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Reputed mob boss escapes prison in Uruguay: report

A reputed Italian mob boss known as the “cocaine king of Milan” escaped from a prison in Uruguay Sunday while he was waiting to be extradited to Italy after living in the South American country for over a decade under a false name, officials said.

Rocco Morabito, 52, was the alleged leader of Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta, Italy’s most powerful organized crime group and one of the largest European importers of cocaine from South America, UK’s Independent newspaper reported.

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Uruguay’s interior ministry confirmed Monday that Morabito escaped through a hole in the roof of the Central Prison in Uruguay’s capital Montevideo on Sunday with three other inmates and robbed the owners of a local farmhouse before fleeing.

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FILE – In this Sept. 3, 2017 file photo released by the Italian police, a man identified by police as longtime fugitive Rocco Morabito, looks down after being arrested at a hotel in Montevideo, Uruguay. (Italian Police via AP)

Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini told Sky News that he’ll be “asking for immediate explanations from the Montevideo government” after Morabito’s “disconcerting and serious” escape from jail. “We will continue to hunt down Morabito, wherever he is, to throw him in jail as he deserves,” Salvini said.

He was arrested in a Montevideo hotel in 2017 after living in Uruguay for 13 years under a fake name, Sky News reported. He used a Brazillian passport to pose as a soybean farmer and real estate salesman, the report said.

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Morabito was convicted of mafia association, drug trafficking and other serious crimes in Italy in 1994 after completing a $7.9 million deal to import almost a ton of cocaine into Italy. He escaped the country before authorities put him in jail and had been on the run for 23 years prior to his 2017 arrest, reports said

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WWII bomb explosion may have caused huge crater in German field, reports say

An enormous crater found in an open field in Germany over the weekend is thought to have been caused by the explosion of a World War II bomb.

Police in central Germany said the crater had been discovered near Limburg-Ahlbach on Sunday afternoon.

Drone pictures showed the huge eyesore, which is around 30 feet in diameter and 12 feet in depth.

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An enormous crater found in an open field in Germany over the weekend is thought to have been caused by the explosion of a World War II bomb. (Boris Roessler/dpa via AP)

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There was no initial evidence found to link it to a bomb explosion, and a statement from police said there were “no indications of causation by machines or farm tools.”

But residents reported hearing a “strong explosion” in the early hours of the morning on Sunday, which was followed by “a quake.”

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Dominican health minister says drugs, alcohol, medical problems may have killed US couple; lawyer calls it ‘ludicrous’

The Dominican public health minister said in a radio interview Monday that the Maryland couple found dead last month in a hotel room at a luxury resort had pre-existing health problems and may have died after mixing prescription drugs and alcohol.

In response, the attorney for the couple’s families called the minister’s claim “absolutely ludicrous.”

Public Health Minister Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas noted more than once during the interview that the couple’s May 30 deaths were extraordinary, given that they died almost “simultaneously” and that there was no sign of violence or foul play.

“The toxicological test will determine if there’s alcohol, and narcotics and the amount,” Sánchez Cárdenas said. “There’s been talk about drug abuse,” he added, noting it could be lethal if combined with alcohol. He added that “they had pre-existing health issues.”

Sánchez Cárdenas said the bottom line was that there was nothing nefarious about the rash of the U.S. tourist deaths dogging the country since first making headlines in the spring.

“Each one of these involved pre-existing health issues leading up to their deaths,” he said. “Every one of these cases can be explained. The autopsies show what happened.”

In a text message sent to Fox News, Steven Bullock, the attorney representing the Maryland couple’s families, called the public health minister’s remarks about the two tourists “absolutely ludicrous.”

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Edward Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49, who were engaged, were found unresponsive in their room at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana by a resort employee who went to check on them after they failed to check out. The couple, who had been at the resort since May 25, had plans to return to the United States the day they turned up dead.

