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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.

May 09 11:12

US seizes North Korean coal ship for violating sanctions

The US says it has seized a North Korean cargo ship, accusing it of violating international sanctions.

The Justice Department said the ship was used to transport coal, North Korea's largest export but subject to a UN export ban.

The vessel is said to have been initially confiscated in Indonesia.

It is the first time the US has seized a North Korean ship for breaching sanctions and comes amid worsening relations between the two.

May 08 09:57

North Korea's Newest Missile Appears Similar To Advanced Russian Design

North Korea's newest missile has a striking resemblance to an advanced Russian design, according to experts analyzing images from a test of the weapon on Saturday morning.

The missile, which North Korea describes as a "tactical guided weapon," appears superficially to be nearly identical to Russia's Iskander missile — a highly accurate short-range weapon capable of striking targets more than 150 miles away.

Such a system has the potential to challenge missile defenses in South Korea and further escalate tensions in the region. It also shows that North Korea is developing new weapons systems, even as President Trump expresses optimism about a future deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

May 07 11:30

North Korea’s 50 Missing Submarines Have Apparently Reappeared Following Truce

Dozens of North Korean submarines that supposedly disappeared off South Korea's military radar on Monday have now apparently started returning to their bases, according to a military official quoted by Asian news sources on Tuesday.

South Korea said on Sunday that more than 50 of North Korea's submarines, about 70 percent of the country's known fleet, had left their home ports and could not be located, heightening fears that Pyongyang might be poised to attack.

May 06 09:27

Exclusive: Images show North Korea missile launch as Pyongyang tests Trump

A new satellite image obtained by CNN shows the smoke trail of a Friday rocket launch by North Korea that is likely a short-range missile, according to the group that analyzed the picture.

"The location of the launch, the thick, smoky appearance of the exhaust and the fact that there is only one rocket trail all suggest this was the short-range ballistic missile that North Korea showed in its propaganda," said Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Middlebury Institute.

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey provided CNN with two images of the smoke trail.

A US official tells CNN that an early analysis says the launches "appear to have been both MLRS (multiple launch rocket systems) and what is being looked at as a possible short range ballistic missile."

May 05 09:00

ANALYSTS CONFIRM NORTH KOREA LAUNCHED FIRST BALLISTIC MISSILE SINCE 2017

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE
Analysts have studied a report from North Korea's Korean Central News Agency, which was accompanied by a few images, and determined that the "projectile" fired by North Korea Saturday morning, was, in fact, a short-range ballistic missile.

In addition to images released by KCNA, independent analysts managed to capture images of the launch.

Our friends at @planetlabs got a shot of a North Korean short-range ballistic missile just after launch at 10:54 am local time. @DaveSchmerler found it. pic.twitter.com/aIZ0Dcc1u1

— Jeffrey Lewis (@ArmsControlWonk) May 5, 2019
Lucky shot! Captured by @planetlabs Planetscope satellite at 0154 UTC (1054 local) on Saturday as it overflew Wonsan, North Korea. pic.twitter.com/g5QgVI8hJf

— Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) May 5, 2019

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed that President Trump's assessment continues to be correct.

May 04 08:33

North Korea Launches Short-Range Projectiles, South Says

North Korea fired several short-range projectiles off its east coast on Saturday, in a move likely to raise tensions as denuclearization talks with the United States remain stalled.

The North fired the projectiles between 9:06 a.m. and 9:27 a.m. from near Wonsan, a coastal town east of Pyongyang, the capital, the South Korean military said in a statement. They flew 70 to 200 kilometers before landing in the sea between North Korea and Japan, the statement said.

May 03 10:37

Did the CIA Orchestrate an Attack on the North Korean Embassy in Spain?

On Monday night, the Department of Justice issued a “wanted” poster for the leader of Free Joseon, a shadowy group of Korean exiles suspected of leading a violent assault on the North Korean embassy in Madrid on February 22. A suspect, Adrian Hong Chang, “is considered to be armed and dangerous,” says the poster, which includes a color photo of the fugitive and instructs arresting police officers or anyone who knows his whereabouts to contact the US Marshals Service.

The public notification from the DOJ underscores the seriousness of the US government’s efforts to track down two Koreans sought for possible extradition to Spain under a criminal warrant issued in March by Judge José de la Mata of Spain’s high court. The very unusual move has stirred a backlash from US foreign-policy hard-liners on North Korea who say the Trump administration’s manhunt for the suspects amounts to support for that country’s 34-year-old dictator.

Apr 30 08:48

North Korea warns of ‘undesired’ outcome if no change in US nuclear stance

North Korea’s vice foreign minister said on Tuesday that the United States will face undesired consequences if it fails to present a new position in denuclearization talks by the end of the year, state media reported.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has set a year-end deadline for the United States to show more flexibility after his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump failed to produce a deal to end Pyongyang’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief.

But Trump and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have brushed aside the deadline, calling for Kim to take action on his pledge to denuclearize after years of pursuing nuclear and rocket programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Apr 29 09:01

U.S. did not pay North Korea $2M for Otto Warmbier's medical bills: John Bolton

National security adviser John Bolton insisted Sunday that the U.S. did not pay North Korea $2 million for the medical care of Otto Warmbier, despite a U.S. official signing a document pledging to do so.

Speaking to Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday," Bolton said it "appears" as though North Korea presented then-U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Joseph Yun with a hospital bill for Warmbier, who fell into a coma after he was detained in 2016.

Apr 29 08:59

Kim-Putin summit reaffirms onset of multipolar future

The summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Vladimir Putin was significant on various levels and reaffirms the onset of a multipolar world.

Knowing your enemies and understanding your friends is a maxim to live by. At the level of nation states, at a historic moment, defined by Gramsci’s rather overused but nonetheless prescient formulation, “the old is dying and the new cannot be born,” it is more than a rule to live by, it is a prerequisite of survival.

Failing to understand their enemies was central to the grim fate that befell Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi and the countries they led, Iraq and Libya. Thus far, the North Koreans, led by Kim Jong-un, have not allowed themselves to go down the same path.

Apr 26 10:23

US acting in 'bad faith' over North Korea denuclearization stalemate, Kim says

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the U.S. has been acting in “bad faith” since his Hanoi meeting with President Trump over the stalemated issue of North Korean denuclearization.

