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Jan 01 09:26

How Donald Trump Learned to Love War in 2017

The president promised to deliver peace. But in his first year, he expanded every war he inherited.

President Trump has maintained or expanded the wars that he inherited from his predecessor.

As Jennifer Wilson and I pointed out in an appropriately titled column in August, “Donald Trump Is Dropping Bombs at Unprecedented Levels.” Within eight months of assuming office, Trump — with the announcement of six “precision aistrikes” in Libya — had bombed every country that former President Barack Obama had in eight years. One month after that, the United States surpassed the 26,172 bombs that had been dropped in 2016. Through the end of December 2017, Trump had authorized more airstrikes in Somalia in one year (33), than George W. Bush and Obama had since the United States first began intervening there in early 2007 (30).

Jan 01 07:31

Kim calls on North to mass-produce nukes, missiles

Kim Jong-Un urged North Korea to mass-produce nuclear warheads and missiles in a defiant New Year message today suggesting he would continue to accelerate a rogue weapons programme that has stoked international tensions.

Pyongyang dramatically ramped up its efforts to become a nuclear power in 2017, despite a raft of international sanctions and increasingly bellicose rhetoric from the United States.

Dec 31 09:52

Russia denies North Korea sanctions breach

Senior European security sources have claimed that Russian tankers have undermined U.N. Security Council sanctions by transferring fuel to North Korean tankers in international waters.

Russia's Foreign Ministry vehemently denied the accusations Saturday, saying Russia has "fully and strictly observed the sanctions regime." A recent round of tighter sanctions unanimously passed by the U.N. Security Council sharply limits the amount of refined oil products that North Korea can import.

The reports came a day after China denied similar accusations. On Friday, President Trump claimed China had been caught "red-handed" transferring oil to North Korean vessels. Beijing has denied any wrongdoing and said it would punish any such actions, should they be found to have happened.

Dec 30 11:01

'Wipe out North Korean regime' Top US advisor issues CHILLING warning of Trump's NEXT step

FORMER US ambassador John Bolton said that force was the only way that the North Korean threat to the US would be neutralised, as tensions escalate towards a military outbreak.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bolton thought Saddam had nuclear weapons, remember?

Dec 30 10:50

S. KOREA SEIZES HK-FLAGGED VESSEL SUSPECTED OF SHIPPING OIL TO N. KOREA

Yonhap reports the Lighthouse Winmore was chartered by the Billions Bunker Group, a Taiwanese company. The news agency said the ship’s “claimed destination” was in Taiwan, but instead the ship “transferred oil to a North Korean ship, Sam Jong 2, and three other non-North Korean vessels in international waters in the East China Sea.”

Dec 30 07:48

Russian Ships Accused of Selling Fuel to North Korea

Adding to the allegations coming from unnamed Western sources of North Korean sanctions violations, officials are now accusing a pair of private, Russia-flagged ships of having sold fuel to North Korean vessels on the open sea, and are saying this violates UN sanctions. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-russia-oil-excl...

Details on what was sold and how much of it are scant, and one such instance saw the ship in question only carrying crude oil, which would not be illegal to sell to North Korea in the first place.>>>

(*so we could be talking about a nothing burger/heavy on the bex , here )

Dec 29 12:41

Russian Federation ready to act as mediator for USA and North Korea

"The two discussed concerns related to the DPRK's destabilizing nuclear program and emphasized that neither the United States nor Russian Federation accepts the DPRK as a nuclear power", Nauert said in a statement, using the acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Meanwhile, the latest USA sanctions target North Korean officials Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol, who are believed to be heavily involved in the country's intercontinental ballistic missile program, by seizing any assets within US jurisdiction and prohibiting American citizens from dealing with them.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday urged the United States and North Korea to start a dialogue and said the U.S. should make the first move.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US just rejected Russia's offer to act as mediator.

Dec 29 07:39

After Trump criticism, China says no illicit oil sales to North Korea

South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper this week quoted South Korean government sources as saying that U.S. spy satellites had detected Chinese ships transferring oil to North Korean vessels about 30 times since October.

U.S. officials have not confirmed details of this report. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters she had noted recent media reports including suggestions a Chinese vessel was suspected of transporting oil to a North Korean vessel on Oct. 19.

"The Chinese side has conducted immediate investigation. In reality, the ship in question has, since August, not docked at a Chinese port and there is no record of it entering or leaving a Chinese port," Hua said.

She said she was not aware if the vessel had docked at the port in other countries but the relevant media reports "did not accord with facts".

Dec 28 14:51

How Cheney and His Allies Created the North Korea Nuclear Missile Crisis

The Trump administration has been telling people for months that the crisis with North Korea is the result of North Korea's relentless pursuit of a nuclear threat to the US homeland and past North Korean cheating on diplomatic agreements. However, North Korea reached agreements with both the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations that could have averted that threat, had they been completed.

Instead, a group of Bush administration officials led by then-Vice President Dick Cheney sabotaged both agreements, and Pyongyang went on to make rapid strides on both nuclear and missile development, leading ultimately to the successful late November 2017 North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test.

Dec 28 08:05

NEWSWEEK BEX - HOW NORTH KOREA WOULD WAGE WAR AGAINST THE U.S.

If North Korea launched a war against the U.S. it would not begin with a direct hit against the U.S., its territories or bases, but would most likely occur in the form of an assault on American allies—possibly with chemical and nuclear weapons—in an effort to complicate the U.S. response, according to Lieutenant General Jan-Marc Jouas, the former deputy commander of U.S. Forces in Korea.

