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Sep 10 07:26

North Korea leaves missiles out of military parade, hinting at denuclearization

With no long-range missiles on display, North Korea staged a military parade on Sunday focused on conventional arms, peace and economic development as it marked the 70th anniversary of the country's founding.

The reduced display compared to past years earned a thank you note from U.S. President Donald Trump, who hailed it as a "big and very positive statement from North Korea."

Trump on Twitter quoted a Fox News description of the event without long-range nuclear missiles as a sign of North Korea's "commitment to denuclearize."

Sep 10 00:08

Putin expresses confidence in development of cooperation in telegram to N.Korean leader

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a telegram to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, congratulating him on the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s founding, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported. According to the agency, in his telegram the Russian president expressed confidence that the two countries will continue to develop cooperation in various areas... A parade dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea took place in Pyongyang on September 9. Russia was represented at the parade by Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko. This past Saturday she met with Kim Jong-un and gave him a personal message from Putin. The North Korean leader, for his part, confirmed readiness to visit Russia.
Russian upper house speaker hopes North Korean leader to visit Russia by yearend http://tass.com/politics/1020707

Sep 09 04:09

North Korea Holds Military Parade Without Showing Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

North Korea did not display intercontinental ballistic missiles that can target the United States at a military parade on Sunday, signalling leader Kim Jong-un’s desire to refrain from provoking US President Donald Trump for the resumption of denuclearisation talks.
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Trump has welcomed Kim’s latest commitment, fanning expectations that US-North Korea negotiations will move forward.

North Korea, meanwhile, has deepened relations with China. Since March, Kim has visited China three times for summit talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Beijing and Pyongyang have agreed to boost their economic ties.

China and North Korea fought together in the 1950-1953 Korean war against the US-led United Nations Command. The two countries have been described as “blood brothers”.

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Sep 07 07:48

North Korea's Kim sets denuclearization time line, prompting thanks from Trump

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has given his first time line for denuclearization, aiming for the end of U.S. President Donald Trump’s first term, Seoul officials said on Thursday, prompting thanks from Trump who said they would “get it done together”.

Sep 06 12:43

Kim Jong Un Vows Nuclear-Free Korea Ahead of Summit With South

South Korean officials announced on Thursday that a deal has been reached to hold a summit in Pyongyang from September 18-20. The summit is to focus on “practical measures” which could be taken for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

South Korean national security adviser Chung Eui-yong told reporters that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has “reconfirmed his determination to completely denuclearize,” and that he continues to have faith in President Trump.

The commitment to denuclearize is a major announcement, as US officials have been increasingly dubious about that, and complaining about the lack of quick progress. North Korean officials say Kim is frustrated by the doubts expressed in the international community about his will to preemptively denuclearize. He told Chung that he feels the good faith moves made by North Korea should be reciprocated.

Sep 06 12:42

US Continues to Resist North Korean Calls for Peace Declaration

White House and State Department officials are reiterating that they have no current interest in making a deal with North Korea that would involve a peace declaration ending the Korean War.

The State Department said on Wednesday that the US position is that “denuclearization has to take place before we get to other parts.” The administration has repeatedly said they believe Korean denuclearization will take years, and that they want “progress” before the 2020 election.

The Korean War began in 1950, and 68 years later, there has never been a formal peace treaty ending the conflict. North Korea has been seeking a peace treaty for decades, with the US always resisting such a deal.

Sep 05 07:44

South Korean Envoy Visits North Korea to Help Revive Nuclear Talks

President Moon Jae-in of South Korea sent a special envoy to North Korea on Wednesday, hoping to help break the deadlock in the talks between the North and the United States over dismantling the North’s nuclear weapons program.

Chung Eui-yong, the national security adviser to Mr. Moon, met with Kim Jong-un, the North’s leader, during his brief trip to Pyongyang, the capital, according to Mr. Moon’s office. The presidential office said the results of Mr. Chung’s visit would be announced Thursday.

Mr. Chung’s entourage included Suh Hoon, the director of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service. Besides discussing obstacles to progress with the United States, they had also hoped to set a date and agenda for Mr. Moon’s meeting with Mr. Kim later this month in Pyongyang, which is expected to focus on sustaining the recent thaw in inter-Korean ties. Mr. Chung delivered a letter from Mr. Moon to Mr. Kim.

Sep 04 07:21

U.S.-North Korea Stalemate Threatens Nuclear Disarmament Deal

Nearly three months after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shook hands with President Trump and agreed to pursue denuclearization and a reset in relations, the two sides have reached an impasse over who should make the next concession in talks aimed at implementing their accord.

Sep 03 08:33

US-led UN Command stops South Korean train entering North

In a highly unusual development, it has been reported in South Korea that the US-led United Nations Command prevented a South Korean train from crossing the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea earlier this month.

The passage of an official South Korean train into North Korea is highly unusual and the incident raises questions over coordination between South Korea and the United States. It could also provide substantial propaganda fodder for North Korea.

Sep 03 07:44

Hope, caution as Kim Jong Un shifts to North Korea's economy

Hotels, big and small. Tourists from all over the country, maybe the world. "As long as we have the leadership of our respected Marshal," he says, referring to leader Kim Jong Un, "our future will be bright indeed."

So wouldn't think of questioning the leader, but there is a hint of apprehension in his voice. And he isn't alone.

North Korea is pushing ahead with a new strategy of economic development and the intensified diplomacy with China, South Korea and the United States that such a move requires. But hopes for a better future are mixed with concern over potential downsides of political or social volatility, and something that's harder to articulate: a fear of the unknown — even if it appears far more promising than the arduous path the country has been on for decades.

Sep 02 09:29

The North Koreans Get It: Trump's Quest For Peace Is Being Sabotaged By His Own Advisors

The media continues to get the President’s North Korean peace initiative all wrong: in some cases this is due to laziness, Washington-centric group-think, and just plain ignorance. In other cases, it is quite deliberate. Take, for example, the recent “news” that Trump canceled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s scheduled trip to Pyongyang due to a “belligerent” letter sent by the North Koreans to the White House. What is the source of this alleged development? A single report in the Washington Post put out there by one Josh Rogin, not a reporter but an opinion columnist with strong neoconservative inclinations. Rogin attributes this information to “two senior administration officials” while admitting that “[t]he exact contents of the message are unclear.”

We don’t know what the letter said, and so we don’t know why Trump canceled the trip. In short, we don’t know anything. That’s the “news,” folks.

Sep 02 09:20

North Korea preparing toned-down military parade: analysts

Satellite imagery shows North Korea is poised to stage another military parade amid new worries that diplomatic efforts on denuclearization are stalling, though analysts say it is unclear whether it will showcase any of the country’s largest ballistic missiles.

Sep 01 09:09

Train project linking North and South Korea stopped in its tracks by US

A rail project meant to connect North and South Korea has been blocked by US military officials, highlighting divisions between Washington and Seoul on how to deal with the nuclear armed North.