The North Korean leader told the Korean Central News Agency that, "the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the region is now at a standstill and has reached a critical point," the Straits Times of Singapore reported,

Kim warned that the situation "may return to its original state as the U.S. took a unilateral attitude in bad faith at the recent second DPRK-US summit talks," the Korean Central News Agency added.

Apr 25 11:15

Kim-Putin summit: What talks in Russia mean for US following Trump's Hanoi fiasco

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin is shrouded in the veil of political uncertainty, but analysts believe it could be a roundabout way to reboot denuclearization talks with the US.

The meeting is taking place in Vladivostok, 129 kilometers from the border Russia shares with North Korea. It is Russia’s shortest international border, only 17km along the Tyumen River. Since the demise of the Soviet Union, North Korea has figured little in Moscow’s geopolitical calculus, as Russia sided with the West in backing UN sanctions against Pyongyang.

The collapse of denuclearization talks between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Hanoi back in February, however, appears to have pushed Pyongyang and Moscow closer together. What does that mean for Washington?

Apr 25 11:13

North Korea 'executes four foreign ministry officials' after accusing them of selling information to the US ahead of Kim Jong-un's failed summit with the US

Four North Korean officials have reportedly been executed for selling information to the US ahead of the failed nuclear arms meeting between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, it emerged today.

The four workers, all said to be from the foreign ministry, were allegedly killed by firing squad after talks in Vietnam between the two countries broke down.

One of the four, said to have been shot dead in the capital Pyongyang earlier this month, was reportedly a diplomat from North Korea's embassy in Hanoi.

Dictator Kim, 35, blamed the failure of the summit on information leaked to the US before the meeting at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi in February, according to Japanese news agency Asia Press.

The executions were watched by members of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and Korean People's Army, according to reports by local media.

Apr 25 11:00

Putin: NKorea’s Kim ready to denuclearize _ with conditions

Russian President Vladimir Putin said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un confirmed during their first summit Thursday that he is willing to give up his nuclear weapons — but only if he gets an ironclad security guarantee first.

The Russian president stressed that Moscow and Washington both want North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons. But he said the security guarantees should be underwritten by multiple countries, hinting at an arrangement like the six-nation talks Russia participated in until their collapse in 2009.

Putin added that Kim encouraged him to explain the nuances of Pyongyang’s position to President Donald Trump. He said he’s willing to share details of the summit with the American president.

Apr 25 10:03

Kim And Putin: Changing The State Of The Board In Korea

Today is a big day for Korea. The first face-to-face summit of Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un takes place.

At the same time the 2nd annual Belt and Road Forum kicks off in Beijing.

This meeting between Putin and Kim has been in the works for a while but rumors of it only surfaced last week. But don’t let the idea that this was put together at the last minute fool you.

It wasn’t.

The future of Korea could be decided by these two men today.

I know that sounds bold. But hear me out.

Apr 25 08:55

Scott Adams: Biden’s Race Hoax Gaffe, North Korea, Felons Voting

Joe Biden announces candidacy by repeating “fine people” hoax
Then he seemed to endorse Antifa and a slave owner
Chairman Kim visits President Putin
Peace and friendships are the path forward
Hope for Russia, China, US agreement to protect North Korea
Potential exists for North Korea becoming an economic star

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1121413968772255747

Apr 25 07:19

Putin "pleased" with Kim summit, and will inform US on talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was “pleased” with the outcome of his summit meeting Thursday in the Russian city of Vladivostok with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying he would discuss the results with China and the United States.

“We are all pleased with the outcome of the talks -- both I and my colleagues,” the Russian leader said. “Chairman Kim Jong Un is a fairly open person, leading a free discussion on all issues that were on the agenda.”

Asked if Kim would be willing to continue his contact with the US, Putin said the leader in Pyongyang would be guided by his “national interests,” but added that “we can’t resolve anything without talks” when it came to the crisis on the Korean peninsula. Putin, who travels next to Beijing, said he would discuss the summit with his Chinese counterparts.

Apr 25 03:09

Putin: Russia wants to resolve North Korea's nuclear standoff

Putin is the first head of state the North Korean leader is meeting after the failed Hanoi summit with Trump.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who says they have had "fruitful" talks about how to resolve a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

Speaking after the first session of talks on the Russky Island across a bridge from Vladivostok on Thursday, Putin said he and Kim "exchanged opinions about what should be done to improve the situation".

Kim noted that they had "discussed ways of peaceful settlement" and had "a very fruitful exchange".

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Apr 24 11:41

Scott Adams: TDS, Dopamine, Climate Crazies, Russian Interference, Bernie

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1121053443295027200

President Trump’s criticism of Chris Cuomo and his reply
Cuomo acknowledged a lot of the really good stuff happening
Then he implied 50% approval rating is Trump’s fault
Without all the fake news, President Trump’s approval would be 75%
Today, the news industry creates the news
Crazy Bernie has become the voice of reason
Bernie’s more concerned about issues than impeachment
He says impeachment efforts would STRENGTHEN Trump
Glen Greenwald’s tweets on Mueller report continue to impress
Glen is correcting deceptively reported fake news by the press
Glen is a liberal that sees his side ignoring, spinning the truth
Really DUMB things I hear on social media
CO2 is plant food…and studies show the world is “greening”
Plants are responding to increased food supply availability

Apr 24 10:09

North Korea sidelines leader Kim's right-hand man for Hanoi breakdown: South Korea lawmaker

North Korea has replaced Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man who steered nuclear talks with the United States, apparently blaming him for a failed summit between the two countries, a South Korean lawmaker said on Wednesday.

Apr 24 07:48

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to meet President Vladimir Putin in Russia on Thursday: Kremlin

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on Thursday in the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok to discuss the international standoff over Pyongyang`s nuclear programme, a Kremlin official said. The visit is part of Kim`s effort to build foreign support after the breakdown of a second US-North Korea summit in Vietnam in February meant no relief on sanctions for North Korea, analysts said.

Apr 24 02:34

North Korea's Kim Jong Un to meet Putin in Russia

North Korea's Kim Jong Un to meet Putin in Russia
Summit is the first between Putin and the North Korean leader and will focus on nuclear issues on the Korean Peninsula

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Tensions between Pyongyang and Washington have continued to simmer in the wake of the two summits, with North Korea recently calling for the replacement of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a negotiator.

In addition to the increasing hostility towards Pompeo, North Korea last week tested a "new type of tactical guided weapon", its state news agency reported. It was the country's first known weapons test since February's failed US-North Korea summit in Hanoi.

What's at stake as Kim meets Putin in Russia?

