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Oct 23 09:16

North Korea 'bought at least $640 million in luxury goods from China in 2017', in defiance of UN sanctions

North Korea imported at least $640 million (£493 million) worth of luxury goods from China last year, in defiance of UN sanctions outlawing such trade over North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes, a South Korean politician said on Monday.

The United States has urged strict implementation of sanctions as part of a "maximum pressure" campaign which Washington has credited with bringing impoverished North Korea to the negotiating table.

But there have been signs the campaign has been losing steam since North Korea suspended nuclear and missile tests and leader Kim Jong-un vowed steps towards denuclearisation at a US-North Korean summit in June - and as China and Russia called for relaxed sanctions.

Oct 22 18:17

North and South Korea AGREE to withdraw firearms in move that could see end to KOREAN WAR

Both North and South Korea will withdraw 11 guard posts within a 0.6-mile radius of the Military Demarcation Line on their border by the end of the year.

They will also pull out all firearms from a Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjom and cut to 35 each the numbers of personnel stationed there and share information on surveillance equipment.

Today, the three sides agreed to remove firearms and guard posts from the JSA by Thursday, and carry out a joint inspection over the following two days, Seoul’s defence ministry said.

Oct 21 09:44

US and South Korea call off another major military exercise, hoping to give diplomacy with Pyongyang a chance

The Pentagon says the annual Vigilant Ace air exercises have been suspended ‘to give the diplomatic process every opportunity to continue’

A US official said Donald Trump’s next meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will not be until next year

Oct 19 09:23

S. Korea, US cancel another major military exercise this year

The Pentagon and South Korea are canceling another major military exercise this year, citing a push for diplomatic progress with North Korea, AP reports. The top Pentagon spokeswoman, Dana W. White, says Washington and Seoul are suspending an air exercise known as Vigilant Ace “to give the diplomatic process every opportunity to continue.” Pentagon chief Jim Mattis is in Singapore for a meeting of Asian defense ministers. Vigilant Ace is an annual exercise.

Oct 18 11:09

China may 'ease up' on sanctions against North Korea as the trade war drags on 

As President Donald Trump continues to ramp up trade pressure on China, Beijing may be "less motivated to cooperate" with the U.S. over sanctions against North Korea, an expert told CNBC Wednesday.

"China has been taking steps to relax its enforcement of sanctions even before the trade tensions with the United States flared up," according to Scott Seaman director of Asia at political risk consulting firm Eurasia Group.

But as the trade war between the world's two largest economies drags on, China could find more reasons to relax its enforcement of sanctions against North Korea, he said.

Oct 17 11:35

North Korea slams US for 'evil' sanctions push

North Korea's state media on Tuesday (Oct 16) slammed the United States for an "evil" attempt to maintain sanctions against Pyongyang, accusing President Donald Trump of blocking progress in inter-Korean relations.

The declaration threatens to upset the negotiations between Washington and the nuclear-armed North, in which Trump is expected to hold a second summit soon with Pyongyang's leader Kim Jong Un.

At their first meeting in Singapore in June they signed a vaguely-worded pledge on denuclearisation, but little progress has been made since then with the two sides sparring over the meaning of the text.

Pyongyang has not made any explicit public promise to give up its existing arsenal but has repeatedly called for UN Security Council sanctions imposed over its weapons programmes to be loosened, citing a freeze in its nuclear and missile tests.

For its part Washington has been adamant the measures should be maintained until Pyongyang's complete denuclearisation.

Oct 16 18:01

Threat of US Coup Hangs Over South Korean Efforts to Reconcile With North

Though South Korea is able to lift sanctions against North Korea and work with its neighbor to reconnect railways and roads, it must proceed with caution, since US authorities could stage a coup if things don't go their way, author Tim Beal told Sputnik.

Both North and South Korea on Monday agreed to begin reconnecting rail and road links, stating that joint on-site surveys of the South's Gyeongui and Donghae railway lines would begin in late October and early November, respectively. The move is one more step to improving bilateral relations between to two countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any attempt to scuttle this evolving rapprochement by the US government would be stupid, short-sighted, and should be the US's cue for beginning to withdraw its troops from South Korea; unfortunately, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government can do, is utterly no guarantee that it won't try to do it.

Oct 16 09:40

Koreas to reconnect roads, rail, U.S. concerned over easing sanctions

The two Koreas agreed on Monday to begin reconnecting rail and road links, another step in an improving relationship in spite of U.S. concerns that the rapid North-South thaw could undermine efforts to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

Oct 16 09:40

North and South Korea agree to reconnect roads and railways

North and South Korean delegations met Monday and reached a number of agreements to further the thaw in relations between Pyongyang and Seoul. Chief among them is a plan to reconnect roads and railways severed when the Korean Peninsula was split in half by war more than half a century ago.

Oct 16 09:39

North Korea’s economic growth – from Pyongyang’s perspective

Has North Korea’s economy been growing under sanctions? That’s what an economist in Pyongyang claims. In a recent interview with Kyodo (published here by Japan Times), Ri Gi Song at Pyongyang’s Institute of Economics at the Academy of Social Sciences, claimed that North Korea’s GDP per capita grew by 3.7 percent in 2017, a year during which the country was virtually banned from selling its most crucial export goods, and faced very harsh conditions for importing crucial resources such as oil and fuel. When factoring in population growth, the GDP-growth-figure diminishes somewhat to 3.2% (see below), but it’s still firmly in the same range.

Oct 16 09:39

Russian-US consultations on North Korea to be held in Moscow on October 16

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov has said he will held a meeting with US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun in Moscow on October 16.

"Tomorrow, I will have a meeting with US Special Representative for North Korean Stephen Biegun," he told reporters on Monday. "We will hold a full round of consultations on the situation on the Korean Peninsula."

In September, Morgulov and Biegun had a phone conversation, during which they agreed to continue the dialogue between Moscow and Washington on a settlement on the Korean Peninsula.

Oct 16 09:38

US diplomat headed to Moscow for North Korea meeting

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s top envoy for North Korea will travel to Moscow for meetings this week about the denuclearization process, officials with both sides confirmed Monday.

"We will hold a full round of consultations on the situation on the Korean Peninsula,” Russian deputy foreign minister Igor Morgulov said Monday, according to state-run TASS.

Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea, will stop in Moscow Tuesday before heading west to Paris and Brussels. His trip comes on the heels of a separate summit Morgulov hosted with North Korean and Chinese diplomats, which saw the two Eastern powers back the pariah state’s call for sanctions relief in the midst of negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

Oct 16 09:38

North Korea - South Korea diplomacy flourishes, but what about Kim Jong Un's nukes?

