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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...

24th November 2017 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

North Korean economy keeps humming despite ever-tighter sanctions

Anthony Ruggiero

Despite years of ever-tighter international sanctions, North Korea's economy has proven resilient and seems to have fended off the suffering President Trump has sought to halt the country's nuclear program. more...

22nd November 2017 – Quoted by Donna Borak - CNN Money

Trump administration slaps more sanctions on North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

The Trump administration intensified pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to disband his nuclear weapons program by imposing another round of sanctions -- this time, on one Chinese businessman and several North Korean shipping and trading companies and vessels. more...

21st November 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Government Warns of Continued North Korean Cyber Activities

Anthony Ruggiero, Mathew Ha

The U.S. government last week issued two technical alerts on North Korea’s cyber activities targeting the aerospace, telecommunications, finance, government, automotive, and media sectors. North Korea is engaged in cyber-enabled economic warfare and is using its attacks against South Korea and the U.S. to degrade our political and military power. more...

21st November 2017 – Citado por Agence France Presse

China quiere paz, no guerra con Corea del Norte

Anthony Ruggiero

China pidió el martes diálogo para resolver la cuestión nuclear norcoreana, después de que en la víspera Estados Unidos volviera a integrar a Corea del Norte en la lista de los "Estados que apoyan al terrorismo". more...

21st November 2017 – Quoted by Jesse Johnson - The Japan Times

U.S. relisting of North Korea as state sponsor of terror seen as symbolic step with limited impact

Anthony Ruggiero

The decision by the United States to relist North Korea’s “murderous regime” as a state sponsor of terrorism hands Washington and Tokyo a symbolic victory, but will do little to solve the nuclear crisis roiling the Korean Peninsula, experts say. more...

21st November 2017 – Quoted by Dan Merica, Jeremy Diamond and Zachary Cohen - CNN

Trump names North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism

Anthony Ruggiero

President Donald Trump, in the latest demonstration of increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula, placed North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. more...

21st November 2017 – Quoted by Joel Schectman and David Brunnstrom - Reuters

U.S. sanctions 13 Chinese and North Korean organizations

Anthony Ruggiero

The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on 13 Chinese and North Korean organizations Washington accused of helping evade nuclear restrictions against Pyongyang and supporting the country through trade of commodities like coal. more...


Anthony Ruggiero

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