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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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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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Feb 02 09:44

Kissinger: 'Temptation to Deal' with North Korea 'with a Pre-emptive Attack is Strong'

While he said he agrees with the aggressive statements President Trump has fired at North Korea, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger warned Congress last week against potential military intervention near Russian and Chinese borders without the world’s support.

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 02 09:15

No Samsung phones, Nike uniforms for North Koreans? Sanctions cloud Olympic perks

South Korea is not sure if North Korean athletes will be eligible for Olympics perks because of U.N. Security Council sanctions, said an organizer.

For months, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has sought North Korea's participation in the hopes it will ease tensions.

Feb 01 11:59

North Korea: US Administration A Racist Billionaires’ Club

“Racial discrimination and misanthropy are serious maladies inherent to the social system of the US, and they have been aggravated since Trump took office,” according to the “White Paper on Human Rights Violations in the US in 2017”, issued by the North's Institute of International Studies and circulated via the country's diplomatic mission in Geneva on Wednesday, presstv reported. “The racial violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12 is a typical example of the acme of the current administration’s policy of racism,” it added. The paper was referring to a bout of violence that took place following a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and ensuing clashes with anti-racist counter-protesters, which claimed the lives of three people and injured some 20 more.

Feb 01 09:59

North Korea Dials Back Military Exercises As Shortages Of Food And Fuel Worsen

Last week we noted the surge in North Korean officials ransacking homes and raiding farms in order to feed their starving army, and now North Korea's armed forces have reportedly scaled back their winter military exercises, which US officials have cited as a sign that the economic pressures brought by international sanctions are finally finding success, according to the Wall Street Journal - though North Korea has carried on a brisk black-market business with many countries, including China, despite these restrictions.

South Korea recently agreed to suspend military exercises until April after the warring neighbors agreed to a detente ahead of the Winter Games in PyeongChang. In one of the most significant gestures of unity between the two countries in decades, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to field a joint women's field hockey team at the upcoming games.

Feb 01 09:21

Ending North Korea oil supplies would be seen as an act of war, Russia warns

The delivery of oil and oil products to North Korea should not be reduced, Moscow's ambassador to Pyongyang was cited as saying by RIA news agency on Wednesday, adding that a total end to deliveries would be interpreted by North Korea as an act of war.

The U.N. and United States have introduced a wave of sanctions aimed at curbing North Korea's development of nuclear weapons, including by seeking to reduce its access to crude oil and refined petroleum products.

"We can't lower deliveries any further," Russia's envoy to Pyongyang, Alexander Matzegora, was quoted by RIA as saying in an interview.

Quotas set by the U.N. allow for around 540,000 tonnes of crude oil a year to be delivered to North Korea from China, and over 60,000 tonnes of oil products from Russia, China and other countries, he was quoted as saying.

Jan 31 11:38

The Genocide Conspiracy Against North Korea: An Open Letter to the International Criminal Court

The American threats against North Korea continue to mount and with them the threat of the genocide of the people of North Korea by the United States of America and its allies. The meeting of the USA, Canada and other nations that attacked North Korea in 1950 held in Vancouver, Canada, on January 16, which some hoped would lead to a political solution, instead took on the character of a meeting of criminals who by their presence, agreement and actions made them parties to a conspiracy to commit genocide, a crime under the statute of the International Criminal Court and the Genocide Convention of 1948. The threats made against North Korea are due to one single fact: the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea refuses to accept the world hegemony of the American Empire. It has nothing to do with nuclear weapons...

Jan 31 09:24

CIA Director Claims North Korea Months Away from Being Able to Strike US

In an interview with the BBC on Monday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that his agency was concerned that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may be mere months away from having full nuclear capabilities, able to launch a missile at any target in the US in the very near future.

"We are mindful that Kim Jong-un continues to present a risk not only to the United States but to the world," said Pompeo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is a pretty silly statement when you recall that the only nation to ever actually use a nuclear weapon on the civilians of another country is the United States!

Jan 31 08:58

Swine flu, bird flu hit North Korea and South Korea days before Winter Olympics kickoff

Super flu outbreaks are ravaging the Korean Peninsula less than two weeks before the Winter Olympics — leaving North Korea scrambling to treat more than 81,000 people infected with swine flu as the South kills off nearly 1 million chickens to contain the bird flu on its side of the border.

Nearly 127,000 North Koreans were reported to have flu-like illness between Dec. 1 and Jan. 16, with 81,640 cases testing positive for Influenza A/H1N1, also commonly known as swine flu, the World Health Organization said in a report released Friday.

