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Oct 09 09:22

The Chinese Dream in Peril: Xi Jinping and the Korean Crisis

With tensions escalating rapidly again on the Korean peninsula, the attention of the world invariably has returned to the question of whether or not the solution to the crisis lies in Beijing. After months of continuing missile tests by North Korea despite sanctions and global condemnation, Kim Jong-un’s regime claims to have tested a hydrogen bomb and once again launched an intercontinental ballistic missile over Japan. North Korea’s march toward wielding a nuclear arsenal against its neighbors and far off enemies, like the United States, is nearing completion. For Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), North Korea’s obstinate drive toward becoming a nuclear force has dealt Beijing a critical challenge at a moment when the party would prefer to focus on other matters seen as as essential to its rise as a regional and world power.

Oct 09 08:59

Trump: Rhetoric vs. Reality

With Donald Trump in the White House, merrily tweeting whatever disruptive and disturbing sentiments erupt from his consciousness in the early morning hours, hysteria has become the default condition of our pundit class. Trump tweets that “only one thing” can stop Korean despot Kim Jong-un’s nuclear pyrotechnics, and the editorialists swing into action, while the Democrats point gleefully to the prospect of World War III: “See? We told you he’s nuts!”

Add to this the widespread belief that Kim Jong-un is a “madman,” and the hysteria of the chattering classes reaches fever pitch: we’ve got no less than two crazy people with nuclear weapons, and they’re about to blow up the world! Oh no!

The problem with this scenario is that it has nothing to do with reality: it’s a rhetorical construct, based on the verbal extravagances of actors whose entire modus operandi depends on a constant stream of bluster, bluff, and unmitigated bullshit.

Oct 09 08:13

Iran Dismisses Link with N. Korea's Nuclear Program

"The positions taken by the US (against Iran) on the nuclear, missile and regional issues are irrelevant allegations that will receive a necessary response at a proper time. It is a strategic mistake for the US to raise irrelevant and improper comments that will finally harm the American people and government," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi told reporters in his weekly press conference in Tehran today.

Asked about the US media allegations about links between Iran and North Korea's nuclear programs, he said, "It is an irrelevant and wrong word in line with the Iranophobia policy and is rejected."

Oct 08 09:44

North Korea: Kim Jong-un promotes sister to politburo

North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un has given his sister more power by promoting her to the nation's top decision-making body.

Kim Yo-jong, the youngest daughter of late leader Kim Jong-il, will be replacing her aunt as a member of the Workers Party's Politburo.

Oct 08 08:00

North Korea crisis: US on alert for imminent military test - surveillance flights launched

Russian lawmaker Anton Morozov warned on Friday that Pyongyang was preparing to test-fire a ballistic missile capable of hitting the US West Coast “in the near future.”

Mr Morozov, who was among three Russian members of parliament visiting Pyongyang earlier this month to discuss a peaceful settlement of the crisis on the Korean Peninsula, said: “North Korea are preparing for new test of a longer-range missile.

“They even gave us mathematical calculations that they believe that their missile will be capable of hitting the west coast of the United States.

Oct 08 07:50

Trump says N. Korea making ‘fools of US negotiators’ amid fears of another missile test

President Donald Trump said North Korea has been making “fools of U.S. negotiators” and “only one thing will work,” the latest hint of possible military action against the communist state.

The comments came amid fears that the North may test-fire another missile in connection with the anniversary Tuesday of the foundation of its ruling party.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump is taking a path that is very dangerous..He is refusing diplomacy, increasing his level of belligerent language toward N. Korea adding in everyday more threats of using military force.

This path will lead to a devastating war, or if Trump did not follow on with his threats, do nothing but continued this language then he'll look like he is bluffing. Either way it is not good for him or United States.

North Korea may not yet be able to hit the US mainland, but there is no question they can hit here in Hawaii and up in Alaska.

Oct 08 07:45

All-Around Villain? Trump Calls Iran 'Bad Player', Says Tehran 'Funding N Korea'

United States President Donald Trump has accused Iran of financially supporting North Korea and "causing trouble" in the Middle East. He said that measures will be taken towards Iran "in the not too distant future."

Oct 08 07:41

FLASHBACK - ‘God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un,’ evangelical adviser says

Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, one of President Trump’s evangelical advisers who preached the morning of his inauguration, has released a statement saying the president has the moral authority to “take out” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“When it comes to how we should deal with evildoers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil,” Jeffress said. “In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un.”

Oct 08 07:39

Kim says nuclear weapons needed to deter US threats

North Korea's nuclear weapons are a "powerful deterrent firmly safeguarding the peace and security in the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia," Mr Kim said, referring to the "protracted nuclear threats of the US imperialists".

In recent weeks, North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth nuclear test, and may be fast advancing toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the US mainland.

North Korea is preparing to test-launch such a missile, a politician who had just returned from a visit to North Korean capital Pyongyang was quoted as saying on Friday.

Oct 08 07:27

N. Korea Praises ‘Deterrent’ Nukes as Trump Continues to Dismiss Talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called the country’s nuclear weapons “a powerful deterrent” from US “nuclear threats” for itself and the whole world. The statement came as President Trump once again dismissed the idea of talks with Pyongyang.

