In a statement to the U.N's International Atomic Energy Organization, the U.S. said North Korea’s re-engagement of its nuclear program presents “clear violations of multiple (U.N.) resolutions and must cease immediately." The statement comes after the U.S. Army commander in the Pacific said military officials had detected "increased militarization" of the program, adding that the distance North Korean missiles could travel with nuclear warheads is “of great concern" to the United States. The U.S. is currently undergoing military training with South Korea, a country with whom North Korea is technically still at war with. At the same time, North Korea launched their own missile tests this week. The North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yon told the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva that the military activity created “especially high possibility of sparking off a war," and claimed that his country could hit the U.S. with a preemptive nuclear attack ... Discuss

A 60-year-old pastor from Canada named Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim has gone missing after traveling to North Korea on January 30. His church and family say that he was scheduled to come home on Feb. 4, but hasn’t been heard from since the day after he left. Lim’s church, Light Korean Presbyterian Church, helps operate an orphanage, children’s nursery and nursing home in the country, and the pastor has reportedly visited the area dozens of times.

The church said he never showed up at the humanitarian facility this time. Initially, church members believed that Lim may have been held as part of the country’s strict Ebola prevention measures, and thought he was being quarantined for 21-days—the typical incubation period for the virus. Now, however, there are growing concerns that Lim is being detained liked several other religious missionaries have been in the past. Evangelizing is prohibited in the country, where even possessing a Bible could be met with severe punishment. His church says Lim was familiar with the rules and would not have broken them. A friend of Lim’s told AFP that the pastor was summoned to meet with officials before going missing: “As far as I know, he was asked by officials to come to Pyongyang on Jan. 31 before he went incommunicado" ... Discuss

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress in a speech today that the U.S. should abandon a proposed deal with Iran because it could help the country possess nuclear weapons in the near future. The U.S. is part of a coalition of nations negotiating an agreement with Iran for the country to temporarily stop pursuing nuclear technology. The U.S. and several other nations are offering relief from economic sanctions if Iran complies. In his speech, Netanyahu said, "We've been told that no deal is better than a bad deal. Well this is a bad deal, a very bad deal." He claimed that the agreement “will all but guarantee that Iran will get those nuclear weapons, lots of them." Specifically, he warned, "Iran could get to the bomb by keeping the deal because all the restrictions would basically expire in about a decade.”

His speech was extremely controversial in Washington, because it was done at the invitation of Republican lawmakers, not the Democratic White House. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi refused to clap during several standing ovations and issued a blistering statement following the speech, calling it an "insult to the intelligence of the United States." Netanyahu thanked the U.S. for their support, and added, “I deeply regret that some perceive my being here as political.” Throughout the speech, he underscored why he believed Iran remains an enemy of the U.S. and Israel, in hopes of preventing the proposed deal from moving forward. President Obama refused to meet Netanyahu out of concern that it would interfere with a coming meeting with officials from Iran. White House aids said that Obama did not plan on watching today’s speech on television ... Discuss

Twitter is no longer allowing its network to serve as a mouthpiece for ISIS. In the past few days, the social media site suspended at least 2,000 accounts associated with the brutal radical Islamic group, including the ISIS members that serve as the group's official media voices. Experts say the moves by Twitter could seriously hamper propaganda campaigns and efforts to recruit new members. Ironically, Twitter’s crackdown was not only independent of any request from the U.S. government, according to a source interviewed by ABC News, the “U.S. intelligence community would prefer the accounts stay open for intelligence gathering purposes.”

In response, a message (possibly from ISIS) was posted online directly threatening Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and Twitter employees, reading in part, “Imagine the scene, while one of the Twitter employees is out at a nearby bar, drunk, and it’s dark, a lion waiting jumps and cuts this throat … How will you, Jack, protect your helpless employees when their necks becomes [sic] an official target for the soldiers of the Caliphate.” ISIS is responsible for thousands of deaths, brutal executions, mass abductions and sickening displays of violence posted in online videos as part of it campaign to establish an “Islamic State” in and around Syria ... Discuss

A would-be car thief in Ireland was foiled by a plan of his own making when the brick he tried to hurtle through a car window ... well, just watch and see for yourself. Better luck next time, car thieves ... Discuss

According to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 220 people from Assyrian Christian villages have been abducted by ISIS during three days of raids in Syria. (Though, that number could be even higher.) The head of the organization told Reuters, “They have taken the people they kidnapped away from the villages and into their territory.” Yesterday, CNN reported that ISIS was preparing to release a new video, confirming the capture of the Christians, and threatening to kill them if the U.S. did not stop conducting airstrikes. Following the new rounds of raids, ISIS now has taken control of 10 Christian villages ... Discuss