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  1. US President Donald Trump has reinstated the planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, telling reporters outside the White House Friday, "I think we're going to have a relationship, and it will start on June 12." I think it's probably going to be a very successful, ultimately a successful process," Trump told reporters on the White House lawn after meeting with a senior North Korean official in the Oval Office. According to the US president, he doesn't want to use the term "maximum pressure" regarding Washington's stance toward North Korea anymore. Trump further said, in response to questions, that the transformation of North Korea was possible with Kim remaining in power. North Korean Leader's Approval Rating in S Korea Up Threefold in 2 Months - Poll At the same time, Trump said that he did not like the meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had with the North Korean leader this week, but he added that it could be a positive thing. "I didn't like it, but it could be very positive, too," Trump told reporters. "I didn't like the Russian meeting yesterday. I said ‘What's the point purpose of that?' but it could be a positive meeting." READ MORE: Analyst Explains 'Magic' in Trump's Letter to Kim, Moscow's Signal to N Korea Earlier in the day, North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol arrived at the White House to deliver a letter from the North Korean leader to Trump. Leaving the reporters, Trump noted that he hadn't yet read the letter, though he'd said minutes earlier that it was very "interesting." Trump also said he has no plans to introduce any new sanctions against North Korea unless there is a breakdown in the scheduled talks. Last week, Trump abruptly pulled out from the historic planned summit with Kim scheduled to take place on June 12 in Singapore, citing hostile comments made by Pyongyang. At the same time, however, Trump did stress that he was looking forward to meeting with Kim "some day." Nevertheless, Washington and Pyongyang continued making preparations for the historic summit, which might be focused on denuclearization as well as bringing peace to the Korean Peninsula. North Korea continued to advertise its willingness to talk, and Trump has now confirmed that the US side intends to meet as planned.
  2. Israel’s new ground-to-ground missile force, kickstarted with a half a billion dollars, will continue to receive funding to the tune of $2 billion over the next 10 years, according to a new report. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman made the decision to create the new force in early January, according to the Haaretz newspaper. The unit was said to be part of the army's ground forces and will operate surface-to-surface missiles with a range of 300 kilometers (186 miles). The funding figures originate from unnamed sources who spoke with Breaking Defense. The unit was launched as a result of the failures of the American M270 MLRS, or Multiple Launch Rocket System, to meet operational necessities. It isn't known where the MLRS falls short, but the Israeli version can only reach distances of 70 km. The country's new missile unit will include extended-range missiles like Extra, meant to replace air-ground weapons for mid- to long-range strikes, with a 150 km range. Israel had already been manufacturing Extra for foreign buyers; however, Israel's navy and air force are also expected to adopt them. After Israel attacked alleged Iranian targets in Syria May 9, continuing a series of strikes that began an hour after US President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement the day prior, Syria claimed that surface-to-surface missiles were used against their forces. Vladimir Kozhin, Russia's foreign aid adviser, said that the Kremlin had no plan to outfit Syria with more S-300 anti-air defense systems, despite both heavy speculation they were planning to do so and Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad's comments to reporters that a delivery had arrived a month prior. "We never announced these deliveries as such. However, we said that after the strikes [by the US, France and the UK in April], Russia reserves the right to do whatever it deems necessary," Kozhin said, adding that Syria had "everything they needed." Haddad's remarks were also denied by a "Russian military and diplomatic source," Sputnik News reported. Nonetheless, Syria still plans on beefing up its air defense, President Bashar al-Assad told RT International for an interview published May 31. "Our air defense is much stronger than before, thanks to the Russian support, and the recent attacks by the Israelis and by the Americans and British and French proved that we are in a better situation," he said. "The only option is to improve our air defense, this is the only thing we can do, and we are doing that." The Syrian president also accused Israel of lying about targeting Iranian installations in his country and of supporting Islamist insurgents. "We had tens of Syrian martyrs and wounded soldiers, not a single Iranian," Assad said.