The two Koreas planned to begin a joint field study last week by sending a train from Seoul across the length of North Korea to Sinuiju, on the Chinese border, but their application was denied by the US-led United Nations Command. The multinational military body is a remnant of the 1950-53 Korean war and controls all movement across the heavily fortified demilitarised zone that bisects the peninsula.

The denial underscores a growing split between South Korea, which favours engagement with North Korea, and the US, where officials have demanded denuclearisation as a prerequisite to any economic cooperation.

Sep 01 09:08

US Forbids South Korea Sending A Train Through North Korea Until Kim Denuc-learises

Webmaster's Commentary: 

South Korea may have other ideas. It is, after all, their country!

Aug 31 08:30

Trump Says China To Blame For Hurting U.S.-North Korean Relations

President Trump appears to be blaming China for derailing a U.S.-North Korea rapprochement, implying that it's placing "tremendous pressure" on Pyongyang as a result of ongoing trade disputes between Washington and Beijing.

In a quartet of tweets on Wednesday, Trump issued what he called a White House statement saying he "feels strongly that North Korea is under tremendous pressure from China because of our major trade disputes with the Chinese Government."

"At the same time, we also know that China is providing North Korea with ... considerable aid, including money, fuel, fertilizer and various other commodities. This is not helpful!" he continued.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Bad China. BAD China! No fortune cookie!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 30 09:44

Why the U.S.-North Korea Nuclear Talks Have Stalled

The problem is, neither side can agree on what the Singapore Declaration signed by both leaders actually means. Pompeo asserts that Kim accepted the “final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea.” North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho says all four provisions must be implemented simultaneously, not denuclearization first.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump is now blaming China for the collapse of the North Korea deal.

Aug 29 18:48

Trump Threatens "Bigger Than Ever" War Games If Korea Talks Fail; Blames China

President Donald Trump threatened that he could begin joint military exercises with South Korea and Japan that will be "far bigger than ever" if progress stalls on North Korea nuclear talks.

Aug 29 09:36

Rift Grows Between U.S. Allies Over North Korea’s Nuclear Threat

One longstanding U.S. ally still thinks North Korea poses an urgent nuclear threat. Another is steadily increasing economic ties with the regime. And Kim Jong Un is doing his best to exploit the divide.

Less than three months after shaking Kim’s hand in Singapore, U.S. President Donald Trump is confronting an increasingly fractured diplomatic landscape as his two key allies -- Japan and South Korea -- pursue differing ends of his two-pronged North Korea strategy. In Tokyo, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government reaffirmed Tuesday that North Korea posed a “grave and imminent” threat to Japan, despite Kim’s pledge on “denuclearization.”

Aug 28 10:21

US not planning to suspend any more drills with S. Korea unless ordered by Trump – Mattis

Several major US drills with South Korea have been suspended as an act of good will towards Pyongyang, but there are no plans to cancel any other joint exercises on the Korean Peninsula, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said.

Aug 28 09:25

North Korea accuses US of 'hatching a criminal plot to unleash a war'

North Korea's state newspaper accused the US of "hatching a criminal plot to unleash a war against the DPRK" while "having a dialogue with a smile on its face" Sunday following a report on South Korean radio that American forces in Japan were running drills aimed at invading Pyongyang.

"We can not but take a serious note of the double-dealing attitudes of the US as it is busy staging secret drills involving man-killing special units while having a dialogue with a smile on its face," the commentary from North Korea's Rodong Sinmun said, citing South Korean reports that US special units had been flown to the Philippines as part of an invasion drill.

"The US would be sadly mistaken if it thinks that it can browbeat someone through trite 'gunboat diplomacy' which it used to employ as an almighty weapon in the past and attain its sinister intention," it added.

Aug 27 08:46

North Korea newspaper blasts 'double-dealing' U.S. after Pompeo's trip canceled

North Korea’s state-controlled newspaper on Sunday accused the United States of “double-dealing” and “hatching a criminal plot” against Pyongyang, after Washington abruptly canceled a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Aug 26 08:22

N. Korea slams US for ‘hatching a criminal plot’ against Pyongyang after Pompeo’s canceled trip

North Korea has lashed out at the US for “double-dealing” and “hatching a criminal plot” against Pyongyang, days after Donald Trump canceled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s upcoming trip to North Korea.

Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North’s ruling party, said in an editorial that US units based in Okinawa, Japan were staging drills aimed at “infiltration into Pyongyang.” The paper was citing an unnamed South Korean media outlet.

The US “is busy staging secret drills involving man-killing special units while having a dialogue with a smile on its face,” according to the paper, which added that Pyongyang cannot help but note “the double-dealing attitudes” of Washington.

Aug 25 10:19

Beijing: US Claims About China Impacting Talks with North Korea 'Irresponsible'

Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang stated that the United States' claims that China has been impacting Washington's talks with Pyongyang on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula are irresponsible and contradict the facts.

"The claims made by the US contradict the facts, they are irresponsible. We express deep concern in this regard and have already made a submission to the US side," the spokesman said in a statement on Saturday, Sputnik reported.

The statement is a response to US President Donald Trump, who announced on Friday that he had told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to cancel his trip to North Korea, scheduled for next week. According to the US president, China was not helping with the denuclearization issue as much as before because of the current trade dispute between the two countries.

It is not the first time that Trump has criticized Beijing on the Korean issue>>>

Aug 25 09:32

TRUMP JUST CANCELLED POMPEO'S TRIP TO NORTH KOREA. THAT'S NOT A GOOD THING.

In a flurry of Tweets on Friday, President Trump has announced that he has told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to cancel next week’s trip to North Korea, which he announced just yesterday. Trump cited a lack of progress on denuclearization as his reasoning.

This is an unusual position to take, as the administration had long insisted there was no rush on denuclearization. A sudden desire to speed things up would also seemingly be a reason to send US officials, including new special envoy Stephen Biegun, for whom this was to be his first visit.

This also comes just days after North Korean state media issued a statement accusing some foes of President Trump of trying to slow progress, and urging Trump to make “bold” moves to advance the cause of peace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please: a war with China, over either North Korea, or the China trade issue, would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do right now.

Unfortunately, of course, there is no guarantee, just because it would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for this government to do, that it will just not haul off and do it.

I would strongly caution you, please, to exercise at least a modicum of restraint, in your dealings with both countries.

Aug 25 09:05

Trump cancels Pompeo's trip to North Korea over stalled nuclear diplomacy

U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly canceled his top diplomat’s planned trip to North Korea on Friday, publicly acknowledging for the first time that his effort to get Pyongyang to denuclearize had stalled since his summit with the North’s leader.

Aug 24 07:50

Pompeo names special representative, announces fourth trip to North Korea

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that he and his newly announced special representative to North Korea, Stephen Biegun, will be traveling to Pyongyang next week.

It will be Pompeo's fourth trip to Pyongyang, but, while officials hope he will have the opportunity to engage directly with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said later on Thursday there "are no plans for a meeting" with Kim on the trip.
Kim snubbed Pompeo during the last round of meetings in North Korea early last month, which sources told CNN went "as badly as it could have gone."

