According to a congressional aide and an administration official, the Trump administration has requested an approximate 400% increase in the amount South Korea contributes to the maintenance of United States forces in Korea — the «Special Measures Agreement,» CNN reported on Thursday. (Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has refused to confirm this figure, simply saying, «we have asked for a significant increase in the cost-sharing for our deployed troops.») After last year’s talks ended with a one-year agreement, rather than the longer agreements successfully negotiated nine times starting in 1991, it was expected that the talks would be difficult — but this increase is not the start of a serious negotiation.… Seguir leyendo »
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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made remarks in Seoul Thursday that portend what seems to be a radical shift in US policy toward North Korea.
He said: «Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended.» Tillerson also eliminated the possibility of negotiating with North Korea before it has «given up its weapons of mass destruction,» and did not rule out military action if the US believes Pyongyang’s weapons program advances too far. Tillerson’s statements are not as radical as they seem, but there is still no visible coherent strategy for the region.
«Strategic patience» was the Obama-era policy toward North Korea.… Seguir leyendo »
Experts weigh in with their top three arguments on Britain’s so-called ‘Brexit’ vote: Why Britain should remain in the EU, why it should leave, and why America should care. The views expressed are their own.
Why it’s time for Brexit.
The vital issue at the heart of Brexit — whether Britain should exit the European Union — is simple. It’s not about money, trade, war, or immigration. It’s about democracy.
As long as Britain’s in the EU, it doesn’t govern itself. It doesn’t control its borders: The EU does that. It doesn’t make its own rules: The EU does that. Its laws can even be overturned by European judges.… Seguir leyendo »