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Trump strategy shakes up Asia, Mideast


8th November 2017 - Quoted by Trudy Rubin - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Shake, Rattle and Roll.

The title of that rock and roll oldie popped into my head as I followed President Trump’s travels to South Korea and China, along with this week’s stunning developments in Saudi Arabia.

The president clearly wants to shake up the region – and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un – by convincing Asian leaders he’s willing to use force to compel Kim to denuclearize.

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America’s North Korea policy does need some shaking up; in the past, Pyongyang has cheated at and quit talks that offered recognition for denuclearization. “So we can’t take the same failed approach as in the past, of entering into long drawn-out negotiations, without any prospect for initial steps, at least, toward denuclearization,” said Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, in a recent speech on U.S. strategy to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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