North and South Korea continued their push for peace Monday with high-level talks that resulted in a host of agreements, including a plan by the rivals for a groundbreaking ceremony this year on an ambitious project to connect their railways and roads. The agreements come amid unease in Washington over the speed of inter-Korean engagement.

Many outsiders believe that U.S.-led efforts to rid North Korea of its nuclear-tipped missiles are lagging significantly behind the Koreas' efforts to move past decades of bitter rivalry.

Oct 15 13:53

S.Korea, DPRK agree to break ground for railway, road connection

South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) agreed Monday to hold a groundbreaking ceremony in late November or early December to modernize and eventually connect railways and roads across the inter-Korean border.

The agreement was reached after the high-level dialogue held earlier in the day at the Peace House, a South Korean building in the truce village of Panmunjom, according to a pool report from South Korean media.

Before the groundbreaking ceremony, the two Koreas agreed to do a field study on railways along the west corridor of the Korean Peninsula from late October and railways along the east corridor from early November.

Oct 15 07:53

Pope Francis reportedly visiting North Korea in coming months

Legislator suggests pontiff wants to visit the isolated nation soon - the first time a pope will travel to North Korea.

Oct 13 11:20

SOUTH KOREAN LEADER SAYS NORTH INTENDS TO ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS, URGES U.S. TO OFFICIALLY DECLARE END TO KOREAN WAR

South Korean President Moon Jae-in called on the U.S. to officially declare an end to the Korean War during an interview Friday, adding that the North had “promised complete denuclearization.”

“If North Korea takes certain measures, the end-of-war declaration would be a political statement that would announce that the long-standing hostile relations between Pyongyang and Washington had ended,” Moon told the BBC, adding that he wanted the declaration to happen at the “earliest possible date.”

Oct 13 10:46

North Korea intends to abolish all nuclear weapons, South says

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un intends to abolish all nuclear weapons, materials and facilities to achieve “complete” denuclearization, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who held his third summit with Kim last month, said on Friday.

Oct 13 10:23

Outside In: The Trump administration’s plan to remake the Middle East

The only promise that is new about the promised peace plan is the way it will be forced on the Palestinians: no one has promised that the plan itself will be new. With Saudi Arabia and Egypt—the outside—brought onside with the promise of continued military aid despite their crimes against humanity and violations of international law and the Palestinians weakened by being silenced, economically crushed and stripped of any friends to help them, the United States and Israel are now free to attempt to impose a peace plan on the Palestinians.

Oct 12 10:40

US Warship Joins South Korean Fleet Despite North Talks

US nuclear-powered warship USS Ronald Reagan has joined the South Korean naval fleet off for a once-in-a-decade international fleet review in waters off the southern island of Jeju. 

Oct 12 10:13

Australia Sends Guided Missile Frigate to E. China Sea to Enforce N. Korea Sanctions

Australia has assigned a guided missile frigate to the East China Sea to boost international efforts to enforce sanctions against North Korea.
Defense Force Chief of Joint Operations, Air Marshall Mel Hupfeld said the warship with a crew of 230 will be supported by two Australian AP-3C Orion surveillance aircraft based in Japan, RT reported.

The occasional deployment of maritime patrol aircraft and surface vessels to the region “adds weight to Australia’s ongoing economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea and enhances the capacity of ongoing multinational enforcement efforts,” he said.

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Oct 12 08:25

Under pressure, South Korea backs off talk of easing sanctions on North

South Korea on Thursday walked back on a proposal to lift some of its unilateral sanctions against North Korea following U.S. President Donald Trump's blunt retort that Seoul could "do nothing" without Washington's approval. Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha had said on Wednesday that Seoul was considering lifting measures applied after a deadly attack in 2010 that killed 46 South Korean sailors. She cited the intent to create more diplomatic momentum for talks over North Korea's nuclear program.

South Korean conservatives reacted with anger as well, and Kang's ministry downplayed her comments later, saying in a statement that the government has yet to start a "full-fledged" review of sanctions, meaning no decision was imminent.

Oct 12 07:51

Moon Jae-in Urges US To Declare End Of War With North Korea

The South Korean president said Pyongyang has taken steps to achieve peace and the US should take similar measures.

(*We Sent Pompeo , forcryin'outloud !
Maybe we should send Lindsey Graham , for their troubles .)

Oct 11 12:47

So Patriot and THAAD will talk. What does that really mean?

The Army decided earlier this year to drastically accelerate its plans to get the Patriot medium-range air-and-missile defense system and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system to communicate.

The service has since seen an influx of cash in its fiscal 2018 and 2019 budgets approved by Congress to move forward with the effort.

But what does it really mean for Patriot and THAAD to be interoperable, and why is it seen as an urgent need on the Korean peninsula?

The Army announced in March, through its Air-and-Missile Defense Cross-Functional Team, formed to bring forward AMD modernization efforts rapidly under Army Futures Command, that it was planning to tie its two most critical AMD systems together within two years, which is key to establishing a more effective, layered approach to AMD.

Oct 11 12:28

Trump: S. Korea Won't Lift Sanctions Without US Approval

U.S. President Donald Trump has said that South Korea will only lift sanctions on North Korea with his approval.

The Associated Press reported that when asked by reporters at the White House on Wednesday about the South Korean proposal to lift some unilateral sanctions on the North Trump said, “They won’t do that without our approval. They do nothing without our approval.”

The report said that Trump has encouraged U.S. allies to maintain sanctions on North Korea until it denuclearizes as part of his administration’s campaign of “maximum pressure.”

Oct 11 07:25

South Korea wants to lift sanctions on North Korea. That could kill Trump’s nuclear plan.

What’s worse, South Korea could hurt ties with America — and help North Korea in the process.

Oct 11 07:01

Pompeo complained that North & South Korea talk peace without him – South FM

The US Secretary of State expressed “discontent” with peaceful negotiations between North and South Korea, which signed a military pact during last month’s summit without consulting him.

True to the spirit of American exceptionalism, Pompeo complained about being left out of the loop regarding the historic peace talks between the two Koreas. US President Donald Trump never skips a chance to brag about his supposed contributions to peace between the nations, extending the US’s addiction to interventionism even to bilateral treaties like this one – negotiations between neighbors half a world away from American shores.

Pompeo’s complaint was revealed by South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, speaking to an opposition lawmaker about a recent phone call with Pompeo. “I wouldn’t say he made strong impressions. [It was] discontent, about how he was not briefed sufficiently,” she said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Koreans may understandably think it is none of his business.

