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Jan 09 10:16

US Supercarrier Sets Sails For Korean Peninsula Ahead of North-South Talks

The US Navy’s USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier is headed for the Western Pacific along with several guided-missile destroyers ahead of North and South Korean talks at the Panmunjom truce village on Tuesday.

Jan 09 09:21

Nuclear buttons to peace in a few days? Korea talks are significant but not foolproof

North Korea said it will send as many athletes as possible to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February

Jan 08 07:40

North Korea may suddenly want talks because of how powerful it has become

"The North has made significant advances in its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons program so I think they feel a bit more willing to engage in talks now that they've actually demonstrated an incipient nuclear capability that can strike the U.S.," said Taylor Fravel, associate political science professor at MIT.

Jan 07 20:34

Donald Trump tweet on nuclear button keeps North Korea's Kim 'on his toes': Nikki Haley

U.S. President Donald Trump`s tweet about having a bigger nuclear button than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un`s has kept Kim "on his toes" and makes clear the risks of a nuclear standoff, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday.
After Kim asserted that he had a nuclear button at the ready, Trump last week dismissed the taunt by saying in a tweet that the U.S. button at his disposal was bigger and more powerful.

Jan 07 10:17

The Leftist Mainstream Media Is Now DEFENDING North Korea, Calling For The President Of The United States To Be BANNED From Twitter

In yet another example of the insanity that is the new liberal orthodoxy in the age of Trump, multiple mainstream news outlets, as well as numerous left-wing activists, are now publicly calling for Twitter to ban President Trump from their platform for threatening North Korea.

You read that correctly. American media outlets are not only defending North Korea, they are actually claiming that threatening the rogue nuclear nation constitutes “hateful speech” that must be censored.

Articles in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Slate Magazine, and the Globe and Mail have all called for censoring the president in the last week, ostensibly because of his threats against North Korea but in reality because the legacy media absolutely despises the fact that the president can speak to the American people without going through the establishment gatekeepers first.

Jan 07 09:30

How U.S. Intelligence Agencies Underestimated North Korea

Mr. Kim tested eight intermediate-range missiles in 2016, but seven blew up on the pad or shattered in flight — which some officials attributed partly to an American sabotage program accelerated by President Barack Obama. And while the North had carried out five underground atomic tests, the intelligence community estimated that it remained years away from developing a more powerful type of weapon known as a hydrogen bomb.

Within months, those comforting assessments looked wildly out of date.

Jan 07 07:08

US Intelligence Reportedly Admits It Underrated North Korea's Nuclear Potential

At the beginning of Donald Trump's presidency, the intelligence agencies assured the president that it would take about four years for North Korea to develop a ballistic missile capable of reaching US coast, so there was time to slow or stop the development of such missiles and Washington could focus on negotiations and countermeasures, The New York Times said.

However, after Pyongyang conducted hydrogen bomb test and launched several missiles with one of them capable of reaching US island of Guam, the intelligence community has come to a conclusion that it has underestimated North Korea's capabilities and chances to obtain foreign technologies>>>

Jan 07 06:58

Trump ready to speak to Kim under certain conditions

Donald Trump has said he is “absolutely” willing to talk on the phone to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un if Tuesday's North-South meeting yields positive results.

President Trump, who has shown nothing but contempt for his North Korean counterpart, spoke to the media at Camp David Saturday, once again claiming credit for facilitating the impending intra-Korean dialogue. Pyongyang and Seoul earlier this week reactivated a communication hotline that's been silent for nearly two years.

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Jan 06 08:37

Is North Korean leader Kim Jong Un now trying to portray himself as a statesman?

Last year, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un played the role of successful nuclear provocateur, ignoring international pressure to cease developing weapons and missile capability that sparked alarm around the world.

Now it seems that Kim, a third-generation dictator, wants a new persona: statesman.

Jan 06 07:31

The CDC Is Warning Americans to Prepare for Nuclear War

The CDC is warning Americans to prepare for nuclear war.

