National Security & Defense

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu defends his comparison of Iran and the Nazi Holocaust

April 19, 2012

“He defended his analogy on the eve of Israel’s annual day of Holocaust remembrance against those who say it is not only irreverent to the six million Jews killed by Hitler’s Germany but also stokes panic about a new war.”

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North Korea warns of retaliation against the U.S. following America’s “hostile” condemnation of North Korea’s rocket launch

April 19, 2012

“North Korea’s Foreign Ministry also rejected the U.N. Security Council’s condemnation of Friday’s launch of a long-range rocket as “unreasonable,” and reasserted the nation’s right to develop a civilian space program.”

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3 Secret Service agents forced out in the wake of the Colombian prostitution scandal

April 18, 2012

“The Secret Service did not identify the agents being forced out of the government or eight more it said remain on administrative leave. In a statement, it said one supervisor was allowed to retire and another will be fired for cause. A third employee, who was not a supervisor, has resigned.”

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Colombian Escort: I didn’t know the man was a Secret Service agent until days after the incident

April 18, 2012

“Eager to resolve the matter fast, the American men eventually gave her a combination of dollars and local currency worth about $225, and she left.”

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Persian Gulf Arab States said they stand united in a territorial dispute between Iran and the United Arab Emirates

April 18, 2012

“At a meeting in Doha, the Gulf Cooperation Council said any perceived aggression against the U.A.E. would be considered a threat to the entire bloc.”

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Chinese fishing vessels that were involved in a five-day stalemate with the Philippine Navy have returned to port

April 18, 2012

“The stand-off erupted when the Philippine Navy spotted Chinese fishing boats that were seeking refuge from bad weather at a lagoon off Huangyan Island on April 8. The Philippines sent its largest warship to block the entrance of the lagoon on April 10.”

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President Obama backs his Secret Service Director in the fallout of the Colombian prostitution scandal

April 18, 2012

“The agency’s director, Mark Sullivan, “acted swiftly” when accusations were made that as many as 11 agents were involved with prostitutes in the resort city of Cartagena before Obama’s arrival for the Summit of the Americas, White House press secretary Jay Carney said today.”

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President Ahmadinejad vows to defend Iran’s territorial integrity, including islands also claimed by the UAE

April 18, 2012

““The armed forces and the army will inflict heavy regret and shame in case of any aggression against Iranian lands and interests,” Ahmadinejad told military commanders on Iran’s annual Army Day. Iran “is ready to protect its existence and sovereignty,” he said.”

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Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV): Congress should pass a proposed package of new oil- and banking-related sanctions against Iran

April 17, 2012

“Last month, Reid had insisted that a package of penalties developed by the Senate Banking Committee should advance without amendments to speed its passage.”

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International Atomic Energy Agency: United Nations Nuclear Inspectors now unlikely to visit North Korea

April 17, 2012

“The UN nuclear watchdog said on Tuesday it was now unlikely to visit North Korea after Pyongyang announced it was no longer bound by an agreement with the United States for a moratorium on missile and nuclear tests.”

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North Korea says it is abandoning its February agreement with the U.S. which promised to suspend uranium enrichment, nuclear tests & long-range missile tests

April 17, 2012

“The North Korean Foreign Ministry said that it “resolutely and totally” rejected the United Nations Security Council’s condemnation of its failed rocket launching last week, and that it would continue to launch rockets to try to place satellites into orbit.”

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Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) calls on the Obama Administration to prevent China from helping North Korea develop intercontinental missile technology

April 17, 2012

“”Whether this missile is the new road mobile intercontinental missile (ICBM) the administration has been warning about is, as yet, unclear based on these public reports,” Turner wrote. “Of deeper concern, however, are allegations that the missile is based on Chinese technology, in violation of international obligations and a threat to the national security interest of the United States.”"

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Secret Service revokes the security clearances of all 11 agents and officers accused of misconduct

April 16, 2012

“The Secret Service has revoked the top secret security clearances for all 11 agents and officers accused of misconduct during a presidential mission to Colombia over the weekend.”

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Analysis: North Korea’s embarrassing rocket launch failure makes it more likely that they will increase tensions in the region

April 16, 2012

“Kim Kwan-jin, the South Korean defence minister, told a parliamentary committee in Seoul on Friday that intelligence reports indicate the North is making preparations for a nuclear test, which would be the third time it has detonated such a device.”

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President Obama: The U.S. has offered “no freebies” to Iran

April 15, 2012

“Exposing a rift with Israel, President Barack Obama on Sunday insisted that the United States has not “given anything away” in new talks with Iran as he defended his continued push for a diplomatic resolution to the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.”

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