Daniel R. DePetris Security, Asia If tensions between the United States and North Korea bubbled up to the surface circa 2017, would Trump consider the option to take out a member of the North’s senior military or political leadership? Would one of those targets be Kim Jong-un himself? The missile strike happened in the dead of night, when millions of Iraqis were either sleeping or retiring for the evening. The plane carrying Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani touched down at Baghdad...The National Interest
Facebook/Donald Trump President Trump has claimed Mark Zuckerberg told him he was "number one on Facebook" when the two "had dinner the other day." Trump dialled into conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh's eponymous radio show on Monday, where he discussed his social media reach, as well as the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, who he described as "a terrorist." Zuckerberg and Trump have met on multiple occasions previously, both publicly and privately. The Facebook CEO refused to...Business Insider
U.S. President Donald Trump sent a happy birthday message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea's national security adviser Chung Eui-Yong said on Friday.IN
U.S. President Donald Trump sent a happy birthday message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea's national security adviser Chung Eui-Yong said on Friday.U.S.
Robert E. Kelly Security, Asia The years of Trumpian hijinks have demonstrated just how limited are the options really are. There has been much focus on U.S. President Donald Trump’s travails with North Korea. Despite initiating a historically unprecedented outreach to North Korea – including both the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korea supreme leader and a first sitting U.S. president actually stepping into North Korea – Trump has achieved little...The National Interest
The Trump administration has reached out to North Korea in hopes of resuming denuclearization talks, a report said. National security adviser Robert O’Brien told Axios that the administration “reached out to the North Koreans and let them know that we would like to continue the negotiations in Stockholm that were last undertaken in early October.”New York Post
Ron Huisken Security, Asia The essence of the Korean story—how it originated and evolved since World War II—has been utterly distorted. US President Donald Trump’s hope that the Korea question—particularly the part about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities—could be resolved by the sheer force of personality has been confirmed as a fantasy. The best that can be said of his meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore in June 2018, Hanoi in February 2019 and Panmunjom in June 2019...The National Interest