Aug 23 06:29

Red Cross Warns Of North Korea Food Crisis As Crops Fail In Heat

A heat wave in North Korea has led to rice, maize and other crops withering in the fields, “with potentially catastrophic effects,” the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Friday.

The world’s largest disaster relief network warned of a risk of a “full-blown food security crisis” in the isolated country, where a famine in the mid-1990s killed up to 3 million people. It said the worrying situation had been exacerbated by international sanctions imposed due to North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.

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Aug 22 08:42

Reunions of a lifetime as South Koreans head north – in pictures

Almost 90 families have met for the first time since becoming separated by the Korean war nearly 70 years ago. The emotional reunions were held at Mount Kumgang, a tourist resort in North Korea

Aug 22 08:21

UN watchdog says North Korea has not halted nuclear program

The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency says it has "grave concern" that North Korea continues to develop its nuclear weapons program.

A report Monday from the International Atomic Energy Agency noted that without direct access to North Korean weapons sites its information is limited, though it is monitoring the program through "more frequent collection of satellite imagery."

Aug 22 08:11

North’s. enemy’ label may be lifted

(*South Korea's) Defense Ministry is considering removing the description of North Korea’s military as an “enemy state” in the 2018 Defense White Paper to be published later this year, reflecting improved ties between South and North Korea and joint efforts to reduce military tensions along the border.

“Continuing to refer to North Korea as an enemy state in an official government document that is to be made public could contradict our efforts to cease all hostile actions as stipulated in the Panmunjom Declaration,” said a government official speaking on the condition of anonymity, referring to the joint South-North agreement made during the April 27 inter-Korean summit.

While the Defense Ministry has yet to make it official, it is widely expected the military will delete that description in a fast-changing diplomatic landscape that saw two inter-Korean summits and a North-U.S. summit driven by the Moon Jae-in government’s effort to bring Pyongyang and Washington to the negotiation table.
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Aug 21 12:07

North Korea To Let UN Inspectors Observe Missile Launches

North Korea has agreed to allow the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to conduct an on-site inspection of the country's missile launches in order to ensure the safety of international flights from the country's missile launches, reports the Japan Times, citing officials with the Montreal-based UN agency.

Aug 20 08:11

Dozens of South Koreans entering North Korea to reunite with relatives

Dozens of elderly South Koreans crossed the heavily fortified border into North Korea for heart-wrenching meetings with relatives Monday -- most of whom haven't seen their loved ones since being separated by the turmoil of the Korean War. The weeklong event at North Korea's Diamond Mountain resort comes as the rival Koreas boost reconciliation efforts amid a diplomatic push to resolve a standoff over North Korea's drive for a nuclear weapons program that can reliably target the continental United States.

The temporary reunions are highly emotional because most of those taking part are elderly people eager to see their loved ones once more before they die. Most of these families were driven apart during the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in a ceasefire, not a peace treaty, leaving the Korean Peninsula still in a technical state of war.

Aug 20 03:12

South Koreans Enter North to Reunite with Family Members After Seven Decades

Dozens of South Koreans entered the North to reunite with their family members for the first time in around seven decades since their separation after the 1950s Korean War.
The 89 elderly and frail South Koreans, dressed in their best suits and riding on 14 coaches, crossed the heavily fortified border into North Korea for a three-day family gathering on Monday, presstv reported.

The reunions are scheduled to take place in the North’s tourist resort of Mount Kumgang, as agreed by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during their first summit in April.

“I never imagined this day would come”>>>

Aug 19 04:50

North Korea Agrees to Accept UN Agency Staff over Missiles

North Korea has agreed to allow International Civil Aviation Organization staff to conduct an on-site inspection to ensure the safety of international flights from the country's missile launches, according to officials of the Montreal-based UN agency.
An official of North Korea's General Administration of Civil Aviation gave the assurance when high-ranking ICAO officials visited the country in May, the officials told Kyodo News.

The 192-member ICAO is now planning to send its personnel next year in order to verify what measures North Korea, also a member, has taken to keep unannounced missile launches in check as it pledged, they said.

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(*We could give you Pompeo , for your troubles !
whitehorse souce )

Aug 18 13:05

South Korea’s Moon Steers Toward Inter-Korean Unity While Wind from Washington Blows in His Face

At the height of U.S. power following Japan’s defeat, Washington itself wrote the rules of the game for the Korean Peninsula — whether others are willing to continue playing along indefinitely remains another question entirely.

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in marked the anniversary of Korea’s independence from Japanese colonialism with a robust call for the economic integration of North and South Korea as a means to achieve “survival and development” as well as “true liberation” for the long-divided nation.

The announcement – which focused on the creation of various joint projects including inter-Korean railway, energy, and economic links – sharply diverges from the United States’ insistence that all pursue a “maximum pressure” strategy to denuclearize the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, as the North is officially known).

Yet Moon’s plan also hinges on the slim chance that the U.S. will offer sanctions relief>>>

(*funny how there's always a Catch , when it comes to Bringing Peace )

Aug 17 09:48

North Korea Presses Demand for End of War Amid Talk of Pompeo Visit

Aug 17 09:47

South Korea Proposes Broader Cooperation With North

S outh Korea President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday offered a bold vision for economic cooperation with North Korea, including joint economic zones along the countries’ border and a linked rail network—provided that the North takes real steps toward giving up its nuclear weapons.

“We must overcome division for our survival and prosperity,” Moon said in a speech marking National Liberation Day, which marks the end of Japan’s colonial rule over a then-unified Korea with the Allied victory in World War II, Yonhap reported.

“Even though political unification is still far away, building a single economic community first by settling peace and freely traveling back and forth between the two Koreas will become genuine liberation for us,” Moon said.

Aug 16 08:14

Putin Invites North Korea To Boost Ties In Special Telegram To Kim Jong-Un

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in a telegram to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that he is ready to meet with him in the near future to discuss “urgent” regional issues and bilateral ties, according to the text of the message published by the Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday.

Putin’s invitation to hold talks came as part of a message to Kim Jong-un congratulating the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on the 73rd anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese occupation.

Aug 16 05:28

Moon says inter-Korean cooperation will bring “true liberation”

ROK President says North-South economic initiatives could raise USD$150 billion over next 30 years

The ROK President on Wednesday said the improvement of North-South relations is not an “incidental effect” of progress in DPRK-U.S. ties and that economic cooperation and peace between the two Koreas will bring about the “true liberation” of the peninsula.

In a speech to mark Korea’s Liberation Day, President Moon Jae-in also pledged to take a “bold step” towards ending the Korean War and the denuclearization of the peninsula when he visits Pyongyang next month.

“Though difficult processes such as the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and economic revitalization await us, there is nothing to fear if we join hands together as we always have,” Moon said in a speech at the National Museum of Korea.

