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  • Trump identifies first two US soldiers from Korean War remains

    09/20/2018 1:39:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | September 20, 2018 | Corey Dickstein
    The remains of an Army master sergeant from Indiana and a private first class from North Carolina were included in the 55 cases of remains of missing Korean War veterans turned over in July by North Korea, President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday. The two soldiers, both likely killed in action fighting Chinese forces in North Korea about 66 years ago, are the first positive identities that Pentagon officials have confirmed since the transfer was completed July 27 as part an agreement hashed out by Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their summit June 12 in Singapore. Pentagon...
  • Kim Wants New Summit With Trump, Moon Says After Visiting North Korea

    09/20/2018 9:27:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | September 20, 2018 | Bill Chappell
    North Korea's Chairman Kim Jong Un wants to meet with President Trump again, says South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has just returned from Pyongyang. Moon also spoke directly to the North Korean public, describing a peaceful future to an audience of some 150,000 people. "We had lived together for five thousand years but apart for just 70 years," Moon said in his speech on Thursday, in which he repeatedly addressed the crowd as "Citizens of Pyongyang, fellow Koreans." Moon continued, "Here, at this place today, I propose we move forward toward the big picture of peace in which the...
  • How teams (and Riot) are recreating the Korean boot camp (Video gaming/E-Sports)

    09/19/2018 9:28:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Real Sports ^ | September 19, 2018 | Daniil Volkov
    There's no better way to practice than going to South Korea. But this might very well change, as teams are already trying to recreate the Korean boot camp experience. The 2018 World Championship is coming! With that, many Western teams have already taken the first customary step to prepare for the event. Of course, I’m talking about the Korean boot camp. The boot camp practice is widespread, and competitive powerhouses like TSM, Fnatic, Immortals, G2 Esports have all spoken out on how much better it is to train in South Korea compared to their home regions. For one, Korea has...
  • Kim Jong Un: Singapore summit with Trump created stability

    09/19/2018 12:22:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 18, 2018 | Hugh T. Ferguson
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday that his summit last June with President Donald Trump has provided geopolitical stability and that he expects more progress in talks between his nation and Washington. Kim's comments, first reported by Reuters, were made at the start of a three-day summit at which Kim is meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang, the pair's third meeting of the year. Kim also credited Moon with making the historic summit in Singapore possible. Thanks to that, the political situation in the region has stabilized and I expect more advanced results, Kim told...
  • Trump says N. Korean leader agrees to nuclear inspections

    09/18/2018 10:53:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | September 19, 2018 | Yonhap
    US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to allow nuclear inspectors in and permanently shut down nuclear and missile testing sites. Trump made the remarks in a tweet after Kim held his third summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang where the reclusive ruler reaffirmed his commitment to the denuclearization of the peninsula. "Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow Nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations, and to permanently dismantle a test site and launch pad in the presence of international experts," Trump said in the tweet. "In the meantime there...
  • Summit may be the grand theater Kim needs to show his people

    09/18/2018 9:11:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 18, 2018 | Foster Klug, The Associated Press
    If North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was searching for the perfect propaganda set piece, something designed to show his people that he's a strong leader pushing inexorably for the long-delayed, long-promised prosperity they deserve, then visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in might be providing him with a unique opportunity. Moon believes that his deep engagement with North Korea is crucial after last year's fears of war, when Washington reacted with fury to a torrent of ever-more-powerful North Korean weapons tests. He argues better ties with North Korea will help South Koreans, and the region, by settling the standoff over...
  • Why The U.S. Ranks At The Bottom In A Foreign Aid Index (According to this freelance writer)

    09/18/2018 1:55:22 PM PDT · by gattaca · 22 replies
    NPR ^ | September 18, 2018 | Joanne Lu
    The United States' commitment to global development does not look good compared with that of other wealthy countries and it's likely to get worse. According to an annual index released Tuesday by the Center for Global Development that ranks 27 of the world's wealthiest countries, the U.S. scored dead last on foreign aid contributions and quality despite being the largest donor in dollar amount. That's because in 2017, it allocated a mere 0.18 percent of its gross national income for development assistance. That is well short of the 0.7 percent that wealthy countries have committed to strive for...
  • Kim, Moon Start Possibly Most Challenging Korean Summit Yet

