ART OF THE DEAL: TRUMP’S TOUGH TALK WORKS ON CHINA WHO NOW VOWS TO BACK U.S. IN KOREAN WAR OF WORDS

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a 180 degree turn, China announced on Wednesday that it is now willing to work with Washington on ending North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

The announcement comes less than one week after Trump entertained Chinese president Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. China, one of North Korea’s biggest allies, had initially played coy as to who’s side they would take in the growing military tensions between the U.S. and communist nation.

That all seemed to have changed, according to sources, when Trump, a billionaire business man, put an ultimatum to China in economic terms.

“Had a very good call last night with the President of China concerning the menace of North Korea,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. “I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!”

The tweet was accompanied by a second tweet where Trump suggested that the United States was willing to play rough if Jinping chose to back the wrong side.

“North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.,” he wrote.

Sources very close to the president say Trump gave Jinping a simple and direct choice: If we go down, so do you.

North Korea has ramped up threats of a nuclear attack in the past several months and Trump advised the Chinese president that should the U.S. be the target of a nuclear attack, China would have a very difficult time collecting upon the $1.24 trillion owed in U.S. debt. Further, considering the fact that the U.S. is one of the biggest importers of Chinese products, their own economy would suffer greatly by their choice to do nothing.

Trump has repeatedly called on China to put pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program as, being North Korea’s biggest economic partner and source of food and fuel, they hold a lot of weight when it comes to negotiations.

“China insists on realizing the denuclearization of the peninsula … and is willing to maintain communication and coordination with the American side over the issue on the peninsula,” Jinping told the state media.

The Chinese leader followed the statement with a terse warning to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

“Not only [is] Washington brimming with confidence and arrogance following the missile attacks on Syria, but Trump is also willing to be regarded as a man who honors his promises,” Jinping told the People’s Daily, the ruling Communist Party’s official paper, adding that North Korea should halt any plans for nuclear and missile tests “for its own security.”

Undeterred, Pyongyang said Monday it would “hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences” should there be any military action taken by the USS Carl Vinson in the area of the Korean Peninsula.

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PUTIN CAVES: RUSSIAN LEADER MEETS WITH TILLERSON IN ‘TENSE’ EXCHANGE DESPITE EARLIER REFUSAL

MOSCOW, RUSSIA — Russian president Vladimir Putin met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today in an apparent about face.

Putin, who had earlier in the week refused to meet with Tillerson amid tensions over the American strike on Syria, spoke with Tillerson in Moscow for nearly two hours, a U.S. Embassy spokesperson has confirmed.

The meeting comes after harsh words by president Trump toward Russia, who he claims assisted Syria in a deadly chemical strike on Syrian civilians that killed dozens of people.

“If Russia didn’t go in and back this animal (Syrian president Bashar al-Assad), you wouldn’t have a problem right now,” said Trump.

Sources with close knowledge of the meeting said that Tillerson pushed Putin to cooperate with the United States in helping to bring Syria under control. Despite a long standing friendship between Tillerson and Putin, the meeting was described as “tense”.

During the 24 hour period leading up to Tillerson’s landing in Moscow, the White House accused the Russian government of hiding evidence that proved al-Assad was responsible the gassing of his own people, launched from a base where Russian troops are operating.

In a statement, an angry Putin shot back that the charge was fabricated and accused President Trump, who American media claimed had collaborated with Putin to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 election, of fabricating the evidence to create a fake confrontation.

“This reminds me very much of the events of 2003, when U.S. representatives in the Security Council showed alleged chemical weapons discovered in Iraq,” said Putin, referring to intelligence that Mr. Trump has also cited in recent months. “The exact same thing is happening now,” he argued.

Sean Spicer, when asked about to expect in regard to the meeting between Tillerson and Putin on Wednesday, said Tillerson was expected to focus on the mutual interests of the United States and Russia but that Tillerson would also put Putin on notice that the U.S. will not tolerate further acts of aggression by Russia or their Syrian ally.

“I think there is a shared interest in defeating ISIS in the region that we have a national security concern that should align with their national security concern,” he said. “Russia right now is an island. It’s Russia, North Korea and Iran … Russia is among that group the only non-failed state.”

Russia is only “isolating” itself by standing by Assad, he added.