“Given the certainty of U.S. retaliation, it’s unlikely that [North Korea] would attack the U.S. mainland, Alaska or one of our islands or bases in the Pacific in isolation from an attack against [South Korean] and U.S. targets on the [Korean Peninsula],” Jouas told Newsweek.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

North Korea is not going to launch a war against the US. It is the US that wants war with North Korea. North Korea wants to be left alone. That is why they are building weapons of deterrence rather than weapons of invasion.

Dec 27 22:21

US Navy "Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser" has no working radar whatsoever, struck by 60 foot fishing vessel near Korea.

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Shoddy seamanship to blame in USS Lake Champlain collision
... The collision occurred because an inexperienced Bridge team failed to follow safe navigational practices and take proper actions to avoid collision,”
... awareness of the vessel was inconsistent due to poor radar operation and backup radar equipment that wasn’t working

(Please note that the fishing vessel goes lass than half as fast as the US warship.)

Dec 27 09:48

Intelligence Insider Warns Of Imminent War: “Likely In The Next 12 Weeks… The Director Of The CIA Told Me”

How can I be so sure about the timing? The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency told me.

In a private conclave in Washington DC on October 20, 2017, CIA Director Mike Pompeo told a small think tank group (including me) that it would be imprudent to assume it would take North Korea more than ‘five months’ to have a reliable arsenal of nuclear-armed ICBM missiles. These could strike U.S. cities and kill millions of Americans.

Five months from October 20, 2017 is March 20, 2018. That’s an outside date but the war will likely begin before then.

That would create an element of surprise — and avoid the surprise of a faster than expected deployment of strategic weapons by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Dec 27 07:57

North Korea likely to pursue talks, South says in rosy New Year forecast

South Korea predicted on Tuesday that North Korea would look to open negotiations with the United States over its weapons programmes next year and pursue at least some rapprochement with Seoul in an optimistic government outlook for 2018.

Dec 27 07:57

China Stops All Oil Exports To North Korea In Rare Move As Sanctions Take Hold

China did not export any oil products to North Korea in November as U.S. sanctions against the isolated country continue take effect, according to a report Tuesday from Reuters.

The move comes as North Korea ratchets up ongoing nuclear and missile programs despite years of U.N. resolutions prohibiting the actions. U.N. Security Council imposed a new batch of limits of oil products earlier this month to the communist country.

China did not export any gasoline, jet fuel, diesel or fuel oil, or any other petroleum products to North Korea last month, according to the report, that relied on General Administration of Customs data for its conclusion.

Dec 27 07:37

Does North Korea Have Weaponized Anthrax? What You Need to Know

Sky News is reporting this morning that a North Korean soldier who defected to the South is immune to anthrax.  No big deal right? Well yes, actually it's a very big deal. It means the guy was either exposed to anthrax or was vaccinated against it.

And that means North Korea has anthrax.

Here's what you need to know about anthrax.

Dec 27 06:12

US SPY SATELLITES CATCH CHINESE SHIPS ILLEGALLY SELLING OIL TO NORTH KOREA

A government source said, “We need to focus on the fact that the illicit trade started after a UN Security Council resolution in September drastically capped North Korea’s imports of refined petroleum products.” Meanwhile, on paper, China’s trade with North has recently collapsed after U.S. President Donald Trump unleashed a barrage of sanctions in September targeting North Korea’s imports of refined petroleum products.

Back in November, the US. Treasury Department sanctioned an additional six North Korean shipping and trading companies and 20 of their ships after the satellite pictures surfaced. In the above picture, the North Korean ship named Ryesonggang 1, was easily identified and connected to the illegal sale of oil from China.

According to Chosun Media, "the department noted that the two ships appeared to be illegally trading in oil from ship to ship to bypass sanctions."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This puts China on the horns of a dilemma, as she really, really cannot interdict all transactions, unless she puts herself on a blockade on North Korea, which is what the US government sees as something they want to see happen.

Dec 27 01:53

French magazine causes uproar after putting Israel next to N. Korea as ‘not a real country’

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The magazine, which is aimed at children aged from five to eight, includes trivia card games. On one of the cards, Israel is put on a par with North Korea, both of which are apparently not “real countries.”

"197: We call these 197 countries states, like France, Germany or Algeria. There are others, too, but not all the world’s countries agree that all of them are real countries (for example the State of Israel or North Korea),” reads the card, which has sparked a fierce backlash.

“Shocked by this lie taught to children. Such rhetoric can only encourage anti-Zionism, inseparable from anti-Semitism,” Aliza Bin Noun, the ambassador of Israel to France, said on Twitter, while tagging French President Emmanuel

Francis Kalifat, the president of CRIF (the Federation of Jewish Communities and Organizations of France) condemned the cards, calling them a “factual lie and a flagrant one at that.”

Following the backlash, the magazine was removed from kiosk sales in France and Belgium.

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Dec 26 09:41

US Germ Warfare Apology to North Korea Could Advance Dialogue

With mounting evidence that the US conducted germ warfare operations against North Korea during the Korean conflict, a US apology to the North Korean people could go a long way toward bringing Washington and Pyongyang into a dialogue over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missile programs. During the Korean War, there were substantive charges from the international community that the United States used chemical and biological weapons (CBW) on the Korean peninsula.

Dec 26 09:06

NORTH KOREA THREATENS U.S.: LAY OFF IF “IT WANTS TO LIVE SAFELY”

North Korea said Sunday that it was a “pipe dream” for the United States to believe it would ever give up its nuclear weapons program.

