Friday, May 25, 2018

FBI Expects Iran To Launch Cyber Attacks Against U.S. Targets For Leaving The Nuclear Deal

Washington Free Beacon: FBI: Iran to Launch New Cyber Attacks

Iranian hackers poised for wide-ranging strikes in retaliation for U.S. leaving nuclear deal

The FBI is warning that Iranian hackers could conduct new cyber attacks on American businesses and government networks in response to the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

"The FBI assesses foreign cyber actors operating in the Islamic Republic of Iran could potentially use a range of computer network operations—from scanning networks for potential vulnerabilities to data deletion attacks—against U.S.-based networks in response to the U.S. government’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)," the FBI said in a cyber alert to U.S. businesses.

Previous Iranian cyber attacks were carried out against targets in the United States in retaliation for "perceived slights against the regime," the May 22 notice states.

The FBI warned that Iranian hackers may view the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran deal as justification for stepped up cyber attacks.

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WNU Editor: I have been reading these reports for the past few weeks. So far .... it has not happened.

What Do People On The Streets Of Iran Think Of The U.S.?

Men read newspapers and magazines in Tehran, Iran October 14, 2017. Nazanin Tabatabaee Yazdi/TIMA via REUTERS

Peter Van Buren, Reuters: I just visited Iran. Here’s what I heard about the U.S.

Iran is a dangerous place these days, at least in a car. Traffic in the cities here moves like Tetris, with drivers pushing their cars into any open space that will fit. Trips begin in chaos and play out in confusion. How it ends is always up to God’s will, everyone says.

I went to Iran this month to attend a conference on the Palestinians, Jerusalem, and the greater Middle East sponsored by an Iran-based nongovernment organization. On the sidelines of the meeting, I met with students at Mashhad University, Ferdowsi University, and at a woman’s educational institute, as well as with visiting scholars from Tehran.

Just before my trip the United States withdrew from the nuclear accord, and while I was in the northeastern city of Mashhad, officially moved the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. These events were tracked in Iran as closely as World Cup scores, though absent celebration.

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WNU Editor: So a Reuter's correspondent goes to Iran to find out what people's opinion on the street are when it comes to the U.S.. And the response on the street is no surprise .... universal criticisms of the U.S. and its policies. I have lost count over the years on how many times I have seen and heard this "dog and pony" from correspondents all over the world and in multiple places. Is this an accurate assessment on what people on the street actually think? I doubt it. But what I do know .... and I have traveled and seen enough of the world to know that it is true .... is that if given a chance to immigrate and start a new life in America .... almost everyone of these "critics on he street" will grab that opportunity without a moments hesitation.

A Military Engagement Against Iran Will Cost Trillions

Mass demonstrations in Iran against Rouhani and the regime. (Supplied)

William Hartung, CNN: Regime change in Iran could cost the US trillions

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech this week on next steps in US policy toward Iran read more like a call to war than a carefully crafted foreign policy stance. So much so that the obvious next question is what it might cost if the Trump administration seeks to provoke regime change in Iran.

That's tough to answer, since it depends entirely on how the Trump administration chooses to go about it, if it indeed chooses to go down that disastrous road. Pompeo's threat to bring Iran to its knees with punishing economic sanctions clearly won't get the job done, especially since the Trump administration has just alienated its most important potential partners by withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. Good luck getting France, or the United Kingdom, or Germany, much less Russia or China, to join in a campaign of maximum economic pressure on Tehran after the Trump administration has walked away from a painstakingly negotiated multilateral deal that was working to achieve its only stated objective -- stopping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

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WNU Editor: I am old enough to remember reading many American news columnists and commentators in the early 1980s talking about the same thing on how it much it would cost to overthrow the Communist regimes in eastern Europe, and why the U.S. under then President Reagan should not get involved. What they failed to realize then is that you can succeed in changing authoritarian systems by employing methods that have nothing to do with the military .... and all to do with exposing the "who and what" the regime is while employing sanctions to show your commitment to change and giving morale support to those within these countries who want change. In regards to Iran .... the administration has made it very clear that they would be happy to see the regime replaced with someone less radical .... no surprises there. But a military engagement .... we are not even close to something like that .... and aside from maybe a few neocons .... no real appetite among the public to engage in a military conflict with Iran. But what I do see is an administration that will engage with Iran on sanctions .... as well as in a media campaign that consistently exposes who they are. This is something that I do support. Will this succeed .... I do not know. But this approach is far more preferable than the one that the CNN commentator is speculating on.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: Europeans Did Nothing To Counter Iran Missiles Or Labelling Iran The World's Leading Sponsor Of Terror

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Europeans did 'nothing' to support the US in pressuring Iran over its ballistic missile program

AFP: US says Europeans did nothing to counter Iran missiles

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Europeans Thursday of having done nothing to counter Iran's program to develop ballistic missiles.

