North Korea vows to restart nuclear facilities

HYUNG-JIN KIM and FOSTER KLUG, The Associated Press
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Tuesday it will restart its long-shuttered plutonium reactor and increase production of nuclear weapons material, in what outsiders see as its latest attempt to extract U.S. concessions by raising fears of war.

A spokesman for the North’s General Department of Atomic Energy said scientists will quickly begin “readjusting and restarting” the facilities at its main Nyongbyon nuclear complex, including the plutonium reactor and a uranium enrichment plant.

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North Korean secrecy on bomb test fuels speculation on nuclear advances

Joby Warrick, The Washington Post
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U.S. officials and independent experts say North Korea appears to have taken unusual steps to conceal details about the nuclear weapon it tested in February, fueling suspicions that its scientists shifted to a bomb design that uses highly enriched uranium as the core.

At least two separate analyses of the Feb.

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Top Buffalo FBI agent to direct terrorist screening in D.C.

Phil Fairbanks, The Buffalo News
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The next time investigators identify a suspected terrorist living or traveling in the United States, Christopher M. Piehota will be one of the first people they turn to for help.

Piehota, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Buffalo, is leaving later this month to become director of the Terrorist Screening Center in Washington, D.C., a multiagency organization best known for operating the Terrorist Watchlist.

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Aggressive talk from North Korea concerns U.S. leaders

Ernesto Londoño and Karen DeYoung, Washington Post
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The latest round of threats exchanged by North Korea and the United States is dragging on longer and taking on a more virulent tone than in the past, provoking deep concerns among American officials and their allies.

Following blustery warnings by Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s 30-year-old leader, and videos depicting North Korean attacks on the United States, the Obama administration took the unprecedented step this week of sending two stealth bombers to South Korea as part of an ongoing military training exercise.

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Cold War Reset? Russia Getting Irked With U.S.

Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes
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A private U.S. non-governmental organization has spent over $4 million aiding groups unfriendly to Vladimir Putin.  The Kremlin has had enough.

In Russia, it is starting to look more like a Cold War reset than the modern political and economic reset Russia and the United States have been trying for over the last several years.

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