Jim Mattis

Congress averts government shutdown for now

Congress averts government shutdown for now

Published 08/12/2017

U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence meet with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader [more…]

U.S. defense chief arrives in Pakistan but few signs of progress for Trump strategy

U.S. defense chief arrives in Pakistan but few signs of progress for Trump strategy

Published 04/12/2017

U.S. Secretary for Defense, Jim Mattis, sits opposite Britain's Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson, before a meeting at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) [more…]

U.S. allies fret as ‘guillotine’ hangs over Tillerson

U.S. allies fret as ‘guillotine’ hangs over Tillerson

Published 03/12/2017

On the eve of his trip to Europe, Rex Tillerson gave a speech last week that European allies had waited months to hear: an "ironclad" promise of U.S. support to its oldest allies. [more…]

As militant threats shift, U.S. Senate revives war authorization debate

As militant threats shift, U.S. Senate revives war authorization debate

Published 30/10/2017

U.S. lawmakers will grill top Trump administration officials on Monday about a new authorization for the use of military force for the campaign against Islamic State and other militant groups, Congress' most significant step in years toward taking back control of its constitutional right to authorize war. [more…]

North Korea says to release South Korean fishing boat- Mattis visits DMZ

North Korea says to release South Korean fishing boat- Mattis visits DMZ

Published 27/10/2017

North Korea said it will release a South Korean fishing boat on Friday after it was found illegally in North Korean waters, state media reported, as the U.S. defense secretary visited the heavily militarized border dividing the Korean peninsula. [more…]

Mattis visits Seoul for defense talks as tensions climb

Mattis visits Seoul for defense talks as tensions climb

Published 27/10/2017

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis flew into Seoul on Friday for annual defense talks as tensions with North Korea climb ahead of a visit to the region next month by President Donald Trump. [more…]

Trump to target Iran nuclear deal, Revolutionary Guard in speech

Trump to target Iran nuclear deal, Revolutionary Guard in speech

Published 13/10/2017

President Donald Trump will outline a tougher U.S. strategy for countering Iran on Friday that will seek to strengthen the enforcement of what he considers a flawed nuclear deal and deny funding for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. [more…]

South Korea seeks bigger warheads, North Korean ICBM reportedly on the move

South Korea seeks bigger warheads, North Korean ICBM reportedly on the move

Published 05/09/2017

South Korea said on Tuesday an agreement with the United States to scrap a weight limit on its warheads would help it respond to North Korea's nuclear and missile threat after Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test two days ago. [more…]

Global stocks on defensive after selloff on North Korea fears

Global stocks on defensive after selloff on North Korea fears

Published 05/09/2017

Asian shares eked out small gains on Tuesday as expectations that Beijing will maintain support for its economy ahead of a key congress supported Chinese stocks and metals prices, but worries about North Korea kept many investors on edge. [more…]

North Korea launch increases focus on risky U.S. shootdown option

North Korea launch increases focus on risky U.S. shootdown option

Published 30/08/2017

North Korea's firing of a ballistic missile over Japan could increase pressure on Washington to consider shooting down future test launches, although there is no guarantee of success and U.S. officials are wary of a dangerous escalation with Pyongyang. [more…]