Corker says Iran nuclear deal is likely on the outs

WASHINGTON – With Rex Tillerson out at the State Department, the Iran nuclear deal is likely toast.Sen. Bob Corker, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Sunday he expects President Trump will withdraw from the Iran deal on May 12 – the next deadline for certification.“Right now it doesn’t

Iran’s threat keeps on growing

North Korea’s nuclear program is dominating the headlines, for obvious reasons, but don’t lose sight of the growing danger posed by Iran’s ongoing ballistic-missile program.A number of significant developments last week alone point up the threat to world stability posed by Tehran’s missile development — which was deliberately ignored by

White House: North Korea promised to dismantle its nukes

The White House said Friday that North Korea had promised to dismantle their nuclear arsenal and put an end to missile testing a day after President Trump agreed to meet with dictator Kim Jong Un.“[W]hat we know is that the maximum pressure campaign has clearly been effective,” spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee

Trump taps hawks to prep for Korea talks

By reshuffling his team on the eve of his most spectacular foreign policy gambit, President Trump looks to be signaling that North Korea won’t get any needless concessions simply for talking. Good.National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley sent the same message Monday after briefing members of

Trump brags about upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un

President Trump slammed the news media in a series of tweets that bragged about his potential meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.“In the first hours after hearing that North Korea’s leader wanted to meet with me to talk denuclearization and that missile launches will end, the press was startled

Critics bash Trump for not listening — but offer no solutions

There he goes again. President Trump just won’t listen to those who know better.And there they go again. The smart money set is certain that this time, the sky really is falling.Perhaps those lecturing the president over his tariff plans are right that he is making a colossal mistake and

Trump agrees to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

President Trump has agreed to sit-down with his North Korean nemesis Kim Jong-Un sometime in the next two months to discuss stripping hermit nation of its nuclear arsenal, it was announced Thursday.The historic meeting was brokered by the South Korean government, which delivered the invitation to the White House and

Here’s what to look for during the North Korea showdown

After a 70-year stalemate, the high-stakes standoff between the United States and North Korea may finally be entering its endgame.President Donald Trump’s announcement Thursday that he would upend decades of diplomatic tradition and sit down for the first-ever meeting between the American and North Korean leaders blindsided foreign policy experts.Five

Search is on for the best summit site for Trump, Kim

WASHINGTON — Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev chose Reykjavik, Iceland. Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin huddled at Yalta. Dwight Eisenhower and Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev will always have Paris.So where should President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un meet up for the first face-to-face talks between a U.S.

In North Korea talks, Trump must be ready to walk away

Credit President Trump for abandoning decades of failed diplomatic strategies and for thinking outside the box when it comes to North Korea.His dramatic agreement to meet with dictator Kim Jong-un, after a year spent tightening the screws on the rogue regime, just might yield a true breakthrough.Of course, it could

Tillerson: N. Korea position changed dramatically

SEOUL, South Korea — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says a “dramatic” and surprising change of posture by Kim Jong Un led President Donald Trump to agree to a meeting with the North Korean leader.Tillerson says the U.S. was taken aback at how “forward-leaning” Kim was in his conversations

Dennis Rodman praises Trump for planned meeting with Kim

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who has traveled several times to North Korea and is one of the few Americans to have met its leader, is praising President Donald Trump for planning a summit with Kim Jong Un.Rodman tells The Associated Press he looks forward to returning to the pariah

Beware, Mr. President: North Korea wants its own version of the Iran nuke deal

After mocking “short and fat” North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and later warning that a “major, major” conflict could be imminent, on Thursday evening President Trump did an about-face: He accepted a surprise invitation to meet the communist regime’s reclusive leader within months to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.“Great

South Korea says it won’t ease North Korea sanctions as talks resume

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday downplayed concerns that the resumption of inter-Korean dialogue will be accompanied by an easing of international sanctions and pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program.Moon made the comments in a meeting with political party leaders a day after

Would you buy a used bridge from this dictator?

Peace is finally coming to the Korean Peninsula, with Pyongyang promising to end its nuclear program. Oh, and there’s a bridge connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn that’s for sale . . .The truth? South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s office says the North wants talks and has “clearly stated its willingness to denuclearize” if

North Korea willing to give up its nuclear weapons

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has told the South that he is willing to begin talks with the US on abandoning its nuclear weapons and that he would suspend all weapons tests during negotiations, according to reports.South Korean national security chief Chung Eui Yong announced Pyongyang’s agreement on a

High-level Seoul officials to head to North Korea for talks

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s president will send a delegation led by his national security director to North Korea this week for talks on how to ease nuclear tensions and help arrange the restart of dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington, officials said Sunday.They will be the first known South

Trump’s ‘nuclear football’ caused dust-up with Chinese officials

A clash over President Trump’s “nuclear football” almost caused an international incident in November when a Chinese security official was tackled to the ground during a chaotic scene in Beijing, it was revealed Sunday. The alarming incident took place after a US military aide carrying the briefcase with which

Iran will ‘respond seriously’ if US gives up nuclear deal

MUNICH — Iran’s foreign minister is rejecting the idea that Tehran wouldn’t respond if the United States gives up on the 2015 nuclear accord with world powers. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, an opponent of the deal, said Sunday that if the U.S. refuses to keep approving the deal

US, South Korea say too soon to talk weapons with North

The US and South Korea agree that despite the optimism generated by Olympic diplomacy, it’s too soon to talk with North Korea about curbing the North’s nuclear weapons program. Speaking to reporters Saturday, South Korean president Moon Jae-in said he’s not ready to think about a summit meeting with

Pence pushing South Korea to be more hawkish toward North

SEOUL, South Korea — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is pushing South Korea to adopt a more hawkish stance toward North Korea, as he arrived in the country Thursday ahead of the Winter Olympics. Pence met with President Moon Jae-in to advocate a clear-eyed approach toward his bellicose, nuclear-armed

US official warns of growing threat from North Korea

North Korea may be just months away from being able to hit the US mainland with a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile, a senior American disarmament official said Tuesday – as Pyongyang said Washington was considering a pre-emptive strike against it. US envoy Robert Wood, addressing the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament

Russia: US plan to use ‘low-yield’ nukes is ‘confrontational’

The Russian government reacted with “alarm” Saturday to a Trump administration plan to allow the use of “low-yield” nuclear weapons against non-nuclear attacks. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said a newly released Pentagon document on US nuclear policy is “confrontational.” “We, of course, will have to take into account the

Sanctions seem to be taking a toll on North Korea’s economy

North Korea’s military is cutting back on winter drills this year, a sign that punishing global sanctions over its nuclear weapons program may be having an affect on the country’s economy, according to a report on Monday. The military exercises, which usually run from December through March, got started