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    North Korea, you so crazy!

    During the luncheon (I believe) of the Singapore Peace Summit, this video was played for Chairman Kim and the North Korea delegation on a cassette iPad. Again, contrary to the preliminary news reports, showing how savvy and well-prepared the Americans were going into these negotiations. And it shows that someone probably has a pretty good psychological feel for the North Korean leader. Kim is a big movie buff. It's a simple four minute video (pretty well put together) but it is enough to give FACE to your opposite in the negotiations while sacrificing nothing of tangible importance. According to Trump during the media presser after the summit, this video played a significant role in the negotiations. Edit: Seriously. Look at the images they chose to represent the "carrot". Electricity, medicine, infrastructure, robots... theme parks and basketball. Breaking away from the past. This is a VERY telling video, in terms of Chairman Kim's psychological makeup.
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    Anonymous sources and Obama Administration lick-spittles are opposed to the deal. News at 11
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    Per the South Korea news Moon says Singapore summit 'lays groundwork for world peace http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/06/356_250574.html South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday expressed his gratitude to U.S. President Donald Trump, saying his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has paved the way for world peace. "President Moon said President Trump has achieved a great success in the North Korea-U.S. summit, laying the foundation for peace not only on the Korean Peninsula but in the entire world," Moon's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said of a telephone conversation between the two leaders. The call was made hours after the U.S. leader held a historic summit with Kim in Singapore, agreeing to provide security guarantees for the communist North while the North Korean leader reaffirmed his commitment to "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." (Reaction of the South Korean public) http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/06/103_250548.html South Koreans of different age groups expressed mixed feelings about the prospect of peace on the Korean peninsula following the summit between the United States and North Korea. Many said they welcomed the U.S. and North Korea moving to narrow their differences, but remained cautious and skeptical. "I feel safer amid the recent progress towards peace with North Korea," said a man, 21, who just started his military service this year and was out on vacation, at Seoul Station. "Less provocations by North Korea will mean less emergency situations and drills for soldiers like me." Young jobseekers, however, said their hard-pressed situations made it hard to be optimistic about the summit. "Honestly, I am more concerned about my situation of finding a job than what's happening with the North," said Kim Hee-min, 24. The Korean Herald http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180612000772
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    If Trump came home from the Summit with all 15 of the North Korean nukes stashed in the belly of Air Force One, the American Left would still find a way to bitch and moan. Because there is nothing that Trump can do to be legitimate in your eyes. At a certain point, when you complain about EVERYTHING, you no longer are a voice to listen to. And meanwhile the Japanese and South Korean leadership are hailing this deal for what it is, an important first step.
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    And meanwhile, Japan's Prime minister Shinzo Abe is lauding the agreement, particularly the issue of North Korean abductions of Japanese citizens which President Trump said he directly asked Chairman Kim about during their face-to-face meetings. http://japan-forward.com/did-trump-really-raise-the-abduction-issue-with-kim-jong-un/ Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, June 12, expressed his thanks to United States President Donald Trump for raising the issue of abducted Japanese citizens in his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. “[We] would like to thank the President for raising the abduction issue,” Abe said in a press conference in Tokyo shortly after the Trump-Kim Summit.
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    I was wanting to start an office pool after the Singapore Peace Summit about all the ridiculous ways the Usual Suspects will try to piss in punch bowl. Trump pledges to end military exercises as part of North Korea talks But critics are warning that the U.S. president may be giving away too much. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/12/trump-kim-meeting-press-conference-637544 But Trump's vow to halt the military exercises and eventually withdraw troops quickly incensed some military experts and foreign policy hawks who worried Trump was promoting Pyongyang talking points and moving too quickly to give up what they perceive as stabilizing forces in the region. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), among the most hawkish senators, told "CBS This Morning" that he did not mind halting military exercises but that "the one thing I would object to violently is withdrawing our forces from South Korea. China is trying to play president Trump through North Korea. ..If we withdraw our forces and that's part of the deal, I can't support the deal. That will lead to more conflict not less." (Yeah, no one asked you, Lindsay Graham) Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, voiced concern that Trump had offered up “troubling” statements after his meeting with Kim. Wow. What a shock! That Lindsay Graham and the Council of Foreign Relations will be against the Korean peace process. I could have never guessed this response.
