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U.S. Targets Shipping Companies, Vessels in ‘Largest-Ever’ Sanctions Against North Korea

February 23, 2018 by Reuters


FILE PHOTO – A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

By Steve Holland and Christine Kim WASHINGTON/SEOUL, Feb 23 (Reuters) – The United States said on Friday it was imposing its largest package of sanctions against North Korea, intensifying pressure on Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons and missile programs.

In addressing the Trump administration’s biggest national security challenge, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned one person, 27 companies and 28 ships, according to a statement on the U.S. Treasury Department’s website.

The actions block assets held by the firms in the United States and prohibit U.S. citizens from dealing with them.

North Korea is seeking to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland. U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have taunted each other through the media and in August Trump threatened to go beyond sanctions by bringing “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced the sanctions, which are designed to disrupt North Korean shipping and trading companies and vessels and to further isolate Pyongyang.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a statement the sanctions against the ships would help prevent Kim’s government from conducting “evasive maritime activities that facilitate illicit coal and fuel transports and erode its abilities to ship goods through international waters.”

The ships are located, registered or flagged in North Korea, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Marshall Islands, Tanzania, Panama and Comoros, Treasury said.

Those targeted included a Taiwanese passport holder and mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore shipping and energy firms.

“We imposed today the heaviest sanctions ever imposed on a country before,” Trump said in an address to a conservative activist group in Washington. “And … hopefully something positive can happen, we will see.”

The United States has led an international campaign to tighten sanctions on North Korea to force it to give up its development of weapons and missiles program.

“The president is clearly frustrated and rightly so over the efforts that have failed in the past and also over the uptick in testing and the advances we’ve seen in the North Korean program,” a senior administration official said at a background briefing for reporters.

At another briefing in Washington, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin stood next to enlarged photos he said showed December 2017 images that revealed ship-to-ship transfers of fuel and other products destined for North Korea in an attempt to evade sanctions.

Mnuchin said he could not rule out the prospect of the United States boarding and inspecting North Korean ships.

He said the new sanctions are targeting virtually all shipping currently being used by North Korea. They bring the total number of U.S. sanctions against North Korea since 2005 to 450, Mnuchin said, with approximately half of those coming in the last year.

“This is very impactful,” he said. “This is virtually all the ships they’re using at this moment in time.”

The U.S. government “also issued an advisory alerting the public to the significant sanctions risks to those continuing to enable shipments of goods to and from North Korea.”

Last month three Western European intelligence sources told Reuters that North Korea shipped coal to Russia last year and that it was then delivered to South Korea and Japan in a likely violation of U.N. sanctions.

Jonathan Shanzer of the conservative Washington think tank Foundation for the Defense of Democracies said Friday’s move was “the largest tranche of DPRK (North Korea) sanctions” released by the Treasury Department.

“The only thing missing here today is action against Chinese banks,” he said. “We know they continue to undermine our efforts to isolate North Korea.”

Harry Kazianis, director of defense studies at the conservative Center for the National Interest, said, “Cumulatively speaking, the sanctions imposed on North Korea in total since 2017 are some of the biggest ever imposed on a nation state.”

Tougher sanctions may jeopardize the latest detente between the two Koreas, illustrated by the North’s participation in the Winter Olympics in the South, amid preparations for talks about a possible summit between North Korea’s Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

North Korea last year conducted dozens of missile launches and its sixth and largest nuclear test in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions. It defends the weapons programs as essential to deter U.S. aggression.

It has been more than two months since North Korea’s last missile test.

Kim said he wants to boost the “warm climate of reconciliation and dialog” with South Korea, which hosts 28,500 U.S. troops, after a high-level delegation, including his sister, returned from the Olympics.

In an extension of that rapprochement, the North agreed on Friday to hold working-level talks on Tuesday for the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics on the North’s side of the border village of Panmunjom.

