Even attempting a summit between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un is surely one of the greatest high wire acts in diplomatic history -- two unpredictable leaders meeting in Singapore to negotiate the total elimination of what just last year was considered the gravest threat facing the United States. The stakes couldn't be higher. Donald Trump is demanding the complete dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear weapons program. To Kim Jong Un those weapons -- the nuclear warheads and the missiles that would carry them -- are his country's most valuable possession. He is being asked to lay all his nuclear secrets on the table. As we reported in previous stories for 60 Minutes, U.S. Intelligence agencies have expended enormous effort trying to uncover those secrets as North Korea developed not only a nuclear arsenal but the capability to reach the United States. At the National Air and Space Intelligence Center – NASIC for short - more than 100 photo interpreters, … [Read more...] about North Korea Summit: What’s at stake when President Trump meets with Kim Jong Un?
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SEOUL, South Korea – It may lack the punch of President Donald Trump's vow to unleash "fire and fury" and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's "nuclear button" boasts, but the stakes will be high on Friday when Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in sit down on the southern side of the no man's land that forms the world's most heavily armed border. Kim may never abandon the nuclear weapons that he claims are all that stand between him and annihilation, but if the Koreas and the United States are going to begin stepping away from what, until a few months ago, looked like a real possibility of nuclear war, then Kim and Moon must lay the foundation with a successful summit of their own. The fate of a planned Trump-Kim meeting, possibly next month, is also linked to what happens Friday. The rival Koreas' long, bitter history will provide skeptics with ample fodder to doubt that any real deal can be reached. Since a tenuous Korean War cease-fire took hold in 1953, every major … [Read more...] about Rival Koreas’ leaders face high stakes at historic summit
Middle East By Joel Gunter BBC News 18 April 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43801091 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsSyrian civil war A week after they gathered in Syria, inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are finally gaining access to the site of … [Read more...] about How do you test for chemical weapons?
Finding bolsters Western claims that Assad’s government possesses, uses banned munition in violation of UN resolutions 0SHARES Share Tweet Email Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with RIA Novosti and Sputnik. PHOTO: REUTERS THE HAGUE: The Syrian government’s chemical weapons stockpile has been linked for the first time by laboratory tests to the largest sarin nerve agent attack of the civil war, diplomats and scientists told Reuters, supporting Western claims that government forces under President Bashar al-Assad were behind the atrocity. Laboratories working for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons compared samples taken by a UN mission in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta after the Aug. 21, 2013 attack, when hundreds of civilians died of sarin gas poisoning, to chemicals handed over by Damascus for destruction in 2014. The tests found “markers” in samples … [Read more...] about Tests link Syrian government stockpile to largest sarin attack
Britain's first cloned dog is expecting a litter of puppies. Minnie Winnie, now aged four, is an exact replica of a dachshund called Winnie who belonged to owner Rebecca Smith. She won a £60,000 contest to have her pet recreated in a scientific breakthrough which could allow millions of dog lovers to immortalise their pets. Minnie Winnie was conceived in a South Korean laboratory and after five months, vet declared the procedure a success. And now it's emerged Minnie is about to produce a set of 'Mini-Mes' of her own. Rebecca confirmed her sausage dog is expecting at least two pups, although there could be more hidden behind her rib cage. It's all the more heartwarming because the original Winnie died last year at the age of 15 after being hit by a car. "I’m over the moon," Rebecca told The Sun. "I’m sure I’ll see something of Winnie in them. "Winnie was such an enormous part of my life and I felt lost without her." Rebecca, a caterer from West London, … [Read more...] about Britain’s first cloned dog expecting PUPPIES four years after test tube breakthrough