Email By Micheline Maynard Posted December 05, 2019 13:44:10 Video: Trump responded to Macron's statement saying 'nobody needs NATO more than France' (ABC News) Related Story: Trump criticises 'two-faced' Trudeau after Canadian PM caught mocking US President on camera Related Story: Trump hits out at Macron over NATO criticism, says he can't 'go around making statements like that' Related Story: NATO is suffering from a 'brain death' — the EU is the cure, says Emmanuel Macron Related Story: Donald Trump refuses to attend his own impeachment hearing Map: United States Since the end of World War II, America had a loyal set of allies.Canada, one of its two closest neighbours and largest trading partner. Britain, with which it enjoyed the heralded special relationship.And France, whose Marquis de Lafayette was instrumental in the American Revolution of the late 1700s.Who could have anticipated that an American president would have been the subject of mocking among … [Read more...] about For Donald Trump, the line between allies and foes is fuzzier than ever
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The top military commander of North Korea’s armed forces on Wednesday warned Pyongyang will answer with “prompt corresponding actions at any level” to military aggression by the United States, in a rare commentary highlighting the rift between the two countries as the end of the year draws near. Pak Jong-chon, chief of the General Staff of the North’s Korean People’s Army, said in an English-language statement that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was “displeased to hear” remarks from U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday saying he was prepared to use military force against Pyongyang if he had to. Claiming the United States had recently shown “unusual military moves targeting” the North that prompted it to raise its alertness, Pak said Trump’s comment, though it had preconditions, “greatly disappointed” him and undermined the close relationship shared by the two leaders that currently stood as the “only … [Read more...] about North threatens retaliations on U.S.
"I think that North Korea also understands that if they were foolish enough to act aggressively, that there would be a very strong response from the alliance as a whole," Heino Klinck, deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia, warned on Wednesday (local time) regarding North Korea’s series of threatening statement against the U.S. He also mentioned the possibility that the entity in charge of policies toward North Korea, which is currently the State Department, may be replaced with the Pentagon or another department.Klinck said North Korea understands the current situation on Wednesday at a conference hosted by the Korea-U.S. Alliance Foundation discussing a transfer of wartime operational control in Washington D.C. “The military option was never taken off the table,” Klinck answered in response to a question asking his thoughts on President Donald Trump’s comment on “using military power against North Korea, if necessary,” he added. … [Read more...] about ‘Military option against N. Korea was never taken off the table,’ says U.S. official
The Pyongyang Times, the weekly voice of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is full of patriotism, some anti-US propaganda and the country’s achievements in industry and science. At least it was more so — even up until two months ago. The state-owned newspaper is the foreign language edition of the Pyongyang Sinmun. While North Korean elites are able to read it, there’s no doubt who its intended audience is — the West. The pages are filled with details from KCNA, the official mouthpiece of the regime, and reflect the view of ruling elite. While a March edition features some anti-US and Japanese propaganda, today’s edition features the country’s leader with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang. The two met on May 9. Mr Pompeo and Kim meet on May 9. Picture: KCNA vis KNS/AFPSource:AFP “Mike Pompeo expressed gratitude to Kim Jong-un for taking time to see him, saying that his visit is designed to personally convey the … [Read more...] about The Pyongyang Times: Inside the mouthpiece of Kim Jong-un
Video PlayerClose PYONGYANG, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Choe Son Hui, first vice foreign minister of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), expressed displeasure on Thursday over U.S. President Donald Trump's recent remarks on the possible use of force against Pyongyang. In a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, Choe said the phrase "use of military force" against the DPRK by the president a few days ago has created a great splash worldwide, arousing concerns. Trump said on Tuesday in London while attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organization meeting that the United States has "the most powerful military" and "hopefully, we don't have to use it" as well as "If we have to, we'll do it," in apparent reference to the DPRK. Choe said the Foreign Ministry could not "repress displeasure over the utterances made by President Trump inappropriately at the most sensitive time." "This has prompted the waves of hatred of our people against the U.S. and the Americans … [Read more...] about DPRK expresses displeasure over Trump’s remarks on military threat