Bolton meets Japanese officials to discuss Iran, South Korea

Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono (R) greets US National Security Advisor John Bolton (L) during their meeting in Tokyo on July 22, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 22 July 2019

Bolton meets Japanese officials to discuss Iran, South Korea

  • Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to learn more about Washington’s intentions
  • Bolton, after meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Monday, said they “covered a lot of ground”

TOKYO: US National Security Adviser John Bolton has held talks with Japanese officials, presumably to discuss a US-led military coalition to safeguard shipping in the Strait of Hormuz amid escalating tensions in the region.
Japan, whose use of force is limited to self-defense of itself and its allies under its pacifist constitution, is cautious about a military coalition.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to learn more about Washington’s intentions before deciding if or how Japan can cooperate.
Bolton, after meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Monday, said they “covered a lot of ground,” but did not elaborate.
Japanese media said Bolton might also discuss an escalating spat between Japan and South Korea over trade and wartime labor issues.


NASA investigating first crime committed in space: report

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NASA investigating first crime committed in space: report

  • Astronaut Anne McClain is accused of improperly accessing her partner’s private financial records while aboard the International Space Station
  • McClain’s lawyer said the astronaut accessed the account only to monitor the couple’s combined finances

WASHINGTON: US space agency NASA is investigating what may be the first crime committed in outer space, The New York Times reported Saturday.
Astronaut Anne McClain is accused of identity theft and improperly accessing her estranged wife’s private financial records while on a sixth-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS), the Times said.
The astronaut’s spouse Summer Worden filed a complaint earlier this year with the Federal Trade Commission after learning McClain had accessed her bank account without permission, while Worden’s family filed another with NASA’s Office of Inspector General, according to the newspaper.
McClain’s lawyer said the astronaut had done nothing wrong and accessed the bank records while aboard the ISS in order to monitor the couple’s combined finances — something she had done over the course of their relationship, the Times reported.
NASA investigators have contacted both women, according to the newspaper.
McClain, who returned to Earth in June, gained fame for being one of two women picked for a historic all-female spacewalk, but NASA scrapped the planned walk in March due to a lack of well-fitting spacesuits, sparking accusations of sexism.
Worden said the FTC has not responded to the identity theft report, but that an investigator specializing in criminal cases with NASA’s Office of Inspector General has been looking into the accusation, according to the Times.