Category Japan

Kim Jong-un Refuses to Submit Nuke Inventory to U.S.

David Maxwell Comment:  “Did Kim really say this?  This is being reported by the Japanese press so it has to be taken with a grain of salt.” Kim Jong-un Refuses to Submit Nuke Inventory to U.S. Byenglish.chosun.comView Original North Korean leader Kim Jong-un refused to hand over an inventory of his nuclear facilities until a […]

Is North Korea Denuclearizing? Here’s How We’ll Tell

David Maxwell Comment:  “Agree or disagree with the authors’ argument I think the exercise they propose provides a basis for how to test Kim Jong-un’s sincerity.  This can be very useful.”Excerpts: Is North Korea Denuclearizing? Here’s How We’ll Tell Kim Jong Un may not be giving up his arsenal now. But that doesn’t mean he […]

U.S., IAEA Likely To Inspect North Korea Nuclear Test Site: Experts

David Maxwell Comment:  “This is potentially a significant development.  I know we all expect immediate denuclearization and I and others pan the idea of inspecting Punnggye-ri (as well as Sohae) as buying the dead horse.  As I have previously mentioned this could be a confidence building “baby step” that could lead to subsequent steps.  One […]

Trump Considers Mar-a-Lago For Kim Summit

David Maxwell Comment: “I would advise against this.  If it has to be on US soil I would recommend considering Guam or Hawaii.  Guam might be interesting since it has been threatened by the north.” Trump Considers Mar-a-Lago For Kim Summit www.politico.comView OriginalOctober 9th, 2018 President Donald Trump said he would like to meet with […]

Learning to Love Kim’s Bomb; The Upside Of A Nuclear-Armed North Korea

David Maxwell Comment: “An important essay but it scares me.I doubt this has ever been a serious option.  I know of no serious planner or strategist who actually advocated this (though I do believe there will no end of the north’s nuclear program or crimes against humanity as long as the Kim family regime remains in power […]

South Korea Estimates North Korea Has 20-60 Nuclear Weapons

Excerpts: South Korea Estimates North Korea Has 20-60 Nuclear Weapons By Associated Press, nypost.comView OriginalOctober 2nd, 2018 SEOUL, South Korea — A top South Korean official told lawmakers that North Korea is estimated to have up to 60 nuclear weapons, in Seoul’s first public comment about the size of the North’s secrecy-clouded weapons arsenal. Unification Minister Cho […]

Kim Jong-un’s Inner Circle

David Maxwell Comment:  “A useful scorecard below.For a more detailed look I would call your attention to Robert Collins’ seminal work at the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, particularly chapter 4 of Pyongyang Republic: North Korea’s Capital of Human Rights Denial. https://www.hrnk.org/uploads/pdfs/Collins_PyongyangRepublic_FINAL_WEB.pdf   Chapter 4: Pyongyang Republic’s Power Elite………………………………………………………………….30 4.1 Identifying the Elite…………………………………………………………………………………………….30 4.2 Power Elite, Cadre […]

North Korean Ship-To-Ship Transfers Must Stop “Immediately”: Trump

https://www.nknews.org/2018/09/north-korean-ship-to-ship-transfers-must-stop-immediately-trump/?c=1538042988353&utm_source=drip&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2018-09-27+DAILY+UPDATE North Korean ship-to-ship transfers must stop “immediately”: Trump Peace depends on sanctions enforcement, U.S. President tells Security Council Hamish Macdonald  September 26th, 2018 U.S. President Donald Trump in New York on Wednesday told the UN Security Council (UNSC) that sanctions against North Korea will stay in place until it denuclearizes and that prohibited ship-to-ship […]

Looking Back At Spycraft Over Times New And Ancient; Book Review Of “A Secret World: A History Of Intelligence,” By Christopher Andrew

Looking Back At Spycraft Over Times New And Ancient; Book Review Of “A Secret World: A History Of Intelligence,” By Christopher Andrewhttp://www.fortunascorner.com     Joseph C. Goulden has a book review of, “A Secret World: A History Of Intelligence,” by Christopher Andrew, just published by Yale University Press. Mr. Goulden writes frequently on intelligence issues/matters, and according to his Wikipedia biography, was […]

USS Pueblo Spy Ship Crew Tell Trump To Bring Vessel Home From North Korea

Excerpts: USS Pueblo Spy Ship Crew Tell Trump To Bring Vessel Home From North Korea foxnews.com · by Lucas Tomlinson In this June 22, 2006, file photo released by the North Korean government, North Korean soldiers watch USS Pueblo, which was seized by North Korean navy off the Korean coast near Taedonggang river in Pyongyang, North Korea(KCNA […]