Oct 10 08:50

Kim Jong-un Invites Pope Francis to North Korea

Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, which has been condemned as one of the worst suppressors of religious freedom in the world, has invited Pope Francis to visit his country, South Korea’s government said Tuesday.

The invitation will be relayed by South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, a Roman Catholic, when he visits the Vatican for two days next week to seek the pope’s help in easing tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula, said Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman of Mr. Moon.

Mr. Moon met with Mr. Kim in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, last month.

“If the pope visits Pyongyang, we will give him a rousing welcome,” Mr. Kim told Mr. Moon, according to Mr. Moon’s spokesman.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lock up the kiddies.

Oct 09 12:25

North Korea Will Allow Inspections at Nuclear Test Site, Pompeo Confirms

Secretary of State Mike Pomepo confirmed to reporters in Seoul that Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow international inspectors to visit Punggye-ri, the dismantled nuclear teting site. A date has not yet been set, but Pompeo says that is just a question of logistics.

Punggye-ri was a hollowed up series of tunnels under a mountain, wherein the North Korean government conducted several successful nuclear weapons tests over the past 12 years. The site was dismantled in April and May, as part of a deal to move toward denuclearization.

While reporters were welcomed to oversee the collapsing of the site, some critics complained that international inspectors were never allowed to conduct close-up inspections to confirm the site was totally unusable. Ironically, many of those same critics are now dismissing the invitation for inspectors as meaningless, since the site was already dismantled months ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these reports are true, it indicates that North Korea is moving in a positive direction, and that should be applauded.

President Trump took one heck of a leap of faith here, and should be commended for having had the courage in believing that there was absolutely another outcome, other than war, which could be made to happen.

I wish he could have taken the same road with Iran; unfortunately, now, however, being firmly in the unyielding grasp of the Neocons, he will never attempt that kind of approach with it.

Oct 09 11:53

Russia drawing up plans for Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un to talk

Russia is drawing up plans to host a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Moscow, according to the Kremlin.

Last month, Mr Putin invited Mr Kim to visit his country but details about where and when the talks could take place have yet to be decided.

The latest comments from the Kremlin come after a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This once again proves Russia's President Putin to be one of the "smartest guys in the room" when it comes to geopolitics, and the importance of booming economies trumping war every possible time.

Mining in North Korea

This article states:

"Mining in North Korea is important to the country's economy. North Korea is naturally abundant in metals such as magnesite, zinc, tungsten, and iron; with magnesite resources of 6 billion tonnes (second largest in the world), particularly in the Hamgyeong-do and Jagang-do provinces. However, often these cannot be mined due to the acute shortage of electricity in the country, as well as the lack of proper tools to mine these materials and an antiquated industrial base.

North Korea has reserves of more than 200 mineral types distributed over 80% of its territory with ten reserves recording large deposits of magnetite, tungsten ore, graphite, gold ore, and molybdenum. Among the largest resources with more than 2 million tons of estimated reserve are: Zinc which tops the list with 21 million tons of estimated resource; followed by non-metallic resource of 21 million tons of limestone and magnesite 6 million tons; and other mineral sources such as iron 5 million tons, anthracite 5 million tons, copper 3 million tons, barite 2 million tons, gold and graphite also 2 million tons each.[1]"

In this upcoming meeting, Putin will stress that Russia will be willing, and is able, to provide the infrastructure, equipment ,and engineering know-how to make sure that the potential financial wealth provided by these resources can now be realized, provided that Russia gets a reasonable "hunk of the action" in return for making the people, and the government, of North Korea far more prosperous.

I think that this potential proposal will be win/win music to Kim Jung Un's ears.

Oct 09 09:45

Why North Korea’s latest nuclear concession isn’t one at all

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made “significant progress” over the weekend toward dismantling Pyongyang’s nuclear program. The problem is it’s not clear what advancement he’s pointing to.

The two met for a nearly three-hour summit in Pyongyang on Sunday to discuss a way to break the impasse in discussions. Speaking after the meeting on Monday, Pompeo told reporters that North Korea has agreed to let international inspectors visit Punggye-ri, the site of all six of North Korea’s nuclear tests. In September 2017, Pyongyang tested a nuke there that was around seven times stronger than the bomb America dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

Letting inspectors visit the facility may sound well and good, except for one thing: It’s already been destroyed.

Oct 08 08:23

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

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 presidential office said in a statement, although no specific time or location has yet been agreed.

Oct 08 07:52

Another US-North Korea summit is coming, South Korea says

It appears as though a Trump-Kim summit 2.0 might be on the horizon. How far out on the horizon, though, is still unclear.

The office of South Korean President Moon-Jae in said that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un during Pompeo’s trip to North Korea on Sunday agreed to hold a new summit between Kim and United States President Donald Trump “at the earliest date possible.” Moon had been briefed by Pompeo on his North Korea trip.

A spokesman for South Korea’s dovish leader told the New York Times the US and North Korea are expected to soon hold “working-level talks to set the details of the planned meeting,” including the date and venue.

Oct 07 10:42

US think tank claims continued activity at North Korea nuke site

US researchers say they have observed continued activity at a nuclear facility in North Korea which is accusing Washington of not implementing pledges made at a June summit of their leaders.

The researchers, who work for the Washington-based 38 North think tank, released on Friday satellite photos allegedly indicating continued activity at North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center.

The photos, they said, also showed an ongoing dredging of a river near a pump house, which draws cooling water for the site’s reactor.

The group said the photos, taken on September 24, showed minimal movements of vehicles and equipment in the area, but the purpose of their activity was unknown.

Oct 07 07:47

Immigrant Girl Will Be Deported Because Adoptive Father Missed Deadline While Serving in Afghanistan

Here's the sort of story that should never happen, especially in a country that prides itself on its humanity and openness to newcomers.
In 2013, Army Lt. Col. Patrick Schreiber and his wife put off officially adopting their teenaged daughter, Hyebin, who was born in the Republic of Korea. The reason? He was about to deploy to Afghanistan for a year. When he returned, they put through the paperwork, adopted her, and then started working on her citizenship. But Hyebin had turned 17 in the interim, which is a problem:

Oct 06 09:53

North Korea looks to get China, Russia on side before denuclearization talks with US

North Korea will look to consolidate support for the lifting of economic sanctions during its latest talks with China and Russia, while also strengthening its bargaining position on the denuclearization issue ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Pyongyang this weekend, observers said.

Oct 05 07:51

Could North Korea be sincere?

This week South and North Korean soldiers began clearing mines along their heavily fortified border. As The Economist went to press, America’s secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, was about to fly to Pyongyang to arrange a second summit meeting between President Donald Trump and Mr Kim, to follow the television spectacular starring the two leaders in Singapore in June. Meanwhile, Mr Kim’s fourth get-together with Mr Moon is planned for later this year in Seoul, the South Korean capital.

