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 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-7 10:40:35 | 显示全部楼层
US strikes Syrian military airfield
DEBKAfile Special Report April 7, 2017, 7:18 AM (IDT)
http://debka.com/article/26003/U ... -military-airfield-
The US military launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield late on Thursday, April 6, in the first direct American assault on the government of President Bashar al-Assad since that country’s civil war began six years ago. The operation, which the Trump administration authorized in retaliation for a chemical attack killing scores of civilians this week, significantly expanded US military involvement in Syria.
The missiles were launched from two Navy destroyers — the USS Ross and USS Porter — in the eastern Mediterranean. They struck an airbase called Shayrat in Homs province, the site from which the planes that conducted the chemical attack in Idlib are believed to have originated. Syrian military aircraft, infrastructure and runways were hit
"Tonight, I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types," president Donald Trump said to reporters from Mar-a-Lago, Florida, where he is hosting China President Xi Jinping and his wife...
"Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children," he said. He acted because of a "vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons."
debkafile: Washington has no doubt that the Syrian SU-22 bomber which Tuesday dropped a sarin gas bomb on Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province, killing up to 100 people, was a joint Russian-Iranian-Syrian gambit to divert the Trump administration from a comprehensive plan for Syria. As US President and commander-in-chief he could not ignore this provocation.
Our sources report that the new US administration’s plans for Syria center on an offensive to evict the Islamic State from its Syrian capital, Raqqa, a mission for which US military preparations have been going forward for the past two weeks at five centers. To this operation Moscow, Tehran and Damascus were not averse. But that operation was also designed to rid Syria of Iranian and Hizballah forces - to which they were.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that despite previous agreements, Syria had not surrendered its chemical weapons stockpile, and accused Russia of “failing in its responsibility to deliver on its commitment" to supervise the surrender of those chemical weapons. "Either Russia has been complicit or simply incompetent in its ability to deliver," Tillerson continued.
The question now is whether Vladimir Putin will decide to hit back at the US operation. Russia did not retaliate for the Israel air strike on March 17 over the northern Syrian T4 air base. If Putin chooses to sit on his hands once again, the same question may be addressed to Iran and Hizballah.
Very possibly, Trump and Putin reached accord on the limits of the US punitive attack in Syrian in long hours of debate during the day between the US State and Defense Departments and the Russian Foreign and Defense Ministries, which were first reported by debkafile 24 hours ago. Pentagon sources report that Washington gave Moscow advance warning of the coming US attack on the Syrian Shayrat base where Russian air force units are also deployed.
Follow-up US military action may yet come after the US president asserted that for him, “many, many lines were crossed” by Assad’s chemical attack and his attitude towards Syria had changed..
Trump's comprehensive plans for Syria our outlined in the latest DEBKA Weekly. If you are not yet a subscriber, click here for this and other exclusive revelations.

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-10 11:50:59 | 显示全部楼层
US Navy strike group heads towards N. Korea over Pyongyang’s ‘nuclear threat’         
Published time: 9 Apr, 2017 09:07Edited time: 9 Apr, 2017 17:56
The US Navy has sent a carrier-led strike group toward the western Pacific Ocean to provide a physical presence near the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against North Korea’s “destabilizing” nuclear weapons program and looming missile tests.
“US Pacific Command ordered the Carl Vinson Strike Group north as a prudent measure to maintain readiness and presence in the Western Pacific,” Commander Dave Benham, spokesman at US Pacific Command, told AFP.
Read more
‘New strategy’ on North Korea in the works after Trump meets Chinese president – Tillerson
“The number one threat in the region continues to be North Korea, due to its reckless, irresponsible and destabilizing program of missile tests and pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability,” he added.
National Security Advisor HR McMaster said on Sunday that sending the group is a “prudent” move, since North Korea "is a rogue regime that is now a nuclear-capable regime.”
Deployed from San Diego to the western Pacific since early January, the strike group has been involved in numerous drills with Japan and South Korea and routine patrol operations in the disputed South China Sea. It is now headed from Singapore to the Western Pacific Ocean, scrapping planned port visits to Australia.
Retired four-star US General Jack Keane said earlier this week that in the wake of recent nuclear missile tests conducted by North Korea, bombing the country’s nuclear facilities “may be the only option left.”
Keane told Fox News that if the US was facing an imminent attack from a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), US President Donald Trump would have to act preemptively. “We’re rapidly and dangerously heading towards the reality that the military option is the only one left when it comes to getting North Korea to denuclearize,” Keane told Fox News.
Last month, Trump accused North Korea of “behaving very badly” and “playing” the US for years.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also told reporters during his visit to South Korea that Washington’s “policy of strategic patience has ended,” noting that “all options are on the table.”

Viktor Ozerov, head of the defense affairs committee in the upper house of the Russian parliament, warned on Sunday that there’s a high risk of a US missile strike on North Korea’s military facilities.
The US president could make the move due to the absence of unanimous condemnation from the UN Security Council of the US missile attack on Syria, Ozerov said.
On Friday, the US carried out a missile strike on the Shayrat airfield near Homs in response to an alleged chemical attack on a rebel-held town in Idlib province, the blame for which Washington pinned on Syrian President Bashar Assad.
A total of 59 Tomahawk missiles were deployed in the pre-dawn attack. The Russian Defense Ministry noted on Saturday that Washington has presented no evidence yet that the Shayrat airfield had any chemical weapons.

“The reality of today proves our decision to strengthen our military power to stand against force with force was the right choice a million times over,” KCNA said. On Wednesday, Pyongyang fired a medium-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, drawing strong condemnation from Tokyo and Seoul.
Last month, North Korea, believed to be working toward developing a long-range missile capable of hitting the US mainland with a nuclear warhead, successfully fired four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, three of which reached Japan’s territorial waters.  

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-10 12:02:47 | 显示全部楼层
Trump considering sanctions against Russia & Iran over Syria – US envoy to UN         
Published time: 9 Apr, 2017 13:31

Russia and Iran warn US they will 'respond with force' if red lines crossed in Syria againThreat comes after UK Defence Secretary demands Vladimir Putin rein in President Bashar al-Assad

4 hours ago
http://www.independent.co.uk/new ... atest-a7675031.html
Russia and Iran have warned the US they will “respond with force” if their own “red lines” are crossed in Syria.
Following Friday’s cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase, in retaliation for the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun earlier in the week, the alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a joint statement threatening action in response to “any breach of red lines from whoever it is”.
“What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well,” the group’s joint command centre said
Russia, Iran Warn U.S. They Will "Respond With Force" If Syria "Red Lines" Crossed Again
by Tyler Durden
Apr 9, 2017 11:25 PM
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/20 ... lines-crossed-again
A statement issued on Sunday by a joint command centre consisting of forces of Russian, Iran and allied militia alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar al Assad said that Friday's US strike on the Syrian air base crossed “red lines” and it would "respond with force" to any new aggression while increasing their level of support to their ally.
In the statement published by the group on media outlet Ilam al Harbi, the pro-Assad alliances says that “what America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well."