Oct 08 04:45

‘Only One Thing Will Work’

Trump Says ‘Only One Thing Will Work’ to Rein In North Korea
President seems to hint at taking action againstPyongyang

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“Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid,” Mr. Trump said on Twitter on Saturday afternoon. “Hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators.”

“Sorry, but only one thing will work!” he added https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/916751271960436737

The White House declined to answer a question about what action Mr. Trump was referencing.

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Oct 07 09:41

Jimmy Carter: What I’ve learned from North Korea’s leaders

Over more than 20 years, I have spent many hours in discussions with top North Korean officials and private citizens during visits to Pyongyang and to the countryside. I found Kim Il Sung (their “Great Leader”), Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, and other leaders to be both completely rational and dedicated to the preservation of their regime.

What the officials have always demanded is direct talks with the United States, leading to a permanent peace treaty to replace the still-prevailing 1953 cease-fire that has failed to end the Korean conflict. They want an end to sanctions, a guarantee that there will be no military attack on a peaceful North Korea, and eventual normal relations between their country and the international community.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What President Carter is saying, is completely logical.

But on this issue, President Trump has backed himself into a rather intense geopolitical corner, and it's going to be a hard one to get out of.

All during his campaign, Trump swore that he would never allow North Korea to develop nuclear weapons; at this point, it is very likely that North Korea is either close to, or has developed, nuclear weapons.

They are also developing missles which can fly a longer trajectory than ever before, and are coming close to staging accurately, which means that they can hit at what they are aiming.

The following article is a very interesting history about a 72 year relationship between North Korea and the US government, and how the US broke its promises to North Korea, beginning in the Bush era:

What is Really Behind North Korea's nuclear provocations.

I absolutely agree with Preisident Carter, that what is desperately needed here, rather than bullets or bombs flying, is a quiet, good-faith conversation between the US; North Korea; South Korea; and Japan, to replace the armistice with an iron clad peace treaty, which guarantees open, unsanctioned trade; a guarantee of non-intervention by the US militarily; and the quid pro quo would be the cessation of North Korea's nuclear program.

Unfortunately, however, President Trump has dug his own hole on this, and has stepped up the rhetoric, doubling down on threats aganst North Korea.

And now with the coming US decertification of the P5+1 treaty, Kim Jung Un, and the world, will recognise that the US government is pathologically incapable of respecting its treaties, and keeping its geopolitical promises.

I am concerned that shooting war is coming here, as completely ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid as the justification for that war might be.

Chinese officials have stated that if the US military strikes the first blow, it will come to North Korea's defense; so from the American Military's perspective, it must appear that North Korea struck first.

One can never predict exact timing on such an event, but the Radioactive USS Ronald Regan is steaming through the South China Seas, to dock in South Korea for war games, and on the 10th of October, comes a very important national holiday for North Korea.

Kim Jong Un likes to pair national holidays with his rocket launches.

I would therefore suggest that we might be looking at a rocket launch which (courtesy of a US false flag) might go horribly wrong, and hit an American asset, or ally, very hard.

This, then, would be the "justification" for a US Alliance attack against North Korea, and the estimates for lives lost in such an operation, are staggering.

Oct 07 07:44

North Korea WARNING: New HYPERSONIC missile technology could spark global warfare

MISSILES being developed by Russia and China which will be 25 times faster than an aeroplane could cause serious instability in regions such as North Korea - prompting huge World War Three fears.

Oct 07 07:40

Russian official: North Korea to test missile capable of reaching the US

A member of the Russian Duma's international affairs committee has said that North Korea are preparing a long-range missile launch that could potential reach the west coast of the United States.

"They are preparing for new tests of a long-range missile. They even gave us mathematical calculations that they believe prove that their missile can hit the west coast of the United States," Anton Morozov said on Friday after returning from a visit to North Korea's capital of Pyongyang.

Oct 07 07:23

US tried to kill Kim Jong-un with chemical agents: Report

Pyongyang has reportedly foiled a plot by the US government and its main ally, South Korea, earlier this year to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un using biological and chemical agents.

North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) made the claim in an article published on Friday, accusing Washington of using counter-terrorism and the so-called war on terror as a pretext to overthrow governments it deems hostile.

Oct 07 07:23

Senators Ask Rex Tillerson to Name North Korea as State Sponsor of Terrorism

Six Republican and six Democratic senators are urging Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to consider designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.

The senators sent Tillerson a letter on Monday asking him to consider all of North Korea’s actions when he issues his determination on whether the country meets the criteria of a state sponsor, under the recently enacted Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fact that nobody can prove North Korea is sponsoring acts of terror is of course irrelevant here!

Oct 06 12:28

North Korea Planning To Test Fire Missile Capable Of Reaching U.S. West Coast; Stocks Slide

Is this the stormy weather that Donald Trump was referring to yesterday?

Russian news agency Sputnik reports, that according to a Russian lawmaker, who has just returned from North Korea, Pyongyang is ready to test a missile capable of reaching the US western coast.

"They are preparing for a new test of a longer-range missile. They even gave us mathematical calculations that they believe prove that their missile can hit the western coast of the United States," Morozov said.
"In the near future, they are going to carry out, as far as we understand, yet another launch of a missile, but this time with a longer range," the lawmaker said, adding that the general mood in Pyongyang is "rather belligerent."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports are true, it may well push President Trump over the edge in terms of a pre-emptive attack against North Korea (which may well lead to China entering such a conflict on North Korea's side).

