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  • (Breaking) N.Korea States Conditions; Threatens to Walk from Talks (from Korean sources)

    05/06/2018 7:12:17 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 119 replies
    SBS-TV South Korea and other Korean/Japanese news sources ^ | 6 May 2018 | SBS-TV South Korea original Korean
    Summary synopsis of Korean language version (link above):North Korea through the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) today stated that the barely one week old "Panmunjom Agreement" between Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae In is falling victim to "misinterpretation" by the United States and threatened the talks between Kim and Trump will go nowhere and "things will return to zero" if the following happens: a) there is no loosening of economic sanctions currently on North Korea even prior to denuclearization; b) there is any pressure on them in the area of human rights. KCNA has, in fact, carried it,...
  • High-Level Defector Ambassador Thae Spills Beans on North Korea’s Intent vis-à-vis Trump

    05/06/2018 12:43:22 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 24 replies
    YouTube ^ | Nov. 1, 2017 | C-Span via YouTube
    “A top North Korean defector (will) testify on Capitol Hill next week as Congress mulls new ways to increase pressure on the rogue regime, a senior Republican announced. Thae Yong-ho served as the second-highest ranking North Korean diplomat in the United Kingdom until last year, when he defected to South Korea. House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce touted his "valuable insights" into the vulnerabilities of dictator Kim Jong Un as the motivation for Wednesday's hearing.”
  • Why Kim Jong-un’s promise of a nuclear-free North Korea should not be trusted

    05/04/2018 6:31:47 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 17 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 4 May 2018 | Deng Yuwen
    Deng Yuwen says Kim has rightly calculated that he needed to make some concessions to ease international pressure on his regime, but he will never totally give up the nuclear programme that North Korea has invested so much in.The historic summit between North and South Korean leaders ended as they signed the “Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula”. Denuclearisation on the peninsula is the top concern of the international community, but the issue is mentioned only in the fourth point of the third article in the declaration. According to this third article, the two...
  • White House privately skeptical of North Korea's promise to freeze nuclear testing

    04/22/2018 6:36:38 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 22 April 2018 | David Nakamura and John Hudson
    Much of the domestic press here in Japan is very, very skeptical about this overture, and statements by Kim and the ruling Korean Workers Party. Even the CONSERVATIVE daily news SANKEI SHIMBUN today had some good quotes about how this could be no concession at all, North just playing a shell and delay game, offering to close nuke sites that have been essentially destroyed already through too many underground tests, etc. etc. etc.
  • US EMBASSY TASHKENT LINK: Diversity Visa Page to Emigrate to USA During Obama Administration

    10/31/2017 5:13:53 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 41 replies
    US Embassy Immigrant Visa Section, Tashkent, Uzbekistan ^ | October 1, 2015 | US Embassy Immigrant Visa Section, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
    Insanity. Abject, absolute insanity.
  • State Department Waging "Open War" on White House

    09/17/2017 5:05:23 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 93 replies
    The U.S. State Department has backed away from a demand that Israel return $75 million in military aid which was allocated to it by the U.S. Congress. The repayment demand, championed by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, was described as an underhanded attempt by the State Department to derail a campaign pledge by U.S. President Donald J. Trump to improve relations with the Jewish state. The dispute is the just the latest example of what appears to be a growing power struggle between the State Department and the White House over the future direction of American foreign policy. The...
  • Beijing has reason to be pleased with how the Trump-Xi meet went

    04/13/2017 8:47:03 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 41 replies
    China Post (TAIWAN) ^ | 13 April 2017 | Frank Ching
    Chinese leader Xi Jinping's two-day summit meeting with Donald Trump, overshadowed by the U.S. attack on Syria, gave each president the chance to take the measure of the other and, apparently, each liked what he saw. From the Chinese perspective, things went very well indeed, with China taking the initiative and the Americans going along. It wasn't supposed to be like that. Trump had plans to pressure Xi to reduce the U.S. trade deficit. Trump also expected Xi to "step up" and help rein in North Korea. Neither thing happened. From the beginning, China felt it had the situation under...
  • The secret movement to draft Gen. James Mattis (USMC-Ret.) for President

