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Apr 18 15:33

South Korean Government Says It Would Consider Peace Treaty With North Korea After Denuclearization

A South Korean official on Wednesday said the country would consider negotiating a peace treaty with North Korea following the rogue state’s denuclearization, according to local news outlet Yonhap.

That followed daily newspaper Munhwa Ilbo reporting on Tuesday that the two countries were already in talks to announce a permanent end to the officially declared military conflict between them.

Apr 18 10:36

Offer to Withdraw America's Troops from South Korea to Seal a Nuclear Deal with the North

An important challenge is the difference between the two leaders’ official expectations. The Trump administration presumably believes it has a commitment by Pyongyang to denuclearize. However, Kim, to the extent that he genuinely contemplates abandoning weapons so expensively acquired and so tightly connected to his own legitimacy, is likely willing to do so only over time, and in return for concessions that enhance his regime’s survivability. When I visited the North last year, officials well remembered the fate of Libya’s Muammar el-Qaddafi, who negotiated away his missile and nuclear programs, only to be later ousted by the United States and its European allies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This proposal is both sound and reasonable; which is why the current Administration will most probably reject it out of hand!!

And unfortunately, last week's Western bombing of Syria may well cement, in Kim Jung Un's thinking, that he can never let go of his nuclear capacities, because the potential future fate of Syria, which has no nuclear weapons, at the hands of the West.

Apr 18 04:55

Pompeo had secret meeting with Kim Jong-un

(*Pompeo can now mix a better mai tai !)

Apr 17 11:36

North & South Korea may announce official end to war – local media

Seoul and Pyongyang are reportedly set to make a huge step in the peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula, as officials from the two states are negotiating a joint statement outlining a formal end to hostilities.

Apr 17 08:19

North & South Korea may announce official end to war – local media

Seoul and Pyongyang are reportedly set to make a huge step in the peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula, as officials from the two states are negotiating a joint statement outlining a formal end to hostilities.

Apr 16 07:35

Abe faces awkward Trump summit on North Korea amid plummeting support in Japan

Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who heads Tuesday to Mar-a-Lago for a meeting with US President Donald Trump, is in dire need of a policy win as he faces challenges abroad and protests at home.

After staking out a hawkish position on North Korea, Abe was caught on the back foot when Trump announced he was open to a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Tokyo's previous warnings not to trust Pyongyang have been dropped as both Washington and Seoul barreled forward with engagement. Abe is now seeking a summit with Kim for himself, rather than be further left out of North Asia's rapidly changing political situation.

Apr 14 09:18

US Considers Opening Embassy in Pyongyang

One big incentive that the United States may offer to North Korea during the upcoming summit is the possibility of opening an American Embassy in Pyongyang, the first time the US would have ever had such an embassy post.

The summit, during which President Trump and Kim Jong-un will meet, is set for either May or early June. With officials insisting they won’t give North Korea anything without permanent denuclearization, officials are scrambling to find something they can offer as a confidence-building measure in the talks.

Having an embassy, and by extension having formal diplomatic ties, would be a big upgrade in US relations with North Korea. South Korean officials say such a move would happen if the summit is seen as a success.

Apr 14 08:35

Trump's strike on Syria is exactly why North Korea wants nuclear weapons

As the US prepares to try and convince North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons, it may have made his counter argument for him.

On Friday, US President Donald Trump announced he had given the order for US forces to strike the Syrian regime in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held city in the southwest of the country, which he blames on Russia and Syria.

But the attack against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad -- a longtime ally of North Korea -- could complicate Trump's planned summit with Kim, expected to take place in May or June.

Apr 14 05:35

Kim Jong-un has America and China just where he wants them

Conventional wisdom on the Kim regime has been that it is unpredictable and downright crazy. But that has never really been true

(*Yeah , let us know when he kicks off the weekend with a missile attack on another country !)

Apr 12 07:28

North Korea has a big tuberculosis problem. It’s about to get worse.

A Bloomberg News story this week warned of the threat of North Korea’s “other weapon” — tuberculosis. In February, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria announced that it would suspend grants to combat tuberculosis and malaria in North Korea by June 30.

Global Fund officials stress that they hope to resume funding to the country in the future, and North Korean officials have implored the Global Fund to maintain its funding on humanitarian grounds.

Since 2002, this unique partnership between governments, the private sector and civil society groups has awarded more than $33 billion in grants to treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria to save more than 22 million lives in more than 100 countries. From 2010 to 2017, the Global Fund provided more than $69 million for tuberculosis and nearly $34 million for malaria treatment in North Korea. So what’s going on North Korea now?

Apr 12 07:27

BEX ALERT - North Korean Destructive Malware Is Back, Says DHS Report

American intelligence analysts have discovered a destructive strain of North Korean malware not seen since the 2014 attack on Sony that crippled the company’s computer systems, according to Department of Homeland Security documents obtained by Foreign Policy.

On Dec. 17, 2017, “advanced persistent threat actors” deployed “newly discovered destructive malware that shares a number of similarities to the destructive malware” used in the Sony attack, according to a restricted report issued late last year. “This is the the first known instance since 2014 that North Korea-tied destructive malware has been seen,” says the report, marked “For Official Use Only.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember that the so-called SONY hack turned out to be an internal leak.

Apr 12 06:58

Britain Sends Third Warship to North Korean Coast As Tensions Heat Up - Reports

Western countries and their key Asian allies have deployed naval forces to areas including the Yellow Sea to enforce the trade embargo imposed on North Korea by the UN Security Council over its nuclear and missile programs.

HMS Albion with Marine commandos on board is sailing to waters off the North Korean coast to enforce UN sanctions and take part in joint drills with Britain’s regional allies, the Independent reported.

The Albion will join the HMS Sutherland, which has already been deployed to the area.