    09/17/2018 9:31:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | September 16, 2018 | Eric Talmadge and Hyung-Jin Kim, The Associated Press
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in North Korea on Tuesday for his third and possibly most challenging summit yet with leader Kim Jong Un in which he hopes to break an impasse in talks with the United States over the North's denuclearization and breathe energy into his own efforts to expand and improve relations between the Koreas. In what are by now familiar images of the two Korean leaders hugging and exchanging warm smiles, Kim greeted Moon at Pyongyang's airport. They walked together past cheering crowds and a military honor guard, and then drove...
  • John Kerry On Trump: He Has The Maturity Of An Eight-Year-Old Boy

    09/17/2018 8:55:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/17/2018 | Karen Townsend
    A few new books are coming out as Fall releases and I fully expect headlines like the one above to be frequent as the authors head out on book tours. Case in point: former Secretary of State John Kerry. Both President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded to Kerry’s admission of meeting with leaders of other countries and advising them to wait out Trump’s time in office. Needless to say, they rightfully called out Kerry for unprecedented behavior. So, Kerry has begun to personally attack President Trump in a schoolyard bully type of way.Though it may be...
  • Graham: Trump will consider moving troops out of South Korea if North Korea is 'playing' him

    09/17/2018 11:50:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 16, 2018 | Michael Burke
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday said President Trump previously came close to pulling U.S. troops out of South Korea and added that Trump will reconsider doing so if North Korea is "playing" him. Graham said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that moving troops out of South Korea would signal that the U.S. is "preparing for military conflict." The senator added that the current engagements between the U.S. and North Korea could be "fruitful," but that "we're not out of the woods yet." If [Trump] has to, hell use military force to stop a missile coming to America with a...
  • Why is South Korea so intolerant of its gay community?

    09/17/2018 10:52:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | September 17, 2018 | Crystal Tai and Marie Juhyun Lee
    Last weekend, Incheon, South Koreas second-biggest port city, held its first-ever gay pride parade. Things took a violent turn, however, as more than 1,000 anti-gay protesters, including Christian groups, verbally and physically pushed back the 300 parade participants. The event was expected to last 20 minutes, but took hours due to the conflict. Since 2003, homosexuality has no longer been classified as harmful and obscene in South Korea, but discrimination against the community remains widespread. While the countrys national human rights commission act states that individuals cannot be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation, members of the...
  • North v South: Fascinating images show the contrast between life either side of Korea's borders

    09/17/2018 10:18:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | September 17, 2018 | Chris Pleasance and Agence France Presse
    Korea has been split into North and South since the Soviets and US divided it up after the Second World War South prospered economically under democracy, while the North isolated itself under a communist regime Life on either side of the border is now very different, though some common themes remain between the two Photographer Ed Jones captured this fascinating series showing similarities and differences between them It is more than seven decades since Korea was divided into North and South at the end of the Second World War - and since then life has become...
  • US Accuses Russia of altering North Korea sanctions report

    09/13/2018 7:27:17 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    Fox Newst ^ | 9/13/18 | Edith M. Lederer
    The United States accused Russia on Thursday of pressuring an independent panel of U.N. experts to alter a report on sanctions against North Korea that included alleged sanctions violations "implicating Russian actors." U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley expressed disappointment in the panel monitoring sanctions against North Korea "for caving to Russian pressure and making changes to what should have been an independent report." She called it "a stain" on the experts' important work. Haley said the panel should release the original report, which cited "a massive increase in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products" for North Korea in violation of U.N....
  • Loyalty Funds Required From North Koreans Taking Part in Family Reunions

