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U.S. reaffirms 'nuclear umbrella' for S. Korea before Obama's Berlin speech

SEOUL, June 20 (Yonhap) -- The United States reaffirmed its pledge to preserve a "nuclear umbrella" protecting South Korea before a speech in Berlin by U.S. President Barack Obama, which called for slashing the number of deployed nuclear weapons, a diplomatic source said Thursday. In his speech made in Berlin on Wednesday, Obama said he wants to negotiate with Russia to cut deployed nuclear weapons by up to a third.

Berlin backdrop inspires US leaders

Former US president John F. Kennedy made history 50 years ago as he stood on the front line of the Cold War and told the world "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner). The young US leader reached the hearts and souls of an isolated and anxious city and set a benchmark for political discourse that many successors have tried to match. US President Barack Obama, who visited Berlin as a front-running candidate in 2008, returns this week against a backdrop of significantly more sober transatlantic relations.

NATO paper warns of military shortfalls

NATO's chief is worried that the alliance lacks military readiness in crucial areas and is urging European members to do more, Germany's Spiegel news weekly reported Sunday, citing an internal document. Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen pointed to 15 "problem areas", some of which had been clear since the 2011 Libya intervention, and said European partners in the transatlantic alliance had fallen short of their commitments, the report said.

US nuclear response-N Korea

SEOUL, May 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has relied on the U.S. nuclear umbrella as insurance against North Korea's defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons, but the likelihood of a U.S. nuclear response is "more than adequate" deterrence against the North, a U.S. military professor said Tuesday.

"The Iron Lady": my part in her ascent

(Robert Evans, now a correspondent in Geneva, was Reuters bureau chief in Moscow 1975-81 and 1986-91. Here he recalls his part in how Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday, came to be known as the Iron Lady during her rise to become Britain's first woman prime minister.) By Robert Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - It was largely for lack of any other news that I launched Margaret Thatcher's favourite soubriquet "The Iron Lady" on the world one quiet but miserably slushy Moscow winter Saturday in January 1976.

Russian military says CFE treaty has no future

Six years after announcing a unilateral moratorium on the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), the Russian Defense Ministry has reaffirmed that the original document has no prospects in the future.“The CFE treaty was signed when two opposing military blocs - the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Warsaw Pact - still existed,” head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s department for control over the execution of international treaties Sergei Ryzhkov told reporters in Moscow on Monday.“One of these blocs is gone, but the old treaty remains.

Ukraine to join NATO anti-piracy mission

Ukraine will provide a ship to take part in NATO's Ocean Shield anti-piracy operation off the Horn of Africa, the first alliance partner nation to do so, NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday. Rasmussen said Ukraine was "a significant partner for NATO", and an exchange of letters with Defence Minister Pavlo Lebedev confirmed Kiev's offer of a vessel. NATO's Ocean Shield cooperates with the EU's Operation Atalanta and several other task forces fighting pirates who prey on shipping off the Horn of Africa.
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