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Kim Jong Un Committed To ‘Complete Denuclearization’ Of Korean Peninsula

(DCNF) North Korean state media announced Saturday Kim Jong Un’s commitment to a nuclear-free Korea through the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula.

“North and South Korea affirmed the common goal of realizing a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula through complete denuclearization,” the Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday, commenting on Friday’s historic inter-Korean summit. “Sharing the understanding that the measures led and taken by the North and South are very meaningful, significant ones for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, (both sides) agreed to fulfill their respective responsibilities and roles going forward.”

Kim met South Korean President Moon Jae-in Friday at the border at the first inter-Korean summit in over a decade. During the summit — the third since the end of wartime hostilities — Kim became the first North Korean leader to visit South Korea since the signing of the armistice over six decades ago. In a joint statement following talks, Moon and Kim expressed a desire to denuclearize the peninsula.

That commitment was not only mentioned by KCNA, but it was also carried by the Rodong Sinmun, the mouthpiece of the ruling party.

Since Pyongyang began its diplomatic charm offensive, the world has only heard talk of North Korea’s commitment to denuclearization through third parties — such as South Korean diplomats, Chinese state media, and U.S. officials involved in laying the groundwork for President Donald Trump’s eventual meeting with the young North Korean leader.

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A revelation to the people of North Korea that Kim is willing to work toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is noteworthy and potentially speaks volumes about his sincerity. At the same time though, denuclearization may be interpreted differently in Pyongyang, Seoul, and Washington, D.C. It remains to be seen if all countries are on the same page with this particular issue.

Furthermore, it should be noted a commitment to denuclearization is not the same as saying North Korea will abandon its nuclear arsenal. “I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons,” former President Barack Obama stated in 2009. America has not forfeited its nuclear weapons.

New U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who recently made a secret trip to North Korea, believes Kim is “serious” about denuclearization, Pompeo saidFriday. While North Korea has repeatedly credited the Korean people, Pompeo stressed the situation would not be as it is now without Trump’s leadership.

“Let there be no doubt, we would not be where we are today without President Trump’s maximum pressure campaign and the work that has been done all around the world to apply pressure to North Korea,” Pompeo explained.

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This article was republished with permission from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Korean Leaders Declare An End To War On Korean Peninsula

(DCNF) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared in a joint statement Friday that “a new era of peace has begun” in Korea.

“There will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula,” the statement read. Kim and Moon met for the first time at a historic summit on South Korean soil Friday. There were handshakes and hugs, shocking scenes given that this time last year, the nuclear sword of Damocles hung not only over Korea, but the world.

“South and North Korea will actively cooperate to establish a permanent and solid peace regime on the Korean peninsula,” Friday’s joint statement further explained. “Bringing an end to the current unactual state of armistice and establishing a robust peace regime on the Korean peninsula is a historical mission that must not be delayed any further.”

In their joint statement, the two Korean leaders expressed a desire for closer diplomatic ties, the cessation of hostilities and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula through phased disarmament, meetings with China and the U.S. to finally end the Korean War, the transformation of the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone into a peace zone, and the reunification of Korean families torn apart by the war. The two Koreas also agreed to more frequent exchanges and the fielding of unified teams at international sporting events.

Moon agreed to visit Pyongyang in the fall for further negotiations with Kim. The two Koreas “will be reunited as one country,” the North Korean leader said in a separate speech.

While historically significant, the joint statement did not include any clear timetable for a lot of the stated goals. Nonetheless, President Donald Trump, who will also meet Kim, appears quite satisfied with the latest developments on the peninsula.

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Trump credits himself for the changes in Korea, and Moon has also thanked the president. Kim naturally credits himself, praising North Korea’s courage and goodwill for shifts on the Korean Peninsula.

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Reports: North and South Korea Discussing Official End To 68-Year War

Seoul, South Korea – While the Korean war never officially ended after more than six decades, multiple reports indicate that the conflict may soon see an official conclusion. An article from USA Today reports that “South Korea would consider negotiating an end to the decades-old Korean War if North Korea commits to denuclearization,” according to a Seoul official.

As noted by Bloomberg, an official peace treaty has never been signed in place of a 1953 armistice to effectively halt the Korean War. “The peninsula remains bisected in a perpetual stalemate, with the U.S.-backed South Korean military lined up against more than a million North Korean troops,” the publication illustrated. “While tensions have occasionally flared, the two sides have so far staved off another devastating conflict.”

