South Korea's military deployed cruise missiles capable of striking the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and accelerating the development of ballistic missiles. Under a deal revised last year with the United States, South Korea is allowed to develop ballistic missiles with a range of up to 800 kilometers, more than double the previous limit. The announcement came a day after the DPRK conducted its third nuclear test in defiance of UN resolutions.
Last month the U.S. announced that a second resolution on Sri Lanka would be presented at the UNHRC sessions that start from February 25, saying the Sri Lankan government had failed to implement key reconciliation and human rights measures since the end of the war in 2009. Sri Lanka will continue to oppose the U.S.-backed resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) later this month but would accept assistance to address specific post-war reconciliation issues.
The Chinese government went public with a comment on Japan’s protest over a Chinese navy missile frigate that twice beamed its targeting radar on a Japanese helicopter and a Japanese destroyer last month. Chinese officials blamed Japan for increasing tension between the two countries over disputed islands in the East China Sea. “The Japanese are deliberately ratcheting up the crisis, creating tensions and tarnishing China’s image,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying. “What the Japanese are doing is on the opposite track of making efforts to improve our bilateral relationship.”
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