Kim Jong Un Says North Korea Will Test Launch Intercontinental Nuclear Missile That Could Reach U.S.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un used his New Year’s Day speech to proclaim that the communist nation was edging close to an intercontinental nuclear missile test launch. The leader said that the potentially devastating weapon was in its “last stage” and would be tested as soon as possible. Many fear that a successful ICBM launch would give the unstable leader the ability to deploy a nuclear weapon that could reach the United States. The Daily Mail reports that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un gave a New Year’s Day address noting the progress the small communist nation has made regarding nuclear weapon and intercontinental missile testing. The United Nations has had sanctions on North Korea since 2006 when the country openly began testing nuclear and ballistic missiles, test that were in direct conflict with UN policy. Despite the sanctions, Kim Jong Un has continued to boldly celebrate and air his military progress to the world via the country’s television network. A man watches a TV screen showing picture of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. [Image by Ahn Young-joon/AP Images] In his address, Kim Jong Un noted that research and development of the “cutting edge arms” was in the “last stage.” “Research and development of cutting edge arms equipment is actively progressing and ICBM rocket test launch preparation is in its last stage.” The country has not been shy about denoting their missile and nuclear testing with the leader attempting not one but eight intermediate-range Musudan ballistic missile just last year. Despite noting the progress North Korea has made, only one of the eight launches was successful. Despite the low rate of success, many foreign leaders have expressed concern over Un’s tests noting that the successful test was enough to give North Korea access to an attack on South Korea and Japan, and possibly the U.S. territory of Guam. May 10, 2016, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves in Pyongyang, North Korea. [Image by Wong Maye-E, File/AP Images] If North Korea successfully tests a long-range ballistic missile, it would give the country a missile range of up to 6,200 miles, California is just 5,592 miles from North Korea putting it at risk should Kim Jong Un’s plan come to fruition. Reuters reports that U.S. State Department spokeswoman Anna Richey-Allen is openly denouncing Kim Jong Un for his statements urging all nations to use all channels possible to limit North Korea’s influence. “All states to use every available channel and means of influence to make clear to the DPRK and its enablers that launches using ballistic missile technology are unacceptable, and take steps to show there are consequences to the DPRK’s unlawful conduct.” The issue in North Korea is being taken seriously by not only the current Obama Administration, but U.S. Intelligence agencies have noted that President-Elect Donald Trump is also requesting a briefing on North Korea. A senior intelligence official told Reuters that President-Elect Donald Trump’s first and only classified intelligence briefing request has been regarding North Korea and Kim Jong Un. Kim Jong Un says country is testing more ballistic missiles. [Image by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images] As the North Korean dictator touts their military progress, others are looking to other signs that the isolated nation is going to attempt a long-range ballistic missile launch. Many are point to North Korea’s successful satellite launch back in February of 2016 as part of the country’s long-range ballistic missile testing. In Kim Jong Un’s address he also noted that the testing would further cement the status of “socialism” as an “invincible fortress.” “The political and military position of socialism should be further cemented as an invincible fortress. We should resolutely smash the enemies’ despicable and vicious moves to dampen the pure and ardent desire of the people for the party and estrange the people from it.” What do you think of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un’s statements regarding further long-range ballistic missile testing? Should the United Nations do more to ensure that the small nation does not follow through with its plan? [Featured Image by KRT/AP Photo]

North Korea Talking World War 3: 'Vicious Cycle Of Tensions' Erupts As US Retaliates With Bombers After N Korea Tests Nuclear Weapon

