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Science Daily, 16.07.18..

A new study shows that a high percentage of military personnel with sleep disturbances met criteria for nightmare disorder, but few of them reported nightmares as a reason for sleep evaluation. Those with nightmare disorder had an increased risk of other sleep and mental health disorders. Results show that 31 percent of military participants had clinically significant nightmares, and trauma-related nightmares occurred in 60 percent of them. Participants who met criteria for nightmare disorder were five times more likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), four times more likely to have depression, three times more likely to have anxiety, and two times more likely to have insomnia. Despite their common presence, nightmares were reported as a sleep-related concern by only 3.9 percent of military personnel. According to the authors, this was the largest study to assess clinically significant nightmares in an active duty population referred for the evaluation of sleep disorders. The study involved 493 active duty U.S. military personnel. Participants had a mean age of 38 years, and 78.5 percent were men. Participants predominantly served in the Army (45.6 percent) and Air Force (45.2 percent); 9.2 percent served in the Navy/Marines. Approximately 74 percent of them had been deployed. Those with trauma-related nightmares were more likely to have traumatic brain injury, PTSD, anxiety and depression.

CNN, 16.07.18..

Chinese spy ship is currently spying on a major US-led military exercise off the coast of Hawaii, the same exercise it was disinvited from due to US opposition to Beijing's militarization of features in the South China Sea. "The US Pacific Fleet has been monitoring a Chinese navy surveillance ship operating in the vicinity of Hawaii outside US territorial seas," US Navy Capt. Charles Brown, a spokesman for US Pacific Fleet, said in a statement. "We expect this ship will remain outside of US territorial seas and not operate in a manner that disrupts the ongoing Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise. "The spy ship arrived in the waters off Hawaii on July 11, and it has not entered the territorial seas of the United States, a US military official told CNN.

Japan Times, 16.07.18..

U.S. and North Korean officials met at the border between the two Koreas on Sunday to discuss the return of remains of American soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, according to a media report. Sunday’s talks began around 10 a.m. at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom. Maj. Gen. Michael Minihan, chief of staff for the United Nations Command, led the U.S. side and the North’s delegation included a two-star general. The meeting was to focus on details of the remains’ transfer, including how and when — though the North could also use the talks to demand something in exchange.

"Yomiuri", 16.07.18..

Director of National Intelligence of U.S. Dan Coats during his appearance at the Hudson Institute think tank warned that the threat was growing for a devastating cyber assault on critical U.S. infrastructure. The U.S. intelligence chief said that Russia, China, Iran and North Korea were launching daily cyber strikes on the computer networks of federal, state and local government agencies, U.S. corporations, and academic institutions. According to D.Coats, of the four, "Russia has been the most aggressive foreign actor".

Reuters, 16.07.18..

South Korea summoned a Russian embassy official on Saturday to express “regrets” about the incursion of two Russian military aircraft into South Korea’s air defense identification zone and to urge that it not be repeated. South Korea said on Friday it had scrambled military aircraft to intercept two Russian bomber jets that flew into its air defense identification zone (KADIZ) four times that day. The South Korean foreign ministry summoned a senior Russian diplomat and “expressed regrets and urged the incident not to happen again”, it said in a statement. South Korea’s defense ministry called in a Russian military official and lodged a protest about the incursion. “Russian military planes’ KADIZ entry will never help stabilize the Korean peninsula as well as Northeast Asia and the possibility of mid-air collision cannot be ruled out,” the defense ministry said in a statement. Russia’s defense ministry said on Friday that two Russian TU-95 bombers escorted by Su-35 fighter jets flew over the international waters of the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea and the eastern part of the Pacific Ocean.

Xinhua, 15.07.18..

Military has started recruiting "civilian personnel" amid efforts to attract more talent, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Daily reported Wednesday. Following requirements to reform the civilian personnel system, the military this year aims to recruit a number of personnel with professional knowledge to serve in key positions. Applicants can apply for the positions online from July 12 to 22, and exams will take place on August 26. The recruitment should be concluded by the end of the year. The number of positions, applicant requirements and selection process will be made public to ensure fairness. In the military, "civilian personnel" refers to those who work in management or professional technical posts but are not in active service, according to a revised regulation on civilian personnel made public in November. They perform the duties of civilian positions in peace time, but work in active service if necessary, the regulation said.

