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  • (News Focus) N. Korea's WMD test moratorium deja vu raises cautious summit expectations

    04/21/2018 8:09:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2018/04/21 | Lee Chi-dong
    (News Focus) N. Korea's WMD test moratorium deja vu raises cautious summit expectations 2018/04/21 11:54 By Lee Chi-dong SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's announcement of a moratorium on most of its nuclear and missile activities is the highlight of the unpredictable communist nation's recent peace overture and a potential prelude to a breakthrough deal in the upcoming round of summit diplomacy. The Kim Jong-un regime said Saturday it will immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests and shut down the nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, where it conducted six experiments. It was summarizing the results of a key Workers'...
  • Abe pushes Trump's focus to N. Korea missiles, U.S. military presence

    04/21/2018 7:53:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    KYODO NEWS ^ | Apr 20, 2018 | Ko Hirano
    Abe pushes Trump's focus to N. Korea missiles, U.S. military presence By Ko Hirano, KYODO NEWS - Apr 20, 2018 - 15:25 | All, World Despite U.S. President Donald Trump's reassurance that Japan and the United States are "very unified" on North Korea, concerns persist that Pyongyang may refuse to rid itself of medium-range missiles and that Washington might agree to wind back its military presence on the Korean Peninsula at the behest of the North's leader Kim Jong Un. During two-day talks through Wednesday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump pledged to continue levying...
  • Trump :A Message from Kim Jong Un: North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of ICBMs

    04/20/2018 9:28:03 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 120 replies
    Real Donald Trump Twitter ^ | April 20, 2018 | President Trump
    A message from Kim Jong Un: “North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles.” Also will “Shut down a nuclear test site in the country’s Northern Side to prove the vow to suspend nuclear tests.” Progress being made for all! 11:22 PM · Apr 20, 2018
  • If N K Talks Are Not Fruitful, I Will Leave, Trump Says

    04/18/2018 6:18:03 PM PDT · by Innovative · 41 replies
    NY Times ^ | Apr. 18, 2018 | MARK LANDLER
    President Trump declared on Wednesday that he would scrap a planned summit meeting with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, or even walk out of the session while it was underway, if his diplomatic overture was not heading toward success. Mr. Trump continued to express optimism — verging on eagerness — about sitting down with the North’s reclusive leader. But as the momentum for a meeting grows in both Washington and East Asia, the president acknowledged that it was a perilous undertaking that could still end in failure. “If I think that it’s a meeting that is not going to be...
  • Trump says it's possible summit with North Korea's Kim won't happen

    04/18/2018 2:14:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | APRIL 18, 2018
    Trump says it's possible summit with North Korea's Kim won't happen PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he hopes to hold a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and that five locations are being considered, but that it remains possible such a meeting may not happen.
  • Ex-N.Korean Diplomat Says Pyongyang Will Drag Talks out

    04/17/2018 8:19:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | April 17, 2018 | Kim Myong-song
    Ex-N.Korean Diplomat Says Pyongyang Will Drag Talks out By Kim Myong-song April 17, 2018 10:03 The former No. 2 man in the North Korean Embassy in London and now a vocal critic of the regime, has predicted Pyongyang will drag out talks about its nuclear program as long as possible while extracting concessions. Thae Yong-ho was quoted on Monday as saying that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "will drag on for two to three years" without dismantling his nuclear weapons "while waiting for the U.S. president to be replaced." He was giving a lecture at the Mulmangcho Foundation, an organization...
  • British warship arrives at Yokosuka to enforce N. Korea sanctions, support free trade

    04/17/2018 6:58:56 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 11, 2018 | TYLER HLAVAC
    British warship arrives at Yokosuka to enforce N. Korea sanctions, support free trade By TYLER HLAVAC | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 11, 2018 YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – A British Royal Navy warship arrived in Yokosuka this week to help enforce sanctions against North Korea and support free navigation in the region. The frigate HMS Sutherland – the first of three warships England plans to deploy to northeast Asia – pulled into port Wednesday. The vessels will “safeguard free trade, partake in joint training and exercises, and support UN sanctions against [North Korea],” said a statement from the nation’s...
  • Israeli jets 'hit factory behind Syria chemical attack'

