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  • North Korea makes 'agreement' with South Korea after historic meeting: KCNA

    03/05/2018 11:34:28 PM PST · by Steven W. · 66 replies
    Reuters ^ | Christine Kim
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met senior South Korean government officials for the first time and said it is his “firm will to vigorously advance” inter-Korean ties and pursue reunification, the North’s official news agency said on Tuesday. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets members of the special delegation of South Korea's President in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 6, 2018. A 10-member South Korean delegation led by National Security Office head Chung Eui-yong traveled to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, on Monday in hopes of encouraging...
  • North Korea Is Willing to Discuss Giving Up Nuclear Weapons, South Says

    03/06/2018 6:26:27 AM PST · by mandaladon · 92 replies
    NYT ^ | 6 Mar 2018 | CHOE SANG-HUN
    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has told South Korean envoys that his country is willing to begin negotiations with the United States on abandoning its nuclear weapons and that it would suspend all nuclear and missile tests while it is engaged in such talks, South Korean officials said on Tuesday. During the envoys’ two-day visit to Pyongyang, the North’s capital, which ended on Tuesday, the two Koreas also agreed to hold a summit meeting between Mr. Kim and President Moon Jae-in of South Korea on the countries’ border in late April, Mr. Moon’s office said in...
  • Putin Becoming 'a Decorative Dictator'

    02/17/2018 1:20:34 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 12 replies
    Window on Eurasia ^ | 2018 | Semyon Novoprudsky
    The chief paradox of the upcoming elections in Russia is that everyone knows who the winner will be but no one knows what his policy will be – or even whether it will be completely 'his.' After establishing “a personalist dictatorship, Putin has watched as his system has drifted into one in which he will remain president, but “groups of siloviki” will fight over the spoils. Putin’s inability to protect members of his elite from the consequences of Western sanctions has given rise to this situation. Those sanctions have already led to the failure of three of the 15 largest...
  • Moscow Far More Worried about Trump than Many in the West Think

    02/14/2018 2:17:08 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 30 replies
    Window on Eurasia ^ | February 12, 2018 | Liliya Shevtsova
    Many analysts dismissed “the Kremlin list” the Trump Administration released two weeks ago as a bad joke or worse and thus failed to recognize the extent to which its contents in fact have made Moscow far more afraid of the US president than they were before, according to Liliya Shevtsova. First of all, “by publishing practically the entire list of members of the Russian government and Presidential Administration, the White House shifted from the traditional Western effort of trying to divide the Russian elite into pro-Western and anti-Western factions..." Instead, it properly treated the entire kleptocratic elite as being linked...
  • US Congress prepares sanctions against Turkey

    02/03/2018 7:06:38 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    Armenian Press ^ | FEBRUARY 3, 2018 | YEREVAN, ARMENPRESS
    The US-Turkey relations have become strained in the recent period due to the Turkish military intervention in Syria’s Afrin, an anti-Kurdish operation under the pretext of fighting terror – known as Operation Olive Branch. The US Congress is preparing sanctions against Turkey as part of the 2012 Magnitsky Act. The sanctions might target certain ministers and politicians of Turkey, Hurriyet reports. “The US government acknowledges that necessary means must be taken to stop Turkey, but at the same time the US tries to prevent the possible clash of the Turkish and American troops in the Syrian territory”, Hurriyet said. The...
  • North Korea Says "America First" Will End U.S. "Empire"

    01/30/2018 7:12:27 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    MSN ^ | 30/1/18 | Tom O'Connor
    North Korea has disparaged President Donald Trump's trademark "America First" stance, predicting that it would ultimately bring down the U.S. and its global sphere of influence. Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the ruling Korean Workers' Party Central Committee, published an article Monday claiming that Trump's doctrine "accelerates isolation and ruin of the empire of evils in all aspects of politics, economy, military affairs and diplomacy." The outlet, which reported the views of North Korea's own internationally ostracized administration, highlighted the foreign criticism Trump has faced trying to defend the nationalist slogan that he insisted "does not mean 'America alone.'" "'America...
  • Starving mob beat cattle to death with rocks in desperate search for food... [Venezuela]

