While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was “taken aback” when he arrived on the job to see how much money the State Department was spending on housing and schooling for the families of diplomats living overseas” according to Bloomberg, the decision to cut as many as 2,300 employees may cause the US to loose diplomatic capabilities on multiple fronts.
It is interesting to note that “William Inglee, a former Lockheed Martin Corp. official and policy adviser in Congress, is overseeing the budget cuts and briefed senior managers on the plan,” last Wednesday according to Bloomberg.
Will these cuts cause the US to loose standing financially, while encouraging the focus on war over diplomacy? – Ann Diener
Pravda: Turkey and India abandon the dollar
Turkey and India are at a business forum in New Delhi announced its intention to abandon the dollar and move in mutual payments on the national currency. This possibility of the country so far only planning to discuss, but refused, according to the heads of state, will reduce the negative impact of currency fluctuations, according to Anadolu.
The transition to the lyre and the rupee can have a positive impact on the economy of the two countries, as the potential for trade cooperation between Turkey and India is not fully utilized. It is also one of the areas of cooperation could be the nuclear energy sector.
“It’s time to start discussing a draft agreement on the large-scale economic partnership between the two countries”, – said the President of Turkey Redzhep Erdogan, noting that the contribution to the deepening of bilateral cooperation in the economic sphere can make and meetings of intergovernmental commissions.
North Korea: With the South Korean Elections only 8 days away, why ratchet up tensions? – Ann Diener
Pravda: Mikhail Alexandrov – about why the DPRK and the United States turned into a show of mutual threats
US nuclear submarine “Michigan”, which was included in the South Korean port of Busan, waiting for “a miserable end.” This would be the case if Washington would take provocative actions, says the North Korean portal “Uri minchzhokkiri”.
The DPRK and the United States turned into a show of mutual threats.
The article refers to the fact that if the submarine would dare to take some action, “and it can not rise to the surface, as will meet a miserable end, turned in a sea of spirit.”
Also emphasizes that in the event of a military threat to Pyongyang uses defensive nuclear deterrent force and nuclear aircraft carriers, submarines and other equipment of the enemy “to scatter pieces of molten metal.”
Washington is close to the strategic scenario in which at any moment can start a real war, convinced the author. He is referring to the readiness of the statements of the American administration to any measures against the DPRK.
Earlier, the South Korean military reported that North Korea launched a ballistic missile in a north-easterly direction from the area Pukchhan. She allegedly blew up shortly after the start and fell on the territory of North Korea.