July 23rd, 2010
05:52 AM ET

World update: North Korea vows 'physical response'

An update from London on some of the developing international stories we're following on Friday:

North Korea tension - North Korea says there will be a "physical response" in reaction to the planned joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea.

Israel weapons - Israel pledged to limit the use of munitions containing white phosphorus and make greater efforts to protect civilians during conflicts, in a report this week to the United Nations. Read the full story

Australia climate change - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has embraced the same policy on climate change that her predecessor failed to pass, but said in a campaign speech on Friday that any action would be delayed until at least 2012. Read the full story

Mauritania militants - The French military provided "technical support" to Mauritania in an operation against suspected al Qaeda militants, the French defense ministry said Friday.

Royal jewels - More than 70 years after England's King Edward abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, some of the couple's jewels are coming up for sale.

Japan prime minister - Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is used to political lashings. But the latest one is from his own wife. In a book titled, "What On Earth Will Change in Japan After You Become Prime Minister," first lady Nobuko Kan writes bluntly about her husband's shortcomings.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Dave

    Methinks the NORKS need to go up on their medication!

    July 23, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Terry

    Nooo... are you serious? You mean North Korea is threatening the world again? Please, you all sound like a broken record. Every time I see a story about North Korea, I know exactly what it is going to say. Stop feeding their egos and quite reportint on them, nobody cares about their empty threats.

    July 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Richard Nunley

    You guys should read my opinion piece on this topic: http://smartfooker.blogspot.com

    July 24, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dennis

    North Korea knows that if it attacts the south or US it would be destroied and all they can do is act like big shot touph guys.. They would end up like Iran in 72 hours and be out if food etc. But North Korea should not get away with MURDER! The man Kim should step down and the the Captain and his aids be tried for Murder of the 46 who died. One wonders if the us should have Nuked them in the Fifties. China gets invovled the us should stop all trade with that evil country. Den

    July 27, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kim Harrison

    As the world population increases and there is a lack of resources to meet the supply and demand of each countrries needs, countries such as North Korea , Iran , India & Pakistan will create world instability and use other methods to escalate the threat of world peace. The question remains , the longer we are ambivalent in responding , are we allowing countries such as North Korea to becoming more of a threat. Any military response , has to be decisive , to send a clear message to other countries intending of using bullying tactics that it will be punished. Otherwise in hindsight there will other countries who will follow the actions of North Korea. SHAME SHAME SHAME.

    December 17, 2010 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kim Harrison

    I reflect the upon the Vietnam War , the North & South Korean escalation is very similar.

    When will politicans realize nobody wins a war , and those whom state they won were never really there.

    December 17, 2010 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |