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Apr 01 09:29

North Korea Threatens To Suspend Nuclear Talks With U.S.

A North Korean official says the U.S. missed a golden opportunity at the recent summit in Vietnam, and that Kim Jong Un will soon decide whether to pull out of nuclear negotiations with the U.S.

Apr 01 09:12

Judge Identifies CIA Related Man Who Led The Raid On North Korea's Embassy In Spain

A Spanish judge released new information about a raid on the embassy of North Korea in Spain. The leader of the raid was a shady U.S. 'activist' who earlier reports from Spain associated with the CIA.

On March 13 the Spanish newspaper El Pais Spain reported that Spanish authorities identified two CIA related persons who took part in a raid of the North Korean embassy in Madrid. The raid happened on February 22, a few days before the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, and seemed designed to influence that event. We asked Who Ordered The CIA To Assault North Korea's Embassy In Spain?

Mar 31 09:12

The day North Korea talks collapsed, Trump passed Kim a note demanding he turn over his nukes

On the day that their talks in Hanoi collapsed last month, U.S. President Donald Trump handed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a piece of paper that included a blunt call for the transfer of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and bomb fuel to the United States, according to the document seen by Reuters.

Trump gave Kim both Korean and English-language versions of the U.S. position at Hanoi’s Metropole hotel on Feb. 28, according to a source familiar with the discussions, speaking on condition of anonymity. It was the first time that Trump himself had explicitly defined what he meant by denuclearization directly to Kim, the source said.

Mar 30 08:20

Trump wrecked summit with Kim by suggesting N. Korea give all its nukes to US

US President Donald Trump reportedly proposed that North Korea transfer all its nuclear weapons to the US, a denuclearization template borrowed from Libya before the NATO intervention and brutal murder of its leader.

The second summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in February wrapped up early, ending with a big question mark over the future of the talks and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. In the wake of the Vietnam meeting, Pyongyang and Washington offered different accounts of what actually transpired, with the White House alleging that North Korea demanded all sanctions be lifted from it. Pyongyang insisted that it was talking only about partial relief. The essence of the talks was kept under a veil of secrecy.

Mar 30 08:07

Trump Asked Kim to Transfer North Korea's Nukes, Fuel to US at Summit

As the Hanoi summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un fell to pieces in February, Trump reportedly demanded that Kim transfer all of his nuclear weapons and bomb fuel to the US.

Reuters reports that it has viewed the note detailing Trump's demands that was given to Kim February 28 at Hanoi's Metropole hotel. The note marked the first time that Trump specifically outlined his vision of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula and was written in both Korean and in English, the outlet said, citing sources with knowledge of the matter.

The document called for "fully dismantling North Korea's nuclear infrastructure, chemical and biological warfare program and related dual-use capabilities; and ballistic missiles, launchers, and associated facilities."

Mar 30 07:43

FBI has data stolen from North Korea embassy by anti-regime group

An opposition group that stormed the North Korean embassy in Spain last month says it handed over data stolen from the raid to the FBI, and a law enforcement source familiar with the matter confirmed to NBC News that the bureau has received the information.

Receiving intelligence stolen from a foreign embassy in a NATO country puts the FBI in a delicate position, but there is no U.S. legal prohibition against the American government making use of the material, legal experts say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nor is there any prohibition against the US government saying anything they want about North Korea while claiming it came from this embassy raid.

Mar 29 09:23

Scott Adams: All the “Ridiculous Bullsh*t” in the News Today

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1111629457540988930

Adam Schiff has spent 2 years destabilizing America
Ironically, Schiff is a more likely Russian asset than POTUSCouldn’t ANY DC politician be hoax-connected to Russia?
Mueller DID make a decision about obstruction
Betsy DeVos Special Olympics budget cut, POTUS will override it
President Trump is now a savior of the Special Olympics
“Ridiculous bullshit” was a high impact persuasion phrase
Van Jones hired to help with prison reform movement
Few things benefit the economy more than employment
Few things benefit employment like education, trade or college
Payoff for investing in education, exceeds the cost
Marie Harf was pushing the “fine people” hoax yesterday on FOX
Why didn’t Martha MacCallum call her on that BS?
Is it true that drug prices haven’t gone up in last year? Huge if true

Mar 29 07:48

After Trump-Kim summit, South Korea leader Moon Jae-in to visit White House for talks on North Korea nukes

The prospects of renewed nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea will be on the table next month when the president of South Korea visits the White House.

President Donald Trump will meet with South Korea counterpart Moon Jae-in on April 11 to discuss trade, military cooperation, and North Korea's nuclear weapons program, the White House said late Thursday.

"The alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea remains the linchpin of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in the region," said a White House statement on the meeting.

The fate of North Korea's nuclear weapons – and an agreement to dismantle them – remains uncertain after the collapse of the February summit meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Mar 28 15:01

US Forces-Korea Warns It’s Ill-Prepared for Collapse of Diplomacy With DPRK

The top US commander in South Korea told Congress Wednesday that US forces on the peninsula wouldn’t be ready if diplomacy between the US and DPRK suddenly collapsed and the military standoff returned. His fears reflected a Western belief that Pyongyang is withdrawing from denuclearization plans, but in Korea, the situation isn’t so clear.

US Army Gen. Robert Abrams, the commander of US Forces Korea, told the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday that, so long as the diplomatic push for denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula continues, his forces have enough intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance resources to maintain an adequate defense of South Korea and detect an attack from the North. However, if things got worse and the atmosphere suddenly returned to the hostile tension of the past, "then our stance, our posture is not adequate to provide us an unblinking eye to give us early warning and indicators."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF true, this has to be remedied, and quickly; having some actual, sane, and moral diplomacy would probably help.

The North Koreans gave on a few things on their side, but US foreign policy here seems to have wanted to give nothing in return, which is a really bad place to be, and particularly dealing with the reality that the concept of "face", or personal reputation, is critically important, in Asian cultures.

President Trump's "My way or the highway" attitude may have worked well for him in the corporate sphere, but in terms of face-to-face negotiations, it cannot and will not, work.

His approach to North Korea, has been an epic fail because of that, and I frankly think we may well be on the knife-edge of a military confrontation with North Korea (which most probably means military confrontation against China) if these negotiations cannot be salvaged.

Mar 27 08:53

Shadowy North Korean dissident group says it raided embassy, contacted FBI

A shadowy North Korean dissident group claimed responsibility for last month's raid on Pyongyang's embassy in the Spanish capital, Madrid on Tuesday but disputed allegations that what occurred at the diplomatic compound was an "attack" involving armed intruders.

Cheollima Civil Defense, a secretive organization whose goal is to overthrow the Kim regime in North Korea, also denied that any other foreign governments were involved in the operation or that it was related to President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un's summit in Hanoi, which occurred days later.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Suuuuuuure....

Mar 26 08:31

Trump’s North Korean Blunder

Last Thursday, for the first time since the second U.S.–North Korea summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, at the end of February, the U.S. Treasury Department announced new sanctions related to North Korea, designating two China-based shipping companies that had facilitated North Korean sanctions-evasion activities.

But a day later, President Donald Trump perplexed analysts by tweeting that he had ordered the U.S. Treasury Department to withdraw the “large scale Sanctions” that he said had been announced on March 22. No such sanctions had been announced that day; North Korea–watchers were left scratching their heads. Several news agencies ran stories suggesting that the president’s announcement pertained to the two Chinese entities that had been designated a day earlier, but that was hardly convincing as a “large scale” sanctions package.

