Jimmy Carter Knows What North Korea Wants

You were the president during the Cold War. Who’s the greater threat: the Soviet Union then, or Russia now? I think the Soviet Union then was more of a threat. Both Brezhnev and I, when in office, faced the immediate prospect of conflagration that would deteriorate into a nuclear exchange. You helped broker one of the only Middle East peace deals that has actually worked — the agreement between Egypt and Israel. Do you think Jared Kushner has a shot at finishing the job in the Middle East? I don’t…

After Late Vote Switch, Senate Panel Approves Pompeo for Secretary of State

With two moderate Democrats signaling their support for Mr. Pompeo earlier on Monday, the confirmation of the United States’ top diplomat by the full Senate this week was all but secured anyway. Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, intends to move the full chamber to begin debate on Mr. Pompeo’s nomination as soon as Wednesday, with a final vote expected before senators leave Friday for a weeklong recess. But supporters of Mr. Pompeo feared that he would become the country’s 70th secretary of state with a…

Trump’s First State Dinner: Cherry Blossoms, Clinton China but No Democrats From Congress

Much of the planning for Mr. Macron’s arrival on Monday and the Tuesday dinner — components of the most high-profile affair a first lady can pull off — has fallen to a small East Wing staff of 10 people. They add up to 14 if you count the four aides in the White House Visitors Office and 15 if you count the first lady. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former Vogue operative known for marshaling the annual Met Gala in New York, and whose official contract with the East Wing ended…

Emmanuel Macron Heads to White House to Lobby Trump on Iran

“President Macron is correct in saying there’s no ‘Plan B’ on JCPOA,” Mr. Zarif wrote on Twitter. “It’s either all or nothing. European leaders should encourage President Trump not just to stay in the nuclear deal, but more importantly to begin implementing his part of the bargain in good faith.” President Macron is correct in saying there’s no “Plan B” on JCPOA. It’s either all or nothing. European leaders should encourage President Trump not just to stay in the nuclear deal, but more importantly to begin implementing his part of…

Opinion | What Fuels the Saudi Rivalry With Iran?

Saudi Arabia’s government officials, and particularly its powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, often talk about pushing back a dangerous Iranian threat. But the truth is, despite this talk, the foreign policy emanating from Riyadh is driven primarily by domestic politics. Prince Mohammed knows that a fearful enemy is a key to his own strength. The relationship between Saudi Arabia and Iran has oscillated between indifference, hostility, rapprochement and tension over the decades. Prince Mohammad appears determined to intensify the rivalry with Iran as he continues to raise Riyadh’s concerns…

Trump Rejects Notion He Has Made Too Many Concessions to North Korea

Photo President Trump incorrectly claimed on Twitter on Sunday that North Korea had “agreed to denuclearization.” Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — As negotiations over a summit meeting with the ruler of North Korea accelerate, President Trump on Sunday disputed any suggestion that he had made too many concessions at the outset of an unpredictable and potentially volatile diplomatic exercise. From his Florida estate, Mr. Trump took to Twitter to criticize Chuck Todd, the host of “Meet the Press,” who had questioned on his program…

China, Feeling Left Out, Has Plenty to Worry About in North Korea-U.S. Talks

“The loss of prestige is a big problem for China and Xi, who wants everyone else to view China as an essential actor of international relations, especially in the Northeast Asian context,” said Zhang Baohui, a professor of international relations at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. “Now, suddenly, China is no longer relevant.” [“We no longer need” nuclear or missile tests: Read about whether North Korea is really willing to trade away its arsenal for economic benefits.] In a declaration over the weekend that North Korea would suspend nuclear and…

Opinion | Adapting to American Decline

Its answer? Try harder. The document predicts that America’s allies will lose faith and the country’s global influence will wane unless taxpayers commit to “devoting additional resources in a sustained effort to solidify our competitive advantage.” The problem is, the United States already spends more on its military than the next seven or eight nations combined. Total annual expenditures, including for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, have averaged $561 billion since 2001. So, how much more must Americans spend to maintain a military edge sufficient to deter attacks against…