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Nov 24 08:37

U.S., South Korea to hold joint air force drill in early December

The air forces of South Korea and the United States are scheduled to hold a regular joint drill next month, deploying six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters in the exercise, a South Korean defense ministry official said on Friday.

The drill, called Vigilant Ace, will run from Dec. 4 to 8, the official told Reuters. The F-22 stealth fighters will be joined by F-35 aircraft, a U.S. Air Force official said.

The Vigilant Ace drill is held regularly by the United States and South Korea to simulate wartime defenses.

About 12,000 U.S. personnel will participate with South Korean troops while 230 aircraft will be flown at eight U.S. and South Korean military installations, the U.S. Seventh Air Force said in a news statement.

U.S. Marine Corps and Navy troops will also participate, it added.

“This realistic combat exercise is designed to enhance interoperability between U.S. and Republic of Korea forces and increase the combat effectiveness of both nations,” it said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government is thoroughly pathological in its refusal to give China's diplomats anything which could conceivably be presented as an "olive branch" to get North Korea to the table, in terms of negotiations to stop its nuclear weapons program.

Nov 24 05:59

US, South Korea to Hold Joint Air Force Drill in Early December

The air forces of South Korea and the United States are scheduled to hold a regular joint drill next month, deploying six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters in the exercise, a South Korean defense ministry official said on Friday.
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The exercise comes as North Korea continues to press forward with developing its nuclear and missile program, in defiance of global condemnation and sanctions, though it has not held tests for two months.

Pyongyang strongly protests against joint drills of this nature, which it views as aggression against the isolated state.

Nov 23 05:22

China Slams "Wrong" US Sanctions Against North Korea-Linked Trading Firms

A day after China’s state-run airline closed its last remaining routes to North Korea – a decision the airline’s executives blamed on a sharp decline in business travelers due to restrictive UN Security Council sanctions – Communist Party spokespeople slammed new US sanctions targeting Chinese traders doing business with North Korean businessmen, calling them “wrong” while reminding the US that China has vigorously enforced the UN sanctions.

After announcing that the US would once again designate North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism due to its missile and nuclear tests and its trading in illegal arms with terrorist groups and unsavory governments, President Donald Trump revealed that the Treasury Department would be rolling out new sanctions over the next two weeks, the US’s latest volley in a "maximum pressure campaign" against Kim Jong-Un's regime, AFP reported.

Nov 22 14:50

VIDEO: Watch As This North Korean Soldier Runs for Freedom in a Hail of Gunfire

While some folks are cheerfully giving their freedom away in the hopes of being "safer," the North Korean soldier who defected a by running across the border in a hail of gunfire shows us all what determination really looks like.

This shocking video shows his pell-mell dash as he is shot numerous times. But that didn't stop him - he continued to race across the fallen leaves like the devil was on his heels.

Nov 22 13:10

Putin-Trump dialogue confirms vast agenda in Russian-US ties, senator says

The dialogue between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump has confirmed that there is a wide-ranging agenda in Russian-US relations, Russian senator Konstantin Kosachev wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

Putin and Trump held a phone conversation on November 21. The White House’s press service said the conversation lasted for more than an hour. The Kremlin’s press service noted that the dialogue was "business-like and substantial." The sides discussed Syria, Ukraine, North Korea, Afghanistan and Iran’s nuclear program.

"The long-lasting and substantial conversation between Putin and Trump, according to mutual assessments, confirmed that a vast agenda remains in Russian-US relations, which may and should be discussed without preconditions and on an equal basis," said Kosachev, who chairs Russia’s Federation Council (upper house) International Affairs Committee.

More:
http://tass.com/politics/976810

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed that this dialogue deepens and continues toward the ends of a far more peaceful, bountiful world for all its people.

Nov 22 10:17

RAW VIDEO RELEASED | Dramatic Footage Shows North Korean Soldier Running For Freedom

The full CCTV cam was released this morning of the North Korean soldier defecting to the South as he's being chased and fired upon by Kim's soldiers. He was shot 5 times but survived. It's not very often you see raw footage like this.

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Nov 21 10:11

U.S. MILITARY SHOULD ‘CHOKE’ NORTH KOREA TO ‘SUBMISSION,’ RETIRED NAVY LIEUTENANT SAYS

President Donald Trump should deploy a naval blockade against North Korea in order to stop its nuclear weapons program, argues retired Navy Lieutenant Commander Gregory Keely.

Keely, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was also a senior advisor to the House Armed Services Committee and House Foreign Relations Committee, believes that a naval blockade is the best tactic to get Kim Jon Un to abandon his drive to obtain nuclear warheads that reach the U.S.

“Like sanctions, blockades are designed to slowly choke the recalcitrant nation to submission,” he writes in a recent op-ed for The Hill. “Unlike sanctions, a blockade provides the capabilities to monitor, intercept and enforce restrictions on what can go in and out of the target nation while providing a powerful psychological and diplomatic instrument.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a double Jon-Luc Picard facepalm, at warp speed, upon reading this.

Apparently, this retired Navy Lieutenant Commander Gregory Keely suffers from an acute intellectual deficiency shared others in civilian and military leadership, and this is the pathological inability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion.

I would very much like to politely ask the gentleman, please, how this is NOT going to get China at war, on North Korea's side, should such a blockade be undertaken by the US military?!?

Nov 20 11:42

White House Declares North Korea A State Sponsor Of Terror

Following comments by the White House last week that the administration would soon bring more pressure on North Korea, President Donald Trump has confirmed as much to a crowd of reporters, adding that, as of today, that North Korea would once again be designated a terror sponsor.

Trump cited the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's estranged half brother in a Malaysian airport earlier this year, as well as the North’s horrific treatment of Ohio college student Otto Warmbier, as justifications for the sanctions.