Munhwa Ilbo, a South Korean newspaper, cited an anonymous South Korean diplomatic official in its report that the two Koreas are working on a statement to announce an official end to the Korean war later this month when South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meet for the first time.

[Related: Report: North Korea May Seek Peace Treaty to Formally End Korean War]

As CNBC reports:

Kim and Moon could also discuss returning the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone separating them to its original state, the newspaper said.

Pyongyang and Seoul have technically been at war since the 1950-1953 Korean conflict ended with a truce—and not a peace treaty. Geopolitical tensions have occasionally flared up since the armistice, although to date both countries have managed to avoid another devastating conflict.

A successful summit between the Koreas later this month could help pave the way for a meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump. The U.S. president and North Korean leader are poised to hold talks in late May or June, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

While political pundits argue over whether it was President Trump’s “fire and fury” rhetoric, or “masterful” diplomacy on the part of South Korea, North Korea has signaled an increased willingness to consider denuclearization.

The Washington Post reported that current CIA Director and Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo “made a top-secret visit to North Korea as an envoy for President Trump to meet with Kim Jong Un, and plans for a possible summit between the two leaders are underway, Trump confirmed Wednesday.”

The report from The Washington Post explained:

The extraordinary meeting between one of Trump’s most trusted emissaries and the authoritarian head of a rogue state was part of an effort to lay the groundwork for direct talks between Trump and Kim about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

The clandestine mission came late last month, soon after Pompeo was nominated to be secretary of state. The Pompeo mission was first reported Tuesday by The Washington Post, citing two people with direct knowledge of the trip.

On Wednesday, Trump acknowledged the outreach and said “a good relationship was formed” that could lead to a landmark meeting between the president and Kim.

“Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week,” Trump tweeted. “Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed. Details of Summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!”

Korea experts remain cautiously optimistic about the prospect of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, but if the recent reports of an official end to the six-decade war are correct, it would prove to be a critical step toward establishing sustained peace in the region.

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Report: North Korea May Seek Peace Treaty to Formally End Korean War

Washington, D.C. – After President Donald Trump agreed to meet with North Korean President Kim Jong Un, with specific details yet to be worked out, Bloomberg is reporting that Kim may request that the signing of a peace treaty at a proposed meeting with the U.S. president.

On March 12, South Korean newspaper Dong-A Ilbo, citing an unnamed senior official in South Korea’s presidential office, claimed that North Korea may request a peace treaty and the establishment of diplomatic relations with the U.S. – in addition to potentially discussing nuclear disarmament.

The Korean War came to an end with the signing of an armistice, with neither side able to claim outright victory. Military commanders from China and North Korea signed the agreement on one side, while the U.S.-led United Nations Command signed on behalf of the international community. Ironically, South Korea was not a signatory. The armistice was only ever intended as a temporary measure but has been in place for more than 60 years.

“There were agreements between the U.S. and North Korea to open up discussion on a peace treaty, but they never materialized,” Koh Yu-hwan, a professor of North Korean studies at Dongguk University in Seoul told Bloomberg, noting that conditions were critical. “The U.S. wants a peace treaty at the end of the denuclearization process, while for the North, it’s the precondition for its denuclearization.”

According to the report by Bloomberg:

Signing a peace treaty would require addressing issues regarding the U.S. military’s presence in South Korea and its transfer of wartime operational control to South Korea and United Nations forces in South Korea, Koh said.

Trump’s surprise decision Thursday to accept a meeting with Kim dispensed with decades of U.S. foreign policy by accepting the high-stakes invitation based on a vague offer by Kim to discuss giving up his nuclear weapons program. The decision drew both support from countries seeking to defuse tensions between North Korea and the U.S., and warnings that Kim could be seeking more time to develop his weapons and reduce pressure from international sanctions.

[RELATED: Reality Check: Will Sanctions Against North Korea Really Work?]

Although Trump’s acceptance of the offer to meet was considered risky, in another sign of thawing relations between the North and South, South Korean President Moon Jae-in also accepted an offer for a meeting near the countries shared border later next month, in which Kim is expected to propose resuming cultural exchanges and family reunions.