"The Europeans have told us ... that they are prepared to engage on missiles, and for three years did nothing," Pompeo told a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Likewise, he said, European governments haven't done anything in support of the US campaign labelling Iran the world's leading sponsor of terror.

"They talked about agreeing to things on terror," Pompeo said, but did nothing.

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WNU editor: It is quite revealing that since the Iran nuclear deal .... very little if any activity from European leaders on Iran's missile program.... and even less on labeling Iran as a leading sponsor of terror. But when the ayatollah snaps his fingers that he wants something done, the European leaders are scrambling to make it so .... Iran sets end of May deadline to see EU measures to save nuclear deal (Reuters).

Rusia Has Just Successful Tested The World's Longest Surface-To-Air Missile Test

Trailer-mouned erector launchers associated with the S-400 surface-to-air missile system, which Russia could deploy together with the S-500s. Vitaly Kuzmin

CNBC: Russia quietly conducted the world's longest surface-to-air missile test

* Russia quietly conducted the world's longest surface-to-air missile test, according to sources with direct knowledge of U.S. intelligence about the weapons program.
* The S-500 surface-to-air missile system successfully struck a target 299 miles away.
* Russia claims that the ground-based missile system is capable of intercepting hypersonic missiles, drones, aircraft as well as stealth warplanes like the F-22 and the F-35.

Russia quietly conducted the world's longest surface-to-air missile test, according to sources with direct knowledge of U.S. intelligence concerning the weapons program.

The S-500 surface-to-air missile system successfully struck a target 299 miles away, which the U.S. assessed is 50 miles further than any known test, said the sources, who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity.

Russia claims that the ground-based missile system is capable of intercepting hypersonic missiles, drones and aircraft as well as stealth warplanes like the F-22 and the F-35. The S-500 system would expand the Kremlin's capabilities to engage multiple targets with precision strikes.

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Update: Russia's S-500 Air Defense System Reportedly Hits Target Nearly 300 Miles Away (Warzone/The Drive)

WNU Editor: Apparently the test was a success .... but it is going to be a long time before the S-500 is available for buyers. The Russian missile maker Almaz-Antey is swamped with S-400 orders that will keep it busy until 2025. It is a victim of its success .... it never counted on the S-500 attracting this much interest now.

U.S. Senate To Bar Turkey From Buying F-35 Jets Unless Turkey Releases U.S. Citizen Andrew Brunson

Three F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, (rear to front) AF-2, AF-3 and AF-4, flies over Edwards Air Force Base in this December 10, 2011 handout photo provided by Lockheed Martin. Darin Russell/Courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Handout via REUTERS

Reuters: U.S. Senate defense bill would bar Turkey from buying F-35 jets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee passed its version of a $716 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, including a measure to prevent Turkey from purchasing Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets.

The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, from Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Senator Thom Tillis, would remove Turkey from the F-35 program over its detention of U.S. citizen Andrew Brunson, Shaheen’s office said.

Brunson, a Christian pastor who could be jailed for up to 35 years, denied terrorism and spying charges in a Turkish court this month. He has been in pre-trial detention since 2016.

It also faults NATO ally Turkey for its agreement with Russia in December to buy S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries. Ankara wants the system to boost its defense capabilities amid threats from Kurdish and Islamist militants at home and conflicts across its borders in Syria and Iraq.

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WNU Editor: Turkey is suppose to get their first F-35 on June 21.

Tweets For Today

The F-35 Versus Russia Showdown Is Happening Now

Lockheed Martin

Popular Mechanics: The Showdown Between the F-35 and the Russian Weapons Built to Stop It Is Finally Here

Israel is flying the F-35 into combat, which means the Joint Strike Fighter is up against Russian-built radar and anti-aircraft weapons designed with it in mind.

* Israel has become the first country to fly the F-35 into combat.
* Other countries in the Middle East have Russian-built air defenses intended to spot the F-35 despite its stealth profile.
* This war between American-made planes and Russian-made defenses has been brewing ever since the F-35 was on the drawing board.

