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Jun 28 09:28

N.Korea Issues Standing Order To Execute Former S.Korea President

Two days ago, Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported that former South Korean President Park Geun-hye had made plans to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, adding that Ex-president Park, who was impeached in a corruption scandal earlier this year, signed a document approving a “leadership change” in North Korea back in 2015. According to the Japanese outlet, South Korea’s intelligence agencies were to prepare operations to carry out the plan.

The report noted that the plotters considered arranging accidents, with a car accident or the derailment of a train carrying Kim Jong-un on the table. Park’s administration also reportedly considered staging a coup in North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how Kim Jung Un believes he is going to carry out this standing order, in light of the fact that former South Korean President Park Geun-hye is serving a prison sentence for malfeasance in office, and is pretty much surrounded by armed guards, 24/7.

Jun 28 08:17

Donald Trump considering China sanctions over North Korea, say officials

US president Donald Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with China over its inaction on North Korea and bilateral trade issues and is now considering possible trade actions against Beijing, three senior administration officials told Reuters.

Jun 28 07:44

China Suspends Fuel Sales To North Korea

Reuters reports that China National Petroleum Corp has suspended sales of fuel to North Korea over concerns the state-owned oil company won't get paid, as pressure mounts on Pyongyang to rein in its nuclear and missile programmes, three sources told Reuters.

China provides most of North Korea’s food and fuel imports. It has backed the Kim dynasty since the Korean War, in part to keep U.S. troops away from its border. While China has taken some steps on North Korea -- including halting coal purchases this year after Kim’s estranged half-brother was murdered in Malaysia -- its efforts haven’t produced a breakthrough so far.

Jun 27 09:43

US Deploys 10 Long-Range Air-to-Ground Missiles to South Korea

U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) purportedly deployed over ten Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSM) at Kunsan Air Base, located west of Gunsan City in North Jeolla Province, around 180 kilometers south of Seoul, according to South Korean media reports.

Multiple defense sources confirmed on Monday that the long-range precision-guided missiles have been deployed and that U.S. forces are planning to conduct a JASSM live-fire exercise in the event of a sixth North Korean nuclear test. “To my knowledge, the USFK considers making public a live-fire drill involving the JASSM in case North Korea carries out another strategic provocation, such as a sixth nuclear test,” a source told Yonhap news agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these reports are true, why did newly-elected South Korean President Moon allow this to happen?!?

Isn't he the guy with "Sunshine-centric" policy toward North Korea?!?

Or has he already lost control of his government to those elements there which are controlled by the American Deep State?!?

Such actions are doing nothing to ratchet down tensions here, at all. And then, we have the following, very troubling story out of forbes.com:

China and the US are cooling their cooperation to restrain North Korea

Jun 27 08:28

US to list China among worst human trafficking offenders: Report

The United States plans to place China on its global list of worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labour, said a congressional source and a person familiar with the matter, a step that could aggravate tension with Beijing that has eased under President Donald Trump.

Jun 26 11:12

Japan broadcasts TV warning urging citizens to lie on the ground or seek shelter if North Korea launches a NUKE at them

Japan has broadcast a television warning urging citizens to lie on the ground or seek shelter in the event of North Korea launching a nuclear attack.
The government advice also tells people to stay away from windows, protect their heads if they are indoors and to hide behind solid objects if an attack is imminent.

Instructions triggered by Japan's satellite-based J-Alert public warning system will be sent out through speakers installed across the country, the 30-second clip confirms.

The broadcast comes amid heightened tensions between the West and North Korea under dictator Kim Jong-un.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but this very much sounds like the Japanese equivalent of the US-Government's (thoroughly useless) "Duck and Cover" campaign during the 50s.

Jun 26 09:12

Not Negotiable: North Korea Sticks to Its Guns on Nuclear Weapons

Responding to renewed suggestions from South Korea that the People's Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) return to the negotiating table, Pyongyang has warned that its program of nuclear weapons development is not subject to any debate.

Jun 24 07:55

North Korea Defends Otto Warmbier’s Treatment

North Korea responded for the first time on Friday to American accusations that it had fatally brutalized Otto F. Warmbier, the captive college student, asserting he was given medical treatment and treated with respect even though he was a “criminal of the enemy state.”

Mr. Warmbier, 22, who was released in a coma by the North Koreans on June 13 after 17 months of captivity and returned to his family in Ohio, died less than a week later. His death outraged the United States and worsened already-poor American relations with North Korea.

American doctors who examined him after his return home reported extensive brain damage but could not explain what caused the injury.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gilad Atzmon has theorized that Otto F. Warmbier was operating as an Israeli spy. If so, he may have been given a suicide pill ... supplied by the lowest bidder. I find it odd that in such a contentious issue, there will be no autopsy of the body to determine what actually happened, supposedly requested by the family, but allowing for endless unchecked corporate media speculation on the matter!

Jun 23 12:19

Petition Introduced To Remove Dennis Rodman From NBA Hall Of Fame For North Korea Visit

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation has a petition to remove basketball star Dennis Rodman from the NBA Hall of Fame over his visits to North Korea.

Rodman made headlines again recently with a trip to North Korea to once again visit his “friend” Kim Jong Un, the country’s plump dictator. This was just around the time that Otto Warmbier, an American held captive by the North Korean regime, was sent home, only to die within days.

Jun 23 12:08

South Korea Does Not Need U.S. Permission to Engage in Policy Dialogue with North Korea. ROK Presidential Office

South Korea or its head of state Moon Jae-in does not need permission from the U.S. president or anyone else to engage North Korea in dialogue, Seoul’s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Wednesday.
“Resumption of dialogue with North Korea may need to be pursued in close cooperation and consultation with the United States, but South Korea does not need to be allowed by the U.S. to do so,” Kwun Hyuk-ki, a Cheong Wa Dae spokesman, told Yonhap News Agency.

The remarks came in reaction to a question by a U.S. journalist in a recent interview with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, in which the interviewer from U.S. broadcaster CBS stated it was not clear whether U.S. President Donald Trump would “agree to allow” his South Korean counterpart to negotiate with the North Koreans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like ROK President moon is developing some "male attributes" when dealing with President Trump, and the issue of rapprochement with North Korea!!

Jun 23 10:34

US Recklessly Provoking Russia. The Unthinkable Could Happen by Accident or Design

Instead of fulfilling a campaign promise to improve bilateral relations, Trump so far continues acting provocatively.

He’s pursuing the same reckless agenda as Obama, pushing the envelope toward possible direct confrontation with Russia.

Despite neither country wanting war, unfolding events may cause the unthinkable to happen by accident or design.

Among major powers, Russia is the world’s leading peace and stability champion – America just the opposite.

It’s recklessly waging wars in multiple theaters, threatening conflicts against North Korea, Iran, and perhaps Russia the way things are going.
Madness defines US policy, state terror on a global scale, naked aggression its main expression, controlling planet earth, its resources and people its objective – risking potentially life-destroying nuclear war.
Last week, Senate members near unanimously imposed new illegal sanctions on Russia, including on its energy sector. House action awaits.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at the geopolitical situation unfolding, many times, Mike and I are reminded of that archetypal dream of watching two trains, slowly heading for each other on the same track moving toward mutual destruction, but absolutely unable to stop it.

It is painfully clear to me, at this juncture in history, the the American Deep State is provoking Russia in every possible way, as a prelude toward war against it. The provocations are coming in our treatment of Russia itself; North Korea; Syria; and Iran.

As a Christian pacifist activist, who never advocates military action through which to resolve geopolitical conflicts, I am utterly appalled at how intensely President Trump has embraced war over true diplomacy in so many of the situations I am seeing developing which could very well spiral out of control.

I just see so many flash points coming up, that it feels as though war with Russia (and perhaps, also China) is imminent; it feels like less a question of if, but when, such a war will start.

The only thing I can do is to continue to bear witness, and counsel our readers/listeners to start prepping now, if they have not already started. A very good place to start is the subscription to Daisy Luther's "The Organic Prepper" newsletter. Yes, you will get some ads for goods and services here, but she is brilliantly and brutally astute, when it comes to the difference between surviving upheaval...or not.

Jun 23 08:30

Washington, Beijing Put the Screws to Pyongyang with Renewed Sanctions

As part of an ever-intensifying effort to lean on North Korea’s nuclear program, China and the United States have agreed to further tighten sanctions on the Hermit Kingdom. Specifically, they are banning American and Chinese companies from doing business with North Korean industries.

For years, and particularly since the beginning of the most recent crisis, Washington has urged Beijing to put more pressure on Pyongyang, which heavily relies on China for imports and exports. Eighty-five percent of North Korea's imports in 2015 came from China, according to the Observatory of Economic Complexity.

For the most part, China has not done this. Until mid-April, they were importing far more coal from North Korea than allowed by the UN. According to the Japanese Nikkei Asian Review, China reduced coal imports in April but has also quadrupled iron imports since 2016 to make up for the loss.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed here, that the pressure will yield dividends leading to a moratorium on North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Jun 22 13:25

Defense Secretary James Mattis condemns N Korea

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Wednesday that the recent death of Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old college student who was held captive by North Korea, “goes beyond any kind of understanding of law and order, of humanity, of responsibility towards any human being.”

Jun 22 08:01

Was Otto Warmbier an American Student or an Israeli Spy?

And now the six million dollar question. Was Warmbier an Israeli spy? Who knows, but it is likely that someone in North Korea thought he was.

We know that Israel and North Korea are extremely hostile towards each other. North Korea has never recognised the Jewish State and in 1988 it recognised the State of Palestine as including all of Israel. Israel often accuses North Korea of trading arms with Hamas and Syria.

Peculiarly, not a single MSM outlet has referred to Warmbier's ties with Israel. Until his last hours, Israel and the Jewish community kept silent about Warmbier’s Jewish identity, his Zionist affiliation and his visit to Israel. Maybe this silence is more revealing than anything else.

Jun 22 07:28

U.S. Pressed to Pursue Deal to Freeze North Korea Missile Tests

The Trump administration has come under growing pressure to open negotiations on a temporary freeze on North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests in return for reducing the American military footprint in the Korean Peninsula, according to American officials and foreign diplomats.

Jun 21 12:34

In Major Diplomatic Shift, North Korea Open To Halting Nuclear, Missile Tests

Is Trump about to have his biggest diplomatic victory yet?

