US Deploys Special Forces “Decapitation” Team to South Korea

Today, the South Korean and U.S. navies kicked off massive combined drills off the coast of the Korean peninsula amid heightened tensions, a training exercise which North Korea has warned may prompt another ballistic missile launch potentially to coincide with the launch of the Chinese 19th Party Congress on October 18. The two allies plan …

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US Subs’ Mystery Missions Off Korean Coast Prompt Panic

The USS Michigan Ohio-class ballistic missile sub has arrived in Busan, South Korea ahead of large scale US-South Korean exercises next week. Observers are concerned by the fact that another US sub, the USS Tucson, is already present in the area, and that it has been carrying out secret training missions whose purpose remains unclear. …

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The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan stations, during a port visit in Hong Kong, China October 2, 2017 © Bobby Yip / Reuters

US Warship Approaches Korean Peninsula for Drills with South Korea

The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier along with a guided-missile cruiser and a nuclear-powered submarine are on their way to the Korean Peninsula to prepare for a potential war with North Korea, while Pyongyang reportedly plans new missiles tests. As of Friday afternoon, the USS Ronald Reagan, with nearly 80 aircraft on board, was in …

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Furious China slams Trump’s UN speech on North Korea

Global Times, the unofficial English language voice of the Chinese government, has published a strongly worded editorial which makes clear China’s strong disapproval of the comments about North Korea made by US President Trump during his recent speech at the UN General Assembly. In that speech US President Trump had these things to say about North Korea The scourge …

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (centre) and his wife Peng Liyuan welcome Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of a banquet dinner during the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Fujian province, on September 4, 2017. Photo: AFP / Fred Dufour

The Russia-China Plan For North Korea: Stability, Connectivity

The United Nations Security Council’s 15-0 vote to impose a new set of sanctions on North Korea somewhat disguises the critical role played by the Russia-China strategic partnership, the “RC” at the core of the BRICS group. The new sanctions are pretty harsh. They include a 30% reduction on crude and refined oil exports to …

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Pyongyang Will ‘Inevitably Respond’ to South Korea’s New ‘Frankenmissile’

Seoul plans to create a powerful new 'Frankenmissile' bunker-busting weapon capable of destroying North Korea's underground military facilities, South Korean media has reported. Speaking to Sputnik, military analyst Vladimir Kozin said such a missile would affect the balance of forces in the region, and inevitably prompt a North Korean response. Military sources have told the …

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While Trump tweets, Putin steals a march on North Korea

The message from the two-day Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) conference, which concluded in Vladivostok on Thursday, is that Russia’s “pivot to Asia” in recent years, in the downstream of Western sanctions against it, has become a core vector of its foreign policies. The EEF began modestly in 2015 with the agenda of showcasing the “new reality” …

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Teeth of the Dragon: China Conducts Missile Defense Test Next to Korean Border

China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) carried out large-scale defensive military exercises on Tuesday morning, mere miles from their border with North Korea. The Chinese military reported that the exercise, which seems to have come out of the blue, was itself a series of “rapid response” drills in case of “surprise attacks.” The exercises …

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