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4th October 2017 - Quoted by Sharon Harris - Born2Invest

Customs data reveal China purchased North Korean coal amid imposed embargo sanction

Anthony Ruggiero

China, North Korea’s largest trading partner, purchased North Korean coal weighing at 1.64 million tons last August. What is shocking is that the two countries performed the trade regardless of the fact that there was a ban implemented by Beijing in compliance with the sanctions of the...

2nd October 2017 - Quoted by Adam Taylor - The Washington Post

North Korea appears to have a new Internet connection — thanks to the help of a state-owned Russian

Anthony Ruggiero

A state-owned Russian telecommunications firm has given North Korea a new Internet connection, potentially increasing Pyongyang's ability to stage cyberattacks and protect the embattled country's online infrastructure.

2nd October 2017 - Quoted by Big News Network

Diplomatic approach with North Korea a waste of Time?

Anthony Ruggiero

1st October 2017 - Quoted by Nick Wadhams - Bloomberg

Tillerson Plays Good Cop on North Korea in Beijing Trip

Anthony Ruggiero

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s public acknowledgment that the U.S. has direct channels to North Korea has underscored his role as an administration moderate when it comes to reining in the regime over its nuclear weapons.

1st October 2017 - Quoted by Mark Niquette and Nick Wadhams - Bloomberg

Trump Says Tillerson Is ‘Wasting His Time’ on North Korea Talks

Anthony Ruggiero

President Donald Trump’s admonishment of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for “wasting his time’’ in seeking negotiations with North Korea further highlighted differences within the administration on how best to get Kim Jong Un to halt his nuclear weapons program.

30th September 2017 - CBS News

CBS Interactive

Anthony Ruggiero

For the first time ever, the U.S. has confirmed Washington has direct lines of communication with North Korea. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson talked about contact with Pyongyang and said the U.S. is "probing" the possibility of diplomatic talks with the regime. He made the comments earlier...

29th September 2017 - Quoted by Trudy Rubin - The Philadelphia Inquirer

How to tame Kim Jong Un? Tough sanctions, not insults.

Anthony Ruggiero

The most unnerving foreign policy scare in recent weeks has been the war of insults between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

28th September 2017 - Quoted by Emily Stewart - The Street

Trump’s North Korea Bombast is Out of Sync with Gradual Sanctions Squeeze

Anthony Ruggiero

The president's bombastic rhetoric on North Korea is out of sync with the deliberate diplomatic measures being taken by the rest of his administration.

27th September 2017 - WLS

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray

David Adesnik

Dr. David Adesnik is the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies's Director of Research and handicaps the likelihood of war between the U.S. and North Korea.

27th September 2017 - Quoted by Michael Kern - Crypto Insider

With $9.7 trillion of untradeable coal, North Korea turns to bitcoin

Yaya J. Fanusie

Fresh off the news of North Korea claiming that the United States has declared war due to U.S. President Trump’s military positioning and contentious rhetoric, a September 11 report from FireEye has suggested that the DPRK may be mining something other than coal.

27th September 2017 - Quoted by John Kruzel - Politifact

Is North Korea the 4th most sanctioned nation?

Anthony Ruggiero

"(North Korea) is now the fifth or fourth most sanctioned nation," Gardner said, "meaning that we have a long ways to go to continue to ratchet up the economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea and the enablers of North Korea."

27th September 2017 - Quoted by Eunjung Cho and Jenny Lee - VOA News

Analyst: Latest US Sanctions on North Korea Will Result in Full Trade Embargo

Anthony Ruggiero

The latest executive order signed by President Donald Trump would, in effect, amount to a full trade and financial embargo, squeezing all the revenue channels North Korea maintains to finance its weapons programs, a former senior counterterrorism official said.

27th September 2017 - Quoted by Daniel Shane - CNN Money

Did China just break its promise not to buy North Korean coal?

Anthony Ruggiero

China unexpectedly started buying coal from North Korea again last month, raising questions about its commitment to cracking down on trade with Kim Jong Un's regime.

27th September 2017 - Quoted by Leo Byrne - NK News

Chinese coal imports from North Korea resumed in August

Anthony Ruggiero

Chinese trade numbers for August show the country imported a large quantity of coal in August, in possible breach of UN resolutions and the country’s own laws. Newly released figures the Beijing’s General Administration of Customs show imports of 1.6 million tonnes of DPRK coal valued at...

27th September 2017 - Hearst TV

Hearst TV

Anthony Ruggiero

FDD Senior Fellow Anthony Ruggiero discusses North Korea On Hearst TV.

26th September 2017 - Quoted by the Associated Press

New US sanctions hit 8 North Korean banks, 26 bank workers Associated Press

Anthony Ruggiero

New U.S. sanctions will punish eight North Korean banks and 26 bank workers living abroad, the Trump administration announced Tuesday, in the first use of new sanctioning powers granted by President Donald Trump.

26th September 2017 - Quoted by Josh Lederman - The Associated Press

Trump vows to ‘fix the mess’ as U.S. targets North Korea banks

Anthony Ruggiero

President Donald Trump vowed to "fix the mess" over North Korea's nuclear program but warned any U.S. military attack would be "devastating." The tough talk came as Trump's administration sought to turn up the economic pressure with new sanctions punishing North Korean banks and their...

25th September 2017 - Quoted by Dan Boylan and Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

North Korean hackers suspected of using bitcoin to undermine U.S. sanctions

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea may be turning to the shadowy internet currency bitcoin to get around increasingly intrusive U.S.-led sanctions barring its access to the world banking system and fund its missile and nuclear programs, financial experts warn.

25th September 2017 - Quoted by Debra J. Saunders - Las Vegas Review-Journal

Kim’s atrocities far outweigh Trump’s speech transgressions

Clifford D. May

President Donald Trump amped up the energy at the United Nations last week. In his maiden speech before the General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump called North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man,” and he threatened “to totally destroy” the hermit kingdom.

24th September 2017 - Fox News

Why Trump’s economic moves against North Korea may do more to tame Kim than any insult

Anthony Ruggiero

China’s announcement Saturday that it would halt exports of some petroleum products to North Korea and stop importing textiles from the rogue nation is just the latest evidence that President Trump’s campaign to put economic pressure on North Korea is beginning to pay dividends.

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