Yomiuri Shimbun, 15.07.18..

It has been one month since Japan and China began operating a maritime and air liaison mechanism. While the mechanism is aimed at averting accidental clashes between the Chinese military and Japan’s Self-Defense Forces, its effectiveness remains unknown, as there is no sign of opening a hotline between senior defense officials. The mechanism was launched on June 8, starting with direct communications among ships and airplanes. The mechanism is expected to be operated as follows: If a vessel of the Maritime Self-Defense Force encounters a vessel of the Chinese Navy in high seas around the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, the MSDF will ask the Chinese vessel about its purpose of navigation, with the Chinese military replying by saying, for example, “We are patrolling.” On June 29, three weeks after the start of the operation, a Chinese Navy hospital ship sailing around the Senkaku Islands entered the Japanese contiguous zone. An MSDF vessel asked the Chinese vessel about its intention of navigation in accordance with the mechanism. While details of the communication have not been revealed, it was announced that the hospital ship did not change its route but spent about an hour crossing the contiguous zone. According to the Defense Ministry, there were five cases, including the case of the hospital ship, in which Chinese Navy vessels traveled in waters surrounding Japan over the period of one month since the launch of the mechanism. There has been no accidental clash yet, but Japan and China seem to be groping in the darkness for ways to operate the mechanism well. ‘Gray area’ The scope of the mechanism is not clearly presented. It is unclear whether it will actually work in the case of an emergency around the Senkaku Islands, the sovereignty of which is also claimed by China.

Yonhap, 15.07.18..

Defense Minister Song Young-moo has been strongly criticized after commenting that women should “behave with caution” to avoid being sexually harassed. Women’s rights activists condemned Song for his flawed understanding of gender equality and called for his resignation on Tuesday saying it is “no longer possible to tolerate such distorted gender conceptions and sexually harassing language”. Following the criticism, Song apologized for his comments later that day, saying his words created misunderstanding despite his intentions. “I am resolved to be more careful with my comments in the future,” he added. “As a minister and cabinet member, I deeply regret these inappropriate comments.”

Korea Herald, 15.07.18..

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he hopes to declare a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War this year, and discussions are underway among the two Koreas and the US, but there are stumbling blocks along the way, according to experts. In a written interview with the Straits Times conducted before his overseas trip to India and Singapore that kicked off Sunday, Moon said that declaring an end to the Korean War would be a milestone toward permanent peace. “As for the timing and format (of the official declaration), we will closely consult with North Korea and the US and others. There have been additional discussions for that matter.” Bringing a formal end to the Korean War, which ended in an armistice, not in a peace treaty, is seen as the first step South Korea and the US could take to guarantee the North Korean regime’s security as they continue to push forward in negotiations for North Korea’s denuclearization., 15.07.18..

The official site of Hokkaido prefecture published information about the conduct on July 24 – September 21 this year in Otsu (prefecture of Siga), a competition of works dedicated to the Northern Territories issue. The event will be attended by students of secondary schools in Siga prefecture. The results of the competition will be announced in February 2019 on the eve of the celebration of the Day of Northern Territories. Winners will be awarded valuable gifts. The organizer of the competition is the separation of the Association for the return of the northern territories in the prefecture of Siga.

"South China Morning Post", 14.07.18..

A majority of Taiwanese support the idea of the government adopting countermeasures against China’s mounting pressure on Taiwan, according to a poll released by the Cross Strait Policy Association yesterday. According to the poll, 52 percent of respondents did not agree with Hau’s statement that both sides of the Strait should become one family and 37 percent agreed, while 10 percent did not express an opinion. Asked if they support the idea of the government reacting to Chinese pressure, 63 percent of respondents said yes and 20 percent said no, while 15 percent did not express an opinion. However, despite the majority backing a tougher stance against China, only 42 percent of respondents said the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) would be able to defend Taiwanese sovereignty.

