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US issues list of 47 demands to North Korea

However, under the current administration, no commitment issued by the US can be considered dependable

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It would seem that the manner in which the denuclearization of North Korea must be performed before  sanctions may be lifted has been determined by Washington.

The Japanese Foreign Minister, Taro Kono, describes a list of demands which was delivered to Pyongyang by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his visit.

As to whether these demands have been agreed upon by Kim’s regime isn’t included in the statement.

Security guarantees on Washington’s part have not yet been hammered out, and the precise meaning of Washington’s promise not to attempt to topple the regime is lacking in detail.

TASS reports:

TOKYO, June 17. /TASS/. The United States has filed a list of 47 demands that North Korea should fulfill to achieve total elimination of its nuclear arsenal, other weapons of mass destruction and relevant infrastructure, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said in an interview aired by national broadcaster NHK on Sunday.

“The supreme leader of North Korea agreed to full denuclearization. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during his visit to Pyongyang that, according to the United States, this notion includes elimination – in the transparent and irreversible form – of the nuclear stockpile and other types of weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and biological ones, as well as missiles and all relevant infrastructure,” he said.

“In this regard, a list of 74 demands was submitted to North Korea. If the demand for full denuclearization is not carried out in this form, sanctions against North Korea will not be lifted. I think they [North Korea] understand this,” the Japanese top diplomat said.

He added that the demand includes elimination of all North Korean missiles, including those posing a threat to Japan.

According to the Japanese foreign minister, Pyongyang will fulfill its commitment for full denuclearization.

“In North Korea, a promise of the supreme leader has special significance, especially if given in a written form. The domestic announcement of full denuclearization is also important. I think that in a situation like this, North Korea will stick to its promise,” he said.

When asked about security guarantees to North Korea, the minister said they are yet to be finalized.

“They can be given in the form of a document, which states that the United States will not attack North Korea, cross the 38th parallel and topple the existing regime,” Kono said. “Guarantees may be given within the framework of a multilateral structure as well. This matter is yet to be discussed.”

He said that the issue of reducing US military contingent in South Korea is not being discussed at the moment.

“This is ruled out unless the security situation in the region changes drastically,” the minister said.

The Japanese top diplomat offered economic assistance to North Korea after relations normalize.

The historic meeting of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took place in Singapore on June 12. The talks ended with the signing of a joint document by which Pyongyang pledged to carry out denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for Washington’s security guarantees. Trump promised to pause joint military exercises with North Korea, which Pyongyang had insisted on for many years. Trump said he had not discussed with Kim the presence of US troops in South Korea. Currently the US contingent there stands at 28,500 servicemen.

The Japanese are not doubt ecstatic about the opportunity to play a major role in the disarmament of North Korea, viewed as a threat to Japan’s security for decades. America is promising not to topple the North Korean regime as long as it meets the long list of demands, but whether this applies purely to US military action alone is another question. The US is infamous for its use of supposed humanitarian organizations, NGOs fronting themselves as charity workers, to foment discontent in an effort to accomplish regime change through color revolutions, as well as proxy forces, as, for example, in Syria.

With America’s military presence in the South still an unresolved matter, security against a possible invasion cannot really be assured, and, under the current administration, no commitment issued by the US can be considered dependable, as the Chinese are presently learning, with Washington reneging on its agreement not to escalate a trade war with China.

 

 

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Until ALL us personnel and infrastructure is REMOVED from South Korea, only then should North Korea complete nuclear dis-armament, and ONLY then. NO VEBAL or WRITTEN “guarantees” from the us can be expected to be honoured.

Alexander Paulsen
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Alexander Paulsen

They’d be fools to give up thier nukes until ALL US personnel are out of SK. Remember the “Libyan Model”

Cheryl Brandon
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Cheryl Brandon

I hope North Korea has also given a list of 47 demands to the USA as well; They are the WAR CRIMINALS not North Korea; It was not North Korea who decimated 255 of the population of USA?

John Smith
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John Smith

So is it 47 or 74 “Frankie”?
Never mind the answer, but some proofreading would be nice next time – it’s your 2nd article in less than 10 min that I’ve noticed a typo/wrong word in commonly used expression, sooo : back 2 school Fedya!

normski1
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I guess it was only a matter of time before USA started issuing demands to North Korea!. Typical US diplomacy – “do as I say or else!”.

John Mason
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John Mason

Japs and Europeans are their own threats, get rid of the US if you want to be safe.

Ray Joseph Cormier
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“The supreme leader of North Korea agreed to full denuclearization.”