Britain’s Defense Ministry earlier said that another warship, HMS Argyll, would be dispatched to the region later this year for a series of joint exercises with Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Apr 11 07:40

Britain sends third warship to Asia Pacific to monitor North Korea

The UK has deployed a third navy warship to the Asia-Pacific as diplomatic tensions with North Korea continue to rise.

HMS Albion will join HMS Sutherland and will help enforce UN sanctions against North Korea, as well as take part in joint training and exercises with regional allies.

The Ministry of Defence previously announced that HMS Argyll would also be deployed, arriving in the region later in the year to take part in an exercise with Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Apr 11 07:39

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov accepts invitation to visit North Korea

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will visit Pyongyang after accepting a formal invitation from the country's top diplomat, the latest in a series of outreaches by North Korea.

"We are very happy about the invitation which we have received to visit Pyongyang," Lavrov said Tuesday after a meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho in Moscow.

But there is no word on a possible future summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Lavrov said while there had been no discussions about either leader visiting the other's capital during his talks with Ri, both Kim and Putin "regularly exchange statements."

Apr 10 08:32

Trump Says Will Meet North Korea’s Kim in May or Early June

President Trump said Monday that he will be meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un at some time in May, or in early June at the latest. This is the first update on the timing of the planned summit since it was announced.

Previously, Trump has said his intention was to meet Kim “by May,” though it was widely assumed it would be in May. The current US war games in South Korea are expected to continue until the end of April.

Trump has been extremely optimistic about the potential of the North Korea talks. Noting both sides have agreed to pursue denuclearization, Trump said the summit is “very exciting for the world.” He did not offer any new details on the talks beyond the updated dates.

Apr 10 07:35

North Korea’s definition of ‘denuclearization’ is very different from Trump’s

The White House is gearing up for President Trump to discuss denuclearization with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their much anticipated summit next month. But what does “denuclearization” mean?

It depends on whom you are asking. To some in Washington, “the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” as Trump tweeted late last month, means Kim handing over his nuclear weapons and missile systems and allowing international inspectors to check that the regime is keeping its word.

To Pyongyang, it means something very, very different. It means mutual steps to get rid of nuclear weapons, including requiring the United States to take down the nuclear umbrella it has put up over South Korea and Japan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I like the North Korean version better.

Apr 09 13:02

Trump says he will meet Kim Jong-un in May or early June

Donald Trump says meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un may slip to June - but he’s hopeful it will lead to ‘de-nuking’
The US president has set a timeline for talks with Pyongyang’s leader and said he hopes they lead to ‘the de-nuking of North Korea’

US President Donald Trump said on Monday that he was positive that an upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un - which he said is planned for next month or June - would ultimately lead to an end of the North’s nuclear weapons programme.

“We’ll be meeting with them sometime in May or early June and I think there’ll be great respect paid by both parties and hopefully we’ll be able to make a deal on the de-nuking of North Korea,” Trump told reporters at the start of a Cabinet meeting.

“They’ve said so. We’ve said so,” he added. “Hopefully, it’ll be a relationship that’s much different than it’s been for many, many years.”

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(*we're at the "Keep Your Fingers Crossed!" juncture .)

Apr 09 10:14

Russian Security Council chief, North Korean top diplomat discuss Inter-Korean dialogue

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev discussed the possibilities of inter-Korean dialogue with North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong-ho on Monday. "Nikolay Patrushev and Ri Yong-ho discussed the issues of regional security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the possibilities of developing inter-Korean dialogue," the Russian Security Council press service stated. The DPRK’s foreign minister arrived in Moscow earlier on Monday. The Russian Foreign Ministry reported earlier that negotiations between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ri Yong-ho would be held on April 10 in the Russian capital. The ministers will discuss development of bilateral cooperation and the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Apr 09 08:59

North Korea tells US it is 'prepared to discuss denuclearisation' at leaders' summit

North Korea confirmed to the US that it is prepared to discuss denuclearising the Korean Peninsula, a White House official has said.North Korea confirmed to the US that it is prepared to discuss denuclearising the Korean Peninsula, a White House official has said.

Apr 09 08:38

'North Korea could be EXTINGUISHED in just 48 HOURS' THIS tactic is set to CRUSH Pyongyang

Sir Malcolm Rifkind told Nigel Farage that while the public war of words with North Korea has dried up, the shocking impact of sanctions has been revealed in economic reports.

The former foreign secretary spoke to Mr Farage this morning on the former Ukip leader's LBC radio show, where he discussed how North Korea has been crushed in recent weeks.

He surprised the MEP by claiming that US President Donald Trump had little to do with this victory that, and in fact, China is the main reason Kim Jong-un now wants to negotiate.

Sir Malcolm explained how China remains the key figure in the North Korean crisis, and how Beijing could "extinguish" North Korea in 48 hours if they wanted to.

Apr 09 07:37

N Korea-US talks: Pyongyang 'ready to discuss' nuclear programme

North Korea has promised the US it is ready to discuss the future of its nuclear arsenal when the two nations' leaders meet, US officials say.

Preparations for the summit have included secret, direct talks with North Korea, unnamed Trump administration sources said.

US and North Korean intelligence officials are said to have spoken many times, and met in a third country.

The unprecedented summit is slated to happen in May.

It will be the first time a sitting US president has met the leader of North Korea.

Apr 08 07:24

Secret, direct talks underway between US and North Korea

The United States and North Korea have been holding secret, direct talks to prepare for a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, a sign that planning for the highly anticipated meeting is progressing, several administration officials familiar with the discussions tell CNN.

Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo and a team at the CIA have been working through intelligence back-channels to make preparations for the summit, the officials said. American and North Korean intelligence officials have spoken several times and have even met in a third country, with a focus on nailing down a location for the talks.

