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  • NKorea official: Kim rethinking US talks, launch moratorium

    03/14/2019 11:24:57 PM PDT · by blueplum · 18 replies
    ap ^ | 15 Mar 2019 | Eric Talmadge
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon make a decision on whether to continue diplomatic talks and maintain the country's moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests, a senior North Korean official said, noting the U.S. threw away a golden opportunity at the recent summit between their leaders. Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, addressing an urgent meeting Friday of diplomats and foreign media in Pyongyang, including The Associated Press, said the North was deeply disappointed by the failure of the two sides to reach any agreements at the Hanoi summit between Kim and...
  • US affirms plan for 6 nuclear plants in India

    03/14/2019 2:40:12 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 23 replies
    Indica News ^ | March 14, 2019 | IANS
    IANS -- The slow-moving US plans to set up six nuclear power plants in India have received a boost as the two nations reiterated their commitment to strengthening security and civil nuclear cooperation during the 9th India-US Strategic Security Dialogue. A joint statement issued on Wednesday after the dialogue, where the Indian side was headed by Foreign Secretary Vijay K. Gokhale, said that Washington "reaffirmed its strong support of India's early membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group". "They committed to strengthening bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation, including the establishment of six US nuclear power plants in India," it added....
  • Trump Proposes To Have Allies Pay For U.S. Military Presence Plus 50%, Report Says

    03/13/2019 4:19:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Daily Wire ^ | March 13, 2019 | Kassy Dillon
    Last week, Bloomberg reported that the Trump administration is drawing up demands for Germany and Japan — and eventually other countries — to pay for the costs of hosting U.S. troops in their countries, plus an additional 50% or more. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who sits on the Armed Services Committee and is the head of the House Republican Conference, criticized the Trump administration's move, calling it “absolutely devastating.” “We benefit tremendously” by stationing soldiers in South Korea, Japan, Germany and other countries, Cheney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “The notion that we are now going to...
  • Why Kim Jong Un might not want the riches Trump is promising

    03/13/2019 3:23:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Connecticut Post | March 13, 2019 | Jon Herskovitz, Bloomberg
  • Peace be still[charismatic caucus]

    03/13/2019 7:40:34 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Be at peace for I have calmed the seas for you and I AM The waters you walk upon now of holiness for I have made you righteous as I AM for I have overcome the world and their lies hold no water before your Creator and GOD ! Mark 4:39 And He got up and [sternly] rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still (muzzled)!” And the wind died down [as if it had grown weary] and there was [at once] a great calm [a perfect peacefulness].
  • Third time a charm? Trump tries again to slash State Department funding by 25 percent

    03/11/2019 6:06:06 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 11, 2019 07:25 PM | Joel Gehrke
    President Trump’s administration is proposing a sharp cut in diplomatic funding for the third year in a row, even though Congress repudiated his last two State Department budgets and gave the branch billions more than he requested. “This is a back and forth with Congress,” Doug Pitkin, director of State's bureau of budget and planning, told reporters Monday. “Just because Congress has not taken up some of the reductions that were proposed over the last three years does not change the administration's position.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo touted the $40 billion request for fiscal 2020, a steep decline from...
  • Trump invokes new demand for extracting billions of dollars from U.S. allies

    03/10/2019 7:52:14 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 44 replies
    MSN 'News' via Washington Compost ^ | March 10, 2019 | John Hudson, et al
    In private discussions with his aides, President Trump has devised an eye-popping formula to address one of his long-standing complaints: that allies hosting U.S. forces don’t pay Washington enough money. Under the formula, countries would pay the full cost of stationing American troops on their territory, plus 50 percent more, said U.S. and foreign officials familiar with the idea, which could have allies contributing five times what they provide. Trump calls the formula “cost plus 50,” and it has struck fear in the hearts of U.S. allies who view it as extortionate. Rumors that the formula could become a global...
  • Report: Trump wants Germany, Japan and others to pay full cost plus a premium for US troops

