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Who cares about North Korea?
Let's just hope Mexico doesn't go socialist, like Venezuela. The new president I think I heard tends toward socialism. That could be really bad, to have another Venezuela right on our border. SoCal liberals might deserve it, but it would be bad news for the rest of our country.
Kim Jong Un did his best to be well prepared for the visit of the South Korean president.
Airport and streets are in fairly good condition in Pyongyang.

Unfortunately the video picture quality is not really so clear compared to South Korean camera teams.

Otherwise it has to be said, that the North Korean organization is very good, it was able to mobilize a huge crowd of people in Pyongyang for the welcome.
Kim Jong Un had his great day in Pyongyang, this is for sure....

Video quality is really different from South Korea, including English subtitles...
Here in Japan not much to read... about North/South Korea summit, most Japanese don't care much, it seems.

After several strong earthquakes and typhoons causing severe destruction in Osaka area and Hokkaido region there is no shortage of other news which most Japanese consider as more important for them.

You will find just a simple summary in the daily news, a few pictures, in Japanese and English, that's all - for example:

Full text, click on the link above.

Quote:PYONGYANG--A smiling Kim Jong Un embraced South Korean President Moon Jae-in upon his arrival Tuesday in Pyongyang for their third summit, as thousands of North Koreans holding flower bouquets waved national and unification flags and an honor guard quick-marched into tight lines.
This is now the original TV broadcasting which can be seen by any North Korean citizen... recorded by the North Korean camera teams. One day delay only.
Not much censorship inside, as far I can see, however the pictures are not the same, as the position of the cameras are located differently.
The South Korean LIVE stream was not broadcasted in North Korea.

Too early of course if we see really something to change in North Korea....
Next step is Kim Jong Un going soon to South Korea, Seoul ....

Quote:N. Korea agrees to additional denuclearization steps in Korean summit

Kim Jong-un to visit Seoul before year-end

Published : Sept 19, 2018 - 13:14 Updated : Sept 19, 2018 - 15:43
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Wednesday pledged to visit Seoul and reaffirmed commitment to giving up his country’s nuclear program, vowing to take additional steps for denuclearization, with conditions.

The Pyongyang Declaration signed by the two leaders after their second round of summit talks at Paekhwawon Guest House stated that North Korea would permanently dismantle its missile engine test site and missile launch pad in Dongchangri under the observation of experts from related countries.

It also stated that the North is willing to take additional steps, such as permanent dismantling of the Yongbyun nuclear facility, if the US takes reciprocal measures in the spirit of the June 12 declaration between the US and North Korea.

The two leaders vowed to continue working with the US and the international community to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons.

Trump welcomed the results in a Twitter message, noting that Kim has agreed to allow “nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations, and to permanently dismantle a test site and launch pad in the presence of international experts.” It is unclear, however, what Trump meant by “nuclear inspection” as the term was not included in the Pyongyang Declaration.

In addition, South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo and his counterpart No Kwang-chul signed a military agreement that centers on preventing border conflicts. This includes setting a buffer zone in the Demilitarized Zone and a no-fly zone in the de facto maritime borders of the Northern Limit Line.

“We’ve adopted a military agreement to end the decades of desperate, tragic history of hostility (between the Koreas), and pledged to make Joseon (Korean) peninsula a land of peace without nuclear weapons or threat of nukes,” said Kim.

He went on to say that he had pledged to visit Seoul “in the near future.” Moon elaborated by saying that this would take place within the year, barring unforeseen developments.

No North Korean leader has ever visited Seoul, though there had been talk of a visit by Kim’s father, former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, in 2000.

The two sides also agreed to make a joint bid for the 2032 Summer Games, along with joint participation in international sporting events.

The Pyongyang Declaration also includes a Pyongyang art troupe’s performance in Seoul in October.

South and North Korea pledged to work on measures for “balanced development” of the economies, namely stepping up cross-border exchanges and economic cooperation.

They agreed to kick off joint projects to connect railways and roads across the border within the year, to resume Kumgangsan tours and to reopen the Kaesong industrial park, under the “right conditions,” mindful of economic sanctions in place against North Korea for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The Park Geun-hye administration shut down the Kaesong complex in the North Korean border town of Kaesong in February 2016, as a punitive action against Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile provocations. The Kumgangsan tours were suspended in 2008 after a South Korean tourist was killed by a North Korean soldier.

Humanitarian efforts for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War were also included in the statement, with the Koreas agreeing to open a permanent facility on Kumgangsan for family reunions in the near future. Other measures include holding video-based reunions and the exchange of video messages between separated family members.

Among other agreements included in the Pyongyang Declaration are: working to create special economic zones; cross-border cooperation for preservation of the natural habitat in the North; and cooperation in the medical field for prevention and containment of infectious diseases.

