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Kim's sister says no need for another U.S.-N Korea summit

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Oooooh, she is not friendly at all.

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"it is too obvious that it will only be used as boring boasting coming from someone's pride". oh so true! she's not stupid at all!

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Trump is an "irresponsible" businessman - very difficult to trust. Kim was cheated by Trump's gesture.

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Pretty sure the fatboy is not able to talk anymore hence his sister doing all the talking.

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I wish they'd use a different more flattering photo of her. This one gives me the creeps.

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As nutty as Kim Jong Un is, the North Koreans have played their cards pretty well. They've gotten to continue to develop their nuclear arsenal over the past four years, with the tacit consent of the U.S. President, all in exchange for a meaningless photo op.

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Good to see the whole kim family is psychotic

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This one is a lunatic. Her brother may seem tame in comparison. Then again we have Trump too..

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@Ossan

"I wish they'd use a different more flattering photo of her. This one gives me the creeps."

I think that's kind of the point. Can't be putting them in a positive light. Although, it's a very real contrast from her brother as she is gaunt and lean looking. Does she not indulge, or is she prudent? Was she just "another face in the crowd" until her brother needed help?

Off to the side, I kind of wonder how COVID-19 is playing out in that country.

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Well, trump out of power, will be a change.

But hopefully not for the better for lil Kim.

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K.J. and his sister knows better to deal with Joe Biden rather than Trump! He wont made his way in 2021!

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

Ooh, she's reappeared. That's good news, for her.

She seems to be choosing her words carefully, so as not to step on the beautiful relationship. Or has she too fallen in love?

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She is kinda cool in a strong kind of way.

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Ice queen.

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RE: she said, "it is too obvious that it will only be used as boring boasting coming from someone's pride".

Guess she didn't need to write a beautiful long letter with great penmanship. While there are those who think that it was loss or neither said gained, totally false. The US has tried its last card though it knew very well it would end as it has but worth a try since it hadn't been done before. Now NK has no more excuses to fall back on as diplomacy has failed, reparations have failed, continued talks and now direct contact all failed only leaves on last alternative on the table. Can't say everything else has been not been tried anymore. Nice farmlands in the North and plenty of crush rock and minerals all for the taking by the South and the opportunity to have a 1 Korean nation after all these years. If only their neighbors to the northeast and southeast could control themselves and think about it as a business and economic opportunity vs any other intentions.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, dead or alive, beware the “Dark Lady” of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

https://allpoetry.com/The-Dark-Lady-Sonnets-(127---154)

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Reading between the lines, I think its entirely possible that the two friends could meet again this year.

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When is the last time NK detonated a nuke or threatened nuclear war?

That has been taken off the table by Trump with his rethoric and much poo-hooed meeting with Kim.

Unsurprisingly, our local Trump haters are completely oblivious to that fact.

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Zaphod: "When is the last time NK detonated a nuke or threatened nuclear war?"

Probably soon after Trump's last fawning over him and giving him whatever else he's always wanted.

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No need to meet the US president because he is a lame duck until the election is over as they all are in their fourth year..

That picture wasn’t posed, I think we are seeing the real person not the carefully crafted public image, and she is a cold blooded killer.

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Zaphod,

Correct.

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The MSM choice of photo is deliberate.

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She looks like she just needs a big hug. Though, like a praying mantis, I think she would eat you afterwards.

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Some advice: Do not take AFP, UPI, AP, Reuters or any legacy media seriously. Do your own research and form your own conclusions. That's one to grow on.

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smithjapan

Zaphod: "When is the last time NK detonated a nuke or threatened nuclear war?"

Probably soon after Trump's last fawning over him and giving him whatever else he's always wanted.

Let me remind you: Since Trump met with Kim and Kim started talking about peace, the nuclear test site was dismantled and there have been no more nuclear detonations. (Which would be extreme awkward for the Kim regime, since Kim switched the official rethoric from war to peace.)

