On Sunday, top diplomats from the world's major industrialised democracies issued a joint statement calling for strong steps by the U.N. Security Council in reaction to the North Korean missile launch. Friday's ICBM launch was the latest in North Korea's ongoing torrid run of missile tests that experts say are meant to boost its nuclear capability and increase its leverage in future diplomacy. North Korea said leader Kim Jong Un observed Friday's launch of its Hwasong-17 missile and called it another "reliable and maximum-capacity” weapon to contain U.S. military threats. North Korea has argued its testing activities are a warning to the United States and South Korea over their series of military drills that the North believes were an invasion rehearsal. She said it's “most amazing and deplorable to me” as Guterres still blamed North Korea for a recent flare-up in tensions on the Korean Peninsula, not the United States.
Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said at an international fleet review on Sunday that his country urgently needs to strengthen its military capabilities as security risks increase including threats from North Korea's nuclear and missile advancement and Russia's war on Ukraine. South Korea joined for the first time in seven years, in the latest sign of improvement in badly strained ties between Tokyo and Seoul over Japan's wartime atrocities. Kishida said Japan urgently needs to build more warships, strengthen anti-missile capability and improve working conditions for troops. Kishida said Japan will further strengthen the deterrence and response capability of the Japan-US alliance. Australia, Canada and Britain will join part of the drills, while France, India, New Zealand, the Philippines and South Korea are expected to take part as observers.25 days ago The Week
The death toll in South Korea's Halloween stampede incident touched 151 on Sunday morning, as authorities fear the fatalities could rise further as many are still in critical condition. He added that the deaths were likely from the crush in the single narrow alley. The incident occurred when a huge crowd surged into a narrow alley in a nightlife area. After the tragedy, South Korea has assigned a total of 848 personnel, including 346 firefighters, for rescue operations. Despite the narrow alley being packed wall-to-wall, people continued to pour, and those on the top of the sloped street fell on those below them.1 month ago The Week
North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile on Thursday toward its eastern waters, South Korea's military said, hours after the North threatened to launch fiercer military responses to the US bolstering its security commitment to its allies South Korea and Japan. It said South Korea has boosted its surveillance of North Korea while maintaining military readiness and close coordination with the United States. It was North Korea's first ballistic missile firing in eight days and the latest in its barrage of tests in recent months. North Korea previously said some of the tests were simulations of nuclear attacks on South Korean and US targets. Many experts say North Korea would eventually want to enhance its nuclear capability to wrest bigger concessions from its rivals.14 days ago The Week
The initiative, Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate, said USD 7 billion comes from governments like Australia, South Korea, Singapore, the UAE, the US, and European countries. Protestors at the UN climate summit in Egypt on Friday condemned the proposed controversial East African Crude Oil Pipeline that runs through Uganda and Tanzania. It also comes as Egypt hosts the UN conference on climate change, which has shed light on the country's human rights record. Dozens of environmental activists have gathered inside the UN climate conference venue, protesting against the continued global investment in fossil fuels. US climate envoy John Kerry said in a statement that the plan would bring governments together to “scale critical technologies and create new markets.”(AP) RUPRUP20 days ago The Week
Biden will hold separate meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol. Tensions on the Korean peninsula have skyrocketed in recent months as the North continues its weapons demonstrations and the US and South Korea launched stepped-up joint defense exercises. Earlier this month, the South Korean military said two B-1B bombers trained with four US F-16 fighter jets and four South Korean F-35 jets during the last day of Vigilant Storm joint air force drills. North Korea responded with its own display of force, flying large numbers of warplanes inside its territory. Monday's meeting will be the first in-person sit-down between the leaders since Biden was elected to the White House.18 days ago The Week
FGN49 CAMBODIA-VP-FAMILY'We are in our extended family', Vice President Dhankhar says in CambodiaSiem Reap: Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday said he felt like home in Cambodia, which is part of India's "extended family", as he inaugurated the completed conservation work of 'Hall of Dancers' in Ta Prohm Temple here.By Bunty TyagiFGN57 CAMBODIA-VP-DEPARTUREVice President Dhankhar wraps up 'successful and productive' visit to CambodiaSiem Reap: Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday left for home after concluding a "successful and productive" visit to Cambodia during which he attended the ASEAN-India and the East Asia Summits and held talks with several leaders from different countries. By Bunty TyagiFGN32 CAMBODIA-VP-LD ADDRESSVP Dhankhar highlights global concerns on food and energy security; emphasises role of EAS mechanism in promoting open and inclusive Indo-PacificPhnom Penh: Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday highlighted the global concerns on food and energy security, and emphasised the role of the East Asia Summit (EAS) mechanism in promoting free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific with freedom of navigation and overflight. By Bunty TyagiFGN38 CAMBODIA-VP-SIEM REAPVice President Dhankhar arrives in Cambodian town Siem ReapSiem Reap: Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday arrived in the resort town of Siem Reap in northwestern Cambodia where he will review the preservation and restoration work being undertaken by India at Cambodian heritage sites. FGN52 UK-G20-LD SUNAKUK PM Rishi Sunak sets off for G20 with pledge to call out Russia for invading UkraineLondon: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has pledged to "call out Putin's regime" at this year's G20 over the Russia-Ukraine conflict as he leaves for Indonesia for the annual summit on Sunday. By Aditi KhannaFGN17 UK-ECONOMYUK economy: A crisis in the making for some time, with India trade deal offering hopeLondon:It has been anything but a smooth ride for the Rishi Sunak led UK government, with the latest official data released this week reflecting a shrinking economy and a looming two-year-long recession.18 days ago The Week
It's the first time for North Korea to publish the photo of Kim's daughter. Observers say Kim observing a weapons launch with his family suggests that he was confident in its success. Kim, 38, is the third generation of his family to rule North Korea. South Korean media reported he has three children born in 2010, 2013 and 2017 respectively. Biden reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to defend South Korea and Japan with a full range of capabilities, including nuclear weapons.12 days ago The Week