President Donald Trump on Friday’s broadcast of Rush Limbaugh‘s show, when talking about Iran, had some harsh words for the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, telling them not to “f— around with us.”
“And [Iran]’s been put on notice. If you f— around with us, if you do something bad to us,” the president said, “we are gonna do things to you that have never been done before.”
Late last month, the Trump administration unilaterally sanctioned Iran’s Revolutionary Court System on human rights’ grounds for torturing and executing a wrestler who had participated in a protest, as well as other human rights abuses.
President Trump was on Limbaugh’s radio show holding a virtual campaign rally for his supporters when he made the comments. After contracting the Coronavirus late last week, Trump and his campaign said that they would be conducting virtual campaign events and rallies.
As a result of the president’s positive diagnosis, the Commission on Presidential Debates decided to make the second presidential debate a virtual one, which Trump rejected and subsequently backed out of. Because of this, the Trump and Biden campaigns have agreed to push this town hall-style debate to October 22 instead of next week so that it can be in person. The third debate, however, is up in the air.
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Report: North Korean ballistic missile fired by Russia into Ukraine contained components sourced from U.S.
A new report from Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a U.K.-based investigative organization, determined that a North Korean ballistic missile which was fired by Russia into Ukraine contained “numerous” electronic components sourced from the U.S. and Europe.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reported on the findings, noting approximately 75% of the 290 components analyzed in the missile originated from U.S.-based companies, and an additional 16% of components came from European firms, according to the CAR report.
The electronic components came from 26 countries in total and were largely utilized in the missile’s navigation system, according to the report. It isn’t clear how the components ended up in North Korea’s possession, as the country is strictly sanctioned by a bulk of the international community, but it’s possible other foreign companies, acting as middlemen, bought the components and then diverted them to the communist country.
However, the fact that North Korea was able to acquire so many American electronic component parts suggests “that the country has developed a robust acquisition network capable of circumventing, without detection, sanction regimes that have been in place for nearly two decades,” according to the report.
CAR documents “weapons at the point of use and track their sources back through the chains of supply.”North Korea gathered the components, assembled the missile and shipped it to Russia, all within a relatively short time period, according to the report. The missile was recovered by CAR on Jan. 2, and the investigators determined it could not have been manufactured before March 2023.
A @conflictarm field investigation team recently documented the electronic components of a North Korean ballistic missile recovered in Ukraine on 2 January 2024. CAR investigators documented over 290 components, mostly found in the missile’s navigation system.🧵 (1/6) pic.twitter.com/WxsedC18K6
— CAR (@conflictarm) February 20, 2024
The U.S. government and intelligence agencies are working to stop sensitive American intellectual property from ending up in the hands of several foreign adversaries. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin have strengthened their relationship since Russia first invaded Ukraine in February 2022.
“Due in part to our export and sanction controls, Russia has become increasingly isolated on the world stage, and they’ve been forced to look to like-minded states for military equipment,” White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman John Kirby said during a press briefing in January. “One of those states is North Korea.”
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