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Apr 29 11:55

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

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

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

Apr 29 09:54

North Korea's Secret Christians

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

Apr 29 09:21

Katz says 'denuclearized' Korean peninsula helpful versus Iran

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Apr 28 10:04

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

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

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

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

Apr 28 04:41

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 27 15:42

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

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

Apr 27 14:19

FLASHBACK: How North Korea Can Become Switzerland of the East

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

See also:

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

Apr 27 11:49

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

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

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

Apr 27 11:49

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

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

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Apr 27 09:13

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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...

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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.

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Apr 26 01:40

Peninsula One Step Closer To Peace

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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 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 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.

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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...

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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

HELL FREEZES OVER AT CNN...

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

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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 !)

Apr 17 11:36

North & South Korea may announce official end to war – local media

Seoul and Pyongyang are reportedly set to make a huge step in the peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula, as officials from the two states are negotiating a joint statement outlining a formal end to hostilities.

Apr 17 08:19

North & South Korea may announce official end to war – local media

Seoul and Pyongyang are reportedly set to make a huge step in the peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula, as officials from the two states are negotiating a joint statement outlining a formal end to hostilities.

Apr 16 07:35

Abe faces awkward Trump summit on North Korea amid plummeting support in Japan

Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who heads Tuesday to Mar-a-Lago for a meeting with US President Donald Trump, is in dire need of a policy win as he faces challenges abroad and protests at home.

After staking out a hawkish position on North Korea, Abe was caught on the back foot when Trump announced he was open to a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Tokyo's previous warnings not to trust Pyongyang have been dropped as both Washington and Seoul barreled forward with engagement. Abe is now seeking a summit with Kim for himself, rather than be further left out of North Asia's rapidly changing political situation.

Apr 14 09:18

US Considers Opening Embassy in Pyongyang

One big incentive that the United States may offer to North Korea during the upcoming summit is the possibility of opening an American Embassy in Pyongyang, the first time the US would have ever had such an embassy post.

The summit, during which President Trump and Kim Jong-un will meet, is set for either May or early June. With officials insisting they won’t give North Korea anything without permanent denuclearization, officials are scrambling to find something they can offer as a confidence-building measure in the talks.

Having an embassy, and by extension having formal diplomatic ties, would be a big upgrade in US relations with North Korea. South Korean officials say such a move would happen if the summit is seen as a success.

Apr 14 08:35

Trump's strike on Syria is exactly why North Korea wants nuclear weapons

As the US prepares to try and convince North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons, it may have made his counter argument for him.

On Friday, US President Donald Trump announced he had given the order for US forces to strike the Syrian regime in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held city in the southwest of the country, which he blames on Russia and Syria.

But the attack against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad -- a longtime ally of North Korea -- could complicate Trump's planned summit with Kim, expected to take place in May or June.

Apr 14 05:35

Kim Jong-un has America and China just where he wants them

Conventional wisdom on the Kim regime has been that it is unpredictable and downright crazy. But that has never really been true

(*Yeah , let us know when he kicks off the weekend with a missile attack on another country !)

Apr 12 07:28

North Korea has a big tuberculosis problem. It’s about to get worse.

A Bloomberg News story this week warned of the threat of North Korea’s “other weapon” — tuberculosis. In February, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria announced that it would suspend grants to combat tuberculosis and malaria in North Korea by June 30.

Global Fund officials stress that they hope to resume funding to the country in the future, and North Korean officials have implored the Global Fund to maintain its funding on humanitarian grounds.

Since 2002, this unique partnership between governments, the private sector and civil society groups has awarded more than $33 billion in grants to treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria to save more than 22 million lives in more than 100 countries. From 2010 to 2017, the Global Fund provided more than $69 million for tuberculosis and nearly $34 million for malaria treatment in North Korea. So what’s going on North Korea now?

Apr 12 07:27

BEX ALERT - North Korean Destructive Malware Is Back, Says DHS Report

American intelligence analysts have discovered a destructive strain of North Korean malware not seen since the 2014 attack on Sony that crippled the company’s computer systems, according to Department of Homeland Security documents obtained by Foreign Policy.