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Edward Holmes and Cynthia Day died last month in the Dominican Republic. (Facebook)

Several medications were found in the room, including an anti-inflammatory drug, an opioid and blood-pressure medicine, Dominican officials said at a news conference last Friday. Autopsies for many of the tourists showed pulmonary edema, an accumulation of fluid in the lungs frequently triggered by heart disease. Among nearly a dozen U.S. tourists who have died in the country in the last 18 months, Dominican investigators said most died of a heart attack.

Autopsies for Day and Holmes showed they had enlarged hearts, internal bleeding and pulmonary edema. Day was said to have fluid in the brain. On the radio show, the health minister said that Holmes was “morbidly obese.”

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FBI officials have been conducting toxicological tests in their Virginia research center on blood samples from the couple, as well as from a Pennsylvania woman, Miranda Schaup-Werner, who died at the same resort complex five days before. Schaup-Werner’s relatives said she collapsed after she had a drink from the minibar. Her autopsy stated she had a heart attack.

The news of Holmes’ and Day’s deaths, made public by their families when they went to the media with concerns about investigators’ preliminary determination that the two died of natural causes, prompted friends and relatives of other U.S. tourists who died in other Dominican resorts to come forward, sharing their suspicions and bewilderment about what killed their loved ones.

Many of the families described their deceased relatives as having been in generally good health right before traveling to the Dominican Republic. They have expressed outrage over what they saw as a concerted effort by Dominican officials to pin the deaths on the people who died. Some families have been arranging for their own autopsies and toxicological tests in the U.S.

The FBI told Fox News last week that the bureau sent a team to the Dominican Republic to help investigate the deaths.

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Dominican Republic Public Health Minister Rafael Sanchez Cardenas is seen on the left. (Dominican Republic Public Health Ministry)

Among the questions that relatives and some U.S. public health and epidemiological experts have raised: whether at least some of the deaths might have been caused by counterfeit alcohol or by pesticides or insect-killer chemicals that somehow wound up on drinking glasses or utensils.

As Sánchez Cárdenas was wrapping up the radio interview Monday morning, friends and family of Cynthia Day were gathering at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Maryland for her memorial service. Holmes’ funeral has been scheduled for Wednesday.

Dominican officials often have emphasized the presence of several prescription medications in the room where Day and Holmes were staying, but only in the last week started saying outright that the meds seemed to have played a role in their deaths.

In the morning radio interview, Sánchez Cárdenas said the couple had a practical “pharmacy” in their room. Last week, Carlos Suero, the spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, told Fox News in a wide-ranging phone interview that the coverage of the rash of deaths in the popular Caribbean vacation spot as “mysterious” was nothing but fake news. Suero said that in a competitive industry such as tourism, there were people who would try to undermine a top destination such as the Dominican Republic.

Suero laid out many of the arguments and scenarios that Sánchez Cárdenas underscored in the radio interview, speaking about the health issues that some of the tourists allegedly had, and saying that perhaps it wasn’t responsible to travel with such health problems.

Suero told Fox News that Holmes died first and Cox died afterward, saying that the shock of seeing Holmes dead next to her could have killed her.

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Will Cox and his mother, Leyla Cox, who died in the Dominican Republic. (Will Cox)

At the funeral service, Bullock told reporters he did not buy the account by Dominican investigators about the cause and circumstances of the deaths of Day and Holmes.

“It’s a mystery,” Bullock told WTOP. “There’s reason for us to pause, and we’re going to investigate this and get this matter resolved.”

Bullock said he was focused on getting more information from U.S. officials and results of toxicology tests before jumping to conclusions.

“We need to find out what’s going on and what happened,” said Meshonn Madison, Day’s friend.

Sánchez Cárdenas also singled out the deaths of Joseph Allen, 55, of New Jersey, and Leyla Cox, 53, of New York. He said Allen had unhealthful habits such as smoking and drinking regularly, and a report on his death referred to him as “a ticking timebomb,” adding that “his organs were practically destroyed, with a biological age of more than 80 years old. He was extremely obese, weighing more than 400 pounds.”

Allen’s family has disputed those conclusions.