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    Stop being daft. It's embarrassing watching the American Left openly root for World War III and a failure of the Singapore Peace Summit because they are still frosty that they nominated the worst human being in recent American history to steal the Democratic nomination. Nothing like yesterday's events have EVER happened in American or Korean history with a face-to-face between and American President and the leader of North Korea. There has been nothing like the four written agreements listed above - and one verbal promise to begin disassembling the Nork's missile testing facility - because there has never been a direct face-to-face between the leaders of the two countries. It's the Chief Executive of the US directly negotiating with the Chairman of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. If you understand Asian culture, that is significant. And it was repeated like a dozen times that this was just the first step of many in this process. Honestly, if all we get is the repatriation of the remains of American soldiers from the Korean War (something like 6,000-8,000 bodies) that alone is a significant milestone in the peace process. And all it cost was a sit down lunch of braised beef, avocado salad, sweet and sour pork, and ice cream... that the Singapore government paid for in part. Oh, and the temporary halting of war games with South Korea. The antics of the American Left leading up to this summit, during, and now afterwards is downright childish and I don't know you guys are going to climb out of the political hole your party is digging right now.
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    South Koreans erupt in applause during Trump-Kim signing https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-hails-trump-kim-summit-as-talks-of-the-century
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    Key points of the document signed by Kim and Donald Trump at the end of Tuesday's talks: 1. US and North Korea commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity. 2. The two countries will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. 3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, North Korea commits to work towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. 4. US and North Korea commit to recovering remains of prisoners of war including the immediate repatriation of those already identified. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/document-signed-by-trump-and-kim-in-singapore-summit-says-north-korea-will-work-towards
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    https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/11/asia/rodman-trump-kim-summit-intl/index.html "I think the fact that Trump would understand that the people of North Korea have a heart, they have soul, charisma, and they love each other," added Rodman. ... "I don't want to see that, I want to see it go away... I want to see us get along. Have a smile, have a glass of iced tea. I don't want to worry about the war stuff, I don't know anything about that," he said. "I'm out of it. I'm so happy just to be here, man, and see the whole world get as emotional as I did. Donald Trump should take a lot of credit because he went out of the box." ... Asked about his relationship with Kim, Rodman said the North Korea dictator was "more like a big kid" who "loves to have a good time." "He was taking selfies and all that," said Rodman of his various meetings with Kim. "This guy wants to be around the world, he wants to go to America." ... The former Chicago Bulls star said he tried talking to former US President Barack Obama. "And Obama did not give me the time of day," he said.
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    Kim said through an interpreter: "It wasn't easy for us to come here. There was a past that grabbed our ankles and wrong prejudices and practices that at times covered our eyes and ears. We overcame all that and we are here now." Aware that the eyes of the world were on a moment that many people never expected to ever see, Kim remarked that many of those watching "will think of this as a scene from a fantasy ... science fiction movie."
  12. BAAAEEEYYYEEERRR!!! MUKILTE-OOOOOOOOOO!!! http://mynorthwest.com/1015205/bear-in-tree-recaptured-by-wildlife-officials-near-seattle/
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    Pompeo: Full de-nuclearization or Bust http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/391608-pompeo-summit-will-set-framework-for-denuclearization-negotiations During a briefing with reporters on Monday ahead of the historic gathering, Pompeo said the “only outcome the United States will accept” is the “complete and verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” “President Trump believes that Kim Jong Un has an unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of our relationship and bring peace and prosperity to his country,” Pompeo said.
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    An actual useful CNN interview with Singapore's Prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/trump-kim-summit-kim-jong-un-wants-to-go-on-to-a-new-path-says-pm-lee Mr Lee said: "I think (Kim Jong Un) wants to go on to a new path. What he is prepared to deal, and how the agreement can be worked out - well that is a complicated matter. "I think he has an intention to do something, and that is why he is meeting Donald Trump." ... Asked what Mr Trump said about his expectations for the summit, Mr Lee replied that the US President did not say very much, as his officials are still in negotiations with the North Koreans. "But I think he is looking for a positive outcome and the key thing is he needs to assess whether Mr Kim is serious or not. If he is serious, I think something can be worked out," Mr Lee said. ... According to a schedule released by the White House on Monday night, Mr Trump will meet Mr Kim one-on-one, with translators only, for 45 minutes at the Capella Singapore in Sentosa from 9.15am on Tuesday. This will be followed by an expanded bilateral meeting and a working lunch. Mr Lee expressed his hope that the summit could bring a turn in the chain of events on the Korean Peninsula, a longstanding situation which has trended in a negative direction in the last few years with the North ramping up its testing of nuclear weapons and escalating rhetoric on both sides. ... Mr Lee also gave his views on US foreign policy under Mr Trump, which has seen America turning its back on the global order it helped impose and threatening a trade war with China as well as its allies. Asked about which Donald Trump he had been prepared to meet on Monday, in the wake of Mr Trump's clash with his allies at the G7 summit last weekend, Mr Lee said: "I think it is the same Donald Trump whom I have met on previous occasions. "He speaks his mind... he has his very firmly-held views on trade, on the way America is being taken advantage of, and the way he wants to make America great again." As to whether the US is being taken advantage of, Mr Lee recounted how America took a generous approach after World War II with the Marshall Plan in Europe, and maintained peace in the Asia Pacific to allow other countries to prosper, so it in turn could benefit from a stable and prosperous world.
