Short-Range Missiles Was Fired by North Korea; New U.S. Cybersecurity Directorate; Saudi Arms Sales

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North Korea launches two short-range missiles from eastern shore: South Korea

North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea on Thursday, South Korea’s military said, the first weapons launches in more than two months as North Korean and U.S. officials struggle to restart nuclear negotiations, France 24 reported.

The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missiles fired from the North’s eastern coastal town of Wonsan flew 430 kilometres (267 miles) before landing in the waters off the country’s east coast.

A South Korean defence official, requesting anonymity citing department rules, said that the United States analysed one of the missiles that flew longer than 430 kilometres.

Some observers say the North’s intentions could be to show the U.S. and others what would happen if diplomacy fails. But the relatively short flight distance by the missiles also suggests the launches were not a major provocation, such as a test of a long-range missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, and that North Korea doesn’t appear to be pulling out of a U.S.-led diplomacy on its nuclear program.

NSA Launches Cybersecurity Directorate

The National Security Agency on Tuesday announced the launch of a new division aimed at protecting the country’s intelligence and defense apparatus against foreign cyber threats, Defense One reported.

The newly minted Cybersecurity Directorate will bring the agency’s foreign intelligence and cyber operations together under the same roof, helping the agency “operationalize [its] threat intelligence, vulnerability assessments and cyber defense expertise,” according to a post on the NSA website.

The group, which NSA Director Gen. Paul Nakasone officially made public at the International Conference on Cybersecurity, is scheduled to be up and running by Oct. 1.

The directorate will “redefine [NSA’s] cybersecurity mission,” Nakasone said in a statement. “What I’m trying to get to in a space like cyberspace is speed, agility and unity of effort.”

Trump vetoes congressional action to block Saudi arms sales

President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed three congressional resolutions meant to block his administration from bypassing Congress to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Defense News reported.

Congress passed the measures as a reassertion of Congress’s power after the Trump administration declared an emergency and later cited threats from Iran and Saudi Arabia’s status as bulwark against its influence in the Mideast. The sale includes precision-guided bombs and related components.

The Trump administration also cited an impact on the global supply chain – specifically allies United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, France, Spain and Italy, which have co-production licensing agreements for some of the systems.

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Source: France 24, Defense One, Defense News