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Mar 01 09:07

The Pentagon’s “Ides of March”: Best Month to Go to War

Is it a coincidence?

In recent history, from the Vietnam war to the present, the month of March has been chosen by Pentagon and NATO military planners as the “best month” to go to war.

With the exception of the War on Afghanistan (October 2001) and the 1990-91 Gulf War, all major US-NATO and allied led military operations over a period of more than half a century –since the invasion of Vietnam by US ground forces on March 8, 1965– have been initiated in the month of March.

The Ides of March (Idus Martiae) is a day in the Roman calendar which broadly corresponds to March 15. The Ides of March is also known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC.

Lest we forget, the month of March (in the Roman Calendar) is dedicated to Mars (Martius), the Roman God of War.

For the Romans, the month of March (Martius) marked “the time to start new military campaigns.”

Mar 01 08:32

WAR BEX - North Korea Reportedly Sending Missile, Chemical Weapons Parts To Syria

North Korea has reportedly sent ballistic missile and chemical weapons components to Syria in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a draft of a new report authored by U.N. experts that has been viewed by several news organizations.

According to the 200-page report, expected to go public in mid-March, U.N. investigators say the items include acid-resistant tiles, valves and thermometers, according to The New York Times. The transfers reportedly date back as far as 2008.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trying to manufacture a justification to attack North Korea by linking it with Syria?

Feb 28 15:54

Blundering Into Iran – Philip Giraldi

Countering an assumed Iranian threat that is no threat at all and triggering a catastrophic war would be a major mistake that would lead to a breakdown in the current political alignment of the entire Middle East. And it would be costly for the United States.

Feb 28 10:12

Fort Shafter Faces Major Task in Planning Korea Evacuations

Fort Shafter faces a huge challenge in updating evacuation plans for American civilians in South Korea should war break out on the peninsula, experts say.

Asia expert Ralph Cossa said estimates of the number of Americans in Seoul on any given day run in the 200,000-to-300,000 range, if not more.

Any evacuation would be "extremely daunting, and likely to cause chaos, even if air assets are available, but especially if they are not," said Cossa, president of the Pacific Forum in Honolulu, a subsidiary of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Adm. Harry Harris, head of U.S. Pacific Command on Oahu, revealed at a Feb. 14 House Armed Services Committee hearing that Gen. Robert Brown, commander of U.S. Army Pacific at Fort Shafter, and his staff had been tasked with creating an updated "noncombatant evacuation operations" plan, or NEO, for South Korea

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is not a question of "if" this war will happen; it is now more a question of "when", since this study has been greenlit about two weeks ago.

Feb 28 10:01

US Special Envoy on North Korea Retires After Trump Rejects Talks

US special envoy on North Korea Joseph Yun, an advocate of direct diplomacy with the reclusive nation since 2016 has informed the State Department of his intention to retire on Friday.

Though he didn’t offer a specific statement on this sudden decision, it came immediately after President Trump’s most recent comments spurning direct talks with North Korea without massive preconditions.

Though North Korea has expressed willingness to talk, the White House has made clear that they will only talk if they are guaranteed that total nuclear disarmament of North Korea results before the talks themselves begin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can certainly understand why Yun did this; he must be catastrophically disappointed in Trump, and in the Trump Administration's hard line on North Korea, which most probably means that Trump is getting ready to greenlight a military action against it.

Remember: demonization of a country, plus placing harsh sanctions against it (as the Trump Administration did last week) is nearly always a prelude to war.

Speaking of which, also at antiwar.com, comes the following article, linked from wapo.com:

Trump’s team is floating an attack on North Korea. Americans would die.

It is foolish, and magical thinking, to believe that such an attack would not escalate, and spiral completely out of control.

Feb 28 09:13

Canadian sub on mission to bolster North Korea surveillance

The last time HMCS Chicoutimi crossed an ocean, the boat flooded, caught fire, and a sailor died. Nearly a decade and a half later, the diesel-electric submarine has deployed to Asia — farther from home than any Canadian sub in five decades — on a mission the Canadian military hopes will erase doubts about the vessel's effectiveness.

Though planned for more than a year, the mission comes at a particularly sensitive time.

North Korea's nuclear and missile development activity has spiked in recent months despite trade sanctions. International tensions have risen to the point where the U.S. is considering options that could include a military strike on the Korean Peninsula.

Feb 28 08:44

‘Very Skeptical of That’: UN Claims North Korea, Syria Trade in Chemical Weapons

The United Nations has shared a yet-unreleased report with US newspapers contending that North Korea has been sending material to Syria to make chemical weapons, but Rick Sterling of the Syria Solidarity Movement says there is good reason to be skeptical.

"I wouldn't be surprised if they do have some trade between those two countries — but chemical weapons? I'm very skeptical of that," Sterling told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear on Tuesday. "Just because something comes from the United Nations doesn't mean it's objective or neutral."

Feb 28 08:38

Trump Accuses Russia of Undermining US Sanctions on North Korea

President Donald Trump ripped Russia on Monday by accusing Moscow of undermining U.S. and international sanctions on North Korea.

Addressing a gathering of state governors at the White House, Trump lauded China for its efforts to curb North Korea’s economic activity but said "Russia is sending in what China is taking out".

The Trump administration has been leading international efforts to curb Pyongyang's ballistic missile and nuclear programs through robust UN and Washington-imposed sanctions regimes.

In addition to Russia, Trump blamed previous presidents George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama for failing to reign in the North, saying they should have solved the problem "long before I got here.

Feb 28 07:23

BEX? North Korea sending chemical weapon supplies to Syria, UN report says

North Korea has been sending supplies to Syria that could be used to produce chemical weapons, a United Nations Security Council diplomat has told CNN.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the diplomat said that North Korea had sent acid-resistant tiles, valves and thermometers to Syria. The diplomat was citing a report on North Korea authored by a UN panel of experts.
The same report also claims North Korean missile experts visited Syria in 2016 and 2017, after the chemical weapons supplies had been sent to the Middle Eastern state.
During one of the trips, the technicians stayed at Syrian military facilities. A UN member state reported to the panel of experts that scientists from North Korea may still be operating in Barzeh, Adra and Hama.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's start with the fact that once again, a claimed chemical weapon attack blamed on Assad doesn't have any proof connected with it. And we know that Trumps' big problem is that he doesn't have any real justification to carry out an unprovoked attack on North Korea. So, this so-called UN report smells like propaganda to drag North Korea into the "Assad is gassing his own people" fable. For all we know, the anonymous United Nations Security Council diplomat could be Nikki Haley herself.

Feb 27 11:45

U.S. prepares high-seas crackdown on North Korea sanctions evaders

While suspect ships have been intercepted before, the emerging strategy would expand the scope of such operations but stop short of imposing a naval blockade on North Korea. Pyongyang has warned it would consider a blockade an act of war.

Feb 27 11:22

South Korea Pushes for US, North Korea Talks; Trump Says ‘We’ll See’

Hoping to expand on diplomatic gains made surrounding the Winter Olympics, South Korea is pushing for the US and North Korea to both ease their stances a bit and get to the table for direct negotiations and quickly as possible.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in in particular said the US needs to lower its threshold for talks, citing long-standing US preconditions, while North Korea should make it clear they’re willing to discuss nuclear disarmament.

North Korean officials have broached the subject in the past, saying they would be willing to disarm their nuclear program if the deal ends the threat of US attack, which they believe they need a nuclear deterrent to preclude.

