Criticism Escalates Over China's New Airspace Defense Rules
Japan's prime minister has called China's declaration of an air defense identification zone that includes the area above disputed islands a dangerous move that could cause serious problems.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a session of parliament Monday that the air defense zone is not enforceable. He added that the measures have no validity whatsoever in Japan and should be revoked.
China announced Saturday new rules that require all aircraft in the zone to identify themselves and obey all commands from Beijing.
China has so far rejected criticism from the U.S. and Japan on Beijing's imposition of the rules.
China's Defense Ministry said Monday that criticism was unfounded and irresponsible. The ministry said it is within the country's rights to set up an air defense zone in the area.
Japan filed a formal protest on Saturday, criticizing China for escalating bilateral tensions over the Senkaku islands, called the Daioyus in China.
Qatar, Kuwait Praise Iran Nuclear Deal
Qatar and Kuwait have joined the nations praising the nuclear agreement struck between Iran and a group of world powers, while Israel is criticizing the pact.
The deal reached in Geneva early Sunday calls for Iran to limit its enrichment of uranium and freeze reactor construction. In return, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany agreed to ease some international sanctions on Iran's economy.
Qatar's foreign ministry welcomed the deal in a statement late Sunday, characterizing it as a step toward ensuring peace and security in the region. Qatar also called for making the Middle East a "nuclear-weapon-free zone."
Kuwait also welcomed the agreement, with Foreign Undersecretary Khaled Al-Jarallah telling the state-run KUNA news agency that he hoped it would lead to a permanent deal to defuse tension and ensure regional security.