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Expensive Photo-Op Singapore Kim + Donald

by Oui Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 07:06:55 AM EST

Even George Bush must be under the impression - USS Abraham Lincoln - 1th May 2003

More below the fold ...

View from Japan and PM Abe ...

Before: Trump risks welcoming Kim to the nuclear club
Trump sees shared path with North Korea's Kim after denuclearization summit
Trump, Kim co-star in U.S.-made summit video mixing propaganda and Hollywood

I can imagine Abe in the role of Unexpected Problem, when Trump admin accolades subside. He's in the script, in the wing (stage right) waiting for his cue.

Moon and Kim will have to be very careful.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 02:17:42 PM EST
Hankyoreh at pains to get ahead of US press agitprop concerning "loss" of US "status", attributed by homicidal maniacs seated in the US Congress to TRUMP "concessions" to DPRK. S. Korea demurs.

Blue House to soon announce decision on whether to halt joint military exercises

On June 15, the Blue House announced that it would soon be announcing whether to suspend South Korea-US joint military exercises, including Ulchi-Freedom Guardian (UFG). The announcement of a halt to the exercises for the duration of dialogue between South and North Korea and between North Korea and the US is expected to be imminent.
"Nothing has been decided yet about adjusting the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercises [scheduled for August], but after close deliberation with the US, I think we will be able to announce our position before long," said a senior official from the Blue House in a meeting with reporters on June 15.
and manage expectations
At the same time, key figures handling foreign policy and security for South Korea and the US took pains to keep the suspension of joint military exercises from escalating into a debate about US troops stationed in South Korea or about cracks forming in the South Korea-US alliance.

USFK will not be withdrawn

"During the press conference, Trump himself made clear that US troops would not be withdrawn. US Forces Korea [USFK] is an issue for the South Korea-US alliance and therefore cannot be a subject for negotiations between North Korea and the US," said a senior official at the Blue House. "We have had no deliberations with the US about US Forces Korea, and our previous position remains unchanged."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jun 16th, 2018 at 06:42:11 PM EST

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