China Will Take Countermeasures Against the U.S.; N. Korea Fired Missiles; UK Joins US-led Coalition

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China to counter U.S. deployment of intermediate-range missiles in Asia

China will take countermeasures if the U.S. deploys intermediate-range missiles in Asia, a Chinese foreign ministry official said on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

Fu Cong, director general of the foreign ministry’s arms control department, made the comments in Beijing at a press briefing.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday in Australia that he was in favour of placing ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia relatively soon, possibly within months.

N. Korea fires more projectiles into sea amid ire over US-S. Korean military drills

North Korea on Tuesday continued to ramp up its weapons demonstrations by firing unidentified projectiles twice into the sea while lashing out at the United States and South Korea for continuing their joint military exercises, France 24 reported.

South Korea’s military alerted reporters on the launches just minutes before an unidentified spokesperson of the North’s Foreign Ministry released a statement denouncing Washington and Seoul over the start of their joint exercises on Monday. The statement said the drills leave the North “compelled to develop, test and deploy the powerful physical means essential for national defence.”

The North’s spokesperson said Pyongyang remains committed to dialogue, but it could seek a “new road” if the allies don’t change their positions.

Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles were launched from an area near the North’s western coast and flew cross-country before landing in waters off the country’s eastern coast.

UK joins United States for maritime security mission in Gulf

Britain on Monday joined the United States in a maritime security mission in the Gulf to protect merchant vessels travelling through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a British-flagged vessel, Reuters reported.

British officials stressed that there was no change to London’s policy on Iran but joining the United States is the most significant non-Brexit foreign policy move to date of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s 12-day-old government.

Just two weeks ago, Britain was calling for a European-led naval mission. Now, it has joined what it said was a U.S.-led “international maritime security mission”.

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Source: France 24, Reuters