The statement came after the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a set of tough new sanctions on the country. The sanctions were largely in response to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un launching a ballistic missile that Pyongyang claims can reach anywhere in the U.S.

Dec 26 07:46

New UN Sanctions Against N. Korea to Impact Civilians, Not Govt

The latest round of UN sanctions against North Korea, imposed last week, see a substantial limitation on processed oil products, like diesel fuel, and a 24 month order for all North Koreans working overseas to return to the country.

The sanctions were unanimous among the UN Security Council, including rare support from China and Russia. North Korea was harshly critical all the same, terming it an “act of war.”

Still, experts say the new sanctions, like so many UN sanctions, are going to do a lot more harm to the average civilian in the destitute country than they will the government itself. The limitations on fuel, for instance, mean what fuel they can import will be given to priority consumers like the military, while more civilian uses will be termed “non-essential.”

This has been a long-standing problem with international sanctions worldwide.small>>>>

Dec 26 06:53

Moscow ready to act as mediator between US, North Korea, says Kremlin

Moscow is ready to act as a mediator between the United States and North Korea, but the conflicting sides should give their consent to this, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday. "Russia is ready if both sides need it and want it," Peskov said. "It is impossible to become a mediator between two parties only if one side seeks so, the will of two sides is needed here. As the exchange of confrontational rhetoric is between Pyongyang and Washington, therefore Russia’s readiness is rather evident to open the way for de-escalating tensions."

Dec 24 08:35

To the Brink: New UN Sanctions Seen as Ineffective to Halt DPRK Nuke Development

As Pyongyang digs in its heels and Washington continues its threats, global experts suggest that new UN sanctions against North Korea will not have the desired effect, only increasing the possibility of nuclear conflict in the region.

Dec 24 07:50

‘Storm clouds gathering' over Korean Peninsula, ‘you gotta be ready’ – Mattis to US troops

The authority of US foreign policy should be supported by the army’s readiness for war, now that “storm clouds” are gathering over the Koreas, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said on a two-day visit to the peninsula.

As the families of the nearly 28,000 troops stationed in South Korea were preparing for the holidays, with growing concerns over possible evacuations from the peninsula, Mattis arrived with ominous words.

“My fine young soldiers, the only way our diplomats can speak with authority and be believed is if you’re ready to go,” Mattis told the troops.

Dec 24 07:48

North Korea declares new UN sanctions are 'act of war'

The latest United Nations sanctions against North Korea are an act of war and tantamount to a complete economic blockade, the country’s foreign ministry said on Sunday, threatening to punish those who supported the measure.

The UN security council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday for its recent intercontinental ballistic missile test, seeking to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil, and its earnings from workers abroad.

The UN resolution seeks to ban nearly 90% of refined petroleum exports to North Korea by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year and, in a last-minute change, demands the repatriation of North Koreans working abroad within 24 months, instead of 12 months as first proposed.

The United States-drafted resolution also caps crude oil supplies to North Korea at 4m barrels a year and commits the council to further reductions if it were to conduct another nuclear test or launch another ICBM.

Dec 23 11:03

US Military Issues Alert After North Korean Propaganda Leaflets Found on Bases

US Forces Korea issued an alert Thursday calling on service members to "be aware" of North Korean propaganda after a "significant number" of leaflets were found on several US military bases in South Korea.

According to Stars & Stripes, propaganda flyers were discovered after a North Korean soldier defected to South Korea through the heavily fortified demilitarized zone, the border that divides the two Koreas.

Dec 23 10:02

NORTH KOREA IS AT 'CROSSROADS OF NUCLEAR WAR' WITH U.S., KIM JONG UN'S REGIME SAYS AFTER WANNACRY ACCUSATIONS

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened President Donald Trump on Thursday and promised to retaliate against his “grave political provocation” after the U.S. accused the nation of infecting hundreds of thousands of computers with ransomware earlier this year.

“The Trump administration is inciting an extremely confrontational atmosphere by even concocting a plot against us at this delicate moment when the situation on the Korean Peninsula is at the crossroads of nuclear war or peace,” said an unidentified North Korean spokesman, according to North Korean state media.

This week, the Trump administration announced that it blames North Korea for the ransomware outbreak known as WannaCry, which affected computers around the globe in May. A White House spokesman said the Trump administration had worked with representatives of foreign governments and tech companies to reach its conclusion.

Dec 22 13:41

US Naval Blockade Would Be ‘Act of War,’ North Korea Warns

With no real possibility that US sanctions against North Korea will have any real teeth, since the US doesn’t have any trade or diplomatic ties to start with, the struggle to figure out what the US could conceivably do to North Korea has mostly centered on military attacks.

But there are other acts of war possible, and some in the US seem to be advocating a naval blockade of the whole of North Korea, figuring that would be one way to ensure that there’s literally no trade possible.

Blockading an entire country that size would be no msall task, despite the large amounts of US naval assets in the area. That North Korea also has direct links to both China and Russia, their main trading partners, also limits what a blockade could really do, beyond being a declaration of war.

Dec 22 07:49

North Korea the Scapegoat, China the Real Target of US Navy Buildup in Pacific

Chinese military experts believe the US is using North Korea as a cover to deploy more ships to curb Beijing’s military aspirations in the Pacific.

The US likely plans to deploy some four to six aircraft combat groups to the Pacific region under the pretext of countering the growing North Korean threat following the recent nuclear test, the South China Morning Post reported.