And then, we have this ominous headline from rt.com today:

US warship approaches Korean Peninsula for drills with South Korea But underneath that, the following text continues:

"The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier along with a guided-missile cruiser and a nuclear-powered submarine are on their way to the Korean Peninsula to prepare for a potential war with North Korea, while Pyongyang reportedly plans new missiles tests.

As of Friday afternoon, the USS Ronald Reagan, with nearly 80 aircraft on board, was in the South China Sea on its way to the shores of US ally South Korea."

I do not know how long it takes an aircraft carrier to transit from the South China Sea to South Korea; but my gut is telling me something wicked this way comes, and soon, between the US and NOKO.

Oct 05 09:15

Egypt dismisses Washington Post report on North Korean shipment 

Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Ministry dismissed on Tuesday article published by International media outlet Washington Post regarding the North Korean shipment stopped at Suez Canal last August.

The shipment that included huge number of rockets was noticed by United States (US) intelligence, when arrived to Suez Canal in August coming from North Korea in July 2016. The Egyptian authorities stopped and raided the shipment.

In response to the claims reported in the report published on Saturday that the shipment was coming to Egyptian officials, spokesperson of ministry Ahmed Abu Zaid, said in press statement to Agence France-Presse (AFP), that the report “included some aspects of the author’s imagination, along with some correct information”.

He also said that the report aimed at implying that, “Egypt is not committed to implement of resolutions of United Nation Security Council regarding North Korea”.

Oct 05 08:35

US Sorties Near North Korea Will Continue Despite Threats of Being Shot Down

US Pacific Air Forces Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy maintains that US warplanes will continue to fly near the Korean Peninsula in accordance with international guidelines despite North Korean threats to take down US warplanes.

Oct 05 08:12

Russia throws North Korea lifeline to stymie regime change

Russia is quietly boosting economic support for North Korea to try to stymie any U.S.-led push to oust Kim Jong Un as Moscow fears his fall would sap its regional clout and allow U.S. troops to deploy on Russia’s eastern border.

Oct 05 06:12

CIA Official Predicts North Korean Provocation on Columbus Day

A top CIA official for the Korean Peninsula warned Wednesday that the U.S. should be ready for a new provocation by North Korea on Columbus Day on Oct. 9, which coincides with the anniversary of the founding of the political party that governs in Pyongyang.

"Stand by your phones," Yong Suk Lee, deputy assistant director of the CIA's Korea Mission Center, said while speaking at a conference organized by the agency at The George Washington University.

Lee added that Pyongyang historically has been controlled by its fear of the Chinese abandoning its support for the Hermit Kingdom, or that the U.S. would carry out a military strike. Kim Jong Un no longer has those fears, Lee said.

"There's a clarity of purpose in what Kim Jong Un has done," Lee said.

He added, however, that the likelihood remains low of North Korea purposefully starting a war with the U.S. or its allies like South Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's see; we have the radioactive USS Ronald Regan headed toward South Korea, for joint war games with the South Korean military; what could possibly go wrong here, with just the kind of activities Kim Jung Un finds an anathema?!?

My sense is that IF Kim Jong Un does not give the US military the provocation those in the Bowels of Power in the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika want, as an excuse to hit Noko militarily... one may well be provided for him, courtesy of a US false flag.

To attempt to guarantee China's neutrality, the US has got to make it look as though North Korea struck the first blow.

Historically, wars have been great for bringing this country out of the economic doldrums twice before; but what those Deep Staters in the Bowels of Power in DC refuse to recognise is, that was long before multiple countries had atomic weapons, such as Russia, China, Pakistan, and India.

Because all the military communications eastward into Asia come through Oahu, and living on a first strike target the Chinese can definitely obliterate, you can color Mike and me somewhat nervous about any conflict over North Korea in which the Chinese may believe they must engage on North Korea's side.

Oct 04 07:46

North Korea now has a second internet link through Russia

North Korea had previously gotten its internet through a hardwire to China, but that's no longer the case: Now, it has a second link to the world wide web through Russia cybersecurity firm FireEye told Bloomberg. This confirms an initial report by site 38 North that claimed the secondary connection went active on Sunday.

This gives North Korea an alternative method of accessing the internet -- which, aside from the obvious benefit of redundant access, might mitigate the damage from foreign attempts to block their service. A report on Sunday revealed that US Cybercommand had been harassing the North Korean government's hacking group with denial-of-service attacks for six months. It's unclear if their method would be as effective now that the East Asian country has a second line to the outside internet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe I need a second line through Russia!

Oct 03 10:57

US Dominated Security Council Tightens Savage Sanctions on North Korea, Intentional Provocations to War

One can take passages from “The Pentagon Papers” and simply replace the name “North Vietnam” with “North Korea,” and we have an exact description of United States aggression toward North Korea today; this juxtaposition, on page 580 of the Bantam Edition of “The Pentagon Papers,” would read as follows:

“There may be a limit beyond which many Americans and much of the world will not permit the United States to go. The picture of the world’s greatest superpower trying to pound a tiny backward nation into submission on an issue whose merits are hotly disputed, is not a pretty one. It could conceivably produce a costly distortion in the American national consciousness and in the world image of the United States—especially if the damage to North Korea is complete enough to be ‘successful.’ The most important risk, however, is the likely Russian, Chinese and North Korean reaction to intensified US air attacks, harbor-mining, and ground actions against North Korea.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any US first strike against North Korea will almost assuredly bring in China in North Korea's defense.

