Friday, April 27, 2018

My Take On Today's Extraordinary Day On the Korean Peninsula

WNU Editor: This is one for the history books. There is no looking back now.

Tweets On Today's Inter-Korean Summit

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un And South Korean Leader Moon Jae-In Meet At The DMZ

Daily Mail: Kim Jong-un becomes the first North Korean dictator to cross into the South for 65 years, shakes hands with sworn enemy President Moon Jae-in and admits his 'heart is throbbing' with nerves

* North Korean dictator greeted by President Moon after crossing military demarcation line on 38th parallel
* Leaders are meeting at Panmunjom, the truce village where the Korean War armistice was signed in 1953
* Kim entered South Korea to meet President Moon at 9.30am local time (8.30pm EST and 12.30am GMT)
* After talks, Kim and Moon will have lunch separately before holding tree-planting ceremony in the afternoon
* Further talks will finish at dinner, with dishes painstakingly selected to emphasize unity between two Koreas

Kim Jong-un has become the first North Korean leader to step into the South for 65 years as he met with President Moon Jae-in for a historic peace summit on Friday.

The two sworn enemies met at the 38th parallel in the truce village of Panmunjom where they warmly shook hands, before Moon led Kim by the hand to cross into the South for the first time ever.

Those small steps must be seen in the context of the last year - when the United States, its ally South Korea and the North seemed at times to be on the verge of nuclear war as the North unleashed a torrent of weapons tests.

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The Latest: Moon, Kim vow more meetings in summit talks -- AP
Live Updates: Inter-Korean Summit -- BBC
Korea summit: Kim Jong-un promises 'a new beginning' as leaders meet – live -- The Guardian

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un And South Korean Leader Moon Jae-In Meet At The DMZ

Kim says he, Moon are on starting line of new Korean history -- AP
Korean summit starts with a handshake, after year of tension -- AP
'A new history starts now' as leaders of two Koreas begin summit -- Reuters
North Korea's Kim Jong-un crosses into South Korea -- BBC
North and South Korea hold historic summit -- AFP
Handshakes that shook the world -- AFP
Seven decades of danger and detente between two Koreas -- AFP
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets South Korea's Moon Jae-in in DMZ for historic peace talks -- ABC News Online
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets South Korean President Moon Jae-in for historic summit -- SCMP
Kim Jong Un: I'm willing to visit South Korean Presidential Office anytime -- UPI
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un: I don't want to repeat history where we're unable to fulfill our agreements -- Business Insider
North and South Korean leaders meet for first time in more than 10 years -- DW
After 10 years of silence, N. Korea’s Kim wants to talk to South more -- RT
North Korea's Kim Called For End to History Of Confrontation - Moon's spokesman -- Sputnik
Kim Jong-un crosses border, becoming first North Korean leader to visit South Korea -- TASS
Historic meeting between North & South Korea leaders kicks off (VIDEO) -- RT

Commentaries And Analysis

Analysis: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shows sophistication in unscripted Korean summit moment -- Bill Birtles, ABC News Online
Korea summit 'is a great opportunity' -- Alexander Freund, DW
The Moon-Kim summit is historic, but denuclearization may not be on the agenda -- CNBC
Analysis: North Korea: Peace treaty and denuclearisation focus of inter-Korean summit -- Matthew Carney, ABC News Online
North Korea: What you need to know about the high-stakes inter-Korean summit -- Christina Zhou, ABC News Online
Could the Korean talks help resolve decades of conflict? -- James Bays, Al Jazeera
South Korea's summit aim: Prove talk with Kim is worth the while -- Christian Science Monitor

Thursday, April 26, 2018

2018 Inter-Korean Summit (Live Coverage)

Korean Summit Begins

WNU Editor:
And so it begins.

Picture Of The Day

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A U.S. government handout photo released by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders shows U.S. Central Intelligence (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, North Korea in a photo that Sanders said was taken over Easter weekend 2018. U.S. Government via REUTERS

Have Double Standards Become The Rule When It Comes To American Justice?

