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Re: The Korea thread
« Reply #105 on: June 19, 2018, 08:26:38 PM »
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-19/kim-makes-third-trip-beijing-year-meeting-president-xi
Kim Makes Third Trip To Beijing This Year For Meeting With President Xi
Tyler Durden
06/19/2018



In the wake of what US (and international) media celebrated as a diplomatic victory for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during last week's US-North Korea summit in Singapore, Kim on Tuesday traveled to Beijing for a two-day visit, where he filled Chinese President Xi Jinping in on the details of his discussion with President Trump, according to NBC News. Kim's visit comes a week after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with senior Chinese officials. According to initial reports, Chinese President Xi Jinping praised Kim for making headway with the US. According to Bloomberg, Chinese state television reported that Xi promised Kim that China would keep supporting North Korea, and Kim promised Xi that the North "would upgrade bilateral ties with China to a new level."

Beijing

Xi added that he hopes the North and the US will work toward peace on the Korean peninsula, and applauded the US's decision to halt joint military exercises with South Korea. Such effusive praise from China's leader is only the latest sign that Kim's benefactor has perhaps been the driving force behind Kim's bid for peace.

Here's NBC News:

    Chinese President Xi Jinping "is exerting a lot of influence from behind the scenes," said Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Glaser said it was predictable Xi would want to be briefed by Kim directly about the North Korean leader's talks with Trump.

    "I expect they will talk about the path going forward and where priorities should lie," Glaser said. Those priorities, from China's perspective, would be to ensure that Beijing is included in any in peace treaty talks and for creating an environment on the Korean Peninsula that will make it unnecessary for U.S. troops to remain.

This is Kim's third trip to China this year. He made his first foreign trip as head of state in March, when he traveled by train to meet with Xi in Beijing. China is North Korea's largest economic ally and is responsible for 90% of trade with the isolated state. The suspension of US military exercises has been a policy goal pursued by Beijing and Pyongyang for years - and Xi is undoubtedly pleased at Kim having won such an important concession. But there was something else unusual about this summit that hinted at China's dominance. As Reuters pointed out, China made the unusual decision of announcing Kim's visit ahead of time, and stipulating that he would stay for two days. During previous visits, China would only confirm that Kim had visited with Xi after he had already left.

Still, Chinese leaders did take precautions to shield Kim's visit from public view by erecting a large screen outside the East Gate of the Great Hall of the People, where Chinese leaders typically meet with foreign leaders. As the diplomatic efforts between the North and US move forward, we doubt this will be Kim's last visit to Beijing. And if President Trump has his druthers, Kim might also soon be visiting another powerful capital.

But as we noted earlier, China could still scuttle the talks if it decides to retaliate diplomatically to the trade war with the US. Xi could order Kim to withdraw from negotiations, effectively undoing the progress that has been made.
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Re: The Korea thread
« Reply #106 on: June 19, 2018, 11:35:44 PM »
RT had a live streaming of the summit, but has been conspicuously quiet on the results.  Now this, quoting Russian "experts":

https://www.rt.com/news/430265-us-korea-double-freeze-experts/
US & N. Korea following ‘double freeze’ plan proposed by Moscow & Beijing – experts to RT
20 Jun, 2018

The suspension of a joint military exercise by Washington and Seoul shortly after a number of concessions by Pyongyang amounts to adopting the ‘double freeze’ strategy, long advocated by Russia and China, experts told RT.

The “historic” four-point document that US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signed following their landmark meeting in Singapore is more of a declaration of intent than a roadmap for an actual resolution of their differences, experts told RT. But even such a vague promise of a less hostile future can bring benefits, at least in the short term.

“The agreement itself is just the first step” on the long road to improving the relations between Washington and Pyongyang, Konstantin Asmolov, a senior research fellow at the Korean Studies Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Far East Institute, told RT.

Both sides took some concrete steps to de-escalate tensions that are not mentioned in the document. North Korea announced the suspension of nuclear and missile tests and made a show of shutting down a nuclear testing range for foreign reporters even before the summit. And on Monday, the US and South Korea announced that they “suspended all planning for the Ulchi Freedom Guardian,” an annual joint war game that was scheduled for August.

