Vice President Mike Pence Said U.S. is Open to Continued Dialogue with North Korea But Sanctions Will Remain

Vice President Mike Pence Said U.S. is Open to Continued Dialogue with North Korea But Sanctions Will Remain

Vice President Mike Pence has relayed to South Korean President Moon Jae-in the U.S.’ approval of continued talks with the North Koreans, but stressed that the North would get no sanctions relief simply for continuing a dialogue.  Pence lead the U.S. delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, over the weekend Pence added that the international community would only scale back sanctions leveled against North Korea if it takes concrete steps towards denuclearization, but said the U.S….

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Invitation to North Korea Extended to South Korean President Moon Jae-in

Invitation to North Korea Extended to South Korean President Moon Jae-in

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has been invited to North Korea in what would be the first meeting between Korean leaders since 2007.  The invitation was extended by Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, during a meeting between officials from North and South Korea in Seoul today.  Today’s meeting was highest-level diplomatic encounter for the two nations in more than ten years. South Korean President Moon responding by saying that the meeting should…

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North Korea Puts on Large Military Parade Ahead of Sending Athletes to Olympic Winter Games in South Korea

North Korea Puts on Large Military Parade Ahead of Sending Athletes to Olympic Winter Games in South Korea

North Korea held a large military parade in its capital today in advance of sending its athletes to South Korea for the Winter Olympics beginning there tomorrow.  The parade, scheduled weeks ago, is seen as an attempt to taunt the Trump administration while also displaying its restraint with regards to relations with the South. Vice President Mike Pence arrived in South Korea on Thursday where he will attend the opening ceremonies.  Pence is leading the American delegation there.  He has…

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North Korea Believed to Have Earned $200 Million in Trade that Evaded Sanctions Last Year, According to U.N.

North Korea Believed to Have Earned $200 Million in Trade that Evaded Sanctions Last Year, According to U.N.

North Korea has earned nearly $200 million in 2017 from exports that violated sanctions according to report written by U.N. monitors. The report, which has been sent to a U.N. Security Council sanctions committee, said North Korea had shipped coal to Russia, China and South Korea among other places.  The report also says North Korea has shipped weapons to Syria and Myanmar.  The shipments were conducted mainly using false paperwork showing other countries, such as Russia and China, as the…

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U.S. Announces Winter Olympics Delegation

U.S. Announces Winter Olympics Delegation

The White House has announced its list of delegates to attend the opening ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games that are set to begin in South Korea in a little more than one week. In addition to Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence, who were already announced, the delegation to the Olympics will include the following:  House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Ed Royce, Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, retired Gen. James D. Thurman, U.S. diplomat in Seoul…

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Immigration, the Economy and National Security Highlight President Trump’s Remarks at First State of the Union

Immigration, the Economy and National Security Highlight President Trump’s Remarks at First State of the Union

President Trump delivered his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress last night and began by highlighting the accomplishments of his first year in office. “Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs, including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone.  After years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages.” The president spent a considerable amount of time touting the positive effects of the tax overhaul legislation passed last month is having…

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Hawaii Emergency Employee Fired, Administrator Resigns as a Result of False Missile Alert

Hawaii Emergency Employee Fired, Administrator Resigns as a Result of False Missile Alert

The employee responsible for sending an emergency alert warning about an incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii has been fired it was announced today.  The state’s Emergency Management Agency administrator Vern Miyagi also announced he will be resigning as a result of the. An emergency alert was sent to cell phones earlier this month reading, “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”  The alert caused widespread panic and confusion, sending thousands running for shelter. …

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Top U.S. Marine General: “Prudent” Planning for War with North Korea Underway

Top U.S. Marine General: “Prudent” Planning for War with North Korea Underway

The nation’s top marine told a Washington think tank yesterday that planning is underway for possible war with North Korea.  “I think the biggest thing everybody’s done is just look at, get familiar with the geography, get familiar with the plans and do some logistical preparation that’s just prudent,” General Robert Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps, said. Neller complimented U.S. Korea Commander Army General Vincent Brooks and U.S. Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris with doing “a very good job”…

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North and South Korea to March Under Unified Flag in Next Month’s Winter Olympics

North and South Korea to March Under Unified Flag in Next Month’s Winter Olympics

North and South Korea have agreed to march under a single, unified flag at the Winter Olympics to be held next month in South Korea, it was announced today.  It was also announced that they would field a joint women’s ice hockey team.  The announcements were the results of negotiations that took place in the border village Panmunjom over the last several days, the first face-to-face meetings between the two countries in over two years. North Korea is proposing to…

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False Alarm Regarding North Korean Missile Issued in Japan Days After One Issued in Hawaii

False Alarm Regarding North Korean Missile Issued in Japan Days After One Issued in Hawaii

A false alarm about a North Korean missile launch was sent out by Japan’s public broadcaster NHK today, just a few days after a false alarm was sent to residents in Hawaii.  An alert reading “It appears that North Korea has launched a missile,” was pushed to cell phones in Japan just before 7 p.m. local time on Tuesday (5 a.m. EST).  The alert was not released on TV channels, according to reports. Within five minutes, the alert was deleted…

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