At the Pentagon, American and South Korean officials warn DPRK about recent nuclear threats
The U.S. and South Korea issued a joint warning to North Korea that any use of nuclear weapons would result in the end of Kim Jong Un’s regime.
U.S. Secretary of State Lloyd Austin III and his counterpart the South Korean Defense Minister Jong-Sup Lee met for the 54th Security Consultative Meeting.
On Thursday, at the Pentagon both officials held a joint press conference.
“Secretary Austin and I affirm that any nuclear attack by DPRK including the use of tactical nuclear weapons is unacceptable and result in the end of Kim Jong-un regime by the overwhelming and decisive response of the alliance,” Lee said. “This is a strong warning against the DPRK.
Just one day prior, North Korea fired an unprecedented 20 missiles in a single day on Wednesday amid joint air force exercises between the U.S. and South Korea.
Additionally, Kim’s regime has also made veiled threats about nuclear weapons in recent days.
“The United States remains fully committed to the defensive of the ROK and our extended deterrence commitment is firm, and it includes a full range of our nuclear and conventional and missile defense capabilities,” said Austin.
South Korean media reported that officials believe the North’s intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) failed in flight, however, they did not elaborate.
Meanwhile, North Korea’s two short-range ballistic missiles fell into the sea to its east.
The U.S. and South Korea’s joint air force exercise, dubbed ‘Operation Vigilant Storm’ was scheduled to end Friday but following North Korea’s launches—it will now extend into the weekend.
Porn floods Twitter “China” search
Twitter users have been finding it hard to search for information on the social media platform due to an explosion of pornographic spam.
While thousands of protests against extended lockdowns, a digital bot army has roared into action on Twitter, with long-dormant Chinese language accounts suddenly tweeting links to escort services and other adult content.
Anyone trying to track the spontaneous protest movement on Twitter complained about the deluge of spam pornographic content making flooding the search for information.
The China protests come at a time when Twitter’s content and moderation teams have been pared back drastically following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media giant.
Twitter, along with other international social media services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is blocked by Beijing’s internet censors within Mainland China.
Biden silence on China protests
As citizens across China revolt against the country’s “zero Covid” policy, the White House issued a statement about the growing protests.
“‘We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, in the United States and around the world,’ a White House National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.
‘This includes in the [People’s Republic of China.]’
“‘Zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here,’ the spokesperson said.
‘And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy.’”
Commentators have noted that the statement came from the White House, and not President Biden himself.
Demonstrators are calling on President Joe Biden to take a stance and publicly support their cause.
The protests have continued despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to quell them.
China protests hit global markets, crypto
The protests in China are having a negative impact on cryptocurrencies and markets around the world.
Bitcoin failed to break its descent and fell more than 3 percent.
The global crypto market cap fell over 2%, sending major cryptos into the red.
Over the last 24 hours, overall crypto market volume grew by 22%.
It comes amid a round of investor nervousness in global markets spurred by protests in China against Covid restrictions.
Protesters outraged by harsh COVID-19 regulations called for China’s strong leader to quit.
China is the world’s second-largest economy and has a significant impact on global financial markets.
Stocks and cryptos aren’t considered safe havens, leading to bearing price action.
Analysts are hoping for a sharp bullish reversal if and when the protests end.
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