The US may be blinded by wishful thinking.

The signed statement says this, “Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”

What Pompeo thinks is not exactly the same as the joint statement.

The Devil is always in the details.

Hallis Creek
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Pumpeo can take his vulgar list of demands and shove them up his rosy red patootie.

Zaphod Braden
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Zaphod Braden

Trump makes a big thing about Chinese stealing “Intellectual Property” but he does not do a thing about Israel’s LONG history (from the Rosebergs through Pollard) of stealing our secrets and selling them to our ENEMIES. Israel has horendously damaged America over the years doing that. Arnon Milchan admits to double life as an Israeli spy: ‘I did it for my country,’ — http://arts.nationalpost.com/2013/11/26/arnon-milchan-admits-to-double-life-as-an-israeli-spy-i-did-it-for-my-country-pretty-woman-producer-says/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9FsZtbvOCM — spying on America http://rt.com/usa/157164-israel-spying-us-industrial-secrets/ Israel spies more than any other country http://12160.info/page/us-accuses-israel-of-alarming-even-terrifying-levels-of-spying http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Report-Extensive-Israeli-espionage-hushed-up-by-US-officials-351833 Report: Israeli espionage ‘hushed up’ by US officials By JPOST.COM STAFF 05/10/2014 Although Israel denies spying on the United States, a… Read more »

Zaphod Braden
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Israel HATES N.Korea because it “dared” to recognize the Palestinians as HUMAN BEINGS>
And Trump is Israel’s BITCH

Wayne Gabler
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Japan should be wondering why the radiation their country is experiencing is the ‘good kind’ while every other nation on earth is absolutely against anything radioactive touching their nations under any circumstances. Perhaps stupidity is the first sign of radiation poisoning.

The list will never be completed to the satisfaction of the US (and the ones pulling their strings). That was apparent when the US said there would be 2 1/2 years allowed for NK to dismantle their nuke program as the program is probably already dismantling itself without any help.

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Nobody actually knows what Trump and Kim agreed to but one think for certain is very important for Kim do not be gullible and do not let them to trick you . You can easily lose decades of building your strategic detergent weapon. Do not be fooled by hotels on your country’s beaches and foreign open investments you equally lose your country’s integrity and social fabric. Once you allow to enter the organisations designed to undermine, meddle and steering and tapering in your internal natters like NGO , charities and especially human rights you and your country I are lost… Read more »

Vince Dhimos
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47 demands? This is not sincere. It was not expected to work. N Korea is the Pentagon and the MIC’s favourite enemy.

IWASBS
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IWASBS

Is it 47 or 74? Was this written by a dyslexic?

Lou
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“The United States has filed a list of 47 demands that North Korea should
fulfill to achieve total elimination of its nuclear arsenal, other
weapons of mass destruction and relevant infrastructure, Japanese
Foreign Minister Taro Kono said”

This list is a total joke and an insult to ANY nation. If this is true it has been designed to fail.

Lisa Karpova
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regime regime regime regime, what is this place? The New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN?????

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One toilet for over 70 people, rape, and mental health issues – a doctor from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and an aid worker told RT about the dire conditions in the overcrowded Moria refugee camp in Greece.

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In its latest report, MSF, which has been working near Moria since late 2017, criticized the unprecedented health crisis in the camp – one of the biggest in Greece. About a third of the camp population consists of children, and many of them have harmed themselves, and have thought about or attempted suicide, according to the group.

Barberio was behind an MSF open letter on the state of emergency in Moria, released on Monday, in which he writes that he has never “witnessed such overwhelming numbers of people suffering from serious mental health conditions.”

Calling the camp an “island prison,” he insisted that many of his patients in the camp are unable to perform basic everyday functions, “such as sleeping, eating well, maintaining personal hygiene, and communicating.”

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The deal struck in Sochi averts a large scale Syria’s offensive on Idlib, as Turkey gives it guarantee to monitor what will effectively become a demilitarized zone.

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Speaking alongside Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the 15 to 20 km-wide zone would be established by October 15th. The DMZ would require a complete “withdrawal of all radical fighters” from Idlib, including the rebranded Al-Qaeda affiliated Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).

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An anticipated Syrian military offensive on the northwestern province of Idlib is on hold after Turkey and Russia reached a deal following Ankara’s guarantee on behalf of the rebel groups, experts said.

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This agreement brings Turkey to a position of giving a guarantee on behalf of the rebel groups, the experts said.