The exercises, which openly involved explicitly offensive operations and simulations of the invasion and assassination of North Korean officials, have always been a source of anger for Pyongyang and arguably a factor of tension on par with North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests, Asmolov noted.

The US move is “a welcome response to all of the unilateral concessions that North Korea had made earlier,” Gregory Elich, an associate at the Korea Policy Institute, told RT.

The exchange of concessions by the US and North Korea falls in line with the so-called “double freeze” suggestion, which was introduced by Moscow and Beijing as early as in September 2017, both experts said. It basically called for both parties to put on hold the actions that irritated the other side most, and it came amid a spree of hostile rhetoric coming from both Washington and Pyongyang. The double freeze was flatly rejected by the US at the time.

“Even though neither of the two actually speaks a word [about “double freeze”], both de facto follow this path,” Asmolov said.

Washington and Pyongyang have a long way to go to translate this initial diplomatic impulse into a more tangible agreement, of course, and Kim has good reasons to doubt Trump’s ability to deliver on a promise of a lasting solution, experts said. Trump himself withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama, and the next US president could backtrack on a Trump deal with North Korea.

“It is difficult to imagine what kind of security guarantee the United States can offer that could be trusted. A piece of paper is not going to do it. Nor, on its own, is the signing of a peace treaty formally ending the Korean War,” Elich said. “It may be that the Trump administration would be sincere in signing such a document. But the next US administration may very well have no compunction in abandoning it.”

A binding deal with North Korea would require a ratification by the US Congress, which is infamous for bringing partisanship and electioneering into all sorts of foreign policy issues.
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Re: The Korea thread
« Reply #107 on: June 29, 2018, 12:31:35 AM »
So there you have it - the US agreed to the Chinese-Russian "double freeze" that it had rejected before - a freeze of US-SK exercises (not in the text of the agreement) and Kim agreed to a freeze on missile and nuke testing, and denuclearisation (in the text) but no timeline for it, and apparently no great urgency for it.  Pompeo will return to Pyonyang "before too terribly long".

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/pompeo-says-won-t-put-timeline-on-north-korea-denuclearisation-10469730
Pompeo says won't put timeline on North Korea denuclearisation steps
Reuters
26 Jun 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he will not put a timeline on negotiations for North Korea's denuclearisation, contradicting a senior defence official who said Washington would soon present a timeline to North Korea with "specific asks."

Speaking to CNN in a telephone interview conducted on Sunday and reported by the network on Monday (Jun 25), Pompeo said he wanted to see continued progress towards North Korean denuclearisation and that the administration would regularly assess Pyongyang's seriousness about abandoning its nuclear programme.

"I am not going to put a timeline on it, whether that's two months, six months, we are committed to moving forward in an expeditious moment to see if we can achieve what both leaders set out to do," Pompeo told CNN, referring to a Jun 12 summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Pompeo, who has been charged with leading negotiations aimed at persuading North Korea to give up a nuclear weapons programme that threatens the United States, said he would "constantly reassess" whether enough progress was being made to continue talks.

"We hope that we will have an ongoing process of making progress," CNN quoted him as saying.

Pompeo's remarks contrasted sharply with comments from a senior defence official who briefed reporters ahead of a trip to Asia by US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis and said Washington would soon present a timeline to North Korea with "specific asks."

Pompeo himself told reporters the day after the Singapore summit Washington hoped to achieve "major disarmament" by North Korea within Trump's current term, which ends on Jan 20, 2021.

And Trump said last week the "number-one statement" in the document he and Kim signed in Singapore was "we will immediately begin total denuclearisation of North Korea," although there was no such statement in the text.

In the joint statement, Kim "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula," but made no reference to a timeline, and going into the summit, Pyongyang repeatedly rejected unilateral nuclear disarmament.

Referring to Trump's decision to suspend joint military exercises with South Korea, which North Korea has long denounced as provocative, Pompeo told CNN this move would last "only so long as there is a good faith negotiation progress, productive results being achieved.

