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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.

Jul 11 12:25

Japan closes door to further cooperation with North Korea — expert

Japan’s strict position created obstacles for successful cooperation with North Korea in the future and intensified the conflict over denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, expert from the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies Yuliya Kryachkina said on Wednesday. "Tokyo has introduced such a far-reaching sanctions regime against Pyongyang which made negotiations impossible. The Land of the Rising Sun closed the door to further cooperation, having no communication channels, having cut transport communication, visa issuance and so on and insisting on the preservation of this regime," the expert said. She highlighted that the position of Japan’s authorities is linked to the pending issue of the Japanese citizens who were abducted in the 1970-1980s by North Korean intelligence services. Still, Tokyo’s actions to introduce economic sanctions against Pyongyang make it impossible for the countries to approach the agreement on the specified issue.

Jul 11 09:00

BEX ALERT - It’s clear China is behind North Korea’s latest flip

Confused by North Korea’s sudden hard line? Look to China for answers.

Last week Pyongyang reverted to taunts, calling Mike Pompeo’s trip there “regrettable,” saying America has a “gangster-like mindset” and denying the secretary of state a meeting with Dear Leader, who apparently was obliged to inspect a potato farm instead.

Why? As Sen. Lindsey Graham told “Fox News Sunday,” “I see China’s hands all over this,” adding, “There’s no doubt in my mind that it’s the Chinese pulling the North Koreans back.”

President Trump tweeted Monday his “confidence” that “Kim Jong-un will honor the contract we signed, even more importantly, our handshake.” (No contract, of course, was signed at the end of last month’s Singapore handshaking session.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep, Trump is going to blame China when the Korea deal falls apart.

Jul 11 08:58

Pompeo's North Korea meeting went 'as badly as it could have gone'

It began with great expectations, an eagerly-anticipated meeting with a reclusive leader, and a gift bag that included an Elton John CD.

It ended with a scuttled rendezvous, statements declaring disappointment and stalemate.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's overnight visit to Pyongyang last week failed to demonstrate any progress on denuclearization talks, leading one source with knowledge of the discussions to say the White House felt it went "as badly as it could have gone."

"The North Koreans were just messing around, not serious about moving forward," the source told CNN's Michelle Kosinski, adding that Pompeo had been promised a meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, and so not getting that meeting sent a big message.

"By now it's abundantly clear that this approach is a dead end," said Adam Mount, a senior fellow and director of the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, where he covers US nuclear strategy, deterrence and North Korea.

Jul 10 16:43

NORTH KOREA ASKED ISRAEL FOR $1 BILLION TO STOP GIVING MISSILE TECHNOLOGY TO IRAN

North Korea offered to stop selling missile technology to Iran and other enemies of Israel in exchange for $1 billion in cash from the Jewish state, according to former senior North Korean diplomat who has now defected. The account of the offer can be read in Password from the Third Floor, a book published earlier this year by Thae Yong Ho. Thae, a member of a prominent North Korean family, defected with his wife and children in 2016, while he was serving as a senior member of the diplomatic staff of the North Korean embassy in London.

Jul 10 16:37

CASINO MOGUL SHELDON ADELSON WANTS TO OPEN UP BUSINESS IN NORTH KOREA

Sheldon Adelson is looking to expand his business to North Korea, the casino mogul himself said during a recent event in Jerusalem. Mr. Adelson, whose net worth is believed to total $43.4 billion as of June 2018, is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Las Vegas-based gaming and hospitality giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. The company operates multiple integrated resort properties in Las Vegas, Macau, and Singapore, and is eyeing expansion across new markets.

Jul 10 09:31

South Korea Suspends Nationwide Civilian Defense Drills to Aid North Korea Talks

South Korea has suspended its summertime civil defense drills aimed at preparing against a North Korean attack to keep alive a positive atmosphere for nuclear diplomacy with the North.

Seoul’s decision on Tuesday to “temporarily suspend” the nationwide civilian drills had been anticipated since the United States and South Korea halted their annual military exercises following a summit last month between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Streets in South Korean cities froze at the sound of air-raid sirens every year during the Ulchi drills in August with cars stopping on roads, pedestrians moving into buildings and subway stations, and government workers evacuating from their offices.

Jul 10 09:23

Trump Confident North Korea Will ‘Honor the Contract’ to Denuclearize

President Donald Trump said Monday that he was confident North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would “honor the contract” the two leaders signed last month in Singapore, while suggesting that China was “exerting negative pressure” on the agreement amid its trade fight with the U.S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, if the Korea deal falls apart, China gets the blame.

Jul 10 09:19

North Korean Waitresses’ Defection May Have Been Forced, U.N. Official Says

A United Nations official on Tuesday called for an investigation into whether 12 North Korean waitresses were brought to South Korea against their will, saying that some had told him they had not known where they were going when they made the journey in 2016.

The 12 women and their manager left Ningbo, China, where they worked at a restaurant run by the North Korean government, in April 2016, arriving in South Korea two days later. The South’s government promptly announced their defection, which was the most sensational in years, involving a large group of people who, as workers abroad, belonged to the North Korean elite.

But the government’s account of the episode was disputed in May by the manager and four of the women. Interviewed by a South Korean news channel, those women said they had been brought to the South against their will, and the manager said he had been pressured into doing so by South Korea’s intelligence agency.

