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Trump a Master In Dynamite - A Nobel Prize?

by Oui Thu May 24th, 2018 at 05:57:26 PM EST

The Apprentice whose followers were already calling for his candidacy as the recipient of the explosive Nobel Prize, that would be true dynamite!

Trump is pretty good in "blowing-up" things from trade deals like NAFTA, TPP, Paris Climate Accord, WTO agreements due to "national security" risks and the Iran Nuclear agreement JCPOA signed by Barack Obama.

US Government destroyed NK Summit in Singapore with threat of "Libya Model"

Of all the countries that might have acted as a spoiler for the summit in Singapore between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un--China, Russia, Japan, the United States and North Korea themselves--the one that doomed it was unexpected. It isn't even involved in North Korea diplomacy and is located a long 6,000 miles away from the Korean Peninsula. It's Libya.

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Yet Libya ought to have been top of mind. It's notoriously difficult to determine what motivates the strategic choices and polices of North Korea's leaders, but among the factors that has been evident for some time is Kim Jong Un's fear of ending up like Muammar al-Qaddafi. The Libyan strongman was pulled from a drainage pipe and shot to death by his own people following a U.S.-led military intervention during the Arab Spring in 2011. The North Korean government views its development of nuclear weapons--a pursuit Qaddafi abandoned in the early 2000s, when his nuclear program was far less advanced than North Korea's, in exchange for the easing of sanctions and other promised benefits--as its most reliable shield against a hostile United States that could very easily inflict a similar fate on Kim. We know this because the North Korean government has repeatedly said as much. "The Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq and the Gaddafi regime in Libya could not escape the fate of destruction after being deprived of their foundations for nuclear development and giving up nuclear programs of their own accord," the state-run Korean Central News Agency observed in 2016.

John Bolton, North Korea and the Libya Model

'Political Dummy' and 'Libya Model': The Mike Pence - North Korea Exchange That Killed the Summit | Haaretz |

Trump cancels Singapore nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un | CNBC |

In his letter to Kim Jong Un, Trump puts squarely the blame on North Korea: ".. based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement."

"Rocket Man" made good on his word to Mr Moon. That is before Mr Bolton could personally collect souvenieres such as scalps and fissile nuggets.

North Korean conducted demolitions to close its nuclear test ground in Punggye Village, Kilju County, North Hamgyong Province on May 24. Maintenance facilities for the test site are seeing being demolished. North Korea demolished seven of such facilities on this day. (photo pool)

North Korea seals off tunnels at nuclear test ground
North Korea set off a series of explosions on May 24 to seal off tunnels and related infrastructure at its "northern nuclear test ground" in a valley at Mount Mantap in Punggye Village, Kilju County, North Hamgyong Province. While leader Kim Jong-un was preemptively carrying out the first visible step toward the North's "complete denuclearization," US President Donald Trump moved the same day to abruptly cancel a scheduled summit with him in Singapore on June 12.
The "ceremony" concluded with the demolition of local military barracks in increments of two blocks each at 15-minute intervals. Tunnel 1 to the east was not separately demolished that day, having already been closed down following the first nuclear test in Oct. 2006 due to radioactive contamination.
The event that day took place in the presence of a team of eight reporters from South Korea and 30 from the US, China, the UK, and Russia. The journalists departed Wonsan the previous day and arrived at the Punggye site early in the morning. Because of the remote mountain location, they remained out of contact with the outside until after 7 pm that day.
As it happens, neither Trump nor Obama were invited to The Wedding either.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 25th, 2018 at 07:40:11 AM EST
President Moon calls emergency meeting after Trump cancels North Korea-US summit
At midnight, President Moon summoned the members of the National Security Council's standing committee - including Chief of Staff Im Jong-seok, National Security Office Director Chung Eui-yong, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, Unification Minister Cho Myung-gyon, Defense Minister Song Young-moo, National Intelligence Service Director Suh Hoon and Senior Secretary for Public Relations Yoon Young-chan - for an hour-long emergency meeting at his residence in the Blue House.
"It is disconcerting and very regrettable that the North Korea-US summit will not be held on June 12 as planned," President Moon said during the meeting.
"It is not feasible to resolve sensitive and difficult foreign policy issues through the current method of communication. I hope that this will be resolved through closer and more direct dialogue between leaders," the president said, emphasizing direct communication on hotlines between the leaders of South and North Korea and the leaders of North Korea and the US that would sideline hardliner aides.
Good luck wit' dat.

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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 25th, 2018 at 07:51:06 AM EST
Trump says he has "great confidence" in Moon's role as mediator 23 May
Trump turned to Moon and said, "Did I do a good job? I can't do better than that. That's called an A-plus rating."
While Trump was voicing suspicions that Chinese President Xi Jinping had exerted his influence to bring about the recent changes in North Korea, he also asked Moon for his viewpoint: "Now President Moon may have a different opinion [about Kim Jong-un's second meeting with Xi], I'd like to have your opinion on that."
But shortly afterward, Trump was courteous enough to give Moon the option of not replying. "I don't want to get him in trouble, he lives next to China," Trump said.
Trump hints at support for North Korea's gradual denuclearization 24 May
During his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on May 22, US President Donald Trump unveiled his vision for the North Korea-US summit, which is scheduled to take place in Singapore on June 12.
When asked whether denuclearization should be an "all-in-one" or could be incremental, Trump said, "It would certainly be better if it were all in one. Does it have to be? I don't think I want to totally commit myself [that it has to be]." [. . .] "But all in one would be a lot better. [. . .] You know, you do have some physical reasons that it may not be able to do exactly that. So for physical reasons, over a very short period of time. Essentially, that would be all in one," he went on to say.
Trump considering new tariff of 25 percent for import cars 25 May
According to the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA), of the 2.53 million cars South Korea exported last year 84.5 thousand, or 33 percent, of them were exported to the US market. If the tariffs are passed, South Korean car brands would be unable to remain competitive in terms of pricing.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 25th, 2018 at 08:08:27 AM EST

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