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Who cares about North Korea?
NK is caught between one of two results.  First, they could go to war, and everybody losing.  Second, do nothing and eventually collapse under its own weight.  This is what happened to DDR(Deutsche Demokratische Republik).  And I suspect it will happen here.  Somehow, the rulers hoped things would work out in their favor, but they never do.  However, that's not a 'sure thing' like a major war.  That is guaranteed to cost everyone, including the rulers.  So they sit back and slowly deteriorate from within.

I had an unusual perspective of all this, growing up.  My late Father was a retired senior NCO, and the family was stationed in many places, including Baumholder, Germany.  We were also stationed in Japan during the Korean way, when I was young.  And then, while on active duty, I was stationed in Korea, along the DMZ(1/72 Armor battalion).  So, I wasn't Just 'involved' with all this.  Instead, I was 'committed', which is a big difference.  

Most of my perspective originated from being stationed in Baumholder.  We were always aware of the potential of war.  And living not far from the border, this was always in the back of everyone's minds. Dad once got a special leave to visit Berlin, and we drove there through DDR from Checkpoint A to Checkpoint B, on the Autobahn.   The interesting thing I took away from this journey was all the anti-USA propaganda painted on the road overpass bridges.  They were all over the place.  And yet, on the overpass bridges would be groups of East Germans waving to us as we drove under them.  In one instance, a policeman was running all the well-wishers off the bridge, and we got a real kick out of observing that.

In Berlin, we were able to take a guided tour of East and West Berlin.  At this time, the city was walled off, and everywhere we went, there were crosses designating all of the East Germans who were killed attempting to escape.  But the biggest surprise was going through Checkpoint Charlie, which was world famous by the mid-60s.  Our West Berlin tour guide had to get off and we had an East German guide take us around.  

Checkpoint Charlie was exactly what many of the newsreels portrayed: armored vehicles and guards everywhere.  The surrounding city of East Berlin was built up at that checkpoint.  But as we moved into the city, over half of the city was still full of wreckage, accrued during WWII.  It was almost like a ghost town.  In West Berlin, almost 100% of the ciry was built up and highly developed.  It was a startling contrast, which I will always carry with me.  

The key thing is that Collectivism, i.e. Socialism/Marxism/Fascism, Never, Ever, works.  It always fails under its own corrupt/inefficient weight.  Sooner or later, no matter how hard they try, they always falls flat on its face.  But the death toll of innocent participants is always unbelievable.  

By the time I was stationed in Korea, I was thoroughly educated as to what the enemy really was: Collectivism.  And that is why I insist on total accuracy when labeling Collectivists.  There are the revolutionaries, but by far the largest percentages are ones who insist on changing things in a slow manner.  Hence Progressivism, not Liberalism.  Progressives are the ultimate enemy, because they preach peaceful change which is always about tearing down the System, slowly and completely.   I despise what Progressives stand for.  Were it up to me, I would have every one of them shipped to the socialist utopias still standing around the globe.   And I would force them to reek a living in these glorified hell-holes.  We need to have millions of David Horowitzes, experiencing all this, and returning to help preserve Liberty.
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Mr. Kim Jong-Un is active again....
Not much however is published in Japan, just a short article in the news, a short report on TV.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004425038

Quote: Chinese President Xi Jinping has held talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a northern China port city, Chinese state media reported Tuesday.

The meeting held Monday and Tuesday in Dalian is the second between the two men in recent weeks, following Kim’s March visit to Beijing — his first since taking power six years ago.

Xi hosted a welcome banquet for Kim and the two leaders strolled along the coastline at a government guesthouse and had lunch together on Tuesday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

“In a cordial and friendly atmosphere, the top leaders of the two parties and the two countries had an all-round and in-depth exchange of views on China-DPRK relations and major issues of common concern,” Xinhua said, using the initials for North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

China is North Korea’s only major ally, although trade has plummeted in recent months as Beijing enforces United Nations economic sanctions in response to the North’s nuclear bomb and ballistic missile tests.

Kim met with South Korean President Moon Jae In last month, and is expected to hold an historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, possibly before the end of the month.

China has been eager to assert its importance in the process of lowering tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

It was not known how long the Xi-Kim meeting had been planned or why Dalian was chosen. Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post newspaper cited two unidentified sources as saying that Xi had flown to Dalian on the coast east of Beijing to preside over the official launch of sea trials for China’s first entirely self-built aircraft carrier.

Chinese internet users posting on social media described heavy security in the city and extensive flight delays on Monday. Others said they spotted a set of Red Flag limousines used by state leaders.

As with Kim’s March visit to Beijing, his presence in Dalian was not officially confirmed until he had left China. Reports said his jet flew out of Dalian airport on Tuesday afternoon.