Oct 03 08:20

North Korea says peace declaration not a bargaining chip

North Korea warned Washington through its state media Tuesday that a declaration ending the Korean War shouldn’t be seen as a bargaining chip in denuclearization talks — but suggested lifting sanctions might be.

The North’s official news agency issued a commentary claiming Pyongyang has taken significant measures to end hostile relations between the two countries but said the U.S. is “trying to subdue” it through sanctions, a not-so-subtle call for Washington to lift sanctions if it wants further progress in their stalled nuclear negotiations.

The commentary said a declaration replacing a 65-year-old armistice to formally end the war “is not just a gift from a man to another,” and added, “it can never be a bargaining chip for getting the DPRK denuclearized.”

Oct 02 13:37

Koreas begin clearing landmines from heavily fortified border

Troops from North and South Korea have started removing some of the more than 800,000 landmines buried along their border, officials say.

In the South, clearing has started at the heavily fortified Joint Security Area (JSA) in the village of Panmunjom.

Mines will also be removed from a separate site where hundreds of soldiers were killed in the Korean war.

The move was agreed when the leaders of the two Koreas, Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, met last month in Pyongyang.

Oct 02 13:24

North, South Korea Begin Clearing Landmines From Border

The Korean War began in 1950, and 68 years later a peace deal is still not finalized. There is hope, however, as troops from both Koreas are active along the demilitarized zone, removing some of the estimated 800,000 landmines buried around the area.

It took generations to mine that long demilitarized zone at the border, and it’s going to take a long time to totally clear it. Work is starting in the Joint Security Area (JSA), the narrowest part, near the truce village of Panmunjom.

The hope, according to those familiar with the work, is to totally demine the JSA within the next 20 days. After that, guard posts and all weapons will also be removed. This will leave the JSA with unarmed troops stationed inside.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me at least a little hopeful at this development.

Oct 01 09:48

North Korea says 'no way' it will disarm before US relaxes crippling sanctions it says are destroying trust

North Korea's foreign minister on Saturday told the United Nations there was 'no way' that his country would disarm first as long as the United States continued to push for tough enforcement of sanctions against Pyongyang.

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Ri Yong Ho accused Washington of creating a deadlock in talks on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

'The recent deadlock is because the US relies on coercive measures which are lethal to trust-building,' Ri told the assembly.

'Without any trust in the US, there will be no confidence in our national security and under such circumstances, there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first.'

Sep 30 09:50

Intentions of Moon and Kim need US input to become reality

Plans for economic development cannot happen under present sanctions, and first require Washington to obtain guarantees on denuclearisation

As expected, the third meeting between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un produced a highly ambiguous statement.

No timeline for a declaration of Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal and no framework for nuclear dismantlement arose.

Yet optimists may disagree. The joint military declaration agreed to a cease of military exercises “aimed at each other along the Military Demarcation Line”, and the withdrawal of guard posts along the Demilitarised Zone. Pyongyang pledged to close its nuclear test facility at Tongchang-ri, as part of the two Koreas “pushing forward the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”, and inter-Korean economic cooperation projects were proposed.

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Sep 30 05:33

Trump Should Let South and North Korea Build Peace

(*I'm not as confident as I thought I was in 2016 that it's in his nature !)

Sep 29 09:46

Mike Pompeo floats prospect of officially ending Korean War ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Given the Trump administration's goal of a complete, verifiable denuclearization of North Korea during President Trump's first term, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is eager to maintain U.S.-North Korean engagement. As he prepares for upcoming discussions with the North Koreans, he is leaving one tool conspicuously on the table: the prospect of an official declaration to end the Korean War.

"It's hard to know. I don't want to prejudge precisely where we'll end up," Pompeo said this week when asked if President Trump and Kim Jong Un could sign a declaration to end the war at their next summit. "But make no mistake about it, there is real progress being made."

Sep 27 10:27

Japan's Abe open to meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a longtime hardliner on North Korea, said he was willing to meet Kim Jong-un at a speech at the UN General Assembly.

Abe, who one year ago warned at the United Nations that the window for diplomacy with North Korea was closing, took a more open but still cautious tone on Tuesday in his latest address to the world body.

But he said that any summit would be devoted to resolving a decades-old row over North Korea's abductions of Japanese civilians - a deeply emotive issue for much of the Japanese public on which Abe built his political career.

"In order to resolve the abduction issue, I am also ready to break the shell of mutual distrust with North Korea, get off to a new start and meet face to face with Chairman Kim Jong-un," Abe said in his UN address.

Sep 26 10:24

Trump praises North Korea's Kim but says sanctions must stay for now

U.S. President Donald Trump praised North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday for his courage in taking steps to disarm, but said much work still had to be done and sanctions must remain in place on North Korea until it denuclearizes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Give us everything we want first, then we'll maybe do something nice for you (unless we invade)." -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 25 09:36

North and South Korea Sign Agreement for ‘Era of No War,’ Will Cease All Hostile Acts

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a historic announcement, committing to an “era of no war” during the two leaders’ joint press conference held on Wednesday in Pyongyang, North Korea.

The announcement was made at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse on the second day of a three-day summit between the two leaders who both expressed hopes in containing the threat of war on the Korean Peninsula.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a monumental step forward, between North and South Korea; let's hope that the American government just stays out of the way of the process as this is cemented by both countries.

Sep 25 07:33

Trump says second meeting with North Korea's Kim could be 'quite soon'

President Donald Trump, arriving at the United Nations on Monday morning, said he and Kim Jong Un will meet for a second time "quite soon."

"It looks like we'll have a second summit quite soon. As you know, Kim Jong Un wrote a letter -- a beautiful letter -- and asked me for a second meeting and we will be doing that. (Secretary of State Mike) Pompeo will work that out in the immediate future," Trump said, claiming there has been "tremendous progress on North Korea."

Sep 24 12:55

US To Start "Disrupting" North Korean Oil Smuggling

An international coalition of American allies will start “detecting and disrupting” North Korean oil smuggling operations at sea, reports the Washington Examiner.

“The United States has deployed aircraft and surface vessels to detect and disrupt these activities,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a news release.

Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, announced Friday they would aid “monitoring and surveillance activities against illicit maritime activities,” with a particular focus on ship-to-ship transfers of oil.

Make no mistake these are the neocons at work in the Trump administration.

Sep 24 11:09

North Korea Seeks Investments, Business Chief From South Says

North Korea signaled it wants to bring in investments from South Korean companies to help modernize the secluded country, according to one of the business chiefs that went to Pyongyang last week.

