National Security

U.N. Sanctions Cut North Korea’s Trade Volume in Half

A report published Friday by the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), an organization funded by the government of South Korea, showed that North Korea’s trade volume was cut in half during 2018, evidently as a result of sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council.

This photo taken on November 20, 2017 shows boats and ships at Rajin harbour in North Korea's northeastern city of Rason, near the borders of both China and Russia. - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russia's leader Vladimir Putin are expected to meet in the eastern Russian port …

Iranian Ships Stranded in Brazil Without Fuel

Two Iranian ships are stranded in Brazil because Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras refuses to sell them the fuel needed to return to Iran due to sanctions imposed against Iran by the United States.

A man stands along a beach as tanker ships are seen in the waters of the Gulf of Oman off the coast of the eastern UAE emirate of Fujairah on June 15, 2019. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP) (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

Susan Rice: Trump ‘Lied’ About Obama, Kim Jong-un

Friday at the “Aspen Security Forum,” MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviewed former Obama administration’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Mitchell asked, “President Trump said recently that President Obama was begging for a meeting with Kim Jong-un . . . did that

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Iranian State TV Broadcasts Images of Alleged Captured Oil Tanker

After a week of insisting it merely assisted a vessel in distress by bringing it to a safe harbor, Iran on Thursday admitted its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) – designated a foreign terrorist organization by the United States – seized a foreign oil tanker and took its crew prisoner.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboats cruise past an oil tanker off the port of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran, on July 2, 2012. Iran has come up with several methods to foil the European insurance embargo on ships loaded with its crude, a sanction which may harm its vital exports as much …

Second Russian Nuclear Plant Shuts Down Generators After Malfunction

For the second time in less than a week, a Russian nuclear power plant was taken partially offline on Thursday after a malfunction. The new incident involved the Kalinin nuclear plant, located a little over 200 miles northwest of Moscow, which shut down three of its four generators after a transformer short-circuited.

View of a Russian nuclear plant in Saint-Petersburg on September 5, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Hope is Back’: Trump Helps Save Christians, Yazidis in Iraq from Extinction

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is helping bring Christians and Yazidis in Iraq back from the brink of extinction fomented by a genocidal campaign at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), religious minority representatives declared this week at the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom convened by the Department of State.

Iraqi Syriac Christian priest Charbel Aesso leads an easter service at Saint John's Church (Mar Yohanna) in the nearly deserted predominantly Christian Iraqi town of Qaraqosh on April 16, 2017 near Mosul, Iraq. Qaraqosh was retaken by Iraqi forces in 2016 during the offensive to capture the nearby city of …