Mar 26 08:30

U.S. envoy to North Korea arrives in Beijing to discuss 'coordination on policies'

The U.S. envoy for North Korea is visiting Beijing this week, a sign Washington seeks China’s help in reviving nuclear disarmament negotiations after the summit meeting in Vietnam between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un collapsed last month.

Mar 25 08:01

North Korea Returns to Liaison Office With South Three Days After Pulling Out

North Korean officials reversed course and returned to talks with the South at a joint liaison office near their border, a sign Pyongyang remains open to diplomacy with Seoul and Washington after their detente had shown signs of strain.

Mar 23 11:01

Scott Adams: Sheepinions, Hallucinations, Fake News, Traitors, and Conflaters

“Slaughter Meter” is pinned at 100% if election was held today
Untrue but widely reported “fine people” HOAX and false memory
Golan Heights now being recognized as Israeli territory
Moving the embassy didn’t impact peace discussions
Golan Heights recognition, will it impact anything?
Time is on President Trump’s side and he knows it
NO new sanctions on North Korea, what’s the President’s play?
President Trump’s enemies maneuvered into arguing against…
Free speech
Capitalism
Default back up position of TDS victims shown “fine people” HOAX
Once it’s clear they were hoaxed, what do most say?
Biden signals the weakness of his bid for the nomination
Wikipedia editors (currently) agree, allowed “fine people” hoax info
Steve King, Republican, nice guy, but kind of an idiot
FAKE NEWS PUNCTUATION…changed what he meant
Anderson Cooper last night, still pushing that fake news

Mar 23 08:55

Trump's sudden decision on North Korea sanctions undermined national security team

In a single tweet, President Donald Trump overturned his own “maximum pressure” campaign against North Korea and publicly undermined his own national security team with a decision to yank back sanctions that his administration had announced only a day before.

The official explanation from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders — “President Trump likes Chairman Kim and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary” — raised more questions than it answered.

Is the pressure campaign over? Will more sanctions be eased? Why are they no longer necessary when no nuclear deal has been reached? And why were the sanctions announced with great fanfare in the first place if the president opposes them?

As it turned out, the sanctions Trump was referring to hadn’t been announced in the first place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump is proving to be less effective of a manager than he portrayed on "The Apprentice."

Mar 22 12:37

Trump orders withdrawal of fresh North Korea-related sanctions announced earlier by US Treasury

US President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of the new round of North Korea-related sanctions that had been announced earlier by the US Treasury.

The move was announced by the US President through Twitter on Friday.

“It was announced today by the US Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea. I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!” Trump wrote, capitalizing the “Sanctions”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now that is a positive step! The ball is in your court, Kim!

Mar 22 08:39

North Korea withdraws from DMZ joint liaison office after new US sanctions

North Korea is withdrawing from a joint liaison office near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) with South Korea, a key symbol of the rapprochement and ongoing peace process between the two countries.

The move comes after the US slapped two Chinese firms with sanctions for doing business with Pyongyang, the first action taken by Washington against North Korea since the second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in Hanoi ended early with no agreement.
South Korea's Unification Ministry announced the move Friday, saying the decision had been taken by the North on "instructions from the superior authority."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I told you Washington would try to derail reunification.

Mar 21 12:31

Reuniting Korea's Families

When the Korean War broke out in 1950, Lee Geum-Sum fled south with her young family.

On the way, she had to stop to feed her baby daughter and became separated from her husband and son. The conflict tore the family apart - they were divided by a border they were forbidden to cross.

For 68 years, Mrs Lee heard nothing from her husband and son. She built a new life with her daughter in South Korea's capital, Seoul, but never forgot the family she lost.

Then, at 91 years of age, Mrs Lee received a letter from the Red Cross, saying her son was still alive and in North Korea.

"That’s why I've lived so long! To see him!" Mrs Lee says.

Now, alongside dozens of other families, she has the chance to travel to North Korea and see the son she lost more than 60 years ago.

Mar 21 10:04

1,600 Hotel Guests Secretly Live Streamed to 4,000+ Subscribers

Four individuals from South Korea were detained for secretly recording, live streaming, and selling spy cam videos of 1600 motel guests between November 24 and March 2, with two of them being arrested and facing a maximum of five years in jail.

The South Korean spy cam group used a setup of wireless IP cameras hidden in "42 motel rooms at 30 motels in 10 cities in the North and South Gyeongsang and Chungcheong Provinces" according to a report from Korea Herald.

As detailed by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s cyber investigation unit, the minuscule cameras with 1-millimeter lenses were planted within TV media boxes and power sockets among many other spots around the bugged motel rooms.

Mar 21 09:24

Mystery in Madrid: Who Raided the North Korean Embassy – and Why?

Of course it was just a coincidence that the first organized attack on a North Korean facility by internal rebels (supposedly) took place days before the scheduled North Korean-US summit in Hanoi. Ten masked men stole computers, interrogated North Korean officials, and drove off in a number of luxury cars. Credit was taken by a group that calls itself Chollima.

Despite constantly being told by the Western media that this is a totally unknown group, to anyone who knows the least bit about Korean history, this is laughable. In the mid-1950s, China’s “Great Leap Forward” was in progress, and Chollima was the Korean equivalent. It means “speed” of an unusual sort, and the symbolism was based on a mythological winged horse that could supposedly gallop at one thousand li (over a mile) a minute.

Mar 20 09:54

North Korea Denies "Secret" Nuclear Facilities Exist As Door Closing On Future Talks

A new report by the prominent Japanese daily Asahi has revealed that a key reason talks with the US broke down last month in Hanoi was due to Kim Jong Un’s denial of the existence of “secret” nuclear facilities, resulting in disagreements that have reportedly left Kim disappointed and impatient, to the point that the north last week threatened to shut down talks altogether.

Citing the report, which relies on unnamed officials, Bloomberg notes, "The U.S. had requested specific names and locations of facilities to be shut down as part of the talks but North Korea said only that 'all' facilities be closed without giving details."

Mar 20 07:44

Trump officials privately bracing for North Korea's next move

The Trump administration is privately discussing how to respond should North Korea decide to conduct a satellite launch as talks between Washington and Pyongyang appear to be at another impasse, CNN has learned.

Rhetoric between the two countries has become more heated and provocative in recent weeks following President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un's no-deal summit in Hanoi but a North Korean satellite launch would pose a new, high-stakes dilemma for the administration.

Such a launch by the North Koreans would force Trump to make a touch choice: Take a hard line against Pyongyang knowing it could jeopardize already fragile negotiations or implement a more nuanced approach in hopes of preserving the possibility of a diplomatic resolution.

Mar 20 07:44

North Korea must drop nuclear, missile programs to achieve progress: U.S.

A senior U.S. arms control official said on Tuesday the only way for North Korea to achieve security and development is to abandon all of its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs.

The Hanoi summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un last month broke down over differences about U.S. demands for Pyongyang to denuclearize, as well as Pyongyang’s demand for major relief from international sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile tests, which it pursued for years in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

“North Korea must understand that the only way to achieve the security and development that it seeks is to abandon all of its weapons of mass destruction, all of its ballistic missile programs as numerous U.N. Security Council resolutions demand,” said Yleem Poblete, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Make yourself totally unable to resist invasion and everything will be just fine!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 20 07:30

Korean Ghosts

On June 13, 2002, Shin Hyo-soon and Shim Mi-sun, both 14 years old, walked along the side of a road on their way to a birthday party, chattering and laughing, as children do. They never saw the mammoth U.S. military truck with two soldiers on board as it crushed them, grinding their bodies into the South Korean earth.

