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    Trump says North Korea is ‘no longer’ a nuclear threat.

    Well...I'm certainly glad that we don't have to worry about that anymore. Start worrying about when the war will start.

    Trump says North Korea is ‘no longer’ a nuclear threat. The Pentagon budget suggests otherwise.
    President Trump proclaimed Wednesday that there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea after his talks with Kim Jong Un, but the Defense Department is spending billions of dollars preparing to counter one.

    For years, leaders at the Pentagon during the Obama and Trump administrations have cited North Korea’s nuclear ambitions as one of the foremost threats to the United States and have sought ways to advance the American military’s ability to counter them.

    North Korea has conducted six nuclear tests — including the most recent one, in 2017, which U.S. officials suspect involved a hydrogen bomb — in addition to multiple intercontinental ballistic missile tests. By most accounts, the nation is close to demonstrating an ability to strike the continental United States with a nuclear warhead atop one of those ICBMs.

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    North Korea’s dispersed and hidden weapons complex: the challenge of denuclearization

    North Korea’s dispersed and hidden weapons complex highlights the challenge of denuclearization
    The warheads — at least 20 in number, and perhaps as many as 60 — remain for now in their bunkers, somewhere in the rugged hills north of Pyongyang. Until today, there has been no public pledge from North Korea to dismantle them, or to allow inspectors to see them, or even to disclose where they are kept.

    Work continues daily in the country’s radiochemistry lab near Yongbyon, where plutonium for new bombs is extracted from spent fuel rods. Just across a small river from the lab, testing continues on a 20-megawatt reactor capable of producing nuclear fuel for scores of additional bombs.

    The facilities are among hundreds that exist across a North Korean weapons complex that has shown itself capable not only of making sophisticated nuclear and chemical weapons, but also of expertly hiding them from public view. It is why weapons experts around the world expressed astonishment Wednesday at President Trump’s claim that the danger posed by Pyongyang’s decades-long weapons buildup had been effectively eliminated — that there was, as Trump wrote in a Twitter posting, “no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.”

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    Trump claim raises eyebrows: NKorea no longer a nuke threat?

    Before the end of his "first term"? If the idiot currently infesting the WH gets to finish his 'first term', this country will no longer resemble AMERICA.

    Trump claim raises eyebrows: NKorea no longer a nuke threat?
    America and the world can "sleep well tonight," President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday, boasting that his summit with Kim Jong Un had ended any nuclear threat from North Korea though the meeting produced no details on how or when weapons might be eliminated or even reduced.

    While Trump claimed a historic breakthrough at the most significant diplomatic event of his presidency, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, was more measured. He said the U.S. wants North Korea to take "major" nuclear disarmament steps within the next two years — before the end of Trump's first term in 2021.

    Pompeo also cautioned that the U.S. would resume "war games" with close ally South Korea if the North stops negotiating in good faith. The president had announced a halt in the drills after his meeting with Kim on Tuesday, a concession long sought by Pyongyang.

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    South Korea struggles to digest strange new reality of Kim bonding with White House

    South Korea struggles to digest strange new reality of Kim Jong Un bonding with White House
    SEOUL — At a place of reflection — a Buddhist temple with a centuries-old tree — a 70-year-old woman walked the perfectly swept grounds Wednesday and thought about what possible peace with North Korea would mean for her children and their children.

    “It’s everything,” said Kim Ji-hye. “Does it matter what deals are done? Peace and reunification are everything.”

    “Wait a minute,” interrupted her husband, Park Byung-hun, 74. “At any cost? Peace at any cost? That is wrong. This process with North Korea is wrong.”

    Multiply this conversation by millions at kitchen tables, rail stations, parks and just about anywhere across South Korea as a conflicted country tries to digest everything thrown at it from the Singapore summit.

    No place has more at stake with the outreach to North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un. Yet so much has happened so quickly that arguments and viewpoints of just last week suddenly seem old. Now, South Koreans are trying to decide how they feel about once-unimaginable changes, among them the apparent halt of U.S.-South Korean military exercises and the direct line to the White House that Kim now possibly enjoys.

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    The U.S. Military judges potential enemy nations by their capabilities and NOT by their intentions, which are much less knowable, Donald Trump's 'special bond' with Kim Jong Un notwithstanding.

    And North Korea still possesses somewhere between a dozen and up to SIXTY nuclear warheads, some of them now thermonuclear (fusion) bombs, as opposed to the smaller-yield fission bombs that we dropped on Japan in WWII. And North Korea also possesses the intercontinental ballistic missiles or ICBMs that could theoretically deliver them to almost any American city, but certainly to cities on the west coast of America. The only unknown is whether North Korea has really perfected the re-entry technologies that allow the ICBMs to re-enter the atmosphere without burning up, and thus succeed in actually reaching their targets.


    Donald Trump's claim that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat was a massively stupid thing to say, a major faux pas, a blunder, a face-palm moment if there ever was one, for a U.S. President. Embarrassing.
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    This scoop from Axios Israeli correspondent. He's been spot on so far.

    A classified report from Israel's foreign ministry raises doubts over President Trump's optimistic statements about his summit with Kim Jong-un, and determines the U.S. retreated from its positions on several issues relating to North Korea's nuclear program.

    Behind the scenes: The classified report, which I obtained a copy of, provides an initial analysis of the summit. It was circulated yesterday by the research department of the Israeli foreign ministry to all Israeli embassies around the world and to many senior officials at the Prime Minister's office and other government agencies.

    Two main points:

    The summit left many question marks. There are substantive gaps between U.S. policy statements before the summit on the need for "full, irreversible and verifiable" denuclearization and the joint statement signed at the end of the summit, which only referred to "complete denuclearization."

    Trump's readiness to accept Kim's demand to halt U.S. military exercises with South Korea is a retreat by the U.S. and an acceptance of China's "freeze-for-freeze" approach. The Israeli foreign ministry analysts note that the U.S. had previously rejected the Chinese position.
    https://www.axios.com/israel-casts-d...68377f4b1.html

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