RT – June 12, 2018: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump have signed a “historic” document that would lead to “major change” (many around the world are hoping). They announced at a joint news conference after their first face-to-face meeting in Singapore.
(BattleForWorld: I hope many are not fooled by the Hollywood screen drama regarding the Kim and Trump historic meeting. This many are hoping will hype-up the possibility even more of a Trump second term in the White House. But the neo-conservatives and the Zionists have more geopolitical drama for Trump that could overshadow the atmosphere of Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump first meeting. Many will think this, that peace equals capitalism, because that is what they are offering Kim’s North Korea: eatery places, low wage factory jobs, the buying of US Treasury Bonds, construction projects, etc. and most importantly, weapons to fight the Chinese. It’s an opportunity to pull North Korea away from China, but for how long? Capitalism is like a Hollywood production, the scenes keep changing. And as John Perkins said, the United States will first send in the economic hit-men to try and soften the government leadership using capitalism. Kim owns a chain of restaurants, etc. And if the hit-men fail to corrupt the leadership with capitalism, the jackals are sent in to assassinate the leadership of the North Korean government, if that fails, the next step in military invasion, and examples are Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran, etc. Russia and China are watching all this drama being played out, because they know what the moves are – all the tricks that are involved. Unpeace at the barrel of a gun.)
Economic Hitman – The Jackals > Military > Profit
BANANENREPUBLIK IN DEUTSCHLAND – June 12, 2018: Former so-called economic hitman, now whistle-blower: John Perkins.
Kim Presented With New Seafood Restaurant in North Korea Ahead of Meeting Trump
SPUTNIK NEWS – June 12, 2018: Before starting his voyage abroad to meet with the US president, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reportedly inspected a restaurant and instructed its management to pay special attention to the menu for international guests.
DPRK Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un visited a new restaurant in the country’s capital, as reported by the Korean Central News Agency.
Respected Chairman Kim Jong Un visited the newly completed Pyongyang Taedonggang Seafood Restaurant alongside his wife First Lady Ri Sol Ju. Appreciating the design and construction style of the restaurant, he personally named the new building during his visit. pic.twitter.com/gcLqGkGozw
— Comrade Natalie 🇰🇵 (@NatalieRevolts) June 9, 2018
DAILY MAIL – June 12, 2018: The article highlights that Donald Trump included a Hollywood-produced video in his presentation to Kim Jong-un during nuclear talks in Singapore. The four-minute film showed Kim as a leader at a crossroads and urged him to choose a more economically and technologically open future. And that part of the footage included a wide shot of a beach and an image of speedboats. Trump said he saw the video and thought North Korea has ‘great beaches’ and is situated perfectly between the economic powers of China and South Korea. The main image, showing a pair of condominium spires, was shot in Miami He said he encouraged Kim to consider a future that included condo and hotel developments in his country.
Photo from White House presentation shown by President Trump on iPad to DPRK Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.
SPUTNIK NEWS – June 14, 2018: According to a classified report from the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the meeting between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang was a glorified photo opportunity in which the US “retreated from its positions.”
Regardless of the smiles in the summit, many in Japan, South Korea and the US Congress doubt that North Korea is sincere in its intentions. Our assessment is that regardless of President Trump’s statements about quick changes that are expected in North Korean policy, the road the [sic.] real and substantive change, if it ever happens, will be long and slow,” the classified report, obtained by Axios’ Barak Ravid Thursday afternoon, states.
SPUTNIK NEWS – August 24, 2018: The United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is shifting their plans to a possible detonation of a military-grade nuclear weapon amid concerns of growing North Korean nuclear capabilities.
An agency official told Buzzfeed News on Friday (August 24) that the new versions of their emergency plans would include the potential for nuclear detonations in 60 different urban areas in the US. And that the new guidelines will rely on the proposed newer detonation models.
“We are looking at 100 kilotons to 1,000 kiloton detonations,” chief of FEMA’s chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear branch Luis Garcia said, confirming that the decision came after a two-day National Academies of Sciences workshop for public health and emergency response held in FEMA headquarters.