  3. Amazon’s top-secret computing service, first designed for the Central Intelligence Agency, is poised to pick up a new client, official documents show. The National Ground Intelligence Agency, a military agency supporting US Army Intelligence, plans to procure and use Amazon's cloud service, according to an unclassified task order from last month. "Migration to the Intelligence Community Information Technology Environment Cloud provides the opportunity to evaluate and potentially re-invent how army [military intelligence] delivers IT services," the task order states. Specifically, the agency will adopt the "C2S Cloud," or Commercial Cloud Services, which the army says "is Amazon Web Services for the [intelligence community]." The hit product, AWS, is a huge deal in American commercial IT circles. Amazon's massive server farms allow clients to purchase computing power on a "buy as you go" basis and scale up usage efficiently. The company describes cloud computing as "the on-demand delivery of compute power, database storage, applications and other IT resources." "When Amazon launches in your space, you're stupid if you don't get scared by that," Emil Eifrem told the Wall Street Journal on Friday. Eifrem designed a graphing software suite to help AWS users analyze their data usage more than a year ago and virtually "defined the technology." Amazon later asked him for help on a similar, in-house data tool before announcing that it would be available to all AWS customers this week. "They tend to outcompete everyone," Eifrem acknowledged. Former Walmart CEO Bill Simon argues that the way Amazon uses AWS profits to maintain overall profitability is "anti-competitive," The Channel Company reported Tuesday. Shuffling profits from AWS toward non-related business segments, like Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods, "is akin to Exxon Mobil getting into the restaurant business and using profits from oil to sell below cost in the restaurants to build market share." AWS was single-handedly responsible for "all" of Amazon's operating income in 2017, CPA Danny Vena reported May 5. In the first quarter of 2018, operating income from AWS increased 57 percent from the previous quarter to $1.4 billion, the accountant said. That's roughly $466 million per month and approximately $15 million per day. Amazon, whose chief executive, Jeff Bezos, purchased the Washington Post Co. for $250 million in cash in 2013, previously won a $600 million contract with the CIA to develop C2S Cloud. The C2S Cloud is intimately involved with the US intelligence community's "big data operations," the task order notes. The National Ground Intelligence Agency is seeking the Cloud capability "to enable sharing of intelligence information with other members of the US Intelligence Community," according to information from the General Services Administration, a government agency that focuses on acquiring products and technology for the government.
  4. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump said on Friday he would not mind making separate trade deals with Canada and Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “I wouldn’t mind seeing NAFTA, where you go by a different name, where you make a separate deal with Canada and a separate deal with Mexico,” Trump told reporters. Previously, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the adoption of the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement may take place in 2019 as US President Donald Trump is focused on striking a beneficial deal. Couple of days earlier, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the United States, Canada and Mexico were close to reaching agreement on a renegotiated NAFTA. However, Washington said the same day that the talks were "nowhere close" to an agreement. NAFTA in its current state has been in place since 1994. Trump has repeatedly threatened to pull out of the agreement if a better one is not negotiated.
  5. The German luxury car maker and Volkswagen subsidiary stopped the sale of its vehicles in Europe over suspected non-compliance with environmental standards, German media has reported. The halt in sales will last until Porsche adapts to the new WLTP test standards for vehicle emissions and fuel consumption, which will step into effect across the European Union in September. According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, the new standards are meant to take into account of the ultrafine particles emitted by the new generation of direct injection gas engines. When browsing Porsche's vehicle lineup on its website, a pop-up message appears informing shoppers that "The model you have selected is temporarily unavailable as a freely configurable new car due to an upcoming model revision." The message applies to Porsche's hybrid offerings as well. The company urges customers to get in touch with local dealerships to pre-order affected models during the transition. The automaker has yet to make an official statement on the issue.
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  7. MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized on Wednesday the need to fight back an ideology which might lead to Nazism and Holocaust while naming Iran as a country posing threat to Israel. On May 9, Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and attend the Victory Day Parade in Russia. During the talks with Putin, the Israeli prime minister thanked his counterpart for the invitation as well as for separate mentioning of Holocaust in his speech. According to Netanyahu, this is another evidence of close relations between the peoples of Russia and Israel. READ MORE: Highlights of the 2018 Victory Day Parade in Moscow (PHOTO, VIDEO) Putin, in his turn, noted that Moscow and Tel Aviv shared memories of World War II and were united in their attitude to Nazism. In commemoration of the victims of the war, the leaders laid wreaths at the tomb of the unknown soldier. "The role of history is very important –when such a murderous ideology appears, it is necessary to stand up to it in time. It is hard to believe, but 73 years after the Holocaust, we in the Middle East have a country – Iran – which openly calls for the destruction of the state of Israel," Netanyahu said. Later in the day, during a phone briefing, the Israeli Prime Minister told reporters that there were no basis for concern that Russia would attempt to limit Israeli military actions in Syria. He went on saying that previous speculations that Moscow will try to stop Tel Aviv's cross-border attacks proved to be false. The meeting between the two leaders comes a day after US President Donald Trump announced his decision to pull out Washingon from the nuclear deal with Iran. Russia, alongside many European countries, has spoken out in favor of preserving the agreement, whereas Netanyahu, who has been insisting that Iran violates the agreement, has welcomed this move. It is worth mentioning that Tehran's compliance has been repeatedly confirmed by the nuclear watchdog, International Atomic Energy Agency. Tensions between Israel and Iran has been running high recently, with the latest episode being suspected overnight Israeli attack on the outskirts of Damascus which reportedly targeted depots belonging to Iran's Revolutionary Guards. Apart from the nuclear deal, Israel also expresses concern over alleged Iran's attempts to establish a permanent military presence in Syria and thus expand its clout in the whole region. However, Tehran denies the claims, noting that the country has been only sending military advisers to train troops loyal to Damascus since Iran supports Syrian President Bashar Assad in his struggle against terrorist groups in the country. Nevertheless, Israel continues to view Iranian activities as a threat to national security.
