Geopolitical News, 03 Dec 2018

Accessed on 03 December 2018, 1505 UTC, Post 822.


“ Newsletter”, 03 December 2018.

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Comment:  Here are today’s top geopolitical news stories from the “ Newsletter.”  Views expressed in this intelligence news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

LATEST NEWS Dec 3, 2018
Defense Strategy Arresting Erosion of U.S. Military Advantage

The world is awash in change, but the new National Security Strategy serves as a rock of stability for the nation and like-minded countries, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California. …

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Mattis blasts Putin for election meddling, Ukraine row, US pullout of nuke pact

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin as untrustworthy and “a slow learner,” blaming him for meddling in the latest US mid-term polls, recent seizure of Ukrainian warships in Russian waters, and even Washington’s pullout of a key arms-control treaty with Moscow. …

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Iran will continue to test, develop deterrent missiles: Commander

The senior spokesman of the Iranian Armed Forces says the country will continue to test and develop its missiles in line with its deterrence policy despite adversarial positions taken on this issue by US officials. …

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Iran Test Launches Ballistic Missile Violating UN Security Council Ban

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Russia expands air defense network in Syria to US dismay: Report

Russia has reportedly completed an advanced anti-access/area denial network in Syria, posing a challenge to US military presence in the Arab country and the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. …

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S. Korea successfully test-launched locally developed rocket

According to the Ministry of Science and ICT and Korea Aerospace Research Institute, the engine fully-combusted for one-hundred-fifty-one seconds, eleven seconds longer than what the team considers a successful run. …

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Putin Says He And Trump Briefly Discussed Ukraine Naval Confrontation

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he and U.S. President Donald Trump briefly discussed the recent naval confrontation in the Black Sea between Ukrainian and Russian naval ships. …

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Ahead of next year’s presidential elections, Ukraine is being handed a false choice

“The seizure of Ukrainian ships in the Kerch strait on 25 November is not only yet another act of Russian aggression, as we understand it in Ukraine. It is reminder to the world that the annexation of Crimea is gradually becoming the new status quo in global politics; and western leaders have basically accepted this injustice.” …

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