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  • Our Long History of Misjudging North Korea

    North Korea has befuddled the United States and its Asian allies ever since North Korean leader Kim Il Sung launched the invasion of South Korea in June 1950. Prior to the attack, the United States had sent inadvertent signals that it likely would not protect South Korea in the event of an unexpected invasion from the north. Not surprisingly, a war soon followed. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, after leading a brilliant landing at Inchon in September 1950, chased the communists back north of the 38 parallel. In hot pursuit, MacArthur gambled that the Chinese would not invade, as he sought to...
  • Trump Could Meet with Putin and Kim Jong-Un in Vladivostok, Russian Analyst Says

    03/21/2018 10:09:11 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 11 replies
    Window on Eurasia ^ | Mar 2018 | A. Khaldey/P. Goble
    Aleksandr Khaldey, a Russian analyst, says that “Vladivostok is a possible site for a meeting of Putin, Trump, and Kim Jong-Un” now that the US president has declared that he wants to meet with both the Russian and North Korean leaders. On the one hand, this may be no more than an attempt to attract attention to the fact that Trump telephoned Putin to congratulate the Russian leader on his re-election, expressed concern about the new Russian weapons the Kremlin leader talked about on March 1, and said he would like to meet. But on the other, it may reflect...
  • US-South Korean military exercises to begin April 1

    03/19/2018 7:33:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 19, 2018 9:32 PM EDT | Robert Burns
    At a potentially pivotal moment of diplomacy with North Korea, the Pentagon said Monday that annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises that had been postponed for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will begin April 1. In a brief statement, the Pentagon said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his South Korean counterpart, Song Young-moo, agreed to go forward with the maneuvers, known as Foal Eagle and Key Resolve, “at a scale similar to” that of previous years. North Korea has been notified of the schedule “as well as the defensive nature” of the exercises, the Pentagon said. The timing and size of the...
  • The Trump-Kim Summit Is Not a Negotiation; It's a Surrender (USA holds royal flush in poker game)

    03/19/2018 9:00:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/18/2018 | Mark S. Hanna
    North Korea's nuclear WMD program was achieved not accidentally, but through systematic deception over the last quarter-century, using peace talks, denuclearization commitments, and diplomatic overtures for one purpose: to buy time to research, gain the resources necessary, and then deploy a formidable and unstoppable nuclear weapons administration capable of finishing the Korean War in "Final Victory" by reuniting with South Korea on the North's terms.  These terms, of course, include removing the "imperialist" U.S. from the Korean peninsula.  (It should be noted that their view, the Korean War was only postponed according to the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement but is now...
  • Donald Trump, the Very Stable Genius Psychiatrist

    03/18/2018 5:05:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    American ^ | March 18, 2018 | Deborah C. Tyler
    After President Trump posted the tweets shown below, the vast Trump vilification cosmos predictably sprang into outraged armchair psychiatry, citing the tweets as evidence that the 25th Amendment must be immediately invoked to remove Trump – a madman using insults to forge a path to nuclear Armageddon. But a funny thing happened just weeks later – and it was not nuclear Armageddon. Dear Leader Un arranged for the two Korean Olympic teams to march together in the imminent opening Olympic ceremony. Even the New York Times called that decision "[t]he most dramatic gesture of reconciliation between them [North and South...
  • North Korea, US representatives to meet in Finland

    03/18/2018 7:06:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | March 18, 2018 | David McKenzie, Jungeun Kim and Yuli Yang,
    The North Korea talks in Finland will include American representatives who are not government officials, said Kimmo Lahdevirta, an official at the Finland foreign ministry. The US does not have a diplomatic presence in North Korea. South Korea's Foreign Ministry told CNN that former officials and private experts from South Korea would be at the "second-tier" talks on denuclearization. The ministry suggested the US would also be represented in some way, without giving details. Lahdevirta described the meeting as a "track 1.5 academic meeting ... involving representatives from North Korea, South Korea and the US." So-called "track 1.5 talks" bring...
  • North Korea Could Launch a Swarm Strike Using Tech Straight out of World War II

