North Korea "No longer interested" In Summits With US: Report

SEOUL: North Korea is "no longer interested" in summits with the US unless Washington offers new concessions in their nuclear negotiations, Pyongyang said Monday, hours after Donald Trump hinted at the prospect.

"You should act quickly, get the deal done," Trump tweeted Sunday, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "See you soon!"

Kim and Trump have met three times since June last year, but talks have been gridlocked since their Hanoi summit in February broke up in disagreement over sanctions relief, while October's working-level talks rapidly broke down in Sweden.

Pyongyang has set Washington a deadline of the end of the year to come forward with a fresh offer, and foreign ministry advisor Kim Kye Gwan said the US was stalling while "pretending it has made progress".

He interpreted Trump's tweet as a signal for a new summit, he said in a statement carried by state news agency KCNA, but declared: "We are no longer interested in such talks that bring nothing to us."

"We will no longer gift the US president with something he can boast of," he went on, adding the North should be compensated for the "successes" that President Trump touted as his own achievements.

The implied criticism of Trump by name is a departure for Pyongyang, which has long limited its frustration to other administration officials.

Last month, adviser Kim declared: "Contrary to the political judgment and intention of President Trump, Washington political circles and DPRK policymakers of the US administration are hostile to the DPRK for no reason," using the initials of North Korea's official name.

In September he was fulsome in his praise for the US leader, saying that Trump was "different from his predecessors" and that he placed his hopes in "President Trump's wise option and bold decision".

But as the North's deadline approaches it has issued a series of increasingly assertive statements -- while also carrying out a number of weapons launches.

Washington should withdraw its "hostile policy" if it wants dialogue to continue, Kim said Monday, without elaborating further.

Trump's tweet came after Washington and Seoul agreed to postpone annual joint aerial exercises to create space for diplomacy with Pyongyang, which condemns such drills as preparations for invasion.

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Trump 'likes the idea' of testifying in impeachment 'hoax' to get Congress 'focused'

US President Donald Trump may testify in impeachment hearings after all, he tweeted, calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bluff after she broached the idea - though he also deemed the proceedings a “no due process hoax.”

The president has warmed to the idea of testifying in the “phony impeachment Witch Hunt,” he tweeted on Monday, explaining that “even though I did nothing wrong, and don’t like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!”

Crediting his change of mind to “Crazy, Do Nothing Speaker of the House, Nervous Nancy Pelosi,” Trump hinted he might testify in writing - after weeks of railing against the proceedings and declaring he did not want to “give credibility to a corrupt witch hunt.”

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Our Crazy, Do Nothing (where’s USMCA, infrastructure, lower drug pricing & much more?) Speaker of the House, Nervous Nancy Pelosi, who is petrified by her Radical Left knowing she will soon be gone (they & Fake News Media are her BOSS), suggested on Sunday’s DEFACE THE NATION....

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....that I testify about the phony Impeachment Witch Hunt. She also said I could do it in writing. Even though I did nothing wrong, and don’t like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!

The president has a point - little legislating is happening with the impeachment inquiry sucking up all the oxygen in the Capitol. However, it’s not entirely the House’s fault - at least one bill he tweeted about, concerning drug pricing, has already had a death sentence pronounced upon it by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who vowed to kill the “socialist” bill.

Also on rt.com ‘I should not be impeached!’ Trump says Kiev confirmed Ukrainegate is a non-story, and here’s what he’s referring to (VIDEO)...

Trump has released transcripts of two calls with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to combat allegations he withheld military aid in order to pressure Ukraine into reopening a corruption probe targeting natural gas company Burisma Holdings, and none of the witnesses who have testified before the impeachment committee have been able to point to firsthand knowledge of the alleged quid pro quo. But House Democrats have hinted they will bring other presidential misdeeds into evidence, including deeming a disparaging tweet during a witness’ testimony “intimidation.”

 

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Pelosi Says Trump Is 'In Her Wheelhouse' If He Tries to 'Intimidate' Whistleblower

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in an interview on CBS' "Face The Nation" on Sunday that US President Donald Trump is "in her wheelhouse'' if he tries to ''intimidate'' the whistleblower, the major ''witness'' in the ongoing impeachment probe against the president.

"I will make sure he does not intimidate the whistleblower. I told the president, "you're in my wheelhouse when you come after the whistleblower", Pelosi said.

Trump has numerous times requested the House Committee, publicly and on his Twitter, to disclose the identity of the so-called whistleblower, who alleged that during his 25 July conversation with Wolodymir Zelensky the president ''put pressure'' on his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate into potential corruption crimes involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his son in Ukraine.

The whistleblower has preferred to act on the condition of anonymity, but it turned out later that the information he provided about the phone call was, in fact, "something he heard from somebody else".

