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May 19 11:48

China welcomes Trump’s assurance of NK security

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks at an expanded meeting of the seventh Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency, in Pyongyang on Friday. North Korea on Wednesday threatened to suspend the summit with the US if Washington continues to demand a unilateral abandonment of its nuclear arsenal.

May 19 11:12

Foreign Policy Insiders Try to Scuttle Trump-Kim Nukes Deal

The biggest obstacle Donald Trump is going to face in his upcoming negotiations with Kim Jong-un, is not Kim’s unwillingness to abandon his nuclear weapons program, but resistance from powerful elements in the foreign policy establishment who will do everything they can to scuttle the agreement. We’ve already seen an example of this just this week when US nuclear bombers were included in the US-Korea joint military drills that are currently underway in the south. The B-52?s were clearly added to the massive “Max Thunder” exercises to provoke the DPRK leadership, increase tensions, and convince Kim that it was pointless to trust Washington. The move was bitterly criticized in North Korea’s state media which summed up the situation like this:

May 19 09:52

Stop Kicking Sand in Kim's Face

It’s got to be either one of the stupidest acts that I can recall or a very wicked plan by Washington neocons to sabotage Korean peace talks.
How else to describe the decision by Big Brother USA and junior sidekick South Korea to stage major air force exercises on North Korea’s border. The prickly North Koreans had a fit, of course, as always when the US flexes its muscles on their borders. Continuing South and North Korean peace talks scheduled this week were cancelled by the furious North Koreans. The much ballyhooed Singapore summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un is now threatened with cancellation or delay.
Who can blame the North Koreans for blowing their tops? As Trump administration mouthpieces were gabbing about peace and light, the US Air Force was getting ready to fly B-52 heavy bombers and F-22 Raptor stealth fighters around North Korea’s borders and missile-armed subs lurked at sea.

May 18 12:06

Trump Hits North Korea With Barrage of Mixed Signals: Trump dismissed 'Libya Model,' threatens Kim with Gadhafi's fate

The Trump Administration appears determine to respond to North Korea’s recent concerns about war games near their border ahead of the June 12 summit. It doesn’t seem that officials are entirely clear what North Korea wants to hear, however, so they’re trying pretty much everything.

President Trump in particular is throwing every combination of threats and incentives he can think of at North Korea, attempting to disavow the “Libya Model” talked of by John Bolton, while at the same time threatening to see Kim Jong-un end up dead like Libya’s Gadhafi if he doesn’t capitulate.

North Korea objects to the Libya Model primarily because of its consequences. Gadhafi agreed to give up his WMD equipment in 2003, in return for improved diplomatic ties. This never really panned out, however, and by 2011, NATO attacked Libya, helping rebels to ultimately capture and kill Gadhafi.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When I heard that President Trump had made these completely contradictory statements yesterday, I had an industrial strength Picard double-face palm, at velocity.

As I have said many times on this blog, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing an American government official could say, or do, is absolutely no guarantee that they won't do it; such it was with President Trump's statement about the potential for the "Libyan Option" with North Korea.

While acknowledging that President Trump is a very astute businessman, there are moments, in his role as President, when he comes off as a rather "blunt instrument.", and yesterday was, truly, one of those terror-inducing moments when he did just that.

These mixed messages have absolutey no place in any negotiating process internationally, period, end of discussion; so now, what we have is the potential for the Singapore summit between Trump and Kim Jung Un potentially cancelled, and primarily due to US governmental stupidity.

And the other issue which deserves scrutiny, is why the South Korean and the US military went ahead with these exercises, right before the negotiations, in a move they knew was going to tick Kim Jung Un off, because he believes every exercise like this is a practice run for an invasion of North Korea?!?

Everyone knowledgeable about Kim Jung Un's thinking could have predicted this, which begs the question; was this the outcome most of DC wanted, the scuttling of these talks, which would have been potentially huge, and a way to have stopped a potential war sabotaged?!?

May 18 09:53

Trump warns Kim Jong-un he could end up like Libya's Gaddafi unless he makes nuclear deal

Donald Trump has warned Kim Jong-un that North Korea will be “decimated” if it does not agree a nuclear deal, and that Mr Kim himself will be treated in the same manner as slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

In comments to reporters that initially appeared designed to reassure Mr Kim, amid reports of potential brinksmanship from North Korea, the US president said his safety would be reassured and that he would remain in control of his country, following any deal with Washington. Yet he then suggested if a deal was not forthcoming, the North Korean leader might be treated much more harshly.

“The Libyan model was a much different model. We decimated that country. We never said to Gaddafi, ‘Oh, we're going to give you protection’,” he said. “We went in and decimated him, and we did the same thing with Iraq.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump just admitted that Libya was NOT a genuine grass roots revolution, as was claimed by the corporate media at the time.

May 18 08:27

US Will Destroy Kim's 'Regime' If Threats From Pyongyang Continue - Senator

The United States will ruin the "regime" of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un if he keeps issuing threats to Washington, Senator Lindsay Graham said in a statement on Thursday.

"I’m here to tell North Korea that our president has drawn a red line," Graham wrote in a Twitter post. "If you keep threatening the American homeland with a nuclear weapon we’re going to destroy your regime."

Kim warned President Donald Trump on Tuesday that he could cancel a planned summit in Singapore due to ongoing US-South Korea military drills.

May 18 08:24

Trump warns he may send in US MILITARY to force North Korea to give up nuclear weapons

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has said military intervention may be necessary to force North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons if a deal cannot by reached with Kim Jong-un at next month’s planned summit.

May 18 08:09

North Korea says it won't hold talks with the 'incompetent' South unless differences are settled

North Korea's chief negotiator called the South Korean government "ignorant and incompetent" on Thursday, denounced U.S.-South Korean air combat drills and threatened to halt all talks with the South unless its demands are met.

The comments by Ri Son Gwon, chairman of North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the country, were the latest in a string of inflammatory statements marking a drastic change in tone after months of easing tension with plans for denuclearization and a summit scheduled with the United States.

Ri criticized the South for participating in the drills, as well as for allowing "human scum" to speak at its National Assembly, the North's KCNA news agency said in a statement.

May 18 08:08

Messages in bottles sent across the sea to North Korea

So the men, all in their fifties, sixties, and seventies, simply unload their cargo and begin hauling heavy sacks on foot more than a half mile to the launch point.

This is as close as Jeong Gwang-il and his fellow volunteers can get to North Korea. Twice a month they come to this rocky jetty to deliver gifts for their poorer neighbors in the North.