On Dec. 17, 2017, “advanced persistent threat actors” deployed “newly discovered destructive malware that shares a number of similarities to the destructive malware” used in the Sony attack, according to a restricted report issued late last year. “This is the the first known instance since 2014 that North Korea-tied destructive malware has been seen,” says the report, marked “For Official Use Only.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember that the so-called SONY hack turned out to be an internal leak.

Apr 12 06:58

Britain Sends Third Warship to North Korean Coast As Tensions Heat Up - Reports

Western countries and their key Asian allies have deployed naval forces to areas including the Yellow Sea to enforce the trade embargo imposed on North Korea by the UN Security Council over its nuclear and missile programs.

HMS Albion with Marine commandos on board is sailing to waters off the North Korean coast to enforce UN sanctions and take part in joint drills with Britain’s regional allies, the Independent reported.

The Albion will join the HMS Sutherland, which has already been deployed to the area.

Britain’s Defense Ministry earlier said that another warship, HMS Argyll, would be dispatched to the region later this year for a series of joint exercises with Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Apr 11 07:40

Britain sends third warship to Asia Pacific to monitor North Korea

The UK has deployed a third navy warship to the Asia-Pacific as diplomatic tensions with North Korea continue to rise.

HMS Albion will join HMS Sutherland and will help enforce UN sanctions against North Korea, as well as take part in joint training and exercises with regional allies.

The Ministry of Defence previously announced that HMS Argyll would also be deployed, arriving in the region later in the year to take part in an exercise with Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Apr 11 07:39

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov accepts invitation to visit North Korea

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will visit Pyongyang after accepting a formal invitation from the country's top diplomat, the latest in a series of outreaches by North Korea.

"We are very happy about the invitation which we have received to visit Pyongyang," Lavrov said Tuesday after a meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho in Moscow.

But there is no word on a possible future summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Lavrov said while there had been no discussions about either leader visiting the other's capital during his talks with Ri, both Kim and Putin "regularly exchange statements."

Apr 10 08:32

Trump Says Will Meet North Korea’s Kim in May or Early June

President Trump said Monday that he will be meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un at some time in May, or in early June at the latest. This is the first update on the timing of the planned summit since it was announced.

Previously, Trump has said his intention was to meet Kim “by May,” though it was widely assumed it would be in May. The current US war games in South Korea are expected to continue until the end of April.

Trump has been extremely optimistic about the potential of the North Korea talks. Noting both sides have agreed to pursue denuclearization, Trump said the summit is “very exciting for the world.” He did not offer any new details on the talks beyond the updated dates.

Apr 10 07:35

North Korea’s definition of ‘denuclearization’ is very different from Trump’s

The White House is gearing up for President Trump to discuss denuclearization with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their much anticipated summit next month. But what does “denuclearization” mean?

It depends on whom you are asking. To some in Washington, “the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” as Trump tweeted late last month, means Kim handing over his nuclear weapons and missile systems and allowing international inspectors to check that the regime is keeping its word.

To Pyongyang, it means something very, very different. It means mutual steps to get rid of nuclear weapons, including requiring the United States to take down the nuclear umbrella it has put up over South Korea and Japan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I like the North Korean version better.

Apr 09 13:02

Trump says he will meet Kim Jong-un in May or early June

Donald Trump says meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un may slip to June - but he’s hopeful it will lead to ‘de-nuking’
The US president has set a timeline for talks with Pyongyang’s leader and said he hopes they lead to ‘the de-nuking of North Korea’

US President Donald Trump said on Monday that he was positive that an upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un - which he said is planned for next month or June - would ultimately lead to an end of the North’s nuclear weapons programme.

“We’ll be meeting with them sometime in May or early June and I think there’ll be great respect paid by both parties and hopefully we’ll be able to make a deal on the de-nuking of North Korea,” Trump told reporters at the start of a Cabinet meeting.

“They’ve said so. We’ve said so,” he added. “Hopefully, it’ll be a relationship that’s much different than it’s been for many, many years.”

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(*we're at the "Keep Your Fingers Crossed!" juncture .)

