China Expands Military Facilities on Man-Made Islands
China has nearly completed a military-length runway on one of the artificial islands it has built in the disputed South China Sea, according to satellite photos published by a maritime monitoring group.
The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) , which is affiliated with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says China continues to pave and mark the 3,000-meter airstrip, which analysts say is capable of accommodating any plane in China's air force fleet.
Additional military facilities - including two helipads, up to 10 satellite communications antennas, and a possible radar tower - are also being built on the Fiery Cross Reef, said the group's online report.
The reef is one of seven locations in the Spratly Islands where China is reclaiming land.
IAEA Chief, Iranian Officials Work to Resolve Nuclear Issues
The head of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog met with Iranian officials Thursday in Tehran in the latest effort to resolve long-standing questions about the country's nuclear program.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano held talks with the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, and was also due to meet with President Hassan Rouhani.
The IAEA said the officials were due to discuss how to more quickly resolve outstanding issues, including "clarification of possible military dimensions" of Iran's nuclear activity.
Iran has long denied working to develop nuclear weapons and said the allegations are linked to faulty intelligence from the United States and Israel.
The IAEA has tried for years to get answers in its probe, including having U.N. inspectors visit the Parchin military site, but has faced resistance from Iran.