    09/13/2018 1:12:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Radio Free Asia ^ | September 12, 2018 | Joonho Kim, Rihard Finney and Yonhap News
    North Korean families who met last month with South Korean relatives from whom they had been separated for years were made by authorities in the North to hand over money they had received in the meetings as gifts, North Korean sources say. The money, described by sources as loyalty funds, was given by family members as expressions of gratitude to Pyongyang for allowing the meetings with long-lost relatives to take place, a source in North Hamgyong province, bordering China, told RFAs Korean Service. People who participated in the reunion of separated families at [North Koreas] Mount Kumgang in August have...
  • U.S. identifies some Korean War remains returned by North Korea

    09/12/2018 8:46:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    United Press International ^ | September 11, 2018 | Daniel Uria
    Some of the Korean War remains returned to the United States by North Korea have been identified, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Tuesday. Mattis confirmed two sets of remains out of the 55 boxes sent to the United States following President Donald Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kin Jong Un had been identified and the Department of Defense is working to identify the rest. "It's been good work done, they moved swiftly on a couple where they thought they had a better chance for a number of reasons, where the remains came from, and what background we had,...
  • First two U.S. troops from North Korean remains identified

    09/11/2018 7:43:33 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09 11 02018 | Phil Stewart
    The U.S. military has identified the first two American troops from 55 boxes of human remains from the 1950-53 Korean War that North Korea handed over in July, the agency leading the analysis said on Monday. The identities are expected to be officially announced in the coming days after the troops relatives are informed. SNIP However, the sets of bones from the two soon-to-be-identified troops are far more complete. We noticed ... within a few seconds of opening up the box, and pulling him out, that we think this individual is African American and tall and slender, Byrd said. And...
  • Abe dangles 'financial aid' in return for North Korea concessions

    09/10/2018 6:42:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | September 11, 2018 | Agence France Presse
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday (Sep 10) said he was ready to provide financial aid to Pyongyang on condition that it resolves the issues of its nuclear and missile test and abducted Japanese nationals. "If we resolve as a whole the questions of abductions of Japanese citizens (and) the missile and nuclear problem, we manage to draw a line under the unhappy past and normalise diplomatic relations, then we can provide it (North Korea) with economic aid," Abe said in translated comments to journalists after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in the far eastern city of Vladivostok. Japan,...
  • North Korea's Kim asks Trump for another meeting in new letter

    09/10/2018 3:13:56 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10 Sep 2018 | Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump received a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un asking for a second meeting and the White House is already looking at scheduling one, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Monday. The two leaders have been discussing North Koreas nuclear program since their unprecedented June 12 summit which has been criticized for being short on concrete details about how and whether Kim is willing to give up on a nuclear weapons program that threatens the United States. Trump told reporters on Friday that a personal letter from Kim was on the...
  • Trump Tweets Thank You to Kim Jong Un After North Korean Military Parade

    09/09/2018 5:28:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | September 9, 2018 | Doha Madani
    President Donald Trump sent his thanks to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday after the country made changes to its military parade in Pyongyang. North Korea celebrated its 70-year anniversary on Sunday with a show of its military strength but strayed from the traditional display of the countrys intercontinental missiles. The parade instead featured floats and flowers as Kim chose to focus on building economic power. Trump, who met with Kim for a denuclearization summit in Singapore in June, tweeted his gratitude to the North Korean dictator on Sunday. This is a big and very positive statement from...
  • No long-range missiles, North Korea military parade features floats and flowers

    09/09/2018 8:21:24 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Josh Smith
    PYONGYANG (Reuters) - With no long-range missiles on display, North Korea staged a military parade on Sunday focused on conventional arms, peace and economic development, to mark the 70th anniversary of the countrys founding. Line upon line of goose-stepping soldiers and columns of tanks shook the ground before giving way to chanting crowds waving flags and flowers as they passed a review stand where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sat with a special envoy from China, as well as other visiting foreigners. Kim told the envoy, Chinese parliament chief Li Zhanshu, that North Korea was focusing on economic development...