Worst deal ever? S. Korea fumes as US tries to raise price tag for hosting American troops by FIVE TIMES

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19-11-19 01:44:00,

A US demand for South Korea to quintuple spending for hosting American troops earned a stiff rebuke from Seoul, to which Washington responded by walking out of “cost-sharing” talks to give Koreans time to “reconsider.”

Some of the US’ closest allies have bowed to pressure and agreed to pay more for the US-provided protection and deterrence, but the price tag is still an issue for Seoul. The US and South Korea found themselves at an impasse when the former demanded that Seoul spend $5 billion each year for hosting 28,500 American personnel on its soil.


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The sum would compensate US troops for their labor, support their families, and fund rotational troop deployment, along with offshore training expenses, according to Yonhap. Previously, Seoul was only asked to pay for its workers hired by US forces, construction activities at American bases, and other minor expenses.

$5 billion is actually five times bigger than one of East Asia’s biggest economies agreed to pay this year. Unsurprisingly, the cost-sharing meeting between American and South Korean negotiators abruptly ended one hour after starting, though it was scheduled to run throughout Tuesday.

South Korea’s chief negotiator Jeong Eun-bo confirmed Seoul and Washington are far apart on the issue, noting there is “a significant difference between the overall proposal from the United States and our position.” Seoul’s foreign ministry was a bit more articulate, signaling that Seoul is unwilling to pay more than it has done “over the last 28 years.”

There’s also a growing irritation at the pressure Washington is piling on Seoul. This Monday, the Korea Times, one of the most-read newspapers, run an angry editorial accusing the Trump administration of putting money before a desire to strengthen ties. 

Coming a day after Seoul and Beijing agreed to “foster bilateral exchanges and cooperation in defense,” the piece warned that US-South Korea alliance may fall apart due to “Washington’s blatantly excessive demand for Seoul to cover the cost of the US military presence.”

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‘Game change’: S. Korea to create robots resembling humans & animals for future wars

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12-05-19 10:45:00,

In news that may stir fears of a Robocalypse among the faint-hearted, South Korea’s military unveiled plans to design robots that would mimic animals and humans. The ‘biorobots’ could be deployed in five years.

South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has published a new document offering a glimpse into the country’s grandiose plans to put several kinds of sophisticated biometric robots into military service within the next several years, Yonhap reported.

The DAPA said that it would galvanize efforts to design robots that would resemble humans and other living creatures, such as insects, birds, snakes, and possibly other marine life. For the moment, priority has been placed on developing human and insects-like robots. If the effort pays off, the know-how might be brought into the South Korean Army as early as 2024.

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The agency called the proposed biometric robots “a game change in future warfare” that will set the direction for the future of the defense industry. 

Once “enrolled” in the army, humanoid and animaloid robots would be used for a variety of tasks, including rescue and search missions and reconnaissance.

That robots will one day replace humans on the battlefield or will make up the majority of the combat troops is no longer an idea from the world of science fiction, but a firm conviction of some security experts. 

In 2016, the head of Russia’s military hi-tech body – analogous to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the US – said the notion of people fighting battles on the ground will soon be obsolete.

“Future warfare will involve operators and machines, not soldiers shooting at each other on the battlefield,” Andrey Grigoriev, head of the Advanced Research Foundation (ARF), said

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Kashmir, Korea, Venezuela, Iran: hot, cold, hybrid war | The Vineyard of the Saker

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01-03-19 07:33:00,

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author)

Turning and turning in a widening gyre, the geopolitics of the young  21st century resembles a psychedelic mandala conceived by Yama, the Lord of Death.

Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, fresh from a 70-hour train journey, meets in prosperous, communist Hanoi with fellow Nobel Peace Prize contender Donald Trump under the benevolent gaze of Uncle Ho.

This very sentence, if announced not long ago, would have elicited transcontinental howls of derision.

Chairman Kim, owner of a small nuclear arsenal, is deemed worthy of dialogue by the hyperpower while the nuclear-deprived leadership in Iran is not, even as the hyperpower ditched a multilateral, UN-approved, working nuclear deal.

In parallel, the hottest border in Asia reveals itself not to be the DMZ between the Koreas, but once again the Line of Control between nuclear powers India and Pakistan in Kashmir.

