“While Biden will want to put other issues, including domestic concerns, at the top of his list of priorities, Pyongyang has a way of forcing the United States to pay attention to North Korea.”Waqas Adenwala, Asia analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit, agreed.“North Korea often attempts to remain relevant by conducting various missile tests and this will ensure that the issue remains a key foreign policy priority,” he said.The reclusive regime launched missiles early in both the Obama and Trump administrations. Relations between Washington and Pyongyang have seen highs and lows over the past four years.President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un exchanged threats and provocations in 2017, but subsequently met twice at bilateral meetings in 2018 and 2019 discuss denuclearization in a bid to roll back tensions. The U.S. offered possible relief from sanctions that the U.N. has imposed on Pyongyang since 2006, but the talks failed to achieve much progress.Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, whose business holds a telecommunications license in North Korea, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble that Biden should continue Trump’s policy to connect with Pyongyang.“I work in North Korea, and I know the mentality. The threats and the bullying and so on, it will not work with them,” he said. “What will work with them is, we reach (out) to them and we test their sincerity of peace.”“It’s not in our interest, as a free world, to have China dominate this part of the world and take North Korea to its side,” he added. Seoul should thus avoid the impression that its alliance policy is: ‘Please protect us while we make peace with Pyongyang and make money with Beijing.’Leif-Eric EasleyProfessor at Ewha University North Korea often attempts to remain relevant by conducting various missile tests and this will ensure that the issue remains a key foreign policy priority.Waqas Adenwala- Advertisement – “The coming weeks may see North Korea conduct a nuclear or long-range ballistic missile test in order to send a strong message to the incoming president,” said Evans Revere, a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings Institution. Revere also said the demands being made are widely viewed as “excessive, unfair and unsupported by facts,” and that Trump failed to recognize that the military presence in South Korea — meant to deter North Korea — will be beneficial for the U.S. as well.“I have no doubt that the Biden administration will recognize this and come to a speedy, reasonable agreement with our South Korean allies,” he said.Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, said Biden would demand “more modest increases” in military cost-sharing without threatening to withdraw American troops.However, he said a Biden administration would be sensitive to international burden-sharing as it fights the pandemic at home. “Seoul should thus avoid the impression that its alliance policy is: ‘Please protect us while we make peace with Pyongyang and make money with Beijing,’” Easley said. – Advertisement – People watch a television news broadcast showing a file image of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on March 21, 2020.Jung Yeon-je | AFP | Getty Images Sharon Squassoni of George Washington University said Biden would take a principled approach to North Korea that supports “long-standing U.S. security and non-proliferation objectives.”The research professor at GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs added that the North Korea would be a “top foreign policy objective for Biden from the start,” even if Kim doesn’t provoke the U.S. with more missile tests.She said Biden knows “benign neglect” won’t work with North Korea, and will seek to address it.“It may be quieter diplomatically than anything Trump ever did, but I think it will be a priority,” said Squassoni.South Korea and JapanExperts also weighed in on what a Biden presidency would mean for other North Asian countries. Leaders from Japan and South Korea have congratulated Biden, and said they want to work on their alliances with the U.S.Under Trump, the U.S. considered reducing its military presence in South Korea and signaled it wanted South Korea to pay more for troops stationed in the country after a cost-sharing agreement expired in 2019.“It is natural for any U.S. administration to urge Seoul to pay more to underwrite the costs of stationing U.S. forces in Korea,” said Revere, noting that South Korea has already agreed to boost its contributions. “However, the Trump administration has rejected this generous increase and demanded more.” SINGAPORE — North Korea may launch missiles to send a “strong message” to President-elect Joe Biden and ensure Pyongyang continues to be a foreign policy priority in Washington, analysts told CNBC.NBC News on Saturday projected that Biden would win the U.S. presidential election, four days after Election Day. President Donald Trump has not conceded, and has filed multiple lawsuits in swing states amid unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and illegal votes.Experts said Biden’s priority will be to tackle the coronavirus crisis and worries about the U.S. economy, but that North Korea could test weapons to make its presence felt.- Advertisement – President-elect Joe Biden waves to supporters as he leaves the Queen theater after receiving a briefing from the transition Covid-19 advisory board on November 09, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.Joe Raedle | Getty Images News | Getty Images The Economist Intelligence Unit Japanese flag in Tokyo ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan in November 2017.Artur Widak | NurPhoto | Getty Images In Japan, relations are likely to strengthen further, according to Adenwala of the EIU.That’s because Biden will not pursue a “volatile and mercantilist policy” with its allies, he said.Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga do not have the same personal rapport that Trump and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shared, but they will likely work together on the basis of “mutual interests such as trade and especially on issues of security, particularly in the face of increasingly assertive policies from China,” Adenwala said.Brookings’ Revere said there has been “considerable unease” in Japan over Trump’s approach to North Korea. He added that Biden would manage North Korea and burden-sharing negotiations well, and “restore confidence in the United States’ handling of bilateral defense and security ties.” – Advertisement –
Seymour, IN—The Seymour Board of Zoning Appeals has overturned a decision by the Seymour Plan Commission and has granted a land-use variance to a local developer to build a homeless shelter on the east side of the city.A standing-room-only crowd filled council chambers Tuesday night with many people speaking in favor of the proposed project. No one from the crowd spoke in opposition.
