Wednesday Open Thread | North Korea reconsidering summit with US

But the Nobel Peace Prize tho?

PLAYED. HOODWINKED. BAMBOOZLED. Trump got Punk’d so hard……

CNN) North Korea has threatened to abandon planned talks between leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in June if Washington insists on pushing it “into a corner” on nuclear disarmament.

A statement published by the state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said North Korea would never accept economic assistance from the US in exchange for unilaterally abandoning its nuclear program.

Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea’s First Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was quoted in the article as saying the US said “it would offer economic compensation and benefit in case we abandon (nuclear weapons).”

“We have never had any expectation of US support in carrying out our economic construction and will not… make such a deal in future,” he added.

If the Trump administration was “genuinely committed” to improving ties with Pyongyang, “they will receive a deserving response,” Kim Kye Gwan said. “But if they try to push us into a corner and force only unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in that kind of talks and will have to reconsider … the upcoming summit.”

Pyongyang’s rhetoric is similar to Trump’s own: he said in April that even once parties are at the negotiating table, if talks aren’t going the right way, “I will respectfully leave the meeting.”

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa spoke with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo early Wednesday morning Seoul time, according to a statement, which quoted Pompeo as saying preparations would continue for the Trump-Kim summit, “keeping in mind this action of the North.”

“Minister Kang and Secretary Pompeo agreed to continue close cooperation between South Korea and the United States to achieve a complete denuclearization and peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula,” the South Korean statement said.

Adam Mount, a Korea expert at the Federation of American Scientists, said Pyongyang was seeking “to revise the terms of negotiations, not to end them altogether.”

“The United States is faced with a critical choice: will it pursue a deal with North Korea that improves US and allied security but falls short of immediate denuclearization? Or will it walk away with nothing?” he added.

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63 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | North Korea reconsidering summit with US

  1. Liza says:

    Folks just can’t get enough of Jennifer Schulte (aka BBQ Becky)…

  2. Liza says:

    Ha ha. I approve. Resist whenever and however you can.

  3. Liza says:

    Yea, remember those Klan rallies where Trumpty-Dumpty was going to take on Big Pharma? Ha ha ha, I guess the resentful white folks got played again.

  4. Liza says:

    Here’s one of the many reasons I love Rep Grijalva. A true progressive and a good human! I live just a few miles outside his district.

  5. Watching Black Panther —-All day ticket

    Running around

  6. rikyrah says:

    There are 10,598,177,817 total shares in #Rosneft.

    Manafort mentions 133m shares in his Trump Tower notes.

    If he means Rosneft, that’d be almost exactly 1.25% of total.

    Is that amount the “commission” mentioned in Steele dossier?

    18.25% to investors, 1.25% to Trump = 19.5%?

    — Greg Olear (@gregolear) May 16, 2018

  7. I can’t with the damn people. @SRuhle called Hope Hicks a young girl who is racking up attorney fees. Hope Hicks is a grown ass woman who knew damn well what she was getting into and who Trump is.

  8. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    BREAKING: Elena Gremina, writer of play One Hour Eighteen Minutes about the murder of Sergei Magnitsky, found dead in Moscow at the age of 61. This is 6 weeks after her husband Mikhail Ugarov director of same play died. ‘Heart attacks’ in both cases

  9. rikyrah says:

    But his emails: EPA’s Pruitt faces yet another investigation
    05/16/18 09:20 AM
    By Steve Benen


    Once Pruitt took the reins at the EPA, he returned to his old ways, utilizing four separate email accounts, and as of yesterday, the agency’s inspector general has decided this is worthy of closer scrutiny. The Associated Press reported:

    Inspector General Arthur Elkins said in a letter released Tuesday that his office will review the matter, the latest in a series of federal investigations of Pruitt’s travel, security and spending and other issues.

    The request for the email investigation came from Democratic Sens. Tom Carper of Delaware and Jeffrey Merkley of Oregon. Carper released a copy of the IG’s response.

    The senators asked the IG to review whether Pruitt was complying with federal law and EPA policy when using multiple email accounts and whether all accounts are searched when responding to Freedom of Information Act requests.

  10. Sarah Huckabee is lying. WH and State Department didn’t see this coming. They were blind sided. Idiot ass clowns got punked so hard…..

  11. rikyrah says:

    New candidates aim to break up Pennsylvania political fraternity

    Rachel Maddow points out that all of Pennsylvania’s elected officials are men, a fact that a new wave of candidates hope to change, beginning with today’s primary elections.

  12. 2 hospitals in my area closed and reopened under different name….

  13. rikyrah says:

    Why Democrats Can’t Win the “Respect” of Trump Voters“


    [the perception of Democratic disrespect] doesn’t come from the policies advocated by the Democratic Party, and it doesn’t come from the things Democratic politicians say. Where does it come from? An entire industry that’s devoted to convincing white people that liberal elitists look down on them.

