Donald Trump devoted a significant portion of his U.N. General Assembly remarks to North Korea’s nuclear and missile developments. Here are four things he told us (and didn’t). 1) The Trump administration really wants us to know that it does not believe North Korea can be deterred. In recent weeks, top administration officials have suggested that […]
In international security, there is no area where careful signaling is more important than with nuclear weapons. Precisely because nuclear weapons have not been used since 1945 and only would be in the gravest of circumstances, nuclear declaratory policy — the official statements that describe the conditions under which the United States might use nuclear […]
President Trump is making news for saying that North Korea will be “met with fire and fury and, frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.” Members of Congress — including hawks like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — quickly criticized Trump’s comments, as did many other observers, while stock markets dived. The disconnect […]
My colleague, Joe Cunningham, posted on a report that North Korea has successfully miniaturized a nuclear weapon. This is one of three measurable engineering and manufacturing tasks that North Korea needs to accomplish in order to be able to say it has a nuclear weapon: demonstrate a viable ICBM; demonstrate it can make a nuke small enough to be carried by the ICBM; and demonstrate | Read More »
On July 7, the United Nations adopted the first treaty imposing a total ban on nuclear weapons. This Nuclear Prohibition Treaty covers all aspects of nuclear weapons, including their use and threat of use, testing, development, possession, sharing and stationing in a different country. It provides a pathway for countries with nuclear weapons to […]
President Trump raised eyebrows in late April with a phone call to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte — and an invitation for Duterte to visit the White House. After Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said that these were necessary steps to pressure North Korea, commenters and former officials were quick to dismiss his explanation. These dismissals […]
The New York Times reported last week that the Obama administration initiated, and the Trump administration inherited, a covert action program to “remotely manipulate data inside North Korea’s missile systems.” The idea here is straightforward. Instead of just relying on antimissile systems, like the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD), which are designed to intercept […]
On Jan. 2, then President-elect Donald Trump tweeted a promise that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would not be allowed to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile armed with a nuclear bomb. In a second tweet, Trump complained that China “won’t help with North Korea.” On Feb. 12, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) […]
This is a preview of the next four years. It is Bush in 2001 but with steroids and lots of PCP.
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Trump is not Reagan, but here are echoes of Reagan during the 1980 campaign in Trump’s tweet on nuclear policy
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