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Sep 09 04:36

South Korea braces for another possible missile test by North Korea

NORTH Korea has called for more and better nuclear weapons to deter the US ‘and its puppets’ as NATO’s chief warns the world.

Sep 08 21:37

China detects rising radiation levels in areas close to North Korean nuclear blast site

Chinese scientists are considering whether a small but gradual increase in environmental radiation picked up by monitoring stations close to the border with North Korea is related to the nuclear test carried out over the weekend.

The changes could be down to environmental factors and unrelated to the nuclear test, but the trend was “worthy of attention”, said a scientist who sits on a panel that advises the Chinese government on emergency responses to radioactive hazards.

The radiation level in Changbai Korean autonomous county – the closest Chinese urban area to the Punggye-ri test facility – climbed gradually from an average of 104.9 nanograys per hour immediately after the test on Sunday to 108.5 on Tuesday, according to figures released by China’s environment ministry.

Sep 08 13:09

China Tips its Hand: How it Would Prevent a US Attack on North Korea

The unanswered question of the past several weeks is “What would China do to prevent a US attack on North Korea?” Well, the Chinese began to answer that question with military exercises and deployment of air defense forces designed to expand the roles of anti-missile units in size and scope of territory defended. RT News released an article on September 6 entitled China carries out live-fire exercise fending off ‘surprise’ overseas attack, and here is an excerpt:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American military is singularly unprepared to fight a war against China over North Korea, because it doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive result in a war against China.

Sep 08 12:53

Washington’s Draft UN Security Council Resolution on North Korea

n its current form, a draft US sponsored SC resolution on the DPRK is unacceptable to Russia and China, calling for:

an asset freeze and travel ban on Kim Jong-un and other designated DPRK officials;
designating additional “WMD-related items,” including specified materials, equipment, goods and technology;
designating “conventional arms dual-use and munitions” and related items, including specified materials, equipment, goods, and technology;
designating vessels used to transport coal, its purchase by other countries prohibited;
authorizing UN member states to interdict and inspect North Korean vessels at sea in international waters;
banning exports of crude oil, condensate, refined petroleum products and natural gas to the DPRK;
prohibiting textile exports to the country;
preventing illicit (sic) DPRK coal exports through Rajin;
banning the hiring and use of North Korean workers by other countries; and

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sergei Lavrov is someone I consider "an adult in the room" in the vicious playpen which is international politics.

But I have to tell you, very frankly, that the way the language has been structured, insuring that China and Russia cannot possibly approve this resolution, will be the "trigger" which will enforce the Treasury's threat to
impose a ban on all US trade with dozens of nations that trade with North Korea."

Such sanctions cannot possibly be construed as anything but a prelude to a war against North Korea.

Sep 08 11:26

US Seeks UN Permission to Board North Korean Ships

Despite Russian opposition already having effectively killed the chances of a total oil ban on North Korea being enforced, the US is still pushing the plan at the UN Security Council. It’s not just a ban, however. The US wants permission to militarily enforce it.

The resolution includes broad language allowing the US Navy and Air Force to capture and board North Korean ships at sea, and to use “all necessary measures” to force them to reveal if they are complying with the ban.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley is looking for a vote by Monday, though it seems like any language within the bill about interdiction of North Korean ships is likely to be removed at the behest of both China and Russia if the resolution is to survive at all.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should such a completely reckless and irresponsible act move forward, either on the part of the UN (which is doubtful) or the US Department of Treasury (which is more likely), it will be interpreted as an act of war by both North Korea and China, and will be responded to accordingly.

Sep 08 11:15

Iran Condemns Pyongyang’s Nuke Tests, Says War 'Imminent’ Without Talks

According to Iranian parliamentarian Morteza Saffari Natanzi, who is a member of the country’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Iran is against nuclear weapons tests by any country and strongly condemns Pyongyang’s latest test of an alleged hydrogen bomb, the Iran Front Page reported.

"Based on a religious decree by Iran's leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei], Tehran is totally against any production of weapons of mass destruction," he said in an interview.

Iran has a nuclear program that included a research reactor, uranium mines, uranium processing facilities and uranium enrichment plants. It maintained for decades that its nuclear program was purely peaceful and civil, but was slammed repeatedly with sanctions by the US and the UN, alleging that Iran was secretly trying to develop a nuclear weapons program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, THIS... is a statement you will NEVER be allowed to hear from the US corporate presstitutes and whorespondents!!

Well spoken, Majlis Member Natanzi: WELL SPOKEN!! :-)

Sep 08 11:06

China’s Xi Jinping tells Donald Trump that North Korea nuclear issue must be solved via talks

China is focused on solving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue through talks and peaceful means, Chinese President Xi Jinping told US President Donald Trump in a telephone call on Wednesday (Sept 6).

The United States and South Korea have asked the United Nations to consider tough new sanctions on North Korea after its nuclear test on Sunday that Pyongyang said was a advanced hydrogen bomb.

Washington and its allies have said there is a growing urgency for China, North Korea’s top trading partner, to apply more pressure on its already isolated neighbour to get it to back down on its nuclear weapons and missiles programmes.

China “unswervingly” works to realise denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula and to safeguard the international nuclear non-proliferation system, Xi told Trump, according to a statement from China’s Foreign Ministry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am glad that there is dialogue on North Korea between President Trump, and his counterpart, Xi Jingping.

But that being said, if Kim Jong Un orders that a missile be fired tomorrow, which is the anniversary of the founding of the Country of North Korea, as many North Korea watchers are anticipating, all bets may well be off.

President Trump may well believe that he has "got to do something" to demonstrate American resolve; and that "something" may well be a full-blown military response, coupled with a decap strike against Kim, and the whole of Pyongyang.

IF China comes in on the side of North Korea, we may well be looking at World War III.

Sep 08 08:10

How Kim Jong-un would escape in caves if a nuclear war occurs

This is a really cheesy story focusing on how Kim Jong-un and his favorite stash of Swiss Cheese will be very difficult for the US to take out.

NORTH Korean dictator Kim Jong-un will escape to a vast complex of underground tunnels if a nuclear war breaks out — with a huge supply of his favourite cheese.

Aiden Foster-Carter, an expert on North Korea and honorary senior research fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea at Leeds University, said that Kim Jong un is unlikely to go without his favourite treats in the event of war.

He added that the dictator had to retreat from public life after eating too much Emmental cheese after receiving a huge shipment of it from Switzerland.

When asked about whether Kim will stockpile his favourite cheese, he added: “I’m sure that wherever he goes he’ll be provided for.”

Sep 08 08:00

US begging for war, not North Korea: Analyst

Swanson said that North Korea has clearly been open to negotiation in order to solve differences on militarization of the Korean Peninsula, but the United States has propped up its warmongering policy.

“It is US politicians and US major media outlets that are begging for war not North Korea,” because “North Korea has repeatedly and endlessly been open to negotiations,” the activist said on Thursday night.

The White House has threatened North Korea with a nuclear war, which is a clear violation of the UN charter; thus, President Trump needs to be impeached immediately and removed from office, Swanson noted.

Sep 08 07:28

Dennis Rodman offers to ‘straighten things out’ between Trump & N. Korea’s Kim

Speaking on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday, Rodman was asked about his relationship with Kim Jong-un, whom he has met on numerous occasions during his many visits to North Korea.

“I think if the president even tries to reach out for Kim, I think it would be a great possibility things can happen,” he said, adding that if the two engaged in dialogue, “I think that'll open up maybe the door just a little bit."

Sep 07 13:33

US Army prepares forces in South Korea for WMD attack

The US Army wants its forces deployed in South Korea to train for a potential attack with the use of hazardous materials, which could be radioactive or chemical.

The Army’s 718th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company (EOD) in South Korea should be taught to be able to identify hazardous materials, “know how to perform basic control, containment and/or confinement operations,” as well as to be able implement decontamination procedures, according to the contract proposal which the Army posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website.
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It is expected to be a two-week training course, taught on-site at the US Camp Humphreys base in South Korea.

The US has around 25,000 troops deployed in the country, at some 80 sites across the country.

In late August, the Pentagon posted another proposal for contractors to build walls around four US bases in South Korea to protect them from a potential attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Could the US Military be telegraphing any more loudly that the "false flag event" du jure, to be blamed on North Korea as a justification as war against it, will be a faked chemical or radiological attack?!?

I rather think not!!

Sep 07 09:59

Weapons of mass destruction will not be used on Korean peninsula - Putin

Russian president Vladimir Putin is confident that there will be no conflict with the use of weapons of mass destruction in North-East Asia, he said at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok.

“We hope it will not come to a conflict with the use of weapons of mass destruction in North-East Asia”, Russian president Vladimir Putin stated at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok.

“There are possibilities to achieve the settlement of Pyongyang’s problem by diplomatic means. This is possible and must be done,” he stated.

Sep 07 09:24

Weapons of mass destruction will not be used on Korean peninsula - Putin

Russian president Vladimir Putin is confident that there will be no conflict with the use of weapons of mass destruction in North-East Asia, he said at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok.

“We hope it will not come to a conflict with the use of weapons of mass destruction in North-East Asia”, Russian president Vladimir Putin stated at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok.

“There are possibilities to achieve the settlement of Pyongyang’s problem by diplomatic means. This is possible and must be done,” he stated.

Sep 07 09:13

North Korea is expected to launch an ICBM at full range on Saturday -- Here's how it could go down

On Saturday, North Koreans will celebrate the anniversary of their country’s founding, and experts believe they may mark the holiday with a full-range test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

South Korean media reports that a North Korean ICBM has been spotted on the move, and South Korea’s Prime Minister said that “some believe North Korea may launch another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on the 9th; this time at an ordinary angle,” according to CNN.