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In December the United Nations approved U.S.-drafted limiting North Korea’s access to refined petroleum products and crude oil, which the North Korean Foreign Ministry said amounted to an act of war. In January Washington announced a round of sanctions and urged China and Russia to expel North Koreans raising funds for the programs.

The U.N. Security Council banned North Korean exports of coal last Aug. 5 under sanctions intended to cut off an important source of the foreign currency Pyongyang needs to fund its nuclear weapons and missile programs.

The new U.S. sanctions were announced while Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, is visiting South Korea. She had dinner with Moon after a closed-door meeting with the president.

At a dinner with Moon at Seoul’s presidential Blue House, she said the purpose was also to “reaffirm our commitment to our maximum pressure campaign to ensure that the Korean Peninsula is denuclearized.”

Moon said North Korea’s participation in the Olympics had “led to lowering of tensions on the peninsula and an improvement in inter-Korean relations” and were thanks to President Trump’s “strong support for inter-Korean dialog.”

Her visit to South Korea coincides with that of a sanctioned North Korean official, Kim Yong Chol, blamed for the deadly 2010 sinking of a South Korean navy ship that killed 46 sailors. His delegation will attend the closing ceremony and also meet Moon.

The Blue House has said there are no official opportunities for U.S. and North Korean officials to meet.

Kim Yong Chol is the vice chairman of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Committee and was previously chief of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, a top North Korean military intelligence agency that South Korea blamed for the sinking of its navy corvette, the Cheonan. North Korea has denied any involvement. (Reporting by Christine Kim in SEOUL and Steve Holland in WASHINGTON; Additional reporting by David Brunnstrom, David Alexander, Doina Chiacu and Makini Brice in Washington; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Nick Macfie and Bill Trott)

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It really was the Peace Games! 'North Korea is ready to hold talks with US' as athletes from both countries march together and one of Kim Jong-un's key aides sits inches from Ivanka Trump at spectacular Winter Olympics closing ceremony
  • Bronze medal winning Billy Morgan was the TeamGB flag bearer at the Olympics closing ceremony today
  • The 28-year-old led out our 59 athletes out at end of the Britain's most successful ever Winter Games
  • Closing ceremony, entitled 'The Next Wave', highlighted the Olympic spirit and present a message of peace
  • Ivanka Trump and a North Korean spy chief blamed for deadly attacks on the host nation shared a box today
  • Ivanka and Kim did not appear to interact when South Korean President Moon Jae-in shook hands today
  • But it emerged North Korea was ready to hold talks with the US in what would be a significant development


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Japan Suspects North Korea of Another Sanctions Breach at Sea

February 27, 2018 by Reuters


A suspected ship-to-ship oil transfer involving a North Korean tanker. Archive Photo: U.S. Treasury

TOKYO, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Japan has discovered another North Korean tanker it suspects of transferring goods with a vessel in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

It was the fourth time Japan has suspected such an illegal transfer in recent weeks and comes as the Trump administration and key Asian allies prepare to expand interceptions of ships suspected of violating sanctions on North Korea.

North Korea last year conducted dozens of missile launches and its sixth and largest nuclear test as it pursues its goal of developing a nuclear armed missile capable of reaching the United States, triggering deeper U.N. Security Council sanctions.

The North Korean-flagged tanker “Chon Ma San,” designated by the United States as a sanction target, was spotted by a Japanese surveillance plane with the Maldivian-flagged tanker “Xin Yuan 18” some 250 km (156 miles) east of Shanghai on Saturday, the Foreign Ministry said in a release.

“Judging from the fact that the two vessels lay alongside each other with their lights turned on at night, both vessels could have been engaged in some type of activity,” the release said.

“Following a comprehensive assessment, the government of Japan strongly suspects that they conducted ship-to-ship transfers” banned by U.N. Security Council resolutions, it said.

