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Oct 11 11:48

U.S.-North Korea talks just broke down. Here’s what might happen next.

Pyongyang and Washington walked away from the negotiating table in Sweden this past weekend — with divergent statements on the first working-level meeting to be held since negotiations broke down at the February summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un in Hanoi.

The North Koreans declared that the most recent talks had broken down because the United States had arrived at the negotiations with an “empty hand.”

Oct 10 11:21

North Korea says may reconsider steps to build trust with U.S.: KCNA

North Korea said on Thursday its patience has limits and it could reverse steps to build trust with the United States, as it criticized a U.N. Security Council call for it to cease its weapons programs and denounced a U.S. missile test.

Oct 04 21:08

Beware Awakening China

By Eric S. Margolis

Special for LewRockwell.com

“China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move the world.” Napoleon

France’s future emperor never saw China, but he was wise enough to understand its immense latent strength and future importance. Two centuries after making this prediction, China has proved the Corsican correct.

While Washington fiddles and burns, Chairman Xi Jinping, the new Chinese emperor, is fast making China great again.

Oct 03 12:25

NK Tests Sub-Launched Ballistic Missile In Show Of "Second-Strike Capability"

North Korea has confirmed a new successful missile launch on Wednesday, which notably involved its first submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in three years, and a new type of "vertical mode" ballistic missile.

The test was "to contain external threats and bolster self-defense" as Reuters reports, and comes just two days ahead of working level talks with the United States in Stockholm, Sweden at the end of this week.

North Korea has confirmed a new successful missile launch on Wednesday, which notably involved its first submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in three years, and a new type of "vertical mode" ballistic missile.

The test was "to contain external threats and bolster self-defense" as Reuters reports, and comes just two days ahead of working level talks with the United States in Stockholm, Sweden at the end of this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; is the person ordering these tests actually Kim Jung Un, or is there someone else pulling the strings here?!?

Oct 03 09:56

Trump deserves credit for cooling tensions with North Korea & starting historic talks with Kim – Putin

Donald Trump’s decision to engage in direct talks with North Korea was a historic step that helped reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

“As soon as the US chose to engage in a direct conversation with North Korea… abandoning their usual, sometimes very harsh and even insulting rhetoric, the hope for a peaceful settlement immediately appeared,” Putin said.

Oct 02 07:48

North Korea launches ballistic missile a day after agreeing to US talks

North Korea fired a ballistic missile Wednesday from an underwater launch platform, a United States official told CNN, a day after Pyongyang and Washington agreed to resume nuclear talks.

The US assessed that the missile was not fired from a submarine although the tested missile is designed to function as a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), the US official, who was familiar with the situation, said.
The missile was launched toward the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, Wednesday morning, South Korea's military said. While North Korea has launched from an underwater platform before, it is the first time it has done so since talks with US President Donald Trump.

Oct 01 09:19

Bolton warns, amid stalled talks, that North Korea will never give up its nukes

President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor said the United States is in a “classic standoff” with North Korea as Washington seeks to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

In his first public remarks since leaving the Trump administration three weeks ago, John Bolton said Monday that it would be unacceptable for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to possess nuclear warheads.

“I think right now we are in a classic standoff with North Korea. They want a piece of something that we should not be prepared to give them,” Bolton said of Pyongyang’s ambition to maintain an arsenal of nuclear weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the US attacking every non-nuclear nation on Earth, would you give up your nukes?

Sep 30 11:16

North Korea to Trump: Make ‘bold decision’ to revive diplomacy

North Korea accused the United States on Friday of failing to follow through on summit agreements between U.S. President Donald Trump and the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, but said it is placing hope in the U.S. president’s “wise option and bold decision.”

A statement from Foreign Ministry adviser Kim Kye Gwan circulated by North Korea’s U.N. mission came days after Trump said, without elaborating, that another summit meeting with Kim “could happen soon.”

Sep 20 09:22

North Korea welcomes 'new method' from U.S. in nuclear talks

North Korea has welcomed President Donald Trump's suggestion of a "new method" in Washington's nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang and praised the president's decision to fire the hawkish former National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Those talks have been stalled for months by disagreements over trade-offs between sanctions relief and disarmament steps. In May North Korea said it wouldn't resume talks while the U.S. insisted on what it called unilateral disarmament.

In a statement released by state media, North Korean diplomat Kim Myong Gil, who will be leading planned working-level talks with Washington, said welcomed that relations would be conducted "from a more practical point of view" now that Bolton had gone.

Sep 16 07:39

North Korea’s Kim invites Trump to Pyongyang in letter: report

The White House reportedly received a letter from North Korea’s Kim Jong Un inviting President Trump to visit Pyongyang, which could be the first overture before the potential fourth official visit.

The White House and the State Department did not immediately respond to Reuters to confirm the report in South Korea’s Joongang Ilbo newspaper. The letter reportedly pre-dated the country’s last short-range launch from a week ago.

The recent White House shakeup could have had implications in these discussions.

Sep 11 08:37

North Korea confirms second test launch of multiple rocket launcher

North Korea said Wednesday leader Kim Jong Un observed the test-launch of a super-large multiple rocket launcher, the latest in a series of weapons tests performed amid stalled diplomacy over the North's nuclear program.

Tuesday's rocket launcher test was made hours after North Korea said it was willing to resume nuclear negotiations with the United States in late September. While offering talks, North Korea still warned its dealings with the U.S. may end if Washington fails to come to the negotiating table without new acceptable proposals.

Some experts said North Korea aims to wrest concessions from the United States once their diplomacy resumes.

Sep 10 06:16

North Korea Test-Fires Two More Missiles Just Hours After Suggesting "Willingness To Sit With US"

Just a few short hours after North Korea said it was willing to resume denuclearization talks with the United States in late September, South Korea's Yonhap news reports that North Korea fired unidentified projectiles toward the eastern sea twice, citing South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The projectiles were launched from the western province of South Pyongan, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"Our military is monitoring the situation in case of additional launches and maintaining a readiness posture," they said in a statement carried by Yonhap.

Aug 22 08:00

China and North Korea Pledge to Boost Military Ties For 'Peace and Stability' in Northeast Asia

In other words North Korea will have the full backing of China in any confrontation with the US.
Every thing Trump does,turns into poop!

General Zhang Youxia, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, has pledged that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will move to boost defence ties with the Korean People’s Army (KPA) in neighbouring North Korea. The announcement came shortly after a high level meeting between PLA and KPA delegations in Beijing, the latter headed by director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People’s Army Kim Su Gil. General Zhang stated regarding plans or closer ties: “The Chinese People’s Liberation Army is ready to work along North Korea to implement the important consensus, which was achieved by the leaders of our nations,” and that both countries were “ready to contribute to peace and stability in the region together.”

Aug 18 17:50

China & N. Korea ‘to boost military ties & provide security in Asia-Pacific’ amid tensions with US

China and North Korea will boost military cooperation and work together to assure security in the Asia Pacific, a high-ranking Chinese commander has said. Both Beijing and Pyongyang view US activities in the region as a threat.