“North Korea has supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil,” Trump said.

During remarks at the start of a cabinet meeting at the White House, Trump said the Treasury Department will announce on Tuesday additional sanctions against North Korea, describing the moves as “a very large one.” The sanctions will be imposed over the next two weeks, Trump said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please: what is this actually going to accomplish, please, in terms of getting North Korea to denuclearize?!?

The short answer is, nothing.

Nov 20 10:20

Trump declares North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism

President Donald Trump has declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism. The designation will impose further penalties on Pyongyang.
“Today the United States is designating North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism,” Trump declared from the White House on Monday. “It should have happened a long time ago, should have happened years ago.”

The designation gives the United States government additional powers over defense exports, arms control, financial restrictions, and restrictions of US foreign assistance. It also opens doors to additional sanctions.

There are three countries currently designated state sponsors of terrorism: Iran, Sudan, and Syria.

Nov 20 08:58

South Detects "Engine Test" At North Korean Nuclear Facility

More than two months have passed since North Korea held one of its missile tests - the longest period of tranquility this year, although it may be ending soon: South Korea’s National Intelligence Service warned on Monday that it has detected suspicious activity at the North’s missile research facility – the latest sign that another test may occur by the end of the year. South Korean intelligence has on more than one occasion captured spy satellite images of the North Korean military transporting equipment from the North’s missile facility near Pyongyang. While security analysts speculated at the time that these movements could portend another missile test, none have materialized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks as though the recent Chinese contingent was unable to bring about any change in Kim Jung Un's stance on his nuclear missile program.

I think it is only a question of time before he orders another missile test.

Nov 20 01:40

Trump Can't Declare War on North Korea – Only Congress Can

President Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea during his September United Nations speech, and on his current Asia trip, he flatly stated that “the era of strategic patience has ended.” To be clear, the decision on whether to wage preventive war on the Korean Peninsula does not lie with Trump or any president. The United States Constitution reserves exclusive authority for declaring war to the Congress.
If Trump were to make good on his threats and order military action on the peninsula, it is almost certain that North Korea would instantly retaliate, unleashing waves of artillery and rocket fire on Seoul and its environs, potentially killing hundreds of thousands—unless they use nuclear weapons, in which case the casualties might quickly escalate into the millions.

Nov 19 08:19

North Korea’s Submarine Ballistic Missile Program Moves Ahead: Indications of Shipbuilding and Missile Ejection Testing

Commercial satellite imagery of the Sinpo South Shipyard from November 5 indicates that North Korea is on an aggressive schedule to build and deploy its first operational ballistic missile submarine.

The continued movement of parts and components into and out of the parts yards adjacent to the construction halls indicates an ongoing shipbuilding program. The presence of what appear to be sections of a submarine’s pressure hull in the yards suggests construction of a new submarine, possibly the SINPO-C ballistic missile submarine (SSB)[1]—the follow-on to the current SINPO-class experimental ballistic missile submarine (SSBA).[2]

A probable launch canister support, or launch canister, appears to be present within the service tower at the missile test stand suggesting the ongoing ejection testing of submarine launch ballistic missiles (SLBM). Such testing could support the continued development of SLBMs, a new ballistic missile submarine or a combination of both.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In light of the fact that the land around their missile test site has been geologically compromised, this would be a very logical thing which North Korean scientists would want to do.

Nov 18 09:23

NEW COLD WAR? NORTH KOREA STRENGTHENS TIES WITH CUBA

Pyongyang hopes to rekindle a Cold War-era friendship.

Korean Central News Agency announced Friday that North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and his delegation will be traveling to Cuba, in hopes of revamping international support amid sanctions and widespread condemnation of Pyongyang’s nuclear missile tests.

The Washington Post reported that North Korea’s visit to Cuba occurs as Pyongyang’s largest trading partners announced they would halt trade with the isolated nation. Singapore—North Korea’s seventh largest trading partner–indicated it would sever its trade with the country Thursday, while the Philippines—Pyongyang’s fifth largest trading partner—is following suit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is where reversing Obama's normalization of relations with Cuba comes back to bite the US government.

Nov 18 08:48

China says will work with North Korea to boost ties as envoy visits

Traditional friendship between China and North Korea represents "valuable wealth" for their people, China said after its special envoy met a high-ranking North Korean official, but there was no mention of the crisis over North Korea's weapons.

Song Tao, who heads the ruling Chinese Communist Party's international department, is visiting Pyongyang to discuss the outcome of the recently concluded Communist Party Congress in China, at which President Xi Jinping cemented his power.

In a brief statement dated Friday but reported by Chinese media on Saturday, the international department said Song, who is there representing Xi, reported to North Korean official Choe Ryong Hae the outcome of the congress.

Nov 17 18:01

North Korea issues ultimatum to Trump to cease military drills or face ‘NUCLEAR DETERRENT’

Han Tae Song, the hermit kingdom’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, issued the stark warning to the US President as World War 3 fears soar.

Mr Han said: “As long as there is continuous hostile policy against my country by the US and as long as there are continued war games at our doorstep, then there will not be negotiations.

“There are continued military exercises using nuclear assets as well as aircraft carriers, and strategic bombers and then raising such kinds of military exercises against my country.”

The hermit official stated that North Korea could consider abandoning its nuclear programme, but that “threats from America” prevent considerations from taking place.

He claimed: “This is the deterrent, the nuclear deterrent to cope with the nuclear threat from America.”

Nov 17 12:14

Downing NorthKorean Missiles IsHard. So the U.S.Is Experimenting.

Buried in an emergency funding request to Congress lie hints of new ways to confront Pyongyang, like cyberweapons and armed drones.

