The Dossier: Trump’s warning to Tehran

· May 20, 2019  
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Trump tells Tehran regime war will mean ‘official end of Iran’

Responding to report of a rocket attack directed at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, President Trump made it clear that the United States will not back down from Iranian aggression.

“If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!” the president tweeted over the weekend. Since his statement, there have been no additional rocket attacks near the embassy location.

The U.S. military continues to conduct exercises in the Persian Gulf, following a reported increased terrorist threat originating in Iran.

New report explores North Korea’s human & sex trafficking epidemic

An investigation by the Korea Future Initiative has found that tens of thousands of North Korean women and girls are sold into Chinese sex trafficking networks, where they are subject to horrific abuses.

The Independent UK reports on the new study: “The investigation, by the Korea Future Initiative, has uncovered new and disturbing patterns of horrific sexual abuse perpetrated against trafficked North Korean women and girls in mainland China. It found women are also being subject to sex trafficking, sexual abuse, prostitution, forced marriage and forced marriage there.”

You can read the full report here.

US warship challenges China’s territorial claims in Pacific

The U.S. military announced that an American warship purposely sailed into the Scarborough Shoal area of the South China Sea on Sunday, specifically to challenge China’s contested territorial claims there.

Reuters reports:

“The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, where Chinese, Japanese and some Southeast Asian navies operate.

China claims almost all of the strategic South China Sea and frequently lambastes the United States and its allies over naval operations near Chinese-occupied islands.

Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have competing claims in the region.”

Trump admin appears to scrap migrant redirection plan

The White House is refuting reports that it had initially planned to send illegal migrants from the Mexican border to Florida and other states.

“There are no plans to send migrants to Northern or Coastal Border facilities, including Florida,” President Trump tweeted. “Our country is FULL, will not, and can not, take you in!”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he got confirmation from the president himself that there would be no authorization to move the migrants to his state.

UK’s Brexit Party emerges as front-runner for most Euro parliament seats

The United Kingdom’s Brexit Party, which was formed by Brexit champion Nigel Farage last month, is poised to send a large number of anti-EU legislators to the European Union as members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

A new poll shows that the group has 34 percent of the vote, a plurality, ahead of the May 23 elections.

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Author: Jordan Schachtel

Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review and editor of The Dossier for Blaze Media. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.