May 14 08:18

North Korea invites world to watch closure of nuclear test site

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

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

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 Guards and researchers will be withdrawn, and the area shut off.

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

May 14 08:17

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

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

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

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

May 14 07:36

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 13 08:15

North Korea Announces Plans To Dismantle Nuclear Test Site

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

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

May 13 08:08

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 12 10:44


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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Fingers crossed on this.

May 12 09:53

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

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

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

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

May 12 09:10

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

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

May 12 09:09

North Korea: UN gains 'unprecedented access' during visit

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

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

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

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

May 12 09:06

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

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

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

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

May 12 08:00

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

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


May 11 07:27

South Korean Elderly: Worked To The bone

(*our allies in Asia)

May 11 04:24

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 10 10:39

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

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

May 10 08:51

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

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

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

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

May 10 08:20

Trump says he will meet Kim in Singapore on June 12

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

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

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

May 10 08:01

The deeper problem with pressuring North Korea versus Iran: tunnels

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

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

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

May 09 10:51

North Korea frees three US detainees ahead of Trump summit

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

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

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

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

May 09 07:39

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

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

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

May 09 07:38

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

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

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

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

May 09 07:37

Trump's Iran decision raises the stakes on North Korea

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 09 07:31

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

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

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

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

May 08 09:32

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

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

May 07 09:53

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

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

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

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

May 07 09:33

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

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

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

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

May 07 09:15

North Korea says US ruining mood of detente ahead of summit

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

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

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

May 06 09:32

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

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

May 05 09:40

Settling the difference: N. Korea realigns clocks with Seoul

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

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

May 04 08:47

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

UPDATE: Trump is pushing back against this story.

May 04 08:15

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

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

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

May 03 08:50

Kim Jong-un tries to mend fences with China

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

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

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

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


May 03 08:11

Americans detained in North Korea

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

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

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

May 03 08:10

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

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

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

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

May 03 08:10

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

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

May 03 08:09

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

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

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

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

May 03 08:09

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

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

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

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

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

May 03 03:30

Powerful Interests Lined Up Against Korean Peace

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

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

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


May 02 11:51

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

May 02 10:24

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

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

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

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

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

May 01 10:34

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

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

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

May 01 10:25

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

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

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

May 01 10:24

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

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

Apr 30 14:37

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

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

Apr 30 11:07

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Apr 30 11:06

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

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

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

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

Apr 30 11:05

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

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

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

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

Apr 30 10:56

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

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

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

Apr 30 10:47

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 30 10:46

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

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

Apr 29 11:55

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

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

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

Apr 29 09:54

North Korea's Secret Christians

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

Apr 29 09:21

Katz says 'denuclearized' Korean peninsula helpful versus Iran

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Apr 28 10:04

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

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

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

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

Apr 28 04:41

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 27 15:42

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

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

Apr 27 14:19

FLASHBACK: How North Korea Can Become Switzerland of the East

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

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Apr 27 11:49

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

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

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

Apr 27 11:49

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

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


Apr 27 09:13

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 27 08:37

In ‘Tremendous’ Steps Toward Peace, North and South Korea Vow to End War and Pursue a Nuclear-Free Peninsula

In a historic meeting on Friday that sparked hope of lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula after decades of hostilities, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in embraced at the border village of Panmunjom and agreed to work toward bringing an official end to the Korean War and fully denuclearizing the peninsula.

Apr 27 08:36

My tree is bigger than yours: North Korean leader ‘out-trees’ Trump

In a historic moment on Friday, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in were spotted shoveling soil on the roots of a pine tree. The pine tree was beloved by ancient Koreans, and the leaders’ gesture was meant to represent the peace and prosperity that both countries envisage for their future. Kim and Moon proceeded to figuratively plant a tree of peace, signing a declaration that proclaimed a “new era” in relations.

