China Agrees UN Action, And Talk, Needed To End North Korean Crisis
China agreed on Thursday that the United Nations should take more action against North Korea after its latest nuclear test, while also pushing for dialogue to help resolve the standoff. North Korea, which is pursuing its nuclear and missile programs in defiance of international condemnation, said it would respond to any new U.N. sanctions and U.S. pressure with “powerful counter measures,” accusing the United States of aiming for war.
China’s Military Practices For Surprise Attack Over Sea Near Korea
China’s air force has carried out exercises near the Korean Peninsula, practicing to defend against a “surprise attack” coming over the sea, Chinese state media said. The exercises came days after North Korea’s sixth, and most powerful, nuclear test fueled global concern that the isolated nation plans more weapons tests, possibly of a long-range missile.
India’s Army Chief Says They Must Prepare For Simultaneous War With China And Pakistan
India’s army chief said on Wednesday the country should be prepared for a potential two-front war given China is flexing its muscles and there is little hope for reconciliation with Pakistan. General Bipin Rawat referred to a recent 10-week standoff with the Chinese army in the Himalayas that ended last week. He said the situation could gradually snowball into a larger conflict on India’s northern border.
Where Is The World’s Outrage Over Cuba’s Dictatorship?
Andres Oppenheimer, Chicago Tribune
Latin American countries deserve credit for their recent denunciations of what they bluntly refer to as Venezuela’s dictatorship, but I have a hard time understanding why they don’t do the same thing with Cuba’s dictatorship. When it comes to Cuba, they all seem to look the other way.
North Korea May Fire Another ICBM This Weekend, South Warns
Stella Kim and Alexander Smith, NBC News
Less than one week after North Korea appeared to carry out its sixth nuclear test, South Korea warned Thursday that its neighbor may fire an intercontinental ballistic missile this weekend. South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon suggested that Kim Jong Un could order a launch on Saturday, which is the 64th anniversary of the totalitarian regime’s founding.
France, Germany Denounce Russia’s Strategy Of “Intimidation,” Dispute Size Of War Games
The French and German defense ministers have condemned Russia’s upcoming military maneuvers with Belarus, saying Moscow is seeking to show off military might on the borders of the EU and NATO. “It is particularly important in this context that we reaffirm our presence in the face of… this demonstration the Russians are making which is a strategy of intimidation,” France’s Defense Minister Florence Parly said on September 7.
Military Action With North Korea Is Not Trump’s “First Choice, But We’ll See What Happens”
Trump said Wednesday that military action against North Korea is “not a first choice” for his administration, “but we’ll see what happens.” Washington and its allies have said there is a growing urgency for China, North Korea’s top trading partner, to apply more pressure on its already isolated neighbor to get it to back down on its nuclear weapons and missiles programs.
A Glimpse Of The Party’s Dark Side In Vietnam
Kenichi Yoshida and Yomiuri Shimbun, The Japan News
A recent incident has given a glimpse of the dark side of the Vietnamese Communist Party’s regime. It is said that the Vietnamese government abducted Trinh Xuan Thanh, former chairman of PetroVietnam Construction JSC, part of the state energy company PetroVietnam, when he was staying in Germany, in late July, and brought him back to Vietnam. He had been wanted internationally by the Vietnamese government for allegedly causing an enormous loss to the construction company.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
September 7th, 1953: Nikita Khrushchev is proclaimed General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, making him the de facto leader of the USSR.