N. Korea’s Kim condemns US dialogue offer as ‘facade’: state media

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un condemned a US offer of dialogue as a “facade”, state media reported Thursday, and accused the Joe Biden administration of continuing a hostile policy against his nuclear-armed country. Talks between Pyongyang and Washington have been largely at a standstill since the collapse of the Hanoi summit between Kim and… Continue reading N. Korea’s Kim condemns US dialogue offer as ‘facade’: state media

North Korea joins race for new hypersonic missile with latest test

North Korea test-fired a newly developed hypersonic missile this week, state news media KCNA reported on Wednesday, September 29, joining a race headed by major military powers to deploy the advanced weapons system. North Korea fired the missile off its east coast towards the sea on Tuesday, September 28, South Korea’s military said, as Pyongyang… Continue reading North Korea joins race for new hypersonic missile with latest test

North Korea fires missile, accuses US of ‘double standards’

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North Korea fired a missile towards the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, September 28, South Korea’s military said, as Pyongyang called on the United States and South Korea to scrap their “double standards” on weapons programs to restart talks. The missile was launched from the central north province of Jagang at around 6:40… Continue reading North Korea fires missile, accuses US of ‘double standards’

Quad leaders press for free Indo-Pacific, with wary eye on China

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Leaders of the United States, Japan, India, and Australia vowed on Friday, September 24, to pursue a free and open Indo-Pacific region “undaunted by coercion” at their first in-person summit, which presented a united front amid shared concerns about China. The two-hour meeting at the White House of the Quad, as the grouping of four… Continue reading Quad leaders press for free Indo-Pacific, with wary eye on China

Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones due to censorship concerns

Lithuania’s Defense Ministry recommended that consumers avoid buying Chinese mobile phones and advised people to throw away the ones they have now after a government report found the devices had built-in censorship capabilities. Flagship phones sold in Europe by China’s smartphone giant Xiaomi Corp have a built-in ability to detect and censor terms such as… Continue reading Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones due to censorship concerns

North Korea says call to declare end of Korean War is premature

South Korea’s call to declare a formal end to the Korean War is premature as there is no guarantee it would lead to the withdrawal of the “US hostile policy” toward Pyongyang, North Korea state media KCNA reported on Friday, September 24, citing Vice Foreign Minister Ri Thae Song. South Korea President Moon Jae-in on… Continue reading North Korea says call to declare end of Korean War is premature

US not seeking ‘new Cold War’, says President Joe Biden at UNGA amid tensions with China

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Amid growing tensions with China, US President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that the country is not seeking a ‘new Cold War’ and is ready to work with any nation that pursues peaceful resolutions. Without mentioning China directly, Biden acknowledged increasing concerns about rising tensions between the two nations in his first address before the… Continue reading US not seeking ‘new Cold War’, says President Joe Biden at UNGA amid tensions with China

Indonesia warns against arms race after Australian nuclear sub pact

Indonesia said on Friday, September 17, it was worried about an arms race in the region after neighboring Australia announced plans to acquire nuclear-powered submarines as part of a new Indo-Pacific security alliance with the United States and Britain. Known as AUKUS, the alliance will see Australia get the technology to deploy nuclear-powered submarines as… Continue reading Indonesia warns against arms race after Australian nuclear sub pact

Australia to get US nuclear submarine technology as China looms large

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The United States, Britain, and Australia said on Wednesday, September 15, they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific that will involve helping Canberra acquire nuclear-powered submarines, as Chinese influence over the region grows. Under the partnership, announced by President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the… Continue reading Australia to get US nuclear submarine technology as China looms large

China, France denounce US nuclear sub pact with Britain, Australia

China on Thursday, September 16, denounced a new Indo-Pacific security alliance between the United States, Britain and Australia, saying such partnerships should not target third countries and warning of an intensified arms race in the region. Under the arrangement, dubbed AUKUS, the United States and Britain will provide Australia with the technology and capability to… Continue reading China, France denounce US nuclear sub pact with Britain, Australia