So what is your "probably soon" supposed to mean?? Are you saying you did not know that the nuclear test and war rethoric had stopped?

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Stewie

She looks like she just needs a big hug. Though, like a praying mantis, I think she would eat you afterwards.

She does look evil. And unlike her brother, she seems slim and healthy too. Scary.

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The MSM choice of photo is deliberate.

What media do you get your news from and what kind of photo do they/would they use?

Links would be nice.

It’s just that people who complain about the MSM here are notoriously coy about where they get their news from when asked.

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They are in waiting mode to see if Trump will still be in charge after the election. Admittedly that is one advantage to a dictatorship like NK, Russia and China, they can wait out democratically elected leaders.

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if DPRK war happens I know who's side I will be on

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Trump might seek to get some good publicity before the US elections, but unless he is prepared to give away the store, what motivation does NK have for giving Trump that gift? Besides which, Trump has demonstrated over a lifetime that he can't be trusted to fulfill his part of a deal.

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I guess even the Kims can spot a lame duck from thousands of miles away. They just don't want to waste time or energy. I'd even say they feel embarrassed to be on the same stage as that man-child.

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If you read Bolton's book you'll see that Trump hadn't the faintest clue about North or South Korea - he just wanted a photo op of something Obama didn't do (wisely)....

He was ready to cave on all of the North's demands but had to be walked back by Bolton, Pompeo, and Mattis...

Scary stuff - this Moron has absolutely no idea what he is doing...

"Unfit for office" is an understatement...

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IF Biden gets in, I wonder how he will deal with Kim? God help us!

They just want to create another crisis to get supplies of rice/fuel/money etc. The usual scenario.

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The big question is "where is her brother?"

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It’s just that people who complain about the MSM here are notoriously coy about where they get their news from when asked.

In cases like this isn't it always preferable to go straight to the source rather than having quotes filtered by commercial and state media? The English version of the Pyongyang Times has a much fuller story on the statement, linked below. This is undoubtedly the original source AFP used to cobble together their own story.

The problem with most mainstream media these days is they've stopped reporting the news in favour of worthless editorialising. It's become insufferable at this point. I dare you to read the Pyongyang Times article and tell me that it was less informative and insightful than what AFP has produced above. You'll see exactly what was left out of the AFP article and how the quotes that were included were not given their full context. It's a unique look into the sausage factory that is modern media.

Senior WPK official dismisses any DPRK-US summit as pointless

http://www.pyongyangtimes.com.kp/?bbs=34952

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It’s just that people who complain about the MSM here are notoriously coy about where they get their news from when asked.

In cases like this isn't it always preferable to go straight to the source rather than having quotes filtered by commercial and state media? The English version of the Pyongyang Times has a much fuller story on the statement, linked below. This is undoubtedly the original source AFP used to cobble together their own story.

You could be right. I’ve always respected your posts and you linked to a source. I’ll check that out.

What bothers me is the common refrain of ‘MSM’ leading the sheeple but when you ask these people to do us the service of linking to sources to enlighten us, you get silence.

I’m open-minded on these things, but the silence is very suspicious.

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I wish they'd use a different more flattering photo of her. This one gives me the creeps.

That's already the most flattering they could find

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Trump wasn't impressed by the nukes so Kim deploys the secret weapon

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PATHETIIIIIIIC !!!..

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Probably just wisely, concerned about the high rate of infection in the US which, having visitors from the US would probably lead to infections within N.K. ...

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"If a summit was held, she said, "it is too obvious that it will only be used as boring boasting coming from someone's pride".

Well, she certainly has Trump figured out.

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Ooooh, Trump dissed his lover boy and his sister is peeved. Now he's got to deal with her wrath and ire. Look out Trumpy Boy, you messed with the wrong person!

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I wish they'd use a different more flattering photo of her. This one gives me the creeps.

