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A Tillerson Slip Offers a Peek Into Secret Planning on North Korea

December 18, 2017
David Sanger | The New York Times
Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson let slip last week a few tantalizing details about one of the nation’s most secret military contingency plans: how the United States would try to race inside North Korea to seize its nuclear weapons if it ever saw evidence that Kim Jong-un’s government was collapsing.
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Why the U.S. Considers North Korea’s Kim a ‘Rational Actor’

December 6, 2017
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
U.S. intelligence and military officials believe Kim Jong Un is a rational actor, a conclusion that for now is guiding Washington’s approach to the North Korean leader as he risks economic sanctions and military reprisals to build nuclear weapons and threaten rivals.
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Washington Eyes a Cold War Strategy Against North Korea

November 30, 2017
David Sanger | The New York Times
But one thing is clear: Whatever threats that Washington and Beijing issued in the past few months — sanctions, and the threat of oil cutoffs — have clearly not deterred Mr. Kim.
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Downing North Korean Missiles Is Hard. So the U.S. Is Experimenting.

November 17, 2017
David Sanger, William Broad | The New York Times
The new approach, hinted at in an emergency request to Congress last week for $4 billion to deal with North Korea, envisions the stepped-up use of cyberweapons to interfere with the North’s control systems before missiles are launched, as well as drones and fighter jets to shoot them down moments after liftoff.
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Downing North Korean Missiles Is Hard. So the U.S. Is Experimenting.

November 17, 2017
David Sanger, William Broad | The New York Times
The new approach, hinted at in an emergency request to Congress last week for $4 billion to deal with North Korea, envisions the stepped-up use of cyberweapons to interfere with the North’s control systems before missiles are launched, as well as drones and fighter jets to shoot them down moments after liftoff.
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Trump's embrace of Asia's red carpet overshadows results

November 14, 2017
Jeff Zeleny, Kevin Liptak | CNN
Shortly before President Donald Trump was set to arrive on stage to address a room of chief executives gathered at an oceanfront resort in Vietnam, organizers received an urgent call from American officials.
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Trump Lauds ‘Great Relationship’ With Duterte in Manila

November 13, 2017
Julie Hirschfeld Davis | The New York Times
President Trump said on Monday that he had a “great relationship” with President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, making little mention of human rights at his first face-to-face meeting with an authoritarian leader accused of carrying out a campaign of extrajudicial killings in his nation’s war on drugs.
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