South Korea and U.S. officials are reportedly in discussions over how to conduct upcoming large-scale military drills— largely meant as a display of military might— without provoking the North Korean government. Some reports indicate the US will not have an aircraft participate in the joint military drills in an effort to mitigate the breakthrough in diplomacy.

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Kissinger on North Korea: “Temptation to Deal with It with a Pre-emptive Attack is Strong”

Washington, D.C. — Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger warned members of the Senate Armed Services Committee about the dangers of a potential military conflict so close to the Russian and Chinese borders without international support during testimony about global challenges and U.S. national security strategy.

While the White House has previously implied that any development of a nuclear capable ICBM would be a potential red line, some geopolitical experts claim that North Korea has already achieved a nuclear armed ICBM, or is very close to achieving this capability.

As PJ Media reported, Kissinger detailed his perspective on an imminent “fork in the road,” where the Trump administration will be forced to consider whether to engage in a  “pre-emptive attack” or tighten the current sanctions regime.

“We will hit that fork in the road, and the temptation to deal with it with a pre-emptive attack is strong, and the argument is rational, but I have seen no public statement by any leading official,” Kissinger told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on January 25. “But in any event, my own thinking, I would be very concerned by any unilateral American war at the borders of China and Russia, in which we are not supported by a significant part of the world, or at least of the Asian world.”

The refusal of North Korea to denuclearize, according to Kissinger, could potentially lead to the proliferation of nuclear weapons in Asia. The former Secretary of State under the administrations of Presidents Nixon and Ford told the committee that he believes South Korea will eventually seek to develop nuclear arms if North Korea continues its program unabated— with Japan likely following suit.

“Then we’re living in a new world, in which technically competent countries with adequate command structures are possessing nuclear weapons in an area where there are considerable national disagreements,” Kissinger said. “That is a new world that will require new thinking by us.”

Kissinger presciently noted that such a turn of events would require a dramatic overhaul of the entire U.S. nuclear posture, as it would require strategic planners to mitigate multiple nuclear threats instead of one as currently assumed. Kissinger pointed out that the situation has the capability of devolving into a global nuclear proliferation nightmare.

The geopolitical thought leader also chimed in on the proposed “freeze for freeze” agreement, which calls for North Korean to halt missile tests in return for abandoning defined Allied military exercises, noting that such a plan would not fulfill or advance the goal of denuclearization of North Korea. In fact, Kissinger says that such a move would only “equate legitimate security operations with activities which have been condemned by the UN Security Council for decades,” and serve to potentially “dismantle American alliances in the region”— while simultaneously “legitimizing North Korea’s nuclear establishment.”

“Interim steps towards full denuclearization may well be part of an eventual negotiation. But they need to be steps towards this ultimate goal: the dismantlement of Pyongyang’s existing arsenal. They must not repeat the experience of the Vietnamese and Korean negotiations, which were used as means to buy time to further pursue their adversarial objectives,” Kissinger told the committee.

Absent leader raises questions from around the globe

While part of the propaganda machine within North Korea thrives on presenting their country and leader as strong, powerful, and unconquerable, the recent absence of the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has many people asking what is happening with the supreme leader?

The last time Kim was seen in public was at the beginning of September when the leader was seen at a concert with his wife within the “hermit kingdom.”  Since then, Kim has missed several high profile events, according to Chron, and the absence of Kim’s media presence has led many to speculate on his disappearance.

One theory is the leader has been ousted from power by way of a coup, and an image showing a bloody Kim being seemingly dragged out of a hallway was said to be “evidence.”  However, this theory was proven false as the urban legend and rumour website Snopes pointed out the image in question was a near identical photo to one captured a few years ago while Kim visited a unit of the Korean People’s Army.

Health problems are a more plausible explanation for the leader’s absence, but what kind of health problems?

Gout, diabetes, a heart ailment, mental illness, a leg injury, and a brain hemorrhage, are all reasons people have said Kim has been absent, but none are confirmed. One North Korean lawmaker even asked Amd. Choi Yoon-hee, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in North Korea, if Kim was brain dead.  Choi promptly said there were no problems with Kim “severe enough to disrupt his status as ruler of the country.”

In fact, North Korea’s UN ambassador, Hyan Hak Bong, told the BBC Kim was healthy and there was no reason to worry about his health, despite North Korean media reports in early September saying Kim was suffering “discomfort.”

