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South Korea: North Korea launches possible ballistic missile

It said U.S. President Donald Trump's "maximum pressure and engagement" policy is only aimed at "stifling us" and will compel the North to "strengthen our nuclear deterrent at the maximum speed". The US Pacific Command confirmed a missile had been launched from a site in Kusong, north-west of the capital Pyongyang, but added that "the flight is not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)".


China and US reach agreement on beef, poultry

China and US reach agreement on beef, poultry

The US and China also agreed to open up US exports of liquefied natural gas to China, which could be a boon for both countries. "The challenge is selling manufactured goods into China — there isn't anything in this deal to suggest China is going to become more open to USA -manufactured exports", said Brad Setser, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.



Japan says N. Korea may have tested new missile

The news service added that the two leaders expressed "mutual concerns" about growing tension in the region. If the information that has been reported about the test are correct, the missile has considerably longer range than its current missiles.



Central Intelligence Agency establishes independent center focused on North Korea

The announcement comes more than a week after Pompeo visited South Korea, the fourth senior USA administration official to do so since President Donald Trump took office on January 20. Former U.S. officials met with North Korean diplomat Choi Sun Hee this week in Oslo, for a round of informal talks. The danger posed by North Korea is likely to be a key topic at an annual Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday on "Worldwide Threats".



Trump threatens Comey in Twitter outburst

In the tweet, Trump also warned Comey about leaking to the press: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Congress must review any Trump-Comey tapes Treasury to share financial info on Trump and Russian Federation for Senate probe: reports GOP senator: Special prosecutor "on the table" MORE (D-Va.) told MSNBC on Friday afternoon that Comey would not be appearing, but he hoped to have him soon.



White House Defends Changing Accounts in Comey Firing: 'Our Story Is Consistent'

In his testimony he defended his former boss, contradicting assertions by administration officials and Trump that Comey had lost the confidence of the FBI's rank-and-file. "There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date", acting director Andrew McCabe told the Senate Intelligence Committee, in a hearing that capped two days of high drama provoked by the dismissal.