In the latest attempt to defuse the crisis over North Korea’s weapons programs, South Korea urged Washington and Pyongyang to give ground to allow for talks and U.S. President Donald Trump reiterated he would negotiate with North Korea, but only under the right conditions.

Washington on Friday slapped sanctions on dozens more companies and vessels linked to North Korea’s shipping trade and urged the United Nations to blacklist a list of entities, a move it said was aimed at shutting down North Korea’s illicit maritime smuggling activities to obtain oil and sell coal. (Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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Maldives Denies Link to North Korean Oil Transfer at Sea

February 28, 2018 by Reuters


Image released by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs showing the alleged North Korean-flagged tanker Chon Ma San alongside the Xin Yuan 18, an alleged Maldivian-flagged tanker. Photo taken in the East China Sea on February 24, 2018 at 22:30 local time. Photo: Japan Ministry of Defence

COLOMBO, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Maldives on Wednesday denied a Japanese foreign ministry statement that said a Maldives-flagged vessel was used to illegally transfer goods from a North Korean-flagged tanker in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The Japanese statement said the “Chon Ma San,” designated by the United States as a sanctions target, was spotted by a surveillance plane with the Maldivian-flagged tanker “Xin Yuan 18” some 250 km (160 miles) east of Shanghai on Saturday.

It said “Japan strongly suspects that the vessels conducted ship-to-ship transfers” banned by U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Maldives government denied that Xin Yuan 18 is of Maldivian origin and said “no such vessel is registered in the country.”

“We condemn … the use of our national flag in a manner so as to tarnish the good standing and reputation of our nation,” the Maldives government said in a statement.

It said Maldives has prioritized the implementation of all U.N. Security Council resolutions including those on North Korea.

Authorities do not allow flags of convenience to foreign owned vessels to operate outside Maldivian waters, it said, adding that the government was investigating.

“The Maldives will pursue aggressive action against any such acts which affects the national identity in such a detrimental manner,” it said.

The Maldives is facing a political crisis that has hurt tourism, its main revenue source and any international action could hurt its economy further, analysts say.

It is the fourth time Japan has suspected such an illegal transfer in recent weeks and comes as Washington and key Asian allies preparer to expand the interceptions of ships suspected of violating North Korean sanctions.

North Korea last year conducted dozens of missile launches and its sixth and largest nuclear test as it pursues its goal of developing a nuclear missile capable of reaching the United States, triggering deeper U.N. Security Council sanctions.

Washington on Friday slapped sanctions on dozens more companies and vessels linked to North Korea’s shipping trade and urged the United Nations to blacklist some entities to shut down smuggling aimed at obtaining oil and selling coal. (Reporting by Shihar Aneez)

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North Korea Will "Counter" US Over Military Drills, "Dark Clouds Of War"


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Sat, 03/03/2018 - 13:22


The South Korean Olympics are over which means that your regular, scheduled jawboning over a war between North Korea and the US can resume: overnight Pyongyang threatened to "counter the US" if Washington holds joint military exercises with Seoul stating that it would not beg for talks with Washington.

“If the US finally holds joint military exercises while keeping sanctions on the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea], the DPRK will counter the US by its own mode of counteraction and the US will be made to own all responsibilities for the ensuing consequences,” the North Korean official KCNA news agency said in a commentary on Saturday. "The US should clearly understand this and exercise prudence."

The United States is set to begin joint exercises in early April, a South Korean presidential security adviser said this week according to Yonhap news agency - the latest in a series of drills that the north has regularly described as a threat. The latest exercise has angered North Korea, which has long seen joint drills as a threat.


Kim Jong Un seen during a military drill marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People's Army

The KCNA referred to the scheduled drills as an intention by America "to bring dark clouds of a war to hang over the Korean Peninsula." It also called for the US to be denounced by the international community, accusing Washington of aiming to "aggravate the situation on the Korean peninsula at any cost."