Meanwhile, North Korea said that the US can expect more “gift packages” in the form of further missile testing. With only two successful tests on record, North Korea’s current ICBM is in need of further testing.

But North Korea firing a ballistic missile thousands of miles across the globe could have disastrous consequences if not executed properly.

Sep 07 09:12

North Korean Kim Jong Un likely to launch ICBM on Sept. 9: Seoul PM

Seoul [South Korea], September 7 (ANI): South Korea Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon has said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is likely to "launch another Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) on September 9."

"The situation is very grave. It doesn't seem much time is left before North Korea achieves its complete nuclear armament," the prime minister told a meeting of defence ministers in Seoul on Thursday.

"A special measure is urgently needed to stop their recklessness," he added.

Sep 06 12:30

US Demands North Korean Oil Embargo, Kim Asset Freeze In Draft UN Resolution

Details are emerging of what President Trump's administration is hoping the UN will agree to with regard sanctions pressure on North Korea. AFP reports the US seeks an asset freeze (and travel ban) on leader Kim Jong-Un as well as an oil embargo, and blockade of textile exports.

Sep 06 09:24

Satellite Images Reveal Numerous Landslides Around North Korea Test Site After Nuclear Test

Commercial satellite images taken one day after North Korea conducted its largest nuclear test to date (currently estimated to have been around 120 kilotons, or 8 times the yield of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima), show numerous landslides throughout the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site and beyond, 38 North reveals.

The area of these surface disturbances, which include numerous areas of pre-existing gravel and scree fields that have apparently been lofted in place from the tremors, is centered about Mt. Mantap at an elevation of 2205 meters.

Sep 06 09:12

North Korea: Dennis Rodman talks good friend Kim Jong-un 'we laugh, we sing karaoke'

US BASKETBALL legend Dennis Rodman has spoken of how he enjoys singing karaoke and riding horses with his friend Kim Jong-un when he visits North Korea.

The sportsman, 56, told Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan he would like to “straighten things out” between enemy nations North Korea and the US.

The 56-year-old has paid several visits to secretive dictator Kim in the hermit republic - however the pair have never discussed politics.

Instead they simply hang out as friends, he said.

Sep 06 08:45

U.S. poised to sell military weapons to Pacific allies in response to North Korean nuclear tests

The Trump administration is poised to pull the trigger on billions of dollars in military sales to U.S. allies in the Pacific in response to the growing nuclear standoff with North Korea — including possibly offering offensive weaponry to long-pacifist Japan.

Even before President Trump tweeted Tuesday about plans to allow “a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated” equipment for Japan and South Korea, the White House sent a request to the State Department for an assessment of how best to expedite the authorization of such sales as a way to combat Pyongyang’s recent missile and nuclear tests, sources say.

Sep 06 08:45

U.S. Pacific Fleet Chief Vows to Defend S.Korea

Sep 06 08:39

Kim Jong-Un Accuses Seoul’s ‘Scabby Sheep’ Army Of Being ‘Puppets’ For Donald Trump

Kim Jong-un has accused Seoul’s ‘scabby sheep’ army of being ‘puppets’ for the US – and warned South Korea’s military can be wiped out by his ‘nuclear striking power’.

In a chilling editorial, the dictator’s state-run media warned: ‘If we fire, they will die. This is the inescapable fate of the puppet warmongers.’

Sep 06 08:39

Putin Rejects More Korea Sactions, Warns US Risks “Global Catastrophe, Huge Loss Of Human Life”

After UN Ambassador Nikki Haley asked the security council to pass the “strongest possible” sanctions against North Korea which was “begging for war” following the isolated nation’s sixth nuclear test which took place over the weekend, Russia President Vladimir Putin has hinted that Russia may – and most likely will – use its Security Council veto power to stop any further sanctions from being implemented.

Sep 06 08:35

Korean vice FM rules out war on Korean Peninsula

South Korea cannot accept war as an option to deal with the North Korean nuclear threat, a senior Seoul diplomat said Tuesday in the wake of Pyongyang's sixth and most powerful atomic test.

Second Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun reminded a forum here that Washington has repeatedly put "all options" on the table over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

But war cannot be an option, he said.

Sep 06 08:26

Putin: North Korea Would 'Eat Grass' Before Giving Up Nukes

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that North Korea's Kim Jong Un would have his people "eat grass" before giving up his nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

Putin was attending a meeting in Xiamen, China, of leaders of five emerging economic powers known as BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Speaking at a news conference touching on a wide range of issues, the Russian leader echoed a phrase attributed to former Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the father of Benazir Bhutto, who said in 1965 that Pakistanis "will eat grass, even go hungry" to acquire an atomic bomb. The South Asian country detonated its first nuclear device in 1998.

"They would rather eat grass but will not give up the [nuclear] program if they do not feel safe," Putin was quoted by The Associated Press as saying.

Sep 06 08:10

UK Column News - 5th September 2017

Report on North Korea, from well-known journalist Eva Bartlett (who exposed many of lies about Syria). She has just returned from there.

Are we being lied into another war? The same pattern of demonization we have seen of other leaders might be a clue.

Sep 06 07:39

Putin Rejects Cutting Off Oil to North Korea

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said his country opposed cutting off oil supplies to North Korea as part of new sanctions being considered in the wake of the country’s latest nuclear test, according to official accounts of his meeting Wednesday with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea.

Sep 06 04:26

Trump to Sell South Korea Billions of Dollars in Weapons

TRUMPS intention to loosen restrictions on South Korea's maximum payload for missiles , appears to be written around the idea that it would lead to more US arms sales .
TRUMP is already bragging it's worth many billions of dollars >>> http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/south-korea/trump-says-us-will-sell-bill...

Sep 05 18:35

The Haircut (2017) - A North Korean Adventure

Sep 05 14:34

Scott Adams: Why North Korea and the United States are Near War

You might have heard that North Korea and the United States are not getting along. We mock their lack of electricity, they threaten to annihilate us with thermonuclear weapons, that sort of thing.

But why are we enemies?

I’ll sort it all out for you here.

Sep 05 13:59

What The Media Isn’t Telling You About North Korea’s Missile Tests

Here’s what the media isn’t telling you about North Korea’s recent missile tests.

Last Monday, the DPRK fired a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan’s Hokkaido Island. The missile landed in the waters beyond the island harming neither people nor property.

Sep 05 13:53

Furious North Korea Slams US As "Heinous Aggressor Who Is Begging For War", Vows To "Respond In Our Own Way"

North Korea said Tuesday it will "respond in our own ways" to any new sanctions that may be put in place following Pyongyang's latest nuclear test.

According to Yonhap, In a Q&A session with the state-run Korean Central News Agency, the North Korean foreign ministry spokesman blasted the United States for leading the international efforts to adopt a fresh sanctions resolution. Flipping the table on Nikki Haley's Monday Statement that North Korea is begging for war, North Korea said that it was the US that a “heinous aggressor who is begging for war."

"Testing an H-bomb for an intercontinental ballistic rocket is a normal process that we must carry out to accomplish our policy of byongjin," the spokesman said, referring to the North's signature policy of seeking nuclear armament and economic development.

Sep 05 11:12

China Is Main Target of ‘Pressure’ Against North Korea

As tensions with North Korea have risen, the US has been eager to impose new sanctions on them. Since the US doesn’t trade with North Korea in the first place, that has mostly boiled down to sanctions against Chinese companies that do.

The ease with which the Trump Administration has made sanctioning North Korea mean sanctioning China is coupled with a lot of angry blaming of China from US officials, who still expect them to solve North Korea unilaterally. China is unsurprisingly viewing itself as a target.

President Trump campaigned on trade with China being unfair, and many see that driving their actions against China as part of North Korea policy. Trump has presented North Korea’s continued tests as an “embarrassment” to China, and suggests the US could cut all trade with every nation that trades with North Korea, which covers a lot of nations, but especially China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such an act would be largely symbolic, as the only practical deterrent would be for President Trump to order the US Navy to board and physically inspect any and all cargo bound for North Korea; and this would be a logistical nightmare, not to mention the possibility of getting into a shooting war with either China or any other nation with the capabilities of defending itself with sophisticated weaponry.

Sep 05 10:40

South Korea’s defense minister suggests bringing back tactical U.S. nuclear weapons

South Korea’s defense minister on Monday said it was worth reviewing the redeployment of American tactical nuclear weapons to the Korean Peninsula to guard against the North, a step that analysts warn would sharply increase the risk of an accidental conflict.

As concern over Korea deepened following North Korea’s huge nuclear test Sunday, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was “begging for war.”

Here in Seoul, the Defense Ministry warned that Pyongyang might be preparing to launch another missile into the Pacific Ocean, perhaps an intercontinental ballistic missile theoretically capable of reaching the mainland United States.

President Trump and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, spoke on the phone for 40 minutes Monday night, Korean time — some 34 hours after the nuclear test and more than 24 hours after Trump took to Twitter to criticize Moon’s “talk of appeasement.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such a move will only escalate tensions in the region, and make it more possible that one stupid mistake, or one mis-communication, could set off the second Korean war.

And President Trump, a word, please: you do NOT criticise the behaviour of a foreign head of state in public, then naively, and stupidly, believe that they will conduct their country's foreign policy according to your dictates, sir.

If you have something negative to say about the policy of foreign leaders, please have the horse-sense to say it privately.

But your very public excoriation of President Moon on Twitter, is absolutely NOT "The Art of the Deal" behaviour; it is the behaviour one might logically ascribe to a megalomaniac, publicly yelling at a head of state, because he has not gotten his way.

Sep 05 10:28

China lodges representations to DPRK embassy over nuclear test

China confirmed on Monday its Foreign Ministry has lodged solemn representations to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) embassy in Beijing over its sixth nuclear test.

