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The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 16 June 2020

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North Korea Adopts Increasingly Aggressive Posture.

North Korea is threatening to move soldiers into border areas that had been disarmed under inter-Korean agreements, following its threats to take military action over leaflets send by activists from South Korea.

The moves come after the North Korean leadership had stated that it sees no point in maintaining relations between leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump (see: Daily Quick-Look 12 June 2020).

North Korea's rhetoric will likely become increasingly hostile, as the US enters its election cycle and relations between the US and North Korean ally China deteriorate.

What's next for North Korea?

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The Daily Quick-Look for 16 June 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours and why they matter. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

*BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

1. UNITED STATES - Security: Trump says U.S. to pull some troops from Germany over NATO spending feud

BLUF: President Donald Trump said on Monday he would cut the number of U.S. troops in Germany to 25,000, faulting the close U.S. ally for failing to meet NATO’s defense spending target and accusing it of taking advantage of America on trade. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Trump took a hard line with member nations of NATO early in his presidency, where he accused countries of not paying their fair share and contributions.

2. VENEZUELA - Security/Economic/Political: Mexico offers to sell gasoline to Venezuela

BLUF: Mexico would sell gasoline to Venezuela if that country were to make a request, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said today, despite US sanctions on such trade.

"If they were to make a request, it would be a humanitarian need and we would do it," Lopez Obrador said, specifying that Venezuela had not yet asked. (Argus Media. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Venezuela has worked hard to find allies despite the US stance against them, particularly with China and Iran. Mexico will be walking a fine line with the US should it persist down 'humanitarian' lines, but will highly likely find the US unsympathetic to either countries' position.

3. BRAZIL - Political: Brazil's Bolsonaro says military will not remove elected president

BLUF: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday that the country’s military would not obey any order to remove an elected president, deepening a war of words with the judicial branch that has led to fears of threats to democracy in the country. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Jair Bolsonaro was democratically elected as the president of Brazil. The situation in Brazil mirrors the US Democratic Party's war to remove democratically elected US President Donald Trump from office through similar methods, along with recent comments by Joe Biden regarding removing Trump from the White House using the military should Biden be elected and Trump fail to leave.

4. BOTSWANA - Security: Botswana lifts coronavirus lockdown in capital city

BLUF: Botswana on Monday lifted a recently reinstated coronavirus lockdown on its capital city Gaborone and surrounding areas after most of the cases reported last week turned out to be negative, the health department said. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: As countries seek to lift restrictions, a second global outbreak is becoming more likely by the day, as protesters pack streets for BLM protests around the world.

5. NORTH KOREA - Security: N. Korea's military threatens to reenter disarmed border areas

BLUF: North Korea's military said Tuesday it is reviewing plans to reenter border areas disarmed under inter-Korean agreements, days after the North threatened to take military action over the sending of leaflets by activists from South Korea. (The Korea Herald. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: The North Korean leadership had recently released a statement of wanting to cut ties with the US administration over a lack of need and hostile sanctions against China. North Korea's move to increase its offensive posture is to be expected.

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