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May 01 09:56

What The Corporate Media Never Tells You About North Korea

There is a great deal of propaganda and deliberate misinformation about North Korea, which the public should know.

While neocons, a cheering corporate media, and Deep State, rush to war with North Korea, information is the ultimate weapon.

For example, did you know that North Korea, China, and India, are the only three nations who have committed to a “no nuclear first” policy? They have pledged never to use nuclear weapons “first”, but of course reserve the right to use them if attacked.

How many times has the US threatened to use nuclear weapons against North Korea?

Do you know that North Korea has repeatedly asked the US to engage in bilateral talks, to cool off the ever-escalating tension? The offer was flatly rejected by both Obama and Trump.

Can you resolve differences within your family without dialog? No dialogue, no peace. Why won’t the US talk to North Korea??

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know precisely when such an attack against North Korea may be coming; but all indications are that it is coming.

I will breathe a heavy sign of relief, and I hope to heck I am absolutely, completely, dead wrong in my assessment of what is happening here, but don't think I am.

One does not place the kinds of military assets as the US government has placed just off the Korean peninsula, and not use them.

May 01 09:42

McMaster says US must be prepared for military operations in North Korea

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster attempted to make clear Sunday that President Trump is seeking international support in trying to stop North Korea’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, reasserting Trump’s vow that the U.S. will no longer be the world’s policeman.

“It’s an open defiance of the international community,” McMaster told “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s important for all of us to confront this regime… . None of us can accept a North Korea with a nuclear weapon.”

From essentially the start of Trump’s winning presidential campaign, he has criticized previous administrations about the financial and geo-political consequences of leading efforts to police or overthrow foreign regimes. He even threatened to resign from NATO unless other countries started paying their fair share for such efforts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These comments were not made for international effect but specifically for domestic consumption, as the American people are being mentally "groomed" toward the inevitability of military conflict with North Korea.

May 01 09:36

Trump Not Ruling Out Attacking North Korea

After weeks of mounting international concerns about the possibility of the United States attacking North Korea, President Trump appeared extremely non-committal about the possibility of him ordering such an attack, insisting he wasn’t going to rule it out.

“I don’t know, I mean, we’ll see,” Trump insisted on CBS’ Meet the Press. This was a surprisingly mild response after weeks of talking about “taking care of” North Korea and bragging about dispatching a “armada” to the Korean Peninsula with an eye toward such a strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All the elements are now in position for such an attack, and if, in fact, President Trump greenlights it, that has to come soon; South Korean elections happen next Tuesday, 9 May, and the man favored to win the election is an advocate of the "sunshine policy" toward North Korea, which is one of engagement.

May 01 09:27

North Korea warns of nuclear test 'at any time'

North Korea warned on Monday (May 1) that it will carry out a nuclear test "at any time and at any location" set by its leadership, in the latest rhetoric to fuel jitters in the region.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been running high for weeks, with signs that the North might be preparing a long-range missile launch or a sixth nuclear test - and with Washington refusing to rule out a military strike in response.

May 01 09:25

Why is North Korea Being So Unreasonable?

Why hasn’t the Kim Jong-Un regime responded with open arms and shouts of joy for this generous and fair-minded proposal from Uncle Sam?

Maybe it is because North Korea not only has first-hand knowledge of US “diplomacy,” but it can point to the grisly consequences that happen to regimes that do not have nuclear capabilities when they fall out of favor with Washington war mongers. Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria are just some recent examples.

Nor does North Korea have to look around the globe for what the US does to nations without nuclear arsenals, but can recall events which took place not so far away. For more than a decade, America mercilessly pulverized the little, defenseless country of Vietnam. Despite the destruction and mass murder inflicted, it was to no avail except, of course, to line the pockets of arms manufactures while American citizens were drained of their wealth and blood.

May 01 09:22

Why China 'urgently' recruiting Korean-Chinese interpreters for town near North Korea

A Chinese town near the border with North Korea is "urgently" recruiting Korean-Chinese interpreters, stirring speculation that China is bracing for an emergency situation involving its nuclear-armed neighbor.

May 01 08:49

JAPAN DEPLOYS WARSHIP TO SUPPORT US 'ARMADA', AUTHORIZES "NECESSARY USE OF WEAPONS" FOR FIRST TIME SINCE WORLD WAR II

In a post-World War II precedent-setting move (under the country’s expanded military doctrine), the Japanese Navy has reportedly deployed a helicopter carrier (and authorized it to use weapons, if necessary), to escort and protect a US supply vessel.

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada ordered the Izumo Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier to protect a US Navy supply ship, which is heading towards the Pacific to resupply the American armada sent by Donald Trump to keep North Korean nuclear ambitions at bay, sources told Kyodo news.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At the moment, I can see nothing which is moving away from military action against North Korea and very soon.

The South Korean elections will be held next Tuesday, 9 May. If the attack does not happen by that point, and with a political "dove" who favors the "sunshine policy" apt to become the President of South Korea, this will have to happen quickly, or not at all.

May 01 08:30

Tillerson Threatens North Korea

Addressing Security Council members on Friday, Secretary of State Tillerson turned truth on its head, claiming years of US “well-intentioned diplomatic efforts to halt (North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile) programs have failed.”

“It is only by first dismantling them that there can be peace, stability, and economic prosperity for all of Northeast Asia.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look at all the other nations the US Government has stuck their nose in over the last 2 decades. See peace? See stability? See Prosperity? No? Me neither.

May 01 08:15

North Korea stand-off like Cuban missile crisis in slow motion, says John McCain

Comments from Arizona Senator come as President Donald Trump plays coy on the potential for military action against North Korea

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Interesting that McCain would make that association, as it was the US placing nuclear missiles in Turkey to threaten the Soviet Union with that led to the USSR placing the missiles in Cuba!

May 01 07:02

North Korea vows to step up nuclear programme

North Korea on Monday vowed to step up its nuclear weapons programme to a "maximum pace" in response to increasing pressure from the US.
"Now that the US is kicking up the overall racket for sanctions and pressure against North Korea, pursuant to its new North Korea policy called `maximum pressure and engagement`, Pyongyang will speed up at the maximum pace the measure for bolstering its nuclear deterrence," a foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement.

Apr 30 17:56

China 'putting pressure' on North Korea, says Donald Trump

Donald Trump thinks Chinese President Xi Jinping is "putting pressure" on North Korea, the US president said in an interview to air on Sunday, as tensions mount over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes.
If North Korea carries out a nuclear test "I would not be happy," Trump told the CBS television network's "Face the Nation" programme.

Apr 30 17:07

Trump's security advisor reveals US will teach North Korea a LESSON for 'open defiance'

DONALD Trump's National Security Advisor has revealed that US patience is wearing thin and warned the conflict "will end soon one way or another".

Apr 30 17:01

Trump WILL pay $1bn for THAAD - Seoul claims - days after US president says no

DONALD TRUMP will shell out the $1billion funding for the THAAD anti-missile system for South Korea, it has been claimed.

Just days after the President said Seoul should pay for the technology which will defend against North Korea.

In a telephone call on Sunday, Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, reassured his South Korean counterpart, Kim Kwan-jin, that the US alliance with South Korea was its top priority in the Asia-Pacific region, the South's presidential office said.

The South also claimed the US confirmed it would shoulder the cost for THAAD.

Apr 30 09:29

Gov. John Kasich: Kim Jong Un Must Be Removed From Power

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, John.

Apr 30 08:56

America’s War against the People of Korea: The Historical Record of US War Crimes

An armistice is an agreement by the warring parties to stop fighting. It does signify the end of war.

What underlies the 1953 Armistice Agreement is that one of the warring parties, namely the US has consistently threatened to wage war on the DPRK for the last 60 years.

The US has on countless occasions violated the Armistice Agreement. It has remained on a war footing. Casually ignored by the Western media and the international community, the US has actively deployed nuclear weapons targeted at North Korea for more than half a century in violation of article 13b) of the Armistice agreement.

The armistice remains in force. The US is still at war with Korea. It is not a peace treaty, a peace agreement was never signed.

Apr 30 08:14

South Korea, US conduct military drills despite Pyongyang threats

South Korea and the United States wrapped up their annual large-scale military drills on Sunday, but continued a separate joint naval exercise that has triggered dire threats from nuclear-armed North Korea.

Apr 29 19:55

US carrier Carl Vinson stages war drills with South Korean Navy

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier on Saturday started a joint naval drill with the South Korean Navy in the East Sea amid heightened tensions from North Korea`s failed ballistic missile launch earlier in the morning, defence officials here said.

Apr 29 11:52

BREAKING NEWS: Russia Backs China’s Call To Stop North Korea Nuke Tests In Exchange For Halt In US-South Korea Drills.

This is the key to stopping this war. We must stop military exercises with South Korea. Then Russia and China can get North Korea in line. North Korea has not accepted these exercises from the very beginning.

Apr 29 09:42

North Korea supports non-nuclear world and owes USA nothing

Can Donald Trump strike a nuclear blow on North Korea (the DPRK)? The analysis of the situation shows that the US can not ignore the positions of Moscow and Beijing that stand strongly against the US attack on the territory of the DPRK. At the same time, Moscow has distanced itself from the North Korean regime by saying that Russia does not accept Pyongyang's nuclear adventures. Nevertheless, Moscow has also warned Washington about the inadmissibility of taking a military action.

