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Jun 19 07:22

Japan angry as South Korea holds war games to defend against ‘island attack’

Drills come just days after US President Donald Trump announced the suspension of long-running US joint exercises with South Korea – aimed at deterring North Korea.

Jun 19 07:22

North, South Korea agree to joint teams for Asian Games

The two Koreas agreed on Monday to march together under a unified peninsula flag and form combined teams to compete in the next Asian Games, they said in a joint statement, in the latest sign of a thaw between the old rivals.

Jun 19 07:22

U.S., South Korea Cancel Major War Game Planned for August

The Pentagon said Monday that it had agreed with South Korea to cancel an important military exercise that was scheduled for later this summer, in keeping with President Donald Trump’s pledge to halt war games while talks are under way with North Korea.

Thousands of American and South Korean troops were expected to participate in the exercise, the American portion of which is called Freedom Guardian. Mr. Trump surprised the Pentagon and other administration aides by announcing after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week that he wanted to halt major maneuvers between the U.S. and South Korea, calling them expensive and provocative.

Jun 19 07:21

North Korea reportedly offered to abandon a key weapon — and it has nothing to do with nukes

North Korean diplomats talking to South Korean officials in the demilitarized border zone between the two countries reportedly offered to remove the North's long-range artillery guns, which have been a dagger pointed at Seoul's throat for decades.

Before North Korea tested its first nuclear weapon, before it even built its first facility to create fissile material, its artillery had established a strong deterrent against South Korea and the US.

North Korea is estimated to have thousands of massive artillery guns hidden in hardened shelters among the hills and mountains of the country's rugged terrain. Artillery batteries located within range of the South Korean capital of Seoul could kill tens of thousands of people every hour if war were to break out.

Jun 18 09:21

US puts forward 47-point list of demands to Pyongyang — Japanese top diplomat

The United States has filed a list of 47 demands that North Korea should fulfill to achieve total elimination of its nuclear arsenal, other weapons of mass destruction and relevant infrastructure, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said in an interview aired by national broadcaster NHK on Sunday.

"The supreme leader of North Korea agreed to full denuclearization. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during his visit to Pyongyang that, according to the United States, this notion includes elimination - in the transparent and irreversible form - of the nuclear stockpile and other types of weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and biological ones, as well as missiles and all relevant infrastructure," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pompeo just moved the goal posts by adding in the missiles, which will likely kill the deal.

Jun 18 08:21

Will US Dark Forces Sabotage Improving Relations with North Korea?

Longtime enemies Washington and North Korea becoming allies flies in the face of US imperial aims to eliminate or co-opt all sovereign independent governments, making them subservient to its interests – the DPRK no exception.

The CIA may play a lead role in undermining improved bilateral relations. Its house organ Washington Post is militantly hostile to Pyongyang.

“No more concessions,” its neocon editors roared. None exist except hollow US promises, surely fading ahead in the mist of day like countless times before.

Jun 18 07:55

Trump attacks Schumer over North Korea remarks, defends summit

President Donald Trump attacked Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in a tweet Sunday morning over the New York Democrat's criticisms of the North Korea summit.

"Thank you Chuck, but are you sure you got that right? No more nuclear testing or rockets flying all over the place, blew up launch sites," Trump wrote. "Hostages already back, hero remains coming home & much more!"

Jun 17 15:35

Trump repeats call to halt US-South Korea drills, stirs unease among military & allies

Military exercises put the US in a "bad light" during talks with North Korea and are expensive, Trump said, calling again for the drills to be cancelled. His plans have apparently unsettled both the Pentagon and regional allies.

"Holding back the 'war games' during the negotiations was my request because they are very expensive and set a bad light during a good faith negotiation," US President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday, reaffirming his intention to suspend the annual joint US-South Korean military exercises. He also said the drills are "quite provocative."

Jun 17 09:49

US issues list of 47 demands to North Korea

It would seem that the manner in which the denuclearization of North Korea must be performed before sanctions may be lifted has been determined by Washington.

The Japanese Foreign Minister, Taro Kono, describes a list of demands which was delivered to Pyongyang by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his visit.

As to whether these demands have been agreed upon by Kim’s regime isn’t included in the statement.

Security guarantees on Washington’s part have not yet been hammered out, and the precise meaning of Washington’s promise not to attempt to topple the regime is lacking in detail.

Jun 17 08:49

Koreans Want Peace, Do Liberal Pundits Want War?

In decrying the Singapore summit and Trump’s freeze on U.S. military exercises, liberal pundits are ignoring popular opinion and years of peace activism in South Korea, says Christine Ahn of Women Cross DMZ

Jun 17 08:40

Stu Smallwood on why South Korea must leave the American Orbit to achieve lasting peace

Stu Smallwood joins Scott to discuss his article “For Lasting Peace, President Moon Must Lead South Korea Out of America’s Orbit.” Smallwood says that first we have to consider the perspective of the South Koreans and understand how the corruption of the previous South Korean regime led to a political awakening that has affected South Korean popular views toward the North. Smallwood then shares the backstory of President Moon Jae-in and how his unlikely rise as president for peace. Finally Smallwood makes the case that South Korea realistically can continue the peace deal with the North, even in the United States ultimately backs out—and that Moon Jae-in’s political legacy will rest on the decision.

Jun 16 15:49

Ry with Albert Bishai on Korea

Jun 16 12:08

Pepe Escobar: This Is The Key Word In The Trump-Kim Show

By reaffirming the Panmunjom Declaration, the US President has committed to bringing its military back from South Korea and thus a complete denuclearization of the South as well as the North...

The Trump-Kim geopolitical reality-TV show – surreal for some – offered unparalleled entries to the annals of international diplomacy. It will be tough to upstage the US President pulling an iPad and showing Kim Jong-un the cheesy trailer of a straight-to-video 1980s B-grade action movie – complete with a Sylvester Stallone cameo – casting the two leaders as heroes destined to save the world’s 7 billion people.

