Saturday, May 26, 2018

Venezuelans Pour Into Brazil By The Thousands Looking For Work

Luis Baena, who left his home in El Tigre, Venezuela, six months ago, visits the Sé Cathedral in São Paulo, to pray and offer thanks for the chance to start a new life in Brazil. (Gui Christ / For The Times)

L.A. Times: Escaping Venezuela: They pour into Brazil by the thousands looking for work

Luis Baena shares a room with 127 other men.

During the day he looks for work or sings on the streets of downtown São Paulo for a few reais. When he sits down for a meal, he feels pangs of guilt, wondering whether his wife and children back in Venezuela even have food on the table. The last time he spoke with them, they were making do with cachapas, a corn pancake with beans, and eating once, maybe twice a day.

His search for work took him first to Praça das Águas, a public square in the city of Boa Vista in northern Brazil, where he slept outdoors. When he heard there were jobs in São Paulo, he accepted the government's offer to be relocated to the megacity and in early April landed at the municipal shelter in São Mateus, a neighborhood east of São Paulo.

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WNU Editor: The arrest of military officers .... Venezuela arrested 15 military officials over vote period - rights group (Reuters) is now fueling talk of a coup .... Venezuela is about to explode (Matias Vernengo, Al Jazeera).

Update: 'Officer coups are often unsuccessful and bloody': Wall Street weighs in on a military coup taking out Venezuela's Maduro (Business Insider).

Tweets For Today






Former Top U.S. General For NATO Says 'No General Wants To Fight Russia'

U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove © REUTERS / Jonathan Erns

Newsweek: Ex-U.S. Military Leader Says 'No General Wants to Fight Russia'

A retired four-star United States military general said Tuesday that the NATO Western military alliance forces he once oversaw were not sufficiently prepared to handle an all-out conflict with Russia.

U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, who served as head of U.S. European Command and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe from May 2013 through 2016, said that the post-Cold War geopolitical environment reduced the focus on military spending and readiness, leaving major vulnerabilities in the multinational defense pact.

"There is no general who wakes up in the morning and says he wants to fight Russia," Breedlove told Polish news outlet Onet. "I believe that strength and readiness determine peace."

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Update: Breed Love, Not War? Ex-NATO Commander Admits No General Wants to Fight Russia (Sputnik)

WNU editor: I have posted over the years a number of articles on  U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove .... and I have always viewed him as one of the most hawkish Generals to ever hold the post of NATO commander. My answer to him is simple. The reason why no General wants to fight Russia is because they are focused elsewhere .... the wars in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and elsewhere is their priority now ... and they do not see Russia as a threat as much as he does.

Picture Of The Day

Lava flows near a house on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, on May 19, 2018. © REUTERS / Terray Sylvester

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... This Week in Pictures: May 19 - May 25 (Sputnik)

20 U.S. Military Service Members Responsible For Guarding Nuclear Missiles Bought, Distributed And Used LSD



The Hill: Security forces guarding nuclear missiles used LSD: report

Several U.S. military service members tasked with guarding nuclear missiles in recent years bought, distributed and used LSD, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

The news outlet reported that members of the Air Force’s nuclear missile corps used LSD, cocaine and other drugs off-duty in 2015 and 2016. No service members were accused of using drugs on duty.

Investigators discovered the existence of the drug ring at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming in March 2016. Six airmen were convicted in courts martial of LSD use or distribution, and 14 were disciplined, according to the report.

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Update #1: Security troops on US nuclear missile base took LSD (AP)
Update #2: Mushroom Cloud: US Forces’ LSD Use at Nuke Silo Highlights Staff, Safety Issues (Sputnik)

WNU editor: This all happened in 2015 - 2016 .... but we are only learning about it now?!?!?!?

Friday, May 25, 2018

China Continues To Fly Its Bombers Around Taiwan

Chinese H-6K Bomber being watched by a Taiwanese fighter. (File photo Taiwan MND)

Reuters: SCMP: Taiwanese aircraft tail Chinese bombers on flight around island

Long-range mission comes a day after Taipei loses another diplomatic ally.

