Iran’s pursuit of chemical weapons will be a primary focus of American diplomacy in the coming term, President Barack Obama notified the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday.
IF KIM JONG UN thinks he can shake down Washington by threatening nuclear apocalypse, President Obama says, the belligerent North Korean dictator has another think coming.
The official public position remains unchanged in substance. China's persistence in supporting the Six Party talks' process for terminating North Korea's nuclear programs implies that the Chinese leaders have some expectation that North Korea can be persuaded to give up its nuclear programs.
Either North Korean Leaders genuinely do not want talks at this time, or they have made a statement of regarding their most extreme positions as an opening round and invitation for a reply.
Last year, the White House announced a “pivot” toward Asia, a “rebalancing” of what National Security adviser Tom Donilon called “all elements of U.S. power.”
North Koreans scientists and technicians have had the opportunity and fissile material to work on machining plutonium since at least 1993. If Pakistan can machine fissile material to make a warhead then the North Koreans, inferentially, can because North Koreans worked at Khan Labs for years after the 1998 Pakistani nuclear test to develop warheads for the Ghauri missile, also made by Khan Labs.
North Koreans celebrated Kim Il-sung's birthday without launching a missile, as of this Watch. The leadership rejected offers of talks proposed by the US and by the Republic of Korea. It also rejected negotiations over Kaesong, which remains idle.
North Koreans celebrated the birthday of their first leader with little hint of the fiery language that has kept the international community fearful that a missile launch may be imminent.
It’s a pity North Korea’s Kim Jong Un had to spoil the party this week. Rockers at the White House should not have had to listen to disturbing news stories about rattling sabers and missile launches
The calm reaction of the Allies to North Korean threats seems to confound the North Korean propagandists. A few excerpts are worth noting.
President Obama on Thursday urged North Korea to end its brazen nuclear threats against the U.S. and its allies, warning the communist regime that his administration would "take all necessary steps" to protect American citizens.
For the first time, a U.S. intelligence agency has said that North Korea has capability of adding nuclear weapon to tip of missile.
The Iranian government opened its largest uranium mine and processing facility in the central part of the country.
Six world powers have sat down at the negotiating table with Iran for talks they hope will make progress in curbing Tehran's nuclear progress.
"If you see 10 troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you," said Calvin Coolidge, who ever counseled patience over the rash response.
Seoul says North Korea is refusing to allow South Korean workers to enter a jointly-run factory park just across the border in North Korea.
Thirty years ago, on March 23, 1983, Ronald Reagan made a television address calling on the United States to build an anti-missile defense. His rationale was compelling: Isn't it better to save American lives than to kill millions of the enemy?
North Korea has cut off its last line of communication with the South and said that war could start at "any moment."
The White House says North Korea's recent threats aimed at South Korea and the United States undermines international efforts to ensure peace and stability in North-East Asia.
As President Obama departed for Israel, there came a startling report. Bashar Assad's regime had used poison gas on Syrian rebels.
“I can tell you that the United States is fully capable of defending against any North Korean ballistic missile attack.” That was White House spokesman Jay Carney, reacting to the third nuclear test this year by the self-styled “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” as well as a brash threat from Pyongyang to, well, nuke the United States.
The White House says the U.S. is capable of defending itself after North Korea threatened a nuclear strike. It said the President does not have authority to use a drone to kill an American on U.S. soil if the citizen is not engaged in combat.
The old definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result. The new definition, which applies only in the case of North Korea, is: doing something different and expecting a different result.
North Korea has just pulled off an impressive dual feat -- the successful test both of an intercontinental ballistic missile and an atom bomb in the 6-kiloton range.
Last October, while riding on South Korea's KTX express train from Seoul to Cheonan, I glanced at one of the rail car's video monitors just as a chilling yet cyclically familiar news flash lit the screen: "North Korea threatens South Korea with nuclear war."