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Dec 6, 2010

Iran overture gets wary Gulf Arab response

MANAMA, Dec 6 (Reuters) – In the run-up to its talks with
world powers on Monday, Iran extended an olive branch to Gulf
Arab states who share Western concerns about its nuclear
aspirations.

The initiative fizzled: Iran’s neighbours — global energy
suppliers whose shipments would be disrupted in the event of any
conflict — reacted with a mixture of suspicion and resignation.

Dec 4, 2010

Japan feels sense of crisis over North Korea

MANAMA (Reuters) – Japan feels in crisis over North Korea’s attack on a South Korean island and plans to step up its cooperation with the United States and South Korea in response, a Japanese defense official said Saturday.

Last month North Korea dramatically raised tensions in east Asia when it shelled the island of Yeonpyeong, hitting a South Korean military base and killing four people. South Korea said it was conducting military exercises at the time but insists test firings were not directed toward North Korea.

Dec 4, 2010

Iran tells Gulf Arabs it is no threat to region

MANAMA (Reuters) – Iran told Gulf Arab states on Saturday it was not a threat and wanted cooperation, in an apparent attempt to lower tensions after revelations that Gulf Arab leaders are deeply anxious about its nuclear program.

In his first trip to the region since WikiLeaks published U.S. diplomatic reports of Gulf Arab worries about Tehran, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told a Gulf security conference in Bahrain a more powerful Iran was nothing to fear.

Dec 3, 2010

Saudi king well after surgery in U.S., says prince

MANAMA (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s elderly King Abdullah is well and underwent a second operation in the United States on Friday, a leading member of the royal family said.

The royal court said earlier the king, believed to be aged about 86 or 87, would have surgery to stabilize vertebrae in his spinal column.

Nov 29, 2010

Stuxnet: A new weapon for cyber insurgents?

LONDON (Reuters) – Al Qaeda scares airlines with parcel bombs worth $4,000. War with the Taliban costs the West billions of dollars a week. North Korea shells disputed land, winning instant fresh attention in a standoff with major powers.

Weaker combatants have always used unconventional or inexpensive means to defy stronger foes, including guerrilla warfare and suicide attacks that depend on a greater willingness to sacrifice life.

Nov 28, 2010

Analysis: Stuxnet — A new weapon for cyber insurgents?

LONDON (Reuters) – Al Qaeda scares airlines with parcel bombs worth $4,000. War with the Taliban costs the West billions of dollars a week. North Korea shells disputed land, winning instant fresh attention in a standoff with major powers.

Weaker combatants have always used unconventional or inexpensive means to defy stronger foes, including guerrilla warfare and suicide attacks that depend on a greater willingness to sacrifice life.

Nov 24, 2010

Slim chance of nuclear cyber raid in closed North Korea

LONDON (Reuters) – Assuming Stuxnet is aimed at Iran’s nuclear program, could a similar cyber bug be used to wreck a uranium enrichment plant unveiled by ally North Korea?

The answer, in theory, is yes, say security specialists who monitor international efforts to check the military ambitions of the secretive nuclear-armed country.

Nov 23, 2010

South Korea will react strongly if more strikes: adviser

LONDON (Reuters) – Seoul wants to avoid worsening tensions after North Korean artillery attacked a South Korean island Tuesday but would react “much harder” militarily if the strikes escalated, a South Korean government adviser said.

Chung Min Lee, an ambassador-level foreign ministry expert who advises the government on security, told Reuters in a telephone interview he did not see the situation escalating into war but South Korea’s stance would change if matters worsened.

Nov 22, 2010

Analysis: Militant raid on tanker shows Gulf security gap

LONDON (Reuters) – A U.S. statement that militants were behind a mystery blast on a Japanese tanker in the Strait of Hormuz in July has increased concerns about security in the vital oil shipping lane and drawn urgent calls for more details.

A brief U.S. advisory last week described as “valid” a claim of responsibility by the shadowy Abdullah Azzam Brigades for the failed July 28 raid on the Japanese vessel M.Star, which injured a seaman but caused no oil spill or disruption to shipping.

Nov 22, 2010

Militant raid on tanker shows Gulf security gap

LONDON (Reuters) – A U.S. statement that militants were behind a mystery blast on a Japanese tanker in the Strait of Hormuz in July has increased concerns about security in the vital oil shipping lane and drawn urgent calls for more details.

A brief U.S. advisory last week described as “valid” a claim of responsibility by the shadowy Abdullah Azzam Brigades for the failed July 28 raid on the Japanese vessel M.Star, which injured a seaman but caused no oil spill or disruption to shipping.