The small group waits for the tide to change. They clasp their hands in prayer, and then they begin hurling hundreds of plastic bottles into the sea.

May 17 14:14

Tale of North Korean Waitresses Who Fled to South Takes Dark Turn

It was the most sensational defection by North Koreans in years: In April 2016, South Korea announced that 12 young waitresses and their male manager, all members of North Korea’s elite, deserted their government-run restaurant in China and fled to the South.

Now, in a tale with echoes of a spy thriller, the manager and three of the women claim that the waitresses did not even know they were going to South Korea when the manager took them out of China at the behest of the South’s National Intelligence Service.

“It was luring and kidnapping, and I know because I took the lead,” said the manager, Heo Kang-il, during an interview on the South Korean cable channel JTBC on Thursday night.

May 17 11:33

‘Disingenuous’: US Practices Nuke Strikes on North Korea While Talking of Peace

Citing joint military drills being carried out by South Korea and the US, North Korea on Tuesday released a statement threatening to cancel its June talks with the US if provocations continue.

The statement released by North Korean state media KCNA said the ongoing Max Thunder military drill targets North Korea and as such "is a flagrant challenge to the Panmunjom Declaration and an intentional military provocation running counter to the positive political development on the Korean Peninsula."

"The United States will also have to undertake careful deliberations about the fate of the planned North Korea-US summit in light of this provocative military ruckus jointly conducted with the South Korean authorities," it added.

May 17 10:40

North Korea unlikely to withdraw from talks with President Trump, experts say

Despite throwing the widely anticipated June 12 summit with President Donald Trump into doubt Wednesday, experts say North Korea will most likely still attend talks in Singapore to discuss the possibility of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

"I don't think this is a surprise. I actually think this is part of North Korea's playbook on negotiations," said Lisa Collins, a fellow with the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

"They do this from time to time to create leverage going into negotiations," Collins said, noting that the North reacted similarly ahead of the 1994 Agreed Framework and the Six-Party Talks, which both addressed the rogue regime's nuclear program.

May 17 10:34

Trumpphelia – episode 55: The war thunderbolts of Bolton

"North Korea appeared especially dismayed by suggestions from U.S. national security adviser John Bolton that a Libya-style solution could work with North Korea….

The world, North Korea went on to say, “knows too well that our country is neither Libya nor Iraq which met miserable fates.”

May 17 10:14

North Korea Livid as Trump Administration Suggests ‘Libya Model’ for Denuclearization

There aren’t really examples of nations with substantial nuclear arsenals giving them up as part of a broad negotiated settlement and it working out. North Korea’s denuclearization, then, is very much uncharted territory. The Trump Administration, however, insists on drawing parallels to Libya.

National Security Adviser John Bolton in particular is trying to draw this comparison, even though there are obvious, dramatic differences between the two situations. North Korea is also furious about the Trump Administration’s talk of Libya, and it’s not hard to see why.

Libya never had functional nuclear weapons, and gave up its equipment in 2003 in hopes of ending its international isolation and reforming its image. North Korea’s interest in diplomatic engagement is one commonality, but makes it a particularly poor example, as Libya never really enjoyed much of a reward.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the article failed to mention was Ghadaffi's assassination which resulted in it's regime change!!

May 17 10:10

BEX ALERT - North Korea buying time to hide nukes with threat to cancel U.S. summit, intel officials say

North Korea’s abrupt threat this week to pull out of the upcoming summit with President Trump was highly calculated, according to intelligence officials who say Pyongyang wanted to harden its negotiating position against a quick “Libya-style” surrender of its nuclear programs sought by the Trump White House and buy time to hide its nuclear weapons.

While U.S. officials say they believe Pyongyang’s threat — conveyed so far only via state-controlled media — was also driven by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s need to show his domestic audience he won’t “roll over” to Mr. Trump, the development raised fresh questions about the scope of Pyongyang’s nuclear operations and Mr. Kim’s willingness to abandon them.

While great uncertainty swirls around the extent of North Korea’s nuclear infrastructure, U.S. officials and private analysts say Pyongyang’s history of dragging out talks and inking agreements they have no intention of implementing is well known.

May 17 10:03

North Korea Livid as Trump Administration Suggests ‘Libya Model’ for Denuclearization

There aren’t really examples of nations with substantial nuclear arsenals giving them up as part of a broad negotiated settlement and it working out. North Korea’s denuclearization, then, is very much uncharted territory. The Trump Administration, however, insists on drawing parallels to Libya.

National Security Adviser John Bolton in particular is trying to draw this comparison, even though there are obvious, dramatic differences between the two situations. North Korea is also furious about the Trump Administration’s talk of Libya, and it’s not hard to see why.

Libya never had functional nuclear weapons, and gave up its equipment in 2003 in hopes of ending its international isolation and reforming its image. North Korea’s interest in diplomatic engagement is one commonality, but makes it a particularly poor example, as Libya never really enjoyed much of a reward.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then Libya was invaded.

May 17 09:15

Why is the US provoking N Korea with military drills?

May 16 15:58

John Bolton Sabotages Trump's Peace Talks With North Korea

John Bolton appears to have successfully sabotaged President Trump's peace talks with North Korea thanks to his insane public comments demanding North Korea follow "The Libya Model" of nuclear disarmament.

May 16 15:46

B-52 bomber excluded from drills after North Korea complains

Joint exercises between the United States and South Korea will move forward but the B-52 strategic bomber and eight F-22 Raptors will not be deployed during drills.

The decision to downscale the drills was reached between U.S. Forces Korea Commander Vincent Brooks and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo Wednesday, after North Korea criticized the joint exercise Max Thunder being held in the South, News 1 reported.

Pyongyang's criticism of the United States and South Korea came as a surprise to the South Korean military.

Song canceled all official activities on Wednesday to hold emergency meetings with Brooks and relevant ministries in response to the North's KCNA statement.

Brooks and Song's decision to reduce the size of the exercises came after a 30-minute meeting.

May 16 09:59

'Our country is not Libya or Iraq': N. Korea may reconsider Trump-Kim summit if guaranteed safety

Pyongyang is not interested in any negotiations that envisage only unilateral denuclearization without guarantees North Korea won’t be left totally defenseless like Libya in case of aggression, deputy foreign minister has said.

Criticizing Washington’s demands for unilateral concessions and unconditional “nuclear abandonment,” North Korea’s first vice minister of foreign affairs Kim Kye-gwan recalled the eventual fate of Libya and said such negotiations style is unacceptable for Pyongyang.

