He said a pre-emptive strike on his country would not be possible because they would turn United States assets in the region "to ashes" at the first sign of movement towards an attack. "A relevant institution of the DPRK detained American citizen Kim Hak Song on May 6 under a law of the DPRK on suspension of his hostile acts against it", read the North Korean announcement, as transcribed by Reuters .
Jeremy Corbyn is a guy who has campaigned all his life to weaken the UK's defences. "There is no need whatever to weaken our opposition to Russia's human rights abuses at home or overseas to understand the necessity of winding down tensions on the Russia-Nato border and supporting dialogue to reduce the risk of global conflict", he said.
Turkey has offered to work directly with the US and the USA -led anti-IS coalition to remove IS from Raqqa in Syria, but only if the USA stops working with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is mainly comprised of YPG fighters. But Washington sees the YPG as distinct from the PKK and a valuable partner in the fight against ISIL. A diplomat talking to Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity claimed, however, that this approach could prove to be counterproductive for Ankara.
Tension has remained high on the Korean Peninsula over the past months between the United States and the DPRK over the USA threat to stage military attacks against Pyongyang in response to its nuclear and missile programs. Testifying beside Coats, the head of the military's Defense Intelligence Agency, Vincent Stewart, said the state of the 15-year conflict will deteriorate from a stalemate in favor of the belligerents if left unchecked.
Another missile launch or nuclear test "can't be ruled out", he said, but the Syria strike and Washington's implied threats "may give Pyongyang some pause". The North also past year launched a long-range rocket that put a satellite into orbit, which Washington, Seoul and others saw as a banned test of missile technology.
Critics assert that Trump's move was an attempt to stymie the FBI's probe and insist that the only way to ensure a full, impartial investigation is to hand the matter to a special prosecutor with no ties, or obligations, to Trump or his administration.