The sabre-rattling and hardline talk of a possible World War 3 has intensified between North Korea and South Korea in recent days as the United States, in a show of solidarity with Japan and South Korea, presented a show of force this week by sending two B-1B strategic nuclear bombers to the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The tandem flight, along with a couple of Japanese defense force aircraft, was made in response to a nuclear test conducted by North Korea earlier in the month. The rise in tensions in the area has precipitated led to China offering hopeful conciliatory remarks while North and South Korea talk about the possibility of a nuclear war. Reuters reported earlier in the week that North Korea has warned of the potential for World War 3, stating that “any sanction, provocation, and pressure” could lead to a nuclear exchange that could ultimately end in “final destruction.” The words came as a response to the United States sending two B-1B bombers in a flyover of Osan Air Base, which is 48 miles (77 kilometers) from the Demilitarised Zone that South Korea shares as a border with North Korea. The two aircraft took off from Guam and were escorted by two Japan Air Self Defense Force jets prior entering South Korean airspace, where South Korean fighters took over the escort. The United States has also publicly called for increased economic sanctions against North Korea since the Asian nation announced last week that it had successfully detonated its fifth — and its most powerful to date — nuclear weapon. CNN reported that North Korea’s state-run media claimed that the weapon could provide, if mounted on ballistic missiles, “a variety of smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear warheads of higher strike power.” The nuclear test was conducted just a couple weeks after North Korea fired off a missile in the direction of Japan from a submarine in the Pacific Ocean, according to USA Today. Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, said the bombers were a show of solidarity between South Korea, Japan, and the United States against “North Korea’s provocative and destabilizing actions.” Pyongyang, through its state-run KCNA news agency, stated, “Any sanction, provocation and pressure cannot ruin our status as a nuclear state and evil political and military provocations will only result in a flood of reckless nuclear attacks that will bring a final destruction.” The United States has led a concerted effort of the world’s nations, including Russia and China (the latter of which is North Korea’s closest ally), to attempt to bring North Korea into negotiations to denuclearize, but thus far has been rebuffed. U.S. envoy Sung Kim stated, according to Reuters, that it was the intent of the U.S. to “secure the strongest possible (U.N. Security Council) resolution that includes new sanctions as quickly as possible” against North Korea for its latest act of defiance. The United Nations General Assembly adopted a comprehensive nuclear test ban agreement in September 1996. China is currently urging all sides to show some restraint. Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, speaking at a daily briefing, said, “If there is a vicious cycle of tensions continuing to rise and mutual provocations, this is not in anyone’s interests.” North Korea only went as far as threatening to destroy all of the United States’ military bases in Asia in July, claiming that, according to UPI, the U.S. and Japan had engaged in a “criminal joint nuclear attack training exercise” when it supposed spotted B52 Stratofortress bombers near South Korea in June. Officials in Pyongyang had also vociferously opposed plans for an installation of an anti-missile defense system south of the Demilitarized Zone. But threatening World War 3 rhetoric has been used by North Korea before on several occasions. The latest came during the joint military exercises conducted by the U.S. and South Korea in August. As Fox News recounted, Pyongyang threatened to make Seoul and Washington, D.C., “a heap of ashes through a Korean-style pre-emptive nuclear strike” if there was even a hint of aggression towards the north. President Barack Obama dismissively told CBS News (per The Telegraph) in August that the U.S. “could, of course, destroy North Korea with our arsenals,” but pointed out the humanitarian costs of such a move. He went on to note that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was “irresponsible” and “erratic,” further destabilizing the region with his military maneuverings. The Korean peninsula is one of several areas in the world, as was reported by Inquistr, that experts see as having the potential for worrisome events to spiral out of control and subsequently pull the world into a multinational conflict. Having a cache of nuclear weapons, North Korea also has the potential to generate an actual World War 3 scenario wherein a limited or major exchange of said weapons might conceivably be employed by the militaries of one or more parties. [Featured Image by Christopher Gardiner / Shutterstock]

