03 December 2011 Military News
- Karzai accuses Pakistan of torpedoing peace talks with Taliban IRNA 03 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan is torpedoing Afghan peace talks with the Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told the news magazine Der Spiegel on Saturday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- PCU Mississippi Successfully Completes Christening Milestone NNS 03 Dec 2011 -- Pre-Commissioning Unit Mississippi (SSN 782) sponsor Ms. Allison Stiller christened the ninth Virginia-class submarine during a ceremony at General Dynamics Electric Boat, Dec. 3.
- Russian Navy to receive 1st Graney class attack sub by end of 2012 RIA Novosti 03 Dec 2011 -- The delivery of the first Graney class nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarine to the Russian Navy has been postponed until the end of 2012 due to additional tests of its weapons systems, the Sevmash shipyard said.
- Russia to refit Admiral Nakhimov nuclear cruiser after 2012 RIA Novosti 03 Dec 2011 -- The overhaul of mothballed Admiral Nakhimov nuclear-powered cruiser will start after 2012 with the focus on refitting the ship with advanced weaponry and electronics, the Sevmash shipyard said.
- Russia to start construction of Borey-A class nuclear subs in 2012 RIA Novosti 03 Dec 2011 -- Russia will start building modernized Borey-A class strategic nuclear-powered submarines in 2012, the Sevmash shipyard said.
- Russia views NATO missile shield as 'legitimate target for attack' IRNA 03 Dec 2011 -- Russia's NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin on Saturday warned of a likely military confrontation with the western military alliance over the deployment of its controversial missile shield in Poland, according to the Hamburg-based weekly news magazine Der Spiegel.
- Mideast mediators to hold separate talks with Israel, PNA RIA Novosti 03 Dec 2011 -- The Quartet of mediators on the Middle East conflict will on December 13-14 meet separately with Israeli and Palestinian officials in a bid to revive the peace dialogue between them, Al Ayam website said on Saturday.
- Panetta to Israel: 'Get to the Damn Table' for Peace Talks VOA 03 Dec 2011 -- The top U.S. defense official is warning Israel it cannot afford to further isolate itself from Arab neighbors in the Middle East.
- UN mission in Libya extended by three months RIA Novosti 03 Dec 2011 -- The UN Security Council has extended the mandate of the UN support mission in Libya where the new government is facing a post-war proliferation of weapons.
- ICC Requests Arrest Warrant for Sudanese Defense Minister VOA 03 Dec 2011 -- The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor has requested an arrest warrant for Sudan's defense minister, who allegedly helped to plan atrocities in the Darfur region.
- Syria shrugs off UN resolution as 'unfair, politicized' RIA Novosti 03 Dec 2011 -- Syrian diplomats dismissed on Saturday a new resolution of the UN human rights watchdog as unfair and blatantly politicized, the Foreign Ministry said.
- Arab League Confirms Sanctions on Syria as Unrest Intensifies VOA 03 Dec 2011 -- The Arab League on Saturday froze assets of 19 top Syrian officials and banned them from traveling to Arab states.
- Syria Denounces UN Resolution as Death Toll Rises VOA 03 Dec 2011 -- Violent clashes between Syrian government troops and rebel soldiers in Syria's northern Idlib Province Saturday have left a large number of casualties, at least 23 according to activists.
- Iran's draft resolution on disarmament approved in UN ISNA 03 Dec 2011 -- The draft resolution on nuclear disarmament proposed by Iranian mission in the UN was approved in the General Assembly recent meeting.
- Full text of Iran's draft resolution on Disarmament in UN General Assembly ISNA 03 Dec 2011 -- The full text of Iranian proposed draft resolution on Nuclear Disarmament approved in the 66th UN General Assembly session comes as follow:
- Iran Tries To Contain Diplomatic Rift With U.K., Europe RFE/RL 03 Dec 2011 -- Iran says its crisis with London over the storming of the British Embassy in Tehran should not be an issue for other European countries.
- Presidential candidates fight over ways to keep peace with China CNA 03 Dec 2011 -- President Ma Ying-jeou accused his main presidential election rival, Tsai Ing-wen, Saturday of failing to recognize the '1992 consensus,' a move that Ma said will destabilize Taiwan's ties with China.
- India seeks IAEA help for safety of N-plants IRNA 03 Dec 2011 -- India has sought assistance from the Operational Safety Review Team of the International Atomic Energy Agency for the safety reviews and audit of its nuclear power plants.
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