Apr 22 12:25

Negotiations between Trump, North Korea at a standstill, but optimism still in force at DMZ

Panmunjom, South Korea – Patrick Gauchat’s workspace literally is a minefield – a thin swath of isolated territory, crowded with tanks, artillery, and thousands of tense soldiers separating North and South Korea.

The Swiss major general’s mission here is to make sure the two countries comply with the 66-year-old armistice that ended the bloody Korean War. In his spare time, Gauchat tunes in to the topsy-turvey negotiations between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un – and waits for peace to make his job obsolete.

“I think Trump’s trying something new. He can surprise even his staff,” Gauchat said over lunch in the squat building that serves as a dining hall for the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission.

Apr 21 09:41

Pompeo Not ‘Mature,’ Bolton ‘Dim-Sighted,’ DPRK Lambasts Top US Officials

In its second scathing critique of a high-ranking US figure in less than a week, Pyongyang has described demands by the US national security adviser, John Bolton, for proof that North Korea is in the process of denuclearisation as “nonsense".

Apr 21 07:03

Pompeo Not ‘Mature,’ Bolton ‘Dim-Sighted,’ North Korea Lambasts Top Trump Officials

In its second scathing critique of a high-ranking US figure in less than a week, Pyongyang has described demands by the US national security adviser, John Bolton, for proof that North Korea is in the process of denuclearisation as “nonsense".

Bolton's call for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to offer proof that Pyongyang's leadership is in the process of taking apart its nuclear arsenal were characterised as "nonsense" by the nation's vice foreign minister, Choe Son-hui, on Saturday, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
After US President Donald Trump hinted that he was interested in a third summit with DPRK chairman Kim Jong-un, Bolton — a Trump appointee — declared that prior to any meeting between the two heads of state there must first be "a real indication from North Korea that they've made the strategic decision to give up nuclear weapons">>>

(*A revisiting of "Fire and Fury" in an Election Cycle could be beneficial to the incumbant
whitehorse souce )

Apr 20 11:31

Scott Adams: The End of Reliable History Books

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1119605533135085568

Biden going to Charlottesville to announce his candidacy
Does he REALLY not know…”fine people” was a hoax?
Biden is gaffe central, should be interesting
Half the country thinks Mueller report is a roadmap to impeachment
How will history view that belief?
CNN would probably love to have candidate Buttigieg
But will they back him if they realize he can’t win?
What happens if…the WH healthcare plan is really good?
How would the media and the Dems react?
PREDICTION: WH healthcare plan will be better than people imagine
Concerns that President Trump isn’t tough enough on Russia
Would our responses be public or visible?
North Korea impasse situation
Chairman Kim doesn’t want to give up nukes first
US doesn’t want to offer anything till they get rid of nukes

Apr 20 11:20

U.S. ARRESTS FORMER MARINE CONNECTED TO NORTH KOREA EMBASSY RAID IN SPAIN

A former US Marine was arrested in connection with an "especially violent" raid on the North Korean embassy in Madrid, Spain.

Christopher Ahn - a member of a group which seeks the overthrow of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was expected to be arraigned on Friday in a Los Angeles federal court, according to Reuters, citing a law enforcement official and a source close to the group.

According to El Pais and El Confidencial, the group is tied to the CIA - however there has been no corroboration of this outside of their reporting. The CIA has denied any involvement, however Spanish government sources say their response was "unconvincing."

El Pais called the attack "especially violent."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember "the duck test"?!?

If it waddles like a duck; quacks like a duck, and has feathers, it is most probably ..... a duck.

I would sense that this was "one the ways" our intelligence agencies may have wanted to strike back at President Trump, for attempting to get a nuclear deal which would hold with North Korea.

Apr 19 11:50

What US intelligence believes happened with North Korea's weapons test

The US does not believe North Korea successfully launched a fully operational new weapon after Pyongyang claimed it had conducted a "new tactical guided weapons firing test" on Wednesday, according to a US official directly familiar with the latest assessment.

The initial US intelligence assessment is North Korea tested components for an anti-tank weapon, rather than a fully operational new weapon, the official told CNN on Thursday.

The assessment is based on a review of information gathered from satellites and aircraft that did not register any indication of a launch of any type of short-range tactical weapon or a ballistic missile, the official said.

Apr 19 10:50

North Korea Demands Pompeo's Removal From Nuclear Talks With US

The highly anticipated second meeting between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Hanoi ended abruptly earlier this year without agreement after Washington refused to offer North Korea any relief from its economic sanctions while pushing for the country’s complete nuclear disarmament.

A North Korean Foreign Ministry official has said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was “talking nonsense” in suggesting that working-level negotiations between the countries would be finished by the year’s end, reported state-run KCNA.

The official, Kwon Jong Gun added: “I am afraid that if Pompeo engages in the talks again, the table will be lousy once again and the talks will become entangled. Therefore, even in the case of possible resumption of the dialogue with the US, I wish our dialogue counterpart would be not Pompeo but other person who is more careful and mature in communicating with us.”

Apr 18 12:54

Putin to meet with Kim Jong-un in Russia in 2nd half of April – Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will hold a meeting in Russia before the end of the month, the Kremlin said on Thursday. Kim will visit to Russia at Putin’s invitation, according to the statement.

Apr 18 05:15

North Korea Tests Mysterious ‘Tactical Guided Weapon’ After Failed Trump-Kim Summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un supervised the test of a new “tactical guided weapon” just months after the summit in Vietnam failed to achieve any results as the US continues to demand unconditional denuclearization before any sanctions relief.

The North Korean leader personally observed the new weapon test on Wednesday, KCNA reported, without providing details, other than saying it has a “peculiar mode of guiding flight” with a “powerful warhead”.

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(*It's wombley , it may or may not clear Japan , Pompeo Out , or we try it on that test launch route next!)

Apr 18 04:28

North Korea wants Pompeo removed from nuclear talks

Foreign ministry describes the US secretary of state as 'reckless' and says it wants him replaced by another official.

North Korea wants United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo replaced with someone "more careful and mature" in talks over its banned nuclear programme, a senior official told state media, hours after the country announced a missile test.

Describing Pompeo as "reckless" the foreign ministry said a summit in Vietnam earlier this year showed that talks could go wrong "whenever Pompeo pokes his nose in".

The April meeting in Hanoi between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump collapsed after the US president reportedlygave Kim a document demanding that North Korea transfer its nuclear arsenal and weapons fuel to the US.