White House officials reiterated over the weekend that they would only talk if there was a guarantee that the talks would end in North Korea’s denuclearization.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would love to think that this was possible; but North Korea will not stand down from its position to remain a nuclear-armed country, as a deterrent to a US invasion, and the US government will not stand down from its position that it will not talk unless North Korea denuclearises.

So what we have here... is the potential for a catastrophe which may will impact the entire planet.

Expect China to join the fray on North Korea's side, should the US start this war; the best hope would be for China to remain neutral, if North Korea started an attack on any US assets, but were I a betting human being, I would not bet on that happening.

Feb 27 11:08

BRITAIN OFFICIALLY PREPARES NOW FOR WAR AGAINST RUSSIA

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org
On Wednesday, February 21st, the UK’s Minister of Defence, Conservative Gavin Williamson, announced that the United Kingdom is changing its fundamental defence strategy from one that’s targeted against non-state terrorists (Al Qaeda, etc.), to one that’s targeted instead against three countries: Russia, China, and North Korea. He acknowledged that a massive increase in military spending will be needed for this, and that “savings” will have to be found in other areas of Government-spending, such as the health services, and in military spending against terrorism.

The headline in the London Times on February 22nd was “Russia ‘is a bigger threat to our security than terrorists’”. Their Defence Editor, Deborah Haynes. reported:

The threat to Britain from states such as Russia and North Korea is greater than that posed by terrorism, the defence secretary said yesterday, marking a significant shift in security policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has this gentleman, and the entire government of the UK, gone collectively barking-dog mad, in this assessment?!?

Or, was it theirs to make in the first place, or a determination forced upon them by the current US administration?!?

With so much of their country already living in the abject misery of poverty because of the British government's austerity program, what will the future tooling up of their war machine, possibly coupled with conscription of Britain's youth, mean for Britain's future?!?

So I have a statement for Mr Williamson to ponder: Those who do not understand the past (Iraq) are doomed to repeat it (Russia, China, Korea).

Feb 26 13:43

Sanctions, Rhetoric, and Possible Boarding of Vessels vs. North Korea

On Friday, 2/23/18, the Trump Administration announced the implementation of even stronger sanctions against North Korea to force it into compliance regarding its nuclear weapons. The New York Times reported on the revised sanctions, and here’s an excerpt:

The measures target 27 shipping companies and 28 vessels, registered in North Korea and six other countries, including China. The Treasury Department said the shipping firms are part of a sophisticated campaign to help North Korea evade United Nations sanctions restricting imports of refined fuel and exports of coal.

President Trump later released the following statement to reporters during a joint news conference with the Prime Minister of Australia as reported by Reuters on Friday, 2/23/18:

“If the sanctions don’t work, we will have to go to phase two, and phase two may be a very rough thing, may be very, very unfortunate for the world.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Boarding another nation's ships in international waters without permission constitutes piracy under maritime law.

Feb 26 13:37

Trump: If North Korea Doesn’t Obey Me, I Might Punish the Whole World

On Friday, president Trump announced that his administration would be hitting North Korea with the “heaviest sanctions ever imposed on a country before.” The new penalties target dozens of ships and shipping companies that have (allegedly) been helping Pyongyang sustain its economy — and thus, its nuclear program. Specifically, these firms have allegedly enabled Kim Jong Un’s regime to evade previous sanctions by helping it trade illicitly with other countries while at sea, as opposed to on land, where such verboten commerce would be more easily detected.

The move represents an escalation of the White House’s latest strategy for combating the North Korean nuclear program: Pursue direct talks with Pyongyang — while imposing maximum economic pain on the regime — in hopes of forcing Kim Jong Un to denuclearize without unleashing “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

Feb 26 11:57

Sum of All American Fears in Korea: Peace

North Korea has been depicted by the Western media as a dangerous rogue state, plotting the nuclear holocaust of America and holding global peace and stability hostage with its irrational aggression. It is the supposed threat North Korea poses to the world that the United States uses to justify its enduring decades-long military presence on the Korean Peninsula.

In the recently released 2018 US Department of Defense Nation Defense Strategy, it claims:

North Korea seeks to guarantee regime survival and increased leverage by seeking a mixture of nuclear, biological, chemical, conventional, and unconventional weapons and a growing ballistic missile capability to gain coercive influence over South Korea, Japan, and the United States.

Feb 26 11:37

Trump Uses Australian PM’s Visit to Threaten North Korea

US President Donald Trump yesterday exploited a joint press conference at the White House with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to once again menace North Korea with crippling economic sanctions and a military onslaught. Trump’s comments come as the Winter Olympics in South Korea are about to close and the US and South Korea prepare for massive joint war games in April.

Feb 26 11:26

North Korea Warns Washington "Running Amok" Heralds "Dark Cloud Of War"

In a suspiciously soft response - particularly after its ally China accused the US of "long-arm jurisdiction - North Korea criticized Washington's decision to impose sanctions on marine vessels supplying North Korea with banned goods that could help support its nuclear program, but said it would still be open to talks with its longtime geopolitical archnemesis.

Feb 26 11:25

China Slams New "Unilateral" U.S. Sanctions On North Korea

China issued a stern rebuke of enhanced US sanctions on North Korea on Friday, saying the unilateral targeting of Chinese firms and individuals accused of supplying Pyongyang with prohibited cargo risks harming international cooperation on the problem.

"The Chinese side firmly opposes the US imposing unilateral sanctions and 'long-arm jurisdiction' on Chinese entities or individuals in accordance with its domestic laws," said the Chinese Foreign Ministry in a statement. "We have lodged stern representations with the US side over this, urging it to immediately stop such wrongdoings so as not to undermine bilateral cooperation on the relevant area."

Feb 26 11:20

US sanctions, economic warfare against China: Analyst

An analyst believes US sanctions on Chinese companies over having ties with North Korea are a form of “economic warfare” against China.

“This may be seen as sanctions in the Western press, all over the British newspapers for example … but it is not. It is a form of warfare and economic warfare nowadays is becoming much more important in many ways than actually fighting on the ground. So this is a very clear signal to Beijing that Washington is trying now to impose policy on Beijing,” Tony Gosling told Press TV in an interview on Sunday.

The US has engineered some unprecedented and crippling international sanctions on North Korea since July when Pyongyang intensified its tests of long-range missiles and nuclear bombs.

Feb 26 09:52

North Korea ‘Very Willing’ to Hold Talks With US

The latest North Korean delegation to the South has reiterated the nation’s eagerness to pursue diplomacy, saying North Korea is “very willing” to hold direct talks with the United States.

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has been pushing such talks, saying that the US and North Korea need to talk at “an early date” as a way to make further diplomatic progress after some major improvements between North and South Korea at the Winter Olympics.

Getting the US to the talks may be easier said than done, however, with the White House issuing a statement Sunday saying they would only be interested in entering the talks if it were guaranteed that North Korea’s denuclearization would be the result of the talks.

Feb 26 09:44

China: New US sanctions threaten cooperation over North Korea

China has demanded the US reverse its decision to impose fresh sanctions on North Korea, saying the "unilateral actions" could undermine cooperation between Beijing and Washington.

China's foreign ministry said it had lodged "stern representations" with the US over the measures - which prohibit US citizens from dealing with more than 50 vessels and companies, and one person, located in countries including North Korea, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong - in a statement on Saturday.

