US Secretary of State Warns Focus Do not Switch from Defeat ISIS

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Tuesday about the need to remain focused on the ISIS defeat forever, although most militants have been removed from areas once controlled in Iraq and Syria.

Tillerson spoke at a conference in Kuwait for members of the coalition formed by America by the end of 2014, with a multi-direction strategy to deal with ISIS, including through US-led air strikes and efforts to cut funding for the group and the flow of foreign fighters. Tillerson said that ISIS still poses a serious threat to stability in the region, in coalition member countries and elsewhere in the world.

He said the militants no longer controlled 98 percent of the territory they seized at its peak, in 2014, as they declared the formation of the Caliphate in Iraq and Syria, but they now pose a different threat.

In Iraq and Syria, ISIS seeks to turn into insurrection, and in other places such as Afghanistan, Philippines, Libya, West Africa, ISIS seeks to shape safe havens, he continued.

Tillerson announces $ 200 million in new aid to liberate parts of Syria. Also Tuesday, he is scheduled to take part in a conference of donors aimed at rebuilding the regions of Iraq.

Ahead of the meeting, senior State Department officials said attention should be on target, while explaining the need to focus on defeating ISIS. He highlighted the recent conflict in the region of Afrin, northern Syria, between Turkish forces and Syrian-backed Democratic Forces as a diversion of the target.

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The official, and Tillerson in their comments on Tuesday (13/2), are aware of Turkey's concerns about Kurdish militants who are perceived as a threat.

Tillerson is on his fifth countries in the region, beginning in Egypt and covering stops in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. [uh]

Vancouver talks focus on North Korea Press

The United States and Canada held a meeting in Vancouver on Tuesday to focus on pressuring North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland gather officials from around 20 countries to seek ways to better impose sanctions and prevent North Korea from sanctions imposed by the United Nations.

Foreign Policy Planning Director Brian Hook said ahead of the meeting that leaders wanted to show that there was a diplomatic path to resolved the issue, while another official said there would be no talk of military options.

North Korea has violated UN request not to test nuclear and ballistic missiles. Tuesday's meeting was held following an inter-continental ballistic missile test last November that triggered tension and sparked a war of words between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The tension subsided somewhat in these weeks, and representatives from North and South Korea held their first formal talks in two years.

Chinese state media reported on Tuesday that President Xi Jinping told Trump that there was an attempt to maintain that momentum. [19659002] China and Russia are not invited to this Vancouver meeting. The present delegates included those from countries that supported South Korea in the 1950-1953 Korean War, as well as Japan and South Korea itself. [gp]

Trump Should Focus on the Famished People

 Iranian authorities respond to a series of comments from US President Donald Trump on ongoing anti-government protests in their country. Iran asks Trump to focus on its own people rather than insulting Iran.

"Instead of spending time sending useless and derogatory chirp about other countries, he (Trump-red) better oversees domestic issues in his own country like dozens of people who perished every day … and the presence of millions of hungry and homeless people, "said Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi, as reported by AFP Wednesday (3/1/2018).

In a separate comment, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani calls Trump has no right to sympathize with Iranian protesters. "His whole life against the Iranian state," Rouhani said referring to Trump.

This Iranian comment came after Trump again commented on the current situation in Iran. Trump praised the Iranian demonstrators by calling them acting against a brutal and corrupt regime.

"The people (Iran-ed) get little food, soaring inflation and no human rights. firmly Trump via Twitter.

Furthermore, Ghasemi calls Trump completely out of support from Iran after calling the country "a terrorist state".

So far, a total of 21 people have been reported killed in riots triggered by anti-government protests in various Iranian cities since Thursday (28/12) last week. Another 450 people were reportedly arrested in Tehran in recent days. The protest was initially triggered by protests against Iran's worsening economy, but later shifted into calls for the fall of the Iranian regime as a whole.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in his remarks commented on the country's rallies blaming Iranian enemies as masterminds main. Khamenei did not mention directly who the enemy of Iran is. But Deputy Supreme Council of National Security Ali Shamkhani called the United States, Britain and Saudi Arabia the parties behind the unrest in Iran.

(nvc / rna)

Manila Focus on Economic Development, Ignore Temporary Dispute Regions

In the newly articulated National Security Strategy, American President Donald Trump is determined to "ensure a balance of power in which America stands ahead in the world's important regions."

The Indo-Pacific is at the top of the list of "key regions" The White House, followed by Europe and the Middle East. How Washington achieved the objectives of this strategy is being watched carefully, while China, called rival, does not show a reduction in interest in the dramatically shifting region of power.

"The new National Security Strategy of the Trump Administration strongly criticizes China," but "they have not yet explained how this approach will be implemented and implemented in the South China Sea," wrote two recent experts, referring to a contested issue that is thought to reflect US and Chinese strategic intentions.

(19659002) In a year-end speech, Jose Manuel G. Romualdez, the Philippine ambassador to America, focuses the audience on the growth of the region, economy of his country, and called " the massive rebuilding of the physical infrastructure of his country "as a top priority for the Philippine government led by Rodrigo Duterte.

Asked if the South China Sea problem is now less urgent, Romualdez gives a 'yes' answer and says," Things have subsided in understanding that we are now negotiating with China on how to resolve the issue, "he told VOA. "No new development is going on," he added and that is what he meant by the word easing.

His government, he said, was in talks with China on a bilateral basis and through a regional forum provided by ASEAN or a 10-nation Southeast Asian association. [gp]

US Focus on "Competitive Engagement" As New National Security Strategy

The United States will unveil a new national security strategy on December 18th to preserve the world order forged after World War II, despite attempts by Russia and China to undermine it.

White House National Security Adviser, General H.R. McMaster, said the new strategy would depend on the "peace through strength" formula to drive American interests abroad. He promised an alliance with traditional American allies would play an important role in Washington's approach.

"We must work harder than ever to ensure that countries uphold the rule of law, respect the sovereignty of their neighbors, and support peace, post-World War II stability, and post-Cold War security, "McMaster said on Tuesday (12/12). He was speaking accompanied by his British counterpart in a speech in Washington.

Government officials of the Trump President have devised a national security strategy for months. McMaster said that the completed document was centered on four key principles, namely protecting the American homeland, advancing prosperity and economic security America, a stronger and more capable military, and strengthening American influence. [sp/ii]