    03/17/2018 3:03:20 AM PDT · by BBell · 43 replies ^ | 3/16/18 | Sebastien Roblin
    The North Korean People’s Air Force is predominantly composed of Soviet jet designs from the 1950s, or at least their Chinese clones, plus a smaller number of aircraft from the 1970s and 1980s. However, the most numerous aircraft in North Korean service is even more antiquated: a single-engine biplane transport that first flew in 1947. North Korea operates over three hundred An-2 and Y-5 biplane transports in at least six regiments, and they play a key role in its military strategy.How could these chunky biplanes pose a threat to adversaries fielding guided missiles and supersonic stealth fighters? North Korea has...
  • Mike Pompeo statements on China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, and Syria

    03/16/2018 6:45:19 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 10 replies
    CNBC ^ | 14 March 2018 | Nyshka Chandran
    U.S. foreign policy toward adversaries such as Russia, North Korea and Syria may turn more aggressive if CIA Director Mike Pompeo becomes secretary of state. Pompeo has lambasted Moscow's aggression toward the West and other countries: January 2018: "I continue to be concerned not only about the Russians but about others' efforts as well. We have many foes who want to undermine Western democracy. So there's this Washington-based focus on Russian interference. I want to make sure we broaden the conversation." North Korea October 2017: Pompeo said Pyongyang was would soon be able to threaten a U.S. city with nuclear...
  • North Korean foreign minister to visit Sweden on Thursday

    03/15/2018 2:57:32 AM PDT · by blueplum · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 15 March 2018 12:43am | Niklas Pollard, Johan Sennero and Daniel Dickson
    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho will begin a rare two-day visit on Thursday to Sweden, which represents the United States diplomatically in the isolated country, the Swedish Foreign Ministry said. {snip} In its statement, it noted that the U.N. Security Council had unanimously condemned North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs and demanded the “complete, verifiable and irrevocable elimination of these programs”.
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s Failures and Nikki Haley’s Successes

    03/14/2018 3:52:56 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/14/18 | Joseph Klein
    With Ambassador Haley continuing to represent the United States at the United Nations and Mike Pompeo serving as the new Secretary of State, America’s national security interests should be very well protected The ouster of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was long overdue. He was not a team player in the Trump administration. To the contrary, during his tenure, Mr. Tillerson moved further and further apart from President Trump’s thinking on critical foreign policy issues. He would have done well to follow the example of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, rather than try unsuccessfully at times to...
  • Tillerson: Kim Hasn’t Yet RSVP’d, You Know

    03/12/2018 12:25:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/12/2018 | Ed Morrissey
    Every stakeholder has had something to say about Donald Trump’s decision to meet with Kim Jong-un — except for one in particular. The South Koreans announced the invitation from the North Korean leader; Trump and his administration made a public show of accepting it; even Russia and China have offered public encouragement. The American media talks continually about it, at least when they take a break from coverage of the more pressing and existential issue of Stormy Daniels.So who’s the party pooper? Despite rarely missing a chance to comment on events in the region, the Kim regime itself is...
  • Musings on Global Maneuvers: North Korea and Tsun Tsu's "Art of War"

    03/12/2018 5:59:51 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 16 replies
    Candor7 ^ | 3/12/2018 | Eastern Blog
    I caught this from a blog and thought I should post it here for strategic discussion purposes: ************************************* It’s interesting to look at the play between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in light of the Art of War. At least it is to me, and I’m putting down a few observations here because, while both figures have so much of the setting sun about them, the principles of generalship apply nonetheless, and we as protectors have an opportunity to observe and learn when they are played out so starkly and with such potent potential consequences....
  • 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."
  • Meet the Press Panel Freaks: Incompetent Trump Handing NoKo a Victory