A "tragic accident" say U.S. diplomats and military officers; an example of the heedless arrogance of American troops who have long since worn out their welcome, say growing numbers of South Koreans. Under the terms of the agreement between South Korea and the U.S. – which mandates that American soldiers charged with crimes on Korean soil are subject to U.S. law – Sgt. Fernando Nino and Sgt. Mark Walker were tried in a military court and acquitted of negligent homicide charges. The process was widely resented, and the reaction of virtually all political parties in South Korea was to denounce the verdict as a sham.

Mar 19 15:43

Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford issued a statement Monday denying weekend media reports that the US plans to leave around 1,000 troops in Syria, saying the reports are “factually incorrect.”

Dunford presented the current planned “residual force” as 200, saying that this hadn’t changed since February. The US announced 200 would stay on February 21, but on February 22 officially increased that number to 400.

It’s not clear from Dunford’s statement where the “incorrect” aspect of the new report, which came out of a Wall Street Journal, exists. That report suggested that the 1,000 figure was not yet finalized, but was being discussed. Dunford’s comments didn’t include any details on what is actually being discussed, but just that nothing was finalized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the multiple troop numbers being given, are simply a way of creating confusion about how many US troops the US does have in Syria.

Mar 19 09:14

Seoul aims to end nuclear deadlock between North Korea, Washington

A statement issued by Seoul’s presidential Blue House on Monday said the time was now right for the two Koreas to hold further talks — building upon President Moon Jae-in’s policy of rapprochement which saw him meet Kim three times last year.

“We’re in a deep agony over how to take advantage of this baton that has been handed over to us,” said the statement, attributed to a high-ranking official.

“We agree with the view that no deal is better than a bad deal … However, in reality, it is difficult to achieve complete denuclearization at one stroke. I think we need to reconsider the so-called all or nothing strategy.”

Mar 18 08:02

No sign of imminent North Korea missile launch: South Korea defence chief

It is premature to say whether recent activity at some of North Korea’s rocket facilities involved preparation for a missile launch, South Korea’s defence minister told a parliamentary hearing on Monday.

Mar 18 08:02

North Korea—Now What After Hanoi?

Perhaps we are pursuing the wrong objective. North Korea’s nuclear weapons program started in the 1950s. They will not abandon this capability. Continued pursuit of this impossible dream allows Kim to outplay us and imposes diplomatic, reputational and financial costs on America and our allies.

Mar 17 09:06

Trump struggles for path forward on North Korea as tensions mount

President Trump’s claims that reduced tensions with North Korea resulting from his personal diplomacy with Kim Jong Un demonstrated progress toward a nuclear deal were undercut Friday as Pyongyang lashed out at the administration’s “gangsterlike” tactics and blamed his top aides for the failed summit last month.

In the latest sign of mounting hostilities since disarmament talks collapsed in Hanoi, a top North Korean official also declared that leader Kim Jong Un is weighing cutting off bilateral dialogue with the United States. The threat came amid evidence that the regime had recently rebuilt a space rocket and missile launch site and raised doubts about the future of the negotiations.

Mar 16 09:30

CIA BLAMES ITS PROXY FOR ITS RAID ON NORTH KOREA'S EMBASSY IN SPAIN

The CIA is the main suspect in the military style raid on the North Korean embassy in Madrid. It now launched a somewhat hapless effort to deflect from it. The Spanish report in which Spanish government sources accuse the CIA said:

At least two of the 10 assailants who broke into the embassy and interrogated diplomatic staff have been identified and have connections to the US intelligence agency. The CIA has denied any involvement but government sources say their response was “unconvincing.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the US government's Department of "You Can't Make This S*it Up"!!

Mar 16 08:43

Pyongyang may rethink ban on missile, nuclear tests unless US makes concessions – diplomat

North Korea is considering suspending talks with the US and may rethink a ban on missile and nuclear tests unless Washington makes concessions, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui said in Pyongyang on Friday. The senior diplomat blamed top US officials for the breakdown of last month’s summit in Hanoi between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. “We have no intention to yield to the US demands [at the Hanoi summit] in any form, nor are we willing to engage in negotiations of this kind,” TASS quoted Choe as saying.

Mar 15 08:13

North Korea mulls renewing tests after ‘gangster-like’ stance by Pompeo and Bolton – Deputy FM

Pyongyang may freeze talks with the US and renew missile and nuclear tests after senior US officials torpedoed President Trump’s talks with Kim Jong-un in Vietnam, a top North Korean diplomat said.

The Hanoi summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wrapped up ahead of schedule and with no deal, let alone a breakthrough that could move negotiations past the deadlock.

North Korea made its first public assessment of the meeting on Friday, with Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui, who took part in the talks, accusing senior figures in the Trump team of overriding the president and bringing “an atmosphere of hostility and mistrust” to the table, AP reported.

Mar 15 08:10

South Korean Prosecutors Raid Samsung Offices Amid Ongoing Fraud Probe - Reports

South Korean prosecutors raided on Thursday offices of the Samsung Group as part of an investigation into suspected accounting fraud on the part of Samsung BioLogics, the company's biopharmaceutical arm, Yonhap news agency reported.

The raids were carried out because the Financial Services Commission (FSC) had accused Samsung BioLogics of intentionally violating accounting rules, according to the Yonhap news agency.

Mar 15 08:07

North Korean official: Kim Jong Un rethinking US talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon decide whether to continue diplomatic talks and maintain his moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests, a senior North Korean official said Friday, adding that the U.S. threw away a golden opportunity at the recent summit between their leaders.

Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, addressing a meeting of diplomats and foreign media, including The Associated Press, in Pyongyang said the North was deeply disappointed by the failure of the two sides to reach any agreements at the Hanoi summit between Kim and President Donald Trump.

She said Pyongyang now has no intention of compromising or continuing talks unless the United States takes measures that are commensurate to the changes it has taken – such as the 15-month moratorium on launches and tests – and changes its “political calculation.”

Mar 14 08:30

North Korea defies UN with arms sales and oil imports, report says

North Korea has broken UN sanctions with a “massive” increase of oil imports and coal exports, a UN report has found.

North Korea has broken UN sanctions with a “massive” increase of oil imports and coal exports, a UN report has found.

The 400-page document released Monday by the UN Panel of Experts on North Korea said that Pyongyang had also tried to sell weapons in the Middle East and hacked banks across the world.

The report comes after the collapse of last month’s talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, in part due to disagreement over when to remove sanctions in exchange for steps toward Pyongyang’s denuclearization.

Mar 13 14:17

'CIA link' to brazen raid on North Korean embassy in Spain on eve of Vietnam summit

Spanish investigators believe that two assailants who broke into the North Korean embassy in Madrid last month and took hostages have links to the CIA, according to reports.

None of the 10 individuals who broke into the embassy before tying up and beating staff as they looked for information on computers have been caught.

But sources from the investigation told the Spanish newspaper El País that they been able to identify several of the attackers from video evidence.

Mar 13 10:15

The Trump Administration North Korea Policy Isn’t Engagement. It’s Demanding Kim’s Total Surrender

In listening to Special Representative Steve Biegun’s remarks today at the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference , which is affectionately known as #Nukefest on Twitter, I couldn't help but wonder what happened to the Biegun who dazzled so many of us Korea watchers just a few weeks ago. For those of us who support diplomacy with North Korea as well as an action-for-action approach in resolving not only the nuclear issue but forging a new relationship with Pyongyang, Biegun’s comments at Stanford University seemed almost heaven sent.

