The White House dropped some big news about President Trump and North Korean despot Kim Jong-un on Friday.
In late February, the two leaders will once again meet face-to-face.
In terms of progress, this is a very big deal.
Anything Trump can do to get Kim to end his nuclear program is great news for the world.
BREAKING: White House says Trump to hold second summit in late February with Kim Jong-Un, seeking end to North Korea's nuclear weapons program. https://t.co/0M3hoaYMai
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 18, 2019
From AP News:
South Korea says it expects the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to be “a turning point in firmly establishing a permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.”
Yonhap News Agency quoted a spokesman for the South Korean president, Kim Eui-kyeom, as saying his government will spare no effort for a successful outcome of the summit by closely cooperating with the U.S. and holding more talks with North Korea.
The White House announced that Trump and Kim will meet at the end of February to try to broker a deal to coax the North to give up its nuclear weapons. News of a second summit came after Trump’s 90-minute meeting with North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol at the Oval Office.
The first summit took place in Singapore.
The second might take place in Vietnam.
— Sentinel (@StratSentinel) January 18, 2019
.@SecPompeo has arrived at the DuPont Circle Hotel. He went in a back entrance but here is video of Stephen Biegun going up to the floors where the meeting is being held. #northkorea #KimYongChol pic.twitter.com/pU6KCQHAf5
— Ruffini (@EenaRuffini) January 18, 2019
$501 billion. That’s billion with a “b.”
That’s a decent chunk of change.
It is also the amount a federal judge has ordered North Korea, the hermit kingdom, to pay to the family of Otto Warmbier.
From Daily Wire:
On Friday, North Korea was ordered by a United States federal judge to pay the parents of American student Otto Warmbier $501 million.
North Korea is liable for “the torture, hostage taking, and extrajudicial killing of Otto Warmbier,” said U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell’s opinion.
According to The Hill, Howell found Warmbier’s estate to be entitled to $21 million in compensatory damages and $150 million in punitive damages, in addition to Fred and Cindy Warmbier, Otto’s parents, each being entitled to $15 million in compensatory damages and $150 million in punitive damages.
What are the odds North Korea pays up?
Next to nil, or less than that?
The chances are obviously minimal.
The brutal treatment Otto received while prisoner in the hermit kingdom are beyond comprehension, and nobody can possibly begin to imagine the ordeal his parents dealt with.
North Korea is now saying it won’t denuclearize unless…
California Democrat and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently compared then-SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh to Russian President Vlaidmir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.
Nancy Pelosi: The only person who doesn’t have to be vetted is the president. And it is pretty clear that he could not withstand a vetting. And he talks about being in love with Kim Jong Un and thinking Kavanaugh is a great guy, upstanding this or that. I guess there’s a similarity that people have with people they respect – Crazy about Putin! In love with Kim Jong Un! Thinks Kavanaugh is a great upstanding person.