Reuter, 14.07.18..

Information agency Reuter published an article in which it was said that together with coming of US President Donald Trump to power US foreign policy had changed greatly. Washington’s statecraft has become utterly unpredictable. America now bullies its best friends (think Great Britain and Australia) and butters up its bitter enemies (hello North Korea). At first, the US-India relationship appeared to be the exception — a rare island of calm in the stormy waters of Trump’s international diplomacy. Indeed, after taking office, the Trump administration initially upheld a long-standing bipartisan consensus in both capitals in favor of a deep bilateral partnership. Each side has emphasized shared values of democracy and a convergence of strategic concerns, particularly terrorism in South Asia and the expanding footprint of China across the Asia-Pacific region. Nevertheless in more recent weeks, economic relations have suffered several body blows. It was also noted by the authors, that enhancing of India-American economic relations were complicated by the deep relations of India with Russia and Iran in the sphere of economics and military cooperation.

Yonhap, 14.07.18..

South Korea has no plans to discuss arms reduction with North Korea until the country has made progress on denuclearization, Seoul’s defense minister said Thursday, placing priority on building trust amid persistent doubt over Pyongyang’s denuclearization pledge. During a meeting with reporters, Defense Minister Song Young-moo said confidence-building measures will begin with basic processes -- such as reconnecting military communication lines and disarming the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone. Once trust is built with North Korea and a detailed road map for denuclearization emerges, the two Koreas can move beyond their working-level military talks and convene a ministerial meeting to discuss arms reduction, Song added. “Without building trust between the two Koreas, it’s like cheating each other if we talk about arms reduction,” the minister said. “I don’t think arms reduction is the first order of business without a detailed plan for denuclearization.” “I want to begin with things that can be easily resolved between the two Koreas. Instead of breaking the mood for talks by setting our goals high, we should focus on things that are viable and implement them one-by-one.”

"Nikkei", 14.07.18.

The newspaper "Nikkei" published an article in which the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that negotiations of foreign ministers and defense ministers of Russia and Japan in the "2 + 2" format could be expected in the near future. According to M.Zakharova, "the meeting could be expected in the near future, it is being worked out". The first meeting in the "2 + 2" format between Russia and Japan was held in Tokyo on November 2, 2013. However, due to the crisis in Ukraine and the accession of Tokyo to sanctions against Moscow, the format was frozen. The decision to hold a new meeting was made following the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan in December 2016, it was held in Tokyo in March 2017.

Yonhap, 14.07.18..

South Korea's unification ministry approved a request of the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation (KCRC) to visit of the North Korea in 16-20 July. It's noted that the main goal of a KCRC's visit is conduct of negotiations with North Korea's high political about returning of Korean victims of forced labor under Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule.

Yonhap, 13.07.18..

Eight out of 10 South Koreans support overhauling or dismantling the military's intelligence unit, a survey showed Thursday, following revelations the unit reviewed the possibility of martial law last year in response to protests calling for then-President Park Geun-hye's ouster. The survey agency Realmeter asked 502 adults on Wednesday about what should be done about the DSC, and 44.3 percent responded that it should be completely overhauled to focus on anti-espionage and anti-terrorism duties without getting involved in domestic politics. Those calling for completely dismantling the unit amounted to 34.7 percent, meaning that 79 percent either support either overhauling or scrapping the unit. Only 11.3 percent said the unit should be left as it is now, the survey showed. President Moon Jae-in views the case seriously and ordered a thorough investigation. The survey showed Moon's approval ratings fell 1.3 percentage points to 68 percent, while his ruling Democratic Party saw its ratings fall 3.2 percentage points to 44.3 percent. The minor opposition Bareunmirae Party, the Party for Democracy and Peace (PDP), and the minor liberal Justice Party had differences on how to conduct the investigation but shared the view that the alleged wrongdoing was a serious crime which needed to be thoroughly investigated.

Yonhap, 13.07.18..