"The Chinese side firmly opposes the US imposing unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction on Chinese entities or individuals in accordance with its domestic laws," Geng Shuang, foreign ministry spokesperson, said.

Feb 26 09:40

US Prepares For "Aggressive" High-Seas Crackdown On North Korea Sanctions Violators

The Trump administration is coordinating with key Asian allies to crack down on ships suspected of violating sanctions imposed on North Korea, Reuters reports.

The joint effort between the U.S. Coast Guard and regional partners including Japan, South Korea, Australia and Singapore, would go further than ever before to physically block deliveries of banned weapons, components for its nuclear missile program and other prohibited cargo. Suspected violators could be targeted on the high seas or in the territorial waters of countries which cooperate with the coalition. Up to now, suspect ships have been intercepted on a far more limited basis.

Depending on the scale of the campaign, the U.S. might even devote a portion of air and naval power from the Pacific Command - though the plan would stop short of a full naval blockade according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Boarding another nation's ships in international waters without permission constitutes an act of piracy under maritime law.

Feb 26 09:20

China wants US to abandon new North Korea sanctions

Unilateral' US sanctions threaten to undermine cooperation efforts over North Korea, China's foreign ministry says.

China has demanded the US reverse its decision to impose fresh sanctions on North Korea, saying the "unilateral actions" could undermine cooperation between Beijing and Washington.

China's foreign ministry said it had lodged "stern representations" with the US over the measures - which prohibit US citizens from dealing with more than 50 vessels and companies, and one person, located in countries including North Korea, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong - in a statement on Saturday.

"The Chinese side firmly opposes the US imposing unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction on Chinese entities or individuals in accordance with its domestic laws," Geng Shuang, foreign ministry spokesperson, said.

"The Chinese government has been comprehensively and strictly implementing the Security Council resolutions on the DPRK and fulfilling its international obligations, and never allows any Chinese citizen or company to engage in activities in violation of the Security Council resolutions."

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Feb 25 09:51

North Korea condemns new sanctions, but opens door to talks with U.S.

A North Korean envoy making an uncommon visit to South Korea said Sunday that his country was willing to open talks with the United States, a rare step toward diplomacy between enemies after a year of North Korean missile and nuclear tests and direct threats of war from both Pyongyang and Washington.

Kim Yong Chol, who Seoul believes masterminded two attacks in 2010 that killed 50 South Koreans, was in South Korea for the end of the Olympics. He said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wanted to improve ties with Washington and had "ample intentions of holding talks" with its rival, according to the South's presidential office.

Feb 25 09:19

US warns Iraq of 'consequences' if it buys Russian S-400 missile systems

The United States has warned Iraq, among a number of other countries, of the consequences of extending military cooperation with Russia, and striking deals to purchase advanced weaponry, particularly the S-400 surface-to-air missile defense systems.

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Neuert said on Thursday that Washington has contacted many countries, including Iraq, to explain the significance of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), and possible consequences that would arise in the wake of defense agreements with Moscow.

On August 2, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed into law the CAATSA that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia.

Feb 24 11:01

Trump Warns World Of "Very, Very Unfortunate Phase 2" If North Korean Sanctions Fail

If you weren't paying attention, you might have missed it; but during today's joint press conference with Aussie PM Turnbull, US President Trump let slip a brief comment that the rest of the world should likely be paying close attention to.

After unveiling the "heaviest sanctions ever imposed on a country before" against North Korea earlier in the day, President Trump told the gathered media that the US will go to "Phase 2" if those sanctions do not have the desired effects of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

As Reuters reports, in addressing what the Trump administration calls its biggest national security challenge, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned one person, 27 companies and 28 ships, according to a statement on the U.S. Treasury Department’s website.

The United States also proposed a list of entities to be blacklisted under separate United Nations sanctions, a move “aimed at shutting down North Korea’s illicit maritime smuggling activities to obtain oil and sell coal.”

Feb 23 07:27

North Korea Brands UN Secretary General a 'Henchman' of the United States

The decision of the head of the UN to endorse economic sanctions against North Korea has provoked a sharp retort from the country’s representatives, who accused him of being an American lackey.

Pyongyang has accused UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of making “reckless remarks” after he delivered a speech at the Munich Security Conference praising the international restrictions imposed against North Korea.

"This is nothing but an absurd sophistry inappropriate to his duty as Secretary-General of the United Nations and only make us to think whether he is a kind of henchman who is representing the United States,' a statement made by North Korean envoys to the UN said.

Feb 23 07:24

VP Mike Pence at CPAC Rebukes Media Glorification of North Korean Dictator’s Sister, U.S. ‘Doesn’t Stand with Murderous Dictatorships, We Stand up to Murderous Dictatorships’

CPAC attendees raucously cheered Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday when he harshly rebuked positive media coverage of North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un’s sister at the Olympics.

“I think it’s important that every American knows who this person is and what she’s done,” Pence said of Kim Yo-jong.

From the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) stage Pence countered positive media coverage of Kim Yo-jong at the opening of the Olympics in South Korea, with details of her role as a “central pillar of the most radical and oppressive regime on the face of the planet. An evil family clique that brutalizes, subjugates, starves, and imprisons its 25 million people.”

“Even the United Nations reported that, in their words, the gravity, scale and nature of these violations would be a state that does not parallel in the contemporary world,” he continued.

Feb 22 13:06

REVEALED: The long-suppressed official report on US biowarfare in North Korea

Written largely by the most prestigious British scientist of his day, this official report, containing hundreds of pages of evidence about the use of US biological weapons during the Korean War, was effectively suppressed upon its original release in 1952.

Courtesy of researcher Jeffrey Kaye, INSURGE now publishes the report in text-searchable format for the first time for the general public, with an exclusive, in-depth analysis of its damning findings and implications.

The report provides compelling evidence of systematic violation of the laws of war against North Korea through the deployment of biological weapons?—?a critical context that is essential for anyone to understand the dynamics of current regional tensions, and what might be done about them.

Feb 21 13:11

US, S. Korean militaries to conduct joint drills despite detente with Pyongyang

The US and South Korea will go ahead with military drills off the Korean peninsula despite the “Peace Olympics” and the recent thaw in North-South relations, the South’s defense ministry said in a report to the National Assembly.

In the run-up to the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Seoul was able to convince Washington to delay the start of their annual winter/springtime joint military exercises until after the games. The temporary halt to the annual Foal Eagle/Key Resolve US-South Korea joint military exercises allowed North and South Korea to develop a dialogue that the South hopes will ease the mounting tension in the region.

Feb 21 09:38

South Korea to announce joint military drill plan with U.S. before April

South Korea and the United States will announce plans before April for joint military drills that had been postponed until after the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, South Korea’s defense minister said on Tuesday.

Feb 21 09:36

North Korea Bailed At The Last Minute On Secret Meeting With Pence

Two weeks ago, followers of geopolitics couldn't help but speculate about the chances of a clandestine meeting between North Korea and the US when the news first broke that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister, Kim Jo Yang, would be attending the Winter Games in PyeongChang.

After all, US Vice President Mike Pence was already confirmed to be stopping by South Korea during the beginning of the Games as part of a five-day Asia tour. But the White House was quick to repudiate this chatter, announcing that there were no plans for diplomatic talks, though both US and North Korean rhetoric since then has left the door open for such a meeting.

