President Donald Trump made the announcement at the White House, returning North Korea to a list of nations it was removed from nine years ago."It should have happened years ago," Trump said at the start of a Cabinet meeting. "In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil."Tensions spiked after the North tested two long-range missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland in July, and followed up with its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in September.Trump earlier threatened to "totally destroy" the North if necessary.On Monday he called Pyongyang "a murderous regime" that "must end its unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile development" and support for international terrorism.He said the Treasury will announce additional sanctions Tuesday in line with the designation. Once all the new sanctions are announced over a two-week period, North Korea will be under … [Read more...] about U.S. designates N. Korea as state sponsor of terrorism
Insomnia is often overlooked because it tends to set in gradually and worsen slowly over time, experts say. People who have trouble sleeping rarely see their problem as an illness that requires treatment, or as an acceptable reason to call in sick. That mind-set may be hurting employers and employees alike by compelling people with insomnia to drag themselves to work and sleepwalk through the day, a new study suggests. Researchers surveyed 7,428 employed people across the U.S. and found that 23% experienced some form of insomnia -- such as difficulty falling asleep or nighttime waking -- at least three times a week during the previous month, for at least 30 minutes at a stretch. Not surprisingly, these sleep problems carried over into the workplace. Insomniacs were no more likely than their well-rested peers to miss work, but they were so consistently tired on the job that they cost their employers the equivalent of 7.8 days of work in lost productivity each year -- an amount equal to … [Read more...] about Insomnia costs U.S. $63 billion annually in lost productivity
North Korea appears to have carried out a recent missile engine test while brisk movements of vehicles were spotted near known missile facilities.North Korea may conduct additional missile tests this year to polish up its long-range missile technology and ramp up the threat against the United States, South Korea’s spy agency said on Monday, adding that it was monitoring developments closely.North Korea is pursuing nuclear weapons and missile programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions and has made no secret of its plans to develop a missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland. It has fired two missiles over Japan.The reclusive state appears to have carried out a recent missile engine test while brisk movements of vehicles were spotted near known missile facilities, Yi Wan-young, a member of South Korea’s parliamentary intelligence committee which was briefed by Seoul’s National Intelligence Service, said.No sign of an imminent nuclear test had been … [Read more...] about South Korea fears further missile advances by North this year in threat to U.S.
Two U.S. officials have helped strengthen the military ties between Vietnam and the U.S. during their visits to the country this week. The U.S. is seeking ways to maintain peace and stability in the Pacific region, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, Adm. Robert F. Willard remarked during a press conference held in Hanoi on Monday. This is the second time Willard paid his visit to Vietnam, but first time in the role as the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. His goal during this visit is to further advance the military relationship between the U.S. and Vietnam in maintaining security in the East Sea. In stating the reasons why matters that concern the South China Sea have sparked such great interest to the U.S., Willard said, "The U.S. trade in this region is about USD 1.3 trillion per year. Most transportation has to go through the sea line and airline communication here. Therefore, it is not only of vital interest to the U.S. but also China, South Korea and Japan, as well as … [Read more...] about U.S, Vietnam tighten military relationship
According to Choo Mi-ae of the Democratic Party, Trump was on his Marine One helicopter to the heavily fortified demilitarized zone when he turned to White House chief economic director Gary Cohn and said: "I just saw something amazing. There are so many factories. Can't they be built in the U.S.?""I think President Trump understood, while he was in the air for 30 minutes, that 25 million people were living in the area below him and that they would be wiped out in the event of war," Choo said in a meeting with reporters in New York. "But I was so surprised when Director Cohn told me this story. Wasn't (Trump) essentially saying we should build our auto parts factories in the U.S., too?" … [Read more...] about Trump asked if S. Korean factories can be moved to U.S.: politician