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US: North Korea Months Away From Being Able to Hit US with Nuclear Missile

North Korea is likely just months away from being capable of striking the United States with a nuclear missile, according to two top U.S. officials. CIA Director Mike Pompeo told a forum in Washington on Thursday he is “deeply worried” about the advancing threat from North Korea and the possibility it could spark a nuclear arms race across East Asia. “We ought to behave as if we are on the cusp of them achieving that objective,” Pompeo said when asked about Pyongyang’s pursuit of missile technology that could launch a…

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Clinton Criticizes Trump’s North Korea Tweets But Not Policies

Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton strongly criticized President Donald Trump’s disruptive rhetoric on North Korea, while speaking in South Korea on Wednesday.  “There is no reason for us to be bellicose and aggressive,” said Clinton during an address to the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul. Cavalier threats Clinton took issue with the president’s disparaging description of Kim Jong Un as “little rocket man” and his threats to respond to a North Korean provocation with “fire and fury.” “With the fate of millions of people resting on a diplomatic resolution…

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The Book Mattis Reads to Be Prepared for War With N. Korea

Eric Scigliano, PoliticoHow those options are employed depends on the quality of leadership, however. On that score, Fehrenbach offered what’s still an eerily apposite warning: “The great test placed upon the United States was not whether it had the power to devastate [its nuclear adversary, then the Soviet Union]—this it had—but whether the American leadership had the will to continue to fight for an orderly world rather than to succumb to hysterical violence.” … Read the referenced story here: The Book Mattis Reads to Be Prepared for War With N. Korea

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Tense US-North Korea Standoff Slowly Escalates

On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said diplomatic efforts to persuade the Kim Jong Un government to give up its nuclear and long range ballistic missile program will continue “until the first bomb drops.” But as the tense nuclear standoff between North Korea and the United States continues to escalate, the risk of military conflict grows, while hopes for a peaceful solution remain remote. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Seoul. … Read the referenced story here: Tense US-North Korea Standoff Slowly Escalates

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Tense US-North Korea Standoff Slowly Escalates 

As the tense nuclear standoff between North Korea and the United States continues to escalate, the risk of military conflict grows, while hopes for a peaceful solution remain remote. On Sunday U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said diplomatic efforts to persuade the Kim Jong Un government to give up its nuclear and long range ballistic missile program will continue “until the first bomb drops.” But President Donald Trump has been pessimistic on the prospect of finding any diplomatic solution. He has called Tillerson’s efforts a “waste of time” and…

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