North Korea has reportedly proposed holding general-level military talks with the United Nations Command (UNC) over the repatriation of remains of American troops killed during the 1950-53 Korean War, sources here said Thursday. North Korea asked the UNC Military Armistice Commission for general-level military talks on Sunday, according to sources, after it failed to show up at a meeting with the United States. Representatives of the U.S. and North Korea were expected to have working-level talks at the inter-Korean border truce village of Panmunjom on Thursday to hash out the details of the repatriation, but the discussions did not occur. With the meeting not taking place, the UNC reportedly made a phone call and North Koreans responded by saying that they needed to upgrade the "level" of the talks. "North Korea apparently wants a U.S. general to appear at the table to quickly finalize the repatriation issue," the source said. "It is likely that military generals from the U.S. and North Korea will take part in the meeting. "If realized, they will be the first general-level military talks between North Korea and the UNC since March 2009.

Jiji Press, 13.07.18..

Visitors of the Russian and Soviet Film Festival, which opened in the Japanese capital, will be able to see more than 20 various films. The film festival is held as part of the cross-culture years - the Year of Russia in Japan and the Year of Japan in Russia - the organizers reported. "Ties in the sphere of culture and especially in the sphere of cinema art have always united our nations and have always been an important area of benevolent mutual interest in all times, in the long decades of the existence of Soviet-Japanese and Russian-Japanese relations", Russian Ambassador to Japan Mikhail Galuzin said at the opening ceremony. The program of the festival, which will run until early August, mostly contains Soviet-period films. On the opening day the audience will see the movie "Anna Karenina. Vronsky’s story" (2017) by Karen Shakhnazarov, which centers around the events of the 1904-1905 Russo-Japanese war.

The Manila Times, 13.07.18..

The Manila Times reported that 12th July in the some district of Manila were hang upon banners about that Philippines is a province of China. It was noted that's action most likely was confined to second an anniversary of the International Arbitral about a complaint of Philippines to China about Scarborough's sovereignty in the South China Sea. The article writers commenting that accident with reference to President Rodrigo Duterte's joke in February about that the Philippines is province of China. But the presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that's action was conducted by "enemies" of state and now the Philippines continuing policy of a sovereignty under a dispute territories in the South China Sea. Meanwhile the Manila Times' public-opinion poll showed that 73 per cent of Filipinos said that R.Duterte must pursue a much tight policy to China for dispute territories in the South China Sea.

The Japan Times, the Rodong Sinmun, 13.07.18..

The Rodong Sinmun reported that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a “kingpin of corruption” because he is accessorial to the scandal about of discounted sale of state-owned land to Moritomo Gakuen. Besides the Rodong Sinmun said that he is impudently going about for "shuttle diplomacy", asking other countries to help resolve situation on the Korean Peninsula. The Rodong Sinmun noted that Abe had better mind his political destiny at stake, instead of poking his nose” into others’ affairs".

Joonang Ilbo, 12.07.18..

The Chinese Foreign Ministry shot back at U.S. President Donald Trump’s accusation that Beijing may be exerting negative pressure on Pyongyang because of the growing trade war started by Washington. “I have three points to make,” said Hua Chunying, spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, responding tersely to Trump’s remark on trade issues in a briefing Tuesday. “First, China’s position on the Korean Peninsula issue is consistent. Second, China’s attitude on the China-U.S. trade issues is clear. Third, China is a trustworthy and responsible major country.” But the escalating trade war between the United States and China may indeed become a key variable in the denuclearization negotiations with North Korea.

"Radio Korea", 12.07.18..

South Korea’s Unification Minister has expressed optimism that North Korea’s denuclearization will be implemented swiftly once related negotiations are on track. Cho Myoung-gyon revealed his stance during a National Unification Advisory Council meeting on Wednesday, adding both U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have clear goals and will for peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The South Korean presidential committee promoting the Moon Jae-in administration’s New Northern Policy will visit North Korea this week at the request of a North Korean state body. During the two-day trip from Friday, the committee’s chairman Song Young-gil of the ruling Democratic Party and ten other members will visit the North’s city of Rason for a trilateral seminar to be hosted by Russia and attended by the two Koreas.

Yonhap, 12.07.18..

