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  • France warns North Korea could nuke US, Europe 'within months'

    09/01/2017 4:11:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 1 September 2017 12:35 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    France’s foreign minister warned Friday that North Korea could have the capacity to deliver a nuclear strike on the United States and even Europe “within months”. Jean-Yves Le Drian called the situation following a string of missile tests by Pyongyang “extremely serious” and urged the reclusive state to turn to dialogue to ease spiralling tensions. “We see a North Korea whose objective is to have missiles capable of transporting a nuclear weapon tomorrow,” Le Drian told RTL radio. “In a few months, that will be a reality. At that moment, when it has the capability to hit the US, even...
  • Huawei finance boss Meng Wanzhou charged by US 'had seven passports'

    12/09/2018 1:18:48 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 34 replies
    Sky News ^ | 12-8-18 | na
    US prosecutors have charged Huawei's chief financial officer with fraud, saying she had used at least seven passports in 11 years. - ...she was charged with conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions between 2009 and 2014. It is alleged she used Hong Kong company Skycom to access the Iranian market in deals that violated US sanctions. She allegedly assured US banks that Huawei and Skycom were different companies but prosecutors say they were one and the same. - Mr Gibb-Carsley said she had been aware of the US investigation and had avoided entering the country since March 2017, despite the...
  • Trump has accomplished more than Clinton, Bush, and Obama combined - this is just the beginning

    06/13/2018 10:02:34 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 13,2018 | Newt Gingrich
    In fact, my own conversion to Trump as a very real contender only occurred after his July 11, 2015 rally in Phoenix, which led my former colleague, Vince Haley, to come in the office and say: “You had better watch what Trump is doing because his Phoenix rally was emotionally powerful when he turned the microphone over to the father whose child had been killed by an illegal immigrant.” Still, all the elites fervently believed Trump had lost the debate. The gap between the American people and the elites had never been clearer. Two years ago, in June 2016, all...
  • Newt Gingrich: Trump has accomplished more than Clinton, Bush, and Obama combined - this is just...

    06/12/2018 3:59:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 12, 2018 | Newt Gingrich
    Full title: Newt Gingrich: Trump has accomplished more than Clinton, Bush, and Obama combined - this is just the beginningWith his historic summit Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Trump has once again done something astounding and unpredictable. Yet, the surprise over the sudden summit should not have come as a surprise at all. By now we should be used to President Trump surprising us. Consider his record over the last four years. Four years ago, in June 2014, almost no one would have dreamed Donald J. Trump would be a serious candidate for president. Then, nearly...
  • Expect Trump to double down on the trade war with China (Short video, and article from Asia Times)

    11/24/2018 4:00:34 PM PST · by cba123 · 24 replies
    Asia Times ^ | November 20, 2018 and November 23, 2018 | William Pesek
    There are two links for this story. I started linking to the short video which I originally watched. It is from Asia Times. Basically it is almost an advertisement for the article. Runs about a minute and a half, although it mentions the major points from the article. Then there is an actual article in the Asia Times. I will also include a link to that article, for those who want to read the full thing.
  • Democrats going nuclear to rein in Trump's arms buildup

    11/24/2018 3:44:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 24, 2018 | Bryan Bender
    Control of the House will give them 'the power of no — the ability to block programs, cut funding, withhold agreement.' Democrats preparing to take over the House are aiming to roll back what they see as President Donald Trump's overly aggressive nuclear strategy. Their goals include eliminating money for Trump’s planned expansion of the U.S. atomic arsenal, including a new long-range ballistic missile and development of a smaller, battlefield nuclear bomb that critics say is more likely than a traditional nuke to be used in combat. They also want to stymie the administration's efforts to unravel arms control pacts...
  • U.S., Allies Fear Conflict With China Following Maritime Changes (link from Drudgereport)

    11/22/2018 5:01:19 AM PST · by cba123 · 6 replies
    US News ^ | November 21, 2018 | Paul D. Shinkman, Senior National Security Writer
    A LITTLE NOTICED organizational change in China's maritime patrols is causing increasing anxiety among Western military officials and their allies in the region, who fear Beijing is seeking new leverage to advance its goals and raising the likelihood that an accidental encounter could escalate into conflict. The U.S. confirmed earlier this year that China has reorganized its coast guard to serve as a military branch rather than answer to law enforcement authorities. Militarizing the formerly civilian organization provides China with the firepower to harass and intimidate vessels from other countries who dispute China's claims to waterways. The change, which Beijing...
  • Inside China’s ‘tantrum diplomacy’ at APEC

