national security

Pompeo Says U.S. Can Send ‘Capital’ to North Korea Once Nukes Go

The U.S. is ready to allow investments in North Korea once it has verifiable proof of the Asian nation’s denuclearization, two of President Donald Trump’s top national security officials said. “We’re prepared to open the trade and investment with North Korea as soon as we can,” National Security Adviser John Bolton said on ABC’s “This Week,” one of two appearances on Sunday political shows. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went further in an interview on CBS. He talked of the potential for U.S. investment in the North Asian nation from America’s “entrepreneurs, our risk takers, our capital providers” to help North Korea’s people “get the opportunity that they so richly deserve.” Before any such benefits flow, though, Bolton and Pompeo said the U.S. must have proof that the denuclearization p...

Comey Says Nunes’s Demand for Classified FBI Data Is Dangerous

A demand by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes for the Justice Department and FBI to turn over classified information about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is extremely dangerous to the U.S., former FBI Director James Comey said. “You cannot overstate the danger in that kind of behavior to the security of the United States,” Comey said at an event in Washington Friday hosted by the Brookings Institution. Nunes is demanding that the Federal Bureau of Investigation reveal to him details about a U.S. citizen who has served as an intelligence source for the probe into Russia meddling, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. “I thought everyone understood that the absolute core of the intelligence community, including the FBI, is its human sources,” C...

Top Republican ‘Would Counsel Against’ Ending Iran Deal

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Sunday he “would counsel against” President Donald Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal this week. “I thought it was a bad deal,” Representative Mac Thornberry said of the 2015 accord on “Fox News Sunday.” “But the key question is, ‘OK, now we are where we are, what happens next if the U.S. pulls out?’” Thornberry, a Texas Republican, suggested Iran could kick out inspectors if the deal is scrapped, “so that we lose what visibility we have there.” He also said that rising tensions between Iran and the Israel would make it crucial for the U.S. and its allies in the deal “to be united to prevent that conflict.” “Maybe the best thing is for the president to delay a bit more his deadline,” Thornberry added, suggesting that ...

Trump to Meet Moon May 22 Before Planned North Korea Summit

South Korean President Moon Jae-In plans to travel to Washington May 22 in advance of a historic planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the White House said Friday. Trump and his national security team will welcome Moon to the White House as they prepare for a meeting with Kim that could happen in a matter of weeks. Trump told reporters Friday that a time and location had already been set for the summit, but didn’t elaborate. Moon has played a central role in calming tensions on the Korean peninsula, holding several historic meetings with representatives of the Kim regime and pushing for a peace deal with North Korea to officially end the Korean War. Moon is scheduled to travel to Tokyo next week for meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Ch...

Quitting Iran Deal a Bad Idea But Not End of World, Rice Says

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal would send a message that the U.S. doesn’t stick to its commitments but wouldn’t be devastating to national security. “I would probably stay in it because once you’re in an agreement, you don’t want to send the signal that the United States just turns its back on agreements that are there,” Rice said during an interview Wednesday on Bloomberg Television’s “The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations.” But, she added, it “won’t be the end of the world” if President Donald Trump withdraws from the agreement reached with Iran and six world powers, she said. Rice, a Republican who served under Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, made her comments as the Trump administration we...

Ross Says U.S. to Extend Duty Relief to Some Allies, Not All

The Trump administration plans to extend relief from steel and aluminum tariffs to some countries, but not all, when their temporary exemptions expire on Tuesday, said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Ross, in an interview in Washington with Bloomberg late Saturday, declined to identify which nations would be spared from the tariffs. He said the announcement will be made right before the May 1 deadline for the duties to kick in. The secretary indicated on Friday that nations have been asked to accept import quotas in return for tariff-free access of the metals into the U.S. The steel and aluminum tariffs are fueling tensions with some of America’s strongest allies, just as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin leads a delegation this week to China for talks on what the U.S. sees as Beijing’s un...

