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  • Kim, Pompeo agree to 2nd US-North Korea summit 'at earliest date'

    10/07/2018 6:39:42 PM PDT · by Pollard · 2 replies
    yahoo ^ | Oct 07 2018 | Sunghee Hwang
    Seoul (AFP) - Kim Jong Un has agreed to hold a second summit with US President Donald Trump as soon as possible, Seoul said Sunday, after Washington's top diplomat held "productive" talks on denuclearisation with the North Korean leader in Pyongyang. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Kim on Sunday morning for around two hours of talks followed by a lunch in the North's capital, before flying to Seoul on a whirlwind diplomatic visit to the region. Pompeo said "he agreed with Chairman Kim to hold the second US-North Korea summit at the earliest date possible", South Korea's...
  • Kim Wants New Summit With Trump, Moon Says After Visiting North Korea

    09/20/2018 9:27:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | September 20, 2018 | Bill Chappell
    North Korea's Chairman Kim Jong Un wants to meet with President Trump again, says South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has just returned from Pyongyang. Moon also spoke directly to the North Korean public, describing a peaceful future to an audience of some 150,000 people. "We had lived together for five thousand years but apart for just 70 years," Moon said in his speech on Thursday, in which he repeatedly addressed the crowd as "Citizens of Pyongyang, fellow Koreans." Moon continued, "Here, at this place today, I propose we move forward toward the big picture of peace in which the...
  • North Korea's Kim asks Trump for another meeting in new letter

    09/10/2018 3:13:56 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10 Sep 2018 | Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump received a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un asking for a second meeting and the White House is already looking at scheduling one, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Monday. The two leaders have been discussing North Korea’s nuclear program since their unprecedented June 12 summit which has been criticized for being short on concrete details about how and whether Kim is willing to give up on a nuclear weapons program that threatens the United States. Trump told reporters on Friday that a personal letter from Kim was on the...
  • China, Russia, and both Koreas have declared open season on America

    09/03/2018 6:04:06 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Aug 31, 2018 | Gordon G. Chang
    Kim Jong Un has clearly not made the decision to take advantage of the “one-time shot” Trump mentioned in early June, on the eve of the Singapore summit. And who can blame Kim? The Trump administration, with the exception of three minor sets of sanctions, has since the summit watched Beijing and Moscow with impunity violate U.N. rules and U.S. money-laundering laws. These Chinese and Russian actions have been so blatant that sanctions-busting has become contagious. After all, South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, now believes he can flout U.N. rules as well. Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in are now...
  • North Korea to let U.N. aviation agency officials conduct on-site missile safety inspection

    08/19/2018 9:18:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | August 19, 2018
    North Korea has agreed to allow International Civil Aviation Organization staff to conduct an on-site inspection to ensure the safety of international flights from the country’s missile launches, according to officials with the Montreal-based U.N. agency. An official with North Korea’s General Administration of Civil Aviation gave the assurance when high-ranking ICAO representatives visited the country in May, ICAO officials said. The 192-member ICAO is now planning to send its personnel next year in order to verify what measures North Korea, which is a member of the group, has taken to keep unannounced missile launches in check as it pledged,...
  • John Bolton: North Korea 'has not taken the steps' Denuclearize

    08/07/2018 12:32:28 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/07/18 | Jordan Fabian
    “The United States has lived up to the Singapore declaration,” Bolton said in an interview on Fox News, referring to the framework Trump and Kim agreed to during their summit in June. “It’s just North Korea that has not taken the steps we feel are necessary to denuclearize.” The idea that we’re going to relax the sanctions just on North Korea’s say-so, I think, is something that just isn’t under consideration,” Bolton said. “We’re going to continue to apply maximum pressure to North Korea until they denuclearize, just as we are to Iran. The president feels very strongly about it.”...
  • North Korea hopeful for 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: source

    08/06/2018 9:27:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | August 6, 2018 | Will Ripley and Bard Wilkinson
    North Korea believes there is a "strong possibility" of a second summit between the country's leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump, according to an official with close knowledge of Pyongyang's position on the matter. The official pointed to a recent exchange of letters between Trump and Kim as a positive sign, adding that although the date and location of the summit have yet to be determined, it would take place "sometime later this year." The news came as doubts mounted over whether Trump's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June would deliver its...
  • 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>
  • Trump Administration sanctions Russian bank for 'illegal financial activity' with North Korea

    08/03/2018 5:53:08 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1 replies
    CNBC ^ | August 3, 2018 | Christina Wilkie
    The Trump administration on Friday announced new sanctions targeting a Russian bank, two North Korean entities and one North Korean citizen for facilitating "illegal financial activity." The Russian-registered bank Agrosoyuz Commercial Bank (Agrosoyuz) was sanctioned for doing business with Han Jang Su, a North Korean who Treasury said was the "Moscow-based chief representative of Foreign Trade Bank (FTB), North Korea's primary foreign exchange bank." "The United States will continue to enforce UN and U.S. sanctions and shut down illicit revenue streams to North Korea. Our sanctions will remain in place until we have achieved the final, fully-verified denuclearization of North...
  • Trump received letter from North Korea's Kim on 1 August: White House

    08/03/2018 12:29:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Eyewitness News ^ | August 2, 2018 | Reuters
    US President Donald Trump received a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the two continue to discuss Pyongyang’s commitment at a recent Singapore summit to rid itself of nuclear weapons, but no second meeting is currently planned, the White House said on Thursday. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump had received a letter from Kim on Wednesday and had responded with a note that should be delivered shortly. Trump also posted a note on Twitter on Thursday thanking Kim for returning the remains of US soldiers and saying he looked forward to seeing Kim again. “He...
  • Pence takes Korean War veterans' children to repatriation ceremony in Hawaii