"The representations were lodged to the person in charge of the embassy," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a regular news briefing.
The DPRK Sunday detonated a hydrogen bomb that can be carried by an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), DPRK's Central Television announced. This was the sixth nuclear test the DPRK has undertaken.

"China's adherence to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and opposition to nuclear tests and missile development by the DPRK is well-known," Geng said.
China has proposed realizing denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula while establishing a peace mechanism. China has also expected the DPRK to suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for the suspension of large-scale U.S.-ROK military exercises.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What China is proposing is an absolutely, completely reasonable mechanism for ratcheting down the tensions here.

Unfortunately, neither those in the bowels of power in DC, or Kim Jung Un appear to be listening; and this is leading the region to the very cusp of a regional war, which may result in a world war.

Sep 05 10:24

Trump agrees to lift limits on South Korean missile payloads

The U.S. and South Korea have agreed to lift limits on South Korea's missile payload capabilities following North Korea's hydrogen bomb test over the weekend, the White House announced Monday.

During a call between President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In, Trump "gave his in-principle approval to South Korea’s initiative to lift restrictions on their missile payload capabilities,” the White House said in a readout of the call.

“President Trump also provided his conceptual approval for the purchase of many billions of dollars’ worth of military weapons and equipment from the United States by South Korea," the statement added.

A spokesman for South Korea’s presidential office confirmed the call Monday, describing the move to lift the limit on the payload of South Korean missiles under U.S.-South Korean guidelines as an "effective" countermeasure, the Yonhap News Agency reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another move, demonstrating just how close the Unhinged, Surveilled, States of Amerika is moving toward war on the Korean Peninsula.

Sep 05 09:20

North Korea WARNING: Repeated tests could BLOW TOP OFF mountain nuclear site

A team of scientists from the University of Science and Technology of China said their research had suggested all the tests were carried out under the same mountain, with further tests risking a major environmental disaster.

Wang Naiyan, the former chairman of the China Nuclear Society and senior researcher on China’s nuclear weapons programme, said another test could cause the whole mountain to cave in on itself, leaving a hole that would cause radiation to leak out across the region.

He told the South China Morning Post: “We call it ‘taking the roof off’. If the mountain collapses and the hole is exposed, it will let out many bad things.”

Sep 05 09:18

Ex-UK diplomat describes ‘funny family man Kim Jong-un' in shocking Newsnight clip

THE UK’s former Ambassador to North Korea has faced social media outcry after describing Kim Jong-un as an “affable man” with a “nice sense of humour”.

John Everard, who worked for the British Government in Pyongyang from 2006-08 claimed those who had met him found the tyrannical leader to be friendly, and saw him as a “family man”.

Sep 05 08:52

LISTEN TO THOSE ‘OR ELSES’

Old Chinese saying: ‘when elephants battle, ants get crushed.’ Think of the current crisis on the Korean Peninsula in which the government in Seoul has been all but ignored.

South Korea’s newly elected president, Moon Jae-in, keeps insisting that the US must not launch war against North Korea without South Korea’s agreement.

President Donald Trump and the US media appear not to have heard Moon’s pleas, or are simply disregarding them.

Amazingly, six decades after the end of the 1950 Korean War, South Korea’s 650,000-man active armed forces and 4.2 million-man reserves remain under the command of a US four-star general. This neo-colonial arrangement was supposed to have ended years ago, but successive conservative South Korean governments maintained their nation’s acceptance of Washington’s Asian Raj. So does Japan.

Sep 05 07:20

A War With North Korea Could Send Oil Prices Skyrocketing

An open military conflict in Northern Asia would disrupt more than a third of global seaborne crude oil trade, Wood Mackenzie warned last week amid yet another escalation between North Korea, its neighbors, and the U.S.

Such a conflict would cripple North Asia’s production and refining capacity, the consultancy said. Some 65 percent of Asia’s crude oil refining capacity is located in China, Japan, and South Korea, so the effects of an open war would be far-reaching and potentially long-lasting. The most pressing question, then, is how likely such an open conflict is.

Sep 05 07:16

PM calls for sincere explanations to China about decision to host THAAD

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said Monday that South Korea should offer sincere explanations to China about its decision to host the US THAAD missile defense system that Beijing sees as a threat to its national security.

Lee issued the instruction during a meeting with senior aides, saying China has pent-up disappointment with Seoul as the previous administration of former President Park Geun-hye decided to host THAAD, just 10 days after it said it wouldn't do so.

Beijing sees the decision as a violation of trust and faith from the context of human relations and morality, he said.

Sep 05 07:16

Russia says will react to new U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Monday Moscow would need to react to the expansion of a U.S. anti-missile defence system in South Korea.

“It inevitably will raise the question about our reaction, about our military balances,” Ryabkov told reporters at a BRICS summit in China.

Sep 05 07:10

North Korea Seen Moving ICBM Into Position For Possible Launch: Report

Bloomberg references a just released article in the Asia Business Daily, according to which North Korea started moving the ICBM-class missile, produced at a new Pyongyang research center, on Monday following Sunday's thermonuclear test.

The report confirms overnight intelligence from South Korea: recall first thing this morning, Yonhap reported that South Korea's spy agency said it had detected that North Korea is making preparations for a possible intercontinental ballistic missile launch, a move that would further raise tensions a day after it conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear detonation.

Sep 05 07:08

Japan Prepares For Mass Evacuation Of 60,000 Citizens From South Korea

It won't be the first time that a near-panicked Japan has came close to the edge when it comes to North Korea, and in preparation for an "emergency" was planning to evacuate its citizens located in South Korea. The last such notable spike in escalations took place in April, when as the Yomiuri Shimbun reported at the time, the Japanese government had asked the U.S. to provide advance consultation if it is about to launch military action against North Korea, and "ramped up preparations for emergency situations", including the potential evacuation of some 57,000 Japanese citizens currently in South Korea.

Fast forward to today, when moments ago Japan's Nikkei reported that as tensions on the Korean Peninsula reach new heights following Pyongyang's first (allegedly) hydrogen bomb test, Japan is planning a possible mass evacuation of the nearly 60,000 Japanese citizens currently living in or visiting South Korea.

Sep 05 07:04

North Korea and the impending global catastrophe

First off, sanctions do not translate as diplomacy any more than diplomacy translated as sanctions. Vladimir Putin today reiterated Russia's position, mirrored by the People's Republic of China, that the only way forward in the current impasse is through diplomacy to air views on what Pyongyang wants and to create an environment in which that part of the world can live with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, so-called "North Korea". California is thousands of miles away.

Sep 05 07:02

Putin: Military hysteria over N. Korea may lead to planetary catastrophe, heavy loss of life

The examples of Iraq and Libya have convinced the North Korean leadership that only nuclear deterrence can protect them, so no sanctions can dissuade them, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
Pyongyang will not relinquish its military program under pressure of sanctions and military threats, because the examples of Iraq and Libya have convinced it that nuclear deterrence is the only credible way to ensure its security, President Putin told journalists on Tuesday.

Sep 05 06:47

Imposing sanctions on North Korea is useless, says Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday said imposing sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear missile programme was “useless and ineffective”, BBC reported. Putin said the “military hysteria” will only lead to a “global catastrophe”.

The Russian president’s comments came a day after the United States urged the United Nations Security Council to impose stricter sanctions on Pyongyang. Putin was speaking after the Brics summit in China on Tuesday.

“Sanctions of any kind would now be useless and ineffective,” Putin said, according to BBC. “They’d rather eat grass than abandon their programme unless they feel secure...We should promote dialogue among all interested parties.”

Sep 05 06:37

South Korea Proposes Full Oil, Currency Blockade Of North; China Says No

Unable to make de-escalation progress using conventional diplomatic means at the United Nations, on Monday South Korean President Moon Jae-in proposed that the U.N. Security Council hold serious discussions about imposing an energy and capital blockade on North Korea, by cutting off oil supplies to Kim's regime coupled with a block of North Korean sources of foreign currency, the South Korean president's office said. Moon discussed the idea with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, during a phone call, according to South Korea's Blue House.

Sep 05 06:36

NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR TEST SITE AT RISK OF IMPLODING, CHINESE SCIENTIST SAYS

The single mountain under which North Korea most likely conducted its five most recent nuclear bomb tests, including the latest and most powerful on Sunday, could be at risk of collapsing, a Chinese scientist said.

By measuring and analysing the shock waves caused by the blasts, and picked up by quake stations in China and neighbouring countries, researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, Anhui province, said they were confident that they were all carried out from under the same mountain at the Punggye-ri test site.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

8 minutes after the shock wave from the H-bomb test there was a secondary event which has still not been explained.

Sep 05 06:35

North Korean Crisis Reveals America’s Dangerous Economic Dependence on China

When President Trump said on Sunday that America would consider stopping all trading with countries doing business with North Korea, critics responded by saying this would mean economic ruin for the United States.

Sep 05 06:34

Ferry Service Between Russia's Primorsky Territory, North Korea Suspended

Director General of the carrier Vladimir Baranov said that the ferry service between the Russian city of Vladivostok and the North Korean Rason city has been suspended.

Sep 05 06:31

S.Korea, US to lift warhead weight limit on South Korean missiles

The US agreed to allow South Korea deploy heavier warheads on its missiles after the latest nuclear test by Pyongyang. The existing limit set in a missile pact between Washington and Seoul is 500 kg.

Sep 04 15:35

Strange as it sounds, this might be a cry for help from North Korea – and the world should listen carefully

Given the amount of US military hardware in North East Asia and the continuing lack of a peace treaty between North Korea and the South more than 60 years after hostilities ceased, it would be entirely rational for Kim Jong-un to be looking for a stable and secure peace, but to remain intent on doing so without betraying weakness.

The question – whether for the UN or for Swiss mediators, or indeed for Donald Trump – should be how to help North Korea get from here to there, without accidentally falling into a war along the way.