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee, June 8, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: The Double Standards of the Mueller Investigation

The more Mueller searches for hypothetical lawbreaking, the more he ignores the actual lawbreakers.

The country is about to witness an investigatory train wreck.

In one direction, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation train is looking for any conceivable thing that President Donald Trump’s campaign team might have done wrong in 2016.

The oncoming train is slower but also larger. It involves congressional investigations, Department of Justice referrals, and inspector general’s reports — mostly focused on improper or illegal FBI and DOJ behavior during the 2016 election.

Why are the two now about to collide?

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WNU Editor: Victor Davis Hanson talks about a reckoning happening one day .... but I disagree. There is going to be no investigation and court proceedings against Comey, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Hillary Clinton, etc. .... none .... even though there is a mountain of evidence that says it should be otherwise. And how do I know ths? The answer comes from from Attorney General Sessions himself  when he explained (today) on why he is not going to appoint a Special Counsel to investigate the other side .... U.S. Attorney General Sessions says Mueller probe has taken on 'life of its own' (Reuters).

US Defence Secretary James Mattis Warns Of Israel-Iran Military Confrontation In Syria

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph F. Dunford Jr. (L) and US Secretary of Defense James Mattis talk before a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill April 26, 2018. AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski

The National: Mattis warns of Israel-Iran military confrontation in Syria

US defence secretary sees Israeli response to Iranian presence and arming of Hezbollah with sophisticated weaponry

A military confrontation between Israel and Iran in Syria is becoming increasing likely, US Defence Secretary James Mattis warned on Thursday as his Israeli counterpart was visiting Washington to discuss the threat.

Mr Mattis delivered his warning of yet another military conflict in the Middle East at a hearing in Congress. Asked if Israel and Iran were edging toward military confrontation, he said: “I can see how it might start, but I am not sure when or where.”

"I think that it's very likely in Syria because Iran continues to do its proxy work there through Hezbollah.”

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WNU Editor: Some more news from US Defence Secretary James Mattis .... Mattis: No Decision Yet on US Withdrawal From Iran Deal (VOA), and a disagreement with President Trump .... Mattis Breaks With Trump, Says Iran Nuclear Deal Includes ‘Robust’ Verification (Haaretz/AP).

Update: Top three takeaways from Mattis on Capitol Hill (Defense News)

Defense Minister Lieberman: Israel Will Strike Tehran if Tel Aviv Is Targeted

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Photo: Reuters / Ronen Zvulun.

Haaretz: Israel Will Strike Tehran if Tel Aviv Is Targeted, Defense Chief Warns, Saying Islamic Regime's Days Are Numbered

Khamenei calls on Muslim nations to unite against U.S. 'bullying,' saying 'Iran has successfully resisted attempts by America and other arrogant powers'

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened Iran during an interview with a Saudi website and asserted that if the Islamic regime attacks Tel Aviv, Israel "will strike Tehran and destroy every Iranian military site that threatens Israel in Syria, whatever the price."

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Speaking with Elaph, which runs interviews with Israeli officials for the Arab speaking world, Lieberman said the regime in Iran is nearing its last days.

"Israel doesn't want war ... but if Iran attacks Tel Aviv, we will hit Tehran," Lieberman told the Arabic-language, Saudi-owned news website, which is based in London.

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More News On Defense Minister Lieberman's Remarks That Israel Will Strike Tehran if Tel Aviv Is Targeted

Israel defence minister vows to strike any Iran 'military foothold' in Syria -- AFP
Israel threatens Iran amid surge in confrontations in Syria -- NYPost/Reuters
Lieberman: Israel Will Hit Tehran if Iran Attacks Tel Aviv -- Algemeiner
Israel: ‘The Iranian regime is in its final days’ -- Washington Examiner
Official: Israel will strike Tehran if Iran attacks Tel Aviv -- Washington Post
Israel ready to strike Iran, defence minister tells Saudi newspaper -- Middle East Eye

U.S. Senate Has Confirmed CIA Director Mike Pompeo To Be The Next U.S. Secretary of State

The Hill: U.S. Senate confirms Pompeo to be new secretary of State

The Senate confirmed CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be secretary of State on Thursday, overcoming steep opposition to his nomination.