The model proposed was one that Pompeo and US National Security Adviser John Bolton had supported.

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Apr 17 07:39

Satellite images may show reprocessing activity at North Korea nuclear site: US researchers

Satellite images from last week show movement at North Korea's main nuclear site that could be associated with the reprocessing of radioactive material into bomb fuel, a US think tank said on Tuesday.
Any new reprocessing activity would underscore the failure of a second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi in late February to make progress toward North Korea`s denuclearisation

Apr 16 09:35

Inside The US-Led Operation To Bust North Korean Oil Smugglers On The High Seas

For the first time details of an extensive anti-smuggling surveillance operation involving eight United Nations member countries in the East China Sea, in waters near China and North Korea, have been revealed by a new Wall Street Journal investigation.

WSJ reporters accompanied the USS Milius and an allied Japanese warship, cooperating further with military surveillance aircraft, on a mission to thwart sanctions busting illegal oil transfers on the high seas to North Korean tankers.

Apr 16 07:35

Kim Jong Un's 'princess' sister may have been kicked out of North Korea's ruling body, suggesting a fall from favor

Kim Jong Un's sister may have been kicked out of North Korea's top decision-making body, NK News reported, suggesting a fall from favor.

Kim Yo Jong was not listed as an alternate member of the ruling party's politburoduring an important party gathering last week, the North Korea news site reported.

She is widely referred to as North Korea's "princess" and has accompanied Kim Jong Un to multiple international events, including the recent summit with US President Donald Trump in Vietnam.

Apr 15 10:04

North Korea could target Southeast Asia’s vulnerable crypto sector, says defense think tank

North Korea’s cyber capabilities and financial networks pose a threat to Southeast Asia’s growing, yet vulnerable, cryptocurrency sector, according to British defense and security think tank Royal United Services Institute.

North Korea has been heavily sanctioned for years by the United Nations, the United States and other countries over its nuclear and missile ambitions. The reclusive state has also been accused of using cyberattacks to gain financial resources needed to keep its nuclear programs going.

Apr 15 06:38

North Korea's Kim Jong Un gives U.S. to year-end to become more flexible

(*good luck with that one !)

Apr 12 04:46

Kim Jong Un consolidates power as N Korea shuffles leadership

In one of the biggest leadership shake-ups in years, North Korea named a new nominal head of state and a new premier, and gave leader Kim Jong Un a new title, state media reported on Friday, moves analysts said solidify Kim's grip on power.

In an expected move, Kim Jong Un was re-elected as chairman of the State Affairs Commission at a session of North Korea's rubber-stamp legislature that took place on Thursday, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

For the first time, however, state media referred to Kim as"supreme representative of all the Korean people."
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Apr 12 04:29

Trump says sanctions on North Korea to stay in place

In meeting with South Korea's Moon, Trump says it's 'not the right time' to ease sanctions on Pyongyan

US President Donald Trump and South Korea's Moon Jae-in agreed on Thursday on the importance of nuclear talks with North Korea, but the two leaders aren't completely aligned on whether sanctions would pressure Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons or drive him away from the negotiating table.

Trump, in his first meeting with Moon since the unsuccessful US summit with Kim in Hanoi, said the United States wanted to keep economic sanctions in place to pressure Kim>>>

Apr 11 09:58

South Korean Leader Looks To Jump Start U.S.-North Korea Talks After Failed Summit

President Trump will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House on Thursday, as Moon attempts to get U.S. talks with North Korea back on track.

It will be the first meeting for Moon and Trump since the failed summit in Hanoi, which ended with no agreement from Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un on denuclearization.

For Moon, the summit was a setback. The South Korean leader has put his political legacy on the line in pursuit of better relations between the two Koreas.

Apr 11 07:59

North Korea's Kim says must deliver 'blow' to those imposing sanctions: KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country needs to deliver a "telling blow" to those imposing sanctions by ensuring its economy is more self-reliant, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Thursday.
It was the first time Kim stated North Korea`s position on the second U.S.-North Korea summit in Hanoi that collapsed in February, and signalled a continued focus on economic development, a strategic direction officially declared a priority last April.

Apr 10 07:36

North Korea's ruling party to meet amid 'tense situation': state media

North Korea will hold a plenary session of its ruling party’s central committee on Wednesday, a day after leader Kim Jong Un chaired a politburo meeting to discuss ways to make progress under the “prevailing tense situation”, state media reported.

Apr 10 07:30

As Moon heads to Washington, Kim turns to old friend Moscow

South Korean president to hold talks with Trump while North Korea looks for support in the region.

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(*just like the good old days !)

Apr 09 09:18

China opens new Sino-North Korea border crossing in Jilin province

China and North Korea on Monday opened a new “highway port” border crossing in Ji’an City on the Sino-DPRK border, the local municipal government announced in a statement. In a ceremony held in the presence of local officials, the bridge reportedly opened to the public this week, with 120 Chinese visitors then allowed to cross.

Apr 09 09:17

North Korea's Military Is No Joke (It Already Beat the U.S. Army Before)

he Americans lost about eighty men killed and wounded, and about the same number captured—or almost half of Task Force Smith. North Korea suffered about 130 casualties, plus four tanks destroyed or immobilized. The American sacrifice had delayed the North Korean advance—but only for a few hours. Six years before, the U.S. Army managed to stop Hitler’s SS panzer divisions at the Battle of the Bulge. In July 1950, the Army was a speed bump.

In July 1950, North Korea defeated the United States Army.

Apr 08 07:53

South Korea's President Plans to Ask Trump to Ease Sanctions on Kim Jong Un

Moon Jae-in plans to ask the U.S. to ease sanctions on North Korea when he meets President Donald Trump at the White House this week, say unnamed South Korean officials cited by the Korean Times.

The South Korean president is visiting Washington D.C. for a summit on North Korean nuclear diplomacy, where the two leaders are expected to discuss how to achieve the denuclearization of the north and peace on the Korean Peninsula.

“Moon plans to embrace the risk of personal diplomacy by asking Trump to grant reciprocal measures after Seoul and Washington laid out the necessary groundwork via working-level discussions,” a South Korean official told the Korea Times.

Apr 06 09:23

Hackers keep North Korea’s weapons program running

One of the key elements of any deal to denuclearize North Korea will be easing the many-layered sanctions regime that the United Nations and countries around the world have placed on the North. On paper, these sanctions impose restrictions on financial transfers, seafood imports, oil and gas trading, and a host of other activities. In reality, North Korea has found a lot of ways to make money. One of those methods? Wired reports that an elite hacking team comprising fewer than 20 individuals pilfered $1 billion in 2018 alone.