Although Islamabad and Delhi might, in theory, escalate to pointing nuclear missiles towards each other, the DPRK won’t point a nuclear-tipped missile at Guam and Tehran points to nothing at all, as it does not hold any nuclear missiles.

In a lighter, Looney Tunes vein, exit regime change in Pyongyang, while regime change in Iran stays, and enter regime change in Venezuela. Iran may still be placed in the Axis of Evil, but the new motto is the troika of tyranny (Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua) as the government in Caracas plays ‘Beep Beep’ to the hyperpower’s Wily Coyote.

An array of dodgy US neocons and shady “foundations” keep the flame of regime change in Iran alive, even fabricating a Tehran-al-Qaeda axis, while in Venezuela a stealth scenario advances. An astonishing briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Relations in Moscow this past Friday revealed that “US special forces and tech units will be delivered closer to Venezuela’s borders. We do have information that the US and its NATO partners are organizing for a mass delivery of weapons for the opposition in Venezuela, which will come from an Eastern European country.”

Facts are implacable. NATO, after nearly two decades, was miserably defeated in Afghanistan. The NATO-Gulf Cooperation Council war by proxy in Syria failed.

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North Korea Talks Breakdown – Trump Keeps The Empire Happy

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01-03-19 07:55:00,

Authored by Tom Luongo,

Given the trajectory of President Trump’s foreign policy since last year there was little hope of significant movement at this year’s summit with North Korea.

Since that first, historic meeting last year in Singapore, Trump’s foreign policy team has become the exact opposite of what that meeting symbolized.

Belligerent, threatening, cocky, obnoxious and ignorant only partially cover the depths to which Mike Pompeo, John Bolton and Trump himself have taken U.S. diplomacy.

There are many who still think that Trump is working for peace in the world. But, even if he is, the reality is that he’s not in charge of anything anymore.

So the point is moot.

Since Trump announced the withdrawal from Syria in December 20th, he has been pushed further and further to the sidelines of his own administration.

Take two weeks ago in Europe for example. Two major international summits are held in Warsaw and Munich and Trump is at home tweeting about the evils of Socialism and Venezuela while the Triumverate of Evil – Bolton, Pence and Pompeo — failed to rally support for a world war against Iran.

Vice President Mike Pence is running the operation on Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. Trump isn’t allowed anywhere near where the grown-ups are allowed to be.

It makes sense Trump wanted to go to Hanoi to achieve something substantial as was Kim but that was derailed in the end when John Bolton showed up and demanded chemical weapons be added at the last minute.

Former SK unification minister Chong Se-hyun suggests that summit was derailed by last minute attendance of Bolton, who added demands for NK to also report chemical/biological weapons, in response to which NKs increased their demand for sanctions relief https://t.co/d7IbkNtqxi

— Kevin Gray (@DrKevinGray) February 28, 2019

This was confirmed by the North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho at a brief press conference. From RT:

In exchange for partial lifting of sanctions by the US, North Korea would permanently remove plutonium and uranium processing facilities and Yongbyon, in the presence of US experts, Ri said, adding that the “US was not ready to accept our proposal.”

The North Korean official said Washington demanded “one more” measure beyond dismantling Yongbyon,

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South Korea’s Candlelight Revolution and the Future of the Korean Peninsula | Asia-Pacific Research

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06-12-18 08:27:00,

Opening remarks

The year 2018 has witnessed extraordinary changes in the Korean peninsula.1 So many, in fact, that the initial amazement may have worn off a little, and discontent with the pace of change may have set in. But even a brief recapitulation of major occurrences will remind us what an amazing year it has been.

The year began with the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s New Year Address in which he promised DPRK participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games and proposed a new beginning in inter-Korean relations. North Korean athletes and artists did come to the Games, along with a high-level official delegation that met with President Moon Jae-in and other important South Korean officials. But a truly historic breakthrough occurred at the April 27 meeting of the two leaders in Panmunjom, producing the Panmunjom Declaration, which promised a drastic improvement in North-South relations and full denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. The meeting, though filled with dramatic moments, was more business-like than the two previous inter-Korean summits (of 2000 and 2007), yet the informal and business-like atmosphere, with live television coverage of much of the event, had an even greater impact on popular consciousness in South Korea and abroad. This was presumably the case in North Korea too, though without live coverage there, viewers received only an ample broadcast of taped scenes.