Jul 09 09:46

BEX ALERT - ‘Their hands are all over it’: China behind N. Korea’s condemnation of US talks, Sen. Graham says

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) has accused Beijing of being behind Pyongyang’s condemnation of recent talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, while making bizarre threats to North Korea’s leadership.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Graham said: "I see China's hands all over this," adding that there is "no doubt" in his mind that China is "pulling the North Koreans back."

Graham cited the ongoing trade war between Washington and Beijing as the possible motivation. "We're in a fight with China."

Jul 09 08:41

"I Was There, I Know What Took Place": Pompeo Slams North Korea Criticism Of Denuclearization

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo hit back at a harshly worded North Korean statement which called the United States "gangster-like" and "cancerous" while insisting that Pyongyang would not accept U.S. demands to fully denuclearize before the isolated regime receives sanctions relief.

“The US is fatally mistaken if it went to the extent of regarding that the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] would be compelled to accept, out of its patience, the demands reflecting its gangster-like mindset,” Pyongyang warned.

Pompeo brushed off North Korea's statement, according to Bloomberg - insisting that Kim Jong Un hasn't backed off a commitment to give up his nuclear weapons.

Jul 09 07:31

America and North Korea Are Having Two Different Conversations

And it turned out even Pompeo’s modest assessment of the trip’s achievements—which yielded neither public steps toward denuclearization nor remains transfers, but what Pompeo called “productive conversations” on “complicated issues”—may have been too much. No sooner had he left the country than the North was characterizing those same talks as “regrettable” in light of America’s “gangster-like” demand for the North’s unilateral denuclearization.

Jul 09 07:30

North Korea: US is making 'gangster-like' demands on denuclearisation

North Korea has accused the US of using "gangster-like" tactics to push it towards nuclear disarmament after a fresh round of high-level talks.

It branded the US attitude at the meeting as "extremely troubling".

The statement, by an unnamed foreign ministry official, gave a starkly different account from one provided by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just hours before.

He had said progress was made during his two-day visit to Pyongyang.

Jul 08 09:30

North Korea slams 'regrettable' talks with Mike Pompeo and accuses the US of 'gangster-like tactics' to pressure them into denuclearization

North Korea has described high-level talks with a US delegation led by secretary of state Mike Pompeo as 'regrettable', as it accused Washington of trying to unilaterally pressure the country into abandoning its nuclear weapons.

Mr Pompeo had claimed the two days of talks with senior North Korean officials – though without leader Kim Jong Un – had resulted in commitments for new discussions on denuclearisation and the repatriation of the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War.

Before leaving Pyongyang, he said his conversations with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol had been 'productive,' conducted 'in good faith' and that 'a great deal of progress' had been made in some areas.

Jul 08 08:09

North Korea sanctions not lifted until ‘verified denuclearization’ – Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that sanctions on North Korea will remain until verified denuclearization. He urged the North to follow the ‘Vietnam path’ after Pyongyang accused the US of making “gangster-like” demands.

Jul 08 08:09

North Korea Criticizes ‘Gangster-Like’ U.S. Attitude After Talks With Mike Pompeo

North Korea accused the Trump administration on Saturday of pushing a “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization” and called it “deeply regrettable,” hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his two days of talks in the North Korean capital were “productive.”

Despite the criticism, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, still wanted to build on the “friendly relationship and trust” forged with President Trump during their summit meeting in Singapore on June 12. The ministry said Mr. Kim had written a personal letter to Mr. Trump, reiterating that trust.

Jul 08 00:04

Anna the House Armenian of TYT shows her cluelessness about Korea


Anna the House Armenian tries to act like an analyst. She is cringe worthy. She actually said Trump meeting with Kim is alienating our allies ignoring the fact that our allies also met with Kim and did so first and encouraged the US to do the same. It worked. The partisan left hates Trump unconditionally and is incapable of supporting anything he does. oh except for when he bombed Syria, they loved that. https://www.patreon.com/ryandawson

Jul 07 11:06

North Korea slams 'regrettable' talks with Mike Pompeo and accuses the US of 'gangster-like tactics' to pressure them into denuclearization

Mr Pompeo had claimed the two days of talks with senior North Korean officials – though without leader Kim Jong Un – had resulted in commitments for new discussions on denuclearisation and the repatriation of the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War.

Before leaving Pyongyang, he said his conversations with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol had been 'productive,' conducted 'in good faith' and that 'a great deal of progress' had been made in some areas.

But the North provided a much harsher assessment of the talks, saying the US had betrayed the spirit of last month's summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un by making 'one-sided and robber-like' demands on 'CVID' – the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea.

Jul 07 09:25

South Korea’s Ambassador Has a Message for All the North Korea Skeptics

South Korea’s ambassador to the United States acknowledges that Kim Jong Un hasn’t yet destroyed a major missile-engine test site, as the North Korean leader supposedly promised Donald Trump in Singapore he would. He says he’s “not in a position to confirm or deny” recent reports that North Korea may in fact be expanding nuclear-weapons facilities, despite promising to “work toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.” He concedes that a disclosure of the various elements of the North Korean nuclear program, let alone the nation’s nuclear disarmament, is “yet to come.”

Jul 06 07:56

Report: Kim, Xi agreed U.S. troops should leave South Korea

Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to work toward the eventual withdrawal of U.S. troops from South Korea during their third summit in China, according to a Japanese press report.

