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  • North Korea Ups Pressure on US to Resume Talks by Year’s End

    11/02/2019 11:24:03 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 33 replies
    VOA News ^ | 2 November 2019 | VOA
    “North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in April said he would give the U.S. until the end of the year to become more flexible on nuclear talks. Since then, he's launched 12 missiles to back up that warning, including a launch on Thursday. So far, though, there is no evidence the U.S. is changing its stance, meaning the situation could soon get much more volatile, as VOA’s Bill Gallo reports from Seoul”...(sound file at link)
  • Kim Jong Un is 'fascinated' by Trump, views him as father figure, new book claims

    11/02/2019 6:54:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 2, 2019 | Sam Dorman
    A new book claims to shed light on President Trump's relationship with North Korea and what former President Obama said that Trump could expect when he entered office. Author Doug Wead interviewed Trump on the issue and was able to read some of the personal letters exchanged between the president and his North Korean counterpart, Kim Jong Un. "Kim is fascinated by Donald Trump. He sees him as a unique figure on the stage of world history. And he wants to make history with him," Wead claims in his book "Inside Trump's White House: The Real Story of His Presidency."The...
  • U.S. sends reconnaissance plane to its air base in Japan

    10/30/2019 2:57:18 PM PDT · by cba123 · 3 replies
    Yonhap ^ | 09:34 October 30, 2019
    SEOUL, Oct. 30 (Yonhap) -- The United States deployed an RC-135U reconnaissance plane to one of its air bases in Japan, an aviation tracker said Wednesday, a move seen as aimed at beefing up surveillance of North Korea. One RC-135U Combat Sent arrived at Kadena Air Base in Japan's Okinawa on Tuesday from Offutt Air Force base in Nebraska, Aircraft Spots said in a Twitter post. The U.S. air force is known to operate two RC-135Us, which collect and analyze electronic radar transmissions. The deployment came amid concern the North could conduct additional missile launches. A military source said that...
  • Denuclearization dialogue leads to more North Korean warheads

    10/17/2019 4:13:22 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 12 replies
    The Korea Times (Seoul, South Korea) ^ | By Yi Whan-woo, Kim Yoo-chul
    By Yi Whan-woo, Kim Yoo-chul As nuclear negotiations between North Korea and the United States remain in a stalemate after no "substantial outcome" from their recent encounter in Sweden, the lack of visible progress in the denuclearization dialogue is raising concerns that the North is "buying time" for its military and nuclear advancement. During an Asan Institute for Policy Studies security forum held in Seoul, Tuesday, Bruce Bennett, a senior defense analyst at the Washington-based RAND Corporation, claimed that despite North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's promise to end his nuclear program, Pyongyang has not taken any meaningful measures toward this....
  • North Korea’s New Short-Range Missiles: A Technical Evaluation (Report: 38North)

    10/10/2019 7:47:10 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 4 replies
    38North ^ | 9 October 2019 | MICHAEL ELLEMAN
    CONCLUSION: "Based on North Korea’s experience developing the KN-02 missile, which underwent at least 20 flight tests, it seems likely that each new missile system currently being developed will require a similar number of test launches. However, one cannot dismiss the possibility that leaders in Pyongyang are already satisfied with the test results achieved to date, as it is highly probable that the current KN-23, -24, and -25 missiles are more accurate that their Scud-based counterparts. In this case, the last remaining hurdle would be missile reliability and the proven knowledge that they perform as designed under a variety of...
  • (Japan PM) Abe condemns N. Korean missile launches (“UN resolutions violation”)

    10/01/2019 8:50:41 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 13 replies
    NHK National News Tokyo ^ | 2 October 2019 | NHK National News Tokyo
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan firmly protests North Korea's ballistic missile launches. Abe told reporters on Wednesday morning that North Korea had fired two ballistic missiles earlier in the day. He said Japan firmly protests and condemns the launches, which violate UN Security Council resolutions. Abe said the government will work with the United States and the international community under heightened security to ensure the safety of the Japanese people. After Abe spoke to reporters, the government convened a meeting of the National Security Council, attended by Abe, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, and Defense Minister Taro Kono. They are...
  • N Korea fires (Update: SLBM!) off eastern coast; one falls in Japan's exclusive economic zone

