Trump says US team in North Korea planning summit with Kim President Donald Trump said Sunday a U.S. team was in North Korea to plan a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, raising expectations that the on-off-on meeting would indeed take place. The State Department said earlier that a team was in Panmunjom, which straddles the border inside the demilitarized zone, or DMZ, separating the North and South Korea. One can cross the border simply by stepping across a painted line, but moving beyond several footsteps into the North at Panmunjom would be rare for U.S. officials. Trump withdrew from a planned June 12 Singapore summit with Kim last Thursday, but quickly announced that it could get back on track. His tweet Sunday afternoon, which offered praise for the longtime U.S. adversary, was the latest signal that his concerns about the North's stance toward the summit had been allayed. "Our United States team has arrived in North Korea to make … [Read more...] about Trump says US team in North Korea planning summit with Kim
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Is North Korea ready to dismantle its nuclear program? Kim Jong-un’s surprising moves in recent months, from inviting South Korean envoys to visiting China, give reason for optimism. It is indeed worth noting that for the first time since the Korean War, a North Korean leader will be visiting South Korean territory. We will also see a first-ever meeting between the incumbent heads of the United States and North Korea. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox However, as unique as these occasions may be, the expectations for the meetings’ success are inflated. In South Korean media, there are even talks of potential unification following denuclearization within a decade. But total denuclearization – defined by the US as complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement (CVID) of a nuclear program – is a goal far over the horizon for now. Kim is unlikely to give up irreversibly his “ticket to survival” any … [Read more...] about Is North Korea really ready to denuclearize?
One of the highest-ever ranked defectors from North Korea has said that Kim Jong Un is now engaging in diplomacy with South Korea because he fears a US military strike on North Korea. The defector also said that international sanctions are crushing Kim’s economy, and that now he wants to buy time to complete his nuclear arsenal. North Korea is under international pressure like never before, and the new US commander in the Pacific has taken a hawkish tone against the Kim regime. One of the highest-ever ranked defectors from North Korea said Wednesday that Kim Jong Un is now engaging in diplomacy with South Korea because he fears a US military strike on North Korea.“Kim Jong Un is afraid that the US will launch a preventative strike, and he is trying to buy time to complete his nuclear and missile programs,” said Ri Jong Ho, Yonhap News Agency reported. Ri, who worked for three decades in the North … [Read more...] about Kim Jong Un is reportedly reaching out to South Korea because he’s scared Trump will strike
North Korea is reportedly preparing hundreds of rockets to parade through Pyongyang before the Olympics in an attempt to “scare the hell” out of the US. North Korea will reportedly show off dozens of the missile it most recently tested, which experts say could carry a nuclear warhead to any location in the US. But North Korea has faked images before, and their preparation for the upcoming parade may look to increase the fear factor by faking images or missiles. North Korea is reportedly preparing missiles and rockets by the hundreds to parade around Pyongyang the day before the South Korean Winter Olympics kicks off in an attempt “to scare the hell out of the Americans.” “Hundreds of missiles and rockets” will be on display, according to CNN’s Will Ripley. Ripley reports this will include “many dozens” of Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missiles, the type North … [Read more...] about North Korea is reportedly preparing a massive parade of missiles intended to ‘scare the hell out of’ the US
Correction: An earlier version of this article erroneously stated the US had sent bombers to North Korea. The bombers have been sent to Guam.The US recently sent nuclear bombers to Guam that can carry tactical nukes that would be perfect for taking out Kim Jong Un.Some have suggested that a quick tactical nuclear strike on North Korea could cripple the country’s nuclear infrastructure with few casualties.Recent reports have suggested President Donald Trump considering a strike on North Korea, but some experts and politicians think the idea of a tactical nuclear strike is a recipe for disaster.The US has been quietly amassing firepower in the Pacific during a lull in tensions with North Korea, but recent developments on an under-the-radar nuclear weapon suggest preparation for a potential tactical nuclear strike.The US recently sent B-2 stealth bombers to Guam, where they joined B-1 and B-52s, the other bombers in the US’s fleet.While the B-2 and B-52 are known as the … [Read more...] about US stealth bombers in Guam appear to be readying for a tactical nuclear strike on North Korea