But as it turns out, just as the White House was denying it, plans for talks were being set in motion, according to the Washington Post, which reported Tuesday evening that the North Koreans backed out of a meeting with Pence at the last minute.

Feb 21 08:02

Top South Korean Crypto Regulator Found Dead "From Unknown Cause"

But in a shocking development that's almost guaranteed to contribute to speculation about whether any foul play was involved, the Wall Street Journal reports that one of the country's top crypto regulators was found dead Tuesday.

While some speculated that the cause of death was a heart attack, the official statement - so far - is that the cause of death remains"unknown."

Semiofficial news agency Yonhap reported that Mr. Jung was presumed to have suffered a heart attack and police had opened an investigation into the cause of death. Yonhap also reported that Mr. Jung was found at home. The government spokesman said later that “he died from some unknown cause. He passed away while he was sleeping and [his] heart [had] already stopped beating when he was found dead.”

His death comes barely a month after the country's regulators appeared to settle on a suitable regulatory framework: Crypto exchanges and banks will soon be required to collect customers' names and information.

Feb 21 07:57

BEX ALERT - North Korea’s Growing Criminal Cyberthreat

The country’s cybercrime efforts are all seemingly state-sponsored and steal money that is then used to fund its cash-strapped government

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The exact same claim could be made about the cash-strapped US government!

Feb 20 10:27

BEX ALERT - North Korea poised to launch large-scale cyberattacks, says new report

North Korea is quietly expanding both the scope and sophistication of its cyberweaponry, laying the groundwork for more devastating attacks, according to a new report published Tuesday.

Kim Jong Un’s cyberwarriors have been accused of causing huge disruption in recent years, including a massive hack on Sony Pictures in 2014 and last year’s WannaCry ransomware worm, as well as numerous attacks on South Korean servers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The SONY hack was later admitted to being an internal leak.

Feb 19 12:17

US Has No "Bloody Nose Strategy" For North Korea As Pyongyang Prepares For "Dialogue And War"

Two senators who attended the Munich Security Conference over the weekend affirmed that the US has not developed a so-called "bloody nose" strategy to take out North Korea's nuclear arsenal - contrary to prior reports in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere.

"We are here to echo that there has not and has never been a bloody nose strategy," said Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democratic senator from Rhode Island. Whitehouse said he and other lawmakers who attended the conference were briefed by National Security Adviser HR McMaster had briefed a Senate delegation in a secure annex of Congress before the group traveled to the Munich Security Conference, he said on Sunday in the Bavarian capital.

Feb 17 20:21

Giant boar 'Pigzilla' caught rummaging through trash dumpsters in Hong Kong - TomoNews

HONG KONG — A giant wild boar was recently seen dumpster diving in a garbage bin close to a school in Hong Kong.

Feb 17 09:18

flashback10/05/2017: Media On North Korea: Easier To Demonize Than Try To Understand

The media’s demonization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, especially in the realm of American news, continues a pattern seen in years past. From Iraq to Venezuela, the corporate media’s depiction of inhabitants of foreign territories is meant to remove their autonomy and humanity, and this is exactly what’s happened in the case of North Korea.
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Yet countless articles depict North Korea’s Kim Jong-un as “a madman,” and U.S. politicians routinely characterize Kim as “crazy,” while pundits invade our television screens to openly fantasize about wiping North Korea off the map. As if they were talking about a piece of paper and not 25 million human beings.

Feb 17 01:56

US-North Korea Talks Coming?

Feb 16 10:03

All Eyes on North Korea

With talk of a “bloody nose” strike against North Korea being debated in Washington, public attention has focused on conventional military preparations for a U.S. attack on Pyongyang. Less noticed, but possibly even more telling, is the surge in recent months of intelligence resources.

Senior officials have made no secret of the fact that the administration is ramping up its intelligence capabilities to focus on the Korean Peninsula, but six sources familiar with U.S. planning described a nearly unprecedented scramble inside the agencies responsible for spying and cyber warfare.

In fact, the initial strike against the North Korean regime could be digital rather than physical, according to two former intelligence officials with knowledge of the preparations.

Feb 16 07:20

North Korea WARNED: Mike Pence tells Kim US will STAND STRONG against 'EVIL' regime

NORTH KOREA will continue to feel "firm and strong" pressure from the United States Government until despotic leader Kim Jong-un agrees to shut down his dangerous weapons development programme, US Vice President Mike Pence warned.

Feb 15 11:12

Trump threatens retaliatory actions against China, S Korea

Meanwhile, China, which produces nearly half of the world’s steel, is accused of flooding the market in order to keep its economy robust at home.

“I will make a decision that reflects the best interests of the United States, including the need to address overproduction in China and other countries,” Trump said.

“They’re dumping and destroying our industry, and destroying the families of workers, and we can’t let that happen,” he added.

Although the president has another two months to make a decision on possible penalizing action, he strongly indicated that he wants to punish Beijing.

Experts, however, say that any such action will prompt China to do the same, raising the specter of a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

Trump is under pressure at home as he has not been able to deliver on his campaign promise of being a champion of America’s Rust Belt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Upon reading this, I am having a double Picard face-palm, at warp speed.

After really needing nore cooperation with China on the issue of North Korea's nuclear program, and desperate to convince South Korea that Kim Jung Un's overtures to South Korea were really just theatrics, President Trump's timing of these threats against China and South Korea just possibly could have been worse: I just don't know how.

Feb 15 09:53

Talking is ‘MEANINGLESS’! US and Japan vow to ‘enhance pressure’ on North Korea

JAPAN and the US have vowed to increase pressure on North Korea, telling Kim Jong-un “meaningless” dialogue will no longer be tolerated.

Feb 15 09:46

Top US Admiral: North Korea Plots to ‘Reunify’ Korean Peninsula

US Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris, testifying Wednesday before the House Armed Services Committee, accused North Korea of making its recent military advances exclusively with an eye toward forcibly unifying the Korean Peninsula “under a single communist system.”

Admiral Harris scorned the idea that North Korea had gotten nuclear arms to try to protect North Korea from a US-imposed regime change, saying he believes Kim’s ambitions are to “blackmail the South and other countries in the region, and us.”

He was led into this answer by Committee chair Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), who said the only reason anyone believes Kim is getting the weapons for deterrence is because “alternatives are too terrible to contemplate.”

But Admiral Harris seemed fine echoing this view, despite North Korea being very public about deterrence being a top priority, and despite North Korea’s recent diplomatic overtures making no sense at all if Kim’s exclusive goal is to conquer South Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

US Pacific Commander Admiral Harris, a word, please.

If Kim invited South Korea's President Moon to Pyongyang, do you think for one minute Kim's goal is to hold him as his prisoner, in order to extract some kind of geopolitical "price" from South Korea, knowing that it would goad the US into some kind of retaliatory measures?!?

Admiral, Kim is many things; but irrational and unreasonable are not among them.

Regurgitating the old, tired US Deep State's propaganda on North Korea, as a narrative to justify invading it, cannot possibly sway the US populace to embrace such a decision; we have all had our fill of US-generated wars, which appear to be going nowhere; Afghanistan; Libya; Iraq; and Somalia come very quickly to mind, sir.

And I would like to politely remind you; we have lived with nuclear-armed governments which the US just has had a hard time liking, in any way, like Pakistan.

It has nuclear weapons, and even though it has now been put on the US "funds terrorist groups" Watch List, I seriously doubt we are going to invade that country any time soon.

And why?!?