This country has morphed into an international bully, for the benefit of the bankers, war mongers, and munitions makers. None of this belligerence can possibly be comprehended as good for We the People. And if the following information is correct, we may well be looking at World War III sooner rather than later. As reported last month by rt.com:

US aircraft carrier group to be dispatched to Korean Peninsula amid rising tensions

The article goes on to state: "A US carrier group led by the USS Ronald Reagan will join US-South Korean naval drills that will take place near the Korean Peninsula in October, Japanese media report, citing the South Korean Defense Ministry.
On Monday, the ministry revealed its plans in a report it submitted to the National Assembly, Japan’s Asahi Shimbun reports. According to the report, Seoul asked Washington to send the USS Ronald Reagan from the US Navy’s 7th Fleet, based in the Japanese town of Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, to join the exercises scheduled for October."

This is confirmed by an article, dateline yesterday, from americanmilitarynews.com:

Report: US sending USS Ronald Reagan nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to Korea for military drills

Oh, and there is one, very specific problem with the USS Ronald Regan:
Contamination of the USS Ronald Regan from the Fukishima nuclear response, was vastly under-reported.

So what better "target" could the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika possibly provide, than a radioactive ship it cannot completely decontaminate as the "sacrificial lamb" for a false flag against it, to be blamed on North Korea?

Oct 03 10:29

Are You Ready to Die?

In other words, the United States no longer has a media. It has a propaganda ministry for the military/security complex, the neoconservatives, and the Israel Lobby. And the idiot Americans sit in front of the TV and absorb the propaganda, and they read the New York Times and think that they are sophisticated and in the know.

If you were the Russian government, would you conclude that your country was the next to be attacked militarily by Washington? If you were the Russian government, you would know that Washington/NATO cannot possibly attack Russia except by surprise nuclear strike. Knowing this, if you were the Russian government, would you sit there and wait on the strike? Imagine yourself the Russian government listening day in, day out, to endless wild improbable charges against Russia. What can Russia possibly conclude other than this is preparation of Western peoples for a nuclear attack on Russia?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, a word, here; WRH and you are precisely on the same page on this issue, so please don't use that damned statement "Nowhere in the West is there a sign of intelligence"; a lot of the independent media, like us, are deeply concerned about what seems to be unfolding at the national and international level, and sharing this information with the public, the best we can can.

Of course, for these efforts we are shunned, laughed at, and having to deal with 10 to 30 attacks against Mike's server, daily.

The cold, hard reality is that we live in an unjust, corrupted (alleged) civilisation: so the telling of truth is always associated with paying a heavy price for doing so.

Trust me, Dr. Roberts, we understand this, because we live with paying that price... on a daily basis.

Oct 03 08:37

North Korean Missiles Moved from Research Center Ahead of Likely New Launch

North Korea’s upcoming national holidays, combined with intelligence from South Korean and US sources that Pyongyang has recently moved missiles from a research and development facility, have experts warning that a new weapons test of some sort by the country may be imminent.

Oct 03 07:25

White House again rejects talks with North Korea on nuclear issue

The White House on Monday ruled out talks with North Korea except to discuss the fate of Americans held there, again appearing to rebuke Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who said Washington was directly communicating with Pyongyang on its nuclear and missile programs.

“We’ve been clear that now is not the time to talk,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters, reiterating a tweet from President Donald Trump at the weekend that was seen as undercutting Tillerson.

Oct 02 15:22

North Korea Would Be Stupid to Trust the U.S.

To many mainstream pundits, the solution to the crisis in Korea is for U.S. officials to sit down and “talk” to North Korea in the hopes of negotiating a mutually beneficial agreement. While it won’t guarantee that a deal will be worked out, they say, “talking” is the only chance there is to resolve the crisis.

They ignore an important point: Any deal that would be reached would involve trusting the U.S. government to keep its end of the bargain. And trusting the U.S. government would be the stupidest thing North Korea could ever do. That’s because as soon as U.S. officials found it advantageous, they would break the deal and pounce >>>

Oct 02 08:39

Two women deny murdering North Korean leader's half-brother

Two women accused of murdering the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with a banned nerve agent pleaded not guilty at the start of a high-profile murder trial in a Malaysian court on Monday.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, a Vietnamese, are charged with killing Kim Jong Nam by smearing his face with VX, a chemical poison banned by the United Nations, at Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb. 13.

Both women wore bullet-proof vests as they were led into the court on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital. They face the death penalty if convicted.

Oct 02 08:39

Trump again undercuts his secretary of State, dashing potential progress on North Korea

Just a day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested a possible diplomatic breakthrough with nuclear-armed North Korea, President Trump on Sunday undercut his top diplomat, saying Tillerson “is wasting his time.”

The stunning rebuke was the latest incident in which Trump has publicly contradicted Tillerson and quickly dashed any hope for progress in easing perilously volatile tensions with the government in Pyongyang, which has threatened to destroy the United States just as Trump has threatened the same against North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is Trump trying to save face. When Tillerson contacted the North Korean government, they expressed doubt that the US Government would keep any promises they made (based on US actions in Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Iran following their surrendering weapons of mass destruction). North Korea basically said they were not really interested in what the US said. So now Trump is trying to make it look like cutting of communications is his idea.