Jan 30 22:19

Was Otto Warmbier an American Student or an Israeli Spy? — by Gilad Atzmon

(In response to Trump's mention of Otto Warmbier in his State of the Union Address. --ts)

Jan 30 08:35

Mattis has a crucial task -- stopping Trump from going to war with North Korea

Defense Secretary James Mattis begins his second year in the Trump Administration with perhaps just one absolutely crucial task -- stopping President Donald Trump from going to war against North Korea.

Along with Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mattis will spend the next few weeks walking a fine line. The two must assure the President that there are credible US military options to stop North Korea if it comes to war and they launch a missile at the US or an ally, while at the same time continuing to make clear what a disaster a war would be.

How both men navigate this political minefield in the second year of the Trump White House may move them far outside the cocoon-like zone they operated in during the first year of the administration when they kept largely out of the public eye.

Jan 29 11:38

'The Military Has Seen the Writing on the Wall'

When Senator Tammy Duckworth returned from a recent trip to South Korea and Japan, she brought back a sobering message: “Americans simply are not in touch with just how close we are to war on the Korean peninsula.” In a speech at Georgetown University, she laid out the U.S. military maneuvers over the past several months—including a nuclear-powered submarine heading to South Korea, the movement of three aircraft carriers to the Western Pacific, and the Army testing out “mobilization centers” for deploying troops and training soldiers to fight in tunnels like those beneath North Korea—that inform this worry. In an interview with me, she said the U.S. military seems to be operating with the attitude that a conflict “‘will probably happen, and we better be ready to go.’”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Senator Duckworth, as a person living on Oahu, and understanding that a Chinese or Russian bomb could devastate it, and our surrounding islands, please color me...very concerned!!

Jan 29 09:57

North Korea Says Seoul's Military Alliance With US May End Momentum for Dialogue

North Korea strongly condemned the South Korea-U.S. alliance Saturday, accusing their joint defense efforts of being aimed at toppling its communist regime and saying such efforts may also lead to an end of ongoing dialogue between the two Koreas.

"The South Korean government must realize its foul military consultation with the U.S. may be a foolish act that will put out the hard-earned chance of improving the North-South relationship and ruin its own fate," Rodong Sinmun, a daily newspaper published by the North's ruling Workers' Party, said in a signed commentary.

The commentary was largely aimed at criticizing the two-plus-two Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group talks held last week between Seoul and Washington, in which the allies agreed to continue maintaining U.S. defense assets around the Korean Peninsula.

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(*which cost US Tax Dollars to "maintain" , by the way .
South Korea Knows Which Side Their Bread Is Buttered On !)

Jan 29 08:18

North Korea condemns latest U.S. sanctions

The U.S. sanctions are “a manifestation of heinous intention to throw a wet blanket over the inter-Korean exchange and cooperation and to aggravate the situation,” an unnamed North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said in a report by the Korean Central News Agency.

It also said the United States should stop such “anachronistic” policy towards North Korea.

The United States announced new sanctions on Wednesday aimed at stopping North Korea’s nuclear weapons development and urged China and Russia to expel North Koreans raising funds for the programs.

Jan 29 08:08

North Korea Cancels Joint Performance With South, Blaming Media

The North Korean side explains its move by the fact that the South Korean media is not only undermining the sincere efforts undertaken by the DPRK in connection with the Olympics in Pyeongchang, but is also denouncing the festivities to be held in North Korea. Under such circumstances, the DPRK could cancel the agreed upon measures.

The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in turn, stated that it very much regrets the unilateral decision by the DPRK not to hold the events and stressed that under conditions when the relations between the North and the South had just begun to be established, it was necessary to fulfill the agreed upon positions, based on the spirit of mutual respect and mutual understanding.

Jan 29 07:40

US military must be ‘psyched’ for war with North Korea: Marine commander

US Marine Corps Commander General Robert Neller said on Thursday in Washington, D.C. that the US military must be psychologically prepared for a war with North Korea.

“It will be a very, very kinetic, physical, violent fight over some really, really tough ground, and everybody is going to have to be mentally prepared,” Neller said, according to CNN.

“When they train, they have to keep in the back of their mind, they have to be [ready] physically, mentally, and always their spirit has to be steeled and ready for serious conflict that’s going to test them beyond anything they have ever done in their lives, that was my only intent. And I’ll say that as long as I’m in this office because that’s my job,” Neller added.

