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Dec 04 10:37

North Korea Launched Another ICBM and Here’s What We Learned

Despite warnings to from the international community to stop, North Korea tested the most powerful ICBM to date last night. The hermit kingdom launched yet another Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) which splashed down in the sea off the coast of Japan.

Kim Jong Un issued a handwritten order for the launch. Here's what we learned from this test.

Dec 04 09:42

McMaster: Potential for war with North Korea 'increasing every day

White House national security adviser HR McMaster said Saturday that North Korea represents "the greatest immediate threat to the United States" and that the potential for war with the communist nation is growing each day.

"I think it's increasing every day, which means that we are in a race, really, we are in a race to be able to solve this problem," McMaster told an audience at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California when asked if North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile Tuesday had increased the chance of war.

President Donald Trump remains committed to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, McMaster said, adding that there are nonmilitary ways to deal with the issue, such as calling on China to impose greater economic sanctions against Pyongyang. McMaster noted that Beijing's "tremendous coercive economic power" over North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

HR, a word, please; what, precisely, please, does China get from the US for exerting its "tremendous coercive economic power" over North Korea to get it to denuclearize?!?

And just in case, sir, you are dealing with a really stubborn case of SMD (Selective Memory Disorder), are you having difficulty remembering that a couple of weeks ago, when China sent one of its top level diplomats/Negotiators to North Korea, Kim Jong Un refused to see him?!?

Kim Jong Un Refuses to see top Chinese Amgassador

I would also like to politely remind you that the US has, historically, begrudgingly acknowledged, and lived with, nuclear nations for whose leadership our leadership didn't hold much of a positive thought; Pakistan comes to mind here. The bottom line here, is we have learned to live with nuclear armed countries we don't like, and whose leadership doesn't particularly like that of the US.

That the potential for war war between the US and North Korea getting uglier, and from your perspective, more close, on a daily basis, is not solely the fault of North Korea, but also the faults of the choices the US government has made, over the last 60- plus years of the Armistice, to not negotiate a true peace treaty with North Korea, unlimiting and unsanctioning trade, and working with North Korea to enter into dialogue about their weapons program.

It originally worked with Iran, although Israel's Netanyahu is cheerleading for a US-led war against it; there is no logical reason that it cannot work with North Korea, except that the US government is hell-bent against really giving it a logical try.

This week, as you well know, there is a huge war game, with South Korean and US troops doing what can only be interpreted as a "dry run" for a bombing campaign against North Korea. This campaign ends this Friday.

During this time-frame, I would not bet against some kind of a "false flag" happpening, to be engineered to appear that North Korea did it, as the "justification" for mounting a full-scale military campaign against it.

But you are going to have to ask yourself, Mr. McMaster, in the most bluntly honest way you can conjur, if this false flag can be done in such a way that it appears credible to the Chinese government; because if it does not, this most probably means war with China over North Korea.

Just a few thoughts, sir.

Dec 04 09:37

US, South Korea launch large-scale air drills amid spiraling nuclear tension

Unprecedented joint air force drills between the US and South Korea, featuring hundreds of warplanes, have kicked off despite dire warnings from Pyongyang and Moscow's calls to avoid new provocations after the recent launch of North Korea's new ICBM.

Dec 04 08:18

Venomous DPRK Threats Follow Arrival of US Stealth Fighters in South Korea

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula reached fever pitch over the weekend with the arrival of six US F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets in South Korea on Saturday for joint military drills.

The deployment of the fighter jets to the region comes days after Pyongyang launched a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile reportedly capable of traveling some 8000 miles and reaching Washington DC. Military experts say chances of war are growing at an exponential rate, with both US and North Korean authorities throwing gasoline into the fire.

On Saturday, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the People's Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) said in a written statement that US President Donald Trump and his administration were "begging for nuclear war" by "staging an extremely dangerous nuclear gamble on the Korean peninsula."

Dec 04 08:17

Pentagon should move US military families from S. Korea ahead of possible war – Sen. Graham

The Pentagon should begin moving spouses and children of active US military service members out of South Korea, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said, because the US is "getting close to military conflict" with Pyongyang.

“It’s crazy to send spouses and children to South Korea, given the provocation of North Korea,” Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on the CBS program “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “So, I want them [the Pentagon] to stop sending dependents and I think it’s now time to start moving American dependents out of South Korea."

Dec 04 07:40

U.S. MILITARY PRACTICES STRIKES ON NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR SITES IN BIGGEST-EVER JOINT AIR DRILL WITH SOUTH KOREA

The United States and South Korean air forces began their biggest-ever joint drill Monday, carrying out simulated strikes using 230 aircraft over South Korea.

The New York Times reported the drills would include some of the military’s most sophisticated and powerful aircraft such as B1-B lancer bombers and stealth F-35 Lightning II fighters and F-22 Raptors. It is South Korea's largest deployment of stealth-fighter warplanes ever.