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-10 12:05:17 | 显示全部楼层
Russia must stop insisting on al-Assad’s leadership in Syria: Turkish FM
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com ... 2&NewsCatID=510
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan asked Russia on April 7 to reconsider its support for the Syrian regime following the chemical weapons incident earlier this week and the U.S.’ military action in response.

“It is our hope that this will not be limited to the U.S. action… We hope that Russia gets involved as well – that at least they stop defending [Bashar al-]Assad,” Erdoğan said on April 8 in a televised interview.   

The president said he welcomed Moscow’s recent statement that “unconditional support is not possible” for the Syrian regime. “But let’s speed it up,” Erdogan said. “Let’s get rid of this trouble.”

Erdoğan said that while there was good progress in the Astana talks – carried out in parallel to the Geneva process – to reach a political agreement in Syria, “unfortunately it did not develop as we wanted.”   


 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-10 12:09:38 | 显示全部楼层
Business News | Sun Apr 9, 2017 | 9:59pm EDT
China offers concessions to avert trade war with U.S.: FT
China will offer the Trump administration better market access for financial sector investments and U.S. beef exports to help avert a trade war, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing officials familiar with the matter.
China is prepared to raise the investment ceiling in the Bilateral Investment treaty and is also willing to end the ban on U.S. beef imports, the newspaper also reported.
"China was prepared to (raise the investment ceilings) in the BIT but those negotiations were put on hold (after Trump's election victory)," the Financial Times also reported citing a Chinese official involved in the talks.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Friday that President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to a new 100-day plan for trade talks on Friday.
The U.S. trade department was not immediately available for comment while the China's ministry of commerce could not be reached for comment.

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-10 12:12:35 | 显示全部楼层
«      Breaking News        »      Russia, Iran, Hizballah set up joint command in Syria

DEBKAfile     April 9, 2017, 6:47 PM (IDT)
http://debka.com/newsupdatepopup ... nt-command-in-Syria
A new joint command center made up of the forces of Russia, Iran and the pro-Iranian Shiite militias supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad accused America Sunday of waging aggression on Syria and crossing red lines. The center issued this warning: “From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is [against the Assad regime] and America knows our ability to respond well," said the statement. It was issued in response to the US missile attack Friday on a Syrian air base from which chemical weapons were launched against civilians.
The joint command center also said the presence of U.S troops in northern Syria where Washington has hundreds of special forces helping the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to oust Islamic State was "illegal" and that Washington had a long-term plan to occupy the area
US Air Force to quit Incirlik, move to Syria base
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2017, 7:28 PM (IDT)
http://debka.com/article/26004/U ... -move-to-Syria-base
Several US engineering teams are working round the clock to build a big new air base in northern Syria after completing the expansion of another four. They are all situated in the Syrian borderland with Iraq, debkafile’s military forces report.
This was going on over the weekend as senators, news correspondents and commentators were outguessing each other over whether the US missile attack on the Syrian Shayrat air base Friday, in retaliation for the Assad regime’s chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun, was a one-off or the start of a new series.
As the White House parried those questions, the Trump administration was going full steam ahead on the massive project of preparing to pull US air force units out of the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey, in active American use since 2002. Those units were in the middle of a big moving job to the five new and expanded air bases in Syria. Their hub is to be Tabqa, which is just 40km west of the Islamic State’s Syrian capital, Raqqa. The other five are Hajar airport in the Rmelan region, two small air fields serving farm transport in Qamishli, which have been converted to military us; and a fifth in the Kurdish Kobani enclave north of Aleppo near the Syrian-Turkish border.
Tabqa is also becoming the main assembly-point for the joint US, Kurdish, tribal Arab force that is coming together in readiness for a major charge on Raqqa.
When the work is finished, the rising complex of air bases will enable America to deploy twice as many warplanes and helicopters in Syria as the Russians currently maintain.
The site of the Tabqa air field was captured as recently as late March by the Syrian Democratic Force (Kurdish-Arab fighters) which were flown in and dropped there by the US Air Force’s Air Mobility Command. It was quickly dubbed “Incirlik 2” or “Qayyarah-2” after the US command center running the Iraqi military offensive against ISIS in Mosul.
Tabqa is designed to accommodate the 2,500 US military personnel housed at Incirlik. Like the Americans, the German Bundeswehr is also on the point of quitting Incirlik and eying a number of new locations in Cyprus and Jordan. The Germans are pulling out over the crisis in their relations with Ankara. The Americans are quitting because President Donald Trump wants to chill US ties with Turkish President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan and cooperation with the Turkish army.
The five US bases in Syria are part of Trump’s three-pronged strategy which aims at a) fighting Islamist terror; b) blocking Iran’s land and air access to Syria; and c) providing the enclaves of the Syrian Kurdish-PYD-YPG with a military shield against the Turkish army.

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-10 12:22:43 | 显示全部楼层
China offers rewards to root out foreign spies
Citizens could receive up to £58,500 for intelligence on infiltration, subversion and theft of information
Monday 10 April 2017 09.27 BST  Last modified on Monday 10 April 2017 09.48 BST
https://www.theguardian.com/worl ... t-out-foreign-spies

World News             |             Mon Apr 10, 2017 | 5:39am EDT         
China's nuclear envoy in South Korea amid talk of Trump action against North Koreahttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-idUSKBN17C09Y
"(Chinese) President Xi (Jinping) clearly understands, and I think agrees, that the situation has intensified and has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken," Tillerson said on CBS's Face the Nation.
North Korea has sounded a note of defiance, calling the U.S. strikes against Syria on Friday "an unforgivable act of aggression" that showed its decision to develop nuclear weapons was "the right choice."

In Tokyo, the feasibility of U.S. military action was downplayed, while South Korea said the focus remained on deterrence and readiness.
"It probably is not realistic for the U.S. to attack North Korea," a Japanese defense ministry source said. "If America says it is going to attack, both Japan and South Korea will probably put a stop to it," said the source who declined to be identified.

