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  • Nikki Haley hinted to China that ‘unpredictable’ Trump could invade North Korea: Report

    10/17/2018 3:25:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 17, 2018 | Joel Gehrke
    Ambassador Nikki Haley used the threat of a U.S. invasion of North Korea to secure a new round of sanctions against the regime last year, according to a new report. Harper’s Magazine reported that Haley raised the possibility of a U.S. invasion by telling a Chinese diplomat, “My boss is kind of unpredictable, and I don’t know what he’ll do." Haley recalled making those comments during remarks at a small gathering of people at the Council for National Policy, and as part of her effort to discourage China from vetoing additional oil sanctions on North Korea last September, following the...
  • U.S. Is World’s Most Competitive Economy for First Time in a Decade

    10/16/2018 4:11:18 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 36 replies
    WSJ ^ | 16 Oct 2018 | Joanna Sugden
    The U.S. is back on top as the most competitive country in the world, regaining the No. 1 spot for the first time since 2008 in an index produced by the World Economic Forum, which said the country could still do better on social issues. America climbed one place in the rankings of 140 countries, with the top five rounded out by Singapore, Germany, Switzerland and Japan. All five countries’ scores rose from 2017, with the U.S. notching the second-biggest gain after Japan’s. The top spot hasn’t gone to the U.S. since the financial crisis stalled output and triggered a...
  • North Korea and South Korea agree to reconnect roads, rail amid U.S. concern over easing sanctions

    10/15/2018 9:05:42 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 14, 2018 | Hyonshee Shin
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea agreed on Monday to begin reconnecting rail and road links, another step in an improving relationship that has raised U.S. concern about the possible undermining of its bid to press the North to give up its nuclear program. The agreement on transport links came during talks in the border village of Panmunjom aimed at following up on the third summit this year between South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, last month. “The South and North reached the agreement after sincerely discussing action plans to develop inter-Korean relations...
  • 'Why aren't they paying?': Trump hits out at South Korea about missile defense system

    10/14/2018 9:50:04 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    CNBC ^ | Oct 2018 | Amanda Macias
    U.S. President Donald Trump criticized Seoul on Tuesday for failing to finance the U.S. deployment of a missile defense system on the Korean Peninsula. Last year, the U.S. deployed two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, launchers to South Korea in response to North Korea's increased missile and nuclear tests. "I said, so let me get this, we have a system that's very expensive and we shoot down rockets that are shot from North Korea to South Korea," Trump said to a crowd in Council Bluffs, Iowa. "Okay, so we're protecting South Korea, right? Why aren't they paying?" Trump...
  • How North Korea could be an economic powerhouse if planners look beyond its natural resources

    10/11/2018 10:13:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | October 12, 2018 | Wonsik Choi and Jonathan Woetzel
    Could the Korean peninsula be the world’s next epicentre of change? Today North Korea has an estimated gross domestic product of US$28 billion, similar in size to Cameroon. And yet, by 2050, it is possible that a more economically integrated Korean peninsula could range in size from US$4 to US$6.4 trillion, with the North accounting for around a quarter of that total. That would put the Korean peninsula, if measured as a single economy, roughly on par with Japan, Germany and the UK – and trailing only China, the US and India. To achieve a prize this size, huge unanswered...
  • Two Koreas, UN Command hold first talks on disarming border

    10/15/2018 11:58:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Eyewitness News ^ | October 16, 2018 | Reuters
    As an initial step, the two Koreas are seeking to pull out 11 guard posts within a 1km radius of the Military Demarcation Line by the end of 2018. North Korea, South Korea and the United Nations Command (UNC) held their first three-way talks on Tuesday to discuss demilitarising the border as the two Koreas push for peace, Seoul’s defence ministry said. The two Koreas agreed during September’s summit in Pyongyang to form a tripartite consultation with the UNC, which overlaps with US forces in the South and overseas affairs in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), to facilitate their plan to...
  • Japan eyes purchasing more F-35As to counter China

    10/15/2018 12:12:47 AM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    JAPAN NEWS - YOMIURI ^ | October 13, 2018
    Japan eyes purchasing more F-35As to counter China By JAPAN NEWS-YOMIURI TOKYO — The government is considering procuring about 20 additional F-35A stealth fighter jets for the Air Self-Defense Force, starting from as early as fiscal 2020, in a bid to counter China's rapidly expanding air power, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. The procurement plan will be stated in the next Medium Term Defense Program for fiscal 2019-23, which is slated to be compiled by the end of this year, according to sources close to the government. The newly acquired aircraft will be added to the F-35As to be deployed...
  • North Korea is ready to allow inspection of key nuclear site, Pompeo says

