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Mood Darkens as US, Japan, North Korea Start Throwing Punches on Way to the Ring

    Mood Darkens as US, Japan, North Korea Start Throwing Punches on Way to the Ring

WASHINGTON — As the U.S. summit with North Korea fast approaches, both countries are jostling to preserve their respective interests. The tense signals, subtle shifts in position, and U.S. provocations make clear that the summit won’t be short on tough negotiations. Despite the honeyed words of previous months following U.S. President Donald Trump’s agreement to…

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Will Bolton Cost Trump His Nobel? Powerful Interests Lined Up Against Korean Peace

    Will Bolton Cost Trump His Nobel? Powerful Interests Lined Up Against Korean Peace

WASHINGTON – Seemingly discontent with the progress made towards peace on the Korean peninsula, John Bolton, Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, asserted that the United States is currently using the “Libya model” in guiding the denuclearization of North Korea – a model that eventually led to the destruction of the North African country and…

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If the Leaders of the Two Koreas Can Meet, Why Can’t Those of Saudi Arabia and Iran?

    If the Leaders of the Two Koreas Can Meet, Why Can’t Those of Saudi Arabia and Iran?

The remarkable face to face meeting of the leaders of North and South Korea is being watched with hope by many observers, given the long decades of enmity between the two and the recent nuclear sabre-rattling of President Trump. At least in my circles, I see virtually no one condemning the meeting, though many are…

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Here’s How John Bolton Could Sabotage the Korea Peace Talks

    Here’s How John Bolton Could Sabotage the Korea Peace Talks

This article is the final installment of a series exploring the past of soon-to-be National Security Adviser John Bolton and what his appointment will mean for U.S. foreign policy, with a focus on the Middle East, Latin America, and the Koreas. Part I examined Bolton’s past advocacy for Israel, often at the U.S.’ expense. Part…

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Trump and Bolton Take a Page From Richard Nixon and the Mad Man Theory

  Trump and Bolton Take a Page From Richard Nixon and the Mad Man Theory

Early in Richard Nixon’s presidency, he told his chief of staff, Bob Haldeman, that his secret strategy for ending the Vietnam War was to threaten the use of nuclear weapons.  Nixon opined that President Eisenhower’s nuclear threats in 1953 brought a quick end to the Korean War, and that he planned to use the same…

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Trump Axes Tillerson Over Iran Deal – Replaces Him With CIA Chief Pompeo

  Trump Axes Tillerson Over Iran Deal – Replaces Him With CIA Chief Pompeo

Back in December, we asked, “Will CIA Director Mike Pompeo Replace Rex Tillerson As Secretary Of State?” The answer, as of moments ago, is yes. Moments ago, the WaPo first reported, and then President Trump tweeted, that he has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, launching a…

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Trump May Meet with North Korea’s Leader Kim Jong-un by May

  Trump May Meet with North Korea’s Leader Kim Jong-un by May

In a stunning turnaround from a year of playground insults and threats of nuclear annihilation, President Donald Trump agreed Thursday to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by May. South Korean official Chung Eui-yong said in an announcement on the White House driveway that Kim “pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear missile tests” the…

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Scream Loudly and Carry a Nuclear Arsenal: The Dangers of Trump’s “Nuclear Diplomacy”

  Scream Loudly and Carry a Nuclear Arsenal: The Dangers of Trump’s “Nuclear Diplomacy”

WASHINGTON  -– To the surprise of many, it was announced earlier this week that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) had agreed to consider ending its nuclear and ballistic missile program, while also being open to talks with the United States to resolve the inflamed tensions between the two nations. According to South Korean National…

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North Korea Contacted United States Directly Seeking Talks

  North Korea Contacted United States Directly Seeking Talks

In comments on Saturday, President Donald Trump reported that North Korea had directly contacted him a couple of days prior with an offer of direct diplomacy. If confirmed, this marks the first such offer directly made by the North Koreans to the administration. “They, by the way, called up a couple of days ago, they…

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The 2018 Worldwide Threat Assessment Misses the Mark, Here’s How

  The 2018 Worldwide Threat Assessment Misses the Mark, Here’s How

On February 13, the American intelligence community issued its Worldwide Threat Assessment for 2018. It is a frightening document to read, but perhaps not for the reasons you would expect. It is not frightening for the threat to America or the world that it reveals, but rather for its failure to hear or see what…

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