Apr 29 08:29

How Bio-Weapons Led To Torture ... And North Korean Nukes

In Why North Korea Needs Nukes - And How To End That we pointed to the utter destruction the U.S. and its allies waged in the war on Korea on all parts of the country. That North Korea seeks "weapons of mass destruction" is quite understandable when one takes into account the hundreds of thousands tons of napalm used against it. But even Napalm and the criminal destruction of North Korean dams were not the worst depravation the U.S. applied. Biological warfare agents, primarily anthrax, were dropped over North Korea and China and killed civilians. The U.S./UN command denied such use and covered it up. One consequence of that cover up was the development of torture methods in the U.S. SERE pilot training programs and their later proliferation into criminal abuses in Guantanamo, Abu Graibh and elsewhere. An important piece of evidence of this trail was recently and for the first time re-published on the web

Apr 29 08:18

North Korea's missile test fails, US military says

A ballistic missile launched early Saturday by North Korea in defiance of international pressure and at a time of heightened regional tensions appears to have failed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, what we have here is Trump screaming about a guy who is out shooting at the target range with a busted gun!

 

 

 Or...

 

 

 Kim Jung-un ordered this test to fail, to defuse the situation without having to back down and lose face.

Apr 29 08:07

The CNS North Korea Missile Test Database

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies North Korea Missile Test Database is the first database to record flight tests of all missiles launched by North Korea capable of delivering a payload of at least 500 kilograms (1102.31 pounds) a distance of at least 300 kilometers (186.4 miles). The database captures advancements in North Korea's missile program by documenting all such tests since the first one occurred in April 1984, and will be routinely updated as events warrant.

The below map allows users to view North Korea’s missile tests over a period of time, and to select by missile type, missile family, and the tests' results. Users can also view additional infographics and read expert analysis of the database.

Apr 28 21:19

China draws red line for North Korea issue: war is not allowed

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi took a tough position on the North Korea issue on Wednesday, saying that war on the Korean Peninsula is absolutely unacceptable.

Wang made the remarks in a press conference after a Sino-German dialogue on cooperation with Sigmar Gabriel, the German vice-chancellor and foreign minister in Germany.

China has drawn a red line for the U.S., North Korea, and South Korea, that war on the Korean Peninsula is not allowed and that all consequences would be borne by the relevant countries should war break out.

Apr 28 21:17

China warns of necessary actions as US says THAAD to be operational in coming days

China expressed its grave concern after parts of the THAAD system were moved to the deployment site in South Korea, which the U.S. claims is purely defensive. China Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that the deployment of THAAD breaks the strategic balance in the region and ratchets up the tension on the Korean Peninsula.

China strongly urged the U.S. and South Korea to cancel the deployment and withdraw the equipment, and sent a strong warning that China will take necessary actions to safeguard its own interests.

Apr 28 21:07

Trump tough on South Korea: Threatens to terminate free trade deal, wants payment for THAAD missile defense system

President Donald Trump said that he will either renegotiate or terminate a "horrible" trade deal with South Korea, Reuters reported late Thursday.

The president also said he wants South Korea to pay for the $1 billion THAAD missile defense system, Reuters said.

Responses to Trump's comments soon arose, with an official from South Korea's automakers association telling Reuters that the group is now concerned about "the uncertainty" of the free trade agreement.

Shares in Hyundai Motor fell as much as 2.4 percent following Trump's comments. South Korea's won turned weaker on the comments.

Apr 28 21:04

Experts: North Korean nukes can defeat even the world's most advanced missile defense system

The US has successfully tested THAAD 12 times, but never used it in actual combat, which can play out much differently than controlled tests. "Things that work well at home on the test range don't always go as smoothly when deployed," Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told the Associated Press.

Another scientist, David Wright, co-director of the Union of Concerned Scientists' Global Security Program, said that a salvo of North Korean short-range missiles could overwhelm THAAD.

Apr 28 20:51

'China's Anti-THAAD Drills to Simulate Counterattack Scenarios'

A Chinese military expert predicts drills ordered by Beijing to counter the threat of the THAAD will include a preemptive strike on the U.S.-built missile system, which is now based in South Korea.

Apr 28 19:08

US says time to act on North Korea, China says not up to Beijing alone

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea`s nuclear and missile development could lead to `catastrophic consequences,` while China and Russia cautioned Washington against threatening military force.

Apr 28 16:02

BREAKING NEWS: North Korea carries out a non-nuclear missile test says Pentagon - but it fails AGAIN

A US official said the missile blew up over land before it ever reached its target of the the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea. It landed around 35 miles kilometers from Pukchang airfield, CNN reports.

A US government source told Reuters the test-fire had failed.

The missile, thought to be a mid-range KN-17 ballistic missile, was fired from a location in the South Pyeongan province in the early hours of Saturday morning local time, according to South Korea's military chiefs of staff said, the BBC reports.

So far, there has been no comment on the failed test-fire from North Korea.

Apr 28 14:36

North Korea 'tests ballistic missile' amid reports Pyongyang stating war 'imminent'

"North Korea fired an unidentified missile from a site in the vicinity of Bukchang in Pyeongannam-do (South Pyeongan Province) early this morning," Yonhap reported, quoting a statement issued by South Korea's military.

Apr 28 12:00

When 'Sunshine' Ruled on the Korean Peninsula

Before South Korea’s conservative presidents severed ties with North Korea from 2008, their liberal predecessors Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun promoted peaceful engagement and rapprochement, an approach called the “sunshine policy.”

The name stemmed from an ancient Greek fable where the wind and the sun competed to remove a man’s cloak. No matter how strongly the wind blew, the man only wrapped his cloak more tightly to keep warm. But when the sun shone, the warmth made him take his cloak off. The wind symbolized unsuccessful coercive policies toward North Korea and the sun stood for an approach able to persuade North Korea to take off its anachronistic and uncomfortable cloak, changing at last.

Apr 28 11:21

Russia says strike on North Korea ‘completely unacceptable’

Moscow tells UN Security Council meeting that any military action to address nuclear proliferation by Pyongyang could have catastrophic consequences.

Russia on Friday warned at the United Nations that military options to address the threat from North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic programs were “completely unacceptable” and would have “catastrophic consequences.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the Security Council that China’s proposals to restart talks with North Korea should be seriously examined and that sanctions alone would not work.

North Korea “is conducting itself in an inappropriate way,” Gatilov told the council. “At the same time, options of using force are completely unacceptable and could lead to catastrophic consequences.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported by reuters this morning:

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea's nuclear and missile abilities could lead to 'catastrophic consequences,' while China and Russia cautioned Washington against threatening military force to solve the problem. While Washington has pressed Beijing to rein in its ally Pyongyang, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the U.N. Security Council that "the key to solving the nuclear issue on the peninsula does not lie in the hands of the Chinese side." Tillerson urged the 15-member body to act before North Korea does and called on states to sever diplomatic and financial ties with Pyongyang. He said that because China accounted for 90 percent of North Korean trade, its role was particularly important. "Failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences," Tillerson said in his first remarks to the council as secretary of state. The United States was not pushing for regime change and preferred a negotiated solution, but Pyongyang, for its own sake, should dismantle its nuclear and missile programs, he said. "The threat of a nuclear attack on Seoul, or Tokyo, is real, and it's only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the U.S. mainland," Tillerson said. While Tillerson repeated the Trump administration's position that all options are on the table if Pyongyang persists with its nuclear and missile development, Yi said military threats would not help.

The question is, with the South Korean elections just a little over a week away, and one of the front-runners being an avowed advocate of the "Sunshine Policy", which promotes engagement with North Korea, just how long will the US give the UN Security Council to vote for these sanctions they are demanding, with a sure and certain knowledge that Russia and China will either abstain, or vote no?!?

The Security Council process can be glacial.

Apr 28 11:15

Trump's `Armada' Sent to Deter Kim Can't Knock Down His Missiles

Accompanying the Vinson, which is en route from the Philippine Sea south of Japan, are the destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer and USS Michael Murphy and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain. They aren’t equipped with the version of the Aegis surveillance system made by Lockheed Martin Corp. that can track long-range ballistic missiles or Raytheon Co.’s SM-3 interceptors that are capable of bringing down medium and longer-range ballistic missiles.

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Oops!

Apr 28 11:10

Trump's demand Seoul pay for THAAD will test ties as Moon presidency looms

The remarks come as South Korea heads into a presidential election that will likely elect liberal front-runner Moon Jae-in, who has said the next administration in Seoul should have the final say on the deployment of THAAD. Moon's campaign office said the deployment of THAAD should be immediately suspended until then.

"This almost certainly will become another self-inflicted wound for the alliance and for U.S. foreign policy," said Daniel Pinkston, a Troy University professor and expert on North and South Korea based in Seoul.

Moon, who said in a book published in January that South Korea should learn to "say no to Americans", is leading polls by a wide margin ahead of South Korea's May 9 election to replace impeached former President Park Geun-hye, whose government agreed with Washington last year to deploy THAAD.

Apr 28 10:55

Sec. Tillerson to UN Security Council: ‘Act Before North Korea Does’

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Friday for tougher sanctions — aimed mainly at China and other countries that continue to trade with North Korea — as a way to pressure Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear program.

Tillerson, who chaired a special meeting of the United Nations Security Council, said the U.S. prefers a diplomatic solution. However, he stressed the U.S. reserves the option of military action to counteract North Korean aggression if necessary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


The body language tells a lot. Tillerson isn't doing any better here than he was with the meeting with the Senators!

Tillerson made two statements I wish to respond to.

Tillerson claimed that North Korea is pushing the world towards conflict. How many nations as the United States attacked in the last 16 years? Same question for North Korea.

2. Tillerson claims North Korea doe snot need nuclear weapons. Again, how many nations as the United States attacked in the last 16 years? How many of them had nuclear weapons with which to deter attack?

