Kim Jong-un’s growing nuclear wish-list for North Korea spells trouble for Joe Biden

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Pyongyang has spelled out its desire for long-range nuclear missiles and a nuclear submarine. It’s part of a strategy to force the US into accepting a nuclear North Korea, and there will be no easy solutions for the new president.

Four years ago this month, one of the earliest tweets of Donald Trump’s presidency from his now culled Twitter account stated, “North Korea just stated it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the US. It won’t happen!” Famous last words, as they say.

As the administration prepares to leave office, we now know that, by hook or by crook, North Korea ultimately did not denuclearize during Trump’s time in the White House. Despite some optimistic moments of diplomacy, which included summits in Hanoi, Singapore and Panmunjom, the US and North Korea were never able to meet halfway and, thus unabated by pressure from Washington, Kim Jong-un continued his nuclear programme.

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Now, to add insult to injury, the supreme leader is presiding over a conference of the Workers’ Party of Korea where he is doubling down on the country’s nuclear goals. The timing is not a coincidence. Kim branded the US North Korea’s “biggest enemy” last week, stated the American position will never change irrespective of who is president, and vowed to continue nuclear development, setting out an elaborate wish-list that seeks to establish a nuclear-capable submarine and tactical nuclear missiles. The BBC coined the moves as “laying down the gauntlet” to Joe Biden.

The move is an obvious negotiating gambit. The goal is to secure a deal which offers sanctions relief for North Korea, but nonetheless on favourable terms that allow it to keep its nuclear capabilities, which are not up for discussion. 

Kim was on the brink of sealing such a deal with Trump in Hanoi, only for the president to scuttle it in the last moment and shift back to a demand of complete denuclearization, which is a non-starter for Pyongyang. 

Now, Kim wants to draw Biden to the table. And he will do so by provocation. Should the incoming administration stick to absolutist demands, it will discover quickly – as Trump did –  that North Korea will simply advance its capabilities further and further, making the eventual outcome even more unfavourable.

North Korea has built its nuclear programme upon a strategy of state survival, irrespective of the penalties that it may bring in terms of sanctions. As a small and impoverished nation facing up to a gigantic superpower in the US – and a conventionally superior South Korea – its nuclear weapons have long been a must-have in order to negotiate on preferential terms and to maintain its independence.

The country’s Juche ideology teaches that North Korea must be independent and sovereign at all costs, and that it must engage in struggle against fate in order to carve out its own destiny and evade domination by larger powers, a strategy formulated in facing off against the US.

Given all this, it is not surprising that it considers the existence of its nuclear programme to be non-negotiable. Decisions taken by America in the last 20 years, which have seen regime changes in Iraq and Libya, have only fortified that position. For North Korea to voluntarily denuclearize altogether and trust the US in exchange for sanctions relief would be stupid and naïve. Look, for example, at Iran, which complied with US demands over its nuclear programme and then had sanctions slapped back on it regardless. 

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Thus, the existence of such weaponry allows North Korea to have a leverage in negotiations it would otherwise not have. It is willing to trade away parts of it, it is willing to slow down or cap its development, but it is not willing to cede it completely. Similarly, the greater capability it attains towards the US, the less it will give away.

The Trump administration made a mistake in believing that it could pressure North Korea so hard, with sanctions and threats of military action, into scrapping its entire nuclear programme. Kim Jong-un was willing to compromise with the US in order to quell Trump’s aggressive posture, but not capitulate. 

Following the premature ending of the Hanoi summit in 2019, Kim began to immediately push for enhanced capabilities, going on to test 19 short-range missiles that year. 2020 proved quiet, but it appears Pyongyang had decided to bide its time and wait for a new administration, seeing no more benefit in dealing with Trump. Now, however as Joe Biden prepares to take office, all cards are back out on the table.

Kim wants to give Biden an early test, both literally and figuratively. He wants to be able to push for a deal on his terms, and his strategy is to continue to advance North Korea’s capabilities until he gets it, as evidenced by the wish-list.

