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October 20, 2017
N. Korea cloud has silver lining for South's armsmakers
Seoul (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
The constant missile and nuclear threats from South Korea's belligerent northern neighbour have racked regional tensions sky-high, but they are a boon for the country's burgeoning defence industry. South Korea has been one of the world's largest importers of military equipment and technology for decades - mostly from the US - but in recent years its domestic sector has grown rapidly. Arms exports have soared tenfold in a decade, from just $253 million in 2006 to $2.5 billion last year, accordi ... read more

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CIA chief: North Korea close to nuke that could hit US
The United States should assume Kim Jong-Un's regime is "on the cusp" of getting a nuclear missile capable of striking US targets and work to prevent this, the head of the CIA said Thursday. ... more
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N. Korea sends China Communist Party faint praise
North Korea issued an unusually short congratulatory message to China's Communist Party Wednesday as President Xi Jinping opened its five-year congress amid strained ties between the two traditional allies. ... more
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Iran supreme leader dismisses Trump's 'rants and whoppers'
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday dismissed US President Donald Trump's aggressive criticism as "rants and whoppers" while vowing that Tehran would stick to its nuclear commitments. ... more
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Iran warns Europe against new nuke deal conditions
A top advisor to Iran's supreme leader warned European governments on Tuesday against imposing new conditions on the nuclear deal. ... more
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N. Korea nuclear test site may be a 'Tired Mountain': 38 North
North Korea's nuclear test site may be suffering from the geological condition "Tired Mountain Syndrome" following the latest in a series of atomic blasts, but it is unlikely to be abandoned, an expert website said Wednesday. ... more
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Echoes of war as S. Korean grannies on protest front lines
A powerful US missile system installed in South Korea to defend it from the nuclear-armed North made international headlines this year. But the stars of a film about the project are the grandmothers who found themselves living next to some of the world's most advanced weapons. ... more
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US commander must 'imagine the unimaginable' on NKorea
The top US commander in the Pacific warned Tuesday he must "imagine the unimaginable" in responding to the threat posed by the North Korea's nuclear weapons programme. ... more
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N. Korea sends China Communist Party faint praise
North Korea issued an unusually short congratulatory message to China's Communist Party Wednesday as President Xi Jinping opened its five-year congress amid strained ties between the two traditional allies. ... more

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EU ministers close ranks to support Iran deal
The EU is to dispatch its chief diplomat Federica Mogherini to Washington next month to fight for the Iran nuclear deal after US President Donald Trump threatened to tear it up. ... more
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Gulf widens between Washington and UN partners
US President Donald Trump's decision not to recognize Iran's compliance with a landmark nuclear deal is set to complicate crucial diplomacy at the United Nations on everything from North Korea to Syria, experts say. ... more
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North Korea tells UN will not negotiate with a 'hostile' US
North Korea on Monday told the United Nations that it will never negotiate the dismantling of its nuclear weapons unless the United States reverses its "hostile" policy. ... more
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N. Korea readies missile launch ahead of US-S. Korea drill: report
North Korea is believed to be preparing to launch a ballistic missile ahead of an upcoming joint naval drill by the US and South Korea, a news report said Saturday, citing a government source. ... more
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Iran move won't weaken US hand with N.Korea: Tillerson
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Sunday denied that Donald Trump's threat to tear up the Iran nuclear deal had weakened America's chance of reining in North Korea through diplomacy. ... more
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France's Macron 'considers' trip to Iran after Rouhani invite
French President Emmanuel Macron is considering visiting Iran after speaking by phone with his Iranian counterpart as US President Donald Trump said he was "decertifying" the nuclear deal with Tehran, the Elysee presidential office said Friday. ... more
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Trump kicks fate of Iran nuclear deal to Congress
President Donald Trump has kicked the fate of the landmark Iran nuclear deal to the US Congress, ignoring the advice of worried allies as he vowed to confront the "fanatical regime" in Tehran. ... more
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Iranians mock 'ridiculous' Trump speech
Iranians responded with anger and mockery on Saturday to the bellicose speech against their country by US President Donald Trump and his threats to tear up the landmark nuclear deal. ... more

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NATO chief concerned about Iran missile programme
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Friday refused to intervene in the row over the Iran nuclear deal, but said the alliance had concerns about Tehran's "continuous development of missile capabilities". ... more
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Trump breaks with allies as US goes it alone on Iran
Donald Trump will unveil a more aggressive strategy to check Iran's growing might Friday, withdrawing presidential backing for a landmark nuclear deal and targeting the country's missile program and militia proxies. ... more
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Iran says US opposing 'whole world'; Europe scrambles to save deal
Having spent months lobbying US President Donald Trump unsuccessfully over the Iran nuclear deal, European countries are now scrambling behind the scenes to save an agreement negotiated through painstaking diplomacy. ... more
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US, S. Korea begin major navy drill
The United States and South Korea on Monday launched a joint naval exercise in a fresh show of force against North Korea over its growing missile and nuclear threats. ... more
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Iran warns US on designating Guards terrorist group
Iran said Tuesday that the United States would be siding with the Islamic State group if it designated the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation. ... more
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Nobel peace laureates denounce Trump's Iran move
The nuclear weapons disarmament campaigners awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize denounced US President Donald Trump's decision on Friday to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, saying it makes proliferation more likely. ... more
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Trump warns 'disgusting' press after nuke report
US President Donald Trump tore into the press and questioned whether broadcasters should have their licenses revoked Wednesday, after an unflattering story about his nuclear policy. ... more
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North Korea looms large as Trump's challenges Iran
As President Donald Trump prepares to decide on certifying the Iran nuclear deal, the White House has come to see a rapidly escalating standoff with North Korea as both a complicating factor and a cautionary tale. ... more
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