Western press however - using sometimes Japanese/Chinese media sources - writes much more about him and his recent visit in China.
For example UK, Daily Mail. However such long reports contain rather worthless information and as a fact, nobody really knows what is going on at this moment.

Western press with follow-up comments are often disturbed by Chinese troll comments and by idiotic comments of some useless Western lefties who have no idea what North Korea/South Korea really means.

Personally I do not trust China. It is like the wind, blowing in the direction which fits only Chinese interests. Very selfish and with a dictator for life at the top of its government.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...China.html
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Not really sure for what this should be good for, as the distance between Pyongyang and Incheon is very short, about NM 135 and there were airplanes on this route already for the Olympics.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180507_18/

Quote:Officials from the UN aviation agency are on their way to North Korea to discuss Pyongyang's request to open new flight routes connecting the two Koreas.

Two officials from the International Civil Aviation Organization, or ICAO, left Beijing for Pyongyang on Monday.

They will discuss aviation safety with North Korean officials.

North Korea proposed in February setting up new air routes between Pyongyang and the city of Incheon near the South Korean capital of Seoul.

Inter-Korean relations had only just begun to improve at that time with the North sending high-level delegations to the South for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

ICAO officials say Pyongyang recently agreed to accept a visit by the agency.

In October, ICAO member states unanimously issued a condemnation of North Korea for repeatedly test-firing ballistic missiles, posing a serious threat to aviation safety.

The agency plans to ask North Korea how it will ensure the safety of civilian aviation in international air space.

I think I have to check this route with my Microsoft FlightsimulatorX.
I never worked this route....
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I wonder what 'Rocket Man' has up his sleeve? Spiteful
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Now this really is interesting.

Trump: Secretary of State Pompeo heading back from North Korea with 3 released prisoners

Ideas anyone?
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Here in Japan there are only a few lines reporting about USA-North and South Korea.

For Japan there are also other issues to be considered.

To be honest, Japan does not expect very much which might benefit it about any meetings related to North and South Korea.
It's really something which has top priority in both Koreas, but not so much for Japan.

However as everybody is looking to North Korea and China, why should Japan not try to talk to Russia...
About same issues, since WWII nothing is moving on between Japan and Russia...

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180512_06/

Quote:Japan-Russia summit to be held in Moscow on May 26

The Russian presidential office has announced that President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold talks in Moscow on May 26th.

Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov revealed this on Friday. He also said Abe will attend an international economy forum in St. Petersburg a day before the summit meeting.

The 2 leaders are expected to discuss joint economic activities on 4 Russian-held islands, which are claimed by Japan.

They will likely talk about ways to materialize 5 priority projects including seafood farming and greenhouse vegetable cultivation.

The expected agenda will also include humanitarian measures such as allowing former Japanese islanders to take flights to visit the graves of their ancestors on the islands.

The Japanese government maintains the 4 islands are an inherent part of Japan's territory. It says the islands were illegally occupied after World War Two.

Ushakov also said Putin will meet French President Emmanuel Macron in St. Petersburg on May 24th.

They are expected to exchange views about the Iran nuclear deal and the situation in Syria.

Putin was sworn in for a fourth term earlier this month.
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http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180515000508

North/South Korea will meet again soon for more talks...
We will see if there is any result, not only by talking but also by action.

While I think, it is good they meet and talk to each other, I am sceptical as it is not possible for the North Korean government to change from inside only because of a few meetings.

Quote:2 Koreas agree to hold high-level talks Wednesday

Published : May 15, 2018 (Yonhap)
South and North Korea will hold high-level talks this week to discuss follow-up measures on agreements their leaders reached in a historic summit held last month, Seoul's unification ministry said Tuesday.

The two Koreas agreed to hold the talks on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom on Wednesday, according to the ministry.

The North said it will send a 29-member delegation for the talks led by Ri Son-kwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, a North Korean agency in charge of inter-Korean exchanges.

The delegation will also include officials handling sports and economic issues, along with journalists, the ministry said.

South Korea's delegation will be led by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon and some four other officials, the ministry said.

The meeting will mark the first time that officials of the two Koreas will sit down for talks following the April 27 summit held between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"Through the inter-Korean high-level talks, (we) will push to lay the groundwork for sustainable development and lasting peace by having in-depth discussions and faithfully implementing the Panmunjom Declaration," the ministry said in a press release.

Moon and Kim signed a joint declaration in which they agreed to halt all hostile acts against each other, open a joint liaison office in the North's border city of Kaesong and vowed various economic cooperation efforts.