Because it has nuclear weapons as a deterrent, Admiral: it is just that simple.

Feb 15 09:27

Kim Jong Un praises South Korea's 'impressive and sincere' Olympic welcome

North Korea's Kim Jong Un said it is important to boost the "warm climate of reconciliation" after meeting with the delegation that returned to the North after visiting the South for the Winter Olympics, the North's state media said on Tuesday.

Kim Jong Un also expressed "satisfaction" over their visit and said efforts made by Seoul to prioritise their visit were "very impressive" including their "sincere efforts" for which he gave his gratitude, the Korean Central News Agency said.

As with North Korean media reports over the weekend, there was again no mention of the summit offer given to South Korean Moon Jae-in from Kim Jong Un via his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, who was part of the delegation.

Kim Yo Jong delivered a letter from her brother at a visit to the South's presidential Blue House on Saturday, asking Moon to visit "at his earliest convenience" to which Moon replied both Koreas should try to make conditions that would make the visit possible.

Feb 14 12:36

Koreans talk peace?

The games have begun. The younger sister of North Korea’s ruler Kim Jong-un has captured the attention of the media, while US Vice President Mike Pence was mocked as a dud, even undiplomatic. The two Koreas are engaging each other. This makes the Washington foreign policy swamp fume.

Feb 14 08:00

North Korea is an increasing threat despite charm offensive, warn top intelligence officials

North Korea won't give up its nukes, and Americans shouldn't fall for the regime's charm offensive, top intelligence told a Senate committee.

"North Korea continues to pose an ever-more increasing threat to the United States and its interests," Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee at the annual hearing on worldwide threats.

"Pyongyang has repeatedly stated that it does not intend to negotiate its nuclear weapons and missiles away," he added Tuesday.

The North Koreans sent athletes and a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, which included the North's ceremonial head of state and Kim's only sister, Kim Yo Jong. The North Korean dictatoralso invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit the communist country for a summit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Don't you dare like people we tell to not to like!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 13 20:28

North Korea slams US, UN for its sanctions

North Korea`s United Nations mission on Monday slammed the UN and U.S. for the strict sanctions imposed on the country due to its nuclear weapons programme.

North Korea`s United Nation mission on Tuesday slammed the UN and United States` decision of imposing sanctions on the isolated country due to its persistent nuclear missile tests.

Feb 13 10:11

North Korea won PyeongChang political gold, but what’s next?

Kim Jong Un scored some badly needed publicity points by sending his sister to the games and extending an invitation to the South Korean president

Feb 13 09:54

If America Wasn't America, The United States Would Be Bombing It

On January 8, 2018, former government advisor Edward Luttwak wrote an opinion piece for Foreign Policy titled “It’s Time to Bomb North Korea.”

Luttwak’s thesis is relatively straightforward. There is a government out there that may very soon acquire nuclear-weapons capabilities, and this country cannot be trusted to responsibly handle such a stockpile. The responsibility to protect the world from a rogue nation cannot be argued with, and we understandably have a duty to ensure the future of humanity.

However, there is one rogue nation that continues to hold the world ransom with its nuclear weapons supply. It is decimating non-compliant states left, right, and center. This country must be stopped dead in its tracks before anyone turns to the issue of North Korea.

Feb 13 08:58

Pentagon Requesting $66 Million For Laser Drones to Shoot Down North Korean Missiles

The Missile Defense Agency is rushing to put more solutions in the field and trying to put past failures behind them.

One of the smaller line items in the Missile Defense Agency’s $9.9 billion budget request for 2019 is also one of the most interesting: $66 million to keep developing a laser that can be mounted on a drone and used to destroy enemy missiles on the launch pad — or shortly after takeoff.

That amount includes $61 million to continue the laser-on-a-drone program, called the Low Power Laser Demonstrator, or LPLD, and $5 million to scale up its laser to sufficient destructive power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In light of the fact that Kim Jong Un's Sister just handed a letter to South Korea's President Moon, inviting him to Pyongyang, is it just possible that such a weapon will not be needed, because it looks to me as though there is a distinct possibility of peace, and possibly, reunification, breaking out between the two Koreas?

Were I the chairperson of the committee with the power to approve this line item or not, I would certainly want to delay its implementation, to see what dimplomatic process evolves here, after the Winter Olympic Games, which are still in progress, and will not end until the 25th of this month.

Feb 12 13:40

BREAKING: Kim Jong-Un sends hand-delivered invitation to South Korean president to meet in Pyongyang

The invitation for President Moon Jae-in to meet with Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang was received warmly, request made for US to resume talks with North Korea

Feb 12 11:12

HomeWorld NewsSeoul won’t rush to renew joint military drills with US as new intra-Korean summit solidifies

South Korean President Moon Jae-in reportedly rejected a call from Japan to quickly resume joint US-Korean military drills. Moon has been invited to visit Pyongyang for what may become the first top-level summit in over a decade.
At a bilateral summit on Friday, Moon called on the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to wait before resuming the drills, Yonhap reported, citing a government official. The drills have been paused for the duration of the Winter Olympics, as part of Seoul’s attempt to mend relations with Pyongyang. North Korea considers the drills a major threat to its national security, saying they may be used to conceal a build-up for an invasion.

According to the report, Abe argued that the time to delay exercises scheduled for spring was not right and that Pyongyang had to change its behavior before receiving concessions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Call me cautiously optimistic here...

Feb 12 10:45

Koreas Defy Naysayers on Winter Olympics Diplomacy

Diplomacy at the Winter Olympics has been an event covered like no other, and while some media outlets are in awe at the amount of progress that, by most accounts, has been made, there are also a lot of naysayers casting doubt on whether it amounts to anything.

The official US position has been to simultaneously downplay the talks, and to make some fairly high-profile efforts to undermine them. That seems to have been picked up by a lot of analysts as gospel truth.

The historic visit by a North Korean delegation that included both the parliamentary president and the sister of Kim Jong Un, handshakes, talks, and an invitation to South Korean President Moon to visit North Korea, have all been shrugged off by many as some sort of combination of a North Korean trick to undermine US interests, and one officials insist will fail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Both North and South Korean leadership want peace, even if the two Koreas cannot agree on a reunification process; the only International actor in the region which DOESN't appear to want want such peace to happen... is the United States.

And - at antiwar.com this morning, right underneath this breathless headline, come the following headlines:

North Korea invites South Korea's President tio Pyongyang

and...wait for it...

Secretary of Defense Mattis: North Korea cannot divide the US from South Korea

Forgive me, Sec Def Mattis; it appears, as my late grandmother would say, "The Horse is Already Out of the Barn." on this issue.

And sir, the optics of any attempt to squelch this newfound ratcheting down of tensions between North and South Korea, are going to be perceived by the rest of the world, as a barbarically martial and repugnant on the part of the US government.

I mean, can you seriously be thinking in this direction?!?

One would hope to heck, NOT!!

Feb 12 10:43

Bound and…ungagged? US ready for direct talks with sanctions-bashed N. Korea

Washington is no longer opposed to the idea of talks with Pyongyang without preconditions, but still favors ramping up sanctions pressure against North Korea until it agrees to relinquish its nuclear arsenal, Mike Pence said.

Feb 12 07:47

Moon Rejects Abe's Call To Resume Korea-U.S. Military Drills

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has dismissed a call from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to quickly resume South Korea's joint military drills with the United States, calling it a violation of his country's sovereignty, an official from Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Saturday.
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Abe stressed the need for what he called an "actual" change in the North's behavior, saying it was not the right time for Seoul and Washington to delay their joint military exercises>>>>

(*How does one say "Screw Them!" , In Korean ?)