We don't know exactly what the F-35 is up to in the Middle East, where Israel says it just became the first country to fly the Joint Strike Fighter into combat. But we do know this: The long awaited, multi-generational showdown between military engineers in Russia and the United States is starting to play out in the Middle East.

These planes—and the equipment that Russia designed to shoot them down—were designed to face each other. As we wrote back in 2012:

As of now, no S-300 surface-to-air weapon has ever been fired at a target in anger. The Lightning II is still in testing, and the debut of its style of networked warfare is years away. Their matchup awaits. Only then will the war of words between detractors, engineers, salesmen, and journalists be settled—in combat, with lives at stake and history in the balance.

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WNU Editor: All that it would take is to shoot down one F-35 .... and the global ripple effect will be massive.

Picture Of The Day

An explosion at Punggye-ri. KCNA/via REUTERS

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... North Korea destroys tunnels at nuclear test site (Reuters).

Leaked Photo Shows An Israeli F-35 Flying Over Beirut

A photograph of an Israeli F-35 stealth fighter jet flying over the Lebanese capital of Beirut, which was apparently leaked to Israel's Hadashot news. (Screen capture)

Times Of Israel: Israeli TV airs apparently leaked photo of F-35 flying over Beirut

Hadashot news shows picture of Israeli stealth fighter flying above the Lebanese capital, after it was displayed to visiting air force chiefs earlier this week.

A photograph of an Israeli F-35 stealth fighter jet flying over the Lebanese capital of Beirut was aired on Hadashot television news Wednesday night, after it was apparently leaked to the network.

The picture was reportedly shown by Israeli Air Force chief Amikam Norkin on Tuesday at a conference for visiting commanders and deputy commanders of over 20 foreign air forces, as he revealed that Israel had used the American-made F-35 in at least two attack missions, making it the first country in the world to use the aircraft operationally.

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Update #1: Here's An Israeli F-35 Just Hanging Out Over Lebanon, No Big Deal (Foxtrot Alpha)
Update #2: Analysis Israeli F-35 Over Beirut: A Fine Line Between Deterrence and Hubris (Haaretz)

WNU Editor: Apparently this photo is genuine.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Israel Launches New Air Strikes Against Iranian Targets In Syria

The National: Israel suspected of carrying out new airstrikes in Syria

Country’s official news agency confirmed on Thursday night that one of its military airports near Homs was hit

Israel is suspected of carrying out missile strikes against a military airport near the Syrian city of Homs on Thursday, an area known for the presence of both Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) forces.

Syria’s official news agency confirmed around 9.30 pm local time that one of its military airports was a target of an outside aggression but claimed that the regime defences “blocked the missiles.”

Other local reports said four missiles struck the Dab’aa military base near Homs, and that a fire encircled its area:

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WNU Editor: This is becoming the new normal.

More News On Reports That Israel Has Launched New Air Strikes Against Iranian Targets In Syria

Syria reports missile attack on military airport near Homs -- Al Arabiya/AP/Reuters
Missiles hit Hezbollah depot in Syria's Homs: Monitor -- New Straits Times/AFP
Report: Syrian air defense intercepts Israeli missile strike on airport -- Jerusalem Post
Syria: Homs military airbase targeted by missiles -- YNet News
Explosions reported at Syrian airbase -- Arutz Sheva
Missiles hit Hezbollah weapon depot in Syria’s Homs: monitor -- Arab News
Israel reportedly just launched missile attack near Homs in Syria -- Business Insider/Reuters
Syrian Military Airport Was Subject of 'Missile Aggression,' Attack Intercepted -- Sputnik

International Investigators Blame A Russian Military Unit For The Downing OF MH17 Over Ukraine In 2014

DW: MH17 was downed by Russian military missile: international investigators

International investigators have said detailed analysis of video images showed the missile used to down the Malaysian flight came from a Russian military unit. Russia has always denied involvement in the incident.

International investigators probing the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 made their interim findings public on Thursday in the Dutch town of Bunnik.A surface-to-air missile shot down MH17 on July 17, 2014, over Ukrainian territory, killing all 298 passengers and crew on board. The majority of the passengers were Dutch nationals. The Boeing 777 was on a routine flight between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur.

