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President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech mostly ignored the world outside of America. He made a few tough statements on things like the Iran deal and Guantanamo and described (accurately) the evil nature of the North Korean regime, but he said very little about his foreign policy. Trump and his top officials have asserted that the era of "strategic patience" with North Korea is over. They have ruled out any prospect of accepting North Korea as a nuclear state and believe traditional deterrence will not work.The president has specifically promised that North Korea would never be able to develop a nuclear weapon that could reach the United States. Trump has done something similar with Iran.Were Trump to unilaterally abrogate the accord, the Iranians have several options.Second, the Pakistani military would ratchet up the violence in Afghanistan, demonstrating that it has the capacity to destabilize the pro-American government in Kabul, throw the country into chaos and tie down the U.S. forces that are now in their 17th year of war.
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