US Restarts Trade Talks With China and Talks With North Korea

Trade talks with China and restarted. There is now a delay in any tariff increases. Huawei is getting some relief. North Korea President Trump became the first sitting President to set foot in North Korea on Sunday as he met Kim Jong-un, the country’s leader, at the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone, and the two agreed …

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US 2019 Missile Defense Review Expanded to Include Hypersonic Missile Threats

The 2019 Missile Defense Review (MDR) has been expanded to offensive missile threats includes non-ballistic systems. The US will defend against advanced cruise missiles and hypersonic weapons. There is a 24-page 2019 Missile Defense Review Summary. There will be a comprehensive approach to prevent and defeat adversary missile attacks through a combination of deterrence; active …

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Will North Korea Dismantle Nuclear Weapons Production and Stabilize with South Korea?

In a New Year’s Day speech, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un made an offer toward denuclearization. Kim indicated that North Korea wants a deal and is interested in another summit. Kim would put nuclear production capability as part of negotiations. A path to the goal of complete denuclearization could be created. North Korea could be …

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North Korea agrees to inspections in bid to salvage nuclear talks

North Korea offers to permanently abolish its key missile facilities in the presence of foreign experts, in a new gesture by leader Kim Jong Un to revive faltering talks with Washington over his country’s nuclear program. After a summit in Pyongyang, Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the North was also willing to …

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China’s Navy is triple Taiwan’s Navy but a D-Day type invasion would be tough

The Pentagon report indicates that China’s navy and air assets are about ten times Taiwan’s capabilities but assesses a Chinese amphibious D-Day invasion as a risky and challenging operation for China. China has military capabilities which could successfully intervene in North Korea A Pentagon report discussed the possibility that China could respond militarily to a …

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US Strategic Command General thinks there is potential and some movement towards North Korean denuclearization

General John Hyten says the prospects for the potential denuclearization of North Korea are moving in a positive direction since the Singapore summit. He is the Commander, United States Strategic Command. USSTRATCOM is responsible for strategic deterrence, global strike, and operating the Defense Department’s Global Information Grid. US Strategic would actually launch nuclear weapons if …

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Pacific command believes China controls South China Sea in all scenarios short of war

There is a 50-page transcript and report on Advance Policy Questions for Admiral Philip Davidson, USN Expected Nominee for Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. The Commander, U.S. Pacific Command is responsible for deterring attacks against the United States and its territories, possessions, and bases, to protect Americans and American interests and, in the event that deterrence …

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North Korea-US is either denuclearization with maximum verification or War

Austin Bay is a contributing editor at StrategyPage.com and adjunct professor at the University of Texas in Austin. He describes the North Korea situation as denuclearization with maximum verification or war. Trump versus North Korea, 2018 edition: The U.S. and its democratic allies, South Korea and Japan, are not demanding regime change. North Korea’s vicious …

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North Korea dangles denuclearization to try to get payoffs

Envoys from Seoul said that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un told them he was ready to suspend weapons tests and hold candid talks with the U.S. to normalize relations, if the safety of his regime was guaranteed, the South Korean government said Tuesday. In response, South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to meet Kim for …

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US ambassador Robert Wood says North Korea is months away from nuclear ICBM that can hit the USA

North Korea is only months away from obtaining the capability to hit U.S. territory with a nuclear weapon and must be disarmed, a U.S. envoy said on Tuesday, dismissing Pyonyang’s diplomatic thaw with South Korea as a “charm offensive” that fooled no one. “North Korea has accelerated its provocative pursuit of nuclear weapons and missile …

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