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  • This Is CNN? Smerconish Changes Mind on Video Trump Gave to Kim Jong-un

    06/19/2018 2:00:59 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 15 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | June 19, 2018 | P.J. Gladnick
    Remember how many members of the mainstream media derided the video that President Donald Trump gave to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un? They wrote it off as something like a mere elevator pitch video for selling timeshares. Well, that was the first impression of CNN host Michael Smerconish...until he watched it a second time and came to realize that it could be a very effective video. On Saturday he interviewed a former U.S. diplomat and psychiatrist who agreed that it was indeed a very effective video.
  • The Kim Family Business: After Singapore, What’s Next?

    06/19/2018 7:41:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/19/2018 | Jack David
    The regime’s actions over decades show that conquering South Korea has been its No. 1 goal. Let’s hope that has changed. President Trump should be given credit for his ambitious goal for North Korea, whether or not the goal is achieved. Sadly, I expect the administration to fall short of the finish line. Conventional wisdom has it that Kim Jong-un’s objective is the survival of his regime. That’s not so. Since the post–World War II creation of the Democratic Republic of Korea, the Kim family regime has sought one objective: conquest of South Korea by any means to unify the...
  • Americans are satisfied with Trump's North Korea summit

    06/19/2018 6:39:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | June 19, 2018 | Grace Sparks
    One week after the high-profile meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Americans are generally satisfied with what was accomplished in the summit between the leaders, according to a CNN poll conducted by SSRS that was released on Tuesday. Just over half -- 52% -- were satisfied with how the meeting went, with 36% saying they were dissatisfied. Eighty-five percent of Republicans were happy after the summit, with 52% of independents, and 28% of Democrats saying the same. Over a third say the outcome of the summit was a major achievement for the US, with...
  • 15 surprising ways North Korea could become rich

    06/18/2018 6:27:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    love money ^ | June 18, 2018
    Hard-up North Korea has so much to gain from denuclearising and becoming part of the civilised world. The hermit kingdom was actually wealthier than the now-affluent South before the Korean War, and is blessed with everything from abundant mineral resources and oil reserves to fertile agricultural land and stunning tourist-friendly beaches, as noted by President Trump. With this in mind, here are 15 industries that could make North Korea very rich indeed. Tourism During their historic summit in Singapore this month, President Trump showed Kim Jong-un a video extolling the virtues of tourism. “They have great beaches,” President Trump told...
  • North Korea reportedly offered to abandon a key weapon — and it has nothing to do with nukes

    06/18/2018 4:55:19 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 18 Jun 2018 | Alex Lockie
    North Korean diplomats talking to South Korean officials in the demilitarized border zone between the two countries reportedly offered to remove the North's long-range artillery guns, which have been a dagger pointed at Seoul's throat for decades. Before North Korea tested its first nuclear weapon, before it even built its first facility to create fissile material, its artillery had established a strong deterrent against South Korea and the US. North Korea is estimated to have thousands of massive artillery guns hidden in hardened shelters among the hills and mountains of the country's rugged terrain. Artillery batteries located within range of...
  • N.Korea Offers to Remove Long-Range Artillery from Frontline

    06/18/2018 3:01:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | June 18, 2018 | Lee Yong-soo
    North Korean delegates at cross-border military talks in the truce village of Panmunjom last Thursday offered to move their long-range artillery pieces from the military demarcation line to rear areas, a source said Sunday. The Defense Ministry denied it, but the source said, "The North Korean delegates brought it up first as a matter of principle." This would go a long way toward reducing military tensions. It is not known why the North made the offer or what it expects in return. The North has deployed about 1,000 artillery guns near the MDL. Some 330 are trained on the Seoul...
  • Defense Secretary Mattis Weighs in on North Korea Summit, China, and Russia

    06/18/2018 2:37:42 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Inside Defense ^ | June 15, 2018 | Tony Bertuca
    On North Korea: There is now a "new avenue to peace" with North Korea after President Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un, but the United States must remain "vigilant" in blocking Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons. "President Trump's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un proves the past does not have to define the future." On China: China appears to be modeling its global ambitions after the Ming Dynasty, "demanding other nations become tribute states kowtowing to Beijing." China is "attempting to replicate on the international stage their authoritarian domestic model," militarizing the South China Sea and using...
  • Russia, South Korea Revive Talks To Build Gas Pipeline Via North Korea

    06/17/2018 10:41:10 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies ^ | June 2018 | Tsvetana Paraskova
    Russian gas giant Gazprom has resumed talks with South Korea over a decade-old idea to build a gas pipeline from Russia’s Far East to South Korea through North Korea, Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of Gazprom’s Management Committee, said on Friday. “To date, the political situation has been somewhat different, and the South Korean side has asked Gazprom to resume the project, and a series of talks has been held on this issue, and these talks are continuing." “The ideas behind the pipeline look very difficult to implement, especially given the complex political-military context continuing on the Korean peninsula, and the...
  • Even Trump's opponents need him to succeed in North Korea

    06/17/2018 9:37:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 11, 2018 | Dahleen Glanton
    Walking along Michigan Avenue the other day, my 8-year-old nephew who is visiting from Georgia noticed the shiny glass building towering over the Chicago River. “Look, it says Trump!” he shouted. “What do you know about Trump?” I asked. “Do you like him?” “Yeah,” he answered without hesitation. “He’s our president. He keeps us safe.” Granted, my nephew comes from a small town in a red state that gave Donald Trump 50 percent of the vote against Hillary Clinton’s 45 percent. It is quite possible that he has managed to escape much of the Trump disdain that is displayed so...
  • Pentagon Puts Cyberwarriors on the Offensive, Increasing the Risk of Conflict