According to Yonhap, North Korea's top envoy to India on Wednesday offered a conditional moratorium, i.e. halt, on his country's nuclear and missile tests in what was said to be an "apparent bid to hold talks with the United States." While the North Korean offer is conditional, its "demands" are hardly outrageous.

North Korea Ambassador to India Kye Chun-yong said Pyongyang is willing to talk in terms of freezing its nuclear and missile tests under certain circumstances. "If our demands is met, we can negotiate in terms of the moratorium of such as weapons testing," Kye said in English in an interview posted on the website of India's television station WION.

He suggested that one of the key demands is the halt of the U.S. joint military drills with South Korea, which Pyongyang denounced as a rehearsal for invasion. Seoul and Washington say their annual exercises are defensive in nature.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that this could happen, particularly with south Korean President Moon being a "Sunshine" advocate (i.e., having more connection with North Korea, at all levels).

But the issue of backing down on the US/ South Korea defense drills may sink this before it can actually have a chance to float.

Jun 21 12:03

Trump Takes Another Step Towards War with North Korea

In another menacing act of brinkmanship, President Donald Trump declared in a tweet yesterday that China had failed to force North Korea to accede to US demands, opening the door for unilateral US action, including military strikes. The tweet comes just ahead of top-level talks between US and Chinese officials due to take place in Washington today.
“While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi [Jinping] & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!” Trump tweeted.
The Trump administration has put great pressure on Beijing to compel Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and missile programs, but has indicated all along that time was limited.
“North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! USA,” Trump tweeted in April.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would love to be a butterfly on the wall at this meeting, and see how evenhandedly both sides are dealing with a potentially nuclear-armed North Korea.

As someone who lives on a first-strike target here in Hawaii, I hope that dialogue leads to constructive plans for a resolution of the issue.

IF not, we may well be looking at war with China over North Korea, because it cannot appear to its allies, including the BRIC nations, that China has "lost face" in backing down from supporting North Korea.

And that would be officially lousy for just about everybody.

Jun 21 08:24

Beijing Wants Seoul to Make a ‘Decision’ on Controversial THAAD Soon

Putting the pressure on, China requested on Tuesday that South Korea make a decision “soon” on whether the US-operated THAAD missile system will remain in place on Seoul’s territory.

Jun 21 08:22

Coroner grants request from Otto Warmbier's family NOT to perform autopsy on the student who died after being held captive in North Korea for 17 month - as US government calls for three more Americans to be freed

An autopsy will not be performed on Otto Warmbier's body, after a coroner granted his family's request not to do so.

Jun 21 08:20

South Korea confirms drone discovered in June was from North Korea

South Korea's military said on Wednesday a drone found earlier this month on a mountain near the Demilitarised Zone border was confirmed to have been from North Korea and described it as a "grave provocation" that violated the Korean War truce.

The drone crashed while returning to the North and was found equipped with a camera and aerial photographs of a U.S. anti-missile defence system site in a southern region of South Korea, South Korean officials told a briefing.

Jun 21 07:55

TRUMP TAKES ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS WAR WITH NORTH KOREA

In another menacing act of brinkmanship, President Donald Trump declared in a tweet yesterday that China had failed to force North Korea to accede to US demands, opening the door for unilateral US action, including military strikes. The tweet comes just ahead of top-level talks between US and Chinese officials due to take place in Washington today.

Jun 20 17:47

US sends supersonic bombers in show of force against N Korea

The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula today in a show of force against North Korea, South Korean officials said.
The US often sends powerful warplanes in times of heightened animosities with North Korea, and flew B-1B bombers several times this year as the North conducted a series of banned ballistic missile tests.

Jun 20 14:36

Trump's Ominous Tweet: "China's Help With North Korea Has Not Worked Out. At Least It Tried"

In what appears to be a rather ominous tweet posted moments ago by Donald Trump, the President said that "while I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!"

So is this Trump's implicit warning that he is about to launch an attack on North Korea, following a failed intervention by China, in retaliation for the death of Otto Warmbier? If so, it may be problematic since as we showed several days ago, both US carriers Ronald Reagan and Carl Vinson appeared to have left the Korean peninsula as of last week, suggesting that any military action will require their return first.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think keeping track of where the USS Ronald Reagan and Carl Vinson wind up in their next assignments will be a pretty clear indication of what President Trump's intentions are here.

Jun 20 14:02

Kim Jong-un (N Korea) In Fear of Assassination by decapitation

It seems North Korea’s slightly nutty leader is living in fear of an assassination attempt causing him to become more reclusive and secretive.

Jun 20 11:38

US SENDS SUPERSONIC BOMBERS IN SHOW OF FORCE AGAINST N.KOREA

The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday in a show of force against North Korea, South Korean officials said.

The U.S. often sends powerful warplanes in times of heightened animosities with North Korea, and flew B-1B bombers several times this year as the North conducted a series of banned ballistic missile tests.

Tuesday's flights by B-1Bs came shortly after the death of a U.S. college student who was recently released by North Korea in a coma following more than 17 months of captivity.

Seoul's Defense Ministry said the bombers engaged in routine exercises with South Korean fighter jets aimed at showing deterrence against North Korea.

The U.S. military said the bombers conducted two separate drills with the Japanese and South Korean air forces. It said the flights demonstrated solidarity among South Korea, Japan and the United States "to defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Belligerence here is not going to get the outcome the US and South Korean governments want; it is negotiation for a full, and fair, peace treaty with no financial penalties, coupled with North Korea's giving up its nuclear weapons program in response, which could possibly deescalate tensions here.

Of course, that... would be logical.

Jun 20 08:08

Tillerson Demands Liberation of Three Americans Held in North Korea

The United States calls on North Korea to free three Americans who remain detained in the country's prisons, after the tragic death of the college student, Otto Warmbier, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a press release.

Jun 19 10:12

Mattis: North Korea Is a War We Don’t Want

peaking to Congress this week, Defense Secretary James Mattis was asked by Rep. Tim Ryan (D – OH) why the United States doesn’t just launch an immediate war to “take out” North Korea before they have the capability of hitting the United States.

While a lot of Trump Administration officials talk up the idea of a war with North Korea as something they’re eagerly anticipating, Mattis was a lot more realistic, insisting it is a “war that fundamentally we don’t want,” and that it would be the most serious US war with the most serious consequences since 1953.

Mattis went on to warn that a war with North Korea would involve massive shelling of Seoul, South Korea, oneof the most densely packed cities on earth, and that while he believes the US would ultimately win the war, they’d only do so “at great cost.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are close to the end of the "100 days" Chinese President Xi Jinping asked of President Trump, when the two got together at Mara Largo.

Xi asked Trump for ‘100 days’ to deal with North Korea problem

It could just be that President Xi doesn't have as much "clout" with its client state as President Trump believed, but there is nothing current North Korean State rhetoric which indicates that Kim Jung Un has any notion, or desire, to give up his nuclear weapons development program.

I have to wonder what further "diplomatic efforts" will move forward, before this program becomes a real problem for the US.

And as someone who lives in the state of Hawaii, you could reasonably say that Mike and I are a little nervous about this!!

Jun 19 10:09

Putin Readies Missile Defense System for North Korean “Escalation”

Russian president Vladimir Putin has deployed a new, state-of-the-art missile defense system in eastern Siberia in show of strength in response to repeated missile tests carried out by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

According to the U.K. Daily Mail, the Buk-M3 defense system can counter cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, military planes and helicopters. This is the first time its been deployed in Russia’s vast east.

Jun 19 09:51

Trump expresses fury over Korea's decision to delay THAAD: official

US President Donald Trump expressed fury over South Korea's decision to delay the full deployment of the US THAAD missile defense system pending an environmental assessment, a senior official said Sunday.

Trump showed the reaction when he discussed the matter with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the White House on June 8, the official told Yonhap News Agency on condition of anonymity.

Jun 19 08:40

North Korea: Diplomatic delegation 'mugged' at JFK Airport

North Korea says delegates it sent to a United Nations' conference in New York were "literally mugged" by US authorities as they tried to leave John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday.

In a report published Sunday, Pyongyang's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) accused US Department of Homeland Security officers and airport police of taking a diplomatic package away from the delegation, which it said carried a valid diplomatic courier certificate.

KCNA called the incident "an illegal and heinous act of provocation," adding that US authorities behaved like "gangsters."

Jun 18 09:47

China blacklists 24 S. Korean firms, restricts trade of food, cosmetics:

China has blacklisted 24 South Korean manufacturers and exporters, and restricted the sale of their cosmetics and food products in the world's No. 2 economy, a local trade promotion association said Friday.

The revelation of the list by the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) is a fresh blow to local companies already hurt by Chinese economic retaliation over the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system on the Korean Peninsula.

Jun 17 09:29

Their life disrupted, South Korean grannies vow to fight THAAD till the end

In Soseong-ri, a small farming village of about 80 residents in southern South Korea, a band of elderly women is at the forefront of protests against the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system next to their neighborhood.

A dozen or so women, in their 60s to 80s, stand watch each day around the clock to make sure no military vehicles enter the deployment site through the only road to it -- a former golf course owned by a leading conglomerate, the Lotte Group.

The vigil has forced the U.S. military to use helicopters instead to shuttle fuel and supplies to the site hosting the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

Jun 16 12:02

United States, China to Meet Wednesday on North Korea

U.S. and Chinese diplomatic and defense chiefs will meet Wednesday for a security dialogue that Washington says will focus on curbing North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

The talks in Washington will involve U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, as well as China's top diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and General Fang Fenghui, chief of state of the People's Liberation Army, the U.S. State Department said.

It will be the inaugural session of the U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue, a framework launched by President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a summit in Florida in April.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hopeful that something concrete comes of these talks, and that Chinese President Xi Jinping has made good use of those "hundred days" he requested of President Trump to work things out with North Korea.

Report: Xi asked Trump for 100-day grace period on North Korea

Unfortunately, however, Kim Jun Un's rhetoric has not softened against the United States, but in fact, over the last several months, appears to be becoming more threatening, rather than less; this has not been helpful.

But if there is no real resolution with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program at the end of the 100 days for which Chinese President Xi Jinping asked, we may well be looking at a war scenario against North Korea. President Trump may believe that not going ahead with some sort of a regional consortium, including South Korea, and Japan, and perhaps, Australia, may cause him to "lose face", a very critical concept in Asian diplomacy.