“This is not an attempt to solve the problem through dialogue but rather the manifestation ...to force the destiny of the collapsed Libya and Iraq to our dignified state,” Kim said, according to KCNA.

May 16 09:26

North Korea issues warning to U.S.

President Trump’s planned summit meeting with Kim Jong-un of North Korea is in doubt after Pyongyang threatened today to withdraw if Washington insisted on “unilateral nuclear abandonment.”

Rejecting the Trump administration’s demand that it quickly dismantle its nuclear program, as Libya did 15 years ago, North Korea singled out John Bolton, Mr. Trump’s new national security adviser, saying in a statement, “We do not hide our feelings of repugnance towards him.” Read a transcript of the North Korean statement here.

The announcement came hours after state media in Pyongyang warned that the meeting might be canceled to protest the joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea that began this week.

May 16 09:21

Kim Jong Un slams American unilateralism, to reconsider talks only if US is willing to negotiate

North Korea is not willing to play a game with America where America alone gets ‘the better end of the deal’, as Trump would put it.

Some sort of arrangement whereby North Korea has no assurance that America won’t eventually march in and overthrow the regime and give Kim the Gadhafi treatment over some trumped up pretext, as in Libya, while North Korea has agreed to give up its nuclear program is simply not what this process has been about.

America has to be willing to put some skin in the game and to compromise with Pyongyang if it is to do the same, in essence, some sort of exchange of value.

May 16 09:21

North Korea May Cancel Summit Over Bolton's 'Absurd' Demands - Updated

The Trump administration thought it was an easy path in its negotiations with North Korea. Trump was euphoric when North Korea released three U.S. prisoners and proudly announced the June 12 summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore where North Korea would agree to give up all its nuclear weapons and nuclear development programs. Trump would get a Nobel peace prize and all would be well.

This was a serious miscalculation based on a lack of understanding. It misread each and every statement North Korea made. The Trump administration has no ambassador in South Korea, the most experienced North Korea expert at the State Department left in disgust. The National Security Council is run by a maniac who had sabotaged earlier agreements with North Korea and wants to do it again.

May 16 07:42

North Korea threatens to CANCEL nuclear summit with Trump because it believes 'provocative military ruckus' of joint U.S.-South Korea drills are rehearsal for invasion

When it rains it pours!

North Korea's government says it is considering calling off a planned nuclear summit between dictator Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Kim's regime said through state-run news agency KCNA that ongoing 'Max Thunder' joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea are actually a 'rehearsal for invasion' of the North.

'The United States will also have to undertake careful deliberations about the fate of the planned North Korea-U.S. summit in light of this provocative military ruckus jointly conducted with the South Korean authorities,' KCNA said.

May 15 14:52

North Korea cancels talks with South, threatens to call off US talks over military drills

North Korea has canceled a summit with South Korea and has threatened to call off a summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un over American military drills with South Korea, according to South Korean media reports.

Pyongyang has canceled talks with Seoul due to ongoing Max Thunder military exercises between the South and the US, Yonhap news agency cited North Korean media. The drills have been described by the North as a rehearsal for invasion of the DPRK and a provocation amid warming inter-Korean ties.

AFP reported that North Korea has also threatened to scrap the highly-anticipated summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The meeting is scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.

May 15 12:28

NORTH KOREA CANCELS MEETING WITH SOUTH OVER "PROVOCATIVE" MILITARY DRILLS

North Korea has abruptly canceled talks with South Korea that had been set for Wednesday - and is threatening to walk away from talks with the US - over joint US-South Korea military drills, according to Yonhap.

Repeating a familiar line, North Korea's Central News Agency said the "Max Thunder" drills involving South Korea and the US air force were a "rehearsal for an invasion" of the North and an unnecessary "provocation" amid warming inter-Korean ties.

May 15 10:52

Reasons Trump Breaks Nuclear-Sanction Agreement with Iran, Declares Trade War with China and Meets with North Korea

We will examine the reason why Trump has embraced three strategic decisions which have world-historic consequences, namely: Trump’s reneging the nuclear accord with Iran; Trump’s declaration of a trade war with China; and Trump’s meeting with North Korea.

In brief we will explore the political reasons for his decisions; what he expects to gain; and what is his game plan if he fails to secure his expected outcome and his adversaries take reprisals.

May 15 09:41

N. Korea to join international efforts to ban all nuclear weapons tests – envoy

North Korea plans to join global efforts to implement a total ban on nuclear weapons tests, Pyongyang’s ambassador told the United Nations disarmament body on Tuesday.

May 15 09:30

Bolton wants all of North Korea’s nukes shipped to US in exchange for ‘security assurances’

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser wants North Korea to ship all of its nuclear weapons to a US lab in Tennessee, to make sure Kim Jong-un follows through on his promise to dismantle the program.

North Korea’s nuclear weapons should be dismantled and sent to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee if Kim wants to see a relaxation of sanctions, John Bolton said during an interview on ABC’s ‘This Week’ on Sunday.

“I think the implementation of this decision means getting rid of all the nuclear weapons, dismantling them, taking them to Oak Ridge”, said Bolton. “It means getting rid of the uranium enrichment and plutonium processing capabilities. It means addressing the ballistic missile issue. A lot of things like that.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You do what we want first, then maybe we'll do something nice for you. Maybe." -- Official White Horse Souse

May 15 08:54

North Korea proposes inter-Korea talks on May 16: South Korean ministry

North Korea and South Korea agreed on Tuesday to hold high-level inter-Korea talks on May 16 to discuss steps needed to uphold the pledge to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, South Korea's Unification Ministry said.

The meeting will discuss specific plans needed to carry out the April 27 inter-Korea summit declaration, which includes pledges to finally end a seven-decade war this year, and pursue
"complete denuclearization."

"The South and North will hold a high-level inter-Korea meeting on May 16 in the Peace House in Panmunjom, to discuss implementation of 'Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula," the Unification Ministry said in a statement.

The meeting would be the latest in a series of actions taken by North Korea that have spurred hopes that the seven-decade conflict on the Korean Peninsula may be coming to an end.

May 14 08:59

Obama’s CIA Director Went On TV And Took His War Against Trump To A New Level

John Brennan served as CIA Director for Barack Obama.

Many Americans believe he is orchestrating the Deep State coup against the President.

Brennan went on TV and with just one word took the war against Trump to a disturbing level.

Brennan appeared on MSNBC to discuss the Trump administration securing the release of three American hostages held in North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Side note: Those three were not "hostages", they were accused of espionage.

