Military

Trump creates new Space Command

President Donald Trump signs an executive order on the Space Force in June.
President Donald Trump signs an executive order on the Space Force in June. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered the creation of a unified combatant command to oversee all U.S. military activities in space.

Why it matters: This is a step toward the creation of a sixth branch of the military, the Space Force, which the administration is seeking congressional support for.

Go deeper: National security figures dominate early Space Force meeting

Report: North Korea still skirting oil sanctions

Kim Jong-un looks mad and claps.
Photo: Pyeongyang Press Corps/Pool/Getty Images

North Korea is still receiving oil transports overseas and violating UN sanctions, often with the help of Russia and China, according to a top secret U.S. military assessment obtained by NBC News’ Courtney Kube and Dan De Luce.

The details: U.S.-led forces have been deployed to the region since September to try disrupting the transports, but their interventions so far have not stopped them, officials told NBC News. They have only forced North Korea to change tactics and operate in bodies of water farther away from the peninsula, underlining the Trump administration’s difficulty in strangling the North’s economy.

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