Separately, Reuters reported that North Korea also said that it was willing to talk to the United States but said it would never sit with any precondition. A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman was quoted by state media KCNA news agency as saying“we will neither beg for dialogue nor evade the military option claimed by the U.S.”

“Whether peace desired by our nation and the rest of the world settles on the Korean peninsula or a situation that no one desires is developed in the vicious cycle of confrontation depends entirely on the attitude of the U.S.” the spokesman said, according to KCNA.

"In decades-long history of the DPRK-US talks, there had been no case at all where we sat with the US on any precondition, and this will be the case in future, too. The US attitude shown after we clarified our intention for DPRK-US dialogue compels us to only think that the US is not interested in resuming the DPRK-US dialogue.''

The latest jawboning out of North Korea comes after the United States said on Feb 23 that it was imposing its largest package of sanctions to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs. President Donald Trump warned of a”phase two” that could be “very, very unfortunate for the world” if the steps did not work.

North Korea has slammed Trump’s unilateral sanctions against it, but it said it was open to talks with the United States during senior North Korean officials’ visit to South Korea for the Olympics last month.

Incidentally, while the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang last month gave a boost to recent engagement between the two Koreas after sharply rising tensions over the North’s missile program, it appears that any goodwill built up during the brief detente is quickly evaporating.

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Meanwhile, North Korea isn't the only nation that has slammed the US for conducting joint drills with South Korea. Moscow also believes it was Washington's saber-rattling and regular military drills in the region that provoked Pyongyang into "taking some rash action" after months of restraint, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following North Korea's latest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test in November.

Both Russia and China have repeatedly proposed a so-called "double-freeze" plan which would see the US suspend military exercises with South Korea in exchange for Pyongyang halting its missile and nuclear tests. However, that plan was swiftly rejected over the summer by the US, which claims it has the right to conduct military exercises with its South Korean ally.

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Breakthrough: North Korea Ready To Denuclearize "If Regime Safety Is Guaranteed"


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Tue, 03/06/2018 - 06:18


Score another diplomatic victory for Trump, whose hard line negotiating tactic appears to have generated a dramatic - and favorable for market - outcome. Moments ago futures spiked, 10Y yields jumped and the USDJPY bounced about 106 on the flashing "bullish" news headline that North Korea is "ready to denuclearize if regime safety is assured."
  • NKOREA OPEN TO DENUCLEARIZE IF REGIME SAFETY GUARANTEED: SKOREA
The headlines come from South Korean National Security Office special envoy Chung Eui-yong, who is speaking to reporters in Seoul after returning from Pyongyang. Remember he and another envoy, National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Monday. Chung confirms that North Korea is indeed ready to stop the jawboning and negotiate:
  • Kim Jong Un open to frank talks with U.S. for denuclearization: Chung
  • North Korea to suspend provocations during talks: Chung
  • Promises not to use any weapons against South Korea: Chung
Next step: a summit in April between the two neighbors where details will be ironed out: "North Korea, South Korea agree to hold summit in April", Chung says.

The easing of tensions between the two Koreas and this clearly positive geopolitical development has triggered a broad based risk-on move. Fixed income is selling off sharply here, with Bunds flying. As the spot KRW market is closed, the NDF space is in focus. The 1m NDF has traded from 1076.0 to 1070.8 at time of print. USDJPY is spiking higher at 106.10 at print. This move may have legs especially as early NY begins to come in

The question now is whether this unexpected diplomatic victory for Trump will further empower him to demand similar concessions on the trade side, and launch the "trade wars", even as the market is now fully convinced that the US president will backtrack.

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Trump should send lindsey graham to north korea then thrown in a fiery inferno as a sacrifice to the peace process.
 

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I figured that Whoa Fat! would simmer down a little for the olympics propaganda season, that failed miserably, still have a summer games to go. Nobody with any sense starts a fall offensive, so it will be next year before the shelling starts.

