Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Ten historic moments in relations between US and North Korea

Mike Pompeo draws firm line on North Korea as summit hangs in balance Trump-Kim summit: US president will leave early as talks 'moving rapidly'
Charlie Simmons | 15 June, 2018, 06:37

With US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un arriving at Singapore on Sunday, the countdown to the historic summit began even as negotiations continued over how to make the historic summit a success.

"We will take actions to provide them sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearisation is not something that ends badly for them", Pompeo said.

On the question of sanctions, Secretary of State added that it would remain unless North Korea completely and verifiably denuclearises.

United States presidents and vice-presidents generally never fly on the same aircraft to guarantee that one of them survives in the event of a disaster, and the move appeared created to ensure the preservation of the Kim dynasty, which has ruled the North for three generations.

The summit - the first ever between a sitting American president and North Korea's leader - was to kick off at 9 a.m., the White House said.

The summit - the first between a sitting United States president and any North Korean Leader - will mark a turnaround of relations between Trump and Kim after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults.

Kim spent the day out of view, but was reportedly going on an evening tour of attractions on the city's waterfront, a source familiar with the plan told Reuters.

"It's hospitality that we would have offered them, and as Chairman Kim said yesterday, he would have liked to have come to Singapore anyway, with or without the summit", Balakrishnan said in a interview.

While advisers insist Trump has been reviewing briefing materials, he says his gut instincts will matter most when he gets in the room with Kim.

Some experts voiced concern that even if there were concessions from North Korea, the USA could be reluctant to return the favor immediately, given growing worries in Washington that Trump will go too easy on North Korea and eventually be taken advantage of.

More news: Chef recalls lunch with Bourdain days before death
More news: U.S. prosecutors file charges against alleged Russian spy in Manafort case
More news: Trump lashes out at 'very dishonest & weak' G7 chairman Trudeau

During the 7 decades that have passed since the end of the Korean War, there's been no single North Korea-U.S. summit. "If diplomacy does not move in the right direction, those measures will increase", he said.

The one-on-one session, plus translators, will supplement bigger meetings involving the leaders and their aides about proposals to help North Korea if it agrees to dismantle its nuclear weapons programs.

"We'll probably need another summit", Trump said during the news conference that lasted more than an hour. "He really wants to do a great job for North Korea", Trump said.

It is an extraordinary turnaround from the rhetoric of past year, when Trump threatened the North with "fire and fury" and Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard".

Then-South Korean President Syngman Rhee wanted to continue fighting and refused to sign the treaty.

Reaction from USA allies will also be watched closely as Trump continues to alienate traditional American partners through trade tariffs.

The United States delegation at the bilateral meeting will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Although summit meetings between potential enemies are generally a positive indicator for war risks, they are largely symbolic and do not necessarily point to a shift in the conflicting motivations and strategic interests of the countries involved.

North Korea blasted Pence's remarks as "ignorant and stupid", sparking the cancellation of the planned Trump-Kim meeting.

Though Trump has previously called Kim "little rocket man" and "short and fat", POTUS has also said that Kim is a "very smart cookie" and "very honorable".

Recommended

More Cyberpunk 2077 details surface up Cyberpunk 2077 is likely to be at least a year or two away yet, so it makes sense for CD Projekt Red to keep its options open. Cyberpunk 2077 is being designed as a single-player only game , but that could change at some point after the game's release.

Initiative to break California into 3 states to go on November ballot Initiative to break California into 3 states to go on November ballot College students from Northern California who go to school in Los Angeles (and vice versa) would also be affected. Critics of the initiative say having three Californias would actually diminish the power of Democrats.

Singapore can benefit if North Korea opens up Singapore can benefit if North Korea opens up During the meeting with Pompeo in Seoul, Foreign Minister Kang said the alliance with the USA remained strong. The awkward moment raised some eyebrows because the US and North Korea technically are still at war.

Federal Bureau of Investigation director showed no political bias in Clinton email saga Federal Bureau of Investigation  director showed no political bias in Clinton email saga The DOJ inspector general panned many of his key decisions, though he did agree with the recommendation not to charge Clinton. Once they were assessed, they did not change the FBI's previous conclusions.

Ronaldo: 'Revelation' Salah can win Ballon d'Or Ronaldo: 'Revelation' Salah can win Ballon d'Or The pair could potentially square off again in the last 16, if Egypt and Portugal make it past Group A and B respectively. Portugal were departing to Russian Federation ahead of competing in the 2018 Soccer World Cup taking place in June/July.

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner made $82 million in 2017 Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner made $82 million in 2017 She also earned $5 million from her designer brand and $2 million in pay and severance from the Trump Payroll Corp, Politico reported .

Apple Bans Cryptocurrency Mining on iPhone and iPad Apple Bans Cryptocurrency Mining on iPhone and iPad Apple previously declared that apps transmitting approved cryptocurrencies had to do so in compliance with applicable laws. Apple's Health Record , which features in the health app, was launched in the United States , in January 2018.

IHOP reveals the mystery of IHOb IHOP reveals the mystery of IHOb Legendary fried chicken purveyor Church's Chicken posted an Instagram photo that poked fun at the IHOP name change buzz. It remains to be seen whether the change will be permanent or merely a flash in the pan (cake) to promote hamburgers.

Trump Agreed to Cancel South Korea War Games Without Informing the Military Trump Agreed to Cancel South Korea War Games Without Informing the Military Ben Shapiro said it was "disquieting" to see President Donald Trump praise North Korean leader Kim Jong Un . North Korea also serves as a valuable buffer state between China and USA forces in South Korea .

Trump celebrates birthday during lunch with Singapore PM Lee Trump celebrates birthday during lunch with Singapore PM Lee Before boarding the Air Force One flight to Singapore , Trump said: "At a minimum, I do believe we will have met each other". The KCNA report was unusual in its clarity, mentioning the "historic first summit meeting and talks" between Kim and Trump.

The Elder Scrolls Online will receive two new expansions this year The Elder Scrolls Online will receive two new expansions this year In " Abyss ", you must fight your way through enemies in both "hand-crafted" and procedurally-generated maps to collect treasure. Any progress that players who have previously played the game on PC or mobile will carry over to the console versions.

Germany's Merkel calls Trump's G7 slams 'sobering,' 'depressing' Germany's Merkel calls Trump's G7 slams 'sobering,' 'depressing' The photo, unsurprisingly, took off on social media , spawning memes and amusing caption contests. I left before the end of the summit to embark on a marathon journey from Canada to Singapore .

Robert De Niro Gets Bleeped Saying 'F*** Trump' at 2018 Tony Awards Robert De Niro Gets Bleeped Saying 'F*** Trump' at 2018 Tony Awards Supreme Court for its recent ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case in his acceptance speech for best leading actor in a play. Stachel won best featured actor at Radio City Music Hall in NY , was perhaps the ideal vehicle to deliver him to fame.

Technologies may reduce cost of carbon uptake from atmosphere Technologies may reduce cost of carbon uptake from atmosphere Those numbers are "real progress", says Chris Field, a climate scientist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. "The Carbon Capture Coalition is pleased to support the Carbon Utilization Act, introduced in the U.S.

North Korea's dictator comes in from the cold North Korea's dictator comes in from the cold US President Donald Trump trusts his deal-making intuition to prepare for talks with North Korea's Kim Jong Un . Past nuclear deals have crumbled over North Korea's reluctance to open its doors to outsiders.