Away from the TV, the former “Rocket Man”, now respectfully recast in Trump terminology as “Chairman Kim”, did strike a formidable coup by completely erasing the dreaded acronym CVID – or “complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization” – from the final text of the Singapore joint statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whether you love President Trump, hate him, or have a "hug and (gentle, non-treatening) punch" relationship with his administration, you have to hand it to him for the Singapore Summit with Kim Jung Un; at least, it is a start toward the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, and that, in any sane person's perspective, is progress.

Jun 16 09:07

Trump Meets Kim, Averting Threat of Nuclear War—and US Pundits Are Furious

The media response, from both liberals and conservatives, betrays a cynical disregard for South Korea.

Jun 16 09:06

U.S. forces in South Korea not subject to North Korea-U.S. talks - South Korea official

U.S. military forces in South Korea are not subject to negotiations between North Korea and the United States because they are a matter for the U.S.-South Korean alliance, a senior official in South Korea’s presidential office said on Friday.

Jun 15 08:14

Biggest obstacle to Trump dealing with North Korea is his political foes at home

One can envisage a media campaign being whipped up over the coming months for Trump to resume military exercises on the Korean Peninsula as a way to demonstrate “support for our allies” in the face of “North Korean aggression”.

This, ironically, underscores why Trump and Kim need to work closely together to implement a reciprocal peace deal. If North Korea delivers on its commitment to begin a measurable disarmament process and Trump reciprocates with security guarantees then the entire process can move forward with success.

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has a crucial role to play too. President Moon is dedicated to a comprehensive peace settlement between the two divided Koreas and the eventual denuclearization of the peninsula. The South Korea leader is well aware that the North needs and deserves security guarantees.

It can be expected therefore that the South Korean leadership will back Trump in his prudent call for dropping the war games.

Jun 15 08:01

Classified Israeli Report Hints Trump-Kim Summit a Glorified Photo Op

A classified Israeli Foreign Ministry report suggests that US President Donald Trump and North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un’s meeting in Singapore was little more than a glorified photo opportunity in which the US “retreated from its positions.”

"Regardless of the smiles in the summit, many in Japan, South Korea and the US Congress doubt that North Korea is sincere in its intentions. Our assessment is that regardless of President Trump's statements about quick changes that are expected in North Korean policy, the road the [sic.] real and substantive change, if it ever happens, will be long and slow," the classified report, obtained by Axios' Barak Ravid Thursday afternoon, states.

Jun 14 16:01

Why Americans (And Koreans) Can Sleep Better After The Summit

Scads of analysts and pundits have weighed in on the Trump-Kim summit talks in Singapore, parsing the brief agreement and presidential tweets for signs of just how strongly it actually commits North Korea to total, verifiable “denuclearization.”

Jun 14 14:24

Trump’s Giving Diplomacy A Chance. His Critics Should, Too.

Some critics have knocked President Trump for making “too many concessions” to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the historic Singapore Summit – the first-ever meeting between a U.S. president and North Korean leader.

Jun 14 09:47

I’d love to get US military out of South Korea: Trump

US President Donald Trump has said drawing down American troops in South Korea was not a part of negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but stated that he would love to get American military out of the Korean peninsula.

In an interview broadcast on Wednesday, Trump said that a troop drawdown was “never discussed” during the historic summit with Kim in Singapore on Tuesday, apparently trying to calm the nerves of skeptics in America who blame the president of planning to give away too much to Kim in pursuit of a nuclear agreement.

“I am sure he would like that. It was never on the table. We sort of understood that was never on the table,” Trump said.

However, he reiterated his old desire to lower the American military presence in South Korea.

“I would love to get the military out as soon as we can because it costs a lot of money and a lot of money for us,” Trump said.

Jun 14 08:22

US hopes for 'major' North Korea disarmament by 2020, says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

The US hopes to see "major disarmament" of nuclear-armed North Korea by the end of President Donald Trump's first term in 2020, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday in Seoul.

Speaking the day after an unprecedented summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pompeo told reporters negotiations on Pyongyang's atomic arsenal could move forward quickly and would take place "most certainly in the president's first term."

Jun 14 08:02

Trump Sees End to North Korea Nuclear Threat Despite Unclear Path

President Trump declared Wednesday that North Korea is “no longer a nuclear threat” to the United States even though the two sides had yet to forge a concrete disarmament plan and offered incomplete accounts of what they agreed to during this week’s summit meeting in Singapore.

Rejoicing in the glow of a historic encounter, Mr. Trump returned to Washington and portrayed his agreement with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, as a signal achievement that meant that the outcast state was no longer the United States’ most dangerous problem. But the path to disarmament remained no clearer a day after the meeting.

Jun 13 12:39

FLASHBACK - Obama dismisses Pyongyang’s bid to halt nuclear tests

US President Barack Obama has rejected an offer by North Korea to ditch its nuclear tests in exchange for Washington’s suspension of joint annual war games with South Korea.

Obama, who was speaking Sunday at a presser in Hanover with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said, “We don’t take seriously a promise to simply halt until the next time they decide to do a test these kinds of activities.”

“What we’ve said consistently… is that if North Korea shows seriousness in denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, then we’ll be prepared to enter into some serious conversations with them about reducing tensions and our approach to protecting our allies in the region. But that’s not something that happens based on a press release in the wake of a series of provocative behaviors. They’re going to have to do better than that.”

Jun 13 12:18

Is Trump-Kim Deal Really Peace Or Is It A Set Up For War?

By Brandon Turbeville

Presidents Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are perhaps the two most unpredictable leaders in the world with everyone wondering from day to day what new provocative statement will be ushered from official channels. However, the two most unpredictable leaders appear to have found common ground, perhaps even kindred spirits, during the course of the Singapore Summit when both men came away with an apparent mutually beneficial deal that will see the de-escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

While there have been no real concrete agreements as a result of the talks, the North Korean side has pledged its commitment to the denuclearization of the peninsula, while the American side has strongly suggested that it will put its military exercises on hold with South Korea...