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North Korea vows to halt nuclear missile tests and says it 'would not need to keep nukes if military threats against the country were resolved'
  • North Korea says it won't need to keep nuclear weapons if threat is 'resolved'
  • The promise was announced by South Korean officials after a visit to the North
  • A ten-strong South Korean delegation had travelled to meet Pyongyang officials
  • Kim Jong-Un appeared in high spirits during meetings with the delegation
  • A dinner held in Pyongyang sees him, his wife, and sister with the South Koreans
  • Kim also promised to never use any kind of weapons against South Korea
  • North Korea had also said it's open to talks with US on de-nuclearisation


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If Trump meets this cat and can broker a peace deal with him it'll go a long way in restoring a lot of people's faith in him.
 

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South Korea's National Security Adviser makes an announcement on North Korea
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Senator Lindsey Graham warns Kim Jong Un: If you play Trump it will be end of you and your regime
  • Senator Lindsay Graham issued a warning to Kim Jong-Un in a statement
  • Said that if North Korea tries to 'play' Trump - he will end Kim and his regime
  • Republican senator said he fears Korea will be 'all talk, and no action'


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Washington in shock after Trump ACCEPTS stunning invitation to meet North Korean despot by May after rogue nation agrees to suspend nuclear and missile tests
  • Trump accept Kim Jong-Un's invitation to meet in May say South Korea official
  • White House confirmed that talks would take place but did not specify time
  • Neither Chung nor the White House said where the talk would take place
  • Trump tweeted after announcement that 'great progress being made'
  • Kim has promised to freeze nuclear and ballistic missile tests until after talk
  • US Senator Lindsey Graham warned Kim on Thursday that 'it will be the end' of him if he tried to take advantage of Trump
  • The announcement welcomed by leaders in Russia, China, UK and Australia


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Senator Lindsey Graham warns Kim Jong Un: If you play Trump it will be end of you and your regime
  • Senator Lindsay Graham issued a warning to Kim Jong-Un in a statement
  • Said that if North Korea tries to 'play' Trump - he will end Kim and his regime
  • Republican senator said he fears Korea will be 'all talk, and no action'


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First shot from neo-con scum already we should hear a complaint from some jew scum israel firster next. I am serious Trump should bring Dennis Rodman to the peace talks and afterwards they all beat the shit out of lindsey graham Kim Jong Un’s sister gets to kick him in the balls till they fall off.
 

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Wait....The Chosen God Emperor (all hail) that was going to get us in a nuclar war toe to toe with the russkies has produced epic peace talks that the guy that won the prize for peace couldn't produce................................

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White House warns Kim talks with Trump will be OFF unless he 'denuclearizes' - but refuses to spell out in public what North Korean dictator must do to keep his promises
  • Trump accept Kim Jong-un's invitation to meet in May says a South Korea official
  • White House confirmed that talks would take place but did not specify time
  • Neither South Korea's Chung nor the White House said where a meeting would take place
  • Trump tweeted after announcement that 'great progress being made'
  • Kim has promised to freeze nuclear and ballistic missile tests until after talk
  • U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham warned Kim on Thursday that 'it will be the end' of him if he tried to take advantage of Trump
  • Announcement welcomed by leaders in Russia, China, UK and Australia


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"The Bottles Kept Flowing" - Inside The Dinner That Led To Trump-Kim Meeting


by Tyler Durden
Fri, 03/09/2018 - 12:46


For at least two decades, leaders in North Korea have been seeking a personal meeting with an American president... and after a hotpot, cold noodles, and several bottles of wine, it appears that meeting is about to happen.



North Korea’s Kim Jong Un joked about his image in international media while serving South Korean officials local spirits and cold noodles during their unprecedented visit to Pyongyang this week, two South Korean government sources told Reuters.

Kim made light-hearted remarks about how he is viewed outside North Korea in international media and elsewhere, one Blue House official said. The officials who spoke asked to remain unnamed due to the sensitivity of the issue.

