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North Korea taps reformist premier amid nuclear tension

North Korea names economic reformer as new premier while nuclear tension festers

FOSTER KLUG and HYUNG-JIN KIM, The Associated Press
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s parliament approved the appointment of a new premier seen by outside experts as an economic reformer one day after top party officials adopted a declaration making nuclear arms and a stronger economy the nation’s top priorities.

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.

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.

Airline Industry Discord Emerges Over TSA Knife Policy

Ted Reed, Forbes
Special to In Homeland Security

The airline industry’s Washington advocates have been far from consistent in their reaction to the Transportation Security Administration’s move to allow small knives on airplanes, effective April 25.

Initially industry stakeholders initially backed – or at least did not strongly resist – the agency’s proposed change in its regulations.

Treasury Secretary Lew to press Chinese leaders on cyber attacks

Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
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WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew plans to pressure Chinese leaders to crack down on cyber attacks against U.S. targets when he visits Beijing this week on his first foreign trip since being confirmed.

A senior Obama administration official told the Financial Times that one focus of Lew’s talks in China will be to press the country to “take serious steps to investigate and put a stop to these activities.”

In addition to cyber-security, Lew will discuss intellectual property enforcement and export financing with Chinese leaders, the Financial Times said.

U.S. Prepares Counterstrike Against Cyber-Attack

Derek Klobucher, Forbes
Special to In Homeland Security

Move over, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. High-tech asymmetric warfare is the biggest threat to the United States.

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“Cyber-attacks and cyber-espionage pose a greater potential danger to U.S. national security than al Qaeda,” Los Angeles Times stated Tuesday. “For the first time, the growing risk of computer-launched foreign assaults on U.S.