Kim Jong Un Says North Korea Will Test Launch Intercontinental Nuclear Missile That Could Reach U.S.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un used his New Year’s Day speech to proclaim that the communist nation was edging close to an intercontinental nuclear missile test launch. The leader said that the potentially devastating weapon was in its “last stage” and would be tested as soon as possible. Many fear that a successful ICBM launch would give the unstable leader the ability to deploy a nuclear weapon that could reach the United States. The Daily Mail reports that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un gave a New Year’s Day address noting the progress the small communist nation has made regarding nuclear weapon and intercontinental missile testing. The United Nations has had sanctions on North Korea since 2006 when the country openly began testing nuclear and ballistic missiles, test that were in direct conflict with UN policy. Despite the sanctions, Kim Jong Un has continued to boldly celebrate and air his military progress to the world via the country’s television network. A man watches a TV screen showing picture of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. [Image by Ahn Young-joon/AP Images] In his address, Kim Jong Un noted that research and development of the “cutting edge arms” was in the “last stage.” “Research and development of cutting edge arms equipment is actively progressing and ICBM rocket test launch preparation is in its last stage.” The country has not been shy about denoting their missile and nuclear testing with the leader attempting not one but eight intermediate-range Musudan ballistic missile just last year. Despite noting the progress North Korea has made, only one of the eight launches was successful. Despite the low rate of success, many foreign leaders have expressed concern over Un’s tests noting that the successful test was enough to give North Korea access to an attack on South Korea and Japan, and possibly the U.S. territory of Guam. May 10, 2016, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves in Pyongyang, North Korea. [Image by Wong Maye-E, File/AP Images] If North Korea successfully tests a long-range ballistic missile, it would give the country a missile range of up to 6,200 miles, California is just 5,592 miles from North Korea putting it at risk should Kim Jong Un’s plan come to fruition. Reuters reports that U.S. State Department spokeswoman Anna Richey-Allen is openly denouncing Kim Jong Un for his statements urging all nations to use all channels possible to limit North Korea’s influence. “All states to use every available channel and means of influence to make clear to the DPRK and its enablers that launches using ballistic missile technology are unacceptable, and take steps to show there are consequences to the DPRK’s unlawful conduct.” The issue in North Korea is being taken seriously by not only the current Obama Administration, but U.S. Intelligence agencies have noted that President-Elect Donald Trump is also requesting a briefing on North Korea. A senior intelligence official told Reuters that President-Elect Donald Trump’s first and only classified intelligence briefing request has been regarding North Korea and Kim Jong Un. Kim Jong Un says country is testing more ballistic missiles. [Image by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images] As the North Korean dictator touts their military progress, others are looking to other signs that the isolated nation is going to attempt a long-range ballistic missile launch. Many are point to North Korea’s successful satellite launch back in February of 2016 as part of the country’s long-range ballistic missile testing. In Kim Jong Un’s address he also noted that the testing would further cement the status of “socialism” as an “invincible fortress.” “The political and military position of socialism should be further cemented as an invincible fortress. We should resolutely smash the enemies’ despicable and vicious moves to dampen the pure and ardent desire of the people for the party and estrange the people from it.” What do you think of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un’s statements regarding further long-range ballistic missile testing? Should the United Nations do more to ensure that the small nation does not follow through with its plan? [Featured Image by KRT/AP Photo]

Philippines President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte Tells The Public To Shoot Drug Dealers

In the Philippines, the president-elect has told citizens to use their guns to shoot and kill drug dealers who resist arrest and fight back on their streets. Rodrigo Duterte, the president-elect of the Philippines, told a crowd in a nationally televised speech late Saturday that he wants citizens to take the law into their own hands when a drug dealer threatens their communities, according to CBS News. “Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun – you have my support.” The leader in the Philippines told the crowd that if a drug dealer resists arrest or threatens a citizen with a knife or a gun, then “you can kill him,” Duterte encouraged. “Shoot him and I’ll give you a medal.” The future president of the Philippines encourages gun owners to shoot and kill drug dealers who threaten them or resist arrest. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images) The Philippines is involved in a large drug trade that often involves the police, and Duterte believes the citizens must take a stand against the drug dealers in order to get the situation in the Philippines under control. In the speech, he threatened police who may be working for the drug lords instead of the people. “If you’re still into drugs, I will kill you, don’t take this as a joke. I’m not trying to make you laugh, son of a b—h, I will really kill you,” Duterte said while the crowd cheered. Duterte was a former prosecutor in the Philippines, and he believes corrupt police officers act out of “extreme greed and extreme need.” However, he said he may not suggest harsh sentences to officers who are under extreme stress, such as those who have very ill loved ones, but to the others who acted out of extreme greed, Duterte said they “will also be dealt with by me. I’ll have you killed.” He pressed for the corrupt police officers in the Philippines to quit now, or he would publicly humiliate them. Duterte was giving his speech to a large gathering in the city of Davao, where he was celebrating his presidential victory, according to the International Business Times. The 71-year-old man who is often dubbed the “Filipino Donald Trump” will start his six-year term to lead the Philippines on June 30. The future president of the Philippines is known for his colorful and often offensive comments about several topics, including a joke about a rape victim who was murdered, extrajudicial killings, and even calling bishops “sons of w—-s.” It is widely believed that the future president of the Philippines was elected by the Filipino people because they are very tired of the large amount of crime that goes on in the country. Police officials are skeptical that the new president of the Philippines will be able to change the high crime rates. The police in the Philippines are skeptical that the drastic measures Duterte wants to take will work to curb crime. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images) During the speech to the people in the Philippines, Duterte told them of his plan to give huge bounties to the people who can turn over drug lords to the proper authorities, dead or alive. Despite his desire to rid the country of crime, human rights watchdogs are concerned that his wishes for a crime-free Philippines may give way to widespread rights violations. He is suspected of using motorcycle-riding assassins known as the “Davao death squads” to attack and kill criminals in Davao, where he is mayor, but no one has ever testified against him to prove it. Already in the Philippines, even before Duterte has taken office as president, some police officers have cracked down and hauled in more criminals than usual. [Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images]

Uri Terrorist Attack: 17 Soldiers Died, Pakistan Blaming India?