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump at the Singapore summit

The US-DPRK summit in Singapore on June 12, the first ever between the two countries, was another historic breakthrough. In their Joint Statement the two leaders promised to work for a new relationship between the hitherto hostile countries, while Chairman Kim reaffirmed his commitment to full denuclearization. I shall come back later to the meaning of the Singapore agreement, but I should note that between the first Moon-Kim meeting and the Singapore summit a second inter-Korean summit occurred in Panmunjom in May, after Trump suddenly canceled the scheduled Singapore meeting. The two Korean leaders met, quite business-like and unannounced, for an emergency consultation to get the negotiation process moving again.

While progress in US-DPRK relations has been limited—though stopping joint US-ROK military exercises must mean a lot more to the DPRK than they publicly acknowledge—unprecedented events have continued to transpire between two Koreas.

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Die Akte Korea

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27-11-18 11:04:00,

12. Juni 2018

Nachdem die beiden Präsidenten mit ihren Atomknöpfen geprotzt haben und Präsident Trump Kim als „Little Rocket Man“ beschrieb, kommt es im Juni 2018 zum Showdown. Der erste Gipfel seit 1948 mit einem nordkoreanischen Präsidenten wird von Präsident Trump als voller Erfolg betitelt. Nordkorea hatte eingewilligt, die Denuklearisierung anzustreben. Es scheint somit aus amerikanischer Sicht noch alles gut und die Welt lobt die vorbildliche Diplomatie seitens der US-Regierung.

24. August 2018

US-Präsident Trump sagt per Twitter die geplante Reise von Außenminister Mike Pompeo nach Nordkorea ab. Trump betont, dass die Fortschritte betreffend der Denuklearisierung unzureichend wären (1).

20. September 2018

Kim Jong Un und der Präsident von Südkorea Moon Jae treffen sich und es wird vernünftigerweise mitgeteilt, Nordkorea würde die Denuklearisierung beschleunigen, um endlich einen Friedensvertrag mit Südkorea zu unterzeichnen (2). Das ist eine sehr positive Nachricht. Dieser Schachzug macht auch den USA einen Strich durch die Rechnung, die die guten Absichten Kims nicht ernstnahmen.

29. September 2018

Doch Donald Trump wäre nicht Donald Trump, wenn er nicht merkwürdige Aussagen machen würde, wie am 29. September 2018 bei einer Wahlkampfveranstaltung in West Virginia. Da wendet sich nämlich das Blatt. Vormals der „Little Rocket Man“, wie Trump Kim vor einem Jahr bezeichnete, beschrieb Trump seine Beziehung zu Kim neuerdings wie folgt:

„Und dann haben wir uns verliebt, okay? Nein, wirklich — er hat mir wunderbare Briefe geschrieben, und es sind großartige Briefe“ (3).

Wir hoffen doch, dass Donald Trump und seine Administration genauso positiv und offen die Verhandlungen mit Kim Jong Un fortsetzen, denn diese Worte hören sich sehr vielversprechend an. Wie heißt es so schön? Aus Liebe macht man die verrücktesten Sachen und wer weiß, Frieden und Diplomatie mit Nordkorea wären tatsächlich verrückte Sachen für die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika.

Ab Oktober 2018

Der friedliche Schachzug von Präsident Kim Jong Un hat Wirkung gezeigt. US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo reiste nun doch nach Nordkorea, um über die nukleare Abrüstung auf dem neuesten Stand zu sein. Ihm zufolge war das Treffen mit Kim Jong Un ein „gutes Treffen“. Es wurde ebenfalls über ein zweites Treffen mit Präsident Trump diskutiert (4).

Es sollte die Weltgemeinschaft freuen, dass anhand dieses Beispiels klar wird, dass Diplomatie und Dialog funktionieren können und nicht überall zuerst Bomben fallen müssen.