If you’ve been watching the news for years the way many of us have, you probably know that by the time the government starts warning you about something, it’s just about to happen.

For example, you may recall the Ebola scare back in 2014. First, the CDC released a warning on Sept. 15th, then just two weeks later, the first case in the US was confirmed in Texas. It wasn’t by any great master planning that it didn’t turn into a massive epidemic through a series of terrifying errors. It was sheer dumb luck.

The Center for Disease Control recently announced that they’d be giving a presentation on January 16th to help better prepare the public for nuclear war.

Here's what you need to know.

Jan 05 17:54

North Korea warned it faces a 'strong US military' response if talks fail

The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that while diplomacy was preferred “those diplomatic efforts are backed by a strong military option if necessary”.

Jan 05 10:55

North Korea accepts South's offer to meet for talks

North Korea has accepted South Korea's proposal for official talks in what will be the first high-level contact between the two countries in more than two years.
South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun told reporters Friday that North Korea informed Seoul by fax that it has accepted the offer to initiate talks.

The person-to-person talks will be held Tuesday -- the day after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's birthday -- at the Peace House in the village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, Baik said.

Jan 05 08:49

Why we need a new approach to North Korea

That North and South Korea apparently are prepared to talk is progress. But any negotiations concerning North Korea’s nuclear program should be designed to avoid repeating the same approaches that doomed past negotiations, including the so-called “Six Party Talks”, which collapsed in 2009. Among other things, some believe those negotiations were unsuccessful because their principle focus, which was on Pyongyang’s nuclear program, raised North Korean fears that the international community’s ultimate goal was regime change. This fear continues, and has helped create the current deadlock.

Jan 05 07:37

North Korea's ballistic missile accidentally hits own city: Report

A report in The Independent quoted US officials as saying that the Hwasong-12 ballistic missile landed in Tokchon - about 150 kilometers from Pyongyang - after being launched on April 28 of last year. Initially, reports had suggested that the intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) had exploded into pieces in mid-flight but new evidence suggest that it in fact crashed into the city of 200,000.

Jan 05 04:36

There Will Not Be a War With North Korea in 2018 (unless America Starts One)

It is the time of year of predictions and forecasts. The course of large tangled relationships like those of the Middle East, or the United States and China, are hard to foresee, but here is a fairly easy prediction regarding otherwise extremely opaque North Korea: there will be no war between the United States and North Korea unless Washington chooses to start one. Western media would have you think we are on the brink of a massive conflict. That is grossly inaccurate. The only war in Northeast Asia would be a war of choice, not necessity, driven by the mistaken insistence of Donald Trump’s administration that the United States absolutely cannot live with a nuclearized North Korea. By contrast, all other players in the region are adjusting to the North’s new capabilities.

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Jan 04 15:19

US announces it will delay joint military exercises with South Korea until after the Winter Olympics following Trump's boast to Kim Jong-Un that he also has a nuclear button

The US has agreed to delay joint military exercises with South Korea until after the Winter Olympics, the Pentagon has said - just a day after Trump bragged about his 'nuclear button'.

Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning said President Donald Trump agreed to the delay in consultation with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Col Manning said in a brief written statement: 'The Department of Defense supports the president's decision and what is in the best interest of the ROK-US alliance.'

Jan 04 11:31

North Korea missile test ended in disaster and crashed into a major city

The Tokyo-based Diplomat news website has reported that a missile test conducted in early 2017 went wrong and landed in a city instead.

The site claimed that it had seen evidence from a US government source revealing how a test of the Hwasong-12 missile on the 28 April ended badly when the rocket crashed into the city of Tokchon, north-east of Pyongyang.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not sure I trust this report.

Jan 04 08:36

Donald Trump and North Korea: Big Button, Small President

For seventy years, North Korea has baited America with threats of mayhem, and, for seventy years, American Presidents, with rare exceptions, understood that squabbling with a pariah state whose economy is smaller than that of Rhode Island would diminish their own stature and America’s standing. Trump, by contrast, summoned the world’s attention and then sawed himself off at the knees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess I am not the only one who thought Trump looked childish in all this.