"If we can't do that, if it turns out that there is no capacity to deliver the outcome that both presidents said they wanted, yeah, we reassess."

Pompeo said a week ago he would likely travel back to North Korea "before too terribly long" to try to flesh out commitments made at the summit. The State Department has since said it has no travel plans to announce.

On Monday, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said defence officials would only speak to military-related aspects of negotiations on North Korea and that there was "no specific timeline" for the diplomatic process.

CNN said Pompeo suggested it was too soon to expect a detailed roadmap after 40 years of tensions but insisted that Kim had been "unequivocal" about his willingness to denuclearise.

"There are understandings that have been put together prior to the summit, some that took place when the president was in Singapore that I think put us on the right trajectory so that we can build out a framework for success," Pompeo said.
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Re: The Korea thread
« Reply #108 on: June 29, 2018, 06:57:02 AM »
This doesn't look much like they are getting ready to leave, but it should cut down on all the protests outside the gates.

https://www.rt.com/news/431266-skorea-pentagon-new-headquarters/
Pentagon relocates US Army HQ from Seoul after 70+ years
29 Jun, 2018

The US Army's headquarters in South Korea, located in the capital Seoul since the end of WWII, has moved to a $11bn base in the rural south – away from mass protest rallies and the North’s guns.

The new United States Forces Korea (USFK) headquarters was opened on Friday at Camp Humphreys, a base near the town Pyeongtaek, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) south of Seoul, where the HQ was stationed for more than 70 years.

USFK commander General Vincent Brooks said the relocation was “an historic and exciting event” during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Brooks, who also leads the UN forces stationed on the Korean Peninsula, added that it “represents the significant investment in the long-term presence of US Forces Korea.”

Transferring the army command center from the Yongsan Garrison in the nation’s capital was welcomed by South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in. The move “will ensure better conditions for USFK operations in a stable fashion,” he said in a statement. Painting a bright picture of the upcoming “Pyeongtaek era” in the US-South Korean partnership, Moon expressed hope that the two nations will upgrade their bond from a “military alliance” and a “comprehensive alliance” to a “great alliance.”

The agreement to move the HQ, responsible for 28,500 USFK troops, was reached back in 2004. The relocation itself was initially scheduled for 2008, but the deadline was missed and later moved several times due to construction problems at Camp Humphreys. Now the transfer process is to be finalized next year, with Camp Humphreys becoming the largest US base overseas, housing 40,000 people.

The US 2nd Infantry Division, currently stationed north of Seoul at Camp Red Cloud, is also expected to move to Camp Humphreys sometime in the future.

Moving the USFK HQ further away from the DMZ means that it will be harder to hit with North Korea’s artillery whose guns are aimed across the border and capable of striking Seoul. Pyongyang has thousands of artillery pieces deployed in the area and conducts large-scale ‘fire drills’.

The main command center in Seoul also served as the symbol of the US Army’s presence in the country and attracted protests. Last year’s tensions between Washington and Pyongyang sparked several protest rallies in the capital and other areas.

A wave of large protests against the plans to deploy THAAD anti-ballistic missile batteries in September led to clashes with the police.
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Re: The Korea thread
« Reply #109 on: June 30, 2018, 08:06:46 PM »
While the article is liberally couched with "we can't really tell what this is" clauses, it seems to suggest that enrichment work is on-going in NK.  There is currently no agreement on how this is to be stopped, so it isn't deception, but the US could play it that way if it wants to start WW3.

https://www.38north.org/2018/06/yongbyon062618/
Infrastructure Improvements at North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Research Facility
38 North   
June 26, 2018

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Frank V. Pabian, Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu.

Commercial satellite imagery from June 21 indicates that improvements to the infrastructure at North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center are continuing at a rapid pace. Modifications to the 5 MWe plutonium production reactor’s cooling system appear complete, but a less-than-normal cooling water discharge from the outfall pipe makes a determination of the reactor’s operational status difficult. The status of the Radiochemical Laboratory—used to separate plutonium from spent fuel rods—remains uncertain, although the associated Thermal Plant has likely continued operations, and a small non-industrial building of an unknown purpose has been newly erected near the cooling tower. Construction continues on support facilities throughout other operational areas of Yongbyon, especially at the Experimental Light Water Reactor (ELWR), where the new engineering office building appears externally complete and a small building similar to the one observed at the Radiochemical Laboratory has been erected.