Senators voted 57-42, well over the simple majority needed for approval by the chamber.

Pompeo’s confirmation was a virtual lock after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) reversed his position and said he would support Trump’s pick.

The announcement came amid an intense pressure campaign by the White House and spared Pompeo the dubious distinction of being the first secretary of State nominee since at least 1925 to fail to win over the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“After calling continuously for weeks for Director Pompeo to support President Trump’s belief that the Iraq war was a mistake, and that it is time to leave Afghanistan, today I received confirmation that Director Pompeo agrees with President Trump,” Rand said explaining his decision.

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WNU Editor: The vote was 57 - 42.

More News On The U.S. Senate Confirming CIA Director Mike Pompeo To Be The Next U.S. Secretary of State

The Latest: Pompeo ‘humbled’ to serve as secretary of state -- AP
Pompeo sworn in as secretary of state, dashes off to Europe -- AP
Pompeo becomes U.S. secretary of state as North Korea, Middle East issues await -- Reuters
Senate approves Pompeo as US secretary of state -- AFP
Pompeo off to quick start as Trump's new top diplomat -- Politico
Senate approves Mike Pompeo to lead Trump's State Department -- USA Today
Mike Pompeo confirmed as secretary of state; Senate OKs Germany ambassador -- FOX News
Senate Confirms Pompeo as Trump’s Secretary of State -- Bloomberg

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 26, 2018

A meeting room for the upcoming inter-Korean summit at the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas. Photo: AFP/The Blue House

Andrew Salmon, Asia Times: On summit sidelines, China, Japan and Russia mull Korean chessboard

Global eyes are on the inter-Korean and upcoming North Korea-US summit. But other regional players also have stakes in the strategic peninsula

The eyes of the world will be fixed on the Korean demilitarized zone on Friday when when North Korean leader Kim Jong-un crosses the border in the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom for a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

With the Kim-Moon summit preceding an upcoming Kim-Donald Trump summit – location as yet unknown – in May or early June, there are hopeful expectations for a possible strategic gearshift on the flashpoint peninsula: Nearly 3,000 reporters will cover Friday’s summit.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 26, 2018

3 Big Questions for the Two North Korea Summits -- Eric Gomez, National Interest

Kim Jong Un’s New Strategic Line -- Robert Carlin, 38 North

Where Should the Kim-Trump Summit Take Place? -- Doug Bandow, National Interest

India China: Why is Modi meeting Xi now? -- BBC

Malaysia’s election a de facto vote on China -- Nile Bowie, Asia Times

Turkey’s snap elections set to escalate tensions with Europe -- Semih Idiz, Al-Monitor

The ISIS triangle which allows militants to disappear calls for a joint operation between Iraq, Syria and the US -- Hassan Hassan, The National

The Macron-Trump Summit and the Dandruff Factor -- Adam Gopnik, New Yorker

Is Europe Behind Macron? -- Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

Why Hasn’t Putin Intervened in Armenia Yet? -- Vladimir Putin and Serzh Sargsyan, Moscow Times

Opioids of the Masses: Stopping an American Epidemic From Going Global -- Keith Humphreys, Jonathan P. Caulkins, and Vanda Felbab-Brown, Foreign Affairs

Armenians’ peaceful revolt could reverberate -- Dirk Mattheisen, The Hill

Armenia's "Velvet Revolution" keeps peace with Russia - for now -- Joshua Kucera, Eurasianet

President AMLO? Leftist Populism Smells Triumph In Mexico -- Luis Rubio, America Economia/Worldcrunch

Yes, It Is a New Cold War. What Is To Be Done? -- Raymond Smith, War On The Rocks

World News Briefs -- April 26, 2018 (Evening Edition)

Reuters: South, North Korea to hold historic first summit in decade at DMZ

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is set to cross his country’s heavily militarised border with South Korea on Friday for the first intra-Korea summit in more than a decade, as the old foes seek to end their decades-long conflict and ease tensions over the North’s nuclear weapons programme.

The summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in will set the stage for Kim to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in late May or early June, in what will be an unprecedented first encounter between sitting leaders of the two countries.

Just months ago, Trump and Kim were trading threats and insults as North Korea’s rapid advances in pursuit of nuclear-armed missiles capable of hitting the United States raised fears of a fresh conflict on the Korean peninsula.

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French special forces sent to reinforce US-led operations in Syria: Mattis.

US-led anti-IS coalition admits 28 more civilian deaths.

Israeli envoy says Iran has recruited 80,000 Shiite fighters in Syria.

Israel defence minister vows to strike any Iran 'military foothold' in Syria.

Chemical inspectors reach second site of Douma 'gas attack'.

10m Syrians at risk of forfeiting homes under new property law.

Macron sees Trump dropping Iran nuclear deal.

Iran's Khamenei urges Muslim nations to unite against U.S.: state TV.

Israel defence minister vows to strike any Iran 'military foothold' in Syria.

Iraqi PM takes election campaign to Kurdish capital.

Turkey faces 'new refugee wave' after nearly 30,000 Afghans arrive.

Turkish court sentences 14 journalists on terror charges.

HRW: Saudi Arabia executed 24 people for drug crimes this year.

Iran blocks video and images on Telegram messaging app.


Hope for US trade visit to China: A delay in harmful tariffs.

Parents sue North Korea over death of detainee Otto Warmbier.

India-China summit expected to ease tensions over border.

China sends bombers around Taiwan in new show of force.

Korean leaders seek to control optics at historic summit.

Geologists find North Korea's nuclear site unusable after collapse.

Experts doubt N. Korea nuke test site collapse claims.

Pakistani court disqualifies foreign minister in new blow to ruling party.

Philippines expresses 'great displeasure' as abuse row with Kuwait deepens.


Ivory Coast to send 450 peacekeepers to C. Africa.

Cameroon forces retreat after attacks by separatists.

East Libya commander Haftar returning after treatment in Paris.

W.Africa faces security threat from herders-farmers violence: UN.

Rwandans shocked by discovery of genocide-era mass graves.

Ten aid workers go missing in South Sudan: U.N. official.

Tanzanian anti-government protests flop as Magufuli calls for peace.

Zimbabwe's fight with UK 'is over'.


Armenia to pick new PM next week as tide turns in protest leader's favor.

Tense Russia ties, Afghan peace hopes top NATO agenda.

Germany, France sign documents on joint weapons developments.

European Central Bank still confident despite slower growth.

US needs EU 'concessions' to extend steel, aluminum tariff exemptions: Trump aide.

Germany expects US metals tariffs to come into force May 1.

British Interior minister refuses to quit over immigrants' treatment.

Anger erupts in Spain over lesser sexual assault sentences.

Prince William to be Prince Harry's best man in wedding to Meghan Markle.


Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman.

Senate approves Pompeo as US secretary of state.

US jobless claims lowest since 1969.

Migrant 'caravan' at U.S.-Mexico border prepares for mass crossing. US warns migrant 'caravan' against trying to enter.

Trump says Cohen represented him in Stormy Daniels deal.

Trump environment chief grilled by Congress amid ethics scandals.

'No decision' yet on Iran deal: Mattis.

Ronny Jackson withdraws from consideration for VA chief.

GOP advances proposal to change Senate rules.

Brazil debates da Silva jailing impact on presidential race.


Mattis expects 're-energized' effort against Islamic State in Syria.

Isis trying to foment a wave of migration to Europe, says UN official.

Exclusive: Inside an Afghan prison holding detained ISIL fighters.