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Aug 15 09:30

How the U.S. Prevented North and South Korea From Reaching Real Peace

In the long history of Korea, nothing compares to the 20th century division of the peninsula or the war that followed. That war has not finished, and a peace treaty remains elusive. China, North Korea and South Korea all seek a peace treaty, but 11 U.S. presidents since 1953 have been unwilling to agree.

If President Trump turns out to be the exception, that shift could help put an end to more than a half-century of conflict — and the role of the United States in determining whether peace arrives is not a small one. Neither is it coincidental: in fact, the U.S. has played a key role in keeping the conflict going as long as it has.

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Aug 15 08:05

Two Koreas 'fully restore' military communication line – Seoul

South and North Korea fully restored their military communication line on the eastern part of the peninsula on Wednesday, according to the Defense Ministry in Seoul. The complete restoration of fax and phone connections was part of an agreement from June’s inter-Korean military talks, the first such meeting in more than a decade. The move is also part of efforts to enforce the Panmunjom Declaration, the ministry said, adding that it would help contribute to the two states’ efforts to dial down tensions and build trust, Yonhap reports.

Aug 15 06:52

Putin Invites North Korea to Boost Ties in Special Telegram to Kim Jong-Un

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in a telegram to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that he is ready to meet with him in the near future to discuss “urgent” regional issues and bilateral ties, according to the text of the message published by the Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday.

Putin’s invitation to hold talks came as part of a message to Kim Jong-un congratulating the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on the 73rd anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese occupation.

“I affirm that I am ready to meet you at an early date to discuss urgent issues of bilateral relations and important matters of the region,” Putin said in the message.

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(*Somebody in The Trump Regime needs to Pay Attention , when it takes place , and Take Some Notes !)

Aug 15 01:29

Putin says ready to meet Kim Jong Un — KCNA

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was ready for a personal meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the KCNA news agency reported, citing a congratulatory telegram from the Russian leader on the occasion of the Liberation Day, marked by the two Koreas on Wednesday. "I assure you that I am ready to meet you in the near future to discuss pressing issues of bilateral relations and important regional problems," the agency quoted the telegram as saying. Putin also said the relations between the two states keep developing in a "friendly and constructive manner." He expressed hope that Moscow and Pyongyang would "consistently develop mutually beneficial cooperation, including the implementation of the three-party program involving Russia, North Korea and South Korea."

Aug 15 01:08

S.Korea suggests setting up Northeast Asian railroad community with Russia’s participation. South Korea will seek to physically connect its roads and railways with those of North Korea before the year's end

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday suggested setting up the seven-nation railway community of Northeast Asian countries, with the participation of Russia, the United States and other countries, the Yonhap news agency reported. In a speech to mark the 73rd anniversary of Korea's independence from the 1910-45 Japanese colonial rule at the end of the World War II, the president proposed the two Koreas, together with the United States and four other Asian countries, form what he called a "Northeast Asian railroad community." "This community will lead to an energy bloc and economic bloc in Northeast Asia by expanding our economic area to the northern continent and becoming the foundation of co-existence and prosperity in Northeast Asia," the president said. Although the president did not mention the four regional countries by name, presidential office later explained those were China, Japan, Russia and Mongolia.

Aug 14 11:53

Korean Leaders Agree to New September Summit in Pyongyang

Following two hours of meetings between top North and South Korean officials on Monday, the two sides announced that an agreement has been reached to hold a third summit in September. The summit will be in Pyongyang, though the exact date has not been announced.

Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in first met in April in the demilitarized zone, and then held a more informal summit in late May. At the time, officials on both sides suggested more summits were likely in the future.

As with the late May summit, this one comes amid signs that US-North Korea diplomacy is stumbling. South Korea has been advising the US on how to make progress, though often the US has rejected proposals that involve making any concessions.

North Korea is known to want a peace deal ending the 1950 Korean War, and the US is seen as resistant to the idea. The South Korean government has been pretty open about wanting peace too, however, and may try to get the process moving irrespective of US reticence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The one thing both Koreas should do, and immediately, is reunify, putting an end to US threats and meddling in the region.

Once Korea is reunified, the US government cannot but treat it as a sovereign, undivided country, unless it characterizes the whole place 'a newly minted rogue nation.", and go after it as a whole entity.

And the optics on such a move would be horrifically awful.

Aug 14 09:24

Why North Korean nukes are still on the table

After a flurry of diplomatic action a little earlier this year, the issue of North Korea and its nuclear weapons was largely relegated to the background in recent weeks. But that isn’t likely to last much longer.

On Monday, the two Koreas announced that their leaders, Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in, will meet next month. It will be the third meeting between the two men, and it should come amid a busy month of diplomatic events.

Aug 13 03:07

Rival Korea leaders to hold summit in Pyongyang in September

The meeting would be the third between Moon and Kim this year, and the first trip by a South Korean leader to the North Korean capital since 2007

(*The Meeting Sounds RIPE For Raid and Arrests by The US World Police Force !

that we thought we were voting against becoming)

Aug 12 08:35

North Korea Praises Trump, Slams Other US Officials for Sabotaging Peace

The North Korean Foreign Ministry accused “high-level officials within the US administration” of “going against the intention of President Trump to advance the DPRK-US relations” in a statement Thursday. Meanwhile, the socialist state renewed calls for a permanent peace treaty so that “a mood will be created for creating trust."

The press statement, carried by Korea Central News Agency, laid out the position of the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the official name of North Korea, on the burning question of peace on the Korean Peninsula: US President Donald Trump wants peace, but the agreement reached in Singapore in June is being sabotaged by other US state officials.

Aug 12 08:34

North Korea Rejects All US Denuclearization Proposals – Reports

North Korea has turned down all proposals by the United States to start the process of complete denuclearization, US media reported.

Pyongyang declined giving up part of its nuclear arsenal in the near future as a gesture of goodwill, calling US proposals "gangster-like," diplomatic sources told CNN on Friday.

Aug 11 09:18

As Denuclearization Talks Stagnate, North Korea’s Foreign Minister Heads to Iran

Pyongyang may be realizing the lessons it can learn from the fate of the JCPOA, namely that any ground ceded by Washington may well be a tactical retreat that doesn’t veer from a strategy steeped in hostile intent.

TEHRAN – Iran welcomed the Foreign Minister of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, as North Korea is officially known), Ri Yong-ho, to Tehran one day after the U.S. reimposed sanctions on Iran. The visit also came in the midst of faltering talks between Pyongyang and Washington over fulfilling the goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

Ri met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday, when the foreign minister briefed Rouhani on the ongoing talks between the DPRK and the U.S.

Ri also criticized Washington’s abandonment of the landmark six-party nuclear agreement, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which offered sanctions relief in exchange for Iran curbing aspects of its civil nuclear program. On May 8, U.S. President Donald Trump walked away from the agreement>>>

Aug 11 08:29

North Korea rejecting US proposals in diplomatic standoff

The United States has made, and continues to make, "specific proposals for starting and proceeding to the end point of fully verified denuclearization," including a timeline, these sources say.