    09/07/2017 7:40:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Sky News ^ | September 7, 2017 | By Alex Rossi, Middle East Correspondent
    Israeli jets have reportedly targeted a suspected chemical weapons factory in western Syria. The Syrian National Army said four IAF warplanes hit a military site in Hama province, near Masyaf, in the early hours of Thursday morning, killing two soldiers and causing massive damage. It is believed the site was linked to the sarin gas attack in April, which UN investigators said was the work of the Syrian government. The UN confirmed the chemical attacks in Khan Sheikhoun, which resulted in the deaths of dozens of civilians and prompted a US missile attack, were perpetrated by Assad regime forces. Israel...
  • North Korea confirms to White House that it is willing to talk about denuclearization

    04/08/2018 1:57:42 PM PDT · by bitt · 27 replies
    WASHINGTON - North Korea has confirmed directly to the Trump administration that it is willing to negotiate with the United States over potential denuclearization, administration officials said Sunday. The confirmation offers the administration greater assurances that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is committed to a potential meeting with President Donald Trump by the end of next month. ‘‘The U.S. has confirmed that Kim Jong Un is willing to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,’’ an administration official said.
  • U.S. Monitoring Possible North Korean Military Base in Syria

    03/31/2018 6:53:24 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 40 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 14, 2018 | Adam Kredo
    U.S. Monitoring Possible North Korean Military Base in Syria Report: North Korea running underground military base in Syria BY: Adam Kredo March 14, 2018 12:20 pm The United States is monitoring information indicating that North Korea may be running a large underground military base in Syria that could be used for advanced weaponry and nuclear-related work, according to regional reports and U.S. officials tracking the situation. Regional reports have begun to surface indicating North Korea has neared completion of the construction of an underground military base located near Qardaha in Syria, the hometown of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "According...
  • [N. Korea] Pyongyang getting ready for seventh nuclear test despite thaw: Japan’s Taro Kono

    03/31/2018 4:11:29 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 57 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Mar 31, 2018
    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....
  • China reminded Kim Jong Un who's boss during mysterious Beijing meeting, experts say

    03/28/2018 8:50:14 PM PDT · by Innovative · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 28, 2018 | Katherine Lam | Fox News
    he mysterious meeting Kim Jong Un was summoned to in Beijing this week likely saw China's president remind the North Korean dictator who his real patron is ahead of talks with the U.S., according to experts. Kim and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, made a surprise visit to Beijing on Monday, arriving on a mysterious green train that sparked rumors the North Korean first family was in China. The trip was planned in the weeks after President Trump announced he had accepted the despot’s invitation to meet by May, Yun Sun, who runs the East Asia program and the China...
  • China says North Korea pledges denuclearization during friendly visit

    03/27/2018 8:01:21 PM PDT · by Innovative · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 27, 2018 | Ben Blanchard, Joyce Lee
    China said on Wednesday North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to denuclearize the Korean peninsula during an historic meeting in Beijing with President Xi Jinping, who promised China would uphold its friendship with its isolated neighbor. After two days of speculation, China and North Korea both confirmed on Wednesday that Kim had visited Beijing and met Xi during what China’s official Xinhua news agency called an unofficial visit from Sunday to Wednesday. The trip was Kim’s first known journey abroad since he assumed power in 2011 and is believed by analysts to serve as preparation for upcoming summits with...
  • China and N Korea confirm Kim Jong-un visit

    03/27/2018 5:32:38 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 57 replies
    BBC ^ | 2018-03-28
    After days of speculation, it has been confirmed that North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has visited China. Rumours circulated earlier this week after local media reported a high-profile figure had arrived on a special train. The visit, confirmed by China and North Korea, was Mr Kim's first foreign trip since taking office in 2011. Mr Kim held "successful talks" with the Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Beijing, Xinhua reports. The visit is considered a significant step in North Korea's preparation for talks agreed in principle with South Korea and the United States.
  • CIA chief says Trump aims to 'solve a problem' with North Korea talks

