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2 minutes ago, China said:

North Korea: US will choose what 'Christmas gift' it wants

 

North Korea said on Tuesday that it’s up to the U.S. to choose what “Christmas gift” it wants from Pyongyang as an end-of-year deadline for nuclear talks inches closer.

Ri Thae Song, a North Korean vice foreign minister handling U.S. affairs, emphasized in a statement that the Trump administration is running out of time to salvage the talks and offer a deal that the two can agree on, The Associated Press reports.

 

“The dialogue touted by the U.S. is, in essence, nothing but a foolish trick hatched to keep the DPRK bound to dialogue and use it in favor of the political situation and election in the U.S.,” Ri said in comments reported by state media, using the acronym for North Korea's official name. “What is left to be done now is the U.S. option and it is entirely up to the U.S. what Christmas gift it will select to get.”

 

Ri added that North Korea has no intention of resuming talks unless it gets something significant in return, the AP reports.

 

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I dare him to give us the bad Christmas gift.  If the U.S. wanted to, they could just wipe NK off the map and be done with them.

 

Trump is crazy enough to actually do that, so better watch out Little Rocket Man.

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7 hours ago, China said:

North Korea: US will choose what 'Christmas gift' it wants

 

North Korea said on Tuesday that it’s up to the U.S. to choose what “Christmas gift” it wants from Pyongyang as an end-of-year deadline for nuclear talks inches closer.

Ri Thae Song, a North Korean vice foreign minister handling U.S. affairs, emphasized in a statement that the Trump administration is running out of time to salvage the talks and offer a deal that the two can agree on, The Associated Press reports.

 

“The dialogue touted by the U.S. is, in essence, nothing but a foolish trick hatched to keep the DPRK bound to dialogue and use it in favor of the political situation and election in the U.S.,” Ri said in comments reported by state media, using the acronym for North Korea's official name. “What is left to be done now is the U.S. option and it is entirely up to the U.S. what Christmas gift it will select to get.”

 

Ri added that North Korea has no intention of resuming talks unless it gets something significant in return, the AP reports.

 

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Admiring what's going on, here.  

 

For 50 years, NK has been begging the US to meet with them.  And the US has said "No."  

 

And now, after two years of Donald Trump's legendary negotiation skills, NK is announcing that they won't meet with the US, unless the US gives them things.  (Above and beyond the things they've already gotten, like cancellation of US-SK exercises.)  

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i think this goes better here than the 'trump does s.e. asia" thread but i almost put it in the "something cool" tread because i think it's a cool idea :ols:

 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/japanese-island-of-mageshima-could-become-an-unsinkable-us-aircraft-carrier/ar-BBXSEJC?li=BBnb7Kz

 

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Three square miles of volcanic rock on the edge of the East China Sea may one day be used as an unsinkable aircraft carrier for the United States Navy in the event of war in Asia.  Japan's government announced this week that it's buying Mageshima Island, an uninhabited outcrop 21 miles (34 kilometers) from the southernmost Japanese main island of Kyushu. The island, most of which is owned by a privately held Tokyo development company, is uninhabited and hosts two intersecting unpaved runways that were abandoned under a previous development project.

 

The Japanese government said the runways will be paved and used for US Navy and Marine Corps planes to simulate aircraft carrier landings, though it did not give a time frame in which that could be accomplished as the deal still needs to be finalized. But once suitable facilities are constructed, the island could also become a permanent base for Japan's Self Defense Forces as Tokyo looks to strengthen its position along the East China Sea, where it faces competing claims from China over the Japanese-administered Senkaku islands, known as the Diaoyu islands in Chinese. 

 

The "purchase of Mageshima Island is extremely important and serves for strengthening deterrence by the Japan-US alliance as well as Japan's defense capability," Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in announcing the deal. US military officials in Japan said they could not comment on the purchase. Buying Mageshima has been the subject of talks for years. Tasuton Airport, the company that owns most of the island, finally reached agreement with the government in late November. The island was identified as a suitable site for use by the US as a permanent base for field carrier landing practice under a 2011 agreement outlining the realignment of US forces in Japan.

 

Spreading out US forces

 

The $146 million deal also comes as the US military is hearing calls to increase the number of its strategic bases in East Asia in the face of a growing Chinese missile arsenal. The majority of US combat air forces in Japan are concentrated in just six bases. Recent studies, including one from the United States Study Center at the University of Sydney published in August, say with their current resources the US forces would be vulnerable to Chinese missile strikes early in any conflict. One way to mitigate that is to spread US troops and assets out among more bases.

 

"Over time, the diversification of Japanese and American bases (individual or joint) will be a trend," said Corey Wallace, an Asia security analyst at Freie University in Berlin. "The alliance would be more resilient if bases and hardware were more dispersed."

 

The theory goes, the more bases you have, the more missiles an adversary would need to fire to overwhelm its target and gain an advantage in a combat scenario. Permanent land bases are considered more valuable than aircraft carriers, because they can withstand a great number of munitions. In theory, a carrier can be taken out with a single missile or torpedo. Battle damage to land bases can also be repaired much more quickly than a complex war machine like an aircraft carrier.

 

"When you target and sink an aircraft carrier it is irreversible," said Collin Koh, research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. As for an island? "At the very least it doesn't sink.... You can take the time and effort to bring it back to operation again," Koh said.

 

 

 

(much more text and pics at link)

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On 12/4/2019 at 12:48 AM, Rdskns2000 said:

I dare him to give us the bad Christmas gift.  If the U.S. wanted to, they could just wipe NK off the map and be done with them.

I’m sure China and Russia would have nothing to say about that.

 

 

 

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17 minutes ago, CousinsCowgirl84 said:

I’m sure China and Russia would have nothing to say about that.

 

 

 

 

Or SK or Japan, for that matter.  

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N. Korea conducts 'important test' at once-dismantled site

 

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Sunday that it carried out a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site that it reportedly rebuilt after having partially dismantled it at the start of denuclearization talks with the United States last year.

 

The announcement comes amid dimming prospects for a resumption of negotiations, with the North threatening to seek “a new way” if it fails to get major U.S. concessions by year’s end. North Korea has said its resumption of nuclear and long-range missile tests depends on the United States.

 

Saturday’s test at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground will have “an important effect on changing the strategic position of (North Korea) once again in the near future,” an unidentified spokesman from the North’s Academy of National Defense Science said in a statement, carried by the country’s official Korean Central News Agency.

 

North Korea didn’t say what the test included. Kim Dong-yub, an analyst at Seoul’s Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said that North Korea likely tested for the first time a solid-fuel engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile.

 

The use of solid fuel increases a weapon’s mobility and reduces the amount of launch preparation time. The long-range rockets that North Korea used in either ICBM launches or satellite liftoffs in recent years all used liquid propellants.

 

CNN reported Friday that a new satellite image indicated North Korea may be preparing to resume testing engines used to power satellite launchers and intercontinental ballistic missiles at the site.

 

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