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The Reunification of North and South Korea: North Korea (DPRK) will Never Disintegrate Like East Germany (DDR) – Global Research

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22-11-18 06:37:00,

It is strange that when you come from the south, near to the DMZ (De-militarized zone, which divides Korea into two parts), you will see many flags and sentimental ‘peace’ slogans, but nothing that would represent the points of view of the North Korean people. All the flags are those of ROK (Republic of Korea, otherwise known as South Korea).

Many people near the division line have turned this entire area into a tourist trap, with observation towers ‘to get a glimpse of North Korea’, with stores selling ROK and US military ‘souvenirs’, even old military gear. As if North Koreans were some rare animals living in a cage, fascinating to study and to observe, but dangerous to touch.

Yes, all flags here are those of the ROK. Even if the two flags are crossed, in what should be a fraternal symbolic unison, they are always two identical ones – those of South Korea. This looks truly bizarre, but that’s how it is.

Something always seems to be desperately missing in this South Korean ‘strive for peace’ and for the re-united Korea. And what is missing is somehow totally basic: it is at least some essential symbolism from the north – the DPRK!

I know both parts of Korea – DPRK and ROK. And what worries me, is that it looks as if the South thinks it can pull this entire ‘businesses of unification’, alone, without considering the needs and desires of the other side.

Near DMZ between ROK and DPRK

And the West takes it for granted that the North will be, eventually, simply swallowed by the South. Because it is used to get what it wants. Because in its fundamentalist zeal, it is not even capable of considering the sensitivities and goals of other political, philosophical and social systems.

The plan of both the West and South Korea is simple, although it is mostly never clearly defined, for ‘strategic reasons’: ‘Once the moment of potential unification arrives, the DPRK would simply cease to exist, as East Germany ceased to exist three decades ago. Right after that, the entire Korea would be run on capitalist principles, under the ‘patronage’ and diktat of the West.’

And both the people and the leadership of North Korea will just fall on their knees and surrender,

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Korea schafft dezentrale Stromversorgung mit Blockchain

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20-11-18 09:43:00,

Mithilfe von Blockchain will Korea die Unabhängigkeit und Effizienz der Energieversorgung steigern. (Foto: dpa)

Mithilfe von Blockchain will Korea die Unabhängigkeit und Effizienz der Energieversorgung steigern. (Foto: dpa)

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Korea schafft dezentrale Stromversorgung mithilfe von Blockchain

Der größte koreanische Stromversorger KEPCO gibt an, dass er Blockchain und andere innovative Energielösungen einsetzen wird, um seinen Micro Grid (MG) der nächsten Generation zu entwickeln, so eine Pressmitteilung des Unternehmens vom Montag.

Der Stromversorger, an dem die südkoreanische Regierung und eine staatlich kontrollierte Bank eine Mehrheitsbeteiligung halten, hat eine Börsenbewertung in Höhe von 15,9 Milliarden US-Dollar. Laut der auf Asien fokussierten Publikation Nikkei hat es de facto ein Monopol über die Stromerzeugung und -verteilung in Korea.

Das neue „Open MG“ von KEPCO wird angeblich Blockchain und andere Technologien nutzen, um die Energieinfrastruktur insbesondere für die lokale Wasserstoffwirtschaft zu verbessern. Zu diesem Zweck soll der Schwerpunkt auf Dezentralisierung, Dekarbonisierung und Digitalisierung liegen.

Wie aus der Pressemitteilung weiter hervorgeht, hatten frühere Mikro-Netze Schwierigkeiten dabei, stabile Energie bereitzustellen, da sie hauptsächlich aus kleinen Photovoltaik-Anlagen, Windkraftanlagen und Energiespeichersystemen bestanden.

KEPCOs Open MG werde auf eine „zusätzliche Brennstoffzelle“ als Energiequelle zurückgreifen, um die Unabhängigkeit und Effizienz der Energieversorgung zu steigern, ohne dass Treibhausgase ausgestoßen werden, so ein Unternehmensvertreter.

Es wird erwartet, dass das Mikro-Netz mit internationaler Standardtechnologie besser interoperabel ist, wodurch ein „Systemengpass“ und eine Fragmentierung in der Branche verhindert werden.

Laut der Pressemitteilung beabsichtigt KEPCO, den Open MG in vollem Umfang zu entwickeln und das erste Mikro-Stromnetz mit Megawatt-Leistung (MW) in Korea zu schaffen.