At around 8 p.m. EST on September 17, four Pakistan-sponsored terrorists attacked an Indian Army Brigade headquarters at the town of Uri near the Line of Control. The terrorists are believed to have crossed a canal along the LOC, cut through the fencing and infiltrated into Kashmir. According to latest reports, the unnamed attackers said to have lobbed 17 grenades in three minutes. As a rear administrative base camp with tents caught fire, 17 army personnel were killed and around 30 were reported to have been seriously injured in the attack. [Image by John Moore/Getty Images] How Indian government is responding Indian Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh took to his Twitter account to launch a full frontal attack on Pakistan for provoking and training the terrorists who carried out these terror attacks. In a series of tweets, Mr. Singh stated that after long conversations and peace policies between Pakistan and India, he is deeply disappointed that the neighboring country took such steps to violate all the laws. Pakistan is a terrorist state and it should be identified and isolated as such. — Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 18, 2016 “My heartfelt condolences to the families of the martyred soldiers. Those behind this terror incident would be brought to justice,” he added. Visited the injured Soldiers in Hospital. Given necessary instruction to provide best of medical support to them. pic.twitter.com/ZF3Al3xTnJ — Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) September 18, 2016 What Pakistani media is reporting on these terrorist attacks Well, editorials in Pakistani media are constantly blaming India for these terrorist attacks, stating that the timing of the attack was suspicious because it coincided with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s arrival at the UN General Assembly to talk about the ongoing issues about Kashmir. According to Times of India, The News International suggested that the Uri attack was timed in such a way that India could point fingers at Islamabad when Mr. Sharif will talk about Kashmir. “Assisted by its crafty media, the Indian political and security establishment is notorious for designing bizarre pseudo operations so that it could defame Pakistan in the eyes of the world, muster international support and to cover up its intelligence failures,” the paper further wrote. On the other hand, Pakistan’s The Express Tribune quoted an unnamed senior military official as stating that India’s retired generals and diplomats were busy pointing fingers at them even when their country was under the scrutiny of attack. “Therefore, it was a foregone conclusion that India would eventually lay the blame on us [Pakistan].” Before you sleep tonight, take two minutes to say thanks to these hutatma team.
Imagine their families!#UriAttack pic.twitter.com/BCNydlMNhA — Kiran Kumar S (@KiranKS) September 18, 2016 The Karachi-based Dawn newspaper has reportedly accused India of calling Pakistan a “terrorist state.” The newspaper further reported that New Delhi’s accusation on Islamabad for Uri’s terror attack has “plunged Pak-India relations into a dangerous and unstable new phase.” What the United Nation has to say on Uri’s Terror Attacks UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson spoke to the External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi and condemned the terror attack. Mr. Johnson further added that at this time of crisis, the UK stands shoulder to shoulder with India and will help the country of more than 1 billion to eradicate the terrorism. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also condemned the attack in Kashmir. Mr. Ki-moon’s spokesperson stated that the United Nation is taking serious steps against terrorism. “The United Nations is following developments closely and shares the concerns of people living in the region for peace.” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemns Uri attack, says 'should identify perpetrators' #IndiaWithForces pic.twitter.com/FsdQWynF18 — TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) September 19, 2016 John Kirby, assistant secretary for the U.S. State Department, released a statement via his spokesperson in which he addressed the ongoing Kashmir-related fight between these two Asian countries. “The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack on an Indian army base in Kashmir during the early morning of September 18. We extend our condolences to the victims and their families. The United States is committed to our strong partnership with the Indian government to combat terrorism.” This is not for the first time when something like this has happened. Now, India must decide on a consistent course of action towards Pakistan if it is to abate the frequency of cross-border terrorism. [Featured Image by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images]