Apr 28 10:10

Fox News Poll: 53 percent favor military action to stop North Korea nukes program

It will take military force to stop North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, a majority of voters believe -- and they tend to favor the U.S. taking that action.

That’s according to the latest national Fox News Poll of registered voters.

Fifty-one percent say that U.S. military action will be required to keep the rogue nation from continuing its nuclear weapons program, while 36 percent think diplomacy alone can stop it.

By a 53-39 percent margin, voters favor the U.S. using military force to keep North Korea from making further advancements on nukes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME, understanding the horrific loss of life such an attack would create, on both sides?!?

Either FAUX news was "push-polling", i.e., working through zip codes where they knew what the general answer would be before they conducted the poll, or they were polling the criminally insane!!

No thinking person I know believes that a US military "solution" should be employed, not one!!

Apr 28 10:06

9/11 Destroyed America Conspiracy Buzz — Paul Craig Roberts

In America, telling the truth has become more dangerous than ever … even deadly to one’s career. “It comes at a high cost that hardly any can afford.” Why have we allowed a tiny handful of neoconservatives to destroy multiple Middle Eastern countries, along with whatever civil liberties we once had in America? Neoconservatives are a tiny number of people. No more than a dozen are of any consequence. Yet they have used America to murder millions. And now they are fomenting war with Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea. The world would never survive such a war. Are Americans so insouciant that they will stand aside while a dozen neoconservatives destroy the world?

Apr 28 09:22

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsTillerson: US Won’t Attack North Korea So Long as Threat ‘Manageable’

After weeks of speculation that a US attack on North Korea could be imminent, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who played a substantial role in the rhetoric that fueled that belief, sought to play down the idea of an immediate attack, saying that the US is willing to be patient and will not strike so long as the threat is considered “manageable.”

This is in stark contrast to official statements in the past month, with Tillerson having declared diplomacy to have failed, and Vice President Mike Pence having declared the era of patience “over” weeks ago. The US continues to add warships, and anti-missile systems to the theater of operations too, with the Pentagon having just warned Congress of the potential for large-scale consequences for a new Korean War.

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Secretary of State Tillerson, a word, please: what does "manageable" even mean in the context of North Korea?!?

I don't think that Tillerson's comments, coupled with the statements of Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris on this issue, are any kind of "deliberate ambiguity"; I think this sharp, and painfully clear, difference of opinion on the path forward, demonstrates a very schizophrenic split in the American Deep State as to how to go about getting North Korea to do what the US government wants it do do.

And that is a very dangerous state of affairs for American foreign policy toward North Korea.

Apr 28 09:01

Russia, Japan call for resumption of talks on Korean settlement

Leaders of Russia and Japan have called for an urgent resumption of multi-party talks to find a solution to the current crisis in the Korean Peninsula.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that they were seeking de-escalation in the Korean conflict, admitting that the situation had seriously deteriorated over the past weeks.

Putin urged all sides of the crisis to refrain from any provocation that could further deteriorate the situation. He also said the surge in hostilities had made it necessary for all stakeholders to embark on renewed efforts to find a solution to the conflict.

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Putin and Abe are behaving like the adults in the room right now.

However, that being said, I cannot imagine on what the Vegas odds are of talks restarting at this moment in time.

Last month, Secretary of State Tillerson rejected talks with North Korea until they stop their nuclear weapons program, which is absolutely a non-starter for North Korea, because such weapons have been developed as a deterrent to an American strike against it.

Rex Tillerson Rejects Talks With North Korea on Nuclear Program

The 9th of May, the date when South Korea holds its elections, is coming up quickly; it's one week from this Tuesday.

IF, in fact, the US is going to engineer a false flag to blame against North Korea as the "justification" for an attack against it, they are going to have to do it very, very soon, unless the US government is determined to bend the South Korean election results to its liking; and it appears that this is very much the case.

Because all of a sudden, out of no where, we have a "dark horse" candidate, Ahn Cheol-soo, who is "surging" in the polls. As reported at the New York Times on 14 April, 2017:

Mr. Ahn, a boyish former medical doctor and relative neophyte in politics, calls himself a champion of “new politics” who would heal a country disillusioned with what he describes as a corrupt and out-of-touch elite. But his detractors call him a “stooge” for old politics, beholden to conservative allies of former President Park Geun-hye, whose impeachment and ouster last month led to the election. Polling experts say that Mr. Ahn owed his recent popularity to people who shunned conservative candidates after Ms. Park’s corruption scandal but did not trust Mr. Moon either, especially in dealing with North Korea’s advancing military abilities. Mr. Ahn has wooed those people by attacking Ms. Park’s government while promising to honor its decision to allow the United States to deploy an advanced missile defense system in the country against the North, a decision that has infuriated China.

So, if this guy is able to pull off a "come from behind" win (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) the US will have a little more latitude in terms of timing on a military campaign, or taking other steps, against North Korea.

Rigging foreign elections is nothing new to the American deep state.

So the question becomes, will the American deep state take the chance that this man can actually win the South Korean election, or will the possibility he may not be able to, drive them to a pre-emptive strike?!?

We'll know very soon, I predict.

Apr 28 08:28

Trump says 'major conflict' with North Korea possible

US President Donald Trump has warned that a “major conflict” with North Korea is “absolutely” possible in the ongoing standoff over its nuclear and missile programs.

"There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely," Trump told Reuters on Thursday ahead of his 100th day in office.

Apr 28 08:27

Trump wants S. Korea to foot $1bn THAAD bill, Seoul says no

Donald Trump said South Korea should pay for hosting the American THAAD anti-missile system, in line with his general narrative that America’s allies are taking advantage of US protection. Seoul has rejected the idea.

President Trump wants South Korea to pay around $1 billion for the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery, he told Reuters in an exclusive interview.

“I informed South Korea it would be appropriate if they paid. It’s a billion dollar system,” said Trump.

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South Korea didn't even want the THAAD. They wouldn't need the THAAD were it not for the US' meddling in their part of the world. The village where it is deployed is rioting right now. I am not surprised that Seoul told Donald to go pound kimchi!

Apr 28 08:09

New spin of North Korea-Syria ‘axis of evil’ points to US war

US media reports this week blamed North Korea for having a dastardly role in an alleged chemical weapons massacre in Syria. As if the two countries could not be demonized enough. The latest spin of the “axis of evil” suggests Washington is hell-bent on war.
Demonize, dehumanize, destroy. That’s the logic being throttled by the Trump administration toward both North Korea and Syria. This week war hawk US Senator Lyndsey Graham after a dinner with President Trump referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “nutjob,” while Trump earlier labeled Syrian leader Bashar Assad an “animal.”

Now the two “evil dictators” are bonded in US media reports for complicity in the alleged chemical weapons attack earlier this month in Syria’s Idlib Province, where it is claimed Assad’s armed forces dropped toxic munitions on civilians, killing up to 80.

The supplier of the alleged chemical weapons in Syria is the “Kim Jong-un regime” in North Korea, according to US reports.

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Apr 28 08:06

USA’s military pressure on North Korea threatens global catastrophe

"Switching from polemics to power actions is unacceptable. I do not think one has to be an expert to understand that the military scenario to resolve the situation on the Korean Peninsula will trigger a colossal global catastrophe in all dimensions," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova said.

Apr 28 03:00

THIS IS THE END: TILLERSON & MATTIS JUST DECLARED WHAT WE WILL DO WITH NORTH KOREA

In a press release issued on April 26, Rex Tillerson and James Mattis and the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats called for America to realize the “urgent” threat coming from North Korea.

Apr 28 02:52

Bad Idea : Trump Warns There Is A Chance Of “A Major, Major Conflict” With North Korea

While emoting sympathy for Kim Jong Un's situation, President Trump told Reuters, during a lengthy interview ahead of his 100th day in office, that he'd "love to solve things diplomatically," but warned that "there is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea."

Apr 27 16:01

US Deploys 3,500-Strong Brigade to South Korea Amid Tensions with North

The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, one of the oldest tank units in the US Army, will move to South Korea for a nine-month “rotational deployment.” It comes just one day after the Pentagon threatened an “overwhelming response” to any attack on Seoul.

Apr 27 15:09

New spin of North Korea-Syria ‘axis of evil’ points to US war

US media reports this week blamed North Korea for having a dastardly role in an alleged chemical weapons massacre in Syria. As if the two countries could not be demonized enough. The latest spin of the “axis of evil” suggests Washington is hell-bent on war.
Demonize, dehumanize, destroy. That’s the logic being throttled by the Trump administration toward both North Korea and Syria. This week war hawk US Senator Lyndsey Graham after a dinner with President Trump referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “nutjob,” while Trump earlier labeled Syrian leader Bashar Assad an “animal.”

Now the two “evil dictators” are bonded in US media reports for complicity in the alleged chemical weapons attack earlier this month in Syria’s Idlib Province, where it is claimed Assad’s armed forces dropped toxic munitions on civilians, killing up to 80.

The supplier of the alleged chemical weapons in Syria is the “Kim Jong-un regime” in North Korea, according to US reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The demonisation of Russia, North Korea, and Syria continues apace, in preparation for war.

The war against North Korea will have an incredibly horrific cost in blood and money.

The war against Syria will almost certainly lead to war against Russia, which is readying ground troops for Syria as I type this, and most probably the reinstatement of the US draft for both our young men and our young women.

But there is one factor the American Deep State is not considering; Americans have become war-weary, and war-skeptical, and may well not be willing to "buy into" war against either country, no matter how dramatic a next false flag the US creates to sell their wars may be.