Jan 27 13:12

‘We will NOT comply’ Russia refuses to impose North Korea sanctions set by United States

RUSSIA has announced it has no intention of imposing sanctions on North Korea set by the United States, insisting it is under “no obligation” to comply with them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch for further demonization of both Russia and North Korea continuing apace by the US corporate presstitutes, and more "linkage" attemped in coverage of both countries.

Jan 27 12:51

US Bombers in Guam Seen Readying for Tactical Nuclear Strike on North Korea

With all other signs of tensions on the Korean Peninsula on the decline, the US is stepping up its deployment of nuclear-capable bombers and general firepower to the airbase at Guam,

This is further fueling speculation that the US is preparing itself for the long-speculated sneak attack on North Korea, and that such a sneak attack could involve B-61 gravity bombs as part of a tactical nuclear strike.

The Trump Administration has been seen to be favoring the idea of a “limited attack,” betting that North Korea would not retaliate. It’s hard to imagine this could possibly be both limited and involve nuclear arms, but recent developments on the B-61 suggest that’s indeed the point of the weapon.

Some analysts have suggested the Pentagon could carry out a nuclear attack with B-61s that would totally destroy North Korea’s nuclear infrastructure while killing no more than 100 people, and that might be small enough to avoid retaliation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

PARDON ME, BUT HAVE THESE BLOODY ALLEGED "ANALYISTS" COLLECTIVELY LOST THEIR MINDS, AND GONE RABID, BARKING-DOG MAD?!?!?

President Trump, please, I am begging you; don't listen to people who are giving you, and your advisors, information that is absolutely skewed to what you want to hear about the potential success of a "limited strike" against North Korea.

This falls into the category of "extreme magical thinking."

BEFORE you decide to do this, please lisen to the people who are going to be brutally honest about what the true consequences of such a strike will be, particularly how China is most likely to react, should such a strike be ordered by you.

You need to make this decision from fact, and not from "fairytale data", conjured up by people who want to make you believe this is doable, with little or no consequences.

Because, Mr. President, do you really want to get the US embroiled in a war in China?!? Because if you order this strike, that is most likely the outcome, sir.

Jan 27 12:08

TRUMP NOW INCREASES ‘DEFENSE’ BUDGET 37% ABOVE OBAMA’S

The Washington Post headlined on January 26th, "Trump plans to ask for $716 billion for national defense in 2019 — a major increase”, and reported that when President Trump had entered the White House in January 2017, the ‘Defense' budget was $521 billion, but that President Trump will propose in his upcoming State-of-the-Union speech, a 2019 ‘Defense' budget of $716 billion, which, if it becomes law, would mean a 37% increase, above Obama’s last Pentagon budget (for 2017).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: we are most probably looking at the US government initiating more wars, and a possible return to the draft, and soon.

Jan 27 01:32

World Should Stand for Unification of Koreas and Reject American Monkeyshines

North Korea has called on "all Koreans at home and abroad to make a breakthrough for unification without foreign assistance

The rare announcement, which was made via the official Korean Central News Agency on Thursday morning, called on all Koreans to "promote contact, travel and cooperation between North and South Korea." It added that the North will "smash" all obstacles on the path towards the reunification of the Korean Peninsula, while stressing that military tensions on the peninsula were the "fundamental obstacle" for the better ties with the South. Joint military drills with "outside forces" were also hindering the progression of ties between the two Koreas, it added.

The announcement was issued after a delegation of North Korean officials and ice hockey players crossed the border into South Korea on Thursday for joint Olympics training>>>

Jan 26 11:58

Will There be a US Nuclear Sneak Attack on North Korea?

Under the cover of the pre-Winter Olympics thaw between North and South Korea and the momentary lull in the “fire and fury” rhetoric from the Trump White House, there are growing signs that the Pentagon and the CIA are pressing ahead with preparations for a preemptive war against North Korea, including the use of nuclear weapons.

There have been multiple reports in the American corporate media of behind-the-scenes discussions between the US military and intelligence apparatus and the Trump administration of the feasibility of a so-called “bloody nose” attack, involving US air strikes on North Korean nuclear facilities, with the expectation—however ill-founded—that they would not provoke a full-scale war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A window for such an action is closing rapidly, and South Korea's Foreign Minister has openly stated that an attack against North Korea "is not an option"

Attacking North Korea is not an option

The games begin on 9 February, and end on 25 February. North Korea is participating in the event, and Vice-President Pence has stated that he will be in attendance, essentially to protect, as well he can, against any more talk of unification between North and South Korea.

