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Trump’s possible logic on North Korea

One reason individuals support their police is so they don’t have to own a gun. Police are the preferred night watchmen of safety. Yet if some neighbors start to buy guns, the police look less reliable. And more people then buy guns. That same logic may be at play in Northeast Asia.

As North Korea moves to own more nuclear weapons and missiles, will Japan and South Korea seek nuclear weapons rather than rely on the United States – as the preferred cop on the beat – with its deterrence threat of nuclear retaliation?

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For decades, many allies of the US have trusted its nuclear “umbrella” enough not to develop their own atomic arsenal. This has helped curb the proliferation of nuclear weapons, helping to keep the world safe from a devastating type of warfare. But the North Korea crisis could change this key aspect of the global order. If a major country like Japan, despite its deep and constitutional commitment to pacifism, ever feels the need to go nuclear, what will stop other countries from doing the same?

It is in this moral context that the world must watch what President Trump, along with China, is doing about North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

Despite Mr. Trump’s rhetoric about “America first” and his mixed signals about honoring defense commitments to allies, he so far seems engaged in finding ways to restrain North Korea. He will brief all 100 US senators on North Korea in an unusual summit on Wednesday. And he met with United Nations Security Council members on Monday.

“Whether we want to talk about it or not, North Korea is a big-world problem, and it’s a problem we have to finally solve,” he said. That is not the rhetoric of someone who believes in retrenchment from America’s unique role in nuclear deterrence.

Among all Americans, Trump has the strongest backing from his core supporters in dealing with this issue. According to a 2016 survey by the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, 68 percent of those supporters see a “critical threat” in the possibility of unfriendly countries becoming nuclear powers. That percentage is higher than for Republicans in general and Democrats. And their strong support is in contrast to their lukewarm support – only 51 percent – for the US to take an active role in world affairs.

Trump’s real strategy toward North Korea remains uncertain. He has suggested negotiations, putting pressure on China, and beefing up missile defenses in the region. And his aides say a military strike on the North’s nuclear facilities is one option. “I don’t have to tell you what I’m going to do in North Korea,” he says. “You know why? Because they shouldn’t know.”

At the least, however, he is engaged, holding fast to a logic that nuclear proliferation is not a moral course for the world.

USA and China pledge to ratify Paris climate deal this year

Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli signs the Paris Agreement on climate change at United Nations Headquarters in New York
Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli signs the Paris Agreement on climate change at United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, U.S., April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

  UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – China and the United States, the world’s top producers of greenhouse gas emissions, pledged on Friday to formally adopt by the end of the year a Paris deal to slow global warming, raising the prospects … read more

US discusses with Turkey to moderate Syrian opposition to push IS

Willy-Nilly Partnership - USA VP Biden trip to Turkey with Hidden Agenda

US officials are discussing with the Turkish military and government how the moderate Syrian opposition can push Islamic State farther east in Syria, Washington’s ambassador to Ankara says. “We have had some progress in recent weeks as these groups pushed … read more

The Pentagon plans to transfer Guantanamo prisoners to other countries

Marines at Camp X-Ray at the Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba escort a newly arriving detainee into a processing tent after being showered in this February 7, 2002 file photo.   REUTERS/Marc Serota/Files

The Pentagon plans to transfer about a dozen inmates of the Guantanamo military prison to at least two countries that have agreed to take them, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, the latest move in President Barack Obama’s final push … read more

At least Seven injured after Tornadoes in Oklahoma

A tornado touches down in Tulsa, Okla. (AP)

At least seven people were injured after severe storms spawned several tornadoes across northeastern Oklahoma Wednesday night, authorities said. The City of Tulsa said in a statement that several roads were closed and police and fire crews were scouring the … read more

Trump, Abortion Foe, Eyes ‘Punishment’ for Women

Trump, Abortion Foe, Eyes ‘Punishment’ for Women

  Donald J. Trump said on Wednesday that women who seek abortions should be subject to “some form of punishment” if the procedure is banned in the United States, further elevating Republican concerns that his explosive remarks about women could … read more

The Bulgarian govt angrily dismissed a U.S. Embassy warning

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SOFIA (Reuters) – The Bulgarian government on Thursday angrily dismissed a U.S. Embassy warning to its citizens to avoid a busy transport hub in the capital because of a potential threat against buses. Shortly afterwards, the embassy said it had … read more

“A new day between our two countries”- US President Obama on historic Cuba

BREAKING: Obama says he had frank and candid discussion with Castro about democracy and human rights. Havana (AFP) – On a landmark visit to Havana, US President Barack Obama on Monday hailed a “new day” — a “nuevo dia” — … read more

Anti-Trump movement escalates with large protests in Arizona, NYC

Caitlin Dickson Breaking News Reporter Donald Trump supporters point and scream at an anti-Trump demonstrator during a campaign rally in Fountain Hills, Ariz., March 19, 2016. (Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/Reuters)  For months, anti-Trump protesters have been a constant fixture at the Republican … read more