Apr 06 12:17

Cleaning House, Enabling War

Think about it for a second. An embattled, scandal-ridden administration suddenly fires two hawkish, though tenuously mainstream, foreign policy advisers and replaces them with off-the-grid warmongers. Connect those dots and it gets scary, fast. In fact, the situation is starting to resemble a Hollywood-style, Wag-the-Dog, drum-up-a-war-to-distract-the-populace scenario.

With whom? Given the proclivities of Pompeo and Bolton, the obvious candidate is Iran. After all, as their records suggest, both the incoming secretary of state and the national security adviser suffer from acute cases of Iran hysteria and have been beating the Islamic Republic war drum for years now. So look for Trump and his two new subordinates to strike a less than substantial deal with nuclear North Korea (to show their cuddly diplomatic side) and then pivot toward tearing up the Iran nuclear deal in May and heading for military action against non-nuclear – and so more vulnerable – nuclear-pact-adhering Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know about you, but these two appointments, taken together, are causing the hair on the back of my neck to stand up straight, and do Zumba; and I move like a brick!!

Apr 06 09:46

South Korea's Park Geun-hye sentenced to 24 years in jail

A South Korean court has sentenced former President Park Geun-hye to 24 years in prison after she was found guilty of corruption.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We need some of that here!

Apr 06 07:43

Officials from 2 Koreas discuss logistics of landmark summit

Officials from North and South Korea met Thursday to discuss the logistics of a summit later this month. It will see Kim Jong-un become the first North Korean leader to set foot in the South since the end of the Korean War. Kim and the South’s president, Moon Jae-in, are due to meet on April 27 at the South’s side of the demilitarized zone for the landmark inter-Korean summit. The working-level meeting on Thursday was aimed at ironing out the protocols, security measures, and media coverage, according to Seoul’s presidential office.

Apr 06 07:31

North Korea just talked security for Kim Jong-un—with South Korea

The date approaches, for better or worse. On April 27, the leaders from the two Koreas, technically still at war, will hold a summit at the border. The parties met today to work out security details.

To hold talks with South Korean president Moon Jae-in, the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, will take unprecedented steps for a man in his position—literally. The summit will be held south of the military demarcation line in the truce village of Panmunjom. Since at least the start of the Korean War in 1950, no North Korean leader has crossed the border and visited the South. (The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as the North is officially called, was established in 1948.)

Apr 05 08:41

Researchers boycott Korean university over 'killer robot' AI weapons lab

Over 50 researchers from 30 countries will be boycotting all contact with South Korea's KAIST university once it opens an artificial intelligence weapons lab.

Apr 04 09:18

Donald Trump has power to 'utterly annihilate' North Korea and DEFEAT Russia, says expert

DONALD TRUMP has the power to “utterly annihilate” North Korea and neutralise Russia amid warnings that the two nations have the military capability to strike the United States, according to US Senator Lindsey Graham.

Apr 04 08:41

Kim Jong Un likes K-pop music, banned in North Korea. That could be a diplomatic breakthrough.

It might be a diplomatic breakthrough: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un admitted this week that he likes K-pop music, saying he was “deeply moved” after watching a two-hour concert with South Korean performers in Pyongyang.

That's no idle comment. K-pop and other South Korean entertainment, including its popular soap operas, are banned in North Korea. People have been imprisoned for watching or listening to it.

The concert was the latest in a series of diplomatic moves designed to ease tensions in the weeks leading up to a possible summit between President Trump and Kim. It was partly in response to North Korea’s dispatching of its highly regimented cheerleaders, the so-called army of beauties, to the Olympics in South Korea in February.

Apr 03 12:04

Report: U.S. Dropped Plague-infected Fleas on North Korea in March 1952

There is a great deal of misunderstanding between the people of the United States and North Korea. This is largely due to the lack of information the average U.S. citizen has about the suffering endured by Koreans during the Korean War, including war crimes committed by U.S. forces.

Apr 03 07:16

North Korea just apologized for something

The journalists were in town to cover the K-pop performances attended by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in recent days. While they had been invited to watch some of South Korea’s top entertainers sing and dance, their minders were overruled by Kim’s bodyguards, who blocked them from entering the theater hosting the performances.

That wasn’t particularly surprising. What was surprising: The high-ranking Kim Yong-chol, a vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party, apologized to the reporters in person at their hotel in Pyongyang. This is the same general suspected of masterminding two attacks on South Korea in 2010: the sinking of a warship and the shelling of an island, leading to the deaths of nearly 50 sailors and a handful of soldiers and civilians, respectively.

Apr 02 06:58

Kim Jong-un says he was 'deeply moved' by K-pop concert that took place in North Korea as part of series of reconciliation moves ahead of summit with the South

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiled, clapped and said he was 'deeply moved' by a rare performance from South Korean K-pop stars in Pyongyang, state media reported Monday.

The high profile appearance of Kim and his wife, former singer Ri Sol Ju, at the concert was unusual as his authoritarian regime typically struggles to prevent any infiltration of the South's pop culture among his isolated people.

Kim, the first North Korean leader ever to attend a show by entertainers from the South, shook hands with the performers and 'expressed his deep thanks to them,' the North's official KCNA news agency reported.

Apr 01 06:54

Pyongyang getting ready for seventh nuclear test despite thaw: Japan’s Taro Kono

Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Saturday suggested there are signs North Korea is preparing to hold another nuclear test even as tensions on the Korean Peninsula ease ahead of a rare summit between the two Koreas.

The North appears to be “working hard to get ready for the next nuclear test,” Kono said in a lecture in Kochi, referring to the removal of soil from a tunnel at a site where past tests were conducted.

His remarks might be based on satellite imagery provided by the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The photos could be outdated, and the US has used bogus satellite data before. During the first Iraq war, the US released photos that appeared to show Iraqi tanks on the border with Saudi Arabia. But a reporter in Florida hired a commercial imaging satellite to image the same exact area and found nothing but sand. Then there were the photos Colin Powell insisted showed Iraqi WMD facilities and vehicles, which later turned out to be ordinary fire trucks and a bakery.

