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18th April 2018 – The Hill

China’s attempted power play hands leverage to Trump on North Korea

Mathew Ha

Does China get too much credit for its leverage over North Korea? Even after Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted Kim Jong Un for a surprise summit in Beijing last month, FDD Research Analyst Mathew Ha argues that this move actually ceded leverage to the United States, who just sent a high-level official to Pyongyang to “lay the groundwork” for the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit. more...

8th April 2018 – The Weekly Standard

Assad’s Horror, and Those Who Enable It

Thomas Joscelyn

Horrific images from the aftermath of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria are once again circulating online. The scene of this gassing is the eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus. Both the location and the timing of this apparent war crime are symbolically important. And while the immediate focus will be on Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and his willingness to gas his own people, any long-term solution will require understanding the role of the rogue states that enable and support him. more...

29th March 2018 – Newsmax

Newsmax Now

Mathew Ha

FDD's Mathew Ha joins Newsmax Now to discuss the upcoming meeting between North and South Korea. more...

28th March 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Kim Jong Un Visits China, Comments on Denuclearization

Mathew Ha

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a surprise visit to Beijing this week, marking Kim’s first trip outside North Korea since taking power in 2011. The trip is part of Kim’s effort to project strength before his meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae next month and President Trump in May. Kim stated he is willing to consider denuclearization under several conditions; the question is whether those conditions will be palatable to the Trump administration. more...

28th March 2018 – Fox News

US-North Korea summit: How Trump can score a major deal

David Adesnik

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Wednesday that “we feel like things are moving in the right direction” heading into a planned summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in May. If the meeting takes place, it will confront the U.S. president with the consummate test of his skills as a dealmaker, since no one has played American negotiators for fools more consistently than the North Koreans. more...

22nd March 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

United Nations Report Highlights North Korea Sanctions Violations

Mathew Ha

Last week, the UN Panel of Experts released its latest report on sanctions violations by North Korea and its enablers. The contents of the report indicate that the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign is working, yet there remains much to be done to ensure that Western pressure on North Korea is truly at a maximum. more...

10th January 2018 – Quoted by Leo Byrne - NK News

Washington “welcomes” inter-Korean Winter Olympics talks: State Department

Anthony Ruggiero

Washington on Tuesday said it welcomes recent talks between North and South Korea regarding the DPRK’s participation at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics next month, though warned it would make sure the North’s attendance did not breach UN sanctions. more...

5th January 2018 – Quoted by Adam Taylor - The Washington Post

Is Trump making himself irrelevant on North Korea?

Anthony Ruggiero

There was no shortage of major foreign policy crises to choose from in 2017, but the rapid escalation of tensions with North Korea — and the threat of nuclear war behind them — stood out from the rest. It's also one into which President Trump, an iconoclastic leader who disdains diplomacy and styles himself both a businessman and a brawler, has thrown himself with abandon. more...

3rd January 2018 – Quoted by Leo Byrne and James Byrne - NK News

Seized oil tanker linked to N. Korean networks, investigation reveals

Anthony Ruggiero

The Panamanian-flagged KOTI vessel, which was seized off the west coast of South Korea in late December, is operated by a company linked to several known Chinese weapons smugglers, an investigation by NK News can reveal. more...

30th December 2017 – Quoted by Matthew Pennington and Zeke Miller - Associated Press

U.S. declares North Korea a terror sponsor; new sanctions anticipated

Anthony Ruggiero

President Donald Trump announced Monday the U.S. is putting North Korea‘s “murderous regime” on America‘s terrorism blacklist, despite questions about Pyongyang‘s support for international attacks beyond the assassination of its leader‘s half brother in February. more...

19th December 2017 – Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Trump Hails New Era of Global Competition, Says ‘America is Going to Win’

David Adesnik

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Monday the country's greatness is being challenged by rival powers, but promised the country would use "every instrument" at its disposal to ignite what he portrayed as an American awakening. more...

8th December 2017 – Quoted by Yonhap News

N.K. Sanctions haven’t been strong enough: U.S. expert

Anthony Ruggiero

Sanctions against North Korea can be tightened further to induce the regime to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, a U.S. expert said Thursday. more...

5th December 2017 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Countering Kim’s Nuclear North Korea

Clifford D. May, Anthony Ruggiero

Cliff May is joined by FDD's North Korea expert, Anthony Ruggiero, to discuss whether North Korea's most recent missile test is a game-changer, whether a nuclear North Korea is a foregone conclusion, and how the U.S. can leverage economic warfare to counter the Kim regime's illicit activities more...

4th December 2017 – Quoted by Ian Talley - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Accuses Chinese Banks, but Treads Lightly

Anthony Ruggiero

The Trump administration is locked in a diplomatic quandary as it tries to pressure North Korea: How to sanction Pyongyang’s top ally and patron—China—without alienating an economic powerhouse that is arguably the best hope to slow its rogue nuclear-weapons program. more...

1st December 2017 – Quoted by Dwayne Harmon - Newburgh Gazette

‘Major sanctions’ coming against North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

Trump didn't specify what country would impose additional sanctions. "Perhaps more restrictions can be placed on [North Korean] laborers [working in China] or they can be banned completely", he said. Newburgh Gazette more...

1st December 2017 – Quoted by Nirmal Ghosh - Straits Times

Sanctions unlikely to make North back down: Analysts

Anthony Ruggiero

The United States has responded to North Korea's third test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, its most powerful yet, with a call for all nations to cut off diplomatic and trade ties with Pyongyang. more...

1st December 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Calls for Oil Ban and Complete Diplomatic Isolation of North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero, Mathew Ha

The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting Wednesday following North Korea’s third intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the thirteenth meeting of the Security Council this year. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called for the body to isolate Pyongyang and increase pressure on it, by banning the sale of oil to North Korea and severing all diplomatic ties. more...

30th November 2017 – Quoted by Nirmal Ghosh - Straits Times

As time runs out, analysts doubt harsher sanctions can stop Pyongyang

Anthony Ruggiero

The United States has responded to North Korea's third test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, its most powerful yet, with a call for all nations to cut off diplomatic and trade ties with Pyongyang. more...

29th November 2017 – Fox News

It’s time to ramp up the pressure on North Korea and China after latest missile test

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea’s third successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile Wednesday should prompt President Trump to quicken the pace of his policy of putting “maximum pressure” on the North to give up its nuclear weapons. more...

28th November 2017 – Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Fresh concern over possible Iran-North Korea nuclear links

A series of recent high-level meetings between Iranian and North Korean officials has prompted fresh concern in U.S. national security circles about the depth of military and ballistic missile technology cooperation between the two American adversaries, according to a Washington think tank. more...


Anthony Ruggiero

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