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  • North Korea’s Phony Peace Ploy

    04/26/2018 5:35:31 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 43 replies
    NYT ^ | April 25, 2018 | Nicholas Eberstadt
    North Korea’s Phony Peace Ploy By Nicholas Eberstadt Mr. Eberstadt is a founding director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. April 25, 2018 WASHINGTON — When the government of South Korea announced last week that it would begin work on a formal peace treaty with North Korea, to be discussed at a summit meeting on April 27, its so-called Sunshine Policy of engagement gave way to P.T. Barnum-style, a-sucker-born-every-minute diplomacy. Fighting in the Korean War ended in 1953 with just an armistice, and South Korean officials are calling for a “permanent peace.” But it is not merely...
  • Hamas Engineer 'Negotiated Arms Deals With North Korea, Assassinated by Mossad' in Malaysia

    04/26/2018 3:13:04 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 26.04.2018
    Hamas Engineer 'Negotiated Arms Deals With North Korea, Assassinated by Mossad' in Malaysia Report in The New York Times cites intelligence officials saying Batsh was killed as part of Mossad attempt to stop Hamas operations overseas, reveals ties to North Korea Haaretz | 26.04.2018 09:19 Updated: 12:26 PM Fadi al-Batsh, the Hamas engineer gunned down in Malaysia last week, was reportedly involved in talks with North Korea on arms intended for Gaza, The New York Times reported Thursday. To really understand the Middle East - subscribe to Haaretz According to the report, Batsh was killed as part of an alleged operation by...
  • Kim Jong Un Is “All-In.” What’s Next for Korea?

    04/25/2018 7:26:09 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies
    Cipher Brief ^ | April 24, 2018 | Gordon Chang
    Kim Jong Un Is “All-In.” What’s Next for Korea? There’s a dark purpose in Kim Jong Un’s proffered moratorium on nuclear and ballistic missile testing announced over the weekend. Kim, with the apparent complicity of South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, seeks to eventually merge his state into the South – and drive out U.S. troops from the peninsula. Most pundits thought Saturday’s nuclear announcement was aimed at President Donald Trump, ahead of the planned Kim-Trump summit in June. Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency quoted Kim Jong Un as saying his drive for nuclear weapons is “complete.” “We no longer need...
  • North Korea’s nuclear test site has collapsed ... and that may be why Kim Jong-un suspended tests

    04/25/2018 9:58:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 82 replies
    SCMP ^ | 25 April, 2018 | 25 April, 2018
    North Korea’s nuclear test site has collapsed ... and that may be why Kim Jong-un suspended tests The mountain’s collapse after a fifth blast last fall has led to the creation of a massive ‘chimney’ that could leak radioactive fallout into the air, researchers have found North Korea’s mountain nuclear test site has collapsed, putting China and other nearby nations at unprecedented risk of radioactive exposure, two separate groups of Chinese scientists studying the issue have confirmed. The collapse after five nuclear blasts may be why North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declared on Friday that he would freeze the hermit...
  • Senate confirms new director for spy agency, cyber command

    04/25/2018 4:26:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 25, 2018
    Senate confirms new director for spy agency, cyber command WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate confirmed on Tuesday President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the U.S. Cyber Command and National Security Agency, Army Lieutenant General Paul Nakasone. Nakasone has an extensive background in cyber issues, having held positions including serving as chief of the U.S. Army’s cyber command since late 2016. Nakasone, 54, replaces Admiral Mike Rogers, who is retiring after nearly four years in the “dual-hat” position leading the NSA, the country’s largest spy agency, and the military’s cyber warfare division. During his confirmation hearing, Nakasone said he did...
  • There Is More to the Trade War than Trade

    04/25/2018 2:29:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    CSIS ^ | April 6, 2018 | James Andrew Lewis
    There Is More to the Trade War than Trade April 6, 2018 The clamor of timorous voices that have greeted the president’s “Trade War” with China makes one fear for the republic. Let’s do a quick recap: China has extracted billions of dollars of intellectual property and confidential business information from U.S. companies. This has cost thousands of jobs and billions in lost revenue for the United States. China imposes unfair restrictions on foreign companies that want to do business there, requiring them to become minority partners in joint ventures, transfer intellectual property, or in some instances, China blocks them...
  • North Korean leader visits China embassy, hospital after fatal bus crash

