U.S. May Launch Strike If North Korea Reaches For Nuclear Trigger – NBC News

The U.S. is prepared to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea should officials become convinced that North Korea is about to follow through with a nuclear weapons test, multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News. North Korea has warned that a “big event” is near, and U.S. officials say signs […]

Rex Tillerson Rejects Talks With North Korea on Nuclear Program – The New York Times

Tillerson: ‘The Policy of Strategic Patience Has Ended’ Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, in a visit to South Korea, said if North Korea increased “the threat of their weapons program” to an unacceptable level, the Trump administration would consider action. “The policy of strategic patience has ended,” Mr. Tillerson said. By REUTERS. Photo by […]

South Korean court throws president out of office; two die in protest | Reuters

SEOUL South Korea’s Constitutional Court removed President Park Geun-hye from office on Friday over a graft scandal involving the country’s conglomerates at a time of rising tensions with North Korea and China.   The ruling sparked protests from hundreds of Park’s supporters, two of whom were killed in clashes with police outside the court, and […]

North Korea bars Malaysians from leaving, in ‘diplomatic meltdown’ | Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR/SEOUL North Korea barred Malaysians from leaving the country on Tuesday, sparking tit-for-tat action by Malaysia, as police investigating the murder of Kim Jong Nam in Kuala Lumpur sought to question three men hiding in the North Korean embassy.   Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak accused North Korea of “effectively holding our citizens hostage” […]

Thanks to Trump, the Doomsday Clock Advances Toward Midnight – The New York Times

Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times It is now two and one-half minutes to midnight. Our organization, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, is marking the 70th anniversary of its Doomsday Clock on Thursday by moving it 30 seconds closer to midnight. In 2016, the global security landscape darkened as the international community failed to […]

Under The Sun · Film Review Under The Sun reveals the facades of North Korea—and what’s behind them · Movie Review · The A.V. Club

Vitaly Mansky’s documentary Under The Sun is really two films, threaded together: one a carefully crafted lie, and the other something closer to the truth. A child of the former Soviet Union, Mansky has spent much of his career recording life in post-communist Russia, while occasionally taking his cameras to places like Cuba, where some […]