    05/04/2016 9:55:41 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 95 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 6, 2016 | Daily Beast
    An anonymous group of conservative billionaires is ready to place their bets on a man dubbed “Mad Dog,” hoping to draft him into the presidential race to confront Donald Trump. Think of it as a Plan B should Trump be nominated by the Republican Party in Cleveland: swing behind retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis and press him into service yet again as a third-party candidate. Mattis is the former commander of Central Command, which includes the strife-afflicted conflict zones of the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, and has developed a reputation among troops as a general...
  • Jan Brewer Furious After What Cruz Is Able To Pull Off In AZ. (Cruz-Kasich Alliance)

    05/02/2016 10:54:58 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 76 replies
    Biz PAC Review ^ | Michael Dorsterwitz
    “I got cheated!” After Donald Trump received nearly twice the votes of Ted Cruz at Saturday’s Arizona Republican convention, the Texas senator walked away with a significant majority of the delegates from that state, KTAR reported. Cruz took nearly all the state’s 28 at-large delegates and basically split the 27 selected by congressional district. Former Gov. Jan Brewer, a Trump supporter, was livid as the results were announced, indicating that she’d lost her first election in 35 years. Read more: http://www.bizpacreview.com/2016/05/01/gov-jan-brewer-furious-after-what-cruz-is-able-to-pull-off-in-arizona-a-state-he-lost-to-trump-335367#ixzz47WOcx8ME
  • Ted CRUZ • live • address @ California GOP 4 pm EST

    04/30/2016 1:11:56 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 76 replies
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  • At Wyoming GOP Convention, Cruz Still Running Circles Around Trump (Convention Tomorrow)

    04/15/2016 10:26:25 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 53 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 15 April 2016 | Tampa Bay Times
    CASPER, Wyo. — On Saturday morning, while his two rivals for the Republican nomination stay back east, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will fly to this city to address the state GOP convention. The potential prize: Fourteen delegates to the national convention in Cleveland. The competition: Hard to find. On Friday, with no explanation to either party officials or media, Donald Trump's campaign announced that Sarah Palin would cancel her scheduled speech here. Additionally, while Republicans gathered for a barbecue and fried chicken dinner, the campaign of Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, was invisible, and the Trump campaign was clearly outmatched. The...
  • Let's Settle This: Debate Suggested Over GOP Primary, Caucus & Convention System and Rules

    04/15/2016 9:46:00 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 89 replies
    Self ^ | 15 April 2016 | AmericanInTokyo
    "To be suspicious is not a fault. To be suspicious all the time without coming to a conclusion is the defect." -- Lu Xun Donald Trump and his campaign generals have lodged serious allegations and complaints about the 2016 Republican Party rules governing the election of delegates to the National Convention via primaries, caucuses, county/local and state conventions or a combination of these. Words such as "rigged", "fixed", "corrupt" and "broken" have been thrown at the party on state levels in the aftermath of delegates allegedly being 'poached' from the Trump Camp by the Cruz Camp, with the conspiratorial assistance...
  • Cruz is the Smartest: The Delegate Hunt (John Batchelor--AUDIO)

    04/14/2016 9:14:29 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 51 replies
    The John Batchelor Show ^ | 14 April 2016 | The John Batchelor Show (audio link)
    AUDIO LINK (40 MINUTE SEGMENT) “Cruz's roots: Asked by (Anderson) Cooper if he was more a product of the Northeast or Texas, Cruz chose the Lone Star State. "When I went off to Harvard Law School my dad jokingly referred to it as missionary work," Cruz said. Cruz had completed his undergrad studies at Princeton University by then, becoming the first member of his family to attend an Ivy League school. "To be admitted to Princeton was an extraordinary thing," he said. "It was a world, frankly, that I didn't know. When I arrived there it was a scary place....
  • Trump struggles to connect with Wyoming voters

    04/11/2016 9:32:26 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 187 replies
    Wyoming Tribune Eagle ^ | 11 April 2016 | Hunter Woodall and Laura Hancock
    CASPER – Study a map of presidential primary results and you’ll see Donald Trump dominating in the northeast. You’ll see him beating more established candidates in Arizona and Nevada and stunning pundits with dominance in the South. But where you won’t see Trump winning big, or winning much at all, is in Wyoming, Utah and Idaho, three of the nation’s reddest states. There, the real estate mogul and famed reality star has struggled to connect with voters. Trump is still the front-runner for the GOP nomination, but he has failed in the Northern Rockies. He lost to Sen. Ted Cruz...
  • Cruz outmaneuvering Trump in behind-the-scenes battles for delegates (COLORADO Yesterday)