Jun 13 10:22

US wants ‘major’ N. Korean nuke disarmament within 2.5 years – Pompeo

The US is hoping to achieve “major” North Korean nuclear disarmament within 2.5 years, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced. It comes just one day after President Donald Trump's historic meeting with Kim Jong-un.

Jun 13 08:09

Japan to cooperate with US, South Korea, China, Russia to solve North Korean issue

Japan will closely cooperate with the United States and South Korea, as well as China and Russia to solve the issue of North Korean missile and nuclear programs, the country’s Prime Minister Shizno Abe said on Tuesday.

"We will do our best to solve (those issues) in cooperation with the US and South Korea, as well as China and Russia," he said when commenting the results of the meeting between the US and North Korean leaders, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, in Singapore.

According to Abe, the recent summit has become an important step towards settlement of the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Jun 13 08:06

Trump Says North Korea Will Destroy Missile Site. But Which One?

Experts have been left scratching their heads over one of the most concrete concessions President Trump says he received from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during Tuesday's summit in Singapore.

At a press conference after their meeting, Trump said Kim had agreed to destroy "a major missile engine testing site."

"That was not in your agreement," Trump told reporters. "I got that after we signed the agreement. I said, 'Do me a favor. You've got this missile engine testing site. We know where it is because of the heat.' It's incredible the equipment we have, to be honest with you. I said, 'Can you close it up?' He's going to close it up."

But North Korea has several test facilities scattered across the country. Each site has a different role in the nation's missile program, and some are more valuable than others.

Jun 12 15:57

Diplomacy Is Better Than War In North Korea

Today’s historic Singapore Summit, the first meeting of a U.S. president and North Korean leader, has been knocked for too many concessions by the U.S. But against a backdrop of possible nuclear war, it would be overly cynical not to recognize the meeting’s potential for good.

Jun 12 14:23

With eyes on Iran, Netanyahu praises Trump over North Korea summit

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday hailed US President Donald Trump’s summit in Singapore with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as “historic” and an “important step” in denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, while linking the meeting to the US leader’s “tough stance” on Iran.

“I congratulate US President Donald Trump for the historic summit in Singapore,” Netanyahu said in a statement. “It is an important step in the effort to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.”

Jun 12 14:13

US Public Being Misled On Trump-Kim Summit

Establishment media is either unwilling or unable to accurately cover the intricacies of the Trump-Kim summit as well as Pyongyang’s serious diplomatic efforts, says Gareth Porter.

Jun 12 11:47

Here was the scene a few moments ago in the Singapore International Media Center when Trump and Kim met for the first time.

“I feel really great,” Mr. Trump said. “It’s gonna be a great discussion and I think tremendous success. I think it’s gonna be really successful and I think we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt.”

Mr. Kim said: “It was not easy to get here. There were obstacles but we overcame them to be here.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whatever you think of this President, yesterday was a truly historic occasion, and one which, if managed properly, can mean a great deal toward the de-escalation of tensions with North Korea, about which the world should feel markedly relieved.

Jun 12 10:13

TRUMP "WAR GAMES" ANNOUNCEMENT SHOCKS SOUTH KOREA, US MILITARY FORCES

In what was perhaps the most surprising announcement to emerge from today's Trump-Kim summit, president Trump agreed to suspend military exercises with South Korea in return for a commitment to denuclearisation from North Korea.

As we reported earlier, Trump said the war games were expensive and “very provocative”, and yet stopping them has been called a "major concession", something the US has previously rejected as non-negotiable on the grounds that the exercises are a key element of its military alliance with Seoul, and maintaining a deterrent against North Korea. In return, Trump said Kim had agreed in a joint statement to reassert “his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is both a reasonable, and positive step.

Jun 12 09:56

Trump & Kim sign ‘historic’ document following talks in Singapore

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump have signed a four-point document that would lead to “major change,” they announced at a joint news conference after their first face-to-face meeting in Singapore.

The contents of the document were not immediately disclosed, but Trump said that he will be holding a press conference on the matter later in the day.

“We’ve developed a very special bond,” Trump said, sitting next to “chairman” Kim after what he called an “intensive time” together. He vowed to start the process “very, very quickly” without specifying what exactly is going to happen.

Jun 12 08:28

How Corporate Media Got the Trump-Kim Summit All Wrong

The statement came a few months after Kim had resumed nuclear testing in an intensive effort to establish a credible nuclear deterrent. In part that was because of the young Kim’s conviction that the United States believed it could “bully” his regime in the transition after Kim father, Kim Jong Il, died in December 2011, according to Wit’s North Korean interlocutors.

But those same North Korean officials also told Wit that the new buildup would be of limited duration – only until it became possible to improve relations with the United States. That explanation suggested that Kim was pursuing a military capability primarily to serve as an incentive for Washington to come to the negotiating table and as a set of bargaining chips to obtain what it really wanted – an end to the hostile policy toward the regime by the United States.

Jun 12 08:19

Dennis Rodman gets emotional as he describes what it was like when he visited North Korea and returned home

Cross dressing, black, former pro athlete wearing a MAGA hat crying with joy on Fake News Network : "Today's a great day for everybody."

Jun 12 08:01

‘Rocket Man’ 1, Trump 0: North Korea Keeps Its Nukes for Now

The historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended with the celebratory signing of a declaration that the United States and North Korea will “work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

But the declaration, which echoes the vague language of an April joint statement by Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, does not commit North Korea to a firm, verifiable process for giving up its nuclear weapons or the associated research-and-development effort.

Despite Trump telling reporters that his meeting with Kim went “better than anybody could have expected,” only one man truly had any reason to celebrate.

Jun 12 07:59

At Historic Moment for Peace, CNN’s Jim Acosta Shouts Something Jaw-Dropping

Acosta was admonished on Twitter for his childish behavior, and many are calling for his White House press credentials to be pulled.

One would compare Acosta’s actions to a Democratic operative, but one would imagine that even a staffer at the DNC would be respectful at such an extraordinary, historic moment.