Kim has been open about his goal, stating during the conference that “the strong defence capability of the state never precludes diplomacy but serves as a powerful means to propel it along the right course and guarantee its success.” The intention is not to irrationally attack anyone, but to secure outcomes which are favourable to Pyongyang.

As a result, Biden faces difficult policy decisions at the start of his presidency. Should he flip back to the Obama administration position of refusing to deal with North Korea or demand complete denuclearization, Kim will respond with provocations and aim to bolster his hand. 

Similarly, if Biden becomes confrontational, Kim will respond in tandem. And so, there are no easy choices. Before the US turned on China, Trump looked to it for cooperation on North Korea. That is now much harder to pull off, as Beijing will demand concessions to work on the issue. It would appear, then, that there’s trouble afoot, and it would be no surprise if Kim returns to a path of missile-testing in order to draw in the new administration. Buckle up.

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Defectors prepare packages to send to North Korea despite growing tensions

June 18, 2020 / 2:22 AM / Updated 15 minutes agoDefectors prepare packages to send to North Korea despite growing tensionsSangmi Cha

SEOUL (Reuters) – A North Korean defector-led group on Thursday prepared hundreds of plastic bottles stuffed with rice which they plan to float into North Korea, despite a legal challenge from South Korean authorities and threats from Pyongyang.

Citing South Korea’s failure to stop the defectors, North Korea this week blew up the joint liaison office on its side of the border, declared an end to dialogue with South Korea and threatened military action.

Denouncing defectors as “mongrel dogs” and “human scum”, North Korea says their activities are an insult to the dignity of the country’s supreme leader.

South Korea is keen to improve relations with North Korea, and last week the government announced it would pursue legal actions against two defector-led groups, saying their cross-border shipments of aid and propaganda were raising tensions with North Korea, posing risks to South Koreans who live on the border, and causing environmental damage.

Still, one group is planning to send hundreds of bottles stuffed with rice, medicine and medical face masks to North Korea by throwing them into the sea near the border on Sunday, said Park Jung-oh, 61, a North Korean defector who heads the group, called Kuensaem.

“We do this as humanitarian aid amongst those who share the same values, so whatever North Korea says, we will continue to help those in hard situations, the elderly and the victims,” he said.

Gathered at a small park in Seoul, the group filled dozens of 2 litre bottles with up to 1.5kg of rice each, sending up to 700kg of rice in total, Park said.

Kuensaem has been sending goods to the North twice a month for the past five years. Sunday will mark their 108th time, Park said.

South Korean authorities have occasionally moved to stop such operations, including in 2018 during a series of summits between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“I don’t know why the Unification Ministry is nitpicking at us all of a sudden. The (South Korean) government – the Gangwha police, maritime police and the military – all knew about us,” said Park, unloading rice and bottles from his white truck.

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He said he had not been contacted by any South Korean authorities since they announced they would pursue legal action.

Several defector-led groups regularly send flyers over the border, together with food, $1 bills, mini radios and USB sticks containing South Korean dramas and news. Most use balloons or bottles in rivers.

The two Koreas traded fire in 2014 after the North’s military fired machine guns at balloons launched by defector activists.

North Korea rejects South’s offer of envoys, vows to redeploy border troops

June 16, 2020 / 10:32 PM / Updated 2 hours agoNorth Korea rejects South's offer of envoys, vows to redeploy border troopsHyonhee Shin, Josh Smith

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea said on Wednesday it had rejected a South Korean offer to send special envoys to ease escalating tension over defiance by North Korean defectors and stalled reconciliation efforts, and it vowed to redeploy troops to border areas.

The North Korean announcements came a day after it blew up a joint liaison office set up on its side of the border as part of a 2018 peace agreement between the two countries’ leaders.

Any moves to invalidate cross-border peace deals pose a major setback to South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in’s efforts to foster more lasting reconciliation with the North.

They could also complicate efforts by U.S. President Donald Trump, already grappling with the coronavirus pandemic and anti-racism protests, to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programmes.