Aug 16 07:36

North Korea snubs peace talks with South Korea over war drills

North Korea has rejected any further talks with South Korea, calling its decision "completely the fault of South Korea's actions".

It issued a statement in response to a speech by South Korea President Moon Jae-in on Thursday.

Meanwhile, early on Friday North Korea test-fired two missiles into the sea off its eastern coast, the South Korean military said.

It is the sixth such test in less than a month.

Aug 15 08:38

North Korea: A Cutting-Edge, Renewable Energy Nation?

North Korea has turned to renewal energy workarounds to offset international sanctions on fossil fuels and faulty hydroelectric power.

Aug 13 10:05

North Korea Changes Up Its Game to Bypass U.S. Missile Defenses

North Korea has conducted a round of long range rocket tests designed to kick down the door and destroy ballistic missile defenses protecting South Korea. The new rockets fly under U.S. high altitude missile defense weapons, paving the way for further missile strikes. The missiles are proof that, far from disarming, the country with an economy smaller than Hawaii’s is prepared to do what it takes to keep South Korea—and the wider world—in fear of its missiles.

Aug 12 14:51

Trump Says Kim Jong Un Sent Him A ‘Small Apology’ For Testing Short-Range Missiles

President Donald Trump said Saturday that negotiations with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un could begin soon and that the leader issued a “small apology” for testing short-range missiles.

“In a letter to me sent by Kim Jong Un, he stated, very nicely, that he would like to meet and start negotiations as soon as the joint U.S./South Korea joint exercise are over. It was a long letter, much of it complaining about the ridiculous and expensive exercises,” Trump wrote Saturday on Twitter.

Aug 12 09:34

‘Nonsense’: N. Korea won’t stop tests, rejects talks with Seoul unless it ends drills with US

There will be no direct talks with South Korea if it continues to stage joint military exercises with the US, a senior North Korean diplomat has said. The warning comes just as Pyongyang test-fired two short-range missiles.

South Korea must know that “Inter-Korean contact itself will be difficult” unless “they put an end” to the ongoing joint military drill with the US, Kwon Jon-gun, director-general for American affairs at the Foreign Ministry, said on Sunday.

Aug 11 15:51

North Korea says no talks unless South Korea, U.S. end military drills

There will not be inter-Korean talks unless South Korea and the United States end joint military exercises that set North Korea as an "enemy," a senior official at Pyongyang's foreign ministry said on Sunday.

Kwon Jong Gun, director-general for American affairs at the ministry, said South Korea talked "nonsense" by urging the North to stop missile tests which served its right to self-defense."Given that the military exercise clearly puts us as an enemy in its concept," Kwon said in a statement carried by state media KCNA.

"They should think that an inter-Korean contact itself will be difficult to be made unless they put an end to such a military exercise or before they make a plausible excuse or an explanation in a sincere manner."

Aug 10 11:47

How Russian MIGs were able to punish whole U.S. Air Force?

Aug 09 09:39

Trump sours on South Korea as he downplays North Korea missile tests

President Donald Trump has reacted to four North Korean missile tests in less than two weeks with little more than a shrug. Instead, he appears to be turning his frustrations about the peninsula on South Korea.

Trump chided Seoul on Twitter Wednesday for paying "virtually nothing" for US protection, while two administration officials said that behind closed doors, the President is fuming that South Korea is not doing more to contain Pyongyang's increased aggression.

Aug 07 09:08

Kim Says North Korea's Missile Launches Were Intended to Send a Warning

North Korea said Wednesday leader Kim Jong Un supervised a live-fire demonstration of newly developed, short-range ballistic missiles intended to send a warning to the United States and South Korea over their joint military exercises.

The official Korean Central News Agency said two missiles launched from a western airfield flew across the country and over the area surrounding the capital, Pyongyang, before accurately hitting an island target off its eastern coast.

Aug 06 09:02

North Korea fired two projectiles, South Korean military says

North Korea on Tuesday continued to ramp up its weapons demonstrations by firing unidentified projectiles twice into the sea while lashing out at the United States and South Korea for continuing their joint military exercises the North says could derail fragile nuclear diplomacy.

Aug 06 08:02

S. Korea, US to hold joint military exercises despite Pyongyang warnings

Seoul and Washington were to begin annual military exercises on Monday, defying warnings from Pyongyang that the war games will jeopardize nuclear negotiations between the US and North Korea, AFP reports.

Aug 05 09:26

North Korea flexes military muscle ahead of US-South Korean drills

North Korea was a no-show at a key regional security conference last week, dashing U.S. hopes for a sideline meeting aimed at restarting nuclear talks.

Instead, the communist state sent a fiery message with a series of missile tests that showed its determination to expand its arsenal amid the diplomatic deadlock.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un likely has several reasons for the show of force, including an effort to increase his negotiating power and to protest U.S.-South Korean military exercises, which are expected to begin Monday.

Aug 03 10:30

Japan removes South Korea from trade 'whitelist'

Japan’s cabinet voted to remove South Korea from its 'whitelist' of preferred trading partners, accusing Seoul of failing to adequately protect dual use materials, while alluding to other influences.

Seoul claims that Tokyo’s move responds to recent court decisions awarding damages to South Korean forced laborers of colonial Japanese corporations. Civil leaders calling for a boycott of Japanese goods and visits rallied outside the Japanese embassy Friday. South Korean President Moon Jae-in addressed the nation in a live televised broadcast.

The South Korean president called for Japan to reverse policy and for talks, also threatening to place restrictions on trade with Japan, and withdraw from an intelligence sharing agreement.

Aug 02 10:33

North Korea Launches More Missiles, U.S. Says, Amid Stalled Diplomacy

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a conference in Bangkok that American negotiators were ready to meet with North Korean counterparts.

Aug 01 12:56

US Intel Tracking New Projectile Reportedly Launched From North Korea

According to US intelligence reports, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has launched a projectile that appears to be similar to those launched in previous weeks. It's unclear how many were launched, but US officials confirmed they pose no threat to North America.

Friday's test was preceded by tests on Wednesday and the previous Thursday, each of which saw two short-range ballistic missiles fired eastward from South Hamgyong Province on the country's easy coast into the Sea of Japan.

Aug 01 08:52

North Korean soldier defects to South across demilitarised zone

The South Korean military detained a North Korean soldier who crossed the heavily fortified demilitarised zone that separates the two countries, according to the South’s joint chiefs of staff (JSC).

The soldier expressed his intention to defect to South Korea, the JSC said on Thursday.

The unidentified active-duty soldier was first detected by thermal imaging equipment moving south near the Imjin river late on Wednesday and South Korean troops took him into custody just before midnight.

Also on Wednesday the South Korean military recovered a body near the DMZ suspected to be that of a North Korean civilian, a spokesman for South Korea’s defence ministry said.

