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Oct 01 10:48

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 10:50

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 06:33

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 10:46

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 11:27

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 11:24

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 10:36

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 08:33

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 13:55

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 12:09

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 11:54

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 11:09

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 19:41

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 11:26

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me slightly optimistic here.

Sep 20 10:33

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 10:30

'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 09:52

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 19 16:28

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 13:37

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 13:36

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 09:34

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 07:01

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 06:52

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 05:37

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 05:34

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 16:52

This is how North Korea welcomed South Korea's president

Sep 18 10:40

TRUMP COMMITS TO ENDLESS WAR

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Sep 18 09:17

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 19:59

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 11:59

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 11:43

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 11:02

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 01:51

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 12:39

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me hopeful, here.....

Sep 15 11:31

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 10:15

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 ?
whitehorse souce)

Sep 14 10:24

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 13:08

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 12 09:56

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 02:21

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 02:19

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 08:50

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 08:03

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 10:55

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 10:36

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 08:26

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 01:08

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 05:09

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 08:48

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 13:43

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 13:42

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 08:44

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 08:21

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 09:33

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 08:44

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 10:29

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 10:20

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 10:09

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 10:08

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 31 09:30

Trump Says China To Blame For Hurting U.S.-North Korean Relations

President Trump appears to be blaming China for derailing a U.S.-North Korea rapprochement, implying that it's placing "tremendous pressure" on Pyongyang as a result of ongoing trade disputes between Washington and Beijing.

In a quartet of tweets on Wednesday, Trump issued what he called a White House statement saying he "feels strongly that North Korea is under tremendous pressure from China because of our major trade disputes with the Chinese Government."

"At the same time, we also know that China is providing North Korea with ... considerable aid, including money, fuel, fertilizer and various other commodities. This is not helpful!" he continued.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Bad China. BAD China! No fortune cookie!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 30 10:44

Why the U.S.-North Korea Nuclear Talks Have Stalled

The problem is, neither side can agree on what the Singapore Declaration signed by both leaders actually means. Pompeo asserts that Kim accepted the “final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea.” North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho says all four provisions must be implemented simultaneously, not denuclearization first.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump is now blaming China for the collapse of the North Korea deal.

Aug 29 19:48

Trump Threatens "Bigger Than Ever" War Games If Korea Talks Fail; Blames China

President Donald Trump threatened that he could begin joint military exercises with South Korea and Japan that will be "far bigger than ever" if progress stalls on North Korea nuclear talks.

Aug 29 10:36

Rift Grows Between U.S. Allies Over North Korea’s Nuclear Threat

One longstanding U.S. ally still thinks North Korea poses an urgent nuclear threat. Another is steadily increasing economic ties with the regime. And Kim Jong Un is doing his best to exploit the divide.

Less than three months after shaking Kim’s hand in Singapore, U.S. President Donald Trump is confronting an increasingly fractured diplomatic landscape as his two key allies -- Japan and South Korea -- pursue differing ends of his two-pronged North Korea strategy. In Tokyo, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government reaffirmed Tuesday that North Korea posed a “grave and imminent” threat to Japan, despite Kim’s pledge on “denuclearization.”

Aug 28 11:21

US not planning to suspend any more drills with S. Korea unless ordered by Trump – Mattis

Several major US drills with South Korea have been suspended as an act of good will towards Pyongyang, but there are no plans to cancel any other joint exercises on the Korean Peninsula, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said.

Aug 28 10:25

North Korea accuses US of 'hatching a criminal plot to unleash a war'

North Korea's state newspaper accused the US of "hatching a criminal plot to unleash a war against the DPRK" while "having a dialogue with a smile on its face" Sunday following a report on South Korean radio that American forces in Japan were running drills aimed at invading Pyongyang.

"We can not but take a serious note of the double-dealing attitudes of the US as it is busy staging secret drills involving man-killing special units while having a dialogue with a smile on its face," the commentary from North Korea's Rodong Sinmun said, citing South Korean reports that US special units had been flown to the Philippines as part of an invasion drill.

"The US would be sadly mistaken if it thinks that it can browbeat someone through trite 'gunboat diplomacy' which it used to employ as an almighty weapon in the past and attain its sinister intention," it added.

