North Korea Still Wants Nuclear Weapons; India Has Tested Cruise Missile; Iraq Blames Israel for Attacks

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North Korea won’t give up nuclear weapons – ex-Trump adviser Bolton

North Korea has no intention of giving up its nuclear weapons and Pyongyang benefits from stalling in its standoff with Washington, U.S. President Donald Trump’s ousted national security adviser John Bolton said in a speech on Monday.

“It seems to be clear that (North Korea) has not made a strategic decision to give up its nuclear weapons. In fact, I think the contrary is true,” Bolton, a hardliner towards North Korea and Iran who was fired by Trump three weeks ago, said at Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank.

Under current circumstances, Bolton said, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “will never give up the nuclear weapons voluntarily.”

In firing Bolton, Trump said he “disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions” and that the former adviser had made mistakes by demanding that Kim follow a “Libyan model” in which he would have to give up all his nuclear weapons unilaterally.

Trump has met Kim to negotiate North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons, but talks have been stalled since the two leaders’ failed second summit in Hanoi in February.

Bolton, a foreign policy hawk and Trump’s third national security adviser, had pressed Trump not to let up pressure on North Korea despite diplomatic efforts.

India successfully test-fires land-attack BrahMos cruise missile — media

India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully test-fired the land-based version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, The Economic Times newspaper reported on Monday, citing defense sources.

The missile was launched from a testing ground in the eastern Odisha state. The missile with the 290km range capability is outfitted with domestic equipment and is used by the Indian Army, the paper said, without giving any other details.

The BrahMos missile has been developed by Russia’s Research and Production Association of Machine-Building (the town of Reutov near Moscow) and India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).

The missile’s name comes from the names of two rivers: the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia. The missile’s first launch took place on June 12, 2001 from a coastal launcher. The missile’s production is based in Russia and India. The missile’s various versions are operational in the Indian Air Force, Army and Navy.

Iraqi PM says Israel behind attacks on paramilitary forces

There are “indications” that Israel is responsible for a series of air raids on Iraqi paramilitary forces this summer, Iraq’s prime minister has said.

A series of blasts in the months of July and August hit munitions depots and bases belonging to Iraq’s mostly Shia Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), a group backed by Iran.

The strikes would be the first Israeli attacks inside Iraq since 1981, when jets struck a nuclear reactor being built by the country’s former president Saddam Hussein.

Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said in an interview with Al Jazeera aired Monday that the investigations conducted by the government had nearly concluded.

“Some of the investigations carried out by Iraqi authorities provided important indications that Israel was behind some of these attacks,” he said, as reported by AFP.

The comments by Abdul-Mahdi mark the first time Baghdad has pointed the finger at Israel for the incidents.

PMF, also known as Hashd al-Shaabi, was also targeted last month by unidentified drones near the Syrian border, which killed two of fighters.

Read more: Attacks on U.S. Military Base; Russia Tested Intercontinental Ballistic Missile; Turkey Downs a Drone

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