Geopolitical News, 13 Dec 2018

Accessed on 13 December 2018, 1535 UTC, Post 833.

Source:  https://www.globalsecurity.org

“GlobalSecurity.org Newsletter”, 13 December 2018.

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

LATEST NEWS Dec 13, 2018
Pompeo: Iran Increasing Ballistic Missile Activity

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the U.N. Security Council Wednesday that Iran’s ballistic missile activity has been growing since the 2015 nuclear deal was agreed upon, and he urged stronger restrictions to prevent such activity. …

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‘Staunch support’ for Iran nuclear deal tempered by concern over missile testing

While there is “staunch support” among Member States for the 2016 Iran nuclear deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, that is tempered by concerns over some of its other activities, which Iran “should carefully consider and address” according to the latest report on the deal from the UN Secretary-General. …

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Officials Detail Steps to Improve Navy, Marine Corps Readiness

The Navy and Marine Corps have some readiness challenges, but both services are taking steps to address them, Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer and a senior Government Accountability Office official told Senators. …

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US Senate Advances Resolution on Saudi Campaign in Yemen

The U.S. Senate was poised late Wednesday to deal a historic rebuke to Saudi Arabia, a longtime U.S. ally, advancing a resolution to end American support for the kingdom’s military intervention in Yemen’s civil war. …

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Turkey to Launch New Military Operation Against Syrian Kurds

A Turkish military operation against the Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG, will start in the next few days, according to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. With the YPG being a key U.S. ally in the war against the Islamic State, such a move threatens to resurrect recent tensions between the two NATO allies. …

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US Officials: China Tops List of Security Threats

Top U.S. officials are sounding new alarms about China, warning that Beijing, more than Russia, poses the most serious long-term threat to the United States. …

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Japan’s Controversial F-35 Carrier Upgrade Confirmed

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force has confirmed long-held suspicions that the JS Izumo, a helicopter carrier, will be retrofitted into a full-on aircraft carrier to accommodate F-35B aircraft, Japanese media report. …

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India Negotiating Purchase of Russian Igla-S Missile System – Indian Def Min

India’s Minister of State for Defense Subhash Bhamre said in the parliament that the case of purchase of the missile system is at contract negotiation stage with Rosoboronexport of Russia, the L1 vendor, which has offered Igla-S missile system. …

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