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    I thought Kim's wife looked so proud of him.

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    I wonder when N. Korea will get round to reporting the next summit?



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    What Is the Point of a Second North Korean Summit?

    "A second photo-op summit with North Korea will reportedly take place next month:

    On Friday, the White House announced a second summit between the two leaders to negotiate North Korea’s denuclearization would take place toward the end of February. Details on the precise date and location of the summit remain unclear.
    Judging from the lack of progress in U.S.-North Korean negotiations since the first summit in Singapore, the second summit won’t produce anything of value for the U.S. or our allies. The only reason to hold a second summit is to maintain the illusion that the U.S. and North Korea are engaged in serious talks on North Korea’s disarmament when that goal remains as unrealistic as it always has been. Keeping that illusion going allows Trump to claim credit for something that isn’t happening, but it impedes real negotiations that could lead to substantive improvements in U.S.-North Korean relations. There is an opportunity for U.S. diplomacy with North Korea to be constructive if it builds on the real progress in inter-Korean rapprochement that has been happening over the last year, but so long as the administration remains hung up on the fantasy of “final, fully verified denuclearization” these meetings are just meetings for their own sake. Talking about disarmament that won’t occur is a waste of time for all concerned, and linking all diplomacy with North Korea to an unachievable goal just gives hard-liners in the administration an opening to advocate for more punitive measures and possibly military action.

    The U.S. should be prepared to accept that North Korea is going to remain a nuclear weapons state for the foreseeable future. The administration should seize on Kim’s statements that North Korea won’t proliferate its technology and use them as the basis for further negotiations. Unfortunately, it is much more likely that the president will be satisfied to have another substance-free photo op, and diplomacy with North Korea will continue going nowhere."

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    One can only hope that some positive achievements have been pencilled in.
    Like keeping baldy orange cunto away from the shutdown heat for example?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    shutdown heat
    Pray tell, "shutdown heat"? Is there a Japanese nuclear connection I've missed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Pray tell, "shutdown heat"? Is there a Japanese nuclear connection I've missed?
    Are you just being obtuse or really, really thick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Are you just being obtuse
    Phlegmatic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Phlegmatic.
    You can get an inhaler for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Like keeping baldy orange cunto away from the shutdown heat for example?
    I wonder if Kim will request a meeting with Nancy Pelosi, now goldilocks "is a broken man"?

    Backing down, Trump agrees to end shutdown without border wall money


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    'Broken man': Right wing rips Trump over no-wall shutdown deal

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    'Broken man': Right wing rips Trump over no-wall shutdown deal
    "The Right" = a handful of rabid fucking nazis.

    Carnival barking to the handful of trumpanzees who still think Mexico is going to pay for the wall.

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    U.S. imposes first new North Korea sanctions since failed summit


    "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States imposed sanctions on Thursday on two Chinese shipping companies it says helped North Korea evade sanctions over its nuclear weapons program, the first such steps since a U.S.-North Korean summit collapsed last month.

    The U.S. Treasury Department also issued an updated advisory that listed 67 vessels that it said had engaged in illicit transfers of refined petroleum with North Korean tankers or were believed to have exported North Korean coal.

    The department identified the newly sanctioned firms as Dalian Haibo International Freight Co Ltd and Liaoning Danxing International Forwarding Co Ltd, which it said had helped North Korea evade U.S. and international sanctions.

    Reuters was unable to locate contact details for either company to seek comment.

    The move prohibits U.S. dealings with the designated companies and freezes any assets they have in the United States.

    Washington announced the measures three weeks after a second meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un broke down over conflicting demands by North Korea for relief from sanctions and from the U.S. side for Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

    The United States has led international efforts to press North Korea through sanctions to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

    “The United States and our like-minded partners remain committed to achieving the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea and believe that the full implementation of North Korea-related U.N. Security Council resolutions is crucial to a successful outcome,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

    Treasury will continue to enforce our sanctions, and we are making it explicitly clear that shipping companies employing deceptive tactics to mask illicit trade with North Korea expose themselves to great risk,” he added.

    The latest sanctions showed there was some “leakage” in North Korea sanctions enforcement by China, but Beijing was mostly abiding by U.N. resolutions, a senior U.S. official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    The official said that financial as well as shipping companies risked U.S. action if they were found to be in violation of sanctions.

    The official insisted, however, that Thursday’s announcement was meant to maintain sanctions enforcement on North Korea rather than intensify the pressure.

    While declining to say whether Washington was trying to send a post-summit message to Pyongyang, the official said Trump “has made clear that the door is wide open to continuing the dialogue with North Korea.”
    LIMBO

    U.S.-North Korean engagement has appeared to be in limbo since the Feb. 27-28 summit in Hanoi, despite U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying on March 4 he was hopeful he could send a team to North Korea “in the next couple of weeks.”

    Washington has said it aims to re-engage with Kim, but North Korea has warned it is considering suspending talks and may rethink a freeze on missile and nuclear tests in place since 2017 unless Washington makes concessions.

    On Monday, two senior U.S. senators called for the Trump administration to correct a slowing pace of American sanctions designations on North Korea, saying there had been a marked decline in such actions during the past year of U.S. diplomatic engagement with Pyongyang.

    They pointed to a 2019 U.N. report that found that North Korea continued to defy U.N. sanctions with an increase in smuggling of petroleum products and coal and violation of bans on arms sales.

    The Treasury statement said Dalian Haibo was targeted for dealings with Paeksol Trading Corp, a company previously designated by U.S. sanctions on North Korea.

    It said Dalian Haibo shipped cargo from Dalian, China, to Paeksol in Nampo, North Korea, in early 2018 aboard North Korean-flagged vessels.
    The statement said Liaoning Danxing had “routinely used deceptive practices” to enable the work of North Korean procurement officials based in the European Union.

    The Treasury statement said evasion tactics employed by North Korea included disabling or manipu

    It said ports visited by vessels involved in ship-to-ship transfers included those in Taiwan, China, Russia and South Korea.

    The Treasury Department said that in 2018, North Korean ports received at least 263 tanker deliveries of refined petroleum via U.N.-prohibited ship-to-ship transfers.

    It said that if the tankers were fully laden, North Korea would have imported 3.78 million barrels - more than 7-1/2 times the 500,000 barrels a year allowed under a U.N. resolution."

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-sanctions/u-s-imposes-first-new-north-korea-sanctions-since-failed-summit-idUSKCN1R222O

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