May 14 08:21

US will promise N. Korea's Kim Jong-un it will not seek regime change – Pompeo

The US will have to assure North Korea it won't seek to undermine its leader Kim Jong-un, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has implied. That comes after years of slamming him as a dictator and squeezing his country with sanctions.

With less than a month left before the hugely-anticipated talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore, the US top diplomat has indicated that any deal paving the way for a nuclear-free Korean peninsula will have to include certain US safeguards allowing Kim to stay in power.

"We will have to provide security assurances to be sure. This has been the trade-off that has been pending for 25 years," Pompeo told 'Fox News Sunday.' Pompeo was speaking to Fox's Chris Wallace just a few days after he returned to the US from his second meeting with Kim, during which they were supposed to thrash out the details of the Trump-Kim summit on June, 12.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And if you believe THAT one, I have some of Saddam's nukes to sell you!

Kim Jung-un cannot be that naive. I think he and Moon Jae-in are planning a rapid reunification.

May 14 08:18

North Korea invites world to watch closure of nuclear test site

North Korea plans to officially dismantle its nuclear test site later this month at a ceremony attended by foreign media that will pave the way for leader Kim Jong-un’s summit with the US president, Donald Trump.

State authorities will put the site out of operation by using explosives to collapse the tunnels used for testing between 23 and 25 May, the foreign ministry said in a statement on the official KCNA website.

Above ground North Korea will block all entries to the site, and remove all guard posts, observation sites and research institutes, the report said. Guards and researchers will be withdrawn, and the area shut off.

Chinese geologists believe the mountain over the main site was likely to have collapsed after North Korea exploded its largest ever nuclear weapon last year, making it unsafe for further testing and requiring radiation monitoring.

May 14 08:17

Peace talks ignite land buying frenzy along South Korea's fortified border

With North Korea pledging to reduce tensions and renew ties with its southern neighbour, South Korea’s hottest property market is now along the heavily fortified border between the two countries.

Demand for property in small towns and sparsely populated rural areas around the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) is surging on expectations of an influx of people and investment.

Kang Sung-wook, a 37-year old dentist in the South Korean border city of Paju, has bought eight separate lots of land in and around the DMZ since mid-March.

May 14 07:36

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Says U.S. Can Send 'Capital' to North Korea Once Nuclear Weapons Are Gone

The U.S. is ready to allow investments in North Korea once it has verifiable proof of the Asian nation’s denuclearization, two of President Donald Trump’s top national security officials said.

“We’re prepared to open the trade and investment with North Korea as soon as we can,” National Security Adviser John Bolton said on ABC’s “This Week,” one of two appearances on Sunday political shows.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went further in an interview on CBS. He talked of the potential for U.S. investment in the North Asian nation from America’s “entrepreneurs, our risk takers, our capital providers” to help North Korea’s people “get the opportunity that they so richly deserve.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: "We're gonna turn North Korea into a new source of cheap labor to export American jobs to!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 13 08:15

North Korea Announces Plans To Dismantle Nuclear Test Site

North Korea has announced that it will dismantle its nuclear test site. According to the Associated Press, North Korea's Foreign Ministry delivered a statement delivered through state media Saturday announcing the dismantling will occur between May 23 and 25.

Reuters reports that Punggye-ri nuclear test site has been the location of all of North Korea's six known nuclear tests. At the site, there's a system of tunnels under the mountain Mount Mantap. Journalists from the United States, South Korea, China, Russia and Britain will be invited to watch a special ceremony in which all of the tunnels at the testing ground will be destroyed and observation and research facilities and guard units will be taken down.

May 13 08:08

China's President Xi Jinping may also travel to Singapore when Trump meets Kim: report

A Japanese newspaper has raised the possibility of Chinese President Xi Jinping also travelling to Singapore when US President Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for an unprecedented summit on June 12.

The Mainichi Shimbun's Washington-based correspondent cited American diplomatic sources as saying there was a chance that Mr Xi may meet Mr Trump and Mr Kim in Singapore.

In the report published on Friday, the Mainichi quoted a senior international negotiator with the National Security Council as telling reporters that "there is a possibility" the leader of a third country may take part.

Mr Trump announced via a tweet on Thursday that his summit with Mr Kim will be held on June 12 in Singapore.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should that happen, it may well be the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping could be a stabilizing influence here, and enhance the possibility that some good could come from the meeting.

May 12 10:44

NORTH KOREA TO PUBLICLY CLOSE NUCLEAR TEST SITE ON MAY 23-25, INVITES JOURNALISTS

North Korea will openly dismantle its nuclear test site around May 23-25, state media said. Pyongyang has invited foreign journalists, including those from the US, to cover the event.

The dismantling will involve collapsing all tunnels with explosions and blocking their entrances. All observation facilities, research buildings, and security posts will be removed, KCNA reported.

Notably, journalists from other nations, including China, Russia, South Korea, the UK and the US, will be invited to cover the event.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a very hopeful sign, and a very wonderful prelude to Kim Jung Un's meeting with President Trump in Singapore next month.

As horrifically as I view President Trump's withdrawing from the P5+1 treaty with Iran (which, I believe, is a step forward toward a war against Iran), I am feeling that the outcome of this meeting with Kim Jung Un may well be positive.

Fingers crossed on this.

May 12 09:53

State Department Refutes 'Pompeo's Plan' on Economic Aid for North Korea

US State Department spokeswoman appeared to dismiss an interpretation of top diplomat Michael Pompeo's promise of a brighter future for North Korea that allegedly involved US economic assistance.

"Misleading headline," State Department’s Heather Nauert tweeted. "If DPRK denuclearizes, they could have a brighter future one day, which could include international trade, investment and visitors from around the world," she wrote, using an abbreviation for North Korea.

Pompeo said earlier at a meeting with his South Korean counterpart that Washington was ready to help North Korea "achieve prosperity" if it gave up nuclear weapons. The Fox News channel published a report saying the North would receive US economic help.

May 12 09:10

Damage to North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site Worse Than Previously Thought

The damage to the nuclear test site that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has promised to shut down is more extensive than earlier assessments showed, according to a new study by a team of international scientists.

May 12 09:09

North Korea: UN gains 'unprecedented access' during visit

The head of the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) believes there is a "sense of optimism" among North Korea's leaders after enjoying what he said was unprecedented access to the country.

David Beasley spent two days in the capital, Pyongyang, and two outside it, accompanied by government minders.

He said the country was working hard to meet nutritional standards, and hunger was not as high as in the 1990s.

"There is a sense of turning a new page in history," he told the BBC.

