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#2141 glenn239

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Posted 07 October 2019 - 0734 AM

But I dont understand? I heard from the Orange Emperor this was all solved? :huh:

 

All of Trump's major foreign policy initiatives seemed to have failed so far.


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#2142 BansheeOne

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 0548 AM

Kim Jong Un conducts the ancient Communist ritual of riding a white horse onto the country's sacred highest mountain before a major policy decision. :D

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#2143 JasonJ

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 0630 AM

He has yet much to learn from Putin :lol:


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#2144 Josh

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 0826 AM

NOBODY wants to see Fatty Kim shirtless...


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#2145 Nobu

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 0849 AM

Not even the Koreans. He certainly seems to eat well, however.
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Posted 08 December 2019 - 0322 AM

December 8, 2019 / 2:32 AM / Updated 2 hours ago

 

North Korea carries out 'very important' test at once-dismantled launch site: KCNA
 
 
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has carried out a “very important” test at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media KCNA reported on Sunday, a rocket testing ground that U.S. officials once said Pyongyang had promised to close.
 

The reported test comes as a year-end deadline North Korea has imposed nears, warning it could take a “new path” amid stalled denuclearization talks with the United States.

 

The KCNA report called it a “successful test of great significance” on Saturday but did not specify what was tested.

 

South Korea’s defense ministry said South Korea and the United States are cooperating closely in monitoring activities at major North Korean sites including Tongchang-ri, the area where Sohae is located.

 

Missile experts said it appeared likely the North Koreans had conducted a static test of a rocket engine, rather than a missile launch, which are usually quickly detected by neighboring South Korea and Japan.

 

“If it is indeed a static engine test for a new solid or liquid fuel missile, it is yet another loud signal that the door for diplomacy is quickly slamming, if it isn’t already,” said Vipin Narang, a nuclear affairs expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States.

 

“This could be a very credible signal of what might await the world after the New Year.”

 

Tensions have risen ahead of a year-end deadline set by North Korea, which has called on the United States to change its policy of insisting on Pyongyang’s unilateral denuclearization and demanded relief from punishing sanctions.

 

On Saturday North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations said denuclearization was now off the negotiating table with the United States and lengthy talks with Washington are not needed.

 

“The results of the recent important test will have an important effect on changing the strategic position of the DPRK once again in the near future,” KCNA reported, using the initials of North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

 

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#2147 JasonJ

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 0608 AM

Hurray.
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#2148 Simon Tan

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 0803 AM

Why?
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#2149 JasonJ

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 0856 AM

Sad if it ends. Would mean something unnatural happened.
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#2150 JasonJ

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 1851 PM

Trump might break up with Fat-Kim because Fat-Kim is a Bi*** and everyone said he was.

US President Donald Trump has warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he will lose everything "if he acts in a hostile way."

Trump wrote on his Twitter account on Sunday that "Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose...if he acts in a hostile way."

The president added that under Kim's leadership, North Korea "has tremendous economic potential, but it must denuclearize as promised."

North Korea announced on Sunday that it conducted a test "of great significance" on Saturday at its Sohae Satellite Launching Ground, that is also a long-range missile site.

The North has been urging the United States to make concessions by year-end to break the deadlock in denuclearization talks.

The North's announcement may be seen as an indication that it would resume test missile launches.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper spoke of the US military's readiness to deal with threats in an interview with Fox News on Sunday.

He noted that the US can immediately win a war with North Korea, but he said the US is always open to talks.

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#2151 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 0343 AM

 

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#2152 Der Zeitgeist

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 0544 AM

This is your regular reminder that North Korea, notwithstanding what Trump or Pompeo might have told you over the past year, never "promised" to denuclearize anything.


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Posted 09 December 2019 - 0623 AM

But, but, but, I was told it was all 'Largely Solved'? :unsure:

 

https://www.scmp.com...ter-he-gave-kim

 

Anyone think he is going to drop an ICBM in the sea off the US west coast? That would be a nice Christmas present.


