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DPRK “negotiation” with US and China continues – it seems that too many in the Western media have zero comprehension of what is actually happening. Much on the DPRK, especially the status of the test site.
Also much on China’s deployment of air power, including the new J-20, into the First Island Chain TO. China’s new CVA sails, it is a enlarged variant of the Ukrainian Mikolaiv Varyag design.
Interesting reports on India and the peculiar drift of AUS in the direction of Hungary, Poland and other emulators of Russia.
DPRK / PRC / WESTPAC Reports
President Trump warned North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un of a potential regime change Thursday should both nation’s fail to secure a deal on his nuclear weapons program; saying the ‘Libyan model’ would “likely take place” if peace talks fail. The President was speaking with reporters at the White House when he was asked if he planned on using the ‘Libyan model’ to disarm North Korea; saying that’s not the current approach but could occur should negotiations collapse.
The president contradicts remarks by top aide John Bolton that had alarmed the North Korean leader.
Donald Trump has warned Kim Jong-un that North Korea will be “decimated” if it does not agree a nuclear deal, and that Mr. Kim himself will be treated in the same manner as slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. A statement published by the state-run Korea Central News Agency, said North Korea would never accept economic assistance from the U.S. in exchange for unilaterally abandoning its nuclear program.
Donald Trump has warned Kim Jong-un that North Korea will be “decimated” if it does not agree a nuclear deal, and that Mr Kim himself will be treated in the same manner as slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
“The best thing he could do is make a deal.”
North Korea flipped on the US on Tuesday with a sudden series of statements bashing President Donald Trump’s administration. It came not long after a vaunted peace summit between Kim Jong Un and Trump was announced. The complaints Pyongyang made are in some respects difficult to take seriously – and may not be the real reason they’re complaining. Recent reports say that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked North Korea to send some of its nuclear weapons overseas for dismantlement. That would be a much large step toward disarming than Pyongyang has taken before. If the US insisted on that demand, it would either prove that Kim Jong Un is sincere – or call his bluff. If North Korea never wanted to actually denuclearize, and has only been playing along to gain international support, then this has been a big win for Kim.
A partial surrender of nuclear arms and missiles by North Korea could help break a deadlock between Washington and Pyongyang over how to begin the process of denuclearization.
Cool heads needed to avoid previous diplomatic failures to bring peace to the Korean peninsula, says China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi
Call came as President Xi met with delegation from N. Korea’s ruling Worker’s Party, at which he expressed support for the North’s avowed new emphasis on economic development, improving relations with S. Korea
Read North Korea’s response to a US official’s remarks, threatening to pull out of the Trump summit.
North Korea has seemingly paid close attention to what U.S. officials are telling cable news.
Pyongyang’s threat that it is ready to call off the planned meeting between North Korea’s leader and the US president is a reality check for the Trump administration — especially for Mike Pompeo and John Bolton.
North Korea’s chief negotiator called the South Korean government “ignorant and incompetent” on Thursday, denounced U.S.-South Korean air combat drills and threatened to halt all talks with the South unless its demands are met.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea believes North Korea remains committed to improving relations despite strongly criticizing Seoul over ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills and saying it will not return to inter-Korean talks unless its grievances are resolved.
North Korea on Wednesday said it might not attend the June 12 summit between leader Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump
North Korea is citing National Security Adviser John Bolton’s comments about Libya as an excuse for raising the possibility of pulling out of next month’s summit with President Donald Trump, according to author Gordon Chang on Newsmax TV’s Newsmax Now on Wednesday.
North Korea’s reaction to John Bolton’s talk of the “Libya model” of denuclearization is a sign Pyongyang may be trying to sideline Trump’s hardline advisor in upcoming talks.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea strongly criticized South Korea over ongoing U.S.-South Korean military exercises on Thursday and said it will not return to talks with its rival until Seoul resolves its grievances.
Is Trump’s biggest obstacle to a deal with North Korea his own national security adviser?
It’s not enough that North Korea should abruptly cancel South-North talks on military tensions and another long-awaited round of reunions of fast-fading families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War. Now we’re not even sure Kim Jong-un will go through with his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.
Kim Jong Un’s regime just launched a blistering attack on John Bolton, one of the most hawkish Trump administration members. North Korea may end up emboldening the U.S. national security adviser instead.
Negotiations haven’t collapsed yet, but the U.S. needs to be ready if they do.
North Korea’s goal remains unchanged: it will not bargain away its nuclear weapons unless Washington removes military threats.
North Korea on Wednesday abruptly postponed scheduled high level inter-Korean talks and threatened to pull-out of the summit with the US, taking issue with the ongoing South Korea-US joint military drill and “unfair” demands on denuclearization. US President Donald Trump (left) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right). YonhapAccording to Seoul’s Ministry of Unification, the North’s chairman of the Committee f…
North Korea canceled a high-level meeting Wednesday with South Korea and threatened also to call off a historic summit planned next month with the United States due to ongoing military exercises between the South and the U.S., South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.
Kim Jong Un \”has been playing a high-risk, high-return game. And he has never lost a bet thus far.”
President Donald Trump and aides pondered their response to new North Korean demands that could scuttle the planned summit next month between Trump and Kim Jong Un.
The White House says it ‘fully expected’ North Korea’s latest threats to potentially cancel Kim Jong Un’s sit-down with President Trump.
North Korea says it may cancel the meeting after a top Trump aide’s “reckless” remarks.
Pompeo: If NKorea Destroys All Nuclear Weapons, US Will Open Investment to Regime
North Korea says it will hold a “ceremony” for the dismantling of its nuclear test site on May 23-25 in what would be a dramatic but symbolic event to set up leader Kim Jong Un’s summit with President Donald Trump next month.