Unfortunately, it seems the administration has changed its tune, despite Biegun’s clever attempt today at spinning the obvious. While we may never know exactly what happened since the Hanoi Summit, the goal posts have clearly been moved on the U.S. side. Specifically, three things have changed that could very well end the current detente on the Korean Peninsula and spawn the resumption of tensions:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are appalling, and ironic moments when it appears that President Trump appears to be pathologically incapable of negotiating his way out of a large paper bag intelligently, let alone with a foreign president or dignitary.

And unfortunately, the Hanoi Summit with Kim Jung un, was one of those painful demonstrations of that inability.

In essence, President Trump was asking Kim to relinquish everything, for absolutely nothing on the American side of the equation; and that kind of tone and tactic, particularly for an Asian leader, is utterly impossible to stomach.

Just how Trump got turned, and why, we will never know; but this was a flat, abject failure on the part of this administration; and the damnable thing was, if Trump had given just a little, just something North Korea could have accepted as real, and followed through on it, we could be looking at the official end of the Korean war, and true reunification of both Koreas.

Look for more warmongering in Asia, against both China and North Korea, now that negotiations with the North Koreans have gone "mammary glands up".

Mar 13 10:09

The Media’s 6 Biggest Lies About North Korea

1–Did North Korea end the negotiations in Hanoi because Trump refused to lift sanctions?

Mar 13 08:02

North Korea defies UN with arms sales and oil imports, report says

North Korea has broken UN sanctions with a "massive" increase of oil imports and coal exports, a UN report has found.

The 400-page document released Monday by the UN Panel of Experts on North Korea said that Pyongyang had also tried to sell weapons in the Middle East and hacked banks across the world.

The report comes after the collapse of last month's talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, in part due to disagreement over when to remove sanctions in exchange for steps toward Pyongyang's denuclearization.

The report said that Pyongyang rendered sanctions ineffective by increasing the number of ship-to-ship transfers it conducts at sea. Japanese officials have observed North Korean ships engaging in purported ship-to-ship transfers.

Mar 12 07:47

A top US diplomat just laid out the new approach to North Korea. It’s doomed.

The top US diplomat tasked with negotiating with North Korea just laid out a denuclearization plan that’s destined to fail.

In his first public comments since President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in Vietnam last month, Stephen Biegun, the US special representative for North Korea, told a Washington audience Monday that the administration wants Pyongyang to give up all of its weapons of mass destruction before anything else.

“We are not going to do denuclearization incrementally,” the envoy said at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s nuclear conference. “The foundation of US policy is denuclearization.”

But it’s not just nuclear weapons: The Trump administration also wants the complete removal of chemical and biological weapons from North Korea, Biegun said, meaning the US wants Pyongyang only to have conventional weapons by the end of the process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You know; things we can roll over quickly when we want to." -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 11 10:54

US Intel May Be Behind Attack on North Korean Embassy in Spain - Reports

US intelligence agencies may have been behind the February attack on the North Korean Embassy in Madrid, during which a group of unidentified people broke into the mission, blocked the diplomats and seized computers, El Confidencial reported on Sunday, citing sources.

According to El Confidencial newspaper, Spain's National Police and the foreign intelligence unit of the National Intelligence Centre (CNI) are examining all possible versions of what happened. Nevertheless, the sources told the newspaper that the theory that the US intelligence agencies, which could have been acting together with other foreign counterparts, were involved in the attack, was gaining momentum.

Mar 11 10:35

Intelligence Contractors Make Second Attempt In One Week To Provoke Tensions With North Korea

A March 8, 2019 report from National Public Radio (NPR) follows another by NBC News with sensational and misleading claims that satellite imagery released by private corporations with contractual ties to government defense and intelligence agencies show imminent preparations by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to engage in missile testing or the launch of a satellite from their facilities in Sanumdong, North Korea. An examination of the photos provided shows absolutely no indication of such activity.

Mar 11 10:12

WOMAN ACCUSED OF ASSASSINATING KIM JONG UN'S BROTHER HAS BEEN FREED

Following the decision in Siti's case (the two women are facing separate cases though they are jointly on trial), a lawyer for Huong also requested an acquittal. The trial has been suspended until Thursday to allow time for the Malaysian attorney general to make a decision.

After her release, Siti, clad in a black traditional Malay dress and headscarf, was rushed to the Indonesian embassy, where she gave a brief statement to the media.

"I feel so happy. I did not expect that today I would be released,” she said, adding that she had been treated well in prison.

The two women told authorities that they thought they had been hired to participate in a reality TV show prank, and that they didn't realize what they had been tricked into doing until it was too late.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remote assassinations have to be done in a way which completely exonerates the real perpetrators, and have to go precisely to plan.

That is what failed here; and that makes this moment one of the most clumsily-created political assassinations in North Korea's history.

This kind of remote political assassination, to consolidate one's power, as Kim Jung Un has pretty obviously had done, are considered a big, fat, hairy no-no in the 21st century, save for the assassination of Adnan Khashoggi and The Clinton Body Count

Mar 11 09:58

'NK wants sanctions relief due to food shortage'

North Korea is keen to have sanctions eased, as the country faces a dire food shortage, a former U.K. ambassador to North Korea said.

After a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi last month failed to produce an agreement, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters that Pyongyang had asked for sanctions relating to the people's livelihoods to be eased.

North Korea has asked the U.N. for food aid, stating it is facing a production shortfall of 1.4 million tons of food this year.

Last year, North Korea's food production fell to its lowest in more than a decade, according to a recent U.N. report.

"The North Korean economy is in deep trouble," said John Everard, who served as U.K. ambassador to Pyongyang from 2006 to 2008.

Mar 11 07:44

US-North Korea tensions approach boiling point

The Trump administration — which canceled two large-scale spring war games between the United States and South Korea in an effort to move along nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea — is now grappling with reports that Pyongyang is preparing to launch a missile soon.

The reports follow President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's failure to reach an agreement at their summit last month. North Korea's account for the failure differs from Trump's, a fact that has increased tensions between the countries.

Experts warn that tensions could rise before negotiations move forward.

"I worry a little bit that this could get worse before it gets better because both sides want to try to figure out how to get the other side back to the table," said Victor Cha, a former official in charge of Korea relations in the George W. Bush administration. "And they may say pressure is the way to do that.”

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Let me ask a hypothetical question. What if North Korea wants to launch an ordinary, benign, non-military satellite? Any response by the US would be seen as an over-reaction and escalation in the eyes of the world?

Mar 09 10:59

Pyongyang slams new joint military exercises between S. Korea, US

North Korea on Thursday attacked ongoing joint military exercises between Seoul and Washington as an “open challenge” to moves towards peace on the Korean peninsula. The US and South Korea agreed on Sunday to replace two major war games that take place every spring – the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle drills – with a shorter Dong Maeng or Alliance exercise which kicked off this week, AFP reports.

Mar 08 10:06

Full obedience or tougher sanctions: US says N. Korea’s ‘step-by-step’ denuclearization unacceptable

The US administration will not accept any gradual denuclearization of North Korea, a senior State Department official said, just as John Bolton threatened Pyongyang with tougher sanctions, following the unproductive Hanoi summit.

After threatening to ramp up “crushing economic sanctions,” National Security Advisor John Bolton urged Kim Jong-un to ditch any idea of a step-by-step denuclearization of his country.