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Russia has also secured its airbases in northern Syria, including its airbase in Hmeymim as a guarantee by Turkey under the Sochi agreement, he said.

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“Ankara has given this promise relying on its military power on the ground and on its capacity to convince armed opposition groups,” he said.

Turkish army has reinforced its presence in Idlib in the past few months, and Turkey has 12 military outposts with 1,200-1,300 troops on the border line of the province separating the rebel stronghold from the pro-Iran militia-controlled South of Aleppo and the government-controlled southeast, Gurcan said.

Rebel groups, including the Free Syrian Army, in the region are gathered with Turkish backing under the banner of the “National Front for Liberation.”

Putin and Erdogan agreed on Monday in Sochi to create a 15-20 km buffer zone along the line of contact between rebels and regime troops by Oct. 15.

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Ankara has been warning against any military offensive by Russia-backed Syrian regime forces in Idlib, warning that it would lead to a humanitarian crisis and refugee influx to the Turkish border.

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Turkey will deploy more troops in Idlib province after the Sochi deal, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday.

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He recalled that the U.S. was giving signals that it wanted to intervene in the situation in Idlib, if Syrian government troops launch an assault on the rebel stronghold.

Washington recently threatened to take swift and decisive actions against any use of chemical weapons in Idlib.

“This agreement showed that the U.S. has room for maneuver only in the east of Euphrates and Manbij region,” Baburoglu said.

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Upon the memory and truthfulness of Christine Blasey Ford hangs the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his reputation and possibly his career on the nation’s second-highest court.

And much more. If Kavanaugh is voted down or forced to withdraw, the Republican Party and conservative movement could lose their last best hope for recapturing the high court for constitutionalism.

No new nominee could be vetted and approved in six weeks. And the November election could bring in a Democratic Senate, an insuperable obstacle to the elevation of a new strict constructionist like Kavanaugh.

The stakes are thus historic and huge.

And what is professor Ford’s case against Judge Kavanaugh?

When she was 15 in the summer of ’82, she went to a beer party with four boys in Montgomery County, Maryland, in a home where the parents were away.

She says she was dragged into a bedroom by Brett Kavanaugh, a 17-year-old at Georgetown Prep, who jumped her, groped her, tried to tear off her clothes and cupped her mouth with his hand to stop her screams.

Only when Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge, laughing “maniacally,” piled on and they all tumbled off the bed, did she escape and lock herself in a bathroom as the “stumbling drunks” went downstairs. She fled the house and told no one of the alleged rape attempt.

Not until 30 years later in 2012 did Ford, now a clinical psychologist in California, relate, in a couples therapy session with her husband, what happened. She says she named Kavanaugh as her assailant, but the therapist’s notes of the session make no mention of Kavanaugh.

During the assault, says Ford, she was traumatized. “I thought he might inadvertently kill me.”

Here the story grows vague. She does not remember who drove her to the party. She does not say how much she drank. She does not remember whose house it was. She does not recall who, if anyone, drove her home. She does not recall what day it was.

She did not tell her parents, Ford says, as she did not want them to know she had been drinking. She did not tell any friend or family member of this traumatic event that has so adversely affected her life.

Said Kavanaugh in response, “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”

Mark Judge says it never happened.

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During the many investigations of Kavanaugh’s background, nothing was unearthed to suggest something like this was in character.

Some 65 women who grew up in the Chevy Chase and Bethesda area and knew Kavanaugh in his high school days have come out and spoken highly of his treatment of girls and women.

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When Ford, a Democrat, sent a letter detailing her accusations against Kavanaugh to her California congresswoman, Anna Eshoo, Ford insisted that her name not be revealed as the accuser.

She seemingly sought to damage or destroy the judge’s career behind a cloak of anonymity. Eshoo sent the letter on to Sen. Diane Feinstein, who held it for two months.

Excising Ford’s name, Feinstein then sent it to the FBI, who sent it to the White House, who sent it on to the Senate to be included in the background material on the judge.

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Palpable here is the desperation of the left to derail Kavanaugh, lest his elevation to the high court imperil their agenda and the social revolution that the Warren Court and its progeny have been able to impose upon the nation.

If Kavanaugh is elevated, the judicial dictatorship of decades past, going back to the salad days of Earl Warren, William Brennan, Hugo Black and “Wild Bill” Douglas, will have reached its end. A new era will have begun.

That is what is at stake.

The Republican Senate should continue with its calendar to confirm Kavanaugh before Oct. 1, while giving Ford some way to be heard, and then Kavanaugh the right to refute. Then let the senators decide.

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