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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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In hard-line speech, Trump warns North Korea: ‘Do not underestimate us’

November 8, 2017
Ashley Parker, David Nakamura | The Washington Post
President Trump on Wednesday warned against the threat posed by “a country ruled by a cult” in a hard-line speech aimed at rallying international pressure against North Korea over its escalating nuclear weapons program.
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Trump to set new conditions for U.S. to stay in Iran nuclear deal, tossing issue to Congress

October 13, 2017
Abby Phillip, Anne Gearan | The Washington Post
Trump has frequently criticized the agreement as weak on Iran and unfair to the United States. But he has listened for months as important allies, a majority of his senior national security advisers and many congressional leaders have argued that it retains value for the United States.
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Trump set to decertify Iran deal and punt fixes to Congress

October 13, 2017
Margaret Brennan | CBS News
President Trump will unveil his strategy for dealing with Iran in a White House address Friday. The president is expected to refuse to certify that Iran is complying with the landmark nuclear agreement, but stop short of tearing it up. Instead, he is expected to give Congress the power to re-impose sanctions against Iran.
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Iranian president warns Trump not to isolate United States

October 12, 2017
Franco Ordoñez | McClatchy
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at Donald Trump Wednesday charging that U.S. opposition to the Iranian nuclear deal has only united all Iranians and brought sympathy toward Tehran from Europe.
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