Iranian foreign minister call Trump threat to international peace

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif labelled US President Donald Trump and his administration a threat to the Middle East and global peace in a statement on Twitter. “It is true that there is a real threat to our region and to international peace and security: that threat is the Trump administration’s sense of entitlement…

Trump cancels Pompeo North Korea trip amid concerns over nuclear progress

US President Donald Trump cancelled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to North Korea over concerns that North Korea was not progressing in its goals agreed to at the nuclear summit in June. This is the first time Mr Trump has acknowledged North Korea’s apparent lack of movement towards denuclearisation, despite characterising the meeting as…

Pompeo confident North Korea will end nuclear program

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has expressed optimism about North Korea ending its nuclear program within the timeline set in an agreement between the two countries. “I’m optimistic that we will get this done in the timeline and the world will celebrate what the U.N. Security Council has demanded,” Pompeo said. “The work has…

North Korea may still be developing nuclear weapons

US intelligence believes North Korea may still be developing its nuclear weapon capabilities, increasing its production of fuel for nuclear weapons at secret sites, according to an NBC News report. The report cited US intelligence officials, and contradicts US President Donald Trump’s statement that “there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea”, made…

OPINION: Donald Trump’s Big Gamble On North Korea

Only time will tell us whether the meeting between Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump was a success for those of us living in Australia. Most of us want to see fewer nuclear weapons in the world and in our region and, if their number can’t be reduced, less of a threat that those missiles will…

US – North Korea meeting may still be on

US President Donald Trump has said there is still the possibility of US-North Korea talks happening on the 12th of June, after announcing the cancellation of the talk earlier this week. North Korea issued a response to the cancellation, saying that there were still open to talks. “It was a very nice statement they put…

Australia, Canada sending military planes to monitor North Korean ships

Australia and Canada are sending military patrol craft to monitor North Korean vessels believed to be breaking UN trade sanctions. The aircraft will be based at the US military air base Kadena on the Japanese island of Okinawa, according to a statement by the Japanese government. “We do have a P-8A surveillance aircraft that is…

New Nuclear Deal on the Cards After Trump, Macron Talks

A new agreement on Iran’s nuclear program could be on the table, following talks between Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron. The US President claimed a deal possible after talks with Mr Macron in Washington, after Mr Trump’s scepticism over a 2015 accord. “I think we will have a great shot at doing a…

South Korean President meets with Kim Jong Un’s sister

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has met with Kim Yo Jong, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, seeking to utilise the Olympic détente to further diplomatic relations. The pair met face-to-face for the first time at the opening ceremony, where they shook hands and cheered for Korean athletes marching under a unified…

Trump refuses to certify Iran deal

US President Donald Trump has refused to certify that Tehran is complying with the Iran deal in a move that has been expected for weeks. He announced the new strategy in a speech saying the US will take a stronger stance to ensure that Iran never acquires nuclear weaponry. “Our policy is based on a…