Clad in military-type pants and a belt, the body was found in the Imjin river and appeared to have been dead for at least two weeks, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing of this defection is more than interesting; one has to wonder about which side is this guy really on, and why the defection now, right after Kim Jung Un has already tested a couple of missiles?!?

Aug 01 08:47

NORTH KOREAN MISSILE TEST: OBSERVERS SCRAMBLE TO IDENTIFY MYSTERY WEAPONS THAT MAY BE MODELED ON RUSSIAN TECHNOLOGY

North Korea conducted a fresh short-range missile tests on Wednesday, its second such launch in less than a week as Pyongyang tries to exert pressure on Washington and Seoul before major military exercises commence and nuclear talks resume.

Two short-range ballistic missiles of an unknown type were fired from a site close to the eastern city of Wonsan, where such tests are often conducted.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles flew around 155 miles at a maximum altitude of 19 miles before landing off the country's east coast, The Associated Press reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh yes, another excuse to demonize the Russians!

Jul 31 09:42

North Korea launches two short-range ballistic missiles, South Korea says

North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast Wednesday, South Korea's Joint Chief of Staff (JCS) said in a statement, the second such launch in less than a week.

The missiles were launched from the Wonsan-Kalma area just after 5 a.m. local time and 5:27 a.m. (4:27 p.m. ET) on Wednesday, and traveled an estimated distance of 250 kilometers (155 miles) and height of 30 kilometers (18 miles), according to South Korean officials.

A US official also confirmed the missile launches to CNN, adding that they had posed no threat to the US or its allies, and fell into the sea.

Jul 29 13:47

WSJ's 'Bombshell' Report On NK 'Producing 12 New Nukes' Was Based On Falsehood

The neocon propagandists at the Wall Street Journal falsely reported on Friday that "analysts" at the US Defense Intelligence Agency "say North Korea's scientists may have produced 12 nuclear weapons since the first Trump-Kim meeting in Singapore last year."

Jul 24 14:58

North Korea Fires "Unidentified Projectile", South Korea News Agency Reports

Just as Lighthizer and his band of merry trade-deals-men prepare to head to China for face-to-face talks, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports that North Korea has fired an unidentified projectile.

South Korea's joint chiefs of staff have confirmed the unidentified projectile's firing from the Wonsan region of North Korea. The launch took place “early morning” today, according to the statement.

Bloomberg reports that South Korean military are monitoring movement and preparing for additional launches.

As a reminder, at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan in June, Xi urged US President Donald Trump to show "flexibility" and act in a "timely" fashion to ease sanctions on North Korea, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said earlier this month.

Xi's request reflected Beijing's desire to boost economic engagements with Pyongyang, analysts said.

Developing...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kim's timing couldn't possibly have been worse, in order give President Trump room to maneuver to get "more flexibility" from the US sanctions.

Jul 24 13:02

Russia blames 'malfunction' for sending spy plane into South Korea and forcing Seoul's fighter jets to fire 360 warning shots at it

Yoon Do-han a press secretary at South Korea's presidential office, said: 'Russia has conveyed its deep regret over the incident and said its defence ministry would immediately launch an investigation and take all necessary steps.

'The officer said such a situation would have never occurred if it followed the initially planned route.'

The Russian military aircraft entered airspace over an island claimed by both South Korea and Japan during a long-range joint air patrol by Russian and Chinese aircraft.

Jul 24 10:04

North Korea just revealed one of its most potentially dangerous weapons yet

North Korea has released pictures of a new submarine that it could potentially use to launch nuclear weapons. If that’s the case, the country may have gained a very dangerous, stealthy ability to threaten the US and its allies — all in defiance of President Donald Trump.

Pyongyang released three images on Monday night showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un standing in front of a massive submarine inside a shipyard. Experts say it’s large enough that it could carry missiles equipped with nuclear bombs, allowing Kim to order nuclear strikes from unknown underwater locations.

Jul 23 11:18

South Korea claims ‘warning shots’ fired after Russian military aircraft ‘violated airspace’

The Republic of Korea's Air Force fired warning shots after Russian military aircraft allegedly violated the country's airspace twice on Tuesday, Yonhap news agency reports, citing officers from the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
South Korean F-15K and KF-16 fighter jets were scrambled after two Chinese and three Russian aircraft approached the ROK air defense identification zone (KADIZ) over the Sea of Japan on Tuesday morning, the JCS said.

While the Chinese only entered KADIZ, one of the Russian aircraft allegedly flew too close to the islets of Dokdo and actually breached the S. Korean airspace twice for about three minutes, forcing the South Korean forces to fire “warning shots.”

Jul 23 11:16

S. Korean pilots ‘acted unprofessionally’, Russian bombers did not violate airspace – Moscow

The Russian Defense Ministry accused South Korean pilots of acting “unprofessionally” while dangerously crossing the path of Russian bombers, which were on a routine mission over “international waters.”

Two Russian Air Force Tu-95MS bombers were flying over the Sea of Japan when they encountered a pair of South Korean F-15 and F-16 fighter jets. The respective planes “performed unprofessional maneuvers while crossing the course of the bombers, thus putting their safety at risk,” the Russian MoD said in a statement. The fighters also did not attempt to communicate with the Russian crews.

Earlier in the day, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff committee claimed their jets were scrambled to intercept the intruding Russian aircraft which violated South Korean airspace twice. Moscow insists the encounter took place over 25km from the isles of Dokdo (known as Takeshima in Japan), and that they recorded no violation of aerial borders by Russian planes.

Jul 23 10:30

North Korea’s Kim inspects new submarine, signals possible ballistic missile development

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected a large newly built submarine, state news agency KCNA reported on Tuesday, potentially signalling continued development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) programme.

Kim inspected the operational and tactical data and combat weapon systems of the new submarine which was built under “his special attention” and will be operational in the waters off the east coast, KCNA said.

KCNA said the submarine’s operational deployment was near.

Jul 23 09:51

Russia-China joint bomber patrol meets Japanese & S. Korean fighters, but missions will go on

Russian and Chinese strategic bombers have flown their first mission together over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea. Tokyo and Seoul are up in arms, but Moscow points out it's all within international rules and regulations.

Two Russian Tu-95ms and two Chinese Xian H-6 bombers patrolled a pre-planned route above the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea, “strictly in accordance with international law,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Seoul claims the bombers breached its air defense identification zone (KADIZ), but Moscow insists this designation is not supported by any international rules and that no third country's airspace was violated.

Jul 22 09:14

Huawei reportedly helped North Korea build its wireless network

Huawei worked with the North Korean government to build and maintain a commercial wireless network, The Washington Post reported based on people familiar with the situation and internal documents.

The documents show that Huawei partnered with Chinese state-owned firm Panda International Information Technology on several projects over eight years, according to the Post, though it is unclear what role Huawei played. The Post said it obtained work orders, contracts and spreadsheets from people who believed they would be of public interest, including a former Huawei employee.