The Asahi Shimbun reported Thursday the two leaders agreed to cooperate strategically on a shared objective of the removal of the 28,500 U.S. soldiers in the South, following the summit in Singapore where President Donald Trump described joint drills as "very provocative" and costly.

Jul 05 07:40

Pompeo, off to North Korea again, is under the gun to produce results

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to North Korea on Thursday under pressure to produce tangible signs of progress as US intelligence reports cast doubt on Kim Jong Un's intention to dismantle his nuclear and missile programs.

The top US diplomat has offered few details about the state of negotiations following the June summit in Singapore between Kim and President Donald Trump, but knows he must return from his third trip to North Korea in as many months with concrete plans for a path forward, sources tell CNN.

"Pompeo has already been to Pyongyang twice and -- as Singapore made clear -- came away with very little to show on the core US interest of denuclearization," according to John Hannah, senior counselor at Foundation for Defense of Democracies and former senior adviser to Bill Clinton's Secretary of State Warren Christopher.

Jul 04 09:52

CIA Undermines North Korea Summit By Leaking Report To Media Asset

Just as it was reported that the summit between the United States and North Korea was back on and that Kim Young Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea was on his way to New York to meet with officials in preparation for the June 12 summit, the CIA leaked an intelligence assessment concluding that “North Korea does not intend to give up its nuclear weapons any time soon.” The timing of this leak is striking, as it seems to be an effort to undermine negotiations between the two nations and comes just days after ranking members of the Democratic Party and Republican hardliners attacked President Donald Trump over his efforts to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Jul 04 08:20

Trump: ‘If not for me,’ United States would be at war with North Korea

President Trump said Tuesday that the United States would be at war with North Korea without his efforts and that conversations with the nation’s leaders are “going well” — an assessment at odds with recent reports that North Korea is working to conceal key aspects of its nuclear weapons program.

The president’s comments in a morning tweet followed a report Saturday in The Washington Post that U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear arms stockpile and instead is considering ways to conceal the number of weapons it has and its secret production facilities.

In his rosy assessment, Trump claimed that “only the Opposition Party” and the news media are presenting a different picture of his efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula in the wake of his June 12 summit with North Korea leader Jim Jong Un.

Jul 03 12:01

SOUTH KOREANS REVOLT AGAINST ARRIVAL OF MUSLIM REFUGEES

South Koreans are revolting against the arrival of Muslim refugees, with over half a million signing a petition asserting that Muslim migrants don’t integrate and that they don’t want their country to end up like the UK or Germany.

The controversy began when an influx of nearly 1,000 asylum seekers from Yemen arrived on the South Korean resort island of Jeju. They took advantage of a new visa waiver program that allowed people from 186 countries to visit the island without a tourist visa.

This led to 950 foreign nationals, the majority from Yemen, arriving as tourists under a one month permit but then immediately claiming asylum, a process that can take years while they remain in the country.

Jul 03 07:40

Will North Korea Play Nuclear Hide-and-Seek with Trump?

In what would be the most accelerated disarmament program in history, the Trump Administration hopes to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, and its ballistic missiles, within a year, John Bolton, the national-security adviser, claimed on “Face the Nation” on Sunday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to make his third trip to Pyongyang this week, to begin the process, which he told Congress needed to be wrapped up by the end of President Trump’s current term—in two and a half years. Even that time frame is ambitiously fast, given the scope of Kim Jong Un’s vast arsenal and growing indications that North Korea hopes to hide at least some of its weaponry. It has multiple secret facilities, as the Washington Post reported over the weekend. U.S. intelligence is tracking the secret underground Kangsong facility, which may be able to produce twice as much enriched uranium as Yongbyon can. Yongbyon is the country’s only declared nuclear-production site.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This appears to be more of the propaganda put out by those who do not want a peaceful settlement of the North Korean situation, mainly CIA and the Military Industrial Complex. The ringer in the argument is the demand that North Korea surrender its long range ballistic missiles, which they will never do as that would leave them open to attack.

Jul 02 12:49

CIA Teams Up With Defense Industry To Undermine Korea Negotiations

In a new development that will shock no one, factions within the CIA attempted for the second time in just over a month to undermine President Trump's peace overtures towards North Korea by leaking information calculated to decrease confidence in Kim Jong Un's willingness to earnestly negotiate.

On June 29, 2018, NBC News released a report quoting anonymous CIA officials who claimed that North Korea was increasing nuclear production at "secret sites" without providing any actual evidence for such claims. The report's credibility is further weakened by the fact that it also cited reports from a think tank which has strong connections to the defense industry and other private special interests.

Jul 02 11:48

"Officials" Attempt To Sabotage Further North Korea Talks

Several Congress people and some officials in the CIA and Trump administration try to throw a spanner into the negotiations with North Korea. They "leak" to NBC News about an intelligence assessment on North Korea's nuclear facilities. The result is a sensationalized piece that includes no surprising facts.

North Korea has increased nuclear production at secret sites, say U.S. officials
"Work is ongoing to deceive us on the number of facilities, the number of weapons, the number of missiles," said one U.S. official.

One of the NBC authors is Ken Dilanian who is well known for his tight cooperation with the CIA.

Jul 02 09:05

GOP senator: Report that North Korea will not denuclearize 'very troubling'

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Sunday expressed concerns about a Washington Post report that found North Korea allegedly does not intend to denuclearize.

