Daily Brief 09/26/2017: More North Korean Threats, Hurricane Relief, and a Surprise Election in Japan

U.S. News:

Hurricane Relief on the Way-

The U.S. Defense Department has reaffirmed its commitment to working around the clock until all needed resources are provided to the devastated U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Humanitarian assistance is continuing to pour in and initial assessments have put the entire island without power for up to 4-6 months.

The death toll continues to rise in the Caribbean with the total as of Monday afternoon at 49.

16 of those victims were in Puerto Rico alone.

Violent Crime in U.S. Rose for Second Straight Year in 2016-

Newly released FBI statistics confirm that violent crime across the nation rose yet again during the year 2016.

Largely attributed to a major spike in crime within U.S. cities, the country saw a 4.1% increase in overall violent crime, and a 8.6% increase in the nation’s homicide count.

The Trump administration and Justice Department immediately criticized the “weak” law enforcement policies of many city leaders in the country that have taken a softer approach on the issue of crime prevention and punishment, which has led to an environment of “lawlessness”.

World News:

Japan’s Abe Calls For Early Election to be Held Next Month-

Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has officially scheduled for early elections to take place next month.

The news comes as tensions with North Korea reach an all-time high and Abe seeks to revisit the pacifist nature of Japan’s constitution and possibly seek to re-arm the island nation.

Although the Prime Minister is enjoying very high approval ratings and support, a major factor in the decision to move forward with the elections, the move is not without criticism in the country.

“I see a big question mark calling an election in the midst of North Korea situation being so critical. I wonder if it’s appropriate in terms of crisis management for the country.” Tokyo’s also popular Mayor, Yoriko Koike, said during a press conference after the information was released.

North Korea Threatens to Shoot Down U.S. Bombers in Latest Round of Threats From Regime-

A top North Korean diplomat has issued the latest threats to come from the rogue nation, this time threatening U.S> military aircraft operating in international airspace.

North Korea’s Foreign Minister, Ri Yong Ho, issued the remarks during a news briefing in which he said the Trump administration had “declared war on North Korea” after the President posted a number of social media updates slamming the despot-led nation and said that leader Kim Jun Un “won’t be around much longer”.

Ho said that those comments violate U.N. charter and give North Korea “every right” to take extensive “counter measures.” Although no specifics were given by the North Korea official.


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