Everything about the ceremony was symbolic, including the soil and water taken from both Koreas, and the fact that the pine tree was sown in 1953, the year the divided peninsula signed the armistice which ended the Korean War.

The symbolism was, however, taken to a whole new level by snarky observers that drew parallels with another tree-planting ceremony – in front of the White House on Tuesday. US President Donald Trump and his beau Emmanuel Macron planted a much smaller oak sapling – and the irony wasn’t lost on many.

Apr 27 08:34

New era, no more war: Two Koreas agree on complete denuclearization

A new era of peace is beginning, according to a declaration signed by the leaders of North and South Korea after their first meeting in over a decade. Both nations are aiming to completely denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

"South and North Korea affirmed their shared objective of achieving a nuclear-free Korean peninsula through complete denuclearization," reads the declaration signed by the leaders of the two countries, as cited by Yonhap.

“There will be no more war on the Korean peninsula, and a new age of peace has opened," the document adds.

Apr 27 08:14

At historic meeting, Korean leaders eye end of war and 'complete denuclearisation'

The leaders of North and South Korea embraced on Friday after pledging to work for the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", on a day of smiles and handshakes at the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade.

The two Koreas announced they would work with the United States and China this year to declare an official end to the 1950s Korean War and seek an agreement to establish "permanent" and "solid" peace.

Apr 27 06:30

North and South Korea pledge to end all hostilities and work for nuclear-free peninsula

Statement wraps up historic summit with promise to eliminate risk of conflict and work with international community

The two Koreas have pledged to cease all hostilities between the two sides and affirmed their goal of “complete” denuclearisation after the two leaders wrapped up their historic summit on Friday.

A statement said practical measures would be taken to prevent accidental military conflicts, and cooperate with the international community to achieve a nuclear-free peninsula.

They also agreed that South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in would visit Pyongyang sometime this autumn.


Apr 26 18:15

Watch Live: Historic Summit Between North And South Korea

Kim Jong Un has just become the first North Korean lead to enter South Korea.

Apr 26 14:17

PHOTOS RELEASED | Pompeo Meeting Kim Jong Un Go Viral...

BREAKING -- Photos were just released a few hours ago...


Apr 26 11:17

China at Risk of Radioactive Exposure from North Korean Test Site - Report

Two groups of Chinese researchers have reportedly confirmed a risk from radioactive exposure to their countrymen after a North Korean nuclear test site appeared to have partially collapsed.

North Korea's Mount Mantap has contained every known nuclear test in the country: the Punggye-ri nuclear test site sits under it in a network of tunnels. After a thermonuclear device was tested in early September 2017, seismic activity at the mountain was recorded in the form of a 6.3-magnitude earthquake, according to the US Geological Survey's findings, while the China Earthquake Networks Center detected a 3.4 magnitude follow-up quake.

Almost immediately, it was reported that the mountain had experienced a tunnel collapse, although with some uncertainty. Now, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reports that Chinese researchers have confirmed that the mountain collapsed on itself.

Apr 26 02:22

North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site Has Collapsed

North Korea’s nuclear test site has collapsed ... and that may be why Kim Jong-un suspended tests

North Korea’s mountain nuclear test site has collapsed, putting China and other nearby nations at unprecedented risk of radioactive exposure, two separate groups of Chinese scientists studying the issue have confirmed.

The collapse after five nuclear blasts may be why North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declared on Friday that he would freeze the hermit state’s nuclear and missile tests and shut down the site, one researcher said.

The last five of Pyongyang’s six nuclear tests have all been carried out under Mount Mantap at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea’s northwest.


Apr 26 01:40

Peninsula One Step Closer To Peace

The forthcoming meeting between DPRK leader Kim Jong-un and ROK President Moon Jae-in is expected to promote communication between the two sides and enable the families separated by the Korean War to meet, which will help advance efforts to secure permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula. The summit is also expected to prepare the ground for the proposed summit between the US and DPRK leaders in late May or early June.

