During an interview with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, “Shark Tank” host and billionaire Mark Cuban said “why not” when asked if he would send Dennis Rodman to North Korea to negotiate with Kim Jong Un. Rodman, now 56, first visited North Korea and Kim Jong Un in January 2014. During that trip, Rodman notoriously sang “Happy Birthday” to the dictator and referred to him as his “best friend.” Rodman also embarked on what he referred to as “basketball diplomacy,” playing pick-up games there with other NBA stars. Download our FREE Mobile App – The Highest Rated Military News App in the World! On June 13, 2017, Rodman returned to North

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During an interview with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, “Shark Tank” host and billionaire Mark Cuban said “why not” when asked if he would send Dennis Rodman to North Korea to negotiate with Kim Jong Un. Rodman, now 56, first visited North Korea and Kim Jong Un in January 2014. During that trip, Rodman notoriously sang “Happy Birthday” to the dictator and referred to him as his “best friend.” Rodman also embarked on what he referred to as “basketball diplomacy,” playing pick-up games there with other NBA stars. Download our FREE Mobile App – The Highest Rated Military News App in the World! On June 13, 2017, Rodman returned to North

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Three U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups will drill together in the Western Pacific for the first time in a decade, as President Donald Trump continues on his 12-day Asia tour in South Korea. The USS Nimitz, Ronald Reagan and Theodore Roosevelt, and their accompanying warships, will drill together in the coming days, U.S. officials told Reuters exclusively, and on the condition of anonymity. Three aircraft carriers are drilling in Western Pacific (Twitter) This comes as a huge show of force during a time when tensions continue to run high with North Korea. Download our FREE Mobile App – The Highest Rated Military News App in the World! President Trump has hinted that

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Three U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups will drill together in the Western Pacific for the first time in a decade, as President Donald Trump continues on his 12-day Asia tour in South Korea. The USS Nimitz, Ronald Reagan and Theodore Roosevelt, and their accompanying warships, will drill together in the coming days, U.S. officials told Reuters exclusively, and on the condition of anonymity. Three aircraft carriers are drilling in Western Pacific (Twitter) This comes as a huge show of force during a time when tensions continue to run high with North Korea. Download our FREE Mobile App – The Highest Rated Military News App in the World! President Trump has hinted that

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A top Pentagon official has said the only sure way of eliminating North Korea’s nuclear weapons capabilities would be by putting U.S. boots on the ground — a move that some worry could prompt Pyongyang to use biological, chemical and even nuclear weapons against Japan and South Korea. “The only way to ‘locate and destroy — with complete certainty — all components of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs’ is through a ground invasion,” Rear Adm. Michael J. Dumont, vice director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff wrote in a blunt assessment to U.S. lawmakers on the realities of reining in Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. Dumont’s letter came in response to questions by

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A top Pentagon official has said the only sure way of eliminating North Korea’s nuclear weapons capabilities would be by putting U.S. boots on the ground — a move that some worry could prompt Pyongyang to use biological, chemical and even nuclear weapons against Japan and South Korea. “The only way to ‘locate and destroy — with complete certainty — all components of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs’ is through a ground invasion,” Rear Adm. Michael J. Dumont, vice director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff wrote in a blunt assessment to U.S. lawmakers on the realities of reining in Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. Dumont’s letter came in response to questions by

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Two U.S. B-1B bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula on Thursday, the U.S. Air Force said in a statement – an action that North Korea has since criticized and called a “nuclear strike drill.” Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers, flying from Anderson Air Force Base in Guam and escorted by U.S. and South Korean fighter jets, flew over South Korea in what North Korean state news agency KCNA said was a “surprise nuclear strike drill.” (Lucas Tomlinson/Twitter) “The gangster-like U.S. imperialists are ceaselessly resorting to their frantic nuclear threat and blackmail to stifle the DPRK with nukes at any cost,” the KCNA said. “On Thursday they let a formation of B-1B

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Two U.S. B-1B bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula on Thursday, the U.S. Air Force said in a statement – an action that North Korea has since criticized and called a “nuclear strike drill.” Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers, flying from Anderson Air Force Base in Guam and escorted by U.S. and South Korean fighter jets, flew over South Korea in what North Korean state news agency KCNA said was a “surprise nuclear strike drill.” (Lucas Tomlinson/Twitter) “The gangster-like U.S. imperialists are ceaselessly resorting to their frantic nuclear threat and blackmail to stifle the DPRK with nukes at any cost,” the KCNA said. “On Thursday they let a formation of B-1B

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The Congressional Research Service has prepared a briefing for Congress that reveals the seven US military options for dealing with the growing threat from North Korea. The options, often hinted at by President Donald Trump and members of his cabinet, represent the full range of US military might and strategy, but sometimes in unexpected ways. For example, not every option has to do with use of force. In some cases, the US may just continue business as usual. In other cases, the military may withdraw completely from South Korea. In the slides below, you can see the same information that Congress has on the US’s military options in North Korea. Maintain the

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The Congressional Research Service has prepared a briefing for Congress that reveals the seven US military options for dealing with the growing threat from North Korea. The options, often hinted at by President Donald Trump and members of his cabinet, represent the full range of US military might and strategy, but sometimes in unexpected ways. For example, not every option has to do with use of force. In some cases, the US may just continue business as usual. In other cases, the military may withdraw completely from South Korea. In the slides below, you can see the same information that Congress has on the US’s military options in North Korea. Maintain the