    03/10/2019 7:12:48 PM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 111 replies
    STARS AND STRIPES (Mideast edition) ^ | March 9, 2019, p. 6 | John Vandiver
    [photo caption] M1A2 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles converge on a smoke signal during a live-fire exercise at Grafenwoehr, Germany, in March. President Trump is pushing a plan that demands allies pick up the full cost of hosting U.S. troops in their countries, plus a 50 percent premium for American protection, according to a news report. [photo credit; MARTIN EGNASH/STARS AND STRIPES] STUTTGART, Germany — President Donald Trump is pushing a plan that demands allies pick up the full cost of hosting U.S. troops in their countries, plus a 50 percent premium for the privilege of American protection, according...
  • Kim regime worried about uprising: ex-UK ambassador to Pyongyang

    03/10/2019 3:30:38 PM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 20 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | March 11, 2019, p. 4 | Kim Bo-eun
    North Korea is keen to have sanctions eased, as the country faces a dire food shortage, a former U.K. ambassador to North Korea said. [photo caption] Children wave from a window at a kindergarten in Samchon, North Korea, in this photo taken by a World Food Program official in October 2015. An estimated 11 million North Koreans, more than 43 percent of the country’s population, are undernourished, according to a U.N. report issued Wednesday. [photo credit: Korea Times file] After a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi last month failed to produce...
  • The Media Is Lying About Construction At Sohae Launch Facility (Maybe, contrarian story re NK)

    03/10/2019 3:00:04 AM PDT · by cba123 · 23 replies
    Disobedient Media ^ | March 8, 2019 | William Kraddick
    In the aftermath of the Hanoi Summit, President Trump has been barraged with attempts to undermine his confidence in the good faith of Kim Jong Un and his intentions to deal fairly with the United States in the negotiation process concerning denuclearization and de-escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula. One of the primary causes of concern has been a series of reports from NBC News claiming that “commercial” satellite footage shows that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been engaging in fresh construction at their Sohae Launch Facility in preparation for an alleged missile launch or test....
  • North Korea 'preparing rocket launch', images suggest

    03/09/2019 9:18:22 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 35 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09 March 2019
    Satellite images of a facility near Pyongyang suggest that North Korea may be preparing to launch a missile or a satellite. The increase in activity is around a site known as Sanumdong, where North Korea assembled most of its ballistic missiles and rockets. It comes after reports earlier this week that North Korea's main rocket launch site at Sohae had been rebuilt. Work to dismantle Sohae began last year but stopped as US talks stalled. On Friday US President Donald Trump said he would be disappointed if North Korea was to resume weapons testing. "I would be surprised in a...
  • North Korea rocket site is being monitored 'in real time,' U.S. official says

    03/08/2019 11:04:44 PM PST · by blueplum · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | 08 Mar 2019 | Andrea Mitchell
    The U.S. is "watching in real time" developments at a long-range rocket site that North Korea is believed to have rebuilt, a senior State Department official said Thursday. The Sohae facility has been used in the past for satellite launches that employ similar technology to what is required to fire intercontinental ballistic missiles. It is now back to "normal operating status," according to new commercial images and analysis from two teams of researchers...(snip) ...The State Department official said that while it is important for North Korea to act as it had promised, the U.S. side did not see Sohae as...
  • North Korea’s Tongchang-ri: Rebuilding Commences on Launch Pad and Engine Test Stand (BREAKING)

    03/05/2019 7:57:28 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 119 replies
    38 North ^ | 5 March 2019 | Jack Liu and Jenny Town (Exclusive)
    Reports of a recent briefing by South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) to the National Assembly’s intelligence committee noted that North Korea has started restoring structures on the rocket launch pad at its Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Tongchang-ri). The North had previously started to dismantle the rail-mounted transfer building on the launch pad along with the engine test stand last year at the beginning of US-DPRK negotiations. While progress was quick at first, both the launch pad and engine test stand had remained in about the same condition since August 2018. However, based on commercial satellite imagery, efforts to...
  • North Korea food production 'lowest for a decade': UN

    03/05/2019 9:31:13 PM PST · by caww · 14 replies ^ | 3/5/2020 | Sebastien BERGER
    Last year's harvest was just 4.95 million tonnes, the United Nations said in its Needs and Priorities assessment for 2019, down by 500,000 tonnes....It was "the lowest production in more than a decade", the UN's Resident Coordinator in the North Tapan Mishra said in a statement...."This has resulted in a significant food gap."..As a result 10.9 million people in the North needed humanitarian assistance -- 600,000 more than last year -- with a potential for increased malnutrition and illness. It is equivalent to 43 percent of the population. The impoverished North has been frequently condemned by the international community for...
  • Will this week bring Trump a Peace Prize or impeachment?

