Donald Trump: ‘You always have to be concerned’ about thermonuclear war with North Korea

April 19, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump said Tuesday ‘you always have to be concerned’ when he was asked how worried Americans should be about the possibility of nuclear war with North Korea. “Look, you always have to be concerned,” Trump told CNN affiliate WTMJ in Wisconsin. “You don’t know exactly who you’re dealing with. I had a great great meeting with the president of China and that meeting tells me a lot and you’ve seen a lot of things happen. They …

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Sen. Ben Cardin: We don’t know if Trump knows what his North Korea policy is

April 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)The top Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee on Monday implored President Donald Trump to prove he has an effective policy in mind on North Korea. “The Trump administration has not presented to the Congress a coherent policy in regards to North Korea,” Cardin said on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.” Over the weekend, North Korea trotted out a slew of missiles in a parade before firing one off, which US Pacific Command said blew up almost …

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Trump Is Willing to Consider a Sudden Strike on North Korea

April 18, 2017

In the wake of North Korea’s failed medium-range airstrikes in Syria, for unannounced military action. He added that the North Korean leader’s unpredictability complicated U.S. strategy. McMaster, an Army lieutenant general, made the case for global action on the issue, including enlisting North Korean neighbor China, given the “brutality” of Kim’s regime. “This is someone who has demonstrated his brutality by murdering his own brother, by murdering …

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Trump says China has turned back N. Korean coal ships, lauds it as ‘big step’

April 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)US President Donald Trump says China has turned a fleet of coal-carrying cargo ships back to North Korea this week, describing it as a “big step” towards cracking down on the rogue state. China banned all imports of coal from North Korea in mid-February, soon after Pyongyang tested a new intermediate-range missile. Almost all coal shipments to the Chinese city of Dandong, on the North Korean border, since February have been turned back, a source with knowledge of …

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North Korea issues warning as US strike group heads to Korean Peninsula

April 11, 2017

(CNN)North Korea warned Monday it would respond to “reckless acts of aggression” by the United States, with “whatever methods the US wants to take,” as a US aircraft carrier strike group headed toward the Korean Peninsula. The Pentagon is sending the 97,000-ton USS Carl Vinson with an escort of a guided-missile cruiser and two destroyers following another missile test by North Korea last week. According to a statement provided to CNN by officials in Pyongyang, the …

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How Kim Jong Un has tightened his grip on power

April 11, 2017

(CNN)Since succeeding his father in 2011, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has impressed and confounded with his rise from political novice to adept operator. On Tuesday, the country’s political elite from Pyongyang and across the country will descend on the capital to attend the Supreme People’s Assembly, a largely symbolic meeting which Kim is expected to attend as the guest of honor. As he is once again feted by the country’s political class, how has the young leader fared …

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Markey to Trump: Negotiate with Kim Jong Un

April 9, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sen. Edward Markey is calling on President Donald Trump to engage in direct negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as part of a proposed joint effort with China to reduce North Korea’s nuclear threat. The Massachusetts Democrat’s plan, outlined in a letter that was sent to Trump on the eve of his first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, suggests that the US should agree to direct talks with North Korea in exchange for China’s commitment …

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Rex Tillerson’s incredibly odd and confusing statement on North Korea

April 5, 2017

(CNN)North Korea has fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, the latest in a series of test firings and one that comes just days before President Donald Trump is set to huddle with Chinese President Xi Jinping for a two-day summit in Florida. Here’s what Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, aka the nation’s top diplomat, had to say about the latest provocation from North Korea: “North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile. The United States has …

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Ex-spies weigh in on Russian hacking allegations

March 24, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s campaign and its alleged ties to Russia has been a big part of the political conversation this week. Russia’s interest in the United States is not new. During the Cold War, Russian agents were planted on US soil to spy on the country, and many of them were caught by the FBI. CNN spoke to KGB and FBI agents about the Russia hacking allegations and how espionage has changed over the years. Jack Barsky …

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Tillerson wades into a political minefield in South Korea

March 17, 2017

Seoul (CNN)Less than 50 days into the job, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has arrived in South Korea facing a host of issues that would test even the most seasoned diplomat. The impeachment of President Park Geun-hye one week ago has not only upended domestic politics, it has raised questions over the balance of Washington-Seoul relations at a time of heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula. Tillerson has questioned US policy on North Korea and is working on a new approach after …

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US anticipates new round of missile, nuclear testing by North Korea

March 17, 2017

(CNN)The US intelligence community and the Defense Department are increasingly anticipating that North Korea will soon undertake a new round of testing of its missile and nuclear program, according to half a dozen US officials. The officials are closely watching the regime’s programs and there are growing intelligence indicators of fresh and concerning activity inside North Korea. The major source of that intelligence for the US is spy satellites that survey the regime from overhead, so …

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Nikki Haley on North Korea talks: US has ‘been there, done that’

March 17, 2017

Washington (CNN)UN Ambassador Nikki Haley offered a glimpse of the administration’s policy on North Korea as tensions mount in the region and the isolated nation continues to develop its nuclear weapons program. Haley’s comments in a Thursday interview on CNN’s Erin Burnett “OutFront” came as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made his first trip on the job to Asia, where he derided the US approach to the country during the past two decades and pledged a new path. In …

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North Korea looms over Rex Tillerson’s first Asia trip

March 15, 2017

Tokyo/Seoul/Beijing (CNN)When Rex Tillerson was sworn in as US Secretary of State, his boss said he would bring a “clear-eyed focus to foreign affairs.” He’ll need it on his first trip to Asia, which begins Wednesday, as tensions flare in the volatile region. North Korea’s missile program is getting quicker and smarter, threatening the United States and its two key East Asian allies — Japan and South Korea. The latter is reeling after the ouster of its …

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