    04/10/2016 11:28:52 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 66 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 10 April 2016, 0600 a.m. | Melanie Mason and Mark Z. BarabakContact Reporters
    David Coonradt came to the Colorado state Republican convention as part of Ted Cruz's “persuasion team,” a squad of volunteers working to secure more delegates to propel Cruz to the party's presidential nomination. He came ready to tout the Texas senator's gun-rights and antiabortion credentials, the most crucial information he had to impart appeared on the back of his neon orange Tshirt. “The official Ted Cruz slate,” the shirt blared, with the names of 13 prospective delegates below. More than 600 people were vying Saturday for 13 delegate slots for the Republican National Convention in July. The Cruz campaign wanted...
  • Trump’s weak delegate operation could derail his nomination

    04/08/2016 11:01:05 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 139 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 6 April 2016 | Benjy Sarlan
    There’s a recurring question among the Republicans gathering in Colorado at state and local conventions to choose delegates this week: "Where’s Donald Trump?" Colorado is a rare state where party officials choose delegates without any input from a primary or caucus vote. The bulk of the state’s 37 delegates will be picked at a series of congressional district conventions on Friday and a state convention on Saturday in Colorado Springs. Prospective delegates can run as unaffiliated free agents or pledge to back a candidate. "There just doesn’t seem to be any Trump organization at all, to be honest," Dick Wadhams,...
  • Donald Trump Doomed Against Hillary As Gender Gap Becomes Abyss, Polls Show

    04/05/2016 10:41:13 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 6 April 2026 | S.A. Miller
    Donald Trump missed a chance early in the presidential race to make inroads with independent female voters, but now the damage is done and analysts say the Republican front-runner likely can’t make amends with women he repulsed by spewing insults and sexist remarks. Republican presidential candidates have suffered a gender gap for decades, but Mr. Trump turned the gap into an abyss, which polls show will doom him to a sweeping loss in a general election matchup against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. The real estate mogul fared worse than his two Republican rivals in theoretical matchups against Mrs. Clinton, largely...
  • "Don't Abandon Japan" -- Hudson Institute (Critique of Trump Statements)

    04/05/2016 6:06:04 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 53 replies
    Hudson Institute ^ | 31 March 2016 | Arthur Herman, Lewis Libbey
    Don't Abandon Japan Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, arriving in Washington this week for President Obama’s nuclear-security summit, is America’s strongest ally in Asia — a region crucial to America’s future. Since taking office, Abe has pursued politically risky policies that have steadily bolstered not just Japan’s, but also America’s position in Asia. So he must be puzzled to find himself at the center of a U.S. political dispute. Battling for votes, the Trump presidential campaign suggests that Japan is an economic and military drain on the U.S. After criticizing China, the campaign smacks Japan. Such overheated rhetoric is as...
  • Trump On North Korea Going to War: 'Good Luck, Enjoy Yourself Folks' (to Allies Japan/Korea)

    04/03/2016 4:14:54 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 270 replies
    The Guardian, U.K. ^ | 1 April 2016 | Ben Jacobs
    Donald Trump on Saturday told a crowd of thousands he was sanguine about potential hostilities between North Korea and its neighbors. Speaking at a rally in Rothschild, Wisconsin ahead of the state’s primary on Tuesday, the Republican Donald Trump on Saturday told a crowd of thousands he was sanguine about potential hostilities between North Korea and its neighbors. Speaking at a rally in Rothschild, Wisconsin ahead of the state’s primary on Tuesday, the Republican presidential frontrunner said that if conflict between Japan and nuclear-armed North Korea were to break out, “it would be a terrible thing but if they do,...
  • For His Unconventional Campaign, Donald Trump Looks to an Unorthodox Manager (Corey Lewandowki)

    03/29/2016 9:44:02 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | Sept. 3, 2015 | Maggie Haberman
    He was a lobbyist who represented one client who sought funds from the federal stimulus program and then another, a group backed by the Koch brothers, who opposed it. He was a political operative who once debated a cardboard cutout of the Democratic governor of New Hampshire to protest tax rates. And he was a congressional aide who was arrested after he brought a gun to work, then sued when he did not get it back. Perhaps not surprisingly, the campaign manager for Donald J. Trump’s unorthodox bid for president, Corey Lewandowski, a 40­year­old New Hampshire resident, does not have...