Mar 31 10:15

WHY KIM’S CHINA VISIT RAISES – AND DASHES – HOPES FOR TRUMP SUMMIT

Was North Korean leader’s surprise international debut in Beijing an auspicious sign ahead of meetings with the leaders of South Korea and the United States – or an attempt to gain an advantage?

Mar 31 05:38

Why Kim’s China visit raises (and dashes) hopes for Trump summit

Was North Korean leader’s surprise international debut in Beijing an auspicious sign ahead of meetings with the leaders of South Korea and the United States – or an attempt to gain an advantage?
>>>

Mar 31 05:22

IN CHINA , KIM JONG-UN WAS AN ASTUTE PLAYER ON HIS INTERNATIONAL DEBUT

In his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, the North Korean leader showed the world had underestimated his skill in playing a potentially explosive game of geopolitical chess

By mutual agreement, the reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s visit to Beijing and his meetings with President Xi Jinping last week were meant to be kept top secret until he left China.

The Chinese authorities, which equally value secrecy, were happy to oblige. Official media reports about Kim’s visit were not released until he was safely back in his own country on Wednesday morning.

This has given rise to black humour on Chinese social media platforms. One of the better jokes regards the perfect timing of the massive sandstorm that swept much of Northern China, coinciding neatly with Kim’s brief stay from Sunday night to Wednesday.

Mar 30 10:23

Corporate News Partisan Propaganda On Kim Jong Un

This video amazingly illustrates the propaganda of FOX News, comparing their coverage of when Obama said he wanted to meet with North Korean President Kim Jong Un verses when Trump announced that he was going to meet with Kim Jong Un.

Mar 30 09:37

Cold War 'Fusion': May Steers UK Towards Information War With Russia, N Korea

The British government has announced its intent to wage an information war against Russia and North Korea, as well as against terrorist groups, as per a new doctrine announced by Prime Minister May.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has unveiled a new plan, dubbed the Fusion Doctrine, aimed at ensuring that every government agency in the country "makes national security a priority," The Telegraph reports.

In her foreword to the National Security Capability Review, May insisted that the “appalling terrorist attacks in London and Manchester,” as well as the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, which she described as “a brazen and reckless act of aggression on the streets of Salisbury,” require a proper response.

Mar 30 09:36

South Korea Standing Up to US With Leaders’ Summit With Pyongyang

South Korean President Moon Jae In and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are slated to meet in person on April 27, marking the first time in 11 years that heads of state from the two Korean nations have met. Tim Shorrock, an author and investigative journalist, joined Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear Thursday to discuss the news.

For starters, Shorrock said that the meeting was a "sure thing," meaning that neither side will call it off. "Despite a lot of doubt expressed by officials and other pundits in the media, I think this meeting is going to happen," he said.

?"South Korea has traditionally followed the US' lead on foreign policy, but when it comes to inter-Korean relations, it has its own national interest at stake," and therefore may act more independently, the writer told Loud & Clear.

Mar 30 09:13

Trump says he may 'hold up' South Korea trade pact until a deal is made with North Korea

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he may "hold up" a major trade deal the U.S. recently made with South Korea, in order to use the agreement as leverage in any upcoming negotiations with North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear program.

"I may hold it up until after a deal is made with North Korea," Trump said of the trade pact, announced Tuesday. "Because it's a very strong card, and I want to make sure everyone is treated fairly."

It was unclear how holding up the trade deal with South Korea, one of America's closest allies, could aid the U.S. in its dealings with North Korea.

Mar 30 02:58

Korean delegations reach breakthrough on leaders’ summit during meeting in demilitarized zone

Bomber Bolton won't be happy about this.

Mar 29 09:18

Kim Jong-un will become the first North Korean leader to visit the South next month as Pyongyang praises 'unprecedented' improvements in relations

Kim Jong-Un will become the first North Korean leader since the end of the war to visit the South, as he meets President Moon Jae-in for talks next month.

The leaders will meet on the Southern side of the border village of Panmunjom on April 27, for the third-ever inter-Korean summit in history.

The meeting will be followed by landmark talks between Kim and US President Donald Trump, which could come as early as May, officials said today.

Mar 29 08:18

North, South Koreas begin high-level talks to prepare intra-Korean summit

Representatives from the two Koreas on Thursday embarked on high-level talks on preparations for a summit meeting between the two leaders. According to the South Korean ministry of unification, the meeting began at 10:00 local time (04:00 Moscow time) in the border town of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone. "We will hold close consultations with North Korea’s representatives to see to it that the summit is successful," Minister of Unification Cho Myoung-gyon, who leads the South Korean delegation, said before the beginning of the talks. The delegation also includes his deputy Chun Hae-sung and South Korean president’s spokesman Yoon Young-chan. On March 24, North Korea accepted South Korea’s invitations for high-level talks to agree a date and venue for an intra-Korean summit due in April. Pyongyang revealed its plans to send a delegation of three members that would be led by chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland Ri Son-gwon.

Mar 28 11:29

Kim Jong Un’s “MYSTERIOUS TRAIN – REVEALED”

This mysterious train seems to be created headlines in recent past, over Kim Jong visit China. Not to be surprised, the train believed to be having a great history and been part of significant events of North Korea

Mar 28 07:15

Historic Meet – Kim Jong Meets China’s Xi Jinping for the First Time

The reports were floating and which was later confirmed about Kim’s arrival via a mysterious train and ahead of potential talks between the U.S. and South Korea over the country’s nuclear and missile programs denuclearization.

Mar 27 09:45

Korea evades steel tariffs, wins quota from US in quick FTA tweak

The United States and South Korea have agreed to revisions of the Korea US Free Trade Agreement, or KORUS FTA, while also removing Seoul from Washington’s gunsights in regard to steel imports.