Jul 21 12:30

U.N. Sanctions Cut North Korea’s Trade Volume in Half

A report published Friday by the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), an organization funded by the government of South Korea, showed that North Korea’s trade volume was cut in half during 2018, evidently as a result of sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council.
The KOTRA report showed North Korea’s trade volume falling to $2.84 billion in 2018, a 48.8 percent decline from the previous year. Exports fell by a dizzying 86.3 percent, imports declined 31.2 percent, and the North Korean trade deficit rose by 17.5 percent.

The Korea Times cited the specific U.N. Security Council resolutions that appeared to deflate North Korea’s trade volume so sharply, saying:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yikes; considering the degree to which these US sanctions have crippled North Korea's economy, can one blame its leadership, for being not terribly talkative about peace and denuclearization right now?!?

And as adding more salt into the wound, Secretary Mike Pompeo has just completely disregarded North Korea's charges regarding more military drills with South Korea: Pompeo rejects North Korean charges on Military Drills

The article goes on to state: "North Korea’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday Trump had reaffirmed in a meeting with Kim last month that joint exercises would be halted and the U.S. decision to forge ahead with them was “clearly a breach” of the two leaders’ agreements at a summit in Singapore last year.

The spokesman said this was putting a resumption of nuclear talks with the United States at risk and the ministry said Washington’s pattern of “unilaterally reneging on its commitments” was leading Pyongyang to reconsider its commitment to discontinue tests of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles."

Mr. President, you have GOT to seriously understand what you want here, and allow that to stand, looking at how some "good faith efforts" on the part of the US government might make this doable.

The only alternative here, is war with North Korea, which would most probably pull in China as well; not a great option.

Jul 18 10:35

North Korea suggests it might lift weapons test moratorium

North Korea on Tuesday suggested it might call off its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests because of summertime U.S.-South Korean military drills that the North calls preparation for an eventual invasion.

The statement by the North’s Foreign Ministry comes during a general deadlock in nuclear talks, but after an extraordinary meeting of the U.S. and North Korean leaders at the Korean border that raised hopes that negotiations would soon resume.

The comments ramp up pressure on the United States ahead of any new talks.

Jul 15 09:27

Yes, a nuclear freeze is the logical next step with North Korea

Much discussion has occurred about a possible freeze of North Korea’s strategic weapons programs. Is it part of the Trump administration’s strategy in the hopefully soon-to-be-resumed talks with Pyongyang, or not? Is there a debate about it within the administration, or not? Is it a good idea, or not? Unnamed sources in the administration say “yes” to some or all of these questions; national security adviser John Bolton emphatically says “no” to all of them.

But, as it turns out, a freeze of North Korea’s nuclear and long-range missile programs could be a good thing — for two reasons. First, it would build trust that could lead to subsequent deals resulting in cuts and permanent limits to North Korea’s weapons programs. It is difficult to overstate the trust gap that currently exists between the two countries, making a single, one-step agreement that resolves the nuclear issue an impossibility.

Jul 12 09:16

North Korea Vows to Respond to South's Deployment of F-35s

North Korea slammed South Korea over its ongoing deployment of high-tech U.S. fighter jets, warning Thursday that it will respond by developing and testing unspecified special weapons of its own to "destroy" the aircraft.

The statement, which also urged South Korea to abandon its "preposterous illusions" for improved ties, comes as Seoul has expressed hopes that a recent summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will help revive dialogue between the Koreas.

Under its biggest-ever weapons purchase, South Korea is to buy 40 F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin by 2021. The first two arrived in March and two others are to be delivered in coming weeks, according to Seoul officials.

Jul 11 07:23

N. Korea vows to respond to South's deployment of F-35 jets

North Korea slammed South Korea over its ongoing deployment of high-tech U.S. fighter jets, warning Thursday that it will respond by developing and testing unspecified special weapons of its own to "destroy" the aircraft.

Jul 09 09:39

The Son of a Prominent South Korean Defector Has Also Defected to North Korea, State Media Reports

The son of the highest-profile South Korean to defect to North Korea has arrived in the North to permanently resettle, North Korean state media said. If confirmed, it would be an unusual case of a South Korean defecting to the impoverished, authoritarian North.

The state-run Uriminzokkiri website reported that Choe In-guk, about 72, arrived in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, on Saturday to dedicate the rest of his life to Korean unification at the guidance of leader Kim Jong Un. The website published photos and a video showing a bespectacled Choe in a beret reading his arrival statement at Pyongyang’s airport.

Jul 07 10:46

North Korea claims deported Australian student conducted ‘spying acts’

North Korea accused an Australian student of engaging in “spying acts” that led to his expulsion after nine days in detention, the country’s state media said Saturday.

The claim carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency was the first comment by North Korea on the student, Alek Sigley, who had been pursuing a master’s degree at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang since 2018.

The statement appears to send a warning to the small cadre of foreigners in North Korea to stay away from independent social media posts and from having links to websites covering affairs in the North.

Jul 06 11:59

Translated North Korean Broadcast Even More Optimistic and Respectful Than Initial Review…

Initially, even without the translation, we could see the optimistic message and a mutual strategy that would align the interests of Chairman Kim and President Trump. However, the translation is even better than anticipated. The message to the North Korean people is not just optimism and propaganda, the message directly and purposefully conveys an incredibly strong message of respect for U.S. President Trump.

Jul 06 10:29

North Korea Accuses Expelled Australian Student of Spying

North Korea said on Saturday that Alek Sigley, the Australian student whom it deported this past week, had been a spy who admitted to “systematically” collecting information about the isolated country, with a state news agency reporting that he had been “caught red-handed.”

Mr. Sigley, 29, a graduate student in Korean literature at Kim Il-sung University in Pyongyang, was freed in North Korea on Thursday and deported on the same day. Until now, neither Mr. Sigley nor the North’s government had publicly explained why he had been detained.

On Saturday, North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency, using the initials for the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, said Mr. Sigley was caught on Tuesday while “committing anti-D.P.R.K. incitement through the internet.”

Jul 01 12:18

Scott Adams: Iran, North Korea, and Other Places Safer Than Portland, Plus TDS

Comments at:

President Trump’s MAJOR historic walk into North Korea
Critical Dem Candidates diminish the significance
Elizabeth Warren is an academic, Kamala Harris is a lawyer
Critics of President Trump appear to be beaten down…by the FACTS
“The means do NOT justify the ends” and our national character
Technology and better thinking…to improve NK and Iran
Masked, armed domestic terrorists allowed to mass and hurt people
Antifa hospitalized Andy Ngo and at least one other person
Don Jr. catches heat for questioning same thing as Don Lemon

Jul 01 11:36

Trump Meets Kim In North Korea - Why Are The Democrats Hysterical?

Jul 01 09:23

2020 Democrats slam Trump’s North Korea visit

Democrats running for President slammed President Trump’s Sunday visit to North Korea, claiming it was an ill-conceived waste of American bargaining power, according to The Hill‘s Alex Bolton.

