In Major Diplomatic Shift, North Korea Open To Halting Nuclear, Missile Tests

Is Trump about to have his biggest diplomatic victory yet?

According to Yonhap, North Korea's top envoy to India on Wednesday offered a conditional moratorium, i.e. halt, on his country's nuclear and missile tests in what was said to be an "apparent bid to hold talks with the United States." While the North Korean offer is conditional, its "demands" are hardly outrageous.

North Korea Ambassador to India Kye Chun-yong said Pyongyang is willing to talk in terms of freezing its nuclear and missile tests under certain circumstances. "If our demands is met, we can negotiate in terms of the moratorium of such as weapons testing," Kye said in English in an interview posted on the website of India's television station WION.

He suggested that one of the key demands is the halt of the U.S. joint military drills with South Korea, which Pyongyang denounced as a rehearsal for invasion. Seoul and Washington say their annual exercises are defensive in nature.

This could be a potential hurdle, as South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in said Seoul has no plans to scale back joint military exercises with Washington, according to an interview with U.S. broadcaster CBS. Moon dismissed as personal views his adviser's recent remarks in Washington that South Korea and the U.S. may consider scaling back their joint military exercises in exchange for North Korea freezing its nuclear and missile development programs. Moon has repeatedly stated he is willing to engage North Korea diplomatically, and now that the first negotiating bid has been made by Pyongyang, there rest may be simple protocol.

That said, this wouldn't be the first such "moratorium": in February 2012, North Korea agreed to temporarily put a moratorium on missile and nuclear tests and freeze its uranium-enrichment facilities in exchange for 240,000 tons of food aid from the U.S. But the deal unraveled two months later as North Korea made an unsuccessful attempt to launch what it claims was a rocket to put an earth observation satellite into orbit.

South Korea, the U.S. and other regional powers said it was a cover for testing the North's ballistic missile technology, which is banned under a U.N. resolution.

In recent years, North Korea has carried out five nuclear tests and dozens of missile tests as it seeks to develop a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the U.S. Despite sanctions and pressure, North Korea has repeatedly vowed to further develop its missile and nuclear weapons program, viewing it as a deterrent against what it claims is Washington's hostile policy against it.

Comments

NoDebt Joe Davola Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:37 Permalink

No, in all (semi-)seriousness, you got the 1-2 Rodman/Trump punch going on here.  Rodman hands the dude a copy of Trump's book 'The Art Of The Deal' while Trump himself, now President, is sending out tweets basically declaring we're ready to affect regime change via military force in NK.I think we actually out-crazied Kim Jong Un.  I would not have believed that would be possible but I think we may have just pulled it off.

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bigkahuna daveO Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:50 Permalink

So you are saying that NK is *Allowed* to starve out and kill their own people and blow off all kinds of missiles and nuke tests whilst threatening SK and US by means of diplomatic maneuvering purely for US public consumption? I cannot go there with you on that - I can agree that as a side effect tensions are wratcheted up and DC does like that - but I can't say that the guys in the back room are purely focused on more doom porn for us in this occasion.Lets give kim a life line so we can have some more doom porn?

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Shemp 4 Victory NoDebt Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:49 Permalink

This Major Diplomatic Shift is identical to the offers made by the DPRK, and subsequently rejected by the US, in 2015, 2016, and March of this year.BTW, these "maneuvers" are a direct threat to the nutritional self-sufficiency of the DPRK, as they are deliberately held every year during the planting season (April, May) or harvesting season (August) for rice. The armed forces of the DPRK are forced to go on high alert during these exercises. This diverts the much needed labor of soldiers from agricultural duty and thus negatively impacts the rice yields.http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/04/the-reason-behind-north-koreas-nuc…

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dumluk Shemp 4 Victory Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:50 Permalink

Very good point! One which Ive never seen mentioned before.....timing is everything heh? And the U.S. knows no bounds to its cruelty......After the way we utterly smashed and destroyed N.K. during the Korean War, its no wonder that they are reluctant to trust us......its no wonder that theyve contracted into a paranoid hermetic kingdom.......Its such a pity really, and I truly believe we should leave Korea to the Koreans, and the Middle East to the Middle Easterns to sort it out. After all, we are now self sufficient in oil and energy.........so whats the point? Oh yeah, almost forgot........................................IsraHell............

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Tall Tom (not verified) Joe Davola Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:25 Permalink

   Only INFERIOR PEOPLE desire to ACT normal. Normal people desire to be superior. That is why many of them ACT SUPERIOR when that is not the case. Of course there are some who find comfort in normalcy and have no desire to ACT. It is only the Nature of AMBITION. Superior people have found that there is NO REASON TO ACT as they ARE SUPERIOR and ACTING Normal will only be a step BENEATH THEM. They are comfortable with being themselves...KNOWING BETTER THAN THAT. Mull on that for a few minutes.