Apr 09 10:14

Russian Security Council chief, North Korean top diplomat discuss Inter-Korean dialogue

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev discussed the possibilities of inter-Korean dialogue with North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong-ho on Monday. "Nikolay Patrushev and Ri Yong-ho discussed the issues of regional security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the possibilities of developing inter-Korean dialogue," the Russian Security Council press service stated. The DPRK’s foreign minister arrived in Moscow earlier on Monday. The Russian Foreign Ministry reported earlier that negotiations between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ri Yong-ho would be held on April 10 in the Russian capital. The ministers will discuss development of bilateral cooperation and the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Apr 09 08:59

North Korea tells US it is 'prepared to discuss denuclearisation' at leaders' summit

North Korea confirmed to the US that it is prepared to discuss denuclearising the Korean Peninsula, a White House official has said.North Korea confirmed to the US that it is prepared to discuss denuclearising the Korean Peninsula, a White House official has said.

Apr 09 08:38

'North Korea could be EXTINGUISHED in just 48 HOURS' THIS tactic is set to CRUSH Pyongyang

Sir Malcolm Rifkind told Nigel Farage that while the public war of words with North Korea has dried up, the shocking impact of sanctions has been revealed in economic reports.

The former foreign secretary spoke to Mr Farage this morning on the former Ukip leader's LBC radio show, where he discussed how North Korea has been crushed in recent weeks.

He surprised the MEP by claiming that US President Donald Trump had little to do with this victory that, and in fact, China is the main reason Kim Jong-un now wants to negotiate.

Sir Malcolm explained how China remains the key figure in the North Korean crisis, and how Beijing could "extinguish" North Korea in 48 hours if they wanted to.

Apr 09 07:37

N Korea-US talks: Pyongyang 'ready to discuss' nuclear programme

North Korea has promised the US it is ready to discuss the future of its nuclear arsenal when the two nations' leaders meet, US officials say.

Preparations for the summit have included secret, direct talks with North Korea, unnamed Trump administration sources said.

US and North Korean intelligence officials are said to have spoken many times, and met in a third country.

The unprecedented summit is slated to happen in May.

It will be the first time a sitting US president has met the leader of North Korea.

Apr 08 07:24

Secret, direct talks underway between US and North Korea

The United States and North Korea have been holding secret, direct talks to prepare for a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, a sign that planning for the highly anticipated meeting is progressing, several administration officials familiar with the discussions tell CNN.

Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo and a team at the CIA have been working through intelligence back-channels to make preparations for the summit, the officials said. American and North Korean intelligence officials have spoken several times and have even met in a third country, with a focus on nailing down a location for the talks.

Apr 06 12:17

Cleaning House, Enabling War

Think about it for a second. An embattled, scandal-ridden administration suddenly fires two hawkish, though tenuously mainstream, foreign policy advisers and replaces them with off-the-grid warmongers. Connect those dots and it gets scary, fast. In fact, the situation is starting to resemble a Hollywood-style, Wag-the-Dog, drum-up-a-war-to-distract-the-populace scenario.

With whom? Given the proclivities of Pompeo and Bolton, the obvious candidate is Iran. After all, as their records suggest, both the incoming secretary of state and the national security adviser suffer from acute cases of Iran hysteria and have been beating the Islamic Republic war drum for years now. So look for Trump and his two new subordinates to strike a less than substantial deal with nuclear North Korea (to show their cuddly diplomatic side) and then pivot toward tearing up the Iran nuclear deal in May and heading for military action against non-nuclear – and so more vulnerable – nuclear-pact-adhering Iran.

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I don't know about you, but these two appointments, taken together, are causing the hair on the back of my neck to stand up straight, and do Zumba; and I move like a brick!!

Apr 06 09:46

South Korea's Park Geun-hye sentenced to 24 years in jail

A South Korean court has sentenced former President Park Geun-hye to 24 years in prison after she was found guilty of corruption.

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We need some of that here!

Apr 06 07:43

Officials from 2 Koreas discuss logistics of landmark summit

Officials from North and South Korea met Thursday to discuss the logistics of a summit later this month. It will see Kim Jong-un become the first North Korean leader to set foot in the South since the end of the Korean War. Kim and the South’s president, Moon Jae-in, are due to meet on April 27 at the South’s side of the demilitarized zone for the landmark inter-Korean summit. The working-level meeting on Thursday was aimed at ironing out the protocols, security measures, and media coverage, according to Seoul’s presidential office.

