President Trump is expected to “decertify” Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal next week, the Washington Post reported. He will announce the deal is not in the U.S.
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An ambush in Niger on Wednesday left three United States Army Special Forces dead and two wounded while training with Nigerian troops north of Niger’s capital Niamey, according to the New York Times. The attack occurred near the border of Mali in an area where affiliates of Al Qaeda have been known to conduct border raids.
Defense Secretary James Mattis said that upholding the Iran nuclear deal was in U.S. interests, contradicting President Trump’s criticism of the agreement, according to the New York Times.
The White House said that “now is not the time to talk” with North Korea after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson disclosed the existence of direct diplomatic channels to Pyongyang, Reuters reported. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders qualified her rebuke to Secretary Tillerson, saying that conversations about repatriating detained Americans in North Korea would continue.
A gunman killed over 50 people and injured hundreds of others at a concert festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night, the New York Times reported. Police have identified the gunman and confirmed that SWAT units found him dead on entering the 32nd-story casino room from where he fired automatic weapons at a crowd of festival-goers.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said the U.S. citizen captured fighting for the Islamic State is being held in a detention facility in Iraq as an unlawful enemy combatant, the AP reported. U.S.
The Trump administration temporarily waived the Jones Act, which had inhibited access to needed hurricane relief supplies, for Puerto Rico, according to the New York Times. The century-old law says only American-built, -owned and -operated vessels can ship goods transported within the United States.
The Treasury Department added eight North Korean banks and 26 individuals to the Office of Foreign Asset Control’s sanctions lists, blacklisting them from any dealings with the United States, the New York Times
The White House denied that the U.S. has declared war on North Korea. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the accusation from North Korea’s foreign minister that a tweet from President Trump was a declaration of war “absurd,” the BBC reported. Sanders also responded to North Korea’s threat to shoot down U.S. warplanes near its territory in international airspace, saying that such an action is “never appropriate.” In addition, National Security Advisor H.R.
North Korea’s foreign minister said that the U.S. had declared war after U.S. warplanes flew along the east coast of North Korea on Saturday in a show of force, the Wall Street Journal reported. Eight U.S. aircraft remained in international airspace as they flew north of the demilitarized zone close to the North Korean shoreline.