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-11 11:53:39 | 显示全部楼层
本帖最后由 tian.schenkel 于 2017-4-11 11:58 编辑

Catastrophic consequences’: N. Korea vows to retaliate against deployment of US strike group         
Published time: 11 Apr, 2017 05:17
https://www.rt.com/news/384282-k ... ophic-consequences/
If the US dares opt for a military action, crying out for 'preemptive attack' and 'removal of the headquarters' the DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the US,” a spokesman for the North's foreign ministry said according to state news agency KCNA.
Commenting on the Xi-Trump meeting, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, told “Fox News Sunday” that both leaders agreed on the “denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.” McMaster also noted that Trump asked his military advisers to “be prepared to give him a full range of options to remove that threat.”
As Washington mulls its options to tackle the nuclear threat, the Chinese military has reportedly deployed some additional 150,000 troops to the North Korean border, Chosun.com reported. Beijing is allegedly preparing for possible pre-emptive attacks on its neighbour similar to the one exhibited on Friday by the US when it rained Tomahawk missiles on Syria unannounced.
While China's foreign Ministry denied the report, it did urge caution from both Washington and Pyongyang.
“China has been closely following the developments of the situation on the Korean Peninsula. We believe that, given the current situation, all relevant parties should exercise restraint and avoid activities that may escalate the tension,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said Monday.
Pyongyang says ready for war after US deploys naval strike groupTue Apr 11, 2017 2:1AM

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/20 ... orea-us-naval-group
This goes to prove that the US reckless moves for invading the DPRK have reached a serious phase," the state-run KCNA news agency quoted a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying. "We will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs in order to defend ourselves by powerful force of arms," he added.
South Korean Paper Reports China Has Deployed 150,000 Troops To North Korea Border
  by Tyler Durden
        Apr 10, 2017 5:52 PM
As the United States announced its independent North Korean behavior and moved the United States Navy's nuclear-powered Calvinus (CVN-70) carrier class to Singapore, the Chinese army has deployed about 150,000 troops in two groups to prepare for unforeseen circumstances.

"The report said. It is because of the prospect of taking "military options", such as preemptive attacks on North Korea, just as the United States has launched an air raid on Syria.

Japan's Sankei Shimbun reported on the 9th that the Syrian missile strike in the United States shocked China, suggesting that the People's Liberation Army forces are moving toward the Yalu River, .

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-11 12:07:52 | 显示全部楼层
China 'deploys 150,000 troops to deal with possible North Korean refugees over fears Trump may strike Kim Jong-un following missile attack on Syria'
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4399076/China-deploys-150-000-troops-North-Korea-border.html#ixzz4dvwz3PrZ

The Chinese army has reportedly deployed 150,000 troops to the North Korean border to prepare for pre-emptive attacks after the United States dropped airstrikes on Syria.
President Donald Trump's missile strike on Syria on Friday was widely interpreted as a warning to North Korea.
And now China, left shocked by the air strikes, has deployed medical and backup units from the People's Liberation Army forces to the Yalu River, Korea's Chosun.com reported.
The troops have been dispatched to handle North Korean refugees and 'unforeseen circumstances', such as the prospect of preemptive attacks on North Korea, the news agency said.
Meanwhile, the US Navy has moved the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group from Singapore to North Korea after the country conducted more missile testing
(We) are prepared to chart our own course if this is something China is just unable to coordinate with us,' US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said after the summit.
He added however that Beijing had indicated a willingness to act on the issue.
'We need to allow them time to take actions,' Tillerson said, adding that Washington had no intention of attempting to remove the regime of Kim Jong-Un.
The meeting between Xi and Trump came on the heels of yet another missile test by the North, which fired a medium-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Wednesday.
US National Security Adviser HR McMaster on Sunday criticised North Korea as a rogue nation engaged in provocative behaviour and said denuclearisation of the peninsula 'must happen'.
'The president has asked them to be prepared to give us a full range of options to remove that threat,' he said on Fox News, apparently referring to Trump's advisers.
South Korea's Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo said Monday the repercussions of a potential military response were worrying.
'Pre-emptive strikes may be aimed at resolving North Korea's nuclear problems, but for us, it is also related to defending the safety of the public,' he told reporters.
While a US unilateral strike on North Korea from a shorter range might be more effective, it would likely endanger many civilians in the South and risk triggering a broader military conflict, experts warn.
'The US has always had all the options on the table from a preventive strike to preemptive strike to negotiations,' said James Kim, an analyst at Seoul-based Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
'If it's a preventive strike or precision strike, there's danger that this could expand into a broader regional conflict involving China or Japan.
'The upside is that the United States may be able to denuclearise the North by force.... but it will come at a huge cost to the region and to the United States,' he told AFP.
Kremlin says no meeting with Putin scheduled for TillersonTue Apr 11, 2017 7:26AM
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/20 ... n-meeting-Tillerson
The Kremlin says it has scheduled no meeting between President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during the latter’s upcoming visit to Moscow.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call on Monday that “no meeting with Tillerson” was “in the president’s diary.”
Tillerson is due to arrive in the Russian capital on Wednesday, where he is expected to have a tense meeting now only with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
While Peskov did not say why Putin would not be receiving Tillerson, a recent US missile strike on a Syrian airbase is highly suspected of being the reason why.
US President Donald Trump, who during his presidential campaign and early in his presidency strongly advocated close engagement with Russia on Syria, ordered the missile strike on the Syrian airbase on Friday, angering Moscow.
Russia is a main ally of the Syrian government, and Russian forces were based at the site hit in the US strike. US officials have said the Russians were given notice in advance of the strike.
While Russia did not employ its sophisticated missile defense systems installed in Syria during the US strike, possibly to avoid direct confrontation, it has been strongly angered by the attack and has said the prospects for a potential enhancement of its ties with the US have been seriously harmed.
In his Monday briefing of reporters, the Kremlin spokesman referred to the US strike and said it was indicative of Washington’s total unwillingness to cooperate on Syria.