At a time when the two allies are playing a high-stakes game on the flashpoint peninsula, the move should calm Korean markets, but other issues – including ongoing cost-sharing negotiations for US troops in the country, and uncertainties hanging over upcoming summits with North Korea and a pending US trade war with China – continue to cast long shadows.

Mar 27 08:44

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un in China, claim reports

Speculation intensified Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was in Beijing for a surprise visit, after Japanese media reported the arrival of a special North Korean train met by an honour guard under tight security.

If confirmed, it would mark Kim`s first overseas trip since coming to power in 2011 and signal an intriguing twist in a fast-developing diplomatic exercise that has opened the door to separate summits between Kim and the presidents of South Korea and the United States in the next few months.

Mar 27 06:14

Ironically: Liberals spend too much time 'freaking out about everything Trump does'

(*Right along with The Russians , Syrians , Iranians , Koreans , Afghans , Chinese , Palestinians , Cubans , Venezuelans , Pakistanis and The Filipinos !)

Mar 27 00:09

Trump Chooses Warmonger Bolton

Point in case, today Trump appointed a raging neo-con warmonger, John Bolton, as National Security Advisor. This goes against everything Donald Trump campaigned on, and promised America

Mar 26 14:46

Man is found guilty of piling on 65 pounds in six months so he'd be too FAT for national service in South Korean military

Standing five feet nine inches, the man ballooned from 187lbs in February 2016 to more than 250lbs when he had his second physical examination in July.

His plan worked as his 36.1 body mass index was too high for the military and he was given a less demanding public service position.

However, police later found he gained the weight deliberately and he was arrested and found guilty on Sunday, according to the Korea Times.

Mar 26 12:01

US Reaches Trade Deal With South Korea; Mnuchin "Hopeful" Of Trade Truce With China

In some welcome news amid escalating global trade war fears, on Sunday the U.S. and South Korea reached an agreement on revising the existing 6-year-old bilateral trade deal as well as Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on steel imports, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Mnuchin said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer reached “a very productive understanding” with South Korea on the tariffs to reduce imports and the existing trade deal known as Korus, and added that he expects "to sign that agreement soon." The resolution means that the US now has tariff exemptions with the EU, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, and South Korea.

As a result of the agreement, which he called "an absolute win-win", South Korea "will reduce the amount of steel that they send into the United States."

Mar 26 11:25

China: Train Arrives Likely Carrying High-Level North Korean Official

Japanese outlet News 24 reported March 26 that a 21-car North Korean train of the type that often carries high-level North Korean officials has arrived in Beijing under heavy security, with armed police deployed around the railway. An unconfirmed report from China-based DW News indicated that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting. In 2011, Kim Jong Il arrived in China in a similar train. With North and South Korean representatives set to meet in late April and U.S. President Donald Trump set to meet his North Korean counterpart afterward, China is attempting to mend its frosty relations with North Korea.

Mar 26 11:24

KIM JONG UN TAKES MYSTERY, HIGH SECURITY TRAIN TO BEIJING FOR SURPRISE VISIT

Kim Jong Un has made an unexpected visit to Beijing in his first known trip outside North Korea since taking power seven years ago, according to unconfirmed media reports.

The special train may have carried Kim through the northeastern Chinese border city of Dandong, Japan’s Kyodo News reported earlier. Nippon TV showed footage of a train arriving Monday in Beijing that looked similar to one used by Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, to visit the Chinese capital shortly before his death in 2011, Bloomberg adds.

The train's arrival was said to have "disrupted the whole railway schedule for northeast China, and people are observing that and drawing conclusions about who might be on that train," according to Yun Sun, a North Korea and China expert at the Stimson Center who spoke with Business Insider.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With trade relations between the US and China cooling by the second, it would make sense for Kim Jung Un to determine how this is going to affect North Korea's trade relations with China.

Mar 25 09:15

Russia and North Korea ponder second bridge on 11-mile border

Though the planning for a new bridge appears to be at a preliminary stage, it may show that Russia and North Korea are looking toward a trading future beyond sanctions and military tensions.

Mar 25 04:25

Incoming National Security Adviser John Bolton has been vocal about going to war with North Korea and Iran

Throughout his presidential campaign, Trump said he was against the Iraq War, which Bolton pushed. Under Bush, Bolton was undersecretary of state for arms control, and he argued that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. His staff also wrote a speech claiming that Cuba had an active biological weapons program, and when the State Department's lead bioweapons analyst refused to sign off on this false claim, Bolton screamed at him, Vox reports. That wasn't an isolated incident — several people who worked with Bolton have accused him of yelling at and threatening those who disagreed with him.

Mar 24 09:53

Neocon Takeover of Washington Completed

Pompeo at State and Bolton as Trump’s national security advisor completed the neocon takeover of Trump’s geopolitical agenda – Wall Street running domestic affairs.

The combination represents a major setback for world peace and stability, greater aggression likely, along with the triumph of neoliberal harshness over social justice – a dismal and frightening state of affairs.

What to expect ahead? War in Syria is more likely to escalate than wind down, an unthinkable US/Russia confrontation ominously possible.

The Iran nuclear deal is either doomed, or likely to be gutted by Washington, accomplishing the same thing – with only tepid, ineffective opposition from P5+1 countries Britain, France and Germany.

The EU most often bends to US will when enough pressure is applied.

A relatively quiet Ukraine period could explode in greater Kiev war on Donbass, US-supplied heavy weapons and training aiding its aggression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this defining moment in world history, I despair about the current trajectory of both domestic, and foreign policies, creating more income inequality at home, and more wars abroad.

And the worst thing about these coming wars is, that they may not be wars the US military is able to win, or from which it can extricate itself gracefully.

