President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the latest sanctions the United Nations imposed on North Korea are “not a big deal” compared to what might happen in the future. “We think it’s just another very small step – not a big deal,” Trump said at the White House on Tuesday. “Those sanctions are nothing compared to ultimately what will have to happen.” The United Nations Security Council on Monday voted unanimously to pass its strongest sanctions yet on North Korea following its sixth ever successful nuclear missile launch and claims that the country now has a Hydrogen bomb it can place on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The sanctions, while watered down from original drafts,

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President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the latest sanctions the United Nations imposed on North Korea are “not a big deal” compared to what might happen in the future. “We think it’s just another very small step – not a big deal,” Trump said at the White House on Tuesday. “Those sanctions are nothing compared to ultimately what will have to happen.” The United Nations Security Council on Monday voted unanimously to pass its strongest sanctions yet on North Korea following its sixth ever successful nuclear missile launch and claims that the country now has a Hydrogen bomb it can place on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The sanctions, while watered down from original drafts,

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South Korea has detected a radioactive xenon gas from a nuclear missile that North Korea launched earlier this month – the country’s sixth ever nuclear missile launch. The North had also threatened that it now has a Hydrogen bomb it can place on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), but South Korea was unable to determine if the gas it detected is from an H-bomb. (Twitter) Xenon gas is used to make certain types of lights; it is colorless and odorless. The type of xenon gas that South Korea detected has been connected to North Korean missile tests in the past. Xenon-133 – the type of gas detected in South Korea – does not occur naturally. “The

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South Korea has detected a radioactive xenon gas from a nuclear missile that North Korea launched earlier this month – the country’s sixth ever nuclear missile launch. The North had also threatened that it now has a Hydrogen bomb it can place on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), but South Korea was unable to determine if the gas it detected is from an H-bomb. (Twitter) Xenon gas is used to make certain types of lights; it is colorless and odorless. The type of xenon gas that South Korea detected has been connected to North Korean missile tests in the past. Xenon-133 – the type of gas detected in South Korea – does not occur naturally. “The

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Congress returned to Washington this week after its August break, fresh on the heels of North Korea’s sixth nuclear test, by far its largest yet. Combined with recent tests of its long-range missiles, Kim Jong-Un is clearly progressing toward his goal of having a nuclear missile that can reach the United States. Kim may not be there yet, but it is only a matter of time. How will Congress respond? Many in the House and Senate will call for more anti-missile interceptors. The political pressure to do so is understandable and strong, as we all wish we could safely hide behind a “shield” of missile defenses, and just hunker down and

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Congress returned to Washington this week after its August break, fresh on the heels of North Korea’s sixth nuclear test, by far its largest yet. Combined with recent tests of its long-range missiles, Kim Jong-Un is clearly progressing toward his goal of having a nuclear missile that can reach the United States. Kim may not be there yet, but it is only a matter of time. How will Congress respond? Many in the House and Senate will call for more anti-missile interceptors. The political pressure to do so is understandable and strong, as we all wish we could safely hide behind a “shield” of missile defenses, and just hunker down and

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As the UN Security Council voted to apply more economic pressure against North Korea on Monday, Russian smugglers have been shipping petroleum and other goods to the regime, US officials said in a Washington Post report. The report published Monday night cited official documents that showed increased tanker activity between North Korean shipping ports and the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok. Smuggled supplies included diesel fuel and other goods that the isolated country could not produce themselves. According to US law-enforcement officials, Russian entrepreneurs were creating front companies to hide their activity and launder funds. In one case, a Singapore-registered real-estate management company with no known offices or webpage was “facilitating the laundering

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As the UN Security Council voted to apply more economic pressure against North Korea on Monday, Russian smugglers have been shipping petroleum and other goods to the regime, US officials said in a Washington Post report. The report published Monday night cited official documents that showed increased tanker activity between North Korean shipping ports and the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok. Smuggled supplies included diesel fuel and other goods that the isolated country could not produce themselves. According to US law-enforcement officials, Russian entrepreneurs were creating front companies to hide their activity and launder funds. In one case, a Singapore-registered real-estate management company with no known offices or webpage was “facilitating the laundering

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The United Nations Security Council on Monday voted unanimously to pass its strongest sanctions yet on North Korea following its sixth ever successful nuclear missile launch and claims that the country now has a Hydrogen bomb it can place on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The sanctions, while watered down from original drafts, fully ban the country’s textile exports and reduce its oil and petroleum exports. This means about 90 percent of North Korea’s exports are now banned, as well as a complete ban on the country’s overseas laborers that provide nearly $500 million in revenue. Additionally, all foreign investment with North Korea is cut off, and the regime’s assets will be frozen.

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The United Nations Security Council on Monday voted unanimously to pass its strongest sanctions yet on North Korea following its sixth ever successful nuclear missile launch and claims that the country now has a Hydrogen bomb it can place on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The sanctions, while watered down from original drafts, fully ban the country’s textile exports and reduce its oil and petroleum exports. This means about 90 percent of North Korea’s exports are now banned, as well as a complete ban on the country’s overseas laborers that provide nearly $500 million in revenue. Additionally, all foreign investment with North Korea is cut off, and the regime’s assets will be frozen.