However, the agency had to rethink their guidelines after the 2017 nuclear tests in North Korea, in which Kim Jong Un’s government tested a weapon with a 250-kiloton blast.
The North Koreans have really changed the calculus,” Cham Dallas of the Institute for Disaster Management at the University of Georgia outlined during the workshop. “We really have to look at thermonuclear now.”
RT – August 27, 2018: North Korea has lashed out at the US for “double-dealing” and “hatching a criminal plot” against Pyongyang, days after Donald Trump canceled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s upcoming trip to North Korea.
REUTERS – August 26, 2018: The article highlights that North Korea’s state-controlled newspaper on Sunday (August 26) accused the United States of “double-dealing” and “hatching a criminal plot” against Pyongyang, after Washington abruptly canceled a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Negotiations have been all but deadlocked since U.S. President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June.
“We cannot but take a serious note of the double-dealing attitudes of the U.S. as it is busy staging secret drills involving man-killing special units while having a dialogue with a smile on its face,” it noted.
A spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul said he had no information on the drill alleged in the newspaper.
TASS – August 16, 2018: The article highlights that by imposing new sanctions, the U.S. is trying to punish Russia for its committed position on the Korean settlement, including within the framework of the UN Security Council, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a communique on Thursday after Russia’s Profinet Company and its general manager had been blacklisted.
“Washington did not bother to present any proof or at least to comment on the motives behind its decision. Behind Washington’s new anti-Russian actions we see an attempt to ‘punish’ our country for its principled position on the North Korean subject, including within the framework of the U.N. Security Council,” the Foreign Ministry stressed.
Washington’s actions show US needs no real dialogue with Pyongyang, Russian expert notes
TASS – August 11, 2018: The article highlights: The expert drew attention to the fact that the US’ pressure on North Korea is obviously coordinated with the anti-Russian campaign.
The United States’ diplomacy is obviously seeking to continue pressure on Pyongyang as it needs no real dialogue with North Korea, a Russian expert told TASS on Friday.
“The US administration and diplomacy apparently wants neither improvement in relations with North Korea nor genuine dialogue with it. On the contrary, their actions are geared towards rejection, isolation and even provocation to make it lose composure and frustrate this dialogue in the long run,” said Georgy Toloraya, director of the Center for Russia’s Strategy in Asia of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Economy.
“The Americans are going to all lengths to find more and more sins and are focusing all the attention on that,” he said. “Thus, the US media are silent about the talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, saying not a single word about plans to promote the dialogue or measures to relax tensions. Nothing.”
“Everything is being done to prevent another meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un,” he stressed.
SPUTNIK NEWS – August 10, 2018: The article highlights that North Korea has turned down all proposals by the United States to start the process of complete denuclearization, US media reported.
Pyongyang declined giving up part of its nuclear arsenal in the near future as a gesture of goodwill, calling US proposals “gangster-like,” diplomatic sources told CNN on Friday (August 10).
The Korean government reportedly pointed to steps it had already taken in a show of good faith, including its decision to discontinue missile tests and repatriate remains of fallen US soldiers.
North Korea threatens to end ‘stability’ on Peninsula
WASHINGTON EXAMINER – August 10, 2018: The article highlights that North Korea threatened to end the “hard-won atmosphere of stability on the Korean Peninsula” on Thursday, in response to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s efforts to enforce economic sanctions against the regime.
“There is no guarantee that the hard-won atmosphere of stability on the Korean Peninsula will continue,” the North Korean foreign ministry warned in a message carried by state-run KCNA.
Pompeo and other U.S. hardline officials don’t want any international sanctions eased until North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un takes substantial steps to roll back his nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program. Kim’s diplomats have taken offense at this position, which the Trump administration believes is necessary to prevent North Korea from backsliding as the regime has in previous talks, and lashed out with a renewal of insulting rhetoric.
(BattleForWorld: The U.S. hardliners offer no incentive for peace and so the peace-pause is only illusionary.)