The North Korean leader was “very aware” of his image, the official said, and reacted to comments made about him in a “relaxed” manner by joking about himself from time to time.

Reuters added that Kim told the visiting delegation Moon could rest easy at night now that Pyongyang had decided not to carry out nuclear or missile tests while talks were ongoing, a Blue House official said.

“President Moon has had a rough time chairing national security meetings at the break of dawn whenever we fired missiles,” Kim was cited as saying during a dinner meeting with the visiting South Koreans.

“If working-level talks ever cease and hostility appears, (President Moon) and I can easily resolve it with a phone call,” Kim referring to the hotline the two Koreas are planning to install to connect Kim and Moon. It will be the first such hotline to be set up between the heads of the two Koreas.

When the South Korean officials visited, Reuters notes that no hard feelings were displayed and Kim Jong Un was the first to tackle sensitive topics, including the resumption of a military exercise between South Korea and the United States that was postponed for a peaceful Winter Olympics, the Blue House official said.

The delegation was served North Korean hotpot the first day and cold noodles - another regional specialty - the next, the Blue House official said.

Kim and the officials shared several bottles of wine, liquor made of ginseng and Pyongyang soju, the official said.

“The bottles kept coming,” said another administrative source who had official knowledge of the meeting.

And at the end of all that, South Korean officials say Trump and Kim now plan to meet by the end of May, in what would be the first ever meeting between a sitting U.S. President and a North Korean leader.



However, as a summit unexpectedly appears possible, and a diplomatic victory looms for President Trump ahead of the midterms, 'some' are raising doubts.

Reuters reports that analysts fear U.S. President Donald Trump’s understaffed administration may lack the expertise to successfully turn a political spectacle long sought by Pyongyang into a meaningful opportunity to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.

“A Trump meeting with Kim presents both risks and opportunities,” said Bonnie Glaser, an Asia expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank.

“The U.S. side needs to be very, very well prepared and know exactly what it wants to achieve, as well as what the U.S. is willing to provide in return.”

Several experienced career diplomats occupy key positions in the Trump administration’s Korea and East Asia offices, but, as Reuters points out, many of them are in an acting capacity while other positions are entirely empty.

Suzanne DiMaggio, a senior fellow at the New America think tank, who has engaged North Korean officials at unofficial discussions, said on Twitter:

"It will have to be managed carefully with a great deal of prep work."

"Otherwise, it runs the risk of being more spectacle than substance.

Right now, Kim Jong Un is setting the agenda and the pace, and the Trump administration is reacting. The administration needs to move quickly to change this dynamic."

“A summit is a reward to North Korea,” said Robert Kelly, a professor at South Korea’s Pusan National University.

“It extends the prestige of meeting the head of state of the world’s strongest power and leading democracy. That is why we should not do it unless we get a meaningful concession from North Korea. That is why other presidents have not done it.

Finally, Reuters points out the inevitable truth that if the summit fails, the cost could be higher than in the past, as observers have noted, with North Korea firmly in possession of a nuclear arsenal and Trump having said military strikes may be needed to remove those weapons; a diplomatic failure would leave few (and uglier) options on the table.

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Trump insists North Korea 'will honor its commitment' not to test missiles in coming weeks as he prepares for historic summit with Kim Jong-un
  • President Donald Trump thinks North Korea won't test missiles in coming weeks
  • Trump tweeted that the North 'will honor its commitment' to refrain from tests
  • President says he spoke to the leaders of China and Japan on Saturday
  • Trump said Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe endorsed summit with Kim Jong-un
  • Planners are trying to decide where the summit will take place


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I bet right now neo-cons are trying to sabotage the talks from happening.
 

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Kim on over to my place! Donald Trump 'could hold historic nuclear summit with North Korean tyrant at his Mar-a-Lago holiday home in Florida'
  • Trump’s ‘Winter White House’ might be setting of his biggest political coup yet
  • It is one of the places he and Kim Jong Un could hold their historic first meeting
  • The President got married there and has visited 14 times since being sworn in


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That would be a winner, hope he invites Dennis Rodman and lindsey graham also.
 

