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Trump says 'very happy' with progress in NKorea talks

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Japan is happy? Huh whaaa? We depressed man!

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If Trump is happy, something has to be wrong.

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no missiles over Japan, yes they are happy. If you are going to mock Trump find a better reason

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He's gotta be happy. If he hasn't convinced himself NK is no longer a threat, it's all the more difficult to invade Iran.

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The contrast between the situation in NK and Iran is amazing. On one hand, you have a deal most of the international community remains highly skeptical of, largely amounting to vague promises and an open-ended timeline. OTOH, you have a deal everyone except the US/Israel agrees has been working but only this country is a vital threat. Maybe Obama should come out for war with Iran so our reactionary president will change his tune.

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Maybe it's just me, but whenever I hear Trump talk I close my eyes and think I am listening to an under-educated teenager who always uses the same vocabulary and constantly repeats himself.

He makes me want to reach out and slap him upside his head!

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Of course he's happy.

Pentagon war planners can now prepare war plans against Iran without having to worry about a war against NK happening at the same time.

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On one hand, you have a deal most of the international community remains highly skeptical of, largely amounting to vague promises and an open-ended timeline. OTOH, you have a deal everyone except the US/Israel agrees has been working but only this country is a vital threat. 

Iran harbors and promotes terrorism, NK does not. It is pretty simple.

Maybe Obama should come out for war with Iran so our reactionary president will change his tune.

nobody listens to Obama as much as Clinton or Bush...

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Pentagon war planners can now prepare war plans against Iran without having to worry about a war against NK happening at the same time.

Ironic that the one country that has actually attacked America in the past two years isn't even part of that list.

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nobody listens to Obama as much as Clinton or Bush...

Trump.... trumps them all.

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"Can you hear me......?"

Happy trooper he is.

Achieved close to nothing, except those vague promises from Kim.

Blaming again the "fake press" ... as if he got nothing better to do.

Doubling up on words: "No time limit, NO TIME LIMIT!"

Didn't he say something different a little while ago?

But that's Trump, words, words, words and nothing but words.

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I wonder when Trump is intending to remove American nuclear weapons from S. Korea as he agreed to at the summit. Is that the progress he is referring to?

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Is that the progress he is referring to?

Name Obama's progress dealing with Iran and NK... Yeah that's what I though... (by the way throwing money at Palitinians and Iran is not a solution)

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I only want to see Mr. Abe's face reading this article.

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I wonder when Trump is intending to remove American nuclear weapons from S. Korea as he agreed to at the summit.

The UN forces stationed in South Korea are not currently deploying any nuclear weapons.

The US removed its tactical nuclear weapons almost 30 years ago.

https://thebulletin.org/2017/11/a-history-of-us-nuclear-weapons-in-south-korea/

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Strangerland Today  08:11 am JST

I wonder when Trump is intending to remove American nuclear weapons from S. Korea as he agreed to at the summit. Is that the progress he is referring to?

According to the NYT “...all the tactical United States nuclear weapons were removed from South Korea in 1991, the Seoul government still remains under the American nuclear umbrella...”

(Opinion, “The Dirty Secret of American Nuclear Arms in Korea”, Walter Pincus, March 19, 2018 - I apologize for using a NYT piece as at least one poster has very recently claimed it is an undependable source.)

If this is not true, please give your source stating that there are indeed American nuclear weapons in South Korea.

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Name Obama's progress dealing with Iran and NK... Yeah that's what I though... (by the way throwing money at Palitinians and Iran is not a solution.

Spot on and throwing money at ANY rogue regime is only rewarding more bad behavior, not to mention giving them a green light that attacking, lobbying and pushing for opposition against the US politically or militarily.

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NK's nuclear test site was widely reported to have "collapsed" earlier this year. It sounds like they wouldn't be able to conduct tests even if they wanted to.

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The last time Sec. of State Pompeo was in N. Korea, Kim Jong Un couldn't make it because he had more pressing concerns, like visiting a potato factory. Yep, everything is honky-dory.

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What an odd man. Still, nice to see the dialogue (on the US side) is adapting to changing circumstances. The urgency is gone, the time frame is now open...

Which is simply splendid, as the belligerent rhetoric can be applied to Iran, rather than engage in diplomacy.

