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US to North Korea: US Stands Ready to Defend Itself and Allies

U.S. officials say the United States remains unwavering in its commitment to Asian allies in the wake of threats from North Korea. In the U.S.-Japan defense and diplomatic talks Thursday, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Washington would take immediate and specific actions to take down any missile launched by North Korea toward the territory of the U.S. and its allies. State Department correspondent Nike Ching has more. … Read the referenced story here: US to North Korea: US Stands Ready to Defend Itself and Allies

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US Says Joint South Korea War Games Not on Negotiating Table

The United States and South Korea will go ahead with joint military drills next week, the top U.S. military official said on Thursday, resisting pressure from North Korea and its ally China to halt the contentious exercises. North Korea’s rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland has fueled a rise in tensions in recent months. U.S. President Donald Trump warned North Korea last week it would face “fire and fury” if it threatened the United States, prompting North Korea to say it was…

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South Korea: Trump Promises Not to Attack North Without South’s Consent

South Korean President Moon Jae-in Thursday said he has received assurances from U.S. President Donald Trump that Washington would not launch any attack against North Korea without Seoul’s approval. “The United States and President Trump have declared and promised that whatever military action they would like to take, they will fully discuss it with us and get our consent,” Moon said. The South Korean president held a press conference in Seoul to mark the first 100 days of his administration. The liberal Moon was elected to office in May following…

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Trump Strategist: No Military Solution in North Korea

President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon says there’s no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president’s recent pledge to answer further aggression with “fire and fury.” In an interview with The American Prospect posted online Wednesday, Bannon tells the liberal publication that the U.S. is losing the economic race against China. He also talks about purging his rivals from the Defense and State departments. The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment. “There’s no military solution (to…

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Back to bomb shelters? North Korea threats revive nuke fears

AP Photo/Anonymous LOS ANGELES (AP) — After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the era of nuclear nightmares – of the atomic arms race, of backyard bomb shelters, of schoolchildren diving under desks to practice their survival skills in the event of an attack – seemed to finally, thankfully, fade into history. Until now. For some baby boomers, North Korea’s nuclear advances and President Donald Trump’s bellicose response have prompted flashbacks to a time when they were young, and when they prayed each night … Read the referenced story here: Back…

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In North Korea, There Are No Good Options Left

Richard Haass, The HillHere is what we know about North Korea. It is a poor country ruled by one family for three-quarters of a century. It is both dependent on Chinese economic help and fiercely independent. It poses a significant conventional military threat to South Korea and to the 28,500 U.S. troops stationed there. … Read the referenced story here: In North Korea, There Are No Good Options Left

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Trump: North Korea ‘Wise’ to Postpone Missile Launch Toward Guam

U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made “a very wise and well reasoned decision” to postpone a plan to launch missiles toward the shores of the U.S. territory of Guam. In a Twitter comment, Trump said, “The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!” The North Korean leader was quoted Tuesday in state media as saying that he would, for the moment, call off the plan to fire four missiles over Japan into the waters near Guam, 3,400 kilometers to the south,…

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U.S. Ponders Path to Permanent Treaty with N. Korea

David Ignatius, Washington PostAfter weeks of belligerent rhetoric, North Korea took a pause Tuesday. But where is the mercurial Kim Jong Un headed next? U.S. officials are debating whether he may want direct talks with Washington about a formal treaty to replace the 1953 armistice agreement that ended the Korean War. … Read the referenced story here: U.S. Ponders Path to Permanent Treaty with N. Korea

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Rising tensions with North Korea bring back nuclear fears

AP Photo/Anonymous LOS ANGELES (AP) — After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the era of nuclear nightmares – of the atomic arms race, of backyard bomb shelters, of schoolchildren diving under desks to practice their survival skills in the event of an attack – seemed to finally, thankfully, fade into history. Until now. For some baby boomers, North Korea’s nuclear advances and President Donald Trump’s bellicose response have prompted flashbacks to a time when they were young, and when they prayed each night … Read the referenced story here: Rising…

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China tells US, North Korea to ‘hit the brakes’ on threats

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik BEIJING (AP) — China is telling the U.S. and North Korea to “hit the brakes” on threatening words and actions and work toward a peaceful resolution of their dispute, in a sign of growing concern over the standoff on the part of Pyongyang’s only major ally. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, that the two countries should work together to contain tensions and permit no one to “stir up an incident on … Read the referenced story here: China…

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