But no matter how this attack is sliced and diced, should it go forward, the optics will be very bad for the US government, which will be blamed for it happening, no matter how they try to justify it.

Jan 25 13:39

Ron Paul: "It's Best We Play Sports Than Shoot Missiles at Each Other"

US Vice President Mike Pence has announced that he would be attending the Olympic games in South Korea next month with an eye on preventing North Korea from reaping any PR advantage from numerous North and South Korean joint activities. Why is Washington so afraid of peace breaking out on the Korean peninsula?

Jan 25 12:54

North Korea calls for reunification with the South in rare message

North Korea sent a rare announcement addressed to “all Koreans at home and abroad” on Thursday, saying they should make a “breakthrough” for unification without the help of other countries, its state media said.

It said all Koreans should “promote contact, travel, cooperation between North and South Korea” while adding Pyongyang will “smash” all challenges against reunification of the Korean peninsula.

The announcement, issued after a joint meeting of government and political parties, added Koreans should wage an energetic drive to defuse the acute military tension and create a peaceful climate on the Korean peninsula.

Jan 25 12:49

South Korea minister says military option 'unacceptable' on North Korea crisis

South Korea’s foreign minister said on Thursday the standoff over North Korea’s nuclear programme must be resolved diplomatically, and she was certain Washington would consult her government first if a military option were to be considered.

“The nuclear issue has to be solved through negotiations and diplomatic endeavours. This idea of a military solution is unacceptable,” Kang Kyung-wha said at a news briefing on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Jan 25 09:32

Pyongyang urged South Korea to work together towards reconciliation and unification

The North Korean authorities issued a proclamation calling on "all Koreans in the country and abroad" to "promote the contact and cooperation of North and South Korea" and make this year a landmark for the history of their country.

In a proclamation announced Wednesday by the North Korean news agency KCNA , Koreans are urged to "unite their efforts in an effort to improve the relations of the North and the South and to move towards unification."

"Let's just as soon as possible improve the relations of the North and the South and lay the wide path of the pink future of a nation that will be reunited, strong and successful," the proclamation states.

"We promote contacts, trips and exchanges between the North in the South in order to divide the divisions," it says, urging all compatriots to destroy the challenges on the path of unification and that North and South themselves resolve all disputes.

Jan 25 09:08

Pyongyang urges all Koreans to jointly ‘smash’ any challenges to reunification

Pyongyang has warned third parties against fueling tensions and interfering in the inter-Korean reconciliation process, claiming it is making a “great effort” to reunify the peninsula against the backdrop of US nuclear threat.

“We will courageously smash all of the challenges of the nation’s desire for reunification,” the government statement carried by KCNA reads. “Let all the Koreans rise up in the peacekeeping struggle against war to baffle the reckless nuclear war moves of the US which brings disaster to [the] land, setting dangerous flames!”

Jan 25 08:39

U.S. Takes Aim at North Korea's Shipping and Oil With New Sanctions

The U.S. unveiled a new raft of sanctions against North Korea Wednesday, targeting financial and other support for the country’s development of weapons of mass destruction.

Sixteen individuals, nine companies and six ships were designated as the administration of President Donald Trump piles pressure on Kim Jong Un to abandon his weapons program.

The sanctions primarily target Chinese and North Korean trade companies, shipping firms and vessels, as well as the Ministry of Crude Oil Industry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You wanna do something about it? Huh? HUH?!? I DARE you to do something about it. I DARE YOU!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 24 12:52

US May Be Preparing Preemptive Strike Against North Korean Nuclear Sites

It’s no secret that the US military has been gradually amassing firepower on the Korean Peninsula since Pyongyang began testing a range of ballistic missiles in April, triggering a US military buildup across the border in South Korea. Now, it appears the Pentagon is preparing its forces there for a potential nuclear strike against North Korea.

The B-2 Spirit stealth bomber and B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber, the two planes comprising the "air leg" of the US' nuclear triad, have both been deployed to the Korean Peninsula. Furthermore, Business Insider reported that the B-2s may soon be equipped with modified B-61 nuclear bombs.

The B-61 thermonuclear gravity bomb has been the US' low yield strategic and tactical nuclear bomb of choice since the 1960s. Its compact design was recently modified to increase its penetrative potential so that it can better strike at underground targets — where most of North Korea's nuclear arsenal is believed to be.

Jan 24 12:51

South Korea Slips Off the US Leash

The mainstream US media, when it comes to the idea of talks between the governments of North and South Korea, are focused on the idea that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is trying to drive a wedge between the Republic of Korea and the United States. No doubt that is true, but this focus misses a major part of the story.