Taiwan’s air force scrambled aircraft on Friday as mainland Chinese bombers flew around the self-ruled island, just a few hours after Taiwan vowed not to be cowed having lost another diplomatic ally amid growing pressure from Beijing.

Taiwan is China’s most sensitive territorial issue and a potential dangerous military flashpoint. Beijing claims the island as its territory and has vowed not to allow any attempts at what it views as Taiwanese separatism.

Tension between democratic Taiwan and its big neighbour has increased in recent months, with Beijing suspicious that the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen wants to push for the island’s formal independence.

Tsai, who took office in 2016, says she wants to maintain the status quo, but will protect Taiwan’s security and not be bullied by Beijing.

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Update #1: Taiwan scrambles fighter jets to track China bomber drill (AFP)
Update #2: Taiwan Scrambles Fighter Jets As Chinese Bombers Encircle The Island (Newsweek)

WNU Editor: I agree with this analysis .... Beijing's Threats Against Taiwan Are Deadly Serious (Derek Grossman, Foreign Policy) .... and also this one .... China Puts the Squeeze on Taiwan (The Diplomat)

Update #3: The U.S. is not ready to go that far at this moment in time .... Taiwan needs to get closer to the US as Beijing steps up the pressure, says ex-minister (SCMP).

Saudi Arabia Has Stopped Doing Business With Germany Over Its Support To Save The Iran Nuclear Deal

King Salman, right, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a visit to the kingdom in 2017, via Reuters.

Spiegel Online: Reception Grows Frosty for German Firms in Saudi Arabia

Detlef Daues is a pioneer of the German small- and medium-sized companies that have made Germany what it is today: a prosperous nation with good international relations that stretch to even the farthest-flung corners of the world.

His Hannover-based virtual department store for original replacement parts, V-Line GmbH, services customers in countries like Mexico, the United States, Qatar and Oman in addition to others in East Asia. But 65 percent of Daues' revenues come from Saudi Arabia.

But currently, the once-positive relationship between Saudi Arabia and Germany has worsened. Six months ago, Riyadh withdrew its ambassador from Germany and he still hasn't returned. There has been little open discussion of the reasons behind the conflict, but for people like Daues in the business community, the rift is as plain as day. "For Germans, the doors in Riyadh have suddenly been closed," says one experienced businessman in the Saudi capital. Meetings with delegations from Germany that were set up before the crisis are being canceled. "That hurts," says Oliver Oehms of the German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs in Riyadh.

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Update: Saudis Halt Orders From German Companies; Crown Prince "Deeply Offended" (Zero Hedge)

WNU Editor: German - Saudi trade is in the billions of dollars. But given the choice Germany has decided to side with Iran .... even openly condemning Saudi Arabia for spreading "political adventurism" in the Middle East. Is this smart diplomacy/politics/and strategy from German Chancellor Merkel's government .... definitely not. For the past year the media focus has been on Trump and the EU's opposition over his promise to walk away from the Iran deal .... but missing in this debate was/is the elephant in the room .... Saudi Arabia and its allies. The EU has forgotten that this group has enormous leverage because of the billions in trade that they are doing with the EU right now .... and they are starting to use it now because they see a national security threat from Iran. This is what supporters for preserving the nuclear deal are missing. They are going out their to say that there is no alternative to the deal .... but in their defense of the deal they are ignoring the views of other countries in the region .... especially those who are now at war with either Iran or its proxies (or both). The hope of the Obama administration when they agreed to the nuclear deal was that this would usher in a more stable Middle East with a less radical Iran. Unfortunately .... the lifting of sanctions and the infusion of billions of dollars to Iran has only given them the resources and the confidence to interfere in almost every nation in the Middle East. Iran may not have the bomb .... but their strategic goals and what they want to accomplish in the Middle East will cause destruction akin to the use of nuclear weapons. Case in point .... the persistent vow from Iran to completely exterminate the state of Israel is just one of many examples on why the current strategy of placating Iran and this nuclear deal is not going to work. Unfortunately .... placating Iran is what many governments and supporters of the nuclear deal want.