    04/23/2018 5:08:21 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | APRIL 24, 2018
    North Korean leader visits China embassy, hospital after fatal bus crash SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited the Chinese embassy in Pyongyang on Monday to express “deep sympathy” over a bus accident that killed 32 Chinese tourists and critically injured two, the North’s state media said on Tuesday. “He said that the unexpected accident brought bitter sorrow to his heart and that he couldn’t control his grief at the thought of the bereaved families who lost their blood relatives,” the North’s central news agency said. The accident occurred on Sunday when a bus crashed off a...
  • CHINA SAYS 32 NATIONALS DEAD IN MAJOR NORTH KOREAN BUS CRASH

    04/23/2018 4:33:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | APR 23, 2018 | Ben Blanchard
    CHINA SAYS 32 NATIONALS DEAD IN MAJOR NORTH KOREAN BUS CRASH By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Thirty-two Chinese tourists and four North Koreans died in a major bus accident in North Korea, China's foreign ministry said on Monday, with two Chinese nationals seriously injured and left in critical condition. Chinese visitors make up about 80 percent of all foreign tourists to North Korea, says a South Korean think-tank, the Korea Maritime Institute, which estimates that tourism generates revenue of about $44 million each year for the isolated country. Chinese diplomats have rushed to the scene of Sunday's accident in...
  • Minor 'natural' quake near North Korea's closed nuclear test site

    04/23/2018 1:22:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2018/04/23 | Park Si-soo
    Minor 'natural' quake near North Korea's closed nuclear test site By Park Si-soo A minor 2.3-magnitude earthquake was detected near North Korea's closed nuclear test site in Gilju early on Monday. The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said the tremor took place at 4:31 a.m. 47 kilometers north-north-west of Gilju, North Hamgyong Province, at a depth of five kilometers. The tremor was believed to be natural, but could have been caused by the North's sixth underground nuclear test there in September, KMA officials said. Experts here have said the nuclear test weakened the underground structure around the site, leaving it vulnerable...
  • (News Focus) N. Korea's WMD test moratorium deja vu raises cautious summit expectations

    04/21/2018 8:09:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2018/04/21 | Lee Chi-dong
    (News Focus) N. Korea's WMD test moratorium deja vu raises cautious summit expectations 2018/04/21 11:54 By Lee Chi-dong SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's announcement of a moratorium on most of its nuclear and missile activities is the highlight of the unpredictable communist nation's recent peace overture and a potential prelude to a breakthrough deal in the upcoming round of summit diplomacy. The Kim Jong-un regime said Saturday it will immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests and shut down the nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, where it conducted six experiments. It was summarizing the results of a key Workers'...
  • Abe pushes Trump's focus to N. Korea missiles, U.S. military presence

    04/21/2018 7:53:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    KYODO NEWS ^ | Apr 20, 2018 | Ko Hirano
    Abe pushes Trump's focus to N. Korea missiles, U.S. military presence By Ko Hirano, KYODO NEWS - Apr 20, 2018 - 15:25 | All, World Despite U.S. President Donald Trump's reassurance that Japan and the United States are "very unified" on North Korea, concerns persist that Pyongyang may refuse to rid itself of medium-range missiles and that Washington might agree to wind back its military presence on the Korean Peninsula at the behest of the North's leader Kim Jong Un. During two-day talks through Wednesday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump pledged to continue levying...
  • Trump says it's possible summit with North Korea's Kim won't happen

    04/18/2018 2:14:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | APRIL 18, 2018
    Trump says it's possible summit with North Korea's Kim won't happen PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he hopes to hold a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and that five locations are being considered, but that it remains possible such a meeting may not happen.
  • Ex-N.Korean Diplomat Says Pyongyang Will Drag Talks out

    04/17/2018 8:19:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | April 17, 2018 | Kim Myong-song
    Ex-N.Korean Diplomat Says Pyongyang Will Drag Talks out By Kim Myong-song April 17, 2018 10:03 The former No. 2 man in the North Korean Embassy in London and now a vocal critic of the regime, has predicted Pyongyang will drag out talks about its nuclear program as long as possible while extracting concessions. Thae Yong-ho was quoted on Monday as saying that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "will drag on for two to three years" without dismantling his nuclear weapons "while waiting for the U.S. president to be replaced." He was giving a lecture at the Mulmangcho Foundation, an organization...
  • British warship arrives at Yokosuka to enforce N. Korea sanctions, support free trade

