NKorea Threat 'Critical, Imminent', Japan Warns US, SKorea

Nuclear Test

The threat from North Korea has grown to a "critical and imminent level" and the United States, Japan and South Korea must address the matter, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told his US and South Korean counterparts in talks on Monday.

Onodera's remarks underscored the deep concern in Tokyo after North Korean weapons tests, including test firing missiles over Japan, as Pyongyang seeks to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States.

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Prime Minister Ranil to make special statement in Parliament

Ranil Wickremesinghe

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is due to make a special statement in Parliament today (08).

Meanwhile, the Premier said that measures would be taken to make the Police Force respectable and reputable.

He accordingly said that the Police services implemented in countries like England, Germany and Japan would be introduced to Sri Lanka for this purpose.

The Premier expressed these sentiments upon attending the 151st Police anniversary celebration in Colombo.

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NKorea Defies Predictions - Again - With Early Grasp Of Weapons Milestone

Kim Jong-Un

The device that shook the mountains over the Punggye-ri test site on Sunday represented a quantum leap for North Korea's nuclear capability, producing an explosion at least five times greater than the country's previous tests and easily powerful enough to devastate a large city.

And if studies confirm that the bomb was a thermonuclear weapon - as North Korea claims - it would be a triumph of a different scale: a major technical milestone reached well ahead of predictions, putting the world's most destructive force in the hands of the country's 33-year-old autocrat.

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UN Security Council To Meet On Monday on NKorea Nuclear Test

UN Security Council

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss an international response to North Korea's latest nuclear test, diplomats said Sunday.

The United States, Britain, France, Japan and South Korea requested the urgent meeting, to be held at 10 am (1400 GMT), the US mission said in a statement.

The council will meet in an open session, in contrast to many other meetings on North Korea that have been held behind closed doors.

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Pentagon's Latest, Fiery Show Of Force Against NKorea Includes F-35s And B-1B Bombers

Air Force

The U.S. military, together with South Korea and Japan, dropped bombs on a training range east of Seoul in a stark new show of force against North Korea on Wednesday.

U.S. Pacific Command, which oversees military operations in the region, disclosed the mission Thursday. Two B-1B bombers from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam and four F-35Bs from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan joined with two Japanese F-15Js and four South Korean F-15Ks, flying in formation across the Korean Peninsula and unleashing live bombs on the Pilsung Range.

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Nothing Will Stop Long-Range Air Force Drills, Says China

 Air Force

No amount of interference or shadowing of its aircraft will stop the Chinese air force from carrying out long-range drills, the defence ministry said, announcing another round of exercises of the type that have unnerved Taiwan and Japan.

The air force carried out further long-range exercises on Thursday, the ministry said late that same day, without giving details of where they happened.

Such "normal" drills accord with international law and practices and are part of an "ordinary need" to raise combat abilities and strengthen the military, it added.

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5 Sailors Injured, Ten Missing After Navy Destroyer Collides With A Merchant Ship


Ten U.S. Navy sailors are missing and five have been injured after the USS John S. McCain destroyer collided with an oil tanker near Singapore early Monday morning.

This is the second time in two months that a Navy destroyer based at the 7th Fleet's home port of Yokosuka, Japan, has been involved in a collision. Seven sailors were killed when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a tanker south of Japan in June.

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North Korea's Kim Jong Un Holds Off On Guam Plan; United States Says It Can Intercept Missile

Kim Jong Un

North Korea's leader has delayed a decision on firing missiles towards the U.S. territory of Guam while he watches the actions of the United States a little longer, the North's state media said on Tuesday, as Washington warned it would take out any missile heading for the Pacific island.

Pyongyang's detailed plans to land four missiles near Guam prompted a surge in tensions in the region last week, with U.S. President Donald Trump warning he would unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea if it threatened the United States.

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Japan Could Legally Intercept A Guam-Bound NKorea Missile: Report

Japan could legally intercept a North Korean missile headed towards Guam, Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Thursday in remarks reported by Kyodo news service.

Onodera told a lower house of parliament committee that Japan would be allowed to hit a missile headed towards the U.S. Pacific territory if it was judged to be an existential threat to Japan, Kyodo said. This is a reiteration of the Japanese government's position.

Experts say Japan does not currently have the capability to shoot down a missile flying over its territory headed for Guam.

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