    08/01/2018 10:45:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Yonhap News Agency ^ | August 2, 2018 | Lee Haye-ah
    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence picked up two family members of American soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War as he traveled to Hawaii to attend a ceremony marking the return of U.S. troops' alleged remains. Pence stopped in California en route to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, where a ceremony will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday (local time) following the repatriation of 55 sets of remains from North Korea last week. "As we travel to @JointBasePHH, Karen & I are honored to be joined by Diana Brown Sanfilippo & her husband Robert," Pence tweeted early Wednesday. "Diana lost her...
  • The other time Singapore gave North Korea a taste of America

    08/01/2018 12:25:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | June 3, 2018 | Aaron Low
    When Singaporean businessman Patrick Soh first arrived in North Korea in 2008, his minders whispered to him that everyone was forbidden even to utter the word “burger”. After all, the hermit kingdom had the gogigyeopbbang, “invented” by the country’s second leader Kim Jong-il in 2000 and described as “double bread with meat”.   “Under the previous leader, Kim Jong-il, the burgers could not be called burgers. But now, everyone knows what they are,” Soh says. Indeed, under the country’s current portly leader, Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il’s son, the ubiquitous American food has experienced a surge in popularity, so much so...
  • US Paid No Money to N Korea for Return of Remains of Its Troops - State Dept.

    07/28/2018 6:02:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Sputnik ^ | July 28, 2018
    The United States did not give money to North Korea in exchange for the recovery and return of the remains of US soldiers, killed during the Korean War of 1950-1953, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. "US code grants the secretary of defense the authority to reimburse the DPRK, or any other country, for expenses associated with the recovery and storage of remains. In this instance, North Korea did not ask for money and no money was exchanged," US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told the CNN broadcaster. On Friday, a US airplane carried the remains of US soldiers...
  • North Korea expected to hand over US remains on Friday, South Korean media reports

    07/26/2018 12:01:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Watertown Daily Times ^ | July 26, 2018 | The Washington Post
    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea is expected to hand over the remains of a number of U.S. service members who were killed during the Korean War on Friday, the 65th anniversary of the armistice that ended the fighting, according to reports in South Korean media. If the exchange happens, it would mean that one part of the agreement reached between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12 had been partially fulfilled - albeit at a slower time frame than many had anticipated. Yonhap News agency reported on Thursday that North Korea...
  • North Korea is dismantling missile facilities, but expert warns against getting 'drunk on optimism'

    07/24/2018 10:57:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | 07/24/2018 | By Linda Mottram
    The think tank 38 North has obtained satellite images that they say show North Korea has begun dismantling key facilities at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, which is used to develop engines for ballistic missiles. 38 North report key facts: Commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station indicates dismantling of key facilities has startedThe rail-mounted processing/transfer structure has been moved and partly dismantledMost of the vertical engine stand has been removed It is good news, nuclear expert and MIT Associate Professor Vipin Narang has told PM, "but there are a couple of caveats."It has taken five weeks for...
  • Breaking:Images indicate North Korea dismantling test site facilities: report

    07/23/2018 5:44:11 PM PDT · by RevelationDavid · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 23 | David Brunnstrom
    MORE WINNING....!!!!! WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Satellite images indicate North Korea has begun dismantling key facilities at a site used to develop engines for ballistic missiles, in a first step toward fulfilling a pledge made to U.S. President Donald Trump at a June summit, a Washington-based think tank said on Monday. .... More at link. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-site/images-indicate-north-korea-dismantling-facilities-at-test-site-report-idUSKBN1KD2HW TRUMP.......MAGA....!!!
  • North Korea Begins Dismantling Key Facilities at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station

    07/23/2018 4:33:09 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 7 replies
    38 North ^ | 23 Jul 2018
    In an important first step towards fulfilling a commitment made by Kim Jong Un at the June 12 Singapore Summit, new commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (North Korea’s main satellite launch facility since 2012) indicates that the North has begun dismantling key facilities. Most notably, these include the rail-mounted processing building—where space launch vehicles are assembled before moving them to the launch pad—and the nearby rocket engine test stand used to develop liquid-fuel engines for ballistic missiles and space launch vehicles. Since these facilities are believed to have played an important role in the development of...
  • SAF achieved 'A-grade' in ensuring security of Trump-Kim summit: Ng Eng Hen

    06/30/2018 8:11:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 30, 2018 | Wong Casandra
    The recent Trump-Kim summit was an “invaluable opportunity” to show that Singapore is on the right track in building the capabilities of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) to respond to present-day security needs, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen. Amid the prevailing and multi-faceted threats of terrorism, the different security agencies performed credibly in ensuring the success of the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on 12 June, said Dr Ng, who was speaking to reporters on Friday (29 June) ahead of SAF Day on Sunday. Calling the summit a rare opportunity in...
  • 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...
  • Coffins at DMZ to collect US service members' remains from North Korea

    06/23/2018 3:38:35 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Fox ^ | Just in... | Bradford Betz
    The U.S. military said Saturday it was moving 100 caskets to the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, to receive the remains of U.S. soldiers killed during the Korean War. The cases will remain in the border village of Panmunjom for a few days until being sent into North Korea so the North can begin the process of returning the remains of Americans who were killed or died during the 1950s conflict, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported. According to the agency tasked with overseeing issues POW/MIA issues, North Korea has as many as 200 sets of remains ready to...