Meanwhile, the fact that Trump engaged North Korea has only improved their standing in the world.

Jan 03 09:18

North Korea reopens border hotline as Trump boasts of 'bigger' nuclear button

North Korea reopened a long-closed border hotline with South Korea on Wednesday, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to mock the North`s leader by saying he has a "bigger and more powerful" nuclear button than he does.

Jan 03 09:16

Donald Trump's new message for Kim Jong Un: Have bigger and more powerful nuclear button

This comes just hours after the North Korean dictator ordered his scientists to build the country's biggest Inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), which would be launched in September, the 70th anniversary of the regime.
Earlier, in a televised New Year address, the North Korean leader had said that the entire US is within range of his nuclear weapons, and that a nuclear button is always on his desk.

Jan 03 09:14

WW3 ALERT: Chinese Troops Told To ‘Ready For War’ And Sent To North Korean Border

Chinese tanks, soldiers, and military trucks have been gathering on the border in preparation for a war. The Chinese military was quickly rushed to the border they share with North Korea after being told to get “ready for war.”

Jan 03 07:44

DPRK reopens hotline with S. Korea in Panmunjom -- DPRK media

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) announced Wednesday that it will re-open the north-south hotline with South Korea in its truce village of Panmunjom, DPRK media reported.

The channel for communications will be reopened from 3:00 p.m. local time (0630 GMT) to discuss with South Korea the DPRK's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The Korean Central Television showed a top official of the DPRK's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland reading an order by the country's top leader Kim Jong Un on re-opening the hotline.

The official said Kim highly appreciated the immediate and positive response from the South Korean authorities, after Kim expressed his willingness to send DPRK athletes to join in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Monday.

Jan 02 12:20

South Korea Seizes 2nd Ship Suspected Of Violating UN Sanctions On Oil Sales

After we reported yesterday that South Korean authorities had seized a ship suspected of illegally delivering oil to North Korea via clandestine ship-to-ship transfers, Reuters reported Sunday that the South also seized a Panama-flagged vessel suspected of violating UN sanctions restricting oil sales to North Korea.

The seizure was the second to be revealed by South Korea within a few days, as the United Nations steps up efforts to squeeze essential oil supplies to the reclusive North following its nuclear or ballistic missile tests.

The ship, the KOTI, was seized at Pyeongtaek-Dangjin port, the official told Reuters, without elaborating, due to the sensitivity of the issue. The port is on South Korea’s west coast, south of Incheon.

Jan 02 12:11

China Resists US Push To Blacklist Ships Caught Trading With North Korea

After the US Treasury Department released satellite images purporting to show Chinese ships transferring oil to a North Korea-flagged vessel in blatant violation of UN Security Council sanctions, the US is pressing for 10 ships, several of them Chinese, to be added to the list of entities banned by the UN.

But there’s one problem: China, which like the US holds a permanent veto over UN Security Council decisions, is pushing back. It says it will only accept sanctions on four ships, according to the Wall Street Journal.

While there’s some skepticism about how well these rules are enforced, UN sanctions would require members to bar blacklisted ships from their ports.

Jan 02 12:04

US-North Korea nuclear war ‘closer than ever’: Ex-US military chief

Retired Admiral Mike Mullen, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told ABC News on Sunday that resolving the standoff between Washington and Pyongyang through diplomacy was not going to be an easy job.

"We're actually closer in my view to a nuclear war with North Korea and in that region than we've ever been," he said.

Jan 02 07:59

South Korea proposes high-level talks with North, after Kim Jong-Un's New Year olive branch

Tuesday proposed holding high-level talks with Pyongyang on January 9, after the North`s leader Kim Jong-Un called for a breakthrough in relations and said Pyongyang might attend the Winter Olympics.
Kim used his annual New Year address to underscore Pyongyang`s claim that it has developed a weapons deterrent and warn that he had a "nuclear button" on hand, but sweetened his remarks by expressing an interest in dialogue and participating in the South`s Games.

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.

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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.

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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

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