The United States will continue to maintain its troops in South Korea despite the recent suspension of their joint military drills with South Korean forces, South Korean president Moon Jae-in said. "South Korea and the U.S. maintain a firm stance about the role and importance of U.S. Forces Korea for peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia," the South Korean president said in an interview. The written interview was given last week, Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said earlier, ahead of Moon's three-day state visit to Singapore, which began Wednesday.

Joonang Ilbo, 12.07.18..

The South Korean government said Tuesday that it would combine the Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) exercise, an annual defense drill that it had earlier suspended amid denuclearization talks between North Korea and the United States, with the South Korean military’s internal “Taegeuk” exercise. Tentatively under the name of the “Ulchi Taegeuk” exercise, the new defense drill is slated to begin next year. Some observers raise concern about whether the decision implies the termination of the UFG exercise, a joint exercise with the United States, which is defensive in nature. Military authorities said Tuesday that the government would conduct the “Ulchi Taegeuk” exercise from next year, which incorporates the Ulchi exercise and the existing command post exercises (CPX). With the decision, the existing UFG drill has been scrapped this year. The government will decide whether to hold the South Korea-U.S. Freedom Guardian (FG) exercise, which had been conducted as part of the UFG exercise, by taking into account North Korea’s progress towards denuclearization and other security circumstances, the official added.

"Radio Korea", 12.07.18..

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stressed the U.S.' commitment to resolving the threat of North Korea's nuclear weapons program in a peaceful manner. Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement that the secretary also answered questions from the troops on both internal and global issues including North Korea, in which he underscored the U.S.' commitment to developing a peaceful solution on the Korean Peninsula. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has said the United States will not be "sidelined or sidetracked" in negotiations to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Yonhap, 11.07.18..

Defense Minister Song Young-moo assured the public Tuesday that an envisioned team of military prosecutors will look independently into alleged wrongdoings by the Defense Security Command (DSC), an influential unit tasked with collecting security-related intelligence and investigating anti-state activities. In the leaked documents of DSC which showed that DSC reportedly considered ways to invoke a set of draconian decrees to control domestic security conditions last year, when then President Park Geun-hye was impeached. The special investigation team will consist of military prosecutors who are unrelated to the army or the DSC. It will function as an independent counsel, not subject to direction from any military officials, including the defense minister himself.

South China Morning Post, 11.07.18..

China started massive week-long military drills which started on Monday. The main task of exercises are to test reconnaissance, electronic communication, cybersecurity, air strikes and other battle skills and aimed at increasing ground troops’ understanding of modern warfare. More than 50 combat units involving about 2,100 officers including airborne troops, special forces and electronic warfare experts from ground forces from the Eastern, Western, Northern, Southern and Central command theatres.

Kyodo, 11.07.18..

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has established a working group inside the State Department on ways to achieve denuclearization of North Korea, but it doesn't include Pyongyang, a U.S. official said Monday. According to the department, the working group includes Alex Wong, deputy assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs, Ben Purser, deputy assistant secretary for international security and nonproliferation, and assists Ambassador Sung Kim who leads U.S. diplomacy toward North Korea. Secretary Pompeo has established a post-Singapore summit working group dedicated to directing the State Department's planning, policy, implementation and verification of our efforts to achieve the denuclearization of North Korea consistent with the Singapore summit's joint statement. Some experts believe that launch of the U.S. working group suggests that Pyongyang may not have agreed to launch a joint panel with Washington due to a gap between the two sides over measures to advance denuclearization.

Rodong Sinmun, 11.07.18..

The Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, claimed that Japan is making a "pretext" to achieve its push to become a military power through such hostile policy despite a growing sense of peace surrounding the Korean Peninsula. "If Japan sincerely wants the peace and stability in the region, it should make a bold decision to liquidate the crimes committed by Japan against the Korean nation in the past and drop its dagger hidden behind its waist," it said, apparently referring to atrocities perpetrated during Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.

Yonhap, 11.07.18..