"We will continue to assure that we meet all of our missions here in the Asia-Pacific area. It could be something coming forward from Third Fleet or something like that to meet those requirements," said Chief of US Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson on Tuesday.

Dec 21 10:10

America Preparing "Bloody Nose" Military Attack On North Korea: Telegraph

While North Korea managed to once again drop off the list of immediate geopolitical concerns having kept relative quiet in recent weeks, without any notable provocations or ICBM launches, this may be changing soon, because according to the Telegraph, America is drawing up plans for a “bloody nose” military attack on North Korea to stop its nuclear weapons program. The UK newspaper's sources claim that the White House has “dramatically” stepped up preparation for a military solution in recent months amid fears diplomacy is not working. As a result, one option currently under consideration is destroying a launch site before it is used by the regime for a new missile test. Stockpiles of weapons could also be targeted.

Dec 21 10:09

WW3 Alert: US And China Preparing For ‘All Hell To Break Loose’ On Korean Peninsula

The United States and China are preparing for a situation in which all hell breaks loose on the Korean Peninsula. Both nations are taking unprecedented steps as tensions toward a nuclear war ramp up even more.

The US has stepped up military drills, practiced air raids, and reportedly started preparing to seize North Korea’s nuclear weapons by force, a feat South Korea has declared won’t be all that easy. South Korean officials have been talking up a pause in military drills in hopes that it will lead to a peaceful Winter Olympics in February, but the US has yet to agree to halt said drills. Instead, the US brought in a record number of stealth aircraft this month to train up on an air war against North Korea. Immediately after the drill, which featured a marked increase in simulated bomb runs on North Korean targets, the US and South Korea reportedly engaged in drills to infiltrate North Korea and neutralize its weapons of mass destruction.

Dec 21 10:08

The March to War: US and South Korea Practice Destroying North Korean WMDs

On Friday, the US and South Korean militaries carried out a training exercise intended to practice infiltrating North Korea to destroy weapons of mass destruction.

The "Warrior Strike" exercise featured US and South Korean soldiers clad in protective clothing while mock-fighting their way through urban environments. Yonhap News reported that the exercise was formulated to improve US-South Korean readiness to launch tactical strikes into North Korea to disable their WMD's.

The exercise was overseen by the top military officials in South Korea: chairman of the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Jung Kyung-doo and commander of US Forces Korea Gen. Vincent K. Brooks.

Dec 19 13:29

Who To Believe On Washington's Korea Policy, Tillerson Or Trump?

President Trump has often said that his foreign policy objective was to keep his enemies guessing. If that’s the goal, you could say that he’s doing a good job. The problem is who does he think his enemies are, because the American people are often left guessing as well.

Dec 19 13:29

Bolton: U.S. might have to attack North Korea

The time may come soon when the U.S. will have no other option but to attack North Korea militarily, former United States ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said here Saturday night.

Negotiations have not stopped North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and China has not done what it could to deter the North from proceeding with work that would allow it to hit U.S. cities with a nuclear weapon, Bolton told about 450 at the annual holiday dinner hosted by former Republican Congressman Charles Taylor. The event attracts Republicans from across Western North Carolina.

"Nobody wants to use military force against North Korea because of the risks to
South Korea. Nobody wants to see this happen," Bolton told the crowd at the Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville.

But he said the risks to the United States of North Korea having nuclear weapons may outweigh that concern.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, John...

Dec 19 08:34

Cyber-attack: US and UK blame North Korea for WannaCry

The US and UK governments have said North Korea was responsible for the WannaCry malware attack affecting hospitals, businesses and banks across the world earlier this year.

Dec 19 05:20

Trump: 'No Choice' but to Deal With North Korea's Challenge

In the course of his speech on the National Security Strategy, President Trump offered few specifics, but did take time out to talk up the need to move against North Korea, saying that the US “has no choice” but to deal with North Korea and its “challenge.”

Trump didn’t elaborate on what that would entail, but in past comments has repeatedly lambasted calls for diplomacy with North Korea, while threatening to “totally destroy” the country militarily.

Today’s comments were in a speech where the one recurring theme was protracted US military operations around the world>>>

Dec 19 05:06

Who to Believe on Washington's Korea Policy, Tillerson or Trump?

President Trump has often said that his foreign policy objective was to keep his enemies guessing. If that’s the goal, you could say that he’s doing a good job. The problem is who does he think his enemies are, because the American people are often left guessing as well.

US policy toward North Korea last week is a good example of how the Trump Administration is wittingly or unwittingly sowing confusion among friend and foe alike. In what looked like a breakthrough, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced last Tuesday that the US would be willing to sit down and talk with North Korea “without preconditions.” Previously the US had demanded that North Korea agree to end its nuclear weapons and missile programs before Washington was willing to sit down to formal talks.

The State Department shift toward actual diplomacy with North Korea was quickly quashed>>>

Dec 18 08:08

S. Korean, U.S. forces hold drill for removing North Korea's WMDs

South Korean and U.S. forces conducted a joint training last week for infiltrating North Korea and removing weapons of mass destruction in case of conflict, military sources said.

The "Warrior Strike" exercise was held at Camp Stanley, located north of Seoul, and other places from Tuesday to Friday, involving hundreds of soldiers from the two sides, they said.

