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Old 9th Jul 2018, 02:23
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If Messrs. Trump and Pompeo (especially Pompeo in this case) are irked by the North Korean antics during the latest Sec of State visit I think they have a right to be. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...-pompeo-effort

That is not the behaviour of diplomacy but rather mid-scale annoyance (not knowing the scedule, the agenda, or even the principals). I think the Americans have the right to be miffed over this. Not satisfactory at all.
I quite agree, somewhat like a tweet from Trump to liven up his followers.

I guess we should give it a pass and see what specific words Pompeo has to offer.
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Old 9th Jul 2018, 04:10
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Pompeo is doing OK. Just keep the communication going back and forth. The progress will be slow. This is a different culture. Its not so black and white. You cant expect an immediate yes/no response. A bit of posturing is part of the territory. So is a few petty insults. Expecting a fast result or being a bit too sensitive could derail the good progress that has been made so far.
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Old 9th Jul 2018, 08:30
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It's possible that the trading difficulties between the USA and the PRC have something to do with it. I would imagine that Beijing has slackened the whip on Kim.
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Old 31st Jul 2018, 03:25
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On Monday the Washington Post newspaper quoted officials as saying the North Korea appeared to be building one or two new intercontinental ballistic missiles at the Sanumdong facility near the capital Pyongyang.
The factory produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the US, the paper adds.
According to Reuters, satellite imaging shows vehicles moving in and out of the facility, but not the extent of any missile construction
bbc..........
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Old 31st Jul 2018, 10:20
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I think, irrespective of who the POTUS is, that we expected this.

We know that the continuity of the Kim regime is the first priority in Pyongyang and that such weapons and delivery systems are viewed by those there as an insurance policy. Whether they are a foolproof insurance is open for debate, but that is obviously how Kim and his posse seem to view them.

Second, assuming that the seeds of progress were truly sown in Singapore, there is a lot of existing inertia that any process forthgoing needs to fight against.

On the other hand, the regime might be sitting back and watching Trump and many in the U.S. establishment (those in actual office and those close in think tanks, etc.) bleating out renewed threats against Iran. They see re-doubling their efforts to have big weapons as a way to ensure the threat of force is not directed their way.

I will be anxious to see what reporting and analysis 38 North brings forward on this.

The game plays on and on and on. A living breathing definition of the word intractable...
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Old 4th Aug 2018, 06:58
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North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programmes, violating UN sanctions, a report commissioned by the UN Security Council says.
It also says Pyongyang has resorted to a "massive increase" of illegal ship-to-ship transfers of oil products and has been trying to sell weapons abroad.
The confidential report by a panel of independent experts was submitted to the UN Security Council on Friday.
North Korea has so far not commented on the document's findings
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Old 4th Aug 2018, 11:25
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Originally Posted by meadowrun View Post
..............bbc
Didn't Trump recently all but state that unless it it a U.S. based Rupert Murdoch news outlet that it was not to be believed?

Pompeo recently bruskly dismissed any questions about NK continuation of its weapons program. Reality is not what is important but rather the narrative.
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Old 4th Aug 2018, 16:12
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Reality is not what is important but rather the narrative.
the hanging rope is being prepared after the jury is finished. hearing the evidence
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Old 4th Aug 2018, 16:29
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Murdoch? That Melbourne guy?

I have a long, mostly trusted, history with the BBC (news anyway) as does the family going back further. (besides - it was UN news, BBC reporting)

Trump? We hardly know ye and what we've seen so far is worrisome.
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