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  • After the Bombs Fell: Imagining nuclear war with North Korea.

    09/02/2018 4:15:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 2, 2018 | Ethan Epstein
    Works of fiction that purport to be collections of documents—let’s call them “assemblage novels”—are hard to pull off. The Scottish writer Graeme Macrae Burnet succeeded in 2015—and ended up on the Booker Prize shortlist—with His Bloody Project, a novel that was supposedly a collection of documents relating to a 19th-century murder. Max Brooks’s Zombie Survival Guide, a clever fake manual for enduring the zombie apocalypse, is another recent entry in the genre. Now comes Jeffrey Lewis, an arms control expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a prolific tweeter (he’s @armscontrolwonk), and his 2020 Commission Report on the...
  • N Korea is derailing peace talks with a letter that threatens more missile tests and...

    08/29/2018 1:15:19 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 34 replies
    UK Business Insider ^ | 29 August 2018 | Ryan Pickrell
    North Korea warned the US in a recent letter that talks are "again at stake and may fall apart," adding that it may resume "nuclear and missile activities" if its demands are not met. President Donald Trump unexpectedly canceled what was expected to be Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's fourth trip to Pyongyang last Friday due to insufficient progress on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The decision was preceded by a "belligerent" letter that criticized his administration for failing "to meet (North Korean) expectations in terms of taking a step forward to sign a peace treaty," CNN reported Tuesday,...
  • North Korea has not stopped nuclear, missile programme, says confidential UN report

    08/04/2018 5:06:52 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 19 replies
    The Singapore Straits Times ^ | 4 August 2018 | Singapore Straits Times via Reuters
    <p>North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programmes in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a confidential UN report seen by Reuters on Friday (Aug 3).</p> <p>The six-month report by independent experts monitoring the implementation of UN sanctions was submitted to the Security Council North Korea sanctions committee late on Friday.</p>
  • North Korea’s Ruling Party Informs Officials Kim Regime Will Not Give Up Nukes

    07/26/2018 10:07:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Radio Free Asia ^ | 07/26/2018
    The Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party has decreed that North Korea will not relinquish its nuclear arsenal, which it termed a “precious legacy” of the country’s late leaders, according to local sources, despite an earlier pledge by party chairman Kim Jong Un to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.Kim held historic talks with South Korea’s Moon Jae-in in April, as well as an unprecedented summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in June, and agreed—in principle—to abandoning the North’s nuclear weapons program in exchange for promises of regime security and economic prosperity.But a lack of any concrete agreement on steps to...
  • North Korea To Pompeo: We Regret That You’re Serious About Denuclearization

    07/07/2018 7:12:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/07/2018 | Ed Morrissey
    Looks like the two sides of the North Korean nuclear crisis have their wires crossed. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo led two days of talks with the Kim regime and offered a positive take on progress as he left Pyongyang. The North Koreans disagreed: BREAKING: North Korea Foreign Ministry says talks with Pompeo 'regrettable,' accuses US of unilateral demands for denuclearization.— The Associated Press (@AP) July 7, 2018 North Korea says high-level talks with a U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were “regrettable” and has accused Washington of trying to unilaterally pressure the country into abandoning...
  • N Korea Has Continued Ballistic Missile Launcher Production in 2018, Per US Intelligence (Air Force)

    07/02/2018 12:31:55 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 56 replies
    North Korea has continued to produce support equipment and launchers for one of its newer ballistic missiles through the first half of 2018, according to a recent U.S. military intelligence assessment described to The Diplomat by U.S. government officials. According to a recent assessment released by the U.S. National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), which analyzes intelligence regarding ballistic missile threats for the U.S. Air Force, North Korea has continued to produce vehicles and support equipment for its Pukguksong-2/KN15 medium-range ballistic missile in 2018. While production of launch vehicles—known as transporter-erector-launchers, or TELs—and support equipment has continued through the...
  • N. Korea aims to hide key parts of nuclear program: reports

    07/01/2018 6:03:59 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 55 replies
    The Korea Herald (Seoul, South Korea) ^ | 1 July 2018 | Jung Min-Kyung, Staff Writer Korea Herald
    Even as North Korea engages in diplomacy with the US for denuclearization, US intelligence officials have spotted evidence that points to the communist nation’s unwillingness to fully dismantle its nuclear program while concealing key parts, the Washington Post said Sunday. The assessment contradicts US President Donald Trump’s remarks that “there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea,” following a landmark summit with the North’s leader Kim Jong-un on June 12 in Singapore. The evidence collected aims to deceive the United States about the number of nuclear warheads in North Korea’s arsenal as well as the existence of undisclosed...
  • North Korea making ‘rapid’ improvements to nuclear reactor despite Trump-Kim agreement