Nov 17 12:07

Trump Could Add North Korea To List Of State Sponsors Of Terror Next Week

Just two days after President Donald Trump returned from his 12-day tour of Asia with new assurances that China would do more to economically pressure North Korea, the White House abruptly revealed Thursday that President Trump is considering returning North Korea to the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism - a decision that would likely outrage North Korea’s leadership at a time when tensions between the US and North appear to be on the wane.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the decision will come “during the early part of next week,” Reuters reported.

Nov 16 14:38

Trump Is ‘Sentenced To Death’ For Insulting Kim Jong Un

North Korean state media said Wednesday that President Trump has been “sentenced to death by the Korean people” as Trump returns from an Asian Pacific tour in which he made a point of repeatedly slamming Pyongyang and leader Kim Jong Un.

Nov 16 11:51

US Military Stokes N Korea Flames With ‘Secret Nuclear Silos’ Claim

The US military has backed claims its B-1 bombers can drop nuclear weapons and that it possesses “secret silos” of nuclear hardware amid fears it will raise tensions with North Korea.

US Strategic Command, which is responsible for the Department of Defense’s global operations, shared a KPNX article on Twitter Wednesday, prompting a furious backlash and accusations it’s spreading fake news.

Nov 16 11:06

ALASKANS QUIETLY TOLD TO PREPARE FOR A NORTH KOREAN ATTACK

By now everyone is tired of threats from North Korea and the attention of the public has been diverted to other more “important” things, such as sexual harassment charges in Hollywood, against members of Congress, and against every man alive in the Continental U.S. The public is still focused on GQ’s “Man of the Year,” Colin Kaepernick, and the who the new “front man” is for the band Stone Temple Pilots.

Once again, the North Korean threat has been downplayed and deflected. So, how about in Alaska? Not quite the case there, according to an article in the Mirror entitled “Alaska urged to prepare for North Korean nuclear attack as residents told to have emergency stash of food and water,” by Michael Havis on 11/15/17. Here is an excerpt from that article:

“Alaska is being urged to prepare for a North Korean nuclear attack – amid fears that a warhead could reach residents in 20 minutes.”

Nov 16 10:46

Russian parliamentary delegation may visit North Korea in a "friendly" visit

A delegation from Russia’s State Duma, otherwise known as the lower house, may visit North Korea on November 27, Kazbek Taysayev, a coordinator of the deputy group for ties with North Korea’s parliament told TASS.

"The preliminary date of this visit is November 27-December 1," the MP from the Communist Party said.

Nov 16 10:31

Alaska Prepares For War With North Korea: Missiles Will Take Only 20 Minutes To Reach The State - Mac Slavo

The state of Alaska is preparing for a potential war with North Korea. The Alaskans are being urged not to evacuate, though should Kim Jong-Un launch a missile toward Alaska, it would only take 20 minutes to get there.

Emergency planners in Alaska have warned it will not attempt evacuations if a warhead is fired because time would not be on their side. Jeremy Zidek, from the state’s disaster planning team, will urge locals to find shelter rather than risk being caught in the open. He also urged families to have an emergency stash of food and water, flashlights and radios, and medical supplies including the anti-radiation pill Prussian Blue – medication that lessens the radiological impacts on your body.

Nov 16 09:20

China sending special envoy to North Korea days after Trump's visit

Following President Trump’s visit to Beijing, China said Wednesday that it would send a high-level special envoy to North Korea amid an extended chill in relations between the neighbors over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.

Song Tao, the head of China’s ruling Communist Party’s International Department, will travel to Pyongyang on Friday to report on outcomes of the party’s national congress held last month, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Xinhua said Song, as president and party leader Xi Jinping’s special envoy, would carry out a “visit” in addition to delivering his report, but gave no details about his itinerary or meetings. It also made no mention of Trump’s trip to Beijing or the North’s weapons programs, although Trump has repeatedly called on Beijing to do more to use its influence to pressure Pyongyang into altering its behavior.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed here......

Nov 16 07:43

Seoul warns Trump: US must not strike North Korea without our consent

Donald Trump should “under no circumstances” take military action against North Korea without the consent of the government in Seoul, the chairwoman of South Korea’s ruling party said on Wednesday.

“President Trump often emphasizes that he put all options on the table,” Choo Mi-ae told a Washington thinktank. “We want to make sure that this option of another war is not placed on the table. Under no circumstances should the US go ahead and use a military option without the consent of South Korea.

“We must seek a peaceful resolution of the matter in any manner that is available to us.”

Nov 15 09:51

Just a Pause: Japanese PM Says North Korea ‘Continues to Develop Its Weapons'

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated North Korea's current pause in missile tests shouldn't give the appearance that the nation has ceased its weapons development.

"I believe that [North Korea] continues to develop its weapons," Abe told reporters, later adding that it was far too early to initiate talks with Pyongyang. "There is no point for talks for the sake of talks."

Nov 15 08:42

Gavin Williamson vows ‘active response’ to ‘massive threat’ of North Korea in new plans

NEW Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has vowed that the UK will “do everything we can” to lessen the “massive threat of North Korea”, as he outlined his visions for the Armed Forces.

Nov 15 08:06

China Will Send Envoy to North Korea, Likely to Urge Nuclear Talks

China announced on Wednesday that it would send a high-level diplomat to North Korea for the first time in two years, in a move less than a week after President Trump’s visit that is likely to resume pressure on the North to curb its nuclear arms program.

