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South Korea holds mass civil defence drill amid tension

South Korea holds mass civil defence drill amid tension

SEOUL: South Korea launched its biggest-ever civil defence drill amid high tensions over North Korea’s deadly artillery attack last month and its nuclear programmes. Sirens wailed across the country at 2:00 pm (0500 GMT) on Wednesday to signal the start […]


S.Korean army chief quits amid N.Korea tensions

S.Korean army chief quits amid N.Korea tensions

South Korea’s army chief resigned Tuesday, reportedly over a property investment, at a time of high tensions with North Korea following its deadly artillery attack last month. A defence ministry spokesman told AFP that General Hwang Eui-Don’s resignation had been […]


US not helping Taiwan cruise missile program

US not helping Taiwan cruise missile program

The United States has not provided any help to Taiwan in its bid to mass produce cruise missiles, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday, as a Chinese military delegation held talks here. Taiwan’s Deputy Defense Minister Chao Shih-chang confirmed to parliament […]


Foreign powers accused of wooing Ivory Coast army

Foreign powers accused of wooing Ivory Coast army

ABIDJAN: Ivory Coast’s political crisis took a disturbing turn after Laurent Gbagbo, clinging to power after disputed polls, accused foreign envoys of seeking to turn the military against him. Gbagbo has become locked in a dangerous face-off with long-time enemy […]


Jury still out on 2010 US strategy in Af-Pak

Jury still out on 2010 US strategy in Af-Pak

The US strategy to defeat Al-Qaeda and the Taliban tripled American troops fighting in Afghanistan and doubled missile strikes in Pakistan, but hangs in the balance after a year of record violence. Since taking office, President Barack Obama has ordered […]


North Korea stresses commitment to nuclear weapons

North Korea stresses commitment to nuclear weapons

North Korea vowed Friday to push ahead with its “army first” policy and rely on nuclear weapons to defend itself from the joint forces of South Korea and the United States. But the bellicose language of Foreign Minister Pak Ui […]


Japan to deploy new missile interceptors: report

Japan to deploy new missile interceptors: report

Japan plans to deploy advanced interceptor missiles at its air bases across the nation to counter the threat of North Korea’s ballistic missiles, Kyodo News reported on Saturday. The deployment of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptor missiles will be under new […]


France ready to transfer warship technology to Russia: PM

France ready to transfer warship technology to Russia: PM

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said on a visit to Moscow on Thursday that France was ready to transfer military technology if it won a tender to supply Russia with Mistral warships. “There is no question about the technology transfer, […]


Taiwan confirms mass producing cruise missiles

Taiwan confirms mass producing cruise missiles

Taiwan has confirmed for the first time that it is mass-producing cruise missiles, despite fast warming ties with China. “Mass production of indigenous weapons like the ones under the code names of ‘Chichun’ (Lance Hawk) and ‘Chuifeng’ (Chasing Wind) is […]


 
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