Dec 18 08:01

"China Should Prepare For Nuclear Conflict": Beijing Warned To Be Ready As War On Korean Peninsula "Possible At Any Time"

Chinese government advisors and a senior military officer warned Beijing that it must be ready for a war on the Korean peninsula, with the risk of conflict higher than ever before, the SCMP reported on Saturday. They also warned that Beijing, once seen as Pyongyang’s biggest ally with influence over its neighbor, was losing control of the situation.

“Conditions on the peninsula now make for the biggest risk of a war in decades,” said Renmin University international relations professor Shi Yinhong, who also advises the State Council, China’s cabinet. “North Korea is a time bomb. We can only delay the explosion, hoping that by delaying it, a time will come to remove the detonator,” Shi added on the sidelines of a Beijing conference on the crisis.

Dec 17 09:05

Debunking The Myths About An Attack On North Korea

Trump and Haley are still at it. They want to force China to take action against the DPRK by threatening to take North Korea “into their hands” if China refuses to comply. Haley said, “But to be clear, China can do more, (…) and we’re putting as much pressure on them as we can. The last time they completely cut off the oil, North Korea came to the table. And so we’ve told China they’ve got to do more. If they don’t do more, we’re going to take it into our own hands and then we’ll start to deal with secondary sanctions.”

First, let’s reset this scene in a kindergarten and replay it.

Dec 17 08:46

Ukraine complains about Russia at wrong UN meeting

Member of State Duma Committee for International Affairs Sergei Zheleznyak is not surprised at the words of the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin who, during a speech at the UN Security Council, said that Russia violates the guarantees of the Budapest Memorandum.

"I'm not surprised that Klimkin decided to utter another Ukrainian "offense" to Russia when the UN Security Council was discussing the problems of the Korean settlement," Zheleznyak said.

According to him, it is "illiterate rudeness" that is the only trump card of Kiev's foreign and domestic policy. "Poroshenko and Klimkin are ready for any awkward farce in the hope of pity and handouts of Western sponsors."

Dec 16 11:42

China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula

The crisis over North Korea’s weapons programs must be resolved through talks, not war, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of “sleepwalking” into conflict.

Xi made his comments to visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions.

But the White House said on Wednesday that no negotiations could be held until North Korea improved its behaviour.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tillerson’s offer of direct contacts with North Korea was “a very good signal” while warning that any US strike on the country would have catastrophic consequences.

Dec 15 12:42

Chinese Navy Begins Live-Fire Drills Off Korean Peninsula

Earlier this week, Seoul asked the US to delay joint military exercises with Japan until after the Winter Olympics, ostensibly to avoid provoking North Korea ahead of the 2018 Winter Games. The timing of the request is suspicious - having coincided with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s announcement that the US has offered to begin talks with the North “without preconditions." While State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert walked back Tillerson’s statement the next day, insisting the North cease its weapons tests before talks can proceed, it is possible such a delay - if undertaken - could be construed as an opening gambit.

US drills in the region have stopped, though it’s unclear whether the US will abide by South Korea’s request. However, the brief lull in the area was interrupted Thursday when local media reported that China has decided to hold military drills of its own.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China, in this latest round of military exercises, seems to be indiacting that although it does not want to see war on the Korean Peninsula, it is not afraid to have to fight one, if an attacking country pushes North Korea and China to their limits of non-response.

Dec 15 12:04

Growing Signs that U.S. Is Preparing to Wage War on North Korea. Trump Administration Scotches Suggestion of Talks with Pyongyang

Tillerson’s remarks to the Atlantic Council appear to be a last ditch attempt to start talks to try to prevent a conflict that could spiral out of control.

“It is not realistic to say we’re only going to talk if you come to the table ready to give up your [nuclear] program,” he said, contradicting the more aggressive stance taken by Trump.

With a note of desperation, Tillerson continued:

“We’re ready to have the first meeting without preconditions. Let’s just meet. We can talk about weather if you want. We can talk about whether there is gonna be a square table or a round table if that’s what you’re excited about. But can we at least sit down and see each other face to face.”

North Korea, however, is well aware that the US demands remain—to scrap its limited nuclear arsenal and abandon all related nuclear and missile programs. Moreover, such a step would involve an ever-more intrusive inspection prying into all aspects of its military and security apparatus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, just because something is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government could possibly do, is utterly no guarantee that they won't do it.

A war against North Korea by the US government and military would be one of those moves, on a massive scale, and possibly the single biggest blunder the US government will have ever made, on an historic, and lethal level.

Remember; North Korea hasn't done anything to the United States yet. It has simply fired test missiles, as the US and other nuclear-armed countries do as a matter of course.

Dec 15 11:17

Trump says would like to have Russia’s help with North Korea

President Donald Trump would like to have Russia’s help to deal with North Korea, he told reporters following his phone call with President Vladimir Putin.

"The primary point was to talk about North Korea, because we would love to have his help on North Korea. China's helping, Russia's not helping; we'd like to have Russia's help," Trump said at a briefing outside the White House.

Dec 15 11:10

N. Korea: Trump taking dangerous step to nuclear war by seeking naval blockade

US President Donald Trump is taking an "extremely dangerous" and "big step" towards nuclear war by seeking a naval blockade, North Korea has stated, according to the official KCNA news agency.
Pyonyang also said it will take "merciless self-defensive" measures against any blockade, as it would consider such a move an "act of war." The North Korean government also believes any blockade would be a "wanton violation" of its sovereignty and dignity, KCNA reported, citing a foreign ministry spokesman.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson previously mentioned the "right to interdict maritime traffic transporting goods" to and from the North, following Pyongyang's latest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test on November 29.

