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China urges U.S., North Korea to ‘hit the brakes’ on threats

“South Korean President Moon Jae-in, meanwhile, a liberal who favors diplomacy, urged North Korea to stop provocations and to commit to talks over its nuclear weapons program” writes Christopher Bodeen for sun-sentinel.com. “A resolution of the North Korea nuclear issue by military force is completely unacceptable and the peninsula’s nuclear issue must be peacefully resolved by political and diplomatic methods,” Lavrov was quoted as saying. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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The trio that pulled U.S. back from the nuclear brink

“What concessions is the United States willing to make to induce North Korea to consider ending, or at least freezing, its nuclear program?” writes Doyle Mcmanus for latimes.com. And if Kim won’t give up his weapons, as experts anticipate, is the United States ready to adopt a policy of “containment,” hoping to deter a nuclear North Korea from ever using them?. Come back in four years, and I’ll bet that’s where we are.” Still, containment’s better than a “hot” war, especially a hot nuclear war. Source: latimes.com Share This:

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China and North Korea’s worst nightmare is coming true with US missile defenses in South Korea

“In light of surging tensions between North Korea, its neighbors, and the US, South Korea has decided to deploy more powerful US missile defense batteries” writes Alex Lockie for businessinsider.sg. South Korean President Moon Jae In, who had initially been resistant to increased US missile defense deployments, requested talks on improving his country’s defensive posture in light of recent threats from North Korea. “They’re moving forward,” Col. Source: businessinsider.sg Share This:

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The Supreme Art of War on the Korean Peninsula: Regime …

“A strategy of regime change by targeting the mind of Kim Jong Un is far less costly than any direct military option” writes Jeffrey Lewis for foreignpolicy.com. Moreover, a strategy of regime change by targeting Kim’s mind does not require Chinese and South Korean cooperation, although such cooperation would certainly be helpful.While the U.S. goal of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula is a valid strategic goal, nearly everything the U.S. does strengthens Kim’s strategy of regime preservation. Source: foreignpolicy.com Share This:

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Will Japan’s haven status hold up amid North Korean tensions?

“The South Korean won USDKRW, -0.14% would, of course, suffer in case of a war as the nation would face physical confrontations along its Northern border” writes Anneken Tappe for marketwatch.com. The relationship between the Japanese currency and risk aversion is based on Japan’s so-called current accounts — a broad gauge of the country’s trade in goods and services, including employee wages and income from investments. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Gold sinks for second straight day as North Korea backs off Guam threat

“December gold GCZ7, -1.33% declined $10.30, or 0.8%, to $1,280.10 an ounce, after settling down 0.3% on Monday” writes Mark Decambre for marketwatch.com. An easement between the nations, however, has resulted in gold giving back some those recent gains.That testy dynamic had helped to weigh on stocks and support gains in assets considered havens, including gold and 10-year Treasury notes TMUBMUSD10Y, +2.48% .A stronger buck can make commodities pegged to the dollar more expensive to buyers using weaker monetary units. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Korean leaders, US signal turn to diplomacy amid crisis

“The tentative interest in diplomacy follows unusually combative threats between President Donald Trump and North Korea amid worries that Pyongyang is nearing its long-sought goal of accurately being able to send a nuclear missile to the U.S. mainland” writes Foster Klug for thebostonchannel.com. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, meanwhile, a liberal who favors engagement with the North, urged North Korea to stop provocations and to commit to talks over its nuclear weapons program. Source: thebostonchannel.com Share This:

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U.S. stocks eye opening gains as North Korea pulls back on Guam threat

“Other markets: Stocks in Asia closed mostly higher, while European markets marched higher on continued North Korea relief” writes Markets Reporter for marketwatch.com. The gains come after an upbeat close on Monday, when the S&P 500 index SPX, +1.00%  gained 1% for the first time in three months as the verbal standoff between the U.S. and North Korea cooled off. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Kim Jong-un briefed on North Korea plan to attack Guam

“The state-run news agency said Mr Kim would watch the actions of the United States for a while longer before making a decision” writes Barney Henderson for telegraph.co.uk. “The United States, which was the first to bring numerous strategic nuclear equipment near us, should first make the right decision and show through actions if they wish to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and prevent a dangerous military clash,” Mr Kim was cited as saying. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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The problem with North Korea is China

“Yet American policy towards North Korea continues to operate as if North Korea is not China’s proxy” writes Chuck Devore for washingtonexaminer.com. Second, enact economic sanctions on China to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear program.First, announce that any North Korean nuclear strike will be treated as a nuclear strike from China. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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