US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with her South Korean counterpart, pledging to support deterrence and denuclearization in North Korea.
Taiwan's defense ministry said it would dispatch the appropriate forces to respond to possible threats in light of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell welcomed the decision by the Kosovo government to delay the requirement of Serbs in its northern area to register for license plates in the country.
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British foreign secretary Truss said the public wants the government to focus on other key issues instead of taxes on foods deemed unhealthy.
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The Senate near-unanimously approved the accession of Finland and Sweden into the NATO alliance this week.
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The UK defense ministry said in an intelligence update that Russian forces are still focusing their tactical assault in the Bakhmut area of eastern Ukraine.
Senate Democrats are waiting for a go signal from the parliamentarian on whether to proceed with budget reconciliation on the energy, climate, and tax bill.
The GCHQ alerted the Conservative Party of cyber hackers potentially changing votes, delaying the start of voting.
The current chair of the ASEAN bloc said Myanmar would not be represented in the upcoming summit this week, following the junta's decline of the proposal to send a non-political envoy.
Former German Chancellor and friend to Vladimir Putin, Gerhard Schroeder said Moscow wants a "negotiated solution" to the war, with the possibility of a ceasefire.
The regional governor said Ukrainian forces successfully recaptured 53 villages in the Russian-occupied Kherson region.
North Korea: US requests UN Security Council meeting following Pyongyang's 15th missile test
North Korea has continued the bolstering of its military arsenal and moved forward with its weapons tests despite breaching UN resolutions. The US has requested an emergency meeting with the UN Security Council following Pyongyang’s 15th missile test this year.
Diplomats said that Washington is requesting a UN Security Council meeting that would take place this week to discuss North Korea’s military activities, according to Al Jazeera. This comes as the US is pushing for stronger sanctions against Pyongyang. To note, Washington chairs the UN Security Council for the month of May and has considered calling for a meeting since last week.
The UNSC meeting comes amidst North Korea’s ongoing efforts to test its weapons, which has often drawn condemnation from its neighboring countries, South Korea and Japan. The latest missile test took place Saturday when North Korea fired a ballistic missile from a submarine. The launch took place ahead of South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s inauguration.
“It is a challenge, it is a threat to international peace and security that the UN Security Council and its members have recognized in the past,” US State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters last week.
“So we’re not going to get ahead of any steps that the UN might take or the UN Security Council might take, but we do think accountability is important,” said Price.
The US ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said Washington would like to vote this month on action toward North Korea. However, the call to do so would likely fail as Russia and China hold veto power in the council.
During the weapons test over the weekend, South Korea said that the missile that was launched from a submarine came from Sinpo, where Pyongyang has a major shipyard. Japan’s defense ministry also said that the missile may likely be a ballistic missile, and local media NHK said that the missile landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida ordered officials to be prepared for all possible situations and ensure the safety of Japan’s aircraft and ships. There were no reports of damage. Japanese defense minister Nobuo Kishi told reporters that the test was “completely unacceptable.”