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Don’t forget that South Korean presidential election is just 9 days away and the leading candidate Mr. Moon wants a suspension of US THAAD deployment

With the presidential election just nine days away, South Korea has begun printing the ballots for voters on Sunday, the country’s election watchdog said.

Printing houses designated by the National Election Commission’s (NEC) regional branches will take two days to complete the work and should be able to show the ballots seven days before the elections set for May 9 as required by the country’s election law, according to the NEC.

“The candidate leading in the polls, Moon Jae-in, called for an immediate suspension of the Thaad deployment. Mr. Moon, a liberal, had already pledged to review South Korea’s decision to accept the system if elected. He said Park Geun-hye, the conservative president who was ousted in March over a corruption scandal, should have sought Parliament’s approval before agreeing to the deployment.” (New York Times)

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Air-raid siren reportedly tested several times during the week in Shenyang, China, a city close to North Korea border

Washington’s military pressure against North Korea only provokes Pyongyang’s retaliatory measures, Russian Ambassador to China Andrei Denisov told reporters on Sunday.

“Military pressure against North Korea by the United States only provokes retaliatory steps of the North Korean side. During the (presidency of Donald) Trump North Korea has fired missiles nine times already,” Denisov said.

“We call for resuming the formats that already exist, first of all the six-party talks (on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula),” the Russian ambassador said, adding that the Chinese side says there is no alternative to this format. “Any initiatives won’t work, the Chinese say.”


US Installing Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, THAAD, in Seongju, South Korea

Speaking in front of the UN Security Council just hours before North Korea reportedly conducted its second failed ballistic missile test this month, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov noted that placing THAAD anti-missiles on North Korean borders will serve as “additional destabilizing factor in the region.”

Gatilov said that the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) was made “in line with the vicious logic of creating a global missile shield.” But the missile defense system deployment, he warned, is also undermining security and deterrent powers of adjacent states, such as China, thus threatening “the existing military balance in the region.”

“It is not only we who perceived this step very negatively. We are once again urging both the United States and the Republic of Korea to reconsider its expediency and other regional states not to yield to the temptation of joining such destabilizing efforts,” the deputy foreign minister said.

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Four Polish F-16s land in Lithuania

Four Polish F-16s, supported by more than 100 military personnel and designated to perform surveillance missions over the Baltic airspace, have landed in Lithuania at Šiauliai Air Base on 28th April 2017.

US Stryker armoured vehicles are deploying into northern Syria along the tense border with Turkey

U.S. armoured vehicles are deploying in areas in northern Syria along the tense border with Turkey, a few days after a Turkish airstrike that killed 20 U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, a Syrian war monitor and Kurdish activists said Friday.

Footage posted by Syrian activists online showed a convoy of U.S. armoured vehicles driving on a rural road in the village of Darbasiyah, a few hundred meters from the Turkish border. Clashes in the area were reported between Turkish and Kurdish forces Wednesday a day after the Turkish airstrike which also destroyed a Kurdish command headquarters.

The Turkish airstrikes, which also wounded 18 members of the U.S.-backed People’s Protection Units, or YPG, in Syria were criticized by both the U.S. and Russia. The YPG is a close U.S. ally in the fight against Daesh, also known as ISIS and ISIL, but is seen by Ankara as a terrorist group because of its ties to Turkey’s Kurdish rebels.

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Russia’s air defense in the Far East region has been put on high alert amid the missile launch carried out by North Korea

Another ballistic missile launch carried out by Pyongyang has increased the probability of a military conflict in the region, Victor Ozerov, the chairman of the Russian upper house of parliament’s committee on defense and security, told Sputnik Saturday.

North Korea is believed to have launched a KN-17 intermediate ballistic missile in the early hours of Saturday from a site north of Pyongyang. Japan, South Korea and the United States said the test appeared to have failed after the missile broke up within North Korean territory.

“Obviously, every such launch is not a step to relieve tension, on the contrary, it only strengthens it, increases the danger of a military conflict, taking into account the presence of US warships in the Sea of Japan,” the senator said.

Japanese Defense Ministry sources told a local broadcaster following the reported missile launch that the strike group of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier has navigated the Tsushima Strait and entered the Sea of Japan. The fleet will be reportedly stationed off the Korean peninsula, in a show of force directed at North Korea.

Ozerov added that Russia’s air defense in the Far East region has been put on high alert amid the missile launch carried out by North Korea, Russia controls the airspace over the country.

“Russia closely follows the developments in North Korea. The air defense of the Russian Federation in the Far East has been put on high alert. We control the airspace in the zone of responsibility of the Russian air forces,” the senator said.

He also said that Russia, realizing that it is not targeted by Pyongyang’s missile launches, “will do everything to prevent accidental missiles from landing on the territory of Russia in the case of an extraordinary situation.”

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South Korean Main Battle Tanks spotted at Kwangwoon Station this morning (I can’t confirm but probably heading South)

The United States sounded a global call to action on the North Korean nuclear threat Friday, exhorting Beijing to use its “unique” leverage to rein in Pyongyang and avert “catastrophic consequences.”

Addressing the UN Security Council after Donald Trump warned of the risk of a “major conflict” involving the reclusive regime, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for an unprecedented campaign of pressure to force the North to change course and put a halt to its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

“Failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences,” Tillerson told the council. “Business as usual is not an option.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the Security Council that China’s proposals to re-start talks with North Korea should be seriously examined and that sanctions alone would not work.

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