The health minister said Cox’s autopsy showed she previously had suffered several heart attacks. However, her family and her former supervisor at the New York hospital where she worked as an MRI technician said Cox had never suffered a heart attack.

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Her son, Will Cox, lashed out at Dominican investigators as untrustworthy and said they repeated had put up roadblocks when he tried to get answers and that they tried to rush him into letting them cremate or embalm her. With the intervention of the U.S. Embassy and congressional lawmakers, Cox succeeded in getting Dominican officials to agree to send a vial of his mother’s blood to the U.S., where the hospital where she worked would run toxicology tests.

“We’re not talking about a patient who had no medical conditions,” the health minister said of Leyla Cox in the radio interview. “A person with hypertension is vulnerable to a heart attack.”

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Turkey sees political tension after Erdogan’s opposition wins in Istanbul

A tense political situation may be brewing in Turkey after the opposition candidate for mayor of Istanbul won Sunday, breaking the long hold President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party had on leading Turkey’s largest city.

“Thank you, Istanbul,” Ekrem Imamoglu, 49, said to the tens of thousands of people who gathered to mark his victory after unofficial results showed he won a clear majority of the vote in a closely watched repeat election that ended weeks of political tension.

The governing party’s candidate, former Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, conceded moments after returns showed him trailing well behind Imamoglu, 54 percent to 45 percent.

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“Thank you, Istanbul,” Ekrem Imamoglu, 49, said to the tens of thousands of people who gathered to mark his victory after unofficial results showed he won a clear majority of the vote. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Imamoglu increased his lead from a March mayoral election by hundreds of thousands of votes.

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Analysts noted the president, who is grappling with an economic downturn and several international crises, could limit the mayor’s power or undermine Imamoglu’s authority in other ways.

Lisel Hintz, an assistant international relations professor at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, said Imamoglu withstood a divisive campaign and prevailed with a positive message.

The significance of his win “cannot be understated,” Hintz said.

“We now have to wait and see whether Imamoglu’s tenure as mayor will be interfered with in any way, whether by cutting off funding and hampering his office’s ability to provide services or by removing him under some legal pretext,” Hintz said.

Erdogan has previously signaled an unwillingness to work with an opposition mayor, saying his party controlled 25 of Istanbul’s 39 districts and a majority in the municipal assembly. Imamoglu would have to work with those officeholders to govern Istanbul, and he promised to do so Sunday.

Addressing Erdogan in a speech, Imamoglu said, “I’m ready to work with you” to solve Istanbul’s problems.

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan casting his ballot Sunday. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Ozgur Unluhisarcikli, Ankara office director of the German Marshall Fund, argued that the loss of Istanbul likely would fuel speculation of divisions within the ruling party and among its supporters.

“It’s now clear that a sizable portion of the AKP voters is seriously dissatisfied by policies of the AKP,” he said. “The (opposition) was a house that was united. The AKP house looked like one that was already divided.”

He argued Erdogan already was facing an “a perfect storm” this summer. Erdogan has been at odds with Western allies over Turkey’s plans to buy the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system and its challenge of EU-member Cyprus over natural gas drilling rights.

Imamoglu narrowly won an earlier mayoral election on March 31, but Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, AKP, challenged the vote over alleged irregularities. He spent 18 days in office before Turkey’s electoral board annulled the results after weeks of partial recounts.

The voided vote raised concerns domestically and abroad about the state of Turkish democracy and whether Erdogan’s party would accept any electoral loss. AKP has governed Turkey since 2002.

“You have protected the reputation of democracy in Turkey with the whole world watching,” Imamoglu, his voice hoarse after weeks of campaigning, told supporters.

Jubilant supporters chanted “Mayor again! Mayor again!” Others hung out of cars, blaring horns and waving red-and-white Turkish flags.

Erdogan campaigned hard for Yildirim in Istanbul, Turkey’s commercial and cultural hub, where the president started his political career as mayor in 1994.

Istanbul, a city of more than 15 million, has drawn millions of tourists each year. Straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul accounted for 31 percent of Turkey’s GDP in 2017.