“The North Koreans, obviously, would like to give up as little of their nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and ballistic missile programs as they could, in exchange for a very broad sanctions relief,” Bolton told Fox News on Thursday, stressing that Donald Trump “wasn't buying” such an approach during the negotiations at the Hanoi summit last week.

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Mar 08 08:55

US soldiers wish for masks as air pollution smothers South Korea

With much of South Korea smothered in record levels of fine dust, the streets are full of people wearing masks as protection from the punishing air pollution.

Most American soldiers don’t have that option — at least when they’re in uniform. The Air Force permits masks when pollution hits a certain level.

Army regulations bar soldiers from wearing the masks, which cover noses and mouths, unless they have a certified medical condition that merits an exception.

That has caused concern among many soldiers and their loved ones as much of South Korea has endured several days of dense pollution that irritates eyes and makes breathing difficult.

“I feel like my husband should be able to wear a mask. I really don’t like that,” Army wife Alexandra Jackson said as she waited for dinner at the Yongsan Garrison food court.

Mar 08 08:50

Full obedience or tougher sanctions: US says N. Korea’s ‘step-by-step’ denuclearization unacceptable

The US administration will not accept any gradual denuclearization of North Korea, a senior State Department official said, just as John Bolton threatened Pyongyang with tougher sanctions, following the unproductive Hanoi summit.

After threatening to ramp up “crushing economic sanctions,” National Security Advisor John Bolton urged Kim Jong-un to ditch any idea of a step-by-step denuclearization of his country.

“The North Koreans, obviously, would like to give up as little of their nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and ballistic missile programs as they could, in exchange for a very broad sanctions relief,” Bolton told Fox News on Thursday, stressing that Donald Trump “wasn't buying” such an approach during the negotiations at the Hanoi summit last week.

Mar 08 08:22

Trump disappointed by activity at North Korea missile sites

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he’s a “little disappointed” by reports of new activity at a North Korean missile research center and long-range rocket site and that time will tell if U.S. diplomacy with the reclusive country will be successful.

South Korea’s military said it is carefully monitoring North Korean nuclear and missile facilities after the country’s spy agency told lawmakers that new activity was detected at a research center where the North is believed to build long-range missiles targeting the U.S. mainland.

Mar 08 08:22

Why North Korea’s restored rocket site isn’t cause for worry — yet

North Korea is rebuilding a satellite launch site it promised to entirely dismantle, and may have increased activity at a major missile factory — both actions that are likely meant to be warning signs to the United States and South Korea.

Should these moves be a precursor to even more aggressive actions by Pyongyang, or anger President Donald Trump, then the US and North Korea could end up moving away from diplomacy and back on the path to war.

South Korean intelligence and respected analysts this week revealed commercial satellite imagery that shows that North Koreans have been rebuilding an engine test stand and launch pad at a space launch facility at Sohae since at least February 16, and that it’s likely now back at a normal operating level. That’s a big deal, since Pyongyang promised Seoul last September that it would “permanently dismantle” the site and started to take it down last year.

Mar 07 14:55

"ARTIFICIAL" MAGNITUDE 2.1 EARTHQUAKE DETECTED IN NORTH KOREA

This doesn't look good...

Two days after reports about North Korea rebuilding a long-range missile test site surfaced in Western media, the Korea Times reported Thursday that a 2.1-magnitude earthquake has been detected in North Korea.

Most alarmingly, the Korean Meteorological Administration said the quake was the result of "artificial" seismic activity, presumably the result of an explosion inside a mine.

"The epicenter is measured to be near the land surface," one official reportedly said.

Mar 07 11:16

Pyongyang slams new joint military exercises between S. Korea, US

North Korea on Thursday attacked ongoing joint military exercises between Seoul and Washington as an “open challenge” to moves towards peace on the Korean peninsula. The US and South Korea agreed on Sunday to replace two major war games that take place every spring – the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle drills – with a shorter Dong Maeng or Alliance exercise which kicked off this week, AFP reports. The move was designed to further ease tensions with the North following the detente since early 2018. The new flare-up comes just days after the US and North Korean leaders held their second summit.

Mar 06 07:46

North Korea rebuilds rocket launch site after Trump-Kim summit, satellite images show

New satellite images indicate North Korea started rapidly rebuilding a rocket launch site just days after a summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un failed to achieve a breakthrough on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

The Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the think tank that obtained and analyzed the images, said it spotted the activity at the Sohae (Tongchang-ri) launch facility. It's located in the northwestern part of North Korea.

The Trump-Kim summit ended abruptly on February 28 after the two leaders could not agree on how to scale down Pyongyang's nuclear program. Kim wanted sanctions relief for dismantling parts of its nuclear facilities. Trump wasn't willing to give it.

Mar 05 10:06

The Trump – Kim Summit in Hanoi – Was Trump forced to Walk?

Yes, Mr. Trump had to walk. As he didn’t get his way, he had the audacity to get up and walk out of a meeting with Kim Jong-un, the President of the DPRK, of North Korea. As arrogant as it behooves the king of a failing and crumbling empire. But did he walk by his own will? Or was he, the most “powerful man in the world”, coerced by his handlers, represented by former CIA boss, Mike Pompeo, to abandon the denuclearization negotiations, i.e. no concessions on killer sanctions, or as Kim Jong-un said, “we would like to see the five sanctions (out of eleven) lifted, those that most harm our people and their economic well-being.”

Therefore, Pyongyang was ready to permanently shut down the Yongbyon nuclear complex, an important nuclear research center for DPRK. Kim Jong-un was also ready to invite international observers to witness the dismantling process, and he was ready to stop medium range missile testing – all for giving his people, the North Koreans a ‘breather’ – a better life.

Mar 05 09:31

Kremlin expects date of N. Korean leader’s visit to Russia will be confirmed soon – spokesman

Russia expects that the exact date of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s visit will be agreed on in the near future, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said. “There is no clarity now. The contacts have been ongoing through diplomatic channels,” Peskov said.

Mar 05 09:19

Trump implements de facto ‘freeze for freeze’ with North Korea as nuke talks stall

The United States and South Korea have agreed to cancel annual spring joint military exercises in support of President Trump’s effort to persuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear and ballistic missile arsenals.

The move had been rumored for weeks but was confirmed by the Pentagon late Saturday in the form of a readout of a phone call between Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeong-doo.

“The Secretary and Minister reviewed and approved the Alliance decisions recommended by the Commander of U.S. Forces Korea and the Republic of Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff,” said the statement. “Following close coordination, both sides decided to conclude the KEY RESOLVE and FOAL EAGLE series of exercises.”

Instead the U.S. and South Korean military forces will maintain readiness to defend the South against the North with “newly-designed Command Post exercises and revised field training programs,” the Pentagon said.

Mar 05 09:19

APNewsBreak: South Korea sends World Cup bid plan to North

South Korea's soccer leadership has sent a proposal to North Korea to jointly bid for the 2023 Women's World Cup and is awaiting a response.

Combining to stage the FIFA showpiece could be a significant move toward building peace on the Korean Peninsula, which remains technically at war because the 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty.

The neighbors have been encouraged to bid by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, with the decision due to be taken in March 2020 by the governing body's ruling council.

Chung Mong-gyu, the president of South Korea's soccer association who sits on the FIFA Council, is pursuing the bid after gaining the initial support of his government.

Mar 05 09:18

U.S.-North Korea Nuclear Talks Must Resume Quickly, Says Worried South

Troubled by the failure of the U.S. and North Korea to reach a deal on sanctions relief in exchange for Pyongyang’s disarmament, South Korea is pressing the two sides to return to negotiations to prevent the diplomatic detente from unraveling.

