Addressing the people of Britain following the terror attack that left at least five people dead and 40 injured, UK Prime Minister Theresa May called the attack an attempted assault on Parliament's noble principles, but promised the city and the government would not be cowed by terrorists.
May said the location of the attack "was no accident," as the British Parliament represents, "democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law … That is why it is a target for those who reject those values."
North Korea has nothing to fear from any U.S. move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue "acceleration" of its nuclear and missile programs, a North Korean envoy told Reuters on Tuesday.
This includes developing a "pre-emptive first strike capability" and an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), said Choe Myong Nam, deputy ambassador at the North Korean mission to the United Nations in Geneva.
Reuters, quoting a senior U.S. official in Washington, reported on Monday that the Trump administration is considering sweeping sanctions as part of a broad review of measures to counter North Korea's nuclear and missile threat.
The Trump administration reportedly demanded that Israel halt all construction in isolated West Bank settlements and put curbs on new building inside the major settlement blocs, under the terms of an agreement currently being negotiated with the Netanyahu government over settlement construction.
During his visit to the region last week, US President Donald Trump’s Special Envoy for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt held a pair of lengthy discussions with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in part to reach an understanding on new settlement construction.
According to several Hebrew media reports Wednesday, Greenblatt set out terms under which the US would not oppose the construction of new homes in Jewish neighborhoods over the pre-1967 lines in East Jerusalem, and would accept an agreed number of new homes each year inside the major settlement blocs, while no new homes would be built in isolated settlements. Building in the blocs would be within an agreed annual quota, Greenblatt proposed, according to Channel 2.
Over two years ago, when North Korea hacked email accounts at Sony Pictures, including of people I knew, to prevent the debut of a movie the NORKS disliked, I realized their leaders were not quite the harmless cartoon or animatronic characters popular at our cinemas. These days they're posting to YouTube with videos of their own showing their not insignificant forces taking out a U.S. aircraft carrier and blasting off ICBMs capable, sooner than later, of reaching, well, those same Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, not to mention a fair portion of the western USA.
Is it time for us to take them seriously? I would say so -- and so would, evidently, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who would not close off the idea of a preemptive strike on North Korea should their nuclear ambitions get out of hand. Tillerson had been visiting Japan, South Korea, and China primarily to discuss those ambitions.
While our media and minds are turned to healthcare debates, seemingly mythological ties with Russia, and other endless forms of internal backbiting, North Korea is not-so-quietly emerging as the issue -- and the most dangerous phenomenon -- of our time. All others may soon find positions on the proverbial back burner. Or, if not on the back burner, on side burners, as we discover more links between the more advanced NORKS, the Iranians, and various terror groups who may already be clients of their technology.