Iran Gives The European Powers Powers One Week To Salvage The Nuclear Deal

European and Iranian officials attend a meeting on the nuclear deal in Vienna on Friday. AFP

Reuters: Iran pressures Europe to speed up plans to save nuclear deal

VIENNA (Reuters) - Major powers and Iran agreed on Friday to move quickly to offset the U.S. pullout from its nuclear deal and Washington’s renewed sanctions, with Tehran pressuring Europe to come up with a package of economic measures by May 31.

The 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers lifted international sanctions on Tehran. In return, Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear activities, increasing the time it would need to produce an atom bomb if it chose to do so.

Since President Donald Trump withdrew the United States this month, calling the agreement deeply flawed, European states have been scrambling to ensure Iran gets enough economic benefits to persuade it to stay in the deal.

But this has proven difficult, with many European firms alarmed at the specter of far-reaching U.S. financial penalties.

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WNU Editor: These are the three central demands from Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei .... Iran lists demands for staying in nuclear deal (The Guardian) ....

.... Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei this week said his country would stay in the deal on three strict conditions. He said the EU had to protect Iranian oil sales from US sanctions and continued to buy Iranian oil.

He also demanded European banks safeguard trade with Iran, including by keeping the country inside the Swift international payments system.

Finally, he also urged France, Germany and the UK not to seek a new agreement on Iran’s ballistic missile programme, or its regional activities, including its presence in Yemen, Iraq and Syria. Broadly, Russia and China agree with these terms.


My prediction .... the EU cannot even come close to guaranteeing any of these conditions, and this attempt by Iran to blackmail the EU will just play into President Trump's hands.



More News On Iran Giving The EU One Week To Salvage The Nuclear Deal

Iran expects measures to save nuclear deal by end of May -- AFP
Iran gives E.U. deadline to salvage nuclear deal -- NBC
Iran wants European economic package presented by end of May -- Ynet News
Iran seeks guarantees as JCPOA signatories meet to save deal -- Al Jazeera
'Plan B': Tehran Gives European Powers One Week to Salvage Nuclear Deal -- Sputnik

Tonight's Movie is 'Hitler's S.S.: Portrait of Evil'



From YouTube: The story of Helmut and Karl Hoffmann. Both come of age at the start of Hitler's power in Germany. Helmut joins the SS and eventually becomes a successful flag rank officer. Karl joins the SA and experiences the darker side of Nazism after the SA is disbanded and Karl is thrown into prison and later conscripted into the German army. Brother is pitted against brother until their relationship, and the Third Reich, stands in ruins.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 25, 2018



Fred Lucas, Daily Signal: What’s Next: 3 Possible Scenarios on North Korea After Cancellation of Trump-Kim Summit

While North Korea remains unpredictable, lawmakers and foreign policy experts see a narrow way forward after President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled a planned summit with dictator Kim Jong Un.

The summit was set for June 12 in Singapore, but Kim for weeks had threatened to cancel it, and more recently a North Korean official personally insulted Vice President Mike Pence.

A senior White House official told reporters Thursday that the North Korean government’s “trail of broken promises gave the U.S. pause.” That included last week, when the North Koreans “stood up” a U.S. delegation in Singapore and Pyongyang’s canceling a recent meeting with the South Koreans, the official said.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 25, 2018

South Korea’s President Moon just got trumped -- William Pesek, Asia Times

The North Korea Summit: Is It Back On? -- TNI Staff

U.S. 'maximum pressure' on North Korea faces test with summit in limbo -- Phil Stewart & Matt Spetalnick, Reuters

Humiliation, surprise, opportunity after US cans North Korea summit -- Andrew Salmon, Asia Times

Why Trump’s cancellation of the North Korea summit may undermine the US-South Korea alliance -- Karl Friedhoff, Bulletin of the Atominc Scientists

No deal: Inside Trump’s decision to walk on NKorea summit -- Zeke Miller, Catherine Lucey, and Jonathan Lemire, AP

It's Time to Explain the 'Libya Model' -- Paul R. Pillar, National Interest

Taiwan needs to get closer to the US as Beijing steps up the pressure, says ex-minister -- Choi Chi-yuk, SCMP

Power projects under increasing threat in Afghanistan -- Ruchi Kumar and Ajmal Omari, Asia Times

