Korean War II could be bloodier than the first, a reason why U.S. and North Korea may meet

Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Korean War II could be bloodier than the first, a reason why U.S. and North Korea may meet North Korean artillery, unconventional weapons could cause catastrophic casualties if war breaks out. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 6 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY Published 1:26 p.m. ET March 10, 2018 | Updated 1:37 p.m. ET March 10, 2018 CLOSE President Trump shocked the world, accepting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's invitation to discuss a nuclear-free Korean peninsula. It’s historic and high-stakes. Just the FAQs CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 6 COMMENT EMAIL MORE WASHINGTON — War on the Korean Peninsula would be catastrophic.   How much blood would be shed and how nasty the fighting would be are the outstanding questions, according to Defense estimates and experts.  Even a conventional war could kill tens of thousands of civilians in its first days if thousands of North Korean artillery shells fell on the 10 million citizens of Seoul, 35 miles from the demilitarized zone. The number of dead and wounded multiply if war goes nuclear, as North Korea has threatened. More: Will Trump be ready for North Korea meeting? U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson fears he won't More: North Korea-U.S. talks: Why make the offer now, what does North Korea want in return? More: White House seems to add conditions to summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un In November, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis offered a lethal promise in remarks to reporters, suggesting the toll in North Korea could be higher. “Make no mistake, any attack on the United States or Continue Reading

UN Security Council imposes tough new sanctions on North Korea

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions against North Korea on Friday in response to its latest launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang says is capable of reaching anywhere on the U.S. mainland. The resolution adopted by the council includes sharply lower limits on North Korea's refined oil imports, the return home of all North Koreans working overseas within 24 months, and a crackdown on ships smuggling banned items including coal and oil to and from the country. But the resolution doesn't include even harsher measures sought by the Trump administration that would ban all oil imports and freeze international assets of the government and its leader, Kim Jong Un. Related: North Korea missile went 10 times higher than space station The resolution, drafted by the United States and negotiated with the North's closest ally China, drew criticism from Russia for the short time the 13 other council nations had to consider the draft, and last-minute changes to the text. Two of those changes were extending the deadline for North Korean workers to return home from 12 months to 24 months — which Russia said was the minimum needed — and reducing the number of North Koreans being put on the U.N. sanctions blacklist from 19 to 15. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said after the vote that "the unity this council has shown in leveling these unprecedented sanctions is a reflection of the international outrage at the Kim regime's actions." The Security Council has stood united for the 10th time "against a North Korean regime that rejects the pursuit of peace," she said. President Donald Trump tweeted the 15-0 vote, adding: "The World wants Peace, not Death!" China's deputy U.N. ambassador, Wu Haitao, said it's "imperative" to Continue Reading

U.N. Security Council to vote on new sanctions against North Korea

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council scheduled a vote Friday on proposed new sanctions against North Korea, including sharply lower limits on its refined oil imports, the return home of all North Koreans working overseas within 12 months, and a crackdown on the country’s shipping.The measures in the draft resolution circulated to all 15 members of the Security Council on Thursday aren’t the toughest-ever measures sought by the Trump administration. Those would ban all oil imports and freeze international assets of the government and its leader, Kim Jong Un.But the draft resolution would cap crude oil imports at 4 million barrels a year. And it would cap imports of refined oil products, including diesel and kerosene at 500,000 barrels a year — a nearly 90 percent ban of these products which are key to North Korea’s economy, and a reduction from the 2 million barrels a year the council authorized in September.The draft, obtained by The Associated Press, would ban the export of food products, machinery, electrical equipment, earth and stones, wood and vessels from North Korea. And it would also ban all countries from exporting industrial equipment, machinery, transportation vehicles and industrial metals to the country.The proposed sanctions are the Security Council’s response to North Korea’s test on Nov. 29 of its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile yet, which the government said is capable of hitting anywhere on the U.S. mainland. It was North Korea’s 20th launch of a ballistic missile this year and added to fears that the North will soon have a nuclear arsenal that can viably target the U.S. mainland.The United States drafted the resolution and reportedly negotiated it with China before circulating the final text to the rest of the council.The last sanctions resolution was adopted Sept. 11 in response to North Korea’s sixth and strongest nuclear test explosion eight days earlier.U.S. Continue Reading

UN panel agrees to debate on ‘killer robots’