Apr 06 07:31

North Korea just talked security for Kim Jong-un—with South Korea

The date approaches, for better or worse. On April 27, the leaders from the two Koreas, technically still at war, will hold a summit at the border. The parties met today to work out security details.

To hold talks with South Korean president Moon Jae-in, the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, will take unprecedented steps for a man in his position—literally. The summit will be held south of the military demarcation line in the truce village of Panmunjom. Since at least the start of the Korean War in 1950, no North Korean leader has crossed the border and visited the South. (The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as the North is officially called, was established in 1948.)

Apr 05 08:41

Researchers boycott Korean university over 'killer robot' AI weapons lab

Over 50 researchers from 30 countries will be boycotting all contact with South Korea's KAIST university once it opens an artificial intelligence weapons lab.

Apr 04 09:18

Donald Trump has power to 'utterly annihilate' North Korea and DEFEAT Russia, says expert

DONALD TRUMP has the power to “utterly annihilate” North Korea and neutralise Russia amid warnings that the two nations have the military capability to strike the United States, according to US Senator Lindsey Graham.

Apr 04 08:41

Kim Jong Un likes K-pop music, banned in North Korea. That could be a diplomatic breakthrough.

It might be a diplomatic breakthrough: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un admitted this week that he likes K-pop music, saying he was “deeply moved” after watching a two-hour concert with South Korean performers in Pyongyang.

That's no idle comment. K-pop and other South Korean entertainment, including its popular soap operas, are banned in North Korea. People have been imprisoned for watching or listening to it.

The concert was the latest in a series of diplomatic moves designed to ease tensions in the weeks leading up to a possible summit between President Trump and Kim. It was partly in response to North Korea’s dispatching of its highly regimented cheerleaders, the so-called army of beauties, to the Olympics in South Korea in February.

Apr 03 12:04

Report: U.S. Dropped Plague-infected Fleas on North Korea in March 1952

There is a great deal of misunderstanding between the people of the United States and North Korea. This is largely due to the lack of information the average U.S. citizen has about the suffering endured by Koreans during the Korean War, including war crimes committed by U.S. forces.

Apr 03 07:16

North Korea just apologized for something

The journalists were in town to cover the K-pop performances attended by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in recent days. While they had been invited to watch some of South Korea’s top entertainers sing and dance, their minders were overruled by Kim’s bodyguards, who blocked them from entering the theater hosting the performances.

That wasn’t particularly surprising. What was surprising: The high-ranking Kim Yong-chol, a vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party, apologized to the reporters in person at their hotel in Pyongyang. This is the same general suspected of masterminding two attacks on South Korea in 2010: the sinking of a warship and the shelling of an island, leading to the deaths of nearly 50 sailors and a handful of soldiers and civilians, respectively.

Apr 02 06:58

Kim Jong-un says he was 'deeply moved' by K-pop concert that took place in North Korea as part of series of reconciliation moves ahead of summit with the South

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiled, clapped and said he was 'deeply moved' by a rare performance from South Korean K-pop stars in Pyongyang, state media reported Monday.

The high profile appearance of Kim and his wife, former singer Ri Sol Ju, at the concert was unusual as his authoritarian regime typically struggles to prevent any infiltration of the South's pop culture among his isolated people.

Kim, the first North Korean leader ever to attend a show by entertainers from the South, shook hands with the performers and 'expressed his deep thanks to them,' the North's official KCNA news agency reported.

Apr 01 06:54

Pyongyang getting ready for seventh nuclear test despite thaw: Japan’s Taro Kono

Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Saturday suggested there are signs North Korea is preparing to hold another nuclear test even as tensions on the Korean Peninsula ease ahead of a rare summit between the two Koreas.

The North appears to be “working hard to get ready for the next nuclear test,” Kono said in a lecture in Kochi, referring to the removal of soil from a tunnel at a site where past tests were conducted.

His remarks might be based on satellite imagery provided by the United States.

