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“The North” Vs The Major West : In which direction are talks with North Korea heading?

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"The North” Vs The Major West : In which direction are talks with North Korea heading?

While the world in today’s time is divided into three major segments when it comes to any topic of discussion (for, skeptical and against), one thing which we collectively bring our beliefs, thoughts, and emotion is the suffering of the people of North Korea.

Stripped off of the most basic necessities of life for centuries, one could only imagine what follows next.

A ray of hope has never been as prominent for the world and for the North Korean people until talks opened up last year about a possible square off between the two most talked about and controversy centered countries in the world both at the extreme ends of the development divide (the United States and North Korea), regarding a possible summit to make ends meet and put an end, not only to the great suffering and violation of human rights but also to the much talked about ‘Nuclear Program’ which has taken up the center stage whenever North Korea has been taken into consideration. After a much successful and positive summit, we still end up asking ourselves “What’s Next?”

With delegates from both countries in talks since the past three months, it is still difficult to predict where the overall decision is heading because of the lack of the key elements of ‘Trust’, whoever gives in at to the others needs at this stage will be a morale booster for the country.

While the United States emphasizes on a complete De-Nuclearization first, the Hermit Kingdom is bent on getting an ease of its overall sanctions and embargoes. With North Korea’s Minister of Foreign affairs Ri Yong Ho stating that there is ‘No Way,’ they would go for De-Nuclearization if the United States continued pushing for tougher sanctions at the United Nations General Assembly held on the 25th of September/2018.

With North Korea claiming to not take a further action leading to De-Nuclearization, with one Nuclear test site already being dismantled at their end, the US continues to emphasize on further issues only after complete De-Nuclearization has been done, it is clear that there is a lack of trust at both ends.

It is clear the North will not let it’s complete guard down until it has developed some sort of trust in the United States and the United States will not ease sanctions till the North gives in completely due to previous experiences, it is tough to see who has the ball in their court at this moment.

 

Mike Pompeo the US Secretary to State is flying out to North Korea next month to discuss further details  pertaining to the North’s weapons program and for a possible second summit between President Donald Trump and Leader Kim Jong Un, but developing trust needs to be the first and foremost thing to get things moving in such a tense environment.

 

The talks at both ends seemed positive till now building up to the United Nations General Assembly only for things to seem a bit shaky when there was an exchange of beliefs from delegates of both countries, while Mike Pompeo claims that the United States wishes for the best of North Korea but it wants a concrete and verified commitment of De-Nuclearization till then continued sanctions would be the way of America to deal with them, Ri claims that the concern of the UN Council which voted in favor of sanctions against North Korea is a “Very concerning stand” but the country’s first step towards disassembling its Nuclear site should be appreciated and rather well rewarded through a slight ease of sanctions. Mr. Ri also went on to claim that “The United States should be mistrusted more than North Korea as it too has it’s own Nuclear Arsenal and is, in fact, the only country to have used nuclear weapons in war”.

While some critics claim an ‘equal reciprocation’ would be a good start from the end of the United States, others think it is only good if North Korea and it’s regime let go of its weapons completely for the betterment of its citizens and the world. North Korea not only demands to ease sanctions but also to put an end to the Korean War (1950-53) on which they have a mutual agreement with South Korean president Moon Jae-In.

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The initial steps taken by North Korea have been scrutinized by many, but have earned the likings of countries like Russia and China who feel the same should be well rewarded. However, Washington clearly looks at the bigger picture and feels the only way to put an end to nuclear program is through choking the North through numerous sanctions which not only are focused on giving a massive financial blow to its nuclear program but also other economic sanctions, with basic help in terms of flood reliefs and other related things to be provided for.

It is clear that America’s long-term policy for everlasting peace is clearly different from North Korea standpoint viewing the non-easing of sanctions as ‘Hostile Policy’ and claiming that the  UN General Assembly views the final decision not from a general standpoint but from the stand Point of the United States.

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Flags ordered at half-staff Wednesday to honor State Rep. from St. Charles

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St. Charles lawmaker dies of stroke;  remembered as dedicated public servant

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.– Gov. Mike Parson is ordering that U.S. and Missouri flags be flown at half-staff at all government buildings October 27 to honor Missouri State Rep. Thomas Hannegan.

Hannegan, 51, died last week of a stroke. The flags will be at half-staff on the day Rep. Hannegan is laid to rest.

Rep. Hannegan was elected to his first two-year term in the Missouri House of Representatives in November 2016. He represented northern St. Charles city and eastern St. Charles county.

“We honor and thank Representative Hannegan for his contributions to the people of the 65th district and the entire state of Missouri. He leaves behind a strong legacy of public service and advocacy,” Governor Parson said. “Tom worked tirelessly on behalf of his constituents, and thanks to legislation he sponsored more military service members will have greater access to job opportunities across the state. Teresa and I are praying for Tom’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

Hannegan was elected to his first two-year term in November of 2016. He is a graduate of Duchesne High School and received his bachelor’s from Lindenwood University. He went on to receive a Master of Science in Human Resources also from Lindenwood.

Hannegan also served as publisher and editor-in-chief of Street Scape Magazine. He is also an Associate-Broker with Hannegan Real Estate & Construction, LLC, a family-owned business.

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Blackhawks to hold briefing on sexual assault investigation

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Blackhawks to hold briefing on sexual assault investigation

The Chicago Blackhawks are holding a briefing Tuesday to discuss the findings of an investigation into allegations that an assistant coach sexually assaulted a player in 2010.

Team owner Rocky Wirtz, CEO Danny Wirtz and former federal prosecutor Reid Schar, who ran the investigation, are scheduled to speak. The Blachhawks’ news release about the briefing made no mention of president of hockey operations and general manager Stan Bowman, who TSN reported was involved in a meeting 11 years ago that informed team officials of the assault.

The Blackhawks pledged to release the findings of the investigation, which Bowman, former Chicago coach Joel Quenneville and others who were in the organization at the time agreed to cooperate with.

Two lawsuits were filed against the Blackhawks: one alleging sexual assault by assistant coach Bradley Aldrich during the team’s Stanley Cup run in 2010 and another filed by a former student whom Aldrich was convicted of assaulting in Michigan. Aldrich left the Blackhawks after the 2009-10 season.

A former player said Aldrich assaulted him, and that the team did nothing after he informed an employee. The lawsuit, filed May 7 in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges Aldrich also assaulted another unidentified Blackhawks player. The former player who sued and is seeking more than $150,000 in damages is referred in the document as “John Doe.”

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Avalanche defenseman Sam Girard ruled out with injury against Vegas Golden Knights

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Avalanche defenseman Sam Girard not practicing. He was checked into the boards by Steven Stamkos in overtime at Tampa Bay

Avalanche defenseman Sam Girard will miss at least one game resulting from an awkward check into the boards on Saturday from Lightning captain Steven Stamkos.

Coach Jared Bednar confirmed that Girard won’t be available on Tuesday when Colorado hosts the Vegas Knights at Ball Arena. He is still considered “day-to-day” for return with an upper-body injury.

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