Geneva – A U.N. panel agreed Friday to move ahead with talks to define and possibly set limits on weapons that can kill without human involvement, as human rights groups said governments are moving too slowly to keep up with advances in artificial intelligence that could put computers in control one day.Advocacy groups warned about the threats posed by such “killer robots” and aired a chilling video illustrating their possible uses on the sidelines of the first formal U.N. meeting of government experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems this week. More than 80 countries took part.Ambassador Amandeep Gill of India, who chaired the gathering, said participants plan to meet again in 2018. He said ideas discussed this week included the creation of legally binding instrument, a code of conduct, or a technology review process.The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, an umbrella group of advocacy groups, says 22 countries support a ban of the weapons and the list is growing. Human Rights Watch, one of its members, called for an agreement to regulate them by the end of 2019 — admittedly a longshot.The meeting falls under the U.N.’s Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons — also known as the Inhumane Weapons Convention — a 37-year old agreement that has set limits on the use of arms and explosives like mines, blinding laser weapons and booby traps over the years.The group operates by consensus, so the least ambitious goals are likely to prevail, and countries including Russia and Israel have firmly staked out opposition to any formal ban. The United States has taken a go-slow approach, rights groups say.U.N. officials say in theory, fully autonomous, computer-controlled weapons don’t exist yet but defining exactly what killer robots are and how much human interaction is involved was a key focus of the meeting. The United States argued that it was “premature” to establish a definition.The concept alone stirs the Continue Reading

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman: Actor’s hometown reflects on his success, influence on small town one year after death

FAIRPORT, N.Y. — Dead silence, profound silence. Teens at an assembly stunned by the genius of a classmate. Then, after a pause, leaping from their auditorium seats and cheering, some filing out of their rows to walk toward Phil Hoffman as he stepped off the stage. “Death of a Salesman,” Fairport High School, fall 1984. Mr. Baynes taught the play, Ms. Marshall directed it, and the 12th grader who would become Philip Seymour Hoffman shocked the room with light and truth as Willy Loman. My hometown, this Rochester suburb 326 miles up the Interstate from Broadway, gave the world one of its greatest actors, until heroin took him a year ago Monday. His art was like thunder. Maybe you were startled and moved by his Lester Bangs in "Almost Famous" or his Father Flynn in "Doubt" or his nurse weeping over a dying Jason Robards in "Magnolia." But Mr. Baynes and Ms. Marshall -- John and Midge to you, but they were my teachers, and I can't un-formalize their names now -- were in the room when all those raw sparks sizzled and popped. For three decades after, they visited Phil, texted and Facebooked, went to the plays, welcomed him to their classes, carpooled across the state for a funeral. "When Phil had such great success in the world, this community -- this upstate community in this frozen place up here -- we shamelessly loved it," Mr. Baynes told me on Friday. He was standing in the empty auditorium, 30 years after Phil Hoffman's talent exploded in this room. I was in the midst of the odd experience of interviewing my first journalism teacher, the man who ran the high school paper, in a building I hadn't entered since -- well, since graduation. Class of '99, year after Big Lebowski. Onto the city soon after, just like Hoffman. Chased him once in the West Village. Funny story. Then broke down crying when he died. Mr. Baynes said: "Phil permitted us to let his reflected light make our lives Continue Reading

15 bad habits New Yorkers need to toss for the new year

2014 is almost in the dustbin of history — so it’s time to toss out all the other trash from the last 12 months. We’re not talking about resolutions — those are too easy to break. We’re talking about an early spring cleaning of all the only-in-New York toxins that are polluting our lives. "Giving things up at the end of the year is like throwing out old stuff you don't use anymore," says Philip Markle, a comedian with Annoyance Theater NY. "It opens up very valuable space for the new stuff you won’t use anymore." Personally, Markle wants us to stop "writing headlines on Facebook as if you are the only source of news." And stop being so unrealistic: "Give up looking for affordable housing off the A B C D E F G J L N M Q R Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 or Path trains. Maybe there’s something off the 7 train.” Here are 15 more things we all might want to toss in 2015. 1. I will unfollow Kim Kardashian on Instagram... Kardashian doesn’t need or care about you. With 22.5 million followers, she’s already one of the biggest Instagram stars in the world. Plus, anything she puts on social media is going to be all over gossip websites in mere minutes. So ditch her, and feel good about it. And while you’re at it, maybe reconsider your status as one of Justin Bieber’s 58 million Twitter followers. 2. ... but I will follow Larry King. But don't give up on Twitter entirely — legendary broadcaster Larry King just happens to have one of the most stupidly awesome feeds on the entire site — in a just-awakened Rip Van Winkle sort of way. “Does anybody other than Thomas make English muffins?” he wondered the other day, followed that same day with “Does anyone ever really eat fruitcake?” and “Maxwell House is good to the last drop, but the last drop doesn't taste so good.” 3. I will not watch the ______ (insert New York team Continue Reading