“The solution to the present crisis between the North and the South caused by the incompetence and irresponsibility of the South Korean authorities is impossible and it can be terminated only when proper price is paid,” the North’s KCNA state news agency said.

The North’s Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the Workers’ Party, published photographs showing the liaison office before and after its demolition, alongside a series of KCNA articles and commentaries criticising South Korea.

“Ominous prelude to total catastrophe of North-South relations,” one of the articles was headlined, referring to the destruction of the office.

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Tension had been rising this month with North Korea threatening to cut ties with South Korea and retaliate over North Korean defectors in the South sending propaganda leaflets – by balloon or by sea – into North Korea.

South Korea, which had been keen to improve ties with the North, called on the defectors to stop but they said they intended to push ahead with their campaign.

The worsening situation led South Korean Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul, who oversees relations with the North, to offer his resignation, apologising in remarks to reporters for failing to deliver on expectations for peace and prosperity on the peninsula.

On Monday, Moon offered to send his national security adviser Chung Eui-yong and spy chief Suh Hoon as special envoys, KCNA said. But Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and a senior ruling party official, “flatly rejected the tactless and sinister proposal”.

‘UNREASONABLE BEHAVIOUR’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, harshly criticised Moon in another KCNA statement, saying he had failed to implement any of the 2018 pacts and “put his neck into the noose of pro-U.S. flunkeyism”.

South Korea’s presidential Blue House said the criticism of Moon was rude and senseless, and damaged the trust the leaders of the two Koreas had built.

South Korean soldiers travel near the the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, in Paju, South Korea, June 17, 2020 REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

“We will no longer accept such unreasonable behaviour,” Blue House press secretary Yoon Do-han told a briefing.

Moon offered to play a mediator role between Trump and Kim Jong Un as they pulled back from trading threats and insults in 2017, leading to a series of meetings in 2018 and 2019 that were high on symbolism but which failed to achieve a breakthrough on denuclearisation.

In Monday’s speech, which marked the 20th anniversary of the first inter-Korean summit, Moon expressed regret that North Korea-U.S. and inter-Korean relations had not made progress as hoped but asked North Korea to maintain peace deals and return to dialogue.

“In the eyes of the Kims, Moon’s administration gave too much of false hope that it would defy U.S. pressure to move their relations forward,” said Chun Yung-woo, a former South Korean nuclear envoy.

“But after two years, what they have left is a failed summit with Trump and no progress whatsoever on inter-Korean economic cooperation.”

RE-ARMING BORDER

In a separate KCNA dispatch on Wednesday, a spokesman for the General Staff of the (North) Korean People’s Army said it would dispatch troops to Mount Kumgang and Kaesong near the border, where the two Koreas had carried out joint economic projects in the past.

The spokesman also said police posts that had been withdrawn from the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) would be reinstalled, while artillery units near the western sea border, where defectors frequently send propaganda leaflets drifting in balloons over North Korea, will be reinforced.

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The North will also resume sending anti-Seoul leaflets across the border, he added.

South Korea’s defence ministry has urged North Korea to abide by a 2018 inter-Korean military pact, under which both sides vowed to cease “all hostile acts” and dismantled some structures along the DMZ.

Jang Kum Chol, director of North Korea’s United Front Department in charge of cross-border affairs, said the North would never have talks or exchanges with South Korean authorities “who evoke only disgust and nasty feelings”.

North Korea destroys inter-Korean liaison office in ‘terrific explosion’

June 15, 2020 / 10:04 PM / Updated 2 hours agoNorth Korea destroys inter-Korean liaison office in 'terrific explosion'Hyonhee Shin, Josh Smith

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea on Tuesday blew up a joint liaison office set up in a border town in 2018 to foster better ties with South Korea after threatening action if defectors continued with a campaign of sending propaganda leaflets into the reclusive North.

The liaison office in Kaesong – a gleaming blue-glass four-storey structure in an otherwise drab industrial city – was “ruined with a terrific explosion,” North Korea’s state news agency KCNA said.

