North Korea said on Monday it had successfully test-fired a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile the previous day, claiming advances in a weapons program it is pursuing in violation of U.N. resolutions.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday warned North Korea that any use of nuclear weapons by Pyongyang would be met with an “effective and overwhelming” response.
Lawmakers and leading experts on Tuesday discussed the failed U.S. policy toward North Korea, the latter noting that diplomacy alone will not convince Pyongyang to relinquish its nuclear program.
The world’s most dangerous arms race is not to be found in Moscow and Washington, or in East Asia, where tensions are high on the Korean Peninsula and a showdown looms in the Western Pacific between Beijing and the United States. Nor is it to be found in the Middle East, a region in turmoil where two powers–Iran and Saudi Arabia–are engaged in proxy warfare in several hotspots. No, the answer lies in South Asia, and the ongoing rivalry between India and Pakistan.
China flight tested a new variant of a long-range missile with 10 warheads in what defense officials say represents a dramatic shift in Beijing’s strategic nuclear posture.
South Korea is accelerating plans to create a specialized military unit tasked with targeting key North Korean officials, including dictator Kim Jong-un, in the event of war breaking out.
China brushed aside criticism from President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday that Beijing has not done enough to prevent the development of North Korea’s nuclear program.
Russia conducted a test of a revolutionary nuclear-capable drone submarine that poses a major strategic threat to U.S. ports and harbors.
U.S. intelligence agencies detected the test of the unmanned underwater vehicle, code-named Kanyon by the Pentagon, during its launch from a Sarov-class submarine on Nov. 27, said Pentagon officials familiar with reports of the test.