John Bolton on North Korean talks: “A sucker is born every minute…” || Grant Newsham agrees with John Bolton

(L) Ambassador John Bolton
(R) Grant Newsham

Hope is springing, hearts are atwitter at the news that North Korea and South Korea will conduct high level talks in April aimed at the “denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula.  John Bolten was on Fox News this morning commenting on the latest from the Korean Peninsula and said something funny and profound “…a sucker is born every minute…”

Grant Newsham joined us later and said in effect that the discovery of the USS Lexington is a more interesting news development than the news from the Koreas — entirely predictable, seeking to drive a wedge between the US and South Korea.

The USS Carl Vinson makes a Vietnamese port visit || Does Asia really hate Japan? || What would have to happen prior to US, South Korea, China & North Korea diplomatic negotiations? — Grant Newsham

South Korea’s national security director Chung Eui-yong, center, National Intelligence Service Chief Suh Hoon, second left, and others in the delegation pose before boarding an aircraft as they leave for Pyongyang at a military airport south of Seoul Monday.
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SOUTH KOREA AND THAAD — MINDANAO PHILIPPINE UPDATE: Grant Newsham

Grant Newsham
Japan Forum for Strategic Studies
Senior Researcher
Col USMC (ret)

Monday, June 12 2017 — Hour 2

Grant Newsham, Col USMC (ret), and our Pacific Rim Security expert joined us to interpret the latest events from the Korean Peninsula, (1) South Korea pausing the THAAD battery deployment, (2) North Korea’s surface-to-ship missile demonstration and (3) American diplomats singing China’s praises for pressuring North Korea with no apparent evidence of progress.

We also discuss the ongoing siege on Mindanao between the Philippine Army partnered with US Special Forces and Islamic Fundamentalists which is the latest chapter in the a decades old conflict.

A GREAT translator of things in the Western Pacific.