With North Korean leader Kim Jong-un set for his summits with the South Korean and American presidents in the coming weeks,… the regime’s rubber-stamp parliament is set to hold a key meeting on Wednesday.
Watchers expect the meeting to provide hints about the message North Korea wants to send during those summits.
Lee Seung-jae reports.
What messages could North Korea send to South Korea and the U.S. ahead of its summits with them?
With North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament set to hold the sixth session of its 13th Supreme People’s Assembly on Wednesday…. that question may just be answered.
The Supreme People’s Assembly is the highest organ of state power under the North’s Constitution that rubber-stamps decisions by the ruling Workers’ Party.
Its plenary session — held every April — mainly deals with budget issues and personnel reshuffles.
However, this year’s meeting is getting more attention,… due to the possibility the isolated state may send a message to the outside world ahead of the summits,… during what’s usually an internal political event.
A local expert says the meeting could be used to back Kim Jong-un’s willingness to improve ties with the South or even seek a peace regime and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The North has previously used its meetings to clarify its stance on its nuclear programs.
In particular,… at a parliamentary meeting in April 2012,… the North stipulated in the preamble of its Constitution that the country is a nuclear state.
In the following year,… the Assembly adopted a law codifying its possession of nuclear weapons for self-defense,… at the same time consolidating its status as a nuclear weapons state.
The meeting will also be highlighted by personnel reshuffles,… as experts say the regime is likely to change officials at key posts of the State Affairs Commission,… and other organs to reflect the latest changes in the makeup of cabinet and military officials.
Among the notable changes,… North Korea may replace Kim Yong-nam, the 90-year-old president of SPA Presidium and the nominal head of state,… in order to seek active diplomacy to improve relations with Seoul and Washington.
Meanwhile, according to the North’s state-run media,… Kim Jong-un has acknowledged the prospect of talks with Washington,… in his first official mention of the planned summit with President Trump.
The Korean Central News Agency also said Kim delivered a report “on the development of the recent situation on the Korean Peninsula”,… which includes the inter-Korean summit on April 27th.
Observers hope the North’s recent openness may be a prelude to finally achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula,… as the world continues to watch the nation’s every move.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
What is israel goal’s in iraq??
Iraq contains 30% of the world’s oil supply, and Israel, and World Jewry, want it. Israel needs to eliminate all of Iraq’s intelligentsia, as they did in Russia in 1917.
They start by fomenting the Iran-Iraq war, the 1991 Desert Storm, the 2003 invasion, and finally a civil war where Sunni and Shiites kill off their leaders. Israel now installs their puppet leaders, and the US builds and protects the pipelines that go from Mosul to Haifa.
“A number of Israeli companies have won contracts with the Kurdish government in northern Iraq to train and equip Kurdish security forces and build an international airport, Yedioth Ahronoth reports; al-Qaeda warning of attack prompts hasty exit of all Israeli instructors from region Anat Tal-Shir.
Dozens of Israelis with a background in elite military combat training have been working for private Israeli companies in northern Iraq where they helped the Kurds establish elite anti-terror units, Israel’s leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronot revealed Thursday.
According to the report, the Kurdish government contracted Israeli security and communications companies to train Kurdish security forces and provide them with advanced equipment.
But that’s not all. Leading Israeli companies in the field of security and counter-terrorism have set up a training camp under the codename Z at a secret location in a deserted region in northern Iraq, where Israeli experts provide training in live fire exercises and self-defense to Kurdish security forces.
Now for a look at stories making headlines around the world and we start in Japan.
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has decided to go ahead with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s proposal to amend the country’s pacifist Constitution.
Abe has long wanted to change Article 9 to add an explicit reference to Japan’s Self Defense Forces.
LDP lawmakers have been discussing the issue for months, with some suggesting Article 9 should also have a paragraph banning a Japanese military with “war potential” be removed.
Others are opposed to that idea as it could bring public backlash, and raise concerns that Japan is moving away from its pacifist postwar stance.
After a meeting on the issue on Thursday, the LDP agreed to create a new “Article 9-2″ section that states the SDF shall be maintained “as an armed organization” for Japan to take “necessary self-defense measures.”