Continued work at the Yongbyon facility should not be seen as having any relationship to North Korea’s pledge to denuclearize. The North’s nuclear cadre can be expected to proceed with business as usual until specific orders are issued from Pyongyang.


The 5 MWe Reactor

Modifications to North Korea’s 5 MWe reactor’s secondary cooling loop, which began in March, appear externally complete. A newly in-filled water channel (that includes a newly installed probable weir for controlling water flow) now leads to the pump house from the Kuryong River. (Figure 1) Determining the operational status of the reactor is particularly difficult at this time. Although a small water discharge is visible from the cooling water outfall pipe going into the river, that discharge is less than has been observed previously when the reactor was fully operational. It may simply be that this is all the water needed at this time to carry away the heat from the residual radioactivity in the reactor, if the reactor is currently shut down. Additionally, unlike last February, no visible steam is being vented from the generator building that would confirm that the reactor is operating, but we cannot rule out that this is simply due to the time of year and insufficient image resolution. (Figure 2)


Figure 1. Close-up of new cooling water pump house and in-filled water channel.
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Figure 2. Overview of the 5 MWe reactor.
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The Experimental Light Water Reactor (ELWR)

The four-story engineering office building at the ELWR is now externally complete, with a newly installed concrete driveway leading directly from the building’s entrance to the reactor’s main entrance. (Figure 3) The necessary infrastructure for reactor operations at the ELWR appears externally complete, but there is no visible evidence yet to suggest that operations have begun.

A new small building with a bluish roof has also been erected near the main construction support yard, where only a foundation was previously visible. The purpose of this small non-industrial type building is unknown, but the building appears similar to one that is also newly erected at the Radiochemical Laboratory.

The Kuryong River reservoir that provides cooling water for the Yongbyon reactors appears to be at its intended design levels, and the river seems to be flowing through the diversion sluiceway of the reservoir dam at capacity. It should also be noted that dredging of the riverbed continues upstream of the reactor area; downriver, other earth movements are ongoing.


Figure 3. New engineering office building externally complete and new small building erected at the ELWR.
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The Radiochemical Laboratory


The operational status of the Radiochemical Laboratory (the reprocessing plant used to separate plutonium from spent fuel from the 5 MWe reactor) remains uncertain given the lack of visible vapor coming from the cooling tower. Nonetheless, the site seems active. A large truck is parked near the spent fuel reception building and two trucks are also visible in the motor pool. Another vehicle is outside the security perimeter wall heading south along the access road.

A small blue-roofed building has been erected at the location where we had previously noted a new foundation just north of the cooling tower. (Figure 4) The building appears identical in size and design to the one described above near the ELWR. (Figure 5) Although it is not absolutely clear what role these buildings might serve, they are non-industrial in design, and could have some kind of hospitality role for senior officials.


Figure 4. Small blue-roofed building at the Radiochemical Laboratory.
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Figure 5. New buildings at the ELWR and Radiochemical Laboratory appear identical in size and design.
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At the associated Thermal Plant, the coal bins appear to have been somewhat depleted, suggesting operations at the Thermal Plant have continued. But given the lack of other operational indicators at the Radiochemical Laboratory—for instance, it is difficult to discern whether or not there is any smoke rising from the smokestack on this imageit is also unclear what operations are being conducted. (Figure 6)


Figure 6. Coal bins appear to be somewhat depleted since early May 2018, no obvious smoke plume observed.
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Uranium Enrichment Plant

The increased roof staining at the northwest corner of the cascade halls, as shown in Figure 7, indicates continued operations at the Uranium Enrichment Plant. The staining is caused by the deposition of water vapor coming from the six cooling units associated with gas centrifuge operations. (Figure 7)


