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  • 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...
  • Meet the Navy’s new ‘mothership’ that fights with unmanned drones and vessels (Singapore)

    07/06/2018 8:38:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Channel NewsAsia ^ | 06 Jul 2018 | Aqil Haziq Mahmud
    The multi-role combat vessel will act as a "mothership" for unmanned systems. (Illustration: Rafa Estrada) SINGAPORE: Not long ago, a warship’s superiority was defined by how powerful the guns on its deck were. Then, as weapons evolved, how far its missiles could go. Now, with wars increasingly being fought hundreds of kilometres apart, it has become a case of spotting the enemy before it spots you. “We are reaching a stage where who sees first, who sees fastest, actually wins,” Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) head of naval operations Cheong Kwok Chien told Channel NewsAsia in an exclusive interview on...
  • ICA busts large syndicate that arranged sham marriages with Vietnamese women (Singapore)

    07/05/2018 10:22:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | June 19, 2018 | Jalelah Abu Baker
    A single tip-off on a sham marriage in March last year led officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) to uncover one of the largest sham marriage syndicates to date. In all, 17 syndicate members were identified between March and July last year, ICA said during a media briefing at its headquarters on Tuesday (Jun 19). A sham marriage, or marriage of convenience, is a ruse to help foreigners enter Singapore or extend their stay here. The act was criminalised in 2012. Of the 17 syndicate members, 12 have been convicted, two left Singapore before investigation started, one was...
  • SAF acquires new fighting machines to do more with less ... (Singapore)

    07/02/2018 7:19:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Channel NewsAsia ^ | 30 June, 2018 | Aqil Haziq Mahmud
    SINGAPORE: The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is overhauling its arsenal, adding new warplanes, submarines and warships as it gears up for a future with fewer soldiers. High on the agenda is the replacement for the ageing F-16 fighter jets, with Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen saying on Friday (Jun 29) that a decision will be made in the coming months. “F-16s would face obsolescence beyond 2030,” Dr Ng said of the 30-year-old jets. “To plan for a replacement is not as if you are going to buy a new car, you actually need a lead time of eight to 10...
  • 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...
  • SAF achieved 'A-grade' in ensuring security of Trump-Kim summit: Ng Eng Hen

    06/30/2018 8:11:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 30, 2018 | Wong Casandra
    The recent Trump-Kim summit was an “invaluable opportunity” to show that Singapore is on the right track in building the capabilities of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) to respond to present-day security needs, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen. Amid the prevailing and multi-faceted threats of terrorism, the different security agencies performed credibly in ensuring the success of the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on 12 June, said Dr Ng, who was speaking to reporters on Friday (29 June) ahead of SAF Day on Sunday. Calling the summit a rare opportunity in...
  • Singapore spent USD 12 million on United States-North Korea summit (Paid for the North Koreans)

    06/24/2018 12:37:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Times Now News ^ | June 25, 2018 | Agence France Presse
    The meeting was the culmination of a rapid detente between Pyongyang and Washington and saw Kim commit to working towards denuclearisation, although critics noted the summit agreement was vague and non-binding. Singapore said on Sunday it spent 16.3 million Singapore dollars (USD 12 million) on the historic US-North Korea summit, adding it was less than initially anticipated after some in the city-state complained about the high cost. US President Donald Trump and the North's leader Kim Jong Un met in Singapore on June 12 for talks aimed at ending a tense nuclear standoff. The meeting was the culmination of a...
  • Examining the Singapore Summit Logically

    06/21/2018 7:54:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    American Thinker ^ | 06/21/2018 | Apollo Villalobos
    President Trump realized long ago that our so-called “alliances” are nothing of the sort, in so far as they have been one-way “alliances” for over half a century. They have always been one-sided. Japan and South Korea have contributed nothing whenever America needed help elsewhere. As for the NATO countries, long ago they pledged that, upon a Russian invasion, they would defend Europe to the last American. As for their contribution in Afghanistan, it can be likened to their contributing a truck with the transmission shot. Worse, America has carried most of the financial burden of defending these “allies.” In...
  • China calls on US, North Korea to implement Singapore agreements

    06/19/2018 7:42:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The National ^ | June 19, 2018 | The Associated Press
    Chinese President Xi Jinping told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday he hopes Pyongyang and Washington can fully implement the outcome of last week's nuclear summit at which Kim pledged to work toward denuclearization in exchange for US security guarantees. State broadcaster CCTV said Mr Xi told Mr Kim that through the "concerted efforts of the relevant countries" negotiations regarding issues on the Korean Peninsula are back on track and the overall situation is moving in the direction of peace and stability. The summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore marked an "important step toward...
  • For South Koreans, Singapore summit was far from a failure

    06/18/2018 8:25:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    WENY-TV ^ | June 18, 2018 | Nic Robertson, CNN international diplomatic editor
    We've made much of what President Donald Trump failed to get from Kim Jong Un in Singapore. Those failures would include steps toward verifiable irreversible denuclearization -- and a guarantee of an end to human rights abuses. Those are just a couple of the major issues. Then there's what he gave away: A sloppy salute and the upper hand in what should have been the toughest negotiation of his life. Negotiations held with an insecure hermit dictator who was said by South Korean intelligence sources to have ordered the murder of his half brother. In South Korea, however, the prism...
  • 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...
  • No sanctions relief for North Korea until 'complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization'...