Feb 12 07:01

North Korea Heading for Diplomacy Gold Medal at Olympics

North Korea has emerged as the early favourite to grab one of the Winter Olympics’ most important medals: the diplomatic gold.

That is the assessment of a former South Korean government minister and political experts who say the North has used the Games to drive a wedge between South Korea and its U.S. ally and to potentially ease pressure on its sanctions-crippled state.

In barely a month since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un surprised the world and said his nation was ready to join the Games, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has delayed military exercises, feted Kim’s sister at the Pyeongchang Olympics and given conditional consent to a bilateral summit in the North.

Feb 11 18:30

'Ignorant & insensitive': NBC apologizes to Korea for Japan comments

NBC has apologised after one its correspondents caused uproar in South Korea by saying that “every Korean” knows how important Japan, which occupied the peninsula for 35 years until 1945, has been in the country’s development.

The comments were made by NBC Winter Olympics Analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo during Friday’s opening ceremony; Koreans were not impressed. “Now representing Japan, a country which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945. But every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural and technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation,” The Korea Times quotes Cooper Ramo as saying.

The comments infuriated many South Koreans, with some stating that they were akin to “advocating Nazi persecution of the Jews.” Another asked if NBC would thank Japan for the attacks on Pearl Harbour.

Feb 10 12:34

Help, our make-up is FROZEN! BBC Winter Olympics presenters are struggling to talk because their cosmetics are freezing solid in Korea's bitter -23C chill

The harsh temperatures at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have left BBC presenters struggling to talk as make-up freezes to their faces.

As the mercury dipped down to -23C in South Korea the broadcaster's electronic equipment has also been packing in.

The freezing conditions prompted BBC presenter Amy Williams, the former skeleton racer and Olympic gold medallist, to tweet: 'So anyone know of good make up that is oil based?

'Our latest update from other presenters in Pyeongchang, Korea for the Winter Olympics is that water based make up literally is freezing on your face it's that cold! #help #facefreeze.'

Feb 10 08:40

North Korea's Kim invites South Korean president for summit: South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang "at an early date", South Korean officials said on Saturday, potentially setting up the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than 10 years.

Any meeting would represent a diplomatic coup for Moon, who swept to power last year on a policy of engaging more with the reclusive North.

Feb 09 13:12

US, South Korea Openly Disagree on North Korea Diplomacy

Weeks of diplomatic efforts with North Korea have the South Korean government upbeat, and presenting the Winter Olympics as the next step toward even better bilateral ties, and new opportunities to come.

While the US had previously been loathe to publicly clash with South Korea about the matter, the fact that the diplomacy is ongoing is clearly irking the administration, and has them now openly taking an opposite position to the South.

Where South Korea sees opportunities to improve ties, Vice President Mike Pence is very clear that he sees an opportunity to worsen them. South Korea seeks sports diplomacy at the Winter Olympics, and Pence wants to use it as a pretext for more sanctions and acrimony.

This public split is casting a long shadow over the Olympic games, where South Korea will have to manage Pence’s visit while also trying to keep him from doing too much damage to their diplomatic efforts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hopeful that the South Korean government does a successful job in "managing Pence's visit"; anyone with two braincells to rub together will see that it is obvious that officials from North and South Korea are having a reflective time, to see what can be done to mend relations, not further exacerbate them.

Feb 09 13:05

Japan ruling party body pushing for Article 9 revision draft within month

The Mainichi Shimbun reports that a body of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will try to draft a proposed revision of Article 9 of Japan’s pacifist constitution as early as this month.

The effort is in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s desire to define legally the existence of the country’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF) as part of the document.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the Japanese Prime Minister is looking to get this passed before the end of this month (and folks, the end of February is only 19 days away), it does not augur well for peace between North Korea and her neighbors, particularly South Korea and Japan.

Timing, for getting this bill pushed through Japan's legislature before the end of the month is not accidental, and may well be telegraphing that the plans for an assault on North Korea in the early spring, perhaps March or April of this year, are close to getting greenlit.

I am hoping and praying that President Trump is listening to Sec Def Mattis on this one, and choses to avoid an outright military confrontation against North Korea; the aftermath could be more horrific than anyone can realise, and most likely, should the US govenment do a pre-emptive strike against North Korea, China will most likely side with North Korea militarily.

Feb 09 10:14

'Trump' and 'Kim' are thrown out of the Winter Games opening ceremony after posing for selfies in the stands

The bitter Cold War between the US and North Korea ended tonight when President Trump and Kim Jong-Un appeared before the world's press to shake hands.

But all was not as it seemed as two pranksters caused a stir at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

Arm-in-arm they walked into the ceremony upstaging the US Vice President and Jong-un's sister who were seated in the VIP box on the other side of the 35,000-seater stadium.

Feb 09 07:58

Winter Olympics 2018: South and North Korean athletes unite during opening ceremony in Pyeongchang

Hosts South Korea produced a show of unity with neighbours North Korea during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Their athletes entered under the same flag during the parade, after months of tension in the Korean peninsula.

"We are stronger than all the forces that want to divide us," declared Olympic president Thomas Bach.

Lizzy Yarnold carried Great Britain's flag, while Russian athletes came in under the neutral Olympic flag.

Feb 09 07:56

Pence avoids Olympics encounter with North Korean official as Korean athletes march together

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence made only a brief appearance at a reception marking the start of the Winter Olympics on Friday, avoiding a potentially awkward encounter with the ceremonial leader of North Korea attending the same event.

Feb 08 11:14

Number of people with vomit illness symptoms grows at 2018 Olympic Games

Korean officials on Wednesday confirmed additional cases of norovirus at the Pyeongchang Olympics, bringing the total of people infected to 86.

The Korean Centre for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed an additional 54 cases after announcing 32 on Tuesday.

The disease is considered highly contagious and typically includes symptoms of diarrhea, stomach pain, vomiting and nausea.

"The peak season for norovirus is January and February so unfortunately we're in a bad time of year where outbreaks occur,” said Kim Hyunjun, director of the Korean CDC.

The center said the cases were concentrated at the Odaesan Youth Centre, where 58 cases were confirmed. Kim said no athletes have confirmed cases of the virus.

Feb 08 11:12

US Troops Train for Sub-Zero Combat as Tensions With Russia, North Korea Rise

The US Army and Marine Corps recently announced their plan to roll out cold-weather gear for American ground forces in preparation for potential wars with North Korea and Russia as tensions continue to rise.

For decades, both the Army and Marine Corps have become accustomed to fighting in the deserts of the Middle East. However, both services are now getting ready to fight in the cold as Russian-American relations reach new lows and tensions between Washington and Pyongyang froth.

Feb 08 11:11

Pentagon Readies the ‘Father of All Bombs’ for Use Against North Korea

It is no secret that the Defense Department is preparing for possible preventive attacks on North Korean nuclear and missile facilities, supposedly intended to prevent the Kim Jong-un regime in Pyongyang from developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of delivering nuclear warheads to the continental United States. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has openly called for strikes of this sort, sometimes described as the “bloody nose” option. But any such scenario faces two major hurdles: First, a US strike could provoke massive retaliation by the North against South Korea and Japan, producing vast numbers of civilian casualties; and second, it could fail to destroy all of the North’s nuclear and missile facilities, most of which are thought to be hidden in deep underground shelters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, please listen to Sec Def Mattis on this issue.