The Kremlin had said earlier in the week that Putin would not meet with Mr. Tillerson upon his arrival, but on Wednesday the Russian leader’s spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, said Putin would “consider” meeting with Tillerson at some point “depending on how Tillerson’s other talks” went.

As a matter of protocol, Russian leaders have greeted virtually all new secretaries of state since the end of World War II, and the initial refusal was considered to be a major snub to U.S. Russian relations and was cited by many political experts as a an effort by Mr. Putin to show Tillerson that just who was in control.

Before heading back behind closed doors, Putin and Tillerson shared a stiff handshake and made no eye contact.

Russia has said that despite U.S. concerns, they will continue to back their Syrian ally and will do “whatever it takes” to ensure that al-Assad has the military backing necessary to thwart off another U.S. attack.

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ON THE BRINK: TENSIONS WITH RUSSIA MOUNT AS U.S. DISCOVERS PUTIN HAD ADVANCE KNOWLEDGE OF CHEMICAL ATTACK

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tensions between the United States and Russia reached a peak on Monday after U.S. officials discovered that Russia may have had advance knowledge of a deadly gas attack upon Syrian civilians which killed more than 80 people, 27 of which were children.

According to a senior U.S. official who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity (http://bigstory.ap.org/article/19772be1238e49fbb62c509a5b659b3d/official-us-military-takes-extra-precautions-syria), Russia not only knew of Syria’s chemical weapons attack in advance, but bombed a Syrian hospital as the injured were obtaining treatment in an effort to cover up their ally’s use of chemical weapons.

The official said a drone operated by Russians was captured on surveillance footage flying over the hospital as doctors fought to save the victims’ lives. Hours after the drone left, he said, a Russian jet began dropping bombs on the facility.

The official says it remains unclear as to whether a Russian pilot or Syrian pilot was flying the bomber, but that the bombing came from a Russian jet proves that the Russian government was complicit in the attack. Until Monday U.S. officials said it remained unclear what, if any, knowledge Russia had of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s apparent plan to gas his own people.

The allegation strikes another devastating blow to the already crumbling relations between the United States and Russia, who publicly slammed president Donald Trump’s decision to launch a military strike against Syria in response to the gassing.

Last week, after Trump ordered military jets to bomb a Syrian airbase, Russian president Vladimir Putin angrily withdrew from a joint agreement with the U.S. that was designed to ensure military peace.

So far, there has been no Syrian retaliation for the airstrike, which destroyed more than 20 Syria air force planes, but Russia said in a statement over the weekend that it will do whatever is takes to ensure that their ally has the military capacity necessary to protect itself from future American strikes.

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BREAKING: RUSSIAN WAR SHIPS MOVE TOWARD U.S. MILITARY VESSELS IN MEDITERRANEAN SEA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Military officials have confirmed reports that Russia warships are now heading toward U.S. Navy destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. These reports are just coming in and details are still unclear but the move toward the Navy destroyers follows this morning’s response by the Russian government in which it condemned Trump’s Thursday order of a military strike against Syria, Russia’s ally, as an “act of aggression”.

I will bring you details as they break.

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MCCAIN’S ‘CRAZY FAT KID’ COMMENTS AGAINST NORTH KOREAN LEADER LEAD TO THREATS OF NUCLEAR WAR

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A wise crack by John McCain about Kim Jong Un earlier this month has escalated to a war of words between the U.S. and North Korea, leading to the rogue nation’s leader threatening the U.S. with nuclear attack.

The Arizona Republican’s calling of dictator Kim Jong Un “this crazy fat kid” was met with an angry response from the communist leader who warned the U.S. to prepare for the “dire consequences” to follow.

“As such guys as John McCain and [Sen.] Ted Cruz made a provocation tantamount to declaration of war against the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea], the DPRK will take steps to counter it,” Un said in an official DPRK statement, published by the Korean Central News Agency. “They will have to bitterly experience the disastrous consequences to be entailed by their reckless tongue-lashing and then any regret for it will come too late.”

The reference senator Ted Cruz (R- Texas) is in response to Cruz’s labeling of North Korea as a state sponsor of terror.

Un’s statement went on to characterize McCain and Cruz as being “like a puppy knowing no fear of the tiger.”