North Korea wants to have economic cooperation and technical assistance from the South, Sohn Kyung-shik, the 79-year-old co-chairman of CJ Group and the head of the Korea Employers Federation, told Bloomberg Television’s Shery Ahn in an interview. “What they really want are investments to set up industry there,” he said.

The comments reflect the optimism that’s trickling out in the wake of last week’s summit between North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in. But many hurdles remain, as both countries are technically still at war and conducting business with North Korea is heavily restricted by United Nations sanctions.

Sep 24 10:54

As Koreas Make Peace, Will Trump End the War?

At their third summit, the leaders of North and South Korea made new progress in their historic effort to bring peace to the Peninsula. But for North Korea to denuclearize, is the US prepared to formally end the Korean War, and withdraw US forces?

Sep 21 10:09

Trump Regime Hardliners Oppose Korean Peninsula Peace

A US state of war against North Korea has existed since Harry Truman’s aggression against the DPRK in the early 1950s.

Trump regime hardliners want no letup in US hostility toward the country, going all-out to prevent improved relations agreed on by DLT and Kim Jong-un during mid-June summit talks.

Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in support a formal end to the 1950s war. Following their Tuesday summit talks in Pyongyang, they signed a joint statement, proclaiming a state of war’s end, Moon’s spokesman saying:

“Leaders of the South and the North…announced the end of the war on the Korean Peninsula by their agreements.”

Sep 20 18:41

End to Korean War could break nuclear impasse, says Moon

President Moon of South Korea has urged the United States to end the impasse in denuclearisation talks with North Korea by formally declaring an end to hostilities in the Korean War.

Such a declaration, which would fall short of a fully-fledged peace treaty, could give the impetus for North Korea to offer further concessions without prompting calls for US troops to pull out. The conflict ended in an armistice in 1953.

Sep 20 10:26

North, South Korea to Form Joint Military Committee

On Wednesday, President Moon Jae-in and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un signed a joint statement on the general improvement of inter-Korean relations, capping off a very successful third summit which appears to have gotten the denuclearization operations back on track.

In addition to denuclearization and peace talks efforts, the two Koreas agreed to found a joint military committee, which will be charged with maintaining communication between the two nations, and prevent any accidental clashes.

This is potentially a hugely important step, as the two nations try to reduce decades of military tensions, and negotiate efforts to move their respective forces away from the border as the efforts to negotiate a peace treaty advance.

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Color me slightly optimistic here.

Sep 20 09:33

Has the Korean summit proved Moon is a master diplomat?

A TRUMP-KIM BRIDGE: HAS KOREAN SUMMIT PROVED MOON IS A MASTER DIPLOMAT?
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Regarding denuclearisation, there are more specific statements than the first statement from April,” Lim Jae-cheon, a North Korea studies professor at Korea University, told the (*south china morning) Post – referring to this year’s first inter-Korean summit, which contained a vague commitment to a “nuclear-free Korean peninsula”.

Nam Chang-hee, an international relations professor at Inha University, said the summit’s outcome looked to be “positioned between a satisfactory move towards the promised denuclearisation and repeated mere rhetoric”.
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“I think the South Korean public will welcome the joint agreement of Moon and Kim partially because it contains a better inter-Korean future on peace and reconciliation, and partially because the South Korean media created a positive image of the summit meeting,” Lim said.

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(*enter Pompeo , the broth spoiling chef !)

Sep 20 09:30

'Dream come true' for Moon as Korean leaders make mountain pilgrimage

Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president, stepped into the shallow waters of Heaven Lake, regarded as the spiritual home of the Korean people, bent down and scooped up a glassful of water.

Kim Jong-un, his North Korean counterpart, watched from a distance. Moon was fulfilling a long-held dream to visit Mount Paektu, which straddles the border between North Korea and China. At the summit the two men held hands and thrust them into the air as they posed for a photo with their wives, the lake in the background.

The highly symbolic trip capped a three-day visit by Moon to North Korea, the first by a South Korean leader in 11 years. After two days of talks, Kim pledged to close a missile testing site that was crucial to North Korea’s development of intercontinental ballistic missiles, and offered to shut the country’s only known nuclear complex in exchanged for unspecified “reciprocal measures” from the US.

Sep 20 08:52

US 'ready to restart negotiations' with North Korea

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is ready to restart negotiations with Pyongyang, with the aim of denuclearising North Korea "by 2021".

Discussions between the two sides had stalled following a broad-strokes agreement made earlier this year.

But this week's inter-Korean summit saw the North's Kim Jong-un agreeing to shut a major missile launch site.

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North and South Korea are clearly reunifying, and Pompeo is struggling to look like he is still relevant to the process.

Sep 19 15:28

Full North Korean denuclearisation by early 2021, Pompeo says

(*as if he had something to do with it . where was he "sawing logs" , at his desk , when Moon & Kim Declared Peace in Korea ? )

Sep 19 12:37

South Korean President Greeted in North With Calls for Peace, Reunification

With the previous two inter-Korean summits both major successes, the three-day summit this week in Pyongyang kicked off early Tuesday with the arrival of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and high hopes for more progress.

Moon’s arrival, and his joint motorcade to the talks with Kim Jong Un was met with huge crowds in the streets, waving and cheering the passing cars, and chanting for peace and the reunification of the Korean Peninsula.

The greetings of the two leaders in a celebratory environment reflected Kim’s own comments on the matter, that he expects more progress after the successes of the past. Peace is expected to be one of the immediate focuses of the talk.

President Moon made clear that his goal for the summit is an irreversible peace agreement. Beyond that, early discussions are said to focus on trying to get the denuclearization process back going after it stalled in recent weeks.

Sep 19 12:36

Moon: North Korea Agrees to Allow Nuclear Inspections

In the course of this week’s inter-Korean summit, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in announced on Wednesday morning that North Korea has agreed to several moves, including allowing international nuclear inspectors into the country to observe the continued dismantling of the nuclear program.

This appears to have been the result of early discussions on how to get the denuclearization process started up again. Kim Jong Un agreed to permanently dismantle a missile engine test site and launch pad, and that would be where the inspectors are to be in attendance.

Tentatively, North Korea is also committed to permanently dismantling the Nyongbyon nuclear complex if the US takes “corresponding measures.” It is unclear what the US is expected to do in return.

Sep 19 08:34

North Korea Agrees to Permanently Dismantle Nuclear Complex If U.S. Takes Corresponding Steps

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced a sweeping set of agreements after their second day of talks in Pyongyang on Wednesday that included a promise by Kim to permanently dismantle the North’s main nuclear complex if the United States takes corresponding measures, the acceptance of international inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad and a vow to work together to host the Summer Olympics in 2032.