    06/13/2018 8:48:50 PM PDT · by caww · 15 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 6/13/2018 | Christian Datoc
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a press conference with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts Thursday morning in Singapore to elaborate on the post Trump-Kim summit strategy for denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. Pompeo called the Singapore meetings between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un an enormous opportunity and turning point for advancing North Korea's relations with the U.S., its neighbors in Asia, and the rest of the global community. Pompeo reiterated that both leaders are committed to complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization before adding that the process would involve considerable coordination with Japan and South Korea.
  • Schumer Mangles Texas Saying, Unintentionally Praises Trump for Singapore Summit

    06/14/2018 2:15:08 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 93 replies ^ | 6/13/18 | >Michael Patrick Leahy
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) mangled a famous Texas saying while delivering a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday so badly that he unintentionally praised President Donald Trump for the outcome of the Singapore Summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. For generations, Texans have referred to a person who talks big but is unable to deliver as someone who is “all hat and no cattle.” New York’s left-wing “urban cowboy” reversed the words when he attempted to deliver what he intended to be a stinging rebuke of Trump’s historic accomplishments in Singapore on Tuesday. “This summit was much...
  • Pompeo insists North Korea agreement 'encompasses' verifiable, irreversible denuclearization

    06/13/2018 11:05:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 13, 2018 | Sarah Kolinovsky
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is defending the agreement signed by President Trump and Kim Jong Un at the Singapore summit, insisting it “encompasses” ‘verifiable’ and ‘irreversible’ denuclearization, even though the document does not explicitly use those terms. The document calls only for “complete denuclearization,” sparking criticism the agreement was not specific enough to allow oversight of the denuclearization process. “Let me assure you that ‘complete’ encompasses ‘verifiable’ in the minds of everyone concerned,” Pompeo told reporters in Seoul Wednesday. “One can’t completely denuclearize without validating, authenticating – you pick the word. The President is committed to that.” When a...
  • A summit that may pop fear in North Korea

    06/13/2018 10:30:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 12, 2018 | The Christian Science Monitor Editorial Board
    As the world’s most repressive tyranny, the North Korean regime has survived by keeping its people in the dark, dampening their expectations, and instilling a fear of external enemies, especially the United States. Yet that survival strategy was hardly at work during the historic summit in Singapore on Tuesday between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Trump. North Korea’s official media told the nation of 26 million that the talks could bring a “permanent and durable peace mechanism” with the US. TV images showed Mr. Kim touring Singapore, where “every building is stylish,” the streets are clean, and the...
  • Jim Acosta fires back at Trump campaign manager, defends questioning at Singapore summit

    06/13/2018 8:44:51 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2018 | Jessica Chasmar
    Videos at link. CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta defended himself Wednesday amid backlash for shouting questions at President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during their historic summit this week in Singapore. Mr. Acosta, who already has a strained relationship with the Trump White House, was ripped as “annoying” and “attention-seeking” by conservatives after he was heard repeatedly questioning the two leaders as they signed a joint agreement to broker peace on the Korean peninsula. Brad Parscale, Mr. Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, renewed his call for Mr. Acosta’s press credentials to be revoked over the exchange.
  • Kim Jong Un invites Donald Trump to second summit in North Korea in July: Report

    06/12/2018 11:57:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    After their summit in Singapore, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and United States President Donald Trump could meet again as soon as July, this time in Pyongyang. According to South Korean daily Joongang Ilbo, citing a source in Singapore, Mr Kim has invited Mr Trump to North Korea to hold a second summit in July. The invitation was in a letter written by Mr Kim to Mr Trump and hand delivered by Mr Kim's right-hand man, General Kim Yong Chol, to the White House on June 1. While Mr Trump has not revealed what was written in the letter,...
  • Sen. Schumer rips President Trump over summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

    06/12/2018 10:25:15 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 112 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 06/12/2018 | DENIS SLATTERY
    Sen. Chuck Schumer dismissed President Trump’s sitdown with North Korea's Kim Jong Un as nothing more than “a reality show summit.” Schumer, speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, said Trump has already given up American leverage on North Korea. Schumer said if Pyongyang doesn't give up its nuclear weapons, the "meeting alone will be a victory for North Korea and a defeat for the U.S." Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) said he was similarly surprised on Tuesday, telling reporters he is “very troubled” by the stalling of military exercises in the region. “I was surprised, frankly, because the President had said...
  • Kim Jong-un flies home to sell the deal to the North Korean ruling elite

    06/12/2018 9:04:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/12/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    It looks as though President Trump won over Kim Jong-un in Singapore, but now Kim has to sell the deal to the Pyongyang power elite. The stick of a threat of “fire and fury” (meaning the military destruction of the regime) and the carrot of wealth – like that of glittering Singapore, where Kim took the opportunity for sightseeing, including a lavish casino run the Sheldon Adelson’s Sands corporation -- certainly worked on the dictator. At his press conference, President Trump mentioned that he had shown a video to Kim illustrating the wealth that could lie ahead for Kim and...