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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Most South Koreans Favor Diplomacy Over Military in Dealing With North Korea

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Most South Koreans Favor Diplomacy Over Military in Dealing With North Korea

“They understand better than we that the North Korean regime is bluffing, this regime has always been bluffing,” the expert said, “This is a mature attitude from the people [of the country] neighboring [North Korea], who are living just a few dozen kilometers from the threat.”

For its part, Russia which has 17 kilometers (11 mi) of terrestrial frontier and 22.1 km (12 nautical miles) of maritime border with North Korea warned against the further aggravation of situation in the region.

“As for the Korean Peninsula, of course, Moscow has been calling and continues to call on all parties to the conflict and parties that have relation to these affairs to show restraint and avoid any steps that could only aggravate the situation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

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INDONESIA POLITICS: Military Stay Out of Politics: Joko Widodo Says

INDONESIA POLITICS: Military Stay Out of Politics: Joko Widodo Says

President Joko Widodo said: “The Indonesian military is a national property that is above all classes, groups (and) which is not fragmented by narrow political interests and does not enter into the practical political arena.”

“Politics and loyalty to the nation and the state means loyalty to fight for the interests of the people, loyalty to maintain the territorial integrity and unitary state of the Republic of Indonesia, and loyalty to the legitimate government,” added Joko, who, as president, is also commander in chief of the armed forces.

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SYRIA POLITICS: 2,000+ ISIS, Al-Nusra Terrorists Killed By Russian Air Strikes in 11 Days: Military (VIDEO)

SYRIA POLITICS: 2,000+ ISIS, Al-Nusra Terrorists Killed By Russian Air Strikes in 11 Days: Military (VIDEO)

“With help from the Russian Air Force, the Syrian army is currently completing the encirclement and destruction of a large Islamic State force, numbering about 1,500 fighters, which invaded from Iraq, in the eastern part of Deir ez-Zor,” said the ministry.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Says Seeking Military ‘Equilibrium’ With United States

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Says Seeking Military ‘Equilibrium’ With United States

“Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military option,” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was quoted as saying by the state news agency, KCNA.

Kim Jong Un was shown beaming as he watched the missile fly from a moving launcher in photos released by the agency, surrounded by several officials.

“The combat efficiency and reliability of Hwasong-12 were thoroughly verified,” said Kim Jong Un as quoted by KCNA. Kim added the North’s goal of completing its nuclear force had “nearly reached the terminal”.

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USA POLITICS: Why Does Trump Think We Need More Military Spending?

USA POLITICS: Why Does Trump Think We Need More Military Spending?

Trump feels we need to re-invest in nuclear weapons, while at the same time insisting he wants to be the first president to reside in an age where no country has them. That’s an entirely farcical statement for a leader with a guaranteed four-year term to make, both because it’s not enough time for the world to disarm, and because adding to our nuclear arsenal only provokes other nuclear powers.

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UK POLITICS: UK Secretly Selling Used Military Aircraft to Bahrain: Report

UK POLITICS: UK Secretly Selling Used Military Aircraft to Bahrain: Report

“Bahrain has sent F-16 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia to support Yemen operations, so I think that’s how these C-130s will be used, as well as hunting safaris for the King,” an aviation source with knowledge of the sale told the British news outlet.

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INDIA POLITICS: Indian Military Withdrawal From Himalayas Border Region Pleases China

INDIA POLITICS: Indian Military Withdrawal From Himalayas Border Region Pleases China

“I am pleased to confirm that trespassing Indian personnel have all pulled back to the Indian side … [and] Chinese troops continue to patrol on the Chinese side of the border,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

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VENEZUELA POLTICS: Maduro Launches War Games in Face of Trump Military Intervention Threat

VENEZUELA POLTICS: Maduro Launches War Games in Face of Trump Military Intervention Threat

Trump warned earlier this month that the United States was mulling a range of options against Venezuela, “including a possible military option if necessary.” War planes, tanks and 200,000 troops of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) deployed along with 700,000 reservists and civilians as socialist President Nicolas Maduro launched two days of military exercises on Saturday.

