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  • Kim, Moon Start Possibly Most Challenging Korean Summit Yet

    09/17/2018 9:31:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 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, he’ll 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 · 44 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | September 17, 2018 | Crystal Tai and Marie Juhyun Lee
    Last weekend, Incheon, South Korea’s 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 country’s 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 RFA’s Korean Service. “People who participated in the reunion of separated families at [North Korea’s] 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 Korea’s 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 country’s 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 country’s 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...
  • North Korea holds military parade without ICBMs

    09/09/2018 7:01:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | 6:27 AM ET, Sun September 9, 2018 | Ellana Lee, Tim Schwarz, Will Ripley and Joshua Berlinger,
    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. The celebration saw dozens of military vehicles and goose-stepping soldiers parade past leader Kim Jong Un in the center of the capital, Pyongyang, as cheering crowds watched on. … The parade was split into two sections, civilian and military. The military portion featured thousands of soldiers wearing uniforms from different periods of North Korea's history, dating back from 1948 through to the present day. … Though some of the artillery pieces on display featured anti-American...
  • Book on Trump raises worries in South Korea about alliance (Bob Woodward causes World War III?)

    09/09/2018 1:36:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Idaho Statesman ^ | September 7, 2018 | Kim Tong-Hyung and Hyung-Jin Kim, The Associated Press
    Donald Trump had to be tricked out of killing a U.S.-South Korean trade deal? He threatened to move a U.S. missile defense system from South Korea to Oregon? He ordered a plan for a pre-emptive attack on North Korea? These supposed moves by Trump, detailed in journalist Bob Woodward's new book, will cause bafflement and worry among government officials in Seoul. But, for many South Koreans, they just add more pieces of evidence to an established picture of an erratic U.S. leader who thinks little of an alliance forged in the turmoil of the Korean War and often described here...
  • Flowerboys and the appeal of 'soft masculinity' in South Korea

    09/09/2018 1:12:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    A man wearing make-up on the street may elicit unwelcome glares, questions about his masculinity and even his sexuality. But in South Korea, ideas about how to look good as a man are changing attitudes and influencing the world, as the BBC's Saira Asher reports. When the BBC posted a video about the make-up routine of a 16-year-old YouTuber in Seoul on Facebook, the reactions ranged from intrigued to downright vitriolic. Some assumed this meant he was gay, while others admonished him for his choice saying "real men don't wear make-up". There were, of course, those that argued for his...
  • North Korea and U.S. return to negotiating table over Korean War remains

    09/09/2018 12:35:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 7, 2018 | Simon Denyer
    The United States and North Korea returned to the negotiating table Friday, with generals from the two countries meeting to discuss the possible recovery of more remains from service members killed in the Korean War, an official said. It was the first known direct talks between the two sides since Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to Pyongyang was canceled last month, although President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un exchanged messages this week through South Korean mediation. Friday’s U.S. delegation was led by Maj. Gen. Michael Minihan, chief of staff for the United Nations Command (UNC) and...
  • 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.
  • US oil exports hit new records

    09/07/2018 7:43:49 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 07, 2018 06:29 PM | John Siciliano
    U.S. oil exports reached new soaring heights in the first six months of 2018, with half of all exports going to Europe and Asia and India shoring up the rest, according to new data from the federal government. U.S. crude oil exports saw an 80 percent increase in the first half of 2018 compared to the same period last year, according to the latest data and analysis issued Thursday by the Energy Information Administration. That's an increase of 787,000 barrels per day, to set a new monthly record in June of 2.2 million barrels on average per day. The largest...
  • In India, the Trump administration just scored a 'big win' for US grand strategy.....

    09/06/2018 1:20:57 PM PDT · by caww · 20 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 9/062018 | Tom Rogan
    On Thursday, the Trump administration scored an important win for U.S. grand strategy when they granted India access to advanced U.S. military technologies. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (both were in New Dehli to sign the agreement) recognize that this order faces a profound challenge from China and, to a lesser degree, from Russia. The agreement follows the Trump administration's decision in August to grant India the highest strategic trade authorization level, putting New Delhi on a military technology access par with Australia, South Korea, and Japan. ...it will also improve India's defense capabilities...