The United States, Japan and South Korea on Sunday vowed a “strong and resolute response” if Pyongyang carried out a nuclear test. A record-breaking recent spate of missile tests by North Korea has sent fears soaring that such a test — its seventh — may happen soon. Seoul and Washington have been warning for months that Pyongyang is ready to conduct another nuclear test at any time. Sunday’s joint statement stressed that “the path to dialogue remains open”, urging North Korea to return to negotiations. “North Korea represents a threat not just to the United States, not just to (South Korea) and Japan but to peace and stability across the entire region,” US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters.
South Korea’s military scrambled stealth jets on Friday after detecting the mobilisation of 180 North Korean warplanes, Seoul said, following a record-breaking blitz of missile tests by Pyongyang this week. “Our military detected around 180 North Korean warplanes” mobilised in Pyongyang’s airspace, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, adding that Seoul “scrambled 80 fighter jets including F-35As” while jets involved in the joint drills were also “maintaining readiness”. Shortly after South Korea announced the decision to extend the joint drills on Thursday, Pyongyang launched three more short-range ballistic missiles, calling the decision “a very dangerous and wrong choice”. Experts and officials have said Pyongyang is ramping up its tests in protest over the US-South Korean drills. Seoul last scrambled fighter jets in early October, when it detected 12 North Korean warplanes conducting an apparent air-to-surface firing drill.26 days ago Daily Times
LONDON: Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-1 on Sunday to maintain their hex over the London club, returning to winning ways after two consecutive Premier League defeats. Klopp celebrated the win with his trademark air punches in front of the Liverpool fans, enjoying his side’s first away win in the league since May. Liverpool, who had lost their previous two Premier League matches, to Nottingham Forest and Leeds, gave Spurs a mountain to climb when they doubled their lead in the 40th minute. Spurs centre-back Clement Lenglet headed over from close range as the minutes ticked down but Liverpool held on to record just their fifth league win of the season. Man-of-the-match Salah has now scored 10 goals in 10 games in all competitions after a sluggish start to the season.23 days ago Daily Times
WASHINGTON: The US said on Friday its policy towards North Korea had not changed after a senior US official responsible for nuclear policy raised some eyebrows by saying Washington would be willing to engage in arms-control talks with Pyongyang. Some experts argue that recognising N. Korea as a nuclear armed state, something Pyongyang seeks, is a prerequisite for such talks. N. Korea has rejected US calls to return to talks. Asked if it was time to accept North Korea as a nuclear state, she replied: “Wording aside, we are committed to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. We do not accept N. Korea with that status.1 month ago Daily Times
Pakistan eyes cooperation with China in sports goods as Pakistan soccer balls to hit the upcoming 2022 FIFA world cup to be held in Qatar from Nov 20, Gwadar Pro reported on Tuesday. Made-in-Pakistan soccer balls will make a glamourous appearance in the upcoming event. The report says, Sialkot produces about 600 million soccer balls per year, accounting for more than half of the world’s total production. Apart from a powerhouse of soccer balls, Sialkot also produces a wide range of other sports goods. In the case of cricket balls, “a worker hand stitch one ball in 25 minutes and a machine is stitching 50 balls in 25 minutes,” said Rana Tahseen.15 days ago Daily Times
Seoul Issues Warning as N. Korea launches MissilesMore than ten missiles were fired by North Korea on Wednesday, including one that President Yoon Suk-yeol described as “essentially a territorial invasion” when it fell not far from South Korean waters. In a statement, the military called the missile launch that occurred close to South Korean territorial seas “extremely uncommon and intolerable.”The statement continued, “Our military committed to responding decisively to this (provocation).”Seoul Issues Warning as N. Korea launches MissilesThe Joint Chiefs of Staff of the South Korean military first claimed to have discovered the launch of three short-range ballistic missiles. Near South KoreaAccording to the military, one of the missiles on Wednesday touched down barely 57 kilometers (35 miles) east of the South Korean mainland. A North Korean submarine torpedoed the South Korean naval ship Cheonan in March 2010, killing 46 servicemen, including 16 who were doing their conscription. Two marines—both teenage conscripts—were killed when the North shelled a South Korean border island in November of that same year.29 days ago Daily Times
Candlelight vigils and rallies were held in South Korea on Saturday to commemorate the 156 people killed in a Halloween crowd crush, with public anger growing over one of the country’s deadliest peacetime disasters. South Korean law enforcement officials have conceded that there was insufficient safety planning for a crowd that large, and opposition politicians have accused President Yoon Suk-yeol’s government of not taking responsibility for the disaster. On Friday, President Yoon offered an apology for the disaster, joining other top officials — including the national police chief and the interior minister — in doing so. South Korea is in a period of national mourning that ends Saturday, with flags flying at half-mast and entertainment events cancelled. Public scrutiny of how the Halloween crowd was managed is mounting, and a wide-ranging probe is underway to determine the exact cause of the crush.25 days ago Daily Times
“No new Cold War,” Biden tells Xi at G20 summitPresidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping attempted to defuse their simmering superpower rivalry Monday during a three-hour summit that found common ground on Ukraine but left little doubt about the stark differences that still exist. “No new Cold War,” Biden tells Xi at G20 summitThey “emphasized their opposition to the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine,” according to the US. But this was no kumbaya summit between Biden and Xi. – Putin is not present –Despite his engagement with Xi, Biden has refused to deal directly with Putin, who is conspicuously absent from the Bali summit. After three hours of talks in Bali, Biden stated that a new Cold War between the two powers was unnecessary, and Xi stated that China was not challenging the international order.16 days ago Daily Times