I would like to politely remind you that this country has managed to get along with nuclear armed countries it doesn't particularly like, as is the case with Pakistan.

These missiles Kim Jung Un is developing are simply for reasons of deterrence, in order to prevent a military strike by the US.

Kim Jung Un is many things, but stupid is just not one of them.

He would never, in a million years, do a first strike against any US asset, because he understands, full well, that should he do that, the US would turn North Korea into a sea of molten glass with its counterstrike.

Also, a pre-emptive strike against North Korea would most probably drag China and Russia into the fray, no North Korea's side.

Is the US military really ready for such a battle?!? Sir, you had really better think this one through, and consult with people who won't lie to you just to make you happy, before you give the order to do this.

Feb 07 13:27

‘Duck and Cover’ Nuclear Attack Warning Drills Exacerbate Fears of North Korea War

Are you ready for nuclear attack warning sirens in your community? I live in the State of Hawaii, which decided in December 2107 to begin monthly nuclear attack warning siren drills, similar to the monthly tsunami warning sirens that are tested each month.

You know what happened – an employee of the State of Hawaii Emergency Management Department pushed the wrong button, setting off the siren, and no one alerted the public for nearly 49 minutes that it was a drill. Cell phone alerts to everyone in the 808 area code flashed “Nuclear attack warning-take cover,” with residents and tourists alike going into crisis mode.

Feb 07 11:01

US Has ‘No Plans’ to Meet With North Korean Officials at Olympics

"[There are] no plans to meet with North Korean officials during or after the Olympics," Nauert said. "There is no shift in US policy regarding this."

Earlier, however, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not rule out a possible meeting between Vice President Mike Pence and North Korean representatives during his upcoming trip to South Korea.

In this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo, a man watches a television screen showing U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a news program at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea.
© AP PHOTO/ AHN YOUNG-JOON
Lack of US Ambassador to South Korea Could Signal Fear of Imminent Attack - Expert
"With respect to Vice President’s trip to the Olympics and whether or not there would be an opportunity for him to have a meeting with North Korea, I think we’ll just see, we’ll see what happens," Tillerson said in a joint press conference with Peruvian Foreign Minister Cayetana Aljovin in Lima, Peru on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then why the hell is Pence going here?!? What is he doing, except potentially attempting to "shake down" other countries which might still be trading with North Korea?!?

That there is no intention of speaking with North Korean officials by the US officials traveling here, means that this is another wasted opportuntiy; and the US cannot afford many more wasted opportunities here with which it could potentially avert the military confrontation it has been threatening to use, most likely drawing Russia and China into the fray as well.

This country's leadership has managed, to work with nuclear armed countries it sometimes loves, like Israel, and sometimes, grudgingly, has a "frenemy" relationship with those countries it doesn't particularly like; Pakistan comes to mind here.

But a military option, which will potentially leave thousands upon thousands of both North and South Koreans dead, or maimed for life, is absolutely not the road of moral high ground here, simply because it is something the US government can do.

Someone needs to politely remind the President of this reality, and soon; because I don't believe that his unholy Triumverate of "President Whisperers", consisting of Mattis, Kelly, and McMaster is making this side of the military equation clear to him at all.

Feb 07 06:34

Pence Threatens N. Korea With ‘toughest & Most Aggressive’ US Sanctions Ahead Of PyeongChang

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"The United States of America will soon unveil the toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever – and we will continue to isolate North Korea until it abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs once and for all,” Pence said

(*Way To Go , Sport !)

Feb 07 06:25

200+ N. Korean Cheerleaders Arrive At Olympics

Charm offensive: 200+ N. Korean cheerleaders arrive at Olympics to be followed by Kim’s sister
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A squad of 229 cheerleaders arrived in South Korea on Wednesday as a part of a 280-strong Pyongyang’s delegation, which is seen as one of the largest recent border crossings between the two Koreas. The women all clad in red coats and fur hats greeted crowds of journalists as they arrived at the four-star luxury hotel in Inje, some two hours’ drive from the Olympic venue in PyeongChang, where the Games are to kick off on Friday

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Kim Jong-un’s younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, is to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, Pyongyang announced on Wednesday. Kim Yo-jong is the youngest of the late leader Kim Jong-il’s three children and has not been in the spotlight. Kim’s sister being included in the delegation is a “meaningful” step, as she is a senior official at the ruling Workers' Party, Seoul's Unification Ministry said in a statement.

On Tuesday, the arrival of a 140-strong North Korean orchestra to the port of Mukho on the west coast of South Korea was met by a small protest>>>

Feb 06 08:42

German Intelligence Accuses North Korean of Smuggling Weapons Through Embassy

The director of Germany's domestic intelligence agency has accused North Korea of using their Berlin embassy to acquire and smuggle parts for their missile and nuclear weapons programs.

"We determined that procurement activities have been carried out from [the embassy] that are, in our view, done with a view to the missile program and sometimes also for the nuclear program," said Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Germany's domestic intelligence agency.

In a Monday interview with public broadcaster NDR, Maassen said that his agency attempted to stop weapons smuggling through the embassy. "When we see such things, we stop them. But we cannot guarantee that we spot and block each attempt," said Maassen.

Feb 06 08:06

Report: China Moves 300,000 Troops Closer to North Korean Border

China is reportedly moving missile defense batteries and troops closer to its border with North Korea, a potential sign that Beijing anticipates either a large refugee wave north or a military disturbance triggered by the belligerence of communist dictator Kim Jong-un.

The South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo cited Radio Free Asia (RFA) in a report Monday, stating that RFA had compiled evidence that China had “late last year deployed another missile defense battery at an armored division in Helong, west of Longjing in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture.”

The “North Korean source in China” speaking to RFA also noted that Pyongyang had observed the movement of 300,000 troops closer to the North Korean border and “missile defense batteries near North Korean reservoirs by the Apnok and Duman rivers.” The batteries would prevent the violent outpouring of those reservoirs into China in the event of an airstrike.

Feb 06 07:53

North Korean Troupe Is Cleared to Enter South’s Waters Before Games

A 140-member arts troupe from North Korea plans to travel to South Korea this week by ferry, forcing the South to temporarily lift its ban on all North Korean ships entering its waters, officials said on Monday.

The arts troupe, comprising orchestra musicians, dancers and singers, will arrive in South Korea on Tuesday on board the ferry Mangyongbong-92, said Baik Tae-hyun, a spokesman at the Unification Ministry, a South Korean government agency in charge of relations with North Korea.

North Korea also notified the South that the ship would serve as lodging for the artists, a move apparently designed to keep them from having contact with South Koreans. When North Korea agreed last month to participate in the Winter Olympics in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang, it also agreed to send the troupe as part of Olympic-related cultural events.

Feb 06 07:10

Something To Tweet About: Kim Jong Un deserves the Nobel Peace Prize

What has led to a rapprochement between North Korea and South Korea, a greater likelihood of reunification of the Korean Peninsula and greater chances of peace in the region? The empty threats of Donald Trump, who behaves like a spoiled child, or the strategy of armed diplomacy of Kim Jong Un?

The answer lies in the fact that, while North Korea did not stop its nuclear tests, even with the empty words of the American government, it simultaneously achieved the great diplomatic achievement of "reunifying" the country for participation in the Winter Olympics.