Declaring they had made a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula, the two leaders were side by side as they announced the joint statement to a group of North and South Korean reporters after a closed-door meeting Wednesday morning.

Sep 19 06:01

Korean defense chiefs sign ‘military pact’ after Kim & Moon adopt denuclearization roadmap

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have signed a joint statement following their bilateral talks in Pyongyang. The countries’ defense chiefs have meanwhile signed a separate military pact.

As part of the military agreement, the neighbors will halt border drills from November 1, Yonhap reports. South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo and North Korea’s No Kwang-chol also agreed to stop military flights in the vicinity of the demarcation line. In addition, the agreement envisions setting up a buffer zone in the Yellow Sea and suspending maritime drills.

As a clear sign of mutual trust, the Pyongyang military agreement also calls for the withdrawal of soldiers from the demilitarized zone and disarming the servicemen keeping watch at Panmunjom border village. The nations also agreed that each would close eleven border guard posts by the end of 2018.

Sep 19 05:52

Seoul: North, South Korean Leaders in Fact Proclaimed End of State of War

North Korea and South Korea signed an agreement in defense sector as well as a joint statement following the results of the summit in Pyongyang.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have in fact proclaimed the end of the state of war, the South Korean presidential spokesperson said on Wednesday, RIA Novosti reported.

"Leaders of the South and the North have in fact announced the end of the war on the Korean Peninsula by their agreements," the spokesperson stated.

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Sep 19 04:37

North, South Korea agree to reconnect rails, roads across border

The leaders of North and South Korea, Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in, agreed to reconnect severed rails and roads across the border, according to their joint statement signed on Wednesday. "South and North have agreed that works to reconnect the railways and roads in the east and west should begin within a year," the document reads. According to earlier reports, the project’s ultimate goal is to ensure access to Russia’s Trans-Siberian Rail for prompt deliveries of South Korean cargo to Europe.
North, South Koreas agree to bid for co-hosting 2032 Summer Olympic games. Besides, the two nations agreed to send joint teams to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo http://tass.com/sport/1022238

Sep 19 04:34

North Korea agrees to shut down nuclear reactor in Yongbyon

North Korea agreed to shut down its experimental nuclear reactor in the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center, South Korean president Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday after talks with his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang. "North Korea gave its consent to fully stop the work of the nuclear reactor in Yongbyon," he said. A joint statement, adopted by the two nations after the talks, says that Pyongyang would make similar steps toward denuclearization if the United States honors the agreements reached during the Singapore summit of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center houses an uranium enrichment facility and a 5-megawatt reactor, built by North Korean scientists in 1986. According to experts, every year it can produce enough materials to make several nuclear warheads...

Sep 18 15:52

This is how North Korea welcomed South Korea's president

Sep 18 09:40

TRUMP COMMITS TO ENDLESS WAR

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Sep 18 08:17

In North Korea, Shouts for Reunification and Peace Greet South’s Leader

When Mr. Moon stepped off his plane at the Pyongyang International Airport, a smiling Mr. Kim was waiting on the tarmac with a military honor guard ...

Sep 17 18:59

South Korea’s Leader Arrives in North Korea to Meet Kim Jong-un

President Moon Jae-in of South Korea arrived in Pyongyang Tuesday for his third summit with Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, to work toward a common goal: fashioning a political statement this year declaring the end of the Korean War.

Such a declaration, although not a legally binding treaty, could carry far-reaching repercussions, helping North Korea escalate its campaign for the withdrawal of American troops from the South, analysts said. For that and other reasons, the United States has strong reservations about such a breakthrough.

A smiling Mr. Kim hugged Mr. Moon after he stepped off his plane in the Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang. As the two leaders later moved to their cars after inspecting a military honor guard, a crowd of North Koreans shouted “hurrah!” while fervently waving plastic flowers and “Korea-is-one” flags that showed an undivided Korean Peninsula.

Sep 17 10:59

MATTIS Vs. TRUMP: MUTINY WITHIN The TRUMP WHITE HOUSE 

On the issue of Korea, it is becoming increasingly clear that General “Mad Dog” Mattis, General John Kelly, and the Pentagon top brass do not see eye to eye with Donald Trump on a whole host of issues, including:

1. Withdrawal of some 28,000 U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula.

Trump does not understand why both South Korea and Japan, both wealthy and developed, have to “mooch off” on U.S. military security protection, and not bear the burden for their own defense, and why the American military presence is even needed in East Asia.

Sep 17 10:43

Why Samsung's billionaire chief is headed to North Korea

The leader of Samsung's sprawling business empire will visit North Korea this week along with the heads of other top South Korean corporations.
Jay Y. Lee, Samsung's billionaire chief, is one of nearly a dozen business leaders traveling to Pyongyang with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday, according to a statement from the president's office.

Moon will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the visit — the first trip to Pyongyang by a sitting South Korean president since 2007. It reflects warming ties between the two governments, which have fueled hopes of deeper economic cooperation.

Moon laid out ambitious plans last month that would dramatically transform and connect the two economies, giving South Korea a land link to the rest of the Asian continent, potentially opening up lucrative trade and infrastructure links.

Sep 16 10:02

US calls for urgent UN meeting on North Korea sanctions after accusing Russia of interfering with report

The U.S. on Friday called for an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the implementation of sanctions on North Korea, a day after Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Russia of meddling in an independent report on the sanctions.

“Given recent efforts by some Member States to undermine and obstruct North Korea sanctions implementation, the United States has called an urgent United Nations Security Council meeting for Monday at 10 a.m. to discuss the implementation and enforcement of U.N. sanctions on North Korea,” a statement from the U.S. Mission read.

The statement did not name countries, but it came a day after Haley accused Russia of interfering in a report from the U.N.’s independent Panel of Experts on the implementation of sanctions. Haley’s office said that the report submitted to the Security Council was amended at Moscow’s request, which it said included violations implicating Russian actors.

Sep 16 00:51

Group of S.Korean officials head to DPRK for inter-Korean summit preparations — Yonhap

An advance group of more than 90 South Korean officials headed to North Korea on Sunday for preparations to hold the inter-Korean summit due next week, the Yonhap news agency said. According to the agency, the group comprises 93 South Korean state officials, technical specialists and reporters. It crossed the border between the two states on 19 buses. South Korean President Moon Jae-in is expected to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on September 18-20. According to a presidential administration official, the South Korean delegation to the event will comprise up to 200 people. The names of at least two members of it have already become known: former prime minister Lee Hoi-chang and Samsung Electronics President Kim Ki-nam.