Pyongyang also lashed out at the possible US move in a commentary on Sunday in the communist party newspaper Rodong Sinmun.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Secretary of State Tillerson, a word, please; your alleged "right to interdict maritime traffic transporting goods" to and from the North, will be considered, and rightly so, an act of war against North Korea; and then, where are we?!?

Committed to a foreign policy here of more death and destruction (because this country's military can), which is bound to tick off every country with which we still, for the moment, have relations?!?

THAT, sir, would be a completely, catastrophically wrong action here.

We have relations with nuclear-armed countries and are not consistently screaming about regime change in those countries, like Pakistan and India; why should North Korea be different, please tell me?!?

And Russia's President Putin is absolutely correct when he states that the only way North Korea knows it won't get attacked by the US, is to develop weapons as a deterrent to any kind of a military strike.

If you are looking at the world through the lens of North Korean geopolitics, this is the only thing which makes reasonable, logical sense; but unfortunately, it is US foreign policy, through the decades, which has made this their only course of action.

Dec 15 07:58

North Korea warns US taking dangerous step towards nuclear war

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry says the US is taking a dangerous step towards nuclear war by seeking a naval blockade, according to the state news agency KCNA

Dec 15 07:29

Japan imposes new sanctions on North Korea

Japan froze the assets of 19 companies on Friday to step up pressure on North Korea to return Japanese citizens that it abducted in the 1970s and 1980s and to halt its nuclear weapons and missile development.

The companies, which have already been sanctioned by the United States, deal in finance, coal and minerals, transport including shipping and the sending of North Korean workers overseas.

A Foreign Ministry official said the unilateral move shows Japan's commitment to sanctions ahead of a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York later Friday to discuss the North Korea situation.

Dec 15 07:07

Lindsey Graham: There's a 30 Percent Chance Trump Attacks North Korea

“I don’t know how to say it any more direct: If nothing changes, Trump’s gonna have to use the military option, because time is running out.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Dec 14 18:43

Trump and Putin discuss North Korea chaos over phone call

The pair discussed bilateral relations and the situation in the Korean Peninsula during a telephone call, the Kremlin said in a statement this evening.

Both leaders agreed to continue contacts, the Kremlin added, but did not provide further details.

Dec 14 09:07

US Official: ‘Time is Running OUT’ To Avoid Nuclear War With North Korea

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser warned that now is the time to avoid a war with North Korea. H.R. McMaster, speaking at an event for the British think tank Policy Exchange, said “time is running out” to prevent a nuclear war.

According to Newsweek, McMaster was previewing the new National Security Strategy, a document put out by each administration that shapes how it approaches foreign policy and national security issues during its tenure. Trump will unveil the full document on Monday.

Dec 14 08:36

US war with North Korea can rapidly escalate: Analyst

A US war against North Korea can rapidly escalate, destroying South Korea, Japan and maybe parts of the United States, an analyst says.

"I think normalization in relations, ending this war of words, ending these threatening gestures with over-flights of warplanes and sending warship after warship into waters around North Korea is absolute insanity and a way to bring about another war, which the United States does not need, and the rest of the world does not need because it can rapidly escalate, destroying South Korea and Japan, and maybe parts of the United States.” said J. Michael Springmann, a former US diplomat in Saudi Arabia.

Dec 14 08:00

N. Korea: Trump taking dangerous step to nuclear war by seeking naval blockade

US President Donald Trump is taking an "extremely dangerous" and "big step" towards nuclear war by seeking a naval blockade, North Korea has stated, according to the official KCNA news agency.

Pyonyang also said it will take "merciless self-defensive" measures against any blockade, as it would consider such a move an "act of war.">>>

Dec 13 09:26

White House pumps brake after Rex Tillerson says no 'precondition' for North Korea talks

The Trump administration pumped the brakes after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson indicated a shift in policy towards North Korea, telling a gathering in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday that the State Department is willing to talk with officials from Pyongyang “without precondition."

A statement from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said President Trump's views on North Korea, which has repeatedly threatened the U.S. with its missile and nuclear weapons programs, "have not changed."

"North Korea is acting in an unsafe way not only toward Japan, China, and South Korea, but the entire world," Sanders said. "North Korea's actions are not good for anyone and certainly not good for North Korea."

Dec 13 09:25

After Shocking Tillerson Reversal, North Korea Agrees "It Is Important To Avoid War"

Just two weeks after North Korea once again put the world on nuclear war alert by launching its most advanced Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) to date - which experts believe could reach New York or D.C. with a nuclear payload - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in surprising statements Tuesday indicated that the US would be willing to hold talks with North Korea without any preconditions.

And it appears the North may have already responded to the overture: according to comments from UN political affairs chief Feltman crossing the Reuters wire on Tuesday evening:

N.Korea agrees "it is important to avoid war. "
We have left the door open for negotiations.
N.Korea did not offer any type of commitment to talks.

Dec 13 08:52

Rex Tillerson says U.S. ready to speak with North Korea without preconditions

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that the U.S. is ready to speak with North Korea at any time and without preconditions.

"When do the talks begin? We have said, from the diplomatic side, we are ready to talk any time North Korea would like to talk. And we are ready to have the first meeting without preconditions. Let's just meet," Tillerson said at at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C.

Tillerson added, "We can talk about the weather if you want. We can talk whether it is going to be a square table or a round table if that is what you are excited about."

"But can we at least sit down and see each other face to face," he said.

Dec 13 07:51

SERBIAN REVEALS THE TRUTH ABOUT LIFE IN NORTH KOREA - he could no longer listen to Western lies!