    11/22/2018 6:32:24 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 20, 2018 | Josh Rogin
    PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA — For the first time in its 20-year history, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit ended in disarray Sunday when the 21 member countries could not reach consensus on a joint statement because of objections by one member — China. When the summit failed, to the disgust of the other diplomats, Chinese officials broke out in applause. But that was only the final incident in a week during which China’s official delegation staged a series of aggressive, bullying, paranoid and weird stunts to try to exert dominance and pressure the host nation and everyone else into...
  • Russia Admits That It Can’t Retrofit Aircraft Carrier After Accident

    11/09/2018 8:44:28 AM PST · by Krosan · 51 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | November 09, 2018 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    Following the sinking of one of the world’s largest dry docks on October 29 in a shipyard in the far northwest part of Russia, officials have finally admitted that they are unable to continue work on Russia’s sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, for the time being. While Russia’s shipbuilding industry is reportedly looking into alternatives, no timely and viable solution to continue retrofitting work on the Russian Navy’s flagship has emerged to date. “We have alternatives actually for all the ships except for [the aircraft carrier] Admiral Kuznetsov. Our enterprises are in operation, [including] the Nerpa [Ship Repair Factory],”...
  • Trump’s long list of global trade deals, agreements exited or renegotiated

    11/21/2018 6:10:11 AM PST · by bgill · 2 replies
    kxan ^ | Nov. 21, 2018 | Hasan Duda
    President Donald Trump campaigned on deals. Making deals — like an Israel-Palestine peace accord. And breaking deals — like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Iran Deal, both of which he labeled disasters. Since entering the Oval Office in 2016, Trump — a self-professed negotiator —has delivered on many of his promises to abandon international pacts that previous administrations had authorized. As the United States plans for an early exit from a key, Cold War-era nuclear agreement with Russia, here is a look at some of the landmark international deals, partnerships, and organizations the Trump White House has spurned. The Trans-Pacific...
  • How Hyundai Motor, once a rising star, lost its shine

    11/12/2018 4:27:17 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 69 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 4, 2018 / 5:13 PM | Hyunjoo Jin, Ben Klayman, Yilei Sun
    At a near-empty Hyundai Motor (005380.KS) showroom in the Chinese mega city of Chongqing, the store manager is grumbling about his shortage of customers and a lack of bigger, cheaper SUV models popular in the world’s largest auto market. Even with discounting of as much as 25 percent, his dealership was selling barely a hundred vehicles a month, said the manager surnamed Li. A nearby Nissan (7201.T) dealership was selling about 400 vehicles a month, a store manager there said. “The sales are simply poor,” Li told Reuters. “Look at the Nissan store next door, they have tens of customers...
  • North Korea possibly hiding missile operating bases despite denuclearization pledge, think tank says

    11/12/2018 8:38:40 AM PST · by ETL · 9 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Nov 12, 2018 | Katherine Lam | Fox News
    North Korea is conning the United States, building up secret, smaller missile bases even after publicly touting the dismantling of its main launch site, according to a new review of satellite images by a top think tank. Citing new satellite pictures, the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Beyond Parallel program identified what appears to be missile operating bases that have never been acknowledged by North Korean officials. CSIS' conclusions were not immediately independently confirmed. The report identified about 15 to 20 bases being operated by the Korean People’s Army's Strategic Force, based on information from officials in the government, defense...
  • Trump: Rapid U.S. Turnaround Is ‘All Fragile’; They Must Get Out the Vote to ‘Ensure Victory’

    11/05/2018 2:14:29 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5 Nov 2018 | Michelle Moons
    President Donald Trump urged supporters Monday morning that while there has been a historic turnaround for the United States under his administration, “it’s all fragile,” and they must get people out to vote. Trump supporters from around the country joined the president and top Trump team figures on a “Lead One Vote to Victory Telephone Town Hall” conference call Monday. The president pointed to what he called perhaps the finest economy America has ever seen, posting massive October jobs numbers despite multiple bad hurricanes. “They’re only going to get better,” he said of the economic numbers. “We have a tremendous...
  • Vote against all Republicans. Every single one.