Jun 12 07:57

Trump Brings Sticks, Not Carrots, to Summit with Kim Jong-un

US administrations don't negotiate. They demand, wanting other nations subservient to their interests.

US global political influence is waning, not growing. Yet its military strength is an ominous force to be reckoned with - armed with super-weapons, willing to do whatever it takes to enforce its will on other nations.

Bullying doesn't win friends and influence people, just the opposite. Carrots work much better than sticks.

Washington consistently reneges on promises. Rare exceptions prove the rule, why it can never be trusted - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un keenly mindful of what he's up against in dealing with Trump.

Jun 12 07:56

Investors Eager For Economic Opening Of North Korea

If North Korean leader Kim Jong Un manages detente in his summit with President Trump, it could be a prelude to opening one of the most closed economies in the world.

During his trip to Singapore, Kim has hinted he might be in favor of beginning that process. North Korea's state media reported on Tuesday that Kim was impressed with the city-state's economic development, and hopes he can learn from the country.

Jun 12 02:26

Trump Meets Kim


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Jun 11 15:30

Why Do Democrats Want To Sabotage North Korea Talks?

Amazing how partisan politics shape this country’s foreign policy. Seven Democratic senators have written the president urging that any agreement signed with North Korea must be permanent; must be subject to “anywhere, anytime” inspections of all nuclear-related sites and facilities; and must include the dismantling and elimination of all of the regime’s ballistic missiles and programs. (One thinks of Mike Pompeo’s demands on Iran to renegotiate the Iran Deal by making infinite concessions.)

Jun 11 11:37

Dennis Rodman Aims To Unite North Korea And The U.S.

In waiting to find out if a nuclear war is fated, the entire world has been put at ease by the news that Dennis Rodman will be attending the North Korea summit.

If this news is not enough to fuel confidence about the meeting, the knowledge that the trip itself is being funded by the former NBA star’s marijuana cryptocurrency sponsors @potcoin will hopefully put observers at ease.

Progress may or may not be made in disarming nuclear North Korea at the summit, but the cryptocurrency may get a boost from the wild publicity as yet another celebrity lines to be the face of a digital token and lift it out of obscurity.

“Thanks to my loyal sponsors from @potcoin and my team at @Prince_Mrketing, I will be flying to Singapore for the historical Summit,” Rodman tweeted last week.

Jun 11 10:55

NETANYAHU: IF YOU STAND WITH TRUMP ON NORTH KOREA, OPPOSE A NUCLEAR IRAN

Those who support US President Donald Trump’s effort to denuclearize North Korea should stand behind his quest to halt a nuclear Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

"Dangerous regimes should denuclearize,” Netanyahu told the AJC Global Forum, whose members gathered in Jerusalem before Tuesday's meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dangerous regimes? You mean like the US and Israel, which cannot go 6 months without attacking someone?

Jun 11 10:49

N. Korean FM: Netanyahu a ‘stinking Zionist’ who ‘kills Gaza’

While the North Korean leadership prepares for Kim Jong-un’s historic meeting with US President Trump, Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho finds the time to lash out at the Israeli prime minister on Twitter following his offer to help Iran with water tech; Also on Twitter, Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei refers to Netanyahu as ‘the children-killer PM of the Zionist regime.’

Jun 11 10:10

'No f***ing crazy talk from anybody in the administration': Trump's words of warning to Mike Pence and aides ahead of historic North Korean summit

President Donald Trump told Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials to tone down the rhetoric in the weeks before his historic summit with North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, it was revealed on Sunday.

Trump had led the tough talk against Kim earlier in his administration, calling him a 'rocket man' in his September speech to the United Nations.

But as then-CIA director Mike Pompeo prepared to go to North Korea over Easter weekend, the president changed his tune, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The president surprised top advisers by urging restraint, officials told the newspaper.

National Security Adviser John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence were told to tone down their comments.

'Mike, you got it?' Trump told the vice president, a person in the room told the Journal. 'No f***ing crazy talk from anybody in the administration.'

Jun 11 10:10

White House slams Trudeau: 'Special place in hell' for PM who 'stabbed us in the back' to try and make Trump look weak ahead of North Korea summit

The White House escalated the war of words against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday as top advisers to President Donald Trump said there was a 'special place in hell' for the traitor who 'stabbed us in the back' with a 'cheap' and 'sophomoric' stunt designed to make Trump look weak ahead of his meeting with North Korean President Kim Jung-Un.

'He really kind of stabbed us in the back. He really, actually, you know: he did a great disservice to the whole G-7. He betrayed,' White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on CNN's 'State of the Union' Sunday morning.

'He went rogue.'

The White House economic adviser used the interview to take shot after shot at Trudeau, calling him 'polarizing,' sophomoric,' and performing a 'political stunt.'

Jun 11 10:04

How North Korea Can Strike It Rich

One of Donald Trump’s strategies for enticing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un into sweeping talks about scrapping his country’s nuclear arsenal has been to dangle an apparently unlikely promise of future prosperity. Kim’s poverty-stricken country, Trump said at a White House meeting last month, could end up “very rich.” Is this just more Trumpian hyperbole, or is the president on to something?

The Korean Peninsula offers about as close to a natural experiment for answering that question as you can get. One half of the peninsula took an authoritarian state-capitalist path and is now an advanced industrial democracy. The other opted for state socialism and is now poor and isolated. The conclusion: There’s nothing to stop North Korea — sharing similar geography and human capital — from following in the footsteps of South Korea and other countries in the region.

Jun 10 11:31

Trump, Kim In Singapore For Historic Summit

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have arrived in Singapore, two days ahead of a much-anticipated summit that could ultimately resolve a persisting crisis in the Korean Peninsula over the North’s controversial nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Jun 10 09:10

Trump Predicts ‘Spur of the Moment’ Agreement With North Korea

Before jetting off for Singapore on Saturday, President Trump said he has a “clear objective” for his June 12 meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un but is prepared to hit the ground running. “It’s going to be something that will always be spur of the moment,” he said about any potential agreements with Kim. “You don’t know. This has not been done before at this level.” At the top of the agenda for the meeting is Washington’s demands that Pyongyang surrender its nuclear weapons program, though Trump said he believes the summit will at the very least help build a “relationship” between the two countries. Whether or not it will yield a more significant agreement is something he said he’ll know “within the first minute.” “Just my touch, my feel. That’s what I do. And if I think it won’t happen, I’m not going to waste my time.

