North Korea’s representative to the United Nations is just about to address the General Assembly.
South Korean media carry the report of the pre-speech missile launch.
more to come
Conveying this from a note via ING, bolding is mine for emphasis but read the whole paragraph:
- The current result also means that there will now be long coalition talks. Germany doesn’t have a prefab mechanism for these coalition talks and the strongest party does not have an automatic right to lead the next government. In fact, all parties can have exploratory talks in whichever combination they want until they have found a constellation which would have a parliamentarian majority. In the past, there were actually two national elections after which the largest party did not lead the government coalition. With the current results, three coalitions would be possible: a SPD, Greens and FDP coalition, a CDU, Greens and FDP coalition, or another revival of the grand coalition but then under the leadership of the SPD. The option of a left wing coalition of SPD, Greens and Left Party is no longer possible.
That last sentence likely means less probability of a much higher taxing government. EUR is little changed so far here in early Asia hours:
CNN with a report on new satellite images revealing North Korea is expanding a key facility capable of enriching uranium for nuclear weapons
- “likely indicate the country plans to significantly ramp-up production at this once-dormant site in the near future, according to experts who analyzed the photos.”
- Could allow North Korea to increase production of weapons-grade nuclear material by as much as 25%
- the ongoing construction is consistent with previous efforts to add floorspace at the facility, allowing it to house more centrifuges and thus, enrich more uranium
Earlier in the week NK fired off test missiles:
NK says its railway-borne missile system is an efficient counter-strike weapon.
Some pics are doing the rounds:
Reuters conveying the reported missile firing from NK.
South Korea military now saying the same thing, a missile fired into the East Sea
The East Sea … AKA Sea of Japan:
US President Joe Biden will host a ‘Quad’ summit on September 24. China’s growing assertiveness is said to be the main topic.
Will be held at the White House, leaders all attending in person.
- Australia’s Scott Morrison
- India’s Narendra Modi
- Japan’s Yoshihide Suga
“Hosting the leaders of the Quad demonstrates the Biden-Harris Administration’s priority of engaging in the Indo-Pacific, including through new multilateral configurations to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” says White House press secretary Jen Psaki
i.e “challenges of the 21st century” = China, I guess.
The last meeting, in March, was virtual:
Australia’s PM praying he still fits on his pants? Dunno.
Reports in Japanese media say that Prime Minister Suga will step down
- Will not run in the leadership ballot for his party this month.
Kyodo with the report, via Reuters .
Nikkei futures have popped on the news and USD/JPY is up around 10 points. Yesterday a contender for the leadership, Kishida promised a broad swathe of fiscal support.
- Suga to resign as PM on September 30.
- Will spend his time until then focusing on measures to address the coronavirus pandemic and associated economic damage.
Anyway, so say the reports, we haven’t heard anything from Suga himself on this.
Suga was all-powerful as Chief Cabinet Secretary during former Prime Minister Abe’s terms in office. Suga’s time as PM has not been so successful for him.
UK Telegraph says Johnson is breaking a promise with the tax hike.
- next week expected to announce a manifesto-breaking tax hike to pay for the biggest overhaul in social care in a generation and bring down NHS waiting lists
Tax hike will impact 25m taxpayers says the Tele.
A politician breaking a promise? Surely not???? tee hee
China says the new rule will apply to the South China Sea, the East China Sea, and the islands and reefs dotted across those waters. China claims these as its territory.
As you’d expect, the US is having none of it.
Pentagon spokesperson comments:
- “The United States remains firm that any coastal state law or regulation must not infringe upon navigation and overflight rights enjoyed by all nations under international law”
- “Unlawful and sweeping maritime claims, including in the South China Sea, pose a serious threat to the freedom of the seas, including the freedoms of navigation and overflight, free trade and unimpeded lawful commerce, and the rights and interests of South China Sea and other littoral nations”
Tensions continue between the US and China.