The Spokesman-Review (Spokane) : 2019-02-11

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NATION & WORLD NEWS 3 MONDAY, February 11, 2019 Border security talks stalled; second shutdown looms Republicans, Democrats split over ICE, detainee housing funds through reprogramming and still has the option of redirecting additional money by declaring a national emergency. If all such options were used, he said, “The whole pot is well north of $5.7 billion.” Lawmakers of both parties have counseled Trump against declaring an emergency to fund the wall, saying it would set a precedent that could be abused by future presidents. Mulvaney said the emergency option remains on the table but Trump “would prefer legislation because it’s the right way to go.” Democrats have been reluctant to provide any more than the $1.6 billion for border barriers that was part of a bipartisan Senate Homeland Security bill last year. But in recent days, they have expressed a willingness to consider more money for “enhanced fencing” if it were part of a package that included more funding for personnel and technology improvements on the border. that is detaining criminals that come into the U.S. They want a cap on them. We don’t want a cap on that.” Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said “you absolutely cannot rule out” a shutdown. Trump has sought enough space to house an average daily population of 52,000 migrant detainees; House Democrats want to cut that to 35,520 for the rest of the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, phasing out family detention completely by then. A bipartisan Senate version of the Homeland Security bill, approved last June on a 26-5 vote, would have provided 40,520 detention beds. And lawmakers were still wrestling with how much money to provide for physical barriers along the border. Sources said the final figure could be around $2 billion. That would be less By David Lerman TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – Negotiations on a border security deal have hit a snag in a dispute over immigrant detention policy, Sen. Richard Shelby said Sunday. House and Senate conferees were hoping to make a deal by Monday that would resolve the impasse over President Donald Trump’s demand for a border wall and avoid another partial government shutdown when current funding runs dry Friday. But Shelby, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, put the odds of a deal at only “50-50,” citing a partisan rift over Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “The talks are stalled right now,” Shelby, R-Ala., said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We’ve got some problems with the Democrats dealing with ICE ASSOCIATED PRESS From left, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., and Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., , speak with reporters in Washington, D.C., last week. than half the money Trump wants his border wall. Mulvaney, also on Fox, declined to say whether Trump would sign a bill that includes about $2 billion for border barriers. He said the White House message to negotiators was “we’ll take as much money as you can give us,” but the administration would seek to supplement that amount on its own. Trump wrote on Twitter Sunday: “I don’t think the Dems on the Border Committee are being allowed by their leaders to make a deal. They are offering very little money for the desperately needed Border Wall & now, out of the blue, want a cap on convicted violent felons to be held in detention!” Mulvaney said the administration could tap other WORLD The promise is a bid to avert a showdown on Thursday, when Parliament is set to debate and vote on next moves in the Brexit process. Some lawmakers want to try to seize control and steer the country toward a softer exit from the bloc. Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, but Parliament has rejected May’s divorce bill, leaving the prime minister to seek changes from the EU. The U.K.’s bid for last-minute changes has exasperated EU leaders, who insist the legally binding withdrawal agreement can’t be changed. The impasse risks a chaotic “no deal” departure for Britain. S. KOREA, U.S. SIGN COST-SHARING DEAL meant to deter aggression from North Korea. Trump has pushed for South Korea to pay more. On Sunday, chief negotiators from the two countries signed a new costsharing plan, which requires South Korea to pay about 1.04 trillion won ($924 million) in 2019, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. South Korea began paying for the U.S. military deployment in the early 1990s, after rebuilding its economy from the devastation of the 1950-1953 Korean War. The big U.S. military presence in South Korea is a symbol of the countries’ alliance, forged in blood durher SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – South Korea and the United States struck a new deal Sunday that increases Seoul’s contribution for the cost of the American military presence on its soil, overcoming previous failed negotiations that caused worries about their decades-long alliance. The development comes as President Donald Trump is set to hold his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam in late February. South Korea last year provided about $830 million, covering roughly 40 percent of the cost of the deployment of 28,500 U.S. soldiers whose presence is ing the war, but also a source of long-running antiAmerican sentiments. ASSOCIATED PRESS May seeks more time for Brexit deal South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, right, and Timothy Betts, acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, shake hands in Seoul, South Korea, on Sunday. – With Brexit just 47 days away, the British government asked lawmakers on Sunday to give Prime Minister Theresa May more time to rework LONDON divorce deal with the European Union. Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said Parliament would get to pass judgment on May’s Brexit plan “no later than Feb. 27.” From wire reports NATION WHITE HOUSE ROUNDUP Rep. Walter Jones Jr. of N.C. dies TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT: ENDING THREATS – Republican U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. of North Carolina, a once-fervent supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq who later became an equally outspoken critic of the war, died Sunday on his 76th birthday. The congressman’s office confirmed his death in a statement, saying Jones died in Greenville, North Carolina. His health declining in recent months, Jones entered hospice care in January after breaking his hip. He had been granted a leave of absence from Congress in late 2018 and was sworn in for his last term back home. Jones was was one of the first Republicans to reverse direction on the war in Iraq, even as his North Carolina district included the sprawling Marine installation Camp Lejeune. His ultimate opposition to the Iraq war came with the irony that he instigated a symbolic slap against the French when their country early on opposed U.S. military action. Jones was among the House members who led a campaign that resulted in the chamber’s cafeteria offering “freedom fries” and “freedom toast” – instead of French fries and French toast. RALEIGH, N.C. – Before President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet again in Vietnam on Feb. 27-28, there’s growing pressure that they forge a deal that puts them closer to ending the North Korean nuclear weapons threat. But what could that look like? Kim may be willing to dismantle his main nuclear complex. The U.S. may be willing to cough up concessions, maybe remove some sanctions. The question, however, is whether what’s on offer will be enough for the other side. Here’s a look at what each side could be looking for as Trump and Kim try to settle a problem that has bedeviled generations of policymakers: The North’s Yongbyon (sometimes spelled Nyongbyon) nuclear complex, located about 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Pyongyang, has facilities that produce both plutonium and uranium, two key ingredients in nuclear weapons. North Korea’s state media have called the complex of a reported 390 buildings “the heart of our nuclear program.” After a September meeting with Kim, South Korean President Moon Jae-in told reporters that Kim promised to dismantle the complex if the United States takes unspecified corresponding steps. Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea, recently said that Kim also committed to the dismantlement and destruction of North Korea’s plutonium and uranium enrichment facilities when he met visiting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last October. Since fresh diplomatic efforts began last year, the North has suspended nuclear and missile tests and dismantled its nuclear testing site and parts of its longrange rocket launch facility. But destroying the Yonbgyon complex would be Kim’s biggest disarmament step yet and would signal his resolve to move forward in negotiations with Trump. There is worry among some, however, that the complex’s destruction won’t completely dispel widespread skepticism about North Korea denuclearization commitments. It would still have an estimated arsenal of as many as 70 nuclear weapons and more than 1,000 ballistic missiles. North Korea is also believed to be running multiple undisclosed uranium-enrichment facilities. To get the North to commit to destroying the Yongbyon complex, some experts say Trump needs to make important concessions. Those would likely need to include jointly declaring an end of the 1950-53 Korean War, opening a liaison office in Pyongyang, allowing North Korea to restart economic projects with South Korea and SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA look you in the eye. I will tell you what I think. I will focus on getting things done.” ASSOCIATED PRESS even easing some sanctions on the North. Kim may most want sanctions relief to revive his country’s dilapidated economy and bolster his family’s dynastic rule. “For North Korea, abandoning the Yongbyon complex is a fairly big (negotiating) card … so the North will likely try to win some economic benefits,” said Chon Hyun-joon, president of the Institute of Northeast Asia Peace Cooperation Studies in South Korea. At the Singapore summit, Kim and Trump agreed to establish new relations between their countries and build a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. But they didn’t elaborate on how to pursue those goals. North Korea has since complained about the lack of action by the United States, saying it already took disarmament steps, and returned American detainees and the remains of U.S. war dead. The U.S., for its part, suspended some of its military drills with South Korea, a concession to North Korea, which calls the exercises dress rehearsal for invasion. Some worry that a declaration ending the Korean War, stopped by an armistice and yet to be replaced with a peace treaty, might provide North Korea with a stronger basis to call for the withdrawal of 28,500 U.S. troops in South Korea. U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., R-N.C., seen here in February 2015, died on Sunday, his 76th birthday. 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