May 12 09:06

Pompeo says talks with North Korea's Kim were 'warm'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his conversations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were "warm" and "good."

Pompeo spoke to reporters at the State Department a day after returning from a trip to Pyongyang to negotiate with the North Korean leader and retrieve three Americans held by the regime.

"We had good conversations, substantive conversations that involved deep complex challenges," Pompeo said about his two meetings with the North Korean leader who is known for assassinating rivals and family members, and running prison camps throughout his country.

May 12 08:00

America Just Sent a Destructive Message to North Korea By Nuking the Iran Deal

Trump may believe he is sending a strong message to North Korea that he will not hesitate to reimpose sanctions and walk away from a deal if he has to, but the reality is that he has actually sent a very destructive message to both North Korea and Iran that the U.S. can’t be trusted.

>>>

May 11 07:27

South Korean Elderly: Worked To The bone

(*our allies in Asia)

May 11 04:24

Why Singapore for the Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit?

Why Singapore for the Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit? It’s the boring choice, and that’s a good thing

Singapore’s sheer predictability – along with robust security infrastructure, a North Korean embassy, and the approval of China – make it a safe pick to host its unpredictable guests on June 12

It has one foot in the East and one in the West, is ultra-modern, secure and sometimes mocked as being a little boring – Singapore was the safe pick for a historic first meeting between the unpredictable leaders of the US and North Korea.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced that the summit – a first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader – would take place in Singapore on June 12.

Singapore also confirmed it would host the meeting, but did not give further details.

May 10 10:39

Japan says to normalise North Korea ties if nuclear, abduction issues are solved

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday his nation will normalise ties with North Korea if the nuclear and missile issues, along with that of the abduction of Japanese citizens, are solved comprehensively.

May 10 08:51

BREAKING: HISTORICAL Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un meet location REVEALED

Mr Trump and Kim’s meeting will be the first time a US President will meet and is the first such meeting between a US and North Korean leader since the communist state was first founded in 1948.

Both leaders are likely to meet in Singapore, according to a US official.

The meeting has been compared to Richard Nixon when he met with Chinese leader Mao Zedong in 1972.

May 10 08:20

Trump says he will meet Kim in Singapore on June 12

The US president and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un will finally sit down for a summit on June 12 in Singapore, Donald Trump has stated. The date and venue for the meeting has long been the subject of speculation.

“We will both try to make it a very special moment for world peace,” Trump stated.

Speculation had been rife that the meeting, expected to focus the Kim Jong Un’s missile program, could be hosted in a number of nations like Mongolia or even the demilitarized zone on the Korean peninsula.

May 10 08:01

The deeper problem with pressuring North Korea versus Iran: tunnels

Donald Trump essentially tore up the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday (May 8), as he promised he would. Many experts warned the move would complicate his planned summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, who they argue will now have less reason to trust any agreement with the US. Trump seems to think the Iran move will give him more, not less, leverage over Kim, because it shows he’s serious about his willingness to walk away from any deal he deems inadequate.

But there’s a deeper problem with North Korea: tunnels. The mountainous country is probably the most-tunneled nation in the world. The Kim regime has had well over half a century to build extensive mazes of underground passageways and facilities. And because the 1950-53 war never concluded with a peace treaty, it’s had plenty of reason to do so.

That means if North Korea wants to hide weapons of mass destruction—nuclear, chemical, biological—or related facilities it no doubt can.

May 09 10:51

North Korea frees three US detainees ahead of Trump summit

North Korea has freed three US citizens from prison, according to a tweet from US President Donald Trump.

It is viewed as a goodwill gesture ahead of a historic summit between Mr Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

Mr Trump said he would greet the men when they return with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has been in Pyongyang to arrange the planned talks.

Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-chu were able to "walk on the plane without assistance", the White House said.

May 09 07:39

North Korea's Kim 'very pleased' relationship with China at a high point: media

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was very pleased his country’s relationship with China had reached a high point, North Korean state media said on Tuesday, confirming his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Kim and Xi, at their meeting in China, discussed ways to strengthen their strategic alliance amid changing situations on the Korean peninsula, the North’s KCNA news agency said.

May 09 07:38

Opinion: It’s not just Iran and North Korea: Denuclearization means the U.S. too

There are two types of foreign policy: one based on the principle “might makes right,” and one based on the international rule of law. The United States wants to have it both ways: to hold other countries accountable to international law while exempting itself. And nowhere is this truer than on the matter of nuclear weapons.

America’s approach is doomed to fail. As Jesus declared, “all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” Rather than perishing, it’s time to hold all countries, including the U.S. and other nuclear powers, accountable to the international rules of nonproliferation.

Trump withdraws the U.S. from Iran nuclear deal.

May 09 07:37

Trump's Iran decision raises the stakes on North Korea

President Donald Trump's scrapping of the Iran deal he inherited raised the stakes for a North Korean agreement he hopes to build, a contradiction over two aspiring nuclear powers that pose the biggest foreign policy challenge yet for his administration.

The President didn't wait for his critics to link Iran and North Korea. He proudly made the connection himself, standing in the Diplomatic Reception Room on Tuesday, declaring: "Relationships are building. Hopefully a deal will happen."
And he announced that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was flying to Asia for his second face-to-face meeting with North Korean officials, tasked with setting up a summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un.

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The problem is that North Korea has been reminded (once again) that promises made by the United States cannot be trusted.

May 09 07:31

Xi tells Trump that North Korea wants peace, but has security concerns

China’s Xi Jinping has urged Donald Trump to consider Pyongyang’s legitimate security concerns ahead of a highly-anticipated summit between the US president and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Xi phoned Trump shortly after meeting with Kim on Tuesday in northern China, the North Korean leader’s second visit to China in as many months. According to Chinese state media, Xi told Trump that China supports a summit between the United States and North Korea and hoped that Washington would help to foster trust between the two sides by acknowledging Pyongyang’s security concerns.

The Chinese president also relayed to Trump that Kim wanted to discuss “phased and synchronous measures” to help ease tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program.

May 08 09:32

Believe It Or Not, Bolton’s Right – North Korea Will Follow The “Libyan Model”

The entire denuclearization process is such a sensitive one and full of face-saving moves by all sides that it’s unlikely that Bolton would recklessly jeopardize the process by speaking as boldly as he did without he and his “deep state” handlers being certain that it wouldn’t offend Kim to the point of pulling out of the talks for reasons of national dignity. The opposite is actually happening, and he’s instead welcoming American and other experts to observe the decommissioning of his country’s mountainous nuclear test site later this month and even invite the media to report on the entire process. Furthermore, all of this is going ahead despite a South Korean presidential advisor saying last week that North Korea wants “American investment…sponsors, and multinational consortiums” coming to the country, which the man predicted could eventually lead to McDonalds and even a Trump Tower opening up in the former so-called “Hermit Kingdom”.