Iraq's election may have had widespread voter fraud -- Michael Rubin, Washington Examiner

Kuwait's careful balancing act with Iran, Saudi Arabia -- Hamad H. Albloshi, Al-Monitor

Armenia’s Revolution and the Karabakh Conflict -- Thomas de Waal, Carnegie Europe

Despite sanctions, Putin is pulling the world back to Russia -- Nathan Hodge, CNN

Deaths and Protests, Still the Kremlin Will Not Budge -- Moscow Times editorial

Why Nicolas Maduro Of Venezuela May Wish He Lost The Presidential Election -- Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes

Venezuela is about to explode -- Matias Vernengo, Al Jazeera

World News Briefs -- May 25, 2018 (Evening Edition)



Reuters: U.S., South Korean top diplomats commit to keep working on North: U.S. spokeswoman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As President Donald Trump scrapped plans for a summit with North Korea, the top diplomats for the United States and South Korea spoke on the phone about continuing to work closely on having talks with Pyongyang and thwarting its nuclear ambitions, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Friday.

“They committed to remaining closely coordinated in all of their efforts to create conditions for dialogue with North Korea and agreed that must continue until North Korea embraces denuclearization,” spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

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MIDDLE EAST

Dozens of Palestinians injured by Israeli gunfire, tear gas in Gaza border protests.

Report: Suspected Israeli strike targets Hezbollah in Syria.

Turkey, U.S. outline road map for cooperation in Syria's Manbij: statement.

Syria regime warns Daraa rebels with air-dropped leaflets.

War, displacement reshuffle Syria's demographic map.

Lawfare? Syrian development plan alarms refugees and host nations.

Iran nuclear deal 'in intensive care' as signatories meet in Vienna.

Iran gives E.U. deadline to salvage nuclear deal.

US targets airlines in latest Iran sanctions move.

Turkey's economy at risk as currency hits record low.

Iraq's poor hopeful Muqtada al-Sadr's bloc will bring change.

Yemen declares disaster after Cyclone Mekunu; Oman in path next.

Four Saudi activists freed, one arrested as crackdown persists.

U.S. alarmed by strike on Turkish ship delivering wheat to Yemen.

ASIA

Pakistan dismantles troubled tribal regions.

Trump: North Korea summit could still happen on 12 June.

North Korea nuclear test tunnels at Punggye-ri 'destroyed'.

Taiwan scrambles fighter jets to monitor Chinese bombers.

U.S. effort to stabilize Afghanistan is $5 billion failure, watchdog says.

Social media rumors trigger violence in India; 3 killed by mobs.

Police find $28m cash in raids linked to Malaysia ex-PM Najib.

Mike Pompeo: US diplomats 'treated badly' in Pakistan.

'Unprecedented' foreign interference in Australia: spy chief.

AFRICA

East African migrants escape from captors in Libyan smuggling hub.

Five Congolese soldiers killed fighting rebel militia.

Libya: Deadly car bomb explosion rocks Benghazi.

South Africa's Ramaphosa authorizes graft probe into government departments.

NGOs demand the release of 26 activists in Niger.

South Sudan: Aid agencies struggle to reach those in need.

DR Congo boat sinking: River disaster kills 50 people.

Algerian blogger jailed for 10 years for spying.

EUROPE

Putin says he will step down as president after term expires in 2024.

Iran pressures Europe to speed up plans to save nuclear deal.

Politics aside, work starts on Russia-Germany gas pipeline.

Putin, Macron bond over shared unease at Trump's actions.

GDPR: US news sites unavailable to EU users over data protection rules.

Presidents Macron and Putin meet as support for sanctions wanes.

Exit poll: Ireland projected to overturn abortion ban in landslide vote.

EU accession talks spark heated discussion in Western Balkans.

Spanish premier Mariano Rajoy faces no-confidence vote over illegal party funds.

MH17: Netherlands, Australia hold Russia responsible for downing plane.

France 'probes China spy ring': Two ex-agents reported held.

Prince William's trip to Israel, West Bank is history in the making: All the details.

Assange's refuge in Ecuadorian embassy 'in jeopardy'.