Russia blocks Washington’s bid to expand sanctions against North Korea
TASS – August 10, 2018: The article highlights that Russia has blocked Washington’s bid to expand sanctions against North Korea at a UN Security Council committee, because the US stance is entirely unconvincing, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday (August 10).
“Russia has blocked the US bid at UN Security Council 1718 Committee on imposing international sanctions on one individual and several legal entities, including Russia’s Agrosoyuz commercial bank, allegedly operating illegally in violation of the sanctions regime in relation to that country. The body of evidence presented by the Americans to substantiate its proposal is entirely unconvincing,” the ministry stressed.
SPUTNIK NEWS – August 10, 2018: The article highlights that earlier, the UN released a report, claiming that Pyongyang has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs.
The US is trying to maintain maximum pressure on Pyongyang as long as possible, up to the ‘end of denuclearization process’; it is destructive, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Earlier, the US State Department said in a press release on Friday (August 10) that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a meeting in Singapore with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi emphasized the need to implement UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea.
North Korea Praises Trump, Slams Other US Officials for Sabotaging Peace
SPUTNIK NEWS – August 9, 2018: The article highlights that the North Korean Foreign Ministry accused “high-level officials within the US administration” of “going against the intention of President Trump to advance the DPRK-US relations” in a statement Thursday. Meanwhile, the socialist state renewed calls for a permanent peace treaty so that “a mood will be created for creating trust.”
The press statement, carried by Korea Central News Agency, laid out the position of the government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the official name of North Korea, on the burning question of peace on the Korean Peninsula: US President Donald Trump wants peace, but the agreement reached in Singapore in June is being sabotaged by other US state officials.
“We hoped that these goodwill measures would contribute to breaking down the high barrier of mistrust existing between the DPRK and the US and to establishing mutual trust,” the statement said. “However, the US responded to our expectation by inciting international sanctions and pressure against the DPRK.”
The North Korean Foreign Ministry statement further accused the US of clinging “to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed,” meanwhile noting that the country remains “unchanged in our will to uphold the intentions of the top leaders of the DPRK and the US and to build trust and implement in good faith the DPRK-US joint statement step by step.”
The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has also placed new sanctions against a North Korean firm, Korea Ungum Corporation, along with a Chinese and a Russian corporation accused of doing business with them in violation of sanctions, on August 3, Sputnik reported.
MSM – July 30, 2018: The article highlights that U.S. spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, according to officials familiar with the intelligence report.
The newly obtained evidence said to include satellite photos taken in recent weeks, indicates that work is underway on at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at a large research facility in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of Pyongyang, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe classified intelligence.
The findings are the latest to show ongoing activity inside North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities at a time when the country’s leaders are engaged in arms talks with the United States. The new intelligence does not suggest an expansion of North Korea’s capabilities but shows that work on advanced weapons is continuing weeks after President Trump declared in a Twitter posting that Pyongyang was “no longer a Nuclear Threat.”
(BattleForWorld: Like Osama bin Laden, Iraq, Syria, Iran, wars in the Middle-East, etc. the news agitation is never ending, and is the reason why I inserted “The Unpeace Of It All”, hinting that at the core it is all a farce in foreign diplomacy.)
YAHOO – July 13, 2018: The United States asked the UN Security Council on Thursday to order an immediate halt to all deliveries of refined oil products to North Korea after accusing Pyongyang of violating sanctions with illegal imports of fuel, according to documents seen by AFP.
The article said that “a confidential US report” sent to a UN sanctions committee estimated that at least 759,793 barrels of oil products had been delivered to North Korea between January 1 and May 30, well above the annual quota set in a UN resolution at 500,000 barrels.
Citing that illegal supplies were provided through ship-to-ship transfers at sea using North Korean tankers that have delivered their cargo at least 89 times, according to the report.
And so the United States requested that the UN committee declare that North Korea had violated the UN-approved quota and “order an immediate halt to all transfers of refined petroleum products” to North Korea.
(BattleForWorld: The unpeace of it all.)