    01/12/2018 6:51:43 PM PST · by markomalley · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/12/18 | Iain Burns
    A shocking video showing a starving Venezuelan mob beating a cow to death with stones has gone viral amid violent protests that have left four people dead.Dozens of men shout 'we are hungry' and 'people are suffering' as they surround the cow in the field, throwing stones at it and beating it with a stick.The helpless animal was slaughtered at the Hacienda Miraflores, in the fishing village of Palmarito in Merida, during a day deadly of civil unrest and looting in the state.
  • White House, Congress Scramble to Save Iran Nuclear Deal in Face of Opposition

    01/10/2018 11:37:19 AM PST · by mairdie · 23 replies
    Freebeacon ^ | January 10, 2018 | Adam Kredo
    Senior White House officials and congressional leadership are scrambling to save the Iran nuclear deal and convince President Donald Trump to again waive key sanctions on the Islamic Republic despite opposition, according to multiple sources working on the matter who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon. The White House is facing down a weekend deadline by which it must waive key economic sanctions on Iran in order to preserve the nuclear accord. While Trump has expressed frustration about the need save the deal, senior national security officials are working to convince him that waiving these sanctions is the best course...
  • China covertly offering North Korea missiles, aid to halt nuclear program

    01/02/2018 8:28:23 AM PST · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 2, 2018 | Bill Gertz - Washington Free Beacon
    China’s Communist Party adopted a secret plan in September to bolster the North Korean government with increased aid and military support, including new missiles, if Pyongyang halts further nuclear tests, according to an internal party document. The document, labeled “top secret” and dated Sept. 15 — just 12 days after North Korea’s latest underground nuclear blast — outlines China’s plan for dealing with the North Korean nuclear issue. It states China will allow North Korea to keep its current arsenal of nuclear weapons, contrary to Beijing’s public stance that it seeks a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. Chinese leaders also agreed to...
  • China seizes opportunity in Iran as US sanctions keep Western businesses out

    01/02/2018 1:06:03 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 5 replies
    PRI ^ | Jan 2018
    Mostafa Kishavarzi looks over the 10,000 watches crammed into his tiny store wedged between dozens of similar retailers in the jewelry section of the Tehran Bazaar. Every watch in his store — and most of those sold by his competitors — come from one place, and it’s not Iran. It’s China. Kishavarzi sells everything from knock-off Rolexes to nothing-fancy, off-brand watches. He flies to Shenzhen, China, several times a year to buy the timepieces and makes a tidy profit selling them back in Tehran. “My watches are perfect for middle- and low-income people,” he said proudly. “Even the batteries are...
  • France Aims to Develop Moscow-Beijing Trade 'Backbone' Amid US-UK Uncertainty

    01/01/2018 3:21:58 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 7 replies
    "We are moving from a world dominated by very exclusive trans-Atlantic relations towards a rebalancing," Le Maire said, during a two-day trip to Moscow in December. France wants to create a trade "backbone" stretching from Europe via Moscow to Beijing, the minister revealed. He also criticized the US threat of "extraterritorial sanctions," with which Washington tries to pressure foreign companies with operations in the US into forgoing business in Russia. Extraterritorial sanctions would make the US "the de facto gendarme of global trade," Mr Le Maire warned. "That is contrary to our vision of a multilateral global organization," he warned.
  • Russian Tankers Reportedly Caught Selling Oil To North Korea

    12/29/2017 6:08:37 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    Investing Matters ^ | 12-29-2017
    After Chinese vessels were “caught red handed” – in the words of President Trump – by US spy satellites, illegally selling oil to North Korea, and following this morning’s news that a Hong Kong ship was seized after transferring oil to North Korea, Reuters is reporting ‘two senior Western European security sources’ confirm Russian tankers have supplied fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months by transferring cargoes at sea. As Reuters reports, the transfers in October and November indicate that smuggling from Russia to North Korea has evolved to loading cargoes at sea since Reuters...
  • U.S. Tells Ankara Iran-Sanctions-Case Suspect In 'Good Health'

    11/16/2017 7:31:16 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty ^ | November 16, 2017 12:56 GMT | None stated
    Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag says Washington has told Ankara that jailed Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab -- a gold trader who is awaiting trial in the United States on charges of evading U.S. sanctions against Iran -- is in good medical condition. Bozdag made the remarks on November 16, a day after Turkey announced it had sent a diplomatic note to U.S. authorities inquiring about Zarrab. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons website last week listed Zarrab, 34, as having been released from prison on November 8. But U.S. prosecutors said that posting was an error and he remained...
  • China spotted illegally selling oil to North Korea, report says