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North Korea played like a violin?
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Published on Mar 10, 2018
Over the past decades North Korea has been playing American presidents like a violin. The three North Korean Dear Leaders Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, and Kim Jong-un have played the USA as a violin. Most recent presidents, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, all got played like a violin by the Commies in the Hermit Kingdom, North Korea.

Now comes along a new USA President, Donald Trump, and North Korea is being played as a violin. Kim Jong-un has agreed to meet face-to-face with Trump, and Trump agreed.

Good news? Not so fast. Apparently The Japan Times is stoking the flames of fears among the people in Japan. Some recent headlines:

“U.S. shift on North Korea has Japan on edge,”

With a sub headline:
“Prospect of breakthrough summit prompts jitters in Tokyo about being left vulnerable.”

Next day their headline read:

“Abe, Trump to hold April summit”

With a sub headline:
“Experts say Tokyo fears being left behind by U.S. North dialogue.”

Japan has nothing to fear about this meeting, because Trump will never leave Japan “behind.” President Trump recognizes and appreciates the friendship of Japan and South Korea.
 

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South Korea's Foreign Minister tells White House that Kim Jong Un has 'given his word' that he is committed to denuclearization
  • Trump has agreed to what would be historic talks after South Korean officials relayed that Kim Jong Un was committed to abandoning nuclear weapons
  • North Korea has not publicly confirmed the summit plans, and a meeting place is not known
  • South Korea's Kang Kyung-wha said Seoul has asked the North 'to indicate in clear terms the commitment to denuclearization'
  • The top national security advisers of the United States, South Korea and Japan met over the weekend to discuss North Korea


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Is Kim Jong-un making a secret visit to China? Speculation mounts after Beijing station was closed off when train from North Korea passed through

  • Train from North Korea arrived in Beijing amid heavy security on Monday
  • Carriages look similar to a train that Kim Jong-il used to visit China in the past, sparking speculation that Kim Jong-un was on board
  • If confirmed, it would mark his first foreign visit since becoming Supreme Leader
  • Comes amid preparations for a meeting between Kim and President Trump


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Kim Jong-un DID go to Beijing to meet China's President Xi in his first-ever overseas trip as leader and says he's now willing to meet Trump after the 'successful' talks

  • Beijing confirmed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a visit to China
  • Kim travelled with his wife and held 'successful talks' and a banquet with Xi
  • The North Korean leader said he was willing to hold talks with the United States
  • He also said he was committed to 'denuclearisation' on the Korean peninsula
  • A train from North Korea arrived in Beijing amid heavy security on Monday
  • White House said Trump received a 'private' message from Xi about meeting


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Trump says he's looking forward to meeting Kim Jong-un after North Korean dictator's surprise visit to Beijing to meet China's Xi Jinping in first-ever overseas trip as leader

  • Beijing confirmed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a visit to China
  • Kim travelled with his wife and held 'successful talks' and a banquet with Xi
  • The North Korean leader said he was willing to hold talks with the United States
  • He also said he was committed to 'denuclearisation' on the Korean peninsula
  • A train from North Korea arrived in Beijing amid heavy security on Monday
  • White House said Trump received a 'private' message from Xi about meeting


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Inside Kim’s secret train: North Korean leader lets the cameras in as he meets Chinese leader in bullet-proof carriage (top speed 60kph)

  • The armoured-plated train has luxurious fittings and plentiful supplies of alcohol
  • It was used extensively for foreign travel by Kim Jong-un's flight-phobic father
  • It is reported to consist of 90 carriages with separate train ahead and behind it
  • Numerous delicacies including lobster are reported to be available on board


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U.N. Blacklists Dozens of Ships and Shipping Companies Over North Korea Smuggling
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By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, March 30 (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council blacklisted dozens of ships and shipping companies on Friday over oil and coal smuggling by North Korea, boosting pressure on Pyongyang as leader Kim Jong Un plans to meet with his South Korean and U.S. counterparts.

