As it has in much of 2017, the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear and missile program is likely to haunt Northeast Asia for a good part of 2018. Beyond the immediate issue of Pyongyang’s weapons development is the interlocking nature of the conflict, which under certain circumstances—such as a decision by the United States to use force against North Korea—could spark other contingencies in the Asia Pacific.
The United States may soon find the frequent high-level discussions Iran, Turkey and Russia are having harder to ignore. “Both Russia and Turkey think the decision of the U.S. to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is not helping the situation in the Middle East,” Russian president Vladimir Putin said during a December 11 press conference in Ankara.
The United States did not pressure Guatemala into announcing it will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the Central American state's foreign minister said Wednesday. There wasn't any overture from the United States to make this happen. This was a decision by the government, the state and the foreign policy of Guatemala," the minister, Sandra Jovel, told a news conference in Guatemala City.
The source said Steve Bannon had not been a fan of Paul Nehlen. Paul Nehlen, the far-right activist who is challenging House speaker Paul Ryan for his congressional seat, will not get the backing of Breitbart News and Steve Bannon. A source close to Bannon, the former White House chief strategist who is orchestrating a slate of challengers to Republican establishment figures, confirmed to the Guardian that Nehlen became persona non grata after he appeared on a white supremacist podcast, Fash the Nation, earlier this month.