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  • Der gigantische SpieleEntwickler, der hinter dem beliebten Ring of Elysium-Battle-Royale-Spiel steckt, sagte, dass der Kanal mit Theta-Belohnungen betrieben wird, und Benutzer könnten innerhalb des Spiels Gegenstände und Upgrades mit Theta-Token kaufen.
  • Theta-Token werden auf der Theta-Blockchain produziert, die ein Video-Bereitstellungs-Ökosystem betreibt, das Benutzer mit Theta-Token als Anreiz für das Streaming von Videoinhalten an nahegelegene Benutzer belastet, wobei übermäßige Bandbreite verwendet wird.

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Korea and the United States: Negotiating a Peace Treaty? – Global Research

Korea and the United States: Negotiating a Peace Treaty? – Global Research

18-09-18 06:43:00,

UPDATE:  This article was first published on May 16, 2018 following the historic meeting between the two leaders.

A third historic 3 day meeting between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un commenced in Pyong Yang on September 18, 2018. 

Visibly the United States with Secretary of State Pompeo in charge of negotiations is intent upon undermining the inter-Korean dialogue.

***

I extend my greetings to the Korea International Peace Forum (KIPF). 

My thoughts are with the people of Korea in their quest for peace, unification and national sovereignty.

The pathbreaking April 27 Panmunjeom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula signed by Chairman Kim Jong-un and President Moon Jae-in constitutes an expression of solidarity and commitment. It reaffirms that there is only one Korean Nation. It lays the groundwork for cooperation, reunification and demilitarization of the Korean peninsula.

While the inter-Korean dialogue initiated prior to the winter Olympic games has set the stage for an era of cooperation and reconciliation between North and South, it does in in itself ensure the U.S. demilitarization of the Korean peninsula.

U.S. Foreign Policy is based on the Art of Deception.

It would be a grave mistake for North Korea to unilaterally give up its powers of nuclear deterrence without a corresponding commitment on the part of the United States.

The Kim-Pompeo secret Easter March negotiations in Pyongyang involving intelligence and national security officials from the US, ROK and DPRK have set the stage for the formulation of a US agenda, requiring unilateral concessions on the part of the DPRK.  And it is this agenda which will be upheld by Washington in the forthcoming Kim-Trump summit in Singapore on June 12.

In the words of Trump in relation to the Singapore Summit: “We will both try [Kim and myself] to make it a very special moment for World Peace!”

How?  Will the US abandon its military ambitions? Highly unlikely. Barely a couple of months back Trump was threatening North Korea with a so-called “bloody nose” attack.

In recent developments, the DPRK cancelled its May 16 high-level inter-Korean talks with the ROK in response to the US-South Korea military exercises,

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Korea: Preparations for Reunions of Divided Families | New Eastern Outlook

Korea: Preparations for Reunions of Divided Families | New Eastern Outlook

02-09-18 07:21:00,

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The latest reunion between members of divided Korean families, the 21st such meeting since the partition of Korea, took place on 20 August in the Kumgang Mountains. The history of these meetings goes back to 1971, when the South Korean Red Cross Society contacted its sister organization in the DPRK with a proposal for negotiations. This initiative was related to the desire to help families in both the North and the South who had been split up by the war, and who frequently didn’t even know if their relatives across the border were still alive. However the first fruits of the initiative only appeared 14 years later, when the two parties finally managed to agree on an exchange of visits. From 20-23 September, 1985, groups made up of members of divided families, together with arts ensembles from both South and North Korea made visits to Seoul and Pyongyang. 35 people from South Korea, and 30 from North Korea, took part in this historic meeting. Of course, these figures are very small compared to the total number of people whose families were divided – it is estimated that, at the time of that reunion, there were about 10 million people in this situation.

It took another 15 years for these reunions to become a regular event. On 15 June, 2000, at the first summit between the two Koreas the two sides agreed to address a range of humanitarian problems as soon as possible, including the question of reuniting divided families. The first round of reunions was held in August that year. They subsequently became a regular event, taking place 2 or 3 times a year, up until 2007. However, no such reunions took place in 2008, and only one occurred in 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2015. In addition to face-to-face reunions, 7 videoconferences were held between 2005 and 2007. Clearly, the holding of the reunions depended on the relations between North and South Korea.

