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15th July 2018 – The Jerusalem Post

German intel report: Iran seeks to shatter states’ stability with WMD

Benjamin Weinthal

The German intelligence agency of the state of Hesse published a new document on countering the spread of weapons of mass destruction, singling out the Islamic Republic of Iran as one of two states seeking to obtain the ultimate form of powerful weapons. more...

8th July 2018 – Fox News

US negotiators with North Korea must heed the lessons of Obama’s failed deal with Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo concluded two days of denuclearization talks in North Korea Saturday with Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol amid questions about whether the North is serious about abandoning its nuclear weapons or is simply seeking relief from crippling international economic sanctions and other concessions from the U.S. more...

2nd July 2018 – The Jerusalem Post

German intel: Iran wants to expand weapons into nuclear arsenal

Benjamin Weinthal

A German intelligence report from the state of Bavaria concluded the Islamic Republic of Iran is working to turn its conventional military weapons into a system for weapons of mass destruction. more...

21st June 2018 – Foreign Policy

Singapore Was John Bolton’s Worst Nightmare

John Hannah

If someone had deliberately designed an international event with the sole objective of giving John Bolton, America’s hawkish White House national security advisor, maximum heartburn, they couldn’t have done much better than the June 12 summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. more...

19th June 2018 – The Washington Times

Trump’s bunker buster video blockbuster

Clifford D. May

Decade after decade, one U.S. president after another, Democrat and Republican alike, knew that the tyrants who rule North Korea were slowly but surely developing the means to incinerate American cities. Those presidents did nothing, or at least nothing effective. more...

15th June 2018 – The Hill

Trump must still hold North Korea accountable for cyberattacks

Trevor Logan, Mathew Ha

Following the U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore earlier this week, Kim Jong Un has temporarily halted ballistic missile and nuclear weapons testing in exchange for President Trump pausing its maximum pressure campaign. Meanwhile, Pyongyang’s cyberattacks against South Korea have intensified. In their latest op-ed for The Hill, FDD research associates Trevor Logan and Mathew Ha point out how this is just one example that exposes Kim’s “two-faced diplomacy.” more...

13th June 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

At Summit, North Korea Offers Vague Denuclearization Pledge

David Adesnik, Mathew Ha

In a joint statement with President Trump following their historic summit in Singapore, Kim Jong Un pledged “his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” The statement does not include a timeline for denuclearization, nor does it require North Korea to take any specific steps toward that goal, although the president assured journalists that U.S. and international observers will verify Kim’s compliance. more...

11th June 2018 – The National Interest

North Korea Is Testing Trump as Summit Approaches

Following North Korea these days gives even the most seasoned observer whiplash as both sides seemingly shift from one extreme to another sometimes in twenty-four hours. Yet one thing is certain. more...

6th June 2018 – The Washington Times

Pushing North Korea and Iran to the brink

Clifford D. May

It’s a simple question to ask: Do we have a vital national interest in preventing our self-declared enemies from acquiring deliverable nuclear weapons? more...

4th June 2018 – FDD Research Memo

Maximum Pressure 2.0: How to Improve Sanctions on North Korea

President Donald Trump cancelled his June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un after North Korea displayed “tremendous anger and open hostility,” as Trump put it in his letter to Kim. The president’s cancellation was not definitive, as preparations continued with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meeting a senior North Korean official in New York last week. more...

25th May 2018 – CNBC

Trump should ‘keep cranking up the pressure’ on North Korea if he really wants Kim to give up nukes

David Adesnik

Visions of a Nobel Peace Prize can be very seductive. Even Jimmy Carter admitted that Donald Trump would deserve the prize if he brought peace to the Korean Peninsula. more...

24th May 2018 – Fortune Magazine

Trump Cancelled the North Korea Summit. Here’s What He Should Do Next.

President Trump cancelled the June 12 summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un after saying Pyongyang’s latest statement demonstrated “tremendous anger and open hostility.” The sides were far apart on the sequencing of denuclearization, with lingering questions of whether Kim was using his father and grandfather’s playbook to delay real concessions. more...

17th May 2018 – The National Interest

In Korea, the Same Old Tricks from a Brand New Kim

David Adesnik

North Korea long ago mastered the art of playing hard to get with American diplomats eager—or even desperate—to make a deal. Pyongyang’s sudden threatto cancel the June 12 summit in Singapore shows that Kim Jong-un has learned how to play the same games as his father and grandfather. more...

16th May 2018 – The Washington Times

Trump’s art of the nuclear deals

Clifford D. May

Donald Trump inherited two deadly serious national security crises, one in the Middle East, one in the Far East. Look closely and you’ll see that these crises are inseverable. more...

10th May 2018 – Politico Magazine

Hold the Nobel Prize: Kim Is Setting a Trap for Trump

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo completed his second trip in as many months to North Korea, returning with the remaining three American hostages and setting the agenda for the historic summit—which President Donald Trump just announced will be held on June 12 in Singapore. more...

10th May 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Pompeo Returns from North Korea with Three U.S. Hostages

Mathew Ha

Early this morning, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returned from North Korea along with all three Americans held hostage by the Kim regime. It was Pompeo’s second trip to Pyongyang and reflects the momentum building toward the summit between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, which has now been confirmed for June 12 in Singapore. more...

2nd May 2018 – The Hill

Seoul’s concessions expose limitations of Inter-Korean summit

Mathew Ha

Earlier this week, Moon’s office shared in a press release that world leaders, including Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, expressed hope this summit will be conducive to genuine peace on the Korean peninsula. more...

30th April 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Inter-Korean Summit: Tall on Promises, Short on Implementation

Mathew Ha

“A new era of peace has begun” and “complete denuclearization” is on the horizon, according to the joint declaration issued by Kim Jong Un and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-In, at the conclusion of their summit in Panmunjom last Friday. Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, made similar pledges on multiple occasions, yet returned invariably to the aggressive pursuit of nuclear weapons. more...

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...