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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Says U.S. Can Send ‘Capital’ to North Korea Once Nuclear Weapons Are Gone

The U.S. is ready to allow investments in North Korea once it has verifiable proof of the Asian nation’s denuclearization, two of President Donald Trump’s top national security officials said.

“We’re prepared to open the trade and investment with North Korea as soon as we can,” National Security Adviser John Bolton said on ABC’s “This Week,” one of two appearances on Sunday political shows.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went further in an interview on CBS. He talked of the potential for U.S. investment in the North Asian nation from America’s “entrepreneurs, our risk takers, our capital providers” to help North Korea’s people “get the opportunity that they so richly deserve.”

Before any such benefits flow, though, Bolton and Pompeo said the U.S. must have proof that the denuclearization process is complete, verifiable, and irreversible.

The remarks come ahead of a historic summit between Trump and Kim in Singapore on June 12 that may pave the way for the North Korean dictator to give up his nuclear arsenal. It will be the first time a sitting U.S. president meets the leader of North Korea.

Not Seeing Stars

Kim is expected to seek swift relief from severe economic sanctions in exchange for steps to shut down its nuclear program. The U.S. has insisted that Pyongyang completely abandon its nuclear program before easing its “maximum pressure campaign” of sanctions and diplomatic isolation.

“He sees the chance of a breakthrough, but I don’t think he has stars in his eyes over this,” Bolton said of Trump.

Pompeo said on “Fox News Sunday” that North Korea would be allowed access to private-sector U.S. capital for infrastructure projects if “complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization” occurs.

“We can create conditions for real economic prosperity for the North Korean people that will rival that of the south,” Pompeo added.

That will be a heavy lift, however: The Central Intelligence Agency estimates 2017 per-capita gross domestic product for South Korea at $ 39,400 against North Korea’s $ 1,700 in 2015, the most recent figure available. North Korea’s per-capita GDP ranked it 214 out of 228 countries.

Energy Grid

“Private-sector Americans, not the U.S. taxpayer” would go into North Korea to “help build out the energy grid,” Pompeo said on “Fox News Sunday.” “To work with them to develop infrastructure. All the things that the North Korean people need.”

The Singapore summit comes amid a broader warming of North Korea’s relations with the U.S. and South Korea that’s gained momentum in amid steps by Kim to ease tensions. Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed in late April to finally put an end to the seven-decade war between the two nations and seek a complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Pompeo has spent“a great deal of time with Chairman Kim” on two recent visits to Pyongyang, he said. “He’s able to deal with complexity when the conversation requires it,” he said of Kim, whose age is estimated at 34 to 36.

North Korea on Saturday said it would dismantle its nuclear test site and invite foreign journalists to observe, a largely symbolic move ahead of the meeting with Trump. North Korea also freed three U.S. citizens who’d been imprisoned there.

On “Face the Nation,” former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said getting North Korea to denuclearize is complicated, because its program is “dramatically larger” than Iran’s, with miles of tunnels, multiple sites and existing weapons. Gates put the odds of immediate success as “very low.”

But Trump goes into the meeting “with a lot of cards to play,” Gates said, including a possible peace treaty, diplomatic recognition and a promise not to overthrow the regime.


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Minit Review – Gone In 60 Seconds

Time is not often a resource that you need to think about when going on an adventure. Zelda patiently waits in Hyrule Castle while Link finishes up shrines in Breath of the Wild, the religious zealots in Far Cry 5 let you fish in peace, and even the merry band of travelling friends in Final Fantasy XV find downtime during crisis. Minit doesn’t subscribe to such design, and instead puts emphasis on the need to hurry. Its strict 60-second time limit is an ever-present threat as you dig up the world’s secrets around you, dispel a cruel curse, and attempt to bring peace to the land.

Minit begins with your unnamed hero happening upon a cursed sword, plunging you into a cycle of infinite minute-long sessions that always end with your death. Each time you respawn, the counter restarts, and you’re transported back to your last resting place. New resting places can be unlocked by walking into them throughout the map, but simply finding them in time is a task. You’ll need to uncover routes with your sword, chopping down shrubs to find new pathways to new areas on the edges of your 4:3 screen. Building a mental map of the world around you is paramount next to your ability to both avoid threats and find the shortest path to an objective, and it can feel like a punishing exercise at first.

But it doesn’t take long for Minit to find a rhythm that’s intoxicating. Each new character you meet bears a personality that can be equally inviting or aggressive, some wanting to help you along your journey and others just wanting to be left alone. Shopkeepers offer bite-sized quests for you to try and complete in the limited time you have, tempting you with rewards on completion. Clearing out an area of crabs or gathering a certain number of hidden coins can reward you with seemingly non-descript items like gardening gloves and watering cans. But these tools open the rest of Minit’s world to you, letting you move large blocks obscuring paths or chopping down trees that would otherwise act as a dead-end.

