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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said talks with North Korea have been "very productive," something that Pyongyang has refuted. Source: The Tennessee Star.

Apparent progress in bilateral relations between the two countries seems to have faded after North Korea rejected the U.S. attitude in the talks following the historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un.

[OP-ED]: Is Kim Jong Un crazy and unpredictable -- or smart and strategic?

 09/25/2017 - 10:46
An undated photo released  by the KCNA, the state news agency of North Korea, is described as showing the country's leader Kim Jong Un (R), supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, guiding a launching of the medium-to-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an unspecified location. EFE

 I am sometimes asked what world figure I would most want to interview. For me, the answer is obvious: Kim Jong Un. The general impression around the globe continues to be that the North Korean leader is crazy, provocative and unpredictable, but I think that he might well be strategic, smart and utterly rational. Since I am unlikely to get that interview, I have decided to imagine it instead.

US President Donald Trump makes his debut at the United Nations on Monday

 09/18/2017 - 03:51
The United Nations Security Council holds vote on sanctions resolution against North Korea at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 11 September 2017. EPA-EFE FILE/ANDREW GOMBERT

Over 130 world's leaders will gather in New York this week for the U.N. General Assembly, an organisation that Trump has severely criticized. They will discuss climate change, the Iran nuclear deal, atrocities against a Muslim minority in Myanmar and North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.

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[OP-ED]: The Art of the Bluff

 08/15/2017 - 15:13
Trump has made clear that the United States would respond to North Korean nuclear threats with a massive military strike, possibly involving nuclear weapons. EFE

How did we get here? Why does it appear that we’re on the brink of a war in Asia, one that could involve nuclear weapons? North Korea has had nuclear-weapons capacity for at least 10 years now. Have its recent advances been so dramatic and significant to force the United States to wage a preventive war? No. The crisis we now find ourselves in has been exaggerated and mishandled by the Trump administration to a degree that is deeply worrying and dangerous.

US approves Russia sanctions, Moscow says they are a blow to normalizing ties

 07/26/2017 - 06:13
Sergei Ryabkov at a press conference in Damascus, Syria on June 28, 2014. EPA/YOUSSEF BADAWI

Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov has responded to news that a package of further punitive measures for Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US elections and its 2014 annexation of the Crimea was voted through the House of Representatives.

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[OP-ED]: On North Korea, hope is not a strategy

 07/11/2017 - 15:46
Kim Jong Un is a young man but has been highly effective at preserving his authority. He has secured the support of the military and sidelined or killed anyone who threatened his grip on power -- including his uncle and, allegedly, his half-brother. EFE

In Washington, there is a conventional wisdom on North Korea that spans both parties and much of elite opinion. It goes roughly like this: North Korea is the world’s most bizarre country, run by a crackpot dictator with a strange haircut. He is unpredictable and irrational and cannot be negotiated with. Eventually this weird and cruel regime will collapse. Meanwhile, the only solution is more and more pressure. But what if the conventional wisdom is wrong?

[OP-ED]: Trump’s trade trap

 07/11/2017 - 15:30
Trump may believe that trade and environmental issues can be kept separate from geopolitical matters, such as North Korea’s nuclear program. On the contrary, history suggests that trade and geopolitics go hand in hand. EFE

Donald Trump’s foreign policy, such as it is, rests on a massive and apparently indestructible contradiction. Trump wants the United States to remain the “essential” nation, the best embodiment of Western ideals of freedom and democracy, while at the same time deliberately alienating many of our traditional “allies,” whose support the United States desperately needs. American leadership becomes difficult, if not impossible.

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