Tag: United States

Tillerson: ‘We Have Seen Anything But a Peaceful, Stable Region’ Since the Iran Deal

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that since the Iran deal was confirmed, “we have seen anything but a peaceful, stable region” and that’s the “real issue” with the agreement.“And that’s why we talk about Iran defaulting on these expectations, because those expectations clearly have not been met,” said Tillerson told reporters during a […]

If threatened, U.S. will ‘totally destroy’ North Korea, Trump vows

U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his standoff with North Korea over its nuclear challenge on Tuesday, threatening to “totally destroy” the country of 26 million people and mocking its leader, Kim Jong Un, as a “rocket man.”In a hard-edged speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Trump offered a grim portrait of a world in […]

US on high alert amid North Korea’s cyber threats

North Korea’s threats against the U.S. have brought a heightened sense of awareness around cyber threats, according to current and former government officials, operators of critical industrial systems, and other experts.The U.N. Security Council last week approved new sanctions against Pyongyang, prompting vows of retaliation, specifically against the U.S. Sources said the programs and entities […]

From tug of war with Obama to Trump’s warm embrace: Benjamin Netanyahu heads for UN

One of the most striking elements in the run-up to Monday’s meeting in New York between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump is the lack of the apocalyptic background noise that preceded almost every meeting between Netanyahu and Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.There was certainly a great deal of expectation of a boom […]

US flies powerful warplanes amid tensions with North Korea

The U.S. military flew advanced bombers and stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula and near Japan in drills with South Korean and Japanese warplanes on Monday, three days after North Korea fired a missile over Japan.The United States often sends powerful military aircraft in a show of force in times of heightened animosities with North […]

UN has exhausted its options on Korean Peninsula, says US ambassador Nikki Haley

Washington: US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned that the world body has “exhausted” its options on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.”We have pretty much exhausted all the things that we can do at the security council at this point,” Haley on Sunday said in an interview with the CNN.”None of us want war,” […]

Syria: Russia denies airstrike that wounded six US-backed fighters

The Russian military denied claims on Sunday that it struck a US-backed force in eastern Syria, wounding six fighters.The Kurdish-led and US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday that its fighters had been hit in the airstrike near the eastern city of Deir el-Zour in an industrial area that had recently been liberated from […]

Russian MoD Denies Pentagon Allegations It Hit US-Backed Rebels in Syria

The Russian Defense Ministry denied on Sunday the Pentagon’s allegations that Russian jets had attacked the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.Russian aircraft in Syria target only the positions of the terrorist group Daesh, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said, commenting on the claims that Russia bombed a target near Deir […]

Palestinians Seek More Assertive Trump for Talks With Israel

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will try to persuade U.S. President Donald Trump when they meet next week to endorse a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel and get more assertive about bringing both sides to the peace table, his envoy to Washington said.“We want to see him intervening, we want to see him successful […]

Trump, first lady lead moment of silence on 9/11 anniversary

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump Monday led a moment of silence from the White House on the 16th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.   It is the first anniversary of the attacks since Trump became president.   The moment of silence was observed at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane struck the […]