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-12 10:32:58 | 显示全部楼层
China Threatens To Bomb North Korea's Nuclear Facilities If It Crosses Beijing's "Bottom Line"
by Tyler Durden
Apr 11, 2017 12:51 PM
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/20 ... s-beijings-bottom-l
With everyone putting down new and/or revised "red lines", be it on Syria or North Korea, it was now China's turn to reveal its "red" or rather "bottom line", and in a harshly worded editorial titled "The United States Must Not Choose a Wrong Direction to Break the DPRK Nuclear Deadlock on Wednesday" Beijing warned it would attack North Korea's facilities producing nuclear bombs, effectively engaging in an act of war, if North Korea crosses China's "bottom line."
The editorial in the military-focused Global Times tabloid, owned and operated by the Communist Party's People's Daily newspaper, said that North Korea’s nuclear activities must not jeopardize northeastern China, and that if the North impacts China with its illicit nuclear tests through either "nuclear leakage or pollution", then China will respond with force.

“China has a bottom line that it will protect at all costs, that is, the security and stability of northeast China... If the bottom line is touched, China will employ all means available including the military means to strike back. By that time, it is not an issue of discussion whether China acquiesces in the US’ blows, but the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will launch attacks to DPRK nuclear facilities on its own."
This, as the editorial puts it, is the "bottom line" for China; should it be crossed China will employ all means available including the military means to strike back," warned the editorial.

It is worth noting is that shortly after publication, the article seems to have been retracted without explanation, the URL now returning a "404" error. However not before the original article was cached on a webpage owned by China Military, courtesy of google.

In the editorial, the author also declared that the "People's Liberation Army (PLA) will launch attacks to DPRK nuclear facilities on its own. A strike to nuclear facilities of the DPRK is the best military means in the opinion of the outside world." The northeastern Chinese provinces of Liaoning and Jilin share borders with North Korea. These two provinces and Heilongjiang are part of the Shenyang Military Region, one of seven military regions of the People's Liberation Army.
The editorial also explained the advantages to the world of a Chinese attack on North Korea's nuclear facilities.
It noted China and the world know the locations of North Korea's nuclear facilities. Once the PLA attacks these nuclear sites, North Korea will permanently suspend its nuclear weapons programs.
North Korea "has limited resources of nuclear materials and is strictly blockaded in the outside world, erasing the possibility for DPRK to get the materials again."
China also noted that "nuclear weapons is DPRK's trump card for its defiance of China and the United States. Once this card is lost, it will become obedient immediately."
The author then speculated rhetorically that if North Korea's "nuclear facilities are destroyed, they will not even fight back, but probably block the news to fool its domestic people. The DPRK will freak out if its nuclear facilities are destroyed." And yes, a Chinese author said "freak out."
The report also said that "the DPRK must not fall into the turmoil to send a large number of refugees, it is not allowed to have a government that is hostile against China on the other side of the Yalu River, and the US military must not push forward its forces to the Yalu River.” It notes that "this sentence is meant for the United States, because the premise of it is that the US military has launched attacks to the DPRK."
But what may be the most notable part of the oped is the mention in the Global Times editorial that North Korea will not be "not allowed to have a government that is hostile against China on the other side of the Yalu River."  This implies that if and when the US initiate strikes on NK, the Chinese PLA will likely send out troops "to lay the foundation" for a favorable post-war situation.
In other words, China may be just waiting for Trump to "decapitate" the North Korean regime, to pounce and immediately fill the power vacuum.

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-12 10:37:56 | 显示全部楼层
North Korea Threatens U.S. With Nuclear Attack At Any Sign Of Pre-Emptive Strike
by Tyler Durden
Apr 11, 2017 10:27 AM
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/20 ... -pre-emptive-strike

With the USS Carl Vinson carrier group steaming toward the Korean peninsula for what some speculate may be to launch a "decapitation" strike on the Kim Jong-Un regime, on Tuesday North Korean state media threatened the US with a nuclear attack at any sign of a U.S. pre-emptive strike, and warned it is ready for "war" as Washington tightened the screws on the nuclear-armed state.

North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said the country was prepared to respond to any aggression by the United States. "Our revolutionary strong army is keenly watching every move by enemy elements with our nuclear sight focused on the U.S. invasionary bases not only in South Korea and the Pacific operation theatre but also in the U.S. mainland," it said.
The North's foreign ministry, in a statement carried by its KCNA news agency, said the U.S. navy strike group's approach showed America's "reckless moves for invading had reached a serious phase".

"We never beg for peace but we will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs in order to defend ourselves by powerful force of arms and keep to the road chosen by ourselves," an unidentified ministry spokesman said.
Tensions escalated sharply over the past week on the Korean peninsula with talk of imminent military action by the United States gaining traction following its strikes last week against Syria and amid concerns the reclusive North may soon conduct a sixth nuclear test.
The North also convened a Supreme People's Assembly session on Tuesday, one of its twice-yearly sessions in which major appointments are announced and national policy goals are formally approved. Delegates from around the North have been arriving in Pyongyang ahead of the assembly session. They visited statues of previous leaders Kim Il Sung and his son, Kim Jong Il, state media reported.
Saturday is the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the country's founding father and grandfather of current ruler, Kim Jong Un. A military parade is expected in the North's capital, Pyongyang, to mark the day. North Korea often also marks important anniversaries with tests of its nuclear or missile capabilities in breach of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

