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Residents in South Korea's capital have adopted a nonchalant, if not defiant, attitude about the barrage of threats from the North, even as the U.S. and the South plan a forceful but limited military response to any attack from North Korea.
China has announced double-digit increases in military spending for 2013, prompting a new round of commentary in Washington concerning the intent behind China's robust military modernization and Beijing's ultimate ambitions ("Red Alert: China's defense spending increases while U.S. cuts back," Web, March 5). The increase also comes amid an intensifying strategic rivalry between the United States and China in Asia, and concerns about the secrecy surrounding the Chinese defense budget.
A top South Korean national security official said Sunday that North Korea may be setting the stage for a missile test or another provocative act with its warning that it soon will be unable to guarantee diplomats' safety in Pyongyang. But he added that the North's clearest objective is to extract concessions from Washington and Seoul.
A Russian bomber recently carried out simulated cruise missile attacks on U.S. missile defenses in Asia, raising new questions about Moscow’s goal in future U.S.-Russian defense talks.
Although a new round of talks begin on Friday in Almaty, Kazakhstan, between the six world powers and Iran, the Islamic regime has no intention of giving up its goal of achieving nuclear weapons status.
In February, Kazakhstan hosted a fresh round of talks between Iran and the group of six countries (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany) on Iran's nuclear program. The next round of high-level talks start Friday, again in Almaty, amid signs that progress is possibly being made on this complicated and dangerous issue.
The former Dire Straits frontman is scrapping the June gigs in Moscow and St. Petersburg following raids on the Russian offices of groups including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, according to a post on his website Friday.
North Korea has asked Russia and other countries to consider evacuating their embassies because of rising tensions on the Peninsula.
The White House can put aside global warming hysteria. Nuclear proliferation among rogue nations is the real worry, but President Obama isn't persuaded. He has been making sleepy-time choices.