Aleksa Vulovic, 25, a Belgian living in Australia, shot a documentary about North Korea. Regardless of all the truths and misconceptions about the world's most prominent country, it's been greatly spent.
Serbs react to injustice, that's it! Wherever they are. An example is Aleksa Vulovic (25), born Belgradian, who has long been living in Sydney, where he recently became very "popular" after the publication of a satirical documentary about North Korea.

The most secret world of the world, which, along with the truth, says the government and many misconceptions, recently visited, and Australians, who all look from the "American Corner", but to the rest of the world, wanted to "open their eyes" with their film.

Aleksin's documentary gives a slightly different picture of North Korea. His goal was to expose many prejudices and hypocritical convictions, which, as a rule, come from America, followed closely by Australia, and "drop it to the ground".

Dec 12 09:39

As North Korea Claims Missile Progress, Pentagon Plans ICBM Interceptor Test

As North Korea makes headway in developing a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching the US mainland, the Pentagon is preparing to test its missile interceptor – which has a very inconsistent record.

First developed during the Cold War as part of former US President Ronald Reagan’s multi-billion dollar "Star Wars" effort to counter Soviet ballistic missiles, the US missile interceptor has only had nine successful tests among the 17 conducted since 1999.

Dec 12 07:51

South Korea Asks US To Halt Joint Military Exercises Until Olympics End

According to the FT, South Korea has politely asked the US to "delay" joint military exercises until after the Winter Olympics, in order to lower the chances that North Korea takes provocative actions during the Pyeongchang Games, which Seoul wants to use to showcase the country’s development. The unexpected request means that Seoul will want to postpone the start of the annual spring exercises — called Key Resolve/Foal Eagle — until after the Paralympics, which end on March 18. And since the FT's sources said the US was likely to accept the request, it means that Pyongyang has just succeeded in getting the US to bend to its demands that the US and South Korea stop conducting army drills on its border for at least three months.

Dec 12 07:44

North Korea sanctions could hurt millions as winter bites, UN says

As frigid winter weather sweeps over the Korean Peninsula, the United Nations has warned that punitive sanctions on North Korea could have unintended consequences for the country's long-suffering civilian population.

"The humanitarian assistance provided by the UN agencies and others is literally a lifeline for some 13 million acutely vulnerable individuals, but sanctions may be adversely affecting this essential help," said Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the UN's top human rights official.

Dec 12 07:01

Lavrov: Peace on the Korean Peninsula can only happen through the Russian-Chinese suggestion

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday after the 15th RIC (Russia, India and China) ministerial meeting held in the Indian capital of New Delhi, that the tension and hostilities on the Korean Peninsula can only be settled through diplomacy in accordance to the Russian-Chinese roadmap.

"We shared our opinions regarding the situation on the Korean Peninsula that remains extremely tense," Lavrov noted.

"We pointed to the absence of an alternative to the solution of the specified problem solely by political and diplomatic means: in line with the Russian-Chinese roadmap," he said.

Hostilities flared on the peninsula after the ascendancy of Donald Trump to the US presidency and his direct threats against North Korea for testing missiles.

Dec 11 10:00

US Pushes Diplomatic Isolation for North Korea, Despite Being ‘Open to Talks’

US officials, led by Ambassador Nikki Haley, have been making the rounds worldwide pushing for all nations to sever diplomatic ties with North Korea. This further undermines the US claims of being open to talks, but it’s also not clear what they expect to accomplish.

Since the US has no direct diplomatic ties with North Korea themselves, any diplomatic efforts require some intermediary. Yet if the US got its way, and everyone cuts off North Korea ties, there are no such intermediaries.

In practice, the US doesn’t expect this to be a successful push. Officials suggest that North Korea takes its international standing very seriously, and even a little bit of diplomatic harm would greatly embarrass them, however.

Plus it’s not like the US has a lot of “non-war” options left for things to do to North Korea. The nation doesn’t trade with much of anybody, except for China and Russia, and the US doesn’t have any real chance of cutting off either of those partners.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are very few diplomatic overtures the US can take, other than negotiating with them while they are still in the process of creating their nuclear deterrent.

And Trump, Tillerson, and Hailey have uniformly stated that will not happen, even if pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

So what are the odds of averting a war with North Korea, because the US government has boxed itself in by not allowing more room for diplomatic maneuvers?!?

Unfortunately, although I hope to hell I am wrong, not great, at this moment.

You have to understand: the Elites need a war, and soon, to attempt to "misdirect" the American public's anger away from the coming economic crash which will hit all sectors of the economy.

Dec 11 09:10

US will take N. Korea ‘into our own hands’ if China doesn’t do more – Haley

Nikky Haley told Fox News Sunday that Beijing and the rest of the international community are following through with sanctions against Pyongyang for developing its nuclear weapons programme. She then commended Washington for leading the charge.

“But to be clear, China can do more,” Haley said. “And we're putting as much pressure on them as we can. The last time they completely cut off the oil, North Korea came to the table. And so we've told China they've got to do more. If they don't do more, we're going to take it into our own hands and then we'll start to deal with secondary sanctions.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Nikki...

Dec 11 08:10

Japan, U.S., South Korea to hold missile tracking drill amid North Korea crisis

The United States, Japan and South Korea will hold two days of missile tracking drills this week, Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force said on Sunday, as tensions rise in the region over North Korea’s fast-developing weapons programmes.

