We’re in deep doo-doo.Dick Cheney, in a closed-door meeting with congressional Republicans, on the situation in North Korea. Cheney may be right, but his credibility is undermined both by his own record of assessing foreign threats and, perhaps more significantly, the fact that he used the word “doo-doo” to describe the prospect of nuclear war. He gets points, however, for reportedly wearing a cowboy hat to the meeting. source
I think the individuals in North Korea understand that Austin, Texas, is now a very important city in America, as do corporate CEOs and other people who are moving here in record numbers.Texas Governor Rick Perry, explaining his theory on why Kim Jong-un listed Austin, TX as a possible target for a nuclear strike. source
I don’t condone what he does, but he’s my friend.Former NBA superstar Dennis Rodman • Discussing his plans to visit North Korea again in August to vacation with Kim Jong-un. Rodman made the comments to what clearly is the most prominent media outlet in the country, Fargo, North Dakota’s KXJB. Rodman was reportedly giddy throughout the interview. Remember when the weirdest thing this guy did was color his hair purple?
He said, ‘If you can Dennis, I don’t want to do war, I don’t want to do war.’ He said that to me.Dennis Rodman, playing diplomat between North Korea and the United States on ABC’s “This Week.” The Worm suggested that common ground could be met on the basketball court. ”He loves basketball,” Rodman said, referring to Kim Jong-un. “I said, ‘Obama loves basketball.’ Lets start there.”
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Superiority in military technology is no longer the monopoly of imperialists and the era of our enemies using atom bombs to threaten and blackmail us is over for ever. … We must strengthen our military in every possible way and accomplish the goal of building a powerful and prosperous socialist state.North Korean leader Kim Jong-un • Speaking in his first televised speech since becoming the country’s leader. Kim spoke on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, speaking reverently of his grandfather, along with his recently-deceased father father Kim Jong-il. During the televised speech, TV presenters compared Kim Jong-un to Kim Il-sung (the two have similar physical appearances) and more interestingly, the country used the occasion to show off a new missile. That’s despite the fact that just a few days ago, a North Korean missile launch went totally awry. source (via • follow)
» Significant, if “limited”: This result came after a set of talks last week that initially did not seem to go well, but later proved be palatable for the North Koreans. The two countries previously were close to some sort of deal before Kim Jong-il’s death, but the latest development seems to have gone over. “The United States still has profound concerns regarding North Korean behavior across a wide range of areas,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, ”but today’s announcement reflects important, if limited, progress in addressing some of these.”