North Korea Begins First Ruling Party Congress In 36 Years

North Korea opened the first congress of its ruling party in 36 years on Friday, a major political event expected to consolidate power around supreme leader Kim Jong-Un. The Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), the ruling party of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), commonly referred to as North Korea, has not held a congress since 1980. This will be the party’s seventh congress, and the first under Kim Jong-Un. Although the country’s most important political meeting in decades is being held behind closed doors, it is expected to cement power around Kim, and to showcase the country’s unity and stability in spite of increasing diplomatic isolation and crushing international sanctions. The congress is expected to last through the weekend, and Kim is expected to deliver the keynote speech. Though not much is known about the agenda, the congress is the highest decision-making body of the country where the ruling party sets new state and economic policies. The meeting is a chance for the relatively young Kim to boost his standing, consolidate the core leadership around himself, and bolster the personality cult that has kept the Kim family in power for nearly seven decades. At congress, North Korean leader hails nuclear progress. https://t.co/nOUf4APwOj pic.twitter.com/SuKG1Vnhch — CBS News 8 (@CBS8) May 6, 2016 The last Workers’ Party congress was used in a similar manner to crown Kim’s father, Kim Jong-Il, as the designated successor to North Korea’s first leader, national founder and “eternal president” Kim Il-Sung. Over 3,000 party officials and observers have gathered inside the April 25 House of Culture, named after the founding date of the Korean People’s Army. “In this year of the seventh party congress, the military and the people accomplished the great success in the first hydrogen bomb test and the launch of an earth observation satellite, Kwangmyongsong-4, to brilliantly illuminate the prowess of Juche Joson,” Kim said, according to Reuters, referring to the DPRK’s official ideology of Juche, which combines Marxism and nationalism. “Unprecedented results have been accomplished.” The North Korean leadership has a long history of keeping state matters secret. Foreign journalists were invited to the capital city of Pyongyang to observe the event, but were not allowed inside the building where the event is taking place, according to ABC News. “More than 100 foreign journalists — brought in to give the event a global audience — were bused to the venue but were allowed to view it only from outside. No one but presumably the thousands of delegates and officials were allowed inside the ornate April 25 House of Culture, draped in red party banners and flags.” North Korean Congress conveneshttps://t.co/eFiPU12iZK pic.twitter.com/so5sG03BM9 — WIS News 10 (@wis10) May 7, 2016 State-run media has been praising Kim for his achievements in North Korea’s recent nuclear test and various ballistic missile launches, which violated United Nations sanctions. Analysts expect the seventh party congress to focus on further advancing the policy of developing nuclear weapons and emphasize the North’s status as a nuclear state. It is unknown at this time whether the North Korean leadership will lay out a plan for the further development of the country’s suffering economy. What is for certain is that the congress will focus heavily on the power and authority of Kim Jong-Un, who seemed to channel the image of his famous grandfather, as the Associated Pressreported. “Kim wore a black dress suit, grey tie and horn-rimmed glasses that resembled the ones worn by his late grandfather and North Korean founder, Kim Il Sung. He praised the January nuclear test and a February satellite launch, seen by outside governments as a banned test of dual-use missile technology, saying they demonstrated the nation’s ‘dignity and power at the highest level.’ He also praised the outcome of a recently completed 70-day ‘loyalty campaign,’ in which workers nationwide were called upon to put in extra hours to boost productivity.” The capital city of Pyongyang has reportedly been decorated with national and party flags for the event, and parades and rallies are scheduled to take place in Kim Il-Sung Square during and after the congress, for which tens of thousands of people have been practicing for months. [Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images]

Watch Rodrigo Duterte's Inauguration Live Online: See Full Video Of Inauguration Speech From New President Of The Philippines