Nov 15 06:21

Winter Olympics 2018

Three months are left before the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang. The success of the major sports event of the upcoming winter remains questionable... According to the USA Today, the demand for tickets for the Pyeongchang Games is low. As many as 32 percent of all tickets have been sold so far as of October 24, and it was foreign nationals who purchased most of the tickets, while local residents show very little interest in the Games. According to analysts, the situation with tickets can be explained with the geographical position of Pyeongchang: the city is situated only 80 kilometres from the border with the DPRK, with which Seoul formally remains at war (in 1953, the two countries concluded a truce, rather than a peace treaty). Owing to the efforts of US President Donald Trump, the situation on the border between the two Koreas has aggravated sharply.

Nov 15 04:06

House Passes $700 Billion Military Spending Bill

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The bill includes $634 billion for “core operations,” and $66 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). The OCO budget is notoriously used by the Pentagon to shift money around to various programs as officials see fit without having to ask Congress to fund them.

This massive bill is the culmination of months of officials trying to outspend one another, with President Trump proposing what he described as one of the biggest increases ever>>>

Nov 14 08:12

North Korea has something bigger than nuclear bomb

The North Koreans publicly said why they took up the nuclear program. They started working on it after events in Iraq and in Libya, and even earlier - in Yugoslavia and Eastern Europe. They did not want to repeat the fate of those countries and their leaders, who were all literally destroyed. Gaddafi gave up his peaceful nuclear program and was lynched, whereas his country was torn apart. The North Korean administration, in light of all this, mobilised all resources that they had to solve this problem.

North Korea could not compete with the United States, Japan and South Korea in the field of conventional weapons, because they get upgraded fairly often and are quite expensive. The North Koreans had raw materials under their feet: the country has rich uranium ore reserves - around 15,000 tons.

Nov 14 08:11

North Korea responds to the CIA plan to change the regime

A spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea stated to KCNA state agency that his country is going to respond severely if the United States tries to change the regime of Kim Jong Un.

Nov 13 15:01

North Korean Radio Hacked to Play 'The Final Countdown ...

Allegedly the North Korean short-wave radio station “6400kHz” had been hacked and began blasting out The Final Countdown by the Swedish cheese-rock 80’s legends Europe.

Nov 13 11:08

American troops would be totally outnumbered and at risk of LOSING a war to North Korea's 1.2million soldiers, warns top commander

Jouas cautioned that it would take days or months for reinforcements to reach the region, leaving 28,000 American troops and 490,000 South Korean soldiers to fend off 1.2million North Korean fighters.

Nov 13 07:45

‘America First!’ AWOL from Beijing, War with North Korea Looms

There’s no indication that President Donald Trump’s summit with China’s Xi Jinping achieved any breakthrough on North Korea. But why didn’t it? After all, Trump said that China could “fix” the North Korea problem “easily and quickly” and it was just a matter of Xi’s making up his mind to do so.

No less divorced from reality was Trump’s half-hearted pitch on the US trade imbalance with China. The problem, he said, was not the Chinese – whom he complimented on their cleverness in exploiting our stupidity – but on the flaccid policies of prior American administrations. Quite true! But what will he do differently? Not much it seems, except maybe give a big tax cut with no strings attached to fat corporations that are thrilled to keep moving their operations overseas. Global market über alles! And here we all thought Hillary Clinton lost the election . . .

Nov 12 08:15

'Vastly outnumbered' US troops could 'LOSE A WAR' against North Korea, US Chief warns

US TROOPS are vastly outnumbered and undersupplied if World War 3 with North Korea breaks out, Lieutenant General Jan-Marc Jouas warned in a leaked letter to members of Congress.

Nov 12 07:48

The Greatest Threat to Both Koreas? Donald Trump’s Mouth.

In policy terms, the Trump administration has approached North Korea largely the same way the Obama administration has – with a heavy reliance on sanctions, appeals to China, and occasional threats.

As John Feffer explains in this short video, the primary difference is that Trump’s threats have been far more alarming, raising concerns in South Korea and beyond that war is a real possibility, despite the fact that experts universally regard it as the worst possible option. These threats are especially dangerous on a peninsula where U.S. wartime actions left an indelible impression on both sides of the DMZ.

There remains, however, a diplomatic alternative, which the Obama administration never seriously pursued. Can Trump change course?

Nov 12 07:48

Trump attacks Kim Jong-un as 'SHORT and FAT' amid North Korea demands to REMOVE 'old man'

DONALD Trump taunted Kim Jong-un as “short and fat” in an extraordinary tirade after the North Korean dictator demanded the US removes the “lunatic old man” from power or face World War 3.

Nov 12 04:44

North Korea Accuses Trump Of ‘Begging’ For Nuclear War

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Trump’s 12-day Asia tour has, so far, focused primarily on containing the perceived North Korean threat, in the wake of the sixth nuclear test that the North carried out in September. As he continues his tour of the region, the US Navy together with Japanese and South Korean ships began massive naval drills in the Pacific.
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During this tour, Trump repeatedly made clear that his patience to reach a peaceful settlement to the Korean crisis is running thin, and that a military option remains on the table. Speaking in South Korea, Trump said nuclear weapons do not make N. Korea safer but instead, places the “regime in grave danger.” Every step Pyongyang takes “down this dark path increases the peril you face.”

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Nov 11 09:10

Japan's biggest warship to drill with U.S. carriers near Korean peninsula

Japan said on Friday it would send one of its two big helicopter carriers, the largest warship in its fleet, along with two escorts to join three U.S. aircraft carriers for exercises in waters close to the Korean peninsula.

The Japanese ships Ise, Inazuma and Makinami will sail with the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Sea of Japan and East China Sea on Sunday, Japan’s Maritime Self Defence Force said in a press release.

It is the first time three American carriers have trained together in a decade. The show of force comes as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with regional leaders at an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Vietnam.

Trump is on a 12-day tour of Asia and has already made stops in Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing.