Aug 27 09:46

North Korea newspaper blasts 'double-dealing' U.S. after Pompeo's trip canceled

North Korea’s state-controlled newspaper on Sunday accused the United States of “double-dealing” and “hatching a criminal plot” against Pyongyang, after Washington abruptly canceled a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Aug 26 09:22

N. Korea slams US for ‘hatching a criminal plot’ against Pyongyang after Pompeo’s canceled trip

North Korea has lashed out at the US for “double-dealing” and “hatching a criminal plot” against Pyongyang, days after Donald Trump canceled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s upcoming trip to North Korea.

Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North’s ruling party, said in an editorial that US units based in Okinawa, Japan were staging drills aimed at “infiltration into Pyongyang.” The paper was citing an unnamed South Korean media outlet.

The US “is busy staging secret drills involving man-killing special units while having a dialogue with a smile on its face,” according to the paper, which added that Pyongyang cannot help but note “the double-dealing attitudes” of Washington.

Aug 25 11:19

Beijing: US Claims About China Impacting Talks with North Korea 'Irresponsible'

Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang stated that the United States' claims that China has been impacting Washington's talks with Pyongyang on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula are irresponsible and contradict the facts.

"The claims made by the US contradict the facts, they are irresponsible. We express deep concern in this regard and have already made a submission to the US side," the spokesman said in a statement on Saturday, Sputnik reported.

The statement is a response to US President Donald Trump, who announced on Friday that he had told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to cancel his trip to North Korea, scheduled for next week. According to the US president, China was not helping with the denuclearization issue as much as before because of the current trade dispute between the two countries.

It is not the first time that Trump has criticized Beijing on the Korean issue>>>

Aug 25 10:32

TRUMP JUST CANCELLED POMPEO'S TRIP TO NORTH KOREA. THAT'S NOT A GOOD THING.

In a flurry of Tweets on Friday, President Trump has announced that he has told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to cancel next week’s trip to North Korea, which he announced just yesterday. Trump cited a lack of progress on denuclearization as his reasoning.

This is an unusual position to take, as the administration had long insisted there was no rush on denuclearization. A sudden desire to speed things up would also seemingly be a reason to send US officials, including new special envoy Stephen Biegun, for whom this was to be his first visit.

This also comes just days after North Korean state media issued a statement accusing some foes of President Trump of trying to slow progress, and urging Trump to make “bold” moves to advance the cause of peace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please: a war with China, over either North Korea, or the China trade issue, would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do right now.

Unfortunately, of course, there is no guarantee, just because it would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for this government to do, that it will just not haul off and do it.

I would strongly caution you, please, to exercise at least a modicum of restraint, in your dealings with both countries.

Aug 25 10:05

Trump cancels Pompeo's trip to North Korea over stalled nuclear diplomacy

U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly canceled his top diplomat’s planned trip to North Korea on Friday, publicly acknowledging for the first time that his effort to get Pyongyang to denuclearize had stalled since his summit with the North’s leader.

Aug 24 08:50

Pompeo names special representative, announces fourth trip to North Korea

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that he and his newly announced special representative to North Korea, Stephen Biegun, will be traveling to Pyongyang next week.

It will be Pompeo's fourth trip to Pyongyang, but, while officials hope he will have the opportunity to engage directly with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said later on Thursday there "are no plans for a meeting" with Kim on the trip.
Kim snubbed Pompeo during the last round of meetings in North Korea early last month, which sources told CNN went "as badly as it could have gone."

Aug 23 07:29

Red Cross Warns Of North Korea Food Crisis As Crops Fail In Heat

A heat wave in North Korea has led to rice, maize and other crops withering in the fields, “with potentially catastrophic effects,” the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Friday.

The world’s largest disaster relief network warned of a risk of a “full-blown food security crisis” in the isolated country, where a famine in the mid-1990s killed up to 3 million people. It said the worrying situation had been exacerbated by international sanctions imposed due to North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.

(*RELATED:)

Aug 22 09:42

Reunions of a lifetime as South Koreans head north – in pictures

Almost 90 families have met for the first time since becoming separated by the Korean war nearly 70 years ago. The emotional reunions were held at Mount Kumgang, a tourist resort in North Korea

Aug 22 09:21

UN watchdog says North Korea has not halted nuclear program

The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency says it has "grave concern" that North Korea continues to develop its nuclear weapons program.

A report Monday from the International Atomic Energy Agency noted that without direct access to North Korean weapons sites its information is limited, though it is monitoring the program through "more frequent collection of satellite imagery."