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Amazing how no one complained about Obama getting zero done concerning NK during his eight years.

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Got our citizens returned and no missiles flying towards Japan like there used to be. Plus we will get the war remains back as well.

More will happen over time but even if that’s all that ever happens, it is still a great success.

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Blacklabel It won't be a success until NK actually denukes, but it's gonna take some time. Good start though. Already more done in the past few months than during the 24 years of Obama, W and Billy Boy.

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Already more done in the past few months than during the 24 years of Obama, W and Billy Boy. whats that a meeting with Kim, other POTUS have done that with his father before, NK dismantled one site while continuing to develop others, NK still developing its nukes, fact. NK wont take Americas word for granted anymore, as any signed document by Trump is worth its weight in toilet paper, NK will need some substantial concessions before they agree to anything, and rightly so.

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So they started dismantling their test site:

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/23/politics/north-korea-satellite-images-38-north-sohae/index.html

still not good enough?

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Already more done in the past few months than during the 24 years of Obama, W and Billy Boy. whats that a meeting with Kim, other POTUS have done that with his father before, NK dismantled one site while continuing to develop others, NK still developing its nukes, fact. NK wont take Americas word for granted anymore, as any signed document by Trump is worth its weight in toilet paper,

Then they’ll just have to live with more sanctions and they sanctions that are already in place won’t go anywhere. So the ball is in his court, he’s the one that doesn’t have money, not the other way around.

NK will need some substantial concessions before they agree to anything, and rightly so.

Good luck with that. We already halted the war games, that’s about as good as it will get.

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throwing money at ANY rogue regime is only rewarding more bad behavior,

and then

the ball is in his court, he’s the one that doesn’t have money, 

You criticize past administrations for paying off NK in exchange for denuclearization, but laud Trump for doing the same thing.

The difference this time is that now NK actually has the weapons and it has the long range missiles. IMO they're never going to give these up. The other difference is that Trump is acting not out of a well-thought-out strategy, but out of a desire for glory and attention. That's the bottom line. NK can see this, and they're going to play Trump like a fiddle.

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 please give your source stating that there are indeed American nuclear weapons in South Korea.

Don't have to! In society today, a person just passing along something they think they heard from someone somewhere is enough for it to be a fact and it's on everyone else to prove them wrong even when they are right or wrong.

No logic to that is there?

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President Trump has brought the North Koreans to heel. Just like he said he would.

Another win.

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Mr 2 syllable moron is always very happy with talks that involve despots, despicable dictators.

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Well done President Trump. Japan should be showing more appreciation to him.

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Mr 2 syllable moron is always very happy with talks that involve despots, despicable dictators

And so should everyone be happy that President Trump removed the long-standing threat of nuclear war from Asia.

Are you not happy with this development??

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And so should everyone be happy that President Trump removed the long-standing threat of nuclear war from Asia.

Are you not happy with this development??

I am more than happy that the dialogue I have been advocating for decades has happened. But I don't believe the threat of nuclear war in the region is completely gone.

The dictators Putin, Xi and Trump still are at large.

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The dictators Putin, Xi and Trump still are at large.

I understand you don't like President Trump on a personal level. Thats fine if you don't.

But coining a democratically elected politician from the most successful and free nation on earth a "dictator" is just juvenile.

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please give your source stating that there are indeed American nuclear weapons in South Korea.

Don't have to! In society today, a person just passing along something they think they heard from someone somewhere is enough for it to be a fact and it's on everyone else to prove them wrong even when they are right or wrong.

No logic to that is there?

Nailed the problem. BTW, Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un are expecting. Just what and when isn’t clear.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

The dictators Putin, Xi and Trump still are at large.

Xi and Trump are very large but don’t think Putin is.

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its quite incredible to me that a few posters here who cheered for the failure of the summit are now shamelessly denigrating the President when even the likes of CNN are admitting the North Koreans are fully cooperating.

It proves that those afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome would rather have seen all out war.

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

Until the sanctions bleeds them dry and they won’t even be able to afford the varnish to clean the fiddle.

OK, then.

North Korea will play Trump like an unvarnished, dirty fiddle.

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North Korea will play Trump like an unvarnished, dirty fiddle.

