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North Korea’s Latest Nuclear Move Has Neighboring Nations Worried

The last thing that the world needs right now is a nuclear North Korea.

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During the Trump presidency, there were plenty of events that we would have considered unprecedented, or perhaps even shocking, and the work that the Commander in Chief was willing to do with North Korea certainly falls into that category.

Trump is a master negotiator, after all, so who better to attempt to crack the dainty despot Kim Jong Un?

The Don wasn’t ultimately successful in stopping Kim from being a menace on the world’s stage, but he did push back on North Korea’s aggressive ambitions, as well as make the first US diplomatic trip to the DPRK since its inception.

But now that Joe Biden’s in office, it appears as though the dynastic dictatorship is back to its old tricks.

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North Korea appears to have restarted the operation of its main nuclear reactor used to produce weapons fuels, the U.N. atomic agency said, as the North openly threatens to enlarge its nuclear arsenal amid long-dormant nuclear diplomacy with the United States.

The annual report by the International Atomic Energy Agency refers to a 5-megawatt reactor at the North’s main nuclear complex in Yongbyon, north of Pyongyang. The reactor produces plutonium, one of the two key ingredients used to build nuclear weapons along with highly enriched uranium.

The news did not come lightly, either.

“Since early July 2021, there have been indications, including the discharge of cooling water, consistent with the operation of the reactor,” said the IAEA report dated Friday.

The report said there were indications of the operation of Yongbyon’s radiochemical laboratory from mid-February to early July this year. It said this period of operation is consistent with previous reprocessing campaigns announced by North Korea of irradiated fuel discharged from the reactor. The laboratory is a facility where plutonium is extracted by reprocessing spent fuel rods removed from reactors.

“(North Korea’s) nuclear activities continue to be a cause for serious concern. Furthermore, the new indications of the operation of the 5-megawatt reactor and the radiochemical laboratory are deeply troubling,” the IAEA said.

There have been no shortage of strange rumors emerging out of North Korea in recent months, with some suggesting that Kim Jong Un himself is quite ill, or that his sister would soon be taking the reins of the hermit kingdom.

And with all this uncertainty, the last thing that the world needs is a nuclear North Korea.

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Biden Slammed by Ukraine Over Irresponsible Press Conference Comment

Well that didn’t go as planned.

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During Wednesday marathon-length press conference, Joe Biden accomplished a couple of quick things.

First, he managed to make a number of factually inaccurate statements that were so obvious that even CNN had to stop schilling for his administration long enough to call them out.

Then, he also stuck around for nearly 2 hours, which felt more like a pre-planned show of stamina than anything else.  (PR wins elections, after all).

And thirdly, he did an excellent job of angering Ukraine, just as Vladimir Putin appears ready to put his foot on their neck.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky publicly pushed back Thursday on US President Joe Biden’s comments that a “minor incursion” by Russia into Ukraine would prompt a lesser response than a full-scale invasion, in an implicit rebuke of Biden’s comments.

“We want to remind the great powers that there are no minor incursions and small nations,” Zelensky wrote on Twitter in an apparent response Biden’s remarks on Wednesday. “Just as there are no minor casualties and little grief from the loss of loved ones.”

So, what exactly did Biden say?

In his comments Wednesday, Biden suggested that a “minor incursion” could prompt a disagreement among NATO countries about how strongly to respond to Moscow.

“It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and not do, et cetera,” Biden said.

The press conference, (and the boneheaded commentary by Biden), came as Russian forces continued to amass near Ukraine, both on the Russian border and in Kremlin-ally Belarus.