The council’s North Korea sanctions committee acted on a request by the United States, designating 21 shipping companies — including five based in China — 15 North Korean ships, 12 non-North Korean ships and a Taiwanese man.

The move comes days after Kim met Chinese President Xi Jinping and an announcement that the North Korean leader would meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in on April 27. He is also scheduled to meet U.S. President Donald Trump some time in May.

While Trump has agreed to meet Kim, he tweeted on Wednesday that “maximum sanctions and pressure must be maintained.”

Tension over North Korea’s tests of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles surged last year and raised fears of U.S. military action in response to the North’s threat to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.

But the situation has eased significantly since North Korea sent athletes to the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the U.N. sanctions designations — the largest agreed by the council’s committee — were aimed at shutting down North Korea’s illegal smuggling activities to obtain oil and sell coal.

“The approval of this historic sanctions package is a clear sign that the international community is united in our efforts to keep up maximum pressure on the North Korean regime,” she said in a statement.

The list was part of a request by Washington late last month for 33 ships, 27 shipping companies and the Taiwanese man to be sanctioned. China delayed that bid on March 2, but did not give a reason. The 15-member committee works by consensus.

Washington then proposed a shortened list on Thursday, which was unanimously agreed by the committee on Friday.

The 12 non-North Korea ships are now subjected to a global port ban and must be deregistered, while the 15 North Korean ships are subjected to an asset freeze and 13 of those a global port ban.

The Taiwanese man, Tsang Yung Yuan, is accused of coordinating “North Korean coal exports with a North Korean broker operating in a third country, and he has a history of other sanctions evasion activities,” according to the U.N. listing. He is subjected to an asset freeze and travel ban.

The assets of the 21 shipping companies, which include businesses based in the Marshall Islands, Singapore, Panama and Samoa, must now be frozen.

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, banning exports including coal, iron, lead, textiles and seafood, and capping imports of crude oil and refined petroleum products.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Sandra Maler)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2018.

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The U.S. and North Korea have been holding secret talks through CIA back-channels in preparation for historic meeting between Trump and Kim Jung Un

  • CIA Director Mike Pompeo and a team at the Agency have been holding secret talks with North Korean officials
  • They have even met at a third country to discuss the location of the upcoming meeting between president Trump and Kim Jung Un
  • The North Koreans are pushing for it to happen in their capital, Pyongyang
  • Mongolia's capital Ulaanbaatar has also been considered as an option
  • Once Pompeo is confirmed as Secretary of State he will lead the diplomatic preparations for the historic summit that could happen in late May or June


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If Trump meets the little dictator, rocket man it won't be good for America, that I can assure you.

Can somebody tell me how anything coming out of that could be good for America?

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I disagree.

If the meeting is held in a third party country this could be a good thing for us. Kim has always wanted to meet with a US leader, let alone a world renowned TV celebrity. KIM gets that bone now Kim has to reciprocate. It is part of their culture.

Additionally the visual will be stunning. Trump, at 6'3" is going to tower over Kim at 5'3" just by standing next to him. That is a whole foot! No heel lifts are going to help Kim.

Plus Kim runs the risk of Trump pulling a Reagan in Iceland and walking away from the table because he felt Kim was negotiating in bad faith. If Trump does this, then Trump silences any critics who said he should talk and wins points with the hawks who said not talk with Kim. Trump is probably on the hawk side so this just reinforces his position.

Basically, I see all the pressure on Kim especially since NK touts Kim as the wonder statesman.
 

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If Trump meets the little dictator, rocket man it won't be good for America, that I can assure you.

Can somebody tell me how anything coming out of that could be good for America?
If Trump goes to Pyongyang and asks for asylum?