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#2154 JasonJ

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 0952 AM

DPRK talking smack in response to Trump

North Korea has nothing more to lose, a senior Pyongyang official said Monday, after U.S. President Donald Trump warned that the communist nation could lose everything if it engages in hostile acts.

Kim Yong-chol, a former North Korean nuclear negotiator, made the remarks in a statement carried by the North's Korean Central News Agency, stressing that the U.S. should think about how to keep the two countries from clashing, rather than spending time choosing warning expressions.

"Trump has too many things that he does not know about the DPRK," Kim said, referring to the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. "We have nothing more to lose."

Trump issued the warning in a tweet on Sunday after North Korea announced it conducted a "very important" test at its satellite launch site over the weekend, deepening concerns Pyongyang could restart testing of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The tweet came a day after Trump warned the North not to interfere with next year's U.S. presidential election, saying he would be "surprised" if the North acted in a hostile way.

The North's official said that the country has no willingness to reconsider what they "should do in the future" because of what Trump said.

"As he is such a heedless and erratic old man, the time when we cannot but call him a 'dotard' again may come," he said.

"Dotard" is an expression North Korea used to ridicule Trump when the two sides exchanged threats and insults in 2017, with Trump belittling the North's leader Kim Jong-un as "little rocket man."

Still, the official said the North Korean leader has not yet used any harsh words against Trump, in an apparent effort to prevent the situation going to the worst.

"But if thing continues to go this way, our Chairman's understanding of Trump may change," the former nuclear negotiator said.

Kim Yong-chol also hinted at a possible military provocation by the North in the near future, saying that they would be "irritated" if Trump "does not get astonished" by the North's action intended "for his surprise."

"If the U.S. has no will and wisdom, it cannot but watch with anxiety the reality in which the threat to its security increases with the passage of time," Kim Yong-chol said.

Trump and Kim Jong-un held their first summit in Singapore in June 2018 and agreed to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for U.S. security guarantees.

But little progress has been made since their second summit in Hanoi ended without a deal in February.

The two sides held their last working-level talks in Stockholm in October, but the meeting also broke down with Pyongyang accusing Washington of failing to come up with a new proposal.

Last week, Trump hinted that the U.S. will use military force against North Korea if necessary. The North responded angrily, saying it will take "prompt corresponding actions at any level" if the U.S. uses force against it.

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 1108 AM

But, but, but, I was told it was all 'Largely Solved'? :unsure:

 

https://www.scmp.com...ter-he-gave-kim

 

Anyone think he is going to drop an ICBM in the sea off the US west coast? That would be a nice Christmas present.

 

I don't think they'll go completely crazy like this (their ultimate goal is sanctions relief, not starting a war with the US), but we might see a more measured continuation of their previous testing programs. They only tested their ICBMs on lofted trajectories, so they might go for more realistic trajectories towards the central / south Pacific to demonstrate a 10-11.000 km range that would cover most of the continental US. It's very difficult to get telemetry down there, however, they don't really have any suitable ships with enough range.

Another option would be testing one of their shorter-range IRBMs on a realistic trajectory, overfly Japan, and go for something like a 3.500 km range. That way they would have demonstrated the capability to hit Guam.


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Posted 10 December 2019 - 0112 AM

On the bright side, overflying Japan at this point would probably end the spectacle of Abe trying and failing to meet with this Kim once and for all.


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Posted 10 December 2019 - 0907 AM

 

 

I don't think they'll go completely crazy like this (their ultimate goal is sanctions relief, not starting a war with the US), but we might see a more measured continuation of their previous testing programs. They only tested their ICBMs on lofted trajectories, so they might go for more realistic trajectories towards the central / south Pacific to demonstrate a 10-11.000 km range that would cover most of the continental US. It's very difficult to get telemetry down there, however, they don't really have any suitable ships with enough range.