Officials in Seoul worry that, unless Washington and Pyongyang re-engage sooner rather than later, the rapprochement that began last year risks losing steam, and that North Korea may opt to exit the talks.

Mar 05 09:17

Kim Jong-un back in Pyongyang after Vietnam trip

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is back in Pyongyang after concluding his first official state visit to Vietnam and holding his second summit with US President Donald Trump in Hanoi, state media reported on Tuesday.
According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim`s armoured train arrived at the Pyongyang train station at 3 a.m. on Tuesday. He was received by senior officials and an honour guard of the North Korean Army, Efe news reported

Mar 04 12:09

Why the Hanoi Summit Failed

The Hanoi Summit between North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump did not advance the national security of any of the countries in East Asia, the United States, or the world. The puzzle is why two leaders would travel so far and leave emptyhanded.

Mar 04 10:08

As Trump and Kim Met, North Korean Hackers Hit Over 100 Targets in U.S. and Ally Nations

North Korean hackers who have targeted American and European businesses for 18 months kept up their attacks last week even as President Trump was meeting with North Korea’s leader in Hanoi.

The attacks, which include efforts to hack into banks, utilities and oil and gas companies, began in 2017, according to researchers at the cybersecurity company McAfee, a time when tensions between North Korea and the United States were flaring. But even though both sides have toned down their fiery threats and begun nuclear disarmament talks, the attacks persist.

Mar 03 09:22

North Korean leader rethinking denuclearization talks with US: Top official

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is no longer interested in discussing denuclearization plans with US President Donald Trump after their talks fell apart abruptly Thursday, a senior Pyongyang official has warned.

“I have a feeling that Chairman Kim may have lost the will (to continue) North Korea-US dealings," Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency Friday. "It's my personal feeling."

“I think about whether [we] should continue talks," she added, questioning the need to continue them after Trump said Thursday that he had to walk away from the meeting with Kim in Hanoi.

The American president said Pyongyang was ready to make concessions but not in areas that Washington had hoped for. He also claimed that Kim insisted on removing all US sanctions as a per-requisite to denuclearization.

Mar 03 08:38

Trump Sabotages North Korea Summit to Appease the Hawks

The US-North Korea Summit in Hanoi has ended in failure just as all previous attempts at peace have ended in failure. This is by design. Washington has refused to incrementally lift the sanctions on the DPRK because sanctions are Washington’s way of prosecuting an economic war against an enemy who, for the last six and a half decades, has been the target of US hostility. In case you hadn’t noticed, US policy towards North Korea is regime change, the same as it is towards Iran, Cuba, Russia, Venezuela and any other country that doesn’t accept Washington’s moral superiority and divine right to rule the world. Economic strangulation (sanctions) is just one way that Washington cracks down on the dissidents and imposes its will with an iron fist. But don’t kid yourself, this isn’t about nuclear weapons, in fact, the Trump administration hasn’t even bothered to assemble a team of weapons inspectors to investigate probable nuclear sites. Why?

Mar 03 08:30

Trump first suggested North Korea wasn’t responsible for Otto Warmbier’s death. Now he’s walking it back.

President Donald Trump can be shamed into (kind of) walking back comments that reflect kindly on known tyrants — all it takes is resounding criticism that overshadows any of his related accomplishments.

After receiving widespread negative coverage of comments he made earlier this week appearing to absolve North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in the death of Otto Warmbier, a US student who died after being imprisoned in North Korea for over a year, Trump said Friday he was “misinterpreted.”

At a summit between the US and North Korea earlier this week, Trump was asked by reporters if he had confronted Kim about Warmbier’s death. The president confirmed that he did ask about the young American’s mysterious death in 2017, and said he believed Kim “felt badly,” but claimed to have known nothing about it at the time.

Mar 03 08:29

North Korea's Kim Jong Un leaves Vietnam after summit breakdown

Smiling and holding up his clasped hands in a victorious pose, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday boarded his private train at the Vietnam-China border for a 60-plus-hour ride home, ending a trip to Vietnam that saw a summit breakdown with President Donald Trump.

He spent his last day in Hanoi laying large red-and-yellow wreaths at a war memorial and at the mausoleum of national hero Ho Chi Minh, surrounded by Vietnamese soldiers in crisp white uniforms and his own entourage of top North Korean officials. At the border, he got out of his armoured limousine and clasped his hands, waving to a crowd of people cheering his departure.

Mar 03 08:28

Is Trump Giving Up on a Nuclear-Free North Korea?

Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un collapsed not because the parties couldn’t agree on how North Korea would get rid of its nuclear weapons altogether, but over something far more modest: the price for preventing Pyongyang’s arsenal from becoming even deadlier.

Administration officials insisted that the aim in Vietnam this week was “the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea,” and that’s true in the long term. But for the time being, they actually seem to be negotiating the conditions under which the United States can live with a nuclear-armed North Korea. It’s quite a comedown for Trump, who once boasted that his personal diplomatic touch had prompted Kim to start “de-nuking the whole place.”

Mar 02 20:12

US & South Korea agree to scrap major military drills to foster denuclearization – Seoul

Washington and Seoul will no longer be conducting large-scale Foal Eagle and Key Resolve war games, the South Korean defense ministry said Sunday. It comes several days after US President Trump complained about the drills' cost.

The cancellation of the annual wargames, initially scheduled to kick off in spring, was announced by the South Korean military, as it made public the details of a call between Acting US defense chief Patrick Shanahan and his South Korean counterpart, Jeong Kyeong-doo, Yonhap reported.

Mar 02 08:05

President Trump Exaggerated North Korea's Summit Demands, Officials Say

President Donald Trump said he walked away from his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un because Kim demanded the U.S. lift all of its sanctions, a claim that North Korea’s delegation called a rare news conference in the middle of the night to deny.

So who’s telling the truth? In this case, it seems that the North Koreans are. And it’s a demand they have been pushing for weeks in lower-level talks.

Trump’s much-anticipated meeting with Kim, held in the Vietnamese capital Wednesday and Thursday, ended abruptly and without the two leaders signing any agreements. Trump spoke with reporters soon after the talks broke down and said the dispute over sanctions was the deal breaker.

“Basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn’t do that,” he said. “We had to walk away from that.”

Mar 02 08:05

North Korea disputes Trump's account of summit breakdown

North Korea is disputing President Donald Trump's account of why the summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un collapsed.

North Korea's foreign minister said that the North demanded only partial sanctions relief in exchange for shuttering its main nuclear complex, and that the discussions collapsed after the U.S. demanded further disarmament steps.

Ri Yong Ho's comments during an abruptly scheduled news conference in Hanoi on Friday contradicted the explanation by Trump, who hours earlier had told reporters that the North had demanded a full removal of sanctions in exchange for shuttering the Yongbyon nuclear facility.

Mar 01 09:51

‘Time to end the nuclear threat’: Graham hints at war hours after Trump-Kim summit stalls

Sen. Lindsey Graham is already saber-rattling at North Korea less than a day after President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong-un ended their summit amicably without a signed agreement. Graham, it seems, doesn’t handle peace well.

While the South Carolina Republican applauded Trump for walking away from the negotiating table rather than agreeing to anything less than "complete denuclearization" from the DPRK, Graham didn't seem to grasp the concept of incremental progress, or improved diplomatic relations, resorting to threats and dusting off Trump's own puerile name-calling from over a year ago.