His administration has demanded that North Korea halt ballistic missile and nuclear tests. The naval exercise will be a potent reminder to Pyongyang of the U.S. ability to rapidly mobilize military force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly think that the signals President Trump got from Beijing put the issue of North Korea on the proverbial "back burner", at least for the time being; the infinitely more rapidly emerging and volatile struggles are happening in the Middle East, between angagonists Saudi Arabia and Iran, where a war of words may spill out into a hot war, and very quickly.

Nov 11 09:07

Trump’s Pivot to Asia – An Arms Sales Bonanza – An Anti-Peace Trip

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We know about Obama’s several years of pivoting to Asia. It resulted largely in the TPP, the Transpacific Partnership, a trade agreement between 12 countries including the US. The first thing Trump did when he came on board is canceling it, claiming that it would only harm the US. Canceling it, in fact, was a good thing, since contrary to what Trump understands, or claims to understand, of US-made international trade, the Asian partners would have suffered, not the US. There is not one single trade agreement the US has instigated, bilateral or multilateral, where the US came out as a loser, or even as an equal, always a winner. The original meaning of trade is not winning or losing, but it is an exchange of equals with equal benefits for all partners. ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America) is perhaps one of the few living examples.

Trump doesn’t like multilateral trade agreements, because – even though he is in control >>>

Nov 11 08:35

KOREA: The Imposed Divide - A documentary by Anya Parampil


What is the source of tensions on the Korean Peninsula? RT America sent a crew to the Republic of Korea to look at history on the ground and dispel myths commonly reported in the mainstream media.

Nov 11 08:31

Trump to Asia: Unite on North Korea, but Go It Alone on Trade

President Trump has issued two starkly contradictory calls on his trip to Asia this past week: The nations of the world must rally behind the United States to confront the nuclear threat from North Korea, but they should expect America to go its own way on trade.

Reconciling those messages will be hard, and it may determine the near-term fate of the United States as a Pacific power.

Nov 10 15:07

South Korea ‘To Partake In US Western Pacific Drills’

South Korea has announced plans to join a US drill set to be held in the Western Pacific in a show of force against North Korea.

Nov 10 11:13

As North Korean threat grows, Hawaii prepares for nuclear attack

or decades, the wail of the nuclear bomb warning siren was ubiquitous in U.S. cities. Public service commercials drilled the “duck and cover” mantra into the minds of Americans, and the possibility of a Soviet attack was always around the corner.

But after the Cold War, most places abandoned their sirens. Fears of terrorism grew more urgent and, for many younger Americans, being on notice for nuclear war became a relic of the past.

That’s no longer the case in Hawaii.

Amid increasing North Korean threats against the U.S., Hawaii has launched the most aggressive effort in the country to prepare for attack. TV commercials warn the state’s 1.4 million residents to “get inside, stay inside” if a bomb drops. State officials are holding online forums and flying between islands for town halls to field questions from residents.

On Dec. 1, the nuclear attack warning siren will be heard in the state for the first time in more than three decades.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kim Jung Un is many things; stupid ... is not one of them.

He understands, perfectly well, that a first strike bombing of an American state, or asset, would result in his country getting bombed into molten glass by a US led coalition.

What is perhaps a more likely scenario is one of the Hawaiian islands being "sacrificed" in a false flag attack; it would not be the first time that this has happened. Think about the "incident" which drew the US into the Second World War.

Oahu surprised: FDR wasn't

Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor is a book by Robert Stinnett alleging that the Roosevelt administration deliberately provoked and allowed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in order to bring the United States into World War II. Stinnett argues that documentary evidence shows that the attacking fleet was detected through radio and intelligence intercepts and that the information was deliberately withheld from Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, the commander of the base.

THE HISTORY OF PEARL HARBOR:THE BONES OF "STATION H"

Nov 10 10:07

Inside the drive to ‘make a deal’ with North Korea

In South Korea, President Trump abruptly shifted position on negotiations with North Korea, saying he wanted to “make a deal” with the Kim Jong Un regime. If he means it, there may be an opening, because his State Department has been working on a new initiative to break the diplomatic stalemate with Pyongyang, starting with a proposed 60-day freeze in nuclear and missile tests.

Nov 10 09:56

'No War!' Massive Protests in Seoul as Koreans Reject Trump

South Koreans rallied in their thousands to reject Trump and the war he threatens on the Korean peninsula.

Nov 09 11:38

In Seoul, Trump Delivers War Ultimatum to North Korea. Complete, Unconditional Surrender to US Dictates, or Total War

Trump’s address was not, in any sense, intended to encourage or indicate a road to a peaceful solution to the stand-off over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. It was, instead, belligerent and provocative. North Korea was offered the choice of complete, unconditional surrender to American dictates, or total war.

Trump summed up Washington’s stance in the concluding section of his 32-minute speech, declaring:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like President Trump is plannning for a multi-front war, against Iran North Korea; Russia; and China, unfortunately.

I am not a betting woman, but were I one, I would bet that hostilities could begin well before the Thanksgiving weekend, and we will see the reimposition of the draft in this country by the first of next year.

In looking at history, FDR had a draft in place almost 9 months before the US declared war on Japan in World War II.

President Trump does not have that luxury, as there is no draft per se in place, only registration; I think Congress would sign off on it in a heartbeat, probably right after the Christmas recess.

Nov 09 11:24

Pentagon confirms rare, three aircraft carrier drill November 11-14

The Pentagon said on Wednesday it would soon carry out the first exercise in a decade involving three aircraft carrier strike groups in the Western Pacific, confirming a Reuters report published on Monday.

"It is a rare opportunity to train with two aircraft carriers together, and even rarer to be able to train with three," Admiral Scott Swift, U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, said in a statement, adding the drills would take place from Saturday to Tuesday. U.S. President Donald Trump will be traveling in Asia during the initial days of the drills.