After becoming the first US president to set foot on North Korean soil, Trump met with leader Kim Jong Un in a surprise negotiation session that lasted just under an hour on the South Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone – a meeting which will improve future communication just one week after Trump sent Kim a "friendly" letter (probably telling him he’d swing by after the G20).

Jun 23 08:14

North Korea leader receives 'excellent' letter from Trump

President Donald Trump sent North Korean leader Kim Jong Un an "excellent" letter, the North's state-run news agency reported Sunday, quoting Kim as saying he would "seriously contemplate it."

The White House declined to confirm that Trump had sent a letter to Kim.

It comes as nuclear talks between the U.S. and North Korea broke down after the failed summit between Kim and Trump in February in Vietnam.

Jun 19 10:50

China, North Korea look to strengthen ties amid US disputes

Chinese President Xi Jinping travels to North Korea to meet leader Kim Jong Un this week looking to strengthen their sometimes shaky bond at a time when both are locked in dispute with the United States — Xi over trade and Kim over nuclear weapons.

Here’s a look at what both Xi and Kim may be trying to achieve with the first visit to Pyongyang of a Chinese leader in 14 years.

Jun 18 11:54

Xi Jinping Schedules Kim Jong-un Summit in North Korea This Week

Chinese and North Korean state media announced on Monday that Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping will visit North Korea this week to meet with dictator Kim Jong-un. It will be Xi’s first visit to North Korea and the first time China’s leader has made such a trip since Xi’s predecessor Hu Jintao visited Pyongyang in 2005.

China’s CCTV said Xi will arrive in North Korea on Thursday, June 20, and depart on Friday, June 21. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) confirmed the visit, but published no further details.

A spokesman for the Chinese Communist Party said Xi accepted a personal invitation from Kim to visit, possibly issued when the two met in Beijing in January.

“I hope that this visit will contribute to the early resumption of talks on the complete denuclearisation of and the establishment of permanent peace on the Korean peninsula,” a spokeswoman for South Korean President Moon Jae-in said upon learning of Xi’s trip.

Jun 17 09:53

‘We need points!’ US must invade Venezuela to scare Iran & N. Korea, Graham claims

Sen. Lindsey Graham has suggested President Trump "put military force on the table" by invading Venezuela (and possibly Cuba) in order to scare North Korea and Iran into doing what they're told. What could possibly go wrong?

"Give Cuba an ultimatum – without Cuba, Maduro doesn’t last one day – tell Cuba to get out of Venezuela. Do what Reagan did in Grenada – put military force on the table!" Graham told a Fox News host, going from zero to invasion in ten seconds flat in response to a question about how Trump should handle his foreign conflicts.

"We need points on the board," the South Carolina senator insisted. "Start with your own backyard… Fix Venezuela and everybody else will know you’re serious." North Korea and Iran, he implied, would fall right into line after Venezuela was put in its place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Lindsey ...

Jun 14 08:28

US, allies accuse North Korea of violating UN sanctions on refined petroleum

The U.S. is accusing North Korea of breaching U.N. sanctions on the import of refined petroleum via illegal ship-to-ship transfers -- a move that marks a contrast to the warmer rhetoric directed at the North Korean regime coming from the White House.

A Security Council diplomat told reporters late Wednesday that the U.S., along with 25 other countries, had complained to the U.N. Security Council sanctions committee monitoring the country’s compliance with sanctions slapped on the country in 2017.

Jun 13 11:55

The US and 26 other nations want to halt North Korea fuel imports

The United States and more than two dozen other countries are asking all nations to immediately halt valuable fuel shipments to North Korea.

A report submitted to the United Nations Security Council Sanctions Committee on North Korea accuses Pyongyang of violating a UN-set UN set cap on fuel imports by conducting dozens of ship-to-ship transfers at sea, which break international sanctions. The details in the report were described to CNN and others by a UN Security Council diplomat with knowledge of the findings.

The US complaint about North Korean smuggling came a day after President Donald Trump said he got another 'beautiful letter' from North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un. The White House is interested in a third summit between the two leaders.

Jun 12 00:06

Kim Jong-un appoints ex-girlfriend right-hand woman after false execution reports

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has appointed an ex-girlfriend and pop star who was reportedly "executed" for making a "porn film" as his right-hand woman.

Kim, 35, has reportedly known singer Hyon Song-wol, 42, since he was in his teens, and in the past week, the pair have been photographed together at high-profile factory visits and the Mass Games opening night.

The glamorous former musician shot to fame in 2005 with a song about the rogue state's industrious textile workers, but, if South Korean media is to be believed, she angered North Korea's ruling party by making an "X-rated movie".

Earlier this year, South Korea's The Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported Hyon and other performers had been executed by a firing squad.

Jun 11 10:43

NORTH KOREAN LEADER'S ASSASSINATED HALF-BROTHER WAS A CIA INFORMANT: WSJ

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

The half brother of North Korea's Kim Jong Un - who was assassinated in Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia in February 2017, when two women smeared his face with the nerve agent VX - was an informant for the Central Intelligence Agency and met with agency operatives on several occasions, Wall Street Journal reports, citing a person who knew about the matter.

Kim Jong Nam was once considered to be the heir to late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il but he fell out of favor with his father in 2001 after he was caught trying to enter Japan on a false passport, and was arrested at Tokyo airport, apparently en route to Disneyland. Kim Jong Nam had been critical of Kim Jong Un, reportedly saying in 2012 that he “won’t last long” because of his youth and inexperience. The two brothers have different mothers, Bloomberg reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this story is true, the question arises; which government's people wanted him silenced?!?

Those of the North Korean government, who found out the guy was an informant for the US, or those of the US, because had, somehow, become a "live liability"?

Jun 10 08:41

How far is too far? UK tabloids mocked for claiming Kim fed general to piranhas

Even the readers of several British tabloids have cast doubt on a source-based story claiming that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un executed one of his generals in a piranha-filled tank.

Jun 07 07:58

North Korea Bristles at Being Called a ‘Rogue State’

North Korea has condemned a recent Pentagon report for describing it as a “rogue state,” calling it a “hostile” act that makes clear the United States’ ultimate goal is the overthrow of the regime, and warning of “countermeasures.”

In a statement released via the Korean Central News Agency, the Stalinist regime’s foreign ministry said history has shown that while the U.S. talks about dialogue, behind the scenes it prepares for war against its “dialogue partner.”

Jun 06 12:33

The Trade War Is About To Become An Economic World War III

The public enthusiasm for the trade war by elites within the Trump Administration cabinet, including Rothschild banking agent Wilber Ross, Council On Foreign Relations member Robert E. Lighthizer, Goldman Sachs member Steve Mnuchin, and Bilderberg attendee Mike Pompeo showcases a desire based on globalization to perpetuate an escalation in tensions.