    10/01/2019 7:03:00 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 51 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 2 October 2019 | Tong Hyong-Kim
    SEOUL, South Korea North Korea fired projectiles (Update: Apparently SLBM launch out of Wonsan) toward its eastern sea (Sea of Japan Wednesday) , South Korea's military and Japan's government said, in an apparent display of its expanding military capabilities ahead of planned nuclear negotiations with the United States this weekend. .... excerpt
  • Bolton Warns Trump: North Korea ‘Will Never Give Up’ Nukes

    09/30/2019 3:31:56 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 76 replies
    Breaking Defense (News) ^ | 30 September 2019 | Colin Clark
    WASHINGTON: Ousted National Security Advisor John Bolton said Kim Jong Un “will never give up” nuclear weapons voluntarily — an implicit warning to his former boss. Bolton was restating a consensus view of the Intelligence Community, one that runs counter to President Trump’s faith that the North Korean dynast can be wheedled and cajoled. Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies today, Bolton attracted a forest of TV cameras hoping for some fireworks. They probably thought they were getting something hot when Bolton made his comment about North Korea but, as Breaking D readers know, the Intelligence Community’s...
  • Images suggest N.Korea building ballistic subs

    09/19/2019 10:14:20 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 29 replies
    NHK - TV Japanese national TV network ^ | NHK - TV Japanese national TV network
    US researchers say satellite images suggest North Korea may be preparing to deploy a ballistic missile-capable submarine. Researchers at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and satellite operator Planet Labs have told NHK that they have analyzed images of a shipyard in the eastern port city of Sinpo. On September 3 at least 13 pillar-like objects could be seen along a quay, with some vehicles moving around. Images taken on September 12 show the construction of a large structure straddling the quay and the water. The most recent images from Thursday, show the structure covering almost the entire quay. The...
  • Photos show North Korea may be building submarine capable of launching nuclear missile, report says

    08/27/2019 10:34:43 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | Fox News
    New photos taken of a North Korean shipyard suggest the country could be building a submarine that could potentially be capable of launching a nuclear missile, a report early Tuesday said. The photos show vessels and cranes that could be used to haul a missile out to sea for launch, according to experts at a Washington-based think tank, NBC News reported. The satellite photos seem to confirm North Korean state media reports from July about a newly built submarine. “There is no conclusive evidence at the moment that this is a near-term certainty,” an expert said of a possible missile test. Once a...
  • Why doesn't Trump stop courting Kim Jong-un despite repeated missile tests? (Korea Times)

    08/24/2019 5:15:52 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 38 replies
    The Korea TImes (Seoul, SOUTH KOREA) ^ | 24 August 2019 | The Korea Times (South Korea)
    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday the United States has a really good relationship with North Korea and that the country's leader, Kim Jong-un, has been "pretty straight" with him. "Kim Jong-un has been ... pretty straight with me," Trump told reporters at the White House after North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast, according to the South Korean military. (Reuters) Earlier North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast Saturday in the seventh weapons launch in a month, South Korea's military said, a...
  • Trump: Kim wants to meet again, apologized for missile tests

    08/10/2019 12:18:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    WHAM-TV ^ | August 10, 2019 | Jill Colvin, The Associated Press
    BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that North Korea's Kim Jong Un wants to meet once again to "start negotiations" after joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises end. He also said Kim apologized for the flurry of recent short-range missile tests that has rattled U.S. allies in the region. Trump is tweeting more details from the "beautiful" three-page letter he told reporters on Friday that he'd received from Kim. Trump, who is on vacation at his golf club in New Jersey, said Kim spent much of his letter complaining about "the ridiculous and expensive exercises," which North...
  • North Korean leader says missile launches were 'warning' against allies' joint exercise

    08/07/2019 12:03:49 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 17 replies
    Korea Times (Seoul, South Korea) ^ | 7 August 2019 | Korea Times (via Yonhap News Agency)
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said this week's missile launches were an "adequate warning" against the joint military exercise between South Korea and the United States that kicked off earlier this week, state media reported Wednesday. On Tuesday, North Korea fired two projectiles believed to be short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea, the fourth such launch in less than two weeks. They flew about 450 kilometers across the northern part of the Korean Peninsula, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). "Two tactical guided missiles launched at the operational airfield in the western area of the country flew...
  • Economists use beer as measure to document failures of socialism in new book