Figure 7. Operations continue at the Uranium Enrichment Plant.
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The Radioisotope Production Facility

Since late 2017, two new buildings have been constructed in the southwest corner of the Radioisotope Production Facility near the end of the rail yard line serving that facility. At least one of these new buildings could be intended to store rail-delivered chemicals to support operations in the main production building, as over the past month, a below-grade pipeline has also been completed that connects them with the main production building, thereby providing a possible means for transferring such chemicals. (Figure 8) Little is known about this facility other than it was constructed in 2015, with various modifications since then. However, it is presumed to be a radioisotope production facility based on the internal layout and features observed remotely during its construction.


Figure 8. Pipeline connecting new buildings and main production building recently completed at the Radioisotope Production Facility.
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Re: The Korea thread
« Reply #110 on: July 06, 2018, 06:40:35 PM »
Not losing face is a big factor in Asian cultures, so I doubt this will be received in the jolly manner Trump expects.  Kim will think 'Why do they publicly highlight this insulting gift worth $1 before it is even given.  If I accept it, everyone will laugh at me behind their hands.  If I reject it and make a scene, everyone will call me a murderer, terrorist and prostitution ring mastermind.  If I give him a gift of caligraphy saying “mentally deranged dotard.” will we all have a good laugh about it afterwards, or start WW3?

https://www.rt.com/news/431875-trump-rocketman-elton-song/
Pompeo brings Kim ‘Rocket man’ CD from Trump – report
6 Jul, 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has landed in Pyongyang for high-level talks, will reportedly deliver a gift for Kim Jong-un – a record of the song ‘Rocket Man’ by Elton John, according to South Korea’s daily Chosun Ilbo.

The publication said the idea of sending the record stemmed from the milestone meeting between the two leaders in Singapore in June. Kim mentioned that Trump once labeled him ‘a little Rocket Man' when US-North Korea ties hit their nadir last year on the heels of Pyongyang’s nuclear tests and missile launches.

“Trump then asked Kim if he knew the song and Kim said no,” the South Korean daily quoted a Washington official as saying. The US president has written a message on the CD and signed it, according to the report.

Several times last year, Trump referred to Kim “little rocket man,” while Kim angrily retorted by labelling the president a “mentally deranged dotard.” Still, the firebrand American leader consistently tried to smooth things over with the Pyongyang ruler.

On one occasion in 2017, Trump sent his ghostwritten 1987 bestseller ‘The Art of the Deal’ via retired NBA star Dennis Rodman, who visited Pyongyang several times before. Other gifts included a copy of ‘Where’s Waldo?’ – a mermaid puzzle for Kim’s daughter – signed jerseys and several bundles of upmarket soap.

The latest gift – Elton John’s hit song, which first appeared on John's 1972 album – tells the story of a man feeling “lonely out in space,” and features the following line: “I'm not the man they think I am at home, oh no, I'm a rocket man, rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone.”

The refrain ironically references what Washington would feel about denuclearizing North Korea: “And I think it's gonna be a long, long time, till touch down brings me round again to find.”

Gifts aside, Pompeo’s spokeswoman Heather Nauert said he will seek “to fill in some details” on North Korea’s commitment to give up nuclear weapons. “I expect that the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] is ready to do the same,” Nauert said earlier.

In an earlier tweet Pompeo said Trump believes Kim wants a “different, brighter future” for North Koreans. “I spoke with POTUS while we were both in the air. The President told me he believes that Chairman Kim sees a different, brighter future for the people of North Korea. We both hope that’s true,” he said.
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« Reply #111 on: July 07, 2018, 07:04:52 AM »
Oh, that didn't go so well.  So it's not to be unilateral denuclearisation.

https://www.rt.com/news/432096-nkorea-pompeo-talks-regrattable/
N. Korea regrets US attitude & unilateral denuclearization demands during Pompeo talks
7 Jul, 2018

Pyongyang has voiced its regret over America’s attitude during high-level talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and accused Washington of seeking unilateral and forced denuclearization from North Korea.