Whether or not you agree with the rationalizations behind the trade war, the point is, the only people who will ultimately benefit from it are those striving for globalization.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is of grave concern to me, that this trade war could well devolve into a shooting war.

There's an archetypal dream, which Mike and I have, frequently; it's that one where you can see two trains, getting closer and closer together,ever more quickly, one on the wrong track, but you cannot communicate with either train's engineer to warn them, and there is a spectacular, horrific crash.

The US is headed for just such a confrontation, and very quickly; the possible "opponents" in this war, will most likely be China; Russia; Iran; North Korea, and Syria.

Look for rationing of food and materials at that point; and the possible suspension of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, followed by a declaration of Martial Law.

After that happens, look for a reinstitution of a draft, both for our young men, and our young women.

Some may laugh at my predictions; but in looking at the state of geopolitics around the world, I am seeing all the pieces starting to come into place, which is utterly terrifying, particularly if you are a pacifist, who knows that this country is absolutely going down the wrong path, with these horrific wars.

Jun 06 10:23

Top US Journalists Spread Fake News Claiming North Korean Official Was ‘Purged’ – Then He Shows Up on TV

The corporate media’s editorial standards for reporting on Official Enemies of the US government, especially North Korea, are as low as ever. Blatantly false stories are regularly circulated by leading news outlets without any kind of accountability.

In the latest example of fake news disseminated without any hint of skepticism by America’s top journalists, virtually every major media outlet reported that a senior North Korean official named Kim Yong-chol was supposedly forced into a “labor camp,” as part of a larger deadly “purge.”

Two days later, that same official turned up alive at a public art performance, seated next to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Jun 06 10:08

Trump says he's still optimistic about a deal, North Korea warns its losing patience

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he still believes North Korea "would like to make a deal" and left the door open for a third summit with Kim Jong Un despite a new warning from Pyongyang urging the US to change the course of its negotiations "before it is too late."

"I think they would like to make a deal and we would like to make a deal," Trump told reporters during his visit to Ireland, adding that he looks forward to seeing Kim "at the appropriate time."

The US President also appeared to once again downplay the significance of North Korea's most recent short-range ballistic missile test despite his national security adviser and acting defense secretary saying that last month's launches violated UN resolutions.

Jun 05 16:59

North Korea THREAT: Kim issues warning to US as tensions soar - ‘Patience running out'

NORTH KOREA has issued a warning to the US to find common ground if it wants to restore talks between the two nations.

North Korea’s foreign ministry insisted the US must change its “current way of calculation” if the there is to be any hope of restarting the talks which failed following a bilateral summit in Hanoi in February. In a bold warning to Donald Trump, the Asian country insisted that there is a “limit to our patience” through the country’s state Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The statement also added: “The US should duly look back on the past one year and reconsider about which will be a correct strategic choice before it is too late.

“The US would be well-advised to change its current method of calculation and respond to our request as soon as possible.”

Despite North Korea’s worrying statement, Trump insisted that he “would still like to make a deal” on the final day of his UK visit.

Jun 05 07:51

North Korea Says US Shouldn’t Try Their Patience on Diplomacy

Officials say US must come up with a new approach 'before it is too late'

With no progress being made in talks between the US in North Korea since the failed Hanoi Summit, North Korea is warning that deals reached at last year’s summit could also be at risk if the US doesn’t start coming up with a new effort to resume talks.

The statement cautions that the US must abandon its demands for unilateral North Korean disarmament “before it is too late,” and that if the US continues to test North Korean patience, the joint Singapore declaration would end up a “mere blank sheet of paper.”

North Korea has been calling for a new US approach for months, but so far the signs are that there will be no change.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has insisted that the US will hold North Korea to commitments to unilaterally disarm.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the reason for Pompeo saying this is.... illogical in the extreme.

Kim Jung Un understands how power politics is played, and becoming a nuclear nation, is one of the ways to enhance the power of the country which has them.

This means you cannot get "stepped on" by people who want the resources which exist in your country; without a nuclear arsenal, North Korea could get militarily "rolled" in a heartbeat.

And if Kim Jung Un understands this, then Mike Pompeo should understand this also.

Unilateral denuclearization was never, ever going to work; or perhaps, is this "not working", part of the US plan to overpower North Korea militarily?!?

And has President Trump discussed his plans for moving forward against North Korea, and gotten an approval for it from China's President, Xi Jinping?!?

The short answer here, most likely, is HELL, NO!!!

Mr. President, a word, please; I would like to politely remind you, that China is a nuclear-armed nation.

And living on a first-strike target, color me very nervous about how you appear to be setting up the US for a military conflict with both China and North Korea.

Mr. President, I understand that just because a concept is completely ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid for the US government to do, unfortunately, is no guarantee, that it will not do it.

Please, rethink this; or have you already decided Hawaii is going to be the "sacrificial lamb target for justifying this next war?!?

It has happened before, as you well know;

FDR provoked the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

Jun 04 11:30

Reports: 'Executed' North Korean Special Envoy is Still Alive, 2nd Official 'Sent to Labor Camp' Pictured At Musical

North Korean special envoy to the US, Kim Hyok Chol, was not "executed" as the media widely claimed and North Korea's top nuclear negotiator, Kim Yong Chol, who the media widely reported was sent to a labor camp, was pictured attending a musical with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Jun 04 08:38

North Korean Official Blamed for Failed Trump Summit Reappears in Public

Kim Yong-chol, a former North Korean spymaster and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s counterpart in recent diplomatic contacts between the North and the United States, resurfaced in public this week, undermining a South Korean newspaper’s report that he was banished to forced labor in a re-education camp.

The conservative Chosun Ilbo, South Korea’s largest daily newspaper, reported on Friday that Mr. Kim had been sent to a re-education camp as part of a political purge of senior North Korean officials held responsible for the breakdown of the second summit meeting held in February between the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and President Trump.

But some analysts in South Korea quickly questioned the report, saying that it was unlikely for Kim Yong-chol to have been banished because he was still being cited in the North Korean news media in the weeks after the summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, and had retained his vice chairmanship in the ruling Workers’ Party.

Jun 03 09:16

Top North Korean official reappears days after purge report

A senior North Korean official who had been reported as purged over the failed nuclear summit with Washington was shown in state media enjoying a concert alongside leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korean publications on Monday showed Kim Yong Chol sitting near a clapping Kim Jong Un and other top officials during a musical performance by the wives of Korean People's Army officers.

Kim Yong Chol had been North Korea's top nuclear negotiator and met with President Donald Trump at the White House while setting up Trump's two summits with Kim Jong Un.

South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo last week cited an unnamed source to report that Kim Yong Chol was sentenced to hard labor following the collapse of the second summit in February.

Jun 01 09:41

US checking reports North Korea executed top official after Trump summit, Pompeo says

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that the US is looking into reports that North Korea executed a top official after President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un's summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, earlier this year.

South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported that Kim Hyok Chol, North Korea's special envoy to the US, was executed after Kim Jong Un and Trump were unable to reach an agreement at their second summit in February.