What we’re really seeing here is South Korean President Moon Jae-in making a bold move to assert South Korea’s independence from the United States.

Nobody should be surprised that Moon, who was swept into power thanks to a surge of voters (he won by 41.1% against two conservative parties which received 24% and 21.1%) last year on a promise to reach out to North Korea and attempt to bring the two warring halves of the Korean Peninsula (they are still technically in a state of war that began in 1950, nearly 68 years ago) back together.

Jan 24 12:42

CIA Boss Gives Latest Indication Trump May Consider Preemptive Strike on North Korea

The spy agency is briefing the president about military options on North Korea, which outside analysts warn could escalate to nuclear war.

Jan 24 12:19

CIA Director Says North Korea's Missile Program Is More Advanced Than We Thought

uring an interview with CBS This Morning on Monday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo repeated his claim that a nuclear North Korea is only a “handful of months” away from being able to strike the US, according to a new report. Previously, the public estimates from the intelligence community were that North Korea still has at least a year to go before it would acquire the capacity to launch a nuclear strike on the Continental US with a high degree of accuracy.

Jan 24 12:04

Pence: I'll stop Kim Jong-Un hijacking the Winter Olympics and turning them into a propaganda victory for his 'murderous state'

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence plans to use his attendance at the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month to try to counter what he sees as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un´s effort to 'hijack' the games with a propaganda campaign, a White House official said on Tuesday.

Pence will be present at the games not just for ceremonial purposes but to try to offset the 'charade' he expects the North Koreans to put on when they send a team and also march in the opening ceremony with their South Korean counterparts, according to the official traveling with the vice president and speaking on condition of anonymity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

'Murderous state?!?' Look who's talking!!!

Jan 24 11:47

A North Korean soldier who made worldwide headlines by defecting to the South under a hail of bullets last November has confessed to committing murder in the North

Jan 24 10:21

Pence to Attend Winter Olympics to Stop North Korea ‘Hijacking’ Games

White House officials have announced Tuesday that Vice President Mike Pence will attend the Winter Olympics in South Korea in early February, with an eye seemingly toward ensuring that North Korea’s attendance of the event doesn’t lead to improved relations.

Officials say Pence believes North Korea’s Kim Jong Un intends to “hijack” the Olympics with his country’s involvement, and that Pence will be there to offset the “charade” that is North Korea’s Olympic team.

Bilateral talks between North and South Korea have improved relations in recent weeks, and a big part of that is their agreement on the Olympics. The US clearly has problems with this improved relations between the two, and has gone to great lengths to present North Korea as somehow trying to trick everybody in being willing to negotiate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Does the Vice President have a clue as to how these statements make it painfully apparently, that the only option the US government believes it has, regarding North Korea, is war?!?

I have never, this lifetime, seen the US government so thoroughly afraid of peace breaking out, and a potential accord being reached between the two Koreas.

This definitely makes me wonder if North Korea is absolutely the first country on the US government's timeline for "regime change", and a spontaneous reconcilliation between North and South Korea would absolutely destroy any attempts at regime change in the North.

Jan 24 09:49

CIA Boss Gives Latest Indication Trump May Consider Preemptive Strike on North Korea

The Central Intelligence Agency is briefing President Donald Trump on the risks and opportunities of a limited attack on North Korea, its director suggested on Tuesday.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo would not discuss the “wisdom of a preemptive strike” on Pyongyang or its nuclear weapons program, he told an audience at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. But in rare public remarks, Pompeo portrayed North Korea as an urgent priority for the agency, and disclosed aspects of its role in setting back Kim Jong Un’s nuclear program during his first year at Langley.

Kim is a rational man, Pompeo said the CIA had assessed. But it’s less clear that Kim takes seriously the prospect of a U.S. attack, something that could blunder the world into a devastating nuclear conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question here is ... timing.

Faced with an economic collapse in this country, whatever war the US is going to trigger, be it against Russia, Iran, China, or North Korea, has to happen relatively quickly, to attempt to "misdirect" the American public as to the causes of the collapse, which they will immediately blame on the waror wars.

My best guess here would be, that the US will feign negotiations with North Korea, give them a time limit in which to engage, and if they "miss the window", either generate a "false flag", to be blamed on North Korea, or a actual attack, will happen.

I would like to politely remind CIA head Pompeo that China is producing some wonderful weapons which actually work as advertised; also, they conscript, which the Us does not at this time.