North Korea has rejected all of these proposals, considering them "gangster-like," one of the sources said.

The impasse has brought the rocket-like trajectory of Trump administration diplomacy with North Korea down to earth and the more typical grind of talks with Pyongyang that have stymied prior administrations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is the problem. North Korea returned the soldiers remains, took down a rocket engine test stand and is dismantling a launch facility. The US should have offered a return gesture such as partially lifting sanctions or declaring an official end to the Korean war

Instead, the US piled on more sanctions, which North Korea views as insulting as well as proving that the US Government is indeed acting "gangster-like."

Aug 10 10:07

North Korea threatens to end ‘stability’ on Korean Peninsula

North Korea threatened to end the “hard-won atmosphere of stability on the Korean Peninsula” on Thursday, in response to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s efforts to enforce economic sanctions against the regime.

“[T]here is no guarantee that the hard-won atmosphere of stability on the Korean Peninsula will continue,” the North Korean foreign ministry warned in a message carried by state-run KCNA.

Aug 10 08:24

North Korea Denounces U.S. Officials For 'Intensifying Sanctions'

The rival Koreas plan to hold high-level talks on Monday to prepare for a third summit between their leaders, as Pyongyang called on the United States to reciprocate its “goodwill measures” by easing sanctions and stopping demands that the North denuclearize first.

The plans by the Korean leaders to meet come as Washington and Pyongyang try to follow through on nuclear disarmament vows made at a U.S.-North Korea summit in June between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Aug 10 07:57

China Helps Russia Thwart US Bid To Freeze Bank’s Assets Over ‘North Korea Sanctions Dodge’

Beijing and Moscow show willingness to cooperate after US request for UN sanctions committee to act against Russian bank and North Korean official

China and Russia blocked a request from the United States to add a Russian bank to a United Nations sanctions blacklist along with a Moscow-based North Korean banker and two companies on Friday, in the latest move showing Beijing and Moscow are strengthening their political ties amid tensions with Washington.

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Aug 10 07:34

TWO MONTHS AFTER TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT, NORTH KOREA HASN’T CHANGED AT ALL

(*HENS CLUCK AND ROOSTERS CROW !
"buk-bawk , buk-bawk"
(*TRANSLATION: "Dictator!")
"Cockle doodle doo"
(*TRANSLATION: "Rocket Man!" )

Aug 09 08:23

North Korea continues to dismantle missile launch site, but no signs of any moves to scrap nuclear weapons

Satellite images suggest work is continuing to demolish Sohae facilities, but analysts suggest it may want to keep other parts of its arsenal intact for now

Aug 09 07:36

THE CASE FOR IMPOSING SANCTIONS ON DONALD TRUMP

(*THIS ARTICLE IS A CALL FOR THE WORLD TO BLACKLIST TRUMP , HIS ASSOCIATES AND HIS BUSINESSES . But the good news is it didn't resort to photoshopping anything that crosses the lines of unconditional freedom of speech .)

Aug 09 06:05

Bolton: North Korea not taking steps to denuclearise

Trump's national security adviser says Pyongyang has not lived up to the declaration signed in Singapore in June.

In an interview with US cable channel, Fox News, John Bolton said on Tuesday that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is prepared to return to North Korea for another meeting with its leader, Kim Jong-un.

"What we really need is not more rhetoric," he said.>>>

(*What The _ _ _ _ ? Rhetoric is The Presidents Strong Suit !)

Aug 09 05:49

North Korea Rejects Repeated US Proposal to Slash Nuclear Arsenal

North Korea has reportedly rejected a formal timeline for its denuclearization proposed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to a report.
Vox reported Wednesday that Pyongyang has rejected the timeline several times over the past two months amid continued negotiations over North Korea's nuclear program.

The timeline Pompeo proposed would mandate North Korea hand over 60 to 70 percent of its nuclear warheads to a third party within six to eight months, according to the report.

(*a report from VOXNEWS ? The Saddaming of N.Korea should be a big election season boon , once Trump starts booming out the insults and threats , which are what makes him appear great to many of the American electorate .)

Aug 08 02:38

Will Iran and North Korea Team Up Against US Sanctions?

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“The embargo on the import of Iranian oil, of which South Korea is also a member, was not an initiative of the United Nations, but of the United States and the European Union. Also the economic sanctions, with the help of the United States, EU, South Korea and other allied countries, to reject the import of Iranian oil, gave China considerable preferences. Left without supply, Iran started selling oil to China for a very low price,” expert in the Middle East and senior researcher at the Asian Institute of Political Studies in Seoul, Jang Ji-Hyang, said.

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Aug 07 10:14

N. Korea’s FM visits Tehran as US re-imposes Iran sanctions

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong-ho in Tehran on Tuesday, on the same day the US re-imposed nuclear-related sanctions on the Islamic Republic, AFP reported. Zarif welcomed Ri and a team of officials at the Foreign Ministry in Iran’s capital, but no statement was made to reporters. Ri is on a two-day visit to Tehran, and is due to meet with President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday. The two sides discussed bilateral relations and regional issues in the Middle East, Fars news agency said.

Aug 07 08:31

North Korea says demonstrating good faith, urges US to drop sanctions

North Korean state media called on Monday for the United States to drop sanctions, saying Pyongyang had demonstrated good faith by ending its nuclear weapons testing and handing over the remains of U.S. troops killed in the Korean War.

The statements came just days after a confidential United Nations report concluded North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs, in breach of U.N. resolutions, and has continued to conduct illegal trades of oil, coal and other commodities.

North Korea and the United States vowed to work to end Pyongyang's weapons programs at a landmark summit in June in Singapore, but have struggled to reach an agreement to accomplish that goal.

Aug 06 08:56

UN ACCUSES CHINA & RUSSIA OF DPRK OF SANCTIONS VIOLATIONS IN NEW REPORT

According to the United States, the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) is violating United Nations Security Council (UNSC) restrictions concerning their nuclear testing and missile development programs. These accusations come from a six-month report released last week by the UN which claims Pyongyang is violating restrictions on both of these programs according to new intelligence gathered.

Besides the alleged violations of the UNSC restrictions on the DPRK’s arms development, Korea has also been accused of violating economic sanctions “through a massive increase in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products, as well as through transfers of coal at sea during 2018.” The UNSC also claimed that the DPRK was assisting the governments of Syria with weapons as well as attempting to sell arms to the Ansarullah movement (Houthis) in Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if the Trump administration is about to do a "volte" (about-face) relative to North Korea, because it appears that what was promised by Kim Jung Un and his government at the Singapore Summit may well not be about to materialize, and definitely, at no point in time soon.

The timing of the release of these accusations is very interesting.

Aug 06 07:53

North Korea urges U.S. to drop sanctions as Seoul probes illicit coal shipments

North Korean state media on Monday urged the United States to drop sanctions, as South Korea said it was investigating nine cases of coal shipments that potentially violated U.N. resolutions.

