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Xi’s Visit is Chance to Deliver Tough Message to China

5th April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Xi’s Visit is Chance to Deliver Tough Message to China

Anthony Ruggiero

China’s President Xi Jinping will travel to Florida on Thursday and Friday for a summit that President Donald Trump has warned will be “very difficult.” On the agenda are likely to be North Korea, Beijing’s aggressive actions in the South China Sea, and Chinese trade restrictions against South Korea over its agreement to deploy a U.S.-built missile-defense system. more...

Analysis & Commentary

28th April 2017 – The Hill

Don’t let North Korea’s nukes overshadow human rights abuses

Anthony Ruggiero

The international community is focused on North Korea’s efforts to develop a nuclear weapon it could deliver to the United States. That is a critical objective, but Pyongyang’s deplorable human rights record and those countries and companies that enable it should be policy priorities in themselves. more...

28th April 2017 – Fox Business

Countdown to the Closing Bell

Clifford D. May

FDD's President and Founder Clifford D. May discusses US strategy towards North Korea. more...

28th April 2017 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Six things Trump can do to squeeze North Korea—without sparking war

Anthony Ruggiero

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to New York Friday to pressure the United Nations Security Council to increase economic pressure on North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program. more...

27th April 2017 – Quoted by Tim Marcin - Newsweek

Traveling to North Korea is Still Legal for Americans, But It’s Probably not a Great Idea

Anthony Ruggiero

As he was readying to leave Pyongyang in May 2011, Robert King, then the United States' special envoy for North Korean human rights, was given American citizen Eddie Jun as a parting gift of sorts from the totalitarian regime of Kim Jong Il. Jun had been accused of carrying out missionary work in atheist North Korea, where religion is seen as a threat to the supreme leadership. Then, as in now, it wasn't necessarily uncommon for North Korea to detain or imprison a U.S. citizen for breaching, unintentionally or otherwise, one of its arcane rules. more...