Iran says no plans to increase missile range, rejects talks with Trump

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin LONDON, June 20 : Iran has no plans to extend the range of its missiles since their 2,000-km (1,240-mile) reach is enough to protect the country, the Revolutionary Guards commander said on Tuesday, amid mounting U.S. pressure over Tehran’s missile programme. Iran’s government again ruled out negotiations with U.S. President Donald Trump […]

Salvage team on board fire-ravaged merchant vessel

Kolkata, June 19 : A salvage team went on board merchant vessel SSL Kolkata on Monday for the first time since the fire fighting operation in the ship to make an assessment of the situation created by the June 14 blaze, a Defence Ministry spokesperson said. The team was taken on board ICGS RajKiran from […]

India, Japan discuss maritime, counter-terrorism cooperation

New Delhi, June 19 : India and Japan on Tuesday discussed cooperation in the areas of maritime security and counter-terrorism among other issues during the fifth dialogue under the 2+2 mechanism that involves and foreign and defence policies of the two sides, a statement said. “Both sides reviewed the entire gamut of India-Japan relations and […]

Defence sector more prone to cyber threats: Sitharaman

New Delhi, June 19 : Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said that defence sector is more prone to cyber threats and it was important to safeguard cyberspace with anticipation of possible attacks, an official statement said. Sitharaman, who addressed a workshop on cyber security framework, congratulated the Department of Defence Production for formulating a […]

Turkey slams US Senate bill to block F-35 delivery

Ankara, June 19 : Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday criticised the US Senate’s decision to block delivery of F-35 jets to Turkey, describing it “unfortunate” and “regrettable”. “The decision is an unfortunate move,” Yildirim said in Turkey’s Izmir province, adding that “Turkey is not without alternatives. Such attempts are regrettable and goes against […]

South Korea, US suspend major military exercise

Seoul/Beijing, June 19 : South Korea and the US have decided to suspend the Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) exercise slated for August amid dialogue efforts to denuclearize North Korea, officials of the two countries said on Tuesday. Shortly after his Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12, US President Donald Trump […]