Japan PM Abe to attend Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea
"We are sanctioning additional oil, shipping and trading companies that continue to provide a lifeline to North Korea to fuel this government's nuclear ambitions and destabilizing activities," per @USTreasury's Mnuchin
New sanctions come with warning from @USTreasury Sec Steve Mnuchin: "The US government is targeting illicit actors in China Russia and elsewhere who are working on behalf of North Korea|n financial networks, and calling for their expulsion from the territories where they reside"
US hits DPRK North Korea with more sanctions - targeting 9 entities, 16 individuals and 6 vessels for ongoing development of WMD and violations of @UN sanctions, per @USTreasury
New U.S. sanctions relating to North Korea cover nine entities, 16 individuals, six ships over Pyongyang's weapons programs
U.S. Treasury issues fresh sanctions relating to North Korea, including two China-based trading companies and North Korea's ministry of crude oil industry
US treasury issues more sanctions on North Korea: statement
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US Department of State: Secretary Tillerson spoke with Russia FM Lavrov today. They discussed Russia's role in ensuring the Syria Assad government plays a constructive role in UN-led Geneva process, North Korea, and the need for deescalation and Russian implementation of Minsk commitments in Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov discussed situation on KoreaPeninsula with US Secretary of State Tillerson on the phone - Foreign ministry
UK Brexit Secretary Davis: The value of CETA and South Korea arrangements and the Swiss arrangement is they give you a template of what can be achieved already. They are the floor, not the ceiling. E.g. there will be pressure from EU to avoid Anglo-Saxon race to the bottom on standards
Ex-President Lee Myung Bak's brother found unconscious amid probe into alleged bribery
South Korea asks U.S. for talks soon on washer, solar tariffs: trade ministry
KCNA: "Japan should understand that the more it goes mischievous to spray ash over the feast table of others, the greater sins it will add to its past hideous crimes and the stronger the Korean nation's anti-Japan sentiment will grow."
KCNA: "Japan is warned that it can be the first country to face disaster due to its frivolous tongue-wagging."
KCNA: "The more mischievously the Abe group becomes, the more glaringly the political ignorance, craftiness, frivolity and bluff peculiar to Japan will be revealed before the international community."
KCNA: "So disgusting is the thoughtless act of the political dwarfs of the island country making nonsensical remarks while going to this or that country to get cooperation for putting pressure on the DPRK."
KCNA: "During his visit to Europe, Abe said that 'the DPRK can never be tolerated to go nuclear', 'maximum pressure must be put with the mobilization of all means', and 'it becomes a crucial threat to whole Europe', kicking up anti-DPRK frenzy."
Korean delegation talks joint cultural event with North Korea
By popular demand, here is the admittedly very cryptic ICBM "fireworks" Olympic statement from KCNA, in full. Let me know if you know what it means, but it's certainly provocative.
Japan requests talks on leader's possible visit to South Korea: official
KCNA: "It is self-evident that ICBM test-fire would not be 'fireworks' for the Winter Olympics."
Source says Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to put aside diplomatic tensions and attend opening ceremony of Pyeongchang2018 Olympics
KCNA: "We value the north-south ties but have no intention to continue to show good faith and magnanimity even while seeing the confrontational fanatics dare challenge the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK and its sacred symbol."
KCNA: "We can not but take a serious consideration of our follow-up measures regarding the Winter Olympics. The south Korean authorities have to apologize, severely punish those involved in the crime and take a prompt measure to prevent the recurrence of such acts."
KCNA: "Dark clouds lay low over the prospect of the Olympics."
KCNA: "Far from making a deep bow to the fellow countrymen for their sincere efforts for the successful Olympics, the conservative groupcommitted such shuddering acts in the eyes of the delegation of the DPRK. They are a despicable group of gangsters in human form."
KCNA: "This is a never-to-be-condoned hideous crime as it is an intolerable mockery of the sincerity and efforts being made by the DPRKand a decapture political provocation to turn the Olympics into a theatre for escalating confrontation between the north and the south."
KCNA: "They went on the rampage, torching a portrait symbolizing the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership and a DPRK flag, not content with talking hoarse that 'Phyongchang Olympics is about to change into Pyongyang Olympics'."
KCNA: "Timed to coincide with the arrival of our fielddelegation for dispatch of an art troupe in Seoul that day, coteries of the 'Korean Patriotic Party' flocked to the plaza of Seoul Railways Station where theyviciously slandered the DPRK's participation in the Olympics."
KCNA: "A hideous provocative act, openly perpetrated in downtown Seoul in broad daylight on Jan 22, clearly proved that the wild act of thetraitors challenging the trend ofhistory toward the improvement of the north-south ties and reunification has reached the extremes."
KCNA: "The puppet conservative forces have gone beyond a tolerance limit in their ill intention to chill the atmosphere for the improved north-south ties and ruin the great event of the nation, shocking the public at home and abroad."
Tariffs today imposed by @POTUS on Chinese solar panel makers and South Korean washing machines "will make the US competitive and help grow our economy," says Cohn.
"The danger is growing" from the "grave threat" posed by the DPRK, says McMaster.
"Campaign of maximum pressure" by US and allies "has made a significant difference" on the Korean Peninsula, says McMaster.
President leaves for Davos Wednesday evening. Meets Thursday with CEOs and some foreign leaders including PM @theresa may. Will discuss North Korea situation and Iran threat and flaws in Iran nuke deal. Will address @wef Friday.
US "lost 200,000 jobs" as a result of KORUS trade pact, according to @POTUS.
In signing Section 201 action, @POTUS mentions South Korea's @LGUS and @Samsung by names and says he hopes they'll keep their promise to set up plants to manufacture washing machines in the US. "A big industry, a lot bigger than people would understand."
CIA Director Pompeo: If Iran advances nuke abilities with help from North Korea, others (read Middle East Sunni countries) will say 'me too!' for getting nukes.
US intelligence "actually understood the capability and the testing capacity.. we'll never get the week and the month right" says @CIA's Pompeo "Continue to deliver good, solid info" on DPRK
US still has gaps in knowledge of DPRK says @CIA Dir Mike Pompeo - "There was insufficient focus on the problem set hadn't received the focus and the attention that was going to be need for what the administration was going to ask of the intelligence community"
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For DPRK North Korea, nukes for "more than just government preservation" says @CIA's Pompeo "Call it coercive, how Kim Jong Un is prepared to use these nuclear weapons," such as reunification of Korean peninsula
"We're taking the real world actions we think will make unmissable to Kim Jong Un that we are intent on denuclearization" says @CIA's Pompeo
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@CIA Director Pompeo believe that DPRK's Kim Jong Un is a rational actor, adding "We're concerned that he may not be getting really good accurate information"
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"DPRK have moved at a very rapid clip their testing capacity has improved," says @CIA Dir Mike Pompeo "Kim Jong Un will not rest with a single successful test"
Pompeo suggests red line is preventing North Korea capacity to deliver multiple ICBMs simultaneously
China and South Korea condemn Trump's solar and washer tariffs
On DPRK, US not "not where we need to be" on interdicting shipments to North Korea, says @CIA's Pompeo, adds working diligently so he can say a year from they are still months away from having nukes to threaten US
"It's not a static time frame" on when DPRK will be able to pose a nuclear risk to US mainland, says @CIA Director Pompeo at @AEI
North Korea, U.S. clash at disarmament forum
U.N. calls for sustained peace, denuclearisation on Korean peninsula
South Korea removed from EU blacklist of tax havens