Less than one week after the inter-Korean Summit, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will host South Korean President Moon Jae-in and China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang for a round of high level discussions. Most of the discussion will focus on last week's meeting between South Korea and North Korea and what if anything can be done to work with the North Korean leader.
By August 31, 2017, and the end of this year's Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2017, Military Exercise one thing Kim Jong-Un can bank on. If he does manage to pull off a successful ICBM test angering every country including China, there is no version where he will come out on top. And if by chance he can pull off whatever his grand master plan is, if he goes too far, one country may not be able to stop him, but countries will act as one against him and North Korea to vindicate any who are lost due to his careless behavior.
The Russian Ambassador to Turkey since 2013, Andrei Karlov, age 62, was assassinated in Ankara, in what Russian President Vladimir Putin has deemed an act of terrorism. The assassination was carried out by Mevlut Mert Altıntas, a twenty-two-year-old, off-duty Turkish Police Officer in apparent retaliation against Russia for the country's continued involvement in Aleppo Syria.
Video footage shows the assassin in the moments before the shooting calmly standing behind the Ambassador who was several minutes into his speech at the opening of an art exhibition. Speaking calmly, seemingly unaware of the imminent danger he was in until Altıntas shot him in the back at point-blank range.
Many are asking, how this could have happened, especially in light of Turkey's crackdown and futile attempts to enforce stricter gun laws since last July's failed coup? Altıntas' weapon passed through the art gallery's stringe...