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  • New Zimbabwe Documentary on Massacres Takes Aim at President

    10/23/2018 3:47:58 AM PDT · by piasa · 3 replies
    AP via WRAL.com ^ | October 19, 2018 | FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press
    HARARE, Zimbabwe — A new documentary on massacres by Zimbabwe's military … The screening in the capital, Harare, would have been almost impossible under former leader Robert Mugabe, who led the country for 37 years and resigned following military intervention in November. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a longtime Mugabe loyalist and enforcer who succeeded him, has tolerated documentaries and plays critical of the government amid promises of a "flowering of democracy." But none has taken such direct aim at Mnangagwa as the new documentary on the army operation he supported as state security minister between 1983 and 1987. "Gukurahundi genocide: 36...
  • Peace pups: North Korea gives two dogs to South Korea

    09/30/2018 9:01:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | James Griffiths,
    Last week Pyongyang sent two rare Pungsans, Korean hunting dogs, to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, as a token of the growing friendship between the two countries. Named Songgang and Gomi, the dogs were transferred via the truce village at Panmunjom on the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the Koreas on September 27, along with three kilos (6.6 lb) of food to help them adapt to their new home. According to the Blue House, Kim and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, suggested the gift to Moon at a dinner in Pyongyang during the South Korean leader's historic trip to North Korea...
  • 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...
  • North Korea holds military parade without ICBMs

    09/08/2018 11:12:22 PM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept. 9, 2018 | Ellana Lee, Tim Schwarz, Will Ripley and Joshua Berlinger
    North Korea held a military parade Sunday to mark the 70th anniversary of the country's founding, but held back on showcasing its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), believed to be capable of targeting the United States. The parade, which was considerably understated compared to previous years, comes against a background of stalled diplomatic talks with the US over the issue of denuclearization. Experts speculated before the event that North Korea may choose not to display the country's more advanced weaponry to avoid antagonizing US President Donald Trump.
  • North Korea Stalemate Threatens Nuclear Disarmament Deal

    09/03/2018 6:02:55 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3 September 2018 | Jonathan Cheng, Andrew Jeong
    With no clear timeline established, each side blames the other for foot-dragging on their commitments SEOUL—Nearly three months after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shook hands with President Trump and agreed to pursue denuclearization and a reset in relations, the two sides have reached an impasse over who should make the next concession in talks aimed at implementing their accord. The standoff threatens to derail a delicate detente with Pyongyang, following weeks of negotiations in which both sides say they have given ground but which so far haven’t produced a clear agreement on disarmament steps or moves toward a...
  • N Korea is derailing peace talks with a letter that threatens more missile tests and...

    08/29/2018 1:15:19 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 34 replies
    UK Business Insider ^ | 29 August 2018 | Ryan Pickrell
    North Korea warned the US in a recent letter that talks are "again at stake and may fall apart," adding that it may resume "nuclear and missile activities" if its demands are not met. President Donald Trump unexpectedly canceled what was expected to be Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's fourth trip to Pyongyang last Friday due to insufficient progress on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The decision was preceded by a "belligerent" letter that criticized his administration for failing "to meet (North Korean) expectations in terms of taking a step forward to sign a peace treaty," CNN reported Tuesday,...
  • Trump calls off Pompeo’s planned trip to North Korea

    08/24/2018 8:58:12 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 29 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 25 August 2018 | Irish Times
    US president Donald Trump said on Friday he had cancelled secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s planned trip to North Korea because “we are not making sufficient progress” toward the goal of denuclearising the Korean peninsula. Mr Trump said in a message on Twitter that Mr Pompeo’s visit, which was set for next week, now would likely not take place until after Washington has resolved its trade dispute with China. Mr Trump said China was no longer helping on the North Korea issue. It was a dramatic shift of tone for Mr Trump, who had previously hailed his June summit with...
  • No indication North Korea nuclear activities stopped: UN's IAEA

    08/21/2018 5:27:45 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 22 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 21 August 2018 | Channel News Asia
    VIENNA: The UN's nuclear watchdog said it had not seen any indication that nuclear activities in North Korea have stopped despite its pledges to denuclearise. "The continuation and further development of the DPRK's nuclear programme and related statements by the DPRK are a cause for grave concern," said a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), referring to North Korea's official name. The report, published late Monday (Aug 20), by the director general of Yukiya Amano is to be submitted to an IAEA board meeting in September. In 2009 Pyongyang expelled IAEA inspectors from its Yongbyon nuclear site and...
  • Harry Kazianis: Is North Korea breaking its word to Trump?

