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The Dire Necessity of Strategic Concessions and Relationship Building in U.S.-North Korea Relations

The Dire Necessity of Strategic Concessions and Relationship Building in U.S.-North Korea RelationsLooking back at U.S. responses to North Korea’s nuclear program, one would think that they are looking at a modified model of the five stages of grief. The United States has gone through everything: denial, anger (see: “fire and fury”), bargaining, depression, denial again. Yet, try as we might, we cannot hide from established fact—North Korea has developed the capabilities necessary to target U.S. bases and homeland territory with nuclear weapons, and it has been able to target U.S. critical allies in Asia for far longer. With Kim Jong-un showing no indication of a willingness to completely give up his nuclear arsenal in the near future and with little in the way of engagement since the second summit in Hanoi, where do we go from here?On the surface level, U.S. President Donald Trump’s current policy of maximum pressure appears to have worked. After all, Kim was brought to the bargaining table in a historic United States-North Korea summit in 2018. However, attributing the summit to a policy that was hawkish at best, and brought the United States and its allies to the brink of nuclear war with North Korea at worst, would be blatantly overlooking history. To praise “maximum pressure” would also be downplaying the decades of North Korean precedent to meet pressure with pressure and diminishing crucial peace-keeping role that South Korean President Moon Jae-in undertook to alleviate tension on the Korean peninsula.



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Russian-North Korean relations since the Korean War

Russian-North Korean relations since the Korean WarSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin gives an intriguing twist to the global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea, which appeared to hit a wall after a summit between Kim and President Donald Trump collapsed in February.



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Forty years of US-Iran relations

Forty years of US-Iran relationsKey dates between the US and Iran since 1979 after their exchange Monday in which the US designated Tehran’s elite military force a terrorist organization and Iran called the US a “state sponsor of terrorism”. On November 4, 1979 radical students demanding the extradition of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi take 52 diplomats and employees of the American embassy in Tehran hostage, seven months after the establishment of the Islamic Republic. The hostages are held for 444 days in a crisis that results in the first US economic sanctions leveraged against the state.



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Trump calls AOC 'young bartender' after she accuses White House of using WhatsApp for foreign relations

Trump calls AOC 'young bartender' after she accuses White House of using WhatsApp for foreign relationsDonald Trump has mocked congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her plans to address climate change at a Republican party event, dismissing the left-wing Democrat “a young bartender”.Speaking to the National Republican Congressional Committee on Tuesday night, Mr Trump attacked Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s so-called Green New Deal proposal as “the craziest thing”, and suggested the Democrats were “petrified” of her.“The Green New Deal, done by a young bartender, 29 years old,” he said, referring to her previous employment. “A young bartender, wonderful young woman.”The insult followed Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s attack on the White House security clearance process after a whistleblower claimed several individuals had received approval despite disqualifying issues.The congresswoman said reports suggested “that we are conducting foreign relations with folks with security clearances via WhatsApp”.She added: “I mean, every day that we go without getting to the bottom of this matter is a day that we are putting hundreds, if not potentially thousands of Americans at risk.“What is next? Putting nuclear codes in Instagram DMs? This is ridiculous.”Her remarks were an apparent reference to evidence previously seen by the committee that the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner used WhatsApp to communicate with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.A Democratic-led committee later voted to subpoena Carl Kline, the former White House security clearance chief, over allegations that the Trump administration inappropriately reversed career officials’ decisions to deny security clearances to some of the president’s advisers.Whistleblower Tricia Newbold said the Trump administration overruled security experts to give questionable clearances to more than two dozen people.Two sources familiar with the congressional investigation told Reuters that two of the senior officials whose clearances Ms Newbold said were initially denied were Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and Mr Kushner.Speaking at the Republican fundraiser event on Tuesday evening, Mr Trump did not address Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s security criticisms, but did concede that the Democrats had a potential electoral advantage on one key issue: health care. “We have to take that away from them,” the president said. “Republicans should not run away from health care,” he added. “You can’t do it. You’re going to get clobbered.”He also said some of the Democrats’ proposals could prove enticing to votes in the short term. He said free health care sounds very seductive. “Don’t underestimate the power of socialism to get a vote.” The president suggested Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s climate change concerns were outside of the mainstream. “If they beat me with the Green New Deal, I deserve to lose,” he said.



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Trump Pours Gas on GM's Already Smoldering Relations With UAW

Trump Pours Gas on GM's Already Smoldering Relations With UAWIn a series of tweets starting Saturday, Trump attacked both General Motors Co. and the UAW over the closing of a Chevrolet Cruze factory in Lordstown, Ohio. GM and the UAW each pushed back, but the two have otherwise been very much at odds entering bargaining over a new four-year labor contract.