On August 4 this year, the two countries exchanged final lists of participants in family reunions. These lists contained the names of 122 people from each country, selected from preliminary shortlists agreed in July.

The reunions themselves took place in two stages, from 20-26 August. Over the course of three days, each participant was able to speak in informal surroundings to their relatives from across the border for a total of 11 hours.

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Is North Korea Fulfilling its Singapore Summit Commitments? | New Eastern Outlook

Is North Korea Fulfilling its Singapore Summit Commitments? | New Eastern Outlook

21-08-18 06:37:00,

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Against the background of a number of high-profile statements by the Western press that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is secretly developing a nuclear missile program, thereby violating the Singapore Declaration and deceiving the world community at large and Donald Trump personally, the author would like to present a detailed answer to the matter in question.

As you may recall, the joint statement of the leaders of the United States and North Korea consisted of four main parts. The first two were full of noble intentions: the parties “undertake to establish new relations” and “will join efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula”. In the third, North Korea confirmed the Panmunjom Declaration of April 27, 2018 and agreed to “work towards the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” without, however, any deadlines, clarifications, and further explanations. Only the last paragraph contained some specifics:  “The United States and North Korea undertake to return the remains of missing prisoners of war, including the immediate return of already identified persons“.

Since the Korean war, about 8 thousand American soldiers have been considered missing. According to the Pentagon, the remains of about 5,600 U.S. soldiers are still located on North Korean territory. In the period from 1990 to 2005, the DPRK returned the remains of over six hundred American soldiers to the U.S.

On July 9, 2018, during a meeting with the press, Pentagon spokesman Robert Manning reported that the Pentagon is ready to receive the remains of U.S. soldiers killed during the Korean War: United Nations Command will receive the remains from the North Korean side and will hand them over to the United States.

On July 26, the representative of the North Korean Foreign Ministry reported that North Korea recently accepted two truck loads of wooden crates from the USA intended for the transportation of the remains, and that on July 27, C-17 military transport aircraft transferred the remains from North Korea to the Osan air base near the city of Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi province.

Interestingly, North Korean media did not report the ceremony, and the U.S. air force plane landed not in Pyongyang but in the newly built Kalma airport near Wonsan.

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North Korea Cancels Meeting With South Over Military Drills

North Korea Cancels Meeting With South Over Military Drills

15-05-18 07:27:00,

Update II: North Korea’s decision to suspend talks with the South after abruptly cancelling an inter-Korean summit set for Wednesday has apparently rattled the US.

In what appears to be a concession to North Korea – or at least, a hypothetical one – Yonhap reported Tuesday night that the US is considering withholding its B-52 bombers from joint exercises with South Korea taking place this week.

In a return to its pre-detente rhetoric, North Korea said Tuesday that it felt threatened by the exercises, and threatened to retaliate.

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Update: The State Department says it had not received any information from North Korea concerning a threat to cancel the historic US-North Korea summit set for June 12. The State Department said it’s still operating under the assumption that the Singapore summit is still happening.

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North Korea has abruptly canceled talks with South Korea that had been set for Wednesday – and is threatening to walk away from talks with the US – over joint US-South Korea military drills, according to South Korean newswire Yonhap

Repeating a familiar line, North Korea’s Central News Agency said the “Max Thunder” drills involving South Korea and the US air force were a “rehearsal for an invasion” of the North and an unnecessary “provocation” amid warming inter-Korean ties.

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The North has already made several gestures of sincerity, including releasing three US hostages and “closing” its ruined nuclear testing facility.

South and North Korea were expected to discuss “follow-up measures” after the two warring neighbors reached an historic agreement late last month. The talks were scheduled to take place on the southern side of Panmunjom, the village where the Korean War Armistice was signed, and where last month’s inter-Korean summit took place. 

The North had said it would send a five-member delegation led by Ri Son-kwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, according to Yonhap.

The delegation was to include Kim Yun-hyok, vice railroad minister, and Won Kil-u, vice sports minister, and will be accompanied by more than 20 staff and journalists, the North Korean ministry said.