“The service personnel and people of the DPRK are regarding the dignity of their supreme leadership as their life and soul,” the statement continued (https://kcnawatch.co/newstream/1490715125-140227397/u-s-hard-line-conservative-congressmens-outbursts-under-fire/).
“The revolutionary forces of the DPRK with its nuclear force for self-defense as its pivot will fulfill its sacred mission of devotedly defending its supreme leadership representing the destiny and life of its people by dealing a merciless sledge-hammer blow at those daring hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership like a puppy knowing no fear of the tiger.”

McCain’s comments about Un came during a March 22 interview in which he said the U.S. must pressure China into helping to cool North Korea’s increasingly “out of control” behavior.

“China is the only one that can control Kim Jong Un, this crazy fat kid that’s running North Korea,” McCain said on MSNBC. “They could stop North Korea’s economy in a week.”

McCain took to social media to respond to Un’s statement on Wednesday tweeting, “What, did they want me to call him a crazy skinny kid?”

Un, the 33 year old leader heir of former leader Kim Jong-il, often surrounds himself with secrecy and reportedly weighs upward of 275 pounds.

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‘MAD DOG’ ON THE ATTACK: MATTIS SAYS NORTH KOREAN LEADER ‘MUST BE STOPPED’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Defense Secretary James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis says North Korea is out of control when it comes to its nuclear weapons and missile programs and it’s “reckless” leader, Kim Jong-un, “has got to be stopped”.

Mattis, who is famous for his no nonsense approach to terror, made the comments while speaking at a news conference in London in response to a journalist’s question about Iran.

“This is a threat of both rhetoric and growing capability, and we will be working with the international community to address this,” he said. “We are working diplomatically, including with those that we might be able to enlist in this effort to get North Korea under control. But right now it appears to be going in a very reckless manner.”

“That’s got to be stopped,” said continued.

In early March, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also talked tough against the rogue nation, saying that “diplomatic … efforts of the past 20 years to bring North Korea to a point of de-nuclearization have failed” before adding that military action to stop North Korea from attacking the U.S. was “on the table.”

Tillerson’s warnings apparently went unheeded as two days later North Korea conducted yet another ground jet test of a newly developed high-thrust missile engine. South Korean officials warned that the test proved that Kim had gained “meaningful progress” on the development of more sophisticated technology.

Kim has vowed to develop weapons capable of striking the U.S. and “destroying 90 percent of the U.S. population”. According to U.S. officials, North Korea has conducted more missile tests over the past four years than in the rest of the country’s history.

The Trump administration is reportedly testing sanctions against North Korea in an effort to slow the nuclear program by placing diplomatic and economic pressure on Chinese banks who conduct business with North Korea.

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TERROR IN LONDON: 4 DEAD AFTER KNIFE WIELDING ATTACKER WREAKS HAVOC OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT

LONDON, ENGLAND — Four people, including a London police officer, are confirmed dead after a knife wielding suspect launched an attack outside the U.K.’s parliament on Wednesday. In addition to those killed, at least twenty others are confirmed injured, three of which are police officers.

London police were called to the Parliament building at around 2:40 p.m. local time (10:40 a.m. EST) in response to reports of a vehicle crashing into a crowd at Westminster Bridge.

Police say the driver of the vehicle mowed down pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, leapt from the car and began hacking passersby with a knife.

The attacker was shot by police and later confirmed dead.

Deputy Commisssioner and Head of Counter Terrorism Mark Rowley told reporters that all the information they’ve received leads them to believe that only one attacker was involved.

“Sadly, I can confirm that now four people have died. That includes the police officer who was protecting Parliament, and one man that we believe to be the attacker who was shot by police fire at the scene,” said Rowley. “We are satisfied at this stage that it looks like there was only one attacker. But it would be foolish to be overconfident early on.”

“This is the day we have planned for but we hoped would never happen,” Rowley continued. “Sadly, it’s now a reality.”

According to a spokesperson for the National Security Council, president Trump was briefed on the attack shortly after it occurred and immediately called British Prime Minister Theresa May where he offered his condolences.

In addition to offering his condolences, Trump promised May the full cooperation and support of the US government in “responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice.”

The US State Department echoed Trump’s support for the U.K. in a statement issued shortly after the attack.

“We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled individuals or by terrorists, the victims know no difference,” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in the statement.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer also condemned the attack during his daily press briefing on Wednesday, and praised the quick response by police officials and first responders on the scene.

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