Sep 15 11:39

Koreas Open Liaison Office at Kaesong, Establishing Permanent Line of Communication

In a major move to improve communications along the demilitarized zone, North and South Korea have opened the joint liaison office in Kaesong on Friday. This move comes just days before the third Kim-Moon summit between the nations’ respective leaders.

The liaison office was said to be facing a possible delay in the fact of US opposition, with the State Department saying that providing electricity and functioning heat to such an office might amount to a violation of US energy sanctions.

The office was originally imagined as primarily facilitating South Korean corporations’ operations at Kaesong Industrial Park. Now though, it will also serve as a de facto joint embassy for both nations, allowing for a direct permanent diplomatic link.

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Color me hopeful, here.....

Sep 15 10:31

Sorry, Not Sorry: Pompeo Accuses Russia Of Undermining Efforts To Sanction North Korea

Russia is actively working to undermine US sanctions against North Korea, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a news conference.

“I spoke with Ambassador (to UN Nikki) Haley about this earlier today, Russia has actively attempted to undermine the UN Security Council resolutions, the work of the 1718 Committee, the committee of the UN evaluates compliance with sanctions by attempting to change the language there,” Pompeo told reporters.

Sep 15 09:15

US Sets up Coalition to Track Foreign Ships Delivering Fuel to North Korea

- A US Navy ship will reportedly host military personnel from the Five Eyes countries plus Japan and South Korea to monitor foreign vessels delivering fuel to the North in violation of UN sanctions.
The coalition will include the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada – America’s partners within the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance – as well as Japan and South Korea, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an American military official.

This is apparently the first US-led effort to track fuel deliveries to North Korea.

The coalition countries will contribute warships and military surveillance aircraft to track maritime traffic in the area.>>>

(*what's a little more breathing down their neck ?
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Sep 14 09:24

US sanctions North Korea tech firms based in China, Russia

The US announced new sanctions against North Korea Thursday, taking aim at a Chinese company, its North Korean CEO and its Russia-based sister company.

The two information technology companies are actually North Korean-controlled entities, the Treasury Department said in a statement Tuesday that accused the Russia-based company Volasys Silver Star, China-based China Silver Star and its CEO Jong Song Hwa of violating US sanctions.

"These actions are intended to stop the flow of illicit revenue to North Korea from overseas information technology workers disguising their true identities and hiding behind front companies, aliases, and third-party nationals," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

Sep 13 12:08

Iran WARNING: US tells airlines not to fly through airspace as WW3 fears rise

The advisory also warns military activities linked to the bloody conflict in Syria have been ramped across Iran's airspace.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington are running high following Donald Trump’s controversial decision to pull out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal re-introduce economic sanctions last month.

Flight Service Bureau, which provides safety information on airspace to airlines, said "without seeming alarmist", the deteriorating relationship between the US and Iran must be taken into account when planning flights in Iran's airspace.

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This is getting just about as serious as is a heart attack: I find myself very alarmed at these developments.

Sep 12 08:56

White House says talks begin for second North Korea meeting

The White House said Monday that talks are underway with North Korea over setting up a second summit meeting between President Trump and leader Kim Jong Un, as the two sides seek to put stalled nuclear negotiations back on track.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Kim requested the follow-up to the historic Singapore summit in June in a “warm, very positive letter” to Trump delivered in recent days.

Sep 12 01:21

Russia, S.Korea keep working on ‘nine bridges’ initiative

Russia and South Korea keep working on initiatives under the "nine bridges" concept, earlier suggested by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. "We will finalize and coordinate the list of practical projects within the framework of the ‘nine bridges concept,’ initiated by the South Korean president," Putin said during talks with South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon on the sidelines of this year’s Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok. He also thanked the South Korean delegation, one of the biggest national delegations at the EEF, for their interest in this international forum. "The Republic of Korea is our important and promising partner in the Asia-Pacific region. We are satisfied by the development of our bilateral relations. They develop steadily in all directions," Putin said.

Sep 12 01:19

Russia to raise issue of easing North Korea sanctions at UN Security Council

Moscow will raise at the UN Security Council the issue of easing international sanctions against North Korea, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said on the sidelines of the 4th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) on Wednesday. "While North Korea is taking steps towards the denuclearization [of the Korean Peninsula], we believe that the [UN] Security Council should consider [the issue] of proportionally easing the regime of sanctions against North Korea. We will raise this issue," he said.

Sep 11 07:50

Trump open to meeting North Korea's Kim again despite lack of denuclearization progress

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that President Donald Trump is open to another meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un despite national security adviser John Bolton's assertion that the US is still waiting for Pyongyang to take steps toward denuclearization.

Trump has received another letter from Kim, which Sanders described Monday as "very warm" and "very positive," noting that the White House will not release the letter unless Kim agrees.

Sep 11 07:03

Massive torch parade wraps up North Korea's 70th anniversary More: http://tass.com/world/1021006

Thousands of North Korean students took part in a torch light parade at Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square. The event was the last in a series of celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the nation's founding. See how North Korea lit up the celebration that was focused on Korean unity and economic development.

Sep 10 09:55

North Korea vows to KEEP nuclear weapons in huge blow to Trump as WW3 tensions soar

A senior Russian official who met Kim Jong-un this weekend warned the North Korea dictator said he did not plan any unilateral steps to denuclearise.

Instead Kim is waiting for the United States to respond to steps he has already taken, Russia's RIA news agency reported.

Sep 10 09:36

North Korea vows to KEEP nuclear weapons in huge blow to Trump as WW3 tensions soar

NORTH Korea has no plans to scrap its nuclear arsenal in a huge blow to Donald Trump as tensions soar on the Korean peninsular.

Sep 10 07:26

North Korea leaves missiles out of military parade, hinting at denuclearization

With no long-range missiles on display, North Korea staged a military parade on Sunday focused on conventional arms, peace and economic development as it marked the 70th anniversary of the country's founding.

The reduced display compared to past years earned a thank you note from U.S. President Donald Trump, who hailed it as a "big and very positive statement from North Korea."

Trump on Twitter quoted a Fox News description of the event without long-range nuclear missiles as a sign of North Korea's "commitment to denuclearize."

