By: Elena Grace Flores
North Korea’s old threat of making the first nuclear strike that would surely bring Seoul and Washington into “heap of ashes” was again thrown into the air when irked by the war with China against its neighbors due to territorial disputes and China’s ignoring the ruling from the Hague that rejected its sovereignty claim.
Enhanced joint military exercises by South Korea and the US are ongoing to be able to place the ultimate defense missile system somewhere in South Korea to block China’s prowess.
China’s flashing offensive weapons recently irked Japan, including Beijing’s latest-generation frigate plus long-range bombers to warn or scare neighbors and of course, the U.S. — for them to beg down and put the negotiations for its territorial claims back into the table which the rest of the countries detested including the UN.
By: Elena Grace Flores
It has been decided in South Korea to deploy a US advanced missile defense system in the country’s southeastern region called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system – following years of controversy over the weapon system’s effectiveness against North Korea’s increasing missile capability.
The U.S. spearheaded a sophisticated missile-defense system in South Korea could trigger a nuclear showdown similar to the Cuban missile crisis 60 years ago. The defense system is designed to counter the increasing threat from North Korea’s missile and nuclear program. The system’s radar coverage can also be extended to monitor Beijing’s missiles – the reason why protests arise with local residents fearing the potential health hazards caused by the system’s radar.
According to NBC News: “The negative influence of the deployment of THAAD … is similar to that of the Cuban missile crisis,” warned a commentary piece in government-run China Daily. Another editorial described the anti-missile system as a “clear, present and substantive threat to China’s security interests.” “THAAD can be target of surgical strike,” echoed the Global Times, another state-run newspaper, in an implicit threat to South Korea.
It added: State-run outlets like Global Times and China Daily are often used to reflect the government’s position on issues. During the Cuban missile crisis in October 1962, the U.S. and Soviet Union engaged in a tense 13-day standoff after Soviet nuclear-armed missiles were installed in Cuba, just 90 miles from American shores, prompting fears of all-out nuclear war.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Superior, multifunctional, safe and quality products need not be expensive. This is the aim of the merging between virtual and physical capabilities involving the internet of things called the fourth industrial revolution. Industry leaders particularly German manufacturers are getting ready to support the infrastructure needed. Singapore and South Korea follow suit. Find out why:
Gone are the days when the scare over disaster brought about by modernization came about . Now, technology should produce controlled, monitored and useful industrial platforms necessary in generating quality but personalized products at lesser costs. The only problem that industry leaders are seeing now is how well the government of a country can cope in this line of thinking? It is best to be well-informed that the fourth industrial revolution era is here – than continue crying over spilled milk!
The Unites States’ determination in strengthening bilateral ties with Asian allies including the Philippines is signified by his visit that is ongoing as of this time of writing. There were news about some groups opposing the said visit but there were too minimal and did not even trigger worries from the national security department. Read this to know the agenda of President Barrack Obama while in the Philippines:
Majority of the Filipinos are thrilled with the visit of President Barrack Obama. Looking up to the American administration especially during calamities or disasters has already been a part of Filipino culture. Since the Filipino-American community is growing fast in the U.S., there’s no reason why Filipinos back home will not give full respect to the American President. A warm welcome to you, Mr. President!
War break outs seem to be rampant these days – but the most serious move against the United States and South Korea is North Korea’s nuclear threat. Despite being directed to the two countries only, the world will be affected because its radiation effects are airborne – so, the damages can reach other neighboring countries and beyond. People will be killed, birth defects can ruin the whole generation and physical damages will be immeasurable. This should not be taken lightly although aggressiveness can only trigger the anger of North Korea. UK’s Foreign Secretary Hague has this to say:
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has called for calm over the North Korean crisis. Despite the “paranoid rhetoric” from Pyongyang, it was important to remain “firm and united,” he, said warning of the dangers of a “miscalculation” by North Korea. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22056797
Every leaders of relevant countries must be united so as to prevent making the wrong move. Damages can never be undone – so, this is the right time to call on the experts in war as well as the peace makers and see if North Korea can be pacified and get into serious talks as per their intentions or quest for that matter. No country will go for war if they are not taken for granted. What could they be fighting for?