Sep 04 15:32

Theresa May refuses to back Donald Trump’s Armageddon threats over North Korea saying UK’s ‘overwhelming’ preference for a peaceful and diplomatic resolution

THERESA MAY has refused to back Donald Trump’s Armageddon threat over North Korea, saying it's the UK's "overwhelming" preference for a peaceful and diplomatic resolution.

The Prime Minister's spokesperson wouldn't get behind the US Defense Secretary's demands for a "massively military response" on the communist state.

Sep 04 10:34

Kim Jong-un is 'begging for war', says US ambassador to UN Nikki Haley

"...and to prove it we'll have more live fire exercises on their border."

Sep 04 08:25

North Korea could ‘vaporize’ Seoul: Boris Johnson reacts to US threats over nuke tests

Boris Johnson has opposed US President Donald Trump’s intent to take action against North Korea, saying it may spur Kim Jong-un to “vaporize” the South Korean capital Seoul.

The Foreign Secretary said rather than military action, alternative options such as further sanctions should be considered against Pyongyang, which according to Johnson, set out a “new order of threat” on Sunday by testing a hydrogen-bomb that could be used in long-range missiles.

Sep 04 08:02

DPRK H-Bomb: Chinese President Says ‘Dark Shadow Looms’ Over the World

After half a century of peace, a “dark shadow looms” over the world, following an announcement of the successful detonation of a hydrogen bomb by North Korea, according to a statement from Chinese President Xi Jinping.
While addressing the annual meeting of the BRICS economic alliance, Chinese President Xi Jinping — while not directly referring to the Sunday morning nuclear explosion — made note of an increasing unease in the region and around the globe.

In a tacit acknowledgement that Pyongyang's continued weapon and missile development was destabilizing hopes for nuclear non-proliferation, Xi spoke of using negotiation and dialog to put out "the flame of war," cited by The Guardian.

Noting that the recent nuclear detonations had "cast a dark shadow over the world," the Chinese president acknowledged that, "People around the world want peace and cooperation, not conflict or confrontation."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kim Jung Un's nuclear testing, coupled with his testing of long and medium-range missiles, has to be, for China's President Xi Jingping, the geopolitical equivalent of Kim's "relieving himself" in the Chinese President's face, quite publicly, yet all the while declaring that it's raining.

The next major Chinese Communist meeting to which the above article alludes, happens on 18 October of this year:

Chin a has set October 18 for its next Communist Party Congress: here's what to expect

IF, in fact, the US and South Korea do not haul off with a decap strike immediately (probably preceded by a false flag, to be blamed against North Korea), Xi has precisely 44 days in which to turn North Korea around on its missile and nuclear tests before this critical meeting.

Kim had to know when this upcoming meeting was taking place, and that the timing of this last nuclear test could very much test the credibility of President Xi with his peers; apparently, he didn't give a damn if that happened.

Sep 04 07:36

South Korea Holds Ballistic Missile Drill "Targeting North Korea Nuclear Test Site"

As has become custom, shortly after North Korea engages in some provocative activity, in this case its first ever hyrdogen bomb test, South Korea has traditionally responded with its own military drill, and today was no difference, with Yonhap reporting "that South Korea's military said Monday it conducted a combined live-fire exercise targeting North Korea's nuclear test site."

To be sure, it's not exactly clear how a "drill" can "target" a foreign military site, but we'll assume someone just used Google translate in this case.

As Yonhap adds, the training came in response to the North's sixth nuclear test a day earlier, and involved the country's Hyunmoo ballistic missile and the F-15K fighter jets.

Sep 04 07:29

Not so fast, Donald! Russia warns Trump not to start a fight with North Korea as China slams the US President's 'unacceptable' threat to halt trade with countries doing business with Pyongyang

Russia has warned US President Donald Trump against starting a unilateral fight with North Korea, claiming a 'clumsy step could lead to an explosion'.

The Kremlin's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov urged America to find a 'political resolution' amid heightened tensions following Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test.

And China today criticised President Donald Trump's threat to cut off U.S. trade with countries that deal with North Korea and rejected pressure to do more to halt the North's nuclear development.

Sep 04 07:29

North Korea issues FINAL warning: ‘Stop military drills or be reduced to ASHES’

South Korea sent a defiant message to Kim by conducting live fire drills aimed at showing its “willingness” to wipe out his totalitarian regime.

F-15K fighter jets rained Hyunmoo ballistic missiles on targets in response to North Korea’s sixth and largest nuclear test.

But in another chilling broadside, North Korea has threatened to attack its neighbour if it continues to hold military exercises of a similar nature.

Sep 04 07:28

North Korea Making Preparations For Another ICBM Launch, South Says

Barely had the market digested news of the latest, 6th - and this time allegedly thermonuclear - test by North Korea (with the South Korean Kospi cutting initial losses of as much as 1.6% in half on yet another BTFNWD ramp), when Yonhap reported that South Korea's spy agency said it had detected that North Korea is making preparations for a possible intercontinental ballistic missile launch, a move that would further raise tensions a day after it conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear detonation.

Sep 04 07:14

New S Korean Gov't Plans to Extend Economic Ties With Russia, China, Mongolia

The new South Korean administration is planning to enhance the country's economic ties with a number of states to the north, such as China, Mongolia as well as with the Far Eastern regions of Russia, the South Korean deputy prime minister said Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The world continues to pivot away from the US-centric system!

Sep 04 07:09

China says Donald Trump's trade threat over North Korea 'unacceptable'

China said Monday that President Donald Trump's threat to cut off trade with countries that deal with North Korea is unacceptable and unfair.

Trump had said on Twitter on Sunday the United States is considering halting trade with "any country doing business with North Korea". His remarks came after North Korea detonated a thermonuclear device in its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

Sep 04 07:08

South Korean media call for country to build its own nuclear weapons

Experts and commentators say a deterrent independent of the US is needed in face of uncertain support from Donald Trump

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sep 04 07:07

Trump is Ready to Use a Nuclear Weapon Against North Korea

The United States is ready to use its nuclear capability if North Korea continues to threaten US territories or allies, the White House said. After the latest provocative nuclear test in Pyongyang, President Donald Trump held a conversation with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. They discussed the assertion that North Korean regime test of a hydrogen bomb.

"President Trump reaffirmed the US commitment to protect our homeland, territory and allies with all the diplomatic, conventional and nuclear capabilities we have," the White House said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"After all, the United States is the only nation that should be allowed to test nuclear weapons. I mean, we're the only nation that has ever actually used them against another country! So, other countries should not be allowed to have a nuclear deterrent, as it makes it too expensive to invade them!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 04 07:05

US not looking at 'total annihilation' of North Korea but has 'many options', says Defence Secretary

Defence Secretary James Mattis has said the US is not looking for the "total annihilation" of North Korea, but stressed that there were "many options" in how to respond to Pyongyang's latest nuclear bomb test.

Sep 04 07:03

What You Need to Know About North Korea’s Hydrogen Bomb and EMP Capabilities

This weekend, North Korea conducted their most powerful nuclear test ever, with what was believed to be a hydrogen bomb in the northern part of their country. The explosion was so massive that it triggered a man-made earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale. If North Korean sources are to be believed, the bomb tested was a powerful 100 kiloton weapon.

But that's not all. To take the massive threat to an entirely different level, the North Korean state news also warned that a powerful hydrogen bomb could be detonated at a high altitude to create an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) capable of taking out parts of the American power grid.

Sep 03 10:15

North Korea tests hydrogen bomb, prepares to attach it to ICBMs: Reports

According to circulating reports, North Korea conducted its sixth major test of a nuclear device early Sunday morning, marking a new era of success for the nation and a new era of danger for the world.

The controlled underground explosion of a hydrogen bomb caused a 6.2 magnitude artificial earthquake which rocked neighboring regions.

Sep 03 09:59

Three Dangerous Delusions About Korea

The seemingly weekly rise and fall of the decibel level of bellicose rhetoric coming out of Washington and Pyongyang obscures the realities behind these three delusions. Little change can be expected from Pyongyang, whose policy at least has the virtue of simplicity: «if you do anything bad to us, we’ll do something really, really bad to you.»

So then, what are the prospects Washington could jump off the hamster wheel and come up with something besides threats and sanctions? The omens are not auspicious. Just before he left the White House, Steve Bannon violated the taboo surrounding Delusion 1: «Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don't die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don't know what you're talking about, there's no military solution here, they got us.» Then he was gone.

Sep 03 09:23

Why North Korea's Latest Missile Test Was Humiliating Blow to US Missile Defense

Commenting on the missile test, and Japan's response, RIA Novosti military observer Alexander Khrolenko wrote that Pyongyang's latest test has demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that all the sophisticated US missile defense systems in and around the Asian country are next to useless.

Sep 03 08:35

THE LATEST: NKOREA'S NEIGHBORS CHECKING RADIATION LEVELS

The North said the underground test site where it detonated what it described as a hydrogen bomb did not leak radioactive materials. If that's true, it will be difficult for outsiders to determine whether the device was indeed a thermonuclear weapon or a simpler nuclear bomb.

Sep 03 08:32

EX-IDF INTELLIGENCE CHIEF: TRUMP SHOULD STRIKE PREEMPTIVELY IN N.KOREA

Trump should attack in North-Korea, but only if he knows there will not be a retaliation, warns IDF former Intelligence Chief.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That last part being the real trick.

Sep 03 08:31

N Korea's 6th Nuke Test 'Much Larger Event Than the One From 2016 and Before'

Earlier in the day, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said that a nuclear weapon that was tested by North Korea on Sunday is preliminarily estimated to have a yield of up to 70 kilotonnes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More indications that the "expert" claim of a 6 kiloton yield was "in error."