“This is a very troubling report, there’s no doubt about it,” Collins said on CNN's “State of the Union.”

“North Korea has a long history of cheating on agreements that it’s made with previous administrations,” Collins said, urging President Trump to remain vigilant on North Korea.

The Post on Saturday night reported that U.S. intelligence officials concluded North Korea is planning to hide its nuclear stockpile and production facilities, contradicting an agreement signed in June by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with Trump that promised the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Jul 02 09:04

North Korea appeals to China for economic help as it reopens radio channel with the South

North and South Korea reopened a maritime communication channel on Sunday, with vessels from the two countries making radio contact for the first time in a decade, South Korea's Defence Ministry said in a statement.

A North Korean patrol boat responded immediately when the South Korean Navy contacted it via an international radio channel at 9 am Sunday in the western sea, normalizing the maritime communication channel for the first time in 10 years, according to the ministry.

The move showed the two Koreas were "taking practical steps" to uphold agreements made on April 27 when their leaders decided to defuse military tensions in a gradual manner, an official from the ministry said.

Jul 02 09:03

U.S. has plan to dismantle North Korea nuclear program within a year: Bolton

White House national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday he believed the bulk of North Korea’s weapons programs could be dismantled within a year, as the United States and North Korea resumed working-level talks.

Bolton told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Washington has devised a program to dismantle North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction - chemical, biological and nuclear - and ballistic missile programs in a year, if there is full cooperation and disclosure from Pyongyang.

Jul 02 09:03

Several signs are pointing to North Korea still working on its nuclear program

Nearly three weeks since North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un committed to complete denuclearization, multiple signs have emerged of expanding activity at his country's nuclear facilities.

If the reports are true, that would mean Kim has yet to take concrete steps to fulfill the pledge he made at a historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump on June 12.

On Saturday, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News that Pyongyang may have recently increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites. It's possible that Kim's government may be attempting to hide those pursuits as it seeks more concessions from the Trump administration, the officials continued.

Jul 02 09:02

North Korea satellite images show missile plant construction, analysts say

North Korea appears to be finalizing the expansion of a key ballistic missile manufacturing site, according to an analysis of satellite imagery by researchers in the United States.

The images come as leaked reports from US intelligence officials appear to cast doubt on North Korea's willingness abandon its nuclear weapons program, something Washington said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to when he met US President Donald Trump in Singapore last month.

Jul 02 09:02

South Korea's Hyundai says US car tariffs would harm security ties over North Korea

Hyundai Motor cautioned the U.S. administration that imposing up to 25 percent tariffs on imported vehicles from South Korea would hurt a security alliance between the two countries over North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

The tariffs would hike production costs at Hyundai's U.S. factory by about 10 percent and "jeopardize" its U.S. investment plan, the top South Korean automaker said, echoing sentiments of other global carmakers such as BMW.

The United States in May launched an investigation into whether imported vehicles pose a national security threat and President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to quickly impose tariffs.

The tariffs "would be devastating to Hyundai Motor," Hyundai said in comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce late on Friday, according to a post on a U.S. government website.

Jul 01 09:34

North Korea is reportedly making more nuclear weapon fuel

President Donald Trump might want to check in with North Korea on that denuclearization thing: US intelligence agencies believe North Korea has been upping production of fuel for nuclear weapons, according to a new report by NBC News.

Even as Pyongyang engaged in diplomatic talks with the US in the lead-up to President Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore earlier this month, North Korea was increasing production of enriched uranium for nuclear weapons, NBC’s Courtney Cube, Ken Dilanian and Carol Lee reported Friday night.

Jun 30 10:01

U.S. Ends 70 Years of Military Presence in South Korean Capital

The United States formally ended seven decades of military presence in South Korea's capital Friday with a ceremony to mark the opening of a new headquarters farther from North Korean artillery range.

The command's move to Camp Humphreys, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) south of Seoul, comes amid a fledgling detente on the Korean Peninsula, though the relocation was planned long before that. Most troops have already transferred to the new location, and the U.S. says the remaining ones will move by the end of this year.

The U.S. military had been headquartered in Seoul's central Yongsan neighborhood since American troops first arrived at the end of World War II. The Yongsan Garrison was a symbol of the U.S.-South Korea alliance but its occupation of prime real estate was also a long-running source of friction.

Jun 30 09:59

South Korean Team Face Military Draft as Punishment for Poor World Cup Performance

South Korea surprised the world on Wednesday, when a 2-0 victory over Germany in the World Cup eliminated the German national team, who had won the previous event. Unfortunately for the South Koreans, this was still not enough to get them into the knockout round.

That’s bad news for South Korea’s national team, and worst news for the players, who are now facing conscription into the nation’s military, which many South Koreans see as punishment for their poor performance.

Jun 29 07:34

Mattis seeks to allay Japanese concerns in North Korea denuclearization effort

The United States will uphold its commitment to Japan’s security while it seeks to implement President Trump’s nuclear deal with North Korea, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday.

Jun 28 08:44

Rebuilding North Korea's economy would cost $63bn, but South Korea would benefit – Citi

Citi estimated that $63.1 billion would be needed to rebuild transportation and infrastructure. Among the costs is an estimated $24.1 billion - needed for 28 railroad projects, $22.8 billion would be required for 33 road projects and 16 power plant projects would cost around $10 billion. The immediate building costs would require an estimated $11.6 billion.

