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A Pressure Point for North Korea

Sen. Ted Cruz, New York TimesOn Oct. 31, the State Department faces a critical decision in our relations with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The Iran-Russia-North Korea sanctions bill enacted in August included legislation I introduced that requires the secretary of state to decide whether to relist North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism within 90 days. … Read the referenced story here: A Pressure Point for North Korea

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Pentagon Chief in Asia; North Korea High on Agenda in Talks With Allies

U.S.Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he would talk with Asian allies about North Korea and the crisis caused by Pyongyang’s “reckless” provocations, as he kicked off a week-long trip to the region on Monday to meet defense chiefs in the Philippines. Mattis’ trip to Asia, which will also include stops in Thailand and South Korea, comes just weeks before President Donald Trump’s first visit to Asia. Trump has been locked in a war of words with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, calling him a “rocket man” on a suicide…

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NY Times: Carter Willing to Travel to North Korea

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said he would be willing to travel to North Korea on behalf of the Trump administration to help diffuse rising tensions, The New York Times reported on its website Sunday. “I would go, yes,” Carter, 93, told the Times when he was asked in an interview at his ranch house in Plains, Georgia, whether it was time for another diplomatic mission and whether he would do so for President Trump. Carter, a Democrat who was president from 1977 to 1981, said he had spoken to…

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Military Experts: China Holds Key to Resolving North Korea Crisis

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have been running high since North Korea accelerated its intercontinental missile tests. September’s hydrogen bomb test has led to increased U.S. and international condemnation and a new round of sanctions. VOA’s Jela de Franceschi takes a closer look at the tense situation. … Read the referenced story here: Military Experts: China Holds Key to Resolving North Korea Crisis

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North Korea Military Capability–Knowns and Unknowns

Victor Davis Hanson, IBDNo one really knows all that much about North Korea’s nuclear or conventional military capability or its strategic agenda. Are its nuclear missiles reliably lethal, are they as long-ranged and accurate as hyped, and are they under secure command and control? … Read the referenced story here: North Korea Military Capability–Knowns and Unknowns

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North Korean Official Says US Must ‘Put Up” with Pyongyang’s Nuclear Weapons

A senior North Korean official said in Moscow Friday that Pyongyang does not plan to discuss its nuclear program with the U.S., insisting Washington would have “have to put up” with the reality it possesses nuclear weapons. “This is a matter of life and death for us,” North Korean Foreign Ministry official Choe Son-hui told a non-proliferation conference in Moscow. Chon maintained that North Korea’s nuclear weapons are needed to respond to any potential attacks. “We will respond to fire with fire,” Choe said. No negotiations North Korea has said…

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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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