    03/05/2019 6:54:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | February 27, 2019 | David Shribman
    For all the tumult, travail and transformation that Donald Trump has wreaked on American politics in the last 25 months, his presidency and his legacy may be defined by the momentous week ahead. In the remaining days of February, Mr. Trump’s outreach with nuclear-armed North Korea and his economic combat with China could be resolved, even as the fate of his border wall and the Russia investigation – the latter holding the possibility of the fourth effort in American history to remove a president – hang in the balance. This crowded hour in history has far more than 22 minutes,...
  • Trump tweets Cohen grilling may have led to failure with N. Korea

    03/04/2019 5:50:35 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 3, 2019 | Todd Venezia
    President Trump on Sunday suggested that it was Congressional Democrats and their questioning of Michael Cohen that may have led to the outcome of last week’s summit meeting with North Korea. In a tweet Trump said: “For the Democrats to interview in open hearings a convicted liar & fraudster, at the same time as the very important Nuclear Summit with North Korea, is perhaps a new low in American politics and may have contributed to the “walk.” Never done when a president is overseas. Shame!” The summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was abruptly cut short Thursday after...
  • Trump: For Democrats to interview a convicted liar at same time as Summit w' N. Korea is a new low

    03/03/2019 8:17:53 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 15 replies
    Twitter ^ | March 3, 2019 | Donald J. Trump
    For the Democrats to interview in open hearings a convicted liar & fraudster, at the same time as the very important Nuclear Summit with North Korea, is perhaps a new low in American politics and may have contributed to the “walk.” Never done when a president is overseas. Shame!
  • [N. Korea] Video of man claiming to be Kim Jong Nam's son emerges

    03/07/2017 5:44:42 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 08 Mar 2017
    Video of man claiming to be Kim Jong Nam's son emerges Posted 08 Mar 2017 08:42 Updated 08 Mar 2017 09:11 KUALA LUMPUR: A YouTube video has emerged in which a man claims to be Kim Han Sol, son of the murdered North Korean believed to be Kim Jong Nam. The video titled KHS Video was uploaded on the YouTube page of a group called Cheollima Civil Defense on Tuesday (Mar 7) which contacted Channel NewsAsia after posting it. "My name is Kim Han Sol, from North Korea, part of the Kim family," the man says in the video. "My...
  • Shadowy group protecting the son of Kim Jong-un's assassinated brother vows to rid (trunc)

    03/02/2019 9:23:02 PM PST · by blueplum · 22 replies
    The Daily Mail UK and AFP ^ | 02 Mar 2019 | Miranda Aldersley
    Full Title: Shadowy group protecting the son of Kim Jong-un's assassinated brother vows to rid North Korea of the 'great evil' Cheollima Civil Defense (CCD) declared itself the legitimate interim government In a statement on its website on Friday it vowed to fight Kim Jong Un's regime CCD say they are protecting Kim Han Sol, the son of murdered Kim Jong Nam A shadowy group believed to be protecting the son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's assassinated brother declared the formation of a 'legitimate interim government' on Friday. The Cheollima Civil Defense (CCD) organisation, which offers to assist...
  • North Korean state media brush over Vietnam summit collapse, raising hopes for future talks

    03/02/2019 2:28:19 AM PST · by blueplum · 13 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 01 Mar 2019 | Ben Riley-Smith, US Editor Nicola Smith, Asia Correspondent
    N orth Korean state media brushed over the failure to reach a deal in its coverage of the Vietnam summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, indicating that hope remains for progress in future negotiations. The headline on the front page of Rodong Sinmun, the country's official newspaper, made no mention of the collapse in talks and the lack of agreement, instead proclaiming how well the summit had gone. The newspaper referred to the "constructive and candid exchange" that the US and North Korean leaders had during their two days of meetings in Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital. The positive write-up...