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Trump plans to declare that Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest

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President Trump plans to announce next week that he will “decertify” the international nuclear deal with Iran, saying it is not in the national interest of the United States and kicking the issue to a reluctant Congress, people briefed on an emerging White House strategy for Iran. The White House would not confirm plans for a speech or its contents. Trump faces an Oct. 15 deadline to report to Congress on whether Iran is complying with the agreement and whether he judges the deal to be in the U.S. national interest

 

North Korea: Trump has declared war on our country

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After the U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter that North Korea “won’t be around much longer”, the reclusive nuclear nation has now fired back. North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said: “Last weekend Trump claimed that our leadership wouldn’t be around much longer and declared a war on our country. Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make all self-defensive countermeasures, including the right to shoot down the United States strategic bombers at any time even when they are not yet inside the aerospace border of our country”. He added, “The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country” rump took on Twitter to respond to Ri Yong remarks and said, “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!”. Pyongyang called Trump’s comments an “intolerable insult to the Korean people, a declaration of war against the DPRK and grave threats to the global peace”. The letter published by KCNA read, “If Trump thinks that he would bring the DPRK, a nuclear power to its knees through nuclear war threat, it is a big miscalculation and ignorance”.

Trump slams new travel restrictions on 8 countries

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The Trump administration has unveiled new travel restrictions on certain foreigners from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.The new restrictions on travel vary by country. “Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet”, President Donald Trump tweeted after his administration released the details of the restrictions Sunday night.In a statement, the White House called the new restrictions a “critical step toward establishing an immigration system that protects Americans’ safety and security in an era of dangerous terrorism and transnational crime”. “We cannot afford to continue the failed policies of the past, which present an unacceptable danger to our country,” Trump was quoted as saying.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement that with the new restrictions, “the President is carrying out his duty to protect the American people”.

Trump-North Korea battle intensifies further

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As the war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
intensifies, threatening to turn into an actual war – the region is bracing for more tensions. According to analysts,
the escalation in rhetoric is increasing the risk of a miscalculation by one side or the other that could have
massive repercussions. On Sunday morning, Pyongyang staged a major anti-U.S. rally, with the country’s state-
run television KRT airing a video showing tens of thousands of people attending a rally at Kim Il Sung square in
the capital. KCNA news agency said more than 100,000 people gathered for the rally on Saturday and delivered
speeches supporting comments made by Kim Jong Un earlier in the week. The North would consider the highest
level of hard-line countermeasure in history, against the United States and that Trump’s comments had
confirmed his nuclear programme was the correct path.

3,000 additional US troops on their way to Afghanistan

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More than 3,000 additional US troops are on their way to Afghanistan in line with President Donald Trump’s new strategy, media reports said on Tuesday. Defense Secretary James Mattis told a news conference at the Pentagon he had signed the order to send more troops to the war-torn country at the end of last month. Mattis did not give precise numbers but said he was sending “over 3,000” troops to Afghanistan. Some 11,000 American forces are already stationed in the country. ‘Most of them are on their way or under orders now,’ Mattis said, ‘and I’d prefer not to give any more information that helps the enemy.’ Top military brass at the Pentagon have been calling the current situation in Afghanistan a ‘stalemate,’ and asking for more troops. The decision to send in more troops caps President Donald Trump’s change of heart on how to deal with the Afghanistan conflict, America’s longest war. Before his election last year, candidate Trump had routinely called for a full U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

As North Korea threat looms, Trump to address world leaders at UN

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North Korean diplomats will have a front-row seat in the UN General Assembly for Trump’s speech on Tuesday morning, which will touch on the escalating crisis that has seen Trump and Pyongyang trade threats of military action. Trump will seek support for tough measures against North Korea, while pressing his “America First” message to the world body. Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said on Friday: “This is not an issue between the United States and North Korea. This is an issue between the world and North Korea”.  UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: “The solution can only be political. Military action could cause devastation on a scale that would take generations to overcome”. US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said UN sanctions had banned 90 percent of the Asian state’s publicly reported exports, saying of Pyongyang on Friday: “This is totally in their hands on how they respond”.

Ghani off to US to attend UN General Assembly and meet President Trump

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President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani left for the United States on an official visit to participate in the UN General Assembly and meet his US counterpart President Donald Trump. A spokesman for the Presidential Office Dawa Khan Meenapal confirmed the scheduled meeting between President Ghani and President Trump. Speaking to reporters in Kabul, Meenapal said Sunday that the President and his American counterpart will hold talks on peace and security situation of Afghanistan. This will be the first meeting to be held between President Ghani and President Trump after the announcement of the new US strategy for Afghanistan and the South Asia.

C.I.A. Wants Authority to Conduct Drone Strikes in Afghanistan for the First Time

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The C.I.A. is pushing for expanded powers to carry out covert drone strikes in Afghanistan and other active war zones a proposal that the White House appears to favor despite the misgivings of some at the Pentagon, according to current and former intelligence and military officials. If approved by President Trump, it would mark the first time the C.I.A. has had such powers in Afghanistan, expanding beyond its existing authority to carry out covert strikes against Al Qaeda and other terrorist targets across the border in Pakistan.

North Korea, Paris: EU missiles target. Putin against sanctions

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Mrs Florance Parly, France Defense Minister, stated that Nord Korean missiles could reach Europe earlier than expected. President Trump tweeted that he’s allowing Japan and South Korea to buy highly sophisticated military equipment from USA. Meanwhile it seems that an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is being placed on the west coast in North Korea. Seul’s intelligence, pin down as a possible date for new North Korean’s nuclear test the 9th of September Foundation’s anniversary, or the 10th of October, Worker’s Party of Korea’s birth date. UN security Council evaluate the possibility to apply new sanctions. Mrs. Nikki Haley, US ambassador for UN, said: “We have to adopt the strongest possible measures” and added: “his action show’s begging for war”. Even Angela Merkel stated that North Korean’s action are a clear violation of the convention and that stronger sanctions are necessary, and that there’s only a solution to this conflict and that solution must be a diplomatic one.

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