Jun 16 09:44

China Demands On-Site Inspection of THAAD Battery in Korea

The Chinese government recently asked Seoul to allow an on-site inspection of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery the U.S. recently stationed here, a government source said Tuesday.

China opposed the deployment because it believes that its powerful radar could be used to spy on its own military maneuvers.

Jun 16 08:41

Syria, Iran and N. Korea: Will Trump Attempt to Finish the Neocon Hitlist?

In Donald Trump’s short time in office, he has already shown his propensity to use military force. From dropping the largestnon-nuclear bomb ever used on Afghanistan, to launching 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Iraq (oh wait, Syria), there is no doubt that the Trump administration has a prominent militaristic streak.

But is this just for starters? If Trump stays in power for the duration of his term, is there a major war, or even multiple wars, on the horizon? Judging by the rhetoric and actions already taken by the Trump administration, it will be a miracle if the US does not start a major war in the near future. Coincidentally, the main countries in the sights of the Trump administration just happen to be the three countries that the neoconservatives pinpointed for regime change 17 years ago, but have not yet been dealt with.

Jun 15 19:57

US student, freed from North Korea with neurological injury, was ''brutalized'' : Father

An American university student who was detained for 17 months in North Korea and suffered a serious neurological injury was "brutalized" by the reclusive regime, his father said on Thursday.
Despite the "severe" injury, Otto Warmbier, 22, is stable and receiving treatment at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, center spokeswoman Kelly Martin said at a news briefing at Warmbier`s high school in Wyoming, Ohio.

Jun 15 13:33

WEED-BACKED CRYPTOCURRENCY POTCOIN FUNDED DENNIS RODMAN’S NORTH KOREA TRIP

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman has made yet another trip to North Korea this week. Though time a fully unofficial ambassador of the United States, he arrives in the republic as the official ambassador of PotCoin, a digital currency marketed to the marijuana industry.

Jun 15 11:56

Dennis Rodman Gives President Trump's 'Art of the Deal' to North Korean Leaders

During his fifth trip to North Korea, former pro-basketball player Dennis Rodman gifted North Korean leaders with President Trump's 1987 book, The Art of the Deal. The book famously details Trump's negotiation tactics in business. According to the Washington Post, Rodman gave the book to North Korea Sports Minister Kim Il Guk with the intention of him giving it to President Kim Jong Un.

Jun 15 08:45

North Korea says it released American student ‘on humanitarian grounds’

North Korea said Thursday that it released Otto Warmbier “on humanitarian grounds,” its first public statement about the University of Virginia student who went to North Korea as a healthy young man and left in a coma.

Warmbier is now being treated at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, in his home town, after being evacuated on a U.S. military medical plane on Tuesday.

His parents have said he is “in bad shape” and that they will hold a news conference Thursday morning to talk more about their son’s condition.

Jun 14 12:51

US Presses South Korea to Deploy Full THAAD Battery

The two U.S. THAAD launchers in place on a South Korean golf course will work against the North Korean missile threat but would work a lot better with a full battery of six launchers, according to Pentagon officials.

Jun 14 07:23

3 Americans Remain Imprisoned in North Korea

The release of Otto F. Warmbier on Tuesday leaves three American citizens known to now be held in North Korea. Two were arrested in the last two months; Tony Kim, also known as Kim Sang-duk, on April 23, and Kim Hak-song, also known as Jin Xue Song, on May 6; the North Korean authorities accused each man of “hostile acts.” Little is known about the case of the third American, Kim Dong-chul, including why he was detained in 2015.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Espionage?

Jun 14 06:09

North Korea Releases American Student Sentenced To 15 Years Of Hard Labor. Here's The Catch … He's In A Coma.

A 22-year-old American college student has been released from North Korea after 17 months of detainment. Three other Americans still remain imprisoned by Kim Jong Un’s dictatorial regime.
Otto Warmbier was taken into custody on January 2, 2016. At the time, he appeared healthy and conscious. This week, when Pyongyang released him from prison, Warmbier was in a coma. According to Warmbier’s family, Otto was stricken with botulism two months after his detention. He has been in a coma ever since.

Jun 13 14:41

N. Korea claims it can strike New York

Pyongyang says its nuclear weapons can hit New York, and that such a strike “might be proven in practice.” It’s a much-delayed response to a January tweet from Donald Trump, in which he said that a North Korean strike on the US “won't happen.”

Jun 13 09:17

North Korea 'most urgent' threat to security: Mattis

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that North Korea's advancing missile and nuclear programs were the "most urgent" threat to national security and that its means to deliver them had increased in speed and scope.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"How DARE they prepare to defend themselves when we invade!!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 13 08:35

North Korea releases U.S. student, Tillerson says

North Korea has released Otto Warmbier, an American serving a 15-year prison term with hard labour for alleged anti-state acts, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday in an announcement that came as former NBA player Dennis Rodman was paying a return visit to Pyongyang.

"At the direction of the president, the Department of State has secured the release of Otto Warmbier from North Korea," Tillerson said in a statement. "Mr. Warmbier is en route to the U.S. where he will be reunited with his family."

Jun 12 08:47

'Failure of US Policy': Pyongyang Taunts Washington With Promise of ICBM Launch

On Saturday, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), in an editorial published in the state-owned newspaper Rodong Sinmun, suggested that the first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch by the country was "not too far away," according to Yonhap.

"The series of recent strategic weapons tests show that we are not too far away from test-firing an intercontinental ballistic missile," according to a Rodong Sinmun editorial, cited by Yonhap.

Jun 11 08:43

US Officials Criticize South Korea for Halting Missile Defense System

President Moon has been critical of the deployment of THAAD, particularly because the deal was reached with the lame duck government right before the election, and hastily implemented. Moon has put a halt to further installations, pending environmental analysis.

Jun 09 16:22

Seoul Will Honor THAAD Agreement with US - South Korean Security Chief

South Korea’s national security adviser has said that Seoul will abide by its agreement with the US on deploying the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), as North Korea continues to pose “very serious and urgent threat.”

This statement follows North Korea’s claim that it has tested a new type of missile that could strike South Korean and US warships "at will" if attacked.

Four missiles were fired Thursday that traveled 125 miles before landing in the sea off North Korea’s east coast, according to South Korea national security head Chung Eui-yong.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow, that was a huge, and amazing turnaround, on the part of the South Korean Government...

Jun 09 13:29

Kim Jong-un Isn’t Crazy and China Doesn’t Have a Solution

No one who pays attention to the Korean Peninsula believes that there is an easy answer to the challenge of a nuclear North Korea. But finding solutions will become even harder if the problem is misdiagnosed.
The North’s leaders, starting with founder Kim Il-sung, appear to be eminently rational. His son, Kim Jong-il, wore platform shoes, had bouffant hair, donned oversized sunglasses and was particularly easy to caricature (think “Team America”). Nevertheless, Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il and descendent Kim Jong-un have skillfully wielded power, maintained control, deterred the United States and turned their small country into a Weltmacht of sorts.

The human cost has been great, but that’s no different than in the Soviet Union and People’s Republic of China. In those countries equally ruthless parties and leaders took control and made nations. The North’s political system is sui generis, but its participants act in an understandable and predictable fashion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish Rex Tillerson would drop the position of "no negotiation until North Korea's denuclearisation."

IF the US, China, and South Korea came together with North Korea to hammer out a peace deal with which to replace the existing armistice, with the guarantee for peaceful, unrestrained trade in exchange for letting go if its weapons program, THAT would be treating him like a "civilised person."

Of course, that...would be logical.

Jun 09 07:43

North Korea says it has tested new anti-ship missile

North Korea said Friday it has test-launched a new type of cruise missile capable of striking U.S. and South Korean warships “at will,” as South Korea found a suspected North Korean drone near the tense border between the rivals.

The missiles are the fourth new missile system North Korea has disclosed and tested this year, sending a defiant message that it will continue to pursue a weapons program that has rattled its neighbors and Washington.

“This new-type cruise rocket is a powerful attack means capable of striking any enemy group of battleships” attempting to attack North Korea and can be used “at will,” the North’s official Korean Central News Agency said.

Jun 08 18:05

North Korean Missiles 'Great Concern' – US Missile Defense Chief

Pyongyang’s ballistic missile tests are a cause for concern to the US and its allies, but existing missile defense technology can address the current threat, the head of the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has told Congress.

Jun 08 07:20

N. Korea launches another salvo of missiles, defying international condemnation

The latest barrage comes after three launches in May, and means Kim Jong Un has now ordered almost as many missile launches this year alone as his father oversaw — 16 — during 17 years in power.

It was not immediately clear how many missiles were fired Thursday or what type they were, but they appeared to be anti-ship missiles rather than the ballistic missiles North Korea had been testing recently.

“North Korea fired multiple unidentified projectiles, assumed to be surface-to-ship missiles, this morning from the vicinity of Wonsan,” South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, according to local media.

Jun 07 17:35

South Korea suspends THAAD missile system

THE South Korean government on Wednesday moved to suspend the controversial deployment of a US missile intercept system in the country, putting Seoul on a potential collision course with Washington’s regional defence strategy.

The presidential office announced that the further rolling out of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system would be frozen until an environmental impact assessment is finished.

It follows a political outcry over allegations that the new liberal president, Moon Jae-in, who was elected only last month, was kept in the dark by defence officials about how much equipment had already been allowed into the country.

Jun 07 10:04

US Aircraft Carriers Ronald Reagan, Carl Vinson Withdraw From Sea of Japan

According to the Japanese broadcaster NHL, the aircraft carriers left the sea on Monday after completing the military exercises last week.

The Carl Vinson will return to the home port in the US city of San Diego, the same reports added. However, the situation around North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile program will be further monitored by USS Nimitz carrier which is supposed to join Japan and India for joint military exercises in the Indian Ocean in July and head to the Persian Gulf subsequently, the outlet suggested.

The Carl Vinson carrier and its strike group including two destroyers and a cruiser was initially to the area close to North Korea in April in response to the repeated ballistic missile tests by the country. Since then, the situation around Pyongyang escalated further with several more missile launches by North Korea including the most recent on May 29. The launches were carried out by Pyongyang in violation of the UN resolutions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China's leadership, and particularly President Xi Jinping, may have done more to "encourage" North Korea to cease and desist from its weapons program than we know.