Destruction of the building, closed since January due to coronavirus fears, represented a major setback to South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s efforts to coax North Korea into cooperation. It also appeared to be a further blow to U.S. President Donald Trump’s hopes of persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and open up to the world.

The U.S. State Department said Washington fully supports Seoul’s efforts on inter-Korean relations and urged Pyongyang to “refrain from further counterproductive actions.”

North Korea last week warned Washington to refrain from commenting on inter-Korean affairs if it wanted the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election to go smoothly, raising concerns it could be contemplating a return to nuclear and long-range missile testing.

Trump has hailed Pyongyang’s freeze in such testing as a victory in his unprecedented but otherwise fruitless meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in 2018 and 2019.

The State Department said Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, the top U.S. official dealing with North Korea, would travel with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Hawaii on Tuesday. Sources said Pompeo will met with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Hawaii on Wednesday to discuss issues including North Korea.

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China is North Korea’s main ally and neighbour and shares U.S. concerns about Pyongyang’s weapons programs. U.S. officials have stressed the need for Beijing to strictly enforce international sanctions on North Korea.

Russia expressed concern about the Korea situation, urging restraint from all sides.

Surveillance video from South Korea’s defence ministry showed a large explosion that appeared to bring down the office building. It also appeared to cause a partial collapse of a neighbouring 15-storey block that had housed South Korean officials who had staffed the liaison office.

Jenny Town of 38 North, a think tank focusing on North Korea, saw the destruction of the office as part of Pyongyang’s efforts to secure sanctions relief and shift attention from domestic hardships worsened by coronavirus containment steps.

Daniel Russel, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia until early in Trump’s administration, added, “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.”

‘ACTION PLAN’

The first diplomatic mission of its kind, the liaison office was established in 2018 as part of a series of projects aimed at reducing tensions between the two Koreas.

Kaesong Industrial Complex is shrouded by smoke in this picture taken from the south side in Paju, South Korea, June 16, 2020. Yonhap via REUTERS

North Korea’s media also quoted its military as saying it had been studying an “action plan” to re-enter zones that had been demilitarized under the 2018 inter-Korean pact and “turn the front line into a fortress”.

South Korea’s defence ministry urged North Korea to abide by the agreement, under which both sides vowed to cease “all hostile acts” and dismantled a number of structures along the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone between the countries.

South Korea’s national security council said Seoul would respond sternly if North Korea continued to raise tensions.

Deputy national security advisor Kim You-geun said destruction of the Kaesong building “broke the expectations of all people who hope for the development of inter-Korean relations and lasting peace on the peninsula”.

South Korean vice unification minister Suh Ho, who co-headed the office, called its demolition “unprecedented in inter-Korean relations” and a “nonsensical act”.

Reclusive North Korea and democratic South Korea remain technically at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a treaty. Tensions have risen in recent days with North Korea threatening to cut ties and retaliate over the propaganda leaflets carrying messages critical of Kim Jong Un.

Referring to defectors, KCNA said the office was blown up to force “human scum and those who have sheltered the scum to pay dearly for their crimes”.

Several defector-led groups have regularly sent flyers over the border, together with food, $1 bills, mini radios and USB sticks containing South Korean dramas and news, usually by balloon or in bottles by river.

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The Kaesong building was originally used as offices in the Kaesong Industrial Complex, a venture between the two Koreas suspended in 2016 amid disagreement over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes.

South Korea spent at least 9.78 billion won ($8.6 million) to renovate it in 2018. South Koreans worked on the second floor and North Koreans on the fourth floor. The third floor housed conference rooms for meetings between the two sides.

Timeline: From historic summit to building destruction, North Korea unsettles U.S.

June 16, 2020 / 7:44 PM / Updated 2 hours agoTimeline: From historic summit to building destruction, North Korea unsettles U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea on Tuesday blew up a building set up in 2018 in a border town as a joint liaison office to foster better ties with South Korea, the latest in a series of actions by Pyongyang that have increased concerns in Washington.

