Wednesday, May 16, 2018
These days, the eeriest thing about the demilitarized zone in Korea, the world’s most fortified border, is the silence. From a South Korean mountaintop, you can peer through a powerful telescope across the no man’s land of the D.M.Z., past the wide Imjin River, and into the rising hills of North Korea. On the other side, an enormous statue of the country’s late founding father, Kim Il Sung, is posed confidently astride a pedestal, facing south, as if he were heading in that direction.
On January 20, 1981, John Limbert and fifty-one other American diplomats were taken to Tehran’s international airport on a bus, after being held in captivity by young revolutionaries for four hundred and forty-four days. The diplomats were all blindfolded...
President Trump made good on a campaign promise. The U.S. is out of the “horrible” “one-sided” Iran nuclear deal. Can it stop Iran from restoring its nuclear program? Make diplomatic peace with allies in Europe? Convince North Korea the U.S. can be trusted?
Reaction from Washington and around the world to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.
Iranian lawmakers expressed outright fury over the U.S. decision to walk away from the 2015 nuclear agreement. Iran's supreme leader was no more measured, lashing out at President Trump and accusing him of lying. William Brangham gets analysis on what’s happening inside Iran from Vali Nasr of Johns Hopkins University and Robin Wright of the United States Institute of Peace.
s many of us spent the weekend celebrating Easter brunch or a Passover Seder, Mike Pompeo secretly slipped into North Korea to test the prospects for President Trump’s most daring diplomatic gambit. The C.I.A. director’s covert talks with North Korea’s mercurial young leader, Kim Jong Un, apparently went well.
With support from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, the Assad regime has managed to consolidate power in most parts of Syria previously held by ISIS. Apart from Friday’s joint missile strikes, the U.S.’s role has been limited to diplomatic talks, which has yielded few results in sustaining ceasefires in the seven-year-long war. The New Yorker’s Robin Wright joins Hari Sreenivasan for more.
In sweeping retaliation for Russia’s growing aggression in the West, the United States and nineteen other nations expelled more than a hundred and thirty Russian intelligence officers and diplomats on Monday. The coördinated rebuke—galvanized after Moscow’s alleged assassination attempt on a former double agent living in Britain—is unprecedented since the Cold War, which ended more than a quarter century ago.
After fourteen months of mixed signals (and confused policy) on Russia, the Trump Administration took twin actions on Thursday to address the increasingly aggressive moves by the government of Vladimir Putin. Washington slapped sanctions on nineteen prominent Russian individuals and five entities—including Russian...