US, coalition forces double airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria.

Qatari man held for 13 years over links to al-Qaida: I was tortured on US soil .


Wall Street gains on strong earnings, tech resurgence.

Oil rises as concern heats up over Iran sanctions, Venezuelan output.

Chip wars - China closing in on second $19 billion semiconductor fund: sources.

Facebook to clearly label political advertising in Britain.

Exclusive Interview: President Trump on Fox & Friends

WNU Editor:
The full tanscript is here .... President Trump talks North Korea, Iran, Comey, Cohen, Dr. Ronny Jackson and Kanye West in 'Fox & Friends' interview (FOX News).

WNU Editor: The press is focusing on this part of President Trump's interview this morning .... Trump says he stayed overnight in Moscow during 2013 trip (The Hill). More here .... Trump Confirms He Stayed Overnight in Moscow During Infamous Miss Universe Pageant, Denies Telling Comey Otherwise (Newsweek), and here .... In long rant on 'Fox & Friends,' Trump acknowledges staying overnight in Moscow — alluding to the most salacious allegation in the Steele dossier (Business Insider). This is not news. President Trump's former bodyguard Keith Schiller himself (under oath) admitted that President Trump stayed in Moscow overnight last year .... and that nothing happened .... President Trump's Bodyguard Told Congressional Investigators He Rejected An Offer To Send Five Women To Trump In Moscow In 2013 (November 9, 2017). In fact .... the only one who has been pushing the narrative that President Trump did not stay in Moscow during this time is former FBI Director Comey himself in his memos, a claim that President Trump refuted (again) this morning.

Ukraine Marks The 32nd Anniversary Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

RFE: Ukraine, Belarus Mark 32nd Anniversary Of Chernobyl Disaster

Ukraine is marking the 32nd anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on April 26 with a memorial service and a series of events in remembrance of the world's worst-ever civilian nuclear accident.

In neighboring Belarus, an opposition-organized event will also be held to commemorate the disaster.

In Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, hundreds of people marched at midnight to the Memorial Hill of Chernobyl Heroes where they laid flowers and lit candles. At 1 a.m. on April 26, an Orthodox service and a prayer to commemorate Chernobyl victims were performed at the site.

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WNU Editor: I was in China when this disaster broke out. I still shudder when I think about it. This is why I am skeptical when I hear advocates talk about nuclear energy as a clean solution to our current debate on finding alternative sources to carbon .... because I know it is not.

More News On Ukraine Marking The 32nd Anniversary Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

Ukraine says Chernobyl remains an 'open wound' 32 years on -- AFP
Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster 32 Years Ago: What You Need to Know -- Sputnik
When Will Chernobyl Be Livable? Facts on the Anniversary of the Soviet Nuclear Disaster -- Elana Glowatz, Newsweek
The True Cost of the Chernobyl Disaster Has Been Greater Than It Seems -- Time
19 stunning photos show what the radioactive area inside the Chernobyl nuclear plant looks like 32 years after the explosion -- Business Insider

Top Ukraine Gas Official Warns Of Conflict If Russia's Gazprom Stops Using Ukraine As A Gas Transit To Europe

112.UA: Conflict with Russia possible due to stop of gas transit via Ukraine, - Naftogaz sales manager

This could also have geopolitical consequences for the entire world, Yuriy Vitrenko says.

There's a danger that the shutdown of gas transit via the Ukrainian territory will increase the risk of a large-scale conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Yuriy Vitrenko, the sales manager of Naftogaz Ukraine company said this to 112 Ukraine TV channel in an interview.

'We are now making sure that European politicians are aware of this issue as well; they should realize not only the economic consequences of this for Ukraine but also geopolitical consequences for the entire world', he said.