    03/11/2018 8:51:26 PM PDT · by Innovative · 32 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 11, 2018 | Laura King
    Senior administration officials expressed confidence Sunday that President Trump would not be taken advantage of by North Korea's Kim Jong Un before and during any direct talks, but critics suggested the president's impulsiveness and inexperience could spell disaster if a meeting between the two leaders proceeds as planned. Trump would be the first sitting U.S. president to hold talks with a North Korean leader if he follows through on the decision Thursday to accept an invitation to meet with Kim. Amid rising tension over Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic programs, the two leaders had exchanged a series of threats and insults...
  • Kim Jong-un's desires US Embassy in Pyongyang (Translated) (Twitter)

    03/11/2018 8:16:36 PM PDT · by saywhatagain · 55 replies
    Noon in Korea ^ | March 12, 2018 | Noon in Korea
    South Korea media report the special message from Kim Jong Un conveyed to Trump via South Korea envoys involves setting up US embassy in Pyongyang as part of normalizing US-NK relations. "It's much bigger than releasing 3 US hostages. KJU wants full diplomatic relations with US."
  • Soros Threatens Trump: "Will Disappear In 2020 Or Even Sooner"

    03/07/2018 10:32:08 PM PST · by · 95 replies
    conservative daily post ^ | 11:28 PM 7 Mar 2018 | Martin Walsh
    Liberal billionaire George Soros threatened President Donald Trump and suggested he wouldn't be around much longer last month, according to the Daily Wire. During a speech at the end of January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the Democratic kingpin suggested "dark forces" were involved, and would make Trump disappear by 2020. "Clearly I consider the Trump administration a danger to the world," Soros said. "But I regard it as a purely temporary phenomenon that will disappear in 2020 or even sooner." Soros, still upset he donated more than $30 million to Hillary Clinton's failed 2016 presidential campaign,...
  • Pro-American Rally in South Korea Denounces North Korea Appeasement

    03/01/2018 5:24:17 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    VOA ^ | March 01, 2018 | Brian Padden
    Pro-American Rally in South Korea Denounces North Korea Appeasement SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — Thousands of South Korean conservatives rallied in Seoul on Thursday to protest President Moon Jae-in’s Olympic outreach to North Korea, and in support of impeached President Park Geun-hye, who faces a possible 30-year prison sentence for corruption charges related to the scandal that ousted her from office. Moon’s opponents, many waving American flags, denounced his engagement policy to foster increased dialogue and cooperation with the North as appeasing the enemy and undermining the United States’ “maximum pressure” strategy. “Trying to promote false peace slogans such as, no...
  • Exclusive: North Korean leaders used Brazilian passports to apply for Western visas - sources

    02/28/2018 4:25:11 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | FEBRUARY 28, 2018 | Guy Faulconbridge
    Exclusive: North Korean leaders used Brazilian passports to apply for Western visas - sources Guy Faulconbridge 3 MIN READ LONDON (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his late father Kim Jong Il used fraudulently obtained Brazilian passports to apply for visas to visit Western countries in the 1990s, five senior Western European security sources told Reuters. While North Korea’s ruling family is known to have used travel documents obtained under false pretences, there are few specific examples. The photocopies of the Brazilian passports seen by Reuters have not been published before. “They used these Brazilian passports, which...
  • Japan suspects yet another North Korea sanctions breach at sea

    02/27/2018 5:42:29 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 27, 2018
    Japan suspects yet another North Korea sanctions breach at sea Reuters Staff 2 Min Read TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has discovered another North Korean tanker it suspects of transferring goods with a vessel in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. It was the fourth time Japan has suspected such an illegal transfer in recent weeks and comes as the Trump administration and key Asian allies prepare to expand interceptions of ships suspected of violating sanctions on North Korea. North Korea last year conducted dozens of missile launches and its sixth and largest nuclear test...