Viewers can watch Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration live online, including full video of the first official speech from the new president of the Philippines. Duterte was swept into the presidency last month, defeating a slate of opponents that included Mar Roxas Senator Grace Poe. After trailing in the polls for much of the campaign, he rose to a virtual tie with Poe in the final weeks and rode a strong performance in the debates to take a clear lead going into the final week. He was inaugurated on Thursday in Manila as thousands of residents took to the streets to celebrate his victory and watch his swearing in ceremony. Duterte was sworn in by Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall in the Malacanang Palace before a crowd of more than 600 guests, dignitaries, and diplomats. Live video of Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration can be seen in the embedded video below. Full video of Rodrigo Duterte’s election speech can also be seen below. Rodrigo Duterte was a controversial figure during the election, as he was during his two decades as mayor of Davao City. He was known for his tough outlook on crime, a heavy-handed approach that included allegations that he was connected to so-called “hit squads” that killed criminals in the city. Duterte called for the killing of drug dealers and said that human rights watchdogs should back off and allow police to take care of crime in their own way. Viewers who watch Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration speech online will see a president maintaining his toughness while also striking a more conciliatory tone. In his opening remarks, Duterte called on all Filipinos to come together to face the problems facing their nation. He said that no leader, however strong, can succeed without the full support and cooperation of the people that he leads. The Philippines has a tough-talking new president. Here are 5 things you should know about Rodrigo Duterte:https://t.co/xgy4wfwRN1 — AJ+ (@ajplus) June 30, 2016 As he had throughout his campaign, Duterte vowed to put an end to government corruption and restore the people’s trust in the nation’s leaders and in its judicial system. In that vow, he acknowledged the critics of his tough approach to crime and said that it’s a necessary tactic to root out the ills plaguing society. I know that there are those who do not approve of my methods of fighting criminality, the sale and use of illegal drugs and corruption. They say that my methods are unorthodox and verge on the illegal. In response let me say this: I have seen how corruption bled the government of funds, which were allocated for the use in uplifting the poor from the mire that they are in. I have seen how illegal drugs destroyed individuals and ruined family relationships. I have seen how criminality, by means all foul, snatched from the innocent and the unsuspecting, the years and years of accumulated savings. Years of toil and then, suddenly, they are back to where they started. Duterte mentioned several times in his inauguration speech that he is a lawyer and former prosecutor and therefore knows “the limits of the power and authority of the president” and “what is legal and what is not.” But the controversies over his approach had already started even before Rodrigo Duterte was officially sworn in as president of the Philippines. Bloomberg reported that dozens of suspected drug dealers were killed by police in the lead-up to his officially taking over the presidency. Duterte to leaves the economy to experts while he focus on fighting crime https://t.co/GxI8CCS4JK#Duterte #DuterteOath #Du30SaJune30 — David Ingles (@DavidInglesTV) June 30, 2016 There is a bit more help for those who watch Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration live online. The Inquirer has printed a full text of his inauguration speech, which can be helpful when following along online. [Image via The News and Information Bureau, Malacanang Palace/AP Images]

World War 3 Tensions In Kashmir: India Accuses Pakistan Of Exporting Terrorism, Pakistan Displays Military Readiness

Even though it is being reported that conspiracy theorists are speculating that World War 3 is just about ready to erupt between the two Asian nuclear powers India and Pakistan, events within the past week actually indicate that the reality of war between the two nations is indeed close, although whether or not it might lead to World War 3 is still the province of prognosticating think tanks and, yes, conspiracy theorists. And, of course, the point of contention is the much-disputed Kashmir region along the India-Pakistan border. Tensions between the two adversaries have increased since the September 18 attack on Uri in the Indian controlled region of Kashmir, an attack that India has blamed on Pakistan-backed terrorists. According to the Washington Post, Pakistan’s military put on a very public display of its readiness to safeguard the nation on Wednesday and Thursday should India open up hostilities, going so far as to land fighter jets on public highways and halt commercial flights (and show footage of the activity on television) for hours. Although Pakistan military officials stated publicly that the maneuvers were routine, the Post reported that public speculation was that the heightened military presence in Islamabad, the nation’s capital, was anything but routine. Just a couple days later, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, making his first public address since the alleged terrorist attack on Uri that saw 18 Indian soldiers killed, all but accused Pakistan of directing the assault on the Kashmir town located just over six miles (ten kilometers) east of the Line of Control (the military-controlled boundary between Pakistan and India agreed to in 1972). Instead, according to The Times of India, he noted that while both countries had attained independence at the same time (1947), India had gone on to export software, while Pakistan was an exporter of worldwide terrorism. Modi accused India’s northern neighbor of exporting terrorism “everywhere.” “Whenever news about terrorism comes, news also comes that the terrorist either came from there or – like Osama did – went there after the act.” In the past week, diplomats from both countries have attempted to drum up support for its particular side of the argument at the United Nations. Pakistan has vehemently denied involvement in the Uri attack, and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif delivered an impassioned speech before the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday suggesting unrest in the Kashmir region was due to Indian oppression against unarmed protesters. For their part, Indian officials further accused Pakistan of lending verbal support for a recently killed militant, Burhan Wani, whose death ignited days of deadly protests in Kashmir. As the Post reported, one Indian official said it was “shocking” that Prime Minister Sharif could “glorify a self-declared… terrorist.” Contested Kashmir region on the Pakistan-India border. [Image by Rainer Lesniewski / Shutterstock] To state that the recent developments and escalations of rhetoric would likely not reach the point of confrontation between Pakistan and India over the strip of mountainous territory called Kashmir would be to totally ignore their contentious history. In fact, the two nations have gone to war against each other four times since their independence, twice specifically over the Kashmir region. Unknown Indian soldier on Kashmir border, a potential World War 3 hotspot. [Image by OlegD / Shutterstock.com] That a border war between the two Asian powers might grow to encompass other nations, perhaps even assuming enough outside involvement to garner the label of World War 3, is a potentiality, one that is shared with other areas of the world because of their volatility and multi-state interests. Those areas of a World War 3 potential for entanglement include, as previously reported on by Inquistr, Syria’s civil war, the ongoing war against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), the South China Sea, North Korea, the border between the Russian Federation and Ukraine, and the western border of Russia and various NATO-aligned nations. In all the areas of contention, the United States (through alliances and direct involvement — like in Iraq against ISIS) and Russia play major and/or supportive roles (except in the North Korea, South China Sea, and India-Pakistan scenarios, where China replaces Russia’s role). Most worrisome about a potential war between Pakistan and India, though, is the possibility of the use of nuclear weapons, which both nations possess in their arsenals. Would the historical rivals restrain themselves from their use in the event of a possible devastating military defeat by its hated opponent? And, if a border war were to flare into World War 3 and several other nuclear powers were to become players, could all nations be trusted to leave the warfare to conventional weaponry and not be tempted to launch a limited strategic nuclear strike just to quickly end the conflict? [Featured Image by VanderWolf Images / Shutterstock.com]