    08/15/2018 6:20:02 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 10 replies
    FOX News ^ | 14 August 2018 | Harry Kazianis (Heritage Foundation via FOX NEWS)
    Recent comments by North Korea’s foreign minister could signal that dictator Kim Jong Un may break his vague pledge to President Trump to dismantle the North’s nuclear weapons and missile programs. Since Kim, his father and grandfather who ruled before him all have a well-documented history of lying about North Korea’s military aims when it suits their interests, it should not come as a shock that Kim is continuing the proud family tradition. If so, Northeast Asia could very well be headed right back to the brink of war, with few options left to avoid what could be a dangerous...
  • North Korea has not stopped nuclear, missile programme, says confidential UN report

    08/04/2018 5:06:52 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 19 replies
    The Singapore Straits Times ^ | 4 August 2018 | Singapore Straits Times via Reuters
    <p>North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programmes in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a confidential UN report seen by Reuters on Friday (Aug 3).</p> <p>The six-month report by independent experts monitoring the implementation of UN sanctions was submitted to the Security Council North Korea sanctions committee late on Friday.</p>
  • U.S. spy agencies: North Korea is working on new missiles

    07/30/2018 8:50:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    Wshington Post via MSN ^ | 07/30/2018 | Ellen Nakashima, Joby Warrick
    Newly obtained evidence, including satellite photos taken in recent weeks, indicates that work is underway on at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at a large research facility in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of Pyongyang, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe classified intelligence. The findings are the latest to show ongoing activity inside North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities at a time when the country’s leaders are engaged in arms talks with the United States. The new intelligence does not suggest an expansion of North Korea’s capabilities but shows that work on...
  • Forgotten Killer Among the Korean ‘Erased’

    07/15/2018 12:23:53 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | NOV. 23, 2013 | CHOE SANG-HUN
    SEOUL, South Korea — He was one of North Korea’s deadliest secret agents. On Oct. 9, 1983, Kang Min-chul and two other North Korean agents bombed the Martyrs’ Museum in Rangoon, Burma, in a plot to kill the South Korean president, who was to have laid a wreath there. The bomb missed its mark — the president’s car had been delayed — but 17 South Koreans, including four cabinet ministers, were killed. For his deed, Mr. Kang was consigned to oblivion. North Korea denied any connection with the attack. In South Korea, where the bombing was declared a North Korean...
  • North Korea Stood Up The US For A Meeting On Recovering POW/MIA Remains

    07/12/2018 9:34:25 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 36 replies
    Task and Purposer ^ | Jared Keller
    U.S. military officials were left in the lurch last Thursday when North Korean representatives simply failed to show up for a meeting on recovering and repatriating the remains of the U.S. troops killed during the Korean War, the Washington Post reports. According to the Post, officials from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and representatives from United Nations Command were left waiting in the Joint Security Area of the Korean Peninsula’s demilitarized zone on July 12, although it is unclear why the North Korean counterparts failed to attend. “We were ready,” according to one anonymous official who spoke to the Post....
  • Concern mounts over delayed repatriation of US war remains (N. Korea)

    07/11/2018 4:44:23 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 17 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | 12 July 2018 | Yeo Jun Suk
    With North Korean and US delegates scheduled to meet Thursday to negotiate the return of US war remains from the Korean War, the focus is now on whether the two sides can make progress on the issue. During their first summit last month in Singapore, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump committed to recovering US war remains, including the “immediate repatriation of those already identified.” North Korea holds about 200 sets of remains from among the some 5,300 US military personnel believed still lost in the country, according to Department of Defense estimates. There has been...
  • N. Korea Says Denuclearization Talks With Pompeo "Regrettable" (Calls USA "Gangster-Like")