“We were expecting the US… to come up with constructive measures to help build confidence in the spirit of reunion and talks. However, the attitude of the US was indeed regrettable,” said a statement released by the Korean Central News Agency, citing an unnamed North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman.

The US betrayed the spirit of last month’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by making unilateral demands on the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization (CVID) of North Korea, the statement said.

According to the North Korean official, the outcome of the follow-up talks led to a “dangerous phase that might rattle our willingness for denuclearization that had been firm.”

The North expected that Washington “would offer constructive measures that would help build trust based on the spirit of the leaders’ summit,” the official said. “However, the attitude and stance the US showed in the first high-level meeting was regrettable,” he concluded.

It comes just hours after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed he had made progress “on almost all of the central issues” in his talks with Pyongyang.

“I think we made progress in every element of our discussions,” he said, according to a pool report from US journalists who accompanied him to North Korea.

“These are complicated issues but we made progress on almost all of the central issues. Some places a great deal of progress, other places there’s still more work to be done,” he continued.

Pompeo landed in Pyongyang for high-level talks with Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, on Friday. The officials reportedly discussed a range of issues, including the return of the remains of US troops killed during the Korean War.
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« Reply #112 on: July 07, 2018, 06:49:54 PM »
This is the text of North Korean Foreign Ministry's statement, via KCNAwatch:

https://kcnawatch.co/newstream/1531000080-429116112/fm-spokesman-on-dprk-u-s-high-level-talks/
FM Spokesman on DPRK-U.S. High-level Talks

Date: 08/07/2018 | Source: KCNA.kp (En)

Pyongyang, July 7 (KCNA) -- A spokesman of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Saturday released the following statement:

International society has focused its expectation and attention on the DPRK-U.S. high-level talks for the implementation of the Joint Statement of the DPRK-U.S. summit after the first historic summit meeting and talks were held between the DPRK and the U.S.

We expected that the U.S. side would bring itself with a constructive proposal which would help build up trust true to the spirit of the DPRK-U.S. summit meeting and talks. We, on our part, were also thinking of doing something which corresponds with it.

It was, however, so regretful to mention what the U.S. side had shown in its attitude and stand at the first DPRK-U.S. high-level talks held on 6 and 7 July.

The DPRK side, during the talks, put forward the constructive proposals to seek a balanced implementation of all the provisions of the Joint Statement out of its firm willingness to remain faithful to the implementation of the spirit and agreed points of the DPRK-U.S. summit meeting and talks.

These include taking wide-ranging proactive steps of simultaneous actions in a respective manner such as realizing multilateral exchanges for improved relations between the DPRK and the U.S., making public a declaration on the end of war first on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement to build a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula, dismantling the test ground of high thrust engine to make a physical verification of the suspension of ICBM production as part of denuclearization steps and making an earliest start of the working-level talks for recovering POW/MIA remains.

Before the talks, Kim Yong Chol, vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, who is also a chief delegate from our side to the talks, was authorized to convey with a due respect to U.S. State Secretary Pompeo a personal letter sent from Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK Kim Jong Un to President Trump.

Chairman Kim Jong Un expressed his expectation and conviction that good personal relations forged with President Trump and his sentiments of good faith built towards the latter at the Singapore summit and talks would be further consolidated through the process of future dialogues such as high-level talks this time.

But, the U.S. side came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization just calling for CVID, declaration and verification, all of which run counter to the spirit of the Singapore summit meeting and talks.

The U.S. side never mentioned the issue of establishing a peace regime on the Korean peninsula which is essential for defusing tension and preventing a war. It took the position that it would even backtrack on the issue it had agreed on to end the status of war under certain conditions and excuses.

As for the issue of announcing the declaration of the end of war at an early date, it is the first process of defusing tension and establishing a lasting peace regime on the Korean peninsula, and at the same time, it constitutes a first factor in creating trust between the DPRK and the U.S. This issue was also stipulated in Panmunjom Declaration as a historical task to terminate the war status on the Korean peninsula which continues for nearly 70 years. President Trump, too, was more enthusiastic about this issue at the DPRK-U.S. summit talks.