A two-thirds majority in both chambers of the parliament, followed by majority support in a national referendum is needed to amend the Constitution.
Iran has launched eight new production units in the field of explosives; production lines such as celluloid shell cases, PETN explosives, emulsion explosives and substances for making nitro-medicine. The launch of production line for the celluloid shell case is viewed as a key step in developing defense technology. Such shell cases can be used in mortars. PETN is one of the main materials used in making explosives. Regarding emulsion explosives, Iran’s defense minister said with this unit the production capacity of emulsion explosives has reached 14,000 tons per year from 8,000 tons. This comes as Iran has recently unveiled two strategic military vehicles, “Hoveyze” and “Talayiye”; both have been produced domestically; the first vehicle is a light and quick defense military vehicle with all its parts and equipment produced domestically while the second military vehicle called “Talayiye” is on wheels, which can be equipped with rocket propellers and is considered as a tactical weapon for land defense against any enemy. In the past couple of years Iran has reached self-sufficiency in producing its own military and defense needs, by relying only on its own specialists and engineers, despite being under sanctions for over three decades.
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In this video Mattv2099 Demos the Glock 19 or g19 for short. Mattv2099 demonstrates several function tests including tie wire. Also determines penetration capabilities by shooting at 100 purple drinks. Finally there are two ballistic geletin tests including the I used to be an operator until I took a bullet to the knee drill. The title of this video is: Glock 19 – Weapon System Platform PERFECTION\r
The Glock pistol, sometimes referred to by the manufurer as a Glock Safe Action Pistol or colloquially as a Glock, is aof polymer-framed, short recoil-operated, locked-breech semi-automatic pistols designed and produced by Glock Ges.m.b.H., located in Deutsch-Wagram, Austria. It entered Austrian military and police service by 1982 after it was the top performer on an exhaustiveof reliability and safety tests.\r
Despite initial resistance from the market to accept a plastic gun due to durability and reliability concerns, and fears, (subsequently shown to be unfounded), that the pistol would be invisible to metal detectors in airports, Glock pistols have become the companys most profitable line of products, commanding 65% of the market share of handguns for United States law enforcement agencies, as well as supplying numerous national armed forces, security agencies, and police forces in at least 48 countries. Glocks are also popular firearms among civilians for recreational/competition shooting, home/self defense, and concealed or open carry.\r
he Glock 19 is effectively a reduced-size Glock 17, called the Comp by the manufurer. It was first produced in 1988, primarily for military and law enforcement. The Glock 19s barrel and pistol grip are shorter by about 12 mm (0.5 in) compared to the Glock 17 and uses a magazine with a standard capacity of 15 rounds. The pistol is compatible with fory magazines from the Glock 17 and Glock 18, giving the Glock 19 available capacities of: 17 rounds (standard magazine with +2 extension), 10, 17, and 19 (standard Glock 17 magazine with +2), and the 31 (standard Glock 18 magazine with +2 removed) and 33 rounds of the Glock 18. To preserve the operational reliability of the short recoil system, the mass of the slide remains the same as in the Glock 17 from which it is derived. With the exception of the slide, frame, barrel, locking block, recoil spring, guide rod, and slide lock spring, all of the other components are interchangeable between the models 17 and 19.\r
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According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), in new the Turkish Armed Forces had an ive strength of around 510,000 personnel. In addition, it was estimated that there were 378,700 reserve personnel and 152,200 paramilitary personnel (Turkish Gendarmerie and Turkish Coast Guard), giving a combined ive and reserve strength of around 1,041,900 personnel. In new, the defence budget amounted to 26 billion liras. The Law on the Court of Accounts was supposed to initiate external ex-post audits of armed forces expenditure and pave the way for audits of extra budgetary resources earmarked for the defence sector, including the Defence Industry Support Fund. However, the Ministry of Defense has not provided the necessary information, so the armed forces expenditure is not being properly checked.\r
In 1998, Turkey announced a programme of modernisation worth US$160 billion over a twenty-year period in various projects including tanks, fighter jets, helicopters, submarines, warships and assault rifles. Turkey is a Level 3 contributor to the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme. The final goal of Turkey is to produce new-generation indigenous military equipment and to become increasingly self-sufficient in terms of military technologies.\r
