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Tuesday Briefing: Trump was Correct About Opioids, North Korea Responds to U.N. Sanctions

Amid the recent 15-0 vote by the United Nations to sanction North Korea, the isolationist country has responded with a threat against the U.S. if the militarily were to provoke it and said it would “under no circumstances” negotiate its nuclear armament program.

The statement was given by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Monday who spoke with reporters at the Asian regional security conference only a few hours after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s remarks to impost heavy sanctions against the Pyongyang regime.

North Korea has often defied opposition by launching ballistic missiles capable of reaching the entire U.S. that could potentially wipe out large cities like Chicago and San-Francisco. Trump urged China to step up to the plate often calling them out via Twitter to be tougher on their trading partner North Korea. China complied with Russia to impose the unanimous sanctions which cuts North Korea’s foreign economic revenue by 2/3rds.

Ri asserted that the real reason behind the nuclear program was in retaliation of the larger issue of other countries possessing the powers and was a measure of self defense only to be used “in the face of a clear and real nuclear threat posed by the U.S.”

Tillerson noted that in order for North Korea to have talks with the U.S., they must first stop firing missiles.

“That would be the first and strongest signal,” he said. “We have not had extended periods of time where they were not taking some type of provocative action by launching ballistic missiles.”

Opioid Epidemic 

Around 142 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose while the United States remains the largest consumer of the drug.

President Trump is in New Jersey today, set to hold a briefing on the opioid crisis that has stemmed far into the upper Northeast states.

Just recently, the White House’s opioid commission, headed by Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), urged Trump to declare a federal state of emergency in New Jersey.

“The first and most urgent recommendation of this Commission is direct and completely within your control. Declare a national emergency under either the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act,” the commission wrote in its interim report.

“Your declaration would empower your cabinet to take bold steps and would force Congress to focus on funding and empowering the Executive Branch even further to deal with this loss of life.”

The Leaked Transcripts given to the Washington Post from the White House of Trump’s telephone call with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto can hear Trump calling New Hampshire a “drug-infested den.”

Reports from the New Hampshire Fire Department actually prove Trump correctly that New Hampshire ranks 2nd in the nation in opioid deaths with 350 suspected opioid overdoses this year, 35 of which have been fatal.

Though the media has bogged down on Trump’s colourful language and is focused on calling him out on his 17 days away from the White House, the administration is still operating at full disclosure from Trump headquarters in New Jersey.

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