Jun 10 08:56

Door already ajar: Trump may struggle to isolate North Korea again

North Korean officials have toured China to discuss economic development. Speculators are snapping up property along their common border. And South Korea is studying ways to boost engagement with its isolated neighbor to the north.

Jun 10 05:48

Conspiracy theory dance party! Rudy Giuliani’s insane Israeli vacation

Globes Capital Market Conference in Tel Aviv.....Giuliani...
He said many outrageous things, but the most consequential is likely to be what he said when asked about the summit with Kim Jong Un being back on track: "Kim Jong Un got back on his hands and knees and begged for it, which is exactly the position you want to put him in." Also see John Bolton comments.

Jun 08 05:57

MYSTERY "GRIM REAPER" CIA OFFICER THRUST INTO SPOTLIGHT AHEAD OF KIM SUMMIT

While President Donald Trump seems intent to make a deal with North Korea seemingly at any cost, the CIA has apparently deployed one of its most hawkish North Korea hands to be at the president's side during the summit, allowing the intelligence community to rein in any of the president's excesses as it angles for a historic diplomatic achievement.

In a piece published late Wednesday, Bloomberg profiles Andrew Kim, a CIA officer who first came to prominence when he was photographed sitting alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during Pompeo's first meeting with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; if at all possible, the American Deep State doesn't want to see President Trump get any kind of a win with North Korea whatsoever, and is already angling to put death headlock on any potential deal with which he might be able to come away in Singapore.

This can only mean one thing; more war against North Korea, which is almost certain to bring China in on North Korea's side.

Jun 07 10:58

Rambouillet ruse? Why Trump could be setting up his North Korea talks to fail

President Trump has set the bar of success so high for his forthcoming meeting with Kim Jong-un, it is difficult to see how it could possibly be met.

As the New York Times noted last month, “To meet his own definition of success, Mr. Trump will have to persuade Mr. Kim to accept ‘complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization’ of North Korea — something that Mr. Kim has shown no willingness to accept in the past, and few believe he will accede to in the future.”

Jun 07 10:26

Abe wants to make Trump's North Korea talks even more complicated

For more than 40 years, Takuya Yokota has longed for news of his sister Megumi, who disappeared from a seaside town in northern Japan in 1977, one of at least a dozen Japanese citizens snatched by North Korean agents.

The need for answers is a message Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be taking to Donald Trump on Thursday when the two meet in Washington, days before the US President's talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Pyongyang has admitted to kidnapping Megumi Yokota, but said she died decades ago. Her family disputes this account and believes she is still alive in North Korea.

Abe has pushed the topic of Japanese abductions with the US President before, both Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have previously promised to address the issue.

Jun 07 07:53

China May Send Fighter Jet Escort For Kim When He Travels To Meet Trump

Source with the South Korean Air Force says Beijing could be sending a message to Washington and Seoul that it’s got North Korean leader’s back

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Jun 06 13:16

Report: Bolton Sidelined After State Dept Officials Say He Tried to 'Blow Up' N. Korea Talks

John Bolton, who has been working tirelessly to sabotage Trump's peace deal with North Korea, has reportedly been sidelined by President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

According to CNN, State Department officials now believe his inflammatory "Libya model" comments were made in a deliberate attempt to derail the deal.

Jun 06 10:10

Putin Praises "Courageous And Mature" Trump For Agreeing To Meet With North Korea

Russian President Vladimir Putin praised US President Donald Trump for agreeing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un about the possibility of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. After calling Trump "courageous and mature", Putin added that he's expecting a "positive outcome" from the June 12 summit, which is set to take place in Singapore.

"I still hope that this meeting – a very courageous and mature decision U.S. President Donald Trump has made, to have direct contacts with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un – will take place, and we all expect a positive outcome," Putin said in an interview with China Media Group ahead of a planned summit in Shanghai later this week.

Putin and Trump are said to be planning a summit, and the two leaders have met twice in person since Trump took office.

Jun 06 09:06

REPORT: DENNIS RODMAN WILL BE IN SINGAPORE FOR TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT

NBA star turned Kim Jong Un soulmate Dennis Rodman will be in Singapore during President Trump’s summit with the North Korean dictator next week, The Post has learned.

“The Worm” will arrive in the country a day before the June 12 sitdown — and sources said he could even play some sort of role in the negotiations.

“No matter what you might think about his presence. One thing’s for sure the ratings will be huge,” a source said. “A lot of times in situations that involve complex diplomacy countries like to identify ambassadors of goodwill and whether you agree with it or not Dennis Rodman fits the bill.”

Jun 06 08:26

Report: Pompeo Froze Bolton Out Of Oval Office Meeting With North Korean Official

Bolton’s also the guy who infuriated the NorKs by talking about the “Libyan model” of denuclearization a few weeks ago on American television. That led to a series of belligerent statements from Pyongyang, which in turn led to Trump pulling out of the summit. Remember who encouraged him to do that, per NBC?

Jun 06 07:58

What Trump's newly softened tone on North Korea means for the summit with Kim

Washington's newly toned-down approach on Pyongyang has led many to ask whether President Donald Trump will still press Kim Jong Un at next week's summit.

Last week, the U.S. president curbed expectations for immediate denuclearization in a major shift from his previous demands.

A lengthy disarmament process, however, poses several risks, experts warned.

Jun 05 13:06

Kim Jong-un’s Commitment To Dismantling Nuclear Program In Doubt

Kim Jong-un’s commitment to America’s goal of dismantling North Korea’s decades-old nuclear program remains uncertain amid the looming denuclearization summit between the dictator and U.S. President Donald Trump, experts told lawmakers on Tuesday, echoing some regime defectors.