Meanwhile, South Korea’s five-member delegation was set to be led by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon.

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China over Korea: ‘de partijen moeten op deze juiste weg verdergaan’

China over Korea: ‘de partijen moeten op deze juiste weg verdergaan’

12-03-18 05:48:00,

Tijdens zijn persconferentie op 8 maart beantwoordde Wang Yi, de Chinese minister van Buitenlandse Zaken, vragen over Korea. Dat Kim en Trump elkaar zouden ontmoeten was nog niet bekend. China kan uitkijken naar de positieve ontwikkeling waar het altijd voor heeft gepleit. Commentatoren laten vandaag wel een waarschuwing horen.

Wat de officiële reactie van China zou zijn op de recente doorbraak in Korea, lieten de uitspraken van Wang Yi bij de briefing van 8 maart al vermoeden. Een commentaar van het staatspersbureau Xinhua bevestigt de verwachtingen. Er komt wel een waarschuwing bij. ‘Terughoudendheid is nodig om de ontmoeting Trump-Kim tot realiteit te maken’

De weg van de rede

De Chinese minister is vol lof over de ontmoetingen tussen de beide delen van Korea. De snelle dooi heeft hem niet erg verwonderd, want ‘het was het enige redelijke alternatief’ voor de escalatie. Hij vindt het nodig dat de landen nu de ontstane kansen met beide handen aangrijpen. Wang herinnert eraan dat Noord-Korea geen atoomproeven hield tijdens de Winterspelen en dat Zuid-Korea tijdelijk afzag van militaire oefeningen tegen het buurland. Het was een mooi voorbeeld van de ‘tweezijdige opschorting’ die China al maandenlang voorstelt. Dat beide partijen zich onthielden van provocaties heeft hun toenadering tot elkaar mogelijk gemaakt. Laten ze vooral op die weg verdergaan. Het Koreaanse schiereiland kan atoomvrij worden, en vrede en stabiliteit kennen door de dialoog. De voorwaarde is dat de partijen elkaar niet uitdagen.

Echte dialoog tussen VS en Noord-Korea?

Daarna toonde Wang zich een goede toekomstvoorspeller. ‘De volgende stap: een gesprek tussen de VS en de Democratische Volksrepubliek Korea’. China blijft voorstander van een tweesporenbeleid. Onder de vlag van de Verenigde Naties, met resoluties van de Veiligheidsraad, zullen we doorwerken aan het kernvrij maken en houden van Korea. Er is echter ook een mechanisme nodig om de vrede te bewaren op het schiereiland. De partijen moeten daarbij begrip hebben voor elkaars legitieme bezorgdheid om hun veiligheid. Wang noemde uitdrukkelijk ‘ook die van de Democratische Volksrepubliek Korea’ (Noord-Korea). China wil echter niet te vroeg juichen. ‘De geschiedenis heeft vaak genoeg laten zien dat, telkens wanneer de spanningen afnamen, actoren van buitenaf met hun interventies de situatie vertroebelden’. Ook die gedachte is terug te vinden in het Xinhua-commentaar.

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Korea: Nun also reden sie wieder – www.NachDenkSeiten.de

Korea: Nun also reden sie wieder – www.NachDenkSeiten.de

08-01-18 08:49:00,

8. Januar 2018 um 9:28 Uhr | Verantwortlich:

Korea: Nun also reden sie wieder

Veröffentlicht in: Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik, Länderberichte, Strategien der Meinungsmache

Im folgenden Beitrag gibt der Politikwissenschaftler und Publizist Dr. Rainer Werning aus aktuellem Anlass einen Überblick über den Konflikt zwischen Südkorea und Nordkorea und die seltsame Begleitung des Geschehens durch den Westen, insbesondere den aktuellen Präsidenten der USA. Interessant, selbst wenn Sie nur die Zeit zum Überfliegen haben sollten. Albrecht Müller.