Apr 27 14:59

US Pacific Commander: Pyongyang’s Actions Could Justify Invasion of North Korea

Appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Thursday, US Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris Jr. refused to take an American invasion of North Korea off the table, as Pyongyang has already “provided provocation” to justify such an invasion, the District Sentinel reported.

In an exchange charitably describable as awkward, Harris was asked by South Carolina Republican and SASC member Lindsey Graham, "Is it fair to say, we do not have any intention of invading North Korea at all? Nobody has told you get ready to invade North Korea."

"That is not fair to say, sir," Harris answered, probably not the reply Graham was hoping for. "I believe the president has said that all options are on the table."

Harris: "I don't want to get into what we could or couldn't do."

"Well North Korea thinks we're going to invade at any moment. Do you think that's part of our national security strategy – without provocation to attack North Korea?" Graham asked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The cost of such an invasion of North Korea, in blood and money, would be horrific; I would like to hope that the US government is not seriously thinking about doing this.

Apr 27 14:57

The High Costs Of US Warmongering Against North Korea

Today, the White House is convening a rare briefing for 100 senators on North Korea with Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is planning to chair a special meeting at the UN Security Council on North Korea this Friday.

Apr 27 14:48

North Korea turns to Southeast Asian nations for support in battle with US to stop ‘nuclear holocaust’

NORTH Korea has appealed to Southeast Asian countries for support in its row with the United States to prevent what it warned could be a “nuclear holocaust”.

In a letter to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ secretary-general, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho warned the situation on the Korean Peninsula was “reaching the brink of war” because of Washington’s actions.
He urged the ASEAN chief to inform the 10-nation organisation’s foreign ministers “about the grave situation” on the peninsula “and give them a proper proposal”, while criticising at length US-South Korean military exercises.

Ri’s letter appeared to be a highly unusual move. A Southeast Asian diplomat said that, as far as he could recall, it was the first time North Korea had written a letter seeking ASEAN’s help on the issue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho is making his case in advance for blaming the United States government if things go south here, and there is a military exchange.

Apr 27 14:41

Trump Weighing Military Options Against North Korea: Ted Cruz

The administration of US President Donald Trump is considering a range of military actions against North Korea, says Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Cruz made the remarks on Wednesday night, after attending a “long and detailed” private meeting at the White House, where all 100 members of the Senate were invited to discuss tensions with North Korea.

Apr 27 14:02

Senior Trump Official: ‘Military Preparations’ Underway For North Korea

“Military preparations” are currently underway as part of the Trump administration’s multifaceted plan towards North Korea, a senior official said Wednesday.

The top Trump aide, who asked not to be named, spoke with reporters while senators met at the White House for what has been described as an “unusual” classified briefing on North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

Apr 27 11:47

At The Threshold Of War: “The Choice Is Not Up To Us Anymore… It Is Being Decided Upon At This Very Moment”

In the meantime, the Russians are beginning to redeploy ground troops to Syria. It appears that the U.S. is going to be pushed into a war in one theater or another by the progressives masquerading as conservatives. This brings to mind the ratiocination for the initiation of hostilities in either theater. For North Korea, it is simple: The North Koreans are one of the three nations not involved in the global banking cartel. In addition, a war will increase U.S. hegemony in the area regardless of what happens to South Korea or Japan in the aftermath.

Apr 27 11:34

Japan Warns Citizens To Prepare For North Korean Missile Attack

As the United States begins to move elements of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to a deployment site in South Korea earlier than expected - in the name of defending against the “evil North Korea” of the mainstream narrative - Japan is warning its citizens they’ll have little time to find safety if Kim Jong-un launches an attack.

The government’s advice, essentially, is to find cover, meaning a sturdy building or structure — in itself a largely ineffectual tip, given their own guidelines admit “It is extremely difficult to be able to pinpoint missile landing areas before their launch.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly think Kim Jung Un is too wily to order an attack against either Japan or South Korea, because he understands that the US will uncork, and turn North Korea into a molten sea of green glass if he does so; if something happens off of either country, it will most probably be a US-instigated "false flag" to get the war going, and time is definitely running out before South Korea's 9 May election to do this.

But I am still not really certain, at the moment, that this will happen; the Senators who attended yesterday's briefing left with little hard evidence, and probably, more questions than answers.

I will be very interested in seeing the responses of members of the House to their briefing, which happens later today.

Apr 27 10:58

BOOGA BOOGA - NKorea ‘Space Nuke’ Program Greater Threat Than ICBMs

Launched from a satellite, a small nuclear warhead only needs to explode 300 miles above the Earth to knock out a power grid – and the US is largely defenseless to such an EMP attack North Korea could potentially deliver.

Apr 27 10:06

'We learned very little': Senators who attended White House briefing about North Korea say Trump administration would not give them 'straight answers'

Several senators who attended a White House briefing Wednesday said they 'learned very little' about the threat posed by North Korea and accused Trump administration officials of failing to give 'straight answers' about the options to deal with the threat posed by North Korean President Kim Jong-Un.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like that meeting with the Senators did not go as planned!

Apr 27 10:04

South Korea's upcoming presidential election could reshape its relations with North Korea — and the U.S.

“If Moon Jae-in is elected, he would want to engage North Korea and adopt a reconciliatory approach,” said Duyeon Kim, a Seoul-based researcher at Georgetown University’s Institute of the Study of Diplomacy. “But it's currently unclear whether he would swing back to the old ‘sunshine policy’ in its entirety, given how today's security situation is much worse.”

The Moon spokesman, Lee, said his candidate would represent a change in the “way of thinking” about how to deal with the North, with a willingness to try diplomacy but an understanding that a tougher approach might ultimately make more sense. He also said the candidate would like to delay the missile defense system until its merits can be weighed more closely, both in terms of Sino-Korea relations but also based on its necessity.

Apr 27 10:02

Pentagon Warns of Heavy Casualties in a New Korean War

While the content of a high-profile White House meeting in which the entire US Senate was briefed about North Korea has not been totally made public, official attempts to emphasize the non-military efforts being made appear to be just one aspect of the story, as the consequences of a military conflict appear to also have been discussed.

Military officials emphasized the increased naval buildup around the Korean Peninsula, and preparations being made for a new Korean War, while also offering some frank warnings that North Korea would certainly retaliate against an American attack, and that such a retaliation would include major attacks against US forces in South Korea, and the South Korean capital of Seoul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The cost, in blood and money, for such an attack would be monumental on both sides.

What the US government should be doing is working with Chinese President Xi Jinping to get North Korean leadership back to the negotiating table, as well as South Korea, and put together a true peace treaty, which would replace the existing armistice (which is simply the cessation of hostilities), with the quid pro quo that for the peace treaty, North Korea stops its nuclear weapons program.

Of course, this...would be logical.

Apr 27 09:49

Lavrov: Heavy-Handed Stance on N Korea ‘Fraught With Catastrophic Consequences’

The Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday warned that military options in resolving the North Korean issue are fraught with disaster in the region, reiterating Moscow’s concerns with the deployment of the US missile system in South Korea.

“It is obvious that heavy-handed approaches that are beginning to be mentioned publicly are fraught with catastrophic consequences for the Korean Peninsula and the whole of Northeast Asia,” Lavrov said.

Speaking at the VI Moscow Conference on International Security, he expressed concern about the degrading situation in the region with North Korea’s continued development of its nuclear missile program.

Lavrov also voiced Moscow’s disapproval “with the disproportionate build-up under the pretext of the North Korean threat of the US and its regional allies’ military activity.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have a great deal of respect for Lavrov, and his assessment of the situation is absolutely correct.

I am very concerned about the amount of hardware and personnel the US has packed on those warships off the Korean peninsula. One miscalculation, one stupid mis-judgement, and we are off and running into a shooting war - not just with North Korea, but with China as well.

I am hoping - and praying - that nothing goes "bang" in the region before the South Korean election on 9 May, and if the favored candidate does exercise the "sunshine policy" with regard to North Korea, which is a policy of engagement and rapprochement with the North, that tensions will ratchet down.

Unfortunately, however, there are those in the "deep American state" who believe that war is the only way to turn the fragile US economy around, and they are still cheer-leading for it to happen.

And also, unfortunately, the state of Hawaii may well be the "sacrificial lamb", as it was to get World War II going, to get a new war going against North Korea.

Apr 27 09:40

Senators Leave White House Briefing On North Korea Unsure About Why It Took Place

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; was this simply a PR stunt, or, upon receiving the information on North Korea, was the general response of the Senate not to the White House's liking?!?

Apr 27 08:34

BREAKING: Trump climbs down on China, North Korea. No military action threatened

Following weeks of threats and bombast, with wild talk of the US fleet closing in on North Korea, of the US taking ‘unilateral action’ to stop North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programmes, and after the entire US Senate was called for a briefing in the White House – which in the event produced precisely nothing and which lasted all of 14 minutes – the US today after the briefing announced a policy of more of the same: of trying to stop the North Korean nuclear weapons programme through “sanctions and diplomatic pressure”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like I was right; the meeting with the Senators did not go well at all for the war agenda.

Apr 27 08:29

Hawaii threatened by North Korea now, U.S. commander tells Congress

US Pacific Forces Commander Admiral Harry Harris Jr., testified before the U.S. Congress on Wednesday about the threat posed by North Korea. Harris said North Korea had conducted about 60 ballistic missile tests in recent years, and it was the only country to have tested nuclear devices in this century.

