influence North Korea."
Russia, especially Vladivostok, is also home to one of the largest overseas communities of North Koreans in the world, and they send home tens of thousands of dollars in much-needed hard currency each month.
Speaking at the United Nations last week, Tillerson called on states to sever diplomatic and financial ties with Pyongyang and suspend the flow of North Korean guest workers. The Security Council has not yet agreed on any course of action.
While Russia has not indicated it will oppose U.N. sanctions or seek to dilute them, its ties with the United States are fraught, which could complicate its joining any U.S.-led initiative on North Korea.
Trump and Putin spoke in a telephone call on Tuesday and discussed North Korea, among other issues, both sides said. There was no word of any agreement.
Still, despite the differences with the United States and the existing links with North Korea, experts say Russia is unlikely to sharp increase trade with Pyongyang because of its low foreign exchange reserves and general unreliability.
"All trade with North Korea has to be subsidized," said Andrei Lankov, a Russian North Korea expert at Seoul's Kookmin University. "I do not see the Russian government spending its dwindling currency reserves to support the regime they despise and see as incurably ungrateful, and also prone to risky adventurism".





 楼主| 发表于 2017-5-3 10:21:38 | 显示全部楼层
Trump-Putin call focuses on Syria, security zones
DEBKAfile  Exclusive Report  May 2, 2017, 10:12 PM (IDT)
http://debka.com/article/26037/T ... yria-security-zones
One of the most consequential exchanges on the disposition of Syria’s border lands with Israel and Jordan - and the future of the Syrian conflict at large - took place between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Tuesday, May 2. The call took place when German Chancellor Angela Merkel was visiting Putin at his Black Sea residence in Sochi.
debkafile’s military and intelligence sources reveal that the two presidents focused strongly on an effort to agree on how de-escalate the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year and bring it to an end. The Russian leader proposed drawing armistice lines between the warring sides under the guarantee of a special Russian military mechanism. The Americans have not released any ideas, but they are believed to be contemplating establishing safety zones barred to the Syrian air force. One of those zones would be marked out in the south on Syria’s borders with Israel and Jordan.
The Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, the Iranian military-political command and Hizballah are resisting US feelers for the introduction of these safe zones, regarding the plan as a ploy hatched by the Saudis, Israelis and Jordanians to take control of South Syria by engaging local Syrian rebel groups as their vehicle. Damascus, Tehran and Beirut believe that if they allow the scheme to go forward without resistance, it will be the start of similar off-limits enclaves in other parts of Syria, and the country will quickly fall apart into self-ruling segments.
That is why late last month, Syrian army units, the Shiite militias under Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers' command and Hizballah combined their resources to push against the local Syrian rebels of the South in the regions of the borders with Israel and Jordan.
It is doubtful whether Trump and Putin were able to work out something tangible in their first phone conversation since the US fired Tomahawk cruise missiles against the Syrian Shayrat air base on April 7. The Russian president used the shock of that event to cultivate closer ties with the Syrian ruler and strengthen his missile defenses, in case of an American repeat attack or Israeli air strikes on military targets in Syria.
At the same time, Putin becamed more careful about infringing on parts of Syria deemed to be under American influence, especially the Kurdish enclaves.
The US president was also careful not to direct personal attacks on Putin or criticize Russia’s military involvement in Syria, merely expressing the hope that at some point the two powers could reach an understanding to end the vicious conflict.
When reporters in Sochi asked the Russian president if he thought he could sell his plan to Assad, he replied: “A ceasefire is the first priority and cooperation with Washington is critical.”
At the same time, Russia operates in tandem with Turkey and Iran and was trying to “create the conditions for political cooperation on all sides,” he said.
Clearly, Putin was making the point that, just as the US deals with the Syrian issue in alignment with Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan, Russia coordinates its actions with Iran and Turkey. Since both presidents are similarly weighed down by their allies, the road to a consensus between Washington and Moscow is destined to be long with many convolutions. Therefore, the tension on the Israeli and Jordanian borders of southern Syria will continue to escalate before it abates.


 楼主| 发表于 2017-5-4 09:46:13 | 显示全部楼层
NATO returning to ‘historic role as war fighting command’ to counter Russia – top US general         

Published time: 4 May, 2017 06:10
https://www.rt.com/news/387063-nato-counter-resurgent-russia/
The commander of NATO and US forces in Europe has called for yet more armored vehicles and troops to be deployed on the continent to counter what he calls “a resurgent Russia.”
Testifying before a Senate appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday, General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, head of United States European Command (EUCOM) – in charge of all US forces in Europe, as well as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander – accused Russia of threatening regional and global security.
“Today we face the most dynamic European strategic environment in recent history,” he said in his testimony. “In the east, a resurgent Russia had turned from partner to antagonist as it seeks to undermine the Western-led international order and reassert itself as a global power.”

