US will continue to put pressure on North Korea, says White House

US will continue to put pressure on North Korea, says White HouseThe US will keep on putting most extreme monetary and discretionary weight on North Korea even as President Donald Trump stays predictable in his position of keeping “every one of the alternatives on table”, theWhite House has said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump had a fantastic group around him and has accomplished enormous achievements on the universal stage by working with partners and going up against foes.

“We will keep doing that, and we will keep doing that as a group with the president driving that exertion,” she said yesterday.”We’re proceeding to put greatest monetary and strategic weight on nations like North Korea.We will keep on doing that, yet in the meantime, the president will keep the greater part of his choices on the table. Our position has not changed. It’s been extremely reliable,” she said.

North Korea terminated a rocket over Japan a month ago and tried a nuclear bomb, provoking Trump to demand that “all alternatives were on the table” in an inferred risk of pre-emptive military activity. In his lady deliver to the UN General Assembly a month ago, Trump said that no country on Earth had an enthusiasm for seeing “this band of lawbreakers” arm itself with atomic weapons and rockets.

The UN Security Council has collectively passed a US-drafted determination that forces most grounded authorizes ever on North Korea, with measures focusing on its final significant fares and decreasing around 30 for every penny of oil gave to it….Read More

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U.S. Defence Secretary Mattis backs Iran deal 

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The United States Defense Secretary James Mattis straightforwardly repudiated the United States President Donald Trump’s position on the Iran atomic arrangement while affirming before Congress, by support the atomic manage Iran and saying it is in light of a legitimate concern for national security to look after it.

Amid a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday, Mattis was asked whether he trusted it was as of now in the US national security enthusiasm to stay in the agreement.After a critical respite, he answered, “Indeed, congressperson, I do.”Mattis’ comments comes after U.S. President Trump has been implying for quite a long time that he is prepared to find a way to pull back from the Iran atomic arrangement as a vital October due date approaches that could choose the destiny of the assention

Under the applicable enactment, the organization needs to guarantee whether Iran is in material rupture of the assention, or if the arrangement isn’t serving the national intrigue. In an announcement in August, Trump said Iran is “not in consistence with the assention and they unquestionably are not in the soul of the understanding in consistence,” and in September he called the understanding a “humiliation” amid a discourse to the United Nations.

At a similar hearing, the executive of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. James Dunford stated, Iran “isn’t in material rupture of” the arrangement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and asserted that its usage has “postponed the improvement of an atomic capacity by..Read More

Trump meets Puerto Rico storm survivors

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President Donald Trump shook hands with storm survivors on the US island of Puerto Rico today, amid an outing intended to calm pundits who marked his underlying reaction moderate and ham-fisted.

Trump and First Lady Melania Trump went by the district of Guaynabo, strolling among trees felled by Hurricane Maria’s stream impact winds.

He got some information about their homes, posturing for photographs and delicately shot paper towels ball style into a group. About two weeks after Hurricane Maria whipped through the US region, a great part of the island stays shy of sustenance and without access to power or drinking water.

The organization’s pundits said the early reaction was not sufficiently quick or on a scale that could help the island’s 3.4 million American residents.

Not long after touching down at Muniz Air National Guard Base toward the start of his five hour trip, Trump energized fiasco administration laborers revealing to them they “can be exceptionally glad” of their reaction. Be that as it may, a considerable lot of the pugilistic president’s remarks seemed, by all accounts, to be gone for calming his own particular pundits, welcoming authorities to state “pleasant things” about the reaction and standing out it from..Read More

Will North Korea sell its nuclear technology?

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Over the years North Korea has earned millions of dollars from the export of arms and missiles, and its involvement in other illicit activities such as smuggling drugs, endangered wildlife products and counterfeit goods.Still, there are only a handful of cases that suggest these illicit networks have been turned to export nuclear technology or materials to other states.

North Korean technicians allegedly assisted the Pakistanis in production of Krytrons, likely sometime in the 1990s.Krytrons are devices used to trigger the detonation of a nuclear device. Later in the 1990s, North Korea allegedly transferred cylinders of low-enriched uranium hexafluoride (UF6) to Pakistan,where notorious proliferator A.Q. Khan shipped them onward to Libya.UF6 is a gaseous uranium compound that’s needed to create the “highly enriched uranium” used in weapons.

The most significant case was revealed in 2007 when Israeli Air Force jets bombed a facility in Syria.The U.S. government alleges this was an “undeclared nuclear reactor,” capable of producing plutonium, that had been under construction with North Korean assistance since the late 1990s.A U.S. intelligence briefing shortly after the strike highlighted the close resemblance between the Syrian reactor and the North Korean Yongbyon reactor. It also noted evidence of unspecified “cargo” being transported from North Korea to the site in 2006.

