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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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


Kim: “Button for nuclear weapons is on my table”

Source: CBS News

“North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Monday the United States should be aware that his country’s nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. But he also struck a conciliatory tone in his New Year’s address, wishing success for the Winter Olympics set to begin in the South in February and suggesting the North may send a delegation to participate. Kim, wearing a Western-style gray suit and tie, said in his customary annual address his country had achieved the historic feat of ‘completing’ its nuclear forces and added he has a nuclear button on his desk. … The New Year’s address is an annual event in the North and is watched closely for indications of the direction and priorities Kim may adopt in the year ahead.” (01/01/18)


South Korea: Regime holds crew of ship that allegedly gave oil to North Koreans

Source: Fox News

“The crew of a Hong Kong-flagged ship that allegedly violated U.N. sanctions by transferring oil to a North Korean vessel in October is being held in South Korea until a full inspection is sent to the Security Council, officials announced Friday. The Lighthouse Winmore is believed to have transferred about 600 tons of refined petroleum products to the North Korean ship, the Sam Jong 2, in international waters in the East China Sea on Oct. 19, after leaving the South Korean port of Yeosu, a South Korean Foreign Ministry official told the Associated Press.” (12/29/17)