Since January, Pyongyang and Seoul have been sincerely seeking progress in the peace process. They have not only agreed to resume inter-Korean talks, but also made efforts to organize a summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim.

But the United States administration has said that the DPRK should dismantle its nuclear arsenal to get sanctions relief from Washington, and Pyongyang seeks phased denuclearization and sanctions relief after the completion of each phase.>>>

Apr 25 10:23

Washington Fears North, South Korea Talks Will Show ‘The Problem Is the US’

The US media has taken a negative view of the possibility of peace on the Korean Peninsula - afraid perhaps, of what the US government also fears, that Seoul will conclude that “the problem is not the North Koreans; the problem is the United States,“ journalist Steve Gowans told Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear.

US media coverage of the warming relations between South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the north has been overwhelmingly negative, and the closer the Friday meeting between South Korean president Moon Jae In and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un draws, the more alarmist it grows. The New York Times this week has warned of Kim's "fearsome nuclear stockpile" as he walks to the negotiating table, and of China's supposed ire at being left out of negotiations.

"I think there's a fear that the South Koreans could drift into the Chinese orbit and out of the US orbit," Gowans said.

Apr 25 08:41


North Korea’s mountain nuclear test site has collapsed, putting China and other nearby nations at unprecedented risk of radioactive exposure, two separate groups of Chinese scientists studying the issue have confirmed.

The collapse after five nuclear blasts may be why North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declared last Friday that he would freeze the hermit state’s nuclear and missile tests and shut down the site, one researcher said.

The last five of Pyongyang’s six nuclear tests have all been carried out under Mount Mantap at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea’s northwest.

A research team led by Wen Lianxing, a geologist with the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, concluded the collapse occurred following the detonation last autumn of North Korea’s most powerful thermal nuclear warhead in a tunnel about 700 metres (2,296 feet) below the mountain’s peak.

The test turned the mountain into fragile fragments, the researchers found.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

However this happened, the timing is fortuitous, regarding potential US/North Korean talks between President Kim Jung Un and President Trump, later this year.

Apr 25 07:58

North Korea's Economic Crisis -- What Crisis?

Much ink has been spilled recently about how economic sanctions have crushed the North Korean economy and brought its leader Kim Jong-un to the bargaining table. Not so fast. For starters, there wasn’t much to crush. Never mind. And, contrary to repeated conjectures by experts in international affairs, whatever there is of a North Korean economy appears to be quite stable.

Apr 24 10:13

US and North Korea expectations over denuclearization appear to collide

US and North Korean expectations for appear set on a collision course after the North Korean leader pledged to keep his country’s nuclear arsenal for generations.

Over the weekend, Trump celebrated the North Korean announcement that it would suspend nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) testing, closing down its nuclear test site, as a big diplomatic victory.

“Wow, we haven’t given up anything & they have agreed to denuclearization (so great for World), site closure, & no more testing!” the president wrote on Twitter.

The defence secretary, James Mattis, also presented the testing moratorium as a sign that more North Korean concessions could be forthcoming at a summit.

“Right now, I think there’s a lot of reasons for optimism that the negotiations will be fruitful and we’ll see,” Mattis told reporters on Monday.

But it became increasingly evident over the weekend that the US and North Korea interpretations of ‘denuclearisation’ were worlds apart.

Apr 24 10:06

America’s Unsustainable Empire

Before President Trump trashes the Iran nuclear deal, he might consider: If he could negotiate an identical deal with Kim Jong Un, it would astonish the world and win him the Nobel Peace Prize.

For Iran has no nuclear bomb or ICBM and has never tested either. It has never enriched uranium to bomb grade. It has shipped 98 percent of its uranium out of the country. It has cameras inside and inspectors crawling all over its nuclear facilities.

And North Korea? It has atom bombs and has tested an H-bomb. It has intermediate range-ballistic missiles that can hit Guam and an ICBM that, fully operational, could hit the West Coast. It has shorter-range missiles that could put nukes on South Korea and Japan.

