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The U.S. Has Fewer Options With North Korea Than Ever After This Latest Missile Test

Yesterday’s North Korean missile launch, confirmed as an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), was the culmination of 70-plus years of unresolved conflict between Pyongyang and Washington. But despite tough talk and tougher tweets from the current presidential administration, the U.S. feels like it has fewer…

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Why Kushner’s Russian ‘Back Channel’ Looks Dirty As Hell

In the world of U.S. diplomacy, back channels of communication between governments exist for various reasons. But they are more regulated than you may think. Though, it appears that President Trump’s son-in-law Kushner’s meeting with the Russian ambassador at Trump Tower was anything but regulated. And his actions…

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Trump’s $668 Billion Defense Budget Still Doesn’t Match His Campaign Promises 

President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget is here and he isn’t being stingy with the defense spending. The controversial plan calls for $668 billion in spending, a $52 billion increase overall from last year. But Trump’s bill is still not the military-grower he said it would be.

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Why China’s Nervous Over South Korea’s New Missile Defense System

Chinese officials have long protested the U.S. deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system to South Korea because they believe it can spy on its military activities deep inside its mainland. Well, on Tuesday, Beijing’s fears were pretty much confirmed when military officials in…

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Only One Country Has Ever Voluntarily Given Up Its Nukes

You rarely—if ever—hear “South Africa” and “nuclear weapons” mentioned in the same breath. That’s, of course, because South Africa doesn’t have any nukes. But the history behind why it is the only country to have ever built its own nuclear weapons, and then voluntarily relinquished them, reveals what motivates a…

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How South Korea’s New President Changes The North Korea Game

South Koreans have just elected a new president who has criticized the deployment of THAAD on his country’s soil, expressed a need to reconcile with Pyongyang and challenged Seoul to tell America, “no.”

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War With North Korea Could Mean A Refugee Crisis No One Is Ready For

Much of the discussion around North Korea has focused on a nuclear or conventional war between Pyongyang and Washington, but little has been mentioned about one crucial topic: if the Kim regime fails and the country collapses, it will result in an unprecedented refugee crisis. For all of the tough talk by the U.S. as…

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Why Russia Has To Spend $350 Million Fixing Its Broken-Down Aircraft Carrier

The troubles of Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, are well-documented. The ship is a relic of the Cold War and has long suffered from fires and breakdowns at sea. Now it will undergo a two-and-a-half year upgrade at the Zvezdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk in Northern Russia, a sign of the…

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How America’s Aging Icebreaker Trudged Through Its Last Mission

The vibrations and salt buildup inside of the evaporators led to a few broken pipes. The engines required constant fine-tuning. Leaks were a regular nuisance. A fuel or oil line would break or a gasket would give away. The piping of two of the fuel tanks cracked, which required engineers to weld them back together.…

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