State TV showed thousands of goose-stepping soldiers marching in unison, carrying giant portraits of the regime's founder Kim Il-Sung and his son, Kim Jong-Il, in front of the Kumsusan mausoleum where their embalmed bodies are on display.
"If they (the US and the South) try to ignite the spark of war, we will wipe out all of the invaders without a trace with... our strong pre-emptive nuclear strike," Hwang Pyong-So, director of the political bureau at the North's army, said in a speech.
According to Reuters, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sent a message of congratulations to mark the event, lambasting "big powers" for their "expansionist" policy.
"The friendly two countries are celebrating this anniversary and, at the same time, conducting a war against big powers' wild ambition to subject all countries to their expansionist and dominationist policy and deprive them of their rights to self-determination," Russian news agency Tass quote the message as saying.
North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. The North regularly threatens to destroy the South and its main ally, the United States.
Meanwhile, a few hundred kilometers to the south, South Korean acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn warned of "greater provocations" by North Korea and ordered the military to intensify monitoring and to ensure close communication with the United States. "It is possible the North may wage greater provocations such as a nuclear test timed with various anniversaries including the Suprme People's Assembly," said Hwang, acting leader since former president Park Geun-hye was removed amid a graft scandal.
South Korean officials also took pains to quell talk in social media of an impending security crisis or outbreak of war. "We'd like to ask precaution so as not to get blinded by exaggerated assessment about the security situation on the Korean peninsula," Defence Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-kyun said.
The South's prime minister and acting president warned of a "grave provocation" by the North to coincide with other anniversaries, including the army's founding day on April 25. "There is a possibility that the North launches more grave provocations such as another nuclear test to mark a number of anniversaries," Hwang Kyo-Ahn said in a cabinet meeting.
On Monday, the Chosun South Korean newspaper reported that 150,000 Chinese troops had been deployed to the Chinese border to "prepare for unforeseen circumstances" such as the prospect of "military options."
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Alongside Syria, North Korea has emerged as one of the most pressing foreign policy problems facing the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. It has conducted five nuclear tests, two of them last year, and is working to develop nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the United States. The Trump administration is reviewing its policy towards North Korea and has said all options are on the table, including military strikes, but U.S. officials said non-military action appears to be at the top of the list if any action were to be taken.
Speaking on the topic of US policy vis-a-vis NK, Russia's foreign ministry, in a statement ahead of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said it was concerned about many aspects of U.S. foreign policy, and particularly concerned about North Korea.
"We are really worried about what Washington has in mind for North Korea after it hinted at the possibility of a unilateral military scenario," a statement said. "It's important to understand how that would tally with collective obligations on de-nuclearising the Korean peninsula, something that is underpinned in U.N. Security Council resolutions."
As a reminder, last week the U.S. Navy strike group Carl Vinson was diverted from planned port calls to Australia and would move towards the western Pacific Ocean near the Korean peninsula as a show of force. That said, those expecting an imminent strikes by the US on North Korea may have to wait: U.S. officials said it would still take the strike group more than a week to arrive near the Korean peninsula.
And then there is China.
According to Reuters, China and South Korea agreed on Monday to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea if it carried out nuclear or long-range missile tests, a senior official in Seoul said. On Tuesday, a fleet of North Korean cargo ships was heading home to the port of Nampo, the majority of it fully laden, after China ordered its trading companies to return coal from the isolated state to curb coal traffic, sources with direct knowledge of the trade said.

The order was given on April 7, just as Trump and Xi were set for the summit where the two agreed the North Korean nuclear advances had reached a "very serious stage", Tillerson said. As we reported at the end of February, China joined western nations in further isolating the Kim regime when banned all imports of North Korean coal on Feb. 26, cutting off the country's most important export product.
As well as the anniversary of Kim Il Sung's birth, there are several other North Korean anniversaries in April that could be opportunities for weapon tests, South Korean officials have said.
As reported two weeks ago, satellite imagery from 38 North has shown that North Korea is seen ready to conduct its sixth nuclear test at any time, with movements detected by satellite at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site. Should Kim do that as the US carrier is in proximity, it will likely be the last thing he ever does.

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-12 10:42:24 | 显示全部楼层
Pyongyang warns of nuclear strike on US, as Donald Trump pledges to 'solve North Korea problem'
Updated about 4 hours ago
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017- ... ic&sf69748641=1

China Might Bomb North Korea If It Crosses Beijing’s ‘Bottom Line’

  Ryan Pickrell
China/Asia Pacific Reporter

  10:04 AM 04/11/2017

Read more:  http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/11/china-might-bomb-north-korea-if-it-crosses-beijings-bottom-line/#ixzz4e1TiL37c

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-12 10:51:10 | 显示全部楼层
No sign Putin seeks to cool friction with US
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 12, 2017, 9:51 AM (IDT)
http://debka.com/article/26009/N ... ol-friction-with-US

Trump: We’re not going into Syria, but won’t accept gas war
DEBKAfile April 12, 2017, 8:09 AM (IDT)
In an apparent effort to cool rising frictions with Moscow, President Donald Trump said in a Fox Business interview to air Wednesday: "We're not going into Syria."
After the United States launched a cruise missile strike against an Assad government airbase over a chemical attack against civilians in Idlib, he said: "What I did should have been done by the Obama administration a long time before I did it."  Asked if the United States is going to get involved in Syria, Trump said: "No. But if I see them using gas and using things that — I mean even some of the worst tyrants in the world didn't use the kind of gases that they used. And some of the gases are unbelievably potent."
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Moscow for talks with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov latger Wednesday for an attempt to defuse the high state of tension between Moscow and Washington and seek a diplomatic path out of the Syrian crisis.

World News             |             Wed Apr 12, 2017 | 3:43am EDT         China's Xi calls for peaceful resolution of North Korea tensions in call with Trumphttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-idUSKBN17E0B6
Xi stressed that China "is committed to the target of denuclearization on the peninsula, safeguarding peace and stability on the peninsula, and advocates resolving problems through peaceful means," Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said of the exchange between the two leaders.
"China is willing to maintain close communication and coordination with the U.S. side", Xi said.

Two sources in Japan said the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (MSDF) and the U.S. Navy could conduct helicopter landings on each other's ships, as well as communication drills, as the U.S. ships pass through waters close to Japanese territory.
"Japan wants to dispatch several destroyers as the Carl Vinson enters the East China Sea," one of them said.

One of the people who spoke to Reuters has direct knowledge of the plan, while the other has been briefed on the exercises. MSDF officials did not respond immediately when asked for comment.
A senior Japanese diplomat said it appeared the U.S. position was to put maximum pressure on North Korea to reach a solution peacefully and diplomatically.
"At least, if you consider overall things such as the fact that the U.S. government has not put out warnings to its citizens in South Korea, I think the risk (of military action) at this point is not high," said the diplomat, who asked not to be identified.

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-12 10:53:23 | 显示全部楼层
Putin hardens Moscow's support of Syria regime before Tillerson visit
Russian president claims Assad’s opponents intend to carry out false-flag chemical attacks to justify more US strikes
https://www.theguardian.com/worl ... st-russia-and-syria
Putin said Russia had information that the US was planning to launch new missile strikes on Syria, and that there were plans to fake chemical attacks there.
He insisted that Assad was not behind the alleged sarin attack in Khan Sheikhun, saying Moscow had information “from different sources” that it was carried out by rebel groups intent on dragging the US into the conflict.

“We have information that a similar provocation is being prepared … in other parts of Syria, including in the southern Damascus suburbs where they are planning to again plant some substance and accuse the Syrian authorities of using [chemical weapons],” he said, without offering any proof for the assertion. Putin predicted such fake attacks would be used to justify further US missile strikes on the regime, like the attack on Shayrat air force base on Friday.