Hard to believe Kim Jong Un will surrender these weapons, his ticket of admission to the table of great powers.

Apr 24 07:31

From nukes to U.S. troops: The 5 key obstacles to peace with North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are scheduled to meet Friday in a conference that will set the stage for an even more high-stakes summit expected between President Trump and Kim in the coming weeks.

All sides are engaging in pre-summit posturing.

Kim said over the weekend that he would suspend testing of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles. Trump praised the move in a tweet Sunday and South Korea on Monday suspended the broadcasting of K-pop music and propaganda messages they had been blasting from the demilitarized zone toward the North for years.

The gestures have eased tensions between North Korea and the West, which just last year raised fears of war, but the main issues remain unresolved.

Here are the key obstacles:

Apr 24 07:12

The Economic Stumbling Block Set To Dog The Inter-Korea Summit

Why economic cooperation could be the stumbling block at the inter-Korea summit
South Korea’s support for sanctions aimed at halting North Korea’s nuclear goals limit Seoul’s power to help Pyongyang boost its economy, sources say

The leaders of North and South Korea might stumble over barriers to economic cooperation when they meet for their historic summit in the border village of Panmunjom on Friday, diplomatic sources said.

Although South Korea wanted to revive relations with a North Korea battered by United Nations and US sanctions, Seoul was not expected to present a detailed economic cooperation plan at the meeting, the sources said.


Apr 24 04:21

Chinese Foreign Ministy Welcomes North Korea’s Missile Halt Promise

BEIJING, China – Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China welcomed the DPRK’s decision “to stop nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile experiments,” speaking at the press conference in Beijing on Monday.

“We believe that North Korea’s actions will help further ease the current situation on the Korean Peninsula, and it will also help to promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and political settlement of the peninsula,” stated Lu Kang.

This comes North Korea announced a halt to weapon testing>>>

Apr 24 04:10

Kim Jong-Un Visits Chinese Embassy Over Fatal Bus Accident

DPRK leader Kim Jong-un visited the Chinese Embassy in Pyongyang on Monday morning to express his condolences over a bus accident in which 32 Chinese tourists died.

At a meeting with Li Jinjun, Chinese ambassador to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim expressed his deep sympathy and sincere solicitude on the heavy casualties in Sunday's deadly bus crash, in which four North Koreans also perished, according to a statement from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The accident happened in North Hwanghae province in the DPRK's southwest. Two other Chinese also were left in critical condition after the crash.

Kim asked Li to convey his sincere condolences to President Xi>>>

Apr 23 12:39

CNN Reporter Left ‘Speechless’ By President Trump’s ‘Huge Accomplishment’ In North Korea…

LOL, Resistance leader Wolf Blitzer doesn’t appear thrilled by the news...


Apr 23 11:56

As Korea Talks Progress, Mainstream Media Try to Derail : PeaceMedia starts interviewing random Koreans seeking peace skeptics

Months of diplomatic progress with North Korea has really picked up pace in recent weeks. An historic moment is set for this Friday, when South Korea’s President Moon has a summit with Kim Jong-un. Ending the Korean War, 68 years after it started, is under serious consideration.

And that’s just the start of the reasons for optimism. A hotline between North and South Korea opened last Friday. The US is considering opening an embassy in Pyongyang. President Trump will also be having his own summit with Kim in late May or early June.

North Korea has made numerous significant concessions. They’ve halted missile and nuclear testing and are in the process of closing their nuclear testing site. Most significantly, they are open to a deal to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula without demanding 30,000 US troops withdraw from South Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed on this one; I am hoping (and praying) that Trump and South Korea's leadership are reading the signs from Pyongyang correctly.

Apr 23 09:52

South Korea turns off loudspeaker broadcasts into North

South Korea has stopped broadcasting propaganda via loudspeakers along the border with North Korea, ahead of top-level talks later this week.