    10/08/2018 9:15:10 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | 8 Oct 2018 | Angela Dewan and James Griffiths
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is ready to allow international inspectors into a key nuclear testing site, signaling a step forward in Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. After meeting with Kim in Pyongyang on Sunday, Pompeo told journalists in Seoul that the leader had agreed to open up the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site to inspectors, according to a pool report. North Korea claims to have destroyed the site. When asked for a date on the inspection, Pompeo responded: "As soon as we get it logistically worked out. Chairman...
  • Aussies At Impasse With France Over New Sub; Japan May Win

    10/08/2018 6:15:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | October 5, 2018 | ROBBIN LAIRD and HARALD MALMGREN
    Japan’s Soryu-class diesel-electric attack submarine. You don’t often think about France and Australia, unless you really know your history and know that a French explorer arrived in the Antipodes days after the First Fleet arrived from Britain and that much of the vast continent was surveyed by French sailors. But France and Australia may grow much closer, as Breaking D readers know, if they can sign a strategic partnership agreement to clear the path for work on a stealthy attack submarine known as the Shortfin Barracuda. That is beginning to look less likely, with French and Australian politicians and policymakers...
  • North Korea Agrees to Allow Inspectors Into Nuclear Testing Site, Pompeo Says

    10/07/2018 10:46:32 PM PDT · by bitt · 18 replies
    nyt ^ | 10/7/2018 | Choe Sang-Hun and David E. Sanger
    SEOUL, South Korea — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that in his meeting with Kim Jong-un on Sunday, the leader of North Korea had agreed to allow inspectors into a key nuclear testing site that the North has claimed it blew up, a down payment on the country’s commitment to denuclearize the country. Mr. Pompeo, whose planned trip to the North in August was canceled by President Trump because of a lack of progress, described his few hours on the ground in Pyongyang, the capital, as a “good trip.” The two men discussed “the upcoming second summit” between Mr....
  • 1st SpaceX passenger: 'I choose to go to the moon!'

    09/17/2018 8:07:34 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 16 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 09/17/18 | SOO YOUN
    SpaceX announced on Monday night that its first moonshot passenger will be Yusaku Maezawa, a billionaire estimated by Forbes to be the 18th richest person in Japan. He'll be the first private passenger to visit the moon in the company's much hyped Big Falcon Rocket -- if the launch happens. "I choose to go to the moon!" said the 42-year-old Maezawa, who founded Japan's largest online fashion mall and is worth almost $3 billion. The announcement was made at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California. The launch is scheduled to happen in 2023. It's not the first time the...
  • Elon Musk Is Squeezing Russia Out of Launchers Market, Space Chief Says

    10/02/2018 7:33:45 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Oct 2, 2018 | Reuters
    The head of Russia’s space agency has accused tech billionaire Elon Musk of trying to squeeze Moscow out of the carrier rockets market by lowballing prices for commercial space flights. SpaceX has upended the space industry with its relatively low-cost Falcon 9 rockets. The company has completed more than 50 successful Falcon launches and snagged billions of dollars' worth of contracts, including deals with NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense. Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia’s Roscosmos Federal Space Agency, told state-run television on Monday that Musk sells launches from $40 million to $60 million “to squeeze Russia out...
  • Powell Rips Trump on Immigration, NATO, Anti-Press Rhetoric The World Can’t Believe What’s Happening

    10/07/2018 10:17:36 AM PDT · by Kevin in California · 60 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 10-07-2018 | Aidan McLaughlin
    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke out against President Donald Trump in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Sunday, blasting his anti-press rhetoric, the retreat from the world stage, and his insults of U.S. allies.
  • Lindsey Graham to Trump: Make North Korea Choose Between ‘Death or Condos’

    10/05/2018 1:50:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 4, 2018 | Uri Friedman
    A hardline adviser speaks out against the president's lovey-dovey diplomacy with Kim Jong Un. On Wednesday—just after Donald Trump gushed about falling “in love” with North Korea’s dictator and ahead of another trip by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang to prepare for a second summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un—Lindsey Graham delivered a stark message to the U.S. president: End the lovefest. “I’m telling President Trump, ‘Enough with I love you,’” said the Republican senator, a close ally of Trump’s who had spoken to the president right before joining Jeffrey Goldberg on stage at The Atlantic Festival....
  • Osaka drops San Francisco as sister city over 'comfort women' statue