"Multiple carrier strike force operations are very complex, and this exercise in the Western Pacific is a strong testament to the U.S. Pacific Fleet's unique ability and ironclad commitment to the continued security and stability of the region," Swift said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hopefully, this will keep Kim Jung Un from getting any ideas about shooting off a missile test, just as President Trump gets home on the 14th of this month.

However, there was another, quite surprisimg development of a deal between South Korea and China about which no one but 38north.org seems to have reported:

Moving On: China Resolves THAAD Dispute with South Korea

Nov 09 11:01

Trump expected to demand China cut financial ties with North Korea

President Trump is expected to urge China to cut its financial links to Pyongyang and expel North Korean workers from the country during his two-day stop.

Trump arrived in Beijing on Wednesday after spending two days in South Korea, where he urged “responsible nations” to unite and stop supporting North Korea.

"You cannot support, you cannot supply, you cannot accept," he said, calling on "every nation, including China and Russia," to fully implement recent U.N. Security Council resolutions on North Korea.

Trump has praised President Xi Jinping for taking some steps against the hermit kingdom but urged him to do more, as White House officials believe the border between China and North Korea remains a trade corridor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China has been very clear that it is has done all that it can do regarding North Korea, particularly in light of the following statement by the Chinese government on how it has observed the UN Security Council Resolutions regarding this:

China Says it Fully Implements its Commitments on DPRK After Trump's Demand

IF China says they have done all they can do, President Trump is left with three choices regarding North Korea's nuclear program; a decap strike against Pyongyang, which will have the US and China at war with each other; find a way to depose Kim Jung Un from within; or simply view North Korea as an extant nuclear power, and deal with it on that level.

Nov 09 02:22

Trump at Talks With China's Xi on North Korea: 'Things Will Happen'

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US President Donald Trump has predictably touched upon the escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula. The president believes "things will happen" in the ongoing North Korea crisis, as the US leader claimed.
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According to Trump, China can easily and quickly solve the problem on the Korean peninsula if the Chinese president works hard on the issue.

In turn, President Xi stressed that US-Chinese partnership "is not only in the interest of our two nations but also the world, global stability and development."

Nov 09 01:36

Dick Cheney Once Warned Against Military Action on North Korea

Newly declassified documents show that a quarter-century ago as worries were emerging over North Korea's nuclear ambitions, then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney told allies the U.S. should not consider military action as it could jeopardize diplomatic efforts.
Cheney would later serve as vice president to George W. Bush. He was a leading advocate of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein over fears he had weapons of mass destruction, which turned out not to be the case.
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In 1991, when Cheney served as Pentagon chief for President George H. Bush, his outlook on how to deal with North Korea was very different from his later approach to Iraq.

Nov 08 12:09

Iran-North Korea's 'axis of evil' may be Trump's biggest threat

With sanctions and rhetoric, President Donald Trump may be pushing North Korea and Iran closer together. On Wednesday, while in Seoul on his Asia tour, three U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups displayed military strength nearby, while Trump gave dire warnings to North Korea's leader to abandon nuclear weapons. "Do not underestimate us, and do not try us," Trump said while addressing the National Assembly. It's a dangerous game of brinkmanship.

In refusing to certify Iranian compliance with the JCPOA — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal — the Trump administration hopes to keep Iran from becoming another nuclear armed adversary state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Demonizing both North Korea and Iran with these accusations of weapons collusion is not helping ramp down the tensions in either case.

and let's face it here; if you were either Kim Jung Un or Iran's Rouhani, wouldn't you want to do everything possible to keep your governments from being regime changed by the US?!?

There is only one logical answer here, and that ISN'T "no".

And with President Trump having decertified the P5+1 deal, from the US government's perspective, what he has demonstrated to North Korea is that the US government cannot ever be expected to keep its word on a treaty.

Nov 08 11:14

North Korea: We Will Build Nuclear Power Until the US Leaves Us Alone

To herald the arrival of US President Donald Trump in South Korea, North Korea has reaffirmed their resolve to bolster their nuclear arsenal and oppose the US and its allies. The sky-high tensions in the Korean Peninsula have entered their seventh month, with no signs of breaking.

Nov 08 11:13

Korean F-16s Upgraded To Carry Israeli Weapon

The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has performed numerous live drops of the Rafael Spice 2,000-pound guided glide bomb this year, suggesting that the weapon is fully certified on its F-16 fleet. The Israeli company does not discuss customers, but reports indicate that Seoul signed a deal with Rafael in late 2015, with deliveries due in the second half of 2016.

Nov 08 10:17

Trump's Softened Stance on North Korea Meant to ‘Relieve Anxiety' - Expert

Speaking to reporters and officials in South Korea Tuesday, US President Donald Trump shocked many with his sudden softened stance on North Korea.

Nov 08 10:17

Putin Ready for Bilateral Meeting With Trump on APEC Sidelines – Lavrov

The Russian foreign minister has commented on the possibility of a second meeting between Putin and Trump.

"We have heard [US President] Donald Trump’s announcements that he plans to hold a meeting with President Putin. Putin is ready for it, the US side is aware of this. Protocol officers are now in contact, and when the schedules of the leaders are finally clarified, I think, you will be informed," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters.

Commenting on Donald Trump’s recent call for the world community's collective isolation of North Korea, the Russian Foreign Minister said that the nuclear problem around Pyongyang could only be solved through a peace settlement.

Nov 08 02:29

Ryabkov: Russia Never Supported Total N Korea Embargo, There is an Alternative

Russia has never supported a total embargo of North Korea, the Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said, commenting on Trump's call on the world to abandon support for Kim Jong Un’s regime.
"We have never supported the idea of a total embargo of the DPRK, like any other country. We believe that the real problem of violation of a series of UN Security Council resolutions by Pyongyang and Pyongyang's provocative actions occurred in the past should be resolved in a completely different way," Ryabkov said.

