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Duterte warns he’ll order navy to fire if sea resources stolen

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President Rodrigo Duterte told a news conference late on Friday that the Philippines will continue talks with China over disputed South China Sea territories. He also stressed the Philippines’ sovereign rights over Benham Rise, a vast offshore frontier off his country’s northeast. Duterte said he has no intention of going into war over territorial feuds but will order the navy to fire if other countries extract resources from waters within his country’s exclusive economic zone.

US, Taliban do not want peace

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According to the U.S. deputy secretary, John Sullivan, Taliban attack on civilians show that Taliban do not want peace, but war. “Unfortunately, at this stage, everyone but the Taliban appears ready for peace. The Taliban’s reprehensible attacks targeting innocent civilians demonstrate that they are not ready to enter into good faith peace negotiations”, Sullivan said. The U.S. deputy secretary Sullivan who has visited Kabul noted that pressures are ongoing for bringing the Taliban group to the negotiation table and emphasized on an Afghan led-peace process. “Our policy is for continue to – for us to continue to put pressure on the Taliban – military, economic, political – to bring them to the negotiating table where the ultimate resolution will be through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process,” he said. Sullivan said that U.S. seriously asked  Pakistan to end violence, take practical measures and cooperate with the Afghan government. “We have made clear to the Pakistani Government our expectations for them to take action against terrorists that are in sanctuaries in Pakistan to reduce the pressure and the threat of violence in Afghanistan, and to contribute to a lasting and enduring peace in Afghanistan and the region”, he added. Recently, U.S. President Donald Trump said that the group was “killing innocent people left and right so we don’t want to talk with the Taliban. There may be a time but it may be a long time”. The Taliban warned that Trump’s rhetoric would most certainly result in more war and bloodshed.

El-Sisi discuss achievements over the past four years

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During the third day of “The Story of a Nation” event the President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discuss the achievements over the past four years in counterterrorism, development and foreign affairs. He said that EGP 250 billion worth of developments have been implemented in Sinai, adding that on the war against terrorism in North Sinai the state has not destroyed any houses. For several years the Egyptian army has been fighting against Islamist terrorism and hundreds of soldiers have been killed by the terrorist attacks. The state is providing aid to 13 000 citizens injured by the attacks. The president spoke about the El-Arish Airport, saying that the state should return to Sinai and that a safe zone will be create around the airport. Speaking about foreign relations El-Sisi said that Egypt has suffered isolation and it is important to restore his role in Africa and Europe. On the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, after the tensions with Ethiopia, the president said that the Egyptian share of water will not be touched. He concluded stressing the importance of having stable institutions  in the country.

 Russia, China Must ‘Work Together’ to Avoid DPRK ‘Time Bomb’ Say, Experts

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Beijing government advisors observe that the risk of war on the Korean peninsula is at its highest point in decades. Senior government advisers and military officers warned Beijing on Saturday that the escalation of the war of words between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un indicates that China must remain on high alert for war on the Korean peninsula, as the risk of conflict has never been greater. “North Korea is a time bomb”, detailed China’s executive-level State Council cabinet advisor Shi Yinhong during a Beijing conference on the Korean crisis. “We can only delay the explosion, hoping that by delaying it, a time will come to remove the detonator”, said Shi, a Renmin University international relations professor, cited by the South China Morning Post (SCMP). Chinese government advisor Shi agreed with Tillerson’s observation, noting that any hope for peace cannot rest with Kim and Trump, and pointing out that China and Russia must work together to convince Pyongyang and its adversaries in the west to stand down from their aggressive military footing.

North Korea: Trump has declared war on our country

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After the U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter that North Korea “won’t be around much longer”, the reclusive nuclear nation has now fired back. North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said: “Last weekend Trump claimed that our leadership wouldn’t be around much longer and declared a war on our country. Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make all self-defensive countermeasures, including the right to shoot down the United States strategic bombers at any time even when they are not yet inside the aerospace border of our country”. He added, “The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country” rump took on Twitter to respond to Ri Yong remarks and said, “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!”. Pyongyang called Trump’s comments an “intolerable insult to the Korean people, a declaration of war against the DPRK and grave threats to the global peace”. The letter published by KCNA read, “If Trump thinks that he would bring the DPRK, a nuclear power to its knees through nuclear war threat, it is a big miscalculation and ignorance”.

A total oil embargo on North Korea would only lead to war, as it did with imperial Japan

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A total oil embargo against North Korea would be likely to provoke the same result as it did with imperial Japan , war with the US and friends. Last week, following a series of missile launches and an underground nuclear test, the US ambassador to the UN declared North Korea to be begging for war. This week, the 15- member UN Security Council unanimously passed a raft of new sanctions, including a universal ban on purchasing North Korean textiles (the country’s second-largest export, after coal) and the cessation of all gas exports to the isolated state. What’s more interesting is what was culled from America original proposal: the use of force, if deemed necessary, to board and inspect ships to enforce these economic sanctions; an asset freeze; a travel ban for Kim Jong-un. China and Russia know that a complete oil cut-off would heighten North Korea’s self-destructive tendencies and hasten its collapse. Sanctions have not worked and now cannot work. North Korea is not going to give up.

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