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Just like The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (which also worked around the idea of limited time runs), certain objects and effects you’ve made on Minit’s world persist between run-throughs. For example, obtaining an item will store it permanently in your inventory or make it available to pick up at your last resting place. While some objects will return to their default position and block paths you may have already traversed, more story-centric events will remain in the state you left them in. A wandering spirit in the endless desert will stay dead after you’ve defeated it, and the lost guests of a strange hotel won’t wander off again after you’ve found them. These act as milestones to your progress through Minit, always giving you something on the horizon to chase down.

Chasing these leads requires both experimentation and exploration. Very often you’ll come across a perplexing area with new objects that seem static and immune to any of your efforts. Sometimes all an area’s mysteries seem obvious in hindsight, and yet Minit’s minimalistic yet emotive art does well to hide secrets in plain sight. It was nearly an hour into my first run until I realized I should be looking for coins in pots scattered around the world, or that my attacks on nearby characters could trigger new dialogue options. Poking and prodding Minit’s world is intrinsic to your progress, and it’s easy to find yourself lost in loops of deaths simply trying to figure out the next step forward. These instances might be frustrating, but they never go unrewarded. Minit is bursting at the seams with secrecy and mystery, so much so that it’s hard to soak in all at once. A generous New Game+ mode ups the ante with a shorter lifespan and new challenges but entices you to dive back in as soon as the credits roll to lap up any remaining secrets.

Movement and some incredibly simplistic combat are your only other concerns, both of which see slight enhancements near the end of the two-or-so-hour adventure. Minit is clearly designed to be easy to pick up and play, allowing its world and riddles to provide the challenge. It’s easy to avoid combat entirely unless specified by a task, for example. Movement, in turn, is more focused on puzzle-solving than dexterity and skill. A maze in a mysterious tomb in the desert requires you to run faster than you might envision possible, while another experiments with your perception of how you’re able to move boxes around a series of conveyor belts to disrupt a production line. Minit never feels unforgiving, instead giving you reason to give pause and think about how you’re moving around its world.

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It’s almost unbelievable how much character Minit packs into its monochromatic world, too. Despite adapting the style of old Game Boy titles, Minit’s range of animations and neat pixel-based touches root it firmly in modern design. Little dust trails that kick off your boots in a sprint and the blinding flashes of white and black streaks when you find a new item offer contrasting senses of style; Minit is delicate when it needs to be and bombastic elsewhere, but it uses all these elements to deliver important feedback to you. It’s perhaps why it’s hard to get entirely lost at any point, because there’s always a cleverly placed marker sitting in plain sight just edging you towards the next solution. Design like that is hard to come by, so it’s refreshing to see Minit pull it off so effortlessly.

Minit’s soundtrack is also rousingly enthralling, instilling each of its distinct regions with a sense of place and sound. There’s catchy chiptunes for a seaside town that makes up most of the game’s opening and appropriate silence in the ominous, depressing tunnels of a dangerous mine. Sound effects are used sparingly but to equal effect. The chimes build with a delightful track when you acquire a new item and come crashing down with a thud every time you miss an objective with a second to spare. It’s delightful, and just wraps the entire presentation of Minit up with a neat little bow.

Minit’s lives might only last 60 seconds, but its extremely well-thought-out world design and engrossing loop of progress make it a curse-filled adventure that is worth dying the world over for. Its throwback to classic visuals aren’t done for aesthetic alone, as none of its gameplay systems scream antiquity. It’s a slickly presented adventure that continually manages to surprise you with every new area you uncover or item you procure, pushing you to pick away at its seams to uncover every drop of what it has to offer. With a delightful ending and more promised after its first run of credits, Minit is far more than just a collection of seconds.

GameSpot Reviews

Triathlete Nearly Hacked To Death With A Saw In Horrific Robbery Gone Wrong

Mhlengi Gwala, a 27-year-old triathlete from South Africa, is lucky to be alive this week after nearly being hacked to death by three men armed with nothing but a handsaw who set out to rob him during a bicycle ride.

Gwala (pictured above) was training as a cyclist in Durban, South Africa, on Tuesday when three men wielding what was originally reported as a chainsaw (!) confronted him and took him to a bushy area.

Related: School Shooting Survivor Getting Death Threats From NRA Lovers

It turned out the men were in possession of a very blunt handsaw as their instrument of choice — but what they did to Gwala with it was no less horrific.

After the triathlete offered them his bicycle and all other possessions, the men allegedly decided to hold Gwala down and begin to hack away at his legs with their handsaw.

The only thing that (thankfully) prevented them from being unable to cut the athlete’s legs off was the fact that, according to media reports, the blade of the handsaw wasn’t sharp enough to cut through the bones.

OMG!!!

After what must haven been an unimaginably horrific attack, Gwala did manage to drag himself out of the bushes and up to a road, where a passing motorist picked him up and took him to the hospital.

Related: Woman Attacks Boyfriend With Samurai Sword

Cops are still unsure exactly what made the criminals stop their attack on Gwala. Worse yet, doctors still don’t know how the 27-year-old will physically recover, or if he can ever compete as a triathlete again.

Gwala has been conscious and alert at a South Africa hospital for a couple days now, and he’s lucky not to have lost his legs.

