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U.S. Commander in Korea Determined to Maintain Readiness Despite Suspended Exercises

27th August 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Commander in Korea Determined to Maintain Readiness Despite Suspended Exercises

David Maxwell

The commander of the ROK/U.S. Combined Forces Command, Gen. Vincent Brooks, told reporters last week he was determined to keep his troops at a high level of readiness despite President Trump’s unexpected cancellation of upcoming combined U.S.-South Korean military exercises. more...

Analysis & Commentary

27th August 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Commander in Korea Determined to Maintain Readiness Despite Suspended Exercises

David Maxwell

The commander of the ROK/U.S. Combined Forces Command, Gen. Vincent Brooks, told reporters last week he was determined to keep his troops at a high level of readiness despite President Trump’s unexpected cancellation of upcoming combined U.S.-South Korean military exercises. more...

23rd August 2018 – The Cipher Brief

Slow and Unsteady Progress with North Korea Helps Kim Jong Un

David Maxwell

Progress in nuclear dismantlement following the April Panmunjom Declaration and the June Singapore Summit is frustratingly slow for the Trump administration, though appropriately deliberate for the North Korean regime. The unconventional and experimental top-down diplomacy being practiced by President Trump and Chairman Kim continues apace, as seen in their recent communications via letters and tweet. But the two leaders are likely to fail if they don’t soon rely more on their professional diplomatic and security teams. more...

22nd August 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Kim Jong Nam Assassination Showcases North Korea’s Special Operations Capabilities

David Maxwell

A Malaysian judge ruled last week that there is sufficient evidence to continue the trial of two female suspects in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. While it is imperative to hold the assassins accountable, the murder of the elder Kim underscores North Korea’s potent intelligence and special operations capabilities. more...

21st August 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

U.S. Reinforces Pressure on Russian Companies Working with North Korea

Mathew Ha

Today, the U.S. sanctioned two Russia-based companies and six Russian-flagged vessels involved in North Korean sanctions-evasion schemes. For the third time this month, the Treasury Department targeted Pyongyang’s foreign facilitators, designating Russian targets in all three instances, as well as North Korean and Chinese entities. more...