    08/04/2019 1:11:46 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/4/19 | Hollie McKay
    With the hot-button word “socialism” sparking intense political debate as Americans brace for the 2020 presidential election, two U.S. economists have completed a global drinking tour – and a book already at the top of Amazon's "beer" category – warning that the socialist lure could lead to a drastic dry-up of the country’s adult beverages. “Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree World,” by Robert Lawson and Benjamin Powell, is billed as a “worldwide tour guide written in plain English” which takes readers on a not-so-luxurious expedition into three countries that have embraced socialism – North Korea,...
  • Anti-Trump Protests Funded By Left-Wing ‘Charity’

    11/12/2016 3:09:44 AM PST · by ColdOne · 30 replies ^ | 11/11/16 | Peter Hasson
    A left-wing charity organization with unknown sources of money is providing the funding for protests around the country — some of which have turned into violent riots — that have threatened a divided nation’s ability to unify after a contentious presidential election. The Progress Unity Fund is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization — the same classification as the Red Cross. The group’s mission is to “provide a progressive alternative to mainstream charities,” according to its IRS filings. The fund provides the financial backing for Act Now To Stop War & End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition, a left-wing activist group that began organizing...
  • (S. Korean) NSC expresses grave concern over N. Korea test

    07/31/2019 4:49:35 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 11 replies
    NSC expresses grave concern over North Korea test By Jung Da-min North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) into the East Sea, Wednesday morning, the latest in a series of missile tests off its eastern coastal area since May. These latest launches came six days after a similar test of two missiles last week. Hours after the missile tests, Cheong Wa Dae convened an emergency National Security Council (NSC), presided over by National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong. "We expressed grave concerns over the firing of the missiles, which could have a negative impact on peace-building efforts," the presidential office...
  • Richardson tries to put probe behind, but feds won't let him

    09/03/2009 11:47:45 AM PDT · by kingattax · 9 replies · 1,248+ views
    Politico ^ | 9/3/09 | KENNETH P. VOGEL
    For New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, last Friday was long in coming — the day a federal prosecutor announced that after nearly a year investigating alleged corruption in the awarding of state contracts, he had wrapped up the case without any indictments. The investigation had cast a cloud over Richardson, scuttling a job in the Obama Cabinet and putting in doubt his political future. But even as Richardson and his allies proclaimed his “vindication” and predicted it would catapult him back onto the national stage, the prosecutor handling the case wouldn’t let the matter fade. U.S. Attorney Greg Fouratt fired...
  • Tucker Carlson and Guest Doctor Analyze 'Obese' Kim Jong Un's Health

    07/03/2019 9:31:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 07/03/2019 | Christina Zhao
    Tucker Carlson discussed Kim Jong Un's health with a medical contributor tonight after the Fox News host — who traveled with President Donald Trump to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) this weekend — noticed that the North Korean leader was "breathing heavily and sweating after walking just a few yards." During a segment on Tucker Carlson Live Monday, the host asked medical contributor, Dr. Marc Siegel, to weigh in on whether Kim's behavior at his meeting with Trump on Sunday "suggest serious health concerns that would affect, in the coming years, international diplomacy." "We noticed at the DMZ meeting, cause...
  • John Bolton struggles to retain his influence with Trump

    07/03/2019 9:26:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    AOL via NBC News ^ | 07/03/2019 | DAN DE LUCE AND CAROL E. LEE
    John Bolton, President Donald Trump's famously hawkish national security adviser, could not have been enthusiastic when his boss crossed into North Korean territory last weekend to make a bit of history with the leader of the Pyongyang regime, Kim Jong Un. For years, Bolton has warned against conciliatory gestures or negotiations with North Korea. Two months before he took his current job, Bolton argued in an op-ed for a preemptive strike on North Korea based on what he called an "imminent" threat. Now Trump's latest diplomatic gambit with North Korea has raised fresh questions about the influence of his national...
  • What's up with Trump tweet of crossing dmz. Only a picture.

    Interesting. Check out his Twitter.