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North Korea Not Interested in December Peace Talks with US

“If the negotiated solution of issues is possible, we are ready to meet with the U.S. at any place and any time,” Kim Myong Gil said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

North Korea said on Thursday it has been offered a fresh meeting with the United States, but is uninterested in more talks aimed at “appeasing us” ahead of a year-end deadline Pyongyang has set for Washington to show more flexibility in their negotiations.

RELATED: North Korea Breaks off Nuclear Talks With US in Sweden

Kim Myong Gil, the North’s nuclear negotiator, said in a report carried by state media that Stephen Biegun, his U.S. counterpart who jointly led last month’s failed denuclearization talks in Stockholm, had offered through a third country to meet again.

Kim and Biegun met last month in the Swedish capital for the first time since U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed in June to re-open negotiations that have been stalled since a failed summit in Vietnam in February.

But the meeting fell apart, with Kim saying the U.S. side failed to present a new approach.

“If the negotiated solution of issues is possible, we are ready to meet with the U.S. at any place and any time,” Kim Myong Gil said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

But he called Biegun’s proposal a “sinister aim of appeasing us in a bid to pass with ease” Pyongyang’s year-end deadline. “We have no willingness to have such negotiations.”

North Korea has been seeking a lifting of punishing sanctions, but the United States has insisted Kim Jong Un must dismantle his nuclear weapons program first.

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Donald Trump and the U.S.’s Involve in the Coup in Bolivia

The United States government, prone to assess the rest of the world with guarantees and lists, even when no one has requested their opinion, finally broke its deafening silence about Bolivia’s latest events.

They did so 24 hours after the terror enforced by the fascist hordes of the opposition, with the conspiratorial betrayal of military police forces, compelled the stepping down from office of President Evo Morales.


According to press dispatches, on Monday, Donald Trump, welcomed the resignation of the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, which he labeled as "a strong signal" to the "illegitimate" regimens of Venezuela and Nicaragua , and praised the role of Bolivian military.

"The United States praises the Bolivian people for demanding freedom and the Bolivian military for complying with their oath to protect not only one person, but the Constitution of Bolivia," said Trump in a statement.



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These events send a strong signal to the illegitimate regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua that democracy and the will of the people will always prevail."


Trump's statements took place while the police and military in Alto, La Paz and other Bolivian cities repressed MAS supporters to prevent them from taking to the streets in support of their president.


While Saturday and Sunday paramilitary forces killed and harassed indigenous and poor settlers, threatened to kill the relatives of members of the government, torched or looted the houses of officials, including that of President Evo, neither the United States, nor its political instrument, the OAS cared a bit about the defense of the Constitution.


The "strong signal" sent by Trump cannot be more powerful, not just for Venezuela and Nicaragua, but for the entire world. Firstly, it means an overt support to those who many even within the United States consider a coup d’état.

Democratic congressmen from the United States Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar described the situation Bolivia is living as a coup d’état.



"What is happening in Bolivia right now it’s not democracy, it’s a coup d’état," Ocasio-Cortez wrote in his Twitter account.

On the other hand, Omar said
:"There's a word for the President of a country being pushed out by the military," she wrote on Twitter. "It's called a coup."


Likewise, and immediately after Evo Morales’s resignation, the United States Socialism and Liberation Party accused the U.S. imperialism of being the sponsor of the coup in Bolivia, and expressed his solidarity with the people of that South American nation.


The pretext put forward to muscle Evo Morales out of the presidency: "that he is a dictator who wants to perpetuate himself in power" a huge lie that only exists on the front pages of the newspapers in the hands of the oligarchy.


The relations between Washington and La Paz worsened since the arrival in office of president Morales, using as pretext their defense of indigenous coca growers. According to official U.S. data, assistance to Bolivia began to dwindle in 2007 and ceased in 2013, when Evo expelled the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) because of its interference and subversive nature.


Although, after Trump's arrival to the White House, Bolivia had been excluded from the list of dictatorships proclaimed by John Bolton. It’s no secret to anyone that the country was a pebble in the United States shoe, besides nationalizing its natural resources, for the invariably anti-imperialist position of its president.

If there were any traces of doubts about the North American involvement in the coup, audio files recently published by the Bolivian press confirmed the opposition's collusion with the representatives in the Senate of the Cuban-American mafia Bob Menéndez, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

The latter, considered by Trump as his brain for Latin American matters, oddly, neither on Sunday nor Monday had he heard about what happened in Bolivia and only until a few minutes before the end of this comment he praised on Twitter the role played by the OAS to justify the coup.

The message sent by the U.S. administration can’t be clearer: fascist coups, based on terror and crime, are their best weapons to defend "democracy."

Trump Threatens Venezuela And Nicaragua After Coup in Bolivia

The U.S. president also stated his support for the Bolivian military's role in the coup.

United States President Donald Trump has issued threats Monday against the governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua after Sunday’s coup against President Evo Morales in Bolivia.

