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North Korea threat looms over US envoy Tillerson's Asia trip
By MSN News March 15, 2017 @ 8:39amClick here to read more
On his first trip to Asia as top U.S. diplomat, Rex Tillerson wants to forge cooperation with Japan, South Korea and China against the nuclear threat from North Korea and demonstrate "America First" does not mean a U.S. diplomatic retreat from the volatile region.
Tillerson will find shared anxiety at the North's saber-rattling but less agreement about how to deal with it, and unresolved questions about how the United States and China, the world's two largest economies, can manage growing differences.
Russia reacts to steep drop in oil prices
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF March 15, 2017 @ 8:11amClick here to read more
The dramatic drop in crude oil prices is in large part because of "aggressive" output in the United States, but OPEC still factors in, a Russian minister said.
Crude oil prices declined 5 percent Wednesday after a federal U.S. report revealed dramatic gains in crude oil storage and production levels. The U.S. shale oil boom that evolved over the last decade put negative pressure on crude oil prices, leading to an ultimate plunge below $30 per barrel last year. That compared with a period three years ago where oil above $100 per barrel was relatively common.
China Anxious About Trade War With US
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF March 15, 2017 @ 8:09amClick here to read more
China is warning about the possible impact of a trade war with the United States, even as the world’s two biggest economies take steps to map out relations under the administration of President Donald Trump.
Speaking at an annual news conference Wednesday, at the end of high-level political meetings in Beijing, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang talked up the benefits of good relations between the two countries. He said he was optimistic about ties, but also warned a trade war would hurt American businesses first.
In Mosul, a heavy but not crushing blow to Islamic State
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF March 14, 2017 @ 8:43amClick here to read more
Iraqi troops have surrounded western Mosul and military leaders vow it's only a matter of time until they crush the last major stand of the Islamic State group in Iraq. But the militants are positioning themselves to defend the remains of its so-called "caliphate" in Syria and wage an insurgent campaign in Iraq.
The extremists are carrying out what looks like an organized, fighting withdrawal: a core of fighters is holding out in the city using hundreds of thousands of civilians as shields, tying down and bleeding the Iraqi military in urban combat.
U.S. Moves Attack Drones to South Korea
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF March 14, 2017 @ 8:39amClick here to read more
The U. S. is moving attack drones to South Korea, the military says, amid continuing concerns about North Korean missile tests.
The Gray Eagle unmanned aerial systems will be permanently stationed at Kunsan Air Base, 112 miles south of Seoul, United States Forces Korea spokesman Christopher Bush said in a statement, first reported by Stars and Stripes, a military newspaper.