Havelsan of Turkey and Boeing of the United States are in the process of developing a next-generation, high-altitude ballistic missile defence shield. Turkey has chosen the Chinese defense firm CPMIEC to co-produce a $4 billion long-range air and missile system.\r
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Greece currently has universal compulsory military service for males, under which all men above 18 years of age serve for 9 months. Women may serve in the Greek military, but cannot be conscripted. According to NATO, in 2008, Greece spent 2.8 percent of G.D.P. on its military, or about €6.9 billion, or around $9.3 billion. Greece is the largest importer of conventional weapon in Europe and its military spending is the highest in the European Union (relative to G.D.P).\r
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Welcome back to the Denny Ducet Channel – Here we are once again to discuss the decision or “permission” granted by an elite US military unit to acquire / or employ the Glock 19 as their sidearm of choice. \r
This is not breaking news as many of you are likely already well aware of this development, where the Marine special operations units are moving towards the Glock 19 in place of the Colt 1911as their sidearm. Last year we briefly touched on the news of the Navy Seals also making a move away from a mainstay pistol – the SIG P226 to the Glock 19. Domestically many other agencies have also made similar pistol acquisition decisions. \r
Before we get into the discussion, lets us all realize we are all on the same team – firearms enthusiasts, sportsmen and women, shooters, and countrymen. There is really no reason to adopt a vitriolic or contentious stance when it comes to firearm or caliber discussions. So lets keep it civil. \r
Over the past few years of writing some articles and putting out a few videos – I have covered the future of the 1911, the Glock 19 being an ideal pistol, and my admiration of the SIG P226. The wonderful thing about pistols – is you can own more than one. With experience, training, and time on the gun – opinions tend to evolve over time as we observe strengths and shortcomings while employing different firearm designs. As any of you who know me are aware – I was once anti Glock and 1911 or bust. \r
Well it seems to be circulating widely that indeed the Marines have made a move to the Glock 19. From what I have read the reasons for this decision mirror those of the Navy Seals in their similar decision. A smaller, lighter platform that is capable of carrying a larger magazine capacity – and of course the supposed budget savings. As any are aware – after the FBI studies and various other papers and expert opinions offered in the modern era – 9mm has been found to be plenty sufficient as a self defense – secondary weapons caliber choice. \r
If you have been part of this channel for any length of time you likely recognize the 1911 here. The pistol I have qualified with and carried for duty for over 10 years. I was literally raised on the 1911. The 1911 will always have a dear place with me. The slender frame, ideal grip angle (for me that is), consistent crisp near perfect triggers, rat hole capable accuracy, genius of design as well as historic and iconic status – the 1911 is a very capable sidearm for self defense. It is no wonder that the pistol still competes on the MainStage over 100 years after its debut. \r
All of its glory aside, it is no wonder that the Marines have made this move. Platform consistency among elite units who often find themselves working side by side in remote hostile regions would benefit from having pistols that share parts and have identical function and caliber. Any fan of a 1911 knows that the parts are often uniquely tuned to each individual pistol by trained and competent gunsmiths. The bushing fit, the extror – the inner workings of a 1911 are like a finely crafted watch. Precise – but difficult to do on ones own or without proper training. The Glock on the other hand is a mass produced pistol lacking any requirement for fine gunsmithing or tuning. You can take 100 GLock 19s, disassemble them to each individual part, dump them in a sack, poor them out, randomly reassemble – and each G19 will work as designed. This is not the case with the 1911. \r
With the consistency, and now proven 30+ year service record of the Glock platform as well as its proven service – being extensively used by elite US military units during the last decade and a half of conflict, this decision was merely awaiting official status and should come as no surprise. With NSN numbers already assigned, Green Berets, SEALs, CIA operators and others already carrying the Glock – the move of the Marines to go in this direction is not only a natural one but wise. \r
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Protesters gathered in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park for the annual May Day demonstration calling for improved workers’ rights and working conditions.
Some protesters simultaneously demanded the resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has put forward proposals to scrap pacifist clauses in the country’s constitution, Japan Today reported.
