Tag Archives: North Korea

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Hanoi: Amateur Hour and the Limits of Reality-TV Diplomacy

“What we saw in Hanoi was amateur hour with nuclear weapons at stake and the limits of reality-TV diplomacy.”

— Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), quoted by The Hill.

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Finding More Undisclosed Missile Sites in North Korea

20

“With a second U.S.-North Korea nuclear summit looming in February, researchers have discovered a secret ballistic missile base in North Korea — one of as many as 20 undisclosed missile sites in the country,” NBC News reports. “The Kim regime has never disclosed the existence of the Sino-ri Missile Operating Base to the outside world. Ballistic missiles are the primary delivery mechanism for North Korean nuclear warheads.”

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North Korea Still Building Missles

20-plus

Bloomberg: “Satellite-imagery analysis and leaked American intelligence suggest North Korea has churned out rockets and warheads as quickly as ever in the year since Kim halted weapons tests, a move that led to his June summit with Trump. The regime probably added several intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear proliferation analysts say, with one arms control group estimating that Kim gained enough fissile material for about six more nuclear bombs, bringing North Korea’s total to more than 20.”

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Trump Still Believes Kim Is Not Playing Him

“I truly believe North Korea has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial nation one day. Kim Jong Un agrees with me on this. It will happen!”

— President Trump, on Twitter.

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Thank You for Imprisoning and then Returning Our Citizens!

“We want to thank Kim Jong Un, who really was excellent to these three incredible people.”

— President Trump, quoted by Politico, on the return of three Americans who had been imprisoned by North Korea.

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Trump’s Malaprop at the Gridiron

“I won’t rule out direct talks with Kim Jong Un, I just won’t. As far as the risk of dealing with a madman is concerned, that’s his problem not mine.”

— President Trump, quoted by Politico, in remarks to the annual Gridiron dinner.

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Graham Says One in Three Chance Trump Will Attack North Korea

30%

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told The Atlantic that there’s a 30% chance that President Trump initiates war against North Korea. Said Graham: “I would say there’s a three in 10 chance we use the military option.” He added that if the North Koreans conduct an additional test of a nuclear bomb — “I would say 70 percent.”

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Putin: North Korea Will ‘Eat Grass’ Before Abandoning Nuclear Program

“They’ll eat grass, but they won’t abandon their program unless they feel secure.”

Bloomberg, arguing that sanctions against North Korea are “useless and ineffective.”
Poetic Justice

Nukes of Misdirection

Trump’s blustering away at Kim Jong Un
As if he thought nuclear war is fun.
And with cool nuclear threats,
What Trump finally gets
Is everybody’s mind off healthcare and Russians.

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Nuclear Nerves Wipe $1 Trillion Off World Stocks

$1 trillion

The damage inflicted on world stocks this week by the escalating war of words over North Korea topped $1 trillion on Friday, as investors again took cover in the yen, the Swiss franc, gold and government bonds, Reuters reports.