Aug 05 09:10

U.S. Isn’t Holding Up Its End of Nuclear Deal, North Korean Envoy Charges

North Korea’s top diplomat accused the United States of failing to live up to President Trump’s agreement with its leader, Kim Jong-un, warning on Saturday that the country would not start denuclearizing unless Washington took reciprocal actions.

Speaking at a closed-door session at a regional security forum in Singapore, Ri Yong-ho, North Korea’s foreign minister, said his country had taken a series of actions toward denuclearization, such as halting nuclear and missile tests, demolishing an underground nuclear test site and dismantling a missile engine test site.

But Mr. Ri said that Washington was dragging its feet in taking corresponding measures to build mutual confidence and improve ties with Pyongyang. Such steps, Mr. Ri said, include easing sanctions and declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War as a prelude to negotiating a formal peace treaty to replace the armistice that halted the war 65 years ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US not keeping their end of the deal! Imagine my shock! Really, just imagine it!

Aug 05 06:19

North Korea calls US actions on nuclear programme 'alarming'

(*pilfered training video proves U.S. is preparing to deliver on Trump's promise)

Aug 04 10:05

Russian Bank Hit With Sanctions For Helping North Korea

The Treasury Department slapped sanctions on a Russian bank on Friday, accusing it of processing transactions for North Korea in violation of United Nations sanctions.

Agrosoyuz Commercial Bank knowingly facilitated "a significant transaction" on behalf of a person affiliated with North Korea's weapons of mass destruction, the agency said in a statement.

The individual was named as Han Jang Su, the Moscow-based chief representative of North Korea's primary foreign exchange bank, the Foreign Trade Bank.

The statement also detailed a long relationship between the Russian bank and North Korea. The bank held, processed and transferred millions of dollars for North Korea, despite sanctions which are meant to isolate it economically.

Aug 04 09:28

North Korea slams US after Pompeo’s call to maintain sanctions pressure on Pyongyang

The recent moves by Washington “are not helpful at all for building confidence” in relations with Pyongyang, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told a security forum in Singapore, according to a statement cited by Reuters. Moreover, advancing "unilateral demands will further deepen mistrust, instead of reviving trust,” the minister said. He cautioned that the US shouldn’t expect unilateral steps on denuclearization from North Korea if it “doesn’t show in practice its strong will to remove our concerns.” Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is also in Singapore, urged the international community to continue with sanctions against Pyongyang. The call came despite US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signing a commitment to the “denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” during their landmark talks in June.

Aug 04 06:27

Leaked UN report claims North Korea's nuclear & missile programs still active

North Korea has not abandoned its nuclear and missile programs, despite this year's earlier diplomatic breakthroughs and destruction of test sites, Reuters reports, citing a confidential UN paper.
The leaked report is said to be a six-month review by independent experts monitoring the implementation of United Nations sanctions on North Korea, and was submitted to the relevant UN committee late on Friday.

The paper, as cited by Reuters, alleges that Pyongyang has not abandoned its pursuit of missile and nuclear programs. It is also violating UN sanctions>>>

(*The point iof this article seems to be to emphasize that Pyongyang has not abandoned its pursuit of missile and nuclear programs
Saddam Deux ?
Makes sense , seeing as Putin let Trump know how he felt about the Fire and Fury tongue lashing he delivered to Iran .)

Aug 03 09:35

STRATCOM commander Hyten: ‘North Korean denuclearization moving in positive direction’

“Pyongyang’s enshrinement of the possession of nuclear weapons in its constitution, while repeatedly stating that nuclear weapons are the basis for its survival, suggests that Kim does not intend to negotiate them away at any price,” he continued.

Has that dynamic changed since the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore?

The head of Strategic Command (STRATCOM), Air Force Gen. John Hyten, who would be in charge of launching nuclear strikes on North Korea if it came to that, thinks it may have.

Aug 03 08:13

Remains received from North Korea 'consistent' with being US service members, Pentagon says

The human remains returned to the U.S. by North Korea last week are "consistent with being Americans," according to an official who saw the contents of the 55 boxes.

It's too early to know how many people are inside the boxes, John E. Byrd, a government scientist who oversees the laboratory examining the remains, told reporters Thursday.

Aug 01 12:31

Possible U.S. Remains Turned Over By North Korea Head To Hawaii For Analysis

A formal repatriation ceremony took place in South Korea before the boxes were put on a flight to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. Vice President Pence will take part in an Honorable Carry Ceremony for the remains when they arrive on Wednesday.

From there, the remains will be taken to a laboratory in Hawaii for possible identification, with the goal of matching them with any of the 7,697 U.S. personnel who remain are unaccounted for after the Korean War.

The work will be carried out by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which for years has been collecting DNA samples from families whose relatives never returned home from the Korean War.

Jul 31 10:32

Korean Generals Meet on Ways to Reduce Military Tensions

Top generals from North and South Korea are to meet Tuesday in the truce village of Panmunjom on various details of how the two nations can reduce military tensions along the demilitarized zone (DMZ). The agreement to ease tensions was reached during a previous summit.

The generals are working on specifics, and that’s likely not to include any hugely unexpected concessions from either side. The number of military guards in Panmunjom may be reduced. Both sides are expected to offer to reduce the number of military posts on their respective sides of the DMZ.

Perhaps the most impactful issue that will be discussed will be the positioning of heavy weapons along the DMZ borders. Both nations are expected to offer to remove some of those heavy weapons, like artillery that threatens to do massive, immediate damage if a war breaks out

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me more than slightly hopeful on this.

But if Kim Jung Un and Moon Jae-In decide on reunification, all bets, in terms of a continuing US military presence in a reunified Korea, may well be off.

Jul 31 09:53

The Madness Gripping Washington

The United States and Israel have been threatening Iran for something like twenty years, using the pretext that it was developing a nuclear weapon initially, but also more recently declaring that Tehran has become a threat to the entire Middle East. Both contentions are essentially lies, concocted by an Israel and Saudi Arabia that would prefer to have Iran removed as a possible impediment to their own ambitions. And they would like the United States to do the removing.

Jul 31 09:25

Report Claims North Korea Might Be Building New ICBMs

What does it take to cast doubts on North Korea’s freeze of their ballistic missile program? Today, the Washington Post showed it takes only a single unnamed US official who claims to be “familiar with the intelligence.”

The report starts by noting satellite photos from a month ago suggest work is underway at North Korea’s Sanumdong research site. This was a site linked to past missiles, so naturally they concluded the factory might be building one or two new ICBMs.

Of course, there is no direct evidence North Korea is doing this. Indeed, North Korea just dismantled a test launching site for liquid-fueled ICBMs days ago. The official cited, however, pointed out that North Korea could conceivably rebuild the destroyed test stands “within months.”