Gazprom Returns to Idea of Building Gas Pipeline to South Korea Through DPRK
SPUTNIK NEWS – June 15, 2018: The article highlights that the Russian gas giant’s announcement comes in the wake of the recent warming of relations between Seoul and Pyongyang, and a general cooling of tensions in the region.
The political situation at the moment is now somewhat different, and the South Korean side has appealed to Gazprom regarding the resumption of this project,” Gazprom board of directors deputy head Vitaly Markelov told reporters, speaking about the pipeline idea.
“A series of negotiations has been conducted on this issue, and negotiations are continuing,” Markelov added.
The idea of a Russian gas pipeline into the Korean peninsula first appeared in 2008, when Gazprom and Korea Gas Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding on the delivery of gas supplies from the Sakhalin-Khabarovsk-Vladivostok pipeline to South Korea, with 700 km of the proposed 1,100 km pipeline passing through North Korea. The pipeline would have had a capacity of about 20 billion cubic meters per year, with deliveries divided between North and South Korea.
SPUTNIK NEWS – June 13, 2018: The June 12 meeting between US President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may usher in a new era for the Asia-Pacific, CNTV Panview analyst Tom McGregor told Sputnik, predicting certain bumps in the road of the US-North Korean deal’s implementation and explaining why the Singapore Summit means a big win for China.
The Trump-Kim summit in Singapore on June 12 has emerged as an historic meeting for the ages that sets the stage for Asia to prevail as the powerhouse region for our world in the 21st century, while the United States remains actively engaged in partnership with the continent,” says Tom McGregor political analyst and Asia-Pacific commentator for China’s national TV broadcaster CNTV.
According to the Beijing-based analyst, Kim Jong-un’s decisions to move forward on global peace “took tremendous courage on his part and he deserves praise for doing so.”
At the same time, McGregor highlights that those “critics who are blasting [US President Donald] Trump for even holding dialogue with Kim are either blinded by political partisan lunacy or fail to comprehend why diplomacy should play a crucial role to resolve international disagreements.”
If Kim sought to keep his nukes, he would have no reason to meet Trump, face-to-face,” the analyst, who has predicted from the outset that the historic meeting would take place against all odds, noted. “You can’t trump the Trump. He’s from New York and earned billions of dollars making huge real estate business deals.
“Take a note that European Union member-states and all other Western countries outside Asia (except for Russia) had no engagement whatsoever with the talks,” McGregor underscored. “A few days earlier Trump had departed from a G7 Summit in Canada without even signing a simple joint communique — that signals the EU is not worthy of consideration when addressing major diplomatic issues impacting the world at large.”
South Korea and the World Bank Expand Successful Partnership to Tackle Critical Development Challenges
WORLD BANK – June 12, 2018: Building on a successful partnership over the last four years, the World Bank and the Government of (South) Korea agreed this week to a three-year extension of the World Bank Group Korea Office Trust Fund Agreement.
During its first phase of operations from 2014 to 2018, the office supported a broad range of development partnerships and programs by leveraging the World Bank’s knowledge and convening power and Korea’s impressive development experience.
The new agreement covering the office expansion over the next three years combines the World Bank’s priorities and Korea’s comparative advantages.
The Republic of Korea has graduated from IBRD, but actively engages with the World Bank Group in productive ways as a knowledge and learning partner, and an important contributor to the International Development Association (IDA) and World Bank Group trust funds to address global development challenges.
Biggest risk to world economy is war if US clashes with North Korea
THE TIMES – June 12, 0218: Times writers chart the potential flashpoints and challenges that lie ahead for leaders of the world economy in 2018.
Mr Trump signed off on his tax cuts just before 2017 was out, handing him his first legislative victory since taking office in January. The cuts will have a significant impact on the American economy and will send ripples across the world.
HAARETZ – June 13, 2018: The article highlights states that on February 13, 2017, the day that Michael Flynn was forced out as national-security adviser, Dermer reportedly went to the White House to try to arrange for Trump to sign secret documents, as other presidents had done, which the Israelis saw as an American commitment not to ask them to give up their undeclared nuclear arsenal. Dermer asked to meet privately with Flynn, prompting aides to explain that he could not dictate whom he wanted to meet with. Advisers felt like they were being taken advantage of, said the Haaretz article.