Oct 02 08:38

Trump Readies U.S. Military Strike on North Korea

President Trump appears to have settled on a military solution to North Korea’s push to develop nuclear weapons, given his tweets over the weekend suggesting that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was “wasting his time” negotiating with Pyongyang.

The USS Ronald Reagan supercarrier task force is headed toward Hong Kong, the first American carrier in two years that Beijing has given permission for a U.S. carrier permission for a Hong Kong port call.

The South China Morning Post reported on Sunday that the USS Ronald Reagan is expected to take part with the South Korean navy around October 15, in the Yellow Sea.

The possibility that the USS Ronald Reagan could cross the Northern Limit Line, the de-facto maritime boundary in the Yellow Sea established after the Korean War, has raised tensions with North Korea.

Oct 02 05:26

North Korea: UN Sanctions Causing Colossal Damages To Civilians

North Korea issued a statement on Friday through its state-run media outlet, citing the Sanctions Damage Investigation Committee’s spokesman warning that the UN-imposed sanctions are causing “colossal damages” to the civilian economy.

Since sanctions against North Korean military and nuclear programs were imposed many years ago, these new sanctions are largely just hitting any parts of the economy that weren’t totally cut off from the rest of the world.

North Korean officials say this isn’t having any effect on the nuclear program>>>

Oct 01 08:54

U.S. in Direct Communication With North Korea, Says Tillerson

The Trump administration acknowledged on Saturday for the first time that it was in direct communication with the government of North Korea over its missile and nuclear tests, seeking a possible way forward beyond the escalating threats of a military confrontation from both sides.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That's good news. The bad news is that North Korea is saying they are not interested in anything the US Government has to say. This is what comes from making promises to nations that disarm, such as Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Iran, then breaking those promises.

Oct 01 08:43

‘If the US threaten us, we will make them pay with our nukes,’ says N. Korean official

“If the US behaves in ways that deny our state’s right to exist, our republic, as our supreme leader Kim Jong-un has said, will make them pay in full by the just power of our nuclear arsenal,” ambassador Kim Yong-jae said on Saturday, during a Moscow conference dedicated to peace on the Korean peninsula, and the future reunification of its two states.

Kim reiterated his country’s position, dismissing US president Donald Trump’s earlier speech at the UN General Assembly as “the words of a madman.”

Sep 30 11:20

North Korea Seen Moving Missiles As US Admits For First Time It Is In "Direct Contact" With Pyongyang

Separately, on Saturday Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged for the first time that the US is in direct communication with the government of North Korea over its missile and nuclear tests – a stunning revelation considering that administration officials have until this point insisted that there has been only limited, indirect contact between the White House and the Kim regime. According to the New York Times, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed as much during a speech at the residence of the US ambassador to Beijing after a meeting with Chinese leaders. Tillerson is in China on Saturday for what the NYT described as a “brief visit.”

“We are probing, so stay tuned,” Tillerson said when pressed about how he might begin a conversation with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, that could avert what many government officials fear is a significant chance of open conflict between the two countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a "fingers crossed for the even remote possibility here of a diplomatic coup", rather than war on the Korean Peninsula.

Sep 30 10:22

North Korea seen moving missiles from development center: report

Several North Korean missiles were recently spotted moved from a rocket facility in the capital, Pyongyang, South Korea’s Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) reported late Friday amid speculation that the North was preparing to take more provocative actions.

The report cited an unnamed intelligence source saying South Korean and U.S. intelligence officials detected missiles being transported away from North Korea’s Missile Research and Development Facility at Sanum-dong in the northern part of Pyongyang.

The report did not say when or where they had been moved.

The missiles could be either intermediate range Hwasong-12 or intercontinental Hwasong-14 missiles, according to the report, though the missile facility at Sanum-dong has been dedicated to the production of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

A source from South Korea’s Defense Ministry said he could not confirm details of the report or whether there has been any unusual activities in the area mentioned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although unsourced, and I cannot find any mention of this movement at 38north.org, an organisation which studies the actions of North Korea primarily via satellite images, if, in fact, King Jung Un is going to be flinging missiles into the air, the next logical date for that to happen, in light of the fact that he loves to pair these launches with national holidays, would be Tuesday, 10 October, a major national holiday for North Korea.

Sep 30 09:19

Spectre of N. Korean atmospheric nuclear test prompts emergency plans in Seoul & Tokyo

South Korean banks and utility companies are drawing up plans to construct shielding and potentially move operations overseas to protect against North Korea as further provocation from Pyongyang is expected on October 10.
South Korean banks and vital infrastructure facilities, including nuclear power plants and government ministries, have reportedly been hacked by Pyongyang in the past. And as tensions in the region escalate, many now fear the North Korean regime will conduct an atmospheric nuclear test to coincide with the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea on October 10.

The South Korean government warned Thursday that its northern neighbor was "highly likely" to continue military provocations in the build up to the October celebrations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

10 October is one week from this Tuesday.

I really hope and pray that Kim Jung Un has the horse-sense not to do this, but one can never really know what his agenda may be.