Critics suggest the proposals, which would make Japan Self-Defense Forces its official military, could lead to a worrying expansion of Japan’s military role. Credit: @yohane121111 via Storyful
Israeli forces have killed dozens of Palestinians protesting at the Gaza border against the opening of the new U.S. embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.
The bloody clashes are said to be the deadliest in four years.
Ro Aram reports.
Palestinian health officials say 58 people were killed Monday and just under three thousand others are said to have been injured.
The assault came as a U.S. delegation, including President Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, was attending a ceremony to officially open the new U.S. embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.
The move, announced by President Trump last year after recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, has infuriated Palestinians, who see East Jerusalem as their capital of a future state.
It also drew global criticism for jeopardizing a possible peace deal between the two regional rivals.
Palestinians, led by Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas, have been protesting along the Gaza border for weeks in what has been dubbed as the “Great March of Return.”
These demonstrations have resulted in casualties, but Monday’s incident was the deadliest clash since the 2014 Gaza war.
The Palestinian envoy to the UN condemned the Israeli assault and demanded action on the conflict in the West Bank.
“…….These war crimes need to be dealt with by the Security Council and the international appropriate legal system to bring those criminals to justice because the Palestinian people should not be the exception to the rule.”
Other nations, including Britain and France, have called for restraint from the Israelis, while Turkey called it a “massacre.”
However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted his military’s actions were an act of self-defense of his country’s borders.’
Israel’s military claims it was responding to protestors throwing Molotov cocktails, burned tires, and stones at Israeli soldiers.
The White House also backed his claims by blaming Hamas for the bloodshed.
“…….The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas. Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response. And as the Secretary of State said, Israel has the right to defend itself.”
Ro Aram, Arirang News.
Russia’s Defense Capabilities in 2018
War weary and under financial pressure, Russia’s defence and security policy will remain assertive in 2018, but there will also be a greater degree of risk aversion.
Author: Pavel Luzin
Sky high defense spending, as if in preparation for a major war, is depleting Russia. In 2018, Moscow will face the question of how long this can endure. Although the authoritarian regime has not been prepared (so far) to up the ante even further, it cannot significantly cut this type of expenditure either, mostly for domestic political reasons. So far it has also failed to overburden the West with confrontation and newly created problems.
Consequently, the Kremlin will try to create more problems for the West in the coming year while avoiding any excessive waste of its main resources; there will be a reluctance when it comes to taking on too many further foreign policy responsibilities, but the Kremlin will endeavour to remain unrestrained in its assertive actions abroad for as long as possible.
At the same time, the general inefficiency of the Russian political and economic system makes further self-isolation of Russia and the development of semi-military governance methods the most likely outcome.
The limit to financing
By 2017, Moscow reached the limits of its defense spending: in 2016, it spent 5.67 trillion rubles ($84.6 billion at an average annual exchange rate) or 6.59 percent of GDP. It is important that Russia’s cumulative defense expenditure should be estimated based on two items of the federal budget – “National defense” (3.77 trillion rubles/ $56.3 billion) and “National security and law enforcement” (1.9 trillion rubles/ $28.3 billion). It is noteworthy that 800 billion rubles earmarked for “National defense” was used to repay debts owed by Russian defense companies.
The trick is that the Russian military doctrine and national security strategy actually encompasses external and internal threats. What is more, not only the armed forces but also divisions of the National Guard of the Russian Federation (Rosgvardia), Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB), Ministry of Emergency Situations and Ministry of Internal Affairs participated in military exercises “Zapad-2017” (West-2017). In other words, all the Russian siloviki are incorporated into the system of domestic and international military planning. Hence, the necessity to inflate the level of funds earmarked for security agencies arises.
On the whole, the 2016 level can be considered an aberration, largely stemming from the high level of inefficiency of the Russian military industry. It comes as no surprise that Russian defense spending apparently shrank to around 5 trillion rubles in 2017. Of this sum, approximately 3 trillion rubles has been earmarked for “National defense” and almost 2 trillion rubles – for “National security and law enforcement”. In 2018, these limits will generally be maintained (classified expenditure included): t