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Bolton Warns Trump: North Korea ‘Will Never Give Up’ Nukes

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“Every day that goes by makes North Korea a more dangerous country,” John Bolton said at CSIS. “When does it become too late? Today is better than tomorrow. Tomorrow is better than the next day.”

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Despite Missile Launches, North Korea Deal Still Possible Says Turner

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There is “a significant opportunity for the United States to come to the table and negotiate with North Korea and at least begin the steps to take the program back,” says Ranking HASC Member Mike Turner.

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Recent North Korean Missile Launches Don’t Change ‘Palpable’ Drop In Tensions: Gen. Abrams

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Gen. Robert Abrams tells Breaking Defense, “Recent activities on the peninsula have not changed that palpable reduction of tension on the peninsula.”

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STRATCOM’s Hyten Calls For Space Rules After India’s ASAT Test: Update

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SPACE SYMPOSIUM: For the first time, the United States is sharing its space war plans, known as Olympic Defender, with a small number of allies, says the head of Strategic Command. Gen. John Hyten told us in a Monday evening interview that a new version of the plan was published “last December,” he said. “Everything that… Keep reading →

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North Korea STILL Not Going To Give Up Nukes, Says ODNI; Sen. McConnell Rises Against Isolationism

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WASHINGTON: The Intelligence Community does not agree with President Trump that North Korea is “no longer a nuclear threat.” We know that because Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Community today that Kim Il Sung’s country is “not likely to give up” all its nuclear weapons. Here’s our story two years… Keep reading →

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North Korean Denuclearization Potentially Moving In ‘Positive Direction’: Gen. Hyten

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“Things are moving (in) a positive direction,” Gen. Hyten said of North Korean, while Russia’s new 2-megaton underwater drone “does not change” the strategic balance.

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VCJCS Selva: North Korea Hasn’t Demonstrated Key Tech To Nuke US Yet

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WASHINGTON: North Korea has cut the warning time America has to a “dozen minutes or so” before an ICBM launch because of the mobile launch trucks it’s using, according to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. “We may have gone from tens of minutes to up to an hour (previously) to a dozen minutes… Keep reading →

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Sen Graham: ‘Just A Matter of Time’ Til North Korean Redlines Crossed

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WASHINGTON: “When does that moment come when their program matures and goes across those redlines? At the pace we’re on, it’s just a matter of time. If something doesn’t change, it will be inevitable these redlines are met — if there’s another test of a warhead.” Sen. Lindsey Graham appeared to document one of the redlines he… Keep reading →

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What Really Mattered In 2017 (Our Top 10 List)

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This is a list of the most important stories and opinion pieces we ran at Breaking Defense in 2017. It’s a bit like our coverage: freewheeling, often unexpected and, hopefully, poking at the spots where policymakers in the US, NATO, Australia, Japan, South Korea and our other treaty allies and partners need to look. We… Keep reading →

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Shutdown Looms, North Korean War Closer, UK PM Mocked

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CORRECTED: Changed Stealth To Fifth Generation Fighters In Fifth Paragraph.  WASHINGTON: Can the Christmas holidays come quickly enough? Republicans, hungry for their first major legislative accomplishment since the 2016 elections, are focused above and beyond all else on changes to tax law, leaving a dangerous vacuum into which a shutdown could fall. Last week, the… Keep reading →

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