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WNU Editor: The Kremlin is denying these clains .... No Russian missile system ever crossed into Ukraine: MoD rejects Dutch MH17 claims (RT)

More News On International Investigators Blaming A Russian Military Unit For The Downing OF MH17 Over Ukraine In 2014

MH17 missile owned by Russian brigade, investigators say -- BBC
MH17 downed by Russian military missile system, say investigators -- The Guardian
Officials: Missile that downed MH17 linked to Russian military -- UPI
Investigators identify Russian military unit in downing of flight MH17 -- Reuters
Investigators: Russian missile brought down MH17 over Ukraine -- Al Jazeera
Q&A: What we know and don't know about the downing of MH17 -- The Guardian

North Korea Responds To President Trump Canceling The Summit. Wants To Have Talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un © KCNA / Reuters

RT: N. Korea says it's still ready to talk to US 'at any time, in any way'

The decision by US President Donald Trump to cancel the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is “not in line with the world’s wishes,” the government in Pyongyang has announced.

Kim has made the “utmost efforts” to hold a summit with Trump, said the North Korean first vice minister for foreign affairs, Kim Kye-gwan, according to the state news agency KCNA. The meeting between two leaders was scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.

Pyongyang is “still willing to resolve issues with the United States,” the official said, holding onto the hope that the meeting could still be rescheduled.

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WNU Editor: This North Korean message is a 180 from yesterday when they threatened to launched a nuclear apocalypse. But it is too late now. There is going to be no Trump-Kim summit for a long time (if ever). As to what will the North Koreans do next .... I predict that they will re-establish the ties that they broke with South Korea in the coming days/weeks .... and South Korean President Moon will grab it for all the wrong reasons .... namely that he thinks he can still change how North Korea behaves.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 24, 2018

Andrew Salmon, Asia Times: Trump Cancels Summit with North Korea’s Kim

Bombshell announcement follows North Korean rhetorical attacks, but US move could alienate allies and hand North Korea the moral high ground.

In a shock, last-minute move, US President Donald Trump cancelled his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.

The summit, which would have been the first-ever meeting between a North Korean and a US head of state, had won plaudits from those who believed it offered the chance of a breakthrough in long-tense relations between the two countries. However, many experts had been concerned that neither party would play by the book, and the summit’s failure could generate even higher tensions. Some Korea watchers had even predicted it would never take place.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 24, 2018

The North Korea Summit is Dead -- National Interest

Five takeaways on the canceled Trump summit with Kim -- Rebecca Kheel, The Hill

Analysis: Has Trump blown chances for talks with NKorea? -- AP

Korean peninsula at the crosshairs of great power rivalry -- Arshad Mohammed, Reuters

Despite scrapped summit, door still open between US, North Korea -- AFP

Abe expresses hope for peace treaty progress as he departs for summit with Putin -- Daisuke Kikuchi, Japan Times

Beijing’s Threats Against Taiwan Are Deadly Serious -- Derek Grossman, Foreign Policy

I just visited Iran. Here’s what I heard about the U.S. -- Peter Van Buren, Reuters

Iraqi voters undermine Trump’s Iran strategy -- M.K. Bhadrakumar, Asia Times

Can Iraq's Sadr swing nonsectarian government? -- Ali Mamouri, Al-Monitor

Where will ISIS strike next in the Philippines? -- Bong S Sarmiento, Asia Times

Eritrea: 25 years of independence but still not free -- Daniel Pelz, DW

Is Italy's government on a collision course with the EU? -- Jon Henley, The Guardian

Alberta, the one-issue province. (Yes, that issue starts with a P and ends in -ipeline) -- Jason Markusoff, Macleans

Why Venezuela Can’t Be Like Colombia -- Allison Fedirka, Geopolitical Futures

The U.S. Can Save Venezuela From Anarchy -- James Stavridis, Bloomberg

World News Briefs -- May 24, 2018 (Evening Edition)

Daily Mail: 'Ready to fight TONIGHT': Trump's Pentagon ramps up the rhetoric and he boasts of 'massive' nuclear arsenal after canceling North Korea summit with Kim - even though he says talks might still happen

* Trump wrote to Kim Jong-un to pull out of planned June 12 nuclear talks
* Hours later he allowed that the summit still could happen
* But in the same breath he warned Kim Jong-un that the U.S. military stands willing to hold him in check – and South Korea and Japan would foot the bill
* Trump wrote in his letter to Kim: You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never be used'
* VP Mike Pence told Fox News on Monday that North Korea could end up like Libya if it doesn't make a deal with Trump
* North Korea 's vice foreign minister Choe Son Hui fired back, calling Pence a 'political dummy' and 'ignorant and stupid'
* That led Trump to call off the Singapore face-to-face meeting with Kim – which he later allowed could be resurrected
* Sen. Marco Rubio chimed in, mocking Kim: 'In the words of a wise man, “Congratulations, you just played yourself”'

President Donald Trump's Pentagon issued a warning to North Korea late Thursday, hours after he canceled a planned nuclear disarmament summit, that U.S. forces are ready 'to fight tonight'.