Mar 01 09:47

North Korean Summit Reactions: Even Pelosi Is Happy That Trump Walked Away

After President Donald Trump abruptly ended his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi because the Kim would not agree to denuclearization before sanctions were removed — and the reaction thus far has been mixed.

The leaders were meeting for their second summit to work toward denuclearization and a more peaceful relationship in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Trump had made clear he was willing to remove economic and other sanctions for meaningful progress. But the summit ended when Trump had enough of Kim’s demands that the lifting of all sanctions occur first without any meaningful commitment on North Korea’s part to denuclearize.

Mar 01 09:35

South Korea to work with U.S. and North Korea after failed nuclear talks

South Korea will work with the United States and North Korea to ensure they reach agreement on denuclearization, the South’s president said on Friday, a day after talks between the U.S. and North Korean leaders collapsed over sanctions.

Mar 01 09:32

Cole Supports Trump Walking Away from N. Korean Summit

President Trump walking away from the summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un made a big splash this week. Congressman Tom Cole supports the President’s decision not to take a proposed deal with North Korea.

“I commend President Trump and his diplomatic team for their performance at the recent summit between the U.S. and North Korea,” said Cole. “Clearly progress has been made on a number of critical areas. However, when a deal couldn’t be reached with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Trump was wise to walk away but commit to continue working on the issues.

Mar 01 09:18

The warning signs were clear: Trump's North Korea summit was doomed from the start

What happens when you hold a summit without doing your homework, and after ignoring warnings from your own intelligence chiefs that Kim Jong Un would never give up his nuclear weapons?

Your summit falls apart, as President Donald Trump's did early Thursday morning. The outcome suggests that the biggest mistake made by the president and his top advisers was agreeing to the meeting with the North Korean leader in the first place.

After last year's meeting in Singapore, which at times appeared more like a buddy movie than a serious nuclear disarmament negotiation, Trump was widely criticized for saying "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea."

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To be fair, there isn't a nuclear threat from North Korea ... unless the US tries to invade or regime change.

Mar 01 09:17

Pelosi on North Korea talks: 'I'm glad that the president walked away'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi argued on Thursday that Kim Jong Un was "a big winner" in the latest negotiations between President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader since he once again had the opportunity to "sit face to face" with the President of the United States, but she said that Trump did the right thing by ultimately walking away from the talks.

The President has been in Hanoi, Vietnam, for a summit that ended with no joint agreement between the US and North Korea after Kim insisted all US sanctions be lifted on his country.

"What we want is denuclearization," Pelosi said at her weekly news conference, referring to the US goal of getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. "They didn't agree to it in the first meeting. They didn't agree to it in the second meeting. They wanted lifting sanctions without denuclearization. I'm glad that the President walked away from that."

Mar 01 08:53

‘Some sort of fantasy’: Mysterious group declares itself N. Korean ‘government-in-exile’

A shadowy group known as the Cheollima Civil Defense (CCD) has declared itself North Korea’s “government-in-exile” while decrying the government of Kim Jong-un as an “immoral and illegitimate regime.”

CCD released a statement Friday, declaring their government, which they have dubbed ‘Free Joseon,’ as “the sole legitimate representative of the Korean people of the north.” A video of a woman dressed in a traditional black and white hanbok with her face blurred out reading out the group’s manifesto was also released.

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Here we go ...

Feb 28 22:44

Embarrassment for Trump as North Korean foreign minister holds a surprise press conference to blame the president for the collapse of the Vietnam nuclear summit because HE asked for too much

'Basically they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety and we couldn’t do that,' Trump asserted.

In a long statement delivered to the press in Korean, and a translator read aloud in English for Americans watching over lunch, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho contradicted Trump hours later at a midnight news conference.

He said the country asked for 'partial sanctions' relief in areas the authoritarian country claims are harming North Korean citizens and affecting their livelihoods. In return, Pyongyang offered to 'permanently' close its Plutonium and Uranium facilities in the Yongbyon region in the presence of U.S. inspectors.

He said North Korea asked the U.S. to lift sanctions corresponding with five United Nations resolutions adopted between 2016 and 2017. Ri claimed that his proposal was the 'biggest' offer North Korea could make based on the 'current level of confidence' between the country and the United States.

Feb 28 12:08

Embarrassment for Trump as North Korean foreign minister holds surprise press conference to blame the president for the collapse of the Vietnam nuclear summit because HE asked for too much 

North Korean officials made a rare appearance on Thursday after President Trump departed Vietnam to publicly dispute aspects of his claims about the breakdown in talks. Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said the country asked for 'partial sanctions' relief, primarily in the areas harming North Korean citizens and affecting their livelihoods. In return, Pyongyang offered to 'permanently' close its plutonium and uranium facilities in the Yongbyon region in the presence of U.S. inspectors. He said North Korea asked the U.S. to lift sanctions corresponding with five United Nations resolutions adopted between 2016 and 2017. Trump said that North Korea was 'not ready' to meet the United States' conditions. Ri said talks broke down 'when it became crystal clear that the US is not ready to accept our proposal,' according to a Bloomberg. The U.S.

Feb 28 10:37

Scott Adams: Cohen, North Korea, and Coffee

Press claimed North Korea deal would be to distract from Cohen
The press, enemy of the people, made a deal impossible
Press influence is malign…or malignant
ANY deal would have been MSM-framed as a coverup failure
Chairman Kim is going home with improving relations
Time is on President Trump’s side
Walking away early…but politely, respectfully
Michael Cohen testimony, hours and hours of claims
Reporters don’t understand finance
Cohen was hired and worked 10 years for citizen Trump
There wasn’t ANY evidence President Trump was racist…
…till Charlottesville? Does that sound likely?
President has been painted as hands-off, doesn’t read key reports,
How can lead us? NO clue what’s happening!
Therefore, Dems claimed…we MUST impeach!
NOW he’s being painted as 100% hands-on, knows everything
He is aware of every single meeting, involved, aware of ALL!

Feb 28 09:44

Donald Trump LIVE: ‘We had to walk away’ Donald Trump reveals EXACTLY WHY talks collapsed

DONALD Trump has revealed what exactly led to the collapse of talks on denuclearisation during his summit with Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The US President told reporters after summit talks were cut short: "Basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, but we couldn't do that. We had to walk away from it.” Donald Trump added: ""He wants to denuclearise but wants to just do areas that are less important than the areas that we want. We know every inch of that country, and we have to get what we have to get."

Feb 28 08:48

Trump Says Did Not Sign Any Agreement With North Korea's Kim

President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo speak at a press briefing in Hanoi following the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Excerpt.) (Source: Bloomberg)

Feb 28 01:51

TRUMP - KIM SUMMIT CUT SHORT

No agreement reached as Trump-Kim summit cut short
US and North Korea leaders leave their meeting in Vietnam's Hanoi early and cancel a planned signing ceremony.

Vietnam's Hanoi has hosted the second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The two leaders held a landmark summit in Singapore last year, the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

On Wednesday, they kicked off their Hanoi summit with a brief one-on-one conversation and a social dinner, before the launch of formal talks on Thursday.

