August 2, 2019

‘May never leave Guantanamo alive’: Abdul Latif Nasser’s struggle for freedom 3 years after he was cleared for release

zudin/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- When Mustafa Nasser heard the news that the U.S. authorities had cleared his brother, Abdul Latif, for release from the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he could barely contain his excitement. Within 24 hours preparations were underway for his return. “The entire family was relieved and was helping with the preparations,” Mustafa, told ABC News via Skype from their home country of Morocco. “Everyone was doing something. One person prepared the house he would ..
August 2, 2019

Trump again downplays North Korean missile launches even as senior official calls them ‘huge mistake’

MicroStockHub/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump on Friday again downplayed a recent spate of ballistic missile launches by North Korea, tweeting that Kim Jong Un "will do the right thing because he is far too smart not to, and he does not want to disappoint his friend, President Trump!" His dismissal via Twitter came just hours after a senior State Department official told reporters that the launches and a string of other recent behavior by Kim's regime were "a huge mistake." It&..
August 2, 2019

Japan removes South Korea from trade ‘whitelist’

iStock(SEOUL) -- Tensions heightened between Seoul and Tokyo after Japan imposed broad new trade restrictions on South Korea on Friday morning. South Korean President Moon Jae-in immediately struck back with strong words. “It is truly disappointing and regrettable that Japan, which has been regarded as our closest neighbor and friend, has taken such measures,” President Moon said ahead of an emergency Cabinet meeting. Admitting that the latest trade war between the two countries are indeed hurti..
August 2, 2019

Cold War-era arms-control pact officially dead, fueling fears of new nuclear race

iStock(MOSCOW) -- The United States will withdraw from a landmark Cold War arms-control pact on Friday, six months after the Trump administration declared Russia in material breach of the treaty and said Moscow hadn't made an effort to return to compliance. The death of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty marks a dangerous new era of nuclear threats, analysts and former officials said. But senior administration officials argue the U.S. had no choice but to terminate a deal that onl..