Ever since the 1948 founding of North Korea by Kim Il-sung, three things have been a certainty: regime brutality, the establishment of the Kim family’s rule, and the smooth transition of power from one generation to the next.
MixedTimes - James Zumwalt
While the summit meeting between North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump ended with no deal being made on Pyongyang’s de-nuclearization, it was not the first time Americans were engaged by North Koreans in Vietnam - the Americans just did not know it.
With President Donald Trump nowscheduledto hold a second meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un this month, this time in Vietnam, the stars simply are not in alignment for Trump successfully to press Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear and missile programs.
President Donald Trump’sannouncementhe will withdraw U.S. forces from Syria because the Islamic State (ISIS) has largely been defeated accomplishes two things — neither of which is positive.
Two points of interest have emerged concerning Pyongyang’s intentions on denuclearization in the wake of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s July 6tripto North Korea: astatement issued as Pompeo departed the country, describing his demands as “gangster-like,” and the firststatementissued by dictator Kim Jong-un since his summit meeting with President Donald Trump, suggesting a positive relationship between the two countries lies ahead.
As President Donald Trump prepares to meet on June 12 with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in Singapore, there is an issue independent of Pyongyang’s immediate denuclearization that could well allow Trump to determine the cut of Kim’s jib and how desperate he is to make a deal.
In a totally unexpected development, the defection of a high-level North Korean official has caught both North Korea and the U.S. by surprise days before the yet-to-be-scheduled meeting between President Donald Trump and dictator Kim Jong Un.
President Donald Trumpannounceshe will respond to Syria’s most recent chemical attack upon its citizens within 24-48 hours. It is absolutely essential that response be forceful.
Extremist Islamic groups in the Middle East come and go. When they go — as has the Islamic State (ISIS)— the regional void left quickly fills. Most often, and usually through proxies, the “filler” is Iran.
Although 2018 is only days old, an event which not only has potential to be the story of the year but also set a new directional compass for Middle East stability is reportedly losing momentum.
The requirement for the Executive Branch to issue a National Security Strategy (NSS) arose from the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act.
November 13th had been a quiet day at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea.
In the 1975 movie “Jaws,” the threat posed by a Great White shark to swimmers was only neutralized after aggressive action to confront it was taken.
Ever since President Donald Trump appointed Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster as National Security Advisor, linking terrorism to radical Islam has been an issue. While McMaster quickly informed his staff the link was not to be made, Trump makes it.
President Donald Trump has never hesitated to make his opinion known on the nuclear deal negotiated by President Barack Obama with Iran.
As President Barack Obama departed office, he assured us he was leaving behind a much safer world. He lied.
North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, assessing South Korean opposition to his aggressive nuclear and missile programs, must believe his predecessors — father Kim Jong-il and grandfather Kim Il-sung — are out there working in the netherworld to do what they can to influence acceptance by the world community of Pyongyang as a nuclear-armed power.