Jun 05 12:39

Senate Dems Threaten Legislation to Undermine North Korea Nuclear Deal

A letter from a number of ranking Senate Democrats, including Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), is setting out a series of demands for any denuclearization deal with North Korea. The letter suggests they intend to undermine any sort of deal made in the Trump-Kim summit next week.

The letter demands any denuclearization deal be complete and “permanent,” and threatens legislation to prevent any sanctions relief without their approval. They also demand that Trump force China to play a role in enforcing the deal.

This closely mirrors the way Congressional Republicans undermined the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, as reached by President Obama. This ultimately led to the US withdrawing from the deal just a couple of years into it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All of this is thoroughly predictable, from a party which has lost all moral compass, and has no real plan for moving this country forward, with peace and prosperity for as many Americans as possible. Of course, I consider your "worthy opponents", the Republicans, not much better on this issue.

And hey, Democratic Chair Tom Perez: the "Get Trump by Any Means Possible" thing... has grown old, and decrepit, and the American people are not paying attention. They have some very real needs and concerns which desperately should be addressed, but are not being addressed by Congress.

IF you and your minions had two brain cells to rub together, you would be grooming Hawaii's own Representative Tulsi Gabbard for the 2020 Presidential race. She is smart, a Vet, a minority (Samoan/American), and pro-peace.

Unfortunately, because of so much money earned by the US military industrial complex, and how much the heads of those corporations use to own you and your cohorts, to keep the wars going indefinitely, she will most likely not even be considered.

And that is profoundly unfortunate; in 2020, a pro-peace candidate would have a great shot at winning the presidency.

Jun 05 11:53

Pre-Coup Planning: Kim "Replaces" Top Military Officials Ahead Of Historic US Summit

Suggesting that some North Korean government hardliners remain opposed to denuclearization, and may even have had political overhaul ambitions in Kim's absence in one week, Yonhap and Reuters reported Monday morning that Kim Jong Un has removed the top three military officials from their posts ahead of the historic June 12 summit with Trump in Singapore.

While there has been no specific reason cited for the "replacement", it is possible that Kim was worried about the military - which holds an immense amount of power in North Korean society - staging a coup in his absence one week from today.

Jun 04 09:32

North Korea looms large in Singapore, but China takes front billing

It was billed as the pre-summit summit. A gathering of regional defense chiefs in the very same city where the two leaders of the United States and North Korea are due to meet in a mere nine days' time.

But rather than offering a preview of next week's main event, issues surrounding North Korea took a backseat during this year's Shangri-La Dialogue, Asia's foremost security forum.
Instead, it was the rise of China that proved to be the most important and repeatedly talked about subject among delegates in Singapore.

Jun 03 09:07

No sanctions relief without steps to denuclearize, Mattis tells North Korea

North Korea will not get any sanctions relief until it has demonstrated "verifiable and irreversible" steps to denuclearization, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Isn't that up to Trump to decide?!?

Jun 03 06:24

press t.v.: In Diplomacy Involving US, North Korea Is In Control

(*just throw a peace prize at Trump , so he can get back to bombing the $#!^ out of everybody !
whitehorse souce)

Jun 02 09:46

US Troops in South Korea Off Table at Trump-Kim Summit - Pentagon Chief Mattis

US military presence in South Korea will not come up at the June 12 summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, Defense Secretary James Mattis said in Singapore.

Jun 01 07:31

North Korea summit: uninvited guests could foil Trump's objectives

Donald Trump hopes to choose from a quick and easy menu at next month’s Singapore summit with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un.

The US president wants instant results, primarily a headline-grabbing nuclear weapons deal in return for food aid, investment and other support.

If sanctions are lifted, the deal could even include the launch of an American hamburger franchise in Pyongyang, according to a CIA report.

But rival countries wanting to get in on the action and hoping to make strategic and business gains, are hustling to ensure the summit outcome suits them too – assuming the meeting goes ahead.

The competing interests of China, Russia, Japan, South Korea – and of Kim himself – may upset Trump’s hopes.

Jun 01 07:30

Kim Jong-un complains to Russia over 'US hegemonism'

Kim Jong-un has complained of “US hegemonism” to Russia’s visiting foreign minister as one of his top lieutenants visited New York trying to ensure that a summit with President Donald Trump goes ahead.

The North Korean ruler told Sergey Lavrov that he hoped to boost cooperation with Russia, which has remained largely on the sidelines in recent months as Kim has reached out diplomatically to the United States, South Korea and China.

May 31 09:52

Pompeo and a North Korean official abruptly conclude talks to salvage nuclear summit

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a senior North Korean official abruptly ended two days of talks Thursday with no immediate announcement of progress toward reinstating a potential summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump.

May 31 09:36

CIA Undermines North Korea Summit By Leaking Report To Media Asset

Just as it was reported that the summit between the United States and North Korea was back on and that Kim Young Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea was on his way to New York to meet with officials in preparation for the June 12 summit, the CIA leaked an intelligence assessment concluding that “North Korea does not intend to give up its nuclear weapons any time soon.” The timing of this leak is striking, as it seems to be an effort to undermine negotiations between the two nations and comes just days after ranking members of the Democratic Party and Republican hardliners attacked President Donald Trump over his efforts to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

May 31 09:29

Pompeo dines with Kim aide to save Trump's North Korean summit

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dined with Kim Jong Un's right-hand man on Wednesday night in an effort to salvage President Donald Trump's summit with North Korea.

Filet mignon was on the menu after Kim Yong Chol jetted into to New York earlier in the day. He is the highest-ranking official to visit the U.S. from Pyongyang since October 2000, when President Bill Clinton was considering normalizing relations with North Korea. Their working dinner at a government residence in a private midtown Manhattan building lasted about 90 minutes.

Pompeo, who hails from Kansas, was later asked what they ate. "American beef," he replied.

Kim Yong Chol is a former intelligence chief and vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The SONY hack turned out to be an internal leak, and the attack on the Cheosan was a false flag.