Jun 28 08:11

Senators Aim to Rein in Trump Diplomacy With North Korea

A number of top political figures have made clear they aren’t comfortable with the North Korea diplomatic process. Today, the Senate is introducing bipartisan legislation looking to severely limit President Trump’s ability to make a deal.

The bill, co-sponsored by Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), would demand Trump present updates to the diplomatic process every 30 days. It would also forbid any sanctions relief without “meaningful and verifiable denuclearization.”

The bill also refers to Kim Jong Un as a “ruthless and cruel despot.” Menendez faulted the deal between Kim and Trump at the Singapore summit as too vague, and proving the need for “Congressional oversight” of the process.

Jun 27 07:13

The Corporate Gangs Who Could Profit From Trade With North Korea

South Koreans so far have responded with overwhelming optimism to Donald Trump’s June 12 summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Buoyed by hopes of rapprochement with their northern neighbor, about 66 percent of South Korean respondents view the summit favorably. Moreover, President Moon Jae-in, who had pressed hard for peace in the months leading up to the summit, now enjoys a 76 percent approval rating and his Democratic Party so thoroughly swept last week’s by-elections that two opposition party leaders have since resigned.

Jun 26 09:40

Exclusive: Pompeo says no timeline on North Korea negotiations

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNN he would not put a timeline on negotiations with North Korea, but said the Trump administration will regularly assess the regime's seriousness about abandoning its nuclear program as the US moves toward normalizing relations with Pyongyang.

In an exclusive telephone interview with CNN to mark his first two months in office, Pompeo said he wanted to see continued progress toward North Korean denuclearization, a promise leader Kim Jong Un made to President Donald Trump at their June 12 summit in Singapore.
But the top US diplomat, Trump's point man on North Korea, declined to set a deadline by which he wanted to see the Democratic People's Republic of Korea make visible steps toward that goal.

Jun 26 09:20

North Korea Discusses Relocating Artillery Out of the Range of Seoul

A priority goal of South Korea since a pair of successful summits with North Korea, officials say bilateral discussions are under way on the possible relocation of North Korean long-range artillery systems away from the border.

An estimated 1,000 artillery pieces are stationed along the border with sufficient range to hit the South Korean capital of Seoul. A vastly populated metro area of over 25 million people, it has long been feared that a full-scale artillery strike on the city could kill millions.

Before North Korea developed its nuclear arsenal, this vast collection of artillery was the main deterrent to prevent a US and South Korean attack. With a peace deal under discussion, this would be a huge concession for North Korea to make, reflecting a commitment to a peaceful future.

Jun 26 09:19

North Korea Says No Talks Unless Japan Scraps Military Buildup, Drills

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has had successful summits with President Trump, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, and China’s President Xi Jinping. A visit to Moscow for a presumptive meeting with Putin is also planned, as North Korea pursues diplomatic avenues region-wide.

Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has expressed his own interest to meet Kim, but North Korean state media was very dismissive of that idea on Monday. They warned Japan would continue to be “passed over” on diplomacy unless they made substantial changes.

Abe has made remilitarization a major foreign policy priority, and that has not escaped North Korean notice. The state media piece says Japan needs to end large-scale military drills directed at North Korea, as well as ending their general policy of building up their military capabilities.

Jun 26 09:18

Suppressing US War Crimes: The Cold War Denial Machine Lives On

George Burchett’s review of “Wormwood” gives the back story not often heard of the larger Korean War germ warfare story. The American use of bioweapons in Korea is known and accepted as fact by most Cold War scholars outside the US, but domestically, biological warfare remains one of the deepest kept secrets of the Cold War. That secret, even today 66 years after the fact, still has professional gatekeepers. No sooner had Ignatieff’s review of “Wormwood” appeared in that flagship of American liberal letters than the chief US point man on germ war denial, Milton Leitenberg, issued a response letter titled, “No They Didn’t.” In this letter, Leitenberg claims, “Dulles, Helms, et al. absolutely did not order Frank Olson killed because ‘he knew too much about US biological warfare during the Korean War’ because there was no biological warfare carried out by any agency of the US government during the Korean War, or for that matter by anyone else.”

Jun 26 09:07

How the ‘Deep State’ Stopped a US President From Withdrawing US Troops From Korea

With U.S. President Donald Trump once more touting his desire to withdraw the 28,500 U.S. troops currently stationed in South Korea, it is perhaps worthwhile briefly examining the last time an American president attempted to remove U.S. forces from the Korean Peninsula. U.S. President Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s was ultimately stopped by congressional obstruction, the Pentagon, and the intelligence community, among others, from implementing a troop withdrawal policy he had repeatedly promised during his presidential campaign in 1976. Put otherwise, and to use 21st century Trumpian parlance: the so-called “deep state” stopped Carter from executing his plans.

