The Pentagon has decided it’s in the national interest to keep buying MI-17 transport helicopters for the Afghan military from a Russian company that’s been scrutinized by Congress over its arms sales to Syria.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said the U.S. will add 14 interceptors to the 30 in its missile defense system by fiscal 2017, sending a signal to North Korea after the totalitarian regime threatened nuclear strikes.
China criticized the bolstering of anti-missile defenses against North Korea, hours after the U.S. reaffirmed a commitment to strengthen its alliance with South Korea and deter Kim Jong Un’s regime from its nuclear ambitions.
North Korea said it will never negotiate away its nuclear weapons in the face of hostility, after the U.S. disclosed plans to bolster missile defenses against a potential attack by the totalitarian regime.
The Obama administration will give “serious consideration” to selling Taiwan new Lockheed Martin Corp. F-16 fighter jets, a White House official said, creating a potential new flashpoint with China ahead of next week’s high- level meetings between U.S. and Chinese officials.