Rick Santorum to Make Second Run for Republican Presidential Nomination
Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum will launch his second campaign for the White House on Wednesday, joining an already crowded field seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
The 57-year-old Santorum will make the announcement at a manufacturing plant in Pennsylvania, the state he represented in both the House and Senate for several years from 1991 until 2007, when he lost his Senate re-election bid.
Santorum was little regarded when he launched his first bid for the Republican nomination in 2012, but stunned political observers when he narrowly won the influential Iowa party caucuses over Mitt Romney, drawing supporters attracted to his strong social conservatism. Santorum went on to win 10 more state caucuses and primaries before his campaign lost momentum to Romney, the party's eventual nominee.
Despite his strong showing in 2012, Santorum faces another uphill battle in the upcoming race, with well over a dozen candidates who have either formally entered or are considering entering the race, including former governors Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee, current senators Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, and retired surgeon Ben Carson, many with strong social conservative credentials.
US, South Korea, Japan Agree on Need to Pressure Nuclear North Korea
Top nuclear negotiators from the United States, South Korea and Japan agreed in a meeting Wednesday that they need to increase pressure and sanctions against North Korea while continuing diplomatic efforts to address the country's nuclear weapons program.
Sung Kim, the U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, said after the talks in Seoul that North Korea's nuclear intentions are clear. "We should be concerned regardless of the stage of their development," he said.
The meeting comes after new, but unverified, claims of nuclear advancements by North Korea, which has threatened for years to carry out a nuclear attack on the U.S., South Korea and Japan. The three nations were part of unsuccessful six-party disarmament talks to address North Korea's nuclear arsenal.
South Korean envoy Hwang Joonkook described the situation as uncertain and tense, saying Wednesday that North Korea continues to advance its program.
The U.S. and South Korean envoys are due to travel to Beijing to meet with their Chinese counterpart, as they continue working on a unified approach to North Korea.