Here are all the latest updates as of:
Thursday, February 28: >>>

Feb 27 11:46

Scott Adams: CNN Opening Capone’s Vault (Cohen Testimony), Climate Hijinx

Actual CNN headline today:
“Watch Trump try to pull off the ultimate distraction”
His purpose in pursuing NK denuclearization…is distraction?
CNN Fake News Don Lemon reads BOMBSHELL Cohen statement
Congressional Rep Matt Gaetz tweets about Cohen
Dirtiest trick I’ve ever seen…also kinda relevant
Tweet focused the countries attention on Cohen’s lying
Charlottesville Hoax Update
Joel Pollak calls Chris Cuomo a liar, 2,000 retweets
We’re saying it’s a CNN fake news story, loudly
This is the dog that doesn’t bark
NO pushback from CNN, no disputing what we’ve said
Chairman Kim and President Trump’s chemistry
President Trump’s “focused charisma” is very strong
Their personal connection seems genuine to me
History will eventually see President Trump was first to understand
Our NK problem was the lack of INTERPERSONAL relationships

Feb 27 11:21

US Bill Calls for Formal End to Korean War

Nearly two dozen Democratic members of the US House of Representatives introduced a resolution Tuesday calling for a formal end to the Korean War, which has been technically ongoing since 1950. However, the measure also allows for the continued stationing of US Forces Korea in South Korea.

"Historic engagement between South and North Korea has created a once-in-a-generation opportunity to formally end this war," House Armed Services Committee member Ro Khanna (D-CA), said in a statement. "President Trump must not squander this rare chance for peace. He should work hand in hand with our ally, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, to bring the war to a close and advance toward the denuclearization of the peninsula."

Feb 27 09:21

Nuclear Weapons: Who Has What at a Glance

At the dawn of the nuclear age, the United States hoped to maintain a monopoly on its new weapon, but the secrets and the technology for making nuclear weapons soon spread. The United States conducted its first nuclear test explosion in July 1945 and dropped two atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Just four years later, the Soviet Union conducted its first nuclear test explosion. The United Kingdom (1952), France (1960), and China (1964) followed. Seeking to prevent the nuclear weapon ranks from expanding further, the United States and other like-minded states negotiated the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1968 and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1996.

Feb 27 08:39

Why Are Democrats Trying to Torpedo the Korea Peace Talks?

South Koreans are learning the hard truths expressed in the protest music of Phil Ochs from the darkest days of the Cold War. “When it comes to times like Korea, there’s no one more red, white, and blue” than the American liberal, he sang in one of his most biting verses.

Decades later, with the two Koreas on the brink of ending a war that ripped their country apart and triggered the massive US military intervention of 1950, the liberals and Democrats who earned Ochs’s derision may be undermining the best chance for peace on the peninsula in a generation.

As US diplomats prepare for the second summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un next week in Hanoi, senior Democrats in the House and Senate, joined by a few Republicans, have been sounding alarm bells, warning that South Korean President Moon Jae-in is moving too fast in reconciling with North Korea by seeking a premature lifting of sanctions on the nuclear-armed state.

Feb 27 07:52

Trump-Kim summit: Fact checking Donald Trump's claims about North Korea

To hear President Donald Trump tell it, the thawing of relations with North Korea represents a historic breakthrough in American diplomacy.

But experts observing the president’s second summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un this week see ICBM-sized caveats in the progress Trump has made with a hermit kingdom that has vexed the United States since the early days of the Cold War.

"The Trump administration has over-hyped its claims of success with North Korea," said Bruce Klingner, a senior research fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation and a former CIA deputy division chief. “We’ve achieved no success on denuclearization."

Feb 27 07:50

“A bad deal for the United States”: top South Korean official rejects tentative Trump-Kim pact

A proposed outline of a deal that President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may sign during their Vietnam summit this week would be “a bad deal for the United States.”

That’s not the view of a cynical expert, or a Democrat. It’s the view of a top national security adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Trump and Kim are in Hanoi to discuss how to strike a deal to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear program. Negotiators are currently working with an outline of a deal first described to Vox by three knowledgeable sources on Tuesday, where the US would lift some sanctions on North Korea in exchange for a commitment from Kim to stop nuclear-fuel production at a key nuclear facility.

Feb 27 07:50

President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un meet in Vietnam

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are meeting for a two-day summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27 and 28. The two leaders will discuss a potential deal aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear program.

This is the second time Trump and Kim have met — they first met in Singapore last June but have made very little progress in negotiating an end to North Korea’s nuclear program since then.

Trump’s 2018 meeting with Kim represented a dramatic shift in US diplomatic strategy when he agreed to sit down face to face with the North Korean leader to kick off nuclear negotiations, instead of reserving such a high-profile meeting for the end of the negotiation process when a deal had already been struck.

Feb 25 08:40

Kim Jong Un impersonator deported from Vietnam ahead of summit

A Kim Jong Un impersonator was hauled from his hotel Monday ahead of his planned deportation from Vietnam before the real North Korean leader meets US President Donald Trump in Hanoi later this week.
Howard X arrived in town with Trump impersonator Russell White last week, staging a fake summit on the steps of Hanoi's Opera House amid a swarm of press and hired security guards.

Feb 25 08:34

North Korean Media Criticizes US Dems Ahead of Second Summit

North Korea’s state media issued a report ahead of this week’s Trump-Kim summit criticizing US Democrats and other “skeptics” of the peace process, saying they are missing an historic opportunity and urging President Trump to ignore them.

The report warned that opponents are chilling the atmosphere ahead of the summit, and would ultimately bear responsibility if the summit failed in any way, adding this would expose Americans to “security threats.”

Largely echoing Trump’s comments in favor of the peace talks, US analysts suggested that the state media report was primarily an attempt to further sell Trump on the process, and make him less likely to walk away for fear of it looking like a vindication for his political opponents.

Feb 24 08:38

North Korea confirms leader Kim Jong Un is on train to Vietnam for summit with Trump

North Korea confirmed Saturday that leader Kim Jong Un is on a train to Vietnam for his second summit with President Donald Trump.

Russia's TASS news agency, quoting a North Korean source, reported earlier that Kim's train was leaving from Pyongyang for the journey across China to Vietnam.

A similar green and yellow train was seen crossing a bridge from North Korea into the Chinese border city of Dandong, according to the Associated Press.

Kim and Trump are set to hold their summit on Feb. 27-28.

Feb 24 08:11

Trump: US troops withdrawal from South Korea ‘not on table’ in Hanoi meeting with Kim

US President Donald Trump has ruled out reducing the number of American troops in South Korea as part of a deal to be discussed during his upcoming summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un.

"No, it's not. That is not one of the things on the table," Trump said at a White House event on Friday when asked if he would consider pulling some of the 28,500 troops from South Korea.

Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on February 27 and 28.

Feb 24 08:11

Trump aides worry he may get outmaneuvered in summit with Kim

US President Donald Trump’s aides worry that he may get outfoxed in the scheduled summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.

That is why figures such as national security adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former Defense Secretary James Mattis have distanced themselves from the talks, Politico reported.

“There is not optimism in the administration,” said Ian Bremmer, founder and president of the Eurasia Group. “Pompeo is deeply skeptical that we are going to get anything of substance on denuclearization from Kim Jong Un, and Pompeo believes the North Koreans are just playing for time.”

Feb 23 08:10

North Korea's Kim begins long train trip to Vietnam for summit with Trump: report

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un set off by train for Vietnam on Saturday, for his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump next week, media reported, and hours later, two witnesses saw a train crossing into China from North Korea.

Feb 23 08:10

North Korea's Kim: I don't want my children to bear burden of nuclear arms - report

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told the U.S. secretary of state he did not want his children to live with the burden of nuclear weapons, a former CIA officer involved in high-level diplomacy over the North’s weapons was quoted as saying on Saturday.

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