Sep 03 08:25

Putin & Xi agree to ‘appropriately deal’ with N. Korea nuclear test – Xinhua

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have agreed to “appropriately deal” with the recent nuclear test conducted by North Korea, Chinese Xinhua news reports.

"The two leaders agreed to stick to the goal of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and keep close communication and coordination to deal with the new situation," the report says.

The presidents met in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen for the ninth BRICS summit, which is scheduled for September 3-5.

Korea tested hydrogen bomb that can be mounted on ICBM – state TV
Earlier in the day, the Russian Foreign Ministry condemned the North Korean test, adding that in a situation like this, it is essential “to keep composure and to restrain from any acts, which may lead to further escalation of tensions.”

The test is “another example of Pyongyang’s outright disregard” of UN Security Council resolutions and international law, the ministry said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds great, Presidents Putin and Jinping, but, please, what are the concrete steps you are hoping to take to achieve your goal here?!?

A little more elaboration would have been...helpful. But perhaps, they believe they are getting closer to this goal of denukelearising the Koran Peninsula through closed door, private negotiations, which I certainly hope and pray are ongoing.

Sep 03 08:24

#NorthKorea ~~ ‘WASTE DEEP IN THE BIG MUDDY’

Pyongyang confirms its sixth nuclear test, after 6.3-magnitude tremor was recorded near nuclear test site.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Something does not add up here. We are being told that "experts" are saying North Korea's Hydrogen bomb yield was only 6 kilotons, yet here it is reported that the test produced a 6.3 quake. Going from the Kelly Kiloton Index, a Richter 6 quake indicates a yield closer to a megaton!

Sep 03 08:19

North Korea could 'basically vapourise' large parts of the South's population if Western allies attack warns Boris Johnson

North Korea could "basically vapourise" millions of South Koreans if the West attacks, even without nuclear weapons, Boris Johnson has warned.

Britain's Foreign Secretary sounded the stark alert to explain why he backs diplomacy, not military action, despite the rogue state's latest nuclear test.

State TV today claimed a hydrogen bomb ordered by leader Kim Jong-un was a “perfect success” and was a “meaningful” step in completing the country’s nuclear weapons programme.

Sep 03 08:17

US Treasury Department to Present to Trump New Sanctions Against North Korea

The US Treasury Department will submit to President Donald Trump a new package of sanctions against North Korea after the latest nuclear test by Pyongyang, the authority's secretary, Steven Mnuchin, said Sunday.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The news about sanctions emerges after US President Donald Trump commented on the reports about the nuclear test, saying Pyongyang's "words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States."

"We have already started with sanctions against North Korea but I am going to draft a sanctions package to send to the president for his strong consideration," Mnuchin told the US Fox News broadcaster.

Mnuchin added that if other countries wanted to do business with North Korea, the United States would not engage in cooperation with them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sanctions are most generally preludes to war.

It is very important to notice other countries beside North Korea against which the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America has placed sanctions; these countries include Russia; China; and Iran.

I cannot tell you precisely when, but something wicked this way comes, in terms of a very aggressive USSA war trajectory against so many countries, and all at the same time.

Please, as I have said so many times on this blog that I sound like a chipped CD; prepare; plan; and practice what will be necessary to do in the event of a national emergency. Have potable food; water; and extra medications on hand. Only have as much money as you need in the bank to pay your bills. Get your bugout kit ready, and have a plan to connect with your loved ones, should you be apart.

Right now, I counsel patience, preparedness, and taking care of yourself and those you care about with as much ease as is humanly possible, under such conditions.

Sep 03 08:05

North Korea claims its 'hydrogen bomb' can 'wipe out the whole US territory'

Experts are still gathering data and air samples that will permit them to determine precisely what happened at the Punggye-ri proving grounds on Jan. 6, but seismic evidence indicates the device had a yield of around 6 kilotons.

That would mean it fell well short of a thermonuclear device - which could be expected to have a yield around 100 times more powerful. The assumption among analysts is that it was a conventional nuclear bomb that was enhanced with fusion fuels, such as deuterium or lithium.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the "experts" are not lying to us and the yield was only 6 kilotons, then it was a "fizzle."

However it is reported that the test produced a 6.3 quake. Going from the Kelly Kiloton Index, a Richter 6 quake indicates a yield closer to a megaton!

Sep 03 08:01

US, South Korea Consider ‘Effective Military Reponses’ to DPRK’s Nuclear Test

The top military officers of the United States and South Korea have discussed “effective military responses” that could show the military might of the allies in the wake of North Korea’s latest nuclear test on Sunday.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and South Korea’s Gen. Jeong Kyeong-doo discussed on phone the enhancemnet of military cooperation between Seoul and Washington and joint response to North Korea, the Yonhap news agency reported.

The news came after Pyongyang announced it had conducted a test of a hydrogen bomb, which was successful, as no radiation leakage took place in the process. The Japanese NHK broadcaster confirmed the test was successful, adding that no breaches of nuclear materials to the outside occurred.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the top military officers of the United States and South Korea; how, please are you going to insure these 'effective military responses that could show the military might of the allies' are not perceived as a prelude to war against North Korea?!?

The short answer, gentlemen, is... you cannot.

Sep 03 06:48

Three Dangerous Delusions About Korea

So then, what are the prospects Washington could jump off the hamster wheel and come up with something besides threats and sanctions? The omens are not auspicious. Just before he left the White House, Steve Bannon violated the taboo surrounding Delusion 1: «Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don't die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don't know what you're talking about, there's no military solution here, they got us.» Then he was gone.

Sep 03 06:40

North Korea Conducts Hydrogen Bomb Test, Drawing Global Condemnation

The U.S. Geological Survey said it had recorded a M 6.3 earthquake that it described as a “possible explosion” in northeastern North Korea—near the site of Pyongyang’s past nuclear tests—at a depth of zero kilometers at noon Pyongyang time. The agency initially assessed it to be a magnitude-5.1 temblor.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff assumed North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test, after an artificial earthquake was detected near the site of the North’s previous nuclear tests earlier today. Additionally, the Korea Meteorological Administration said that it had detected a revised magnitude-5.7 earthquake in the same area of North Korea, in what it described as likely being a “man-made” earthquake.

Because earthquakes are measured using a logarithmic scale, a magnitude-6.3 quake would be 10 times as powerful as the one triggered by the North’s September 2016 nuclear test, which triggered a magnitude-5.3 earthquake, according to the USGS.

Sep 03 06:36

"Appeasement Will Not Work": Trump Responds To North Korea's 6th Nuclear Test

Following remarks from the leaders of South Korea and Japan, President Donald Trump has responded to North Korea's latest "perfect" nuclear test, emphasizing that South Korea's "talk of appeasement will not work," and that Kim Jong Un and his government "only understand one thing!" He added that the nuclear test is an embarrassment...to China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is not what President Trump is saying about this latest nuclear test; the question is, what is he, practically, going to do about it, in concert with other Eastern and Western world leaders?!?

Sep 03 06:24

North Korea claims successful test of 'missile-ready' nuclear bomb – live

Boris Johnson has warned there “no easy military solution” to preventing North Korea escalating its nuclear aggression but said all options were still on the table for retaliation after the regime’s nuclear weapons rest.

The foreign secretary said it was not clear how a military response from the West would be possible, given the proximity of the South Korean capital Seoul to the North Korean border.

Any military challenge to Kim Jong-Un’s regime could come at huge cost to civilian lives in South Korea, Johnson said.

“It’s certainly our view that none of the military options are good,” he told reporters after North Korea announced it had tested a powerful hydrogen bomb that could be loaded on to an intercontinental ballistic missile

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please: this is not the time for a chest-beating, orangutangian display of military force; it is a time for the "Adults in the Room" for Western and Eastern civilised societies to take stock of what diplomatic solutions they have at their disposal, which can break the stalemate here.

A decap strike on North Korea could well result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of South Korean citizens, if not worse, when the smoke clears; that is not the price, I would hope, you would find acceptable for regime change in North Korea.

Chinese leadership has stated very clearly, recently, that they will not allow regime change in North Korea; so if there is a military attack against North Korea, the obvious implication from the Chinese is that they will come to North Korea's assistance militarily.

And Mr. President, I feel the need, again, to politely remind you that right now, the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the manufacturing, or the budget to insure a positive outcome in a conventional war against Russia over North Korea.

So if a military attack, in a cost/benefit scenario, will be so undeniably bloody as to be a thoroughly horrible, unusable option, what you are left with, sir is... negotiations.

This is a moment to bring the US, China, North and South Korea, and Japan to the table and hammer out a peace treaty, to replace the armistice and give North Korea free and unfettered, unsanctioned trade with the rest of the world, with the quid pro quo being North Korea's abandonment of its nuclear program.

Also, publicly, you, Secretary of State Tillerson, and Sec Def Mattis, need to at least appear to be on the same page on the issue regarding North Korea's accelerating nuclear weapons program.

Leadership around the world needs to understand that the United States speaks with one voice on this issue, and the the message here is clear, and unambiguous.

Sep 01 11:32

Russia warns US against using force over North Korea

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has urged Washington not to use force against North Korea, as tensions surged after the latest missile test by Pyongyang.

In a phone call late Wednesday with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Lavrov "underscored... the need to refrain from any military steps that could have unpredictable consequences," the foreign ministry in Moscow said.

Russia´s lead diplomat said any attempts to toughen sanctions against North Korea would be "counterproductive and dangerous" while condemning Pyongyang´s firing of a missile over Japan as a "gross violation" of United Nations resolutions.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova at a briefing on Thursday warned that "the contest of force that is now being demonstrated, will only lead the region to the brink of a military conflict."

She pushed for holding peace talks to cool down the situation, saying that "at the moment only Russia and China have put forward a realistic initiative."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Zakharova is entirely right to be calling for peace talks; such actions are the only thing which can ratchet down the tensions here.