RELATED: Sanders 1st Democratic Candidate to Criticize Coup in Bolivia

"The resignation yesterday of Bolivian President Evo Morales is a significant moment for democracy in the Western Hemisphere,” Trump said in a statement published on the White House’s website, adding that “these events send a strong signal to the illegitimate regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua that democracy and the will of the people will always prevail."

The U.S. president also stated his support for the Bolivian military's role in the coup Monday saying that “the United States applauds the Bolivian people for demanding freedom and the Bolivian military for abiding by its oath to protect not just a single person, but Bolivia’s constitution.”

Following Trump's threatening comments, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said his country is prepared to face the imperialist offensive.

"We are going to fight for peace, for the homeland, for sovereignty and for the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. The victory belongs to us and we will show it on the streets in a military-civic union,” Maduro declared

Venezuela and Nicaragua are currently suffering from harsh economic and commercial sanctions imposed by the U.S., which are illegal under international law.

 
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Isabel Allende says Trump is a fool for denying climate change

Barcelona, November 7 (RHC)-- Chilean writer Isabel Allende she is bemused by how U.S. President Donald Trump can deny climate change, adding that it was a foolish stance to take.

“How is it possible that the President of the United States denies climate change, with what that means in terms of policies, of image, of the message he gives to the world?  Who can deny it?  Only a fool can deny it,” she said as she was in Barcelona to pick up the International Barcino Historical Novel Prize.

She told reporters that at a time of fundamental changes were coming and that she hoped to be able to witness it.  Allende, who has lived in California for years, said that today there are mass migrations, uncertainty and discomfort in many parts of the world and that they would generate very important changes.

“It is the younger generation, those who will inherit the world that is more restless and do not want this system.  They are people worried about climate change.  All this will produce very positive changes.  We will enter a time of fundamental changes and I hope to be alive to see them,” she said.

The writer, who has more than 70 million readers and 24 books under her belt, said that the “old men who are running the world should be ashamed” that a girl like Greta Thunberg “has to shake their conscience.”

When asked about Chile, she said the uprising had been an extraordinary surprise for both ruling politicians and opposition leaders.  “According to statistics, (the country) seems to be an oasis in Latin America, but the figures do not show the distribution of income, resources and inequalities, which are some of the highest in the world.”

Allende said that one percent of the population held on to 25 percent of the country’s wealth with 40 percent of the population unable to afford basic services.

“Everything is privatized, with a neoliberal system imposed by the Pinochet dictatorship, in agreement with the ‘Chicago boys’ -- which could be implanted fiercely because there was no labor representation,” the award-winning author continued.

For 17 years, capital income had total freedom and lacked the counterweight of unions, political parties, the author added.  Citizen representation and this model, which was applied in 1980, has remained in place as the ruling status quo for 30 years.  “And with the pretext that the price of subway fares would rise, a revolt has erupted, a massive protest, in which everyone is on the street,” Allende mused.

The famed author also spoke of her latest novel, A Long Petal of the Sea, which taps into the nostalgia of exile and tells the story of thousands of refugees who traveled to Chile following the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).

“They were very well received and contributed so much to culture, science and music that today it would be impossible to quantify it, but they and their descendants changed history,” Allende said.

Refugees have been an issue more prevalent than ever today, although “masses of displaced people have always existed,” said Isabel Allende.   “Since Trump has been president, the United States is bearing witness to a true human rights crisis on its border with Mexico, with subhuman situations and with detention centers that are prisons.” 

Edited by Ed Newman
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China Says Xi Jinping, Trump In Touch Amid Speculation About Meeting

Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump have been in continuous touch through "various means", China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday, when asked when and where the two leaders might meet to ink a trade deal.

Trump on Friday suggested he could sign a long-awaited trade agreement with China in the farm state of Iowa, which has been hard hit by tariffs in a nearly 16-month trade war between the world's largest economies.

Trump said on Friday evening that negotiations about a "phase one" agreement were going well and he hoped to sign the deal with Xi at a U.S. location when work on the agreement was completed.

China has so far not been drawn on when and where Xi may go to meet Trump, apart from saying it was "pure speculation" they could meet in the Chinese gambling hub of Macau.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang was equally taciturn on Monday.

"As for a meeting between the leaders of China and the United States, what I can say is that President Xi Jinping and President Trump have maintained continuous contact through various means," he told a daily news briefing, without elaborating.

U.S. and Chinese negotiators have been racing to finalise a text of a 'phase one' agreement for Trump and Xi to sign this month, a process clouded by wrangling over U.S. demands for a timetable of Chinese purchases of U.S. farm products.

A critical date is Dec. 15, when new U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports such as laptops, toys and electronics are set to kick in. Both the United States and China have an interest in reaching a deal and averting those tariffs.

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