  8. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States has dedicated a large portion of its Defense Intelligence Agency to keep an eye on Russia, US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford said during a Senate hearing on Wednesday. "We significantly increased our analytic effort towards Russia and really dedicated a large portion of our defense intelligence agency now to look specifically at Russia," Dunford said. Duford underscored that the United States took its "eye off the ball" in regard to Russia. The Defense Department has only been able to meet 30 to 40 percent of each combatant commander’s commands, Dunford said. READ MORE: US Senate Intelligence Panel Plans to End Probe Into Russia Meddling in August The official noted, citing NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, that there were no adequate resources to keep an eye on Russia. He added that the shortfall is due to balancing the global demand which has shifted to North Korea. Earlier this year, the Defense Department in its national security strategy said Russia was considered a major threat to US and NATO. Moscow has repeatedly called the US-NATO aggressive military buildup near Russia’s borders as nothing but a provocation.
  9. The US decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), more commonly known as Iran nuclear deal, has sparkled uncerainty over the reached nuclear arrangements and Tehran's further actions. Riyadh will seek to develop its own nukes if Tehran decides to renew its nuclear weapons program, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said. "If Iran acquires nuclear capability we will do everything we can to do the same," the minister said as quoted by the CNN. In the wake of US President Donald Trump's announcement that he was pulling out Washington from the 2015 nuclear agreement, Saudi Arabia welcomed this step, adding that it would follow the US and would also reinstate anti-Iranian sanctions. The sanctions were lifted under the JCPOA in exchange for Iran maintaining its nuclear program peaceful.
  10. US President Donald Trump tweeted that the Democrats were not supporting his CIA nominee Gina Haspel because she was way too tough on terrorism. Earlier, reports emerged that Haspel would withdraw her candidacy over a number of concerns. Michael Springmann, attorney, author and former diplomat from Washington DC, has shared his take on this. Sputnik: What is your assessment of Trump's nominee for CIA Director? What prompted Ms Haspel to consider her withdrawal? Michael Springmann: In my view in this political theatre, the Central Intelligence Agency has long been known for murder, war crimes and human rights violations. The only person who went to jail for torture was John Kiriakou, but he didn’t do any torturing himself, he reported that it was American government policy. But in the past, people who engaged in torture, who covered up torture, such as Gina Haspel and other people, they’ve never been touched. There has never been a field-grade military officer or high-level civil servant who has been going to jail for what they did to people under this assumed war on terror that has been running since May 2011. I think that this back and forth of Gina Haspel is something to show that she is sorry, she doesn’t want to harm the agency. The agency is very good at manipulating the American press, and the American Congress and the rest of the American government, and the American people, saying it’s a needed organization, it helps protect America from unspecified enemies. I think that this is nonsense and I think that they really want to keep the agency looking pristine, so they have a little hair shirt and mayor Cooper business: “I’m sorry, I’m terribly sorry, I won’t do it again and so forth.” Sputnik: In your opinion, as a legal expert, do you feel that Gina Haspel at any time broke the law, or was everything that she did within the law at the time when she acted? Michael Springmann: I think she broke the law and should be prosecuted. The United States is signatory to the international Convention Against Torture run through the United Nations. The US’ code has Title 18 Chapter 1136 that forbids torture and provides draconian punishment for people who engage in torture; and they specify torture as being everything from harming people physically to sleep deprivation and forcing one to sit, or stand, or lie in uncomfortable positions. And you can get 20 years for ordinary torture, and if the subject dies you can get the death penalty. So, I think, they really need to look at Gina Haspel’s background on this. People working for the clandestine service are people who don’t care about the law, moreal values or human rights. When I was at the CIA’s consulate at Jeddah, the agency there, which was most of the consulate, and the consulate general Jay Freyers were recruiting terrorists for the Mujahideen to fight in Afghanistan against the then Soviet Union. So, these people just don’t care, and they hide their actions under national security, which is a great cover from murder, war crimes and human rights violations.