Apr 27 07:44

NORTH KOREA VS SOUTH KOREA – COMPARISON OF MILITARY CAPABILITIES. WHAT WOULD NEW WAR IN KOREA LOOK LIKE

Is the North Korean leadership as psychologically detached from reality as the western media and governments of the United States, Japan and South Korea would have us believe, or is the possession of nuclear weapons the best way for the DPRK to deter an attack by a much more powerful alliance of adversaries? Also, has the DPRK become a de-facto NBC testing ground for other nations, who use the status of the republic as an international pariah, to advance their own weapons of mass destruction programs clandestinely? Whose vital interests are served by maintaining the communist regime, one based on hereditary succession, in Pyongyang?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You know, like the Bushes and Clintons.

Apr 27 07:30

Breaking! Senior White House official makes announcement about North Korea!

Senior White House official says U.S. looking at putting North Korea on list of state sponsors of terrorism

Apr 27 07:20

The Drumbeats Don’t Add Up to Imminent War With North Korea

The drumbeat of bellicose threats and military muscle-flexing on both sides overstates the danger of a clash between the United States and North Korea, senior Trump administration officials and experts who have followed the Korean crisis for decades said. While Mr. Trump regards the rogue government in the North as his most pressing international problem, he told the senators he was pursuing a strategy that relied heavily on using China’s economic leverage to curb its neighbor’s provocative behavior.

Recent American military moves — like deploying the submarine Michigan and the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson to the waters off the Korean Peninsula — were aimed less at preparing for a pre-emptive strike, officials said, than at discouraging the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, from conducting further nuclear or ballistic missile tests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It sounds like the meeting with the Senators did not go well for the warhawks.

Apr 26 18:23

US missile defence equipment reaches South Korea site amid heightened tensions over North's nuclear ambitions

US troops began delivering a missile defence system that has infuriated China to a deployment site in South Korea Wednesday, amid heightened tensions over the North`s nuclear ambitions.
Washington is urging Beijing -- Pyongyang`s sole major ally -- to do more to rein it in, but the Asian giant has reacted with fury to the planned installation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

Apr 26 15:06

North Korea now blames UN security council for rising war tensions on the peninsula

According to North Korea, Donald Trump is to blame for the Korean Peninsula being pushed to the brink of nuclear war.

State media said joint military drills being held with South Korea have sparked fury in the nation.

It also claimed the US bringing its nuclear strategic assets to the region has been seines military aggression which should be met with strength, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

An unidentified ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by the KCNA: "In case a war breaks out on the peninsula, the US will be held wholly accountable for causing trouble after bringing lots of strategic assets and special warfare means.

"The UNSC that has toed the US line will never be able to evade its responsibility."

Apr 26 14:34

Trump Administration To Brief Full Congress On North Korea Policy

The Donald Trump administration is scheduled to hold rare briefings for the full US Congress on the president’s policy toward North Korea amid rising tensions between the two countries.

Apr 26 13:55

US, Allies May Ban DPRK Fishing Rights as Punishment for New Missile Tests

Seeking the diplomatic means to discourage Pyongyang from test-firing additional ballistic missiles and detonating more nuclear weapons, Japan, South Korea and the United States are floating the idea of banning Pyongyang’s fishing rights in the region, according to a diplomatic source.

Apr 26 13:49

Tillerson, Mattis, Coats Call North Korea "Urgent National Security Threat", Prepared To Act

Following President Trump's North Korea briefing, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats have issued a joint statement making it very clear where America goes next...

Apr 26 13:48

War Drums: USS Vinson Supercarrier Now Within ‘Strike Range’ of North Korea

The US Navy’s Carl Vinson aircraft carrier has finally arrived within striking distance of North Korea, after weeks of internal miscommunication and confusion about the massive ship’s whereabouts.

Apr 26 13:31

North Korea ‘neither fears war nor wants to avoid it,’ says country’s UN mission

The mission reminded that North Korea "had access to a powerful nuclear deterrent to protect itself from the US nuclear threat"

Apr 26 13:15

US preparing for war with North Korea: Analyst

The administration of US President Donald Trump is gearing up for war with North Korea, says American analyst Bruce Gagnon, citing the US military’s recent missile and nuclear bomb tests as the giveaway signs.

Apr 26 12:26

M1978 Koksan: 170-mm self-propelled gun

36+ miles with a RAP!

The M1978 Koksan self-propelled gun was developed in North Korea. A key requirement for this artillery system was the capability of reaching Seoul from the north of the demilitarized zone. Designation of this vehicle was allocated by the US Department of Defense. It was first observed by US intelligence in 1978 in the city of Koksan, hence its designation. This artillery system was first publicly revealed in 1985. It is in service with the North Korean army, however the number employed in not publicly reported.

A number of these self-propelled guns were supplied to Iran. Some of these were captured by Iraq in the late 1980s during Iran-Iraq war.

Apr 26 11:57

Kim prepares for war: North Korean leader takes the salute as his army fires rockets and torpedoes at mock enemy warships during country's 'largest ever' live-fire artillery drills

Kim Jong-Un's army readied for war as they fired rockets and torpedoes at mock enemy warships during North Korea's 'largest ever' live-fire artillery drills on Tuesday.

Hundreds of tanks were lined up along the eastern coastal town of Wonsan in a show of military strength to celebrate 85 years since the North Korean army was created.

Kim saluted the military as he watched the exercises on Tuesday, which involved the firing of more than 300 large-calibre artillery pieces and included submarine torpedo-attacks.

Just one day later, South Korea conducted joint military live-fire drills with the US at Seungjin fire training field in Pocheon, South Korea, near the border with North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lots of great pictures.

Apr 26 10:55

Korea Crisis - Trump's American Armada FacesDestruction In Remote Seas

Armada was an apt description by President Donald Trump for his naval campaign against North Korea, since the term originated with the royal fleet of the Spanish Empire that was set ablaze and blown to smithereens on the remote western fringe of Europe by bold sea captains Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh, those “Admiral’s Men” under the command of Charles Howard, the Earl of Nottingham.

Another great armada met a similar fate in the distant waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. The Battle of Tsushima pitted the Russian Tsar’s massive flotilla against the firepower of Japan’s fleet of nimble Scottish-built battleships, which swerved in S-formations to fire broadsides and then realigned in file to narrow their target profile. The “Togo turn” was named after Admiral Heihachiro Togo, who leaped from the status of an adopted son of a samurai dynasty (my own family of the Satsuma domain) to become the leading naval strategist of his era.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not to mention the ignoble demise of the Spanish Armada!

Apr 26 10:07

Trump Talks Tough on North Korea

On Wednesday afternoon, Trump will hold a briefing for all 100 senators on North Korea. Reportedly a similar session is planned for House members – both meetings to be held in a “sensitive compartmented information facility” in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

Secretary of Defense Mattis, Joint Chiefs Chairman Dunford, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates, and Secretary of State Tillerson will conduct the briefing.

On April 25, marking the anniversary of the founding of its army, North Korea held live-fire drills, involving hundreds of artillery pieces – instead of a sixth nuclear test some observers expected.

According to China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies Foreign Policy director Zhang Tuosheng, pressure from China, Washington, South Korea and Japan got Pyongyang to show restraint – whether short or longer-term remains to be seen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why the US government and military will most probably not wait until the 9 May election to create some kind of false flag against North Korea, and we'll be off and running.

The fact that China has been sending some mixed messages on their potential range of responses to a US tactical strike against North Korea makes Mike and me more than a little nervous; Oahu is a critical military communications link to all of Asia, and would be a first-strike target in case China decides to go to war with the US over any such incident against North Korea.

Apr 26 09:15

US Naval “Armada” Menaces North Korea

With tensions on the Korean Peninsula already on a knife-edge, the US has dispatched the nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Michigan to the region. The submarine, which is capable of launching up to 150 Tomahawk cruise missiles from more than 1,500 kilometres, is due in the South Korean port of Busan today.

Apr 26 07:58

THAAD missile system to be operational in S. Korea ‘in coming days’ – US admiral

Referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, he said that Washington is aiming to bring him to his senses, rather than “to his knees.”

Harris also said the US should study the possibility of placing missile defense capabilities in Hawaii to defend against Pyongyang.

Speaking to a lawmaker in Congress, Harris said he does not share his “confidence” that North Korea will not try to attack the United States once it is capable of doing so.

He said the “inflection point” will come once Pyongyang has capabilities to match the US.

Apr 26 07:35

Former Pentagon official tells Senate hearing North Korea 'denuclearization is unlikely'

North Korea will continue its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs and the U.S. cannot count on China to apply sufficient pressure to deter the growing threat, experts told a Senate panel Tuesday.

Also, a U.S. military strike on Pyongyang would pose huge risks for the U.S., South Korea and other allies in the region, and the outlook for regime change is grim even if economic incentives were offered.

"The challenges emanating from North Korea are obviously real, dangerous and in the near term," Ashley Tellis, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace testified to at full Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about policy and strategy in the Asia-Pacific region.

Tellis added, "The challenges emanating from China are long term, enduring and aimed fundamentally at decoupling the United States from its Asian partners."

Apr 26 07:29

Trump administration to brief full U.S. Congress on North Korea policy

U.S. lawmakers want to leave briefings on North Korea on Wednesday with something many think has been absent in the Trump administration so far: a clear strategy for dealing with a major national security threat.

As a standoff escalated over the reclusive Asian nation's development of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles, President Donald Trump invited all 100 members of the Senate to attend the session with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

While administration officials typically travel to the Capitol building to brief lawmakers on national security issues, on Wednesday the entire Senate will hop on a bus to the White House where four top officials will meet with them simultaneously. The same four officials will then go to Capitol Hill to brief the entire House at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT), a senior House aide said.