    It’s more than an industry, actually; it’s an industry, plus a political movement. The right has a gigantic media apparatus that is devoted to convincing people that liberals disrespect them, plus a political party whose leaders all understand that that idea is key to their political project and so join in the chorus at every opportunity.

    If you doubt this, I’d encourage you to tune in to Fox News or listen to conservative talk radio for a week. When you do, you’ll find that again and again you’re told stories of some excess of campus political correctness, some obscure liberal professor who said something offensive, some liberal celebrity who said something crude about rednecks or some Democratic politician who displayed a lack of knowledge of a conservative cultural marker. The message is pounded home over and over: They hate you and everything you stand for.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Trump backs Chinese firm despite security issues, sanctions break

    Rep. Adam Schiff talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump’s inexplicable reversal of policy on a Chinese firm despite compelling reasons for punishments imposed by the U.S. on the company.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s concern for sanctions-violating Chinese firm bewilders

    Rachel Maddow reports on the litany of penalties imposed on Chinese firm ZTE, in part for violating sanctions against Iran and North Korea, making Donald Trump’s concern for the company’s jobs and well-being hard to understand.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Secret CIA torture report kept from senators ahead of Haspel vote

    Rachel Maddow explains that in addition to his report on the destruction of videotapes of CIA torture interrogations, John Durham issued a second report on whether anyone lied in the course of the investigation. Given the likelihood that the second report is relevant to Gina Haspel, Democrats are asking to see it before they vote on Haspel’s nomination to lead the CIA.

    • majiir says:

      Michael Williams showed up in Clarkston, GA today and was met with heavy pro-immigration supporters. The coward refused to leave his vehicle. Pro-immigration participants greatly outnumbered his supporters. Since I live in GA, it never ceases to surprise me how “brave” these tools are in political ads and how cowardly they are when it comes to having to deal with face-to-face confrontations.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Federal lawsuit accuses Obama center organizers of pulling an ‘institutional bait and switch’
    By Tony Briscoe

    A federal lawsuit filed by a Chicago nonprofit in an attempt to block the Obama Presidential Center from being built in Jackson Park accuses organizers of pulling an “institutional bait and switch” by shifting the center’s purpose away from being a true presidential library.

    Protect Our Parks Inc. also claims in its lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court on Monday, that the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago don’t have the authority to transfer public parkland to nongovernmental entity such as the Obama Foundation.

    It has long been expected that the Park District would sell the land to the city for a nominal amount and the city would enter into a long-term lease with the Obama Foundation. The lawsuit, which also names three Chicago-area residents as plaintiffs, argues that such a maneuver would violate state law and represents “a short con shell game, a corrupt scheme to deceive and seemingly legitimize an illegal land grab.”

    “The City and Park District clearly realize and fully understand that this established law precludes the Park District from arbitrarily transferring possession, use and control of this dedicated ‘open, clear and free’ public parkland in Jackson Park to a private nongovernmental … entity’s self-determined use,” the complaint says.

    The plaintiffs accuse the Obamas of committing an about-face on original plans for the Jackson Park site to be home to a national presidential library that would hold historic documents and archives from Barack Obama’s presidency under the National Archives and Records Administration’s supervision.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Qatari admission on Trump outreach presents new dots to connect

    Rachel Maddow explains an unusual story in which a Hollywood colleague of Steve Bannon says he was told by a Qatari who is a co-investor in a fledgeling 3-on-3 basketball league that he paid money to Mike Flynn, a story that might not mean anything if the Qatari in question didn’t subsequently admit to meeting with Trump transition officials in December. Jed Shugerman, law professor at Fordham University, offers his best guess at how the dots connect.

  19. rikyrah says:

    ‘Poor People’s Campaign’ rallies at capitals across U.S.

    Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, talks with Joy Reid the issues behind a revived effort to bring attention to impoverished Americans amid a political leadership riven with greed and untethered to morality.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Bad day for Manafort as judge points out his deep Russia ties

    Rachel Maddow catches up on the day’s news, including a ruling by a judge who not only rejected former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s bid to have charges dismissed, but also pointed out just how deep and long Manafort’s ties to Russia run, making the charges he faces from Robert Mueller particularly relevant

  21. rikyrah says:

    White House urges support for House farm bill
    BY JOHN BOWDEN – 05/15/18 06:20 PM EDT

    he White House on Tuesday issued a statement urging support of the House GOP’s version of the 2018 farm bill, which has struggled to attract enough support to pass.

    In a statement from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the White House praises the bill’s work requirements for food stamp recipients, declaring a commitment to “ending dependency and promoting work.”

    “By including strong work requirements for able-bodied participants in SNAP, H.R. 2 takes a major step toward the President’s vision of welfare reform,” the statement reads.

    The statement was issued a few hours after Trump visited the Capitol, where he had lunch with Senate Republicans and huddled with House Republican leaders on immigration.

    The release goes on to highlight the bill’s elimination of the Conservation Stewardship Plan, a federal program that encourages farmers to work with the government on conservation efforts for worked land.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Prosecuted for a crime he didn’t commit 😠😠

  23. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😄😄😄

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