Category Archives: Kim Jong-Un

Iran warns North Korea not to believe Trump’s promises in nuclear talks since the White House has pulled out of their Obama-era agreement

‘We don’t know what type of person the North Korean leader is negotiating with. It is not clear that he would not cancel the agreement before returning home,’ Iranian government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency.

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Trump Unclear If Inter-Korean Summit Can Continue

U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged on Wednesday it was unclear if his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would go ahead, and said Washington would insist that North Korea give up its nuclear weapons despite Pyongyang’s threat to pull out of the meeting.

North Korea threw the June 12 summit into doubt on Wednesday, saying it might not attend if Washington continues to demand that it unilaterally abandon its nuclear weapons. North Korea also called off high-level talks with South Korea scheduled for Wednesday, blaming U.S.-South Korean military exercises.

“We’ll have to see,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office when asked if the summit was still on.

“No decision, we haven’t been notified at all … We haven’t seen anything, we haven’t heard anything,” he added, while saying that he would continue to push for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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North Korea: the Slippery Eel

Still in mid-reel from the news that North Korea may walk away from talks with the United States, prominent North Korean defector, Thae Yong-Ho reminds everyone what denuclearisation means to Kim Jong-Un:

North Korea’s highest-profile defector in two decades said that Kim Jong Un doesn’t share the same concept of denuclearization as the U.S., issuing a warning ahead of a planned summit meeting between President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader.

Thae Yong Ho, Pyongyang’s deputy ambassador in London before his defection to South Korea two years ago, told reporters in Seoul on Monday that North Korea is unlikely to agree to Washington’s demand of “complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization,” or CVID, because it would challenge the fundamental structure of North Korea’s political system.

CVID “will strike at the core of North Korea’s power structure. North Korea will not accept CVID that does not ensure the security of the regime,” Mr. Thae said.

 

This regime:

A colonel in the Department of the General Staff accused of defacing North Korea’s April 25 House of Culture with graffiti critical of the Kim Jong Un regime was recently publicly executed, according to sources in North Korea.

“A high-ranking member (colonel) of the General Staff Operations Department and another individual (who was implicated in the graffiti incident) were executed by automatic rifles at the Kanggun Military Academy’s firing range,” said a Pyongyang-based source in a phone call with Daily NK. “He was accused of masterminding the defacing of the April 25 House of Culture with graffiti criticizing the regime and was summarily executed.”

The source further added that “the execution was conducted quietly in front of high-ranking cadres from the Ministry of State Security and the military. The colonel’s family was taken away somewhere, likely a political prison camp.”

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This:

(Kamsahamnida)

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North Korea chaos: Despot Kim Jong-un bans MOTHER’S DAY messages in jealous rage

In the rogue state, the three Kim leaders have all demanded unwavering, almost God-like support and adulation during their reigns – and the current dictator believes his leadership is being undermined.

One source within North Korea said the loving messages children are sending to their mothers are seen as “encroaching upon the significance” of Kim, and the memory of his father and grandfather.

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North Korea Sentences Trump To Death For Insulting Kim Jong Un

During the president’s address in South Korea, he “painted a black picture of the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea], spouting all sorts of rubbish against it,” North Korean state media asserted. Trump’s “worst crime,” though, “is that he dared malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK,” the Rodong Sinmun asserted, appearing to reference his tweet, which suggested that the noticeably pudgy despot is “short and fat.”

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‘They Want to Know If Trump’s Crazy’

“They” is North Korean officials. And “he” is Donald Trump. Four times over the past year, in Geneva, Pyongyang, Oslo and Moscow, DiMaggio has secretly met with North Koreans to talk about the country’s nuclear program. But what they really want to talk about, DiMaggio said in an extensive new interview for The Global Politico, is America’s volatile president.

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On the North Korean Front

Tillerson asked to put North Korea back on the list of countries that sponsor terrorism:

Kim Jong-un’s WMD testing and threats are arguably the biggest factor in Congress’s new push. But although the State Department is required to report on a state’s WMD proliferation in its annual terrorism report, I’ve argued that WMD testing isn’t legally definable as terrorism, either. Of course, this factor is a wash, considering that George W. Bush struck North Korea from the list because Kim Jong-il promised to dismantle his nuclear programs. The State Department certainly didn’t raise any pedantic legal objections to North Korea’s rescission then.

The result of this sentiment is that last week, 16 members of the House of Representatives — a fairly balanced group of Republicans and Democrats — wrote to Secretary Tillerson, calling for a re-listing. In an op-ed for the New York Times, Senator Ted Cruz adds his voice to those calls. Separately, the House has just passed, by a vote of 415 to 2, another North Korea sanctions law citing (among other factors) the risk of terrorist financing by North Korea in its findings section.

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In a country where the only fat man is a tyrant:

With the greening of the trees each year in North Korea come annual predictions of famine due to weather conditions that, by some meteorological miracle, never cross the Demilitarized Zone and cause hunger in South Korea. This year, as with every year since 1999, the reality was not as bad as the dire predictions, but the situation is still bad: some of the Daily NK’s sources say that they’ve seen the bodies of people who (or so they believe) have starved to death. That wouldn’t be the first time that’s happened since the end of the Great Famine, and it’s also a sign that the causes of hunger in North Korea remain unchanged.

So unsurprisingly, yet again, Pyongyang isn’t feeding its people. But of all the obligations a state undertakes in its social contract with the governed, the one obligation you’d think Pyongyang would be able to deliver on would be security. But as this blog has documented, in North Korea, unfed soldiers roam the roads and rape women with impunity, and are sometimes ordered to pillage homes and farms by officers who aren’t feeding them. This year, Pyongyang will again loose its soldiers on the people.

 

(Kamsahamnida: OFK)

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