Syracuse football landed one of its highest-ranked recruits in head coach Dino Babers’ first full recruiting class. Ravian Pierce, a four-star junior college tight, committed to the Orange on Thursday. Scout.com first reported the news and Babers later tweeted that Syracuse landed Pierce and fellow JUCO commit Ryan Guthrie. Published on December 15, 2016 at 8:07 pm Contact Chris: email@example.com | @ChrisLibonati Scout lists Pierce at 6 feet, 3 inches and 230 pounds. Pierce had offers from Florida, Mississippi State, LSU, Oklahoma State, Oregon, South Florida, Southern Mississippi and Central Florida, per the recruiting service. He had visited Mississippi State and Oklahoma State.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDuring the 2016 season, Pierce attended Southwest Mississippi Community College. He caught 50 passes for 426 yards and two touchdowns. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining.Syracuse will lose tarting tight end Cameron MacPherson and backup Josh Parris to graduation while Trey Dunkelberger transferred to Western Illinois. SU returns just rising redshirt senior Kendall Moore and rising junior Kyle Kleinberg at the position.Track the rest of the incoming class here. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Three things that matterJets could delay Sam Darnold decision The second-year quarterback practiced Wednesday for the first time since being diagnosed with mononucleosis last month, but the team may not reveal this week’s starter until Sunday. Jets coach Adam Gase was optimistic Darnold could play, but will keep the Eagles guessing for now.”I like our odds better than what they’ve been,” Gase told reporters before practice. “Last week, if we would’ve been playing again, I would’ve said it’s very low. I like the fact that things have looked and progressed in the right direction. But I don’t know what that 5 percent is. There’s some gray still there.” Related News Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski needs season-ending surgery, report says Darnold has yet to be cleared for contact, but that could change as early as Friday after he participated in non-contact drills. In the meantime, backup Luke Falk is staying warm in case he needs to start again.Roquan Smith reappears after mysterious absenceThe star linebacker returned to practice after a mysterious absence kept him off the field Sunday and away from the team early this week, but his status for Sunday’s game in London is less certain even though he told reporters he plans to play.”We’ll see,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said.Smith was a surprise inactive just before Sunday’s win over the Vikings for a “personal issue,” and it was rumored he had not been acting like himself around the team facilities in recent days. It marked the first game he’s missed since being drafted in the first round in 2018, though he appears ready to get back on track after entering Week 4 with 24 tackles this season.Saquon Barkley seen running at practiceThe second-year running back showed off his superhuman skills as he took a significant step in his high ankle sprain recovery by running at practice, giving hope that he could return ahead of schedule.Saquon Barkley (high ankle) back on the field stretching with his teammates and seems to be moving well. He worked on the side and did some sprints + cutting w/trainer afterwards while the media was present. #Giants pic.twitter.com/d1Ul2wrjU3— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) October 2, 2019″Some people’s doctors had him at eight weeks. Not my doctors,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur told reporters.Barkley avoided surgery and the injured reserve list, and didn’t appear to have “any sort of limp or limitation” at any point of Wednesday’s training session.Two things that don’t matterStephen Gostkowski needs season-ending surgeryThe Patriots kicker was placed on injured reserve and reportedly is dealing with a hip injury that will sideline him the rest of 2019, though he is expected to be rehabbed by the 2020 season.News of the procedure comes hours after it was reported that New England was looking to work out free agent kickers amid Gostkowski’s struggles. The 35-year-old has missed four extra points and a field goal over the last three weeks, though he has hit 7 of 8 field goals this season.Jalen Ramsey still absent from JaguarsThe disgruntled cornerback hasn’t practiced since the Jaguars’ victory over the Titans on Sept. 19 and remains away from the team for various reasons, from injuries to the birth of his second child. Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone didn’t reveal any new updates.”Talking to Jalen today, basically it’s a day-to-day type thing,” Marrone said.Meanwhile, Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice because of the knee injury he suffered in Sunday’s win over the Broncos. Mitch Trubisky injury update: Bears QB day-to-day, could play Week 7 One video you have to seeBrowns running back Nick Chubb had no shame against the Ravens.We mic’d up our team’s biggest trash talker against the Ravens: Nick Chubb 😅Watch the extended mic’d up » https://t.co/Qo4LZ5YaTu pic.twitter.com/MWHyZ0vtS6— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 2, 2019Wednesday’s tweet of the dayCardinals veteran Larry Fitzgerald paid special tribute to Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill, who died Wednesday at age 88.The NFL family lost a pioneer today. Bill Bidwill loved the Arizona Cardinals and the great State of Arizona. He paved the way for so many by being on the forefront of giving minorities the opportunity to thrive as coaches and executives in the NFL. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/xJmmwhft4T— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) October 2, 2019He was also a man of quiet generosity giving of his time and resources to make lives better. I’ll always remember the opportunity he gave me to live my dream in the NFL. Rest in peace, Mr. B.— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) October 2, 2019 After weeks of quarterback headlines, one team’s kicker injury has proven to be pretty significant as well.But we’ll also evaluate the progress other hurt players have made in this edition of NFL news and notes.