Apr 05 12:22

Russia, China to take joint action in UNSC on Korean settlement – Moscow

Moscow and Beijing are working out joint actions at the UN Security Council that will give impetus to the process of resolving the situation on the Korean Peninsula, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said on Thursday.

Apr 04 08:28

UN calls for food aid for starving North Koreans despite sanctions

The head of the UN World Food Programme has called for the White House and other western donors to put children’s lives before politics and fund a major injection of aid to North Korea despite the failure of Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong-un.

David Beasley, a former Republican governor of South Carolina who backed Trump’s campaign for the US presidency, said he had heard concerns that responding to an appeal from Pyongyang would prop up the Kim regime.

But in an interview with the Guardian, the World Food Programme’s executive director said, “as we speak”, teams of experts were canvassing the North Korean countryside to provide the donors with evidence of the scale of the crisis.

Due to flooding and a heatwave last year, North Korea is facing a shortfall of 1.4m tonnes in food production this year, including wheat, rice, potatoes and soybean.

Apr 03 12:01

After Madrid Embassy Raid, North Korean Defector Group Vows More Action

They are not widely known. And their chances at achieving their stated aim — overthrowing the North Korean government — are believed to be slim at best.

Yet the defector group that calls itself Free Joseon (Free North Korea) could be the first organization to have successfully infiltrated a North Korean diplomatic mission.

North Korean Embassy Attack Suspects Fled To U.S., Spanish Court Says
Last week, Free Joseon claimed responsibility for a Feb. 22 raid on Pyongyang's embassy in Madrid. Ten intruders armed with knives and replica pistols entered the embassy, according to Spanish authorities.

They say the Free Joseon operatives tied up North Korean diplomats and made off with computers, cellphones and other equipment — and flew to the U.S., where the group's leader shared information with the FBI. The U.S. has denied involvement in the raid.

Apr 03 08:55

UN Nuclear Watchdog Could Be in North Korea Within Weeks of a Deal

While diplomacy seems to be slowing down in recent weeks, there are still high hopes that a peace deal with North Korea is possible, and that this may include denuclearization, even if it isn’t the US version which requires Kim to give the US all the weapons directly.

The UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is all for that idea, and said on Tuesday that they are fully prepared to act as the monitor for any nuclear deal that might get reached.

IAEA Director Amano Yukiya tod the UN Security Council that the agency could have inspectors back in North Korea within a matter of weeks if a deal came into effect that would allow them to go there.

Amano said he believes the IAEA is the only body equipped to carry out the job at all. This may not sit well with the Trump Administration, as the IAEA has repeatedly confirmed Iran is in compliance with that nuclear deal, despite the US withdrawing from the pact and falsely accusing Iran of non-compliance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

North Korea might be open to denuclearizing, but probably NOT with an agreement with the United States; Kim Jung Un understands perfectly that when treaties are made by a high ranking operative of the US, let's say, by President Obama, they can be just as easily be tossed out the window by an incoming President with a different take on that treaty, as President Trump has done with Iran.

And Amanos last statement, is perfectly on the mark, in light of the fact that the IAEA has done its inspections, and found Iran perfectly within compliance of the P5+1 agreement.

Apr 03 07:40

SPAIN NOT SATISFIED WITH CIA ANSWERS ON EMBASSY BREAK-IN

The cast of characters will be familiar to observers of secret intelligence operations.

The embassy burglars sought information, a la Watergate. Unlike Watergate, they came by day. They invaded the Embassy in a quiet residential neighborhood, assaulted the staff, tied people up, and demanded computers and files.

A BBC report says they were especially interested in former ambassador to Madrid, Kim Hyok-chol, a confidante of Kim Jong-un.

He was a natural target for those seeking intelligence about North Korea’s nuclear program. In February Thae Yong-ho, a former North Korean diplomat who defected to South Korea in 2016, described him as nuclear expert.

“At a very young age, Kim Hyok Chol was placed on the task force that wrote the drafts for North Korea’s nuclear strategy documents at its foreign ministry,” Thae told reporters at a news conference in Seoul.

El Pais on the possible motive for the brazen attack:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All fingers point to some kind of American intel op, but because everyone got away, the US government is able, of course, to claim "plausible deniability".

Apr 02 09:14

North Korea Collapses: What Happens Next If the Kim Regime Was No More

Mile by mile and person by person, North Korea is the most destabilizing nation on earth. The small, poor and isolated country is building nuclear weapons and intercontinental missiles. Americans who once felt invulnerable are worrying about the possibility of nuclear war.

While most everyone agrees that something must be done about the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, there is no consensus on what to do. Military action could trigger a destructive war, sanctions might do nothing or trigger regime collapse, and negotiations aren’t likely to result in the Korean Peninsula’s denuclearization.

Apr 02 06:10

North Korea Cites ‘Rumors’ of FBI Link to Raid on Spain Embassy Attack

(*oh sure , blame The FBI !
Just because that's What They Do ?
We did hear Trump , who's Words always speak louder then our Actions , Drop Sanctions on Korea , Because 'They're already SUFFERING enough' , just prior to Korea's Spanish Embassy Raid.)

Apr 01 09:29

North Korea Threatens To Suspend Nuclear Talks With U.S.

A North Korean official says the U.S. missed a golden opportunity at the recent summit in Vietnam, and that Kim Jong Un will soon decide whether to pull out of nuclear negotiations with the U.S.

Apr 01 09:12

Judge Identifies CIA Related Man Who Led The Raid On North Korea's Embassy In Spain

A Spanish judge released new information about a raid on the embassy of North Korea in Spain. The leader of the raid was a shady U.S. 'activist' who earlier reports from Spain associated with the CIA.

On March 13 the Spanish newspaper El Pais Spain reported that Spanish authorities identified two CIA related persons who took part in a raid of the North Korean embassy in Madrid. The raid happened on February 22, a few days before the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, and seemed designed to influence that event. We asked Who Ordered The CIA To Assault North Korea's Embassy In Spain?

Mar 31 09:12

The day North Korea talks collapsed, Trump passed Kim a note demanding he turn over his nukes

On the day that their talks in Hanoi collapsed last month, U.S. President Donald Trump handed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a piece of paper that included a blunt call for the transfer of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and bomb fuel to the United States, according to the document seen by Reuters.

