US, South Korea to Practice Offense During Joint Exercises
The United States and South Korea will reportedly practice preemptive military strikes to take out North Korean nuclear sites next month when they begin the largest joint exercises ever conducted by the two allied forces.
In the wake of North Korea’s recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch, Washington and Seoul will focus in part on defending against attacks by weapons of mass destruction during this year's annual joint exercises.
In some scenarios being game planned by military strategists, the best defense is a good offense, one that would eliminate a North Korean missile site, nuclear facility or other strategic military target prior to an imminent attack.
“These types of exercises, this type of training, considering the nature of the threat, it's going to be the new normal for North Korea, unless they were to roll back their nuclear program, which I don'foresee that happening anytime soon,” said Northeast Asia security analyst Daniel Pinkston with Troy University in Seoul.
Russia: Syria Terror Attacks Meant to Derail Peace Effort
Russia on Monday condemned a series of deadly bombings in Syria, saying the attacks are aimed at derailing peace efforts.
Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement the terror attacks, which were claimed by Islamic State, need an adequate reaction from the international community.
Multiple bombings in Damascus killed at least 83 people Sunday, while bombs in Homs killed another 59 people.
Russia and the United States are trying to convince opposing sides of the Syrian conflict to accept a new cease-fire proposal.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday a "provisional agreement" had been reached with Russia and could begin within a few days.
Kerry spoke by telephone with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, whose ministry said the two powers agreed on the parameters of the cease-fire. Neither diplomat released details of the plan.