    06/27/2018 6:58:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    CNBC ^ | 06/27/2018 | Sam Meredith
    North Korea is upgrading its only known nuclear research facility, satellite imagery has shown, despite ongoing negotiations with multiple world leaders and a pledge to abandon its weapons program. The satellite photos, obtained by North Korea analysis outlet 38 North, indicate that the isolated regime is making numerous improvements to its Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center “at a rapid pace.” The report comes just over two weeks after President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed an agreement that called for a denuclearized Korean peninsula. 38 North is a U.S.-based project that looks to gather the insight...
  • Europeans Say Increased Iranian Uranium Enrichment OK [semi-satire]

    06/12/2018 10:19:41 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 June 2018 | John Semmens
    European participants in the Obama-arranged "deal" that is supposed to discourage Iran from developing nuclear weapons insist that the country's stepped up uranium enrichment program does not violate the terms of the agreement. Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini, explained that "a careful reading of the terms shows that Iran has only agreed to forego attacking us with nuclear weapons until they are 'physically able to do so.' All work on bombs and delivery systems prior to the attainment of this capability are unconstrained by the agreement brokered by former US President Obama and his Secretary of...
  • North Korea Begging For Summit, Stresses ‘Desperate Need’

    05/25/2018 5:26:25 AM PDT · by blam · 28 replies
    Pacific Pundit ^ | 5-25-2018
    After Trump pulled out of the North Korea summit scheduled for June 12th in Singapore earlier today, the liberals and their sycophants in the media were celebrating as if they just won an election. They were so happy that they thought the North Korea-US Nuke summit was off, they can all claim Trump can’t make a deal. But news for the Democrats and media is that North Korea is basically already begging Trump to keep the summit on, and claims it’s in “desperate need” of the summit.Little Rocket Man Kim Jong Un may have been getting a little too big...
  • Defector: North Korea will never give up their nukes

    05/15/2018 11:07:53 AM PDT · by TBP · 23 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 14, 2018 | Breck Dumas
    Leading up to the much-anticipated meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore next month, a former North Korean official says the country is only putting on a show about getting rid of their nuclear weapons. Thae Yong-Ho defected from North Korea in 2016, where he was the deputy ambassador to Great Britain. He said, “In the end, North Korea will remain a nuclear power packaged as a non-nuclear power.” He explained that the North “would oppose intrusive inspections as they would be viewed as a process of breaking down Kim Jong Un’s absolute power...
  • Iran strikes prove Trump’s nuke-deal move is already a win

    05/11/2018 2:34:29 PM PDT · by TBP · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 10, 2018 | Post Editorial Board
    President Trump’s decision to scrap the Iran nuke deal had a lot to do with Tehran’s decision to fire missiles at Israel late Wednesday. First, the Iranians likely timed the attack to make it seem that the president had instantly made things worse in the region. That also explains why Iran’s Houthi proxies in Yemen shot missiles into Saudi Arabia hours after Trump’s nuke-deal news. Second, Iran’s power in Syria and Yemen is itself in good part the result of Team Obama’s policies, including the nuke deal — which left Washington with few ways to respond to Tehran’s non­nuclear outrages...
  • Iran Leader Threatens Increase to Uranium Enrichment After US Withdraws From Nuclear Deal

    05/09/2018 1:26:43 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 38 replies
    IJR ^ | 5/8/18 | AARON CREDEUR
    Iran's president warned that his country could start enriching uranium faster if negotiations with the countries remaining in the nuclear deal aren't productive. Responding to President Donald Trump's decision on Tuesday to withdraw from the deal, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran said that there's only a “short time” to negotiate with other countries as the U.S. ratchets up pressure on its allies to join it in rejecting the accord, reports The Associated Press. Speaking on Iranian state television, Rouhani said that he'll be sending Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to the countries still in the deal to negotiate ways to...
  • Trump ends Iran nuke deal