North Korea has fired two missiles over Japan as it pursues nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in defiance of U.N. sanctions and international condemnation. On Nov. 29, it test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile which it said was its most advanced yet, capable of reaching the mainland United States.

The exercises, on Monday and Tuesday, will be the sixth drill sharing information in tracking ballistic missiles among the three nations, the defence force said.

Dec 09 10:09

PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS: AMERICA IS "WALKING INTO ARMAGEDDON"

The orchestrated hostility toward Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea protects the $1,000 billion annual budget of the military/security complex by convincing the American public that the US is threatened by enemies. It also keeps alive Democratic Party hopes that Trump can be removed from office, and it has prevented President Trump from normalizing relations with Russia. I have emphasized for some time that Washington’s gratuitous and aggressive actions against Russia and the constant barrage of false accusations against Russia and its government have convinced Russia that Washington is planning a military attack. There is nothing more reckless and irresponsible than to convince a nuclear superpower that you are preparing an attack on them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A major war is coming, based on the reality that the Elites of this country, who despise true justice, and want the financial favors to come to "Just Us" (meaning them) have rigged the financial system to the point of near-collapse, so need a major war to attempt to distract most Americans from the coming financial debacle.

A magician would use the term "misdirection", but this industrial strenth codswallop, getting force-fed to the American people, courtesy of the corporate prestitutes and whorespondents, about the ongoing "threats" this country faces are, most generally, narratives to push the war agenda.

And if, in fact, the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of America lose this next war, the US government, and its lacadaisical attitude toward its weapons manufacturers, will be be squarely to blame.

The world has seen the sterling success of Russia's weaponry and tactics in Syria, and are beating a path to its door to acquire those weapons.

Unfortunately, the culture of US weapons manufacturers has been coddled by the US government and military, to the point where their CEOS think it is perfectly fine to deliver weapons that do not work; are obsolete by the time they are delivered and field tested; and are horrifically overpriced.

This has to change, and immediately, before the US ever regains its tactical advantage with its weaponry again; unfortunately, that is not going to happen before the next major regional, or world war, happens, and our military are, once more, going to be left in the lurch because of what has become "acceptible and standard" practice by the US govenment and military.

Dec 09 09:39

Russia's foreign minister censures Washington's provocation in Korean Peninsula

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has censured the joint military exercises conducted by the United States and South Korea, saying the drills could provoke North Korea to carry out more missile tests.

Lavrov made the remarks on the sidelines of the 24th Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, Austria, on Friday.

He said Washington had told Moscow in September that “before spring there are no planned military drills near the Korean Peninsula.” The Russian foreign minister said the information was understood by Moscow as Washington's readiness “to create some conditions for a dialogue.” “We transmitted that signal to Pyongyang. They did not say no.”

Dec 09 09:05

North Korea says U.N. envoy expressed willingness to ease tensions

The U.N. political affairs chief expressed willingness to ease tension on the Korean peninsula during a visit to North Korea this week, state media said on Saturday, amid a rising war of words over the North’s missile and nuclear programs.

Dec 08 10:37

RUSSIA SAYS PYONGYANG WANTS DIRECT TALKS WITH WASHINGTON

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that North Korea's leadership wants direct talks with the United States to seek guarantees on their security from Washington, Russia's RIA news agency reported.

Lavrov said he had passed on Pyongyang's desire for direct talks to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when the two men met on the sidelines of a conference in Vienna on Thursday, the news agency reported.

Dec 07 09:17

‘Not if, but when’: N. Korea claims US warmongering makes potential nuclear war inevitable

North Korea views the endless military drills on its borders and repeated “bellicose remarks” by top US officials as means to “provoke” a nuclear war in the region, in which the US itself will be “burnt to death by the fire.”
“The large-scale nuclear war exercises conducted by the US in succession are creating touch-and-go situation on the Korean peninsula and series of violent war remarks coming from the US high-level politicians amid such circumstances have made an outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula an established fact. The remaining question now is: when will the war break out,” a spokesperson for North Korea’s foreign ministry said Wednesday in commentary provided by state news agency KCNA.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tomorrow is December 8th; I am hoping (and praying) that these exercises will end quietly, and the Kim Jong Un doesn't feel like uncorking another ICBM test any time soon, as a response to these exercises.

Because should war break out, the casualties, on all sides, will be enormous, including, potentially, the dependents of the American military in South Korea. And although there are very few times I agree with the guy, I think Lindsey Graham was correct about pulling US dependents out of South Korea:

Lindsey Graham Calls on the Pentagon to Pull Families of Service Members out of South Korea due to War Worries

However, for the Pentagon, such a move would be a massive "tip of the hand", telegraphing an attack was coming, so no matter how much "collateral damage" may result for military families from a blitzkrieg-style, US attack against North Korea, I don't see an evacuation of military family personnel happening for just that reason.

Dec 07 08:45

Sorry, Kids: Lacking Funding, UN Stops Food Delivery to 190,000 NK Children

The United Nations World Food Program has stopped food deliveries to North Korea that served mostly hungry children. The decision comes amid rising tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program, though the body says the decision was all about money.

Dec 07 08:09

Asia’s Other Nuclear Standoff

By roping India and Japan into its standoff with China, the U.S. is raising the nuclear stakes in Asia – including, dangerously, between India and Pakistan

Dec 07 07:20

North Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable as China urges calm

Two American B-1B heavy bombers joined large-scale combat drills over South Korea on Thursday amid warnings from North Korea that the exercises and U.S. threats have made the outbreak of war “an established fact”.

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