“Accordingly, we are adjusting our plans, our posture, our readiness to remain relevant to combat the threats we face,” he added. “In short, we are returning to our historic role as a war fighting command.”
Two American combat brigades are permanently stationed in Europe: the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Germany and the 173rd Airborne in Italy, which make up around 10,000 of the 60,000-strong American troop presence in Europe. Scaparrotti says more troops are needed – specifically more armored and infantry divisions to counter Russia’s western flank, as well “enablers” like engineers, aviation and fire support staff for the European Reassurance Initiative.
“Russia’s posture is not a light force, it’s a heavy force,” he continued.
“In order to have the posture that is both credible and of the right composition, we need more armored forces… to make sure that we do have a force of enough size that enables us to deter Russia.”
“Five or six years ago, we weren’t concerned about being ready [to fight] today,” Scaparrotti added. “That has changed.”
During the Senate hearing, Scaparrotti also called for more funding to improve local capabilities for infrastructure capable of moving and housing troops.


 楼主| 发表于 2017-5-4 09:59:30 | 显示全部楼层
China issued 'last warning' to N. Korea over nukes: Chinese social media
Posted : 2017-05-03 15:33
Updated : 2017-05-04 13:54
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/05/103_228717.html
China has sent a final warning to North Korea over its military provocations, according to unconfirmed rumors spreading widely on Chinese social media Tuesday.

Chinese news outlets have previously said Beijing could turn its back on Pyongyang if the latter conducted a sixth nuclear test. But the rumor that China has given North Korea a final warning has drawn particular interest from Weibo users.

The rumor cited the May issue of Hong Kong monthly news outlet Dong Xiang. It said a Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs junior minister invited Park Myung-ho, an official of North Korea, for a meeting.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the meeting and asked his junior to read aloud the warning to the North over the nuclear test. The memorandum mentioned that China will condemn strongly, pull back on all economic cooperation and even blockade North Korea if it conducted the test.

A Chinese netizen said: "Maybe the bond between the nations is not that strong as we thought. North Korea is completely surrounded by enemies now."

The Chinese government did not provide any explanation or correction to the rumor.
Wed May 3, 2017 | 11:27am EDT         North Korean media issues rare criticism of China over nuclear warnings
"A string of absurd and reckless remarks are now heard from China every day only to render the present bad situation tenser," it said.
"China had better ponder over the grave consequences to be entailed by its reckless act of chopping down the pillar of the DPRK-China relations," the commentary said, referring to North Korea by the acronym for its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
The KCNA commentary said calls by "some ignorant politicians and media persons" in China for stricter sanctions on North Korea and not ruling out military intervention if it refused to abandon its nuclear program, were "based on big-power chauvinism."
It said North Korea's nuclear program was needed for the "existence and development" of the country and "can never be changed nor shaken."
"The DPRK will never beg for the maintenance of friendship with China," the commentary said.

Japan will be first country under radioactive clouds in case of war, North Korea warnsThu May 4, 2017 2:0AM
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/20 ... apan-nuclear-clouds
North Korea has warned Tokyo that if conflict breaks out in the region, Japan will be the first country to be smothered in nuclear clouds.
“In case of a nuclear war on the peninsula, Japan that houses logistic bases, launching bases and sortie bases of the US forces will be put under radioactive clouds before any country,” said the North’s state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper on Wednesday.   
It noted that if Japan is truly “concerned about its interests” it has to endeavor towards peacefully settling tensions.