Pentagon joint staff director Gen. Kenneth McKenzie told reporters that American military forces in South Korea are in 'a high state of vigilance,' adding that the U.S. is always prepared to respond to provocations from Kim Jong-un's dictatorship 'because they have proven to be unpredictable in the past.'

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Fears as Syria military expected to target Deraa province next.

Lebanon's Saad Hariri designated as next prime minister.

US must reject $1bn arms sales to Bahrain: HRW.

Erdogan sets out AK Party platform for upcoming election.

US may recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights – Israeli minister.

Israeli soldier critically injured during raid on Palestinian refugee camp.

Hamas under pressure after Gaza protests fail to bring change.

Iran still implementing nuclear deal: IAEA.


Trump cancels summit, citing ‘open hostility’ by North Korea.

Trump planned to hold nuke summit even after Kim's negotiators STOOD UP White House aides in Singapore – but statement threatening a 'nuclear showdown' was the last straw

Moon Jae-in 'perplexed' as Trump cancels summit with Kim.

Pentagon 'ready to respond' to any N. Korea provocations.

Mike Pompeo: U.S. to maintain sanctions, diplomatic pressure against North Korea.

North Korea 'blows up its nuclear test site' in series of huge explosions.

US wasted billions in failed Afghan stabilization efforts: official.

Thailand arrests senior monks in temple raids to clean up Buddhism.

Sri Lanka: Deadly floods displaced hundreds of thousands.


10 militia killed in DR Congo: army.

Vigilante groups form in central Mali amid ethnic violence.

US rejects UN funding proposal for West African Sahel force.

Burundi accused of widespread rights abuses before referendum.

Burundi opposition appeals referendum result.

Boko Haram crisis: Amnesty accuses Nigeria troops of rape.

Burkina Faso cuts ties with Taiwan.

Cameroon rebukes US ambassador.


Putin defends North Korea over canceled summit.

Putin welcomes European efforts to save Iran nuclear deal.

Migration to play key role in upcoming Swedish elections.

French President Emmanuel Macron in Russia proposes joint initiatives with Vladimir Putin.

Georgia accuses Russia of war crimes during 2008 conflict.

European Central Bank warns new Italian government over spending.

US says Europeans did nothing to counter Iran missiles.

German carmakers denounce Trump's new imports threat.

Dresden WW2 bomb defused after tense days.


Trump cancels summit with North Korea's Kim, warns that military ready.

No evidence of 'spy' in Trump camp, Democrats say after intel brief.

Escaping Venezuela: They pour into Brazil by the thousands looking for work.

Maduro vows to free some jailed activists, raise Venezuela oil output.

Canada blocks Chinese takeover of Aecon over national security concerns.

Argentina economy: Workers protest as inflation soars.

Harvey Weinstein to turn himself in to face criminal charges.

Women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, harassment. Morgan Freeman apologises in wake of sexual harassment claims by multiple women.

Trump pardons late black boxing champion Jack Johnson.


CNN Special Report: A Double Life: The Spy Inside Al Qaeda with Christiane Amanpour.

French jihadist who was the voice of ISIS's claim on the 2016 Nice attack is captured by Kurdish forces in Syria.

When he was 20, he fled Canada to join ISIS. Now he’s believed dead and his family says it didn’t see the signs.


Cancellation of Korea summit sends stocks on bumpy ride.

Trump expands multi-front trade conflict.

US tariffs plan for car imports rankles EU, Japan, China.

Zuckerberg set up fraudulent scheme to 'weaponise' data, court case alleges.

