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Macron: "We will strike" if given proof of chemical attacks in Syria

French President Emmanuel Macron.
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France's President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that France would retaliate against the Syrian regime if he had proof that civilians were being attacked with chemical weapons, Reuters reports.

"On chemical weapons, I set a red line and I reaffirm that red line...If we have proven evidence that chemical weapons proscribed in treaties are used, we will strike the place where they are made."
— Macron

Why it matters: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government has continuously denied the use of chemical weapons in the civil war devastating Syria. Yet the regime has been accused "of repeatedly using chlorine gas...as a chemical weapon against civilians," Reuters reports, and Macron has been criticized "of inaction."

Joe Uchill 12 hours ago
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US mulls sanctions against Kaspersky Lab

Eugene Kaspersky speaking
Eugene Kaspersky, founder of Kaspersky Lab, speaks at the 2018 Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit. Photo: Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images

Government officials are considering sanctions barring Kaspersky Lab from doing business in the U. S., CyberScoop reports.

Kaspersky's products have already been barred from federal systems as an alleged security risk, with reports the company's computer security software had been hijacked by Russian intelligence operatives to steal U.S. secrets. The company denies knowing involvement in any such scheme.

Gi-Wook Shin 13 hours ago
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Kim Jong-un's nuclear announcements sound big but change little

People watch a public television screen showing coverage of the 'Third Plenary Meeting' of the 7th central committee of the ruling Workers' Party, in Pyongyang
Kim Jong-un's nuclear announcement televised in Pyongyang on April 21, 2018. Photo: Kim Won Jin/AFP via Getty Images

Last week, Kim Jong-un set the stage for upcoming summits with South Korea and the U.S. by announcing the suspension of North Korea's nuclear and long-range missile tests and the closure of its northern nuclear test site.

The big picture: Although Kim’s move is clever, we have been here before, and it does not change the game. North Korea may have no need of another nuclear test in the near future — there hasn't been one since September — and Kim knows that this concession is the bare minimum he will need to offer at his meeting with Trump.