Another option would be testing one of their shorter-range IRBMs on a realistic trajectory, overfly Japan, and go for something like a 3.500 km range. That way they would have demonstrated the capability to hit Guam.

 

 

We'll see what happens.  One other possibility might be something completely different than missile testing at all.  


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Posted 11 December 2019 - 1835 PM

Pompeo is hopeful.

WASHINGTON -- The United States is hopeful North Korea will continue to refrain from nuclear tests and long-range missile tests, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday, after Pyongyang said it had conducted a "very important" test over the weekend.


North Korea said the test occurred at its Dongchang-ri satellite launch site on Saturday, raising tensions ahead of a year-end deadline North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has imposed for the US to show flexibility in their negotiations on dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

"Chairman Kim personally made the commitment to denuclearize, said there wouldn't be long-range missile tests, nuclear tests," Pompeo said at a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the State Department.

"All of those are commitments that we are very hopeful that the North Koreans will continue to abide by," he added.

North Korea has strongly suggested it will return to testing long-range missiles and nuclear weapons if the US fails to offer concessions in their negotiations by the end of the year.


South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo said Tuesday that Saturday's test involved a rocket engine.

"We continue to work to try and develop places where we can communicate, negotiation mechanisms where we can talk to them about paths forward to achieve the denuclearization that both Foreign Minister Lavrov and I are determined to help the North Koreans achieve," Pompeo continued.

"It's a place where we have overlap on our objective. We need to jointly figure out a way together to assist the North Koreans to get there so that North Korea can, and the North Korean people can have the brighter future that (US) President (Donald) Trump has spoken so often about," he said.

Trump and Kim have met three times since June 2018 to try to reach a deal, but negotiations between the two countries have stalled since the collapse of the second Trump-Kim summit in February, with the sides apart on how much Pyongyang will need to denuclearize in order to receive sanctions relief and other concessions from Washington.

Lavrov repeated Moscow's call for reciprocal steps by Washington and Pyongyang, saying, "You cannot demand North Korea do everything and right now, and only then go back to ensuring its security and lifting the sanctions."

The Russian foreign minister also blamed the current impasse on the reluctance of the international community to respond to North Korea's urgent humanitarian needs due to sanctions on the regime.

"Those goods that are not being covered by any sanctions, neither the UN sanctions nor the US sanctions, are very hard to deliver to North Korea because producing companies, as well as transportation companies, are afraid," he said. "They're simply afraid, for only mentioning that they have certain, even though legitimate business but business with North Korea, they can be punished again."

Pompeo noted Russia's "good work" in sanctions enforcement against North Korea. He also expressed hope Moscow will repatriate all North Korean workers by the UN mandated deadline of Dec. 22.

"These are all driven by the UN Security Council resolutions that the Russians voted for themselves," the top US diplomat said. "There are many North Korean workers that have been in Russia. The UN Security Council resolution requires them to depart. We're hopeful they'll be able to complete that and come into full compliance with that." (Yonhap)

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Posted 12 December 2019 - 0534 AM

 

 

 

I don't think they'll go completely crazy like this (their ultimate goal is sanctions relief, not starting a war with the US), but we might see a more measured continuation of their previous testing programs. They only tested their ICBMs on lofted trajectories, so they might go for more realistic trajectories towards the central / south Pacific to demonstrate a 10-11.000 km range that would cover most of the continental US. It's very difficult to get telemetry down there, however, they don't really have any suitable ships with enough range.

Another option would be testing one of their shorter-range IRBMs on a realistic trajectory, overfly Japan, and go for something like a 3.500 km range. That way they would have demonstrated the capability to hit Guam.

 

 

We'll see what happens.  One other possibility might be something completely different than missile testing at all.  

 

 

Kim dresses up as Santa, and delivers  little Kim dolls to all the poor children of the world!


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Posted 12 December 2019 - 0833 AM

Could be a devastating ensemble cast rendition of Rocketman by Elton John, with Kim himself singing lead and doing the piano.


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