    06/17/2018 7:28:56 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    WRAL via Drudge ^ | June 2018 | David E. Sanger
    The Pentagon has quietly empowered the United States Cyber Command to take a far more aggressive approach to defending the nation against cyberattacks, a shift in strategy that could increase the risk of conflict with the foreign states that sponsor malicious hacking groups. The U.S. Cyber Command was created partly in response to a Russian hacking attack that long predated the 2016 election. In the fall of 2008, Russian intelligence agencies penetrated SIPRNet, the Pentagon’s secret internal network; that led to a rush to consolidate several cyberprograms into a command. The Chinese, meanwhile, were stealing weapons designs, including blueprints for...
  • McCain criticizes 'parroting' of North Korean talking points

    06/14/2018 5:58:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    KSWT-TV ^ | June 14, 2018 | Marc Rod, CNN
    Sen. John McCain implicitly criticized President Donald Trump on Thursday for "parroting" North Korean and Chinese rhetoric about US-South Korean joint military exercises following the summit between Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un earlier this week. "Parroting Chinese and North Korean propaganda by saying joint exercises are 'provocative' undermines our security and alliances," the Arizona Republican said in a statement. McCain's statement did not specifically mention Trump in relation to the word "provocative," but Trump had used the words "provocative" and "war games" to describe the joint military exercises at a press conference in Singapore....
  • Trump to Kim: All this I will give you

    06/17/2018 1:42:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Press-Herald ^ | June 17, 2018 | Cynthi Dill
    The four-minute movie trailer was created to show Chairman Kim the power and glory that could be his if he lays down his nukes. President Trump pitched paradise to Kim Jong Un in a four-minute movie trailer made especially for the summit in Singapore last week, complete with cautionary tale, dramatic musical score and a lot left for the imagination. It features the two men and images of glory and strength: the perfect tease for the chubby millennial ruling North Korea known for killing off family members and playing video games. Kim is like Trump. They love screens and they...
  • Koreas to hold 'flurry of talks' over sports, family reunions, railway connections....

    06/17/2018 12:25:41 PM PDT · by caww · 15 replies
    Yon Hap ^ | 6/17/2018 | YonHap
    The two Koreas are set to hold a series of talks on sports, reunions of separated families, railway and road connections and forestry cooperation in the coming weeks, officials said Sunday, a reminder of the ongoing thaw in cross-border ties. On Monday, they will meet at Peace House, a South Korean building in the truce village of Panmunjom, to discuss sports-related issues, such as their teams' joint march at the opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, slated for August. At the talks, they may also discuss other issues, such as forming unified teams for the...
  • S. Korea proposes movement of N.K. long-range artillery away from border: ...

    06/17/2018 12:37:32 PM PDT · by caww · 4 replies
    YonHap ^ | 6/17/2018 | YonHap
    South Korea proposed that North Korea move its long-range artillery away from the heavily fortified border in an effort to reduce tensions during last week's rare cross-border military talks, government sources here said Sunday. "We conveyed our position to the North that in light of consultations between the North and the United States over the denuclearization issue, we have to craft measures to drastically reduce military tensions by removing practical threats,"............. "I understand that (the South) suggested moving the North's artillery that threatens the Seoul metropolitan area to rear areas so as to actively implement the Panmunjom Declaration," the source...
  • Bulk of S. Korean trading firms want to take part in N. Korea projects: ....

    06/17/2018 12:32:54 PM PDT · by caww · 4 replies
    YonHap ^ | 6/17/2018 | YonHap
    The bulk of South Korean trading companies want to take part in North Korean development projects, with many showing an interest in construction, a local poll revealed Sunday. According to a survey carried out by the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) on 1,176 companies, 80 percent said they wished to take part in North Korean ventures once international sanctions are lifted. Expectations are running high that the successful summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last week will lead to Pyongyang's complete denuclearization and the lifting of various restrictions that have blocked all exchange with...
  • Trump punches back at Schumer over North Korea

    06/17/2018 9:30:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Politico ^ | June 17, 2018 | Brent D. Griffiths
    President Donald Trump attacked Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday, saying the New York Democrat was wrong when he criticized the president's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "all hat and no cattle." "Thank you Chuck, but are you sure you got that right? No more nuclear testing or rockets flying all over the place, blew up launch sites," the president wrote on Twitter. "Hostages already back, hero remains coming home & much more!" Schumer, in a speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday, questioned just what the U.S. gained from the summit. “The summit...

    06/17/2018 11:22:15 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 60 replies
    Newsweak ^ | June 15, 2018 | Jason Lemon
    There is no visible indication that North Korea has begun dismantling missile launch sites as reportedly promised, according to satellite imagery shared by 38 North. The program, hosted by the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, analyzed and posted imagery of the known locations of North Korea’s missile launch facilities on Thursday and Friday. According to the analysis, 38 North reported that it could not identify “any activity associated with the dismantlement” at any testing sites. There are six known launch and engine testing facilities as well as two eject test stands scattered throughout North Korea. "Of these...
  • Trampling Out the Vintage Where the Sour Grapes Are Stored

    06/17/2018 8:40:17 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 17, 2018 | Clarice Feldman
    By any reasonable account, the historic meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, resulting in an agreement pledging to work toward a stable and enduring peace (over six decades after the Korean armistice was signed at Panmunjom) was an incredible achievement. In fact, had Obama or Clinton achieved as much, we would expect a ticker-tape parade down Fifth Avenue. North Korea has agreed to completely denuclearize and has begun the process, according to reports of satellite imagery , and has agreed to return the remains of U.S. military who perished in North Korea. China, long rightfully considered the muscle behind...
  • 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...