Iran may be less likely to halt its nuclear weaponry program after the U.S. and Europe failed to stop Russia from annexing part of Ukraine, which 20 years ago gave up its nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees, said former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen.
Four years ago, a small Chinese automaker had such big ambitions it broke ground on a $1 billion plant to make more cars than Ford Motor Co. Then reality set in and Jilin Tongtian Automobile Co.’s factory site is now a pile of rubble.
U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Tokyo on April 23 to begin a four-country Asian trip, marking his first visit to Japan since 2010. * Obama will stay in Japan from April 23-25 Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says in Tokyo today. Obama will meet Prime Minister Barack Obama and Emperor Akihito * Obama will stop in South Korea on April 25-26 where he will discuss ways to counter the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear arms program with South Korean President Park Geun Hye, Park’s office says in a statement today * Obama will also visit Malaysia for the first time as president on April 26-28 * The U.S. president will then spend April 28-29 in the Philippines where he will meet President Benigno Aquino: Charles Jose, Philippine foreign affairs dept spokesman says by phone
Russian military planes have been flying near Japan “frequently,” Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera says at a briefing today in Tokyo today. * “I am aware that Russian aircraft have been flying very frequently over the Japan Sea and the Pacific in the past few days. In general, there are more Russian flights, training and exercises near our country:” Onodera * Onodera says Russian jets have not infringed on Japan’s airspace * “It is not only Japan, but Russia that is paying close attention to the security environment in East Asia, such as U.S.-Korea exercises and events in North Korea:” Onodera * NOTE: Japan’s Air Self-Defense Forces dispatched jets to intercept four Russian planes on April 14, the Ministry of Defense said on its website
Japan’s dispatches of fighter jets to pursue Chinese aircraft rose by a third in the past year to a record 415 times, reflecting growing tensions stemming from a territorial dispute in the East China Sea.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met Chinese President Xi Jinping today to push for better military ties, a day after his being told by his counterpart in Beijing that China won’t be contained by the U.S.
The U.S. and Iran today escalated their standoff over Iran’s choice for its next ambassador to the United Nations, as diplomats in Vienna pushed forward at talks on restraining the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today said the U.S. will expand its missile defenses in Japan to counter the North Korean threat while calling on China to act responsibly to resolve disputes over contested islands.