US Counters North Korea As Nuclear Cycle Repeats
In response to last week’s alleged detonation of an H-bomb by North Korea, the US responded with a low-level B-52 flight over South Korea, a move which demonstrated America’s commitment to its allies in response to North Korea’s recent nuclear test, the U.S. military said.
“This was a demonstration of the ironclad U.S. commitment to our allies in South Korea, in Japan, and to the defense of the American homeland,” Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander U.S. Pacific Command, said in the statement released Sunday.
Although most analysts and Western governments have concluded that Pyongyang’s claims of an H-bomb detonation was merely that, experts argue that should provide little comfort.
“The North Koreans also have denigrated the nuclear deal with Iran and ascribed the fall of Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi to his disarmament agreement with the United States. It seems inconceivable now that this North Korean government would abandon the nuclear weapons programs it has developed at such a great cost,” cautions Jeffrey Lewis is the director of the East Asia nonproliferation program at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
Neither will North Korea be deterred by another round of sanctions targeting the nation’s elite or strongly-worded press releases from the United Nations.
Writing in the Korea Times, Andrei Lankov says sanctions will not hurt the party leadership because “the elite understands that regime collapse will not merely bring another leader, but rather result in the absorption of the entire country into its affluent and powerful neighbor, South Korea.”
US Unprepared For Thousands Of Cuban Migrants
U.S. Coast Guard officials say they are worried about a new spike in “desperate” Cubans heading for the United States. The influx of Cuban migrants is likely to increase after several Latin American nations agreed to a deal which will facilitate thousands left stranded in Costa Rica to make their way to Mexico and into the US.
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado says he never received notification from the Obama administration of plans to provide shelter for the Cubans and that his city does not have the funds to absorb them.
Kosovo Protests Turn Violent In Worst Crisis Since 2008
A European Union-brokered deal with Serbia allowing Serbian-majority municipalities within the predominantly ethnic Albanian state to establish more autonomy has sparked the worst crisis since Kosovo gained its independence in 2008.
The protestors, who set fire to cars and buildings, have also taken issue with a separate border demarcation deal with Montenegro that cedes a small portion of Kosovo to Serbia.
“Today, Kosovo is united in Pristina to send a message to the violators of the constitution: You cannot govern anymore with the Republic of Kosovo,” said Fatmir Limaj, head of “Nisma” opposition party, according to Ukraine Today.
Many Kosovo Albanians believe the deal with Serbia represents a threat to their country’s sovereignty and a challenge to their sovereignty.