May 07 09:53

US Envoy to UN Won't Rule Out War With DPRK Ahead of Crucial Trump-Kim Talks

Nikki Haley's latest remarks come ahead of the long-awaited possible talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore next month.

Speaking to CBS News Sunday Morning, the US ambassador to the UN was asked whether she could confirm that the Trump administration seemed be prepared for war with Pyongyang amid rising tensions in recent months. Haley responded that such an armed conflict remained "an option."

"No one wants war. The president doesn't want war. I don't want war. No one wants war. But it is an option," she said.

May 07 09:33

Trump says time, place set for planned U.S.-North Korea summit

President Donald Trump is offering his latest teaser for a historic U.S. summit with North Korea: The time and place have been set, but he’s not saying when and where.

The White House on Friday did announce the details of a separate meeting later this month between Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, as Washington pushed back on a report that Trump is considering the withdrawal of U.S. forces from its ally.

Trump and Moon plan to meet at the White House on May 22 to “continue their close coordination on developments regarding the Korean Peninsula” following last Friday’s meeting between Moon and Kim Jong Un. They will also discuss the U.S. president’s own upcoming summit with the North Korean leader, a statement said.

May 07 09:15

North Korea says US ruining mood of detente ahead of summit

With just weeks to go before President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are expected to hold their first-ever summit, Pyongyang on Sunday criticized what it called ‘‘misleading’’ claims that Trump’s policy of maximum political pressure and sanctions are what drove the North to the negotiating table.

The North’s official news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman warning the claims are a ‘‘dangerous attempt’’ to ruin a budding detente on the Korean Peninsula after Kim’s summit late last month with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

At the summit, Kim agreed to a number of measures aimed at improving North-South ties and indicated he is willing to discuss the denuclearization of the peninsula, though exactly what that would entail and what conditions the North might require have not yet been explained.

May 06 09:32

Trump Did NOT Convince Kim to Ditch His Nukes. China Did

Donald Trump thinks his “maximum pressure” campaign persuaded North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. But it’s a bunch of baloney. The reason Kim Jong-un is planning to denuclearize is because China adamantly opposes nuclear weapons on the peninsula. That’s the whole deal in a nutshell. China, who is North Korea’s biggest trading partner, gave Kim an ultimatum: Ditch the nukes or face long-term economic strangulation. Kim very wisely chose the former option, which is to say, he backed down.

May 05 09:40

Settling the difference: N. Korea realigns clocks with Seoul

North Korea has adjusted its time zone to match Seoul, in a move that Pyongyang's official news agency calls an early step towards “becoming one” with the South.

The Saturday change saw North Korea set its clocks 30 minutes ahead, doing away with “Pyongyang Time,” which was created in 2015. The move was fulfilled through a decree of the country's Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly.

May 04 08:47

Trump Orders Pentagon to Prepare Options to Cut US Troops in South Korea

Amid growing progress toward a deal to end the Korean War, President Trump has ordered the Pentagon to begin drawing up options for a substantial drawing down of US ground troops deployed in South Korea. Roughly 30,000 US troops are currently deployed in South Korea.

North Korea is not demanding a US drawdown, and South Korea opposes such a move. US officials agree, however, that if a peace deal is reached the US simply won’t have a reason to keep so many troops on the Korean Peninsula.

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UPDATE: Trump is pushing back against this story.

May 04 08:15

Three American detainees held for 'spying' in North Korea could be released across the border into South Korea within HOURS

The three American prisoners held for spying in North Korea could be released on Saturday, according to sources.

The US citizens, who are being detained in the North on espionage or 'hostile acts' against the secretive regime, could be set free through the village of Panmunjom, which sits near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South.

May 03 08:50

Kim Jong-un tries to mend fences with China

Kim Jong-un tries to mend fences with China ahead of Donald Trump meeting with pledge to deepen cooperation with Beijing
Long-standing allies reaffirm commitment to each other as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits North Korea

North Korea has vowed to deepen its strategic relations with China as the two allies sought to mend fences ahead of an unprecedented meeting between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump.

In a meeting with the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday, Kim reaffirmed that a strong relationship with China was “a firm strategy” for the North, according to a Chinese foreign ministry statement. In turn, Beijing pledged to provide economic support to Pyongyang.

“North Korea is willing to work together with China to push forward the friendly relations between North Korea and China to a new high stage,” Kim told Wang during their meeting at the headquarters of the Worker’s Party.

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May 03 08:11

Americans detained in North Korea

North Korea will imminently release three Americans who have been imprisoned in the country, CNN is reporting.

President Donald Trump earlier on Wednesday alluded to the release in a tweet.

"As everybody is aware, the past Administration has long been asking for three hostages to be released from a North Korean Labor camp, but to no avail. Stay tuned!" the president wrote.

May 03 08:10

Trump becomes more dovish toward North Korea, but surrounds himself with hawks

As the top commander of the U.S. military forces in the Pacific, Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. has been such an outspoken China hawk that he was reportedly subject to a gag order by the Obama administration and targeted with a smear campaign by Chinese state media.

Now, Harris is set to become a key player in the Trump administration’s attempts to craft a diplomatic deal with an even more hostile and threatening East Asia power: North Korea.

Harris is expected to be nominated to fill the long-vacant ambassadorship to South Korea, one of new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s first decisions last week. The move, just weeks before President Trump is planning to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, could thrust the 61-year-old Japanese American into the weighty role of translating Trump’s unpredictable strategy to a Korean Peninsula that has been whipsawed between war threats and, more recently, talk of historic peace.

May 03 08:10

Ultimate frontier market? Amid thaw, Chinese eye North Korea real estate

Chinese property speculators are starting to bet on a rapid improvement in relations between North Korea and the rest of the world, pushing up prices in the border city of Dandong and even spurring buying interest in the world’s most isolated country.

May 03 08:09

North Korea Denies Allegations of Hacking a U.N. Sanctions Database

North Korea on Wednesday dismissed as “nonsense” what it said was a U.S. claim that Pyongyang hacked the database of the United Nations committee that monitors sanctions against the North, saying the Trump administration should instead be working toward peace.

North Korea’s U.N. Mission said in a press statement that linking the country to the recent hacking incident is a “stereotyped trick to keep up the atmosphere of sanction and pressure” against Pyongyang “at all costs.”