FILE PHOTO – Directional signs bearing North Korean and U.S. flags are seen near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

North Korea’s hostilities have included missile tests and harsh rhetoric since an unprecedented summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore in 2018. This has led to bouts of increased tension, though Trump – who once derided Kim as “Little Rocket Man” – has largely downplayed Pyongyang’s actions.

Here is a timeline of those developments:

June 12, 2018: The Singapore summit represented the first time a sitting American president met with a North Korean leader, but the statement that came out of the meeting was light on specifics, opting instead for general commitments.

Since the summit, North Korea has shown no tangible signs of a willingness to abandon its nuclear weapons, and experts have said it is believed to have continued development of its arsenal. Washington, at the same time, has sought to keep sanctions intact.

Feb. 28, 2019: A second summit between Trump and Kim in Vietnam collapsed over sanctions relief, raising questions about the future of denuclearization diplomacy.

Trump and Kim then met again in June on the border between North and South Korea and agreed to restart negotiations, but working-level nuclear talks in Sweden in October broke off. [nL5N26Q07P]

Dec. 3, 2019: Raising tensions at year-end, Pyongyang warned Washington of a “Christmas gift” after Kim gave the United States until 2020 to propose new concessions in nuclear talks. [nL4N28D18R] Beyond a warning from Kim that the world would soon see a “new strategic weapon,” however, the deadline passed uneventfully.

March 2020: North Korea launched a series of short-range missiles, its first such tests of the year. This drew U.S. and Chinese appeals for Pyongyang to return to talks, but there were no signs that any discussions materialized. [nL4N2B10RG]

Kim has refrained so far from resuming long-range missile launches and nuclear tests.

April/May 2020: Kim’s disappearance from public sight led to several weeks of fevered speculation about his health, fueling concerns in Washington and elsewhere about stability on the Korean Peninsula. The situation calmed in early May when state media said Kim had attended the completion of a fertilizer plant. [nL4N2CJ35B]

May 28, 2020: The U.S. Justice Department accused North Korea’s state-owned bank of evading U.S. sanctions laws and charged 28 North Korean and five Chinese citizens in its largest crackdown on North Korea sanctions violations. [nL1N2DA21T]

June 16, 2020: North Korea blew up a liaison office in Kaesong used for joint talks after threatening action if defectors continued with a campaign sending propaganda leaflets into the North. [nL4N2DT0HM]

It was a major setback to efforts by South Korean President Moon Jae-in to coax North Korea into cooperation and also appeared to be a further blow to Trump’s hopes of persuading Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

North Korea blows up liaison office on its side of border with South

June 15, 2020 / 10:04 PM / Updated 10 minutes agoNorth Korea blows up liaison office on its side of border with SouthHyonhee Shin, Josh Smith

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea blew up an office set up to foster better ties with South Korea in its border town of Kaesong on Tuesday after it threatened to take action if North Korean defectors went ahead with a campaign to send propaganda leaflets into the North.

North Korea’s KCNA state news said the liaison office, which had been closed since January over fears of the novel coronavirus, was “tragically ruined with a terrific explosion”.

South Korea also said the office had been blown up. Its media reported that an explosion was heard and smoke could be seen rising over Kaesong.

The office, when it was operating, served as an embassy for both of the old rivals and its destruction represents a major set-back for efforts by South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in to coax the North into cooperation.

Tension has been rising over recent days with North Korea threatening to cut ties with South Korea and retaliate over the propaganda leaflets, which carry messages critical of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, including on human rights.

KCNA said the office was blown up to force “human scum and those, who have sheltered the scum, to pay dearly for their crimes”. North Korea refers to defectors as “human scum”.

A South Korean military source told Reuters that there had been signs North Korea was going ahead with the demolition earlier in the day, and South Korean military officials watched live surveillance imagery as the building was blown up.

South Korea’s won weakened by about 0.7% against the dollar in offshore non-deliverable forward trade after the reports, which came soon after the onshore spot trade finished.

On Saturday, North Korean state media reported that Kim Yo Jong, the sister of the North Korean leader, who serves as a senior official of the ruling Workers’ Party, had ordered the department in charge of inter-Korean affairs to “decisively carry out the next action”.

