President Donald Trump hinted at stipulations for the US deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system that is being activated in South Korea. Trump said that he wanted South Korea to pay for the anti-missile defense system, which he estimates to cost $1 billion, and also intended to renegotiate or terminate a free-trade pact with the country because of a “deep trade decificit,” Reuters reported. When asked when he planned on renegotiating the “horrible” trade agreement, he said, “Very soon. I’m announcing it now.” However, South Korea’s defense ministry rebuffed Trump’s remarks, saying that there was no shift in the “basic position” and that the US should pay the cost of installing

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President Donald Trump hinted at stipulations for the US deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system that is being activated in South Korea. Trump said that he wanted South Korea to pay for the anti-missile defense system, which he estimates to cost $1 billion, and also intended to renegotiate or terminate a free-trade pact with the country because of a “deep trade decificit,” Reuters reported. When asked when he planned on renegotiating the “horrible” trade agreement, he said, “Very soon. I’m announcing it now.” However, South Korea’s defense ministry rebuffed Trump’s remarks, saying that there was no shift in the “basic position” and that the US should pay the cost of installing

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Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman made an interesting suggestion about the nuclear threat from North Korea after attending a classified briefing at the White House on Thursday. “No. Korea could smuggle nuke into U.S. rather than use ICBM. Could smuggle inside a bale of marijuana…” tweeted Sherman, adding in a subsequent tweet: “…and might sell nukes to Iran, which has billions of hard currency. Waiting for answers…” While experts dispute whether or not North Korea has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead, one thing is sure — Customs and Border Protection does its best on a daily basis to intercept illegal shipments of marijuana and other drugs to the US, and so does the Coast

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Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman made an interesting suggestion about the nuclear threat from North Korea after attending a classified briefing at the White House on Thursday. “No. Korea could smuggle nuke into U.S. rather than use ICBM. Could smuggle inside a bale of marijuana…” tweeted Sherman, adding in a subsequent tweet: “…and might sell nukes to Iran, which has billions of hard currency. Waiting for answers…” While experts dispute whether or not North Korea has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead, one thing is sure — Customs and Border Protection does its best on a daily basis to intercept illegal shipments of marijuana and other drugs to the US, and so does the Coast

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled on Friday that the Trump administration may have finally accepted the one course of action that could stop North Korea’s nuclear threat to the world: direct talks. After months of US military posturing and shows of force met by North Korean nuclear threats, Tillerson said in an interview with NPR that direct talks with the Kim regime “would be the way we would like to solve this.” This is a bit of a reversal from Vice President Mike Pence’s statement just over a week ago that the US would not consider talks with the North Koreans. However, the US’s and China’s shared goal of denuclearizing

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled on Friday that the Trump administration may have finally accepted the one course of action that could stop North Korea’s nuclear threat to the world: direct talks. After months of US military posturing and shows of force met by North Korean nuclear threats, Tillerson said in an interview with NPR that direct talks with the Kim regime “would be the way we would like to solve this.” This is a bit of a reversal from Vice President Mike Pence’s statement just over a week ago that the US would not consider talks with the North Koreans. However, the US’s and China’s shared goal of denuclearizing

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In an exclusive interview with Reuters published on Friday, President Donald Trump said that the chance of a “major, major conflict with North Korea” is “absolutely” possible. “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump said. He added that while the U.S. would love to solve the problem with North Korea diplomatically, that may not be possible. “We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult,” Trump said. The President went on to comment on the situation the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was thrown into at a young age. Kim Jong Un became leader of the country with

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In an exclusive interview with Reuters published on Friday, President Donald Trump said that the chance of a “major, major conflict with North Korea” is “absolutely” possible. “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump said. He added that while the U.S. would love to solve the problem with North Korea diplomatically, that may not be possible. “We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult,” Trump said. The President went on to comment on the situation the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was thrown into at a young age. Kim Jong Un became leader of the country with

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A joint statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates outlined the US’s new stance on North Korea on Wednesday. “Past efforts have failed to halt North Korea’s unlawful weapons programs and nuclear and ballistic missile tests,” the statement reads. “North Korea jeopardizes the stability in Northeast Asia and poses a growing threat to our allies and the US Homeland.” President Donald Trump authorized a review of the White House’s North Korea policy upon entering office, according to the statement, and has resolved to ramp up pressure on the North Korean regime to deescalate tensions. The statement may also shed

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A joint statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates outlined the US’s new stance on North Korea on Wednesday. “Past efforts have failed to halt North Korea’s unlawful weapons programs and nuclear and ballistic missile tests,” the statement reads. “North Korea jeopardizes the stability in Northeast Asia and poses a growing threat to our allies and the US Homeland.” President Donald Trump authorized a review of the White House’s North Korea policy upon entering office, according to the statement, and has resolved to ramp up pressure on the North Korean regime to deescalate tensions. The statement may also shed

