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Fri Mar 15, 2019, 01:30 AM

NKorea official: Kim rethinking US talks, launch moratorium

Source: Associated Press

By ERIC TALMADGE
42 minutes ago

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon make a decision on whether to continue diplomatic talks and maintain the country’s moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests, a senior North Korean official said, noting the U.S. threw away a golden opportunity at the recent summit between their leaders.

Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, addressing an urgent meeting Friday of diplomats and foreign media in Pyongyang, including The Associated Press, said the North was deeply disappointed by the failure of the two sides to reach any agreements at the Hanoi summit between Kim and President Donald Trump.

She said Pyongyang now has no intention of compromising or continuing talks unless the United States takes measures that are commensurate to the changes it has taken — such as the 15-month moratorium on launches and tests — and changes its “political calculation.”

Choe, who attended the Feb. 27-28 talks in Hanoi, said Kim was puzzled by what she called the “eccentric” negotiation position of the U.S. She suggested that while Trump was more willing to talk, the U.S. position was hardened by the uncompromising demands of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/5e747986f9204bd88ed0b38ab314c22a

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Eugene Mar 15 OP
mucifer Mar 15 #1
sakabatou Mar 15 #2
dalton99a Mar 15 #3
Miguel M Mar 15 #4
riversedge Mar 15 #5
myohmy2 Mar 15 #6
area51 Mar 15 #7
soryang Mar 16 #8
Cold War Spook Mar 16 #9
winstars Mar 16 #10
littlemissmartypants Mar 17 #11

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 01:37 AM

1. wait... so trump won't get the nobel peace prize?nt

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 01:56 AM

2. How much more will Trump give into his love interest?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 02:01 AM

3. So much winning

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 02:47 AM

4. On to Venezuela. Bolton needs a win.



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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 04:18 PM

5. "I want to make it clear that the gangster-like stand of the U.S. will eventually put the situation

We should never given Kim a world stage!!--Twice!



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North Korea threatens to suspend denuclearization talks with the United States


https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/north-korea-threatens-to-suspend-denuclearization-talks-with-the-united-states-reports-say/2019/03/15/2f5686b2-46d8-11e9-9726-50f151ab44b9_story.html?utm_term=.d9e4fa5670e2




This March 6 image provided by Airbus Defence & Space and 38 North via a satellite image from CNES shows the Sohae Satellite Launch Facility in Tongchang-ri, North Korea. (AP/AP)



By Simon Denyer and





Carol Morello


March 15 at 10:28 AM

TOKYO — North Korea is considering suspending denuclearization talks with the United States unless Washington changes its stance after the breakdown of a summit meeting in Hanoi between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a senior North Korean official said Friday. .............................


“I want to make it clear that the gangster-like stand of the U.S. will eventually put the situation in danger,” she added. “We have neither the intention to compromise with the U.S. in any form nor much less the desire or plan to conduct this kind of negotiation.”

At the summit, Kim offered a partial shutdown of the Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center, where a large part of North Korea’s fissile material is produced, in return for lifting almost all the meaningful economic sanctions on his country, U.S. officials said.

Trump rejected that deal on the grounds that it would allow Pyongyang to continue producing weapons of mass destruction, effectively financed by the lifting of sanctions. Globally, there was widespread agreement that North Korea was offering too little and demanding too much..................................

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 04:42 PM

6. mysteriously wonderful...

" Despite the tensions, Choe said personal relations between the two leaders are still good “and the chemistry is mysteriously wonderful.”

She said it was entirely up to Kim whether to continue the launch and test moratorium, and said she expects he will “clarify his position” within a short period of time.

“On our way back to the homeland, our chairman of the state affairs commission said. ‘For what reason do we have to make this train trip again?’” she said. “I want to make it clear that the gangster-like stand of the U.S. will eventually put the situation in danger. We have neither the intention to compromise with the U.S. in any form nor much less the desire or plan to conduct this kind of negotiation.” "

...MAGA Man and Kimmy have a "mysteriously wonderful" relationship yet Kimmy might have to nuke us in the final analysis...

...are the Red Hats happy?

...of course...you can't beat "mysteriously wonderful"

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 10:50 PM

7. Nice going, Trump.

Shart of the deal?

Tired of winning yet?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Mar 16, 2019, 05:42 PM

8. The Illusion of the Hanoi Summit

To get Kim to the summit Biegun implied there was wiggle room or flexibility in the US approach to negotiations and that not everything need be achieved at once. Yet once at the summit, US demands included everything, in an all or nothing approach, that exceeded the parameters of the Singapore summit, with no offers of any sanctions relief of any kind for interim measures. For example, the US demanded that all weapons of mass destruction, (a pet phrase of the neo-con proponents of interminable middle east wars) including chemical and biological weapons, as part of the US demands that would require fulfillment in addition to the so called hek list or inventory of all nuclear weapons, enrichment facilities, missile sites, production facilities and so on. It was this all or nothing approach that previously caused the talks to falter last summer after the Singapore summit, when Pompeo made similar demands in Pyongyang and Kim Jong Un refused to meet with him or other US representatives for months.

This fundamental difference which is well understood by long term observers of the negotiations between the US "one bundle" or Libyan approach, and a simultaneously reciprocal step by step, phased trust building approach, favored by North Korea, has been the obstacle to negotiations all along. A retreat was required from the US all or nothing approach after Singapore which Stephen Biegun played out in working level talks, as evidenced by his presentation at Stanford before the Hanoi summit could even occur. Once, the North Koreans committed to meet at Hanoi, the US went back to the old playbook of all or nothing, give up everything in return for vague promises of future benefits and no sanctions relief of any kind in the interim. No one who knows anything about North Korea could have seriously thought this would work.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Mar 16, 2019, 07:36 PM

9. Too many people in the US voted for Trump because he wasn't part of the establishment.

Too many people should have read Paul Krugman before voting. "A country is not a company"

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Mar 16, 2019, 08:24 PM

10. DARN! There goes tRump's Nobel Peace Prize...

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Mar 17, 2019, 01:29 AM

11. See! This is exactly why we need Space Force! nt

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