Ryan Pickrell, provided by Published 4:54 pm PDT, Thursday, August 9, 2018 REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst The US and North Korea are in direct communication "virtually every day," according to a US State Department spokeswoman. Talks appear to have hit a roadblock as both sides are beginning to publicly express their frustration with each other. The US is concerned about reports that North Korea is continuing to advance its weapons programs, while the North is irritated by the perpetuation of sanctions and limited US interest in a peace treaty to end the Korean War. The US and North Korea are apparently in regular communication, engaging one another by phone, email, or message on an almost-daily basis even as both sides express frustration with the other. Recommended Video: Now Playing: After two days of talks between the U.S. Delegation led by Mike Pompeo and North Korea, a foreign ministry spokesman says the denuclearization talks were ‘regrettable’. … [Read more...] about The US says it’s talking with North Korea ‘virtually every day,’ but they’re getting nowhere
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John Haltiwanger, provided by Published 8:20 am PDT, Friday, July 27, 2018 Reuters Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday said the return of remains believed to be of US soldiers killed in the Korean War by North Korea was a "humanitarian act." 55 sets of remains were transferred on Thursday to Osan Air Base in South Korea, from which they will then be transferred to a lab in Hawaii to be identified. For years, the US has sought to locate and repatriate their remains, but political tensions between the US and North Korea have often made that extremely difficult. It's estimated that roughly 7,700 US soldiers did not return home when the Korean War ended via an armistice in 1953, according to the Department of Defense. Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday said the return of remains believed to be of US soldiers killed in the Korean War by North Korea was a "humanitarian act." Recommended Video: Now Playing: Defense Secretary James Mattis visited the … [Read more...] about Defense Secretary Mattis says it was a ‘humanitarian act’ for North Korea to return remains of dead US soldiers after the rogue state held onto them for decades
Who sits where? What's on the agenda? Will they eat together? What's the security plan? President Donald Trump and his team have a daunting to-do list to work through as they prepare for next month's expected summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Mr. Trump's plan to meet with Kim may have come as a surprise decision, but his team hopes to leave nothing to chance when they come together in Singapore. They're gaming out policy plans, negotiating tactics, even menu items. With two unpredictable leaders, it's hard to anticipate every possibility. But White House aides are expecting hard-ball negotiating tactics — already in evidence this week as the North Koreans cast fresh doubt on the sit-down. Leader summits on this level are a massive undertaking. Much like icebergs, only a small fraction of the work is visible above the waterline. And when the meeting involves the heads of two technically still-warring states, the list of logistical concerns expands, including sensitive … [Read more...] about U.S. has daunting to-do list to get ready for North Korea summit
Former U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson joined CBSN anchor Reena Ninan to discuss what may happen in the upcoming negotiations between the United States and North Korea. "I think in the end, total denuclearization, maybe, is long away, but it's possible. Anything is possible," Richardson, who was also Governor of New Mexico, said Wednesday. "My worry is that we have such high expectations and then the results are modest." He expressed caution that the United States should enter the "dicey" negotiations with a clear plan. President Trump, Richardson says, needs to be fully prepared for the meeting in the face of North Korea, which will have its own agenda. Richardson says that North Korea does not tend to make diplomatic agreements formally and advised that President Trump find some other way of building trust with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "You have two very bold, unpredictable leaders that have decided to have a summit of their own," he said. "I think we have made a concession … [Read more...] about What could U.S. negotiations with North Korea look like?
The breakout stars of the 2018 Winter Olympics aren't skiers or figure skaters. They're 229 North Korean cheerleaders who have wowed the international media with their synchronized chants and identical outfits. The cheerleaders have made headlines throughout the games for everything from their fashion choices to their tightly supervised hotel conditions and bathroom visits to their reaction to the surprise appearance of an impersonator playing Kim Jong-un, North Korea's authoritarian leader. No one really knows North Korea's motivation behind sending this unusual squad to the Pyeongchang games, but experts in the country's policy believe it may be an attempt to retain a little bit of limelight and soften the closed-off country's image. Whether it's working, though, seems to be an open question. [In Photos: North Korea's Cheerleading Squad] Army of beauties The North Korean squad, sometimes known as the "Army of Beauties," has appeared at several Asian sporting events since 2002. … [Read more...] about Will North Korea’s Synchronized Cheerleaders Soften the Country’s Image?