AMERICAS

FBI warns Russians hacked hundreds of thousands of routers.

Trump says North Korea summit talks continue: 'Could even be the 12th'.

Trump tells grads ‘you don’t give up, you don’t give in’.

Masked protesters wield homemade mortars as at least two people are killed and 50 wounded in violent anti-government clashes in Nicaragua.

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro sworn in for a new term.

Barbados elects Mia Mottley as first woman PM.

Two men set off bomb in restaurant in Canada; 15 wounded.

Harvey Weinstein posts $1M CASH bail, agrees to wear GPS bracelet and plans to enter a plea of NOT GUILTY after he is seen smiling and laughing while being booked on rape charges.

Is Ecuador preparing to kick Julian Assange out? Wikileaks founder could leave London embassy 'any day' as US and Spain increase pressure to stop shielding him.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Indonesia passes tougher terror law after suicide attacks.

U.S.-backed Syrian forces arrest French Islamic State leader: SDF.

US has spent $2.8 trillion on counterterrorism since 9/11.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Dow, S&P 500 end lower as oil wallops energy sector, but tech shares buck the trend.

OPEC, Russia prepared to raise oil output under U.S. pressure.

GDPR 'doomsday' shakes up internet services. Facebook and Google targeted as first GDPR complaints filed.

Tech companies scramble as sweeping data rules take effect.

Apple awarded $539m in US patent case against Samsung.

Rosneft CEO expects new oil price records on the market.

More Details Emerge On A 4-Hour Battle That Killed Hundreds Of Russian Mercenaries And Syrian Soldiers Against U.S. And Kurdish Forces In February

SBS/New York Times: How a four-hour battle between Russian mercenaries and US commandos unfolded

The details of the February 7 firefight were gleaned from interviews and documents newly obtained by The New York Times.

The artillery barrage was so intense that the US commandos dived into foxholes for protection, emerging covered in flying dirt and debris to fire back at a column of tanks advancing under the heavy shelling.

It was the opening salvo in a nearly four-hour assault in February by around 500 pro-Syrian government forces — including Russian mercenaries — that threatened to inflame already simmering tensions between Washington and Moscow.

In the end, 200 to 300 of the attacking fighters were killed. The others retreated under merciless airstrikes from the United States, returning later to retrieve their battlefield dead. None of the Americans at the small outpost in eastern Syria — about 40 by the end of the firefight — were harmed.

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Update #1: U.S. Attacks That Killed 'Hundreds' of Russians and Syrians Detailed in New Report (Newsweek)
Update #2: About 40 US soldiers held off hundreds of Russian mercenaries in a brutal firefight in Syria (Business Insider)

WNU Editor: A must read on what happens when a poorly planned mass assault against a U.S. Special Forces position that is supported by U.S. air strikes and artillery can do on an opposing force.

Russian President Putin Warns Of A Financial Crisis That The World ‘Has Not Yet Seen’



Daily Mail: Putin says the US could cause a global economic crisis because of Trump's trade wars and new era of 'protectionism'

* The Russian president was speaking at an economic summit in St Petersburg
* Also attending was Emmanuel Macron and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
* Putin said new era of protectionism was emerging, threatening global prosperity
* The French leader said he had a duty to keep working with the U.S. president

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the world could be heading for an unprecedented economic as a result of Donald Trump's trade policies.

Without directly naming the US President, who has slapped on tariffs and pulled out of trade deals, Putin lamented that a new era of protectionism was emerging and 'breaking' the free trade system responsible for global prosperity.

'Today we need not trade wars or even trade truces, but trade peace,' Putin told an economic summit in Saint Petersburg, also attended by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Update: Putin warns of financial crisis the world ‘has not yet seen’ (RT)

WNU Editor: When it comes to international crisis .... trade wars and protectionism .... coupled with the debt crisis .... are my number one worries. Wars are number two.

Russian President Putin Announces That He Will Not Run For President In 2024

Russian President Vladimir Putin works at his desk in the Kremlin. / Global Look Press

RT: ‘Two terms in a row. That’s it’: Putin on the future of his presidency

When Vladimir Putin was asked if he’s planning to run for office again in 2024, he said he always follows the country’s Constitution that says only two terms in a row are possible.

