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What Trump Has Already Given Up to North Korea

10:04 AM ET As he’s prone to do, Donald Trump Saturday tweeted angrily in response to something he saw on TV. What enraged him this time appears to have been a line of negative questioning by NBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet the Press to Marc Short, Trump’s chief congressional negotiator. Todd asked Short...

China Just Conducted Its Biggest-Ever Display of Naval Power

April 13, 2018 China’s military put on something of a show in the contested South China Sea this week. In its largest-ever maritime exercise, the People’s Liberation Army sent forth 48 warships, 76 aircraft, and more than 10,000 personnel, with president Xi Jinping making an appearanceyesterday to watch the proceedings and address the...

Trump Said He Spoke With North Korea, But It Was Actually South Korea

March 6, 2018 President Trump said at an annual dinner with journalists on Saturday night that North Korea had recently called him. Turns out, it was actually South Korea. “They, by the way, called up a couple of days ago and said, ‘We would like to talk.’ And I said, ‘So would we,...

The U.S. Is Losing Its Point-Man on North Korea and Still Has No Ambassador in Seoul

February 27, 2018 In an interview with Fox News last November, Donald Trump addressed a question about the many unfilled positions in the State Department. “Let me tell you, the one that matters is me,” he said. “I’m the only one that matters, because when it comes to it, that’s what the policy...

Bigger, Faster, Stronger: China’s Ever-Evolving Military Tech

February 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just ahead of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, Chinese president Xi Jinping visited a satellite launch site in the southwest Sichuan province, where he cheered the modernization and technological advances of China’s military. The setting was appropriate: Beidou 3 satellites were about to be sent into orbit, part of...

Bigger, Faster, Stronger: China’s Ever-Evolving Military Tech

February 20, 2018 Just ahead of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, Chinese president Xi Jinping visited a satellite launch site in the southwest Sichuan province, where he cheered the modernization and technological advances of China’s military. The setting was appropriate: Beidou 3 satellites were about to be sent into orbit, part of...

Security at the Winter Olympics Includes Drones That Catch Drones

January 31, 2018 Organizers of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea have plenty to deal with, including the late addition of North Korea as a participant. But it’s not just events on the ground they have to worry about. Security personnel will be looking skyward, as well—for suspicious drones. As part of...

North Korea-Bound Ships Could Soon Be Routinely Intercepted by the US and Allies

January 15, 2018 In December, North Korea warned that a naval blockade would be considered an “act of war.” This week, foreign ministers from the US and about 20 other countries will discuss the possibility of intercepting vessels headed to North Korea, as part of expanding efforts to pressure Pyongyang into abandoning its...

Tillerson’s New North Korea Strategy is at Odds With Trump — Again

December 13, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has laid out a new strategy on North Korea, by saying this on Tuesday: “We are ready to talk anytime North Korea would like to talk. We are ready to have the first meeting without preconditions. Let’s just meet, and then we can begin to...

A Former U.S. Diplomat Is Visiting North Korea To 'Test The Waters' For Diplomacy

December 5, 2017 A visit to North Korea this week by a top United Nations official is something of a landmark affair. Jeffrey Feltman, the chief diplomat and undersecretary general for political affairs at the UN, will be in Pyongyang until Friday, Dec. 8 for political discussions (paywall). It’s the highest-level visit in...