“Yankees out!” 60-year-old Erica Avendano yelled as she bashed a rag dummy with her rifle on an assault course. “I hope nothing will happen, but we are ready for anything,” she told AFP.

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USA POLITICS: Nikki Haley Presses IAEA to Request Inspections of Iranian Military Sites

USA POLITICS: Nikki Haley Presses IAEA to Request Inspections of Iranian Military Sites

“We are encouraging the IAEA to use all the authorities they have and to pursue every angle possible with the JCPOA, and we will continue to support the IAEA in that process,” US Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley said, using an acronym to refer to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the deal is known.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Seeks to Capitalize on Trump’s Military Threat

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Seeks to Capitalize on Trump’s Military Threat

President Donald Trump’s comments may be a political lifeline for the unpopular Maduro. Like his predecessor and mentor, the late Hugo Chavez, Maduro says the country must be unified by socialism in order to defend against a U.S. invasion aimed at stealing Venezuela’s vast oil resources.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition Rejects Trump’s Military Intervention Remarks

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition Rejects Trump’s Military Intervention Remarks

Trump’s said that his administration was considering many options, “including a possible military option if necessary” to repair the “dangerous mess” in Venezuela. The Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) rejects “the use of force, or the threat of applying such force, by whatever country against Venezuela.” “The only path to peace is the restoration of democracy. Venezuelans demand free elections be held at all levels,” added the statement.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Threatens Military Intervention in Venezuela

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Threatens Military Intervention in Venezuela

“The people are suffering and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary,” U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters in an impromptu question and answer session.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Military Names First Fifth-Generation Fighter Jet ‘Sukhoi Su-57’

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Military Names First Fifth-Generation Fighter Jet ‘Sukhoi Su-57’

“The decision has been taken, the plane has been christened. Su-57 is what we are going to call it now,” Gen. Col. Viktor Bondarev told Zvezda, the Russian Defense Ministry’s official TV channel. The armament of the Su-57 is placed in internal bays to reduce air drag and radar cross section. It includes a recently-modernized 30mm cannon and a range of 14 different air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and guided bombs.

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USA POLITICS: Transgender Not Welcome in US Military: Trump Declares

USA POLITICS: Transgender Not Welcome in US Military: Trump Declares

Donald Trump says: “Our military cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Raps US Bill Over Taiwan Military Ties

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Raps US Bill Over Taiwan Military Ties

“China firmly opposes any forms of official exchange and military contact between the US and Taiwan,” Lu told reporters at a regular press briefing, adding that Beijing had made “stern representations” to Washington over the “negative content” of the bill.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian, Tajikistani Militaries Start Massive Military Drills

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian, Tajikistani Militaries Start Massive Military Drills

“The military of Russia and Tajikistan are participating jointly for the first time in a snap readiness check,” said Colonel Yaroslav Roshchupkin, the assistant commander of Russia’s Central Military District

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SYRIA POLITICS: Turkey Military Says Returned Fire on Kurdish YPG Militants in Syria

SYRIA POLITICS: Turkey Military Says Returned Fire on Kurdish YPG Militants in Syria

Kurds had earlier opened fire on the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants in the Maranaz area south of the town of Azaz in northern Syria.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: 30% Anjin Investments Diamond Mining Revenues Controlled By Military

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: 30% Anjin Investments Diamond Mining Revenues Controlled By Military

Anjin is a joint venture between Afec, a large construction company which sources say is connected to the military-industrial complex in China.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Mohammad Noaim Maute Alias Abu Jadid Arrested: Military Says

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Mohammad Noaim Maute Alias Abu Jadid Arrested: Military Says

Brigadier General Gilbert Gapay, a spokesman for the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command, said Maute was a bomb-maker for the Maute terrorist group.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: 5,000 Russian Surface-to-Air MANPADS Missiles Exist in Venezuela: Venezuelan Military

VENEZUELA POLITICS: 5,000 Russian Surface-to-Air MANPADS Missiles Exist in Venezuela: Venezuelan Military

Venezuela’s socialist government has long used the threat of an “imperialist” invasion by the United States to justify an arms buildup.

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