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North, South Korea to form joint team for Winter Olympics

Source: NBC News

“North and South Korea agreed during rare talks on Wednesday to form a combined women’s ice hockey team to take part in next month’s PyeongChang Winter Olympics and to march together under a unified flag at the opening ceremony. North Korea won’t be dominating any medal counts at the Games, which will hosted by its neighbor next month. But it’s hoping to grab as much of the spotlight as it can. … The plan for a unified team has prompted some criticism in the South because of concerns that South Korean athletes who made the team might be bumped off to make room for the North’s players. Even so, Seoul appears to be firmly behind the idea.” (01/16/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/north-south-korea-will-form-joint-team-winter-olympics-n838336

Tillerson opens summit with vow to double down on “Kim Jong Un is COMING TO GET YEWWW!” theatrics

Source: Washington Post

“Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that the United States would not stop joint military exercises with South Korea in exchange for North Korea freezing its nuclear weapons program, and promised to keep squeezing Pyongyang economically and diplomatically until [American TV viewers get bored and change the channel]. … The summit, at a convention center overlooking the Pacific, highlights Tillerson’s efforts to [keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary].” (01/16/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/tillerson-opens-summit-with-a-vow-to-keep-up-pressure-on-north-korea/2018/01/16/b04bbac8-d95b-4115-97ed-9ed7b451cda3_story.html

Moon Jae-in’s battle to denuclearize North Korea

Source: Students For Liberty
by James Paek

“While Washington D.C. and Pyongyang are busy powering up for a standoff over nuclear tests and ballistic missiles, South Korea has shifted the playing field considerably for all sides by electing President Moon Jae-in. The Korean peninsula was already bristling with the heady mix of tension, sanctions, nuclear testing, dictatorship, corrupt leaders, severed relations, and, most recently, a glittering parade of ballistic missiles in the North. What will Moon bring to the table and how is he different from his disgraced predecessor? His history, his career, and his words make it clear that he plans to take a new approach with his Northern neighbors.” (01/12/18)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2018/01/12/moon-jae-ins-battle-denuclearize-north-korea/

US tries to ratchet cooling Korea tensions back up with dispatch of B-2 bombers to Guam

Source: Japan Times [Japan]

“The U.S. Air Force has sent three B-2 nuclear-capable stealth bombers to Andersen Air Force Base on the island territory of Guam amid cooling tensions with North Korea. Around 200 airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri were recently deployed to Andersen in support of the U.S. Pacific Command’s Bomber Assurance and Deterrence mission. ‘During this short-term deployment, the B-2s will conduct local and regional training sorties and will integrate capabilities with key regional partners, ensuring bomber crews maintain a high state of readiness and crew proficiency,’ the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said on its website.” (01/11/18)

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/01/11/asia-pacific/u-s-deploys-three-powerful-b-2-stealth-bombers-guam-amid-cooling-tensions-korean-peninsula/

Korea: Peace breaks out

Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“North Korea today is depicted as practically an alien civilization peopled by soulless robots who move in unison according to the dictates of the Supreme Leader: that’s why it’s so easy for H.R. McMaster and his fellow demons to plot and scheme a ‘limited’ military strike on North Korea because Kim is not to be permitted to possess nukes capable of hitting the US, even theoretically (they probably don’t have the aiming device perfected). But of course several countries already possess this capability, among them one of the most radical Islamic nations on earth: Pakistan. Why wouldn’t deterrence work with Kim, as it worked with Stalin and others? Indeed, we can see it working now even as Kim initiates peace talks.” (01/11/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/01/10/korea-peace-breaks/

Why the Korean “crisis” is completely phony

Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Washington’s interest is to contain or eliminate Kim, while maintaining relations with the new South Korean government of liberal President Moon Jae-in, who campaigned on making peace with Pyongyang. Now Moon is following up on his campaign promises, and there isn’t a single thing Tillerson can do about it. South Korea’s interest is to a) avoid war with the North, and b) restart peace negotiations with Pyongyang and move toward fulfilling the promise of reunification. Both countries have ministries devoted to reunification and there is much political capital to be gained if progress can be made along this path. The fact is that Washington is the third man out on this date. The Americans have zero cards to play, while Kim has one card of inestimable value: the nuclear card. The United States cannot attack Kim, because the result would be the instant vaporization of Seoul and environs. The 30,000 US troops on the peninsula would share a similar fate.” (01/09/18)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/01/08/korean-crisis-completely-phony/

North Korea: Regime agrees to send athletes to South Korea Olympics

Source: NBC News

“North Korea has agreed to send a delegation of officials and athletes to the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea next month. The breakthrough decision came Tuesday after the first high-level talks between the countries in more than two years. South Korean Deputy Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung said North Korea had accepted the South’s request to send athletes to the Games, which open on Feb. 9 in PyeongChang some 50 miles from the border with the North.” (01/09/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/winter-olympics-2018/olympics-agenda-north-south-korea-hold-rare-talks-n835681

Moon, Trump agree to delay joint military drills during PyeongChang Olympics

Source: Korea JoongAng Daily [South Korea]

“South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed Thursday to delay their countries’ regular joint military exercises during the Winter Olympic Games to be held here next month. The agreement came in a telephone conversation between the two leaders, according to the Blue House. The tentative agreement came at a request from the South Korean leader. … The call between Moon and Trump came one day after the divided Koreas reopened their dialogue channel at the joint security area of Panmunjom in a prelude to resuming government-level talks for the first time since December 2015.” (01/04/18)

http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/Article.aspx?aid=3042935

To stop looming war with North Korea, Trump must let Kim Jong Un talk to South Korea

Source: Cato Institute
by Eric Gomez

“In the lead up to the winter Olympic Games, North and South Korea now seem set on restarting official high-level talks, which had been frozen for the past two years. However, news of the talks has not generated much enthusiasm among U.S. experts, with many warning that supreme leader Kim Jong Un’s offer to talk is meant to drive a wedge between South Korea and the United States, and weaken the alliance. Concern over a wedge developing in the alliance is not misplaced, but the risks are manageable and should not stop the two Koreas from dialogue. Moreover, if Washington wants to prevent a wedge in its alliance with Seoul it should focus its efforts on reining in President Donald Trump’s dangerous rhetoric.” (01/04/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/stop-looming-war-north-korea-trump-must-let-kim-jong-un-talk-south-korea

The WannaCry cyberattack: What the evidence says and why the Trump administration blames North Korea

Source: CounterPunch
by Gregory Elich

“The centerpiece of the claim of North Korean culpability is the similarity in code between the Contopee malware, which opens backdoor access to an infected computer, and code in an early variant of WannaCry. Contopee has been linked to the Lazarus group, a cybercrime organization that some believe launched the Sony hack, based on the software tools used in that attack. Since North Korea is widely considered to be behind the cyberattack on Sony, at first glance that would appear to seal the argument. It is a logical argument, but is it founded on valid premises? Little is known about Lazarus, aside from the operations that are attributed to it. The link between Lazarus and North Korea is a hypothesis based on limited evidence. It may or may not be true, but the apparent linkage is far weaker than mainstream media’s conviction would have one believe.” (01/03/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/01/03/the-wannacry-cyberattack-what-the-evidence-says-and-why-the-trump-administration-blames-north-korea/