Dec 04 07:07

Heaven Forbid Peace Should Break Out Between the US and North Korea!

As long as the US Empire can be funded and maintained on the backs of its taxpaying public, the chance of de-escalation of tensions not only on the Korean peninsula, but throughout the world are practically nil. And, as long as the nation’s current interventionist ideology holds sway, it will only be through a financial meltdown that the US’s role as global policeman will come to a much-needed end.

Dec 03 18:36

US and South Korea dumbfounded why their War Games get a hostile reaction from North Korea

Just Imagine China and Cuba doing a mock Invasion of Florida with 230 aircraft and how the US would respond to that. Radical Americanism is a danger to the planet.

Dec 03 09:07

US and South Korea Begging for War with North Korea. Preparation for Military Onslaught under Operation “Vigilant Ace”

On November 23, the U.S. and South Korea confirmed that they will be deploying yet another menacing military demonstration against North Korea, with 230 aircraft, including F-22 Raptor stealth fighters and F-35 aircraft, 12,000 U.S. personnel, with the participation of the U.S. marines and navy. This preparation for military onslaught against the DPRK, called “Vigilant Ace,” will begin on December 4, and this “Sword of Damocles,” which the U.S. and South Korea hold over North Korea is a perpetual form of terrorism. Confronted with these constant and deadly military threats and intolerable provocations, the DPRK had no alternative but to increase its defense, and on November 28 tested another ballistic missile.

Dec 03 08:53

The Folly of Deploying US Tactical Nuclear Weapons to South Korea

The mudslinging between US President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the near-daily handicapping of whether the US and North Korea are bound for war have overshadowed an important debate in South Korea over whether the US should redeploy tactical nuclear weapons (TNW) on ROK territory. Proposals that US government officials and defense experts have floated to ease South Korean worries about the credibility of the US extended deterrent have primarily focused on bolstering US/ROK conventional defenses against North Korean aggression. These measures, while necessary in the short-term, may not be sufficient to contain South Korean pressure for either US TNW deployments or development of an indigenous nuclear weapons program over the long-run, especially if the conservative party returns to power.

Dec 03 08:08

Tokyo and Seoul will be first to fall victim if there is war on Korean Peninsula – Lavrov

Japan and South Korea, whom the US is trying to involve in provocations against North Korea, will become the first victims if conflict breaks out in the region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned.
“While condemning Pyongyang's nuclear missile adventurism, we cannot but condemn the provocative behavior of our American colleagues,” Lavrov said in an interview with Belarusian broadcaster STV.

“Unfortunately, they are trying to drag the Japanese and South Koreans in the same direction, who... will be the first victims in the event of war on the Korean Peninsula.”

Earlier this week, North Korea carried out its first missile test in two months, firing an ICBM that allegedly can reach the US mainland. The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, reacted to the test by urging more sanctions against Pyongyang and threatening that “if war comes… the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.”

Dec 02 11:33

Russian FM Reveals First Victims in Case of War on Korean Peninsula

Russia condemns the provocative actions of the United States with regard to North Korea, as well as Washington's attempts to involve Tokyo and Seoul in provocations, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has stated, adding that Japan and South Korea "will become the first victims in case of the outbreak of a war on the Korean peninsula."

According to the minister, Pyongyang has refrained from launching missiles for over two months prior to the latest launch on Wednesday.

Lavrov explained that the US officials made it clear to Russia that next US drills close to the North Korean borders were not scheduled to take place until spring 2018.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The level at which the US is playing "picador" with North Korea, Russia, and China on the issue of North Korea's missile tests, is nothing less than terrifying.

And to assure Lavrov that there would be be no massive US/South Korean war games until 2018, then do a 180 degree turn on that commitment, is thoroughly geopolitically reckless on the part of this Administration, and demonstrates that it cannot possibly be trusted by the world's leadership.

Dec 02 10:13

Sergey Lavrov Blasts Washington’s North Korea Policy

Everyone everywhere wanting peace, not war, should blast it, imperial madness threatening life on earth.

The Trump administration wants North Korea isolated, all countries urged to sever ties with its government.

China and Russia reject bellicosity toward the country, neither willing to sever ties, fundamentally against Washington’s imperial agenda, calling for stepping back from the brink, engaging in responsible diplomacy to resolve contentious issues - what the Trump administration refuses to do.

On Thursday, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said “sever(ing) ties with (the DPRK) would be the easiest thing to do. The question is what we will do to resolve the issue. We believe that we should pool our efforts to…reach a settlement.”

Sergey Lavrov was uncharacteristically blunt, saying “(t)he latest US action seemed to be directed towards provoking Pyongyang into taking some rash action.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lavrov is entirely correct in his assessment; he is someone I would characterize as "a true adult in the room" of geopolitics, and would be delighted to meet him one day.