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North Korea might be working on an advanced version of the KN-20 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that “could potentially reach the United States,” according to a report. CNN cited a “U.S. official” who spoke anonymously due to the “sensitivity” of the topic. It is timely, as well; President Donald Trump is set to visit Asia this month and will travel there on Friday. North Korea (Twitter) North Korea only launched its first ICBM less than six months ago, when in July it tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially travel as far as Alaska. This successful Hwasgon-14 ICBM test was the result of decades of work on North Korea’s part. “This

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North Korea might be working on an advanced version of the KN-20 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that “could potentially reach the United States,” according to a report. CNN cited a “U.S. official” who spoke anonymously due to the “sensitivity” of the topic. It is timely, as well; President Donald Trump is set to visit Asia this month and will travel there on Friday. North Korea (Twitter) North Korea only launched its first ICBM less than six months ago, when in July it tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially travel as far as Alaska. This successful Hwasgon-14 ICBM test was the result of decades of work on North Korea’s part. “This

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President Donald Trump’s 11-day swing through Asia will include meetings to press Chinese leaders to be tougher on North Korea and more pliable on economic issues. But he will skip the Korean Demilitarized Zone to make time for meetings like ones he will have with the strongman leader of the Philippines, with whom aides say he has a “warm rapport.” China’s ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, told reporters on Monday that his government has been “doing everything we can on the (North) Korean issue,” according to a transcript shared by the White House Correspondents’ Association. But a senior Trump administration official a day later said there is “clearly” more

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President Donald Trump’s 11-day swing through Asia will include meetings to press Chinese leaders to be tougher on North Korea and more pliable on economic issues. But he will skip the Korean Demilitarized Zone to make time for meetings like ones he will have with the strongman leader of the Philippines, with whom aides say he has a “warm rapport.” China’s ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, told reporters on Monday that his government has been “doing everything we can on the (North) Korean issue,” according to a transcript shared by the White House Correspondents’ Association. But a senior Trump administration official a day later said there is “clearly” more

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Former 8th Army commander Bernard Champoux has traded his fatigues for a business suit. The retired three-star general is still involved in South Korea’s defense, but now as an executive helping the Hanwha conglomerate expand its weapons exports to the United States. Hanwha’s appointment of Champoux is part of a broader government-backed industry strategy to make South Korea a major player in the international defense market. “I know the environment that their products are going to be deployed in,” the 63-year-old said during a recent interview at his office in downtown Seoul, with a colorful map of the United States on the wall behind his desk. He also brings a hefty

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Former 8th Army commander Bernard Champoux has traded his fatigues for a business suit. The retired three-star general is still involved in South Korea’s defense, but now as an executive helping the Hanwha conglomerate expand its weapons exports to the United States. Hanwha’s appointment of Champoux is part of a broader government-backed industry strategy to make South Korea a major player in the international defense market. “I know the environment that their products are going to be deployed in,” the 63-year-old said during a recent interview at his office in downtown Seoul, with a colorful map of the United States on the wall behind his desk. He also brings a hefty

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North Korea stole blueprints of missile-equipped ships and unspecified submarines in a heist last year of classified documents from the world’s biggest shipbuilder, Dong-A Ilbo newspaper reported, citing opposition party lawmaker Kyeong Dae-soo. About 60 classified military documents were among the 40,000 hacked from South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. in April 2016, the newspaper said. They included information on construction technology, blueprints, weapons systems, and evaluations of the ships and submarines. South Korea’s Aegis-equipped ships and submarines are key to plans for a pre-emptive strike against North Korea should it send a submarine equipped with ballistic missiles to target key facilities in the South. Kyeong told the newspaper

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North Korea stole blueprints of missile-equipped ships and unspecified submarines in a heist last year of classified documents from the world’s biggest shipbuilder, Dong-A Ilbo newspaper reported, citing opposition party lawmaker Kyeong Dae-soo. About 60 classified military documents were among the 40,000 hacked from South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. in April 2016, the newspaper said. They included information on construction technology, blueprints, weapons systems, and evaluations of the ships and submarines. South Korea’s Aegis-equipped ships and submarines are key to plans for a pre-emptive strike against North Korea should it send a submarine equipped with ballistic missiles to target key facilities in the South. Kyeong told the newspaper

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More than 200 North Koreans have reportedly been killed following a tunnel collapse at a North Korean nuclear test facility, according to a report. And now there are apparently fears of radioactive leaks that could lead to a “Chernobyl- or Fukushima-style disaster.” North Korea (Twitter) Japan’s TV Asahi initially reported about the incident on Tuesday, and said 100 people were trapped and killed in the Oct. 10 tunnel collapse, and about 100 others were killed during a rescue mission, South Korean Yonhap News Agency reported. North Korea (Twitter) The accident took place during the construction of an underground tunnel at the Pukyung nuclear test site in northeast North Korea, a North

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More than 200 North Koreans have reportedly been killed following a tunnel collapse at a North Korean nuclear test facility, according to a report. And now there are apparently fears of radioactive leaks that could lead to a “Chernobyl- or Fukushima-style disaster.” North Korea (Twitter) Japan’s TV Asahi initially reported about the incident on Tuesday, and said 100 people were trapped and killed in the Oct. 10 tunnel collapse, and about 100 others were killed during a rescue mission, South Korean Yonhap News Agency reported. North Korea (Twitter) The accident took place during the construction of an underground tunnel at the Pukyung nuclear test site in northeast North Korea, a North

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