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North Korea abruptly withdrew its staff from a liaison office with South Korea on Friday, a development that is likely to put a damper on ties between the countries and further complicate global diplomacy on North Korea’s nuclear program. The North Korean action came a week after its vice foreign minister threatened to pull out of nuclear negotiations with the United States, citing a lack of U.S. steps to match disarmament measures it took last year. Her warning followed a U.S.-North Korea summit in February that collapsed due to disputes over U.S.-led sanctions on the North. North Korea informed South Korean officials of its decision during a meeting Friday at the liaison office in the North Korean border town of Kaesong, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said. North Korea said it was withdrawing its staff under instructions from unspecified “higher-level authorities,” according to a Unification Ministry statement. It didn’t say whether the withdrawal would be temporary or permanent.

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Annnnnnd now we're back to the brink, fantastic...

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"New beginning" ... again, millions of Koreans, not to mention the American military, lives in jeopardy. 

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A thin border between a warm and a frozen state

 

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I'm not surprised. This is what happened when South Korea loses its track in the middle of the U.S.- North Korea stalemate. What is point of inter-Korean talks when Moon Jae In can't do anything to fulfill his promises to Kim Jong Un under the sanctions? 

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here we go again ! how far can those missiles travel ?🤨

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President Trump threw quite a curve ball!

“It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea. I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!” --Trump tweet

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8 minutes ago, Iain09 said:

here we go again ! how far can those missiles travel ?🤨

8000 miles or so 😉

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2 minutes ago, Rodent said:

President Trump threw quite a curve ball!

“It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea. I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!” --Trump tweet

because, a Whitehouse spokesperson said, Trump "likes Kim".

 

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I'm sorry I just can't let this go.  It's fascinating, really.  Didn't P. Trump refer to him as "Little Rocket Man"?

Curiouser and curiouser. 

 

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4 hours ago, Rodent said:

President Trump threw quite a curve ball!

“It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea. I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!” --Trump tweet

I believe here's what N.Korea thinks about Trump tweets

And keep in mind, this was done during the first implementation of sanctions....😊

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-21/north-korea-bypassing-sanctions-with-illicit-oil-coal-transfers

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On 3/22/2019 at 10:30 PM, rainman said:

North Korea abruptly withdrew its staff from a liaison office with South Korea on Friday, a development that is likely to put a damper on ties between the countries and further complicate global diplomacy on North Korea’s nuclear program. The North Korean action came a week after its vice foreign minister threatened to pull out of nuclear negotiations with the United States, citing a lack of U.S. steps to match disarmament measures it took last year. Her warning followed a U.S.-North Korea summit in February that collapsed due to disputes over U.S.-led sanctions on the North. North Korea informed South Korean officials of its decision during a meeting Friday at the liaison office in the North Korean border town of Kaesong, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said. North Korea said it was withdrawing its staff under instructions from unspecified “higher-level authorities,” according to a Unification Ministry statement. It didn’t say whether the withdrawal would be temporary or permanent.

 

On 3/22/2019 at 10:31 PM, pinto said:

Annnnnnd now we're back to the brink, fantastic...

 

On 3/22/2019 at 10:38 PM, 50 shades of black said:

"New beginning" ... again, millions of Koreans, not to mention the American military, lives in jeopardy. 

In peace............  there is no money......................... (a quote from a book)................ BUT WAIt............... The instruction was from "unspecified higher level authorities" and not KIM Jung Un himself???

Let's assume the grammar is alright i.e by "AUTHORITIES" they meant there is more than ONE party giving order that is not from the president himself........................ and "UNSPECIFIED" ?? Don't we always link this word to ALIENs or some sort......... ??

Let's do some exercises. We "jump" into assumptions then we "run" into suspicions and are we going to "walk" into solutions?? 

Pardon my ignorant but............... The North and the South are having two different ideologies how a country should be administered and who should administer are they not? Like Singapore-Malaysia-Indonesia in the historical time? Unification of language? English should be adopted or no? Unification of families....... what is hindering? Unification of countries......... what is the aim? Why are we sanctioning North Korea? Could it be because

1. N.Korea has something that can shoot at us across the pacific ocean unseen? Or can shoot at our friends located on the opposite direction- across the Siberia- undetected?? They can do it 365 days bothers us?

2. N.Korea nuclear test her toys so much that our mountains are leveled. N.Korea should be blamed for changing our moutainous view; the frequent earthquakes that hit; blamed for the massive poor aquatic lives left stranded after the head spining- disorientating- shock treatment wave from the earthquakes and blamed for the cracks in our initially flawless houses?? 

3. We want to buy cheap sell high but we don't like it when N. Korean language is uttered to scold us with a smile unawared by us and vice versa when we do it in english?? Either side or both should pick the required language up to reach consensus or no?

4................... (please feel at ease to add on to this constructive list............ for money and for peace).......

 

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