Apr 23 08:36

North Korea Is Now Connected To South Korea With A Direct Hotline

CNBC North Korea is now connected to South Korea with a direct hotline
A direct phone line was installed and tested between South Korea's Blue House and North Korea's State Affairs Commission on Friday.
The move signals a reduction in tensions on the Korean peninsula ahead of next week's face-to-face summit, the first since 2007, between the leaders of North and South Korea.

(*with no regard for the 'world's policeman' ?)

Apr 22 09:40

Iran Warns North Korea: "Never Negotiate With The United States"

"That’s a very dangerous message to send to the people of Iran, but also to the people of the world – that you should never come to an agreement with the United States..."

Apr 21 09:13


Fantastic clip from this morning. Wolf Blitzer is not happy about Trump's HUGE WIN...


Apr 20 08:45

Korean Peninsula in Historic Peace Talks - Thanks to Activists, Not Trump

After six decades of conflict, it looks like the war on the Korean peninsula may finally be coming to an end. Since the early 1950s, South and North Korea have technically been at war with each other. From 1950-1953 the United States waged a devastating war on North Korea in which the U.S. killed some 3 million people, 20 percent of the nation's population. The U.S. burned most of the country's major cities to the ground. After this U.S.-led war, South and North Korea never signed a peace treaty, which means generations of Koreans on both sides of the demilitarized zone have grown up in a perpetual state of war.

Apr 20 06:49

North & South Korea launch first ‘leaders hotline’ ahead of summit

The first ever telephone hotline to connect the leaders of North and South Korea has been launched amid preparations for a rare summit between the nations next week.

South Korea confirmed that a successful test call had been made between Seoul’s presidential Blue House and Pyongyang’s powerful State Affairs Commission and added that the telephone conversation between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would take place ahead of their face-to-face meeting.

Apr 19 09:01

Expert Explains What Pompeo's Visit to DPRK Really Means for Region

Sputnik spoke with Atul Bhardwaj Senior Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi about what Mike Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang and Trump's announcement on DPRK talks will mean for peace in the region.

Reports suggest CIA director Mike Pompeo travelled to Pyongyang during the Easter period for a secret visit with Kim Jong–un. This unexpected and clandestine meeting would mark the highest level US contact with North Korea since 2000. President Trump alluded to talks as he hosted Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida. Speaking to the assembled media Trump said: "We have had direct talks at… extremely high levels."

Apr 18 15:33

South Korean Government Says It Would Consider Peace Treaty With North Korea After Denuclearization

A South Korean official on Wednesday said the country would consider negotiating a peace treaty with North Korea following the rogue state’s denuclearization, according to local news outlet Yonhap.

That followed daily newspaper Munhwa Ilbo reporting on Tuesday that the two countries were already in talks to announce a permanent end to the officially declared military conflict between them.

Apr 18 10:36

Offer to Withdraw America's Troops from South Korea to Seal a Nuclear Deal with the North

An important challenge is the difference between the two leaders’ official expectations. The Trump administration presumably believes it has a commitment by Pyongyang to denuclearize. However, Kim, to the extent that he genuinely contemplates abandoning weapons so expensively acquired and so tightly connected to his own legitimacy, is likely willing to do so only over time, and in return for concessions that enhance his regime’s survivability. When I visited the North last year, officials well remembered the fate of Libya’s Muammar el-Qaddafi, who negotiated away his missile and nuclear programs, only to be later ousted by the United States and its European allies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This proposal is both sound and reasonable; which is why the current Administration will most probably reject it out of hand!!

And unfortunately, last week's Western bombing of Syria may well cement, in Kim Jung Un's thinking, that he can never let go of his nuclear capacities, because the potential future fate of Syria, which has no nuclear weapons, at the hands of the West.

Apr 18 04:55

Pompeo had secret meeting with Kim Jong-un

(*Pompeo can now mix a better mai tai !)