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August 14, 2017
Trump boasts of US nuclear arsenal in new NKorea warning
Washington (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
President Donald Trump on Wednesday ratcheted up his war of words with North Korea, declaring that America's nuclear arsenal was "more powerful than ever" - even as his team insisted there was no imminent threat of danger. Hours after putting Pyongyang on notice that it faced "fire and fury" over its weapons and ballistic missile programs, Trump took to Twitter to issue another stark warning. But after North Korea said it was considering a missile strike near the US Pacific territory of Guam, T ... read more

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The crisis over North Korea's nuclear program deepened Thursday when US President Donald Trump underscored his threat to rain "fire and fury" on Kim Jong-Un's regime by saying his apocalyptic warning perhaps "wasn't tough enough." ... more
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Trump warns North Korea of 'fire and fury'
President Donald Trump issued an apocalyptic warning to North Korea on Tuesday, saying it faces "fire and fury" over its missile program, hours after US media reported Pyongyang has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead. ... more
Iranian drone buzzes US naval jet in Gulf: US
An Iranian drone flew within 100 feet (30 meters) of a US Naval jet Tuesday as the American plane was trying to land on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf, the Navy said. ... more
N. Korea has produced miniaturized nuke warhead: US media
North Korea has produced a nuclear warhead small enough to fit inside its missiles, US media reported Tuesday, marking a major development sure to further inflame already sky-high tensions. ... more
S. Korea seeks rare talks with North to ease military tensions
South Korea on Monday offered to hold rare military talks with North Korea, aiming to ease tensions after Pyongyang tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile. ... more
Trump keeps Iran deal, but threatens more sanctions
Donald Trump has backed away from a campaign promise to scrap a major nuclear security deal with Iran, with officials announcing the agreement and related sanctions relief will stay in place for now. ... more
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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned North Korea Wednesday that it would be "grossly" outmatched in any conflict with the US, telling Pyongyang to stop considering any action that risked "the destruction of its people". ... more

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N. Korea threatens missile strike near US territory Guam: KCNA
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China holds wargames as North Korea tensions spike
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North Korea defiant after new sanctions, rejects talks
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