He may well feel that he has no choice but to test something, as a reminder to the US and the West, that he is developing his nuclear energy program to defend against regime change in North Korea.

And with all of the vitriol and bluster from President Trump, Japan, and South Korea, at this point, who can blame him?!?

Sep 30 08:03

Israel’s missed opportunity with North Korea

Former Foreign Ministry Director-General Eytan Bentsur reveals Pyongyang’s repeated attempts to strike a deal with Jerusalem more than 20 years ago and how talks were eventually thwarted by the US. ‘It’s so easy to say there’s no partner,’ he says. ‘There was a window of opportunity, and we missed it. Now, North Korea is threatening world peace.’

Sep 30 08:00

North Korean figure skaters qualify for Olympics in South Korea

Amid heightened tensions between the two nations, a North Korean figure skating duo has qualified for the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Ryom Tae-Ok and Kim Ju-Sik claimed the third of the final five spots in the pairs skating event at an Olympic qualifying event in Oberstdorf, Germany on Friday.

Sep 30 07:59

North Korea seen moving missiles from development center: South Korean broadcaster

Several North Korean missiles were recently spotted moved from a rocket facility in the capital Pyongyang, South Korea’s Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) reported late Friday amid speculation that the North was preparing to take more provocative actions.

The report cited an unnamed intelligence source saying South Korean and U.S. intelligence officials detected missiles being transported away from North Korea’s Missile Research and Development Facility at Sanum-dong in the northern part of Pyongyang.

The report did not say when or where they had been moved.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

North Korea is dispersing their weapons in advance of a possible US strike.

Sep 30 07:12

TRUMP VS ‘ROCKET MAN’: WHAT IF NORTH KOREA IS THE PROBLEM, NOT KIM?

It’s on. Not a nuclear conflict on the Korean Peninsula, thank goodness. But an old-fashioned, trash-talking smackdown between two nuclear-armed adversaries. In the one corner, we have US President Donald Trump, verbal pugilist and reluctant leader of the free world. In the other corner, there’s North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the 33-year-old heir to the world’s only communist dynasty.

The insults have been flying. Trump has derided Kim as “Little Rocket Man” and a “madman” and he threatened to “destroy North Korea”.

Kim retorted that Trump was “a frightened dog” and a “mentally deranged US dotard” and he vowed to continue building his missile arsenal. Kim’s foreign minister took it a step further, calling Trump’s tweets “an act of war”.

Sep 29 09:20

UK only has HOURS to prepare for WW3: North Korea vs US is REAL possibility - shock report

THE prospect of World War three between the US and North Korea is now a "real possibility" and Britain would have to act immediately, experts have warned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember when they were claiming that Great Britain would only have 45 minutes' warning if Saddam Hussein fired a nuclear missile at them? This is more of the same thing.

Sep 28 14:56

China just ordered every single one of North Korea's businesses in its country to close

Sep 28 10:26

US imposes sanctions on North Korean banks, executives

The United States has imposed new sanctions on North Korea, targeting the country’s major banks and 26 executives, amid increasing tensions between the two countries over US military build-up on the Korean peninsula and Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

"This further advances our strategy to fully isolate North Korea in order to achieve our broader objectives of a peaceful and denuclearized Korean peninsula," US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement on Tuesday.

This comes days after US President Donald Trump authorized the Department of the Treasury to “target any individual or entity that conducts trade in goods, services or technology” with North Korea.

Sep 28 10:08

South Korea Fires Taurus as Interest in Standoff Missiles Grows

Amidst nuclear tensions with neighboring North Korea, the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) conducted its first live test of the Taurus KEPD 350 air-launched cruise missile on September 12. A ROKAF Boeing F-15K Slam Eagle released the missile, which struck a target near the Korean city of Gunsan after traveling 400 km (248 miles).

South Korea signed an order for 177 KEPD 350Ks from Taurus Systems, an MBDA Deutschland-Saab Dynamics joint venture, in November 2013, after the U.S. denied the sale of the AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) to Seoul.

Sep 28 09:36

'A complete & utter MANIAC' Labour voters say Trump is MORE dangerous than Kim Jong-un

LABOUR supporters have voted Donald Trump as “more dangerous” than Kim Jong-un in a shock poll at the party conference in Brighton.

Sep 28 09:31

Fox News Poll: Voters say Trump talk not helpful on Iran, North Korea

By more than two-to-one, voters think the best way to stop North Korea from continuing work on nuclear weapons is through diplomacy rather than threats of military action, and most say the way President Trump talks about North Korea isn’t helpful.

Trump vows to "totally destroy" North Korea if the United States is forced to defend itself in a September 19 speech to the United Nations, and nicknames North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "Rocket Man."

A new Fox News poll finds voters don’t think this helps the situation: 70 percent say the way Trump talks about North Korea is not helpful. Just 23 percent think it helps.

Sep 28 09:14

‘You’ve reached a dead end’ Russia warns US attempts to stop North Korea could lead to war

RUSSIA has told the US its confrontational approach to North Korea is a “dead end road” and warned any military conflict would have "catastrophic consequences”.

Sep 28 09:06

US Promises to Deploy ‘Strategic’ Military Assets Near Korean Peninsula

South Korean National Security Office chief Chung Eui-yong says that the US has committed to deploying more “strategic” military assets around the Korean Peninsula. Such deployments are to start later this year.

