KIM Jong-un, the tyrannical leader of North Korea, has repeatedly threatened to launch nuclear strikes on the West and its allies. The hermit nation has dramatically accelerated its nuclear weapons program under his rule, leading to a series of disputes between Kim and President Donald Trump. Here's the latest... What is the latest on the nuclear situation in North Korea? On April 21, 2018, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said the reclusive nation is suspending long-range nuclear missile tests and shutting its test site. Several states including the UK, China, Sweden and South Korea welcomed the announcement but Japan reacted with caution, saying it must lead to "complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement". Referring to an upcoming, historic meeting with Kim, US president Donald Trump said the move marked "big progress", tweeting: "This is very good news for North Korea and the World - look forward to our summit." Pyongyang stopped short of suggesting it has any intention … [Read more...] about North Korea latest – what nuclear weapons does Kim Jong-un have and what has he said about South Korea?
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Escaping overseas as scandals explode at home is perhaps the oldest of political strategies. Japan’s Shinzō Abe hopes to make it seem new again as he arrives at Mar-a-Lago this week. There are few better distractions — or shinier objects — than President Donald Trump. And Prime Minister Abe hopes getting a warm welcome at Trump’s “Winter White House” will remind 127 million Japanese back home he’s still got some diplomatic game. Abe’s approval ratings show a distinct lack of faith. A year-long cronyism controversy involving a sweetheart land deal drove his numbers below even Trump’s. Nor are voters happy with Abe’s enthusiastic embrace of a leader whose bombast is bringing Japan nothing but grief — a scandal all its own. A month ago, Abe seemed a shoo-in for a third term, putting him on course to be Japan’s longest-serving leader. Now, Tokyo is buzzing about who’s next. The stakes couldn’t be … [Read more...] about Why Japan is begging Trump for help
The second hydrogen blast in three days has rocked Japan's earthquake-stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, sending a massive column of smoke into the air and injuring 11 people. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said four army personnel and seven nuclear power plant workers were hurt when Unit 3 exploded. Mr Edano said one of the workers was seriously injured but still conscious and the four military staff were only slightly hurt and had already returned to their unit. Later in the day, another reactor at the plant lost its cooling capacity, raising the risk of another explosion. The US said it had shifted its offshore forces away from the plant after detecting low-level radioactive contamination. The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was about 100 miles offshore when it detected the radiation, which US officials said was about the same as one month's normal exposure to natural background radiation. It was not clear if the radiation had leaked during today's explosion. … [Read more...] about 11 injured in nuclear plant blast
Leaked Pentagon documents have seemingly revealed a "doomsday torpedo" being developed by Russia. "Kanyon" - or "Ocean Multipurpose System Status-6" as it is known in Russia - is a nuclear missile that would be kept in Russia's underwater arsenal. It is allegedly capable of nuking the entire coast of a nation, leaving it uninhabitable for at least 100 years. The nuclear torpedo was reported in 2015 by the Washington Free Beacon. A Russian television station also reported on the Kanyon missile in the same year. A Nuclear Posture Review released in January has confirmed the existence of the torpedo (at least in the United States' eyes). It would be capable of travelling 6,200 miles at a maximum underwater depth of 3,280 feet. It would travel at 100 knots (115 miles per hour), according to the leaked documents. The range would put the Kanyon missile in range from Russia's east coast to the United State's west coast. Not only would the missile have adequate range, it would also be roughly … [Read more...] about Pentagon documents reveal Russia has huge nuclear ‘doomsday torpedo’
China has been urged to shore up its nuclear stockpile in the face of escalating geopolitical uncertainties in a commentary piece in the Chinese military's official newspaper, the PLA Daily. The commentary was penned by two researchers from the PLA Academy of Military Science, a top research institute, which is directly accountable to China's Central Military Commission, Reuters reported. In the op-ed, the country has been urged to "beef up" its nuclear capabilities to fend off potential threats from the US, which is keen on bolstering its own nuclear programme amid threats from North Korea. Citing the PLA Daily, the Chinese military's official newspaper South China Morning Post reported that the country claims to already possess enough nuclear weapons to deter any "bullying" by other nations. "To enhance China's strategic counterbalance in the region and maintain China's status as a great power, and protect national security, China has to beef up and develop a reliable nuclear … [Read more...] about China may soon add more nuclear warheads to ‘beef up’ its nuclear capabilities to fend off US threat