Apr 26 07:13

BREAKING: US launches BALLISTIC MISSILE as troops prepare for WAR with North Korea

THE United States has launched a ballistic missile to show off its “nuclear capabilities” as troops join forces with South Korean soldiers in a dramatic display of military strength.

Apr 26 06:37

Trump Wants Regime Change in Syria

In March 2011, Obama launched war on Syria to destroy its sovereignty and replace Assad with pro-Western puppet rule.

Trump upped the stakes. He escalated war, increased US terror-bombing, and doubled the number of US forces on the ground ahead of likely larger numbers coming.

His hugely dangerous war plan risks direct confrontation with Russia. Instead of governing responsibly, he’s recklessly risking possible nuclear war in the Middle East and on the Korean peninsula.

Apr 25 17:14

Entire US Senate To Descend On White House For N. Korea Briefing

The Trump administration has asked every member of the US Senate to meet at the White House on Wednesday for a briefing on North Korea, in a rare and unusual move, amid mounting tensions with Pyongyang.

Apr 25 15:30

Officials Advise Citizens What to Do if North Korea Nukes Japan

Japan has warned its citizens that, in the case of a North Korean nuclear attack, they may have as few as four minutes to rush to safety.

Apr 25 14:53

US Military Begins Moving THAAD Anti-Missile System Into South Korea Deployment Site

According to South Korea's Yonhap news agency, the U.S. military has started moving equipments of the controversial THAAD anti-missile defense system into its planned deployment site in South Korea.

The positioning began early Wednesday morning at the Sungju golf club in Sungju County of South Korea.

Apr 25 12:42

Haley Warns North Korea About Attacking US Base or Testing ICBM

The United States could strike North Korea if it attacks a U.S. military base or tests an intercontinental ballistic missile, President Donald Trump's U.N. ambassador said Monday.

In several television interviews, Nikki Haley praised China's involvement in trying to pressure North Korea to cease missile testing and criticized Pyongyang's leader, Kim Jong Un, as unstable and paranoid.

Apr 25 11:45

With 400 Artillery Pieces, North Korea Just Conducted Huge Live-Fire Drill

North Korea on Tuesday reportedly conducted a huge live-fire drill that involved up to 400 artillery pieces, which may have been supervised by the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, as the U.S. added a nuclear-powered submarine to its fleet of vessels powering toward the region.
Pyongyang apparently deployed long-range artillery units in the coastal region of Wonsan, an unnamed government source told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. South Korea’s military did not confirm the report, but told the news outlet it was “firmly maintaining readiness.”

There was speculation that the North might carry out another nuclear or missile test.

News of the live-fire drill came after the USS Michigan, the nuclear-powered powered Ohio class submarine, pulled into the South Korean port of Busan for a hull check.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The USS Michigan is one of four Ohio-class SSBNs converted to replace the Trident missiles with BGM-109 Tomahawk land attack cruise missiles; 154 in all.

Apr 25 11:11

Prepare For War: Trump Asks All 100 U.S. Senators To Attend Rare White House Briefing On North Korea: Mac Slavo

But unlike his predecessors, Trump’s latest moves suggest he is prepared to commit U.S. forces to North Korea should the state fail to comply with demands to stifle their nuclear program, and according to a new report from Reuters, the President is doubling down on his efforts, hinting that he is indeed preparing military action.

Top Trump administration officials will hold a rare briefing on Wednesday at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate on the situation in North Korea.

All 100 senators have been asked to the White House for the briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This definitely appears to be the direction in which President Trump is moving, and he seems (unlike his predecessor)to understand that only Congress can declare war; but is it the right move at the right time, and what will the repercussions be if this spins out of control?!?

Apr 25 10:56

Prepare For War? — Trump Asks All 100 U.S. Senators To Attend Rare White House Briefing On North Korea

North Korea is a different animal altogether. Given that they are reportedly nuclear capable, there is a real possibility that they could launch a devastating attack on South Korea, Japan or even the West Coast of the United States, leading to hundreds of thousands of casualties and widespread geo-political and economic chaos.

Apr 25 09:55

WHY MATTIS VERSUS KIM JONG-UN WILL END BADLY FOR US ALL

So, if moving ships and bombers around on a map were the full extent of U.S. plans to apply “maximum pressure” to North Korea, then U.S. policy might struggle to achieve its aims, but it would be no more dangerous than usual. In the context of this distorted formula, however, there are two interrelated differences that give reason to worry. First, the most direct reason that past crises with North Korea have not bubbled over into war was American restraint. The historical record of U.S.-North Korea relations reveals the surprising extent to which North Korea was poised to automatically retaliate and escalate in response to U.S. uses of force that never took place. Second, numerous administration sources have conveyed that the Trump administration is willing to launch preventive strikes in response to unspecified North Korean provocations, potentially even in response to non-violent actions like nuclear testing. This would be unprecedented.

Apr 25 09:44

Alasdair Macleod Reveals America’s Financial War Strategy

America’s renewed desire to escalate military tensions is a front for America’s continual financial war, this time directed at North Korea, Syria and possibly Iran. This is likely to be the opinion of China’s strategic advisors. We analyse the geopolitics and economics behind America’s war strategy from China’s perspective, concluding that it is entering its final phase. China’s exit plan appears to be to tie the pricing of energy and then other major commodities to gold, returning to the pre-1971 status quo, when the dollar was just a settlement link between commodity prices and gold. Except this time, the dollar itself will be side-lined, so far as China is concerned, which will use the yuan instead for its empire, which will be far larger than that of the US in time, measured by GDP.

Apr 25 08:44

White House to Host Entire Senate for North Korea Briefing

Weeks of speculation that the US is about to attack North Korea are again accelerating, with the White House announcing that they intend to play host to the entire Senate on Wednesday for an official briefing on the situation, with virtually the entire cabinet.

Such a briefing for the full Senate is extremely unusual, especially in the White House, which means this must be a very important meeting, which is once again adding fuel to the idea that the US is going to do something big, potentially a military attack.

This comes amid a new round of speculation that North Korea might be planning to carry out another nuclear test, with a holiday coming up this week and a round of intramural volleyball at the test facility having concluded, meaning they’re no longer too busy to do the test.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, we have the briefing of the Senate on North Korea tomorrow, and Tillerson will be addressing the UN about North Korea on Friday.

I would very strongly suggest that this is NOT sound and fury, signifying "nothing"; I think the attack is well and truly planned, and that South Korea, unfortunately, will suffer greatly from the repercussions of such an attack.

The complete and utter unwillingness of the US government to sit down with North Korea, South Korea, and China, and hammer out a peace deal with which to replace the armistice, creating a quid pro quo that accepting such a deal means the North Korean government stops its nuclear weapons program, is absolutely baffling to me.

This would be the most logical thing in the world for the US government to do, under these circumstances.

But unfortunately, logic, and the US government, have not had a good relationship in quite some time now, and with these threats to North Korea, you can see how that is playing out, in this grand geopolitical theatre, most likely leading to a war against it.

Apr 25 08:41

North Korea’s Nuclear Program Linked To Suburban London Home

The UK has frozen the assets of a North Korean insurance company in the suburbs of London that may have been generating revenue for Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

The Blackheath property was the base for the London branch of Korea National Insurance Corporation (KNIC), the only state-controlled insurance company in North Korea.

Apr 25 08:02

’Status Quo In N. Korea Unacceptable’: Trump Scolds UNSC To Up Payments, Wants More Sanctions

President Donald Trump chastised the UN Security Council for underperforming and called on it to “impose additional and stronger sanctions” on North Korea during a meeting with UNSC ambassadors at the White House.

Apr 25 07:30

FLASHBACK - THE BIG LIE SELLING YOU WAR WITH NORTH KOREA

What can I say; here we go again!

I hardly need to go down the list of lies used to start US wars. We have been though that over and over again.

Nor do I need to elucidate on the many reasons why the US Government is in desperate need for yet another war with which to scare the American people into acceptance of more takes and fewer rights and freedoms.
Anyone with half a brain realizes that the US Government, unable to gain support for an invasion of Iran, has changed gears and decided that North Korea will be the next step towards World War III.

Here is the big lie...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Back in 2010, a false-flag torpedo attack on a South Korean warship and blamed on North Korea almost succeeded in triggering an invasion of North Korea. (Maybe that is why North Korea wants a deterrent to invasion.) But we should be aware that a false-flag to launch an attack on North Korea is a real probability at this time.

Apr 25 07:24

FLASHBACK - WHY IT DOESN'T MATTER IF IRAN OR NORTH KOREA (OR ANYONE ELSE) HAS A NUCLEAR BOMB

Those that insist that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction were a threat that justified invasion, or that Iran's or North Korea's weapons of mass destruction are a threat that justifies new invasions, are in essence admitting that the US Government took $5 trillion of your money (over $17,000 from each of you alive today) in a gigantic swindle, because the $5 trillion nuclear deterrent isn't a deterrent after all, that it doesn't work, that nobody is really afraid of it, because they all know it was just a hoax to soak the American taxpayer for another several thousand dollars.

Was it all a hoax, Mr. Trump? Did the American people foot a $5 trillion bill in 1950s dollars for a deterrent system that isn't really a deterrent?

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Apr 25 07:21

Entire U.S. Senate to go to White House for North Korea briefing

Top Trump administration officials will hold a rare briefing on Wednesday at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate on the situation in North Korea.

All 100 senators have been asked to the White House for the briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Monday.

Apr 24 18:03

College confirms North Korea detains US citizen amid tension

A foreign-funded university in North Korea has confirmed the arrest of a US citizen who was lecturing there - the third American held in the country amid growing tensions between Pyongyang and Washington.
Kim Sang-Duk, or Tony Kim, was arrested at the capital's airport Saturday as he was about to leave after teaching at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) for several weeks, the school said.

