North Korea’s week of Wins and Losses

President Trump announced early Wednesday morning on Twitter that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on his way back to the U.S. from North Korea with three Americans who had been released from prison by the isolated totalitarian state. Mr. Trump had hinted over the past week that the three men would soon be released, but only Tuesday did he announce Pompeo’s trip to North Korea — ostensibly to work out the details of his upcoming summit with Kim Jong Un.

“They seem to be in good health. Also, good meeting with Kim Jong Un. Date & Place set,” Mr. Trump added in his tweet.-CBS News

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“The secretary of state told me that when the plane refueled in Anchorage, one of the detainees asked to go outside the plane because he hadn’t seen daylight in a very long time,” Pence said.

“But as they came down the stairs, the joy on their faces, their appreciation for the people of the United States, for their countrymen, for their president, and, frankly, their gratitude to God was deeply moving,” Pence continued. “The first words that they said to us were ‘Thank you’ and then ‘Thank you for your prayers.'”-Business Insider

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SINGAPORE: The upcoming summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be a “historic and momentous event”, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told Mr Trump in a telephone call on Friday (May 11).

The prime minister said he looked forward to welcoming Mr Trump to Singapore for the summit on Jun 12, and that Singapore was honored to host it and would “do our best to facilitate a smooth and successful meeting”.- Channel News Asia

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/us-north-korea-summit-in-singapore-historic-event-pm-lee-trump-10226232

The choice of Singapore as the site of the first-ever meeting of a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader was as much because it was within reasonable flight time and distance from Pyongyang as because of the island state’s political neutrality, a South Korean presidential official told reporters.

Since becoming North Korea’s leader in 2011, Kim has only taken one known overseas trip by air — and that was earlier this week to Dalian in China to hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. He flew in his personal Ilyushin-62M jet accompanied by a cargo plane that people with knowledge of North Korean affairs say is believed to have carried his limousine.-CBS News

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“This would be the biggest undertaking by the international community when it comes to denuclearization or disarmament,” said Olli Heinonen, an arms control expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a national security think-tank.

If Trump and Kim reach an agreement, the process could take years and cost hundreds of millions of dollars, Heinonen said.-USA Today

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  • North Korea detonated a nuclear bomb under Mt Mantap on September 3, 2017

  • Using satellite measurements and seismic data, geophysicists calculated the strength of the test and its location — the first time satellite radar has been used this way

  • The blast was big enough to cause an earthquake and deform the mountain above

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