"We've seen the reporting ... we're doing our best to check it out," Pompeo said during a joint press conference with the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Berlin.

May 31 09:55

US TO INVESTIGATE REPORTS N. KOREA EXECUTED SENIOR DIPLOMAT AFTER HANOI SUMMIT FAILURE – POMPEO

SOURCE: RT
Following a slew of reports that North Korea had executed a senior envoy who participated in the Hanoi peace summit with US President Donald Trump, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he’s ‘checking it out.’
“We've seen the reporting to which you are referring,” Pompeo told a news conference in Berlin Friday, answering a question about reports in South Korean media that nuclear envoy Kim Hyok Choi had been executed by Kim Jong Un’s regime.

“We’re doing our best to check it out. I don't have anything else to add to that today.”

South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo daily reported Thursday on the execution of Choi and four other high-level officials, following the breakdown in negotiations at the Hanoi peace summit in February of this year.

For its part, North Korea has yet to comment on the allegations, though the secretive state has used executions to cover up public failures in the past.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This report is very troubling, and I hope that President Trump's administration can get to the bottom of it.

but the Trump Administration has to realize, that for true denuclearization to happen in North Korea, it, too, has to demonstrate some "faith in action", which , so far, just hasn't happened.

More and more, the Trump administration is proving that its continued mantra of "my way.. or the highway!" just isn't working.

May 31 09:00

North Korea executes envoy in a purge after failed U.S. summit: media

North Korea executed its nuclear envoy to the United States as part of a purge of officials who steered negotiations for a failed summit between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, a South Korean newspaper said on Friday.

May 29 11:41

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May 29 11:30

NO ONE SEEMS TO AGREE WITH DONALD TRUMP THAT NORTH KOREA MISSILE TESTS DID NOT VIOLATE U.N. RESOLUTIONS

The apparent chaos at the top of America's foreign policy apparatus came into sharp focus again on Wednesday, as the State Department undermined President Donald Trump’s controversial defense of recent North Korean weapons tests.

The two short-range missile tests conducted earlier this month come amid stalled negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang on sanctions relief and denuclearization on the Korean peninsula. Combined with the seizure of a North Korean tanker suspected of violating international sanctions on the secretive state, these developments have undermined improving relations between the two historic adversaries.

May 28 10:07

North Korea calls John Bolton ‘war monger’ and 'defective human product' over missile comment

North Korea on Monday called U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton a “war monger” and “defective human product” after he called the North’s recent tests of short-range missiles a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The statement by an unnamed North Korean foreign ministry spokesman came as President Donald Trump continued his visit to Japan for meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in which the nuclear standoff with North Korea was expected to be high on the agenda.

Bolton told reporters in Tokyo on Saturday that there was “no doubt” that North Korea’s recent launches violated U.N. resolutions, and that sanctions against the North must be kept in place. Trump later downplayed the missile tests, tweeting, “North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me.”

May 28 09:13

The winner in the war on Huawei is Samsung

The past week of off-again, on-again support from Google to Huawei concerning Android, combined with the potential killer blow of Arm joining the party to shun Huawei, should be regarded as a warning shot to what sort of impact a proper trade war between the United States and China could have on the tech sector.

Despite the bluster and rhetoric out of the Oval Office, the simple fact is that the supply chains between the nations are far too intertwined for either country to avoid high amounts of pain as they get untangled.

Whatever device you are reading this on, there's a fair chance it was assembled in the Middle Kingdom, using componentry and intellectual property from the US.

May 27 13:04

Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan

President Trump on Monday denied that North Korea had fired any ballistic missiles or violated the United Nations Security Council resolutions, taking the word of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the assessments of his own national security adviser and his Japanese host. He praised the murderous dictator as a “very smart man.”

He also again sided with Kim over former vice president Joe Biden, after his Democratic rival was branded a “fool of low I.Q.” by North Korea’s state media for calling the North Korean leader a dictator and a tyrant.

At a joint news conference with Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, Trump gave cover to Kim as he directly contradicted his national security adviser, John Bolton, as well as Abe, by arguing that Pyongyang had not launched ballistic missiles this month or violated U.N. Security Council resolutions.

May 27 12:50

NORTH KOREA CALLS JOHN BOLTON "DEFECTIVE HUMAN PRODUCT" , "WARMONGER" 

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
North Korea on Monday called US National Security Adviser John Bolton a "war monger" and "defective human product" after he claimed that Pyongyang's recent short-range missile tests were a violation of UN Security Council resolutions, according to CBS News, citing an unnamed North Korean foreign ministry spokesman.

The comments come amid President Trump's visit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during which the North Korean nuclear discussions are likely to be high on the agenda.

North Korea tested short-range ballistic missiles on May 4 and 9, ending a pause in launches that began in late 2017. The tests have been seen as a way for North Korea to pressure Washington to soften its stance on easing sanctions against it without actually causing negotiations to collapse. -CBS News

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The North Korean government does have a point here; true negotiations are NOT "My way...or the Highway!", which has basically been Bolton's approach to North Korea all along.

In sum, Bolton is demanding that North Korea give up EVERYTHING, all at once, without the US doing anything to act as a countermeasure of trust.

This is not "negotiating"; this is bloody US State corporate state blackmail.

May 26 09:15

Trump plays down North Korea's missile test, putting him at odds with Abe

President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday he doesn't view North Korea's short range missile tests as disturbing, a view deeply at odds with his Japanese hosts and in conflict with statements made a day earlier by his national security adviser.

"North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me," Trump wrote on Twitter.
This is a major blow ahead of his meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which are set to begin in a few hours.

May 25 10:03

Bolton calls North Korea missile tests a violation of U.N. resolutions

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton has called a series of short-range missile tests by North Korea a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and says sanctions must be kept in place.

Bolton said Saturday in Tokyo that the U.S. position on the North's denuclearization is consistent and that a repeated pattern of failures to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons should be stopped.

His comment comes a day after North Korea's official media said nuclear negotiations with Washington won't resume unless the U.S. abandons what Pyongyang describes as unilateral disarmament demands.

May 24 09:50

North Korea says talks won't resume unless US changes position on disarmament

North Korea said Friday that nuclear negotiations with the United States will never resume unless the Trump administration moves away from what Pyongyang described as unilateral demands for disarmament.

The statement by an unnamed North Korean foreign ministry spokesman published in state media was the country's latest expression of displeasure over the stalled negotiations. It follows two separate launches of short-range missiles earlier this month that were apparently aimed at pressuring Washington and Seoul.

Talks between Washington and Pyongyang have been at a standstill since February, when a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump broke down over what the Americans described as excessive North Korean demands for sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.

May 23 10:01

Why North Korea called Joe Biden an “imbecile” and “a fool of low IQ”

North Korea just signaled its immense disdain for a top American leader. And no, it’s not President Donald Trump.

