Roughly 231 years ago, James Madison proclaimed that to divide and conquer was the “reprobate axiom of tyranny.” He was referring to the European empires that lurked around North America waiting to prey on the infant United States. Today, America has worked its way to the top; her roaring economy, vast military and sprawling network of international alliances is unmatched by any nation on the planet. Yet the world's autocrats, knowing that freedom and democracy would spell their demise, sought everything in their power to unravel the U.S.-led world order. United in hate, countries like North Korea, Iran, Syria and Russia form the new “league of evil.” Their disruptive actions, ranging from cyber
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors said Monday that they have charged four people with illegally importing North Korean coal via Russia in violation of U.N. sanctions.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in rode to power last year on a wave of anger over corruption and collusion between the nation's political elite and the huge family-run conglomerates that dominate the economy. A candlelight revolution that brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets led to the impeachment of Moon's predecessor, Park Geun-hye - and, ultimately, her imprisonment. In January 2017, as he prepared to run for president, Moon called for the removal of the "deep-rooted evil" of the conglomerates, or chaebols, to create a fairer economy. Now, 18 months into his term, Moon still talks of "democratizing" the economy, but his anger at plutocrats appears to have dissipated.
It is a bitter irony that on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Security Council will give North Korea's atrocious human rights record a free pass. In 2014, a blistering UN commission of inquiry report found the North Korean government responsible for a laundry list of crimes against humanity over decades. Ever since, the UN Security Council has held annual meetings on the situation in North Korea, which has given states a critical opportunity to discuss Kim Jong Un's continuing authoritarian rule as a threat to international peace and security. Until now. Holding a meeting requires the agreement of at least nine of the council's 15 members and
More than three months after Secretary of State Michael Pompeo picked Stephen Biegun to lead negotiations with North Korea, the former Ford executive has barely met officials from Pyongyang face-to-face. The standstill is a sign of how negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea have faltered, forcing a lowering of expectations, since President Donald Trump met with Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June. Biegun was appointed in August to help follow up on the opening created by the summit, but North Korean officials have ignored Pompeo's invitation in September to meet with Biegun "at the earliest opportunity." Kim's regime may feel emboldened to spurn the usual channels of diplomacy because Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to announce he will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, officials familiar with the plans said. Two administration officials confirmed Trump's plans Thursday. A Republican congressional aide said the president was expected to announce his decision by tweet on Friday morning. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly before Trump's announcement. Trump has previously said Nauert was under serious consideration to replace Nikki Haley, who announced in October that she would step down at the end of this year. If Nauert is confirmed by the Senate, she would be a leading
Outgoing U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said she used President Donald Trump's unpredictability to persuade world leaders to crack down on North Korea.