“Before long, a tragic scene of the useless north-south joint liaison office completely collapsed would be seen,” she was reported as saying.

Kaesong Industrial Complex is shrouded by smoke in this picture taken from the south side in Paju, South Korea, June 16, 2020. Yonhap via REUTERS

The first diplomatic mission of its kind, the inter-Korean liaison office was established in 2018 as part of a series of projects aimed at reducing tensions between the two Koreas.

The building had been originally used as offices for managing operations at the Kaesong Industrial Complex, a joint venture between the two Koreas that was suspended in 2016 amid disagreement over the North’s nuclear and missile programmes.

South Korea spent at least 9.78 billion won (US$8.6 million) in 2018 to renovate the building, which stood as a gleaming four-storey blue glass structure amid the otherwise drab industrial city.

When it was operating, dozens of officials from both sides would work at the office, with South Koreans travelling each week into the North and staying at residential facilities in the building.

MILITARY MOVES?

Earlier on Tuesday, North Korean state media quoted the military as saying it has been studying an “action plan” to re-enter zones that had been demilitarized under a 2018 inter-Korean pact and “turn the front line into a fortress”.

“Our army will rapidly and thoroughly implement any decisions and orders of the party and government,” the Korean People’s Army said in a statement carried by KCNA.

South Korea’s defence ministry called for North Korea to abide by the 2018 agreement, under which both sides’ militaries vowed to cease “all hostile acts” and they dismantled a number of structures along the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone between the two countries.

“We’re taking the situation seriously,” ministry spokeswoman Choi Hyun-soo told a briefing. “Our military is maintaining readiness posture to be able to respond to any situation.”

Several defector-led groups have regularly sent back flyers, together with food, $1 bills, mini radios and USB sticks containing South Korean dramas and news into North Korea, usually by balloon over the border or in bottles by river.

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South Korea, which has been keen to improve ties with the North, called on the defectors to stop and plans legal action against two of defector groups, saying their actions fuel cross-border tensions, pose risks to residents living near the border and cause environmental damage.

But the groups have said they intend to push ahead with their planned campaign this week.

South Korea’s President Moon urged North Korea on Monday to keep peace agreements reached by the two leaders and return to dialogue.

North Korea appears to have blown up inter-Korean liaison office: Yonhap

June 16, 2020 / 6:57 AM / Updated 2 hours agoNorth Korea appears to have blown up inter-Korean liaison office: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea appears to have blown up an inter-Korean liaison office located in its city of Kaesong, Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday, citing a South Korean military source.

North Korea has made several threats against South Korea in recent days, and had threatened to destroy the office set up in 2018.

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South Korea says North Korea should honour agreements

June 14, 2020 / 1:55 AM / Updated 7 hours agoSouth Korea says North Korea should honour agreements

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s Unification Ministry on Sunday said North Korea should honor past agreements signed between the two countries, a day after Pyongyang warned of retaliatory measures against the south that could involve the military.

“The South and the North should try to honour all inter-Korean agreements reached,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The government is taking the current situation seriously.”

China says U.S. should address North Korea’s concerns

June 12, 2020 / 7:41 AM / Updated 2 hours agoChina says U.S. should address North Korea's concerns

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Friday the United States should take concrete measures to address North Korea’s concerns, amid escalating tensions between Pyongyang and Washington.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters during a daily briefing that one reason for the deterioration in bilateral relations since a summit in Singapore in 2018 was because North Korea’s legitimate concerns had not been resolved.

North Korea sees little use maintaining a personal relationship between its leader, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump if Washington sticks to hostile policies, state media reported on Friday – the two-year anniversary of the leaders’ first summit.

China says it hopes North Korea, South Korea will cooperate through dialogue

June 9, 2020 / 7:29 AM / Updated 2 hours agoChina says it hopes North Korea, South Korea will cooperate through dialogue

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Tuesday it hopes North Korea and South Korea will cooperate through dialogue, amid renewed tensions after Pyongyang said it will cut hotlines with Seoul.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the remarks during a daily briefing.