Korea: Nun also reden sie wiederVon Rainer Werning

Nordkorea setzt inmitten des Atomstreits mit Washington auf die Wiederbelebung des Dialogs mit dem Süden – ein solcher innerkoreanischer Annäherungsprozess war trotz erbitterter gegenseitiger Anfeindungen auch in der Vergangenheit möglich

Wäre die aktuelle Sicherheitslage in Nordostasien im Allgemeinen und auf der Koreanischen Halbinsel im Besonderen nicht so prekär, könnte man meinen, der seit Beginn dieses Jahres erfolgte Schlagabtausch zwischen Mister Trump und Genossen Kim gleiche einer Rivalität zweier aufgedrehter Steiff-Teddybären darüber, wer denn nun den größeren Knopf im Ohr hat. Hatte der nordkoreanische Machthaber Kim Jong-Un in seiner Neujahrsansprache darauf hingewiesen, dass «sein Atomwaffenknopf immer auf seinem Schreibtisch» sei, twitterte der Mann im Weißen Haus flugs retour: «Würde jemand aus seinem verarmten und ausgehungertem Regime ihn bitte darüber informieren», so US-Präsident Donald Trump, «dass auch ich einen Atomwaffenknopf habe. Der ist nicht nur größer, sondern funktioniert auch».

Während in den sogenannten Leitmedien im Westen hervorgehoben wurde, Kim Jong-Un halte unerbittlich an seiner atomaren Bedrohungsstrategie fest, fiel die Interpretation seiner Neujahrsansprache vor allem in beiden Korea gänzlich anders aus. Kim feierte darin zwar sein Land und die Fortschritte, die es in seinem Atomprogramm als angemessenen Schutz vor einem US-Angriff gemacht habe. Bedeutsamer indes war die an die Moon Jae-In-Regierung in Seoul adressierte Botschaft, nach über zweijähriger Pause wieder bilaterale Gespräche auf hochrangiger Ebene zu führen. Wenn sich also nun ab dem 9. Januar die Chefunterhändler Pjöngjangs und Seouls wieder im Grenzort Panmunjom treffen, stehen nicht nur die Teilnahme Nordkoreas an den Olympischen Winterspielen im nächsten Monat und die Verbesserung der beidseitigen Beziehungen auf der Agenda.

Es geht vielmehr darum, jene Entspannungssignale weiterzuverfolgen, die bis dato dreimal ausgesandt worden waren. Da sind notwendige Blicke in die Vergangenheit angesagt,

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The UN Security Council’s Brutal Sanctions Regime against North Korea: Hands Off North Korea | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

The UN Security Council’s Brutal Sanctions Regime against North Korea: Hands Off North Korea | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

07-01-18 06:42:00,

On December 22, 2017, the United Nations Security Council passed another round of brutal sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Although the United States government was the main proponent of Resolution 2397 (2017), it passed with the unanimous vote of all 15 member-states of the Security Council.

These genocidal sanctions are the third to be passed in the UN Security Council this year, amounting to a 90% reduction in the amount of oil that North Korea can import as compared to 2016, while also imposing ruthless restrictions on the import and export of food, as well as agricultural, industrial and manufactured goods. Effectively, they amount to an economic and financial blockade of the country. As well, these new regulations introduce targeted sanctions against 15 North Korean officials, and call for the re-patriation of North Koreans working in other countries within the next 24 months, which will cut off a vital source of income for many families.

The U.S. government and their imperialist allies claim that these sanctions are the only way to put an end to North Korea’s nuclear program. In reality, whether imposed by the United States or the United National Security Council, sanctions are a weapon of killing people. These ruthless sanctions escalate tensions between the United States and the DPRK. They also further punish the people and government of North Korea for taking a stand as an independent country and refusing to follow the orders of the United States government.

The U.S. government will stop at nothing, at no amount of human suffering, to destroy independent governments in order to gain imperialist hegemony over every part of the globe. Iraq is an example of how little human lives matter to the imperialist policy of sanctions and war. Prior to the 2003 invasion, over 1.5 million people in Iraq died as a direct result of 13 years of vicious sanctions by the U.S. and UN Security Council, including more than 500,000 children. Then, the U.S. government and their allies invaded, killing millions more and tearing the country apart at the seams. Other independent countries are also strangled under the mass punishment of sanctions. For nearly 60 years the people of Cuba have been under an cruel and inhuman U.S. blockade that continues to deny Cubans access to life-saving medicines and costs the Cuban economy more than $4.3 billion each year.

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