SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday dismissed as “malicious disparaging” and “dog barking” the outside assessments that cast doubt on its developmental spy satellite and other military capabilities. South Korea’s military maintained North Korea fired two medium-range ballistic missiles. Kim Yo Jong said developing a spy satellite is a sovereign right directly related to North Korea’s national security. She said North Korea will fight international sanctions and boost its defense capabilities because its right to exist is being threatened. Other weapons Kim wants to develop are multi-warhead missiles, solid-fueled long-range missiles, underwater-launched nuclear missiles, nuclear-powered submarines and hypersonic missiles.
World leaders expressed sadness and condolences after at least 151 people were killed in a crowd surge Saturday night in Seoul, South Korea. U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden sent their “deepest condolences” to the families of the deceased. In France, President Emmanuel Macron — who tweeted in both French and in Korean — offered support to Seoul residents and South Korea. Hong Kong leader John Lee said in a statement on Facebook that he was saddened by the accident in Seoul. “This is a sad day for South Korea.3 months ago Newsmax
President Joe Biden will warn Chinese President Xi Jinping at a meeting on Monday that North Korea's continued pursuit of weapons development will lead to an enhanced U.S. military presence in the region, the White House said. "And so the People's Republic of China has an interest in playing a constructive role in restraining North Korea's worst tendencies," Sullivan added, using the country's official name. U.S.-led international sanctions have failed to halt North Korea's growing weapons programs. The day before his meeting with Xi, Biden will hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol in Cambodia to discuss how to rein in North Korea's nuclear program. Sullivan also said Biden hoped his first face-to-face talks with Xi would lead to more such meetings.2 months ago Newsmax
The flurry of North Korean launches has included an intercontinental ballistic missile and one that landed near the South's territorial waters. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol has called the barrage "effectively a territorial invasion." Such exercises have long provoked strong reactions from North Korea, which sees them as rehearsals for an invasion. The South Korean JCS said the move demonstrated the "capability and readiness to firmly respond to any provocations from North Korea." Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield dismissed criticism of Vigilant Storm as North Korean "propaganda," saying it posed no threat to other countries.2 months ago Newsmax
South Korea issued rare air raid warnings and launched its own missiles in response. The missile landed outside South Korea's territorial waters, but south of the Northern Limit Line (NLL), a disputed inter-Korean maritime border. South Korean warplanes fired three air-to-ground missiles into the sea north across the NLL in response, the South's military said. North and South Korea are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. North Korea's actions threaten the peace and stability of Japan, the wider region, as well as the broader international community, Hamada said.3 months ago Newsmax
However, as has been obvious for a while, Putin disrespects and underestimates Biden, so he enjoys poking his American counterpart and apparently fearing no consequences. It has reintroduced fear of a nuclear war, a trauma largely absent since the end of the Cold War in 1992, into our international discourse. It is important to understand that by repeatedly invoking the nuclear danger, Putin normalizes atomic warfare and prepares us for it. The Russian president did not need an excuse but he still blamed his nuclear missile tests on Biden for having had rushed (“as scheduled”) new nukes to Europe. Meanwhile, the Poles have volunteered to house U.S. nuclear weapons and the Biden administration is sympathetic to the request.2 months ago Newsmax
The White House said Biden will hold talks on Monday with Xi, China's president, on the sidelines of a Group of 20 nations summit in Indonesia, their first face-to-face meeting since Biden became president in January 2021. China is Washington's main strategic rival and the world's second largest economy after the United States. The United States is looking to have stable relations with Beijing despite tensions over Taiwan, the South China Sea, trade and a host of other issues. Washington believes China and Russia have leverage to persuade North Korea not to resume nuclear bomb testing. "This is an area where China and the United States have had a history of working together ... there is a track record of being able to work together.2 months ago Newsmax
It's evidence of Biden's determination to "manage" the U.S. competition with China, whose officials were quick to condemn the export ban. The U.S. and China have each identified the development and production of computer chips as vital for economic growth and their own security interests. The Chinese government has named the development of advanced computer chips that could handle everything from artificial intelligence to hypersonic missiles as one of its top priorities. Both the U.S. and European Union have provided tens of billions of dollars in incentives to spur more domestic production of computer chips. Economic integration among these partners has become essential, as the U.S. export controls on advanced chips need support from other producers in Japan and the Netherlands.2 months ago Newsmax