    10/05/2018 12:12:16 AM PDT · by blueplum · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 04 Oct 2018 | Justin McCurry in Tokyo
    Mayor of Japanese city says memorial for women used as sex slaves in Japan is not historically accurate The city of Osaka has ended its 60-year “sister city” relationship with San Francisco to protest against the presence in the US city of a statue symbolising Japan’s wartime use of sex slaves. Osaka’s mayor, Hirofumi Yoshimura, terminated official ties this week after the US city agreed to recognise the “comfort women” statue, which was erected by a private group last year in San Francisco’s Chinatown district, as public property. In his 10-page letter to San Francisco’s mayor, London Breed, Yoshimura noted...
  • Nobel peace prize: Trump and Kim Jong-un among contenders

    10/05/2018 12:02:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | October 5, 2018
    Winner of the award announced on Friday in Oslo The winner of this year’s Nobel peace prize is set to be announced on Friday in Oslo, and while the committee does not make the nominees public there has been plenty of speculation over who could win the prestigious award. All that is known is there are 331 nominees – 216 individuals and 115 groups – according to the Nobel committee. The selection process is highly secretive, but here is a list of potential winners based on bookmakers, that includes controversial figures such as Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump. Kim Jong-un...
  • North Korea joins South Korean protest over Japan's 'Rising Sun' flag

    10/05/2018 12:01:33 AM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04 Oct 2018 | Joyce Lee
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Japan should refrain from flying the “Rising Sun” flag on a warship in a fleet review planned in South Korea next week, a North Korean propaganda website said on Friday, joining South Koreans in the latest spat over the countries’ colonial history. ...“The ‘Rising Sun’ flag is a war-crime flag that the 20th-century Japanese imperialists used when executing their barbaric invasions into our nation and other Asian nations,” North Korea’s state-controlled Uriminjokkiri website said. “Planning to enter flying the ‘Rising Sun’ flag is an unbearable insult and ridicule to our people.”
  • Japan, U.S. to hold third economic dialogue mid-November: government officials

    10/04/2018 11:50:01 PM PDT · by blueplum · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04 Oct 2018 | Yoshifumi Takemoto; Leika Kihara; Michael Perry
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and the United States will hold a third round of bilateral economic dialogue when U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visits Japan in mid-November, Japanese government officials said on Friday. The trade talks are led by Japan’s Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who met in August to start what the two sides call “free, fair and reciprocal” negotiations. The trade talks fall within broader bilateral economic discussions led by Pence and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, who is also finance minister. U.S. President Donald Trump has made clear he is unhappy with...
  • Japan's silent submarines extend range with new batteries

    10/04/2018 11:00:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | October 05, 2018 | KENJI ASADA
    TOKYO -- Japan's first submarine powered by lithium-ion batteries was launched on Thursday, symbolizing domestic defense contractors' hopes that innovations can allow the industry to survive amid renewed pressure from Washington to procure more American military gear. The 84-meter Oryu was lowered into the water at the Kobe shipyard of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the vessel's developer, after being christened with a bottle of sake. The submarine can reach speeds of roughly 20 knots and displaces 2,950 tons. It will be delivered to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in March 2020. The Oryu is the eleventh submarine based on the Soryu's...
  • Pompeo Terminates Iran Treaty After UN Court Hands Tehran A Victory In Sanctions Lawsuit....

    10/03/2018 2:22:36 PM PDT · by blueyon · 18 replies
    TheDailyCaller ^ | 10/03/18 | Will Racke
    ""Pompeo Terminates Iran Treaty After UN Court Hands Tehran A Victory In Sanctions Lawsuit Against Washington"" Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday the U.S. will terminate a 63-year-old treaty with Iran, hours after a top United Nations court ruled in favor of Tehran in a lawsuit challenging U.S. sanctions. Pompeo said the abrogation of the 1955 Treaty of Amity was “39 years overdue,” referring to the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran that resulted in the overthrow of the U.S.-friendly shah. Until Pompeo’s announcement, the Treaty of Amity had remained in force even though Washington and Tehran have not had...