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Trump cuts North Korea some slack, saying Singapore summit could happen and ‘everyone plays games’

President Donald Trump's comments, given to White House pool reporters, come after he tweeted praising North Korea for what he called a "warm and productive" statement that walked back some of Pyongyang's hardline chatter from the days before.

Defense Secretary Mattis explains what war with North Korea would look like

"It would be a war that fundamentally we don't want," Defense Secretary James Mattis said, but "we would win at great cost."
President Donald Trump

Trump backs off hardline denuclearization demand after North Korea threatens nuclear showdown

President Donald Trump said of North Korea's proposed denuclearization: "You know physically, a phase-in may be a little bit necessary — we will have to do a rapid phase-in, but I'd like to see it done at one time."
One of four Bulava ICBMs takes off from a submerged Russian submarine.

Russia displays massive nuclear force with a sub launching 4 missiles with the power of 160 Hiroshimas

Together, the missiles fired by Russia had a minimum combine explosive potential of 2,400 kilotons, or about 160 times the destructive force that hit Hiroshima near the close of World War II, Hans Kristensen, the director of the Nuclear Information Project estimated.

Trump’s troubled Syria policy is getting unexpected help from Putin

If Iran does eventually cede to Putin and Trump's demands and back out of Syria, it will provide the US a strong inflection point on which it can leave the country, having handily defeated ISIS there.
An Israeli F-35I over Nevatim, Israel

Israel’s F-35s reportedly saw combat in a raging Syrian air war that smashed Russian defenses

Israeli F-35s flew over Syria after Iranian forces fired rockets towards Israel and Israel's air force launched a blistering retaliation that killed dozens of Iranians and more than 50 individual targets, Schlomo Brom, a retired Brig. Gen in the Israeli Air Force told Business Insider.
US President Donald Trump (R) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

North Korea rips ‘denuclearization’ narrative from Trump with flashy, probably meaningless test-site destruction

Officials plan to destroy a nuclear test site in Wonsan in front of foreign media on Tuesday. The move represents denuclearization North Korea's way, meaning it isn't permanent, verifiable, irreversible, or complete.
Donald Trump.

Trump’s lauded North Korea summit increasingly looks set to blow up in his face

North Korea has measurably gained from its diplomatic offensive by forging closer ties with China, and, as President Donald Trump has acknowledged, seemed to get Beijing to ease off sanctions. Trump's main achievement on North Korea so far has been getting China to adhere to international sanctions.
US President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017.

Trump calls out China for helping North Korea — and it highlights how Kim Jong Un is winning the talks

ANALYSIS: If Kim Jong Un's diplomacy has bought him more economic support from China, then he's gained a massive boost for the talks. If Kim drives a wedge between Washington and Beijing, there's little else President Trump can do to pressure North Korea besides war.

Beijing lands nuclear bombers in the South China Sea in a clear sign that it’s pushed out the US without firing a shot

China's landing nuclear-capable bombers on artificial islands that it said it wouldn't militarize sends a message to its neighbors and the US: Beijing has won the battle of the South China Sea without firing a shot.