(BattleForWorld: I wonder if Kim Jong-un is going to see this bit of news about Israel wanting Trump to sign secret documents on not to talk about Israeli nuclear arsenal.)
Russia Ready to Assist in N Korea’s Denuclearization
SPUTNIK NEWS – June 12, 2018: Russia welcomes the summit between North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump, however, one round of negotiations is unlikely to lead to any significant results, Deputy Chair of the Russian lower house’s Defense Committee Yuri Shvytkin told Sputnik on Tuesday.
The very meeting between Kim Jong-un and Trump, taking into account that the initial positions, which currently exist, are quite unfavorable for the holding of the meeting,… is welcomed. But at the same time I believe that today one round of talks, one summit will not yield any considerable results,” Shvytkin said
“Russia is ready to facilitate a peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula, the process of the denuclearization should be decided on within the group of six negotiators. Pyongyang, for its part, expects security assurances from the international community, first of all, from the United States,” Dzhabarov indicated.
Russia urges North Korea, US to take action for settlement of Korean Peninsula situation
TASS – June 12, 2018: The article highlights that Moscow considers the termination of provocative actions to be an important step towards reduction of tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Russia’s Foreign Ministry has urged the United States and North Korea to thrash out modalities of multilateral consultations for settlement of the situation, according to the statement released on Tuesday (June 12).
“We are convinced that the termination of provocative actions is an important step towards reduction of tensions around the peninsula and creation of confidence there,” the statement said. “We are urging the partners to start developing the modalities of multilateral consultations, which we consider targeted at creation of a sustainable mechanism of peace and security based on legal interests of all Northeast Asian countries taken into consideration,” the ministry added.
No, Thanks: Why Russia is Wary of Borrowing Abroad
SPUTNIK NEWS – June 12, 2018: Worried by Russia’s small foreign debt, international creditors are advising it to borrow more, but Russia’s Central Bank believes that investments, not loans, are the way to go.
Russia’s $525-billion foreign debt is dwarfed by $7.5 trillion in Britain, $5 trillion in France, $4.8 trillion in Germany and a whopping $21 trillion in the US.
This tell-tale ratio was not lost on IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde who, when speaking at the recent St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, described Russia’s foreign debt as “considerably small” and said that it should borrow more.
(BattleForWorld: Russia knows the economic hitman game play, and so they do not fall for the tricks. Right now, in the Ukraine, the economic hitman is at work overtime blinding the Ukrainians [and Eastern Europe] government and population with glitz and glamour, the entrappings of capitalism – accumulating massive debt.)
Summits are tricky: Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan learned the hard way
PILOT ONLINE – June 12, 2018: In his 1961 inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy spoke about the possibility of daring diplomacy to thaw even the coldest of relationships: “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.”
Those words, often cited by President Barack Obama, could also be repurposed by President Donald Trump — if the 45th president were into quotations — as he embarks on the highest-stakes U.S. summit in a generation, sitting down in Singapore Tuesday with Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Historians generally share that conclusion. Their understanding of that and other consequential summits, like President Richard Nixon’s 1972 trip to China and the meeting between President Ronald Reagan and Russia’s Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986, especially worries them about grave risks of Trump’s brash, media-centric diplomacy as he comes face-to-face with Kim.
It’s been less than a year since Trump threatened to “annihilate” Kim, whom he called “Rocket Man.” He has since softened his words, but he believes his bellicose rhetoric, amplified on Twitter, had a significant role in getting North Korea to suggest face-to-face talks.
“Given his admiration for Nixon, Trump could be using it as a model,” said John A. Farrell. But Nixon’s efforts to scare Russia did not bear fruit. What did work was his 1972 visit to China, which restored a diplomatic relationship between the two world powers. That triumph occurred only after years of diplomatic spadework, including a secret visit Henry. Kissinger to China a year earlier.