The Evening: North Korea, Invite Rescinded, Fortunate Son and More
May 23, 2018
It's Wednesday, May 23rd.
Zero Concessions to North Korea
During his first congressional grilling as secretary of state on Wednesday, Secretary Mike Pompeo stressed that the United States had made “zero concessions” to the North Korean regime and would continue to hold firm until Pyongyang takes “credible steps” toward denuclearization, as the Washington Post reports.
Secretary Pompeo was confident that the U.S.-North Korea summit is "still scheduled for June 12" despite the president casting doubt on the date on Tuesday, as CBS News reports.
Dive Deeper: According to CSIS Beyond Parallel, reports now indicate that North Korea may be allowing a small group of journalists into the country to cover the shutdown of the North Korean nuclear test site at Punggye-ri this week. These developments suggest that a cancellation or postponement, while still possible, is not in the offing.
The Pentagon rescinded an invitation to China to participate in an international military exercise in the Pacific Ocean next month, signaling disapproval to Beijing for what U.S. officials say is its refusal to stop militarizing South China Sea islands, as the Wall Street Journal reports.
Dive Deeper: Five claimants occupy nearly 70 disputed reefs and islets spread across the South China Sea. Explore the CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative’s satellite imagery of each outpost.
CSIS’s Amy Searight testified today before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on "Asia's Diplomatic and Security Structure: Planning U.S. Engagement."
An American government employee posted in southern China has signs of possible brain injury after reporting disturbing sounds and sensations, the State Department said on Wednesday, in events that seemed to draw parallels with mysterious ailments that struck American diplomats in Cuba, as the New York Times reports.
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Great smile in my house this morning. My fourteen-year-old held up his iPhone X, tapped on a link to an iTune and said, “Dad, have you ever heard this song?”
“This song” was “Fortunate Son” by CCR. And here I thought there was no hope with regard to rock and roll music for the kids of today…