U.S. Donald Trump North Korea John Bolton Representative Joaquin Castro, a top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, said Tuesday that he believes President Donald Trump is determined to launch a war with North Korea. Castro made the comments in the aftermath of Trump tapping former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton as his national security adviser to replace the departing H.R. McMaster. Bolton has argued that it is “perfectly legitimate” for the United States to launch a preemptive strike against North Korea. Related: Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un, John Bolton and the Road to War in North Korea “I just think that this president, based on everything that I've seen and heard, is determined at some point to go to war with North Korea," Castro said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Castro added that the appointment of Bolton "is an affirmation of that.” Castro then laid out what he sees as the stark dangers of a conflict with North … [Read more...] about Trump is ‘Determined’ to ‘Go to War with North Korea’ in Conflict That Could Kill ‘Millions,’ Says Leading Democrat
Analysis Donald Trump Kim Jong Un John Bolton In 2003, when George W. Bush was president, the White House undertook a new effort to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program. It did so by working with four other countries—South Korea, China, Japan and Russia. These so-called six-party talks’ were a yearslong, often frustrating diplomatic effort, and in the middle of it, I sat down with a negotiator from one of the parties, a diplomat who had become one of my best sources in the region. Normally, he was calm. But when I mentioned John Bolton, the former Bush administration official who had helped scuttle a previous nuclear agreement between the U.S. and Pyongyang, the diplomat’s equanimity evaporated. “John Bolton,” he spat, “is the reason North Korea has multiple nuclear weapons today.” The diplomat was overstating his case. But the mere fact that he said it was revealing—especially now that President Donald Trump has … [Read more...] about Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un, John Bolton and the Road to War in North Korea
Sarah Jacobs, provided by Published 1:59 pm, Friday, March 23, 2018 Wong Maye-E/AP The Taedonggang beer shop is in Pyongyang, North Korea. The bar is named after North Korea's locally brewed beer, Taedonggang. There are no chairs or stools inside the bar. Watch the full INSIDER video on the Taedonggang beer shop, below. Join the conversation about this story » Recommended Video: Now Playing: This tourist gives an inside look into the International Trade Show held every year in North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang. Everything from handbags to fishtanks were sold at the event.This is what Aram Pan told Storyful about his visit to the trade fair: “I wanted to experience first hand what the ground situation was like as the recent political situation between the US and North Korea reached a critical level. Surprisingly, the locals were simply carrying on with everyday life.” Credit: Aram Pan via Storyful Media: … [Read more...] about Here’s what the inside of a bar looks like in North Korea
Former President Barack Obama said Sunday that negotiations with North Korea on its nuclear weapons program are difficult, partly because the country's isolation minimizes possible leverage, such as trade and travel sanctions against Pyongyang."North Korea is an example of a country that is so far out of the international norms and so disconnected with the rest of the world," Obama told a packed hall in Tokyo.He stressed that the effort to get North Korea to give up nuclear weapons remains difficult, but said countries working together, including China, South Korea and Japan, to pressure the North is better than nations working alone.He noted that past U.S. efforts on Iran's nuclear weapons were more successful because there was more leverage, but that there's little commerce and travel with North Korea to being with."That makes them less subject to these kinds of negotiations," he said of North Korea.Obama was speaking at an event sponsored by a Japanese nonprofit group during an … [Read more...] about Obama, in Japan, says North Korea’s isolation means less leverage
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader WorldViews Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Adam Taylor by Adam Taylor Email the author March 24 at 6:00 AM Email the author North Korea shares a border with three countries — South Korea, China and Russia. The one with Russia is just 11 miles, following the Tumen River and its estuary in the far northeast. There is one lone crossing, dubbed the “Friendship Bridge.” It opened in 1959 and offers the two nations a fairly basic rail connection. This week, amid a period of relative calm on … [Read more...] about Russia wants to build a bridge to North Korea. Literally.