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The Daily Express: RAF jets may spy on Kim Jong-un's North Korean nuclear bases after US calls for UK's help

The Daily Express: RAF jets may spy on Kim Jong-un's North Korean nuclear bases after US calls for UK's help

11 August 2017 | 03:54 | FOCUS News Agency
London. US military chiefs have called on the RAF to aid an international espionage operation and send British spy planes to conduct surveillance over the Korean Peninsula, The Daily Express writes.
The decision will require backing from MPs before deployment of at least one of the air force’s three Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft to a Japanese air base in the next fortnight.
From there the £800million spy plane would go on to intercept North Korean intelligence communications in a bid to discover the location of Kim Jong-un’s military bases.
A source close to the situation said: “Although a conflict between North Korea and America and their allies is unthinkable, everything that can be done is being done to prepare for that if it happens.
“Western war planners are keen to minimise the death toll and that means a massive stepping-up of intelligence gathering against North Korea.”
It comes as Kim Jong-un said he would fire four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles 30km from the coast of the US territory of Guam.
The missile threat followed harsh words from Donald Trump, who told Kim Jong-un his nation would face “fire and fury the likes of which the world has never seen” if he did not stop his warmongering declarations.
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Jim Mattis: NKorea war would be catastrophic, diplomacy bearing fruit

Jim Mattis: NKorea war would be catastrophic, diplomacy bearing fruit

11 August 2017 | 02:47 | FOCUS News Agency
Washington. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned Thursday that war with North Korea would be "catastrophic" and said diplomatic efforts were yielding results, AFP reported.
"The American effort is diplomatically led, it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results and I want to stay right there right now," Mattis said at an event in California.
"The tragedy of war is well-enough known it doesn’t need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic," he added.
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AFP: Japan will not tolerate provocations from North Korea

AFP: Japan will not tolerate provocations from North Korea

10 August 2017 | 06:12 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Japanese government said Thursday it "can never tolerate" provocations from North Korea after the country's military said it was finalising a plan to launch missiles towards Guam that would fly over Japan, AFP reports.

"North Korea's provocative actions, including this time, are obviously provocative to the region including Japan as well as to the security of the international community," Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief government spokesman, told reporters. "We can never tolerate this."

"We strongly urge North Korea to take seriously the strong warnings and censures that have repeatedly been made and abide by a series of UN resolutions and refrain from taking further provocative action."
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Reuters: France calls on all sides to de-escalate North Korea situation

Reuters: France calls on all sides to de-escalate North Korea situation

9 August 2017 | 16:49 | FOCUS News Agency
Paris. France called on all the concerned parties to act responsibly and de-escalate the situation regarding North Korea, after North Korea said it was considering plans for a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, reported Reuters.
"We call on all sides to act responsibly," government spokesman Christophe Castaner told reporters at a news briefing on Wednesday, adding that France was "preoccpied" by the situation.
North Korea's threat against Guam came just hours after U.S. President Donald Trump had said that any threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury."
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