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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As a journalist, I have always dreaded reporting on meetings between world leaders billed as “historic” or “momentous” or just plain “significant”. Such pretensions are usually phoney or, even if something of interest really does happen, its importance is exaggerated or oversimplified. But plus ca change is not always a safe slogan for the cautious reporter, because real change does occasionally take place and professional cynics are caught on the hop. Watching the “historic” meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea at the Panmunjom border crossing today – and listening to reporters bubbling over with excitement – it was difficult not to be captured by the enthusiastic mood. But I recall similar meetings that were once billed as transforming the world for the better and are now largely forgotten. How many people remember the Reykjavik summit between Reagan and Gorbachev in 1986, which once seemed so … [Read more...] about The Iran crisis presents a bigger danger to peace than North Korea now that Trump seems determined to end the nuclear deal
Friday’s historic inter-Korean summit is already oozing with overloaded symbolism, from subtle touches in the meeting room décor to the meticulously planned menu designed to evoke memories of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s more carefree childhood in Switzerland. A painting portraying the soft blue and purple hues of North Korea’s Mount Kumgang will loom over the second floor meeting room in the Peace House on the demilitarised borderzone between North and South where the nations’ two leaders will sit on chairs etched with carvings of their shared peninsula. Kim Jong-un will step south of the border at 9.30am (2.30am BST), the first North Korean leader ever to do so. In tow will be his younger sister, Kim Yo-jong and, reported The Washington Post, his personal portaloo, to safeguard sensitive data about his health. But as they sit across a grand oval wooden table - exactly 2,018 millimetres apart - and later enjoy a banquet of … [Read more...] about Could the North Korea summit really convince Kim Jong-un to give up his nuclear weapons?
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Home / News / UK and world by Press Association January 23, 2018, 3:14 pm Updated: January 23, 2018, 4:02 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter North Korea could develop weapons within the next two years that may be capable of reaching and striking Britain, MPs have heard. Kim Jong Un’s regime in recent months has conducted several increasingly sophisticated nuclear tests as it expanded its missile programme – prompting a rise in international tensions. Defence minister Earl Howe told the cross-party Defence Committee that the capability of North Korea has been “significantly developed” over the past few years. “We judge that they are capable of, certainly now, of reaching targets in the short range – by which I mean Japan, South Korea obviously and adjoining territories,” he said on Tuesday. “Our judgment is it is probably six to 18 months before they will have an Intercontinental … [Read more...] about North Korea could develop weapons to strike Britain within two years, MPs have heard