And additionally, this US move away from North Korea, militarily, might definitely be coupled with the following development in South Korea, reported this morning at zerohedge.com:

In Major Blow To Washington, South Korea Suspends Deployment Of US Antimissile System

Jun 07 07:26

'The height of egotism': North Korea blasts Donald Trump for pulling out of Paris climate agreement

North Korea has condemned US President Donald Trump for pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, describing the decision as "the height of egotism" and an example of the "moral vacuum" in the US leadership.

"Global warming is one of the gravest challenges that humankind is facing today", a Foreign Ministry spokesman told the state-run KCNA news agency on Tuesday.

Jun 06 08:52

Trump’s Handling of North Korea Is Going to Lead Us Straight Into Nuclear Disaster

Defense Secretary James Mattis remarked recently that a war with North Korea would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale.” No kidding. “Tragic” doesn’t even begin to describe the horrors that would flow from such a conflict.

Jun 05 12:08

US Tests ICBM Interceptor Missile Amid Rising Tensions With North Korea

The first ever test of an interceptor intended to shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) has been successful, the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said. The long-planned trial comes amid increased tensions with North Korea.

Jun 05 07:35

North Korea ‘rejects’ UN sanctions, vows to keep building up nuclear forces

A defiant North Korea on Sunday said it “fully rejects” newly expanded UN sanctions over its nuclear and missile tests — blasting the measures as “a crafty hostile act.”

“Whatever sanctions and pressure may follow, we will not flinch from the road to build up nuclear forces which was chosen to defend the sovereignty of the country and the rights to national existence and will move forward towards the final victory,” a foreign ministry spokesman told the state-run KCNA news agency, according to Reuters.

The UN Security Council’s Friday resolution was aimed at “putting a curb on the DPRK’s buildup of nuclear forces, disarming it and causing economic suffocation to it,” the spokesman said, employing an acronym for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Jun 05 07:35

Russia says North Korea nukes are a ‘direct threat’

North Korea’s nuclear ambitions are threatening to Russia, a Russian official said Sunday.

“It is not only (a) ballistic missile defense system — it has real function,” said Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin. “That is why it is alarming. And it is direct threat to Russia. We are convinced that it will increase the tensions of the region. That is our principle position.”

Jun 03 11:03

Mattis calls North Korea's threats 'clear and present danger,' criticizes ally China

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in no uncertain terms Saturday that North Korea presented a "clear and present danger," while also criticizing China for ratcheting up the tension over contested islands in the South China Sea.

His sharp words for both countries suggested he believed China would, out of self-interest, pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear and missile programs even as Washington pushes Beijing to change course in the South China Sea.

Speaking at an international security conference in Singapore, Mattis said the Trump administration was encouraged by China's renewed commitment to working with the U.S. and others to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons. He also said he thought Beijing ultimately would see Kim Jong Un's regime as a liability rather than an asset.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I cannot tell you the number of huge military aircraft which we can hear coming over the island of Oahu; but those flights have been very intense, of late.

I am expecting the war drums to heat up regarding North Korea in a very short time, and have to wonder if President Trump will give Chinese President Xi Jingping the "100 days to sort the problem" that he promised him, which would theoretically end at the end of this month.

I hope we are not also headed toward a war with China, because Mike and I are situated very close to a first-strike target here!

Jun 02 12:49

Russia Preparing Response to N Korea-Related US Sanctions on Russian Companies

Moscow is considering appropriate response to the latest US sanctions against Russian companies but does not want to bring bilateral relations to an impasse, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Sputnik on Thursday.

"We will be determine our answer based on the need not to drive our relations completely to a dead-end and work on the prospect of improving them. Today's actions of the US Treasury do not help accomplishing this task," he added.

Moreover, the Treasury sanctioned Russian, Chinese and North Korean nationals in connection with Pyongyang’s ballistics and nuclear programs. The individuals sanctioned were Igor Aleksandrovich Michurin of Russia, Ri Song-hyok from China and Kim Su-kwang from North Korea.

As a result of the sanctions, all of Michurin and the companies’ assets subject to US jurisdiction are frozen and US companies are prohibited from doing business with them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the US Treasury Department can prove that these individuals are colluding with North Korea and enabling its weapons program...how, please?!?

Where is a shred of evidence that this is happening, because absolutely nothing has been put into public discussion about why these people, and companies, are being sanctioned by the US Treasury Department?!?

In short, the US Treasury Department is doing this because it can, to further demonize both Russia and North Korea.

Jun 02 09:54

US Proposes New North Korea Sanctions At UN Security Council

The United States has reportedly presented a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council that would impose new sanctions on North Korea over the country’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Jun 02 08:58

US Carrier Strike Groups Join Japanese Near North Korea’s Coast

The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier strike group joined the USS Carl Vinson strike group Thursday near the coast of North Korea.

The pair accompanied Japanese forces in what has been described as “the largest display yet of naval power” against Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear weapons programs.

Jun 02 08:36

As US military flexes, North Korea marches toward nuclear capability

At this point, the pattern is familiar.

One week, North Korea fires off a ballistic missile, then US B-1 bombers stretch their wings over South Korea. The next, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversees another missile test, and two US Navy aircraft carriers show their might in waters off the Korean Peninsula.

This merry-go-round of military flexing in the Pacific has become the norm.

But as the US stacks more and more firepower in North Korea's backyard, Pyongyang marches closer to nuclear capability -- and analysts say there is little the world's strongest military can do about it.

Jun 01 07:56

Trump's Armada: Two giant US aircraft carriers join Japan in show of force to North Korea

Japan's Maritime Self Defence Force has sent two ships, including one of its four helicopter carriers, the Hyuga, to join the US carriers, the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Carl Vinson, and their eight escort ships, Japan's military said in a release.

May 31 08:13

South Korea military brass deliberately kept president in dark about THAAD: Probe

A South Korean presidential probe into the “unauthorized” US deployment of additional missile launchers in South Korea has found that the Asian country’s own military authorities had deliberately withheld the information from the new president.

The office of the newly-elected President Moon Jae-in announced on Wednesday that documents submitted to the chief executive shortly after he was sworn into office earlier this month were intentionally censored to conceal information on the installment of four new rocket launchers of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

Moon’s spokesman, Yoon Young-chan, said the country’s top military brass who briefed the president’s national security adviser last week deliberately excised references to any new launchers, or to the total number installed in the country.

May 30 14:10

S. Korean President Intends to ‘Make Breakthrough’ in Cooperation With Russia

South Korea is making nice with Russia. Looks like they are sick of the US.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in is aware of the importance of relations with Russia and plans to make a breakthrough in cooperation between the two countries, South Korea’s ambassador to Russia Park Ro-byug said Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Park and Russia's Deputy Culture Minister Alexander Zhuravsky signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation, according to which the two countries would hold a number of cultural festivals from 2017 to 2020.

May 30 11:40

US, Japan to take ‘specific action’ after N. Korea missile hit Japanese economic zone

Tokyo will take “specific action” and join forces with the US to deter Pyongyang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said after a North Korean missile flew about 450 km before landing inside Japan’s economic zone.
“As we agreed at the recent G 7, the issue of North Korea is a top priority for the international community,” Prime Minister Abe told reporters in a televised comment, as cited by Reuters.

“Working with the United States, we will take specific action to deter North Korea,” Abe said, adding that Japan will also maintain close contact with neighboring South Korea and other countries.

The strident statement came in response to the latest missile launch by North Korea. On Monday morning, a short-range ballistic missile traveled around 450km and landed in the Sea of Japan, 300 km off the Japanese coast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What "specific action" can the US and Japan possibly take, without engaging China, and South Vietnam?!?

Unfortunately, if past is prologue to the future, absolutely nothing, with regard to Kim Jung Un.

What needs to happen, and just as immediately is reasonably possible, is for a conference to happen, including North and South Korea, China, Japan, and the US, in which a peace treaty would be proposed to North Korea, with full economic freedoms, and no more sanctions, in exchange for North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons program.

Of course, that...would be logical.

May 30 10:32

BREAKING NEWS: SEAL TEAM 6 POSSIBLY LIQUIDATED IN NORTH KOREA, ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT OF DEAR LEADER KIM JONG-UN !

Russian military experts are indicating the Americans may have a problem with a SEAL team operating inside North Korea on a recon mission, gone horribly wrong.

South Korean news had previously reported that the USS Michigan, a submarine that moves special forces like US Navy SEALs, had joined the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group off of North Korea’s coast after a secret mission.

The USS Michigan, a guided-missile, nuclear-powered submarine, appeared in Busan, South Korea. But even earlier, Chinese intelligence reported that SEAL Team 6 was training alongside South Korea’s version of the SEALs for “incapacitating” North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un.

The US Navy has refused to comment on the movements of SEAL Team 6, the group of Navy SEALs who took out Osama bin Laden in 2011, to News Front, and it normally doesn’t advertise the whereabouts of its submarines, as its missions are meant to be secretive.

May 30 10:25

North Korea Launches Another Ballistic Missile

It's becoming a weekend tradition.

Almost exactly one week after the latest ballistic missile test launch by Pyongyang last Sunday, and two weeks after a similar launch the weekend prior, North Korea has fired its latest unidentified ballistic missile early on Monday, South Korea's military said according to Yonhap News. According to NBC, the North Korean missile flew for 6 miles after launch and landed in the Sea of Japan.

The launch will be the 12th missile Pyongyang has fired this year (according to the WSJ, and 9th according to Bloomberg, which count launch "errors" differently).

May 30 10:03

North Korea LATEST: Seoul orders urgent probe into THAAD defence over rising WW3 fears

SOUTH Korea has ordered an urgent probe into US THAAD anti-missile launchers amid fears Seoul could be caught in middle of World War 3 between Donald Trump and North Korea.

President Moon Jae-in claims the US Defence Ministry failed to inform him that four more launchers for the controversial system had been brought into the country.

And he said it was “very shocking” to learn about the installation days after the fact.

Now his government will launch an investigation into the new launchers amid reports they could back off from the ongoing conflict.

May 30 09:31

South Korean President Said Summit With DPRK is Needed

South Korean President Moon Jae-in had agreed on the need for a summit meeting with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) during his presidential election campaign, the spy agency chief nominee said Monday.

