: "@POTUS certainly favors China taking a greater role in putting maximum pressure on North Koreaand any effort in order to denuclearize the peninsula there in North Korea and China participating in that, @POTUS certainly supports those efforts."
Pres Trump to announce next week a decision on designating North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, says Sanders. Currently, three nations are so designated by the US: Iran, Sudan and Syria.
@POTUS @PressSec @alfranken Announcement/decision by @POTUS "first part of next week" on whether DPRK to be returned to list of state sponsors of terrorism, says @PressSec.
US exercises in Pacific "long planned, in advance" per DoD's White "Exercises are a critical component to readiness" per @thejointstaff's LtGen Kenneth McKenzie re DPRK
"We'll continue to support our diplomats," adds @ChiefPentSpox "I think it's perilous to predict about what North Korea does or doesn't do but we're continuing to monitor"
3 month ago
DPRK pause on missile/nuke tests not necessarily meanigful, per @ChiefPentSpox Dana White - "I wouldn't speculate on what North Korea's activities are or aren't"
Mattis sees opportunity for talks if North Korea halts missile tests, development
China slaps down Trump's claim that he and Xi agreed on approach to North Korea
China says 'dual suspension' proposal still best for North Korea
: China is sending an Envoy and Delegation to North Korea - A big move, we'll see what happens!
China maintains "suspension for suspension" most reasonable solution for DPRK crisis, said Chinese FM on Thursday after US president @realDonaldTrump said two countries agreed not to accept “freeze-for-freeze” scheme
23 cases of damage reported to cultural assets in quake-hit region
3 month ago
U.S. Pacific Commander: Military-backed diplomacy needed to deal with North Korea
Japan PM Abe: World must press North Korea on nukes
KCNA: "Peace in the Korean peninsula and the region has been put to serious peril and the danger of a nuclear war mushrooms day by day."
KCNA: "The U.S. is pressurizing the south Korean puppet government to mend fences with Japan in a bid to form the U.S.-Japan-south Korea tripartite military alliance."
KCNA: "Not content with the deployment of one THAAD in south Korea…the additional deployment of THAAD by a briganish order of the U.S. is a matter of time."
Moon vows support for quake victims
KCNA: "The UN Security Council…keeps turning a blind eye to the nuclear war exercises of the U.S. which is hell-bent on bringing a catastrophic disaster to humanity, thereby giving rise to a serious concern on the double standard of the UNSC."
World Anti-Doping Agency maintains its suspension of Russia, raising the spectre of a possible ban from February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang
State-run banks to offer financial support for firms in quake-hit Pohang
Energy minister visits nuclear reactors following earthquakes
Parties vow bipartisan cooperation on earthquake recovery
Earthquake leaves many homeless, destroys more facilities
3 month ago
U.S. Pacific Command: USS Carl Vinson (@CVN70), preparing for a future deployment, launches flight operations as part of a sustainment training exercise
Russia’s ambassador to North Korea recently met with the DPRK’s deputy minister of railways to discuss issues related to a joint-run coal transportation project, the Russian embassy in Pyongyang said on Tuesday.
: "We asked all nations [during Asia trip] to support our campaign of maximum pressure for North Korea denuclearization, and they are responding by cutting trade with North Korea, restricting financial ties to the government, and expelling North Korean diplomats and workers."
: "President Xi recognizes that a nuclear North Korea is a grave threat to China, and we agreed that we would not accept a so-called "freeze-for-freeze" agreement."
Trump: “We have to denuclearize North Korea. We have ended the failed strategy of strategic patience and as a result, we have already seen important progress”
@POTUS: "Our Vietnamese partners are taking new action to enforce sanctions on North Korea."
@POTUS: "All options remain on the table" in dealing with DPRK.
"It has been a disaster for the United States," says @POTUS of KORUS trade pact.
@POTUS "Like Japan, South Korea is increasing its defense contributions."
In Japan, says @POTUS, he and Prime Minister Abe agreed on "absolute determination to remain united" to achieve the denuclearization of North Korea.
@POTUS: In ROK "I spoke the truth about the evil crimes of the North Korean government."
POTUS: "Our trip was defined by three core goals" - to united world against the menace of DPRK government; to strengthen America's alliances in Indo-Pacific and to insist on "fair and reciprocal trade."
President Trump will make a statement about his Asia trip at approximately 3 p.m., per a White House official
Lack of US ambassador to ROK, “best example of just diplomatic malpractice that’s going on at the moment” says @SenJackReed
South Korea party leader says U.S. must not strike North Korea without Seoul's consent
"South Korea absolutely insists on getting Seoul's permission before taking action against the North" - Gallucci
3 month ago
CNN's @ChrisCuomo: Is North Korea a worse situation now? Fmr. Defense Sec. Ash Carter: "Generally, it's gotten steadily worse."
Experts warn Pohang quake may be prelude to bigger tremors
South Korea delays college entrance exam due to earthquake
(3rd LD) Samsung briefly halts smartphone production in wake of quake
Rare 5.4-magnitude earthquake strikes southeastern Korea
3 month ago
Nuclear reactors in South Korea were not affected in a M-5.4 earthquake that hit the southeast coastal city of Pohang on Wednesday: state nuclear operator
Samsung, SK hynix's production unaffected by earthquake
Earthquake of magnitude 4.7 - 4km WNW of Hoko, South Korea
South Korean surgeon says North Korean defector soldier's condition has considerably stabilized
Nuclear reactors unaffected by magnitude 5.5 earthquake: KHNP
5.5 magnitude quake hits off South Korea's coast
Strong earthquake strikes South Korea
5.5-magnitude earthquake detected 6km north of Pohang: weather agency
Earthquake of magnitude 5.4 - 9km WNW of Hoko, South Korea
KCNA: "The reckless remarks spouted by Trump during his junkets cannot but be viewed as the final confirmation of the White House's policy hostile to the DPRK…and an open declaration of war not to allow the existence of the Korean people any more."
KCNA: "Such a depraved guy as Trump, who is dreaming a pipedream of spreading venom of corrupt American capitalism…, will never grasp the truth that injustice can never prevail over justice until his last breath."
KCNA: "Trump, who is no more than an old slave of money, dared point an accusing finger at the sun. He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people. He will be forced to pay dearly for his blasphemy any moment."
KCNA: "The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that he dared malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK."
KCNA: "Trump betrayed his true colors as an old lunatic, mean trickster and human reject during his one night and two days stay in south Korea, says Rodong Sinmun on Wednesday in a commentary."
China says it is sending high-level envoy to North Korea amid extended chill in relations due to Pyongyang's nuclear tests
Senior Chinese diplomat to visit North Korea as envoy of Xi
KCNA: "Song Tao, head of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, will soon visit the Democratic People's Republic of Korea as a special envoy of Xi Jinping, general secretary of the C.C., CPC."
KCNA: "It is the invariable ambition of the island men to launch continental aggression with the backing of the U.S."
KCNA: "Abe flattered the master and actively fanned up his zeal for a nuclear war against the DPRK. Lurking behind this is his intention to fan up the vanity of old lunatic Trump and keep the situation tense and thus fish in troubled waters."
KCNA: "Japan wishes for the tension on the Korean peninsula more than others. The Abe group…regards the escalation of tension on the peninsula as an excellent pretext for the constitutional revision and for pushing forward its plan for becoming a military giant."
The Japanese government has created a nationwide television broadcast advising civilians on how to protect themselves in the event of a North Korean missile attack.