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Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

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How Little We Know About North Korea

Published by: John Bolton

Although North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has allegedly reappeared after disappearing from public view for six weeks, we still can’t explain his absence. Was he gravely ill, facing a possible coup or enmeshed in something far more exotic? One theory is as good as the next for assessing what actually happens inside North Korea. But the real issue for the U.S., South Korea and Japan is what Kim’s absence (or a future one) portends for Pyongyang’s steadily progressing nuclear-weapons program.

Right now the U.S. does not seem to be paying attention. North Korea has conducted two of its three nuclear tests during the Barack Obama presidency. Rumors of a fourth circulate constantly. Yet the White House has no apparent strategy, diplomatic or otherwise, to restrain Pyongyang’s continuing enrichment and weaponization activities. Nor is there a plan for dealing with its menacing ballistic-missile program, intended to provide delivery vehicles to reach targets world-wide, most notably in the U.S.

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US, S. Korea Delay Transfer of Wartime Forces Control

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

The United States has agreed to an indefinite delay in handing over wartime control of troops on the Korean peninsula to South Korea. The U.S. has held wartime authority over South Korean troops since the Korean War in the early 1950s. A transfer of authority had been scheduled for next year.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Thursday welcomed South Korean Defense Minister Han Min Koo to the Pentagon, where the two signed an agreement outlining a conditions-based process for transferring wartime control of forces in South Korea to the South Korean military in the future.

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Erdogan: Free Syrian Army to Join Kurds in Kobani Battle

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

Turkey's president says Syrian Kurds and Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters are joining forces to defend the city of Kobani from Islamic State militants.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on Friday that Kurdish militia forces are finalizing how the Western-backed, moderate rebel group will get 1,300 troops to Syria's northern border with Turkey.

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Boko Haram cease-fire hopes fade as militant group grabs more girls

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

Anywhere between 20 and 70 girls and women have been abducted by Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria. The abductions come just days after a truce was announced out of secret talks between the Nigerian government and the extremist group, according to reports.

Those talks took place in Chad this week and may still be going on, according to Reuters. But the new kidnappings are dashing some hopes, raised by the Goodluck Jonathan administration in Nigeria several days ago, that Boko Haram insurgents are on the verge of releasing some 200 to 300 schoolgirls abducted more than six months ago, as part of the current talks.

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US increases security following Canada shooting

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

The military increased security Wednesday at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery after fatal shootings at a Canadian war memorial and Parliament, even though the FBI and the Homeland Security Department said there was no specific threat against the U.S.

President Barack Obama condemned the shootings in Canada as "outrageous acts."

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Chill in Russia-Ukraine gas talks threatens Europe's winter supplies

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

Ukraine and Russia are still deadlocked in a long-running dispute over natural gas supplies, raising concerns across Europe that Russian gas supplies could be insufficient to heat homes this winter. 

Russia said it would only resume gas flows to Ukraine once the government in Kiev settled its debts and agreed to new terms for future deliveries. But Ukraine – with its economy in tatters after a political crisis followed by a separatist uprising by pro-Russian rebels – said it couldn’t afford to pay without assistance from the European Union.

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