May 30 08:37

South Korea’s new leader orders probe into ‘unauthorized’ US deployment

South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-in has ordered an investigation into the “unauthorized” deployment of four additional THAAD missile launchers by the United States to the country’s soil.

Presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan said Moon was “shocked” to hear that the four additional launchers of the so-called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system were installed without being reported to the new government or to the public.

May 30 08:37

North Korea accuses US of provocation by sending B-1B bombers to Seoul

North Korea on Tuesday accused the US of making a grave military provocation by sending a formation of B-1B nuclear strategic bombers to the Korean peninsula for a second time in weeks.
The formation flew over South Korea "once again to stage a nuclear bomb dropping drill" on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

May 30 08:30

Russia Calls House Bill Aimed at North Korea an “Act of War.” Will the Senate Block H.R. 1644?

If enacted, the bill would amend the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 to increase the president’s powers to impose sanctions on anyone in violation of certain United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding North Korea. Specifically, it would allow for expanding sanctions to punish North Korea for its nuclear weapons programs by: targeting overseas individuals who employ North Korean “slave labor”; requiring the administration to determine whether North Korea was a state sponsor of terrorism and, most critically; authorizing a crackdown on North Korea’s use of international transit ports.

H.R. 1644 Targets Foreign Ports and Air Terminals

What caught the eye of Russian critics was Section 104, the part of the bill that presumed to grant the US “inspection authorities” over shipping ports (and major airports) far beyond the Korean Peninsula – specifically, ports in China, Russia, Syria, and Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can see why Russia is upset. The US Congress has no authority under international law to demand inspections inside foreign sovereign territory.

May 30 07:41

North Korea warns of 'bigger gift package' for US after latest test

The missile launched on Monday was equipped with an advanced automated pre-launch sequence compared with previous versions of the "Hwasong" rockets, North Korea's name for its Scud-class missiles, KCNA said. That indicated the North had launched a modified Scud-class missile, as South Korea's military has said.

May 28 09:22

U.S. says China realizes limited time to negotiate with North Korea

China has realized it has limited time to rein in North Korea's nuclear program through negotiations and is open to further sanctions against Pyongyang, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Friday.

Susan Thornton, the acting assistant secretary for east Asian and Pacific affairs told a news briefing in Beijing that China understood that the U.S. viewed the North Korea situation as an urgent "time-limited problem set".

"So they know now that they don't have, I think, as much time to try to bring the North Koreans to the table to get their calculus changed and get them to the negotiating table," she said. "And I think that has lent some urgency to their measures."

Pyongyang has conducted dozens of missile tests, the most recent last Sunday, and tested two nuclear bombs since the start of 2016, in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions. It says the program is necessary to counter U.S. aggression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; China, and the world, are being groomed by the US government for a US pre-emptive strike against North Korea.

There have been credible sources indicating that Chinese President Zi Jinping, upon visiting Mar-A-Largo in April, asked President Trump for 100 days to get the problem sorted with North Korea.

Report: Xi Jinping asked for '100-day grace period' on North Korea

The end of that 100 days comes roughly at the end of next month; and June starts this coming Thursday.

The question of whether President Xi will get his 100 days rests very squarely on the degree to which he can persuade Kim Jung Un not to continue his missile and nuclear tests before that time has ended.

And yesterday, the US military has just sent a 3rd carrier group to the Korean Peninsula:

US military sending a 3rd carrier group to the North Korean peninsula

It looks like the excrement is about to hit the ventilation system on the North Korean peninsula; I hope to heck I am wrong on this, but the continued movement of personnel and materials into this region bode ill for any substantive peace talks getting held in order to ratchet down tensions here.

May 28 08:22

US Deploys Third Aircraft Carrier Toward North Korea

The United States is sending a third aircraft carrier strike force to the western Pacific region in an apparent warning to North Korea to deter its ballistic missile and nuclear programs, two sources have told VOA. The USS Nimitz, one of the world’s largest warships, will join two other supercarriers, the USS Carl Vinson and the USS Ronald Reagan, in the western Pacific.

May 28 08:15

US Army Strips South Korean Stockpiles to Equip Additional Nonpermanent Forces

The US Army has resorted to stripping its foreign stockpiles and using rotational brigade teams as it strives to increase its numbers as a part of US President Donald Trump’s remilitarization ambitions, all the while trying to cut expenses wherever possible.

May 28 08:02

Your Daily Dose of BOOGA BOOGA! North Korean satellites 'in ideal position' for EMP attack to take down aeroplanes

THERE are growing concerns among US politicians that the North Koreans have the capability to launch a devastating EMP attack that would wipe out the American financial system and transport network.

North Korea has satellites perfectly positioned above the US that could be used to launch an unprecedented attack on the country.

The communist dictatorship also has two satellites positioned in an "ideal altitude" above the US to cause irreparable damage to the country's financial system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"North Korea has satellites perfectly positioned above the US that could be used to launch an unprecedented attack on the country???????"

Folks, satellites at the "ideal altitude above the US to cause irreparable damage to the country's financial system. " don't stay over one part of the globe. They orbit constantly.

It takes at least a megaton detonation to produce EMP, and North Korea's largest nuclear test to date is just ten kilotons.

Are they telegraphing a false-flag attack to be blamed on North Korea?

May 28 07:41

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un guides test of new anti-aircraft weapon

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has supervised the test of a new anti-aircraft weapon system and ordered its mass production and deployment throughout the country, the state news agency reported on Sunday, after weeks of defiant ballistic missile tests.

May 26 12:54

US PLANS FIRST TEST OF ICBM INTERCEPT, WITH NKOREA ON MIND

Preparing for North Korea's growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week. The goal is to more closely simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the U.S. homeland, officials said Friday

The American interceptor has a spotty track record, succeeding in nine of 17 attempts since 1999. The most recent test, in June 2014, was a success, but that followed three straight failures. The system has evolved from the multibillion-dollar effort triggered by President Ronald Reagan's 1983 push for a "Star Wars" solution to ballistic missile threats during the Cold War - when the Soviet Union was the only major worry.

North Korea is now the focus of U.S. efforts because its leader, Kim Jong Un, has vowed to field a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching American territory. He has yet to test an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, but Pentagon officials believe he is speeding in that direction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But what is the US military actually able to do about the interceptor's miserable failure rate?!?

This will do absolutely nothing unless it is completely accurate in its interception process, and it looks to me as though it is going to need far more intense engineering, and time, to get these units fully operational.

May 26 07:51

S. Korea OKs civilian contact with North Korea over malaria

South Korea will allow a civic group to contact North Korea over help in fighting malaria, the first government approval on cross-border civilian exchanges since North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January 2016, officials said Friday.

The announcement is a sign that the liberal government led by new President Moon Jae-in is trying to restart stalled civilian aid and exchange programs as a way to improve strained ties with the rival North. Moon's conservative predecessor, Park Geun-hye, hadn't endorsed any civilian contacts since the North's fourth nuclear test.

Seoul's Unification Ministry said the Seoul-based Korean Sharing Movement would be allowed to communicate with North Korea to discuss how to deal with malaria in North Korea.

May 25 11:03

Hawaii Updating Nuclear Contingency Plan Over North Korea Fears, Documents Show

The Hawaii Department of Defense is in the process of updating its nuclear contingency plan amid escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea.

May 25 10:56

‘Trust’ Us: Tillerson Urges North Korea to Back Off Nuke Program

On Thursday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson implored North Korea to help foster an atmosphere conducive to talks by ceasing its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons tests, asking them instead to “trust” the US’ pledge of no hostility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You HAVE to be kidding!

May 25 10:56

China: No one has right to bring war & chaos to Korean Peninsula

China's foreign minister has warned that no one has the right to bring war or chaos to the Korean Peninsula, and that anyone who does will bear responsibility. It comes just one day after Seoul fired warning shots at a suspected drone from North Korea.

May 25 10:37

In first under Trump, U.S. warship challenges Beijing's claims in South China Sea

A U.S. Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since U.S. President Donald Trump took office.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS Dewey traveled close to the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors.

China said its warships had warned the U.S. ship and it lodged "stern representations" with the United States. China said it remained resolutely opposed to so-called freedom of navigation operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word here, please: why the blazes are you doing your level best to tick off China's President Xi Jinping when you desperately need his help with North Korea?!?

Or did someone in the Military/Deep State, "Bowels of Power", make this decision for you?!?

What the American people are seeing, in the timing of this unquestionably idiotic act, on the part of the American military, is huge factionalism in the American government and military which doesn't augur well either for peace, or protection here at home.

Did Sec Def Mattis order this, without your knowledge and permission?!?

I understand that you want to give your commanders in the field more autonomy, but PLEASE, Mr. President; the current delicate state of relations between China and the US government, absolutely did not need this.

May 25 08:38

N. Korea calls S. Korea's border firing reckless provocation

North Korea on Thursday accused South Korea of firing 450 machine gun rounds at a flock of birds earlier this week, dismissing as a fabrication Seoul's claim that it had fired warning shots because of an object flying across their border.

The North's General Staff said the South's firing is a "reckless military provocation" aimed at promoting hostility toward Pyongyang and maintaining a confrontation on the Korean Peninsula.

May 24 11:58

U.N.’S NORTH KOREA INVESTIGATORS HIT BY [likely false-flag] CYBER ATTACK

U.N. Security Council's North Korea sanctions committee comes under "sustained" cyber attack

May 24 10:29

Trump discusses ‘madman Kim & good guy Xi’ in leaked call with Philippines’ Duterte

Donald Trump told Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte in a phone call last month that he is prepared to use force against “madman” Kim Jong-un but hoped the “good guy” Xi Jinping will help solve the North Korean nuclear issue, according to a leaked transcript.

May 23 13:52

South Korea’s New President Moon Jae-un: Back from the Brink, Small Steps Forward

Moon follows in the tradition of Presidents Kim Dae-Jung and Roh Mu-hyun. Kim was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his “Sunshine Policy” of tension reduction with North Korea. Moon had served as a chief administrator for Roh. During the decade of the Kim and Roh administrations from 1998 to 2007, inter-Korean conciliation and cooperation made unprecedented progress. The highpoint was the 15 June 2000 North-South Joint Declaration signed in Pyongyang by Kim Jong-Il for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Kim Dae-Jung for the Republic of Korea.

