Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
- In response to an escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the US has deployed a warship to the region to shield against any ballistic missile attacks against South Korea. South Korea’s President has ordered the military to respond strongly and immediately to any attack. North Korea has meanwhile pledged to restart the reactors at its biggest nuclear plant. EJIL: Talk! asks the pertinent question: Are the two Koreas now at war?
- The International Committee of the Red Cross has reported that it is “deplorable” that people are getting accustomed to the daily number of civilian casualties in Syria.
- Al Jazeera has an exclusive about the UN’s plans should the Syrian regime fall–a plan that includes deploying peacekeeping forces, a move beyond its normal role as no others in the international community are interested in getting involved.
- The mood in the Malian city of Timbuktu is tense in the wake of deadly clashes between rebel and Malian forces over the weekend.
- Relatives of approximately 90 Yeminis held at the US Guantanamo Bay prison are protesting their “very poor” conditions at Gitmo and demanding their release.
- Arms Control Blog points to a new report about the effectiveness of sanctions against Iran.
- The UNGA is set to vote today on the Arms Trade Treaty, a week after Iran, Syria and North Korea blocked the adoption by consensus.
- Following the return of the two Italian marines to India, India’s Supreme Court has removed the order barring the Italian envoy from leaving the country.