The mission said the United States “again picked fault” with North Korea over the hacking incident at a closed meeting of the sanctions committee on Monday. North Korea is not a committee member and did not participate in the meeting.

May 03 08:09

China Moves to Steady Ties With North Korea Before Trump-Kim Meeting

As North Korea holds summit meetings with its archenemies — first South Korea, and soon the United States — China is hustling not to lose influence.

Its foreign minister, Wang Yi, returned Thursday to Beijing after two days in North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang, where he met with the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, shoring up China’s position as the North’s best friend.

China holds substantial economic leverage, but in the heightened strategic competition between it and the United States, it worries that Mr. Kim is using that rivalry to reduce dependence on China, his country’s longtime benefactor.

One of Mr. Wang’s jobs was to try to stop Mr. Kim from veering toward the United States under President Trump, some Chinese experts said.

May 03 03:30

Powerful Interests Lined Up Against Korean Peace

Will Bolton Cost Trump His Nobel? Powerful Interests Lined Up Against Korean Peace
Libya is now a textbook example of a failed state and – more importantly from North Korea’s perspective — a testament to what the U.S. government does to countries who threaten its agenda or superpower status, especially ones it persuades to disarm and denuclearize.

Seemingly discontent with the progress made towards peace on the Korean peninsula, John Bolton, Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, asserted that the United States is currently using the “Libya model” in guiding the denuclearization of North Korea – a model that eventually led to the destruction of the North African country and the overthrow of its government in 2011.

The statement seemed intended to provoke tension during the ongoing Korean peace summit, where leaders from North and South Korea have agreed to work towards a peace treaty that would formally end the Korean war after 65 years and lead to the denuclearization of North Korea under international supervision by the end of the year. Bolton’s mention of Libya is provocative as it alludes to Libya’s nuclear disarmament at the behest of the U.S., which was strongly criticized by the North Korean government at the time and subsequently cited as a major reason for its decision to not denuclearize sooner

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May 02 11:51

Did John Bolton Leak Intelligence To Sabotage a Trump-Kim Deal?

The still-unscheduled Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit offers the opportunity for a denuclearization deal that would avoid a possible nuclear war, but that potential deal remains vulnerable to a hostile corporate media sector and political elites in the United States. At the center of this hostility is national security adviser John Bolton, who’s not just uninterested in selling a denuclearization deal to the public. He’s working actively to undermine it.

Strong circumstantial evidence indicates that he leaked intelligence to a Washington think tank sympathetic to his views in order to generate media questioning about the president’s announced plan to reach an agreement with North Korea’s leader.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

John (never met a war in which he wouldn't love to get the US military involved) Bolton is vehemently anti-peace, no matter how that peace may positively affect the daily lives of We the People.

And yes, President Trump seems to be moving in the right direction here, but Bolton will do his level best to scuttle the deal, no matter what it takes.

May 02 10:24

Tokyo to Host Summit With Chinese, South Korean Top Politicians on May 9

Top politicians of Japan, China and South Korea will meet in Tokyo on May 9 in order to discuss the possibility of cooperation on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the South Korean presidential administration said on Tuesday in a statement.

According to the statement, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Premier of the Chinese State Council Li Keqiang and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will discuss the results of Moon's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as well as other issues of the international agenda.

READ MORE: 'Bigger Credit Goes to Koreas' Than Trump for Denuclearization of DPRK – Expert

The Kyodo news agency reported that Abe had already confirmed that the trilateral meeting would be held on May 9.

May 01 10:34

Report: John Kelly ‘Dissuaded’ Trump from Bringing 25K American Troops Home from South Korea

In one heated exchange between the two men before February’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, Kelly strongly — and successfully — dissuaded Trump from ordering the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula, according to two officials. [Emphasis added]

For Kelly, the exchange underscored the reasoning behind one of his common refrains, which multiple officials described as some version of “I’m the one saving the country.”

May 01 10:25

Up to IAEA to decide if Iran lied & violated nuclear deal – world reacts to Netanyahu’s claims

The 2015 nuclear deal with Iran remains a pinnacle of international peace and stability, and it is up to the IAEA to assess whether Tehran violated it, several signatories to the agreement said in response to Israel’s claims.

The allegations about Iran’s nuclear program made by the Israeli prime minister during his televised address from Tel Aviv might, in fact, be an argument in favor of the 2015 nuclear accord and not against it, officials from several countries said, reacting to Benjamin Netanyahu’s presentation.

May 01 10:24

Kim Jong-un to meet Japan PM as North Korea launches charm offensive

NORTH Korea leader Kim Jong-un and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are ready to stage a summit to discuss the whereabouts of Japanese nationals abducted in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as the reclusive state’s vow to move towards denuclearisation as North Korea launches a charm offensive.

Apr 30 14:37

Bolton: U.S. Has 'The Libya Model' In Mind For North Korea Denuclearization

Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi gave up his nuclear weapons program around 2004 in an attempt to normalize relations with the US only to be sodomized to death by Western-backed rebels a few years later.

Apr 30 11:07

Kim Would Give Up Nuclear Weapons for US Pledge Not to Invade

During Friday’s summit, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un told South Korea’s President Moon that he is willing to totally abandon nuclear weapons in return for an end to the Korean War and a promise from the United States not to invade.

Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in
North Korean officials have long said that their nuclear program was only necessary to deter a US attack. Getting a formal pledge from the US not to invade would achieve that goal, assuming it’s a credible promise. North Korea appears to believe they can get such a promise.

New Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared optimistic too. In comments on ABC’s “This Week,” Pompeo said he believes there is a “real opportunity” for a denuclearization deal with North Korea. He added that conditions are right for such a deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kim Jung Un is an idiot to trust the US government not to invade.

Apr 30 11:06

US Experts Will Be Invited to North Korea Nuclear Test Site Shutdown

North Korea has promised full transparency on the shut down of their nuclear weapons test site. Kim Jong-un is planning to invite US experts and journalists from both the US and South Korea to the dismantling of the site.

North Korea announced earlier this month that they were halting all testing on both nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. At that time, they also said they intended to dismantle the Punggye-ri site, their only nuclear testing site.

South Korean officials say that they’ve been told the closure of the site will happen at some point in May, though an exact date has not been set. North Korea last used the site for a weapons test in 2017.

Apr 30 11:05

Mattis: US Troop Withdrawal Possible If Korea Peace Deal Is Reached

Commenting on Korea’s Friday’s summit, Defense Secretary James Mattis said that the future presence of US troops on the Korean Peninsula could be “up for negotiation” if indeed a lasting peace deal is signed.