AKP also lost control of the capital city of Ankara in Turkey’s March local elections, which were held as the country battled high inflation and two credit rating downgrades in the past year.

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Melahat Ugen said she switched her vote to the opposition because she could not afford to cover basic expenses.

“I’ve certainly never voted left before,” she said. “But, I’m 62, and a bag of onions costs too much. Everything is imported and we can’t afford it.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Yemeni rebel attack on Saudi Arabia airport kills 1, wounds 7, reports say

One person is dead, and seven others were wounded in a Yemeni rebel attack on an airport in southern Saudi Arabia, according to reports.

“The terrorist attack resulted in martyring a Syrian national and injuring seven civilians,” said Col. Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition at war in Yemen against the rebel Houthis, as Gulf News reported.

“A terrorist attack by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia took place at Abha international airport, through which thousands of civilian passengers pass daily. A Syrian national died and seven civilians were wounded,” the coalition’s statement also said, as Arab News reported.

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A security officer walking past Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport. (REUTERS/Faisal al Nasser)

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The airport in Abha was struck shortly after 9 p.m. local time on Sunday.

The colonel did not say what type of weapon was used in the attack.

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A Houthi spokesman, Yahia al-Sarie, said earlier Sunday the rebels had launched drone attacks on Saudi airports in Abha and Jizan.

The attack comes less than two weeks after the airport in Abha was attacked by a Houthi cruise missile, wounding 26 passengers inside.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Bodies of 7 missing climbers on Himalayan mountain recovered, officials say

Indian paramilitary soldiers on Sunday reached the bodies of seven of eight members of an international climbing team who’d vanished on the country’s second-highest mountain, officials said.

Members from the team found the dead on Nanda Devi East, a notoriously dangerous mountain. The victims have not yet been identified, Vijay Jogdande, an administrator of Uttarakhand state, said.

All eight of the climbers, which included two Americans, four Britons, one Australian and an Indian, were presumed dead after disappearing May 26 on the mountain.

Soldiers found the bodies at an altitude of over 16,000 feet, Jogdande said.

#ITBP mountaineers recovered 7 bodies of the mountaineers near an unnamed peak near Mount #NandaDevi East today including a woman and an Indian. Search for 8th missing mountaineer will be carried out tomorrow. Some mountaineering equipment also recovered from the site,” Indo-Tibetan Border Police tweeted on Sunday.

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The mountaineers, led by veteran British climber Martin Moran, had set out to reach the top of an unclimbed, unnamed 21,250-foot ridge, but lost contact with their base camp after an avalanche swept through a section of the mountain.

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A senior officer sending off soldiers who left to find the climbers in Pithoragarh, India, earlier this month. (Indo Tibetan Border Police force via AP, File)

About two weeks ago, five bodies believed to be from the missing team were spotted by air but a rescue helicopter was unable to reach them due to high winds combined with tough terrain.  Indian paramilitary forces and the Indian Mountaineering Foundation launched ground expeditions shortly thereafter.

MISSING CLIMBERS IN HIMALAYAS, INCLUDING 2 AMERICANS, FACE ‘BLEAK’ CHANCE OF SURVIVAL, OFFICIAL SAYS

Amit Chowdhary, a spokesman for the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, said that when the team at the base camp stopped receiving radio updates from the other expedition team on May 26, one person went to look for the missing climbers the next day.

A status report obtained by The Associated Press said the challenges in retrieving the bodies included the “bowl-like” geography of the terrain, wind turbulence and the risk of further avalanches, and therefore recommended an expedition on foot.

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Nanda Devi’s twin peaks seen from Chaukori in Uttarakhand, India.  (AP Photo/ Maninder Kohli via Juniper Outdoor Pursuits Centre Pvt. Ltd., File)

Jogdande said the recovered bodies will be brought to the base camp. The president of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation said officials would decide on an air evacuation of the bodies, weather permitting.