This is an important step towards peace, which shows the US that they are not needed as "global police". More than that. During the recent crisis caused by American interventionism on the Korean Peninsula, the South Korean people and even their politicians criticized the conduct of US foreign policy.

South Koreans are more afraid of the US than of North Korea. With their threats and provocations>>>

Feb 05 08:19

North Korea to send highest level official ever to South Korea

North Korea's head of state will go to Pyeongchang this week for the Winter Olympics, the most senior official to ever visit South Korea.

North Korea confirmed Kim Yong-nam's attendance at the opening ceremony, set for Friday.

Both Koreas will march under one flag at the opening ceremony.

Although this signals a thaw in relations between the Koreas, experts say it is unlikely to have any impact on the North's nuclear ambitions.

Mr Kim will be in the South for a three-day visit and will lead a 22-member delegation.

Feb 04 10:58

Mike Pence to stop North Korea 'hijacking' Winter Olympics, aide says

Vice-president Mike Pence will stop North Korea “hijacking” the Winter Olympics, an aide said on Sunday, by using his own presence at the Games to remind the world “everything the North Koreans do at the Olympics is a charade to cover up the fact that they are the most tyrannical and oppressive regime on the planet”.

Such rhetoric stands at odds with recent diplomatic exchanges between North and South Korea. The two countries will march under one flag at the Games, which begin in Pyeongchang on Friday.

Feb 04 10:55

Unified Korean women's ice hockey team play debut match

Wearing a blue logo of a map symbolising peace between North and South Korea, the most talked-about team at the Winter Olympics was in action on Sunday in a friendly that drew thousands of spectators.

The two countries’ female ice hockey players, who only began practising together as a team about a week ago, showed plenty of fight in their first competitive match but never really threatened world no. 5 Sweden who beat them 3-1 in Incheon, South Korea. Korea will play Sweden again on 12 February during the tournament proper.

The outcome didn’t seem to matter to the capacity crowd of 3,000 at the Seonhak International ice rink. Fans waved miniature flags showing a unified Korean peninsula, chanted “we are one” and screamed whenever their team went on the attack.

Feb 04 07:58

US to ramp up nuclear deterrent amid North Korea warning

The United States says it will continue modernizing its nuclear deterrent in the face of a changed international atmosphere. The developments come as Pyongyang slams Washington for fomenting tensions with the increase of nuclear military deployments despite the thaw in relations between the two Koreas. Press TV’s correspondent, Frank Smith reports from Seoul.

Feb 04 07:46

World War 3? North Korea ‘using German embassy to procure parts for missile programme’

In a programme which will be aired on German television on Monday, BfV head Hans-Georg Maassen said: “We determined that procurement activities have been carried out from there that are, in our view, done with a view to the missile programme and sometimes also for the nuclear programme.”

Comments released by a German broadcaster ahead of Monday have shown that Mr Maassen did say that German authorities had prevented such activities when they found them.

However, he added: “We can’t guarantee that we can detect and prevent this in all cases.”

Feb 04 07:42

Kissinger Warns "Pre-Emptive Attack" Against North Korea "Is Strong" Possibility

The Trump administration has signaled that North Korea would be crossing a red line if it developed nuclear capability for its intercontinental ballistic missile program. Yet some policy officials and military experts claim that North Korea has already crossed that line, or is at least very close to attaching nuclear warheads to its missiles.

Kissinger offered his thoughts on the impending “fork in the road,” in which the administration may consider pre-emptive military action or increasingly tighter sanctions against the regime.

Feb 03 20:49

North Korea earned $200 mn from banned exports, sends arms to Syria, Myanmar: UN report

North Korea violated United Nations sanctions to earn nearly $200 million in 2017 from banned commodity exports, according to a confidential report by independent UN monitors, which also accused Pyongyang of supplying weapons to Syria and Myanmar.

The report to a UN Security Council sanctions committee, seen by Reuters on Friday, said North Korea had shipped coal to ports, including in Russia, China, South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam, mainly using false paperwork that showed countries such as Russia and China as the coal origin, instead of North Korea.

Feb 02 11:47

North Korean delegation flying to Russia for talks on 'mutual cooperation

A North Korean delegation is heading to Moscow for talks on mutual cooperation, the Russian Embassy in North Korea has said.

"The delegation flew to Moscow for consultations in the Russian Foreign Ministry on the vital issues of bilateral cooperation," the embassy wrote on its Facebook page.

The sides plan to discuss joint events to be held dedicated to the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, according to Russian news agency Tass.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder at what, precisely, the North Korean delegation is hoping to get from these negotiations?!?

Will it be trade, or Russian weaponry, to help keep any potential US attack from happening.

Feb 02 11:37

White House Wants More Options for Attacking North Korea

The White House is reportedly pressing the Pentagon to provide more options for different plans for attacking North Korea militarily. Officials are said to be frustrated by the limited choices offered by the Pentagon, and want more different options.

Said to be at the head of this push for more options is National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who is telling President Trump that for his repeated threats to attack North Korea to be credible, the US needs to have even more plans to attack them.

Pentagon officials are said to be averse to providing any more options than they already had, saying they believe the White House is scrambling to hastily toward war in the first place. They say the more options they give Trump, the bigger the risk he’d use one.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word please; you have exasperated the patience of thinking, peace-centric Americans with your fixation on North Korea.

President Trump, it is painfully obvious that the Candidate Trump those of you who supported you thought we were actually getting, is not the President Trump we have.

Somehow, it appears that you have, indeed become one with the "Dark Side of the Force", and have been thoroughly overtaken, philosophically, by that unholy triumverate of Mc Master, Kelly, "your President Whisperers".

And most generally, these gentlemen tend to see war as the only option with which to resolve this country's geopolitical differences.

And to the Pentagon officials who are uncomfortable about giving the President more options on North Korea, and are calling for restraint and caution, bravo!

I do not believe in 68 years of existence on this planet, that I have ever had anything remotely positive to say about the Pentagon; however, that being said, in this instance, I feel compelled to say that this was a sound decision on their part.

They know full well that such an act may well threaten a world war, pitting North Korea, China, and Russia, against the US and NATO.

And the US military is absolutely not ready for such a war; they do not have the money, manufacturing, troop strength, or weaponry to insure a positive outcome here.

We have lived with nuclear powers we may not well like much, like India and Pakistan; but that is just the point.

Kim Jong Un is developing his weapons, and nuclear capabilities as a deterrent only; the guy is many things, but one of them is not stupid.

He fully understands that should he attack the US or any of its assets, North Korea would be turned into molten glass by a US-lead counterstrike.

Feb 02 10:00

While Trump Lies, US Missile Defense Test Fails

A US missile defense test carried out in Hawaii was unsuccessful, according to officials.
A SM-3 Block IIA missile was launched from an Aegis Ashore test site in Hawaii, but failed to shoot down an incoming dummy missile launched from an aircraft, an official told Reuters. CNN also reported on the failure, ?iting several administration officials.

The missile is developed by the Raytheon Co and is used to target intermediate range missiles. It’s being worked on jointly with Japan.
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The Pentagon has not publicly acknowledged the failure>>>
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North Korea, meanwhile, has ramped up its missile test launches. In September, it carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test yet.

During his first State of the Union address Wednesday, president Donald Trump said Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile program could “very soon” pose an acute danger to the US.

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