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Rex Tillerson To NKorea: 'We Are Not Your Enemy'


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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Tuesday for a dialogue with North Korea and acknowledged that U.S. relations with Russia have worsened during the Trump administration.

During wide-ranging comments at the State Department marking six months since his confirmation, Tillerson told reporters that the United States does not aim to depose the government in Pyongyang or use military force.

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Trump Ready For War To 'Destroy' North Korea: US Senator


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A Republican senator said Tuesday that US President Donald Trump has told him he would go to war to destroy North Korea rather than allow it to develop a long-range nuclear-armed missile.

Influential lawmaker Lindsey Graham, a foreign policy hawk, told NBC's Today Show: "There is a military option: To destroy North Korea's program and North Korea itself."

Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un boasted that his country could now strike any target in the United States after carrying out its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test.

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NKorea Missile Still Facing Technical Hurdles: US Expert


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North Korea could field a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile able to strike America by next year, but Pyongyang must first overcome important technological hurdles, a US expert warned Monday.

North Korea has alarmed the international community by the pace and progress of its missile development program, and this month leader Kim Jong-Un conducted two tests of an ICBM.

The first of these trials, which Kim described as a gift to "American b******s," showed the rocket had the potential range to hit Alaska.

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Trump's New Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci Out In 10 Days: Report


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Foul-mouthed spin doctor Anthony Scaramucci was fired as White House communications director Monday, just 10 days after being named to the post and hours after Donald Trump's new chief of staff was sworn in.

The 53-year-old New Yorker -- whose vitriolic rant against colleagues gained him global notoriety -- got the boot shortly after retired Marine Corps general John Kelly took the oath in the Oval Office.

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China hits back at Trump criticism over North Korea


China hits back at Trump criticism over North Korea

China hit back on Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted he was "very disappointed" in China following North Korea's latest missile test, saying the problem did not arise in China and that all sides need to work for a solution.

China has become increasingly frustrated with American and Japanese criticism that it should do more to rein in Pyongyang. China is North Korea's closest ally, but Beijing, too, is angry with its continued nuclear and missile tests.

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United States Says Time For Talk On North Korea 'Is Over'


United States Says Time For Talk On North Korea

The United States said Sunday the time for talk over North Korea was "over," spurning a UN response to Pyongyang's latest ICBM launch in favour of bomber flights and missile defence system tests.

Nikki Haley, the US envoy to the United Nations, said there was "no point" in holding a fruitless emergency Security Council session, warning that a weak additional council resolution would be "worse than nothing" in light of the North's repeated violations.

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US flies bombers over Korean peninsula after North Korea missile test


US flies bombers over Korean peninsula after North Korea missile test

The United States flew two B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsulain a show of force after recent North Korean missile tests, the US Air Force said in a statement on Sunday.

North Korea said it conducted another successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Friday that proved its ability to strike America's mainland, drawing a sharp warning from US President Donald Trump.

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North Korea’s 2nd ICBM test augurs a new normal:Analysis


For all its bluster and over-the-top propaganda, North Korea often does just what it says it will do when it comes to its weapons development.

So it goes with its lightning-quick push to perfect an intercontinental ballistic missile. The clear message after Friday’s late-night test, the second in a month of a missile that may be able to reach most of the U.S. mainland: Get used to this — it’s the new normal.

So what exactly does that mean?

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United States Senate Passes Russia Sanctions, Sends Bill To President Donald Trump


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The US Senate on Thursday passed bipartisan sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, sending the package to President Donald Trump, who must now decide whether to accept the tough approach to Moscow or veto the measure.

The bill, which was approved on a 98-2 Senate vote and passed the House on Tuesday, is sure to antagonize the Kremlin as well as European nations fearing economic ramifications.

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The Strange Role N Korea Is Playing In The Gulf Crisis


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In the ongoing diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf between Qatar and a rival Saudi-led bloc, an unusual role is being played by a country thousands of miles away: North Korea.

In recent days, both sides of the dispute have been accused of having an illicit economic relationship with the isolated nation - a touchy subject in Washington, given Pyongyang's advancing nuclear weapons program and antagonism toward the United States.

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