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Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he would allow South Korea and Japan to buy a “substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment.” Though the White House has not explained why, presumably the president hopes such transfers will help deter North Korea, which set off its sixth nuclear bomb over the weekend. But ships and aircraft take years to build, and even less-complicated weapons may require months to boost production, so the U.S. would likely need to raid its own stockpiles to have an immediate impact. Here’s what South Korea and Japan already have in their arsenals, and what might be on their shopping list: Missile Defense Tokyo is planning a major missile-defense

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Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he would allow South Korea and Japan to buy a “substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment.” Though the White House has not explained why, presumably the president hopes such transfers will help deter North Korea, which set off its sixth nuclear bomb over the weekend. But ships and aircraft take years to build, and even less-complicated weapons may require months to boost production, so the U.S. would likely need to raid its own stockpiles to have an immediate impact. Here’s what South Korea and Japan already have in their arsenals, and what might be on their shopping list: Missile Defense Tokyo is planning a major missile-defense

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In the aftermath of Pyongyang’s ground-shaking hydrogen bomb test, the US has circulated a proposal around the UN Security Council that would grant its Navy unprecedented powers to use “all necessary measures” to hunt down North Korean ships at sea, the New York Times reports. The resolution would let the US stop all shipments of crude oil, petroleum, and natural gas to North Korea, according to The Times. Such a step would cause many in North Korea to freeze over the winter, which can hit harshly in much of the country. The US Navy would have to intercept and board North Korean ships and inspect them, a process that would require cooperation from the

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In the aftermath of Pyongyang’s ground-shaking hydrogen bomb test, the US has circulated a proposal around the UN Security Council that would grant its Navy unprecedented powers to use “all necessary measures” to hunt down North Korean ships at sea, the New York Times reports. The resolution would let the US stop all shipments of crude oil, petroleum, and natural gas to North Korea, according to The Times. Such a step would cause many in North Korea to freeze over the winter, which can hit harshly in much of the country. The US Navy would have to intercept and board North Korean ships and inspect them, a process that would require cooperation from the

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Four launchers for a U.S. missile shield arrived at a military base in South Korea on Thursday, as Seoul warned North Korea may launch a new missile as soon as this weekend. South Korea had said already that Pyongyang may be gearing up for another rocket test in the aftermath of its nuclear detonation on Sunday, as it seeks to improve the capacity of its intercontinental ballistic missile program. Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said at a conference in Seoul on Thursday that North Korea may launch its next missile on Saturday — the anniversary of its founding — adding there isn’t much time until the regime becomes a fully nuclear-armed state.

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Four launchers for a U.S. missile shield arrived at a military base in South Korea on Thursday, as Seoul warned North Korea may launch a new missile as soon as this weekend. South Korea had said already that Pyongyang may be gearing up for another rocket test in the aftermath of its nuclear detonation on Sunday, as it seeks to improve the capacity of its intercontinental ballistic missile program. Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said at a conference in Seoul on Thursday that North Korea may launch its next missile on Saturday — the anniversary of its founding — adding there isn’t much time until the regime becomes a fully nuclear-armed state.

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On Saturday, North Koreans will celebrate the anniversary of their country’s founding, and experts believe they may mark the holiday with a full-range test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. South Korean media reports that a North Korean ICBM has beenspotted on the move, and South Korea’s Prime Minister said that “some believe North Korea may launch another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on the 9th; this time at an ordinary angle,” according to CNN. Meanwhile, North Korea said that the US can expect more “gift packages” in the form of further missile testing. With only two successful tests on record, North Korea’s current ICBM is in need of further testing. But North Korea firing

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On Saturday, North Koreans will celebrate the anniversary of their country’s founding, and experts believe they may mark the holiday with a full-range test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. South Korean media reports that a North Korean ICBM has beenspotted on the move, and South Korea’s Prime Minister said that “some believe North Korea may launch another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on the 9th; this time at an ordinary angle,” according to CNN. Meanwhile, North Korea said that the US can expect more “gift packages” in the form of further missile testing. With only two successful tests on record, North Korea’s current ICBM is in need of further testing. But North Korea firing

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Kim Jong Un’s chaotic temperament has been obvious for years and could be seen in how he treated his teenage sweetheart aged 15, a Korean security expert has said. Nam Sung Wook, a former director of the Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS) think tank on inter-Korean studies, said that a story he picked up from Kim’s schooldays shows how he was prone to rage as a teen. Nam said Kim’s unnamed high-school flame tried to persuade him to stop smoking and got the same kind of furious response with which the world’s leaders are becoming ever more familiar. “As Kim was smoking at a young age, his girlfriend advised him

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Kim Jong Un’s chaotic temperament has been obvious for years and could be seen in how he treated his teenage sweetheart aged 15, a Korean security expert has said. Nam Sung Wook, a former director of the Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS) think tank on inter-Korean studies, said that a story he picked up from Kim’s schooldays shows how he was prone to rage as a teen. Nam said Kim’s unnamed high-school flame tried to persuade him to stop smoking and got the same kind of furious response with which the world’s leaders are becoming ever more familiar. “As Kim was smoking at a young age, his girlfriend advised him

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