But Xi Jinping has got to reason with North Korea's Kim Jung Un about his over the top rhetoric, like his news agency making the announcement that North Korea is starting "...a Pacific offensive", as happened this morning.

That is just not helping anything become more calm.

Sep 01 10:30

North Korea Declares Start of Pacific Offensive Amid Missile Standoff

North Korea's Foreign Ministry said Friday the recent missile launch marked the beginning of a military operation in the Pacific, according to state media.

In a message carried by the KCNA news agency, the Foreign Ministry hit back at the United Nations for saying Tuesday’s launch of a ballistic missile over northern Japan undermined regional security.
Pyongyang said it rejected UN criticism as a violation of its right as a sovereign nation to defend itself against the United States and South Korea and promised to launch more projectiles into the Pacific.

The two allies have been engaged in a string of military exercises, called Ulchi — Freedom Guardian, allegedly to improve the South’s defenses. The annual drills on land, air and sea have been routinely slammed by the North as a preparation for invasion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the above statement is true (and heaven only knows how accurate the translation was from Korean into English), we have an immovable force (North Korea) duking it out with an irresistible object (The US, South Korea, and Japan).

And while Russia and China are doing their level best to ratchet down tensions here, the US government appears, collectively, to have their fingers in their ears, and adamantly will not consider the proposals they have put forward.

Ren Guoqiang also reiterated China’s position that the North Korean crisis should be resolved through dialogue, and insisted on the denuclearization of the peninsula, according to Sina, citing the spokesman. Russia also insists that there cannot be any military solution to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. At the latest UNSC meeting, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, reiterated Beijing and Moscow’s ‘double freeze’ initiative, recommending Pyongyang halt all nuclear and missile tests while the US and South Korea cease the military build-up in the region. On Thursday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry also expressed concern, saying that the Korean issue is serious and not a computer game, Reuters reports, citing the ministry’s spokeswoman, Hua Chunying. During a previous news briefing, Hua responded to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s call on Beijing to exert more pressure on Pyongyang voiced during her trip to Japan on Wednesday. Hua also questioned whether other relevant parties implement the UN resolutions “without holding back anything.” “They are the loudest when it comes to sanctions, but nowhere to be found when it comes to making efforts to promote peace talks. They want nothing to do with responsibility,” Hua told reporters on Wednesday.

IF the US, South Korea, and Japan attack North Korea, China, in this statement, has made it very clear that they will defend North Korea against such an attack.

And unfortunately, looking at this situation, it appears to be a matter of "when", rather than "if" such an attack will take place.

Sep 01 10:15

Situation on Korean Peninsula on Brink of Large-Scale Conflict - Putin

The situation on the Korean peninsula has escalated and is now on the edge of the full-scale military conflict, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, adding that the problem must be solved through dialogue.

"I have to say a few words about the situation on the Korean Peninsula, where tensions have grown recently and the situation is balancing on the brink of a large-scale conflict. Russia believes that the policy of putting pressure on Pyongyang to stop its nuclear missile programme is misguided and futile," Putin said in an article published by leading media of BRICS states on the threshold of the BRICS summit that will be held in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen on September 3-5.
The president pointed out that the problem must be solved through a dialogue without provocations and pressure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hoping that the US/South Korean military drills, which technically ended yesterday, will ratchet down the tensions somewhat.

Unfortunately, if Kim Jong Un orders another missile test, and soon, all bets are off. As reported at atimes.com, dateline yesterday:

US bombers drill over Korea after Pyongyang missile launch

Sep 01 09:51

North Korea standoff on 'brink of large-scale conflict: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has advised the United States and its Asian allies against going down the “dead-end road” of pressuring North Korea, urging dialog instead to end a dispute over the North Korean weapons programs.

In an article, which was released by the Kremlin, Putin wrote that “the policy of putting pressure on Pyongyang to stop its nuclear missile program is misguided and futile.”

Sep 01 09:28

Putin: Trying to stop North Korea nuclear program a 'dead-end road'

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, says that putting pressure on North Korea to stop its nuclear program is a “dead end road”.

Aug 31 10:48

Why Is the Peninsula Split into North Korea and South Korea?

They were unified for centuries under the Joseon Dynasty (1392 - 1910), and share the same language and essential culture. Yet for the last six decades and more, North Korea and South Korea have been divided along a fortified DMZ. How did that split come about? Why do North and South Korea exist where once there stood a unified kingdom?

This story begins with the Japanese conquest of Korea at the end of the nineteenth century.

Aug 31 10:37

Kim Jong-Un Cackles Like A Maniac As He Oversees Latest North Korea Missile Launch

NORTH Korean dictator Kim Jong-un vowed to fire more missiles as pictures emerged of the despot cackling maniacally as he over saw the launch described as “just a curtain-raiser”.

Aug 31 10:18

The two faces of Rumsfeld

2000: director of a company which wins $200m contract to sell nuclear reactors to North Korea

2002: declares North Korea a terrorist state, part of the axis of evil and a target for regime change

Aug 31 10:05

Russia’s foreign minister warns Tillerson: New North Korea sanctions could be ‘dangerous’

New sanctions against North Korea could prove “dangerous,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone call Wednesday night.

Details of the call were reported by the Associated Press and based on a readout of the call distributed by the Russian foreign ministry. As of early Thursday morning, the State Department had not released its own readout.

Aug 31 07:57

The US Dropped Bombs at the North Korean Border

It's getting real on the Korean peninsula. In an aggressive move, the US dropped bombs at the North Korean border in a joint exercise with South Korean forces, using jets that are capable of carrying out a nuclear strike.  The world is watching, and some countries are publically choosing sides.

Aug 31 07:48

Ships lining up for battle, soldiers battling snow and tanks being fired: Extraordinary colorized pictures bring to life the bloody Korean War which claimed the lives of two million including 33,000 US troops

The photographs have been expertly colorized by electrician Royston Leonard, 54, from Cardiff, Wales.

Aug 31 07:24

A North Korea crisis would threaten more than a third of the oil moving on the oceans

Military action around North Korea could halt the flow of crude oil imports to South Korea, Japan and China, which together account for 34 percent of seaborne oil trade globally, according to energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie
Global oil markets would be "severely affected" in the event of a regional conflict that affects South Korea, Japan and China, the consultancy said

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Harvey has knocked between 15% and 20% of US oil production offline for the near term. Maybe now is not a good time to make things worse with an attack on North Korea.

Aug 31 06:20

Trump: Talking With N. Korea Is 'Not the Answer'

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Continuing to ratchet up the rhetoric on North Korea , President Trump disavows assurances from his cabinet that the goal is a diplomatic solution , declaring today that "talking is not the answer" , and claiming The US has been "paying them extortion money for 25 years"
Trump did not elaborate on this claim , and that fueled considerable speculation about what exactly this “extortion money” was>>>

Aug 30 13:51

Video: Seoul Simulates Military Action Against Pyongyang After N.Korea Missile Launch

Four South Korean air force F-15K fighter jets conducted live-fire drills in Gangwon province, simulating military maneuvers against North Korea.

Aug 30 12:09

‘Enough Is Enough,’ Haley Says To North Korea's Missile Tests

The United States has censured as “absolutely unacceptable and irresponsible,” North Korea’s latest launch of a ballistic missile over Japan, saying “enough is enough.”

Aug 30 11:30

‘Even without nukes, military conflict with N. Korea will turn South into desert’

If the current situation in East Asia is not resolved, a number of countries “will be living under a threat of a nuclear volcano erupting,” Russian diplomat and an expert in Asian studies, professor Georgy Toloraya told RT.com.

“Everyone understands perfectly well that for North Korea, if it initiates an aggressive strike, a military conflict will mean a complete and immediate destruction, because no one can deny the US military might,” Toloraya said.

“However, for the US, attempts to solve this problem militarily also bring on a retaliatory strike by North Korea that would turn South Korea into a desert,” he warned, saying the North doesn't even need nuclear weapons for that.

Aug 30 11:12

China says North Korea tensions reached 'tipping point'

China warned that tensions on the Korean peninsula have reached "tipping point" after North Korea Tuesday (Aug 29) fired a ballistic missile over Japan, but said the United States and South Korea are partly to blame.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying urged all sides to avoid provocations and repeated Beijing's call for the North to suspend missile tests in return for a halt to US-South Korean military exercises.

The situation is "now at a tipping point approaching a crisis. At the same time there is an opportunity to reopen peace talks," Hua told a regular news briefing.

Aug 30 11:01

NKOREA LEADER URGES MORE MISSILE LAUNCHES TARGETING PACIFIC

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for more weapons launches targeting the Pacific Ocean to advance his country's ability to contain Guam, state media said Wednesday, a day after Pyongyang for the first time flew a ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload over Japan.

Aug 30 10:45

North Korea Warns "More Drills" Coming, Says Launch Was "Prelude To Containing Guam"

Just when it seemed that a full day may pass without some diplomatic fiasco between North Korea and the US sending stocks surging on rising risks of World War III, moments ago North Korea's state-run news agency KCNA issued a statement quoting Kim Jong Un, who said that "the current ballistic rocket launching drill like a real war is the first step of the military operation of the KPA in the Pacific and a meaningful prelude to containing Guam" and added the necessity to "positively push forward the work for putting the strategic force on a modern basis by conducting more ballistic rocket launching drills with the Pacific as a target in the future."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The following article, written by Jeremiah Johnson at shtfplan.com, yesterday, is worth some very sober attention:

Everything Is “A-OK” With North Korea… Except It’s Not: “Both Sides Are Preparing Right Now”

Aug 30 10:21

'N.Koreans taught from age of 3 to expect American invasion'

In North Korea, you have a society that from the age of two or three you are educated that the US, South Korea and Japan want nothing but to destroy your country. So, they are seeing these military exercises as being a preparation for an actual invasion. This is a failure of understanding of how each other thinks. And given the escalation that is happening now, it is almost a response out of fear. But our failure to take it seriously and see this in some kind of way an invitation to have dialogue would be a failure on our part… Our failure to even consider that as an option is something that we do at our peril.