More recently, a 2017 U.N. report alleged that North Korea had been seeking to sell Lithium-6 (Li-6), an isotope used in the production of thermonuclear weapons. The online ad that caught the attention of researchers suggested North Korea could supply 22 pounds of the substance each month from Dandong,a Chinese city on the North Korean border.

 

 

 

 

Driverless cars: Can you trust a robot to drive you home?

Policymakers and companies working on self-driving vehicles are just beginning to deal with roadblocks for blind drivers. Photo: iSTOCK

Uber and Ola are huge taxi companies but they own very few cars. However, their highly sophisticated systems of fleet management and GPS based navigation through city traffic make them so easily available and inexpensive. They have revolutionized personal transportation in nearly a thousand major towns worldwide with the result that many people don’t need to keep a car any longer. A small car with a driver can however only carry 3 passengers and if the driver can be eliminated it will increase its passenger capacity by 25%. Enough to greatly improve a taxi’s earning power or profitability.

The idea of a driverless car is, however, rather scary. It might be terrifying to see one speeding toward you but the ongoing revolution in electronics has achieved and is achieving many amazing things. A Robot on an automotive manufacturing line is, for example, many times faster and more efficient than a hundred workers and they do not make mistakes. They don’t also need medicare, welfare benefits and they never go on strike. Modern robots can even do highly sensitive things like playing music or intelligent things like playing a game of chess. Virtual reality is becoming very real. It was recently reported that some Japanese men even prefer a soft and pliable silicone sex doll to a real life wife or girlfriend who can often be critical or uncooperative.

Human error is also by far the largest cause of accidents so a tiny robot hidden somewhere in a car may actually be a lot safer than a mortal human driver who can get tired, drunk or distracted by his mobile or by a pretty girl on the road ahead. There are already a few driverless trains but the idea of a driverless car or a pilotless plane makes people feel very uncomfortable. People, however, get used to innovation quite quickly.

Over the past decade, most of the automotive engineering has been driven by electronics that not only make engine management much more efficient but they also make the suspensions and brakes much safer. They play a huge role in climate control, lighting, and security to make a car easier to drive, more reliable and efficient. A modern car, therefore, has more chips in them than there are in a packet of wafers.

Google firing sparks debate over sexism in Silicon Valley

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A Silicon Valley culture war pitting liberal-leaning tech firms against a small conservative cohort took on new intensity on Tuesday after Google fired a male engineer for a memo that decried the company’s commitment to hiring women.

Memo author James Damore, 28, received jeers, cheers and a couple of job offers, while the debate raged on social media and some tech firms took steps to prevent similar episodes from embroiling their companies.Damore confirmed his dismissal from Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday, after he wrote a 10-page memo that said the company was hostile to conservative viewpoints and that women on average have more neuroticism.

Many in Silicon Valley found his views, which argued that men in general may be biologically more suited to coding jobs than women, offensive and destructive. The manifesto was embraced by some, particularly on the political right, who branded him a brave truth-teller. The episode recalled past examples of the wide gulf between US conservative activists and the tech sector.

In 2014, Brendan Eich was forced out as Mozilla’s chief executive after his opposition to gay marriage became public. Most technology executives held the opposite view, and tech companies often gave benefits to same-sex couples well before gay marriage was legalized.

US may lose Indian talent, competitive edge due to H-1B clampdown

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Clampdown on H-1B visa programme will make it difficult for the US IT sector to attract open talent from countries like India and America might lose its competitive edge, a top American think-tank has said

Trump administration is carrying out a review of the non-immigrant visas, the Center for Global Development (CGD) in a report said that H-1B visa, the most sought after by Indian IT professionals, is beneficial for both India and the US.

“It is really important to make sure that the I-T sectors from both countries are allowed to attract the right kind of people, because they really allow for innovation and growth in both the countries,” Gaurav Khanna, fellow at the CGD and co- author of the research paper, said.

The report titled ‘The IT Boom and Other Unintended Consequences of Chasing the American Dream’ takes an in-depth look at how the H-1B visa programme affects both the US and Indian economies. “Both the economies have really benefited from the H-1B programme,” he told PTI. “What our paper is really trying to stress, is that on average the US is better off because of the H-1B programme. So clamping down on the H-1B programme will basically not allow the US IT sector to attract the open talent from places like India. The US might then lose its competitive edge in IT production,” he warned, adding that IT companies might move to countries like Canada in the event of large scale clampdown on H-1B visas.