Moon wraps up his three-day trip to the North on Thursday with a visit the North’s sacred Paektusan, along with his counterpart Kim.
(09-19-2018, 04:06 AM)yohan Wrote: N. Korea agrees to additional denuclearization steps in Korean summit

One thing not mentioned is that NK offers to remove a nuke facility, if the US will do the same thing.   Yeah, sure.  That means PRC gets to keep Everything.  I wonder who is really running the NKs?   Banghead
About Coronavirus - “Suddenly I begin to understand why Charlie gets so excited over taking a walk outside.”
South Korean president visiting Mt. Paektu, welcome at airport Samjiyeon

Kim and Moon together in Pyongyang 1st May Stadium 릉라도 5월1일 경기장, present about 150000 people.
We have to acknowledge that the North Korean organization is functioning, not so easy to organize such a huge meeting including sport events.
Unlike other politicians, Kim Jong Un is not a shy guy to show up in public - even meeting Pres. Trump.

We will see if these political meetings will result in something productive in the near future, too early to say anything.
Next step might be Kim Jong Un visiting Seoul and Jeju island ...
North Korean Cultural Program

together with South Korean performers
Voices during private conversation are not cut off in these videos....even not from Kim Jong Un's wife, which is really unusual for North Korea

Kim Jong Un und Moon Jae-in like to take pictures...and most Koreans of the delegations too, regardless if from North or South -
no sign of mistrust/censorship at all...
Another video clip about president Moon in North Korea ...

The situation of North and South Korea is clear visible, these are the same people, speaking the same language, only divided because of politics.
Of course the hi-society in North Korea enjoys also a great life and they do not miss anything...

Pyongyang Taedonggang Seafood Restaurant 평양 대동강수산물식당

I wonder however the situation in North Korea outside of these groups which enjoy special privileges.

We will see what will happen when Kim Jong Un and his people will visit South Korea. A huge security risk - however South Korea has a huge police force and experience with any form of unrest and demonstrations...and knows how to arrange and control large crowds of people. See the visit of the Pope or the removal of the former president Park. Not all people in South Korea are friendly towards the North... it will be interesting to watch.

Let us see the other side of North Korea....
Some text of today published in the South Korean news...

Quote:N. Korea again designated as a food-deficit country

By Yonhap
Published : Sept 22, 2018 - 10:54 Updated : Sept 22, 2018 - 10:54        
A United Nations agency has listed North Korea as a food-deficit country in need of external assistance, a US broadcaster reported Saturday.

In its latest report, the Food and Agriculture Organization put the communist country on a list of 39 countries that need external food assistance, calling for 641,000 tons of crops to be imported to sustain the people, according to the Radio Free Asia.

This year's shortfall is 130,000 tons larger than that of last year, it added.

Below-average rainfall and high temperatures on the Korean Peninsula between July and August caused lower crop yields, the FAO said, adding, "Reflecting expectations of a reduced 2018 main season cereal output, most households are anticipated to continue to experience borderline or poor food consumption rates."

Of the 39 nations requiring outside assistance, 31 are from Africa, and seven, including the North, are from Asia, the report said. (Yonhap)


Quote:N. Korea's deputy PM admits economy in trouble: S. Korean official

By Yonhap
Published : Sept 21, 2018 - 20:00 Updated : Sept 21, 2018 - 21:53
North Korea's deputy prime minister has admitted economic difficulties and called for South Korea's assistance, a South Korean presidential official said Friday, in a rare appeal by the North to try to boost its economy.

Ri Ryong-nam made the comments in a meeting with top South Korean business executives earlier this week, Kim Hyun-chul, a special economic adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, told reporters of the meeting.

The executives, including Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, accompanied Moon on his first trip to Pyongyang for the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un earlier this week.

The high-profile visits by Lee and other top executives indicated that North Korea, one of the world's poorest countries, wants to attract South Korean investment and technology to improve its economy.

North Korea's gross domestic product, calculated as power purchasing parity, is estimated at US$40 billion in 2015, according to the CIA Factbook, a fifth of the 2017 annual sales of Samsung Electronics, which reached $213 billion.

The economic adviser also said Ri had conversations with Hyundai Group chairwoman Hyun Jeong-eun and Park Yong-maan, chairman of the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a major South Korean business lobby. No details of those conversations were disclosed.

Hyundai Asan, the inter-Korean business arm of Hyundai Group, was a key partner in a joint factory park in North Korea's border city of Kaesong as well as a joint tour program at Mount Kumgang, a scenic mountain resort on the North's east coast.

The two projects -- prominent symbols of reconciliation between the two separated countries -- have been suspended for years due to tensions. (Yonhap)

Quote:Kim Jong-un to visit Seoul in December: CJ chairman

By Yonhap
Published : Sept 22, 2018 - 15:16 Updated : Sept 22, 2018 - 15:18           
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un plans to visit Seoul in December, the chief of South Korean conglomerate CJ Group has said.