Trump gave Kim both Korean and English-language versions of the U.S. position at Hanoi’s Metropole hotel on Feb. 28, according to a source familiar with the discussions, speaking on condition of anonymity. It was the first time that Trump himself had explicitly defined what he meant by denuclearization directly to Kim, the source said.

Mar 30 08:20

Trump wrecked summit with Kim by suggesting N. Korea give all its nukes to US

US President Donald Trump reportedly proposed that North Korea transfer all its nuclear weapons to the US, a denuclearization template borrowed from Libya before the NATO intervention and brutal murder of its leader.

The second summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in February wrapped up early, ending with a big question mark over the future of the talks and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. In the wake of the Vietnam meeting, Pyongyang and Washington offered different accounts of what actually transpired, with the White House alleging that North Korea demanded all sanctions be lifted from it. Pyongyang insisted that it was talking only about partial relief. The essence of the talks was kept under a veil of secrecy.

Mar 30 08:07

Trump Asked Kim to Transfer North Korea's Nukes, Fuel to US at Summit

As the Hanoi summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un fell to pieces in February, Trump reportedly demanded that Kim transfer all of his nuclear weapons and bomb fuel to the US.

Reuters reports that it has viewed the note detailing Trump's demands that was given to Kim February 28 at Hanoi's Metropole hotel. The note marked the first time that Trump specifically outlined his vision of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula and was written in both Korean and in English, the outlet said, citing sources with knowledge of the matter.

The document called for "fully dismantling North Korea's nuclear infrastructure, chemical and biological warfare program and related dual-use capabilities; and ballistic missiles, launchers, and associated facilities."

Mar 30 07:43

FBI has data stolen from North Korea embassy by anti-regime group

An opposition group that stormed the North Korean embassy in Spain last month says it handed over data stolen from the raid to the FBI, and a law enforcement source familiar with the matter confirmed to NBC News that the bureau has received the information.

Receiving intelligence stolen from a foreign embassy in a NATO country puts the FBI in a delicate position, but there is no U.S. legal prohibition against the American government making use of the material, legal experts say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nor is there any prohibition against the US government saying anything they want about North Korea while claiming it came from this embassy raid.

Mar 29 09:23

Scott Adams: All the “Ridiculous Bullsh*t” in the News Today

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1111629457540988930

Adam Schiff has spent 2 years destabilizing America
Ironically, Schiff is a more likely Russian asset than POTUSCouldn’t ANY DC politician be hoax-connected to Russia?
Mueller DID make a decision about obstruction
Betsy DeVos Special Olympics budget cut, POTUS will override it
President Trump is now a savior of the Special Olympics
“Ridiculous bullshit” was a high impact persuasion phrase
Van Jones hired to help with prison reform movement
Few things benefit the economy more than employment
Few things benefit employment like education, trade or college
Payoff for investing in education, exceeds the cost
Marie Harf was pushing the “fine people” hoax yesterday on FOX
Why didn’t Martha MacCallum call her on that BS?
Is it true that drug prices haven’t gone up in last year? Huge if true

Mar 29 07:48

After Trump-Kim summit, South Korea leader Moon Jae-in to visit White House for talks on North Korea nukes

The prospects of renewed nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea will be on the table next month when the president of South Korea visits the White House.

President Donald Trump will meet with South Korea counterpart Moon Jae-in on April 11 to discuss trade, military cooperation, and North Korea's nuclear weapons program, the White House said late Thursday.

"The alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea remains the linchpin of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in the region," said a White House statement on the meeting.

The fate of North Korea's nuclear weapons – and an agreement to dismantle them – remains uncertain after the collapse of the February summit meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Mar 28 15:01

US Forces-Korea Warns It’s Ill-Prepared for Collapse of Diplomacy With DPRK

The top US commander in South Korea told Congress Wednesday that US forces on the peninsula wouldn’t be ready if diplomacy between the US and DPRK suddenly collapsed and the military standoff returned. His fears reflected a Western belief that Pyongyang is withdrawing from denuclearization plans, but in Korea, the situation isn’t so clear.

US Army Gen. Robert Abrams, the commander of US Forces Korea, told the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday that, so long as the diplomatic push for denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula continues, his forces have enough intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance resources to maintain an adequate defense of South Korea and detect an attack from the North. However, if things got worse and the atmosphere suddenly returned to the hostile tension of the past, "then our stance, our posture is not adequate to provide us an unblinking eye to give us early warning and indicators."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF true, this has to be remedied, and quickly; having some actual, sane, and moral diplomacy would probably help.

The North Koreans gave on a few things on their side, but US foreign policy here seems to have wanted to give nothing in return, which is a really bad place to be, and particularly dealing with the reality that the concept of "face", or personal reputation, is critically important, in Asian cultures.

President Trump's "My way or the highway" attitude may have worked well for him in the corporate sphere, but in terms of face-to-face negotiations, it cannot and will not, work.

His approach to North Korea, has been an epic fail because of that, and I frankly think we may well be on the knife-edge of a military confrontation with North Korea (which most probably means military confrontation against China) if these negotiations cannot be salvaged.

Mar 27 08:53

Shadowy North Korean dissident group says it raided embassy, contacted FBI

A shadowy North Korean dissident group claimed responsibility for last month's raid on Pyongyang's embassy in the Spanish capital, Madrid on Tuesday but disputed allegations that what occurred at the diplomatic compound was an "attack" involving armed intruders.

Cheollima Civil Defense, a secretive organization whose goal is to overthrow the Kim regime in North Korea, also denied that any other foreign governments were involved in the operation or that it was related to President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un's summit in Hanoi, which occurred days later.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Suuuuuuure....

Mar 26 08:31

Trump’s North Korean Blunder

Last Thursday, for the first time since the second U.S.–North Korea summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, at the end of February, the U.S. Treasury Department announced new sanctions related to North Korea, designating two China-based shipping companies that had facilitated North Korean sanctions-evasion activities.

But a day later, President Donald Trump perplexed analysts by tweeting that he had ordered the U.S. Treasury Department to withdraw the “large scale Sanctions” that he said had been announced on March 22. No such sanctions had been announced that day; North Korea–watchers were left scratching their heads. Several news agencies ran stories suggesting that the president’s announcement pertained to the two Chinese entities that had been designated a day earlier, but that was hardly convincing as a “large scale” sanctions package.

