Trump: US has ‘no choice’ but to deal with North Korea arms challenge

President Donald Trump speaks on national security Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in Washington. Trump says his new national security strategy puts "America First." (AP)
Updated 19 December 2017
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Trump: US has ‘no choice’ but to deal with North Korea arms challenge

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump unveiled a new national security strategy on Monday, calling for Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorism and saying Washington had to deal with the challenge posed by North Korea’s weapons programs.
In a wide-ranging speech, Trump said his security strategy for the first time addresses economic security and would include a complete rebuilding of US infrastructure as well as a wall along the southern US border.
Trump said the United States wanted Pakistan to take decisive action to help fight extremism, and that Washington had “no choice” but to deal with the challenge posed by North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.
Trump said the security strategy would also end mandatory defense spending limits, frequently called “sequester,” but did not mention if he had consulted with members of Congress about a possible bill to end the caps established in 2013 budget legislation.
“We recognize that weakness is the surest path to conflict and unrivaled power is the most certain means of defense. For this reason, our security strategy breaks from damaging defense sequester,” Trump said. “We’re going to get rid of that.”


New UK Brexit chief: We may not pay exit fee if no deal

Updated 12 min 17 sec ago
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New UK Brexit chief: We may not pay exit fee if no deal

LONDON: Britain’s new Brexit chief has suggested Britain might not pay its 39 billion pound ($51 billion) divorce bill if no trade agreement with the European Union is reached.
Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab told the Sunday Telegraph that there must be “conditionality” between Britain making the exit payment and its ability to create a new relationship with the EU.
He says “you can’t have one side fulfilling its side of the bargain and the other side not, or going slow, or failing to commit on its side.”
Raab replaced David Davis, who resigned two weeks ago to protest Prime Minister Theresa May’s “soft” Brexit plan.
Britain and the EU remain far apart on terms of a new trade setup. May’s Conservative Party is also deeply split over what Brexit policy to support.