Aug 22 09:11

North’s. enemy’ label may be lifted

(*South Korea's) Defense Ministry is considering removing the description of North Korea’s military as an “enemy state” in the 2018 Defense White Paper to be published later this year, reflecting improved ties between South and North Korea and joint efforts to reduce military tensions along the border.

“Continuing to refer to North Korea as an enemy state in an official government document that is to be made public could contradict our efforts to cease all hostile actions as stipulated in the Panmunjom Declaration,” said a government official speaking on the condition of anonymity, referring to the joint South-North agreement made during the April 27 inter-Korean summit.

While the Defense Ministry has yet to make it official, it is widely expected the military will delete that description in a fast-changing diplomatic landscape that saw two inter-Korean summits and a North-U.S. summit driven by the Moon Jae-in government’s effort to bring Pyongyang and Washington to the negotiation table.
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Aug 21 13:07

North Korea To Let UN Inspectors Observe Missile Launches

North Korea has agreed to allow the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to conduct an on-site inspection of the country's missile launches in order to ensure the safety of international flights from the country's missile launches, reports the Japan Times, citing officials with the Montreal-based UN agency.

Aug 20 09:11

Dozens of South Koreans entering North Korea to reunite with relatives

Dozens of elderly South Koreans crossed the heavily fortified border into North Korea for heart-wrenching meetings with relatives Monday -- most of whom haven't seen their loved ones since being separated by the turmoil of the Korean War. The weeklong event at North Korea's Diamond Mountain resort comes as the rival Koreas boost reconciliation efforts amid a diplomatic push to resolve a standoff over North Korea's drive for a nuclear weapons program that can reliably target the continental United States.

The temporary reunions are highly emotional because most of those taking part are elderly people eager to see their loved ones once more before they die. Most of these families were driven apart during the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in a ceasefire, not a peace treaty, leaving the Korean Peninsula still in a technical state of war.

Aug 20 04:12

South Koreans Enter North to Reunite with Family Members After Seven Decades

Dozens of South Koreans entered the North to reunite with their family members for the first time in around seven decades since their separation after the 1950s Korean War.
The 89 elderly and frail South Koreans, dressed in their best suits and riding on 14 coaches, crossed the heavily fortified border into North Korea for a three-day family gathering on Monday, presstv reported.

The reunions are scheduled to take place in the North’s tourist resort of Mount Kumgang, as agreed by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during their first summit in April.

“I never imagined this day would come”>>>

Aug 19 05:50

North Korea Agrees to Accept UN Agency Staff over Missiles

North Korea has agreed to allow International Civil Aviation Organization staff to conduct an on-site inspection to ensure the safety of international flights from the country's missile launches, according to officials of the Montreal-based UN agency.
An official of North Korea's General Administration of Civil Aviation gave the assurance when high-ranking ICAO officials visited the country in May, the officials told Kyodo News.

The 192-member ICAO is now planning to send its personnel next year in order to verify what measures North Korea, also a member, has taken to keep unannounced missile launches in check as it pledged, they said.

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(*We could give you Pompeo , for your troubles !
whitehorse souce )

Aug 18 14:05

South Korea’s Moon Steers Toward Inter-Korean Unity While Wind from Washington Blows in His Face

At the height of U.S. power following Japan’s defeat, Washington itself wrote the rules of the game for the Korean Peninsula — whether others are willing to continue playing along indefinitely remains another question entirely.

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in marked the anniversary of Korea’s independence from Japanese colonialism with a robust call for the economic integration of North and South Korea as a means to achieve “survival and development” as well as “true liberation” for the long-divided nation.

The announcement – which focused on the creation of various joint projects including inter-Korean railway, energy, and economic links – sharply diverges from the United States’ insistence that all pursue a “maximum pressure” strategy to denuclearize the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, as the North is officially known).

Yet Moon’s plan also hinges on the slim chance that the U.S. will offer sanctions relief>>>

(*funny how there's always a Catch , when it comes to Bringing Peace )

Aug 17 10:48

North Korea Presses Demand for End of War Amid Talk of Pompeo Visit

Aug 17 10:47

South Korea Proposes Broader Cooperation With North

S outh Korea President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday offered a bold vision for economic cooperation with North Korea, including joint economic zones along the countries’ border and a linked rail network—provided that the North takes real steps toward giving up its nuclear weapons.

“We must overcome division for our survival and prosperity,” Moon said in a speech marking National Liberation Day, which marks the end of Japan’s colonial rule over a then-unified Korea with the Allied victory in World War II, Yonhap reported.