    10/31/2018 5:42:34 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 121 replies
    Vote against all Republicans. Every single one. By Max Boot Columnist October 31 at 3:31 PM “I am sick and tired of this administration. I’m sick and tired of what’s going on. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired, and I hope you are, too.” — Joe Biden I’m sick and tired, too. I’m sick and tired of a president who pretends that a caravan of impoverished refugees is an “invasion” by “unknown Middle Easterners” and “bad thugs” — and whose followers on Fox News pretend the refugees are bringing leprosy and smallpox to the United States. (Smallpox...
  • China Panics over Bolsonaro: ‘Unthinkable’ for Brazil to Align with U.S. and Taiwan

    10/29/2018 5:17:48 PM PDT · by familyop · 39 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | October 29, 2018 | John Hayward
    China’s state-run Global Times panicked over the election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil, penning a Monday editorial sternly lecturing the new Brazilian leader that shifting trade away from China to the United States would be “unthinkable...On the other hand, Reuters found Chinese officials and senior executives eyeing Bolsonaro with “varying degrees of concern,” particularly when he talks about tightening Brasilia’s grip on the supremely valuable niobium industry. Bolsonaro has been critical of China’s efforts to dominate Brazilian mines, but might be obliged to mute his criticism because China has become such an important customer for Brazilian iron and...
  • Nikki Haley hinted to China that ‘unpredictable’ Trump could invade North Korea: Report

    10/17/2018 3:25:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 17, 2018 | Joel Gehrke
    Ambassador Nikki Haley used the threat of a U.S. invasion of North Korea to secure a new round of sanctions against the regime last year, according to a new report. Harper’s Magazine reported that Haley raised the possibility of a U.S. invasion by telling a Chinese diplomat, “My boss is kind of unpredictable, and I don’t know what he’ll do." Haley recalled making those comments during remarks at a small gathering of people at the Council for National Policy, and as part of her effort to discourage China from vetoing additional oil sanctions on North Korea last September, following the...
  • North Korea and South Korea agree to reconnect roads, rail amid U.S. concern over easing sanctions

    10/15/2018 9:05:42 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 14, 2018 | Hyonshee Shin
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea agreed on Monday to begin reconnecting rail and road links, another step in an improving relationship that has raised U.S. concern about the possible undermining of its bid to press the North to give up its nuclear program. The agreement on transport links came during talks in the border village of Panmunjom aimed at following up on the third summit this year between South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, last month. “The South and North reached the agreement after sincerely discussing action plans to develop inter-Korean relations...
  • 'Why aren't they paying?': Trump hits out at South Korea about missile defense system

    10/14/2018 9:50:04 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    CNBC ^ | Oct 2018 | Amanda Macias
    U.S. President Donald Trump criticized Seoul on Tuesday for failing to finance the U.S. deployment of a missile defense system on the Korean Peninsula. Last year, the U.S. deployed two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, launchers to South Korea in response to North Korea's increased missile and nuclear tests. "I said, so let me get this, we have a system that's very expensive and we shoot down rockets that are shot from North Korea to South Korea," Trump said to a crowd in Council Bluffs, Iowa. "Okay, so we're protecting South Korea, right? Why aren't they paying?" Trump...
  • How North Korea could be an economic powerhouse if planners look beyond its natural resources

    10/11/2018 10:13:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | October 12, 2018 | Wonsik Choi and Jonathan Woetzel
    Could the Korean peninsula be the world’s next epicentre of change? Today North Korea has an estimated gross domestic product of US$28 billion, similar in size to Cameroon. And yet, by 2050, it is possible that a more economically integrated Korean peninsula could range in size from US$4 to US$6.4 trillion, with the North accounting for around a quarter of that total. That would put the Korean peninsula, if measured as a single economy, roughly on par with Japan, Germany and the UK – and trailing only China, the US and India. To achieve a prize this size, huge unanswered...
  • Two Koreas, UN Command hold first talks on disarming border

    10/15/2018 11:58:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Eyewitness News ^ | October 16, 2018 | Reuters
    As an initial step, the two Koreas are seeking to pull out 11 guard posts within a 1km radius of the Military Demarcation Line by the end of 2018. North Korea, South Korea and the United Nations Command (UNC) held their first three-way talks on Tuesday to discuss demilitarising the border as the two Koreas push for peace, Seoul’s defence ministry said. The two Koreas agreed during September’s summit in Pyongyang to form a tripartite consultation with the UNC, which overlaps with US forces in the South and overseas affairs in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), to facilitate their plan to...