Apr 24 16:40

China Issues Dire Warning Over NK Regime Change

Apr 24 16:26

WW3 FEARS: 'Paranoid' Kim Jong-un AND Donald Trump threaten pre-emptive strike

WORLD War Three fears have intensified as Kim Jong-un threatened a pre-emptive strike on the US, Mike Pence raced back to Washington to be by President Donald Trump’s side and China has sent troops to the North Korean border.

Kim is becoming “increasingly paranoid of an American attack” and there are fears he could strap a nuclear warhead to an intercontinental missile and strike American soil.

Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations, an organisation President Trump today accused of standing idly by as Bashar al-Assad allegedly gassed his own civilians, hinted the Republican may launch a pre-emptive strike of his own.

Apr 24 15:17

Global Times: China could accept surgical strike on North Korea

A Chinese state-run newspaper said Saturday that China would not engage militarily if the US conducted a surgical strike on North Korea’s nuclear facility, noting it would only resort to diplomatic channels to oppose such a move.

Apr 24 13:56

Entire Senate being called to White House for North Korea briefing

The entire U.S. Senate has been invited to the White House for a briefing Wednesday on the North Korea situation, amid escalating tensions over the country’s missile tests and bellicose rhetoric.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed the upcoming briefing, for all 100 senators, on Monday.

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This does not look good.

Apr 24 12:54

USS Carl Vinson maneuvers with Japanese warships as it finally approaches waters off North Korea

The 'armada' Donald Trump said he was sending to the Korean Peninsula is finally approaching.

Japan is conducting exercises with the U.S. aircraft carrier strike group that's headed for Korean waters.

Trump sent the USS Carl Vinson carrier group as a warning, amid growing fears North Korea could conduct another nuclear test in defiance of United Nations sanctions.

Apr 24 12:54

UN ambassador Nikki Haley tells North Korea to 'get in line' as she warns that Americans 'don't want war, so don't start one!'

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations warned North Korea on Monday that Americans 'don't want war, so don't start one.'

Nikki Haley said on ABC's 'Good Morning America' that the when the communist country's government seized an American teacher on Friday, it risked sparking an all-out military conflict.

Apr 24 11:45

Panic Buying Hits Japan Ahead Of Possible War: “Nuke Shelters, Air Purifiers, Anti-Radiation Supplies…” by Mac Slavo

As tensions heat up with North Korea and the potential for a nuclear exchange becomes all the more real, residents of Japan are panic buying everything from nuclear shelters to air purifiers in preparation:

Sales of nuclear shelters and radiation-blocking air purifiers have surged in Japan in recent weeks as North Korea has pressed ahead with missile tests in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

A small company that specializes in building nuclear shelters, generally under people’s houses, has received eight orders in April alone compared with six orders during a typical year.

The company, Oribe Seiki Seisakusho, based in Kobe, western Japan, also has sold out of 50 Swiss-made air purifiers, which are said to keep out radiation and poisonous gas, and is trying to get more, said Nobuko Oribe, the company’s director

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War jitters do push the sale of products; except that this time, it really feels that the US and North Korea are on a precipice from which neither country feels it can back down, and the sense of war actually happening here, is eminent.

Apr 24 11:19

Tensions With North Korea Rise as Volleyball Game Ends

Tensions between the United States and North Korea continue to soar, with speculation that the US could still attack North Korea at any moment, with the USS Carl Vinson and its carrier strike group expected to arrive in the vicinity in the next few days.

The Carl Vinson has been driving a lot of speculations lately, but South Korean officials saw another reason to be concerned, that the North Korean volleyball games taking place at one of their nuclear sites appear to have come to an end, which they used to speculate that another nuclear test could be imminent.

The intramural volleyball games at Punggye-ri have been the subject of considerable attention, with some speculating that the games were organized to “confuse” the United States, while North Korean state media offered no insight into what the games were all about.

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Were I a betting person, I would almost be ready to bet that the military confrontation between the US and North Korea is eminent, and may happen within a matter of days.

I am hoping cooler heads will prevail on this, but I just don't see it right now.

Apr 24 09:25

BREAKING: South Korea Takes Charge Of Own Defense Against North Korea.

The leading presidential candidate has stated South Korea will “take charge” of its own defense, as tensions escalate with Kim Jong-Un.

He just pushed the US time-table for attacking North Korea to before the election. He also invited US interference in the elections, if not being a target for a false-flag attack.

Apr 24 08:24

North Korea Arrests US Citizen, Threatens To Sink US Aircraft Carrier As Japan Deploys Warships

A third US citizen has been arrested and remains in custody in North Korea, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap. A man, a Korean-American professor in his 50s, identified by the surname Kim, had been in North Korea for a month to discuss relief activities and was detained at Pyongyang International Airport just as he was leaving North Korea, the agency reported.

The man was a former professor at Yanbian University of Science and Technology (YUST), Yonhap said, citing unnamed sources. YUST, a university in neighboring China, has a sister university in Pyongyang. An official at South Korea's National Intelligence Service said it was not aware of the reported arrest. The reason for his arrest is still unclear, and there has been no comment from the US authorities so far. South Korea’s spy agency, the National Intelligence Service, said it “was not aware” of Kim’s arrest, according to Yonhap.

Apr 24 08:23

Pence says US to expand military alliance with Japan

US Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday that Washington would work with its allies and China to put economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to end its development of nuclear weapons.

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Pence is doing a lot of "out in front" work for a Vice President...

Apr 24 07:29

Xi Jinping urges 'restraint' over North Korea as US carrier approaches

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged "restraint" over North Korea in a phone call with Donald Trump on Monday, as Japan joined exercises with an American supercarrier heading to the Korean peninsula.

Apr 24 07:23

US tells North Korea to cease 'destabilizing actions and rhetoric'

With tensions rising between the US and North Korea, the Pentagon on Sunday called for the isolated communist nation to avoid destabilizing the situation further.

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Excuse me, but who has their Armada off of whose coast? Who is screaming "All options are on the table?"

Apr 24 06:55

US preparing to 'EVACUATE 230,000 Americans from South Korea'

DONALD Trump has demanded the evacuation of US citizens from South Korea as part of a drill named Courageous Channel, military sources have revealed.

The operation, set to take place in June, will prepare for the safe exit of around 230,000 Americans in the case of conflict.

Apr 22 20:23

China dismisses reports of putting bombers on 'high alert' to counter North Korea

Refuting the reports of Beijing putting its air force bombers on "high alert" after tensions in the Korean Peninsula, the Ministry of National Defense said that the Chinese forces are keeping their standard operational readiness and conducting normal training.

Apr 22 17:11

History Lesson awaits Trump if he Attacks North Korea: Analysts

US analysts have in the past estimated a US invasion of North Korea would cost some 250,000 American casualties and at least $10 billion, though I believe such a war would cost four times that much today [emphases added].

Apr 22 10:35

North Korea Warns China Of "Catastrophic Consequences" For Siding With U.S.

Having repeatedly threatened the annihilation of its neighbor to the south, and most recently warning of a "super-mighty preemptive strike" against the US, one day after it emerged that Pyongyang appeared to have resumed activity at its Punggye-ri Nuclear test site, North Korea asked China not to step up anti-North sanctions, warning of "catastrophic consequences" in their bilateral relations.

Pyongyang issued the warning through commentary written by a person named Jong Phil on its official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), which was released Saturday.

As South Korea's Yonhap news agency writes, it's rare for Pyongyang's media to level criticism at Beijing, though the KCNA didn't directly mention China in the commentary titled "Are you good at dancing to the tune of others" and dated Friday. The commentary instead called the nation at issue "a country around the DPRK," using North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Apr 22 08:52

Mike Pence: Peaceful Outcome For Korean Peninsula Still Possible

Denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula can still be achieved peacefully because of Washington’s new engagement with China, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday, despite growing fears North Korea could soon conduct a new nuclear test.

South Korea is on heightened alert ahead of another important anniversary in the reclusive North that could be the trigger for a new nuclear test or launch of ballistic missiles, with a large concentration of military hardware massed on both sides of the border.

Tensions have risen sharply in recent months after Pyongyang conducted two nuclear weapons tests last year and carried out a steady stream of ballistic missile tests in defiance of United Nations resolutions and sanctions.

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Would Vice-President Pence please elaborate on how he sees this happening, with South Korea, Russia, and China at a heightened state of alert due to North Korea's missile tests?!?

Apr 22 08:50

Two MSDF destroyers leave for potential drill with USS Carl Vinson

Two Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers have left Sasebo naval base and are likely to take part in a drill with the U.S. aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, which is steaming toward the Korean Peninsula, Defense Ministry sources said Friday.

The date and location for the exercise have not been set yet, but the destroyers are likely to join the Carl Vinson strike group at some point.

Apr 22 08:14

Trump’s Flub Sparks Anger on Korean Peninsula, But Not Where You’d Expect

A recent interview conducted by the Wall Street Journal with US President Donald Trump quoted the powerful leader as saying, “Korea actually used to be a part of China.” South Koreans are not happy, to say the least, about Trump’s attempt to rewrite a foreign country’s history.

Apr 22 07:55

Trump - In North Korea you will be murdering human beings!

Currently, as Donald Trump's "armada" is speeding towards China and DPRK, I keep recalling those moments: the cliff, the lovers and a lone fisherman with his long rod at the other side of the river. Everything in my memory connected to those dawns is now motionless, serene.

Apr 22 07:16

Congratulations North Korea!

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I guess the government fear-mongering isn't working...