    12/27/2017 6:47:17 PM PST · by familyop · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 27, 2017 | Nicole Darrah
    U.S. spy satellites reportedly captured photos of Chinese ships illegally selling oil to North Korean boats some 30 times since October. Satellite images released by the U.S. Department of Treasury appeared to show vessels from both countries illegally trading oil in the West Sea, The Chosun Ilbo reported Tuesday, citing South Korean government sources.
  • North Korea: New UN sanctions an act of war

    12/23/2017 8:49:46 PM PST · by Nextrush · 39 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/23/2017 | BBC
    North Korea has described the latest UN sanctions imposed on the country as an "act of war". The foreign ministry said the measures were tantamount to a total economic blockade, the KCNA news agency reported. It added that strengthening North Korea's deterrence was the only way to frustrate the U.S. The UN Security Council imposed the new sanctions in response to Pyongyang's latest ballistic missile tests.......
  • House Votes to Have Treasury Publish Iranian Leaders’ Assets Over Objections of Maxine Waters

    12/14/2017 11:16:34 AM PST · by LSUfan · 50 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 14 Dec 17 | Christopher Holton
    The US Treasury Department must publish a report listing the financial assets of Iran’s leaders, under a bill that passed the US House of Representatives this week. The bill, which passed by a vote of 289-135, must still pass the US Senate before President Trump can decide whether or not to sign it into law. This legislation previously was stymied when President Obama declared that he would veto it if it got to his desk. Leading the charge for the Iranian side was Maxine Waters…
  • Witness In Iran Sanctions Case Says Turkey's Erdogan Aided Evasion Scheme

    12/13/2017 2:35:10 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ^ | December 12, 2017 | With reporting by Bloomberg, Newsday, and Reuters
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was among the targets of an investigation in Turkey into suspected bribery and money laundering in connection with a scheme to help Iran evade sanctions, a former Istanbul police officer has testified. The officer, Huseyin Korkmaz, told a New York court on December 11 that the Turkish investigation that he led in 2012-2013 initially focused on Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab, who U.S. prosecutors have said was the mastermind behind the Iran sanctions evasion scheme, but later grew to include dozens of others. He called Erdogan the "No. 1" target in a group that also included...
  • Clinton Foundation has bumpy record on donor disclosure

    11/28/2017 7:33:10 PM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/17 | John Solomon
    In August 2016, then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton took on critics of her husband’s charitable foundation by saying the former first family “went above and beyond” to disclose their donors to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest when she served as America’s top diplomat. On the face, Clinton’s statement is true. A December 2008 voluntary ethics agreement the Clinton Foundation and incoming secretary of State executed with the Obama administration, before called for, disclosed all donors to the Foundation and its various initiatives, something normal charities don’t have to do. But over the years, the Clintons’ compliance...
  • Air China suspends North Korea flights, deepening isolation

    11/22/2017 2:27:03 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 21, 2017 | Joe McDonald
    State-owned airline Air China suspended flights Tuesday between Beijing and North Korea due to a lack of demand, deepening the North's isolation amid mounting U.N. sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs. The move followed U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to add Pyongyang to a list of governments that support terrorism but there was no indication that prompted Air China's decision. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said he had no information. The suspension left North Korea's Air Koryo as the only airline with regularly scheduled service to the North. Its website lists flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang and Dandong in...
  • Trump administration announces sanctions against North Korea

    11/21/2017 8:09:53 AM PST · by yoe · 3 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | November 21, 2017 | Staff
    The Trump administration plans to announce Tuesday new sanctions on North Korea, after declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism in the latest push to isolate the pariah nation. North Korea has joined Iran, Sudan and Syria on America's terror blacklist, a largely symbolic step as the administration already has the authority to impose virtually any sanctions it wants on Kim Jong Un's government over its nuclear weapons development. As part of its "maximum pressure" campaign, President Donald Trump said the Treasury Department would impose more sanctions on North Korea and "related persons" starting Tuesday, without hinting who or what...