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How Trump’s Disdain for the Iran Deal Makes a North Korea Pact Even Harder

March 12, 2018
David Sanger | The New York Times
The Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs, drastically different but often spoken of in the same breath, are now being thrust together, as President Trump’s determination to kill the landmark 2015 accord limiting Tehran’s capabilities is colliding with his scramble to reach a far more complex deal with Pyongyang.
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Putin’s ‘Invincible’ Missile Is Aimed at U.S. Vulnerabilities

March 2, 2018
David Sanger, Neil MacFarquhar | The New York Times
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia threatened the West with a new generation of nuclear weapons Thursday, including what he described as an “invincible” intercontinental cruise missile and a nuclear torpedo that could outsmart all American defenses.
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Trump’s tweets rattle the globe, but aides say North Korea policy is carefully calibrated

January 6, 2018
Philip Rucker, Greg Jaffe | The Washington Post
President Trump’s taunting tweet this week raising the specter of nuclear war with North Korea sparked fresh concerns in the Pentagon, at the State Department and even in the White House about whether a carefully calibrated strategy to compel the rogue state into negotiations can survive the impulses of both countries’ leaders.
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Trump’s North Korea tweets shatter decades-old nuclear taboo

January 4, 2018
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
President Ronald Reagan was warming up for a national radio address on Aug. 11, 1984, when an open microphone caught him joking about nuclear war. “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever,” Reagan quipped. “We begin bombing in five minutes.”
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Trump to North Korean leader Kim: My ‘Nuclear Button’ is ‘much bigger & more powerful’

January 3, 2018
Philip Rucker | The Washington Post
President Trump escalated his war of words with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday evening, asserting that his "nuclear button" is "much bigger & more powerful" than the North Korean leader's and threatening that the U.S. arsenal "works."
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How Trump could kill the Iran nuclear deal in January

December 28, 2017
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
President Donald Trump allowed the Iran nuclear deal to survive through 2017, but the new year will offer him another chance to blow up the agreement — and critics and supporters alike believe he may take it.
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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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In China, Trump Places His Bets on Flattering Xi Jinping

November 9, 2017
Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Mark Landler, Jane Perlez | The New York Times
President Trump heaped praise on President Xi Jinping of China on Thursday, blaming Mr. Trump’s own predecessors for China’s yawning trade surplus with the United States and saying he was confident that Mr. Xi could defuse the threat from North Korea.
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