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Russia vetoes Security Council resolution on Syria chemical attack Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:24PM
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/20 ... c-russia-resolution

China tells military to be ready to 'move' to North Korea border
                                                By Elizabeth Shim             April 12, 2017 at 9:27 AM        
        http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Worl ... rder/5871492003177/
The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy, a nongovernmental organization in Hong Kong, said Beijing has ordered troops at all five military "regions" to maintain preparedness because of the situation in North Korea, according to Oriental Daily News in Hong Kong.
According to the NGO, China's armored and mechanized infantry brigades in the provinces of Shandong, Zhejiang and Yunnan received the state mandate.

About 25,000 troops of the Chinese military's 47th group army of the Ninth Armored Brigade have been instructed to be ready to move long distances, close to the North Korea border, the Hong Kong-based organization said.
Other troops may have been mobilized.

Japanese warships to join US fleet near North Korea as tensions rise
https://www.theguardian.com/worl ... s-fleet-north-korea
Japan is preparing to send several warships to join a US aircraft carrier strike group heading for the Korean peninsula, in a show of force designed to deter North Korea from conducting further missile and nuclear tests.
A senior Japanese diplomat said the arrival of a US naval strike group off the peninsula was designed to pressure North Korea into agreeing to a diplomatic solution to its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programmes.

“ If you consider overall things such as the fact that the US government has not put out warnings to its citizens in South Korea, I think the risk [of military action) at this point is not high,” the diplomat said.
Some experts in South Korea said an imminent North Korean nuclear test was unlikely. Prof Kim Dong-yub of the Institute for Far Eastern Studies at Kyungnam University , told the Korea Times a ballistic missile launch was the most likely option, adding that the chances of a nuclear detonation were “very low”.

Japanese Official Says US Strike Against North Korea Is Increasingly Realistic
https://www.yahoo.com/news/japan ... rike-201131861.html

World News             |             Thu Apr 13, 2017 | 2:30am EDT      
   China, South Korea urge calm as North Korea prepares big celebrationhttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-event-idUSKBN17E2CT?il=0

China, North Korea's sole major ally and benefactor, has called for a peaceful resolution after a sharp rise in rhetoric between the United States and Pyongyang.
On Thursday, an influential state-backed Chinese newspaper said the best option for North Korea and its leader Kim Jong Un was to give up its nuclear program.
"As soon as North Korea complies with China's declared advice and suspends nuclear activities ... China will actively work to protect the security of a denuclearized North Korean nation and regime," said an editorial in the Global Times, which is published by the Communist party's People's Daily.

The possibility of U.S. military action against North Korea in response to such tests gained traction after the U.S. Navy fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield last week in response to a deadly gas attack.
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said he believed Washington would consult Seoul if it was considering a pre-emptive strike against the North.
"Under the South Korea-U.S. alliance, any important measure on the North is taken under consultation with the South Korea government and it will continue in the future," Yun told a parliamentary hearing.

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-13 09:01:31 | 显示全部楼层
China Warns North Korea Situation Has Hit "Tipping Point", Threatens "Never Before Seen" Measures

by Tyler Durden
        Apr 12, 2017 4:20 PM
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/20 ... ey-dont-de-escalate
Washington's latest threat to Pyongyang is more credible given its just launched missile attack at an air base in Syria. The Korean Peninsula has never been so close to a military clash since the North conducted its first nuclear test in 2006.

If Pyongyang conducts its sixth nuclear test in the near future, the possibility of US military action against it will be higher than ever. Not only Washington brimming with confidence and arrogance following the missile attacks on Syria, but Trump is also willing to be regarded as a man who honors his promises.

Now the Trump team seems to have decided to solve the North Korean nuclear crisis. As the discussion runs deeper, a situation of no-solution will not be accepted.

A new nuclear test or an intercontinental ballistic missile test, if conducted by Pyongyang at this time, will be a slap in the face of the US government and will intensify the confrontation between North Korea and the US.

Presumably Beijing will react strongly to Pyongyang's new nuclear actions. China will not remain indifferent to Pyongyang's aggravating violation of the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution.

More and more Chinese support the view that the government should enhance sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear activities. If the North makes another provocative move this month, the Chinese society will be willing to see the UNSC adopt severe restrictive measures that have never been seen before, such as restricting oil imports to the North. Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program is intended for securing the regime, however, it is reaching a tipping point. Pyongyang hopes its gamble will work, but all signs point to the opposite direction.

The US is making up its mind to stop the North from conducting further nuclear tests, it doesn't plan to co-exist with a nuclear-armed Pyongyang.
North Korea Tells Foreign Journalists To Prepare For "Big" Event On Thursday
  by Tyler Durden
        Apr 12, 2017 6:59 PM
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/20 ... -big-event-thursday
According to Channel News Asia reported Jeremy Koh, "we've been told to be ready to move out at 620am, but no idea why. Also, no cell phones allowed."
have been putting the finishing touches to the skyscraper-lined "Ryomyong" street in central Pyongyang.
Kim has made frequent visits to the street to inspect construction work there, according to state media. North Korea has in the past marked its April 15 holiday with tightly choreographed military parades.
Separately, in an unconfirmed report issued by Pravdareport.ru, "Kim Jong-un has ordered 25 percent of Pyongyang residents to leave the city immediately."
In accordance with the order, 600,000 people should be urgently evacuated. Experts note that the evacuation will most likely be conducted due to extremely strained tensions in relations with the United States of America.
Reportedly, Pyongyang's bomb shelters will not be able to accommodate the entire population of the North Korean capital. Therefore, 600,000 people - mostly individuals with criminal records - will have to leave Pyongyang to let others use bomb shelters.

We would not give this particular report much credibility, although with the information blackout out of North Korea it is impossible to confirm either way.