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Hitlery_4_Dictator NoDebt Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:38 Permalink

off topic: IBM to declare bankuptcy???I had a meeting with a buddy of mine. He is a high level guy at IBM. It has been my opinion for sometime that IBM will be filing for bankruptcysoon. This could be within a year or so, maybe more. The timing issomething I can't be totally accurate on. So let me paint a picture.- We have opened up 10 new office sites, each being multi-million dollarsites. Five of these are shut down do to loss of revenue. This is massive.They spent MILLIONS building these sites and their projects to deploy themand poof!- In the last few weeks, whole teams of skilled, seasoned professionalshave been fired on the spot, to cut cost, even when their position is vitalto success of projects we are working on.- Not long ago, a set of hardware failures happened at a given site. Thereplacement had to be put on hold for a $200 part because nobody could signor had enough funds allocated to them for sign off.- More than 100 projects have been canceled or delayed due to financialissues. I estimate these projects to be budgeted at at least 100+ milliondollars. Big projects...- People are being asked to change the hours they work on their time cardsto lower employment costs (illegal BTW).- Third parties used to have a mechanism to sign for very urgent projectsbefore receiving payment. For example, if IBM sent out a project supportrequest to a third party, but IBM did not yet receive the funds from theirclient, there was a contractual promise to pay. From what I know, IBMalways honored this. However, 3rd parties stopped allowing this due to theamount of requests like this they were receiving. If you work at IBM or have friends who work at IBM. Tell them to makealternative plans ASAP. I don't care what position they are in. It isbetter to be safe than sorry.

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GUS100CORRINA tmosley Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:27 Permalink

In Major Diplomatic Shift, North Korea Open To Halting Nuclear, Missile TestsMy response: GOOD!! The real question: What were the influencing factor (s)? I believe there were three:1.) The Death of Otto Warmbier being made PUBLIC!!!2.) Dennis Rodman visit has an impact. (Let us be reasonable and talk.)3.) TRUMP tweet to China: "I know President XI tried, but it just didn't work out!" Combination of 1 and 3 probably scared NK because now with public opinion on US side because of 1, the US is justified to do whatever it has to do in the minds of the international community.Otto's death probably responsible for saving lives of thousands. If indeed PEACE is achieved, the US government shouild build a memorial in remembrance of the ultimate sacrifice of Otto Warmbier.

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bigkahuna Hitlery_4_Dictator Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:14 Permalink

Tech = a bunch of smoke and mirrors for the most part - you'd think we'd have learned after the dot com bust. Some infrastructure is required communications (finance/utilities/etc) but the rest of this crap - virtualization - storage cloud and all of the overhead to everyone having their own web page and other self worship spaces avilable on their "smart" phones is quite over the top and extremely unnecessary.Combine that with the resistance that ginormous debts create for the individual all the way through corporations and governments to having all this technical luxury and it seems that a lot of this excess will be simply cut.Anyhow - if reality ever begins to call the shots - I would expect that a lot of those who worship the phone in their pocket or their special page on the web would be in for a shock. Having to actually speak to others directly-learn about what personalities are...things like that.Its all smoke and mirrors and it is only a matter of time before this con in particular hits the dirt once again.You guys addicted to your tech - go out and practice meeting people and talking with actual people. It is fun! - and turn off the tech and just be yourself at the same time....

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Shemp 4 Victory JRobby Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:50 Permalink

 

So who did IBM piss off?

Its customers.Frankly, I'm surprised IBM is still around.Also, this really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. The IBM death spiral was outlined in detail five years ago, and the predictions have come to pass.

Today at IBM the US workers who try to save the business are the first in line to lose their jobs.  Management accountability is gone.  The people who mess up get to keep their jobs; and those trying to retain the business lose their jobs.

 http://www.cringely.com/2012/04/18/not-your-fathers-ibm/

Major IBM customers such as Amgen, The State of Texas, and most recently the Walt Disney Company have cut ties with IBM in favor of other providers. Many other customers are scaling back the services they’re buying from IBM as the perceived value continues to drop. Customers are starting to realize that they can directly hire offshore companies such as TCS, Wipro, HCL and Satayam and book the savings directly instead of paying IBM top dollar for support and then seeing that support fulfilled from BRIC countries.

http://www.cringely.com/2012/04/18/somethings-rotten-in-dubuque/

In short, it’s a race to the bottom and IBM is winning.Yes but, readers tell me, that’s just services, not the real IBM.There is no real IBM, not any longer.The company has become a cash cow. You never feed a cash cow, just take money out until the cow is dead.

http://www.cringely.com/2012/04/19/magical-thinking-at-ibm/

So here is exactly what to do, down to the letter.  Print this out, if necessary, give it to your CEO or CIO and have them hand it personally to your IBM account rep. Give the IBM rep one business day to complete the work. They will fail. Then go ballistic, open up a can of whoop-ass, and point out that these requirements are all covered by your Service Level Agreement. Cancel the contract if you feel inclined.

http://www.cringely.com/2012/04/20/how-to-fix-ibm-in-a-week/

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Pendolino Hitlery_4_Dictator Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:43 Permalink

"I had a meeting with a buddy of mine" - what an odd thing to say. Was this a formal meeting where you wore suits and carried briefcases just to make it seem more realistic? "a high level guy at IBM" - oh, this must me real then. How high is that?"We have opened up 10 new office sites" - who is 'We'? Is this the Royal We?"I estimate these projects to be budgeted at at least 100+ million dollars" - what position are you in to make these estimates on budgets?Did someone at IBM shit in your sneakers? Granted you did say it was off topic. You should have said off meds.

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