“I always strictly followed and will follow the Constitution of Russia. The Constitution clearly states – no more than two terms in a row,” Putin said during a meeting with media heads as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday.

“Now is my second term. As you remember, I’ve been president twice previously and then abandoned the position of president because the constitution didn’t allow getting elected for the third time. That’s it. And I intend to follow this rule in the future,” the 65-year-old explained.

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WNU Editor: He may position himself to be Prime Minister again (and it is a big maybe) .... Putin hints at becoming prime minister again in 2024 (AFP). But running as President again in 2030 .... definitely not.

More News On Russian President Putin Announcing That He Will Not Run For President In 2024

Putin vows to abide by two-term limit on consecutive presidential tenures -- TASS
Putin Says Adheres to Constitution, No More Than Two Presidential Terms in Row -- Sputnik
Putin says he will step down as president after term expires in 2024 -- CNBC

Commentaries And Analysis On The Cancellation Of The Singapore Summit



James Jay Carafano, National Interest: So Much for North Korea Summit. Now What?

The cancellation of an iffy summit does not trigger Armageddon.

The saga of the U.S.-North Korea talks resembles a soap opera with nuclear weapons. But in following the unfolding relationship between The Donald and the Rocket Man, anyone who expected anything other than a roller coaster bought a ticket to the wrong ride.

Today, the whole world will be on spin cycle, as commentators assess the implications of Trump’s letter canceling the talks. But, as was the case in 1986 when Reagan walked away from Reykjavik, so Trump’s letter will likely not be the last word in the bid to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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Commentaries And Analysis On The Cancellation Of The Singapore Summit

Analysis: Mixed reaction to Trump stance on NKorea talks -- AP
Analysis: After Trump pullout, NKorea changes tune on summit -- AP
North Korea summit cancellation a setback to dealmaker Trump -- Jeff Mason, Reuters
Canceled summit could bring U.S., North Korea back into crisis mode -- Matt Spetalnick & Arshad Mohammed, Reuters
Donald Trump's North Korea gamble has backfired -- Matthias von Hein, DW
Trump walks away from Kim Jong Un -- Washington Examiner
Trump's North Korea U-turn: Art of the deal or a boon for regime? -- AFP
Trump balks at North Korea’s rhetoric but it has used worse -- AP
Donald Trump cancelling meeting with North Korea an unsurprising return to the norm -- Zoe Daniel, ABC News Online
What Sank the Kim-Trump Summit? -- Ramesh Thakur, Project Syndicate
North Korea talks: What's next now that Trump-Kim summit is off? -- Alastair Jamieson, NBC
Japan's Abe: North Korea should meet conditions before making long-term partnerships -- Reuters
Germany regrets collapse of Trump-Kim summit -- Reuters
UN 'deeply concerned by the cancellation' of Trump-Kim summit -- Al Jazeera

China Responds To President Trump's Cancellation Of The Singapore Summit



DW: China urges US, North Korea to remain calm, 'show goodwill'

US President Trump's decision to scrap his planned summit with N. Korean leader Kim Jong Un could hurt Washington's ties to Seoul and damage Trump's credibility and reputation, say Chinese analysts. William Yang reports.

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump surprised the world by announcing his decision to suspend the proposed historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which was scheduled to take place on June 12 in Singapore.

The decision came after officials from both sides exchanged a series of hostile statements, repeatedly threatening to engage each other in a nuclear showdown.

