North Korea has broken off talks with US over nuclear weapons program.

By |2019-10-06T05:46:39-08:00October 6th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |12 Comments

It appears that Trump’s so-called “deal-making” skills have failed us yet again. 

Courtesy of Reuters

Working-level nuclear talks in Sweden between officials from Pyongyang and Washington have broken off, North Korea’s top negotiator said late on Saturday, dashing prospects for an end to months of stalemate.

The talks, at an isolated conference center on the outskirts of Stockholm, were the first such formal discussion since U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in June and agreed to restart negotiations that stalled after a failed summit in Vietnam in February.

The North’s chief nuclear negotiator, Kim Myong Gil, who spent much of the day in talks with an American delegation, cast the blame on what he portrayed as U.S. inflexibility, saying the other side’s negotiators would not “give up their old viewpoint and attitude.”

“The negotiations have not fulfilled our expectation and finally broke off,” Kim told reporters outside the North Korean embassy, speaking through an interpreter.

It is pretty obvious that Norht Korea has no intention of curtailing their nuclear weapons program.

And essentially why should they?

After all by acting like petulant children they have already had two meetings with the leader of the most powerful nation on earth, which offered endless propaganda opportunities and even got the US/South Korea miliary exercises suspended. 

The only reason that North Korea would be willing to negotiate is because they are not benefiting from their current position, and that is simply not the case. 

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12 Comments

  1. anonymous October 6, 2019 at 2:22 pm

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    ‘Republicans in Congress believe he is wildly unfit to be president’: Trump impeachment would be supported by GOP in secret ballot, House expert says

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    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-impeachment-republicans-secret-ballot-congress-biden-ukraine-a9144901.html

  2. anonymous October 6, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    North Korea labels unsuccessful nuclear talks with US ‘sickening’

    North Korea has designated the nuclear talks with the U.S. that broke off on Saturday as “sickening.”

    North Korean officials said on Sunday they doubt the U.S. would have new proposed plans if the countries went through with a Stockholm-proposed nuclear negotiation in two weeks. The country cautioned it would wait only until the end of the year for the U.S. to come to the table with a plan.

    “We have no intention to hold such sickening negotiations as … happened this time before the U.S. takes a substantial step to make complete and irreversible withdrawal of the hostile policy toward the DPRK,” a spokesperson for North Korea’s foreign ministry told state news agency KCNA, according to Reuters.

    North Korea was dissatisfied with Washington’s efforts to negotiate a nuclear deal Saturday in Stockholm, saying officials brought no plans after negotiations have been stalled for months.

    “The negotiations have not fulfilled our expectation and finally broke off,” Kim Myong Gil reportedly said.

    https://thehill.com/policy/international/asia-pacific/464568-north-korea-labels-unsuccessful-nuclear-talks-with-us

  3. anonymous October 6, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Powell: ‘The Republican party has got to get a grip on itself’

    Former Gen. Colin Powell said the Republican party needs to “get a grip on itself” as Republicans flock to defend the president while the impeachment inquiry continues.

    The former secretary of state told a crowd at The Jefferson Series, an event hosted by The New Albany Community Foundation, that Republican leaders need to be comfortable speaking up when they see something wrong.

    “The Republican party has got to get a grip on itself,” Powell said. “Republican leaders and members of the Congress, both Senate and the House, are holding back because they’re terrified of what will happen to any one of them if they speak out.”

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    https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/464565-powell-the-republican-party-has-got-to-get-a-grip-on-itself

  4. anonymous October 6, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Ya think?

    Trump told Republicans he’s fearful of impeachment because it’s a ‘bad thing to have on your resume’

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/10/trump-told-republicans-hes-fearful-of-impeachment-because-its-a-bad-thing-to-have-on-your-resume/

    • anonymous October 6, 2019 at 2:39 pm

      President Trump has told friends and allies he worries about the stain impeachment will leave on his legacy.

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      After making the resume remark, Trump added, “But it’s going to make Kevin speaker,” these sources said, a reference to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s upside.

      Why it matters: These two Trump quotes might seem like throwaways on what was a lengthy and discursive call with allies. But sources who have discussed impeachment candidly with the president say these comments perfectly encapsulate how Trump feels about it: He believes it could help him get re-elected and win back the House. But he doesn’t want the history books recording Donald Trump as an impeached president.

      https://www.axios.com/trump-impeachment-legacy-history-9573ee72-5b3d-4a8f-a2cb-47cde705990b.html

      • anonymous October 6, 2019 at 2:46 pm

        Trump turns to Breitbart in impeachment war

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        What we’re seeing:

        https://www.axios.com/trump-breitbart-fox-news-impeachment-2020-f3f94f8b-a09c-4f68-bc24-92973859a812.html

    • anonymous October 6, 2019 at 2:49 pm

      Scoop: Mulvaney predicts post-impeachment landslide

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      Mulvaney also believes that the longer the impeachment process drags on, the better it is, politically, for Trump, these sources added.
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      https://www.axios.com/mick-mulvaney-trump-impeachment-2020-election-c49528ca-fd8b-492e-9d25-746b8775655e.html

  5. anonymous October 7, 2019 at 6:13 am

    That guy needs willow to cut his hair.

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