Jul 31 03:46

US Intelligence Agencies Determine That North Korea Is Constructing New Missiles

Weeks after President Donald Trump declared Pyongyang is "no longer a Nuclear Treat", officials told The Washington Post that US intelligence agencies indicate that North Korea is building new missiles

(*so the officials tell the compost all about it ?
10 to 01 P.O.T.U.S. Trump has 02 cents worth of difference of opinion , at the very least an opportunity for him to blast the Compost again , for our Daily Presidential Reminder that American Made NEWS Is Fake , which usually provides a bright spot in the news cycle )

Jul 30 10:40

Officials say North Korea returning remains shows improved relations

A US military plane made a rare flight into North Korea on Friday to retrieve 55 cases said to contain the remains of US service members missing since the Korean War — a move US officials hailed as a sign of improving relations between the two longtime enemies.

The Air Force C-17 left Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, to fly to the coastal North Korean city of Wonsan to pick up the remains before returning to the base on what was the 65th anniversary of the end of hostilities in the war.

Troops from different UN countries stood as an honor guard at Osan, as white-gloved troops in different uniforms descended the aircraft’s ramp holding the cases, which were wrapped in the UN flag.

Jul 30 08:28

Touring North Korean Farms and Factories, Kim Jong Un Signals a Shift

When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Pyongyang this month to discuss North Korea’s nuclear program, leader Kim Jong Un was out of town—visiting a potato farm and factory in the country’s impoverished north, according to state media.

Mr. Kim, having declared his nuclear program complete and claimed his place on the world stage next to the U.S. president at a Singapore summit, has begun to lavish attention on the livelihood of his people.

In an abrupt shift following months of visits to military-related sites, Mr. Kim has made a series of publicized trips to remote factories and farms and other symbols of the daily welfare of his people.

Jul 27 10:14

US Resisting Pushes by North, South Korea to End War

65 years after the 1953 armistice that stopped the open fighting of the Korean War, the nations involved still haven’t replaced it with a permanent peace treaty. This means that the Korean War is still technically ongoing, 68 years later. That’s apparently where the US intends for it to stay.

While North and South Korea have discussed deals to end the war, and the US nominally has given its imprimatur to the idea, US officials say that there is little interest in the Trump Administration to actually do this, with some seeing it as undermining their leverage against North Korea on denuclearization.

This would be a complicated matter this time, unlike the decades of previous US resistance to making peace with North Korea. That’s because now, South Korea is also on board for such a deal. In trying to delay such an important milestone, the US may be seen as obstructing diplomacy in general.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is where the current administration's logic breaks down completely; why would Kim Jung Un completely denuclearize, until he gets some concrete assurances regarding aid, trade, and an end to the armistice, which is simply, technically, a cessation of fighting, rather than a true, thoroughly spelled out peace deal?!?

Jul 26 21:17

White House says North Korea returns remains of US war dead

North Korea today returned the remains of what are believed to be US servicemen killed during the Korean War, the White House said, with a US military plane making a rare trip from a US base in South Korea to a coastal city in the North to retrieve the remains.

The handover follows through on a promise Kim Jong Un made to President Donald Trump when the leaders met in June and is the first tangible result from the much-hyped summit.

An Associated Press journalist at Osan Air Base outside of Seoul saw the plane land, and the White House earlier confirmed that a US Air Force C-17 aircraft containing remains of fallen service members had departed Wonsan, North Korea, on its way to Osan. A formal repatriation ceremony will be held there Aug. 1.

At Osan, US servicemen and a military honor guard lined up on the tarmac to receive the remains, which were carried in boxes covered in blue United Nations flags.

Jul 26 09:04

North Korea reportedly plans to transfer remains of US soldiers from Korean War on Friday 

North Korea will transfer the remains of an unspecified number of soldiers killed in the Korean War on Friday, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

The planned transfer would coincide with the 65th anniversary of the 1953 armistice agreement that ended fighting.

Jul 25 14:52

Otto Warmbier's brain damage that led to his death was caused by a SUICIDE ATTEMPT rather than torture by North Korean prison guards, report claims

Otto Warmbier may have attempted suicide while he was imprisoned in North Korea, according to a new report published on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old Virginia University scholarship student was also never physically tortured by the North Korean authorities during his captivity in 2016 and 2017, the story claims.

Writing in GQ Magazine, author Doug Bock Clark accuses President Trump of promoting the torture theory to justify his tough stance against Kim Jong-un, before stopping mentioning it after relations warmed prior to the Singapore summit.

Jul 25 08:20

North Korea Talks Have Entered the Realm of Small Victories

Once upon a time, a couple months ago, National-Security Adviser John Bolton predicted how Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un would go down. The U.S. president would swiftly assess how serious the North Korean leader was about giving up his nuclear weapons. And assuming Kim was serious, U.S. authorities would “very quickly” swoop in, take apart North Korea’s nukes, and ship them off to Tennessee. This week, in a measure of how times have changed, progress from the June 12 summit finally came—and it came in the form of satellites spotting the partial dismantlement of some facilities at a satellite-launch site. “It is a better sign than nothing,” one South Korean official remarked. The Tennessee plan this is not.

That said, the demolition work at the Sohae station—involving a stand for testing engines used in missiles and a building near a launchpad for rocket-powered vehicles that send satellites into space—is still significant.

Jul 24 08:29

Report says images indicate North Korea is dismantling missile engine testing facilities

Washington-based think tank 38 North released a report showing satellite images it says indicate North Korea has begun dismantling key facilities at a site used to develop engines for ballistic missiles.

The report comes amid growing questions about North Korea's willingness to live up to the commitments North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made at a June summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Jul 23 11:38

Trump clobbers Washington Post over claim he's impatient with pace of North Korea nuke talks as he warns owner Bezos's Amazon that Post Office might end its cheap shipping rates

Donald Trump lashed out at The Washington Post on Monday for a weekend story claiming he's growing impatient with the plodding pace of North Korean nuclear negotiations.

And he threatened the acclaimed newspaper's owner, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, with a possible shipping rate hike from the U.S. Postal Service as payback.

The Post reported in a front-page Sunday feature that the president 'has fumed at his aides in private' because he has been forced to accept the diplomatic realpolitik of slow progress with America's demands for a denuclearlized Korean peninsula.

Even as Trump has claimed negotiations are continuing, according to the Post's unnamed sources, Pyongyang has canceled follow-up meetings and cut off some communications with the U.S. as its ties with South Korea and China have improved.

No matter, Trump seemed to be saying on Monday, blaming the Post and threatening its sister company Amazon instead of Kim Jong-un for gumming up the works.

Jul 23 10:40

Never, Ever Threaten the US Again': Trump Fires Back at Rouhani's Threats

On Sunday Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged his US counterpart Donald Trump to stop playing with fire, referring to Washington's calls for its allies to completely abandon imports of Iranian oil by early November.

US President Donald Trump warned Tehran on Sunday of consequences "the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered," if the country threatens the United States.

The Iranian president said earlier that a "war with Iran is the mother of all wars," but did not rule out peace between the two countries.