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-13 09:14:33 | 显示全部楼层
Erdogan: “Europe is collapsing…Europe will pay for what they have done” in humiliating and oppressing Turks
April 12, 2017 8:12 am By Christine Williams
In a widening diplomatic rift between Turkey and the EU, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made a new provocative statement saying that the “collapsing” Europe “will pay” for “humiliating” and “oppressing” Turks living on the continent.
“They said a century ago that we were the ‘sick man.’ Now they are the ‘sick man.’ Europe is collapsing,” the Turkish leader said, using an insult popular among European politicians in the 19th century when they talked about the collapsing Ottoman Empire.
Speaking at a rally in Turkey’s Izmir on Sunday, the president said that Europe’s economy was getting worse, its population was getting older, and the “racism disease has resurged like a virus,” Turkish Anadolu news agency reported. In Europe, which suffered two world wars in the past, millions of people are being attacked and discriminated against, he told the rally.
Erdogan claimed that Turks living in Europe were being “very oppressed” and “very humiliated,” and vowed to make Europe “accountable” for that.
“Europe will pay for what they have done. God willing, the question of the European Union will again be on the table after April 16,” he said, referring to the constitutional referendum in Turkey, which might sharply increase his ruling powers.
“You have seen what happened in Europe. Why did they go crazy? Why did they go berserk? They saw what this system will bring to Turkey. Turkey is leaping, growing. This makes them go crazy,” Erdogan explained his view on the tensions with the EU.
The Turkish leader reiterated his plans to hold a separate referendum on whether Ankara should carry on with a process to join the European Union, saying he now expects “a serious explosion in the rate of votes” to quit the EU accession bid. “I do not worry about it,” he said.
No sign Putin seeks to cool friction with US
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 12, 2017, 9:51 AM (IDT)
Tags:                                                             Vladimir Putin,                                                                                  Vladmir Putin,
http://debka.com/article/26009/N ... ol-friction-with-US
On his way to Moscow, Tillerson gave Russian an ultimatum “to choose between aligning itself with the US and likeminded countries or embracing Syrian President Bashar Assad, Iran and the militant group Hezbollah.”
The Kremlin’s riposte greeted him before he landed: Foreign Minister Lavrov invited the Iranian and Syrian foreign ministers to Moscow on Friday. They would arrive on the heels of Secretary Tillerson’s departure.  Putin was sticking to his guns and making it clear that he was solidly supported by – and in control of - his allies.

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-13 09:18:25 | 显示全部楼层
North Korea's hidden submarine threat is another worry as regime warns it's 'ready' for war
  • The chilling thought of North Korea's fully submersible submarines firing a nuclear ballistic missile isn't as far-fetched as some might think.
  • The submarine threat adds to growing fears in the region as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's nuclear weapons ambitions show no signs of slowing.

Jeff Daniels                                                                                                        | @jeffdanielsca                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
19 Hours Ago
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/12/n ... -another-worry.html
Experts believe North Korea's navy has around 70 submarines in its fleet, although only a handful today are believed to be capable of firing submarine-launched ballistic missiles or so-called SLBMs. What's more, defense analysts believe Pyongyang has the capability today of building a nuclear warhead small enough to arm a submarine missile.
Last August, North Korean media showed off video of a so-called KN-11 submarine missile being launched from eastern coastal waters. Images of the North Korean dictator pointing to the missile launch were shown on the state television network.
The submarine-launched missile flew about 310 miles toward Japan. The test set a new distance record for Pyongyang's SLBM program, and experts suggest the ballistic missile has the capability to travel more than 600 miles.
"The problem with the SLBM is that it exposes South Korea's flanks to attack," said Bruce Klingner, an Asia and national security specialist at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based conservative think tank.
Klingner, a former CIA deputy division chief for Korea, explained that the THAAD anti-missile system deployed last month by the U.S. in South Korea is focused on identifying missile threats from the North. As a result, a submarine missile from the North Korean navy could be launched behind radar and evade defense systems.
Trump: China's Xi wants to help us with North Korea

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 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-19 11:17:24 | 显示全部楼层
Ready to fight & win’: US marines deployed to Australia amid N. Korean ‘nuclear threat’         
Published time: 18 Apr, 2017 14:18

'Sword stands ready,' Pence warns North Korea Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:45AM

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/20 ... th-Korea-Mike-Pence
US Vice President Mike Pence has threatened North Korea with an “overwhelming” response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons.
Speaking on the deck of a massive US aircraft carrier on Wednesday, Pence cautioned North Korea against testing the resolve of the US military.
"Those who would challenge our resolve or readiness should know, we will defeat any attack and beat any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response," Pence told 2,500 sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan at the US Yokosuka naval base in Tokyo Bay.
"The United States of America will always seek peace but under President Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready," he added.

World News             |             Wed Apr 19, 2017 | 1:20am EDT         China's Xi restructures military, consolidates controlhttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-defence-idUSKBN17L0D8
Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced a military restructure of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to transform it into a leaner fighting force with improved joint operations capability, state media said.
World News             |             Wed Apr 19, 2017 | 3:43am EDT   
  http://www.reuters.com/article/u ... rrier-idUSKBN17L03J
As Trump warned North Korea, his 'armada' was headed toward Australia

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-19 11:20:02 | 显示全部楼层
Die Zahl der Suchanfragen nach einem Drittem Weltkrieg hat bei Google ein Rekordhoch erreicht. Dies zeigt der Analytik-Dienst Google Trends.

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-20 10:42:01 | 显示全部楼层
Live: Tillerson says seeking new ways to pressure North Korea as tensions riseLuke Graham                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     | Spriha Srivastava                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
17 Mins Ago CNBC.com
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World News             |             Thu Apr 20, 2017 | 3:42am EDT         
Exclusive: Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. election - documentshttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-election-exclusive-idUSKBN17L2N3?il=0

Russian bombers fly close to Alaska for second night
DEBKAfile     April 19, 2017, 11:25 PM (IDT)
http://debka.com/newsupdatepopup ... ka-for-second-night
Tuesday night, for the second time in a row, two Russian nuclear-capable Tu-95 “Bear” bombers flew near Alaska. They came within 36 miles from the coast, closer than the first time and further inside the US Air Defense Identification Zone. This time, the US Air Force did not scramble fighter jets, but an AWACs – possibly to avoid any further escalation.