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Venezuela: Two killed in clashes over humanitarian aid as Maduro breaks relations with Colombia

Venezuela: Two killed in clashes over humanitarian aid as Maduro breaks relations with ColombiaAt least two people have been killed in Venezuela in clashes with security forces over the opposition’s plan to bring in humanitarian aid from neighbouring Brazil and Colombia, doctors said. Hospital staff in a town near the border said another 18 were injured as violence between residents and soldiers erupted, though Bogota later claimed a much higher figure of 285. Images suggested some of the wounded were Venezuelan soldiers.



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Pence and Biden in Munich: Stark contrast shows how Trump is ruining relations with Europe

Pence and Biden in Munich: Stark contrast shows how Trump is ruining relations with EuropeFormer ambassador: We're safer in NATO than outside it, but Donald Trump doesn't seem to realize that and is separating us from our closest allies.



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Booker focuses on race relations in initial 2020 White House swing

Booker focuses on race relations in initial 2020 White House swingBooker, 49, a former Democratic mayor of Newark, New Jersey, frequently discussed incarceration and employment disparities, while also telling his parents’ story of trying to buy a house in an unintegrated New Jersey suburb in the late 1960s with the help of a volunteer civil rights lawyer. Booker’s focus was an overture to the coalition of young, diverse voters that twice elected former Democratic President Barack Obama, while also differentiating his style from that of the first black U.S. president, who rarely discussed race during his campaign. Booker’s emphasis on his personal and mayoral past, as well as his work as a senator on criminal justice issues, may also set him apart in a crowded field of Democratic candidates aiming to take on Republican President Donald Trump in what could be a historic election.



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Judge considers gag order for Trump confidant Roger Stone’s criminal trial: ‘This is a criminal proceeding and not a public relations campaign’

Judge considers gag order for Trump confidant Roger Stone’s criminal trial: ‘This is a criminal proceeding and not a public relations campaign’Roger Stone, the political strategist and long-time ally of Donald Trump, could be subjected to a gag order, the judge overseeing his case has said. The 68-year-old who is facing seven charges in connection with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, has made several high profile media appearances to discuss his case since his arrest last week. ​But US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson admonished Mr Stone for treating his charges “like a book tour”.



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Putin calls for better UK-Russia relations at massive annual press conference