In a Tuesday statement, the state-run Korean Central News Agency published a scathing article targeting top Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden. While it contains bombastic language, the piece also includes pointed, insulting remarks about the former vice president and references the controversy over how he has interacted with women.

The reason North Korea is lashing out dates back to Biden’s campaign launch last Saturday, where he rhetorically asked a Philadelphia crowd, “Are we a nation that embraces dictators and tyrants like [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and [North Korean leader] Kim Jong Un?” That comment referred to Trump’s admiration of autocrats and apparent preference for them over democratic leaders.

May 22 09:18

North Korea: US should consider consequences of ship seizure

North Korea's U.N. ambassador says the Trump administration should consider the possible consequences its seizing of a North Korean cargo ship could have on relations between the two countries and immediately return the vessel.

Kim Song said at a news conference Tuesday that the "heinous act" of seizing the ship was aimed at bringing maximum pressure on North Korea to make it "kneel down."

He said it was "an outright denial of the underlying spirit" of the June 12, 2018, joint statement by President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "that has committed to establish new bilateral relations."

Kim reiterated that he has asked Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to take "urgent measures" to contribute to stability on the Korean peninsula.

May 21 09:43

Iran stance is straight from Trump's North Korea playbook

If the current war of words between Iran and the United States has strange echoes of 2017, it's because the same US strategy is at work.

The Trump administration is using its North Korea playbook on Iran: Use a "maximum pressure" campaign -- the same nomenclature was used for Tehran and Pyongyang -- to box the adversary into a corner, then try to negotiate. Respond to a threat by escalating your own threat. Then negotiate to alleviate tensions and claim a win.

In North Korea's case, it was US President Donald Trump's now-infamous "fire and fury" ultimatum that kicked off the biggest tensions: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen... he has been very threatening beyond a normal state."

May 20 10:11

South Korea vows to send aid to North quickly, may send food

South Korea vowed Monday to move quickly on plans to provide $8 million worth of medical and nutritional aid for North Korean children through U.N. agencies while it also considers sending broader food aid to the country, which says it is suffering its worst drought in decades.

Lee Sang-min, spokesman for Seoul's Unification Ministry, said the government will discuss its plans with the World Food Program and the United Nations Children's Fund, through which the aid would be provided, so it reaches North Korean children and pregnant women quickly. South Korea is also trying to build public and political support for providing wider food aid to North Korea, either directly or through the WFP.

North Korea's state media said last week that the country was suffering its worst drought in more than a century amid reported food shortages.

May 19 17:29

South Korea will ditch Microsoft Windows for Linux

Windows 7 support will end in January of next year, and that is a huge problem for both business and home users that are still running the aging operating system. Can't these people just upgrade to Windows 10? Well, yeah, but many just don't want to. Windows 10 has extreme telemetry that many people consider to be spying. As a result, they simply don't trust Microsoft's latest operating system. Not to mention, for businesses and organizations with many computers, the upgrade to Windows 10 could prove to be a costly affair.

And now, as a result of the upcoming death of Windows 7 support, the South Korean government has reportedly decided to ditch Microsoft Windows entirely. According to The Korea Herald, the Asian country's government will switch from Windows 7 to a Linux-based operating system.

May 16 11:38

South Korea to establish joint nuclear research centre in Saudi Arabia

South Korea plans to set up a joint nuclear energy research centre in Saudi Arabia, the South Korean Ministry of Science and Technology said.

The project aims to boost cooperation between the two countries in the field of nuclear energy research and development, Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday.

The agency noted that the two countries are expected to sign an agreement to establish the centre after administrative procedures have been completed.

May 15 10:02

North Korea demands return of cargo ship seized by U.S.

North Korea on Tuesday called the U.S. seizure of a North Korean cargo ship involved in banned coal exports a "robbery" and demanded that the vessel be returned immediately.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA, carried a statement by an unidentified foreign ministry spokesman who accused the United States of betraying the spirit of a summit agreement last June between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump.

Kim and Trump agreed then to a vague statement calling for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and improved bilateral ties, but a second meeting between the leaders collapsed in February over mismatched demands in sanctions relief and disarmament.

May 13 09:34

North Korea won’t give up all its nuclear weapons, former Defense Secretary Gates says

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said North Korea is unlikely to ever give up all its nuclear weapons, and that President Donald Trump was right to walk away from deal with leader Kim Jong-un in February.

In an interview with CBS that taped on May 10, Gates said North Koreans have come to see some modest nuclear capabilities as “essential to their national survival.”

May 11 10:02

North Korea's leader orders stronger strike power after long-range missile tests

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the military to boost its strike capability a day after he directed a successful long-range strike drill amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the United States.

Kim “stressed the need to further increase the capability of the defense units in the forefront area and on the western front to carry out combat tasks and keep full combat posture to cope with any emergency,” the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Friday.

He noted "genuine peace and security of the country are guaranteed only by the strong physical force capable of defending its sovereignty,” it said, adding Kim "set forth important tasks for further increasing the strike ability."

May 11 09:10

Trump's North Korea diplomacy looks troubled. It may not mean war

President Donald Trump's attempt to make a "great deal" with North Korea over its nuclear program appears increasingly in peril as Kim Jong Un has ordered new missile tests and directed his country's military "to cope with any emergency."

"Nobody's happy," Trump said Thursday after North Korea launched short-range missiles for the second time in less than a week. On Friday, Kim told his forces to be on high alert after the U.S. seized a large cargo ship that was attempting to smuggle coal out of North Korea in violation of United Nations Security Council sanctions.

"(Kim) stressed the need to further increase the capability of the defense units in the forefront area and on the western front to carry out combat tasks and keep full combat posture," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), a state media outlet that rarely quotes Pyongyang's leader directly, reported. KCNA said Kim "set forth important tasks for further increasing the strike ability" of North Korea's weapon systems.

May 10 09:31

U.S. Conducts Missile Test Just 10 Minutes After North Korea's Latest Missile Launch

North Korea conducted a new weapons test overnight, firing two missiles into the sea between North Korea and Japan, according to reports from the South Korean military. The U.S. military conducted its own missile test just ten minutes later.

It was the second weapons test for North Korea in the past week, following the launch of what are believed to be several short-range missiles on Saturday. The U.S. military’s latest test was also its second in the past week, though the Air Force stresses that the timing is coincidental.

May 10 09:11

US SEIZES NORTH KOREAN COAL SHIP, DEPLOYS THAAD IN SOUTH KOREA, BLAMES THE NORTH

On May 9th, the US seized a North Korean coal carrier ship called the M/V Wise Honest for violating US sanctions on the country, the Justice Department said in a statement.

The civil forfeiture complaint that led to the seizure of the ship was announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman for the Southern District of New York, Assistant Director John Brown of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division and Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. of the FBI’s New York Field Office.

The 17,061-ton bulk carrier ship, one of North Korea’s largest, was used to illicitly ship coal from North Korea and to deliver heavy machinery to the DPRK.

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