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White House Denies WSJ Report That Trump Will Not Withdraw From Paris Climate Deal

Update: it took about 10 minutes for the White House to deny the WSJ report, with the NYT and Bloomberg reporting that a White House spokesman has denied the WSJ story claiming US might stay in Paris accords, saying "position hasn't changed."  Bloomberg confirms the White House comment, stating that there is "no change" in the US position on the Paris Deal, and that US will withdraw unless presented with "more favorable terms."

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US Military Officials Reportedly Observe North Korean Missile Launchers Being Prepared

On the heels of the release of satellite imagery showing notable instability around the site of North Korea's nuclear bomb testing facility, NBC reports that three US military officials have observed North korea moving mobile missile launchers and preapreing hard sites in the last 48 hours.

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Trump Blocks Chinese Acquisition Of Chipmaker Lattice Semi Over "Security Risk"

In a move that will likely cause at least a few frowns in Beijing, Bloomberg reports that President Trump blocked a Chinese-backed buyer from acquiring chipmaker Lattice Semiconductor, not only a "personal rebuke that bodes poorly for several other Chinese buyers seeking U.S. security clearance for their acquisitions", but also a symbolic escalation of the "cold" trade war with China, hinting that the Trump administration will no longer allow China to acquire advanced US intellectual property, especially when national security may be on the line.

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