North Korea: Has Trump Rejected Diplomacy and Does It Matter?

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by Tim Shorrock Korea watchers were offered a glimmer of hope in a front page, above-the-fold story in last Sunday’s New York Times. According to David Sanger’s reporting from Beijing, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in “direct communications” with… Continue Reading  

China Is Not the Answer to North Korea

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by Tim Shorrock From President Trump to Capitol Hill, there is only way short of war to stop North Korea’s from becoming a nuclear-armed ICBM State: Let China Do It. Even after Pyongyang proved last week that its long-range rocketry… Continue Reading  

Why Feinberg and Prince Are Offensive

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by David Isenberg According to a July 10 New York Times article, Steve Bannon has relied on advice from Erik Prince, co-founder of storied private security firm Blackwater, and Stephen A. Feinberg, a private equity billionaire financier who owns the… Continue Reading  

The Coming Showdown in Okinawa

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by Tim Shorrock Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga arrived at the National Press Club last Friday to address the media after spending three days in Washington talking about his opposition to a new U.S. Marine base on the island. What might… Continue Reading  

Congress and North Korea: Diplomacy Not on the Table

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by Tim Shorrock The first Senate hearing on North Korea since President Trump came to office reveals a Congress bereft of any ideas except regime change. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee appears to be torn between sanctions that haven’t worked… Continue Reading