The Declaration set out reunification as a chief goal along with economic cooperation and building

“mutual confidence by activating cooperation and exchanges in all fields, social, cultural, sports, public health, environmental and so on.” Furthermore “The North and South agreed to hold dialogues between the authorities as soon as possible to implement the above-mentioned agreed points in the near future.”

May 23 13:21

In North Korea, the US Advertises Its Intentions

It’s no secret that the USS Carl Vinson has been near the peninsula for a few weeks. But now the USS Ronald Reagan, which is based near-theater in Japan, has joined it. The USS Nimitz, which is based in Washington state, is back in port, having recently completed a training exercise, as is the USS Theodore Roosevelt, farther south in San Diego. The U.S. Navy has said that the Roosevelt would deploy again soon, though it neglected to mention a destination. Dispatching three carrier groups is sensible, if not necessary, for military action against North Korea, but it’s not actually clear what role the Navy would play in the mission.

But the mission itself is clear: If it were to attack North Korea, the United States would try to destroy its nuclear facilities and eliminate the southern artillery batteries aimed at Seoul. And it would do so primarily through the air.

May 23 11:29

Xi asked Trump for ‘100 days’ to deal with North Korea problem

Chinese President Xi Jinping asked U.S. President Donald Trump for a 100-day grace period to deal with North Korea’s military provocations during their meeting in early April, according to several U.S. and Japanese sources.

At their talks in Florida, Trump asked Xi to strengthen economic sanctions against Pyongyang over its repeated ballistic missile and nuclear tests. China accounts for about 90 percent of North Korea’s foreign trade.

The U.S. president said that if Beijing did not cooperate, Washington was prepared to implement new sanctions against Chinese companies that have business dealings with North Korea, including several financial institutions, according to the sources.

Xi may have asked for the grace period to prevent such U.S. sanctions from making it difficult for the targeted Chinese companies to continue their business transactions with U.S. financial institutions and companies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this story is true, (and please note that this is not sourced), President Xi basically has until the end of June to turn Kim Jung Un's thinking around, when it comes to its nuclear weapons program.

The successful launching of a medium range missile last weekend does not seem to indicate that China has had an effect yet on moderating North Korea's missile program to date.

IF, in fact, these reports are true, I am hoping and praying that Chinese President Xi will "up his game" before the end of next month; otherwise, all hell could potentially break loose here, particularly if Kim Jung Un decides the "timing is right" to test a nuclear weapon

May 23 08:38

S. Korea fires shots at N. Korea after object crosses border

South Korea fired warning shots Tuesday after an unidentified object flew south from rival North Korea, Seoul’s military said. Local media said it may have been a North Korean military drone.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the military broadcast a warning to North Korea in response to the object before firing the warning shots. It said the military also bolstered its air surveillance. The statement provided no other details.

There was no immediate comment in North Korea’s state-run media, and no reports that the North had returned fire.

May 23 08:37

U.N. condemns North Korea missile launch, vows new sanctions

The Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's "flagrant and provocative defiance" of U.N. sanctions banning ballistic missile tests on Monday and again vowed to impose new sanctions in response to its latest launch.

May 22 12:02

North Korea's Latest Missile Test Brings Us One Step Closer To WWIII (Here's How We Got Here)

As time goes on, North Korea’s nuclear program is making war with the United States more and more likely. As SHTFplan.com's Daniel Lang details, we’re on a terrible path that no one knows how to escape from.

On the one hand, North Korea is clearly led by an unhinged and tyrannical government that can’t be trusted with nuclear weapons. So you can understand why the US is so determined to stop their progress with these weapons. But at the same time, those nuclear weapons could one day guarantee that the leaders of North Korea will remain in power for a long time. Those weapons would make any potential aggressor think twice about trying to invade the bellicose nation, so there’s no way that North Korea is going to abandon its nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This possibility is making residents of Oahu, military, or non-military, more than a little nervous.

May 22 10:07

North Korea's Kim Approves New Ballistic Missile "Deployment For Combat"

Just hours after today's second consecutive successful launch of a North Korean ballistic missile in one week, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un approved "the deployment of the new intermediate-range ballistic missile for combat use" as the country succeeded in test-firing it, Pyongyang's state media said Monday, cited by Yonhap. KCNA also redundantly added that Kim personally observed the launch of the new ground-to-ground Pukguksong-2 missile, and approved the deployment of the Pukguksong-2 for action, calling it a "successful strategic weapon," the KCNA said... as if there may have been something more important for Kim to do during that time.

"This type of missile should be rapidly mass-produced in a serial way" to arm the strategic force of the Korean People's Army, Kim was quoted as saying by the report.

May 22 09:58

KIM Jong-un has vowed to increase North Korea's military might following the successful deployment of a new-intermediate range ballistic missile on Sunday.

KIM Jong-un has vowed to increase North Korea's military might following the successful deployment of a new-intermediate range ballistic missile on Sunday.

After watching the launch of the new Pukguksong-2 missile, the North Korean dictator was reportedly satisfied with its accuracy and branded it a “successful strategic weapon”, according to state-run media outlet KCNA.

After the second missile launch in less than a week, KCNA reported: "Saying with pride that the missile's rate of hits is very accurate and Pukguksong-2 is a successful strategic weapon, [Kim Jong-un] approved the deployment of this weapon system for action.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

to President Donald Trump; China's President Xi Jinping; Japan's Prime Minister Abe; gentlemen, a word please.

As much a pain as North Korea's Kim Jung Un may be to deal with, the only resolution of the issue of North Korean missiles is through negotiation, and right the heck now, thank you very much!!

What should be happening is the establishment of a peace accord for North Korea, with iron-clad promises of free trade, and lack of any restrictions against its economy, with the quid pro quo of North Korea stopping its nuclear weapons program when this takes effect.

And a short memo to Secretary of State Tillerson, who has reiterated that only when North Korea ends its nuclear weapons program, will the US be ready to negotiate; Mr. Tillerson, Kim Jung Un understands that his only possible ploy for preventing an invasion of his country is the development of a nuclear weapon as a deterrent.

He has seen what has happened to countries which do not have this, and is trying to insure that North Korea doesn't become yet another victim of "regime change."

The time for serious negotiations is now: the potential for horrific damage from an attack against North Korea would be horrific for the region as a whole.

May 22 08:33

New North Korean missile test smaller than recent launches, White House says

North Korea's latest test launch Sunday was a medium-range ballistic missile that has a shorter range than others fired by the communist regime in recent months, the White House said.

The South Korean military said the projectile was launched Sunday afternoon Korean time from the vicinity of Pukchang, an area north of the capital Pyongyang most notable for its hard-labor camp for political prisoners.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rather gratuitous mention of the prison camp, which has absolutely nothing to do with the missile test.

May 22 06:07

WannaCry Ransomware: North Korea Denies Role in Global Cyber-Attacks

The code used in the latest attack is similar to that used in past hacks blamed on Kim Jong-Un’s regime, leading some to point the finger at Pyongyang.

But the North has now denied the claims, notably but not exclusively advanced by South Korean experts, and hit back Friday to accuse its opponents of spreading propaganda.

“It is ridiculous,” Kim In-Ryong, North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters, suggesting Washington and Seoul were behind the allegation.

“Whenever something strange happens, it is the stereotyped way of the United States and the hostile forces to kick off a noisy anti-DPRK campaign.”

May 21 09:12

North Korea fires ballistic missile about 310 miles, Seoul says

The rocket was fired from an area near Pukchang, in South Phyongan Province, and flew eastward about 310 miles, said South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. It did not immediately provide more details.

The White House said it was aware that North Korea had launched a midrange ballistic missile.

May 21 08:49

North Korea fires medium-range missile in latest test

North Korea on Sunday fired a medium-range missile, U.S. and South Korean officials said, in the latest ballistics test for a country speeding up its development of nuclear weapons and missiles.

The rocket was fired from an area near the North Korean county of Pukchang, in South Phyongan Province, and flew eastward about 310 miles, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. It did not immediately provide more details.

White House officials traveling in Saudi Arabia with President Donald Trump said the system, which was last tested in February, has a shorter range than the missiles launched in North Korea's most recent tests.

U.S. Pacific Command said it tracked the missile until it landed into the sea.

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Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears to me that perhaps China's President Xi Jinping has been instrumental in counseling restraint to President Trump on the is issue of North Korean missile tests, and that is a positive outcome of their meeting earlier this year.

May 20 02:49

Mattis: North Korea Military Solution Would Be "Tragic On An Unbelievable Scale"

With the media narrative once again focused squarely on Trump and the "Russian connection", something which will unlikely change over the next week absent "fireworks" elsewhere, the story of potential military intervention in South Korea has understandably dropped from the front pages. Although with a second US aircraft carrier now en route to the Korean Peninsula, and with Trump desperate for another "big bang" distraction, is it shortsighted to underestimate the potential of another geopolitical hotspot emerging in the next few days.

While the answer is unknown, on Friday afternoon Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reminded the American public just how high tht potential stakes are when he said that any military solution to the North Korea crisis would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale" and that Washington was working internationally to find a diplomatic solution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China is not the problem here; how the problem can best be characterised, is that the US government is intransigent in its position that there can be no negotiations before North Korea abandons its nuclear missiles program, which means, in Kim Jung Un's mind, that North Korea should be vulnerable to invasion.

What should be happening here is a multi-lateral conference, between the US; North Korea; South Korea, and China, which would create a peace treaty to replace the existing armistice, with the quid pro quo being, that North Korea ends its nuclear weapons program in return for guarantees on trade and free movement of its people and its goods.

Of course, that...would be logical.

May 19 10:53

Pentagon’s Syria Strike Spurred North Korea to Prep for US Missile Attack

Following last month’s missile attack on a Syrian government airfield ordered by US President Donald Trump, North Korea is making preparations for a similar attack from Washington. Pyongyang is reportedly repairing walls so its gallery positions will be shielded against air raids.

May 19 10:53

More US Bombers to Korea? Not Right Now, Says Air Force General

A US Air Force general announced on Wednesday that the American bomber presence in the Pacific is sufficient, even considering the current North Korean crisis.

May 19 10:04

Hawaii Lawmakers Push To Re-Open Fallout Shelters Amid Nuclear War Fears

As AP reports, the state House Public Safety Committee unanimously passed a resolution Thursday (see below). Committee Vice Chairman Matt LoPresti says he's not trying to spread fear. But he wants the public to know the government is taking steps to protect them in the worst case scenario. He's aiming to get state funding to re-equip Cold War-era fallout shelters.