 楼主| 发表于 2017-5-4 10:06:39 | 显示全部楼层
Putin & Trump discuss Iranians on Israel’s border
DEBKAfile Special Report May 3, 2017, 7:54 PM (IDT)
http://debka.com/article/26038/P ... -Iranians-on-Israel’s-border
Israel was seriously dismayed Wednesday, May 3, when first reports reached Jerusalem about the telephone conversation between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin Tuesday, during which Trump agreed to consider Putin’s plan for “de-escalation zones” in Syria, in place of the American security zones proposal. The Russian president’s plan includes the posting of Iranian military officers as co-monitors for those zones, one of which is to be located on the Syrian-Israeli border.
President Trump described the conversation as “Very good.”
The four “de-escalation zones” proposed would be situated at:
1. The northwestern province of Idlib up to the Turkish border;
2. The central Syrian province of Homs (where also the Al-Shariat air base hit by US Tomahawks last month is located);
3. The East Ghouta suburb of Damascus (including also a big military airfield);
4. The Southern region along Syria’s borders with Jordan and Syria.
The Russian president explained that the “guarantor countries” – i.e. Russia, Turkey and Iran - would appoint the monitors for the de-escalation zones.
debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report that Israel was deeply concerned to discover that President Trump had nodded to Putin going forward with his plan, despite Iran’s active involvement. He was even ready to send a US official for the first time to the fourth round of the Syrian peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition in Astana Wednesday, although this process is jointly sponsored by Russia, Turkey and Iran. Stuart Jones, acting assistant Secretary of State, was sent to attend the meeting in the Kazakh capital as an observer, thereby elevating the former American representation from ambassador..
This development caused Israeli disquiet on a number of grounds:
a) The Iranian monitors for the new zones will sit directly opposite the Israeli border. Notice has gone out to Washington and Moscow that the Israeli government will on no account countenance an Iran military presence along its border.
b)  Israel also eyes with mistrust the possible deployment of Russian and Turkish offices along its border with Syria.
c)  Declaring eastern Damascus a protected zone would obstruct Israel aerial operations for keeping Iranian air shipments of advanced weapons via Syria out of Hizballah’s hands. Iran would be able to renew its shipments under full protection.
Syria fully supports Russian safe zones initiative: Foreign Ministry Thu May 4, 2017 5:19AM
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/20 ... a-Russia-Initiative
Damascus says it fully supports a Russian proposal for the establishment of de-escalation zones in Syria, in an initiative meant to boost the ceasefire in the Arab country and facilitate the progress of peace talks between the warring sides.
Late Wednesday, Syria’s official news agency SANA cited a Foreign Ministry source as saying that Damascus backs the Russian plan and remains fully committed to the countrywide ceasefire deal it signed with the militants last December.
The support, the source added, is in line with the Syrian government’s commitment to protecting the lives of people, helping them return to their normal lives and raising the living standard of citizens who have suffered from the foreign-backed crisis in the country.
The report also emphasized the Syrian army’s determination to continue its battles against Daesh and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham as well as other affiliated Takfiri terror groups across the country.
The Russian plan was put forward on Wednesday, the first day of the fourth round of peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition groups in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Based on the proposal, four hot spots would be singled out in the areas where the most intense fighting is underway between the Syrian government and different militant groups.
AFP cited a version of the initiative provided by a source close to the opposition as saying that the de-escalation zones would be created in the Syrian provinces of Idlib and Homs as well as the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus.
However, reports say the details are being worked out, and the document would be ready for signing later on Thursday.
The Astana process, which started in January, is being mediated by Iran, Russia and Turkey, the three guarantors of the ceasefire in Syria. Tehran and Moscow are allies of the Syrian government, while Ankara supports different militant groups.

Summarizing the first day of the talks, Russia’s special presidential envoy for Syria, Aleksandr Lavrentiev, said that Moscow’s initiative would help separate Daesh and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terrorists from other militants in conflict zones.
“As you know, the Russian Federation is making intensive efforts to promote the Syrian peace settlement and is developing various schemes to strengthen the ceasefire agreement and make this agreement more effective,” added Lavrentiev, who is leading Moscow’s delegation in Astana.
The new round of Astana negotiations also marks the first time the US is represented by a senior diplomat. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Stuart Jones is attending the talks.
On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, voiced support for the de-escalation zones.
However, hours after the start of the fourth round, the so-called Syrian National Coalition (SNC), an opposition delegation, suspended its participation in the talks, calling on the government to end its airstrikes.
The UN’s Syria envoy, Staffan de Mistura, called on the militants to return to the negotiating table “because what is important is also to look at the possibility of an outcome on a de-escalation.”
He stressed the importance of not destroying “the opportunity of good news” related to this issue.
Lavrentiev also dismissed the militants’ ultimatum as a bid to put pressure on Moscow, Tehran and Ankara. “The Syrian opposition must participate in the talks,” he said. “We hope common sense prevails.”
However, the RIA news agency quoted a source close to the negotiations as saying that the armed opposition would return to the talks on Thursday.





 楼主| 发表于 2017-5-4 10:13:11 | 显示全部楼层
Erdoğan says '50 percent of Syrian conflict' to be solved by de-escalation zones
May/04/2017
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com ... 7&NewsCatID=352
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said "50 percent" of the six-year-old conflict in Syria could be solved by the creation of de-escalation zones in the war-torn country.   
“There are suggestions for de-escalation zones in Idlib and five different regions. I hope that 50 percent of the Syrian issue will be solved if that can be provided,” Erdoğan told journalists on his way back to Turkey from Sochi, where he met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on May 3.
He also noted that the Russian president was against the idea of the establishment of a "separate state" in northern Syria, referring to areas dominated by the Syrian Kurds.
Turkey, Russia steps ‘may influence Middle East’
May/03/2017
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com ... 9&NewsCatID=352
Joint steps by Turkey and Russia could influence the situation in the Middle East, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on May 3 as he met Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the situation in Syria and other economic and political issues.

