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U.S. drone shot down over Yemen - officials

21 Aug 2019

WASHINGTON A U.S. military MQ-9 drone was shot down in Yemen's Dhamar governate, southeast of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday, the second such incident in recent months.

U.S. tests first ground-launched cruise missile after INF treaty exit

19 Aug 2019

WASHINGTON The Pentagon said on Monday it tested a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile with a range of more than 500 km (310 miles), the first such test since the United States pulled out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

U.S. defence secretary visits South Korea as region faces myriad challenges

09 Aug 2019

SEOUL U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper met with senior South Korean leaders on Friday amid a series of regional challenges ranging from a bitter trade row between Seoul and Tokyo to the cost of U.S. troops stationed in South Korea.

With an eye on Russia, China and a horse, Pentagon chief visits Mongolia

08 Aug 2019

ULAANBAATAR U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper met senior Mongolian leaders on Thursday in a rare visit to the strategically important nation as the Pentagon seeks to implement its strategy of focusing on countering China and Russia. | Video

Pentagon chief says U.S. will not 'overreact' to North Korea missile launches

06 Aug 2019

TOKYO U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that the United States will not overreact to a series of missiles launches by North Korea in recent weeks and would keep the door open to talks with Pyongyang.

Any Turkish incursion into Syria 'unacceptable,' will prevent it - Pentagon chief

06 Aug 2019

TOKYO U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday any Turkish operation into northern Syria would be "unacceptable" and the United States would prevent unilateral incursions, as tensions between Washington and Ankara simmer.

Any Turkish incursion into Syria 'unacceptable,' will prevent it: Pentagon chief

06 Aug 2019

TOKYO U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday any Turkish operation into northern Syria would be "unacceptable" and the United States would prevent unilateral incursions, as tensions between Washington and Ankara simmer.

Pentagon chief says U.S. will not 'overreact' to North Korea missile launches

06 Aug 2019

TOKYO U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that the United States will not overreact to a series of missiles launches by North Korea in recent weeks and would keep the door open to talks with Pyongyang.

UPDATE 1-Pentagon chief says U.S. will not "overreact" to N.Korea missile launches

06 Aug 2019

TOKYO, Aug 6 U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that the United States will not overreact to a series of missiles launches by North Korea in recent weeks and would keep the door open to talks with Pyongyang.

China destabilising Indo-Pacific – U.S. Defence Secretary

04 Aug 2019

SYDNEY China is destabilising the Indo-Pacific, U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday, charging Beijing with predatory economics, intellectual property theft and "weaponising the global commons".

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