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Trump says North Korea sanctions to remain ‘in full force and effect’ until U.S. sees ‘very positive’ results
Japan Times

Trump, Kim Likely to Choose Hanoi for Second Summit, Report Says
Bloomberg

Where Warren stands on top defense issues
The Hill

East Asia

Trump says North Korea sanctions to remain ‘in full force and effect’ until U.S. sees ‘very positive’ results
Japan Times1/7/19
In comments ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s planned second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump said Sunday that crippling sanctions imposed on nuclear-armed North Korea will remain “in full force and effect” until the United States sees “very positive” results. Trump said that discussions on the location of the next summit are underway and that further details will be announced soon.

Trump, Kim Likely to Choose Hanoi for Second Summit, Report Says
Bloomberg1/7/19
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could meet in Vietnam’s capital for their second summit on Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions, the South Korean newspaper Munhwa Ilbo said. Denuclearization talks have sputtered since Trump and Kim held an unprecedented June meeting in Singapore, with Washington and Pyongyang each calling on the other to take action.

N. Korea will never give up nuclear arsenal: ex-U.S. intel chief
Yonhap News1/5/19
North Korea will never give up its nuclear arsenal and is seeking recognition as a nuclear power while manipulating U.S. President Donald Trump, former U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Friday. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said in his New Year’s address that he is committed to complete denuclearization and ready to meet Trump at any time for a second summit.

Middle East

Tests concluded, Iran prepares for launching of satellites
Associated Press1/5/19
Iran’s telecommunications minister said Saturday his country’s three new satellites have successfully passed pre-launch tests. Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi made the announcement in a tweet but did not mention a launch schedule. Iran usually displays space achievements in February during the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution.

U.S. Nuclear Policy

Where Warren stands on top defense issues
The Hill1/5/19
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has called for a smaller defense budget and no new nuclear weapons, this week became the most prominent Democrat to wade into the 2020 White House race by launching an exploratory committee for president. While the Massachusetts Democrat is well known for her sharp criticisms of Wall Street and corporate America, she has also taken steps to bolster her foreign policy credentials.

Opinion and Analysis

Commentary: To denuclearize N. Korea, Trump should think small
ReutersKatharine H.S. Moon
1/3/19
Before substantive denuclearization can progress, the United States needs to adopt measures toward reconciliation with both Pyongyang and the North Korean people. Small steps may pave a more certain path toward peace than unrealistic, giant leaps of faith.

Special Interest

Harold Brown, U.S. defense chief who built, then strove to contain nuclear weapons, dies at 91
Reuters1/5/19
Harold Brown, an advocate of nuclear arms control who as President Jimmy Carter’s defense secretary tried but failed to win U.S. Senate approval of a key treaty with the Soviet Union, has died at age 91, the think tank where he worked said. Brown, a native New Yorker, was the first scientist to take the helm of the large and complex U.S. military establishment.