"Today, speaking with US has no meaning except surrender and end of people's achievements. Mr. Trump! We are the people of dignity and guarantor of security of the waterway of the region throughout the history. Don't play with the lion's tail; you will regret it," Rouhani said at a meeting with Iranian diplomats as quoted by the presidential office.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I type this, I am watching a crawl on Faux News, indicating that President Trump is "very happy" with progress on North Korea (whatever that is, is apparently not ready for public consumption right now).

It appears that his "gruesome twosome" supporters, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Sheldon Adelson, have shifted his military outrage elsewhere, and that appears to be against Iran.

But this escalating "war of words" by President Trump with Iran, and any country which would buy Iranian oil by 4 November, telegraphs the following to me.

The White House, Pentagon, and State Department, are ramping up the demonization of Iran, in order to "justify" a war against it.

Those military actions will most probably happen on, or just after, the US-imposed "drop dead" date for countries wanting to buy Iranian oil.

Trump Pressing Allies to Quite Importing Iranian Oil by 4 November

In looking at the calendar, I see we are at 23 July; this gives potential buyers precisely 103 days to stockpile Iranian oil, if they so choose.

IF the US and Israel are planning a decap strike against Tehran, it will have to be both quick, and massive. Troops are going to have to be predeployed and in position in and around Saudi Arabia; Iraq; Israel; and the Persian Gulf. Massive troop movements will be seen to happen, if this is the plan.

If this is in the works, however, what will Russia do, as Russia shares both a border with Iran, and a tremendous history with it?!?

My thought is that Putin will stand down here, let the regime change happen, and negotiate with whatever government takes over in Iran.

And what about the timing of this US government dictat?!?

The US mid-terms are on 6 November this year. My bet is that President Trump will act decisively on Monday, 5 November, to cement the Republican majority in Congress, as Americans have been reluctant to change governmental leadership in a war situation.

I wish to hell I could be a little less cynical here; but I cannot.

Jul 23 08:55

Top US commander in Korea: Material needed for North Korea to make nuclear bombs is still intact

The top U.S. military commander on the Korean peninsula said Saturday that the material needed for North Korea to make nuclear bombs is still intact, even after an historic summit in Singapore aimed at denuclearizing Pyongyang.

North Korea's nuclear "production capability is still intact," Army Gen. Vincent Brooks, the commander of U.S. forces in South Korea, told the Aspen Security Forum via teleconference. “We haven't seen a complete shutdown of production yet. We have not seen a removal of fuel rods."

Brooks comments come a little more than a month after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sat down for the first time with U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss denuclearization. They also echoed a Washington Post report on Sunday, which detailed Trump’s private frustrations with the lack of progress between Washington and Pyongyang since the Singapore meeting.

Jul 23 07:58

Kim Jong-un 'will only give up his nukes if the US agrees to a permanent peace deal with Pyongyang', official warns

Talks aimed at the denuclearization of North Korea hinge on America's willingness to agree to a peace treaty with Kim Jong-un, it has been claimed.

Washington may have to make a 'bold move' for a lasting peace to replace the existing armistice agreement that brought an end to hostilities in the Korean War, a source said.

An official with knowledge of North Korea's position on the matter told CNN that Pyongyang may abandon talks on denuclearization if the US does not agree to such a deal.

But US President Donald Trump would need the backing of two-thirds of the Senate to secure a legally binding peace treaty.

Jul 18 07:38

Trump says 'no rush' on North Korea nuclear negotiations

President Donald Trump said Wednesday there is "no rush" in its negotiations with North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

"Russia has agreed to help with North Korea, where relationships with us are very good and the process is moving along. There is no rush, the sanctions remain! Big benefits and exciting future for North Korea at end of process!" Trump tweeted.

The tweet came in a series of early morning messages from the President as he defended his inflammatory news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, earlier in the week.

On Tuesday, while clarifying remarks he made at the news conference, Trump also said there was "no time limit" on North Korea and that sanctions would remain in place.

Jul 17 07:45

U.S. expecting war dead remains from North Korea within 2 weeks, official says

The U.S. military is expecting to repatriate from North Korea the remains of as many as 55 service members who were killed during the Korean War, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

The repatriations would probably take place next week or the week after, the official said. It would be the first time that remains believed to be those of U.S. troops have been directly returned by North Korean officials in 13 years.

Jul 16 09:37

U.S., North Korea Discuss War Dead as Nuclear Dispute Simmers

U.S. and North Korean officials met Sunday to discuss the return of remains of American soldiers killed almost seven decades ago during the Korean War, with the talks offering a chance to ease tensions between the two sides as they argue over disarmament issues.

The talks were “productive and cooperative and resulted in firm commitments,” Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said in a statement. Working-level meetings between officials from the two countries will begin Monday to coordinate the next steps, including the transfer of remains already collected and the search for an estimated 5,300 Americans, Pompeo said.

Mike PompeoPhotographer: Andrew Harnik/AFP via Getty Images
The meeting began around 10 a.m. Seoul time at the border village of Panmunjom, and it was unclear how long the talks would last, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported, citing unidentified government and U.S. military officials.

Jul 12 07:25

North Korea Is Looking to Build Trust, South Korea’s Moon Says

South Korean President Moon Jae-in played down concerns that North Korea is reneging on its pledges to dismantle its nuclear-weapons program, in his first public response to Pyongyang’s statement last week that its will to denuclearize had been shaken.

Mr. Moon, who is visiting Singapore for a summit with Prime Minster Lee Hsien Loong, said the North Korean statement was part of a negotiating process, and he is cautiously optimistic the U.S. and North Korea will iron out a nuclear deal given time, according to his spokesman...

Jul 12 03:36

North Korea’s Vice Premier to attend World Cup closing ceremony

North Korea’s Vice Premier and President of the DPRK Football Association Ri Ryong Nam will come to Russia to attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on July 15, Russia’s embassy in North Korea said on Thursday. "North Korea’s Vice Premier and President of the DPRK Football Association Ri Ryong Nam has taken off for Russia at the invitation from FIFA to attend the closing ceremony of the world football championship," the embassy wrote on its Facebook account. President of the Presidium of North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly Kim Yong-nam represented North Korea at the World Cup opening ceremony. The World Cup final match will be played at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on July 15. France will face Croatia.

Jul 11 13:06

Senior North Korean party official visits Moscow

A senior North Korean Workers’ Party official visited Moscow on Tuesday, presumably to organize North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s visit to Russia, Japan’s Nippon TV reported on Wednesday. The TV correspondent made footage of Vice Chairman of the Workers’ Party for International Relations Ri Su Yong getting into a car of the North Korean embassy at a Moscow airport. The purpose and schedule of the official’s meetings in Moscow are unknown. However, Nippon TV suggested the visit could be related to consultations to prepare Kim Jong Un’s visit to Russia. Ri Su Yong was a member of the North Korean delegation to negotiations between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov conveyed the invitation to Kim Jong Un during his visit to Pyongyang. Russian President Vladimir Putin later confirmed the invitation at a meeting with President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Yong Nam.

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