Mar 26 08:30

U.S. envoy to North Korea arrives in Beijing to discuss 'coordination on policies'

The U.S. envoy for North Korea is visiting Beijing this week, a sign Washington seeks China’s help in reviving nuclear disarmament negotiations after the summit meeting in Vietnam between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un collapsed last month.

Mar 25 08:01

North Korea Returns to Liaison Office With South Three Days After Pulling Out

North Korean officials reversed course and returned to talks with the South at a joint liaison office near their border, a sign Pyongyang remains open to diplomacy with Seoul and Washington after their detente had shown signs of strain.

Mar 23 11:01

Scott Adams: Sheepinions, Hallucinations, Fake News, Traitors, and Conflaters

“Slaughter Meter” is pinned at 100% if election was held today
Untrue but widely reported “fine people” HOAX and false memory
Golan Heights now being recognized as Israeli territory
Moving the embassy didn’t impact peace discussions
Golan Heights recognition, will it impact anything?
Time is on President Trump’s side and he knows it
NO new sanctions on North Korea, what’s the President’s play?
President Trump’s enemies maneuvered into arguing against…
Free speech
Capitalism
Default back up position of TDS victims shown “fine people” HOAX
Once it’s clear they were hoaxed, what do most say?
Biden signals the weakness of his bid for the nomination
Wikipedia editors (currently) agree, allowed “fine people” hoax info
Steve King, Republican, nice guy, but kind of an idiot
FAKE NEWS PUNCTUATION…changed what he meant
Anderson Cooper last night, still pushing that fake news

Mar 23 08:55

Trump's sudden decision on North Korea sanctions undermined national security team

In a single tweet, President Donald Trump overturned his own “maximum pressure” campaign against North Korea and publicly undermined his own national security team with a decision to yank back sanctions that his administration had announced only a day before.

The official explanation from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders — “President Trump likes Chairman Kim and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary” — raised more questions than it answered.

Is the pressure campaign over? Will more sanctions be eased? Why are they no longer necessary when no nuclear deal has been reached? And why were the sanctions announced with great fanfare in the first place if the president opposes them?

As it turned out, the sanctions Trump was referring to hadn’t been announced in the first place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump is proving to be less effective of a manager than he portrayed on "The Apprentice."

Mar 22 12:37

Trump orders withdrawal of fresh North Korea-related sanctions announced earlier by US Treasury

US President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of the new round of North Korea-related sanctions that had been announced earlier by the US Treasury.

The move was announced by the US President through Twitter on Friday.

“It was announced today by the US Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea. I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!” Trump wrote, capitalizing the “Sanctions”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now that is a positive step! The ball is in your court, Kim!

Mar 22 08:39

North Korea withdraws from DMZ joint liaison office after new US sanctions

North Korea is withdrawing from a joint liaison office near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) with South Korea, a key symbol of the rapprochement and ongoing peace process between the two countries.

The move comes after the US slapped two Chinese firms with sanctions for doing business with Pyongyang, the first action taken by Washington against North Korea since the second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in Hanoi ended early with no agreement.
South Korea's Unification Ministry announced the move Friday, saying the decision had been taken by the North on "instructions from the superior authority."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I told you Washington would try to derail reunification.

Mar 21 12:31

Reuniting Korea's Families

When the Korean War broke out in 1950, Lee Geum-Sum fled south with her young family.

On the way, she had to stop to feed her baby daughter and became separated from her husband and son. The conflict tore the family apart - they were divided by a border they were forbidden to cross.

For 68 years, Mrs Lee heard nothing from her husband and son. She built a new life with her daughter in South Korea's capital, Seoul, but never forgot the family she lost.

Then, at 91 years of age, Mrs Lee received a letter from the Red Cross, saying her son was still alive and in North Korea.

"That’s why I've lived so long! To see him!" Mrs Lee says.

Now, alongside dozens of other families, she has the chance to travel to North Korea and see the son she lost more than 60 years ago.

Mar 21 10:04

1,600 Hotel Guests Secretly Live Streamed to 4,000+ Subscribers

Four individuals from South Korea were detained for secretly recording, live streaming, and selling spy cam videos of 1600 motel guests between November 24 and March 2, with two of them being arrested and facing a maximum of five years in jail.

The South Korean spy cam group used a setup of wireless IP cameras hidden in "42 motel rooms at 30 motels in 10 cities in the North and South Gyeongsang and Chungcheong Provinces" according to a report from Korea Herald.

As detailed by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s cyber investigation unit, the minuscule cameras with 1-millimeter lenses were planted within TV media boxes and power sockets among many other spots around the bugged motel rooms.

Mar 21 09:24

Mystery in Madrid: Who Raided the North Korean Embassy – and Why?

Of course it was just a coincidence that the first organized attack on a North Korean facility by internal rebels (supposedly) took place days before the scheduled North Korean-US summit in Hanoi. Ten masked men stole computers, interrogated North Korean officials, and drove off in a number of luxury cars. Credit was taken by a group that calls itself Chollima.

Despite constantly being told by the Western media that this is a totally unknown group, to anyone who knows the least bit about Korean history, this is laughable. In the mid-1950s, China’s “Great Leap Forward” was in progress, and Chollima was the Korean equivalent. It means “speed” of an unusual sort, and the symbolism was based on a mythological winged horse that could supposedly gallop at one thousand li (over a mile) a minute.

Mar 20 09:54

North Korea Denies "Secret" Nuclear Facilities Exist As Door Closing On Future Talks

A new report by the prominent Japanese daily Asahi has revealed that a key reason talks with the US broke down last month in Hanoi was due to Kim Jong Un’s denial of the existence of “secret” nuclear facilities, resulting in disagreements that have reportedly left Kim disappointed and impatient, to the point that the north last week threatened to shut down talks altogether.

Citing the report, which relies on unnamed officials, Bloomberg notes, "The U.S. had requested specific names and locations of facilities to be shut down as part of the talks but North Korea said only that 'all' facilities be closed without giving details."

Mar 20 07:44

Trump officials privately bracing for North Korea's next move

The Trump administration is privately discussing how to respond should North Korea decide to conduct a satellite launch as talks between Washington and Pyongyang appear to be at another impasse, CNN has learned.

Rhetoric between the two countries has become more heated and provocative in recent weeks following President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un's no-deal summit in Hanoi but a North Korean satellite launch would pose a new, high-stakes dilemma for the administration.

