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North Korea says it launched missile that can carry nuclear warhead

Monday North Korea said hat the medium-range strategic missile it tested over the weekend is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The communist dictatorship’s official Korean Central News Agency said the Hwasong-12, launched early Sunday Korea time, was “capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead.” Continue reading →

POLITICS McConnell thinks Garland as FBI director ‘fantastic idea,’ ex-adviser says

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is behind the idea of Judge Merrick Garland, whose Supreme Court nomination McConnell squashed, becoming the next FBI director, a former adviser to the Kentucky senator said Sunday. Continue reading →

Rep. Peter King: Hillary Has More Links With Russia Than Trump

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said there are “probably more evidence of links” between Russia and the Hillary Clinton campaign than there are with President Trump.”There is probably more evidence of links between Russia and the Clinton campaign than anyone even could imagine between Russia and people involved in the Trump campaign,” Rep. King told Sunday’s “The Cats Roundtable.”

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Rep. King added there is “no basis” for the narrative against President Trump, pointing to past connections of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, which also do not prove any collusion.

“If you are going to be accusing the president of the United States of treason, you better know what you are talking about,” Rep. King told host John Catsimatidis. “So far, none of these people know what they are talking about.”

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King admitted there is sometimes business done with Russia, but it does not mean there is any influencing of policy in Washington.

“I am not aware of any evidence whatsoever of any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia or between Russia and the Trump campaign,” King said.

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King said President Trump, despite the narratives of being tied to Russia, is going to hold Russia’s Vladimir Putin accountable when they meet, which has been reported will happen in July.

“Putin, whether it’s the Ukraine, whether it’s Syria, whether it’s flying jets too close to United States, Putin has to realize he cannot be getting away with this, and that Donald Trump is very serious about standing up to Russia, which I am convinced he is,” King said.

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Trump Calls for Tougher Sanctions After NKorea Missile Launch

President Donald Trump called for tougher sanctions against North Korea after it test-fired a ballistic missile Sunday in an apparent attempt to test the South’s new liberal president and the US.

“Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea,” the White House said in a brief statement.

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Before landing in the Sea of Japan the missile flew more than 700 kilometres (435 miles). It impacted “so close to Russian soil … the president cannot imagine that Russia is pleased”, the White House said, adding that North Korea “has been a flagrant menace for far too long”.

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Russia’s defence ministry later said the missile landed about 500 km from its border and posed no threat.

Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, had phone conversations with his counterparts in Japan and South Korea to discuss the situation.

China, which has been under growing US pressure to help rein in the nuclear-armed North, called for restraint.

“All relevant parties should exercise restraint and refrain from further aggravating tensions in the region,” the foreign ministry said.

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Multiple sets of UN and US sanctions against North Korea have done little to deter it from pursuing its nuclear and missile ambitions.

Before the missile test, the US Treasury said it was considering “every tool in our arsenal” to cut off sources of international financing for illegal activities in the North.

Trump has threatened military action but recently appeared to have softened his stance, saying he would be “honoured” to meet leader Kim Jong-Un under the right conditions.

New South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who was inaugurated on Wednesday, has also been conciliatory. But he slammed the missile test as a “reckless provocation” after holding an emergency meeting with national security advisers.

Moon said Seoul strongly condemned this “grave challenge to the peace and security of the Korean peninsula and the international community”, according to his spokesman Yoon Young-Chan.

Moon, unlike his conservative predecessors, advocates reconciliation with Pyongyang but warned Sunday that dialogue would be possible “only if the North changes its attitude”.

Moon had said in his inauguration speech that he was willing to visit Pyongyang “in the right circumstances” to ease tensions.

The North itself would be willing to hold talks with the US if the conditions are right, according to Choe Son-Hui, a senior official at the North’s foreign ministry, on Saturday.

“The North is apparently trying to test Moon and see how his North Korea policy as well as policy coordination between the South and the US will take shape,” said Yang Moo-Jin, professor at the University of North Korea Studies in Seoul.

The launch was also aimed at “maximising the North’s political leverage” ahead of possible negotiations with the US, as Pyongyang and Washington both recently signalled they were open to talks, he added.

“The North wants to show before negotiations that their precious, powerful weapon is not something they would give up so easily,” Yang said.

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The missile test is likely to embarrass Beijing, which was hosting an international summit Sunday to promote its ambitious global trade infrastructure project.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping discussed the Korean situation on the sidelines of the meeting and “both parties expressed their concern over the escalation of tensions”, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

China, the isolated North’s sole major ally and economic lifeline, has been reluctant to upset the status quo in Pyongyang and risk an influx of refugees from its neighbour.

The latest test was the North’s first launch since a controversial US missile defence system deployed in the South became operational on May 2. It follows a failed April 29 ballistic missile test by Pyongyang.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slammed the latest launch as “totally unacceptable” and a “grave threat” to Tokyo.

The North has staged two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the start of last year in its quest to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the US mainland.

The US Pacific Command said Sunday’s launch did not appear to be an ICBM.

Yang said however it showed “fast progress” in Pyongyang’s missile capability.

The missile was fired from a site near the northwestern city of Kusong. A previous test at the same site in February sent a missile 500 kilometres, far less than Sunday’s launch.

Ransomware cyber-attack threat escalating – Europe

Europol chief Rob Wainwright says Friday’s cyber-attack has affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries. He told the BBC the act was “unprecedented in its scale” and warned more people could find themselves affected on Monday morning. Continue reading →

ICE agents seeking child at New York City school barred from entering

Saturday officials said ICE agents searching for a 4-year-old were turned away from a New York City school after they failed to show a warrant. The incident took place at Public School 58 in Queens and months after the city ordered teachers to prohibit immigration officers from entering school grounds without warrants. Continue reading →

Russian fighter jet comes within 20 feet of US Navy aircraft, official says

Tuesday an armed Russian fighter jet flew alarmingly close to a U.S. Navy reconnaissance aircraft flying in the Black Sea just one day before Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Washington. Continue reading →

Trump administration praises deal expanding trade with China

Thursday the White House said that the U.S. and China have reached an agreement on trade polices related to beef, poultry and natural gas that are expected to increase American exports. Continue reading →

Comey tossed ‘stick of dynamite’ into the DOJ, says White House

Hey folks, Comey was an Obama plant, get over it, Trump just drained the swamp. Wednesday the White House defended President Trump’s decision to fire James Comey, saying the former FBI director threw a “stick of dynamite” into the Department of Justice, and committed “atrocities” in his handling of the Clinton email saga. Continue reading →

Nigeria schoolgirls: Parents of freed Chibok girls still wait to see them

The parents of 82 school girls who were released last weekend by Boko Haram said Wednesday they still were awaiting word from the government on when they will be able to see their daughters. Continue reading →