War with North Korea, unless they actually hit an American interest or target first, will most likely mean war with China.

Jan 23 10:54

INTERNATIONAL TRUST: North Korea Claims US Brings Strategic Assets 'Under Pretext of Olympics' in South Korea

Despite the promise to suspend annual military drills with South Korea in the wake of the 2018 Olympics, the US has been boosting forces near the Korean Peninsula since the beginning of the year.

Despite the promise to suspend annual military drills with South Korea in the wake of the 2018 Olympics, the US has been boosting forces near the Korean Peninsula since the beginning of the year.
The North Korean envoy said that the US is bringing its strategic assets to and around the Korean peninsula "under the pretext of the security of the Olympic games", and urged Washington to completely stop, not just temporarily suspend, its joint military exercises with South Korea "and all other nuclear war drills", RIA Novosti reported.

He added that North Korea’s decision to strengthen nuclear force was "absolutely the right choice".

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Jan 20 15:12

Washington And Allies Go Orwellian On Korea Peace Talks

Just as North and South Korea achieve important peaceful exchanges, Washington and its NATO allies appear to be moving with determination to sabotage the initiative for averting war on the East Asian peninsula.

Further, the reckless, gratuitous provocations beg the conclusion that the United States is indeed trying to start a war.

Meanwhile, unprecedented accusations this week by US President Donald Trump that Russia is supporting North Korea to evade United Nations sanctions also point to the danger that any conflict could spiral out of control to engulf world nuclear powers.

Jan 20 10:04

BEX ALERT - US Cybersecurity Agency Accuses North Korea of Cryptocurrency Cyber Heist

Cybersecurity experts have linked North Korea to an apparent attack on South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges, claiming that Pyongyang’s black hats used the same malware code that was unleashed against Sony in 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

SONY turned out to be an internal leak, not a hack.

Jan 20 09:29

U.S. Humiliates South Korea, Threatens North Korea. Trump Undermines North-South Dialogue

Fearing that peace might break out with the two Koreas talking to each other, Washington instructed South Korean President Moon Jae-in to keep the message about anything but peace. It is not just Trump. A former top official for the Obama administration warned Moon that South Korea was not going to get anywhere with the North Koreans unless they have the “US behind them”. Humiliating, that is like saying that Moon’s “button” is not as big as Kim’s. The metaphor is exactly how the Washington elite see South Korea: as Washington’s obedient proxy state. The official went on to say,

“If South Koreans are viewed as running off the leash, it will exacerbate tension within the alliance”.

Running off the leash! Now more humiliation, is South Korea a US poodle? Instead President Moon Jae-in is showing that he has teeth, and that South Koreans want their country back from US humiliating domination.

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What concerns me now, in the US government's rush to get a war- any war - going, is the possibility of a false flag at the Winter Olympics, to be blamed on North Korea.

Jan 20 09:17

North Korean athletes will compete at Winter Olympics

Athletes from North Korea will participate in the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Saturday.

North Korea will send 22 athletes who will compete in three sports, Bach said, following a meeting between delegations from the two Koreas and Olympic officials in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Athletes from the North and South will also march together under one flag at the opening ceremony for the Games in Pyeongchang, which begin February 9, Bach said.

Jan 19 09:39

US Lawmakers Warn Any Strike Against DPRK Would Cause ‘Massive Casualties’

US Democratic congressmen have warned the White House that even a “limited strike” against North Korea would in all likelihood lead to all-out war and massive casualties. This comes after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned of just such a limited strike if Pyongyang doesn’t relinquish their nuclear weapons.

Jan 19 09:36

NORTH KOREA USING WINTER OLYMPICS TO FUEL ONLINE 'REUNIFICATION' PROPAGANDA

North Korea is using its impending participation in next month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang to bolster its ongoing propaganda campaign that the rogue state and democratic South Korea should be reunified.

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BINGO!

Jan 18 12:06

Either Negotiate, or We’ll Take Military Action! – U.S. Secretary of State Uses Extortion on North Korea

There was a 20-nation security meeting in Vancouver on Tuesday, 1/15/18, and the nations in attendance agreed to impose stronger sanctions against North Korea in a bid to stop their nuclear weapons buildup and tests. China and Russia did not attend, and stated the meeting was evidence of another Cold War forming. The most alarming rhetoric, however, emanated from the U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson, who flat out stated that if the North Koreans do not negotiate, it will bring about a military response. Here is the video clip and an excerpt heading as released by Reuters on 1/17/18, entitled US Warns Pyongyang on Military Option:

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