"Pushing, pressure, sanctions, especially the blockade, embargo" are not the way Russia acts in the global arena, Ryabkov added.

Earlier in the day, Donald Trump called on the world — calling out by name Russia and China — to stop supporting the North Korean regime>>>

Nov 07 15:42

“Unparalleled Catastrophe”: The Possible Use of Nuclear Weapons by the US Within Months? Why?

– President Trump’s speech to and about Iran and the nuclear deal was not only totally unacceptable in terms of US-Iran relation and his – fake – image of Iran; in all its primitive anti-diplomacy thrust, it also sent a signal to everybody in Pyongyang that there is no point in trying to achieve a written agreement with the U.S. because, simply, you cannot trust it;

– today’s US does not have a unified, consolidated foreign policy and much less a cohesive strategy or doctrine. We see helter-skelter procedures and ongoing fight among the White House, Congress, Pentagon, State Department, CIA and other so-called intelligence services – something that can only add to the increasing danger;

– there is no clear taboo in the US against the US using nuclear weapons. A recent scientific study reveals that a clear majority of men and women in the US would find it OK to kill 2 million civilian Iranians if that could save the lives of 20.000 US soldiers in trouble in that country;

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those people do exist; they just do not get invited to positions of power, because they might have a contravening opinion which could, potentially, shake up foreign policy in a direction the globalists and money junkies do not like.

Nov 07 15:34

US-ROK Alliance Commit to Continuing Military Exercises; U.S. Lawmakers Push to Prevent First Strike on North Korea

The U.S. and South Korean defense chiefs agreed last week to bolster their joint military capabilities against North Korea. At the 49th annual US-ROK Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) held on October 28 at the Defense Ministry in Seoul, Secretary James Mattis and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo released a joint statement committing both countries to increase the scale of future joint military exercises. The statement also included plans to expand the presence of U.S. strategic assets in and near the Korean Peninsula in response to North Korea’s recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

The defense chiefs praised past joint naval exercises, including the most recent exercise in October, which featured U.S. nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. The two countries plan to enhance naval exercises near the Northern Limit Line — the contested maritime demarcation boundary separating North and South Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only thing these moves are going to do, is push Pyongyang harder, and more quickly, toward a viable nuclear deterrent.

Nov 07 09:26

Trump Arrives in Seoul, Bringing Him Close to Kim Jong Un’s Doorstep

President Donald Trump arrived in South Korea on Tuesday for a two-day visit, bringing him near North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on a stop that will also feature talks on a trade deal he says hurts U.S. workers.

The second leg of his five-nation Asia trip includes a meeting with U.S. troops, a joint press briefing with President Moon Jae-in and an address to South Korea’s parliament. In contrast to Trump’s warm relationship with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his dealings with Moon got off to rocky start due to differences over trade and dialogue with North Korea.

Nov 07 09:16

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Focus Shifts to the West Portal

Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site subsequent to North Korea’s sixth underground nuclear test shows significant movement of equipment, mining carts, material and netting within the area of the West Portal—a yet unused tunnel complex where little or no activity had been seen for the past several months. At the North Portal, where the last five of six nuclear tests were conducted, two temporary structures near the portal’s entrance that were likely associated with the September test have been removed, and no vehicles, mining equipment or materials have been observed in this area since the test. While it is not possible to determine the exact purpose of these activities from imagery alone, they could be associated with new nuclear test preparations at the West Portal, further maintenance on the West Portal in general and/or the abandonment of the North Portal.

Nov 07 08:55

White House: Russia should have a role in resolving crisis around North Korea

A spokesperson for the White House told that Moscow has obligations as a U.N. member to upholding U.N. Security Council resolutions

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As China balks at getting sucked into the Korea mess, the US Government turns to Russia.

Desperation on the cusp of madness.

Nov 07 08:20

South Koreans say war with North Korea 'a life or death matter'

Woo runs an online forum with 20,000 members called Survival 21 and consults with local governments on how to prep for disasters. The 44-year-old consultant says he’s trying to help people prepare for war, but most South Koreans don’t take North Korea’s threats seriously.

Nov 06 15:57

Securing North Korean Nuclear Sites Would Require A Ground Invasion, Pentagon Says

The only way to locate and secure all of North Korea’s nuclear weapons sites “with complete certainty” is through an invasion of ground forces, and in the event of conflict, Pyongyang could use biological and chemical weapons, the Pentagon told lawmakers in a new, blunt assessment of what war on the Korean Peninsula might look like.

Nov 06 12:00

Securing North Korean Nuclear Sites Would Require A Ground Invasion, Pentagon Says

The only way to locate and secure all of North Korea’s nuclear weapons sites “with complete certainty” is through an invasion of ground forces, and in the event of conflict, Pyongyang could use biological and chemical weapons, the Pentagon told lawmakers in a new, blunt assessment of what war on the Korean Peninsula might look like.

Nov 06 11:33

Trump begins 12-day Visit to Asia to Build War Coalition against North Korea

Donald Trump, accompanied by a coterie of minders and corporate executives, departed yesterday for a 12-day tour of what US foreign policy strategists now officially designate as the “Indo-Pacific.”

This will be one of the longest official trips to Asia ever undertaken by an American president, and its objectives are clear. In the short-term, Washington is seeking to stiffen the backbone of its allies for a catastrophic and potentially nuclear war against North Korea. In the longer term, US imperialism is seeking to maintain its waning global dominance by exerting military and economic pressure on China in order to undermine, and ultimately shatter, its growing influence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This coming war with North Korea will horrific, if war is chosen as the method of "pacifying" North Korea away from its nuclear stance.