That's already the most flattering they could find

Not at all. There are some really nice, candid pics of her, but you have to dig. The nice ones dont fit the MSM narrative. (Whoops, sorry Jimizo).

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What the hole is happening to the US of A?

Their President Trump is addicted to having summits with dictator Kim Jun Un while adamantly refusing to even let Melania invite 'friend' , 'ally' and 'like minded' democratically elected President English Tsai for tea at the Trump Towers?

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For an alternative view of North Korea and the Kims, look at the website "38 North". They are not apologists for DPRK or the Kims. In fact they are far from it. But they look past the hyperbole and analyze what the North Koreans actually say. There is a rationality to their behaviors but they are terrible communicating their interests to the west. Their official language is heavily couched so they appear belligerent to the west even as they seek a way out of their dependence on China and to a lesser extent Russia. You have to look at them as one looks at an autistic child, trying to determine the functions of their behaviors, asking what was that statement or action really trying to achieve? They also report events inside North Korea that go unreported in the popular press, such a a clash a few years ago between North Korean and Chinese troops on the slopes of Mt. Paektu, a place considered sacred to Koreans on both sides of the 38th parallel. There is detailed analysis of their economy and military backed by high quality satellite imagery and translations of official pronouncements. They also present a view that the Kim's do not necessarily trust China and Russia and are looking for a way to get out from under them, but have to be exceedingly careful how they communicate this. There have apparently been overtures as far back as the 1960s by Kim's grandfather and DPRK's founder to the US that led nowhere. They also see South Korea in particular and the US as having not kept the promises made in Mr. Trump's first summit with Kim. The US only cancelled some exercises with ROK forces. Kim understood the US would stop all exercises and even withdraw some forces. Official statements from North Korea spell these apparent failures on the part of the US and ROK very clearly but nobody important in either government appears to hear it or if they do they are not willing to meet the conditions the North thought they hears Mr. Trump agree to. There is a failure to communicate effectively by both sides and it is admittedly very hard to understand some times what the north is trying to say. They are hyperbolic but again, they do that so as not to put the leaders of China in a position where they would lose face and be forced to take action against the north. China emphatically does not want the Koreas to unify and is especially opposed to having a democratic, capitalist western allied Korea with a free press sharing a border with it. China would probably be willing to go to war to prevent such an occurrence so both North and South Korea along with the US have to approach each other carefully.

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"Ice queen."

She and her brother grew up together. Their mother died when they were young and they were raised together by aunts and uncles and went to school together in Switzerland. Her's was not a normal happy childhood, nor was that of her brother, but their shared experiences in life created a mutual trust that Mr. Kim apparently does not share with anyone else. Thus he elevates her within the government.

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"If you read Bolton's book" .......

Mr. Bolton sees the world through his own distorted lens, like the twisted reflection one sees in a circus house of mirrors. He is hardly an unbiased observer. But I will say the DPRK took the commitments made by the US and ROK in that first summit as hard promises. To the extent the US and ROK have not fulfilled these promises has led Kim to distrust Mr. Trump and even moreso President Moon.

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Words are cheap.

Actions speak louder.

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Desert Tortoise, a very thoughtful and insightful look into North Korea's internal "problems" and the underlying issues for their behavior.

However, the U.S., South Korea and allies still has a problem with DPRK's political ideology and its agenda. Also problems with DPRK's demands for U.S./SK demilitarization without any assurance that NK will dimilitarize as well. Then there is the reunification issue: Under which government ideology will the reunified Korea have? If DPRK has its way, reunification will be under a DPRK government, of course. Many South Koreans are wary of this as is Japan and the U.S. China and Russia is wary of a reunified Korea under a democratic/capitalist government.

Appears the world is right back to where it was before: a standoff without resolution, unless one side is willing to capitulate and surrender. It can be assured that North Korea will never, never give up its DPRK ideology and agenda so long as Kim and Family and DPRK-loyalists are in power.

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Kim Yo Jong. Let's see if Biden can "tame the NK Shrew".

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