Tokyo, Dec 22:Japan’s defence budget will swell to a record USD 46 billion for the next fiscal year, the government said today, as the nation shores up its missile shield against the threat posed by North Korea.
The defence spending was part of a $860-billion national budget for the fiscal year starting in April, also a record as medical and social welfare costs snowball in Japan’s rapidly ageing society.
New Delhi, Dec 26: India on Tuesday slammed Pakistan for the manner in which the meeting between death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav and his wife and mother were conducted, saying Islamabad "violated the letter and spirit of our understandings" over the meeting.
In a statement, India said the manner in which the meeting was conducted and its aftermath "was clearly an attempt to bolster a false and unsubstantiated narrative of Jadhav's alleged activities" and "the exercise lacked any credibility"
It also said that ahead of the meeting, the two women were made to remove their mangal sutra, bangles and bindi and were not allowed to converse in their mother tongue Marathi.
It said that Jadhav's wife, Chetankul's shoes were taken away and not returned, while some media persons outside the Foreign Office in Islamabad, where the meeting was held, hurled invectives at the women.
Beijing, Jan 2 A day after US President Donald Trump blasted Pakistan for squandering billions of American aid meant to flush out terrorism and pledged to give it no more money, Beijing on Tuesday defended Islamabad on expected lines.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Pakistan had made "sacrifices" in combating terrorism and the international community should notice the efforts made by Islamabad.
"Pakistan has made very outstanding contributions to the global cause of counter-terrorism. The international community should acknowledge that," Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said.
In his most stinging remarks against Pakistan, Trump on Monday said Islamabad had fooled Washington by taking all the aid but doing nothing against terrorism.
"The US has foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools." Trump tweeted.
"They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!"
China comes to Pakistan's defence every time it is pilloried for failing to crack down on terrorists and terror outfits on its soil.
Islamabad, Jan 2: In the wake of US President Donald Trumps tweet in which he accused Islamabad of "lies and deceit", Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has summoned a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister will chair the huddle to discuss the future course of action following the US President's scathing statement against Pakistan, a PM office statement said.
The moot will be attended by Foreign Minister, Interior Minister, Minister for Defence, services chiefs besides, senior civil and military officers, the PM office media wing said.
Trump tweeted that the US "foolishly" gave aid to Pakistan over the course of 15 years but Islamabad remained deceitful by providing safe havens to "terrorists" from Afghanistan.
Seoul, Jan 5: North Korea on Friday accepted South Korea's proposal for official talks, in what will be the first high-level contact to take place between the two countries in more than two years.
South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun told the media that North Korea informed its southern neighbour by fax at 10.16 a.m., that they have accepted the Seoul's offer to initiate talks, reports CNN.
The person-to-person talks will be held January 9 -- one day after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's birthday -- at the Peace House, located on the South Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom, located in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two nations, Baik said.