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Nawaz says defied international pressure to conduct nuclear tests

LAHORE: Former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif on Monday said that he defied international pressure to conduct May 28, 1998 nuclear tests turning Pakistan into an atomic power, ARY News reported. Speaking during an event to commemorate Youm-e-Takbeer, the deposed premier Nawaz Sharif lamented that despite his services for the nation and its defense, he is now being termed a traitor. "Bill Clinton (then US president) had called me five times and offered five billion dollars to abandon nuclear programme but I…

Nation observes Youm-e-Takbeer today

KARACHI: The nation is observing ‘Youm-e-Takbeer’ (the day of greatness) today (Monday) to commemorate the historic nuclear tests conducted by Pakistan on May 28, 1998. On this day, Pakistan became seventh nuclear power of the world with demonstration of nuclear capabilities and the first in the Muslim world after conducting nuclear tests at Chaghai in Balochistan on 28th May, 1998 as a response to India’s nuclear bomb tests on 11th and 13th May of the same year at Pokhran in Rajhasthan state of India. The…

North Korea says will stop nuclear tests, scrap test site

SEOUL: North Korea will immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests and scrap its nuclear test site and instead pursue economic growth and peace, the North’s state media said on Saturday, ahead of planned summits with South Korea and the United States. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country no longer needed to conduct nuclear tests or intercontinental ballistic missile tests because it had completed its goal of developing nuclear weapons, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said. North Korea said that to…

North Korea says new ICBM puts U.S. mainland within range of nuclear weapons

SEOUL/WASHINGTON: North Korea said it had successfully tested a powerful new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that put all of the U.S. mainland within range, declaring it had achieved its long-held goal of becoming a nuclear power. Wednesday’s missile test, North Korea’s first since mid-September, came a week after U.S. President Donald Trump put North Korea back on a U.S. list of countries it says support terrorism, allowing it to impose more sanctions. North Korea has conducted dozens of ballistic missile tests…

Trump says North Korea’s Kim insulted him by calling him ‘old’

HANOI: U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had insulted him by calling him “old” and said he would never call Kim “short and fat.” Trump made the comment after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam. In a series of tweets he also said Chinese President Xi Jinping was “upping sanctions” on North Korea in response to its nuclear and missile programs and that Xi wants Pyongyang to “denuclearize.” During Trump’s visit to Beijing…

‘Mad dog’ anti-Trump leaflets, suspected floated in from North Korea, turn up in Seoul

SEOUL:  Propaganda fliers presumed to be from North Korea and calling U.S. President Donald Trump a “mad dog” have turned up across central Seoul, including near the presidential Blue House, according to posts on social media and people who found them. “Death to old lunatic Trump!” reads one poster, with a North Korean soldier with rifle in hand, crushing what looks to be Trump’s head with his tongue dangling out of his mouth. Near the soldier’s head is the line: “Complete obliteration.”  Another poster shows Trump with…

U.S. flies bombers over Korea as Trump discusses options

SEOUL/WASHINGTON: The U.S. military flew two strategic bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force late on Tuesday, as President Donald Trump met top defense officials to discuss how to respond to any threat from North Korea. Tensions have soared between the United States and North Korea following a series of weapons tests by Pyongyang and a string of increasingly bellicose exchanges between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth…

Trump says ‘only one thing will work’ with North Korea

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday said “only one thing will work” in dealing with North Korea after previous administrations had talked to Pyongyang without results. “Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid,” Trump said in a tweet. “...Hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, making fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!”  Trump did not make clear to what he was…

China says to ban some petroleum exports to North Korea

SHANGHAI: China said on Saturday it will ban exports of some petroleum products to North Korea, as well as imports of textiles from the isolated North, in line with a United Nations Security Council resolution passed after Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test. The announcement from Beijing came at the end of a week that saw tensions ratchet up between the United States and North Korea, with the leaders of both countries trading insults. The Ministry of Commerce said in a statement on its website that China would limit…