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The U.S. priorities for NATO: Russia and counterterrorism... and maybe North Korea

The United States is not only fully committed to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, it has several keys priorities for the organization, says the U.S.'s representative to NATO.
Kay Bailey Hutchison, Permanent Representative, United States Mission to NATO, sits down with The House. (Nick Gamache (CBC))
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The United States is not only fully committed to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, it has several keys priorities for the organization, says the U.S.'s representative to NATO.

Key Bailey Hutchison says Donald Trump has moved beyond the concerns he expressed about the organization during the presidential campaign.

Now the United States has a long to-do list for NATO.

"We have two major priorities," Hutchison told The House.

"One is the deterrence of Russia after 2014 when they illegally invaded Crimea and they are still causing a lot of tension in the Ukraine as well as Georgia," she said.

"And the other is counterterrorism. They are very different threats, but they are common threats to our alliance and all of our members."

Hutchison also told The House that there may be a role for NATO in defusing tensions with North Korea.

Tensions have escalated since North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in early September.

"It's becoming more of a global threat," Hutchison said.

"I think NATO is going to continue to look at this as a potential for us to share."

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