Putin calls for better UK-Russia relations at massive annual press conferenceVladimir Putin called for an end to the deadlock in UK-Russia relations during his massive annual press conference.  "“In my mind, UK-Russian relations are at a dead end and it's in the interests of both sides to get out of this dead end," the Russian President said at a gathering known for pageantry and colourful quotes. He added that the UK was Russia's top direct investor last year, putting £22bn into the country. Although he had not discussed partnerships with Theresa May, Mr Putin said that business communities in both countries were holding productive talks. The President also advised the UK should go through with Brexit, saying that "otherwise it wasn't really a referendum." However, Mr Putin, whose approval ratings have fallen after a turbulent year, skirted the single question asked about Russia's role in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. He termed the story propaganda, and was not pressed to explain why he had called the suspects in the Salisbury poisoning civilians, after documents and interviews with neighbours showed the pair to belong to military intelligence.  Asked about America's withdrawal from Syria, Mr Putin welcomed the announcement. "Let's not forget, the presence of your troops there is illegitimate," he said.  More than 1,700 journalists were accredited to attend what state television called the “main media event of the year”. This number was a new record, as it is most years.    12:57PM Press conference ends with no mention of Skripal suspects In nearly four hours of questions, Putin failed to address the Skripal suspects' identities, who he previously claimed were civilians but have since been shown to be military intelligence. He only took one question about Salisbury and that was a softball from RT 11:50AM Russian leader denies links to 'Putin's chef' and mercenaries When asked about the Wagner mercenaries and their patron Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is known as “Putin's chef” for serving the president during state dinners, the Russian leader insisted he had nothing to do with them. Mr Prigozhin has been sanctioned for interfering in the US election with his troll factory and was recently filmed taking part in a meeting between Russian military chiefs and Libyan military leader Khalifa Haftar.  “All my chefs are in the federal guard service, they are from the military. I don't have any other chefs,” he said.  As for Wagner, if “they're not violating Russian law, they have the right to sell their services anywhere on the planet,” he said.  Three journalists were killed while investigating the Russian mercenaries' presence in the Central African Republic in July. Mr Putin distanced himself from their killing, saying they had entered the country under the guise of tourists and were assassinated by local groups. 11:29AM UK-Russia relations at 'dead end,' but trade increasing despite Brexit Mr Putin said he spoke with Theresa May on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina, and argued that Russia's trade with Britain was increasing in spite of Brexit.  “We greeted each other and spoke a few words to each other,” Mr Putin said. “In my mind, UK-Russian relations are at a dead end and it's in the interests of both sides to get out of this dead end. As for the effects of Brexit, I think it's minimal, but it will influence the world economy and us indirectly.” Mr Putin, whose troll factory was found to have put out pro-Brexit tweets on the day of the vote, said the UK should go through with Brexit, “otherwise it wasn't really a referendum”.  The UK invested $ 22 billion in Russia this year, making it the top direct investor, he added.  “It's their affair, but in any case they're interested in markets, in partnerships,” he said. “I didn't talk about this with the prime minister, but we are talking about this with our friends and colleagues from Great Britain, especially in the business sphere.” 11:04AM When will the Russian president remarry? And finally the question that's been on everyone's mind: When will Putin get remarried and to whom? The Russian leader, who is so protective of his private life that his daughters' identities were unknown until recently,  divorced his wife in 2013. "He's married and he wants me to be too," Putin joked about the journalist who asked the question. Alas, he gave no straight answer: "As an orderly person I should do this at some point." 10:50AM Putin praises Trump's decision to withdraw 'illegitimate' from Syria “In this Donald is right, I agree with him,” Mr Putin said when asked about Mr Trump's statement that Isil had been defeated.  “As for US troops in Syria, I don't think they're needed, let's not forget that presence of your troops there is illegitimate,” he added. “They're there without a United Nations decision or an invitation from the Syrian government. We are there at the invitation of the Syrian government, so if the United States has decided to withdraw its contingent, that's good.” 10:39AM 'No reason' for the US to imprison Butina Mr Putin said there was “no reason” for the United States to imprison Maria Butina, who admitted this week to acting as a Russian agent when she helped make connections with conservative activists and politicians, including Donald Trump Jr.  “I can say for sure that she didn't execute any state tasks, whatever she may have said under the threat of 12 to 15 years in prison,” he said. “I don't understand why they imprisoned her, there was no reason. We'll see how it ends. We are not indifferent to this.” 10:28AM Putin fails to address real identities of Salisbury suspects  How to dodge a question. Russia Today asked Putin about the Skripal case, but didn't mention the suspects accused of the Salisbury poisoning. The president previously claimed they were civilians, but documents and former neighbours have indicated they were in military intelligence.   “This is a politicised Russophobic approach, it's just an excuse to organise another attack on Russia, if weren't the Skripals I'm sure they would have thought up something else to contain Russia's' development,” Mr Putin responded and moved on without addressing his dubious previous claim.  10:08AM No plans for exchanging captured Ukrainian sailors Mr Putin said there were currently no plans for a prisoner exchange for the Ukrainian sailors captured in the Kerch strait last month. Kiev's intermediary Viktor Medvedchuk came to Moscow recently and asked about the possibility of freeing them. "I said this question can't be decided until the criminal case against them is brought to an end,” he said. Mr Putin blasted Washington for its intention to withdraw from the intermediate nuclear forces treaty and warned that another key arms agreement with the United States would come to an end in 2021. Russia has been forced to develop new nuclear weapons “that don't exist elsewhere in the world” to preserve strategic parity, he said.  “We will survive, we will guarantee our security, but for humanity this is very bad. It brings us closer to the edge,” he said.  He also slammed the development of tactical warheads in the West as a “tendency for nuclear threshold to be lowered.” 9:42AM Putin calls on Russia to boost growth Focusing on Russia's economy, which until recently was in recession due to low oil prices and sanctions, Mr Putin has said GDP growth this year will be 1.72 per cent. He called on Russia to “enter a new league” and become the fifth-largest economy in the world, an “achievable goal”. It is currently outside the top 10. 9:18AM Press conference begins Journalists are competing to get Mr Putin's attention by holding up eye-catching home-made signs. It's the Putin press conference, where Russia's top journalists test their mettle to see who can make the most eye-catching placard pic.twitter.com/swyeH4xbSl— Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn) December 20, 2018 The editor of The Insider, a publication that participated in the initial investigations to uncover Chepiga and Mishkin's real names, was not allowed into the press conference despite having been accredited.



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