US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration is pulling the plug on the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, claiming that Moscow “shamelessly” violated the 1987 agreement. Russia says the US invented that fiction so it could have an excuse to clear the way to develop new missiles.
Israel has wanted to wage war against Iran for years to maintain its nuclear monopoly. After Trump exited the Iranian Nuclear Deal, Israel (allegedly) bombed Syria, killing eight Iranian soldiers. Israel claims Iran shot rockets into its territory. Escalation is underway and seems destined to draw America into full-scale war in support of Israel. President Trump and the US Congress have pledged to commit American military might and American lives to this goal.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un announced he will halt nuclear and missile tests in his country and will shut down a nuclear test site as a show of good faith. It is unknown if the tests will conclude permanently. Kim Jong-un will meet with the leader of South Korea to officially end the Korean war. They will discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, and US presence on the site.
President Trump is considering a deal with Saudi Arabia allowing Westinghouse Electric, a financially strapped nuclear energy company, to build 16 nuke plants over the next 20 years, at a cost of more than $80 billion. The deal would also permit Saudi Arabia to enrich and reprocess uranium, which can be used for nuclear weapons. Congress must approve any agreement that is forged, and lawmakers will have three months to weigh in on the deal. [What in the world is Trump thinking?]
China threatened its own ally, North Korea, with destroying its nuclear facilities if North Korea’s actions jeopardize northeastern China through “nuclear leakage or pollution”, according to an editorial written in the Global Times, a tabloid owned by the Communist Party. The article was later removed from the Internet.