North and South Korea have agreed to work on a peace deal ending the Korean War. The Korean War started in 1950, and beyond a 1953 armistice is still technically ongoing. Some 30,000 US troops are deployed in South Korea.

Mattis said the future of US troops would be discussed “with our allies first, and of course with North Korea.” North Korea has already said they are not demanding a US pullout as a precondition of a peace deal.

Apr 30 10:56

US wants N Korea to take ‘irreversible’ steps to de-nuke, similar to Libya’s denuclearisation

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says North Korea must take “irreversible” steps to rid the country of its nuclear arms programme, in a deal that could resemble the one struck with Libya in 2003.

During an interview with ABC News on Sunday, Pompeo, who secretly met with Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang as CIA director earlier this month, said there is a “real opportunity” for a denuclearisation deal between President Trump and the North Korean leader when they meet next month.

Apr 30 10:47

Bolton seeks vow from North Korea to abandon nuclear program, as prerequisite for summit

National Security Adviser John Bolton suggested Sunday that President Trump will not meet with Kim Jong Un unless the North Korean leader agrees to give up his country’s entire nuclear weapons program.

Bolton told “Fox News Sunday” that the leaders are still negotiating a time and place for such a meeting, but that finalizing such logistics hinge on Kim abandoning his nuclear program.

“If, in fact, Kim has made a strategic decision to give up his entire nuclear weapons program, then I think deciding on the place should be fairly easy,” Bolton said.

Bolton said world leaders -- including South Korean President Moon Jae-in -- have lauded Trump for bringing Kim to the negotiating table with painful economic sanctions and “political-military” pressure.

Apr 30 10:46

WW3 alert: 'Crazy' Trump risks North Korea peace warns US reporter

AMID major steps towards peace on the Korean peninsula, one US writer has spoken out of her fears of US President Donald Trump pushing the world to the brink of war.

Apr 29 11:55

Scott Adams: My North Korea Blog Posts – Indexed for Historians

My opinion about North Korea was that we were dealing with a psychological problem — literally a set of illusions — masquerading as a set of physical problems. If we could figure out how to think about the problem right, we’d find a solution without firing a shot. Luckily for the world, the United States had recently elected a President with every tool needed for that job. To me, it seemed like a once-ever chance to solve the unsolvable. And fingers crossed, we might be close to an outcome that is not just a fix, but something beautiful.

See also: https://www.pscp.tv/w/1YpKkEvnooZJj

Apr 29 09:54

North Korea's Secret Christians

South Korea turned off dozens of high-volume loudspeakers on Monday, putting a halt to the propaganda they normally broadcast over the border into North Korea. The move, a government spokesman said, was designed to set a peaceful tone ahead of the talks between the two Koreas Friday—a tone that was reinforced by the announcement that the countries had committed to work toward a peace agreement. The strikingly amicable inter-Korean summit will in turn set the tone for an upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit, during which President Trump and Kim Jong Un are expected to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. But while the South’s loudspeakers have stopped blaring reports critical of the North, forbidden messages are still flowing across the border—on the airwaves of a Christian radio station.

Apr 29 09:21

Katz says 'denuclearized' Korean peninsula helpful versus Iran

Friday's historic pledge by the leaders of the two Koreas to work to denuclearize the Korean peninsula should give US President Donald Trump a stronger hand to renegotiate the treaty curtailing Iran's nuclear program, Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz told Reuters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

North Korea is being very foolish trusting a US promise not to invade following denuclearization.

Apr 28 10:04

Trump to Win Nobel Peace Prize if Solves Korean Issue – Senator Graham

US Presient Donald Trump would win a Nobel Peace Prize if he solves a North Korean crisis, the Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said in an interview.

Trump would be worthy of a Nobel Prize if the US President achieve a denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the senator said in an interview to Fox News.

"We're not there yet, but if this happens, President Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize," Graham said.

Apr 28 04:41

Hang on, what language is Kim Jong-un speaking?

Livestreaming reveals that the North Korean leader has a unique ‘Swiss-influenced’ accent, a result of his years studying at a German-language boarding school near Bern

While all eyes have been on the historic summit meeting between the two Koreas, those who kept their ears cocked were in for a surprise.

Kim Jong-un’s multicultural accent stole the show as viewers around the world were able to hear the North Korean leader address South Korean President Moon Jae-in, with parts of the sessions livestreamed over the internet.>>>

(*We'll get multi lingual when Trump demonstrates his hard Manhattan NY accent with masterful high school vulgarity , and he cusses out Kim Jong Un , in The Nobel Peace Prize Finals , ensuring the win)

Apr 27 15:42

Summit spoiler? US family sues Pyongyang for torturing son to death despite lack of evidence

The parents of Otto Warmbier have sued North Korea on the day the key peninsular summit, accusing the nation of torturing their son to death. Earlier medical reports said no signs of torture were found during autopsy.

Apr 27 14:19

FLASHBACK: How North Korea Can Become Switzerland of the East

". . . . allow me to suggest a winning option for all involved. I call it the Switzerland of the East plan." ~ Scott Adams

See also:

http://blog.dilbert.com/tag/north-korea/

Apr 27 11:49

Ian Bremmer: Trump Should Get a Nobel Peace Prize for Ending Korean War

This is going to send the liberal psyche into a tailspin.

This morning, the world received some welcome news: it appears the Korean War, which has been legally in effect for over half a century, will be ending. Earlier today, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un crossed the de-militarized zone. He was the first North Korean leader to do so since hostilities broke out during the Truman Administration.

Apr 27 11:49

If The Leaders Of The Two Koreas Can Meet, Why Can’t Those Of Saudi Arabia And Iran?

The Saudi-Iran standoff has some resemblances to that between the two Koreas. If the leaders of the latter two are widely recognized as being wise to meet, then it should be equally desirable for MbS to sit face to face with Rouhani.

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Apr 27 09:13

Were humans to blame for a massive earthquake in South Korea? 5.5 magnitude tremor that injured nearly 100 people was caused by fracking, say scientists

Humans may be to blame for the second most damaging earthquake in South Korea's history.

The quake hit the south-eastern city of Pohang on 15 November, injuring nearly 100 people, temporarily leaving 1,500 homeless, and causing millions in damage.

Two investigations have now concluded the 5.5-magnitude tremor was caused by an experimental fracking plant injecting water deep underground.

The 'alarming' results could change the way we assess the risks of fracking.

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