Kim Jong Un Says Country Is Ready for War

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Friday that his country was ready for war if provoked by “invasive” outsiders, the Associated Press reported. Kim, while addressing the nation in his New Year’s speech, also said he was ready to hold talks with "anyone who wants peace and unification." Kim, however, refrained from talking about reports on North Korea’s nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, the Associated Press reported. His speech was broadcast on North Korea’s state television, acc...
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Putin Vows to Further Strengthen Russian Military

 Russia needs a mighty military to fend off threats near its borders, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, in a stance that reflects soaring tensions with the West over the crisis in Ukraine. The Russian leader, whose approval ratings reached an all-time high this month despite a bruising recession, said a "powerful army equipped with modern weapons is the guarantor of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Russia." Speaking at Thursday's Kremlin meeting with graduates of Russian mi...
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US Offers Iran High-Tech Nuclear Reactors

The United States and other nations negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran are ready to offer high-tech reactors and other state-of-the-art equipment to Tehran if it agrees to crimp programs that can make atomic arms, according to a confidential document obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The draft document — one of several technical appendices meant to accompany the main text of any deal — has dozens of bracketed text where disagreements remain. Technical cooperation is the least contro...
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US Nuke Deal with China Raises Concerns

It seemed like a typical day for President Barack Obama. He taped a TV interview on trade, hosted the champion Nascar stock car racing team on the South Lawn, and met the defence secretary in the Oval Office. Not so typical was something that didn’t appear on the public schedule: notification to Congress that he intends to renew a nuclear cooperation agreement with China. The deal would allow Beijing to buy more US-designed reactors and pursue a facility or the technology to reprocess plutoni...
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Iran: US Policies & Actions Are a Threat

Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, Commander of Iran’s Ground Forces lashed out at US foreign policy and rhetoric in a statement broadcast on Wednesday’s “CNN Newsroom.” Pourdastan said, according to CNN’s translation, “at the moment, we consider the United States to be a threat to us, because its policies and actions are threatening to us. We would like the US to change its rhetoric and tone of voice so that our nation could have more trust in US military leadership.” SOURCE  
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Indian Navy Launches Lethal Missile Destroyer

The Indian Navy has launched its first guided-missile destroyer of Indian design and construction, the country's Defense Ministry said in a statement Monday. "The first ship of project — 15B, guided missile destroyer, christened 'Visakhapatnam' was launched on April 20, 2015 at a magnificent ceremony at Mazagaon Dock Limited (MDL), Mumbai," the statement read. The Visakhapatnam is the first of four destroyers of the class designed by the Directorate of Naval Design in New Delhi. The ste...
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China to Build Iran Five More Nuclear Plants

Iran announced that China has agreed to assist in the building of five new nuclear plants across the country, according to Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI). Iran plans to enlist the Chinese in the construction of five new nuclear plants similar in size and scope to the plant currently operating near Bushehr. Iran’s insistence on building more nuclear power plants has become a key concern for critics of the Obama administration’s diplomacy with the Islamic Republic, as these nuclear...
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North Korea Launches Two Missiles into Sea

North Korea has fired two KN-06 surface-to-air missiles into the Yellow Sea, the South Korean defense ministry said on Thursday. On April 3, Pyongyang fired four short-range missiles (with a range of 100 km) into the sea. North Korea also fired seven surface-to-air missiles with a range of 300 km in March. Earlier Japanese and South Korean media reports said that North Korea could be preparing for the launches of Nodong ballistic missiles with an estimated range of 1,300 km. A report...
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Russian Military Jets Boost Presence Near U.S.

The air is frigid and the wind is howling as Air Force Col. Frank Flores lifts a pair of foot-long binoculars and studies a hazy dot about 50 miles west across the Bering Strait. "That's the mainland there," he shouts above the gusts. It's Siberia, part of Russia, on the Asian mainland. Named for an old mining camp, Tin City is a tiny Air Force installation atop an ice-shrouded coastal mountain 50 miles below the Arctic Circle, far from any road or even trees. The Pentagon took over the...
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DHS Drill Features Nuke Attack on Border

Many law enforcement and first responders will participate in a practice drill to test the readiness and communication in the event of a widespread disaster. The drill will simulate an emergency involving the detonation of a weapon of mass destruction near the U.S./Mexico border that causes a mass migration of about 3,000 people. The six-hour drillwill take place at Santa Teresa High School beginning 8 a.m. Tuesday. The drill will be conducted by Dona Ana County and the Las Cruc...
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Former Ambassador: US is Vulnerable to ICBM Attack

The United States has yet to build a reliable domestic defense system that would completely protect the country against a massive ballistic missile attack, admitted Steven Pifer, a former ambassador to Ukraine and director of the Arms Control Initiative at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. "The history of missile defense since 1983 has been one of downsizing expectations, as US programs have regularly encountered technological and budgetary limitations," Steven Pifer noted. The...
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