Voice of the People for July 29, 2010

No more hate at Ground Zero Oceanside, L.I.: I am concerned about some of the rhetoric surrounding the mosque/community center proposed for two blocks from Ground Zero. I am not talking about family members and survivors of 9/11, who have more reason for concern than most. What I am talking about is people who wish for the mosque to be blown up or for its members to die. I am talking about the kind of corrosive hate that led to 9/11 in the first place, only now coming from the American side. The bitterness and bile spewing from some people is not about security concerns or whether Islamic worship is appropriate for that location - which are legitimate concerns. This is hatred, pure and simple. When the mother of an EMT who saved people in the twin towers is shouted down for being Muslim, that is hatred. I'm not asking people to compromise on self-defense, nor am I forgetting 9/11. Just stop using hate as an excuse to make more hate. Mindy Abraham Offensive comparison Carmel, N.Y.: As a conservative, I take issue with Carl Paladino's proposal to abuse eminent domain powers to stop the mosque near Ground Zero. That said, I was appalled to read Bill Hammond's column "Is it Paladino's party now?" (July 27), which stated that Paladino's position makes him no different than the Islamist terrorists who murdered thousands. Hammond owes an apology to Paladino as well as every American who stands in opposition to the construction of a monument to Osama Bin Laden. Jim Duncan Mayor's glass house Whitestone: Mayor Bloomberg says it would be downright "un-American" to investigate the funding of the mosque proposed near Ground Zero. I think it was downright un-American for him to ignore my vote against third terms. Eileen O'Connell She did the right thing Staten Island: Re "Cops: 12-yr.-old rats out drunk-drive ma" (July 28): Calling a terrified little girl who fears for her life and the life of her brother a "rat" is just low. Is "hero" too Continue Reading

Voice of the People for May 9, 2010

No mosque near Ground Zero Corona: How can community board members be so insensitive and disrespectful to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11 and to their families as to approve building a mosque near the WTC site? Did they forget we were attacked in the name of Islam? The only reason I can think of why the board voted to approve this travesty is that maybe they got a generous donation from somebody. Adding insult to injury, they're planning to break ground on the 10th anniversary of the attack. This is like putting a portrait of Adolf Hitler on the walls of a synagogue. Lothar Bosch Brooklyn: It is a disgrace that a mosque could be built two blocks from the World Trade Center site. Some are forgetting what happened on 9/11 and who committed that mass murder. For those who lost loved ones on that awful day, to see a mosque built in lower Manhattan will be more than a slap in the face. Shame on Community Board 1 for endorsing this travesty. Rose O'Donnell Burned by the Suns Woodside: Now that "Los Suns" of Phoenix have come out against the new Arizona immigration law, I have an idea. At the next home game, everyone should rush the door and take any seat they like. When the authorities (aka ushers) request papers (tickets), the people should refuse because it is blatant discrimination against undocumented fans. Bill Olsen Un-American I Old Bridge, N.J.: To Voicer Theresa Lodato du Chemin: This is still America, last I checked, where even the lowest forms of lowlife have a right to a fair trial. If you're looking for automatic executions, maybe you should move to Iran or another Muslim country. Vince Chesner Un-American II Brooklyn: When Voicers like Theresa Lodato du Chemin bray that "the lowlife who planted the car bomb should have been executed on sight," two things are clear. First, she and her ilk have never read the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. Second, many Voicers applaud the sort of "justice" handed out by the Continue Reading

Copenhagen UN climate summit produces draft pact; lacks specificity on gas emission cuts, financing

COPENHAGEN — A new draft agreement Friday at the Copenhagen climate talks pulled together the main elements of a global pact but left gaping holes on financing and cutting greenhouse gas emissions for world leaders to fill in next week. The six-page draft document distilled a much-disputed 180-page negotiating text, laying out the obligations of industrial and developing countries in curbing the growth of greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. News of the document came as the European Union leaders agreed in Brussels to commit euro2.4 billion ($3.6 billion) a year until 2012 to a short-term fund to help poor countries cope with climate change. The EU also conditionally lifted its commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent below 1990 levels over the next decade, depending on better commitments by the United States and Canada. In the past the EU pledged a 20 percent cut with an option increase that to 30 percent as part of a global deal. The draft agreement is less specific than other proposals and attempts to bridge the divide between rich and poor countries. It leaves much to be decided by more 110 heads of state, including President Barack Obama, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and most of Europe's top leadership, who are due to arrive in the Danish capital in one week for a landmark summit. "This text will be the focus of the negotiations from now on," said Jake Schmidt, an analyst for the Natural Resources Defense Council. The paper, drawn up by Michael Zammit Cutajar, the Maltese chairman of the conference's largest committee, says global emissions of greenhouse gases should peak "as soon as possible." But controlling carbon emissions should be subordinate to the effort to wipe out poverty and develop the economies of the world's poorest nations, it said. It called for new funding over the next three years by wealthy countries to help poor countries adapt to changing climate Continue Reading

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