You can nearly bet on a return to the draft, which will be coming for both our young men and young women, but of course, not in an election ior mid-term election year.

Mar 23 09:22

Donald Trump's national security adviser pick John Bolton on North Korea, Russia and Iran

John Bolton, who has been named by US President Donald Trump as his new national security adviser, has a history of taking hardline positions on foreign policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay John, here's your rifle...

Mar 22 10:51

US, North Korea, and South Korea Hold Constructive Talks in Finland

Delegates from the United States, North Korea, and South Korea met today in Helsinki for what were described as “academic talks” aimed at confidence building and idea sharing toward more advanced talks further in the future.

Officials from the Finnish Foreign Ministry suggest the talks went quite well, with the delegates spending two days in seclusion, but finding a very positive atmosphere, and constructive talks. Exactly what was on the agenda is as yet unclear.

The talks were agreed to last week, announced following a North Korean delegation’s return from Sweden. With a planned summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, these secondary talks were likely to have discussed some of the questions of organizing that meeting.

Mar 22 09:25

South Korea's Moon says three-way summit with North Korea, U.S. possible

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday a three-way summit with North Korea and the United States is possible and that talks should aim for an end to the nuclear threat on the Korean peninsula.

Mar 21 08:48

China, not North Korea, to dominate Japan military planning

North Korea’s growing missile arsenal might be the most obvious and immediate military threat facing Japan, but defence planners in Tokyo are focused on a much larger and more challenging foe as they prepare for the years ahead.

Mar 21 08:15

Lavrov warns US against provocations aiming to break down Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un

Russian Foreign Minister said that US presidential administration officials rushed to say that further pressure on Pyongyang was needed

Mar 21 08:14

US & South Korea to start massive joint military drills on April 1

Following a months-long pause in military drills and despite a thaw in relations between Seoul and Pyongyang, South Korea and the US will resume joint military exercises on April 1, the Ministry of National Defense announced.
“The practice is slated to begin April 1, and it will be conducted on a similar size in previous years,” the Ministry of National Defense said, according to Yonhap.

The Pentagon confirmed the planned resumption of joint US-South Korean drills, noting that the exercises are expected to conclude toward the end of May.

Mar 20 08:31

World War 3? North Korea ‘on ALERT’ as Trump confirms joint military operation with South

NORTH Korea is on alert after Donald Trump confirmed mass military drills with South Korea will take place at the beginning of April after delays during the Winter Olympics, the US Department of Defence stated.

Mar 20 08:07

Administration scrambles to make North Korea talks happen

Even under the best of circumstances, President Donald Trump’s planned summit with North Korea’s leader would be a daunting challenge – a faceoff with the dictator of a pariah state about whom there is little reliable intelligence and whose regime has a history of breaking promises and violating agreements.

But for the Trump administration, that might be the least of its worries. In the breakneck rush to prepare Trump for his meeting with Kim Jong Un in May, the White House is overseeing a frantic scramble to resolve even the most fundamental questions on the U.S. side: Where will the summit be? Who will be at the table? What should be on the agenda?

Mar 20 08:07

K-pop stars to perform in North Korea for first time since 2005

South Korea has said it will send K-pop singers to perform in North Korea for the first time in more than a decade.

More than 150 artists, including K-pop stars, are to visit Pyongyang from 31 March, Seoul said on Tuesday, in what will be a reciprocal visit after North Korea sent performers to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The visit, which was agreed after talks between the countries in the border area of Panmunjom and will include a series of concerts, will last until 3 April, South Korea’s unification ministry said.

Mar 20 04:31

US & South Korea To Start Massive Joint Military Drills On April 1

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Furthermore, the US military noted that the North Koreans were notified about the drills by the United Nations Command. The Pentagon spokesman further added that the maneuvers have been long planned and are not a response to any specific North Korean action.

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Mar 19 09:31

NKorean diplomat heads to Finland for talks with US, SKorea

A senior North Korean diplomat who handles North American affairs was heading to Finland on Sunday for talks with the United States and South Korea.

Choe Kang Il’s trip comes ahead of a possible meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Mar 19 09:30

'They're directly threatened' Japan ‘concerned' over Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un

JAPAN will be “concerned” at US President Donald Trump’s failure to consult them prior to accepting an invitation to meet North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, an expert in the south-east Asian affairs has said.

Mar 17 10:07

White House Assembling a Team for Upcoming North Korea Summit

With the White House planning a direct meeting between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un “by May,” they are in a rush to get ready. That means a hastily assembled team of officials and “experts” on North Korea who can get the leadership prepared for negotiations.

Exactly what this team is ultimately going to look like is unclear, but Anthony Ruggiero from the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies is the first member announced. Ruggiero had worked for the Treasury Department, and most recently as an adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

Ruggerio’s recent writing has centered heavily on North Korea, with an eye toward advocating more and harsher sanctions against them, and pushing for moves against Chinese companies for “collaborating” with North Korea.

Mar 17 09:46

South Korean Report on Summit Discredits US Elites’ Assumption

Media coverage of and political reactions to Donald Trump’s announcement of a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have been based on the assumption that it cannot succeed, because Kim will reject the idea of denuclearization. But the full report by South Korean president Moon Jae-in’s national security adviser on the meeting with Kim last week—covered by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency but not covered in U.S. news media—makes it clear that Kim will present Trump with a plan for complete denuclearization linked to the normalization of relations between the US and North Korea, or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Mar 17 09:40

North Korean media have nothing to say about nuclear talks but plenty about alleged U.S. human rights abuses

Roughly a week has passed since President Trump announced his acceptance of a proposal to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss denuclearization. The proposal was relayed by visiting officials from South Korea, who had recently returned from Pyongyang, where they said Kim himself had made the offer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the way the Compost says "alleged" Human Rights abuses even as the debate about Gina Haspel's involvement in torture makes headlines.