Aug 30 08:25

Beijing lambastes Theresa May's comments on China playing 'key role' to stop North Korea

In a strongly-worded response, China has slammed British Prime Minister Theresa May's comments after she called on Beijing to play a "key role" in international efforts to rein in North Korea and its missile launches.

May told reporters on her way to Japan on Wednesday (30 August) that China has to do more and put more pressure on Pyongyang to prevent what she described as significant provocation by the Kim Jong-un regime.

"We want to ensure that they desist this action. We see that the best way of doing that is for China to be bringing pressure to bear on North Korea," Reuters cited May as saying.

However, the Chinese foreign ministry hit back at her comments, saying some "relevant sides" are being selective in carrying out the UN resolutions and those countries themselves are not doing enough ground work to stop North Korea by not pushing for a return to talks.

Aug 30 08:14

Navy's ballistic missile shootdown comes hours after Kim Jong Un's threat to contain Guam

The Missile Defense agency reports this morning that for the second time, the U.S. ship-based Aegis ballistic missile defense system successfully shot down a medium-range target missile over the Pacific. The guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones “detected and tracked a target missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar, and onboard SM-6 missiles executed the intercept,” according to the statement from the MDA. “This was a key milestone in giving our Aegis BMD ships an enhanced capability to defeat ballistic missiles in their terminal phase,” said MDA Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves.

Aug 30 07:54

Something serious has to happen: Nikki Haley on N Korea’s missile test

“We are going to talk about what else is left to do,” Haley continued, saying that “no country” should have missiles flying over a nation of 130 million people like Japan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nikki, you incredible nincompoop! Any nation that tests long range missiles (and that includes the US) flies them over other peoples' territories on the way to the target!

Aug 30 07:50

Pentagon: Latest North Korea missile launch 'a threat'

The Pentagon on Monday called North Korea's launch of three short-range ballistic missiles on Saturday a “threat,” though the missiles did not put the U.S. in harm’s way.

“You're still firing missiles, so that's a threat,” Pentagon spokesman Col. Robert Manning told reporters at the Pentagon.

U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) said the three missiles were launched from Kittaeryong on North Korea’s east coast over the weekend. Two missiles flew about 155 miles in a northeastern direction and a third blew up almost immediately.

The three missile launches didn't pose a threat to either North America or Guam, a U.S. island territory in the Pacific previously threatened by the North, PACOM spokesman Cmdr. David Benham said.

“If you’re asking if those three short-range missiles was less of a threat, the answer is no. It was a provocative action," Manning said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How about all the test firings of missiles done by the US? Are they any less of a provocation?

Aug 30 01:48

THE REAL THREAT AMERICA FACES FROM NORTH KOREA (AND IT’S NOT MISSILES)

There is general agreement in Washington — and Seoul and Tokyo — that East Asia and the world will be a more dangerous place once North Korea achieves its declared goal of being able to hit the continental United States with nuclear weapons. But what is the danger, specifically? It is less about the actual ability of North Korea to hit the continental United States with a nuclear weapon. Rather, the real danger stems from the possibility of weakened alliances and unchecked escalation in the Korean Peninsula that could spiral out of control... South Korean and Japanese security specialists point to a more serious danger than a North Korean nuclear first strike. In maintaining their security, these countries have depended on the credible commitment of the United States to use all available means to defend them from attack by North Korea, including retaliation with nuclear weapons if necessary.

Aug 29 13:24

How History Explains the Korean Crisis

Many Americans simply view North Korea and its leaders as “crazy,” but the history behind today’s crisis reveals of a more complex reality that could change those simplistic impressions, as historian William R. Polk explains... I will recount in Part 1 how we and the Koreans got to where we are. Then in Part 2, I will address how we might go to war, what that would mean and what we can do to stay alive. Throughout most of its history, Korea regarded China as its teacher. It borrowed from China Confucianism, its concepts of law, its canons of art and its method of writing. For these, it usually paid tribute to the Chinese emperor. With Japan, relations were different...

Aug 29 13:15

The Korean Nuclear Missile Crisis: It Takes Three to Tango

The Northeast Asian drama involves three main actors: North Korea, the United States, and China. What are the motives behind the key characters in this drama, which more often than not smacks of farce? North Korea is driven by the basic instinct of survival in the face of actual and imaginary threats on the part of the U.S. and South Korea. The only way for Pyongyang to safeguard itself against its external enemies and preserve sovereignty is to have nuclear weapons. The U.S., for its part, is trying to prevent the country which has viewed the former as its main adversary for nearly 70 years, from turning into a nuclear power. At the same time, Washington is pursuing a more fundamental goal: to retain its political and military dominance in East Asia and prevent Beijing from significantly strengthening its strategic positions. Finally, China does not want a war to break out near its borders, and is thus interested in preserving peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Aug 29 12:57

South Korea responds to Pynoyngyang’s missile launch with ‘overwhelming’ show of force

South Korea has responded to North Korea’s recent missile launch by ordering a large military drill employing F15 fighter jets dropping bombs in an exercise which took place near Taebaek, a South Korean town near the 38th parallel which divides the two Korean states. The exercises were said to be ordered by South Korean President Moon Jae-in shortly after the North Korean missile launch which took place early on the morning of the 29th. According to the chief of North Korea’s Security Council, “We assessed North Korea’s provocations as extremely severe and decided to maintain a vigilant posture in preparation for the possibility of additional provocations by North Korea”. South Korea’s military drills were followed by Japan conducting anti-missile exercises. Japan had previously declared it has the right to shoot down any North Korean projectiles which fly over its territory although this morning, Tokyo did not attempt to shoot down the missile from Pyongyang.

Aug 29 10:57

Russia orders MASS EVACUATION over North Korea missile launch

Russian civil defence officials were reportedly ordered to shift residents in the country's far east to "safe areas" in a extraordinary move amid fears of a worldwide conflict.

North Korea angered the international community by launching a missile that flew directly over Japan.

In response, US President Donald Trump threatened the communist state with military action, warning "all options are on the table".

As Trump reeled from the provocative test, thousands of people from the city of Vladivostok were moved as part of an emergency operation.

Russia President Vladimir Putin fears the US may wage war against the secretive state after Trump threatened to unleash "fire and fury" should it fire more missiles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports are true, they are very troubling, and it is possible that someone in the high levels of the Chinese government warned their counterpart in Russia, that something is about to break loose, and quickly, hence the evacuation.

Aug 29 10:04

The Multilayered Strategy Hidden in North Korean Missile Launches

“The whole reason they developed the ICBM was to deter American nuclear retaliation because if you can hold an American city or cities at risk the American calculation always changes,” said Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a nuclear strategy specialist.

“Are we really willing to risk Los Angeles or Chicago in retaliation for an attack on a U.S. military base in the region?” he asks. “Probably not.”

Aug 29 09:54

Donald Trump tweets that “all options are on the table” after North Korea missile test

North Korea launched a missile that sailed straight over Japan, reigniting tensions in the region

Aug 29 09:10

Bombing Drills After N. Korea's Missile Launch

The South Korean Air Force carried out the shelling drills with the use of the US Mark 84 general-purpose bombs after North Korea's ballistic missile launch, local media reported Tuesday.

Yonhap news agency reported that during the exercise, four F-15 K Slam Eagle fighter jets had dropped eight Mark 84 bombs, each weighing about a ton.
The drills took place at the eastern province of Gangwon, the agency added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It feels as though a war against North Korea is imminent; it is not a question of if, but when.

Aug 29 09:09

Bombing Drills After N. Korea's Missile Launch

The South Korean Air Force carried out the shelling drills with the use of the US Mark 84 general-purpose bombs after North Korea's ballistic missile launch, local media reported Tuesday.

Yonhap news agency reported that during the exercise, four F-15 K Slam Eagle fighter jets had dropped eight Mark 84 bombs, each weighing about a ton.
The drills took place at the eastern province of Gangwon, the agency added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It feels as though a war against North Korea is imminent; it is not a question of if, but when.

Aug 29 07:43

Trump Says ‘All Options Are on Table’ After North Korea Missile Launch

“Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world,” Trump says

Aug 29 07:42

Sirens blare as Japan wakes to North Korea missile warnings (VIDEOS)

Usually reserved for earthquakes, warning systems in Japan that play safety messages and blare sirens over tannoy were used on Monday to warn residents in Sapporo of an approaching North Korean missile.

In videos posted to social media from Hokkaido prefecture, sirens can be heard warning residents of the passing missile.

Aug 29 07:42

'North Korea missile was aimed at WHITE HOUSE' Expert claims rocket was message for Trump

Brutal dictator Kim Jong-un launched yet another missile towards the sea of Japan amid months of provocation – this time firing the rocket over the Japanese main island of Hokkaido in the strongest show of sabre rattling military bravo yet from the young despot.

But foreign affairs experts have warned the missile was not intended as a threat to the nation of Japan – instead serving as a show of force to Trump administration.

Foreign affairs expert Tim Marshall claimed the missile was aimed at “The White House”, adding “but only in a figurative manner of speaking”

Aug 29 07:39

North Korean missile launch rattles Asia markets as investors turn to safe-haven assets

Asian shares fell on Tuesday as investors turned to safe-haven assets and U.S. futures traded lower after a North Korean missile launch, although major indexes were off session lows by the end of the day.

Japan's Nikkei 225 retraced some of its initial losses to close down 0.45 percent, or 87.35 points, at 19,362.55 after a North Korean missile flew over the country early on Tuesday. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a statement that the launch was reckless and unprecedented.