 楼主| 发表于 2017-4-20 10:44:49 | 显示全部楼层
Syria moves all its fighter jets to Russian base
DEBKAfile Special Report April 19, 2017, 11:20 PM (IDT)
http://debka.com/article/26016/S ... ets-to-Russian-base
Syria has moved all its fighter aircraft to the Russian Hmeimim air base in Latakia three weeks after 59 US Tomahawk cruise missiles knocked out one-fifth of its air force at the Shayrat base, in retaliation for a chemical attack on civilians in Idlib. This was reported Wednesday night, April 19, by the Pentagon. The Russian high command in Syria has its seat at that base.
debkafile’s military sources report that the Syrian air force will operate henceforth under Russian protection and behind the advanced Russian S-300 and S-400 air defense shield without fear of US reprisals.
President Vladimir Putin’s response to the Trump administration’s call to distance Moscow from the Assad regime is therefore a flat rejection. He is instead fortifying Russian support for that regime.
The upsurge of Russian-US military tension places at risk the operational coordination accords prevailing between the air forces of Russia, the US and Israel in Syrian skies.
Syrian operational staff officers working in Hmeimim will now have access to the advanced Russian surveillance instruments tracking the movements of all foreign aircraft moving through Syrian air space. Syrian intelligence officers will also be close to Russian SIGINT facilities which the Russian spy agency GRU has installed there. In other words, by a single move, the Russians have substantially upgraded the Syrian air force’s operational and intelligence capabilities.
How does this affect the Syrian and Iranian air freight traffic ferrying military supplies from Iran? Where will they deliver their cargoes? Will they too be allowed to land at the Russian base in Latakia? If they are, the Israeli air force will be prevented from cutting down the flow of Iranian weapons for Hizballah. The new move more or less buries the Russian-Israeli agreements covering Syrian skies.
The Pentagon disclosure came ironically just hours after a senior Israeli military officer confidently informed military correspondents in Tel Aviv that the mechanism introduced for Russian-Israeli air force coordination in Syria had been successfully adopted by other nations operating in Syria, such as Turkey and the United States. He reported that the arrangement included reciprocal visits once every two months by heads of the operations divisions of the two armies.
These visits will probably go the same way now as the entire arrangement.

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Doug Casey Warns, The EU's Collapse Is Now "Imminent"
Apr 20, 2017 3:30 AM        

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/20 ... llapse-now-imminent
You're going to see other countries leaving the EU. The next one might be Italy. All of the Italian banks are truly and totally bankrupt at this point. Who's going to kiss that and make it better? Is the rest of the European Union going to contribute hundreds of billions of dollars to make the average Italian depositor well again? I don't think so. There's an excellent chance that Italy is going to get rid of the euro and leave the EU.
If Marine Le Pen wins the elections, France will leave as well. That would be a smart move. She would also want to deport the migrants from Africa that are living in tent camps and cardboard boxes everywhere. Another good move. These people aren’t self-supporting, and are acting to destroy what’s left of French culture. Then again, Le Pen herself is no prize. She wants to continue the welfare state, and increase regulations and taxes. The French have zero good alternatives, at least if you care about either free minds or free markets. But that’s true everywhere in Europe. The very concept of liberty is dead in Europe.
Is World War The Twisted Cure For A Doomed Economy? "Signals for War Are Fiscal"

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/20 ... nals-war-are-fiscal

With French Poised for Extreme Vote, Companies Plot Their Plan Bby Fabio Benedetti Valentini         @FabioWireMore stories by Fabio Benedetti Valentini

and Alexandre Boksenbaum-Granier         @HatsBoksMore stories by Alexandre Boksenbaum-Granier

‎20‎. ‎April‎ ‎2017‎ ‎06‎:‎00‎ ‎CEST
https://www.bloomberg.com/politi ... ones-as-u-s-waffles
French companies are stealthily preparing for the worst amid the growing prospect that Marine Le Pen or Jean-Luc Melenchon could win the presidency on platforms of raising trade barriers and potentially exiting the euro currency bloc.
One Paris-based industrial company would consider moving its headquarters to London in the case of a Melenchon win, said its chief executive officer, who asked not to be identified. The CEO of another company, one of the biggest in the benchmark CAC-40 Index, said managers are drawing up a Plan B should Le Pen win, though he wouldn’t give details. Aramis Auto, a Paris-based car broker, has made sure it can withstand a retreat by banks.
“We secured our credit lines with our banks a few weeks ago to continue financing the business,” said Guillaume Paoli, the CEO of Aramis, which sells 32,000 cars a year in France with a team of about 30 multilingual buyers purchasing vehicles across the European Union. “It’s difficult to do a checklist of measures to be taken” in the case of a Le Pen or Melenchon victory, he said.

Polls have tightened before Sunday’s first round of voting, making a May 7 runoff between Le Pen of the far-right National Front and the Communist-backed Melenchon a more plausible scenario than it’s ever been. A victory for either one could lead to a plunge in the euro and in French government bonds, hurting banks and insurers that are big owners of sovereign debt. While big French companies that sell internationally would benefit initially from the weaker currency, the prospect of growing protectionism or higher taxes could weigh on businesses and stock prices.

While companies generally won’t talk publicly about preparations to avoid alienating customers and government officials, many are looking at ways to improve their cash positions by issuing more debt for longer terms, or increasing their hedges against currency swings, according to a person familiar with the matter.
“The economic philosophy of the two candidates is very similar; they’re anti-business,” said Jean-Francois Buet, chairman of FNAIM, an industry group for residential property brokers. “We don’t dare think of a duel between Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Melenchon in the second round because that would be a catastrophe in terms of the economy.”
The campaign has turned into a four-way race, with Le Pen and independent Emmanuel Macron running just ahead of Francois Fillon of the center-right Republicans and Melenchon, according to Bloomberg’s composite poll of voting intention.
Undecided Voters
Opinion surveys show that either of the more business-friendly candidates, Macron or Fillon, would beat Le Pen in the second round, but they also flag that as many as 40 percent of voters remain undecided.
Le Pen proposes withdrawing France from the euro and erecting trade barriers. Melenchon wants to renegotiate European treaties to give France more economic control, with conditions attached to staying in the euro. He would make it harder for companies to fire, limit executive pay and pull out of free-trade deals. He wants to raise the minimum wage and re-nationalize utility companies.
The premium that France pays over Germany to borrow for 10 years has climbed this year as markets priced in Melenchon’s rise in the polls and Le Pen’s persistent strength. The euro has dropped about 5.6 percent against the dollar in the past year.

“We will start total resistance; this Le Pen-Melenchon second round can’t happen,” Pierre Gattaz, the head of Medef, France’s biggest business lobby, said on Europe 1 radio last week. Medef will spend the remaining days before the vote explaining the dangers of the Melenchon and Le Pen programs, the group said in emailed comments.
Le Pen’s program would increase public spending by 102 billion euros ($109 billion) a year. Melenchon’s measures would add more than 200 billion euros, compared with less than 20 billion euros for both Macron and Fillon, according to estimates from Institut Montaigne, a Paris-based think tank.
While France’s biggest companies generate much of their earnings in other countries, the economy relies on small businesses that have fewer or no options to adapt or move operations abroad. France has close to 4 million companies and 99 percent of them have fewer than 250 employees, according to 2013 data from Insee, the national statistics office.

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