May 18 09:48

How Military Industrial Complex is Pushing US Toward New 'Missile Crisis

The US' dangerous muscle-flexing in Asia-Pacific is a continuation of Obama's "pivot to Asia" strategy, US peace activist Jan R. Weinberg told Sputnik. To avoid yet another missile crisis all the parties involved need to start negotiations over the long-term disarmament and eradication of nuclear weapons in the region, he stressed.

In his March interview with Sputnik the founder of "Show Up! America," Jan R. Weinberg, warned that the US-led militarization of the Asia-Pacific region might turn into the "American Missile Crisis."

"The American Missile Crisis may very well become the term that historians use to describe the precipitously dangerous, present day, militarization and terrorism issues within the Indo-Asia-Pacific region," he warned.

May 18 08:39

The Buttinski Should Butt Out of Korea

Korea is none of the U.S. government’s business. The only proper course of action is for the Pentagon and the CIA to exit the country and bring those 23,000 American soldiers stationed in Korea home. No negotiations. No agreements. No talks. Just butt out of what is none of your business and exit the scene by coming home.

Why are there 23,000 U.S. troops in Korea? It’s because the U.S. government, headed by President Harry S. Truman and his newly established national-security establishment, decided to intervene in another country’s civil war more than half-a-century ago.

That’s right — a civil war. That’s all it was.

May 18 08:15

Russia steps up North Korea support to constrain US

In spite of international sanctions on North Korea's communist regime, Russia has been increasing fuel exports to Pyongyang and filling in the supply gap created by China halting trade. Julian Ryall reports.

May 18 07:52

Ferry service opens between N. Korea & Russia’s Vladivostok

A tourist ferry has completed its first cruise from the North Korean port of Rajin to the Russian city of Vladivostok. The route’s opening marks Pyongyang’s bid to develop trade and tourism ties with Russia amid growing tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Representatives of Chinese and Russian tourism companies were on board the ferry that arrived in Vladivostok on Thursday, RIA Novosti reports, citing the route operator. The first tourists on the first-ever passenger connection between the two countries are expected next week, it added.

May 17 17:38

FLASHBACK 2013 - Largest known rare earth deposit discovered in North Korea

Privately-held SRE Minerals on Wednesday announced the discovery in North Korea of what is believed to be the largest deposit of rare earth elements anywhere in the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There's a reason to invade!

May 17 15:49

Putin: We Need To Stop Intimidating North Korea, Find Peaceful Solution

North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test’s prompted a chorus of condemnation from around the globe.

May 17 12:13

North Korean Missile Tests ‘Recipe For A Disaster’: US Admiral Harris

Admiral Harry Harris, the top US commander in Asia-Pacific, has warned against military escalation on the Korean Peninsula, saying missile tests by Pyongyang are “a recipe for a disaster.”

May 17 09:07

USS Carl Vinson to Remain Near Shores of Korean Peninsula in Open-Ended Mission

The US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson strike group, which has been stationed near the Korean peninsula since April, will remain deployed in the region for an indefinite period in the light of Pyongyang’s recent nuclear missile test, local media reported Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Call me silly, but "indefinite deployment" of the USS Carl Vinson strike group does not auger well for peace, particularly in light of the following disturbing development:

Seoul May Launch Preemptive Strike in Case of ‘Imminent’ Pyongyang Attack

The article goes on to state: "South Korea may carry out a preemptive strike if it becomes evident that North Korea will launch a massive missile attack against the country, South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo said Tuesday".

This statement appears to be completely at odds with South Korean President-elect Moon's "Sunshine Policy", which favors engagement with North Korea, almost as though Defense Minister Han "didn't get the memo".

So I have to wonder: Is Defense Minister Han DC's "Man" in South Korea?!? What could possibly be the agenda of making a threat like this, other than to provoke Kim Jun-un to do something completely, and irrevocably stupid?

The short answer is, there is no other reason; and that is cause for concern.

May 17 08:16

Video: ‘North Korea In Europe’ Ukraine Bans Most Popular Social Networks Because They Are Russian-Owned

The most popular social networks in Ukraine are now banned, in Ukraine.

May 17 08:14

‘You Either Support North Korea or You Support Us,’ U.S. Envoy Says

The American ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday called for stiffening sanctions against North Korea and perhaps even punishing those who continue to help it, even as she acknowledged that there was no consensus yet with the North’s powerful backers in China.

“We have to turn around and tell the entire international community: You either support North Korea or you support us,” the ambassador, Nikki R. Haley, told reporters. “The United States is not past looking at third-country entities who are helping North Korea and putting sanctions against them. If you’re supporting North Korea, you’re against the rest of the international community.”

May 17 08:07

South Korea Wants to Reopen Communications With North

Since his election last week, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has repeatedly made clear he wants to improve relations with North Korea. To that end, South Korean officials say their immediate priority is to reopen the lines of communication with them at all.

The biggest obstacle to doing that is the United States, and President Moon is dispatching a new Ambassador to DC. President Trump has made clear that he believes diplomacy has “failed,” and that he would only accept any discussions with North Korea under very limited circumstances, which other officials suggested meant they had to stop materially everything the US finds objectionable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Deep State in the Unhinged Surveilled States of America will do everything in its power to prevent this from happening.

So President Moon, a word please; kindly double, or treble, the personal protection detail you have around you.

The US government, and its agents, are not above assassinating heads of state they believe are not "in tune" with their agenda.

Just look at what happened to Libya's Qaddafi.

Please be communicating, diplomatically, with your Chinese counterparts, to see how they can help open the door for this dialogue to being with North Korea.

Because at the end of the day, it is only dialogue, and not war, which can achieve positive changes here.

May 16 14:20

UN Agency Exposed Helping North Korea with Patent Application for Banned Nerve Gas

For more than a year, a United Nations agency in Geneva has been helping North Korea prepare an international patent application for production of sodium cyanide -- a chemical used to make the nerve gas Tabun -- which has been on a list of materials banned from shipment to that country by the U.N. Security Council since 2006.

Sodium cyanide is used mainly to extract gold and other precious metals in mining industry. This application exploits the high affinity of gold(I) for cyanide, which induces gold metal to oxidize and dissolve in the presence of air (oxygen) and water, producing the salt sodium gold cyanide (or gold sodium cyanide) and sodium hydroxide:

4 Au + 8 NaCN + O2 + 2 H2O ? 4 Na[Au(CN)2] + 4 NaOH
A similar process uses potassium cyanide (KCN, a close relative of sodium cyanide) to produce potassium gold cyanide (KAu(CN)2). Few other methods exist for this extraction process.

Chemical feedstock[edit]

May 16 11:31

Claims of North Korea Links to Cyber Attack ‘Well Short of Proof’

Researchers investigating last week’s cyber attacks involving the WannaCry ransomware say that early versions of the software had some code in common with past attacks by the “Lazarus Group,” which some officials have accused of being North Korean hackers.

The Lazarus Group was behind a handful of past attacks, most notably the Sony hacking incident of 2014, which officials attributed to North Korea primarily because it came around the release of the movie The Interview, which involved a plot to kill North Korea’s leader.

The researchers who noted the similar code conceded that copying snippets of code between hacker groups is not uncommon, and that this was “well short of proof” of an actual relationship between the two. Indeed, most of the WannaCry code was a copy of exploits developed by the NSA.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that those in the bowels of power in the USSA (the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America), are desperate for ANY accusation which might "fly' in public opinion in terms of getting it to go along with a war against North Korea, which may well escalate into a war against China.

They seem to have missed the point, thank you very much, that Americans are profoundly war-weary, and war-skeptical at this point in their history.

And it is very damning that no 16 year old American teenager has ever lived through a time in their lives, when the US government hasn't been at war with SOME foreign power or another, somewhere else in the world.

May 16 10:55

Trump, Comey, Gowdy, the FBI, and North Korea. Michael Rivero - May 15, 2017

May 16 08:53

WannaCry ransomware shares code with North Korea-linked malware – researchers

The source for WannaCry ransomware, which has spread to 150 countries, may be Pyongyang or those trying to frame it, security analysts say, pointing to code similarities between the virus and a malware attributed to alleged hackers from North Korea.

May 15 17:19

BEX ALERT - Researchers see possible North Korea link to global cyber attack

Cyber security researchers have found technical clues they said could link North Korea with the global WannaCry “ransomware” cyber attack that has infected more than 300,000 machines in 150 countries since Friday.

Symantec and Kaspersky Lab said on Monday some code in an earlier version of the WannaCry software had also appeared in programs used by the Lazarus Group, which researchers from many companies have identified as a North Korea-run hacking operation.

“This is the best clue we have seen to date as to the origins of WannaCry,” Kaspersky Lab researcher Kurt Baumgartner told Reuters.

May 15 14:59

Missile Tests Show N Korean Leader Is Paranoid: Nikki Haley

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says a barrage of missile tests shows that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is “in a state of paranoia.”

Haley made the remarks in an interview with ABC News on Sunday after Pyongyang conducted another ballistic missile test over the weekend.

May 15 12:44

Kim Jong-Un Is In A 'State Of Paranoia' – UN Envoy Haley

The latest ballistic missile test carried out by North Korea was prompted by Kim Jong-un’s “paranoia,” US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said, adding that such actions reduce the chances of direct talks between Washington and Pyongyang.

May 15 09:09

North Korea's Latest Ballistic Missile Was A "New Type" With Dramatically Longer Range

fter North Korea provoked both its neighbors and the US when on Sunday morning it fired off yet another ballistic missile from Kusong near the border with China - one which this time did not explode upon launch - just days after the election of a new South Korean president who ironically advocates more engagement with Pyongyang, experts said the missile appeared to be a new type of ballistic missile, and had a far greater range than any other weapon North Korea has successfully launched.

May 15 09:05

‘Don’t intimidate North Korea’ Putin urges world to calm down over Kim missile launch

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin has said that North Korea’s latest missile launch is “dangerous” but has warned against “intimidating” Kim Jong-un amid fears of World War Three.

May 15 09:04

No new nations should have NUKES: Putin’s WAR RULES as he warns don't threaten North Korea

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin said today that Moscow was opposed to any new countries acquiring nuclear weapons, but that the world should talk to North Korea rather than threaten it.

