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…

Trump meets with South Korean President over North Korea

US President Donald Trump has met with South Korean President Moon Jae-In, discussing ways they can apply pressure to North Korea to try avoid a war. The two presidents discussed continued economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure to try keep North Korea in check. They also agreed to increase South Korea’s missile capabilities, and the US…

Iran Dismisses US Calls for UN’s Military Site Access

Iran has rejected the United States’ demand for United Nations (UN) nuclear inspectors to visit its military bases, claiming they are “off limits”. The nation rejected access after the UN’s US ambassador pressed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to ensure they were not concealing activities banned by the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and…

North Korea fires missiles into Sea of Japan

In a move likely to continue the recent escalation of tensions between North Korea and the US, North Korea has test fired several missiles into the Sea of Japan. Three short-range missiles were fired into the sea off the east coast, likely in response to joint military exercises being conducted by South Korea and the…

Trump and North Korea continue to escalate rhetoric

Tensions continue to flare as US President Donald Trump and North Korea maintain inflammatory rhetoric against each other. In a tweet the president said the US military was “locked and loaded”, and has said he is considering a new round of “very strong” sanctions against North Korea. Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged restraint in…