Aug 29 06:34

Journey to the land of Mt Paektu - report of my 14th visit to People's Korea

It is a fact that when the US, the UNSC, Japan, EU, China and the south Korean puppets talk about the denuclearisiation of the DPRK they really mean breaking up the socialist system of the DPRK. The US defence secretary talked about the "destruction of the people " of the DPRK... People in the DPRK were not bowed or intimidated by the US imperialist threats. They were going about their business quite normally and calmly. Indeed when I attended the Karoake and dinner on the last night the idea of war seemed quite surreal and far off. However the Korean people have a heightened anti-US,anti-imperialist spirit. Two days before we arrived there was a massive rally against the UNSC sanctions. New anti-US posters have gone up in the streets of Pyongyang. We also saw members of the Red Young Guards marching up Kwangbok street with Red flags and placards which called for smashing the 'secret warfare' and 'regime change' plans of the US imperialists and world reactionaries.

Aug 28 16:52

North Korea Escalates with a Missile Over Japan; Citizens Warned to Take Cover

The Pentagon and the Japanese national news station (source) have both confirmed that North Korea fired a missile over Japan at 5:57 am local time. (That's 4:57 pm Eastern Standard Time.) Officials say the missile was launched from Pyongyang. When the missile was detected, the citizens of Japan were alerted to take cover.

Aug 28 14:54

North Korea fires missile as Japan warns citizens to take precautions

North Korea fired a missile over Japan in 1998, but this launch comes at a time of extreme tensions in the region over Pyongyang's military ambitions.

Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, said that he would take all measures necessary to protect the Japanese republic.

"We will make utmost efforts to firmly protect the lives of the people," Abe told reporters in brief remarks as he entered his office for emergency meetings on the missile firing.

Aug 28 11:15

MSM Claims UN “Member States” Intercepted North Korean Shipment of Chemical Weapons To Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

The latest round of fearmongering and propaganda against the Syrian government is now dovetailing with the latest round of fearmongering and propaganda against North Korea. It seems the corporate media and the Western governments for which it speaks have now decided to go for a two-fer when drumming up justifications for more war in Syria and a new war with North Korea.

This time, the narrative is that North Korea is shipping chemical weapons and other types of weaponry to Syria in violation of Western dictates...

Aug 28 07:50

NORTH KOREA KEEPS SAYING IT MIGHT GIVE UP ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS — BUT MOST NEWS OUTLETS WON’T TELL YOU THAT

THE CURRENT PHASE of the decades-long U.S.-North Korea standoff began this past July 4, when North Korea launched its first genuine intercontinental ballistic missile. In a statement, North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un called it “a gift for the American bastards.”

Meanwhile, North Korea explained that it was examining its options “for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam,” a U.S. territory. Kim later walked this peculiar provocation back, at least for the moment.

But here’s what you don’t know, unless you’re an obsessive North Korea-watcher:

Also starting on July 4, North Korea has been saying over and over again that it might put its nuclear weapons and missiles on the negotiating table if the United States would end its own threatening posture.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There was a South American Cardinal (who got assassinated) who made the powerful claim that Americans were among the most lied-to people on earth; unfortunately, the guy was absolutely right, in his assessment here.

There are many, in the US deep-state, bowels of power, in the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America, who want see such a war go forward, no matter how many millions of North and South Koreans die in the process.

This would be an invitation to a total catastrophe, should China join the fight on North Korea's side, because at this point in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against China.

The logical thing to do here, is to get North Korean, South Korean, US, and Chinese diplomats, working together, to craft a true peace accord for North Korea, guaranteeing unrestricted, unsanctioned trade, with the proviso that North Korea would stop its nuclear weapons program as the trade off.

But as I said earlier; that...would be logical.

Aug 28 07:29

New Anti-Russian Sanctions Reveal Congress Rivalry With US State Dept

Commenting on Moscow working out a response to Washington's new anti-Russian sanctions, an economics expert said that for the US, any cooperation between Moscow and Pyongyang is already seen as a "violation."

Aug 27 09:04

'Restraint' Appears To Be Over As North Korea Launches Missile Test Again

North Korea launched three short-range ballistic missiles from its east coast into the sea, beginning at 5:40 p.m. EST Friday over a period lasting an hour, according to the U.S. Pacific Command.

Two of the missiles flew about 150 miles while the other one appears to have blown up almost instantly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Clearly, more testing is needed!

Aug 26 07:56

Korea, Afghanistan, And The Never-Ending War Trap

While the US-backed 'Hunger Games' in South Korea plow on, a 'new strategy' for Afghanistan is really all about business. But China is already there... There are more parallels between an unfinished 1950s war in Northeast Asia and an ongoing 16-year-old war in the crossroads between Central and South Asia than meet the eye.

Aug 26 07:44

N. Korea fires three ballistic missiles into East Sea

North Korea launched at least three ballistic missiles into the East Sea on Saturday morning, according to South Korean and U.s. militaries. The North fired "several unidentified projectiles" from the vicinity Gitdaeryong in Gangwon Province starting at around 6:49 a.m., said the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). Some of those flew more than 250 kilometers in the northeastern direction, it added.

Aug 26 06:55

Trump and Korea: I’m Also Scared

Meanwhile, Trump has backed himself into a corner over North Korea. His threats and bombast have not made the North’s leader Kim Jong-un stop threatening to launch nuclear-armed missiles at the US island of Guam, Hawaii, Japan and South Korea. That is, if the US and South Korea keep up their highly provocative annual military war games on North Korea’s borders that each year invoke North Korea’s fury.

Unless, of course, Trump, who managed to avoid Vietnam era military service because of a bump on his foot, decides to go nuclear. This would mean hitting North Korea with a score or more nuclear weapons, large and small, before the North could riposte. North Korea would be totally destroyed, and its 25 million people left dying, maimed or starving. Japan, the world’s third largest economy, would also be shattered.

Aug 26 06:21

NORTH KOREA RISKS ‘FIRE AND FURY’ WITH LAUNCH OF THREE ‘SHORT-RANGE’ MISSILES

In a move which can only be construed as calling President Trump’s bluff over his ‘fire and fury’ threat over further provocations, U.S. Pacific Command announced that North Korea has launched several ‘Short-Range’ ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan today.

Earlier today, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff reported that several ‘unidentified projectiles’ from area of Gitdaeryong in Gangwon Province at around 6:49 a.m. local time, flying over 250 Km (155 miles) towards the North East.

“Our military is closely monitoring for North Korean additional provocation and strengthened surveillance and security postures and maintaining readiness postures,” the South Korean release said.

Meanwhile, Japanese officials told Kyodo news service that the North had fired ‘a projectile’ into the sea between Japan and the Korean peninsula.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In light of the fact that no people or property appeared to have been harmed in the falling of these missiles, I think, at this moment, President Trump is going to show restraint; at least, that is what I would caution him to do right now, were I a "president whisperer".

Aug 25 20:00

North Korea tests short-range missiles as South Korea, U.S. conduct drills

North Korea fired several short-range missiles into the sea off its east coast early on Saturday, South Korea and the U.S. military said, as the two allies conducted annual joint military drills that the North denounces as preparation for war.

The U.S. military’s Pacific Command said it had detected three short-range ballistic missiles, fired over a 20 minute period. All of the missiles failed, with one blowing up almost immediately after launch, while two others failed in flight, it added.

Aug 25 11:17

Russia Deploys Nuclear-Capable Bombers Near Korea

With the U.S. periodically sending the occasional sortie of B1 bombers, accompanied by South Korean fighters, over the Korean peninsula to simulate what a (very fast) war with Pyongyang would look like, the airspace over the biggest geopolitical hotspot in the world today just got a little hotter after Russia deployed nuclear-capable strategic bombers over the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea, prompting Japan and South Korea to scramble jets to escort them, Reuters reported.

Aug 25 11:16

US, Palau to Build New Radar System in Pacific to Keep More Eyes on North Korea

The Pentagon and Palau, a nation of more than 500 islands and islets in Oceania, have mutually agreed to install a radar system to help the US monitor the local air domain while respecting the integrity of the National Marine Sanctuary in Koror, Palau.

Aug 25 09:47

Japan imposes unilateral sanctions on 8 foreign entities over North Korea

Japan will impose unilateral sanctions on eight foreign firms and individuals as punishment for their alleged dealings with North Korea.

The sanctions are among the latest international efforts to isolate the country and follow sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council earlier this month.

Aug 24 16:50

'Safer than London': North Korea's bold claim to woo Russian tourists

Pyongyang is trying to woo Russians to book a holiday in North Korea, with beer festivals and mountain walks on the itinerary.

Aug 24 12:34

US Hits China, Russia With Punitive Sanctions Over North Korea

The Trump administration yesterday unilaterally imposed sanctions on Chinese and Russian entities and individuals over their alleged trading activities with North Korea. The US Treasury’s announcement is a deliberate slap in the face to Beijing and Moscow after both voted earlier this month in the UN Security Council for tough new UN penalties on Pyongyang over its long-range missile tests in July.

Aug 24 10:13

Germany ‘will not automatically side with US’ in war with N. Korea - Merkel

Berlin will not “automatically” side with the US should it face an armed conflict with North Korea, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said. Merkel believes the North Korean crisis cannot be resolved through military means.

Aug 24 08:14

China demands U.S. immediately withdraw N. Korea sanctions, warns they will damage ties

China demanded Wednesday that the United States immediately withdraw new sanctions on companies and individuals trading with North Korea, saying that such punitive measures will damage Sino-U.S. ties.

The Treasury Department imposed sanctions Tuesday on 10 companies and six people from China and Russia that it said had conducted business with North Korea in ways that advanced the country’s missile and nuclear weapons program.

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