    07/07/2018 8:27:17 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 66 replies
    FOX News Politics ^ | 7 July 2018 | Adam Shaw, FOX News
    North Korea on Saturday accused the U.S. of undermining the spirit of last month’s summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un after what it says were “regrettable” talks with a delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. A statement by the North Korean Foreign Ministry, accusing the U.S. of trying to unilaterally pressure the country into abandoning its nuclear weapons, came shortly after Pompeo’s delegation left the country. "We had expected that the U.S. side would offer constructive measures that would help build trust based on the spirit of the leaders' summit ... we were also thinking about...
  • Inside Donald Trump’s mind: His scheming and the things we don’t usually see

    07/03/2018 10:14:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | July 4, 2018 | Andrew Koubaridis
    A SENIOR Republican figure has given an extraordinary insight into the complicated mind of Donald Trump and his daily battles with the media and detractors — as well as the clever way he is playing them to his advantage. Dr Jan Halper-Hayes, a former Vice President of Republicans Overseas, and a member of Mr Trump’s transition team, believes people weren’t “connecting the dots” around his presidency. “First you have to listen to him. People take him literally and then they pounce on the moment [of controversy] … But Mr Trump is consistently inconsistent and predictably unpredictable and he told us,...
  • N Korea Has Continued Ballistic Missile Launcher Production in 2018, Per US Intelligence (Air Force)

    07/02/2018 12:31:55 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 56 replies
    North Korea has continued to produce support equipment and launchers for one of its newer ballistic missiles through the first half of 2018, according to a recent U.S. military intelligence assessment described to The Diplomat by U.S. government officials. According to a recent assessment released by the U.S. National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), which analyzes intelligence regarding ballistic missile threats for the U.S. Air Force, North Korea has continued to produce vehicles and support equipment for its Pukguksong-2/KN15 medium-range ballistic missile in 2018. While production of launch vehicles—known as transporter-erector-launchers, or TELs—and support equipment has continued through the...
  • N. Korea aims to hide key parts of nuclear program: reports

    07/01/2018 6:03:59 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 55 replies
    The Korea Herald (Seoul, South Korea) ^ | 1 July 2018 | Jung Min-Kyung, Staff Writer Korea Herald
    Even as North Korea engages in diplomacy with the US for denuclearization, US intelligence officials have spotted evidence that points to the communist nation’s unwillingness to fully dismantle its nuclear program while concealing key parts, the Washington Post said Sunday. The assessment contradicts US President Donald Trump’s remarks that “there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea,” following a landmark summit with the North’s leader Kim Jong-un on June 12 in Singapore. The evidence collected aims to deceive the United States about the number of nuclear warheads in North Korea’s arsenal as well as the existence of undisclosed...
  • Chicago soldier killed in Korea finally being laid to rest

    06/17/2018 8:09:54 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    AP via The Times of India ^ | Jun 17, 2018, 20:30 IST
    CHICAGO: Not long after her father went missing during the Korean War, Carol Elkin spotted then-Gen. Dwight Eisenhower in downtown Chicago and did what any kid might do when coming face to face with the nation's most famous soldier: She asked him to bring her dad home. On Tuesday, the now 76-year-old Elkin will be at Arlington National Cemetery to bury the remains of Army Maj. Stephen Uurtamo, nearly seven decades after he was taken prisoner by the Chinese and died.
  • North Korean media underscore 'mutual respect' in international relations

    06/17/2018 12:46:56 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Korea Times ^ | Sun, June 17, 2018
    North Korea's state media on Sunday stressed principles of mutual respect and sovereignty in international relations, following its agreement with the United States last week to build "new" ties. The Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, carried an editorial in which it said that "unilateral demands" based on military and economic superiority undermine the sound development of international relations, without specifically mentioning the U.S. "All countries and ethnic groups should develop their friendly, cooperative ties based on the principle of mutual respect, and they must not infringe on others' sovereignty. ... The relations among the countries...