Kim Jong Un is turning on the charm ahead of his summit with Donald Trump, adding pressure on the U.S. president to ease sanctions against North Korea even before it’s made any significant concessions.
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says President Trump has a lot of cards to play with North Korea and admitted Trump’s standing up to Kim’s bombastic threats – and sanctions forcing a thirst for Kim to work a deal to save his sinking economy – helped get the U.S. into substantive talks of denuclearization.
North Korea will dismantle its nuclear test site in Punggye-ri between May 23 and 25, the first step toward its “complete denuclearization” in line with an agreement reached between the leaders of the two Koreas, April 27.
Having raised his popularity profile and expectations of world peace, the North Korean leader is further taming his suitors by threatening to walk away from denuclearization talks.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that if North Korea agrees to fully dismantle its nuclear weapons program, then the United States will allow the American private sector to invest in the country.
The US will help rebuild North Korea’s economy if it agrees to give up its nuclear weapons, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said.
With the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un set for June 12 in
“It was luring and kidnapping, and I know because I took the lead,” said the manager who led the group to defect.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States aspires to have North Korea as a “close partner” and not an enemy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, noting that the U.S. has often in history become good friends with former adversaries.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his South Korean counterpart met at the State Department on Friday. The meeting comes on the heels of Pompeo’s visit to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Leaders from North and South Korea on Wednesday will hold talks over plans to denuclearize the peninsula,
Mike Pompeo, who returned from North Korea a day earlier after meeting with Kim, said he had ‘good conversation’ with the leader.
If President Trump is successful in convincing Kim Jong Un to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear weapons program the undertaking would be unprecedented in its size, analysts say.
North and South Korea were pawns in their own war. Let them be the main actors in finally making peace.
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North Korea has scheduled a “ceremony” to dismantle its nuclear site sometime between May 23 and 25 in order to uphold its pledge to discontinue nuclear tests, state media said on Saturday.
A ceremony to mark the destruction of the site will take place just weeks before Kim Jong Un meets Donald Trump in Singapore.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea will invite eight South Korean journalists as part of an international media group to witness the closure of its nuclear test site next week, the South’s government said Tuesday.
The Reconnaissance General Bureau, North Korea’s equivalent to the CIA, has trained up the world’s greatest bank-robbing crews. In just the past few years, RGB hackers have struck more than 100 banks…
North Korea over the past 25 years has altered course or backtracked on a string of international commitments pertaining to its weapons programs.
A Pentagon spokesman said the strategic bombers were never scheduled to be part of the joint exercises with South Korea.
Drill was conducted in ‘actual war conditions’, China’s air force says
Yes, this happened.
Tupolev’s Tu-154M has been plagued by fatal accidents over its four decades of operation, but a modified version still plays a vital role in the PLA’s operations
Japan scrambled fighter jets in response.
China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier began sea trials on Sunday, a historic step in the country’s mission to build a navy capable of rivaling the world’s leading maritime powers.
Highlights Barring significant internal strife, an economic collapse or a major war, China’s navy will continue its significant rise in the decades to come and continue to close the gap on its…
New Carrier Continues Expansion of Chinese Expeditionary Capability. China launched its first domestically produced aircraft carrier earlier this week at the northeastern port of Dalian, in the south of Liaoning Province, China. The new ship has not been named yet and carries the temporary designation “Type 001A”. The new Type 001A is a slightly larger vessel than China’s previous aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, that was purchased from Ukraine in 1999 and originally built in 1985 in the then-Soviet Union as a Kuznetsov-class aircraft cruiser. Liaoning has had three names: first christened as the Riga under Soviet use, then renamed the Varyag and finally the Liaoning after the Chinese purchase in 1999. Analysts report the primary role of the Liaoning has been a training vessel for the development of Chinese carrier doctrine and operations. The new Type 001A is 315 meters long and 75 meters wide as compared to the slightly smaller Liaoning that is 304 meters long and 70 meters wide. Both ships displace roughly 50,000 tons, significantly less than the Nimitz-class carriers with a loaded displacement of between 100,000–104,000 tons. The U.S. Nimitz-class carriers are also longer at 333 meters.
China is rapidly gaining on the U.S. lead in Asia, but its quick growth requires more energy. That’s where Russia comes in.
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Or has Beijing now cemented its claim?
Donald Trump recently reeled off an impressive list of Chinese books that he has read over the years that has helped him understand the nation and people that he does business with. “I’ve read hundreds of books about China over the decades,” Trump told Xinhua, the official news agency of the People’s Republic of China. “I know the Chinese. I’ve made a lot of money with the Chinese. I understand the Chinese mind,” said the billionaire, who has continually stated that if he were president he would levy a 25% tax on Chinese imports. Asked to name any of his favorite tomes on China, Trump reportedly listed the following 20 books right off the top of his head.
Russian state oil giant Rosneft (ROSN.MM) had no consultations with the Kremlin on drilling in the South China Sea, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.
North Korea may turn out to be Chinese President Xi Jinping’s greatest ally in negotiating a trade deal with President Donald Trump.
Complete disengagement is impossible, but both Washington and Beijing envision a day when they don’t need each other as much to power their economies.
On May 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Sochi for a “four- six hour” informal summit, which would mostly be a series of one-to-one meetings with Russian president Vladimir Putin, a source said.
Sources further said, “Our relationship with Russia is a very old, trusted and deep-rooted one.
The suite of controversial foreign interference laws proposed by the Australian government have been described by their critics as draconian, but how does the Australian legislation compare to what is being implemented in other countries?
If the purpose of this bill is to prevent foreign donations from influencing elections, it manifestly does not achieve that outcome.
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