He had previously twice represented South Africa in international triathlons, and had been scheduled for the country’s own triathlon championships in two weeks, which he now must miss.

Horrific!!! Here’s hoping he can get his career back on track — and those responsible can be brought to justice.

[Image via Facebook.]

PerezHilton

Has The Kardashian/Jenner Pregnancy Hysteria Gone Too Far? Ask Kendall Jenner!

Kim, Khloé, Kylie, and now Kendall Jenner??

Not so fast, y’all!

On Friday, the supermodel posted a bathroom selfie (above) where the 22-year-old looks stylish in a polka dot dress. She added the caption:

“loner life 👽”

However, because of the photo’s lighting and angle, fans totally think the KUWTK star is pregnant! Say what??

Related: Kendall Jenner Flashes Her Midriff!

The comments were so rampant that entertainment outlets began picking up the rumor, too!

Social media users wrote:

“Not to be rude but is that a baby bump or is she standing weird?”

“um someone looks pregnant”

“Another baby?”

“She looks like she has a baby bump.”

“Trying to stir up more baby bump rumors?”

“Why would you post a pic where you look pregnant?”

Yeah, don’t let the lighting fool you, guys!

So, has the pregnancy hysteria hit a new high? Or low?

[Image via Kendall Jenner/Instagram.]

PerezHilton

Kim Kardashian & Blac Chyna: A Timeline Of A Friendship Gone Wrong

Best friends for(n)ever!

Back in 2013 — you know, the days when things made more sense — Kim Kardashian West was often seen going to get her eyebrows done and hitting the gym with her new bestie, Blac Chyna.

And let’s just say if you woke up from a coma today, you’d be SHOCKED to learn everything that’s gone down since then!

Related: Kim DENIES Dressing North West In A Corset!

For example, Kimmie’s only response to ABC News when asked about Rob Kardashian‘s NSFW rant aimed at Chyna was to send a copy of the NDA her former pal signed when she started dating the troubled reality star. Eeeeep.

With all that in mind… let’s take a look back on the simpler times (below)!!

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[Image via Instagram.]

PerezHilton

Scott Disick ‘AWOL From Family’ After Returning Home From Overseas Trip Gone Completely Wrong

Chin up, Donald Trump: your overseas trip to Europe wasn’t even the worst showing an American had on the continent this week, let alone ever!

Scott Disick has FINALLY returned home from Cannes after spending nearly two weeks there, cavorting and playing and partying endlessly with models and ex-flames and, uh, Bella Thorne.

Related: Scott And Bella — What A Moment In Time

And while the ex-man of Kourtney Kardashian — and father to her three children — is now back home, even that isn’t coming without controversy: up until Scott’s return on Friday afternoon, Kourt had no idea when he was due back in the country and even less of an idea when he would ever see his kids again.

Romantically, Kourt is apparently long over Lord Disick, but as a father of her children, Scott still has to step up — and considering reports are coming out that he is “AWOL from family,” well, it doesn’t look so good.

There are currently NO plans for Scott to see his kids again, and as we reported earlier, it doesn’t sound like Kourt is down to change that any time soon.

Scott’s gone off and done some irresponsible stuff before, of course, but this one just feels… different.

Scary stuff.

[Image via Judy Eddy/WENN.]

PerezHilton

Teen Accidentally Falls Four Stories To His Death In Snapchat Stunt Gone Wrong

How awful!

A 17-year-old boy is dead after a Snapchat stunt went horribly wrong at a Singapore mall last week.

Skateboarder Jonathan Chow often filmed little stunts for social media, so when he planned to hop the railing onto the outer ledge of an upper floor walkway at the Orchard Central mall, he and his friend Ruth thought this was no different.

Related: Woman Falls To Her Death After Posting Instagram Photo On The Edge Of The Grand Canyon

Unfortunately, what looked like more of a concrete ledge was in fact decorative plasterboard, unintended to support any weight.

When Jonathan landed, the ledge immediately gave way, and the teen fell four stories to his death.

Ruth, who was filming the stunt, told local outlet Today Online:

“We both thought the ledge was made of concrete, but when he jumped, he fell straight through. I knew it was dangerous, but before I could stop him, he already jumped over.”

Mall security cameras captured the final moments before Jonathan made his tragic jump.

Jonathan’s father Matthew Chow blames the mall for not having a warning sign that the structure outside the railing should not be walked on.

The Far East Organization, which owns the mall, issued a statement, saying:

“The glass railing along the link bridge is 1.2 meters high and acts as a safety barrier for members of the public. It also prohibits access to the plasterboard box-up, which is an interior architectural treatment.

Together with our building consultants, we are currently reviewing if any other measures, in addition to the glass barrier, are required. In the interim, our security officers will be patrolling the various link bridges at more frequent intervals.”

Should the mall do more? Or should the railing itself be sufficient warning?

We just hope other social media stunt performers remember this the next time and think before they leap.

R.I.P. Jonathan.

[Image via Facebook/YouTube.]

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