China hopes U.S., North Korea can resume meaningful dialogue

May 24, 2020 / 8:50 AM / Updated 35 minutes agoChina hopes U.S., North Korea can resume meaningful dialogue

Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks to reporters via video link at a news conference held on the sidelines of the National People’s Congress (NPC), from the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China May 24, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS

BEIJING (Reuters) – China hopes the United State and North Korea can resume meaningful dialogue as soon as possible, the Chinese government’s top diplomat Wang Yi said on Sunday.

The United States should not to squander the hard-won outcomes of engagement, State Councillor Wang said at his annual news conference in Beijing.

Tinie Tempah – Shadows (feat. Bipolar Sunshine)

[Chorus: Biopolar Sunshine]
You are more than able, of cutting through the cable
But I see your angel, don’t act young and wasteful
Come to garden and let your guard down
Come to your senses it will all be clear

[Verse: Tinie Tempah]
Yeah, yeah (ah)
I tell stunners I’m stone cold and Austin Powers
Too busy working, all my niggas talking about power
I made vow that I won’t end up like Kenny Powers
When the money goes and friendships turn sour
Still rapping with soul cause I never sold mine
For the whole time did it without a co-sign
They can’t approach their shit the way I approach mine
Dumi knew that he stumbled on a goldmine
They think you buss and it’s all roses and daffodils
I coulda moved off ends, but I’m in Hackney still
I could of S-curled my hair, my hair is nappy still
I showed you the most how to make the most out of crappy deal
Opened doors everybody getting signed now
I having mean with Greatest of all times now
I never do it off of the top, I gotta write it down
Ask the hackers all bars up on my iCloud
Still fresher than Brok’ Beckham and Ash Catchem
Took my beanie back to Plumstead and thenback to Peckham
Todays beef then tomorrow your friends
Rappers unfollow you, then follow you and then unfollow you again
I tell him a man his face I got a problem with him, straight
I can take your girl in woven sandals and turn her to Naomi Campbell
Horror stories I’m so weary of divorce
I might move to North Korea because my career is heading north
You ain’t see us in the wagon then I swear it was the Porsche
Take my niggas to LA where this ain’t against the law
I ain’t scared of no lawsuit, word to my tailor
I didn’t even ask Calvin when he took us out to Vegas
They wanna see us down, they don’t want see us up
And when Harry cuts his hair whole worlds going nuts

[Chorus: Bipolar Sunshine]
You are more than able, of cutting through that cable
But I see your angel, don’t sound and wasteful
Come to garden and let your guard down
Come to senses it will all be clear
I just wanna be the light you wanna see
The star in your eyes, the glimmer in the shadow
I just wanna be the light you wanna see
The star in your eyes, the glimmer in the shadow
Let me roll with you and [?]
Let me roll with you, all your pieces in your grand design

Sturgill Simpson – Call To Arms (On SNL) (Live)

I done Syria, Afganistan, Iraq, and Iran
North Korea tell me where does it end
Well the bodies keep piling up with every day
How many more of em they gonna send

Well they send their sons and daughters off to die
For some oil
To control the heroin
Well son I hope you don’t grow up
Believing that you’ve got to be a puppet to be a man

Well they cut off your hair and put a badge on your arm
Strip you of your identity
Tell you to keep your mouth shut boy and get in the line
Meet your maker over seas

Wearing that Kim Jong-il hat
While your grandma’s selling pills stat
Meanwhile, I’m wearing my ‘can’t pay my fucking bills’ hat

Nobody’s looking up to care about a drone
All too busy looking down at our phone
Our ego’s begging for food like a dog from our feed
Refreshing obsessively until our eyes start to bleed
They serve up distractions and we eat them with fries
Until the bombs fall out of our fucking skies

Turn off the TV
Turn off the news
Nothing to see here
They’re serving the blues
Bullshit on my TV
Bullshit on my radio
Hollywood telling me how to be me
The bullshit’s got to go