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WNU Editor: Russian media is playing up on this Ukraine threat .... Kiev threatens Russia with ‘full-scale conflict’ if gas transit to Europe through Ukraine stops (RT). More here .... End of gas transit via Ukraine to have ‘geopolitical consequences’ — Naftogaz (TASS).What's my take .... this is just talk from one Ukraine official. But his concerns are justified .... Russia has made it very clear that they will not ship gas via through Ukraine by 2019. The loss in revenue .... and not being able to obtain gas at a reasonable rate .... is now at risk for the Ukraine government..

BREAKING NEWS: American Icon Bill Cosby Found Guilty Of Sexual Assault

New York Times: Bill Cosby Found Guilty of Sexual Assault After Years of Accusations

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — A jury found Bill Cosby guilty Thursday of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home near here 14 years ago, capping the downfall of one of the world’s best-known entertainers, and offering a measure of satisfaction to the dozens of women who for years have accused him of similar assaults against them.

On the second day of its deliberations at the Montgomery County Courthouse in this town northwest of Philadelphia, the jury returned to convict Mr. Cosby of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, at the time a Temple University employee he had mentored.

The three counts — penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious, and penetration after administering an intoxicant — are felonies, each punishable by up to 10 years in state prison, though the sentences could be served concurrently.

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WNU Editor:
I have always enjoyed his work. Maybe some closure for the vicitims .... and a definite fall of an American icon.

Armenia News Updates -- April 26, 2018

Reuters: Armenia to pick new PM next week as tide turns in protest leader's favor

YEREVAN (Reuters) - Armenia will get a new prime minister next week after nearly two weeks of street protests, with opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan, who has led the demonstrations, shaping up as the favorite.

The demonstrations, driven by public anger over perceived political cronyism and corruption, looked to have peaked on Monday when Serzh Sarksyan quit as prime minister.

But demonstrators have made clear they view the whole system tainted by his drive to shift power to the premier from the president. They want a sweeping political reconfiguration before ending their protests, which continued on Thursday.

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WNU Editor: Armenian government officials are travelling to Moscow to get their input .... Armenian foreign minister meets Russian counterpart for talks: Russia (Reuters). More here .... Armenia’s major cities gripped by opposition rallies (TASS). But Putin has made (so far) his position on Armenia very clear .... Putin to acting Armenian PM: Solve your political crisis via legal means - agencies (Reuters).

Armenia News Updates -- April 26, 2018

Armenian parliament backs holding vote on new PM next week -- AP
Armenia's Parliament To Vote For New Prime Minister On May 1 -- RFE
Armenia’s parliament sets date for prime minister vote -- DW
Protesters return to Armenia's streets after talks cancelled -- Al Jazeera
Armenia’s Ruling Party to Mull Replacing Leader, Open For Talks With Opposition -- Sputnik
Armenian MPs to elect new prime minister --
Nikol Pashinyan shapes up as Armenia's next PM -- Al Jazeera
Russia to Steer Clear of Armenian Crisis, Opposition Leader Says -- Moscow Times
Armenia's 'Velvet Revolution' Prompts Comparisons With Ukraine, Georgia -- Henry Ridgwell, VOA
Armenia protests: What happens next? -- Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

Does North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Brings His Own Toilet On Trips In Case His Enemies Steal His Excrement?

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a cosmetics factory in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on October 28, 2017. KCNA/via Reuters

Newsweek: Kim Jong Un Brings His Own Toilet On Trips In Case His Enemies Steal His Excrement, Koreans Say

With less than 24 hours to go before the first meeting between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, officials of the two countries are working to ensure any and all of the leaders' needs are taken care of.

In Kim's case, one specific concern is where the autocrat will be able to relieve himself of the tension surrounding such historical moments. Despite the myth of his ancestors' god-like origins, Kim too is human and needs a restroom—and while some may pack a few toiletries ahead of a trip, Kim has a whole private toilet that travels everywhere he goes, a North Korean defector told The Washington Post.

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Update: Kim Jong-un will bring his own toilet with him to the Koreas summit (Quartz)

WNU editor: On a side note, this is an interesting article .... Understanding Kim: Inside the U.S. effort to profile the secretive North Korean leader (Reuters).