May 15 08:09

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsNorth Korea Says Tested Missile Capable of Carrying Heavy Nuclear Warhead

North Korea’s state media has claimed that yesterday’s successful missile test was aimed at proving the nation’s capability of carrying a “large scale heavy nuclear warhead,” quoting leader Kim Jong-un as saying the United States mainland is in “sighting range for strikes.”

The missile flew 787 kilometers, landing between Russia and Japan. The Pentagon insisted that the missile was “not consistent” with an ICBM of the sort capable of traveling far enough to hit the US. Moreover, this is a rare successful test for North Korea, whose missiles have several times exploded during takeoff recently.

The claim of nuclear-capability is of course still a huge deal, however this too isn’t really proven by a missile test launch, as North Korea’s ability to miniaturize their nuclear weapons into a warhead is very much still in doubt, though clearly with tensions soaring in the region it is in their interest to claim they have such retaliatory capabilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

North Korea's missiles most probably cannot hit the mainland; they may, however, be able to hit Hawaii.

The US government "sacrificed" Hawaii once before to get public sentiment behind joining World War 11; would they perhaps, sacrifice the Hawaiian islands again to get public sentiment behind a military attack against North Korea, let's say, with a false flag attack against them, to be blamed on North Korea?!?

I would not bet against this, right now, were I a betting woman.

May 15 07:22

N.Korea's latest launch suggests progress towards long-range ballistic missile, experts say

North Korea's apparently successful launch of a mid-to-long range missile indicated a significant advance in its drive for an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The country boasted that the launch the previous day was aimed at verifying the capability to carry a "large scale heavy nuclear warhead."

The U.S. military's Pacific Command said on Sunday the type of missile that was fired was "not consistent" with an ICBM.

May 14 08:48

Trump Warns New South Korea President Against Call for North Korea Talks

New South Korean President Moon Jae-in has made clear he wants to get reconciliation talks going with North Korea, and took a bit of a shot at US sanctions pushes in comments yesterday, saying he thinks sanctions should only be considered as a tool to get North Korea to the table for talks.

The Trump Administration has insisted in recent weeks they consider diplomacy to have “failed,” and President Trump appeared very dismissive of the new push for diplomacy today, saying he would only accept discussion with North Korea “under certain circumstances.”

May 14 07:42

North Korea launches ballistic missile despite warning from international community

North Korea launched a ballistic missile Sunday despite warnings from the international community, according to the South Korean military.

The missile was fired from North Korea’s west coast just two weeks after the country’s last unsuccessful test launch which resulted in an embarrassing explosion.

May 13 16:34

North Korea Open To Talks With Trump

#Trump is a #MasterPersuader, This happened because Trump said that he would be honored to meet Kim Jong-un. Enjoy your #CognitiveDissonance.

May 13 09:48

Trump Warns New South Korea President Against Call for North Korea Talks

New South Korean President Moon Jae-in has made clear he wants to get reconciliation talks going with North Korea, and took a bit of a shot at US sanctions pushes in comments yesterday, saying he thinks sanctions should only be considered as a tool to get North Korea to the table for talks.

The Trump Administration has insisted in recent weeks they consider diplomacy to have “failed,” and President Trump appeared very dismissive of the new push for diplomacy today, saying he would only accept discussion with North Korea “under certain circumstances.”

Trump didn’t make clear what those circumstances would be, naturally, but did appear to reject the need for talks in the near term, bragging that he’s handling North Korea “very well, very firmly” without diplomacy. The State Department added that they want North Korea to “cease all illegal activities” for the possibility of talks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word here, please: your ultimatum to South Korean President Moon reeks with hubris.

And please remember; ultimately, without negotiation and diplomacy, there is absolutely no opportunity to move forward toward peace, and away from war.

May 12 14:33

Electromagnetic pulse attack on Hawaii would devastate the state

With North Korea developing its nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile capabilities, Hawaii defense experts are concerned North Korea could target the 50th state with an EMP attack. Such an explosion, if executed high enough in the atmosphere, could be hundreds of miles from Hawaii and still damage its operations and communications.

May 12 07:52

South Korea President Wants to Limit US Sanctions on North

South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-in has, in the day since his inauguration, engaged in a series of conversations with leaders from around the region and the world, and today insisted that he wants to see any sanctions imposed against North Korea done only parallel to negotiations with them.

Moon, who has long advocated peaceful reunification with North Korea, has made clear he wants a return to the Sunshine Policy, and the attempt to return to the old policy of trying to improve relations, and to avoid military confrontation.

The Trump Administration has rejected diplomacy in recent months, talking up either a military solution or the imposition of new sanctions. Moon likely figures he can avoid the former by accepting the later, though even here he insisted sanctions should only be used as a way to get North Korean officials to the bargaining table.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This approach will absolutely not be to the liking of those in the bowels of power in the Unhinged States of America.

I would highly suspect that as I type this, those individuals who see war as the best, and only answer, for American geopolitical disputes, are contemplating either a decap strike against South Korean President Moon (by some "lone nut assassin", of course), or a false flag to be blamed against North Korea, or both.

Please remember; the massed US naval fire-power hasn't gone away from the Korean peninsula.

So President Moon, whatever personal security you have around you right now, you had better double or treble it; the American Deep State is perfectly comfortable playing the "frenemy" card, so you had better be sleeping in your Kevlar undies right now.

May 12 07:44

North Korea sends protest to US Congress over sanctions

A North Korean parliamentary committee sent a rare letter of protest to the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday over its new package of tougher sanctions.

The sanctions were condemned as a "heinous act against humanity" by the foreign affairs committee of the North's Supreme People's Assembly, according to a state media report.

It was not immediately clear how the protest was conveyed — if it was sent by mail or how it was addressed — since North Korea and the United States have no diplomatic relations and virtually no official channels of communication. The report, carried by the North's Korean Central News Agency, said the letter was sent Friday.

The Republican-led House overwhelmingly voted May 4 to impose the new sanctions, which target North Korea's shipping industry and use of what the bill called "slave labor."

May 11 20:02

US intelligence director warns of more Russian cyberthreats

The director of national intelligence says Russia and other countries, including China, North Korea and Iran, are using cyberspace to target US and its allies, and will do so in future.
The Senate intelligence committee is holding a hearing on worldwide threats, and intelligence director Dan Coats says Russia is a threat to US government, military, diplomatic, business and critical infrastructure.

May 11 18:16

Kim Jong-un BOMBS and destroys the 'South Korean White House' in shock pics

North Korea built a mockup of the building, seen in propaganda photos, for its troops to destroy.

Images released by state-run media last year showed Kim's special forces storming the building in a mock invasion.

And now fresh satellite photos have revealed that this replica of the Cheong Wa Dae or Blue House has been totally destroyed.

They come as a chilling reminder to South Korea's newly-elected president, Moon Jae-in, of the crisis on the peninsula.

Comparing the new photos from satellite image provider, Airbus, to shots from last year provides a sharp contrast.

In the new images the replica is reduced to ruin, destroyed almost completely except for the facade.

There's also what looks like a test site for a laser or wire-guided anti-tank missiles to the north.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact, Kim Jung Un ordered this video done (and isn't just a heap of Western propaganda, fabricated with Photoshop, he is creating a situation where South Korean President Moon's wish to implement the "sunshine policy" may be a moot point.

I still strongly suspect a false flag here, to kick up a confrontation with North Korea; I hope to heck I am wrong, but it now feels that, with the election results having turned out the way they did (with the South Korean people choosing peace over war), those in the bowels of power in the Unhinged States of America will do everything within their power to undo this somehow.

May 11 18:10

Kim Jong-un BOMBS and destroys the 'South Korean White House' in shock pics

North Korea built a mockup of the building, seen in propaganda photos, for its troops to destroy.

Images released by state-run media last year showed Kim's special forces storming the building in a mock invasion.

And now fresh satellite photos have revealed that this replica of the Cheong Wa Dae or Blue House has been totally destroyed.

They come as a chilling reminder to South Korea's newly-elected president, Moon Jae-in, of the crisis on the peninsula.

Comparing the new photos from satellite image provider, Airbus, to shots from last year provides a sharp contrast.

In the new images the replica is reduced to ruin, destroyed almost completely except for the facade.

There's also what looks like a test site for a laser or wire-guided anti-tank missiles to the north.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact, Kim Jung Un ordered this video done (and isn't just a heap of Western propaganda, fabricated with Photoshop, he is creating a situation where South Korean President Moon's wish to implement the "sunshine policy" may be a moot point.

I still strongly suspect a false flag here, to kick up a confrontation with North Korea; I hope to heck I am wrong, but it now feels that, with the election results having turned out the way they did (with the South Korean people choosing peace over war), those in the bowels of power in the Unhinged States of America will do everything within their power to undo this somehow.

May 11 15:05

CIA Opens New Center To Monitor North Korea

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has announced the establishment of a Korea Mission Center, which it says will focus on countering military threats coming from North Korea.

May 11 13:37

Moon Elected in South Korea, Promising New Push for Peace With North

Moon is a major departure from the recent string of hawks in the South Korean presidency, advocating peaceful reunification with North Korea and promising to visit the reclusive nation at the first opportunity after the election. He is seen as keen to return to the Sunshine Policy of the early 2000s, aimed at improving bilateral ties and trying to avoid war.

That’s not likely to sit well with the Trump Administration, which has repeatedly panned diplomacy in general as a “failed” tactic and has been talking up increasingly confrontational policies toward North Korea. Moon, however, is well aware of this, saying he thinks it is very important that South Korea should develop a less lop-sided relationship with the US ,and “learn to say no to the Americans.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those in the Bowels of Power in the Unhinged States of America will not take very kindly to Moon's peaceful approach, and even as I am typing this, are probably plotting ways to make a peaceful rapprochement with North Korea absolutely impossible.

May 11 12:40

The Korea Crisis: Beyond The Smoke And Mirrors

Hong Kong.

Some outsiders to Asia are painting a skewed scenario of the current Korea tensions that casts China as co-villain (with the US), if not chief villain. This represents a serious misleading of what’s going on in Northeast Asia.

May 11 10:02

CIA Consolidates Assets, Expertise & ‘Creativity’ Against ‘North Korea Target’

The CIA has created a dedicated unit to monitor Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs amid reignited fears that North Korea’s sixth nuke test is imminent, and claims that the agency was planning a biochem attack against Kim Jong-un.

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