During Wednesday marathon-length press conference, Joe Biden accomplished a couple of quick things. First, he managed to make a number of factually inaccurate statements that were so obvious that even CNN had to stop schilling for his administration long enough to call them out. Then, he also stuck around for nearly 2 hours, which felt more like a pre-planned show of stamina than anything else.  (PR wins elections, after all). And thirdly, he did an excellent job of angering Ukraine, just as Vladimir Putin appears ready to put his foot on their neck. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky publicly pushed back Thursday on US President Joe Biden’s comments that a “minor incursion” by Russia into Ukraine would prompt a lesser response than a full-scale invasion, in an implicit rebuke of Biden’s comments. “We want to remind the great powers that there are no minor incursions and small nations,” Zelensky wrote on Twitter in an apparent response Biden’s remarks on Wednesday. “Just as there are no minor casualties and little grief from the loss of loved ones.” So, what exactly did Biden say? In his comments Wednesday, Biden suggested that a “minor incursion” could prompt a disagreement among NATO countries about how strongly to respond to Moscow. “It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and not do, et cetera,” Biden said. The press conference, (and the boneheaded commentary by Biden), came as Russian forces continued to amass near Ukraine, both on the Russian border and in Kremlin-ally Belarus.

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Biden Talks 2024 Running Mate as Dems Look to Replace Him on Ticket

How oblivious can a President be?

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President Joe Biden, for perhaps the first time since he took office a year ago, is getting ahead of himself.

Our nation has largely found itself lambasting Sleepy Joe as one of the nation’s most reluctant leaders.  He was coerced into running for office in the first place, as the Democrats considered him the only solution for swaying midwestern moderates away from Donald Trump’s sometimes brash behavior. and he has governed very much like a man whose heart wasn’t in it to begin with.

This has led to no shortage of troubles for the Biden administration, all of which have been distilled down into some of the most abhorrent approval rating numbers in the modern era.  What’s more, there are a vast number of Democrats who recognized that he’ll be slaughtered in the 2024 election unless things change drastically, and many are openly suggesting that another candidate may be in order.

Despite this reality, Biden seems obliviously hellbent on having a rerun ticket in three years’ time.

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President Biden said during a press briefing Wednesday that he expects Vice President Kamala Harris to be his running mate again in 2024 if he chooses to run, saying, “I think she’s doing a good job.”

And also:

Asked if he was satisfied with Harris’ work on voting rights after putting her in charge of the issue, and whether he would commit to making her his running mate in the next election if he runs, Biden said, “yes and yes.”

Asked to expand, Biden said, “there’s no need to. She’s going to be my running mate, number one. And number two, I did put her in charge. I think she’s doing a good job.”

Barring some catastrophic change in public opinion, perhaps former President and presumptive 2024 GOP candidate Donald Trump should go ahead and start picking out his cabinet.

President Joe Biden, for perhaps the first time since he took office a year ago, is getting ahead of himself. Our nation has largely found itself lambasting Sleepy Joe as one of the nation’s most reluctant leaders.  He was coerced into running for office in the first place, as the Democrats considered him the only solution for swaying midwestern moderates away from Donald Trump’s sometimes brash behavior. and he has governed very much like a man whose heart wasn’t in it to begin with. This has led to no shortage of troubles for the Biden administration, all of which have been distilled down into some of the most abhorrent approval rating numbers in the modern era.  What’s more, there are a vast number of Democrats who recognized that he’ll be slaughtered in the 2024 election unless things change drastically, and many are openly suggesting that another candidate may be in order. Despite this reality, Biden seems obliviously hellbent on having a rerun ticket in three years’ time. President Biden said during a press briefing Wednesday that he expects Vice President Kamala Harris to be his running mate again in 2024 if he chooses to run, saying, “I think she’s doing a good job.” And also: Asked if he was satisfied with Harris’ work on voting rights after putting her in charge of the issue, and whether he would commit to making her his running mate in the next election if he runs, Biden said, “yes and yes.” Asked to expand, Biden said, “there’s no need to. She’s going to be my running mate, number one. And number two, I did put her in charge. I think she’s doing a good job.” Barring some catastrophic change in public opinion, perhaps former President and presumptive 2024 GOP candidate Donald Trump should go ahead and…

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