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WNU Editor: China .... like South Korea .... were suppose to play a key middle-man role to insure the success of these talks. Clearly that has not worked, and U.S. suspicions on China's role in this collapse are justified. Unfortunately .... and I do not think the Chinese have properly calculated on what is going to happen next .... is that there is going to be blow-back that will be costly to the Chinese .... Collapse of Trump-Kim summit threatens to deepen U.S.-China rift (Reuters)

More News On China Responding To President Trump's Cancellation Of The Singapore Summit

U.S.-North Korea summit needed, Chinese VP Wang says -- Reuters
China urges U.S., North Korea to be patient and meet each other halfway -- Reuters
Ex-US ambassador to China: Beijing is 'very much in the driver's seat' on North Korea -- CNBC
China Urges U.S. And North Korea To Not Give Up On A Summit -- NPR
The North Korea summit crumbled after China lined up against it -- NBC
With summit cancellation, China reclaims strategic influence over North Korea -- Nathan Vander Klippe, Globe and Mail

South Korean Officials Shocked That President Trump Cancelled The Singapore Summit

South Korean government emergency meeting after President Trump cancelled the Singapore summit. South Korea Blue House



Reuters: Perplexed and disappointed: South Korea's Moon regroups after mediation failure

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel next month’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un came as shock to South Korean officials, who only days ago were publicly predicting a “99.9 percent” chance the meeting would proceed as scheduled.

Already on shaky ground amid stalled talks with North Korea, South Korea’s ability to fulfill its self-assigned role of mediator between Pyongyang and Washington suffered the biggest blow yet when Trump apparently failed to give his allies in Seoul a heads up about his announcement.

The setback follows months of diplomatic progress that led to a historic summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April.

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WNU editor: The AP is questioning the role of South Korea President Moon's "middle man" role .... Canceled Trump-Kim summit tests Moon’s middleman role (AP). But the AP has forgotten that North Korea cut-off ties to Moon a few weeks ago .... North Korea suspends high level talks with South Korea over military drills with US (The Independent) .... so much for being the middle-man.

Update: This is what I call trying to save "face" .... U.S., South Korea to pursue talks between Washington and Pyongyang (Reuters)

Update #2: I agree, but some time will need to pass, and the North Koreans will have to make the first move .... South Koreans expect US-North Korea summit to take place 'eventually' despite cancellation (ABC News).

More News On South Korean Reaction To President Trump Canceling The Singapore Summit

South Korea is scrambling to figure out WTF just happened with the Trump-Kim summit -- VOX
Caught off guard by summit collapse, Seoul tries to play down impact -- SCMP
Disappointment in South Korea as Trump nixes summit with Kim -- Al Jazeera
Analysis - Perplexed and disappointed: South Korea's Moon regroups after mediation failure -- Reuters
Direct communication needed between leaders of North Korea, U.S., South Korea says -- Reuters
Photo hints at the mood in the room as South Korean officials learned Trump canceled the US-North Korea summit -- Business Insider/AOL
'No Nobel Peace Prize for Trump': South Koreans slam cancellation of summit -- Reuters

President Trump Says North Korean Summit May Be Back On



Reuters: On again? Trump says still chance of June 12 North Korea summit

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump dangled the possibility on Friday that a June 12 summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un could still take place, just a day after he canceled the meeting citing Pyongyang’s “open hostility.”

Trump indicated the summit could be salvaged after welcoming a conciliatory statement from North Korea saying it remained open to talks.

“It was a very nice statement they put out,” Trump said as he left the White House to deliver a commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy. “We’ll see what happens - it could even be the 12th.

“We’re talking to them now. They very much want to do it. We’d like to do it.”

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WNU Editor: The summit is not back on. The only way that President Trump will agree to a summit is if the North Koreans make major concessions on their nuclear weapons and missile programs, and they then start to implement them. For the U.S. this is the number one issue .... but for the North Koreans (if their latest public announcements are any indication) this is not even negotiable. In view of these non-negotiable differences .... I do not see how a summit can bring any benefits. So why the remarks from President Trump? My guess is that he is trolling those who want a summit irregardless on what has just happened ... a tactic that he has used more than once on a number of issues before.

More News On President Trump Saying That The North Korean Summit May Be Back On

Summit talk turns warmer; Trump says ‘talking to them now’ -- AP
Trump welcomes 'productive' N.Korea reaction on talks -- AFP
Trump welcomes North Korean response to talk cancellation -- Reuters
Trump says North Korea summit talks continue: 'Could even be the 12th' -- CNN
Trump teases that summit with Kim may be back on -- Politico
Trump says U.S., North Korea talking again -- Washington Times
Trump accuses Dems of ‘rooting against’ NKorea talks -- AP