Netflix eclipses Disney in market milestone.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 24, 2018

Daily Mail: Pentagon withdraws China's invitation to major US military exercise over 'continued militarization' of South China Sea

* The Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises involved more than 20 countries including India, Japan, the UK and - for the past two events - China
* Pentagon has pulled its invitation for China to join maritime exercises in the Pacific because of Beijing's 'continued militarization' of the South China Sea
*Move comes after China landed a Chinese bomber on a South China Sea island, as well as their recent deployment of missile systems
* China hit back at the decision, calling it 'very non-constructive' and saying it was taken without due reflection

The Pentagon has pulled its invitation for China to join maritime exercises in the Pacific because of Beijing's 'continued militarization' of the South China Sea amid increased tensions between the two nations.

China hit back at the decision, calling it 'very non-constructive' and saying it was taken without due reflection.

Held every two years in Hawaii, the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises involved more than 20 countries including India, Japan, the UK and - for the past two events - China.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 24, 2018

China slams US Pentagon for withdrawing invite to military drills -- DW

China scolds U.S. for pulling invitation to major naval drill -- CBC/Reuters

Military trust under more strain after US tells China it can’t take part in Pacific naval drill -- Liu Zhen, SCMP

What the Trump Administration's Decision to Disinvite the Chinese Navy From RIMPAC 2018 Means -- The Diplomat

Beijing’s Largest Island in Disputed South China Sea Island Has 400 Buildings -- Sputnik

First Chinese-Built Carrier Returns from Successful Sea Trials -- Laura Zhou, SCMP

Beijing’s Threats Against Taiwan Are Deadly Serious -- Derek Grossman, Foreign Policy

Trump says U.S. military ready if North Korea's Kim acts foolishly -- Reuters

DoD Official: U.S. Military Continues ‘High State of Vigilance’ in Korea -- US Department Of Defense

Best Of: How U.S., South Korean Special Ops Would Fight in a New Korean War -- COL David Maxwell, Cipher Brief

Russia’s Military: More Bark Than Bite -- National Interest

Is the US out as Turkey’s top Western arms dealer? -- Burak Ege Bekdil, Defense News

Morale In The British Military Continues To Fall, Says Latest Armed Forces Attitude Survey -- Forces Network

Air Force Maps Two-Fold Future Plan for the B-1 - Massive Upgrade & Retirement? -- Warrior Maven

House passes defense bill authorizing pay raise for troops, new jets and President Trump's military parade -- USA Today

House overwhelmingly backs plan to ‘rebuild our military’ -- Military Times

U.S. Military Seeks to Be More Lethal, Including in Space, Mattis Says -- US Department Of Defense

Ex-U.S. Military Leader Says 'No General Wants to Fight Russia' -- Newsweek

The Military Doesn’t Really Want To End The Forever War -- Bryan Baker, Task & Purpose

What ‘Generation Kill’ Tells a French Soldier About U.S. Military Culture -- Jean Michelin, War On The Rocks

President Trump: U.S. Military Ready If North Korea's Kim Acts Foolishly

VOX: Trump says US military “is ready if necessary” to fight after canceling meeting with Kim Jong Un

He said South Korea and Japan are prepared too.

A few hours after President Donald Trump issued a letter to Kim Jong Un canceling their planned June 12 summit in Singapore, he delivered a speech explaining his decision to the American people — and assuring everyone, including North Korea, that the US military is ready to fight if things go bad quickly.

“Our military, which is by far the most powerful ... is ready if necessary,” Trump said from the White House on Thursday.

“I’ve spoken to South Korea and Japan. And they are not only ready should foolish or reckless acts be taken by North Korea, but they are willing to shoulder much of the costs of any financial burden — any of the costs associated — by the United States in operations if such an unfortunate situation is forced upon us.”

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More News On President Trump's Remarks That The U.S. Military Is Ready To Fight

Trump says U.S. military ready if North Korea's Kim acts foolishly -- Reuters
Trump says US military 'is ready if necessary' after Kim Jong Un summit cancellation -- CNBC
Trump says U.S. military 'ready if necessary' after cancellation of North Korea summit -- NBC
Pentagon: No change in military posture after North Korea talks fall through -- The Hill
Trump: US ready for military action against North Korea -- NYPost

Is North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un In China?

Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd right) and wife Peng Liyuan (right) are seen with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol Ju in Beijing on March 27. The North Korean leader received a warm welcome during a secretive trip as both sides sought to repair frayed ties ahead of landmark summits with Seoul and Washington. Photo: AFP/ via North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency.

WNU Editor: It is the AP that is reporting this story .... Is Kim Jong-un back in Beijing? High-ranking North Korean official reportedly visiting Chinese capital (SCMP/AP).