United Nations: UN Human Rights Expert Juan E. Mendez Claims Torture Is Still A Tactic Used In Sri Lanka Investigations

Juan E. Mendez made the claim that torture is still a tactic used in Sri Lanka investigations despite the fact its use had decreased since the island nation’s civil war ended seven years ago. According to ABC News, Juan E. Mendez, who is an expert for the UN pertaining to human rights, was on a nine-day trip to Sri Lanka. While there, he discussed many of Sri Lanka’s issues, but on his last day of the trip, Saturday, May 7, he made a claim that torture was still a viable method used among Sri Lanka investigations. Mendez’s claim was not made of smoke however as he has backed it up with testimony from individuals who say they have been tortured while in detention. Mendez even utilized forensics analysis and tests to prove the tortured individuals’ testimonies to be truth. “Fewer cases are reported today than during the conflict period and perhaps the methods used by the police forces are at times less severe. But sadly the practice of interrogation under physical and mental coercion still exists and severe forms of torture albeit probably in less frequent instances continue to be used.” Currently in present day news, torture being utilized by the government is a touchy topic. For example, President Barack Obama is putting in the effort to close Guantanamo Bay before his term in office ends this year. One of the reasons Obama cites for the notorious prison’s closure is its numerous torture techniques, as listed by The Justice Campaign. These include ual assault and humiliation, sleep deprivation, sensory deprivation, solitary confinement and isolation, mock executions, forced medication, temperature extremes, sensory bombardment, and psychological techniques. Such were used to obtain the “truth” from detainees but many question if such methods truly work. President Barack Obama wants to shut down Guantanamo Bay, a prison notorious for torture methods, before his term is up. [Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images] Related Articles by The Inquisitr Police: Idaho Boy Tortured To Death Because He Was Hungry U.S. Psychologists Face Lawsuit For Designing CIA Torture Program Terrorism Experts Agree: Trump Is All Wrong On Terrorism, Muslims, And Torture Donald Trump: Torture Could Have Prevented Brussels Attack Though the torture Sri Lanka investigations use is nowhere near as extreme as Guantanamo Bay, it still is considered by Juan E. Mendez to violate human rights. Methods used include asphyxiation using plastic bags drenched in kerosene, hanging detainees upside down, applying chili powder to the face and eyes, and the mutilation of and rubbing of chili paste and onions on genitals. If the torture wasn’t enough of an issue, Sri Lankan prisons Juan E. Mendez visited were often overcrowded and dilapidated to the point such a vicinity would be very dangerous not just for the inmates but for anyone who steps into them, as reported by MSN. “I am struggling with adjectives to say what these conditions are like, because deplorable doesn’t even begin to tell the story. These places are very old, some 170 years and they never seem to have been maintained. They are literally crumbling on the prisoners even with the stairs that are very unstable and walls and ceilings seem to be falling on the prisoners.” One of the reasons why Sri Lankan prisons are overcrowded in which some can be up to five times the maximum capacity is the ridiculous sentencing. Some detainees are given lengthy sentences for less severe offenses in which it could take up to 15 years for cases to conclude. Juan E. Mendez states such is a violation of due process and the presumption of innocence. News outlets have reached out to the Sri Lankan government. As of now, said government officials could not be immediately reached for comment. [AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena]