Mar 16 07:24

North Korean media has nothing to say about nuclear talks but plenty about alleged U.S. human-rights abuses

Roughly a week has passed since President Trump announced he had accepted a proposal to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss denuclearization. The proposal had been relayed by visiting officials from South Korea, who had recently returned from Pyongyang, where they said Kim himself had made the offer.

The idea of a Trump-Kim summit quickly became headline news around the world. Everywhere, that is, except one place you might expect: North Korea.

Mar 15 15:43

Trump Suggests Withdrawing Troops From South Korea Over Trade Issues

President Trump’s Wednesday fundraiser in Missouri is raising eyebrows in the news, as he suggested to donors that he is considering withdrawing US troops from South Korea if he can’t get a better trade deal out of their government.

Trump didn’t go into tremendous details about whether this meant a full withdrawal or a drawdown, and a lot of analysts were very dismissive of the report, suggesting it was an empty threat and just a negotiating tactic.

Mar 15 08:25

Commentary: Tillerson's kick out the door damages Iran deal, but not North Korea talks

As far as firings under President Donald Trump go, Rex Tillerson's is not the most humiliating. That dishonor would have to go to former chief of staff Reince Priebus. He learned he was fired through three Trump tweets and soon after was decoupled from the president's motorcade.

But Tillerson's departure is nonetheless a slap in the face to a former CEO who advised and quarreled with a man who used to play one on TV. As Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Steve Goldstein said in a statement Tuesday, "The secretary did not speak to the president this morning and is unaware of the reason, but he is grateful for the opportunity to serve." Ouch.

Mar 14 12:36

BEX ALERT - U.S. Monitoring Possible North Korean Military Base in Syria

The United States is monitoring information indicating that North Korea may be running a large underground military base in Syria that could be used for advanced weaponry and nuclear-related work, according to regional reports and U.S. officials tracking the situation.

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Mar 14 11:06

Kim Jong Un Let The World In On A Secret That Could Change Everything

Donald Trump shocked the world when he agreed to meet with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

The big question was what would come of the possible sit down.

Kim Jong Un let everyone in on the secret and it could change everything.

A South Korean official in their President’s office revealed that Kim Jong Un would like a peace treaty with the United States that would formally end the Korean War.

The treaty would address the regime’s security, the status of U.S. troops in South Korea and their joint military drills, as well as North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US will never agree.

Mar 14 08:51

Pompeo & Haspel: ‘Hardliners that will do as Trump says’

The newly appointed US Secretary of State and CIA Chief are hardliners who will obediently follow President Donald Trump’s course for an even more confrontational foreign policy, former CIA officials told RT.

The appointment of Mike Pompeo as the US Secretary of State and “hardliner” Gina Haspel, who was picked to be his replacement as the head of the CIA, “confirms that the administration is moving to the right; to a more confrontational and a more aggressive foreign policy,” Philip Giraldi, a former CIA intelligence officer, told RT.

Mar 14 07:57

Game Theory Scowls at Trump-North Korea Talks

President Donald Trump’s possible meeting with Kim Jong Un to discuss North Korean nuclear weapons is considered a fairly unpredictable event. It’s worth a look at how an economist might use game theory to think about such a summit, if only to explain why there is more room for things to go wrong than to get better.

Mar 13 11:20

Summit raises hope North Korea will release 3 US detainees

Hopes for the release of three American citizens imprisoned in North Korea got a big boost by the news of a possible summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Freeing the prisoners would be relatively low-hanging fruit and a sign of goodwill by Kim. It would also mark something of a personal success for Trump, who has highlighted the issue since last June, when University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier died days after North Korea turned him over to American authorities.

Mar 13 06:30

Questions surround Kim Jong-un’s “separate message” to President Trump

A senior South Korean government official’s remarks about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un conveying “another message” besides his summit proposal to US President Donald Trump through a special envoy’s delegation that recently visited Pyongyang is raising questions about what the content may have been. The remarks came during a talk with South Korean correspondents in Washington on Mar. 9, as the official responded to questions about the message Kim wanted communicated to Trump.

“There was a message that he wanted given to the US,” the official said, adding that they could “not disclose everything that was exchanged between the heads of state.”

When asked for specifics, the official said the message was “part of trust-building efforts to ensure that the summit happens.” When asked if it concerned denuclearization, the official replied only that it was “very comprehensive in content.”

Mar 13 06:25

‘Dilbert’ Scoops ’em All On the Inside Story Of Trump Korea Talks

For those who haven’t been following the political commentary of Mr. Adams, it’s worth going back and reading.

Mar 12 08:53

CIA Director: US Will Make No Concessions Before North Korea Talks

In the aftermath of Trump's unexpected announcement that at the invitation of Kim Jong Un, he would meet with the North Korean leader in what is set to be a historic meeting, the first of its kind between the leaders of the two nations at a still unknown location, it emerged that not even Trump's top diplomats were aware of the impromptu decision.

According to press reports, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said during his ongoing Africa trip that he spoke with President Trump on his decision to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un only after it was announced by South Korean officials and the administration. Speaking in Djibouti, Tillerson was asked about his months-long public position that the time was not right for sitting down with North Korea.

Mar 12 08:02

Bill Richardson Praises Trump's NKorea Decision, Gambling for the 'Right Reason'

President Donald Trump deserves credit for boldly accepting an invitation to negotiate with North Korean President Kim Jong Un but needs to be careful because this is high-stakes diplomacy, former UN Ambassador and Bill Richardson said on Sunday.

Richardson, a veteran negotiator with North Korea, was speaking on "The Cats Roundtable" radio show on AM 970 in New York hosted by John Catsimatidis. He said he was flabbergasted and speechless when he heard about Trump's decision to negotiate with the North Korean leader.