Details are scant, but Chung suggested the deployment was meant to show that there wasn’t “any crack” between the US and the South Korean government amid mounting US tensions with North Korea.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has insisted that he will not allow any US deployments of nuclear weapons into South Korea. This likely rules out a lot of such assets, though “strategic” assets could still include aircraft carriers and heavy bombers.

The caveat that the deployments will be “near” the Korean Peninsula could mean the US is planning buildups in Guam and Japan as well.

Sep 28 08:59

HOW MANY PEOPLE WOULD DIE IF TRUMP WENT TO WAR WITH NORTH KOREA?

In 1994, the commander of U.S. forces in Korea told President Bill Clinton a war with North Korea would likely lead to one million deaths and roughly $1 trillion of economic damage. North Korea possesses far more advanced military technology these days, so the destruction and loss of life could be exponentially worse.

Sep 28 08:34

Ron Paul Warns of False Flag — Urges Americans to resist Deep State mass-murder

We are seeing now in regard to North Korea a replay of the type of campaign the deep state and the media used in 2001 through 2003 to stir up the American people to support the invasion of Iraq.

Sep 28 08:29

North Korea Nuke Threat Is Multifold

Perhaps more alarming than a confrontation with the 2-million-strong Korean People’s Army—the world’s largest military—is the possibility that the North Korean regime may launch a nuclear-armed satellite for use in an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the United States. When detonated at a high enough altitude, the nuclear blast creates an electric shock wave—similar to lightning—that can potentially knock out the entire electric grid of North America, and all electronics.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

EMP also makes for a great false-flag by the US Government to kick off the war!

Sep 27 14:59

Don’t Fall For It : Poll shows Nearly half support US military action against North Korea

Nearly half of the Americans believe the tough rhetoric between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un of North Korea is more than just a war of words, a new poll shows. Close to 50 percent of the 1,500 people polled in the latest Economist/YouGov survey believed Trump “actually means to attack North Korea” while 45 percent believe Kim intends to do the same to the United States.

Sep 27 11:58

Coroner's report on the death of Otto Warmbier appears to dispute claims made by his parents that he was tortured and disfigured by the North Koreans

A coroner's report on the death of Otto Warmbier conflicts with some claims made by his grieving parents, who say he was tortured during the 15 months he was detained by the North Korean government.

In an interview on Fox & Friends on Tuesday, Fred Warmbier said that when his son was released and returned to the U.S. in a medically-induced coma in June, it 'looked like someone had taken a pair of pliers and rearranged' his bottom teeth.

But the Hamilton County Coroner's report, obtained by the Cincinnati Enquirer on Tuesday, found Otto's teeth were in 'natural and in good repair' when he died six days after returning to the U.S.

The coroner found a collection of 10 scars on Otto's 'well-developed, well-nourished' body, but nothing serious enough to indicate he was tortured.

Sep 27 08:32

USS Ronald Reagan Supercarrier to Conduct Exercises Off Korean Peninsula

The US Navy has announced that the nuclear-powered supercarrier USS Ronald Reagan will be deployed to the Korean Peninsula to participate in joint exercises with the South Korean Navy as part of a continued American military buildup in the region as it faces off against North Korea.

Sep 27 08:30

BEX ALERT - Trump Says North Korea Tortured Otto Warmbier ‘Beyond Belief’

US President Donald Trump accused North Korea of brutally torturing US student Otto Warmbier in a Twitter post referring to a recent Fox News interview with Warmbier’s parents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let the demonization continue! And after Abu Ghraib, etc. the US lacks moral standing to question other countries use of torture.

Sep 27 08:28

North Korea: Trump says he is prepared to take 'devastating' military action to end tensions

Donald Trump has said that the US is ready with a "military option" to end the crisis with North Korea in the latest chapter of the escalating rhetoric between the two countries.

"We are totally prepared for the second option, not a preferred option," Mr Trump said at a White House news conference alongside Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. "But if we take that option, it will be devastating, I can tell you that, devastating for North Korea. That's called the military option. If we have to take it, we will."

Sep 27 08:28

Joint Chiefs Chair: US Should Assume NK Nuke Can Hit US

The United States should assume North Korea can already strike the mainland with missiles, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said Tuesday.

Intelligence officials believe North Korea could be capable of hitting the United States by late 2018 — and Dunford told a Senate Armed Services Committee he agrees, Stars and Stripes reported.

Sep 27 08:27

Joint Chiefs Chair: Korea Military Posture Unchanged

The nation's top military officer said Tuesday he's not seen any shifts in North Korea's military posture despite the reclusive nation's threats to shoot down U.S. warplanes amid the "charged political environment" between Washington and Pyongyang.

Sep 27 07:37

Taxpayer-funded BBC radio service broadcast in Korean BLOCKED by Kim Jong-un after ONE day

A BBC Korean language service launched as part of a £291million Government grant was immediately blocked by North Korea.

Sep 27 07:17

Behind North Korea’s Bluster, Some See Caution

In the dead of night on Saturday, American B-1B long-range bombers, escorted by F-15 fighter jets, prowled along North Korea’s east coast, in one of the United States military’s most daring maneuvers on the peninsula in decades.

Two days later, North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, declared that Pyongyang had the right to shoot down American bombers even if they were outside its airspace — another escalation in the war of words between the North and President Trump.