They also agreed to hold a reunion of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War on the occasion of the Aug. 15 Liberation Day.(Yonhap)
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...-site.html

Quote:Satellite images show North Korea has begun to dismantle its nuclear test site just weeks before historic Trump-Kim summit in Singapore

Commercial satellite images show dismantling of Punggye-ri

Punggye-ri is where North Korea has tested several nuclear devices
Images show a number of structures and railways being removed or destroyed
North Korea said it would take apart the site sometime between May 23 and 25
Kim Jong-un and President Trump are due to meet in Singapore in mid-June

.....The site analyzed images which show significant changes that have been made at the location which are consistent with decommissioning.

'Between April 20 and May 7, 2018, the probable engineering office building and a possible instrumentation shed located just outside the North Portal (where the last five underground nuclear tests have been conducted) were razed along with at least two smaller buildings or sheds,'

Full report and images click on the link above.
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Something about all this seems so Surreal to be fact. Communist countries Never willingly submit to change, unless they are overthrown by an angry citizenry, or their system has gone totally bankrupt.

The North Korean people have been beaten into submission for so long that the former is almost impossible. So, that pretty much leaves the later explanation.
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Another thing has grown over the years, and that is the internet. Most totalitarian regimes try to restrict that, but there is more and more that gets through. Also, the oligarchs at the top easily get around restrictions, and I can't believe that seeing the history of Venezuela won't make anyone too eager to invite more of the same.
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I've been meaning to say this for some time now, concerning North Korea.  And other places as well, but NK is the perfect example of this.  From the very first day, when Little Rocket Man officially met the ROK president, my first thought was, "I'll bet he's aware of the climate End Game".   

What do I mean?  I'm talking about the next Grand Solar Minimum.  And history has shown this with NK's next door neighbor, for a long time: China.  And I am absolutely certain that PRC is making preparations for the next Grand Minimum.  This is why they have been investing in Africa, and developing bases there, and in other places.  They are guaranteeing their livelihood in those places that will be least affected by the next little ice age.  And no doubt, Rocket Man and his friends are acutely aware of this, and know they are in far worse conditions than China, when the schist hits the fan.

Here is what hit me in the face today.  I'm a huge fan of David DuByne, over at Adapt2030.com.   And I am a subscriber to his channel.  So, what did I see this afternoon, when my Youtube alerted me to his post?   Try this.

The Real Reason North Korea is Ending its Nuclear Program (606)




Kim NEEDS South Korea in the immediate future, and he is seeing to it that he is on good terms with the South.  My guess is that he will also be playing nice with the West, including the good old USofA.  If you research the Korean peninsula, one can see that at least 80% of agricultural land is located in the South.  The North is very hilly and mountainous.  And having been stationed along the DMZ for a year, I can vouch for just how cold those Manchurian winds can be, when they come down from the north.  

I have been doing some research today, and lo-and-behold one of the very people I pay close attention, Robert posted about this several years ago.  Somehow I must have missed this, or it was placed in the back of my mind, but came to this page, and BAM!  it hit me like a ton of bricks.  

Its the upcoming Grand Solar Minimum that is leading this change in strategy.  Rocket Man is not a fool, or idiot, and he is trying to take out insurance with his neighbor to the south.  Here's the article I just mentioned.

[Image: Chinese-Correlations-with-Sunspot-Minimums.png]

And he posts another video by David DuByne as well.

China’s Food Production Strategy for the New Grand Solar Minimum | Mini Ice Age 2015-2035 (62)




Now I know there are a lot of reasons why people do things. But this up coming little ice age is the main reason behind all this.

Donald, don't sell your place at Hilton Head. You are most likely going to need it in the coming future. S5
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Regardless what the Whore Media, and their Progressive friends, are not shouting out, there are some who are beginning to add two and two together. Here's what I mean.

LITTLE ICE AGE SPURS MONGOL INVASION

How Climate Change and Plague Helped Bring Down the Roman Empire

The real reason for the fall of Rome? Climate change
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(05-15-2018, 11:20 AM)John L Wrote: Something about all this seems so Surreal to be fact.  Communist countries Never willingly submit to change, unless they are overthrown by an angry citizenry, or their system has gone totally bankrupt.  

The North Korean people have been beaten into submission for so long that the former is almost impossible. So, that pretty much leaves the later explanation.

Not really so surreal, more likely as always - first be friendly and agree with everything - and then cancel it slowly one by one....

Result: Win a lot of time and all continues as it was before....

I don't believe anything what is coming from China/NorthKorea before I can see any clear action/activity - anything else is nothing but empty talk.

Full text see link below...

Quote:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...ummit.html

North Korea threatens to CANCEL nuclear summit with Trump because it believes 'provocative military ruckus' of joint U.S.-South Korea drills are rehearsal for invasion
June 12 Singapore summit between Trump and Kim is suddenly in jeopardy
North Korean government blames joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises 
Pyongyang sees the drills as a rehearsal for a full-scale invasion
Kim also canceled meeting with South Korea's president on a few hours' notice
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