While the world is questioning Kim’s absence from the media, Scott Snyder, an expert on Korea who has been working with the Council on Foreign Relations, says the cult of personality established within the country is so strong, “the people feel Kim’s presence even when he is absent.”

Kim currently has no known heir, and the line of succession has followed the Kim family since Kim Il-sung ceased power in 1948.  This has led some to say Kim is indeed ill and his sister, Kim Yo-jong, has been acting with Kim’s voice.

What is strange though is in Kim’s absence, a three-man delegation was sent to Seoul, accompanied by a personal message to South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye, with the intention of opening North-South dialogue.  So if Kim is currently unable to make decisions from health ailments, or is incapacitated in some way, who is trying to open these dialogues?

Kim Jong-Un Reportedly Executed Direct Relatives, Shot Them “In Front Of Other People”

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According to new reports, North Korea dictator Kim Jong-Un executed his direct relatives in order to prevent “mutiny.”

Last month, Kim Jong-Un championed the recent execution of his uncle, 67-year-old Jang Song-Thaek. Jang supposedly committed treachery by having “improper relations with several women” and because he “squandered foreign currency at casinos while he was receiving medical treatment in a foreign country under the care of the party.”

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According to South Korea media outlets, a subsequent string of executions included Jang’s siblings, children, and grandchildren. Kim apparently wanted to ensure that “no trace of Kim Jong-Un’s uncle will be left.”

One source told Yonhap News Agency, “All relatives of Jang have been put to death, including even children.”

The victims were allegedly dragged out of their homes and then “shot in front of other people.”

RT reported, “Yonhap maintains that Jang Song-thaek’s elder sister, her husband Jon Yong-jin (N. Korean Ambassador to Cuba), Jang’s nephew Jang Yong-chol (N. Korean Ambassador to Malaysia) and his two sons, both around 20 years old, were slain. Underage sons and daughters and even grandchildren of the abovementioned officials were also reportedly killed…. Reportedly, Jang’s indirect relatives, such as the wife of the executed ambassador to Malaysia or other relatives by marriage were not put to death, but exiled to a distant village together with their families.”

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The Kim dynasty has ruled North Korea for over six decades.

The dictator’s inexperience and love of power has many around the world terrified. Many claim that he has no boundaries when trying to prove the power and scope of his position.

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Dictator Kim Jong-Un Reportedly Has Uncle Stripped Naked, Then Watches 120 Wild Dogs Eat Him Alive

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During a New Years address, North Korea dictator Kim Jong-Un championed the recent execution of his uncle, 67-year-old Jang Song-Thaek. Kim did not, however, specify exactly how Jang was executed. According to Hong Kong paper Wen Wei Po, the 67-year-old was stripped naked and then thrown into a cage with 120 starved wild dogs who ate him alive.

Kim allegedly ordered the horrific death sentence as a punishment called “quan jue” for treachery. This type of execution is saved for only the most despised individuals — “normal” executions are carried out with firearms.

This particular execution was reportedly supervised by Kim himself on December 12. Five other men, all who were aides to the dictator, were also executed via “quan jue” along with Kim’s uncle.

The dictator called his uncle, who was once one of the most influential men in North Korea, “scum” and “filth” during his New Years address. Informing his uncle’s execution, Kim said, “Our party took resolute action to remove…scum elements within the party last year.”

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He continued, “Our party’s timely, accurate decision to purge the anti-party, anti-revolutionary elements helped greatly cement solidarity within our party.”

Jang supposedly committed treachery by having “improper relations with several women” and because he “squandered foreign currency at casinos while he was receiving medical treatment in a foreign country under the care of the party.”

Many analysts believe the real reason Kim ordered Jang’s execution was because he felt threatened by him. Jang was considered one of the most powerful men in North Korea and had helped Kim come to power after his father, King Jong-II, died in 2011.

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It seems clear that the execution was an effort to prove dominance, fearlessness, and leadership by Kim; it was almost a warning to anyone threatening to challenge the dictator.

Kim also spoke about war during his New Years address. He said, “If the war breaks out again in this land, it will bring about a massive nuclear disaster and the US will never be safe.”

The dictator’s “reign of terror” and love of power has many around the world terrified. It seems that he has no boundaries when trying to prove the power and scope of his position.

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