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Kim death complicates Obama’s North Korea nuclear quandary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il could dim hopes for fresh nuclear disarmament talks with the United States and its key Asian allies as an untested and largely unknown heir takes charge of one of the world’s most feared atomic renegade states. The most crucial…

South Koreans fearful over Kim Jong-Il’s death

News of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il hit South Koreans like a bolt from the blue on Monday with fears of conflict after it sparked a military alert along the heavily fortified border. “I’m speechless,” Kwak Bo-Ram, 24, an NGO official told AFP. “I’m just shocked and…

North Korea ‘agrees to suspend uranium enrichment’

North Korea has agreed to suspend its enriched-uranium nuclear weapons programme, a key United States demand for the resumption of disarmament talks, according to news reports. Yonhap news agency and the Chosun Ilbo daily quoted an unidentified diplomatic source saying the Washington had also agreed to provide the North with…

Japan launches new spy satellite

Japan launched a new spy satellite into orbit on Monday amid concerns over North Korea’s missile programme and to monitor natural disasters in the region, officials said. The Japanese H-2A rocket carrying an information-gathering radar satellite lifted off at 10:21 am (0121 GMT) from the Tanegashima Space Center in southwestern…

U.S. restates N.Korea nuclear demands

The United States will consider holding further talks with North Korea but Pyongyang must halt its uranium enrichment programme before full disarmament negotiations resume, a senior US official said Tuesday. “They have not yet made all of the commitments they need to, including on ending their uranium enrichment programme,” Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman told…

Group G results: Brazil and Portugal advance

We’ve talked here before about the potential value and positivity of a 0-0 result, and I do still agree with those sentiments…but sometimes a scoreless draw is a damn shame. Now, Brazil and Portugal were moving on pretty much regardless of what happened in today’s Group G matches. Brazil was…

Group G Possibilities

The current table: Brazil 6 pts +3 goal difference Portugal 4 pts +7 goal difference Ivory Coast 1 pt -2 goal difference North Korea 0 pt -8 goal difference The possibilities:   North Korea win North Korea/Ivory Coast draw Ivory Coast win Brazil win Brazil 9 Portugal 4 North Korea…

Expect the best, prepare for the WTF?

After the excitement brought on by today’s early match, I’m sure we all expected it to continue and increase with the other two games. Considering the countries involved – the #1 and #3 ranked teams, the #27-but-featuring-a-seriously-kick-ass-striker-who-stopped-a-Civil-War team, and a team ranked 105th hailing from a nuke-filled dictatorship run by…

Shut your mouth! I’m talkin’ bout Dick…

If Bill Clinton raised a leper from the dead, Dick Morris would run around going “ew! ew!” and pointedly washing his hands. “I feel badly for the two journalists, but what were they doing in North Korea in the first place?” Dick Morris: Taking Kim Jong-Il at his word since…

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