Lee Do-hoon, representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs at Seoul's foreign ministry, plans to hold meetings with U.S. officials between Wednesday and Saturday. They include Alex Wong, deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, and Matthew Pottinger, National Security Council senior director for Asian affairs. The agenda of meeting is about consultations and coordination on a working level to materialize ways to denuclearize the peninsula and establish a peace regime on the basis of the results of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang last week.

Reuters, 10.07.18..

A mid-year Emerson College ePoll finds President Trumps' Job approval rating at 43% and his disapproval at 50% which is an improvement from January's Emerson epoll that found the President's approval at 39% and disapproval at 52%.A plurality of voters finds Russia (34%) to be the United States' biggest foreign adversary, followed by China (21%) and North Korea. However this differs by party affiliation; Democrats reported Russia as the biggest adversary at 49%, Republicans reported China as top adversary at 25%. However, there was consensus among all voters when asked if Russia was a friend or foe to the United States of America: 59% opted for "Foe" and 15% identifying Russia as a "Friend."

Reuters, 10.07.18..

President Donald Trump suggested on Monday that China might be seeking to derail U.S. efforts aimed at denuclearizing North Korea, but said he was confident that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would uphold a pact the two agreed on last month. In his first remarks about challenging diplomatic talks held at the weekend that sowed fresh doubts over North Korea’s willingness to give up its nuclear arsenal, Trump said China “may be exerting negative pressure” in reaction to punitive U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. A Twitter post by Trump in which he suggested that China might be spoiling North Korea talks was another twist in his rollercoaster approach to Beijing, a mix of praise and criticism, diplomatic outreach and outright aggression. “I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake. We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea,” Trump said. “China, on the other hand, may be exerting negative pressure on a deal because of our posture on Chinese Trade-Hope Not!”

Yonhap, 10.07.18..

On Monday, officials at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae acknowledged that there are differences between the U.S. and the North over the issue of declaring the war's end but stressed that those differences are not insurmountable. Another official also told Yonhap News Agency by phone on the condition of anonymity that the U.S. and the North have different thoughts on such a declaration, but it's not that the differences are too big to overcome. Cho Moung-gyon said the two countries have demonstrated they are moving "in the same direction" in implementing the summit agreement their leaders reached in last month's summit. "It is necessary (for the North and the U.S.) to work on ironing out their differences in initial stages of talks," Cho said in a speech at a forum in Seoul. "I expect that the denuclearization and peace building will likely be carried out in a sustained and condensed manner going forward." South Korea should play a more active role in facilitating negotiations between the US and North Korea amid concerns over the two countries’ apparent difference over the denuclearization process, Moon Chung-in, a special adviser to President Moon Jae-in, said Monday. Moon Chung-in, a Yonsei University professor, said while US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to Pyongyang exposed a gap over how to resolve a nuclear standoff, both countries can address the issue their leaders reached an agreement on during their first-ever summit in Singapore.

Jiji Press, 10.07.18..

Top diplomats of Japan, the United States and South Korea on Sunday agreed to enhance trilateral cooperation further to realize the full denuclearization of North Korea. At a meeting in Tokyo, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his U.S. and South Korean counterparts, Mike Pompeo and Kang Kyung Wha, confirmed the policy of achieving the comprehensive, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of all weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear arms, and ballistic missiles. The trio also agreed that their countries will maintain sanctions against North Korea based on U.N. Security Council resolutions until Pyongyang takes concrete action toward its denuclearization. In their 40-minute meeting, Pompeo briefed Kono and Kang on his two-day talks with North Korean officials in Pyongyang that ended Saturday, in which participants discussed how to implement the full denuclearization as promised by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. At a joint news conference with Kono and Kang, Pompeo said the U.S. side had productive discussions with North Korea and that there was progress. North Korea again promised that it is committed to the full denuclearization, Pompeo continued, adding that he raised the topic of North Korea’s abductions of Japanese nationals during the Pyongyang talks. Kono said he and Kang “will fully support Pompeo’s efforts until the end.” He also thanked the U.S. secretary of state for bringing up the abduction issue. Kang expressed hope that the United States and North Korea will hold constructive and productive negotiations. Regarding the Pyongyang talks, the Korean Central News Agency has carried a North Korean Foreign Ministry statement that blasted the U.S. attitude. Ahead of the three-way meeting, Pompeo met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss bilateral cooperation, including on North Korean issues. “The resolution of the North Korean nuclear, missile and abduction issues is extremely important not only to Japan but also to the peace and stability of the region,” Abe told Pompeo.