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On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that a North Korea propaganda outlet released a new video featuring the White House and U.S. aircraft carriers marked by crosshairs while declaring “the enemy to be destroyed is in our sights.” The almost three minute long video was released on the North Korean propaganda website, Meari (Echo). The video was released as tensions continue to grow between the North and the United States, along with U.S. allies. The aircraft carriers are shown blowing into flames with the caption, “When the enemy takes the first step towards provocation and invasion,” as translated by the Washington Post.  Soldiers can be seen in the crosshairs as well. The video also features clips of

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On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that a North Korea propaganda outlet released a new video featuring the White House and U.S. aircraft carriers marked by crosshairs while declaring “the enemy to be destroyed is in our sights.” The almost three minute long video was released on the North Korean propaganda website, Meari (Echo). The video was released as tensions continue to grow between the North and the United States, along with U.S. allies. The aircraft carriers are shown blowing into flames with the caption, “When the enemy takes the first step towards provocation and invasion,” as translated by the Washington Post.  Soldiers can be seen in the crosshairs as well. The video also features clips of

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As tensions reach a boiling point between North Korea, the US, and the North’s neighbors, Japan’s government has issued a guide for its citizens on how to survive a missile attack that would take less than 10 minutes to hit Japan, The Washington Post reports. The guide warns specifically of nuclear ballistic-missile attacks, as North Korea continues both nuclear and ballistic-missile programs. The guide instructs people to keep calm, keep roads clear, and maintain communication with the outside world through radio or TV in the event of a nuclear, chemical, or biological attack. It recommends that in the event of a nuclear explosion, people not look at the flash, which could

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As tensions reach a boiling point between North Korea, the US, and the North’s neighbors, Japan’s government has issued a guide for its citizens on how to survive a missile attack that would take less than 10 minutes to hit Japan, The Washington Post reports. The guide warns specifically of nuclear ballistic-missile attacks, as North Korea continues both nuclear and ballistic-missile programs. The guide instructs people to keep calm, keep roads clear, and maintain communication with the outside world through radio or TV in the event of a nuclear, chemical, or biological attack. It recommends that in the event of a nuclear explosion, people not look at the flash, which could

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On Wednesday while testifying in front of the House Armed Services committee, the head of U.S. Pacific Command said that in order to protect against the growing threats from North Korea, he believes putting missile interceptors and improving radar capability in Hawaii is essential. “I believe the missile interceptors that we have to defend our homeland directly in Alaska and California are critical,” U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris said during his testimony. “I have suggested that we consider putting interceptors in Hawaii that defend Hawaii directly and we look at defensive Hawaii radar that improve Hawaii’s capability.” J.D. Gordon, a former U.S. Navy Commander and Pentagon spokesman, told American Military

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On Wednesday while testifying in front of the House Armed Services committee, the head of U.S. Pacific Command said that in order to protect against the growing threats from North Korea, he believes putting missile interceptors and improving radar capability in Hawaii is essential. “I believe the missile interceptors that we have to defend our homeland directly in Alaska and California are critical,” U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris said during his testimony. “I have suggested that we consider putting interceptors in Hawaii that defend Hawaii directly and we look at defensive Hawaii radar that improve Hawaii’s capability.” J.D. Gordon, a former U.S. Navy Commander and Pentagon spokesman, told American Military

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President Donald Trump has invited the entire Senate to the White House on Wednesday, April 26th, to be briefed on the escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced the briefing on Monday, and noted that it was technically called by Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell. The rare gathering of senators in this manner will feature briefings from top intelligence officials, to include Secretary Of Defense James Mattis, Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson and General Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “It’s (the location) their choice,” Senator Ben Cardin told Reuters. “I hope that we hear their policy as

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President Donald Trump has invited the entire Senate to the White House on Wednesday, April 26th, to be briefed on the escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced the briefing on Monday, and noted that it was technically called by Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell. The rare gathering of senators in this manner will feature briefings from top intelligence officials, to include Secretary Of Defense James Mattis, Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson and General Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “It’s (the location) their choice,” Senator Ben Cardin told Reuters. “I hope that we hear their policy as

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On Tuesday, North Korea reportedly celebrated the 85th anniversary of their military by staging large-scale live-fire artillery drills along their nation’s east coast. The drills, that reportedly involved up to 400 artillery pieces, were held just a short while after the USS Michigan submarine made a port call in South Korea in what is being called a show of force in the region. “Our military is closely monitoring the North Korean military’s movements and remains firmly prepared,” a statement from South Korea’s Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff said, as reported by Reuters. It also added that the South’s military had its eye on the military drill situation and was “firmly maintaining readiness.” The U.S.

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On Tuesday, North Korea reportedly celebrated the 85th anniversary of their military by staging large-scale live-fire artillery drills along their nation’s east coast. The drills, that reportedly involved up to 400 artillery pieces, were held just a short while after the USS Michigan submarine made a port call in South Korea in what is being called a show of force in the region. “Our military is closely monitoring the North Korean military’s movements and remains firmly prepared,” a statement from South Korea’s Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff said, as reported by Reuters. It also added that the South’s military had its eye on the military drill situation and was “firmly maintaining readiness.” The U.S.

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