    04/17/2018 6:58:56 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 11, 2018 | TYLER HLAVAC
    British warship arrives at Yokosuka to enforce N. Korea sanctions, support free trade By TYLER HLAVAC | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 11, 2018 YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – A British Royal Navy warship arrived in Yokosuka this week to help enforce sanctions against North Korea and support free navigation in the region. The frigate HMS Sutherland – the first of three warships England plans to deploy to northeast Asia – pulled into port Wednesday. The vessels will “safeguard free trade, partake in joint training and exercises, and support UN sanctions against [North Korea],” said a statement from the nation’s...
  • US publishes list of 1,300 Chinese goods worth US$50b to be targeted by tariffs

    04/04/2018 8:50:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Straits Times ^ | APR 4, 2018
    US publishes list of 1,300 Chinese goods worth US$50b to be targeted by tariffs PUBLISHED APR 4, 2018, 7:36 AM SGT UPDATED 10 HOURS AGO WASHINGTON (AFP, REUTERS, WASHINGTON POST) - US officials have published a list of US$50 billion (S$65.6 billion) in Chinese imports set to be targeted by US tariffs, the latest move in President Donald Trump's simmering trade confrontation with Beijing. The move came a day after Beijing imposed duties on about US$3 billion in US exports such as pork, wine and fruit, a countermeasure to US metal tariffs that was widely seen as a warning Chinese...
  • U.S. Monitoring Possible North Korean Military Base in Syria

    03/31/2018 6:53:24 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 40 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 14, 2018 | Adam Kredo
    U.S. Monitoring Possible North Korean Military Base in Syria Report: North Korea running underground military base in Syria BY: Adam Kredo March 14, 2018 12:20 pm 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. Regional reports have begun to surface indicating North Korea has neared completion of the construction of an underground military base located near Qardaha in Syria, the hometown of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "According...
  • [N. Korea] Pyongyang getting ready for seventh nuclear test despite thaw: Japan’s Taro Kono

    03/31/2018 4:11:29 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 57 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Mar 31, 2018
    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....
  • CPC Party seminar emphasizes unity of thought among well-known online figures[China]

    03/29/2018 2:48:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2018/3/28 | Liu Caiyu
    CPC Party seminar emphasizes unity of thought among well-known online figures By Liu Caiyu Source:Global Times Published: 2018/3/28 17:43:41 Seminar brings united thinking to major online players "As a non-Party-member intellectual, the seminar gave me a good chance to familiarize myself with the Party's new policies. I know more about how to spread information online, especially on positive energy," said Lu Qi, an online celebrity and writer who has 26 million followers on Sina Weibo. Lu mainly posts female-friendly articles and videos on his Weibo account. Lu was just one of the 52 online representatives who attended the seminar held...
  • Trump Considers Invoking Emergency Law to Halt Chinese Acquisitions of U.S. Firms

    03/29/2018 12:04:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | March 28, 2018 | Annie Wu
    Trump Considers Invoking Emergency Law to Halt Chinese Acquisitions of U.S. Firms By Annie Wu, Epoch Times March 28, 2018 9:41 pm Last Updated: March 28, 2018 9:41 pm After announcing tariffs on Chinese imported goods last week, the Trump administration is now considering a crackdown on Chinese investments in U.S. tech firms that develop sensitive technologies. Bloomberg reported on March 28 that the administration was considering invoking the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, enacted in 1977, which allows the president to declare a national emergency for an “unusual and extraordinary threat.” The president would be allowed to block transactions...
  • China Boosts Ideological Monitoring of Overseas Chinese, Returnees

    03/28/2018 5:32:00 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    RFA ^ | 2018-03-27
    China's ruling Chinese Communist Party appears to be stepping up its monitoring of citizens with overseas links following a massive restructuring of state agencies earlier this month to bring them under direct party control. Among the changes are an expanded and more visible role for the party's formerly secretive United Front Work Department, which works to ensure cooperation from groups outside the party and government apparatus. The department has absorbed the functions of the state bureau managing "overseas Chinese affairs," and is charged with the "investigation and study of overseas Chinese affairs at home and abroad," the official news agency...