The issues the U.S. side insisted on at the talks are all roots of troubles, which the previous administrations also had insisted on to disrupt the dialogue processes, stoke the distrust and increase the danger of war.

The U.S. side, during the talks, made a great publicity about suspension of one or two joint military exercises. But suspension of one action called exercises is a highly reversible step which can be resumed anytime at any moment as all of its military force remains intact in its previously-held positions without scraping even a rifle. This is incomparable with the irreversible step taken by the DPRK to explode and dismantle the nuclear test ground.

The results of the talks can't but be so apprehensive.

We thought that the U.S. side would come with a constructive proposal which accords with the spirit of the DPRK-U.S. summit meeting and talks. But expectation and hope of ours were so naive as to be foolish.

Conventional ways can never create new things. Treading on trite stereotype of all the failure would invite another failure only.

Valuable agreement was reached in such a short time at the Singapore summit talks first ever in the history of the DPRK-U.S. relations. This is attributable to the fact that President Trump himself said he would move towards resolving the DPRK-U.S. relations and the issue of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in a new way.

If both sides at the working level reneged on the new way agreed at the summit and returned to the old way, the epoch-making Singapore summit would be meaningless, which was held thanks to the determinations and wills of the two top leaders to open a new future for the interests of the two peoples and peace and security of the world.

The first DPRK-U.S. high-level talks this time brought us in a dangerous situation where we may be shaken in our unshakable will for denuclearization, rather than consolidating trust between the DPRK and the U.S.

In the last few months, we displayed maximum patience and watched the U.S. while initiating good-will steps as many as we can.

But, it seems that the U.S. misunderstood our goodwill and patience.

The U.S. is fatally mistaken if it went to the extent of regarding that the DPRK would be compelled to accept, out of its patience, the demands reflecting its gangster-like mindset.

A shorter way to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula is to remove deep-rooted mistrust and build up trust between the DPRK and the U.S. For this, both sides should be bold enough to be free from old ways which had only recorded failures and resolve the problem in a fresh manner which is never bound by the existing ways. A shortcut to it is also to take a step-by-step approach and follow the principle of simultaneous actions in resolving what is feasible one by one while giving priority to creating trust.

But, if the U.S., being captivated in a fidget, tries to force upon us the old ways claimed by the previous administrations, this will get us nowhere.

If the objective situation does not stand in favor of the denuclearization against our wills, this would rather cast a heavy cloud over the atmosphere of developing bilateral relations which had shown its good movement in its beginning.

Should the headwind begin to blow, it would cause a great disappointment not only to the international society aspiring after global peace and security but also to both the DPRK and the U.S. If so, this will finally make each side seek for another choice and there is no guarantee that this will not result into yet another tragedy.

We still cherish our good faith in President Trump.

The U.S. should make a serious consideration of whether the toleration of the headwind against the wills of the two top leaders would meet the aspirations and expectations of the world people as well as the interests of its country.
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🚀 Andre Vltcheck’s eyewitness report on North Korea (Video)
« Reply #113 on: July 29, 2018, 12:40:09 AM »
https://www.greanvillepost.com/2018/07/28/andre-vltchecks-eyewitness-report-on-north-korea-video/

Andre Vltcheck’s eyewitness report on North Korea (Video)
July 28, 2018 Posted by Addison dePitt


HELP ENLIGHTEN YOUR FELLOWS. BE SURE TO PASS THIS ON. BREAKING THE EMPIRE'S MEDIA MONOPOLY IS UP TO YOU.


North Korea’s capital subway: clean, efficient, reliable.
The still much maligned North Korea is a huge surprise to many visitors arriving in the country after lifetimes of immersion in the empire’s dishonest culture of disinformation. Here’s a quick and effective corrective. Disseminate widely.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/MV2RQCZqsTk" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/MV2RQCZqsTk</a>

About the Author

Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Three of his latest books are his tribute to “The Great October Socialist Revolution” a revolutionary novel “Aurora” and a bestselling work of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire”. View his other books here. Watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky “On Western Terrorism”. Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website and his Twitter.
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