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The photos could be outdated, and the US has used bogus satellite data before. During the first Iraq war, the US released photos that appeared to show Iraqi tanks on the border with Saudi Arabia. But a reporter in Florida hired a commercial imaging satellite to image the same exact area and found nothing but sand. Then there were the photos Colin Powell insisted showed Iraqi WMD facilities and vehicles, which later turned out to be ordinary fire trucks and a bakery.

Mar 31 10:15

WHY KIM’S CHINA VISIT RAISES – AND DASHES – HOPES FOR TRUMP SUMMIT

Was North Korean leader’s surprise international debut in Beijing an auspicious sign ahead of meetings with the leaders of South Korea and the United States – or an attempt to gain an advantage?

Mar 31 05:38

Why Kim’s China visit raises (and dashes) hopes for Trump summit

Was North Korean leader’s surprise international debut in Beijing an auspicious sign ahead of meetings with the leaders of South Korea and the United States – or an attempt to gain an advantage?
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Mar 31 05:22

IN CHINA , KIM JONG-UN WAS AN ASTUTE PLAYER ON HIS INTERNATIONAL DEBUT

In his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, the North Korean leader showed the world had underestimated his skill in playing a potentially explosive game of geopolitical chess

By mutual agreement, the reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s visit to Beijing and his meetings with President Xi Jinping last week were meant to be kept top secret until he left China.

The Chinese authorities, which equally value secrecy, were happy to oblige. Official media reports about Kim’s visit were not released until he was safely back in his own country on Wednesday morning.

This has given rise to black humour on Chinese social media platforms. One of the better jokes regards the perfect timing of the massive sandstorm that swept much of Northern China, coinciding neatly with Kim’s brief stay from Sunday night to Wednesday.

Mar 30 10:23

Corporate News Partisan Propaganda On Kim Jong Un

This video amazingly illustrates the propaganda of FOX News, comparing their coverage of when Obama said he wanted to meet with North Korean President Kim Jong Un verses when Trump announced that he was going to meet with Kim Jong Un.

Mar 30 09:37

Cold War 'Fusion': May Steers UK Towards Information War With Russia, N Korea

The British government has announced its intent to wage an information war against Russia and North Korea, as well as against terrorist groups, as per a new doctrine announced by Prime Minister May.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has unveiled a new plan, dubbed the Fusion Doctrine, aimed at ensuring that every government agency in the country "makes national security a priority," The Telegraph reports.

In her foreword to the National Security Capability Review, May insisted that the “appalling terrorist attacks in London and Manchester,” as well as the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, which she described as “a brazen and reckless act of aggression on the streets of Salisbury,” require a proper response.

Mar 30 09:36

South Korea Standing Up to US With Leaders’ Summit With Pyongyang

South Korean President Moon Jae In and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are slated to meet in person on April 27, marking the first time in 11 years that heads of state from the two Korean nations have met. Tim Shorrock, an author and investigative journalist, joined Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear Thursday to discuss the news.

For starters, Shorrock said that the meeting was a "sure thing," meaning that neither side will call it off. "Despite a lot of doubt expressed by officials and other pundits in the media, I think this meeting is going to happen," he said.

?"South Korea has traditionally followed the US' lead on foreign policy, but when it comes to inter-Korean relations, it has its own national interest at stake," and therefore may act more independently, the writer told Loud & Clear.

Mar 30 09:13

Trump says he may 'hold up' South Korea trade pact until a deal is made with North Korea

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he may "hold up" a major trade deal the U.S. recently made with South Korea, in order to use the agreement as leverage in any upcoming negotiations with North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear program.

"I may hold it up until after a deal is made with North Korea," Trump said of the trade pact, announced Tuesday. "Because it's a very strong card, and I want to make sure everyone is treated fairly."

It was unclear how holding up the trade deal with South Korea, one of America's closest allies, could aid the U.S. in its dealings with North Korea.

Mar 30 02:58

Korean delegations reach breakthrough on leaders’ summit during meeting in demilitarized zone

Bomber Bolton won't be happy about this.

Mar 29 09:18

Kim Jong-un will become the first North Korean leader to visit the South next month as Pyongyang praises 'unprecedented' improvements in relations

Kim Jong-Un will become the first North Korean leader since the end of the war to visit the South, as he meets President Moon Jae-in for talks next month.