Apr 22 07:13

Russia denies it is moving troops close to North Korea

Russian authorities are denying reports that they are moving troops to the border with North Korea over growing tensions in the Korean peninsula.

The Interfax news agency on Friday quoted Alexander Gordeyev, spokesman for the Far Eastern Military district, as saying that the movement of heavy weaponry, caught on film and widely distributed on social media, is part of "absolutely scheduled maneuvers of combat readiness." Gordeyev said the military hardware was on its way back from drills elsewhere and denied any connection to the tensions around North Korea's nuclear program.

Apr 22 07:12

Gas stations in North Korea's main city restrict services, speculation that China is reducing supply

Drivers in Pyongyang are scrambling to fill up their tanks as gas stations begin limiting services or even closing amid concerns of a spreading shortage.

A sign outside one station in the North Korean capital said Friday that sales were being restricted to diplomats or vehicles used by international organizations, while others were closed or turning away local residents. Lines at other stations were much longer than usual and prices appeared to be rising significantly.

The cause of the restrictions or how long they might last were not immediately known.

Apr 21 16:44

US fighter jet from 'North Korea armada' sent CRASHING into the sea

A US fighter jet, which was involved in a show of force against North Korea, has crashed into the sea.

The F-18 crashed while attempting to land on an aircraft carrier in the Celebres Sea, near the Phillipines.

The sole pilot survived by ejecting and landing in the sea, before being rescued by a helicopter crew. He is not seriously injured.

A US military spokesman said: "A pilot safely ejected and was quickly recovered by a helicopter assigned to HSC-4 aboard USS Carl Vinson while conducting routine flight operations during a transit in the Celebes Sea.

"The incident occurred as the F/A-18E assigned to Carrier Air Wing 2 was on final approach to USS Carl Vinson. The incident is currently under investigation.

"The pilot is being assessed by the medical team on board USS Carl Vinson and there are no apparent injuries at this time."

Apr 21 14:18

Satellite Images Suggest North Korea May Have Resumed Nuclear Test Preparations

Satellite images of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from April 19 indicate that North Korea may have resumed preparations for a possible imminent nuclear test.

According to 38 North, a North Korea analysis program at the Johns Hopkins University, probable trailers have been spotted near the North Portal, the tunnel that North Korea appears to have been preparing for a nuclear test. While no recent dumping is observed, there are at least five mining carts along the tracks leading to the spoil pile and one probable small equipment trailer adjacent to the support building. A net canopy remains in place, presumably concealing equipment, and the pumping of water out of the tunnel to maintain an environment optimal for instrumentation and stemming seems to have ceased.

Apr 21 12:53

Trump sparks confusion, danger of war in Korea tinderbox

Donald Trump’s latest moves toward North Korea are “dangerous” and sow confusion in a tense geopolitical scenario, says veteran Korea analyst Daniel C Sneider.

Trump’s recent declaration that he ordered a US carrier strike group to race toward Korea when there was no such force in the vicinity undercuts American credibility and increases the possibility of a misstep, said Sneider, associate director of research for Stanford University’s Walter H Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.

“War is always possible,” said Sneider, a former Asia correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor. “What Trump is doing is dangerous if it leads to miscalculation by the North Koreans, and it’s dangerous if the US actually acts on this vague threat of doing something, presumably with the use of force.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please.

There is another way of resolving this issue. That would be to get a conference going between the US, North and South Korea, offering South Korea a true peace treaty with which to replace the existing armistice, and the quid pro quo of such an agreement being that in exchange for the peace deal, North Korea stops its nuclear weapons development program.

Of course, THAT...would be logical.

Apr 21 11:06

North Korea Ready for 'All-Out War' if US Starts it - Embassy in Russia

North Korea is ready for an all-out war if the United States starts it, the country's Embassy in Russia said.

"If they [the US] commit a reckless provocation, the Korean Revolutionary Forces will deal a devastating blow and respond with an all-out war to an all-out war, respond to a nuclear war with a nuclear strike," an attache of the North Korean Embassy Moscow said.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have risen in the wake of Pyongyang's nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches conducted in violation of the UN Security Council's resolutions.

North Korea reportedly carried out the most recent missile test early on Sunday. However, the launch was unsuccessful, according to South Korean defense officials. The North Korean Foreign Ministry said that the alleged missile launch had not been announced officially, though it's Pyongyang's "sovereign right" to conduct such tests.

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It appears that the US military is playing "picador" with North Korea. And the following isn't helping de-escalate tensions either. As reported in the English version of sputniknews.com this morning;

Japan Sends Destroyers for Drills With US Carrier Group Amid Korea Tensions

Apr 21 11:02

‘US Lacks Authority To Call North Korea Terrorist’

The United States is engaged in acts of aggression against sovereign countries and it has no moral authority to declare other states as terrorists, says Walt Peretto, a writer and researcher based in Washington, DC.

Apr 21 10:21

Mattis: Kim Jong-Un’s Bombastic Nuclear Threats Are Hollow

North Korea’s been making a lot of noise lately regarding nuclear strikes, but Secretary of Defense James Mattis says their threats may not ring true.

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Apr 21 08:55

South Korea on heightened alert as North readies for army anniversary

South Korea said on Friday it was on heightened alert ahead of another important anniversary in North Korea, with a large concentration of military hardware amassed on both sides of the border amid concerns about a new nuclear test by Pyongyang.

North Korea said late on Friday the state of affairs on the Korean peninsula was "extremely perilous" because of "madcap American nuclear war manoeuvres aimed at trampling on our sovereignty and right to survival."

U.S. officials said there was a higher-than-usual level of activity by Chinese bombers, signalling a possible heightened state of readiness by reclusive North Korea's sole major ally, although the officials played down concern and left open a range of possible reasons. Beijing denied its aircraft were on an increased level of alert.

In Russia, the RIA news agency said a Kremlin spokesman declined to comment on media reports Russia was moving military hardware and troops towards the border with North Korea.

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The sense I have is that US military action against North Korea is eminent.

We are just two and a half weeks away from the 9 May elections in South Korea, and the US military sees its window of opportunity for a military strike against North Korea as narrowing greatly, if the candidate who wins the South Korean election is a proponent of the "sunshine policy", which advocates engagement and trade with North Korea.

After that, the only US military option is a massive false flag, and I am quite certain that those scenarios have already been planned for, and signed off on, by President Trump.

Apr 21 08:47

U.S. sends nuclear sniffer plane to Korea: source

The U.S. Air Force dispatched a nuclear sniffer aircraft Thursday to the east of the Korean Peninsula amid the possibility of North Korea's imminent nuclear test, a government source said.

"The WC-135 Constant Phoenix, a special-purpose U.S. plane, made an emergency sortie today over the East Sea," the source said, requesting anonymity.

Its mission is to collect samples from the atmosphere in order to detect and identity a nuclear explosion.

Apr 21 08:47

North Korean Submarine Missile Program Advances

North Korea is making rapid progress on developing submarine-launched ballistic missiles and missile-firing submarines, according to a report by a United Nations panel of experts.

"Rapid technological developments have taken place over a short period, resulting in significant progress towards an operational submarine-launched ballistic missile system," the eight-member U.N. panel of experts stated.

The report provides new details on Pyongyang's development of a submarine-launched missile called the KN-11.

"The shift from liquid- to a solid-fuel engine for the KN-11 is a major technological development, affording greater stability, quicker preparation and longer fuel storage," the report states.

The report provided photographs of the Gorae-class submarine used to launch the missile.

Apr 21 08:46

China Escalates Pressure On North Korea: Crude Oil Supply Halt On The Table

While US and North Korean officials have traded verbal missiles in the past few days, China has been noticably quiet. However, that just changed as a prominent Chinese expert told The Nikkei that China likely will halt crude oil exports to North Korea should Pyongyang conduct its sixth nuclear test, signaling a tougher attitude by Beijing toward its rogue neighbor.

North Korea relies almost entirely on China for oil. The Asian giant shipped about 500,000 tons of crude to the North each year until 2013, according to the Chinese customs agency. Bilateral ties cooled that year after Pyongyang carried out its third nuclear test, and exports officially have remained at zero since 2014. But China is believed to still provide crude to North Korea off the books. A complete freeze would impact the North Korean economy.

Apr 21 08:39

US official: With eye on North Korea, China puts bombers on 'high alert'

China put cruise missile-capable bombers "on high alert" this week as the United States sees evidence the Chinese military is preparing to respond to a potential situation in North Korea, a US defense official told CNN.

The official said the United States has also seen an extraordinary number of Chinese military aircraft being brought up to full readiness.

Apr 21 08:24

Putin sends troops to Russia's border with North Korea after China also sends soldiers to its boundary over fears Trump will attack Kim Jong-un, sparking a tidal wave of refugees

Vladimir Putin is sending troops and equipment to Russia's border with North Korea over fears the US is preparing to attack Kim Jong-un.

The Russian President fears there will be a huge exodus of North Korean refugees if his American counterpart, Donald Trump, launches military action against Pyongyang.

It comes days after it emerged that China is also sending 150,000 soldiers to its southern frontier to cope with the tidal wave of North Koreans Beijing fears would flee across the border if war breaks out.

This morning, footage emerged appearing to show how Putin is reinforcing his 11-mile border with North Korea by relocating troops and equipment.

Apr 21 07:38

Donald Trump can't hit North Korea even if he wanted to and here are 5 reasons why

Pyongyang's failed ballistic missile launch may have eased the risk of an American response, but it hasn't stopped the Trump administration from going slow on its plans for dealing with the Pyongyang regime. Trump says his military options are on the table but can he really put them into action?

Maybe not and here are five reasons why:

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