    05/08/2018 11:58:48 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 34 replies
    AP ^ | 5/8/2018 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Tuesday the U.S. will pull out of the landmark nuclear accord with Iran, declaring he’s making the world safer but dealing a profound blow to allies and deepening the president’s isolation on the world stage. “The United States does not make empty threats,” he said in a televised address from the White House Diplomatic Room. Trump said the 2015 agreement, which included Germany, France and Britain, was a “horrible one-sided deal that should never ever have been made.” He added that the United States “will be instituting the highest level of economic sanction.”...
  • (Breaking) N.Korea States Conditions; Threatens to Walk from Talks (from Korean sources)

    05/06/2018 7:12:17 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 119 replies
    SBS-TV South Korea and other Korean/Japanese news sources ^ | 6 May 2018 | SBS-TV South Korea original Korean
    Summary synopsis of Korean language version (link above):North Korea through the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) today stated that the barely one week old "Panmunjom Agreement" between Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae In is falling victim to "misinterpretation" by the United States and threatened the talks between Kim and Trump will go nowhere and "things will return to zero" if the following happens: a) there is no loosening of economic sanctions currently on North Korea even prior to denuclearization; b) there is any pressure on them in the area of human rights. KCNA has, in fact, carried it,...
  • High-Level Defector Ambassador Thae Spills Beans on North Korea’s Intent vis-à-vis Trump

    05/06/2018 12:43:22 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 24 replies
    YouTube ^ | Nov. 1, 2017 | C-Span via YouTube
    “A top North Korean defector (will) testify on Capitol Hill next week as Congress mulls new ways to increase pressure on the rogue regime, a senior Republican announced. Thae Yong-ho served as the second-highest ranking North Korean diplomat in the United Kingdom until last year, when he defected to South Korea. House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce touted his "valuable insights" into the vulnerabilities of dictator Kim Jong Un as the motivation for Wednesday's hearing.”
  • A Look Back at History: A Reality Check for Those Who Deplore the Nuking of Japan

    05/04/2018 9:37:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 142 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/04/2018 | Spike Hampson
    In the decades immediately following World War II, American public opinion generally supported President Truman's historic decision to unleash nuclear weapons on Japan. Everyone accepted that the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was an unfortunate necessity brought on by the unwillingness of Japan to surrender. Those two bombs, which killed over 140,000 civilians, were viewed as a way to avoid the obscene costs in men and materiel associated with invading the Japanese homeland. Nowadays, many question whether those bombs were necessary. Given that they killed almost exclusively civilians and that the second of the two was dropped only two days...
  • Why Kim Jong-un’s promise of a nuclear-free North Korea should not be trusted

    05/04/2018 6:31:47 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 17 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 4 May 2018 | Deng Yuwen
    Deng Yuwen says Kim has rightly calculated that he needed to make some concessions to ease international pressure on his regime, but he will never totally give up the nuclear programme that North Korea has invested so much in.The historic summit between North and South Korean leaders ended as they signed the “Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula”. Denuclearisation on the peninsula is the top concern of the international community, but the issue is mentioned only in the fourth point of the third article in the declaration. According to this third article, the two...
  • America Needs a New Iran Deal

    05/03/2018 9:50:42 AM PDT · by walford · 3 replies
    The National Interest ^ | May 2, 2018 | James S. Robbins
    There is no reason for the United States not to push for a better deal—mainly one that addresses legitimate concerns without blowing up the agreement itself.On Monday, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu dramatically unveiled records detailing “Project Amad,” Iran’s “comprehensive program to design, build, and test nuclear weapons.” The information was taken from 100,000 pages of documents Israel had secretly obtained in January from a warehouse in Tehran. The records do not deal with ongoing aspects of Iran’s nuclear program—Project Amad was suspended in 2003—but they do show that Tehran had been lying about the program’s peaceful intent. They also...
  • Iran Deal Echo Chamber: "We Always Knew Iran Was Lying About Its Nuclear Weapons"

    05/01/2018 12:01:11 PM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    Front Page ^ | April 30, 2018 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Obama scandal spin came in three phases when reacting to the truth. 1. It's a right-wing conspiracy theory 2. It's complicated 3. Everyone knew it all along and it's not a story Mazel tov to the Iran Deal which, with Netanyahu's revelations about Iran's nuclear weapons plans, which it had been hiding, has now graduated to the third phase. We've gone from, "Iran would never develop nuclear weapons" and "Iran only wants peaceful nuclear energy" to, "Of course, we knew Iran wanted nuclear weapons. That's why we need the Iran Deal."