Jun 26 07:42

South Korea Is Massively Overpaying for Its Energy. Trump, Russia and Kim Could Change That

At the core of the Vladivostok-Seoul gas pipeline is South Korea’s almost unprecedented dependence on imports to cover its energy needs – the rate stands at 98-99 percent for quite some time already. South Korea’s traditional means of generating energy largely boiled down to nuclear power and LNG, yet after the 2011 Fukushima catastrophe nuclear is about to be gradually removed from the national energy matrix. Korea’s LNG import capacities are undoubtedly spectacular, as the nation’s 4 LNG terminals can process up to 120 BCm per annum, double of South Korea’s actual natural gas needs. Yet if one is to compare LNG imports to South Korea and Gazprom’s exports to Europe, it becomes evident that Seoul has been overpaying massively. Since LNG supplies in Asia-Pacific are exposed to seasonal volatility, the average price Korean buyers pay for liquefied gas is often double of that European consumers pay ($344 vs $172 per MCm in January 2017, $390 vs $215 per MCm in January 2018).

Jun 26 07:00

Kremlin declassifies Kim Jong-un's letter to Putin

20.06.2018. DPRK leader Kim Jong-un wrote a letter to President Putin. In the letter, Kim wrote about productive cooperation at the highest state level, Putin's aide Yuri Ushakov said. According to him, Kim Jong-un did not write anything about arranging a possible meeting with President Putin. The news about Kim Jong-un's letter to Putin was made public on June 14, when Putin had a meeting with chairman of the supreme legislative and executive body of the DPRK Kim Yong Nam. Putin invited Kim Jong-un to come for the Eastern Economic Forum, which is to take place this autumn, although the Russian president said that he would be glad to see the DPRK leader in Russia any time. Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, when on an official visit to North Korea, invited Kim Jong-un to come to Moscow, and the leader of the DPRK said that he would like to talk to Vladimir Putin in person.

Jun 25 13:21

Japan Suspends Missile Evacuation Drills

While the American media is still uncomfortable proclaiming that President Trump achieved anything in Singapore, it appears the Japanese are willing to believe it made a difference.

As Frank Sellers reports at The Duran, in solidarity with the peace making process, the Japanese are willing to suspend certain missile evacuation drills...

Jun 25 07:37

In sign of detente, North Korea skips annual anti-US rally

In another sign of detente following the summit between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, North Korea has decided to skip one of the most symbolic and politically charged events of its calendar: the annual “anti-U.S. imperialism” rally marking the start of the Korean War.

Jun 24 07:36

U.S. Military Prepares to Receive Soldiers’ Remains from North Korea

More than six decades after the end of the Korean War, the American military is preparing for the remains of some of its soldiers killed in the conflict to finally return home.

On Saturday, the United States military in South Korea said it had moved 100 wooden coffins and American flags to the border with North Korea to prepare for the repatriation.

North Korea is expected to hand over the remains — believed to belong to some 200 to 250 American servicemen — following President Trump’s historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12.

During that meeting, Mr. Kim committed to returning the remains of American troops recovered from major Korean War battle sites in his country and said he would make way for the “immediate repatriation of those already identified.”

Jun 23 08:15

Trump claims North Korea has started ‘total denuclearisation’ but officials say there is no evidence

Donald Trump claimed North Korea was blowing up four of its big missile test sites and has “already started” a process of “total denuclearisation.”

However, officials said there was no evidence to back up the US president’s claims.

On Thursday, Ms Trump told a cabinet meeting in the White House: ”They’ve stopped the sending of missiles, including ballistic missiles. They’re destroying their engine site.

Jun 23 08:14

Trump officially declares N. Korea still a threat, despite his claim after historic summit

President Trump cited an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to U.S. national security as he acted Friday to maintain long-standing economic restrictions on North Korea, including the freezing of any assets in the United States.

Jun 23 08:13

North, South Korea to hold reunions for families long separated by war

North and South Korea agreed on Friday to allow families who were separated during the Korean War to meet in August -- the first such reunions since 2015.

Each side will choose 100 people to meet at the scenic Mount Kumgang resort in North Korea from August 20 to 26, according to a statement released by the South Korean Unification Ministry.

Jun 22 11:42

An Elite Coalition Emerges Against a Trump-Kim Agreement

The hostility toward Donald Trump on the part of both corporate media (except for Fox News) and the Democratic Party establishment is obviously a factor in the negative response to the summit. Trump’s dysfunctional persona, extremist domestic strategy and attacks on the press had already created a hyper-adversarial political atmosphere that surrounds everything Trump says or does.

But media coverage of the Singapore summit shows that something much bigger and more sinister is now in play: a consensus among foreign policy and national security elites and their media allies that Trump’s pursuit of an agreement with Kim on denuclearization threatens to undo seventy years of U.S. military dominance in Northeast Asia.

Jun 22 08:51

Trump Prolongs Sanctions on North Korea for One More Year Despite Thaw With Kim

US President Donald Trump has decided to prolong sanctions, introduced against North Korea's missile and nuclear tests following the December 2017 UN's resolution to strengthen anti-Pyongyang sanctions, restricting fuel imports and other trade. The day before the US president stressed that Pyongyang was taking agreed steps for easing sanctions.

The White House announced that US President Donald Trump decided to prolong anti-North Korea sanctions for one more year as a part of his "maximum pressure" policy toward the country.

In his earlier statement, Trump did not exclude the lifting of sanctions if the DPRK refused to use nuclear weapons, but the official policy of the United States is that sanctions will only be halted after a "full, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearization.

