It would be hilarious if Pope Francis surprises them with a Pope John Paul II surprise:
The ruling Democratic Party (DP) on Friday expressed hope that Pope Francis’ potential visit to North Korea will help speed up denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The pope effectively accepted an invitation to visit North Korea on Thursday when President Moon Jae-in relayed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s verbal invitation. Pope Francis said if the North sends an official invitation, he will “certainly” respond to it.
“The pope’s possible visit to North Korea indicates the international community’s support for peace on the Korean Peninsula,” Hong Young-pyo, the DP’s floor leader, said at a meeting with senior party members.
“If realized, his trip will be momentum to induce the North toward the path to denuclearization,” he said. “We need a flexible approach to elicit (Pyongyang’s) denuclearization.”
The North’s leader expressed his willingness to invite the pope to his country during his third and latest summit with Moon in Pyongyang last month, according to Moon’s office.
No pope has ever visited North Korea.
Redacted Tonight host Lee Camp says he is unsure that President Donald Trump has the discipline to maintain a peace deal with North Korea, but notes that his opponents would rather face nuclear war than give him credit.
‘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.
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.
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.”
President Trump’s historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place June 12 in Singapore.
During Monday and Tuesday’s meeting, Kim reiterated his commitment to North Korea’s denuclearization, adding that the regime didn’t need nuclear weapons if a “relevant party” drops its “hostile policy and security threats” against it.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pledged his commitment to ‘denuclearization’ and to meet U.S. officials, China said on Wednesday after his meeting with President Xi Jinping, who promised China would uphold its friendship with its isolated neighbour.
Rodman, who is one of the few westerners to have met the dictator, also described Mr Kim as “like a kid” in an appearance on the US chat show, The Late Show.
According to North Korea’s state media, Kim Jong Un controlled the weather when he scaled a sacred mountain.
The dictator is said to have dressed in smart leather shoes and climbed the 2,744m high Mount Paektu.
U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday he will designate North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, subjecting the regime to additional sanctions and reinforcing that nation’s status as an international pariah.
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.
Kim Jong-un’s continued war of words with the United States and flexing of his military muscle has left the world on the brink of World War 3 – but decoding the words of the crackpot dictator could be the key to crushing his depraved regime.
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.”
“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.