The US has cautioned North Korea that any use of nuclear arsenal would force the initiation of an “overwhelming” response.
North Korea’s potential launch of nuclear and missile attacks were addressed by US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter at a meeting between US and South Korean diplomats and defence officials. Mr Carter said the US is committed to defending South Korea.
“Make no mistake, any attack on America or our allies will not only be defeated, but any use of nuclear weapons will be met with an overwhelming and effective response,” he said.
The talks come after North Korea’s latest nuclear test in early September which was it’s most powerful. Fears that the North could soon develop a nuclear warhead with the ability to reach the US has grown considerably after 23 missile tests and two nuclear tests have been conducted this year.
Police van drives into crowd of protesters in the Philippines
Protests have turned violent after police crashed into a crowd outside the US embassy in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Police said the demonstrators were gathering outside the embassy illegally and confirmed 12 people were injured and 29 people were arrested, they have since been released.
The anti-American protestors were voicing their support for President Duterte’s independent foreign policy, which details stronger relations with China and less support of the US. The meeting comes shortly after President Duterte visited Beijing to enhance relations with China.
Ecuador restricts Julian Assange material that could affect US election
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has had his internet access restricted by the Ecuadorian government. Assange has taken refuge in its London embassy since 2012 and recently released material that Ecuador says could have impacted the US election.
The WikiLeaks site released documents about presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, including material hacked from members of her campaign. The US has denied pressuring Ecuador to block the publication of any material.
Three day Yemen ceasefire has started
The three-day ceasefire in Yemen has started, with hopes the pause might lead to peace talks between fighters. The ceasefire will begin a minute before midnight local time and will be the sixth attempt in 19-months.
The civil war has killed about 7000 people and left about 35,000 wounded or displaced. The ceasefire comes after 140 people were killed at a funeral gathering in Sanaa after a Saudi airstrike.
UK sends warships to shadow Russian naval force
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