Such a launch by the North Koreans would force Trump to make a touch choice: Take a hard line against Pyongyang knowing it could jeopardize already fragile negotiations or implement a more nuanced approach in hopes of preserving the possibility of a diplomatic resolution.

Mar 20 07:44

North Korea must drop nuclear, missile programs to achieve progress: U.S.

A senior U.S. arms control official said on Tuesday the only way for North Korea to achieve security and development is to abandon all of its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs.

The Hanoi summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un last month broke down over differences about U.S. demands for Pyongyang to denuclearize, as well as Pyongyang’s demand for major relief from international sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile tests, which it pursued for years in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

“North Korea must understand that the only way to achieve the security and development that it seeks is to abandon all of its weapons of mass destruction, all of its ballistic missile programs as numerous U.N. Security Council resolutions demand,” said Yleem Poblete, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Make yourself totally unable to resist invasion and everything will be just fine!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 20 07:30

Korean Ghosts

On June 13, 2002, Shin Hyo-soon and Shim Mi-sun, both 14 years old, walked along the side of a road on their way to a birthday party, chattering and laughing, as children do. They never saw the mammoth U.S. military truck with two soldiers on board as it crushed them, grinding their bodies into the South Korean earth.

A "tragic accident" say U.S. diplomats and military officers; an example of the heedless arrogance of American troops who have long since worn out their welcome, say growing numbers of South Koreans. Under the terms of the agreement between South Korea and the U.S. – which mandates that American soldiers charged with crimes on Korean soil are subject to U.S. law – Sgt. Fernando Nino and Sgt. Mark Walker were tried in a military court and acquitted of negligent homicide charges. The process was widely resented, and the reaction of virtually all political parties in South Korea was to denounce the verdict as a sham.

Mar 19 15:43

Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford issued a statement Monday denying weekend media reports that the US plans to leave around 1,000 troops in Syria, saying the reports are “factually incorrect.”

Dunford presented the current planned “residual force” as 200, saying that this hadn’t changed since February. The US announced 200 would stay on February 21, but on February 22 officially increased that number to 400.

It’s not clear from Dunford’s statement where the “incorrect” aspect of the new report, which came out of a Wall Street Journal, exists. That report suggested that the 1,000 figure was not yet finalized, but was being discussed. Dunford’s comments didn’t include any details on what is actually being discussed, but just that nothing was finalized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the multiple troop numbers being given, are simply a way of creating confusion about how many US troops the US does have in Syria.

Mar 19 09:14

Seoul aims to end nuclear deadlock between North Korea, Washington

A statement issued by Seoul’s presidential Blue House on Monday said the time was now right for the two Koreas to hold further talks — building upon President Moon Jae-in’s policy of rapprochement which saw him meet Kim three times last year.

“We’re in a deep agony over how to take advantage of this baton that has been handed over to us,” said the statement, attributed to a high-ranking official.

“We agree with the view that no deal is better than a bad deal … However, in reality, it is difficult to achieve complete denuclearization at one stroke. I think we need to reconsider the so-called all or nothing strategy.”

Mar 18 08:02

No sign of imminent North Korea missile launch: South Korea defence chief

It is premature to say whether recent activity at some of North Korea’s rocket facilities involved preparation for a missile launch, South Korea’s defence minister told a parliamentary hearing on Monday.

Mar 18 08:02

North Korea—Now What After Hanoi?

Perhaps we are pursuing the wrong objective. North Korea’s nuclear weapons program started in the 1950s. They will not abandon this capability. Continued pursuit of this impossible dream allows Kim to outplay us and imposes diplomatic, reputational and financial costs on America and our allies.

Mar 17 09:06

Trump struggles for path forward on North Korea as tensions mount

President Trump’s claims that reduced tensions with North Korea resulting from his personal diplomacy with Kim Jong Un demonstrated progress toward a nuclear deal were undercut Friday as Pyongyang lashed out at the administration’s “gangsterlike” tactics and blamed his top aides for the failed summit last month.

In the latest sign of mounting hostilities since disarmament talks collapsed in Hanoi, a top North Korean official also declared that leader Kim Jong Un is weighing cutting off bilateral dialogue with the United States. The threat came amid evidence that the regime had recently rebuilt a space rocket and missile launch site and raised doubts about the future of the negotiations.

Mar 16 09:30

CIA BLAMES ITS PROXY FOR ITS RAID ON NORTH KOREA'S EMBASSY IN SPAIN

The CIA is the main suspect in the military style raid on the North Korean embassy in Madrid. It now launched a somewhat hapless effort to deflect from it. The Spanish report in which Spanish government sources accuse the CIA said:

At least two of the 10 assailants who broke into the embassy and interrogated diplomatic staff have been identified and have connections to the US intelligence agency. The CIA has denied any involvement but government sources say their response was “unconvincing.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the US government's Department of "You Can't Make This S*it Up"!!

Mar 16 08:43

Pyongyang may rethink ban on missile, nuclear tests unless US makes concessions – diplomat

North Korea is considering suspending talks with the US and may rethink a ban on missile and nuclear tests unless Washington makes concessions, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui said in Pyongyang on Friday. The senior diplomat blamed top US officials for the breakdown of last month’s summit in Hanoi between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. “We have no intention to yield to the US demands [at the Hanoi summit] in any form, nor are we willing to engage in negotiations of this kind,” TASS quoted Choe as saying.

Mar 15 08:13

North Korea mulls renewing tests after ‘gangster-like’ stance by Pompeo and Bolton – Deputy FM

Pyongyang may freeze talks with the US and renew missile and nuclear tests after senior US officials torpedoed President Trump’s talks with Kim Jong-un in Vietnam, a top North Korean diplomat said.

The Hanoi summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wrapped up ahead of schedule and with no deal, let alone a breakthrough that could move negotiations past the deadlock.

North Korea made its first public assessment of the meeting on Friday, with Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui, who took part in the talks, accusing senior figures in the Trump team of overriding the president and bringing “an atmosphere of hostility and mistrust” to the table, AP reported.

Mar 15 08:10

South Korean Prosecutors Raid Samsung Offices Amid Ongoing Fraud Probe - Reports

South Korean prosecutors raided on Thursday offices of the Samsung Group as part of an investigation into suspected accounting fraud on the part of Samsung BioLogics, the company's biopharmaceutical arm, Yonhap news agency reported.

The raids were carried out because the Financial Services Commission (FSC) had accused Samsung BioLogics of intentionally violating accounting rules, according to the Yonhap news agency.

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