Jun 22 08:21

Wilkerson: Don’t Trust Trump, Bolton to Deliver US-North Korea Peace

The US has suspended war games as part of Trump’s commitment in Singapore, but his administration can’t be trusted to deliver a comprehensive denuclearization deal with North Korea, says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

Jun 22 08:14

Peace plays: How foreign companies have lost a bundle in North Korea

As companies from South Korea to Russia and China again look to cash in on easing tensions with Pyongyang, Samsung’s now defunct businesses in Pyongyang and hundreds of similar failed joint ventures underline North Korea’s status as one of the world’s highest-risk investment destinations.

Yet days before the historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, a conference in Seoul to explore investment opportunities in North Korea drew about 600 attendees.

Jun 21 10:22

Sexy metal: the missing element in the Korean puzzle

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo knows the importance of rare earth elements, and North Korea has reportedly found one of the world’s biggest deposits 150km from Pyongyang; is this another factor behind the recent thaw with the US?

This may not be about condos on North Korean beaches after all. Arguably, the heart of the matter in the Trump administration’s embrace of Kim Jong-un has everything to do with one of the largest deposits of rare earth elements (REEs) in the world, located only 150 km northwest of Pyongyang and potentially worth billions of US dollars.

All the implements of 21st century technology-driven everyday life rely on the chemical and physical properties of 17 precious elements on the periodic chart also known as REEs.

Currently, China is believed to control over 95% of global production of rare earth metals, with an estimated 55 million tons in deposits. North Korea for its part holds at least 20 million tons.

Jun 21 08:10

Key nuclear expert departs White House as North Korea negotiations loom

A key U.S. official involved in denuclearization talks with North Korea is leaving the White House just as the Trump administration prepares to engage in high-stakes negotiations with the isolated regime, the official confirmed to The Washington Post.

The departure of Andrea Hall, the National Security Council’s top staff official on weapons of mass destruction, comes as the Trump administration assembles a negotiating team capable of the intricate task of understanding and negotiating over North Korea’s elaborate array of nuclear weapons production facilities, warheads and missiles to deliver them.

Jun 21 08:09

President Trump Says North Korea Has Returned the Remains of 200 U.S. Soldiers

North Korea repatriated the remains of 200 U.S. soldiers missing from the Korean War on Wednesday, according to President Trump, a week after the issue was raised at a landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains sent back today, already 200 got sent back,” Trump told a rally in Duluth, Minnesota Wednesday, according to Reuters.

There was no official confirmation of the return from military sources, but anonymous U.S. officials said the previous day that North Korea was returning a “sizable number” of remains, which would be transported to Hawaii’s Hickam Air Force Base, Reuters reports.

Jun 20 14:46

Weapons of Mass Migration

In Goodbye Europe? Hello, Chaos? – Merkel’s Migrant Bomb, Michael Springmann analyzes evidence suggesting that US intelligence may be organizing the mass migration of millions of refugees as a form of asymmetric warfare.

Springmann also quotes anonymous intelligence sources who claim the mass migration into Europe is being coordinated by the US National Intelligence Council (NIC), MI6 (Britain’s secret intelligence service) and Turkish secret services, with financing from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states. He also alleges routine collaboration between CIA case officers and human rights and pro-migrant groups to pay off people smugglers.

I have often wondered how hundreds of thousands of unskilled workers from a broken Syrian economy could come up with the $5,000-10,000 smugglers charge to ferry migrants across the Mediterranean.

Jun 20 09:31

South Korea wants railroad link to Russia through North Korea

Seoul, Moscow and Pyongyang can implement several major trilateral infrastructure and energy projects if stability is reached on the Korean peninsula, according to South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

One such project could be a railway that will be able deliver goods from Russia to South Korea through North Korea. "Once the Trans-Korean Main Line is built, it may be connected to the Trans-Siberian Railway. In this case, it will be possible to deliver goods from South Korea to Europe, which would be economically beneficial not only to South and North Korea but to Russia as well," Moon Jae-in said in an interview with Russian media ahead of his state visit to Moscow.

Jun 20 08:35

Why Do US Media Only Worry About One Authoritarian’s Nukes?

The world waits with bated breath as a “mad king” descends on Singapore, his finger itching to press the launch button and totally destroy his adversaries. Few disagree that a “radical and absolutist” dictator who can “use the power of the state to suppress the opposition while shielding itself from all potential sanction or limitation” should not have access to a possibly world-ending arsenal of nuclear weapons.

“Surrounded by a clique of sycophants who are willing to justify any course he might take,” there is little stopping this impulsive ruler from making a sudden, cataclysmic decision that could forever alter the course of human history. Indeed, “a party organized around a single extreme personality seems like a brittle proposition.” With this “cult of personality” in place, his people will be dragged unwittingly and hopelessly into the nuclear abyss along with him.

Jun 20 07:16

US expecting North Korea to return troop remains in coming days

The Trump administration is expecting North Korea to return up to 200 sets of remains believed to be US servicemembers who died during the Korean War, according to four administration officials.

Planning is underway to receive the remains from North Korea in the coming days, although the actual transfer date and location have not been finalized, the officials say. They add that the administration is ready to receive the remains as early as this week if the North Koreans decide to move quickly.
President Donald Trump has held up North Korea's agreement to return the remains as one of the successes of his historic June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Jun 19 07:37

Hush-hush meet: North Korea's Kim Jong-Un lands in Beijing for two-day visit, reports Chinese media

North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-Un is currently in Beijing for a two-day confidential meeting with top Chinese officials from June 19 to 20 (Tuesday and Wednesday), reported Chinese state media. This unexpected trip comes days after the historic US-Korea Summit, where the North Korean met President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12.