“Today we have a very good chance to discuss both our relations in the bilateral format and consider regional issues,” Erdoğan said in Sochi.

“We have very serious work on our shoulders and a very big responsibility. And I am sure that the steps we take together will change the destiny of the whole region,” Erdoğan said.

Russian-Turkish relations have attained a special status and are being fully restored, Putin said.

“It is very good that we have an opportunity to have an official meeting, discuss the key issues of bilateral interaction and the main issues on the international agenda, including such urgent ones as the Syrian crisis,” he said.

“The very fact that there is such a mode of joint work shows that Russian-Turkish relations are attaining a special character, a special status, and are being fully restored,” he added.

Putin also congratulated Erdoğan on the results of the April 16 referendum on constitutional amendments, which expanded the powers of the president.

The top item on the agenda of the meeting was the situation in Syria, with both sides aiming to consolidate the cease-fire in the country.

In March, officials from Turkey and Russia held a meeting in Ankara in order to discuss the upcoming phases of the Astana process, particularly deploying truce observers to the field as mentioned in a Dec. 30, 2016, truce deal. The issue is expected to be on the agenda of the talks.

Russia has suggested that Turkey deploy Turkish cease-fire monitoring forces in Syria after Moscow established the same mission in the northern Afrin region, sources told the Hürriyet Daily News. Russia raised the proposal of a truce monitoring mission by Turkish security officials in the field after Moscow deployed troops near Menagh airport in the Afrin region in March, in collaboration with the People’s Protection Units (YPG).  

Turkey has repeatedly asked the U.S. and Russia to cut their ties with the Syrian Kurdish YPG, which is fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Turkey says the YPG is an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and considers it a terrorist group.

Before meeting Erdoğan, Putin held a telephone discussion with U.S. President Donald Trump on May 2, signaling improving prospects for cooperation in Syria.

The Kremlin said Trump and Putin agreed to bolster diplomatic efforts to resolve the Syrian civil war, which has left hundreds of thousands dead and millions more displaced. The White House announced it would send a top State Department official to Russian-led talks on Syria that were to begin yesterday in Kazakhstan.

“President Trump and President Putin agreed that the suffering in Syria has gone on for far too long and that all parties must do all they can to end the violence,” the White House said. “The conversation was a very good one, and included the discussion of safe, or de-escalation, zones to achieve lasting peace for humanitarian and many other reasons.”

Another important agenda item of the meeting between Erdoğan and Putin was the removal of the embargoes that Moscow implemented after Turkey shot down a Russian plane in 2015. Mutual steps were taken in the process of normalization, but Russia has not removed obstacles in front of many agricultural products exported from Turkey. Ankara, in response, removed Russia from the list of countries that could export wheat, corn and sunflower oil to Turkey free of charge.

Speaking in Ankara before leaving for Sochi, Erdoğan said he wanted Russian trade restrictions on Turkey to be lifted rapidly.



 楼主| 发表于 2017-5-8 10:31:06 | 显示全部楼层
本帖最后由 tian.schenkel 于 2017-5-8 10:36 编辑

Russia’s 4 Syrian ceasefire zones – Kremlin spin
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 6, 2017, 12:54 PM (IDT)
http://debka.com/article/26044/Russia’s-4-Syrian-ceasefire-zones-–-Kremlin-spin

Turkish army chief meets US counterpart in Washington
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com ... 12804&NewsCatID=352
Turkish Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar met his U.S. counterpart Joseph Dunford on May 6 in Washington, where they discussed developments in Iraq and Syria, the Turkish military told state-run Anadolu Agency in a statement.      

The meeting was held ahead of a U.S. visit by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan later this month.     
  
Turkish intelligence chief Hakan Fidan and presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın also attended the meeting      
Turkey, Russia and Iran singed and agreement on May 4 that designated de-escalation zones in the Syrian city of Idlib and certain parts of Latakia, Homs, Aleppo and Hama as well as Damascus, Eastern Ghouta, Daraa and Quneitra.      

The deal aims at stopping the use of all arms, including air power, between warring parties in the regions.

It also attempts to ensure “emergent and continuous humanitarian aid” be sent to the regions.      

The agreement will remain in place for six months and could be automatically extended if the three guarantor countries agree.      

Checkpoints will ensure the safe flow of humanitarian aid and provide secure passage for civilians.

Observation points will monitor the cease-fire in the region.      

Meanwhile, the Turkish Air Force has conducted a series of operations against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq in recent weeks.      

Late last month several airstrikes targeted the PKK and the affiliated Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in the northern Sinjar Mountain region and in northern Syria respectively, killing around 90 militants.
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