    03/11/2018 6:49:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies ^ | March 11, 2018 | Nicholas Fondacaro
    When it was first announced last Thursday that President Trump was to personally meet with North Korea Dictator Kim Jong-un for negotiations, the media’s response varied from optimistic to seething anger. But with some time, it appears as though their consensus is now to denounce the idea as was blatantly obvious on Sunday’s Meet the Press. The entire panel up in arms and fretting that Trump was either going to hand North Korea a victory or blow a gasket at the meeting and start a war. Moderator Chuck Todd, still bitter because Trump called him a “sleeping son of a...
  • Trump’s North Korean Talks Linked To Threatened Steel Tariffs?

    03/11/2018 7:47:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | March 11, 2018 | Dennis Savery
    Why has North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un suddenly invited President Trump to talks that include Korean denuclearization?! A Korean nuclear breakthrough may have been achieved— a few days after Trump threatened tariffs on Chinese steel exports. Is there a linkage between Chinese steel and North Korea’s nukes? It's too early to even guess whether U.S.–Korean talks will resolve anything. However, they will bring the United States’ and North Koreas top leaders into direct talks for the first time since the end of Korean War hostilities in 1953. Before Trump even met with China’s President Xi last November, he had...
  • U.S.-North Korea summit: What could possibly go wrong?

    03/10/2018 10:22:58 AM PST · by gandalftb · 94 replies
    The Brookings Institution ^ | Friday, March 9, 2018 | Evans J.R. Revere
    The U.S. president is walking into a risky, even dangerous situation, with a deeply uncertain outcome. The North Koreans stated their “willingness” to “denuclearize the Korean Peninsula” in return for a removal of the “threat” and once Pyongyang feels “secure.” This language is virtually identical to a phrase (“the denuclearization of the whole Korean Peninsula”) that veterans of negotiations with the North Koreans have heard many times over the years. They have said it means the elimination of the “threat” posed by U.S. troops on the Korean Peninsula, and by the U.S. nuclear umbrella that defends South Korea and Japan....
  • North Korea: New York Times Columnist Whines About Trump's Diplomatic Process

    03/10/2018 6:46:59 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 14 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 9, 2018 | P.J. Gladnick
    Oh blessed diplomacy, hallowed be thy process as we worship at the sacred altar of Cordell Hull's striped pants. At the New York Times it is mandatory that President Donald Trump receive little or no credit for his accomplishments. This seems to be especially true about the Thursday announcement that Trump will be meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by May. The Times columnist, Max Fisher, went out of his way to emphasize not only in his Thursday column (which must have been hastily written since the announcement came at 7 PM that day) but also in a series...
  • North Korea is sitting on a stockpile of minerals worth trillions

    03/09/2018 8:40:41 PM PST · by doug from upland · 39 replies
    business insider dot com ^ | orig June 2017 | Chris Weller
    Embedded deep beneath the country's mountainous zones are some 200 varieties of minerals, including gold, iron, copper, zinc, magnesite, limestone, tungsten, and graphite, Quartz reports. Some of these stockpiles are among the largest in the world, and North Korea, a tiny and cash-strapped nation, frequently uses them to bring in additional revenue — no matter the laws against doing so. The total value of these minerals lies somewhere between $6 trillion and $10 trillion. But the country is too poor to create the infrastructure needed to export the minerals — at least in large enough quantities to make a dent...
  • North Korea Breakthrough Panics the Trump Haters

    03/09/2018 12:01:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Rush ^ | March 9, 2018 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Just a couple things I want to get here first. I can’t prove it, but my instincts — my intelligence guided by experience — tells me that there is a building, very deep concern that might be already bordering on panic on the Democrat side. And you begin to see very tiny indications of it after the announcement late yesterday that Trump accept the invitation of the potbelly dictator in North Korea, Kim Jong-un, to go over there and have a chat. CNN was so overwhelmed by this last night that they blew it. They had, for the briefest...