May 31 09:25

Russia will support any concrete agreement that benefits all parties of Korea peace talks – Lavrov

The ultimate goal of Korean denuclearization cannot be reached as long as sanctions against Pyongyang are in place, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following talks with his North Korean counterpart.

Amid ongoing negotiations on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Lavrov flew to Pyongyang on Thursday to hold talks with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho.

“In regards to sanctions, it is absolutely obvious that starting the whole conversation about the solution of the nuclear problem of the Korean Peninsula, we proceed from the fact that it cannot be complete until the sanctions are abolished,” Lavrov said following the talks.

Stressing that it is “impossible” to ensure denuclearization in one move, the Russian foreign minister urged North Korean and US diplomats to use the “art of diplomacy” to achieve the desired outcome step by step.

May 30 14:22

CIA: No Way North Korea Denuclearizes, But They Might Open A Burger Joint

According to a report by NBC News, a CIA analysis from last week concludes that North Korea won't be giving up their nuclear weapons anytime soon, but they might be willing to put a Western hamburger franchise in Pyongyang as a show of goodwill, according to three national security officials who illegally leaked details of the alleged internal report.

May 28 13:21

“PEACE NEGOTIATOR” MIKE POMPEO: THERE IS A CIA PLOT TO ASSASSINATE KIM JONG-UN?

In May of last year, the DPRK accused both the CIA (headed by Mike Pompeo) and the ROK’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) of “a failed plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong-un with a biochemical bomb at a military parade in Pyongyang.”

Neither the CIA nor the White House responded to these accusations.

While press reports acknowledged the CIA’s “long history” of political assassinations, the DPRK’s accusations were casually dismissed.

According to The Guardian (March 5, 2017)

“The CIA has a long history of helping to kill leaders around the world. US intelligence agency has since 1945 succeeded in deposing or killing a string of leaders, but was forced to cut back after a Senate investigation in the 1970s”

May 28 12:04

Trump All But Confirms Historic Summit With Kim Is Back On As US Officials Enter North Korea

According to WaPo sources, former US ambassador to South Korea, Sung Kim, crossed into North Korea on Sunday to hold talks with Pyongyang’s Vice-Foreign Minister, Choe Son Hui. The US envoy is accompanied by Allison Hooker, the Korea specialist on the National Security Council and an undisclosed official from the Defense Department, the source said.

The meetings between US and N.Korean officials are expected to continue on Monday and Tuesday with the aim of organizing “any summit” between Trump and Kim on the North Korean nuclear program. Sung Kim and Choe reportedly know each other well as they were both involved in nuclear talks in previous years.

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One day after Saturday's "surprise" second summit between the leaders of North and South Korea, President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday that his Northern counterpart Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to “complete” denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and to a planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

May 28 11:06

The CIA’s Plan to Assassinate Kim Jong-un, History of CIA Sponsored Assassinations

The history of the US Central Intelligence Agency is replete with numerous examples of political assassinations, not only in the US, but also of leaders of countries Washington disagrees with. So today, the CIA has actively begun developing various methods for the deliberate elimination of the US’s newest political opponent, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, involving not only special forces in this task, but also the special services of countries that cooperate closely with the CIA.

May 28 10:00

What Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un Don’t Know About Their Own Standoff

The North issued a statement in short order emphasizing a willingness to “sit down with the United States any time, in any format, to resolve the problems.” Yet it’s getting harder to see how Trump and Kim can make the mutual accommodations necessary for diplomacy to succeed. In fact, beneath the surface, the current situation resembles the prelude to the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, which historical research continues to show was much more dangerous than anyone knew at the time. If the Trump-Kim summit stays canceled, and saber-rattling returns as the dominant mode of communication, the odds of military crisis will rise dramatically. And, as the Cuba experience shows, once begun, a military crisis involving nuclear weapons will almost inevitably bring lots of surprises—ones that could make the shocking twists and turns of the summit buildup look pedestrian by comparison.

May 28 09:57

Allison Hooker: Low-key figure who could pave way for US-NK talks

South Korean analysts and media have pinpointed Allison Hooker, a National Security Council official who specializes in Korean affairs as a potential key player in establishing foundations for future US-North Korea talks.

Hooker, a former East Asia and Pacific affairs analyst with the US State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research, is part of the delegation led by Trump that arrived in South Korea on Friday for the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Olympics.

Washington, however, initially left her name off the delegation list when relevant announcements were made. It is unknown whether her visit was meant to be classified or just that she was a last minute addition.

May 28 09:56

US officials cross into North Korea ‘to prepare Trump-Kim talks’ – report

US officials have arrived in North Korea to start preparations for still-unconfirmed talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, the Washington Post reported after conflicting signals from the US president on the meeting’s fate.

Former US ambassador to South Korea, Sung Kim, crossed into North Korea on Sunday to hold talks with Pyongyang’s Vice-Foreign Minister, Choe Son Hui, a source familiar with the matter told the paper.

The US envoy is accompanied by Allison Hooker, the Korea specialist on the National Security Council and an undisclosed official from the Defense Department, the source said.

May 27 15:42

Trump tweets that North Korea has 'brilliant potential' and will be a 'great economic and financial Nation' as U.S. negotiator crosses the DMZ to meet the diplomat who called Pence a 'political dummy' to prepare for planned June 12 summit

'Our United States team has arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the Summit between Kim Jong Un and myself,' Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon after spending four hours at his Virginia golf course.

'I truly believe North Korea has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial Nation one day. Kim Jong Un agrees with me on this. It will happen!' he wrote.

May 26 09:41

The North Korea summit farce makes it clear again: Trump is dangerous

This is where hubris and arrogance lead. By indefinitely postponing his summit with Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, in a fit of petulance and political cowardice, Donald Trump has squandered a golden opportunity for peace on the Korean peninsula, plunged the Asia-Pacific region into a period of renewed uncertainty, blindsided America’s allies, and resurrected the dread prospect of nuclear war.