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The missing team had started its climb on May 13. Nanda Devi East is a twin peak of Nanda Devi, India’s second-highest mountain, and the two are connected by a razor-sharp 1.2-mile ridge at an elevation of 22,000 feet.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Building collapse leaves at least 19 dead, 24 injured in Cambodia

A building has collapsed in Cambodia, leaving at least 19 construction workers dead and another 24 injured.

The seven-story building in the coastal city of Sihanoukville was under construction when it suddenly collapsed around 4 a.m. on Saturday. Construction crews were also using the building as housing, spending nights on the second floor of the building. One worker said he estimates there were approximately 60 people in the building at the time of its collapse, but the Cambodian Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training said there were just 30.

“All the workers were asleep,” said 31-year-old Nhor Chandeun, who was sleeping with his wife in the building when it began to crumble. “A moment before the building collapsed it was vibrating and then it was falling down. But it was too quick to escape.”

Chandeun is now in the hospital after being trapped in the rubble for 12 hours before rescuers found them.

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“My wife and I kept calling for help,” he said. “We were shouting and shouting but there was no sound replying to us and we presumed that we would die under the rubble.”

Police have detained four Chinese nationals for questioning in connection to the building’s collapse, though the cause of the disaster is not yet clear. The building is owned by a Chinese investor who planned to turn it into a condominium, according to Yun Min, the governor of Preah Sihanouk province.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Sunday that he would be traveling to Sihanoukville to oversee the rescue efforts. Bodies were still being recovered on Sunday evening.

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A number of Southeast Asian leaders have expressed their condolences to Cambodia. The 10-nation regional bloc comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has announced a new project for the region to respond better to disasters and emergencies.

The Associated Press contributed to the reporting of this story. 

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Bolton to Iran: Don’t mistake ‘US prudence and discretion for weakness’

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton had a message for Iran on Sunday during his visit to Israel: He advised the leaders of the Islamic nation not to “mistake U.S. prudence and discretion for weakness.”

Bolton’s comment followed Friday’s confirmation by President Trump that he had called off a planned retaliatory attack against Iran following that country’s downing of a U.S. military drone Thursday in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz.

Trump said he reconsidered action after deciding that the potential loss of life in a military action was not “proportionate” after Iran had attacked an unmanned aircraft.

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U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton gives statements to media in Jerusalem, Sunday, June 23, 2019. (Associated Press)

On Saturday, Trump praised Bolton, saying he had confidence in his appointee despite some disagreements on some Mideast issues, Politico reported.

Bolton added Sunday that no one had granted Iran “a hunting license in the Middle East,” as he spoke alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his Mideast visit.

Late last month, Bolton had charged that Iran was responsible for attacks against oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates – and warned that the U.S. would strike back if attacked.

Bolton said Iran was “almost certainly” responsible for the tanker attacks.

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Rhetoric between the U.S. and Iran has been sharpening in recent weeks as Iran feels the effects of sanctions imposed by the U.S. following Trump’s decision to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear agreement that Iran had negotiated with the U.S. and other world powers during the Obama administration.

Trump had repeatedly criticized the deal as not going far enough to ensure that Iran was not pursuing nuclear weapons.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz and Lukas Mikelionis and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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North Korea leader receives ‘excellent’ letter from Trump

President Donald Trump sent North Korean leader Kim Jong Un an “excellent” letter, the North’s state-run news agency reported Sunday, quoting Kim as saying he would “seriously contemplate it.”

The White House declined to confirm that Trump had sent a letter to Kim.

It comes as nuclear talks between the U.S. and North Korea broke down after the failed summit between Kim and Trump in February in Vietnam.

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In this undated photo provided on Sunday, June 23, 2019, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reads a letter from U.S. President Donald Trump. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

The U.S. is demanding that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons entirely before international sanctions are lifted. North Korea is seeking a step-by-step approach in which moves toward denuclearization are matched by concessions from the U.S., notably a relaxation of the sanctions.

Kim “said with satisfaction that the letter is of excellent content,” Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency reported.

“Appreciating the political judging faculty and extraordinary courage of President Trump, Kim Jong Un said that he would seriously contemplate the interesting content,” the agency said, without elaborating.