"Nikkei", 10.07.18..

On the 9-th of July in the Northern Territories affairs administration within the Cabinet of Ministers of Japan was held a meeting, devoted to the further joint economic activity of Russia and Japan on the Southern Kuril Islands. During the event the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs T.Kono "expressed a hope that the Russian government would continue to make joint efforts with the Japanese side directed on the projects realization". T.Kono also said that constructive dialogue between two countries would be prolonged within the frames of the upcoming Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok city of the Russian Far East.

South China Morning Post, 06.07.18..

China’s People’s Liberation Army is ridden with “peace disease”, its official newspaper has said as efforts are stepped up to address a lack of battle-readiness and anti-graft measures continue to stamp out corruption of its military drills. According to the People’s Liberation Army Daily in an editorial on Monday, “peace disease” has infiltrated every corner of the PLA since its last battles, with Vietnam in the late 1970s, threatening to undermine the fighting capability of what is the world’s largest military. To prevent some military officials falsifying training data, the Central Military Commission (CMC) has since November been sending military disciplinary officers – representing the PLA’s anti-graft watchdog – to the army’s five theatre commands as inspectors, to monitor drills. It stressed that the country was facing greater security threats and unprecedented global variables, and added: “Let the army get back on the right track, concentrating on combat-ready training.”

The Hankook Ilbo, The Yomiuri Shimbun, 06.07.18..

According to results of Japan's and South Korean's public opinion of the Hankook Ilbo and the Yomiuri Shimbun, 83 per cent nationals of Japan and 66 per cent of South Korea expressed confidence that the complete denuclearization of North Korea would not be realized in the near future. Besides 44 per cent nationals of South Korea and 26 per cent nationals of Japan said that economic sanctions in regard to the DPRK must be easing. Also 77 per cent nationals of Japan and 49 per cent of South Korea reported that the North Korea is main military threat for the Japan and South Korea.

Yonhap, 06.07.18..

The official representative of the Department of state Heather Nauert reported that a position of USA for denuclearization Korean Peninsula would be unaffected and Washington will be continue bring pressure on the DPRK. In turn the South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs encouraged that point and noted that the primary target of Seoul and Washington is "full and unreversable" denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Besides the main opposition Liberty Korea Party lawmaker Kim Hack-yong with reference to South Korea's Ministry of Defense said that North Korea continuing works for creation of a nuclear weapon. He also said that in the Korean People's Army continuing an ideological indoctrination of military personnel which characterization of the USA such as enemy. In turn South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon reported that holding talks with Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee and director of the United Front Department of the DPRK, the North Korea's side called Seoul to activate the Korean contact for normalizations relation between the Republic of Korea and DPRK.

Kyodo, 06.07.18..

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Thursday that Japan will support the International Atomic Energy Agency if it conducts inspections of North Korea's nuclear facilities. During his meeting with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, Kono conveyed that Tokyo is ready to help by shouldering part of the initial costs needed for such inspections and dispatching nuclear experts if Pyongyang agrees to have its facilities inspected after promising to work toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The IAEA will make preparations so inspections can start swiftly once requested, Amano said during the meeting, in an apparent reference to inspections in North Korea., 06.07.18..

In the Okayama city (Okayama Prefecture) under the auspices of the Association for the Return of the Northern Territories was held a meeting of the representatives of 58 educational organizations of prefecture, during which its members discussed in details the issue of the southern Kurils. During the event the head of the branch of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Japan in the Okayama prefecture Akira Okazaki called the leadership of educational institutions to take part in the program, initiated by the Japanese government, which consists of special tours to the Hokkaido Prefecture for pupils of junior and secondary schools. A.Okazaki expressed a hope that the new program would be successfully fulfilled and make it possible to enhance the level of competence of the Japanese pupils in the Northern Territories issue".