Pompeo Says Left Kim Meeting Thinking Nuclear Deal Possible

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he assessed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their meeting ahead of a planned summit with President Donald Trump, and concluded that there’s at least a chance for the U.S. to strike a denuclearization deal. “My goal was to try and identify if there was a real opportunity there,” Pompeo said during an interview on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “I believe there is.” Trump said on Saturday he expects a historic meeting with Kim will take place “over the next three or four weeks” and that details of the summit are still being ironed out. Pompeo was CIA director when he met with the North Korean leader in a secretly-arranged meeting in Pyongyang over the Easter weekend. The former representative from Kansas was confirmed by the Senate as the top U.S. dip...

EU Sounds Alarm Over Trade War as Trump Puts Gun to Its Head

The European Union warned about the costs of a trans-Atlantic trade war while bracing for one to erupt after the U.S. signaled it will reject the bloc’s demand for an unconditional waiver from metals-import tariffs. “A trade war is a losing game for everybody,” Belgian Finance Minister Johan Van Overtveldt told reporters in Sofia. “We should stay cool when we’re thinking about reactions but the basic point is that nobody wins in a trade war so we try to avoid it at all costs.” Donald Trump’s administration is asking Europe, Canada and other allies to accept quotas in exchange for an exemption from steel and aluminum tariffs that kick in May 1, when a temporary waiver expires. “We are asking of everyone: quotas if not tariffs,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Friday. This puts the EU...

Facebook, Microsoft and others sign anti-cyberattack pledge

Microsoft, Facebook and Cloudflare are among a group of technology firms that have signed a joint pledge committing publicly not to assist offensive government cyberattacks. The pledge also commits them to work together to enhance security awareness and the resilience of the global tech ecosystem. The four top-line principles the firms are agreeing to are [ALL CAPS theirs]: 1. WE WILL PROTECT ALL OF OUR USERS AND CUSTOMERS EVERYWHERE. 2. WE WILL OPPOSE CYBERATTACKS ON INNOCENT CITIZENS AND ENTERPRISES FROM ANYWHERE. 3. WE WILL HELP EMPOWER USERS, CUSTOMERS AND DEVELOPERS TO STRENGTHEN CYBERSECURITY PROTECTION. 4. WE WILL PARTNER WITH EACH OTHER AND WITH LIKEMINDED GROUPS TO ENHANCE CYBERSECURITY. You can read the full Cybersecurity Tech Accord here. So far 34 companies have signed up to th...

Trudeau’s Top Security Aide Downplays Indian Role in Controversy

Justin Trudeau’s national security adviser says the Indian government “definitely” wasn’t behind a theory about how an attempted murderer wound up at a reception with the Canadian prime minister in Mumbai. Daniel Jean, in rare public testimony Monday in Ottawa, addressed the outcry over the appearance of Jaspal Atwal at the Trudeau event in February. Atwal is a one-time Sikh separatist who was convicted in British Columbia of trying to kill an Indian cabinet minister in 1986, and the Canadian prime minister is already seen by some in India as too sympathetic of the Sikh separatist cause. Controversy exploded after an unidentified government official briefed reporters covering the trip. On Monday, Jean defended the government, identified himself as that official and said he spoke out at the...

The United States needs a Department of Cybersecurity

Ted Schlein Contributor Ted Schlein, a general partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, focuses on early-stage technology companies in the enterprise software and infrastructure markets, including ventures within the networking and consumer security arenas. More posts by this contributor What Silicon Valley can do about cyber threats The Entrepreneur’s Guide To Surviving A Tech Bubble  This week over 40,000 security professionals will attend RSA in San Francisco to see the latest cyber technologies on display and discuss key issues. No topic will be higher on the agenda than the Russian sponsored hack of the American 2016 election with debate about why the country has done so little to respond and what measures should be taken to deter future attempts at subver...

U.S. Cuts Off China’s ZTE From American Tech for Seven Years

The U.S. government said Chinese telecommunications-gear maker ZTE Corp. violated the terms of a sanctions settlement and imposed a seven-year ban on purchases of crucial American technology needed to keep it competitive. The Commerce Department determined ZTE, which was previously fined for shipping telecommunication equipment to Iran and North Korea, subsequently paid full bonuses to employees who engaged in the illegal conduct, failed to issue letters of reprimand and lied about the practices to U.S. authorities, the department said. “Instead of reprimanding ZTE staff and senior management, ZTE rewarded them,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in the statement. “This egregious behavior cannot be ignored.” The ZTE rebuke may aggravate tensions between the U.S. and China over trade betw...