China Rebukes Iran for Stopping Oil Sales to Britain and France (Second Coming Watch Update #19)

China rebukes Iran for stopping oil sales to Britain and France. According to Reuters, China rebuked Iran for stopping oil sales to British and French companies, calling for renewed efforts at dialogue over an escalating stand-off over Tehran's controversial nuclear program.

Vladimir Putin says Russia needs a stronger military. According to the BBC, Putin has backed the modernisation of his country's military, less than a fortnight before a presidential vote.

S. Korea ignores a threat from N. Korea to retaliate for military drill. According to Voice of America News, South Korea went ahead with an artillery drill Monday near a disputed maritime border despite an unusually explicit threat by North Korea to retaliate by shelling inhabited islands in the Yellow Sea.

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