Sanctioned By US: Kim Jong Un And North Korean Leaders Blacklisted For Human Rights Abuses

CNN is reporting that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been directly sanctioned by US for the first time and placed on a blacklist for human rights abuses. The report states that ten other regime officials have also been sanctioned by the US for being complicit in human rights abuses. Adam Szubin who is the acting treasury under-secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence clarified the reason for the sanctions. “Under Kim Jong Un, North Korea continues to inflict intolerable cruelty and hardship on millions of its own people, including extrajudicial killings, forced labor and torture.” Those sanctioned by the US are for the first time publicly named which the report says is quite revealing, considering how secretive a society and its leadership are. North Korea is condemned for human rights abuses by a U.N. committee. https://t.co/SswoRxPlUk pic.twitter.com/xK3Yb13Etc — [ North Korea News ] (@goinnorthkorea) November 18, 2014 These new sanctions appear to be the next step from United States’ recent attempt since North Korea was last sanctioned by the US earlier this year, where those countries who once did business with what is often referred to as the “hermit kingdom” were under threat of being penalized by the US for doing so. The sanctions also target five government ministries and departments in the country. A report by Reuters also says that there are more sanctions to come, but it also refers to Zachary Goldman, a former policy adviser for the same office that Szubin is in, who feels these new sanctions will make the relationship between the US and North Korea difficult. “There probably isn’t much of a hope for a diplomatic resolution.” People watch a TV news channel airing an image of their neighbor North Korea’s ballistic missile launch which the country has been conducting regardless of increase sanctions imposed by the US. [Image by Ahn Young-joon/AP Photo]
North Korea has made headlines for their determination to conduct nuclear tests and rocket launches, which have also been reported as failing but they still pose a threat to US ally South Korea, who have been targeted recently for blasting propaganda through speakers from across the border. The two countries are still considered to be in conflict since the Korean war. North Korea has also been mentioned by presumptive nominee for the Republican Party Donald Trump, who likely as a reaction to the country being sanctioned by the US over the years, has offered to negotiate with leader Kim Jong Un rather than impose more sanctions. In this Jan, 27, 2016, file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, poses with Chinese President Xi Jinping prior to their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. North Korean nuclear and rocket tests are drawing quick responses from the U.S. that will upset a supposed partner against Pyongyang’s weapons development _ China. New efforts to toughen missile defense in South Korea and sanctions legislation moving swiftly through Congress could both hurt Chinese interests. The Chinese are concerned the missile defense system could be used against them, and the U.S. sanctions could hit Chinese companies that trade with North Korea. [Image by Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo]China and Russia are two countries who have long had trade and finance relations with North Korea, but after being sanctioned by the US, they appear to have changed their habits and been somewhat cooperative, which is detailed in a report filed by Inquisitr earlier this year. Even though this might very well be the case, Russia itself has also been sanctioned by the US who have — as recent as this year — already increased to the most strict sanctions imposed on a country. An op-ed published by Washington Post refers to a blog which refers to satellite imagery that shows what appears to be a significant reduction of trade over the China-North Korean border, suggesting that they might be cooperating with the strict sanctions. From @JoshRogin over the weekend: Satellite imagery suggests China is secretly punishing North Korea – https://t.co/nONCtrT07z #FPIMustReads — FPI (@ForeignPolicyI) July 6, 2016 China doesn’t appear to have any interest in letting North Korea get out of hand as Kim Jong Un reportedly had his uncle Jang Song Thaek executed in 2013, who was the main established contact between both countries. China’s relationship with North Korea is also said to be tense due to their missile tests and the op-ed suggests that China is secretly following the US’s demands, to no longer be a trade partner with North Korea, even as they publicly defy the United States to look as a defiant super power. Russia has also responded with some concerns to the US’s efforts to place ICBM missiles at the South Korean border, as a sign of aggression against all countries in the region. Reuters reported back in February when the US military test fired their ICBMs in California in order to give an example of what North Korea could be up against if it continues to threaten the South despite being heavily sanctioned by the US. [Image by Ahn Young-joon/AP Photo]