The reignited tensions between India and Pakistan were accompanied by air combat and cross-border shelling. And there is divided opinion on whether the spark can trigger a full-fledged war, RT has learned. There remains the risk that the tensions between two bitter rivals will result in the worst-case scenario, Sultan Mehmood Hali, a retired group commander of the Pakistan Air Force, told RT. "If pushed against the wall… Pakistan will be forced to retaliate with nuclear weapons, which could, of course, lead to very serious destruction in the region," he said. Unfortunately, once you have this kind of weapons on both sides and if there is a desperate situation, then a desperate situation will lead to desperate measures. On Wednesday, India said that it shot down a Pakistani fighter aircraft and lost its own jet while fending off an attack on its military installations. Islamabad claimed it downed two Indian aircraft and denied losing any of its jets. The flare-up, … [Read more...] about Nuclear Armageddon v new-found equilibrium: How far can current Indo-Pakistani confrontation go?
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un crossed into Vietnam Tuesday after a marathon train journey for a second summit showdown with Donald Trump, with the world looking for concrete progress over the North's nuclear programme. Following a historic first meeting in Singapore in June that produced a vaguely worded statement about Kim's nuclear arsenal, analysts say the second summit in Vietnam's capital Hanoi must this time put substance ahead of bonhomie. Kim's trademark olive green train chugged into the Vietnamese station of Dong Dang following a 4,000-kilometre (2,500-mile), two-and-a-half-day odyssey shrouded in secrecy. Schoolchildren waving North Korean flags and a military guard of honour in pristine white uniforms greeted Kim, the first North Korean leader to visit Vietnam since his grandfather Kim Il Sung in 1964. Security was ultra-tight with scores of heavily armed Vietnamese soldiers and police guarding the site. Authorities have shut down the 170-kilometre stretch of road to … [Read more...] about Kim arrives for nuclear summit with Trump after marathon train trip
"What North Korea wants is a guarantee from the United States that they don't really face an ongoing nuclear threat," Becker told Sputnik Radio's Loud & Clear on Monday. "Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula means a comprehensive denuclearization, and I think the summit, if it's going to be meaningful, will have to go forward in trying to give a definition of what that actually looks like," he added. Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27 and 28, for their second summit, with their first meeting having taken place in Singapore in June 2018. The historic 2018 summit concluded with a four-point declaration that paved the way toward renewed bilateral relations and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, among other goals. Offering a taste of the present atmosphere in Hanoi, Becker told hosts John Kiriakou and Walter Smolarek that … [Read more...] about Trump-Kim Summit: North Korea Seeking Guarantee of No More Nuclear Threats
Radio Sputnik discussed the inquiry into the Trump administration's plan to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia with Tom Sauer, a professor in international politics at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Sputnik: What's your take on the Trump administration plan to build nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia? How feasible is it? Do you think it could really be delivered? Tom Sauer: It's feasible but it's very bizarre, being that the country that sits on the largest oil and gas reserves now wants to build nuclear reactors for nuclear energy. By the way, the same bizarre logic applies to the regional rival Iran. Unless you know, it was Russia that finished the nuclear reactor in Bushehr, Iran some time ago and now the Americans want to do the same in Saudi Arabia. READ MORE: US Exit From Iran Deal May Fuel Nuclear Arms Race in Middle East — Ex-EU Aide Of course, the nuclear … [Read more...] about Professor Points to ‘Real Danger of a Nuclear Arms Race in the Middle East’
President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, will have their second face-to-face meeting later this month in Vietnam. It follows their historic summit in Singapore last June, during which they agreed to work towards the "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula. However since that meeting - the first between a US president and a North Korean leader - the two sides have expressed different views on what the phrase actually means and talks have stalled. What happened in Singapore? As Mr Trump told it, "we fell in love". The president and Kim were seen laughing over lunch before unveiling a four-point plan. The agreement, no more than a sentence per bullet point, offered only vague ambitions without a fixed timetable to achieve it. It also did not specify in which order the points would be tackled. North Korea has chosen to focus on the first two, establishing new relations and a lasting peace regime, while the US has honed in on the … [Read more...] about Trump-Kim summit: North Korea nuclear talks in Hanoi