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White House again rejects talks with North Korea on nuclear issue


White House again rejects talks with North Korea on nuclear issue

“We’ve been clear that now is not the time to talk,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters, reiterating a tweet from President Donald Trump at the weekend that was seen as undercutting Tillerson.

“The only conversations that have taken place were that ... would be on bringing back Americans who have been detained,” Sanders said. “Beyond that, there will be no conversations with North Korea at this time.”

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SKorea navy holds major live-fire drills in warning to North


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The drills, conducted in the East Sea (Sea of Japan), involved the 2,500-tonne frigate Gangwon, a 1,000-tonne patrol ship and 400-tonne guided-missile vessels, among others, the Navy said in a statement. 

"If the enemy launches a provocation above water or under water, we will immediately hit back to bury them at sea," Captain Choi Young-chan, commander of the 13th Maritime Battle Group, said in a statement. 

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'We'll See,' Donald Trump Says On Potentially Attacking North Korea Over Its Nuclear Test


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President Donald Trump signaled Sunday that he was not ruling out a retaliatory strike against North Korea in response to its overnight nuclear test, while Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned the isolated country that any threat to the United States or its allies would be met with "a massive military response."

Trump called North Korea's nuclear test, its biggest to date, "very hostile and dangerous to the United States" and said his administration was considering sweeping new economic sanctions to pressure China and every other country that trades with North Korea.

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Donald Trump hints at withdrawal from US-South Korea free trade deal


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President Donald Trump said on Saturday he will discuss the fate of a five-year-old US-South Korean free trade deal with his advisers next week in a move that could see him pull out of the accord with a key American ally at a time of heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Trump made his remarks to reporters while visiting hurricane-hit Houston a day after he spoke with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and struck a deal allowing Seoul access to longer-range missiles as well as a potential arms sale.

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United States President Donald Trump To Donate $1 Million To Flood Relief: White House


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US President Donald Trump will donate $1 million to flood relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana after the devastation unleashed by Hurricane Harvey, the White House said Thursday.

"He'll pledge, proudly, $1 million of his own personal money to help the people of Texas and Louisiana," spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.

The White House did not say whether the money would come from Trump or his foundation.

During the 2016 presidential campaign Trump came under fire for repeatedly announcing charitable donations but not following through.

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'Something Serious Has To Happen': Nikki Haley On NKorea Missile


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Washington's UN ambassador Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that "something serious has to happen" following North Korea's missile test over Japan.

"It's unacceptable," Haley said. "They have violated every single UN Security Council resolution that we've had, and so I think something serious has to happen," she added, giving no specifics. 

Washington and Tokyo called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting.

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Trump To Head To Storm-Hit Texas On Tuesday


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US President Donald Trump will head to storm-hit Texas on Tuesday, the White House announced, after the Republican leader said earlier that he wanted to wait until authorities on the ground were ready.

"The president will travel to Texas on Tuesday. We are coordinating logistics with state and local officials," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

"We continue to keep all of those affected in our thoughts and prayers."

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Former CIA Agent Launches Campaign To Block Trump From Twitter


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Valerie Plame Wilson, a media savvy former undercover CIA agent, has launched an improbable crowdfunding campaign to buy Twitter, in order to take away Donald Trump's favorite communications tool.

"It's time to shut him down," Plame declared in her pitch for donations on gofundme.com.

"From emboldening white supremacists to promoting violence against journalists, his tweets damage the country and put people in harm's way. But threatening actual nuclear war with North Korea takes it to a dangerous new level."

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Donald Trump to unveil new Afghanistan strategy on August 21 night


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According to a statement by the White House, in the televised speech on Monday at 9:00 p.m. local time, Trump will provide an update on the path forward for America's engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia, Xinhua reported.

Former US President Barack Obama had planned to reduce the current number of 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan to some 5,500 by the end of 2015 and withdraw all troops by the end of 2016 when his presidency came to an end.

However, given the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, the Obama administration repeatedly postponed the withdrawal.

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Barack Obama's Response to Charlottesville Violence Is One Of The Most Popular In Twitter's History


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Unlike some former presidents, Barack Obama is showing no signs of completely abandoning public life.

Since leaving office, Obama has commented on major events or controversies, including the terrorist attack in Manchester, England, and Sen. John McCain's brain cancer diagnosis. He did so again on Saturday, after the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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