The leaders will meet on the Southern side of the border village of Panmunjom on April 27, for the third-ever inter-Korean summit in history.

The meeting will be followed by landmark talks between Kim and US President Donald Trump, which could come as early as May, officials said today.

Mar 29 08:18

North, South Koreas begin high-level talks to prepare intra-Korean summit

Representatives from the two Koreas on Thursday embarked on high-level talks on preparations for a summit meeting between the two leaders. According to the South Korean ministry of unification, the meeting began at 10:00 local time (04:00 Moscow time) in the border town of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone. "We will hold close consultations with North Korea’s representatives to see to it that the summit is successful," Minister of Unification Cho Myoung-gyon, who leads the South Korean delegation, said before the beginning of the talks. The delegation also includes his deputy Chun Hae-sung and South Korean president’s spokesman Yoon Young-chan. On March 24, North Korea accepted South Korea’s invitations for high-level talks to agree a date and venue for an intra-Korean summit due in April. Pyongyang revealed its plans to send a delegation of three members that would be led by chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland Ri Son-gwon.

Mar 28 11:29

Kim Jong Un’s “MYSTERIOUS TRAIN – REVEALED”

This mysterious train seems to be created headlines in recent past, over Kim Jong visit China. Not to be surprised, the train believed to be having a great history and been part of significant events of North Korea

Mar 28 07:15

Historic Meet – Kim Jong Meets China’s Xi Jinping for the First Time

The reports were floating and which was later confirmed about Kim’s arrival via a mysterious train and ahead of potential talks between the U.S. and South Korea over the country’s nuclear and missile programs denuclearization.

Mar 27 09:45

Korea evades steel tariffs, wins quota from US in quick FTA tweak

The United States and South Korea have agreed to revisions of the Korea US Free Trade Agreement, or KORUS FTA, while also removing Seoul from Washington’s gunsights in regard to steel imports.

At a time when the two allies are playing a high-stakes game on the flashpoint peninsula, the move should calm Korean markets, but other issues – including ongoing cost-sharing negotiations for US troops in the country, and uncertainties hanging over upcoming summits with North Korea and a pending US trade war with China – continue to cast long shadows.

Mar 27 08:44

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un in China, claim reports

Speculation intensified Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was in Beijing for a surprise visit, after Japanese media reported the arrival of a special North Korean train met by an honour guard under tight security.

If confirmed, it would mark Kim`s first overseas trip since coming to power in 2011 and signal an intriguing twist in a fast-developing diplomatic exercise that has opened the door to separate summits between Kim and the presidents of South Korea and the United States in the next few months.

Mar 27 06:14

Ironically: Liberals spend too much time 'freaking out about everything Trump does'

(*Right along with The Russians , Syrians , Iranians , Koreans , Afghans , Chinese , Palestinians , Cubans , Venezuelans , Pakistanis and The Filipinos !)

Mar 27 00:09

Trump Chooses Warmonger Bolton

Point in case, today Trump appointed a raging neo-con warmonger, John Bolton, as National Security Advisor. This goes against everything Donald Trump campaigned on, and promised America

Mar 26 14:46

Man is found guilty of piling on 65 pounds in six months so he'd be too FAT for national service in South Korean military

Standing five feet nine inches, the man ballooned from 187lbs in February 2016 to more than 250lbs when he had his second physical examination in July.

His plan worked as his 36.1 body mass index was too high for the military and he was given a less demanding public service position.

However, police later found he gained the weight deliberately and he was arrested and found guilty on Sunday, according to the Korea Times.

Mar 26 12:01

US Reaches Trade Deal With South Korea; Mnuchin "Hopeful" Of Trade Truce With China

In some welcome news amid escalating global trade war fears, on Sunday the U.S. and South Korea reached an agreement on revising the existing 6-year-old bilateral trade deal as well as Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on steel imports, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Mnuchin said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer reached “a very productive understanding” with South Korea on the tariffs to reduce imports and the existing trade deal known as Korus, and added that he expects "to sign that agreement soon." The resolution means that the US now has tariff exemptions with the EU, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, and South Korea.

As a result of the agreement, which he called "an absolute win-win", South Korea "will reduce the amount of steel that they send into the United States."

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