Sep 10 00:08

Putin expresses confidence in development of cooperation in telegram to N.Korean leader

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a telegram to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, congratulating him on the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s founding, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported. According to the agency, in his telegram the Russian president expressed confidence that the two countries will continue to develop cooperation in various areas... A parade dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea took place in Pyongyang on September 9. Russia was represented at the parade by Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko. This past Saturday she met with Kim Jong-un and gave him a personal message from Putin. The North Korean leader, for his part, confirmed readiness to visit Russia.
Russian upper house speaker hopes North Korean leader to visit Russia by yearend http://tass.com/politics/1020707

Sep 09 04:09

North Korea Holds Military Parade Without Showing Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

North Korea did not display intercontinental ballistic missiles that can target the United States at a military parade on Sunday, signalling leader Kim Jong-un’s desire to refrain from provoking US President Donald Trump for the resumption of denuclearisation talks.
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Trump has welcomed Kim’s latest commitment, fanning expectations that US-North Korea negotiations will move forward.

North Korea, meanwhile, has deepened relations with China. Since March, Kim has visited China three times for summit talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Beijing and Pyongyang have agreed to boost their economic ties.

China and North Korea fought together in the 1950-1953 Korean war against the US-led United Nations Command. The two countries have been described as “blood brothers”.

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Sep 07 07:48

North Korea's Kim sets denuclearization time line, prompting thanks from Trump

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has given his first time line for denuclearization, aiming for the end of U.S. President Donald Trump’s first term, Seoul officials said on Thursday, prompting thanks from Trump who said they would “get it done together”.

Sep 06 12:43

Kim Jong Un Vows Nuclear-Free Korea Ahead of Summit With South

South Korean officials announced on Thursday that a deal has been reached to hold a summit in Pyongyang from September 18-20. The summit is to focus on “practical measures” which could be taken for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

South Korean national security adviser Chung Eui-yong told reporters that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has “reconfirmed his determination to completely denuclearize,” and that he continues to have faith in President Trump.

The commitment to denuclearize is a major announcement, as US officials have been increasingly dubious about that, and complaining about the lack of quick progress. North Korean officials say Kim is frustrated by the doubts expressed in the international community about his will to preemptively denuclearize. He told Chung that he feels the good faith moves made by North Korea should be reciprocated.

Sep 06 12:42

US Continues to Resist North Korean Calls for Peace Declaration

White House and State Department officials are reiterating that they have no current interest in making a deal with North Korea that would involve a peace declaration ending the Korean War.

The State Department said on Wednesday that the US position is that “denuclearization has to take place before we get to other parts.” The administration has repeatedly said they believe Korean denuclearization will take years, and that they want “progress” before the 2020 election.

The Korean War began in 1950, and 68 years later, there has never been a formal peace treaty ending the conflict. North Korea has been seeking a peace treaty for decades, with the US always resisting such a deal.

Sep 05 07:44

South Korean Envoy Visits North Korea to Help Revive Nuclear Talks

President Moon Jae-in of South Korea sent a special envoy to North Korea on Wednesday, hoping to help break the deadlock in the talks between the North and the United States over dismantling the North’s nuclear weapons program.

Chung Eui-yong, the national security adviser to Mr. Moon, met with Kim Jong-un, the North’s leader, during his brief trip to Pyongyang, the capital, according to Mr. Moon’s office. The presidential office said the results of Mr. Chung’s visit would be announced Thursday.

Mr. Chung’s entourage included Suh Hoon, the director of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service. Besides discussing obstacles to progress with the United States, they had also hoped to set a date and agenda for Mr. Moon’s meeting with Mr. Kim later this month in Pyongyang, which is expected to focus on sustaining the recent thaw in inter-Korean ties. Mr. Chung delivered a letter from Mr. Moon to Mr. Kim.

Sep 04 07:21

U.S.-North Korea Stalemate Threatens Nuclear Disarmament Deal

Nearly three months after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shook hands with President Trump and agreed to pursue denuclearization and a reset in relations, the two sides have reached an impasse over who should make the next concession in talks aimed at implementing their accord.

Sep 03 08:33

US-led UN Command stops South Korean train entering North

In a highly unusual development, it has been reported in South Korea that the US-led United Nations Command prevented a South Korean train from crossing the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea earlier this month.

The passage of an official South Korean train into North Korea is highly unusual and the incident raises questions over coordination between South Korea and the United States. It could also provide substantial propaganda fodder for North Korea.

Sep 03 07:44

Hope, caution as Kim Jong Un shifts to North Korea's economy

Hotels, big and small. Tourists from all over the country, maybe the world. "As long as we have the leadership of our respected Marshal," he says, referring to leader Kim Jong Un, "our future will be bright indeed."

So wouldn't think of questioning the leader, but there is a hint of apprehension in his voice. And he isn't alone.

North Korea is pushing ahead with a new strategy of economic development and the intensified diplomacy with China, South Korea and the United States that such a move requires. But hopes for a better future are mixed with concern over potential downsides of political or social volatility, and something that's harder to articulate: a fear of the unknown — even if it appears far more promising than the arduous path the country has been on for decades.

Sep 02 09:29

The North Koreans Get It: Trump's Quest For Peace Is Being Sabotaged By His Own Advisors

The media continues to get the President’s North Korean peace initiative all wrong: in some cases this is due to laziness, Washington-centric group-think, and just plain ignorance. In other cases, it is quite deliberate. Take, for example, the recent “news” that Trump canceled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s scheduled trip to Pyongyang due to a “belligerent” letter sent by the North Koreans to the White House. What is the source of this alleged development? A single report in the Washington Post put out there by one Josh Rogin, not a reporter but an opinion columnist with strong neoconservative inclinations. Rogin attributes this information to “two senior administration officials” while admitting that “[t]he exact contents of the message are unclear.”

We don’t know what the letter said, and so we don’t know why Trump canceled the trip. In short, we don’t know anything. That’s the “news,” folks.

Sep 02 09:20

North Korea preparing toned-down military parade: analysts

Satellite imagery shows North Korea is poised to stage another military parade amid new worries that diplomatic efforts on denuclearization are stalling, though analysts say it is unclear whether it will showcase any of the country’s largest ballistic missiles.

Sep 01 09:09

Train project linking North and South Korea stopped in its tracks by US

A rail project meant to connect North and South Korea has been blocked by US military officials, highlighting divisions between Washington and Seoul on how to deal with the nuclear armed North.

The two Koreas planned to begin a joint field study last week by sending a train from Seoul across the length of North Korea to Sinuiju, on the Chinese border, but their application was denied by the US-led United Nations Command. The multinational military body is a remnant of the 1950-53 Korean war and controls all movement across the heavily fortified demilitarised zone that bisects the peninsula.

The denial underscores a growing split between South Korea, which favours engagement with North Korea, and the US, where officials have demanded denuclearisation as a prerequisite to any economic cooperation.

Sep 01 09:08

US Forbids South Korea Sending A Train Through North Korea Until Kim Denuc-learises

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South Korea may have other ideas. It is, after all, their country!

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