But when those planes were near its shores, North Korea did nothing. South Korean intelligence officials told lawmakers on Tuesday that the North’s air-defense radar may have failed to detect their presence. Or, they said, Pyongyang may have simply chosen to avoid a confrontation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US planes would know if they were on North Korea radar. So, I go with avoiding a confrontation.

Sep 27 07:16

North Korea May Not Have Detected U.S. Bombers Near Its Border

South Korean intelligence officials told lawmakers in Seoul on Tuesday that Pyongyang didn't appear to take any action after the U.S. flight.

While they said it was possible the lack of immediate response was intentional, South Korea's National Intelligence Service believes Kim Jong Un's military may not have detected the flight at all.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

North Korea has now moved aircraft, radar, and other defensive units to the coast.

Sep 26 20:14

North Korea behind the scenes, with Evan Osnos

[Podcast] Evan Osnos talks us through his recent front page article on how badly North Korea and the U.S. understand one another.

Sep 26 15:22

Fighter jets moved to coast after US show of force

North Korea has moved warplanes and bolstered defences along its east coast in an apparent delayed response after American warplanes flew close to the area at the weekend, according to the South's intelligence agency.

Saturday night's show of force by US B1-B bombers and fighter jets did not elicit an immediate response from the North as the regime's radars failed to detect the flights, the agency told a parliamentary intelligence committee yesterday.

Mr Lee Cheol Woo, head of the committee, told reporters North Korea "took no action" even though the warplanes flew the closest to the Korean peninsula that they had ever done. This sparked speculation that a power shortage could have rendered the radars useless.

Sep 26 14:06

Trump, Rajoy united against North Korea actions, Catalonia referendum

Sept. 26 (UPI) -- President Donald Trump and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy held a joint press conference Tuesday and during it condemned threats from North Korea and a planned independence referendum in Catalonia.

Sep 26 12:45

North Korea Said To Seek Help From Republicans "To Figure Out Trump"

In what may be the most bizarre development of the day, the WaPo reports that in their ongoing feud with President Trump, the North Korean government has quietly sought the help of an unlikely counterparty: Republicans.

Sep 26 10:41

US sanctions 8 North Korean banks, 26 individuals

Trump administration slaps sanctions on 8 North Korean banks, 26 bank workers living abroad

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US has declared economic war on North Korea.

Sep 26 09:33

Journalist Travels To North Korea, Brings Back Photos Very Different From MSM

By Brandon Turbeville

As the United States continues to drum up support for possible military intervention in North Korea, the propaganda attacks launched against the isolated Asian nation by the mainstream corporate press have intensified as well. Ranging from the semi-legitimate to the ridiculously absurd, the corporate media has launched a campaign of insults balanced only by its “resistance movement” to Donald Trump. In this case, however, Trump has the rare backing of the corporate press if only in the by the fact that the media is cheering for war harder and faster than Trump is perhaps willing to give it to them.

The corporate press has presented the entirety of North Korea as a state in which no independent thought is allowed, starvation is rampant, haircuts are mandated, and the population of the country is essentially kept in a massive prison camp with messages of brainwashing piped in to every home.

Sep 26 09:30

War 'Will Have No Winner', China Warns Amid Fresh US-N Korea Saber-Rattling

Commenting on the recent escalation of the war of words between the US and North Korea, Beijing urged the two countries to realize that armed hostilities are never a viable way out.

Sep 26 09:30

How powerful is the North Korean air force?

The North Korean air force is estimated to have over 1,300 aircraft.

According to US government estimates, North Korea spends nearly a quarter of its GDP on their military.

A 2015 Pentagon report stated that ‘the North Korean Air Force (NKAF), a fleet of more than 1,300 aircraft that are primarily legacy Soviet models, and is primarily responsible for defending North Korean air space.’

They have only a handful of modern aircraft—the most capable of which are Pyongyang’s fleet of 35 or so Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrums.

Other relatively modern planes in Pyongyang’s inventory include 56 MiG-23 Floggers and 34 Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot close air support aircraft.

Sep 26 09:24

Russia warns of 'catastrophic consequences' if conflict erupts on Korean peninsula

As tensions escalate further, Russia and China are warning there will be "no winners" if war breaks out on the Korean peninsula.

Sep 26 09:22

How North Korea Could Hunt U.S. Warplanes

North Korea considers a recent Twitter comment from U.S. Pres. Donald Trump to effectively be a declaration of war against Pyongyang. As such, the Kim regime says that it will retaliate — potentially even engaging U.S. Air Force bombers flying around the Korean peninsula over international waters.

“The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country,” North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in New York. “Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country.”

Sep 26 09:16

Drills by US & allies near Korean Peninsula ‘taunt & provoke’ Pyongyang – Moscow

The military exercises the US and its allies regularly conduct near the Korean Peninsula are only provoking North Korea’s leadership into taking a confrontational stance, a senior Russian diplomat said.

Sep 25 18:03

How to end the North Korea problem

Here’s how to solve the seven-decade old crisis: pull all U.S. troops out of North Korea; end all military exercises on the North Korean border; encourage direct talks between the North and South and offer to host or observe them with an international delegation including the Russians and Chinese, which are after all Korea’s neighbors. The schoolyard insults back and forth between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un are not funny. They are in fact an insult to all of the rest of us!

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