“Even though political unification is still far away, building a single economic community first by settling peace and freely traveling back and forth between the two Koreas will become genuine liberation for us,” Moon said.

Aug 16 09:14

Putin Invites North Korea To Boost Ties In Special Telegram To Kim Jong-Un

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in a telegram to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that he is ready to meet with him in the near future to discuss “urgent” regional issues and bilateral ties, according to the text of the message published by the Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday.

Putin’s invitation to hold talks came as part of a message to Kim Jong-un congratulating the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on the 73rd anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese occupation.

Aug 16 06:28

Moon says inter-Korean cooperation will bring “true liberation”

ROK President says North-South economic initiatives could raise USD$150 billion over next 30 years

The ROK President on Wednesday said the improvement of North-South relations is not an “incidental effect” of progress in DPRK-U.S. ties and that economic cooperation and peace between the two Koreas will bring about the “true liberation” of the peninsula.

In a speech to mark Korea’s Liberation Day, President Moon Jae-in also pledged to take a “bold step” towards ending the Korean War and the denuclearization of the peninsula when he visits Pyongyang next month.

“Though difficult processes such as the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and economic revitalization await us, there is nothing to fear if we join hands together as we always have,” Moon said in a speech at the National Museum of Korea.

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Aug 15 10:30

How the U.S. Prevented North and South Korea From Reaching Real Peace

In the long history of Korea, nothing compares to the 20th century division of the peninsula or the war that followed. That war has not finished, and a peace treaty remains elusive. China, North Korea and South Korea all seek a peace treaty, but 11 U.S. presidents since 1953 have been unwilling to agree.

If President Trump turns out to be the exception, that shift could help put an end to more than a half-century of conflict — and the role of the United States in determining whether peace arrives is not a small one. Neither is it coincidental: in fact, the U.S. has played a key role in keeping the conflict going as long as it has.

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Aug 15 09:05

Two Koreas 'fully restore' military communication line – Seoul

South and North Korea fully restored their military communication line on the eastern part of the peninsula on Wednesday, according to the Defense Ministry in Seoul. The complete restoration of fax and phone connections was part of an agreement from June’s inter-Korean military talks, the first such meeting in more than a decade. The move is also part of efforts to enforce the Panmunjom Declaration, the ministry said, adding that it would help contribute to the two states’ efforts to dial down tensions and build trust, Yonhap reports.

Aug 15 07:52

Putin Invites North Korea to Boost Ties in Special Telegram to Kim Jong-Un

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in a telegram to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that he is ready to meet with him in the near future to discuss “urgent” regional issues and bilateral ties, according to the text of the message published by the Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday.

Putin’s invitation to hold talks came as part of a message to Kim Jong-un congratulating the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on the 73rd anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese occupation.

“I affirm that I am ready to meet you at an early date to discuss urgent issues of bilateral relations and important matters of the region,” Putin said in the message.

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(*Somebody in The Trump Regime needs to Pay Attention , when it takes place , and Take Some Notes !)

Aug 15 02:29

Putin says ready to meet Kim Jong Un — KCNA

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was ready for a personal meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the KCNA news agency reported, citing a congratulatory telegram from the Russian leader on the occasion of the Liberation Day, marked by the two Koreas on Wednesday. "I assure you that I am ready to meet you in the near future to discuss pressing issues of bilateral relations and important regional problems," the agency quoted the telegram as saying. Putin also said the relations between the two states keep developing in a "friendly and constructive manner." He expressed hope that Moscow and Pyongyang would "consistently develop mutually beneficial cooperation, including the implementation of the three-party program involving Russia, North Korea and South Korea."

Aug 15 02:08

S.Korea suggests setting up Northeast Asian railroad community with Russia’s participation. South Korea will seek to physically connect its roads and railways with those of North Korea before the year's end

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday suggested setting up the seven-nation railway community of Northeast Asian countries, with the participation of Russia, the United States and other countries, the Yonhap news agency reported. In a speech to mark the 73rd anniversary of Korea's independence from the 1910-45 Japanese colonial rule at the end of the World War II, the president proposed the two Koreas, together with the United States and four other Asian countries, form what he called a "Northeast Asian railroad community." "This community will lead to an energy bloc and economic bloc in Northeast Asia by expanding our economic area to the northern continent and becoming the foundation of co-existence and prosperity in Northeast Asia," the president said. Although the president did not mention the four regional countries by name, presidential office later explained those were China, Japan, Russia and Mongolia.