All may not yet be lost. But that’s no thanks to Trump. The author of The Art of the Deal thought he alone could pull off what had eluded successive presidents in Washington. He prematurely hailed Kim’s decision to free three US citizens as a major breakthrough. He basked in utterly ludicrous talk, notably from Boris Johnson, of a Nobel peace prize. When Kim made clear “denuclearisation” did not mean what Trump thought it meant, he meekly offered more concessions.

May 25 09:46

Is US Bellicosity Backfiring?

U.S. threats to crush Iran and North Korea may yet work, but as of now neither Tehran nor Pyongyang appears to be intimidated.

Repeated references by NSC adviser John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence to the "Libya model" for denuclearization of North Korea just helped sink the Singapore summit of President Trump and Kim Jong Un. To North Korea, the Libya model means the overthrow and murder of Libya strongman Col. Gadhafi, after he surrendered his WMD.

May 25 09:28

US to Impose New Sanctions Against North Korea Next Week - Reports

The United States has been reportedly mulling sanctions against Pyongyang as part of its maximum pressure campaign despite preparations for the June 12 summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un.

The White House is considering dozens of new sanctions against North Korea, which may go into effect early next week, US-based media reported.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the US National Security Council met on Thursday to discuss potential sanctions against Pyongyang, military action and other ways forward.

May 25 09:07

Trump Says Talking to North Korea, Summit Could Go Ahead on 12th

Earlier, US President Donald Trump canceled the June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after Pyongyang reacted angrily to Washington's warning that the "military option" for the North Korean problem was still on the table.

US President Donald Trump said on Friday that conversations are underway right now with North Korea and a canceled summit with Kim Jong-un could go ahead on "the 12th," an apparent reference to June 12, the previously scheduled date of the meeting.

"We're going to see what happens. We're talking to them right now. It could even be the 12th… We want to do it," Trump told reporters.

Earlier in the day, the US president welcomed what he called warm and productive statements from North Korea, calling the recent remarks made by the country's leader Kim Jong-un "very good news."

May 25 08:42

Despite Trump Canceling the Summit North Korea is Still Open to Talks with U.S.

May 25 08:28

Koreans and Anti-War Voices Unite to Demand Trump Resume Peace Talks

Trump’s announcement that the scheduled summit will not take place was met with dismay by both North and South Koreans.

(*I told you Trump was going to Pop The Bag on Korea's Internationally acclaimed moves towards unification and peace ! )

May 24 18:05

N. Korea says it's still ready to talk to US 'at any time, in any way'

The decision by US President Donald Trump to cancel the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is “not in line with the world’s wishes,” the government in Pyongyang has announced.

Kim has made the “utmost efforts” to hold a summit with Trump, said the North Korean first vice minister for foreign affairs, Kim Kye-gwan, according to the state news agency KCNA. The meeting between two leaders was scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.

Pyongyang is “still willing to resolve issues with the United States,” the official said, holding onto the hope that the meeting could still be rescheduled.

May 24 12:00

Trump says US military 'is ready if necessary' after Kim Jong Un summit cancellation

President Donald Trump said Thursday that the U.S. military stands "ready if necessary" following his cancellation of a planned summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, ramping up already tense rhetoric exchanged between Washington and Pyongyang.

The president, throwing aside his conciliatory rhetoric, called the meeting's cancellation a "great setback for the world." Touting a "greatly enhanced" American military and the power of U.S. allies, Trump warned Kim against taking "foolish or reckless" action.

"I have spoken to South Korea and Japan and they are not only ready should foolish or reckless acts be taken by North Korea, but they are willing to shoulder much of the cost of any financial burden — any of the costs associated by the United States in operations, if such an unfortunate situation is forced upon us," he said during an event at which he signed a bill rolling back bank regulations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How completely ironic that the President who brought us "The Art of the Deal" appears to be a man who is pathologically unable to negotiate, at the national level, and keep this country on a peaceful footing around the world.

But I am sure he had help from Bolton and Pompeo, two men who never met a potential war they didn't savor. Pompeo's visit to North Korea, and Bolton's casual reference potentially comparing what happened in Libya to what should happen in North Korea, didn't help matters at all.

So as someone who lives on a first-strike target in the Pacific (China's missiles would decimate these islands), you can color me very nervous all over again.

May 24 09:19

Putin’s Peace Efforts Are Coming To Naught

The Trump regime has sabotaged Putin’s peace efforts in Syria, Iran, Ukraine, and North Korea.

In the interest of peace Putin has avoided responding to US and Israeli provocations in Syria. Putin went so far as to invite the war criminal and genocidal maniac Netanyahu to Russia for the celebration of Russia’s victory over Germany in World War II. Netanyahu accepted, but showed Putin who is boss by ordering illegal Israeli military attacks on Syrian army positions just prior to his departure for Russia.

May 24 09:17

Trump Calls Off June 12 Meeting With Kim Jong-un, Hopes to Meet Him 'Some Day'

Until now the fate of the long-awaited summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un had been unknown. While Washington had demanded that the DPRK start the process of denuclearization, Pyongyang stressed that it would negotiate with Trump only if he was seeking to improve bilateral relations.

"I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting," Trump said, referring to a meeting with Kim Jong-un slated for June 12. "Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place," read Trump's letter to Kim Jong-un, released by the White House.

The US president has blamed the cancellation on North Korea's "tremendous anger and open hostility" expressed in Kim's latest statement.

May 24 09:11

Saboteur Bolton Succeeds: Trump Cancels Nuclear Summit With Kim Jong-un

John Bolton has succeeded in sabotaging peace talks with North Korea.

May 24 08:40

Trump cancels Singapore nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

President Trump cancels his historic summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month.

Trump accuses North Korea of "tremendous anger and open hostility."
The meeting, which would have marked the first face-to-face encounter between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, was set for June 12.
"You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used," Trump writes.

May 24 08:37

North Korea Summit With President Trump Canceled

President Trump announced the cancellation of his scheduled June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in a letter released this morning by the White House.

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