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Mon, 2018/01/01 - 5:25pm | Your editor
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2018 is now in full swing so we are back to reporting on news, however meager. It's back to work in London. The good news of 2018 so far is that Kim Yong-un seems to have softened his aggressive line under pressure from Beijing and the USA. In his New Year's Day address, Kim said that while he has a "nuclear button" on his desk, also offered an olive branch to South Korea, saying he was "open to dialogue" with Seoul.

"When it comes to North-South relations, we should lower the military tensions on the Korean Peninsula to create a peaceful environment," he stated. "Both the North and the South should make efforts." If this works out the worst current threat of nuclear war has been reduced by the Hermit Kingdom. Officially, Pyongyang says its move is related to the Olympics in South Korea Feb. 5-29. It that was enough to stop battles between Athens and Sparta it should work for North and South Korea. I hope both heads of state with funny hair (the other one is Trump) realize that a retaliatory escalation of military provocation can to result in a nuclear war neither country wants. Now that North Korea has mastered ICBM weapons and targeting systems and perhaps has tested nuclear bomds, it may feel it is strong enough to negotiate a freeze on more nuclear and missile tests, if it is allowed to keep what it already has.

Asia Times warns that the highest risks will hit after the Olympics as both the US and North Korea may be tempted to try to find an advantage by engaging in an operation which cannot be directly traced to them.

 

A reader out west, DN admits “I worked for Apple once upon a time.” He adds: “I think Apple's slowing down the old iPhones was a good thing to have done. It lengthens battery life and cuts power spikes that might damage hardware. The problem is that they did not tell customers about it, or offer them the option of slowing down or not. That would have required offering an app with a power use control. Not a technical difficulty, but perhaps a marketing one. As so often the problem is the cover up. The market's reaction occurred regardless of what I think” were good intentions. I had no idea this reader was an ex-Apple employee.

 

We have news from Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Demcratic Republic of Congo, Chile, Argentina, Russia, Britain, Denmark, Israel, and Canada. Because I am heading for distant Wimbledon on Tuesday to meet relatives for lunch I wrote this blog New Year's Day.

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