Aug 14 12:53

Korean Leaders Agree to New September Summit in Pyongyang

Following two hours of meetings between top North and South Korean officials on Monday, the two sides announced that an agreement has been reached to hold a third summit in September. The summit will be in Pyongyang, though the exact date has not been announced.

Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in first met in April in the demilitarized zone, and then held a more informal summit in late May. At the time, officials on both sides suggested more summits were likely in the future.

As with the late May summit, this one comes amid signs that US-North Korea diplomacy is stumbling. South Korea has been advising the US on how to make progress, though often the US has rejected proposals that involve making any concessions.

North Korea is known to want a peace deal ending the 1950 Korean War, and the US is seen as resistant to the idea. The South Korean government has been pretty open about wanting peace too, however, and may try to get the process moving irrespective of US reticence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The one thing both Koreas should do, and immediately, is reunify, putting an end to US threats and meddling in the region.

Once Korea is reunified, the US government cannot but treat it as a sovereign, undivided country, unless it characterizes the whole place 'a newly minted rogue nation.", and go after it as a whole entity.

And the optics on such a move would be horrifically awful.

Aug 14 10:24

Why North Korean nukes are still on the table

After a flurry of diplomatic action a little earlier this year, the issue of North Korea and its nuclear weapons was largely relegated to the background in recent weeks. But that isn’t likely to last much longer.

On Monday, the two Koreas announced that their leaders, Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in, will meet next month. It will be the third meeting between the two men, and it should come amid a busy month of diplomatic events.

Aug 13 04:07

Rival Korea leaders to hold summit in Pyongyang in September

The meeting would be the third between Moon and Kim this year, and the first trip by a South Korean leader to the North Korean capital since 2007

(*The Meeting Sounds RIPE For Raid and Arrests by The US World Police Force !

that we thought we were voting against becoming)

Aug 12 09:35

North Korea Praises Trump, Slams Other US Officials for Sabotaging Peace

The North Korean Foreign Ministry accused “high-level officials within the US administration” of “going against the intention of President Trump to advance the DPRK-US relations” in a statement Thursday. Meanwhile, the socialist state renewed calls for a permanent peace treaty so that “a mood will be created for creating trust."

The press statement, carried by Korea Central News Agency, laid out the position of the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the official name of North Korea, on the burning question of peace on the Korean Peninsula: US President Donald Trump wants peace, but the agreement reached in Singapore in June is being sabotaged by other US state officials.

Aug 12 09:34

North Korea Rejects All US Denuclearization Proposals – Reports

North Korea has turned down all proposals by the United States to start the process of complete denuclearization, US media reported.

Pyongyang declined giving up part of its nuclear arsenal in the near future as a gesture of goodwill, calling US proposals "gangster-like," diplomatic sources told CNN on Friday.

Aug 11 10:18

As Denuclearization Talks Stagnate, North Korea’s Foreign Minister Heads to Iran

Pyongyang may be realizing the lessons it can learn from the fate of the JCPOA, namely that any ground ceded by Washington may well be a tactical retreat that doesn’t veer from a strategy steeped in hostile intent.

TEHRAN – Iran welcomed the Foreign Minister of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, as North Korea is officially known), Ri Yong-ho, to Tehran one day after the U.S. reimposed sanctions on Iran. The visit also came in the midst of faltering talks between Pyongyang and Washington over fulfilling the goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

Ri met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday, when the foreign minister briefed Rouhani on the ongoing talks between the DPRK and the U.S.

Ri also criticized Washington’s abandonment of the landmark six-party nuclear agreement, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which offered sanctions relief in exchange for Iran curbing aspects of its civil nuclear program. On May 8, U.S. President Donald Trump walked away from the agreement>>>

Aug 11 09:29

North Korea rejecting US proposals in diplomatic standoff

The United States has made, and continues to make, "specific proposals for starting and proceeding to the end point of fully verified denuclearization," including a timeline, these sources say.

North Korea has rejected all of these proposals, considering them "gangster-like," one of the sources said.

The impasse has brought the rocket-like trajectory of Trump administration diplomacy with North Korea down to earth and the more typical grind of talks with Pyongyang that have stymied prior administrations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is the problem. North Korea returned the soldiers remains, took down a rocket engine test stand and is dismantling a launch facility. The US should have offered a return gesture such as partially lifting sanctions or declaring an official end to the Korean war

Instead, the US piled on more sanctions, which North Korea views as insulting as well as proving that the US Government is indeed acting "gangster-like."

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