Jun 19 07:22

Japan angry as South Korea holds war games to defend against ‘island attack’

Drills come just days after US President Donald Trump announced the suspension of long-running US joint exercises with South Korea – aimed at deterring North Korea.

Jun 19 07:22

North, South Korea agree to joint teams for Asian Games

The two Koreas agreed on Monday to march together under a unified peninsula flag and form combined teams to compete in the next Asian Games, they said in a joint statement, in the latest sign of a thaw between the old rivals.

Jun 19 07:22

U.S., South Korea Cancel Major War Game Planned for August

The Pentagon said Monday that it had agreed with South Korea to cancel an important military exercise that was scheduled for later this summer, in keeping with President Donald Trump’s pledge to halt war games while talks are under way with North Korea.

Thousands of American and South Korean troops were expected to participate in the exercise, the American portion of which is called Freedom Guardian. Mr. Trump surprised the Pentagon and other administration aides by announcing after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week that he wanted to halt major maneuvers between the U.S. and South Korea, calling them expensive and provocative.

Jun 19 07:21

North Korea reportedly offered to abandon a key weapon — and it has nothing to do with nukes

North Korean diplomats talking to South Korean officials in the demilitarized border zone between the two countries reportedly offered to remove the North's long-range artillery guns, which have been a dagger pointed at Seoul's throat for decades.

Before North Korea tested its first nuclear weapon, before it even built its first facility to create fissile material, its artillery had established a strong deterrent against South Korea and the US.

North Korea is estimated to have thousands of massive artillery guns hidden in hardened shelters among the hills and mountains of the country's rugged terrain. Artillery batteries located within range of the South Korean capital of Seoul could kill tens of thousands of people every hour if war were to break out.

Jun 18 09:21

US puts forward 47-point list of demands to Pyongyang — Japanese top diplomat

The United States has filed a list of 47 demands that North Korea should fulfill to achieve total elimination of its nuclear arsenal, other weapons of mass destruction and relevant infrastructure, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said in an interview aired by national broadcaster NHK on Sunday.

"The supreme leader of North Korea agreed to full denuclearization. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during his visit to Pyongyang that, according to the United States, this notion includes elimination - in the transparent and irreversible form - of the nuclear stockpile and other types of weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and biological ones, as well as missiles and all relevant infrastructure," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pompeo just moved the goal posts by adding in the missiles, which will likely kill the deal.

Jun 18 08:21

Will US Dark Forces Sabotage Improving Relations with North Korea?

Longtime enemies Washington and North Korea becoming allies flies in the face of US imperial aims to eliminate or co-opt all sovereign independent governments, making them subservient to its interests – the DPRK no exception.

The CIA may play a lead role in undermining improved bilateral relations. Its house organ Washington Post is militantly hostile to Pyongyang.

“No more concessions,” its neocon editors roared. None exist except hollow US promises, surely fading ahead in the mist of day like countless times before.

Jun 18 07:55

Trump attacks Schumer over North Korea remarks, defends summit

President Donald Trump attacked Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in a tweet Sunday morning over the New York Democrat's criticisms of the North Korea summit.

"Thank you Chuck, but are you sure you got that right? No more nuclear testing or rockets flying all over the place, blew up launch sites," Trump wrote. "Hostages already back, hero remains coming home & much more!"

Jun 17 15:35

Trump repeats call to halt US-South Korea drills, stirs unease among military & allies

Military exercises put the US in a "bad light" during talks with North Korea and are expensive, Trump said, calling again for the drills to be cancelled. His plans have apparently unsettled both the Pentagon and regional allies.

"Holding back the 'war games' during the negotiations was my request because they are very expensive and set a bad light during a good faith negotiation," US President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday, reaffirming his intention to suspend the annual joint US-South Korean military exercises. He also said the drills are "quite provocative."

Jun 17 09:49

US issues list of 47 demands to North Korea

It would seem that the manner in which the denuclearization of North Korea must be performed before sanctions may be lifted has been determined by Washington.

The Japanese Foreign Minister, Taro Kono, describes a list of demands which was delivered to Pyongyang by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his visit.

As to whether these demands have been agreed upon by Kim’s regime isn’t included in the statement.

Security guarantees on Washington’s part have not yet been hammered out, and the precise meaning of Washington’s promise not to attempt to topple the regime is lacking in detail.

Jun 17 08:49

Koreans Want Peace, Do Liberal Pundits Want War?

In decrying the Singapore summit and Trump’s freeze on U.S. military exercises, liberal pundits are ignoring popular opinion and years of peace activism in South Korea, says Christine Ahn of Women Cross DMZ

Jun 17 08:40

Stu Smallwood on why South Korea must leave the American Orbit to achieve lasting peace

Stu Smallwood joins Scott to discuss his article “For Lasting Peace, President Moon Must Lead South Korea Out of America’s Orbit.” Smallwood says that first we have to consider the perspective of the South Koreans and understand how the corruption of the previous South Korean regime led to a political awakening that has affected South Korean popular views toward the North. Smallwood then shares the backstory of President Moon Jae-in and how his unlikely rise as president for peace. Finally Smallwood makes the case that South Korea realistically can continue the peace deal with the North, even in the United States ultimately backs out—and that Moon Jae-in’s political legacy will rest on the decision.

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