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/23/politics/north-korea-satellite-images-38-north-sohae/index.html

Like that?

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Poopygalore

how did that Iran deal work out?

nothing to worry about right?

And North Korea conducted their tests, isn’t the least bit concerning that after successful tests that they suddenly want to scrap everything?

oh, let me guess that’s all because of president the “ART OF THE DEAL” right?

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bones

how did that Iran deal work out?

Ask Obama. He's the architect of the treasonous 2015 deal. Were you under the impression President Trump was responsible??

And North Korea conducted their tests, isn’t the least bit concerning that after successful tests that they suddenly want to scrap everything?

North Korea has not fired a rocket or performed any nuclear testing in 9 months.

Indeed, you might want to run to your local bookstore and get an issue of "Art of the Deal". The author is the most successful US President in modern history.

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The author is the most successful US President in modern history.

Absolutely. The man is our savior. Just how does he do it? It’s almost as though Trump can magically channel a whole bunch of repressed hostilities in American society and turn it into a “movement”. And boy do his fans need on

“We just want to thank you for the honor of serving you, Oh Lord, and for leading us in paths of righteousness.”

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Some are blindly Americacentric. In reality, America - and therefore Trump - is a bit player in what's going on here. The axis runs between SK, NK, and China - full stop. Whatever happens - dismantling of NK long-range missile platforms, removal of some SK troops from the front lines - is due to that dynamic.

Trump would be loathe to admit it, but events prove that he's merely a spectator.

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Me: "Already more done in the past few months than during the 24 years of Obama, W and Billy Boy."

wtfjapan:  "whats that a meeting with Kim, other POTUS have done that with his father before,"

Uh, no, Trump is the first U.S. president to ever meet with a leader of North Korea.

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Poopygalore

you can’t be serious?!

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bones.

Im perfectly serious. President Trump was not president in 2015. Did you seriously think he negotiated the Iran deal??

Seriously?

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get an issue of "Art of the Deal". The author is the most successful US President in modern history.

The other author of "Art of the Deal" is Tony Schwartz, who has this to say about Trump:

"Fear is the hidden through-line in Trump’s life – fear of weakness, of inadequacy, of failure, of criticism and of insignificance. He has spent his life trying to outrun these fears by “winning” – as he puts it – and by redefining reality whenever the facts don’t serve the narrative he seeks to create."

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Schwartz, another victim of Trump Derangement Syndrome, also predicted after the President was elected that he wouldn't survive his 1st year in office. He'd resign.

How about that. He wrote an entire book on the man and doesn't know the 1st thing about him

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I hope for peace in Korea and we're closer to that now than anytime since the armistice.

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I think it has been established there are (NO) Atomic weapons in South Korea. However, South Korea is under the U.S. first strike umbrella. Translation. When ever the Ohio class or the Virginia class or fast attack Seawolf class. Or ships with armaments on board are in Korean waters. South Korea is ready to lock and load if attacked. But when thinking about it. Here is a question. When we dock a vessel in South Korea that has weapons of mass destruction. Would that not be considered a Nuclear capable South Korea? Gets a bit technical and hard to differentiate what is on paper and what is actual. Look no secret many commentating loath and really despise the current sitting President. My GOP candidate did not earn the nomination ( huge disappointment for me) and no secret I am in line with a very few Republicans that oppose Trumps leadership. Really not a huge fan of President Trump. However we need to give credit where credit is due. Nine months and no shelling on the South. Nine months of peace in region. MIA's remains are coming home. I mean come on folks. What is there to be so disparaging and negative about what is happening in our region? Just food for thought. I disliked Obama's leadership and his lack of seriousness on some issues. However Obama' had some reaaly good points on his Presidency. This was so awesome that under his watch he ordered for the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden. Then dumped him in ocean to one with nature. Helped put the U.S. on track for energy independence by 2020. That was huge!  Dropped the veteran homeless rate by 50 percent. I was proud of him for this accomplishment. He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to combat pay discrimination against women. Very impressive. There are other accomplishments we should be proud of. See, the problem is. Many on both sides want to be combative towards each others party and refuse to put differences aside and for better or worse God forbid work together. I know I am optimist or a dreamer. Perhaps one day.

**Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.-Lennon. **

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