Richardson, a Democrat, admitted that he has "real reservations about the president's foreign policy. But on this one, I think he's gambling for the right reason, [because] things with North Korea couldn't be worse."

Mar 12 07:57

Moon, Kim to hold summit at border next month: Official

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly agreed to hold a summit meeting with South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in next month and impose a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests if Pyongyang holds talks with the US, a senior South Korean official said Tuesday.

Chung Eui-yong, South Korea’s presidential national security director, said the third-ever summit between the two Koreas would take place in late April at the Joint Security Area in the Panmunjom border village at the Demilitarized Zone.

Mar 12 07:49

Trump believes North Korea will keep word on missile tests

President Donald Trump said Saturday he believes North Korea will abide by its pledge to suspend missile tests while he prepares for a summit by May with the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un.

Trump noted in a tweet that North Korea has refrained from such tests since November and said Kim “has promised not to do so through our meetings.”

“I believe they will honor that commitment,” the president wrote.

Trump shocked many inside and outside his administration Thursday when he told South Korean officials who had just returned from talks in North Korea that he would be willing to accept Kim’s meeting invitation.

Mar 12 07:15

Clinton Smells Danger and Lack of Professionals in Trump-Kim Meeting

While the international community has welcomed Donald Trump’s positive answer to Kim Jong-un’s invitation for direct talks, hoping that it could pave the way for a peaceful settlement to the North Korean issue, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has revealed Washington’s key weakness.

In an interview with Dutch tabloid Algemeen Dagblad, Hillary Clinton said that the Trump administration "was not recognizing the danger” in discussing denuclearization with North Korea and underscored a lack of experienced diplomats capable of handling the talks.

"If you want to talk to Kim Jong-un about his nuclear weapons you need experienced diplomats. These are people familiar with the dossiers and who know the North Koreans and their language," she told the media outlet.

Mar 12 07:06

WARD COMMENDS TRUMP FOR MEETING WITH KIM JONG UN, SUGGESTS HAWAII VENUE

Representative Gene Ward (R–Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley), a member of the House Military Affairs & Int'l Relations Committee, lauded President Donald Trump today for the President's acceptance of a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In a letter to the President, Ward also urged Trump to hold the meeting in Honolulu.

"This is truly historic and they're actually going to talk about the denuclearization of North Korea," Ward said. "The leaders of the United States and North Korea have never even talked to each other on the phone and now they're scheduled to meet face-to-face.

"This meeting is especially important for Hawaii since we are well within striking distance of North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Mar 11 17:54

Surprise: Norks not actually behind Olympic Destroyer malware outbreak – Kaspersky

The data wiping part of Olympic Destroy looks, at first glance, exactly the same as the Lazarus Group wiper used in the Bluenoroff malware responsible for the $81m cyber-heist against the Central Bank of Bangladesh last year – even down to the header.

“We can say with 100 per cent confidence that the attribution to Lazarus is false,” he said.

But the wiper function’s Rich header, which contains some metadata, included hints to the development environment the code was written in. The Olympic Destroyer code showed it was developed using Visual Studio 10 and made to look as though the code was the same as the C++-written Bluenoroff.

“The only reasonable conclusion that can be made is that the Rich header in the wiper was deliberately copied from the Bluenoroff samples; it is a fake and has no connection with the contents of the binary,” Kaspersky's technical report on the matter states.

Mar 10 08:39

Trump: Sanctions on North Korea Will Continue Until a Deal Is Reached

Issuing a statement on Twitter overnight, President Trump said that a meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un is in the process of being planned, but that in the meantime, US sanctions against North Korea will all remain in place until a final agreement is reached.

Administration officials are presenting this as part of a general need to maintain “maximum pressure” throughout the talks. This reflects a position within the government that the talks themselves are vindication of US sanctions and threats.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said as much during his visit to Kenya on Friday, that the talks showed the “policy we’ve put in place and executed by the State Department has succeeded.” This policy involved decades of mounting sanctions and acrimony.

Mar 10 08:35

Divide and Conquer - Why Does the U.S. Hate Peace?

Give peace a chance, the song urges.

But the United States won’t have it.

Olympic diplomacy seems to be working on the Korean peninsula. After a pair of South Korean envoys visited Pyongyang, they issued a promising communiqué. “The North Korean side clearly stated its willingness to denuclearize,” the statement said. Considering that the Korean crisis and a derpy emergency management official had Hawaiians jumping down manholes a few months ago, this news comes as a relief.

Then comes the rub. The South Korean statement continued: “[North Korea] made it clear that it would have no reason to keep nuclear weapons if the military threat to the North was eliminated and its security guaranteed [my emphasis].”

In other words, the DPRK is saying — reasonably — we’ll get rid of our nukes but only if you promise not to invade us. That guarantee would have to be issued by two countries: South Korea and the United States.

Mar 09 13:37

NY Times Reporter Tells CNN | Trump Deserves ‘Enormous Credit’ For North Korea Breakthrough…

Words you don't often hear on CNN...

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Mar 09 08:18

Trump, Kim Agree to Meet ‘by May’

President Trump has announced that an offer conveyed to the United States from North Korea by way of South Korea’s visiting delegation, initially speculated to be a proposal for direct talks, is “almost beyond that,” and stands to be one of the most significant diplomatic proposals in decades. The offer was announced publicly by South Korea’s National Security Adviser Chung Eui-Yong.

North Korea is inviting President Trump to directly meet with Kim Jong-un, with the two talking about North Korea disarming its nuclear program. North Korea added that they would pause nuclear and missile development during the talks.

South Korea’s delegation of high-ranking officials visiting Pyongyang earlier this week was an historic move. A meeting between Trump and Kim would be far, far more important, which could reasonably be called the biggest diplomatic measure on North Korea since the Korean War.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks like Netanyahu told Trump, "Forget North Korea. Your job is to attack Iran!"

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