North Korea has fired an unidentified missile over Japan from the Sunan district in its capital, Pyongyang. The missile landed in the ocean, 2,000 km off the east coast of Hokkaido.
Israeli warplanes struck a military position near the Mediterranean coast in western Syria killing two soldiers.
The BRICS declaration recognised several terror groups including Pakistan sponsored ones such as the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad as potential threats. It was an interesting development since China probably for the first time identified the threat posed by Pakistan based groups.
North Korea’s testing of the Hydrogen bomb has left everyone concerned. Pakistan was quick to condemn it too, but behind North Korea’s missile capabilities there is a history attached. In the 2008 book, “Good Bye Shahzadi,” written by journalist Shyam Bhatia, the late Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto is quoted on this issue. It said she had smuggled nuclear data to North Korea in 1993.
Is the China-Pakistan bonhomie wearing off? The BRICS declaration condemned the role various terror groups, but the one that was the highlight was the Jaish-e-Mohammad. It may be recalled that China had refused to support the ban on the Jaish chief Maulana Masood Azhar.
It is a well known fact that North Korea has increasingly used the nuclear brinkmanship in a bid to be taken seriously. On Sunday, North Korea announced that it had tested the hydrogen bomb and the announcement came at a time when China was hosting the BRICS summit.
As the world watches with bated breath as to what could be the next course of action on North Korea, someone decided to swap the haircuts of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.