And living on a first-strike target here on Oahu which China can hit, because all military comms run through here eastward, does make Mike and me very nervous!!

Nov 06 10:19

Make No Mistake: “Tensions Are Heating Up” With North Korea

Unprecedented actions occurred over the last two weeks as the tensions between the United States and North Korea remain at an all-time high. The North Koreans (as reported by Reuters and AP news) have been conducting mass evacuation drills for cities and towns. These drills have been augmented with “blackout” drills, where lights are either cut or masked in homes and businesses to make them less readily visible.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Just take our word for it!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Nov 06 09:47

‘Bleak’ assessment of toll of destroying North Korea nukes

A ground invasion of North Korea is the only way to locate and destroy, with complete certainty, all components of leader Kim Jong Un’s nuclear weapons program, according to a Pentagon official.

“It is the most bleak assessment,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Sunday.

Two House Democrats, in a letter to the Pentagon, had asked about casualty assessments in a possible conflict with North Korea, and Rear Adm. Michael J. Dumont of the Joint Staff responded on behalf of the Defense Department.

Dumont noted that the United States is evaluating North Korea’s ability to target heavily populated areas of South Korea with long-range artillery, rockets and ballistic missiles. He pointed out that Seoul, the South’s capital with a population of 25 million, is just 35 miles from the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas.

Nov 05 09:50

BEX ALERT - US fears North Korea will fire NUKE missile as greeting present for Trump

TOP White House officials have warned that Kim Jong-un may launch a nuclear bomb when US President Donald Trump visits the communist leader’s most hated enemies this month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

False flag on the way?

Nov 03 12:55

White House Says World ‘Running Out of Time’ on North Korea

White House officials are again talking about the idea that the soaring tensions with North Korea have a time limit attached to them, and at some point time will “run out” and the US will do something particularly rash, presumably starting a war.

H.R. McMaster says that President Trump will be touring the Pacific next week to inform the world that time is running out, and in particular to pressure China to “do more” against North Korea to try to force them to make concessions.

This appears to be built on the long-standing assumption within the administration that China could readily “solve” North Korea, and the fact that they aren’t doing so is an insult to the US. At other times, US officials have conceded that China doesn’t have near as much influence as they initially thought.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are moments with President Trump, particularly in the arena of foreign policy, in which he does appear to take on the characteristics of a very blunt instrument; and as someone who describes himself as a great negotiator, he frequently disappoints me, and causes me great concern for the future of this planet.

Not everything can be "resolved" by waging or declaring war, and the current impasse with North Korea is one of of those areas which most probably cannot be resolved through the waging of war. And of course, the personal insults against Kim Jung Un have not helped in the diplomatic gulf between Kim and President Trump.

What this country desperately needs right now, is a "Department of Peace", which demonstrates positive ways of resolving geopolitical issues which don't require hittng people about the head and shoulders with bombs or bullets. And I am talking realistic, meticulously crafted well thought-out scenarios which can make a difference in resolving problems.

Nov 03 10:19

TODAY’S TOON ~~ TRUMP’S TWICK OR TWEET OF THE DAY

Nov 02 10:56

BOOM SOON? North Korea could be preparing another missile test after ‘brisk activity’ at Kim Jong-un’s nuclear research facility, reports claim

NORTH Korea could be preparing another ballistic missile test after “brisk activity” at one of Kim Jong-un’s nuclear research facilities, according to local media.

South Korea’s spy agency is anticipating another rocket launch, insisting the crackpot state would continuously push to develop "miniaturised, diversified" warheads.

The South’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) has spotted "active movement" of vehicles at Kim’s research centre in Pyongyang - indicating the war-hungry despot is preparing another test.

The NIS also mentioned damage to the Punggye-ri nuclear site in the north-east of the country after three aftershocks following the North’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have seen this report come from various online blogs:

North Korea Could be Preparing for a Missile Test

North Korea could be readying for another missile tests as President Trump prepares for Asia visit

But note that absolutely none of this is sourced, and absolutely no specific individual is named in any of these articles, all emanating from South Korea. The Indian press coverage goes on to say: "“There is a possibility that North Korea will launch a missile as active movements of vehicles have been detected at a missile research facility in Pyongyang,” the National Intelligence Service told a closed-door parliamentary audit, the Yonhap news agency reported.

Are these online outlets collectively being used to "groom" the world for a false flag event, to be blamed on North Korea as the justification for an attack against it?!? Stop and think, people.

And BTW, if you want sober, intelligent analysis of what North Korea is doing with their weapons programs, through their study of satellite images, go to www.38north.org, under the auspices of Johns Hopkins University. Do you know what their lead story is, as of today's date?!? It is the following:

What the North Korean Intelligence Community is whispering to Kim Jung Un about the US Government's intensions

So if, in fact, such activities are happening, why are they not being reported at 38north.org, when they have reported activity like this before?!?

Have they perhaps been warned to stand down, to make the false flag look even more brutally convincing?!? Academia can be bought, or threatened with the withdrawal of grant money which could be earmarked, then, to go to other institutions.

Nov 02 10:19

How the DPRK riddle is freaking out the US establishment

The 19th Party Congress has made it very clear that “socialism with Chinese characteristics” – as codified by President Xi Jinping – is China’s road map ahead. Not only the strategy graphically eschews those much-lauded “Western values”; it will, in Xi’s own words, offer “a new option for other countries and nations who want to speed up their development while preserving their independence.”

Xinhua even dared to venture, “the 21st century is likely to see capitalism lose its appeal while the socialist movement, led by China, rapidly catches up”.

To say this won’t go down very well in the West, especially in the US, may be the understatement of the century – even considering that the Chinese system is more like “neoliberalism with Chinese characteristics.”

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