US Threatens Its Own Treaty-Busting Missile Development in Response to Russian Violations

1. The United States is already of the view that Russia has violated the deal by deploying a new long-range cruise missile – known variously by its Russian nomenclature 9M729, the U. S. military designation SSC-8, and the NATO nickname Screwdriver – that experts believe has a range of more than 1,000 miles and maybe even more than 1,500 miles.

2. In February, amid reports that SSC-8 had become operational, The War Zone’s own Tyler Rogoway wrote:.

3. Beyond the camera issue, Russia has outright violated Open Skies basic tenants by restricting flights over its Kaliningrad enclave on the Baltic Sea.

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United States to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror as North set to join list including Iran, Sudan and Syria

1. The designation had been debated for months inside the administration, with some officials at the State Department arguing that North Korea did not meet the legal standard to be relisted as a state sponsor of terrorism.

2. President Donald Trump announced Monday that the United States will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror amid heightened nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula.

3. North Korea would join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the list of state sponsors of terror.

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NAFTA Partners Balk At United States’ ‘Insane’ Automotive Production Demands

1. The demands are aimed at meeting U. S. President Donald Trump’s NAFTA goals of stemming the flow of U. S. carmaking jobs to low-wage Mexico and reversing a $64 billion U. S. trade deficit with its southern neighbor.

2. The Trump administration last month stunned its NAFTA partners by unveiling demands that half of the value content of all North American-built autos be produced in the United States and that the regional vehicle content requirement be sharply increased to 85 percent from the current 62.

3. Canada’s presentation will explain that the U. S. ’s demands would be extremely harmful to everybody in NAFTA, including the U. S. itself, as a source close to the Canadian negotiators told Reuters:.

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A Guide to United States Military Deployments Worldwide

1. But many American troops have been deployed because of the Global War on Terror (GWOT) launched by former President George W. Bush after September 11, 2001.

2. American military presence is meant to keep the tenuous peace that exists in the region and to act as a deterrent and a rapid response to possible North Korean aggression .

3. But that’s not all the U. S. is doing on the continent.

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Can China Replace the United States as the World’s Top Arms Dealer?

1. U. S. market position depends on two factors; the technological superiority of U. S. equipment, and the political value in establishing a defense relationship with the United States.

2. Chinese arms in the hands of traditional U. S. export partners may not be quite as dangerous as those in Chinese hands, but they have the potential to undercut a dominant U. S. market position.

3. Not the least of these is convincing Chinese tech firms that their technologies are safe in the hands of state-owned defense giants, a task that is probably even more difficult than getting U. S. tech firms to work with Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.

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Did President Trump’s ancestors migrate to the United States because of a changing climate?

1. Through the 1800s, about 5 million people immigrated to North America from what is now southwest Germany, including President Trump’s grandfather, Friedrich, who moved to the United States in 1885.

2. Researchers at Germany’s University of Freiburg analyzed 19th-century migration from central Europe to North America, and discovered new evidence suggesting climate change played a major role in spurring mass movements of people.

3. Trump left Germany for the United States in 1885, when a changing climate was one of the factors encouraging migration, according to researchers.

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NAFTA nations lock horns on US auto demands as fifth round ends

1. The current round has been less confrontational than the negative tone of the October talks in Washington, where the United States set out a series of tough demands, including the auto plan, said Caroline Freund, a senior fellow and trade expert with the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington.

2. Negotiators from the United States, Mexico, and Canada square off on Tuesday for the last time in the fifth round of talks to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), with stalemate brewing on a contentious proposal to ramp up regional content for autos.

3. “With U. S. tax reform front and center, the U. S. government really didn’t want to make this a big round, and (wanted) to let the technocrats get on and do the negotiating on the less controversial bits,” Freund said.

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Oil prices jump on Canadian pipeline disruption to United States

1. Oil prices jumped by 1 to 2 percent on Wednesday as ongoing cuts of piped Canadian crude to the United States added to falling US crude inventories, while expectations of a prolonged OPEC-led production cut also offered support.

2. “We expect Brent to trade at the top of the $40 to $60 per barrel range, with Brent averaging USD 58 per barrel in 2018,” the U. S. bank said.

3. TransCanada Corp said it will cut deliveries by at least 85 percent on its 590,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) Keystone crude pipeline through the end of November.

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Weakening Mexico Harms the United States

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3. MEXICO CITY, Nov. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Grupo Salinas, a group of dynamic, fast-growing and technologically advanced companies deeply committed to the modernization of the countries where they operate, announced today that its founder, Ricardo Salinas, contributed as a guest writer to the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce Binational Business Magazine Alliance.

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North Korea criticizes U.S. over designation as terror sponsor

1. “By re-listing (North Korea) as a ‘state sponsor of terrorism,’ the U. S. openly revealed to the whole world its intention to destroy our ideology and system by using all kinds of means and methods,” the agency said, attributing the comments to an unidentified spokesman at North Korea’s Foreign Ministry.

2. North Korea on Wednesday called U. S. President Donald Trump’s decision to relist it as a state sponsor of terrorism a “serious provocation” that justifies its development of nuclear weapons.

3. In the country’s first public response to its return to the American blacklist, the official Korean Central News Agency said North Korea has no connection to terrorism and does not care “whether the U. S. puts a cap of ‘terrorism’ on us or not.

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