South Korea’s presidential office said it sees the exchange of letters between Kim and Trump as a positive development for keeping the momentum for dialogue alive.

Trump’s letter also came days after Kim’s summit with visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping, which experts say underscored China’s emergence as a major player in the diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with the North.

North Korean state media said Kim and Xi discussed the political situation surrounding the Korean Peninsula and reached unspecified consensus on important issues.

Xi is expected to meet with Trump next week in Japan during the G-20 summit. Analysts say he could pass him a message from Kim about the nuclear negotiations.

Kim said during his New Year’s speech said he would seek a “new way” if the United States persists with sanctions and pressure against North Korea. After the collapse of his meeting with Trump in Hanoi, Kim said Washington has until the end of the year to offer mutually acceptable terms for a deal to salvage the negotiations.

Following a provocative run in weapons tests, Kim initiated negotiations with Seoul and Washington in 2018, which led to three summits with South Korea’s president and his first with Trump in Singapore on June 12 last year, when they issued a vague statement on a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing how and when it would occur. The lack of substance and fruitless working-level talks set up the breakdown of Kim’s second meeting with Trump, which the Americans blamed on excessive North Korean demands for sanctions relief in exchange for only a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.

Nuclear negotiations have been at a standstill since then, but on the eve of the anniversary of the Singapore summit, Trump told U.S. reporters he received a “beautiful” letter from Kim, without revealing what was written. In an interview with TIME magazine last week, Trump said he also received a “birthday letter” from Kim that was delivered by hand a day before.

Trump and Kim also exchanged letters in 2018 after their first summit. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said at the time that the letters addressed their commitment to work toward North Korea’s “complete denuclearization.”

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In September 2018, Trump told a cheering crowd at a campaign rally in West Virginia that Kim “wrote me beautiful letters and they’re great letters. We fell in love.”

Analysts say the gesture of sending letters is part of North Korean efforts to present Kim as a legitimate international statesman who is reasonable and capable of negotiating solutions and making deals. Because of the weight of formality they provide, Kim might see personal letters as an important way to communicate with leaders of countries the North never had close ties with, they say.

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Gen. Jack Keane praises Trump’s pressure campaign on Iran: ‘First rate’

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Despite provocations in the Middle East, President Trump was implementing an effective, “first rate” pressure campaign on the Iranian regime.

That was how Fox News senior strategic analyst Gen. Jack Keane described the situation on Saturday. Amid attacks on oil tankers and a U.S. military drone, some questioned whether Trump made the right decision in pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes, who helped spearhead the deal, argued that the current tensions were “eminently predictable” given Trump’s decision. But Keane, while appearing on “America’s News Headquarters,” praised the administration as the first to be on a “strategic offensive against Iran in 39 years.”

Keane described the administration’s maximum pressure campaign was “first rate.” He warned that Iran was trying to distract the U.S. from that campaign and that the administration should persevere if it wanted to change the nation’s behavior. “That has got to be our strategic focus,” he told Fox News host Leland Vittert.

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His comments came just a day after the president announced that he ordered a military strike on Iran, only to renege at the last minute due to concerns over the number of casualties. Trump argued that the attack — potentially killing 150 people — wouldn’t have been a “proportionate” response to Iran’s decision to strike down an unmanned drone.

It’s unclear whether Iran’s national leadership approved of the strike, a fact that Trump apparently knew as well. But Keane said that he took Trump’s explanation at “face value,” suggesting that his decision was mostly based on the casualty estimate his advisers gave him.

Trump’s decision prompted Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to demand he seek approval from Congress before approving more strikes. While it’s unclear how Trump will react, his administration has maintained that it would use force if necessary.

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“The Iranians know it — if they kill Americans, the response is going to be pretty significant,” Keane said on Saturday.

“What we have here is a huge opportunity … The president now, because he’s exercised restraint, has leverage. He can go to the Europeans, to the Asians,” he said, noting that Trump could push other nations to join his pressure campaign.

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