SEOUL - North Korea fired a pair of ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday (Sept 15), South Korea's military said, ratcheting up regional tensions just days after testing a cruise missile with possible nuclear capabilities. The launches came amid a flurry of activity on the peninsula, including high-level diplomatic talks and South Korea's testing a newly developed submarine-launched ballistic missile of its own. Pyongyang has been steadily developing its weapons programme amid a standoff over talks aimed at dismantling its nuclear and ballistic missile arsenals in return for US sanctions relief. The negotiations, initiated between former US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in 2018, have stalled since 2019. "North Korea fired two unidentified ballistic missiles from its central inland region toward the east coast, and intelligence authorities of South Korea and the United States are conducting detailed analysis for further information," ... » Learn More about Neighbours condemn ‘outrageous’ North Korea ballistic missiles test
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SEOUL, Sept 15 (Reuters): South Korea successfully tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on Wednesday, becoming the first country without nuclear weapons to develop such a system as it aims to better counter North Korea's growing threats. South Korea's missile test came the same day as North Korea fired a pair of ballistic missiles off its east coast, breaching UN sanctions and ratcheting up regional tensions just days after testing a cruise missile with possible nuclear capabilities. President Moon Jae-in attended an underwater ejection test of the SLBM aboard the new 3,000 ton class Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine commissioned last month, his office said. The test would make South Korea the first country to launch it without nuclear weapons, which are typically used to arm SLBMs, following the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and India. North Korea has unveiled a series of its own SLBMs in recent years, and is building an operational submarine to ... » Learn More about South Korea successfully tests submarine-launched ballistic missile, says Blue House after North Korea missile test
Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks to media after reports on North Korea fired a pair of ballistic missiles at his official residence in Tokyo, Japan September 15, 2021, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS SEOUL — North Korea fired a pair of ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korea’s military said, ratcheting up regional tension just days after testing a cruise missile that is believed to have nuclear capabilities. The launches came amid a flurry of activity on the peninsula, including high-level diplomatic talks and South Korea’s testing of a newly developed submarine-launched ballistic missile of its own. North Korea has been steadily developing its weapons systems amid a standoff over talks aimed at dismantling its nuclear and ballistic missile arsenals in return for U.S. sanctions relief. The negotiations, initiated between former U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in 2018, have ... » Learn More about Neighbors condemn ‘outrageous’ N.Korea ballistic missiles test
WASHINGTON (AFP): US President Joe Biden talked with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for the first time in seven months Thursday (Sept 9), urging they ensure that "competition" between the two powers does not become "conflict," the White House said. During the call, Biden's message was that the United States wants to ensure "the dynamic remains competitive and that we don't have any situation in the future where we veer into unintended conflict," a senior US administration official told reporters. In Beijing, state broadcaster CCTV reported that the phone call was "candid, in-depth" and covered "extensive strategic communication and exchanges on China-US relations and issues of mutual concern," and that US policy on China has caused "serious difficulties." This was the leaders' first call since February, when they talked for two hours, shortly after Biden took over from Donald Trump. The Biden administration official said the latest call lasted 90 minutes. US-China relations ... » Learn More about Biden, Xi talk to avoid US-China ‘conflict:’ White House
The United States is holding its presidential election on Nov. 3, which is less than a week away. While it is a momentous event for many Americans, of whom a good number have already voted for their choice of president through early voting and mail-in ballots, the impact of the election in a country that is quite geographically removed from Singapore might not be immediately apparent to Singaporeans. But U.S. political watchers would beg to differ. U.S. political expert Adrian Ang at Singapore-based S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies tells Mothership that the election does have an impact on Singapore and the region of Southeast Asia. 1. U.S. is an important trading partner to Singapore To Singapore, the U.S. is a valuable trading partner. The U.S. is Singapore’s fifth largest export and import partner with bilateral trade worth nearly US$32 billion (S$43 billion) annually, Ang said. The U.S. is also the biggest source of foreign direct investment for ... » Learn More about Does the US election matter to S’pore? Why should we care?
France is frustrated at being left out of a new security alliance between the United States, Britain and Australia, describing it as a regrettable move that will push Europe to be more autonomous in its strategic planning. The “Aukus” alliance announced on Thursday by the three nations means Australia will halt its submarine deal with France. A joint statement released by the French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and armed forces minister Florence Parly said “the American choice to exclude a European ally and partner such as France from a structuring partnership with Australia, at a time when we are facing unprecedented challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, whether in terms of our values or in terms of respect for multilateralism based on the rule of law, shows a lack of coherence that France can only note and regret. Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge , our new platform of curated ... » Learn More about France warns ‘Aukus’ alliance threatens security partnerships in Indo-Pacific