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    If Donald Trump and Dennis Rodman were the only ingredients missing to bring peace to the Korean peninsula, de-nuclearization, and eventual re-unification, ending 75 years of conflict between the two countries, I'll go on record right now and say that everyone in the US State Department associated with our Korean policy needs to be drug out into the streets and publicly flogged.
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    The moment we've all been waiting for... Dennis Rodman has touched down in Singapore this morning aboard PotCoin.com Force One.
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    Looks like the Singapore government is going to be footing the bill to host the Norks during the summit. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/spore-footing-the-hotel-bill-for-north-korean-contingent-at-the-summit-vivian-balakrishnan
  19. #WINNING Meet the guys who tape Trump's papers back together Solomon Lartey spent the first five months of the Trump administration working in the Old Executive Office Building, standing over a desk with scraps of paper spread out in front of him. Lartey, who earned an annual salary of $65,969 as a records management analyst, was a career government official with close to 30 years under his belt. But he had never seen anything like this in any previous administration he had worked for. He had never had to tape the president’s papers back together again. Armed with rolls of clear Scotch tape, Lartey and his colleagues would sift through large piles of shredded paper and put them back together, he said, “like a jigsaw puzzle.” Sometimes the papers would just be split down the middle, but other times they would be torn into pieces so small they looked like confetti. ... But White House aides realized early on that they were unable to stop Trump from ripping up paper after he was done with it and throwing it in the trash or on the floor, according to people familiar with the practice. Instead, they chose to clean it up for him, in order to make sure that the president wasn’t violating the law. ... “We got Scotch tape, the clear kind,” Lartey recalled in an interview. “You found pieces and taped them back together and then you gave it back to the supervisor.” The restored papers would then be sent to the National Archives to be properly filed away. Lartey said the papers he received included newspaper clips on which Trump had scribbled notes, or circled words; invitations; and letters from constituents or lawmakers on the Hill, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. “I had a letter from Schumer — he tore it up,” he said. “It was the craziest thing ever. He ripped papers into tiny pieces.” (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA) ... That team is now smaller, after many of the career officials were cleared out earlier this year. Lartey, 54, and Young, 48, were career government officials who worked together in records management until this spring, when both were abruptly terminated from their jobs. Both are now unemployed and still full of questions about why they were stripped of their badges with no explanation and marched off of the White House grounds by Secret Service. ... “I was coerced to sign a resignation letter at that time,” he said. “Then they escorted me to the garage and took my parking placard.” Young, who was terminated April 19, said he fought back and had his official status changed from “resigned” to “terminated.” (And the world's smallest violin plays)
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    And President Trump in Air Force One touched down, apparently ahead of schedule. Whereupon the residents of Singapore immediately began pledging their allegiance to the United States in hopes of becoming the 52nd State.
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    SAR-21 (Singapore Assault Rifle) sighting in the wild.
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    And Lil Rocketman meets with the Singapore Prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong The body language of Kim is... very self conscious. That is not a world leader confident in his own skin.
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    NORK Force One... Was an Air China 747. So make of that what you will. Scenes from Kim's arrival on the tarmac with the Singapore Foreign minister. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/3-singapore-bound-aircraft-one-believed-to-be-carrying-kim-jong-un-departed-pyongyang-on An Il-76 was on hand too although reported to be carrying supplies for #BestKorea's diplomatic party. And the NORK motorcade. Edit: Third North Korean plane lands at Changi Airport The third North Korean plane landed at Changi Airport after 3.45pm on Sunday (June 10). The Air Koryo aircraft in state livery is reportedly carrying the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. ... *Darth Vader Sister gif here*
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    Singapore's daily newspaper, the Straits Times (clearly a microaggression towards the LGBTQ community) has a useful photo montage page continually being updated of the Summit. https://graphics.straitstimes.com/STI/STIMEDIA/Interactives/2018/06/trump-kim-summit/index.html
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    Kim Jong-un due to arrive in Singapore Sunday afternoon. http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2150050/kim-jong-un-reduces-risk-exposure-staying-st-regis-singapore China "may" send fighter jets to escort Kim's flight http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2149791/china-may-send-fighter-jet-escort-kim-jong-un-when-he
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