Sohn Kyung-shik was a member of the South Korean delegation that accompanied President Moon Jae-in this week for his three-day trip to North Korea. He joined the delegation as the head of the Korea Employers Federation, a major business lobby.

During a joint press conference after the third summit, Kim said he made a promise to visit Seoul "in the near future." Moon later added that what Kim meant by the "near future" was "this year."

"Chairman Kim Jong-un said he will come to Seoul in December," Sohn told reporters in New York on Friday (US time), adding that the exact date and his itinerary appeared not to be fixed and it is upon Moon's invitation.

If carried out, it would be the first time that the North's highest official has set foot in the South's capital since the division of the Korean Peninsula.

Asked about his prospects for inter-Korean economic projects, Sohn said such a process "will go along with developments of (nuclear) negotiations" and "the railway project would come first."

While noting that North Korea has shown "very strong willingness" to economically cooperate with the South, the chief of the food and entertainment giant refused to comment on details of his own plan, saying such moves "are in a nascent state."

As the outcome of the latest Moon-Kim summit, the two Koreas agreed to resume their joint factory park in the North's western border town of Kaesong and a tour program to Mount Kumgang, North Korea's scenic mountain on the east coast, as soon as "conditions are met."

Sohn is in New York to attend an annual banquet hosted by Korea Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the relations between Seoul and Washington. (Yonhap)

We will see ... Kim Jong Un - in Seoul?
While even the pro-Entity media does not hesitate to call Don Kong-Kim meeting an abysmal failure, let's notice one positive effect definitely linked to the meeting:

South Korea and US to end large-scale war games.

Ending this type of provocations was one of the central demands of Mr. Kim and, while minor, a good step toward the expulsion of all invader forces from South Korea.


The greatness of Mr. Kims is in realizing that Don Kong is best negotiated with by a nuclear state, a message that should get noticed by Iran, Venezuela and others.
North Korea on Tuesday blew up a joint liaison office in a border town

They also blew up the last, half-success in Trump's policies.
Daniel Russel, the top U.S. diplomat Wrote:Ramping up pressure through escalating provocations is how Kim makes the point that without sanctions relief, sooner or later he will also blow up Trump’s claim to have ‘ended the threat’ from North Korea
(06-16-2020, 05:57 PM)Fredledingue Wrote: North Korea on Tuesday blew up a joint liaison office in a border town

They also blew up the last, half-success in Trump's policies.
Daniel Russel, the top U.S. diplomat Wrote:Ramping up pressure through escalating provocations is how Kim makes the point that without sanctions relief, sooner or later he will also blow up Trump’s claim to have ‘ended the threat’ from North Korea

Obviously it gets everyone's attention, doesn't it? S5
About Coronavirus - “Suddenly I begin to understand why Charlie gets so excited over taking a walk outside.”
It's a surprising event, I can say.
Unfortunately nothing changed despite it was looking to move on nicely at the beginning.

Here in Japan it is the same as always, just doing nothing about North Korea, and just waiting...

The situation is a bit different of course in South Korea, but the South Korean government did really all what it could do, it is reported that President Moon Jae-in is very disappointed.
I cannot blame South Korea for the failure to improve the situation on the Korean peninsula.

On the other side however, same can be reported between Japan and South Korea - there are various open issues to create a better relationship between these 2 countries, but there is no progress at all. Of course it's not like North Korea vs. South Korea - but still South Korea Vs. Japan is not really what it should be...

This is now going on since the end of the Korean war, I was hoping over time - as older people are anyway dead now - the younger generation on both sides will do better... but not really...

My dream to see one day a open Korea of both sides and together with Japan a rather strong economic zone of more than 200 million people enjoying a fairly high living standard and open borders.... --- I guess I can forget about that.

I also see not much progress with Taiwan - Japan either. Not so few people in Taiwan want to improve links with China, however clearly the majority is against it. It is totally unclear what Taiwan really wants - independence or a part of China? To be a part of China is risky, see HongKong. To ask for independence is also risky, China can make life in Taiwan very difficult and I wonder which country will help Taiwan...

All in all, this part of the world will remain unstable, no idea what will happen next...
I prefer to be in Japan and not in South Korea or in Taiwan.
The difference between Asia and Europe is that Russia is a weak country and has only a small influence in Europe whereas China is a very strong country with huge influence in Asia and beyond.
Moreover the mentalities are still more nationalistic (I think) in Asia. To hope for an Asian Union, on the model of the European Union, you need to drop some old time nationalist views. You need to accept to open borders, share the same currency, agree on the same rules, etc.
China and N-K certainly don't want that to happen on their doorstep. They want you to stay divided. The same as Russia trying to undermine the EU. But much more.

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