No. 2 US general says North Korea building new missiles ‘as fast as anybody on the planet’

Washington (CNN)North Korea is “building new missiles, new capabilities, new weapons as fast as anybody on the planet,” and learning from its mistakes as it makes advances in its missile programs, the No. 2 general at the Pentagon said Friday. The Trump administration has reached out to North Korea to resume diplomatic negotiations after the two countries broke off talks in October, White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien told Axios over the weekend. “We’ve reached out to the North Koreans and let them know that we would like to continue the negotiations in Stockholm that were last undertaken in early October,” O’Brien told the news outlet. He added, “We’ve been letting them know, through various channels, that we would …

Washington Post: Trump angry with ally Matt Gaetz for urging Republicans to vote for Iran war powers resolution

Washington (CNN)Rep. Matt Gaetz pushed his fellow Republicans to buck President Donald Trump and vote in support of the Iran war powers resolution, aimed at curbing the President’s power to take military action, according to The Washington Post. A source familiar with the matter told CNN on Friday that Trump told associates he wasn’t very happy with Gaetz’s vote, but it’s not expected to have a lasting impact on their relationship. Some House Republicans did try to talk Gaetz out of voting for the resolution but he was committed to supporting it, the source said. Gaetz said during an interview on Thursday that he knew he had rankled the President. “I think he would’ve preferred I voted differently, but he …

Kim Jong Un warns hostile US policy means there will never be denuclearization on Korean Peninsula

Washington (CNN)North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday that there “will never” be denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula if the US “persists in its hostile policy towards” the hermit nation, according to the country’s state news agency. Later Tuesday, President Donald Trump told reporters he was still optimistic about the future of diplomacy — despite Kim’s new rhetoric. Touting his relationship with Kim, Trump said he believed the North Korean leader was a “man of his word.” “He likes me, I like him, we get along,” he said. “He did sign an agreement talking about denuclearization … I think he’s a man of his word, so we’re going to find out.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News …

Key impeachment witness told to leave Ukraine before Pompeo visit

(CNN)A top State Department aide told acting US ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor — a key witness in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry — to hand over his duties just days before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected visit Kiev in January, a source familiar with the situation told CNN. No effort to extend The Wall Street Journal was the first to report that Ulrich Brechbuhl, a key aide to Pompeo, told Taylor that Pompeo wanted him to hand over responsibilities in early January, before the top US diplomat arrived, and that Taylor understood Pompeo didn’t want to be photographed with him during his visit. Taylor will step down from his post and leave Ukraine on January 2, two …