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Is AI More Threatening Than North Korean Missiles?

Enlarge this image In this April 30, 2015, file photo, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveils the company’s newest products, in Hawthorne, Calif. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP hide caption toggle caption Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP One of Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s companies, the nonprofit start-up OpenAI, manufactures a device that last week was victorious in defeating some of the world’s top gamers in an international video game (e-sport) tournament with a multi-million-dollar pot of prize money. We’re getting very good, it seems, at making machines that can outplay us at our favorite…

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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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Top US General Meets Chinese President Xi to Discuss North Korean Threat

The United States’ top general says the United States and South Korea will proceed with joint military drills next week, resisting pressure from China and North Korea to halt the annual exercises. Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday in Beijingt he United States has no plans to curtail military exercises with South Korea, which has angered Beijing and Pyongyang. “Until or unless North Korea demonstrates a willingness to back down from the path that they’re on right now, which is the development…

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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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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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