But if EVER there was a moment in world history, when this country needed a department of peace, it is right the hell now.

And I am, unfortunately, thoroughly convinced that war is coming, because the US government has lost its ability to achieve its geopolitical objectives in any other way.

And Lendman is very precient when he talks about wars against Iran Russia and China; Paul Craig Roberts reported last Spring that the US government has plans to attack China and Russia, and this guy does have the contacts and knowledge of the inner workings of DC to have gotten this story correctly:

Washington plans to nuke Russia and China

Dec 02 08:00

North Koreans celebrate missile launch with fireworks and street parties

Just days after North Korea successfully launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile — another dramatic weapons advancement that further escalated tensions with the United States and South Korea — state media is reporting that people in Pyongyang have taken to the streets to celebrate with a street party and fireworks.

The official Korean Central News Agency reported Thursday that “dancing parties” had broken out in the capital and that there was “great joy and excitement” among government employees and civilians because of the previous day's launch.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They are allowed to have fireworks?!?

Dec 01 09:52

Crisis Management: Top US, Chinese Generals Talk North Korea After Missile Test

The meetings were held on Wednesday and Thursday, just hours after Pyongyang's intercontinental ballistic missile test early Wednesday morning.

People's Liberation Army Maj. Gen. Shao Yuanming and the US Defense Department's Lt. Gen Richard Clarke discussed ways to improve communication channels regarding the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the South China Morning Post reports.

A Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman told SCMP Thursday that the discussion focused on crisis management but did not divulge further information. The talks were originally scheduled for August but only took place this week, according to the Hong-Kong based newspaper.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At least, high level Chinese and US military personnel are talking about it; the question is, how do they bring North Korea to the bargaining table?!?!?

My concern is, I don't think they can.

Dec 01 07:24

Satellite Photos Show North Korea Preparing Another Missile Launch

North Korea carried out its first missile test in more than two months earlier this week, ending the longest stretch of calm since President Trump took office. But according to satellite images exclusively obtained by Fox News, the North Korean military is already constructing another launch pad at the Panghyon Airbase in North Pyongyang - the same site where it carried out its July 4 launch of an ICBM.

This suggests that the North is already preparing for its next missile test.

Analysts at Image Sat International spotted the construction just days after the rogue nation launched an ICBM that North Korea claimed was powerful enough to carry a “super-heavy nuclear warhead” that could strike the “mainland of the U.S."

Dec 01 07:23

Activist: Expect War with Iran, North Korea if Pompeo Becomes Secretary of State

The New York Times reported on Thursday morning that sometime in the near future, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be ousted in favor of sitting CIA Director Mike Pompeo - and Pompeo’s job will be taken by hawkish Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton.

The Times made the report with high confidence, citing "senior administration officials." Tillerson's exit has been long-rumored due to his numerous clashes with US President Donald Trump. Spokespeople for both the White House and the State Department refused to confirm or deny the reports when asked.

Dec 01 07:21

US should come clean if it’s looking for pretext to destroy N. Korea – Russian FM Lavrov

The US has been consciously provoking North Korea to take action, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov alleged after Pyongyang’s latest ballistic missile test. Moscow suspects the US wants a pretext to attack North Korea, he said.

Commenting on the latest developments, Lavrov said it seems that the US wants North Korea to resume the tests. “The latest US action seemed to be directed towards provoking Pyongyang into taking some rash action,” he told journalists on Thursday. The foreign minister called the missile test “an adventure,” but said that Washington has apparently been trying to goad North Korean leader Kim Jong-un into it.

Nov 30 15:57

Check Out This Crazy Bit Of North Korean Propaganda…

Dear Leader’s propaganda shop is working overtime…

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Nov 30 10:41

North Korea’s Nuclear Power Declaration Could Be a Prelude to Talks

Following Tuesday’s missile test, North Korea has declared itself a full nuclear power, saying they have the ability to deliver a “super-large heavy warhead” anywhere within the mainland United States now.

The declaration is presented by some US officials as just grandstanding, but it might also portend a shift in North Korea’s strategy, and open up the possibility of real negotiations with the United States.

After all, North Korea has been very open about its goals in developing missiles and nuclear weapons being a deterrent force to prevent US attacks on them. This latest missile test may have been the culmination of that.

Analysts note that while there are still questions about North Korea’s missiles, the fact that they could plausibly fire a nuclear weapon at New York City at this point, even if it’s not with 100% certainty, should be enough to deter a US first strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope, with all my heart, that this blogger is correct in his assessment.

But with Kim Jung Un, will....enough deterrent ever be really "enough deterrent"?!?

Nov 30 10:29

North Korea sanctionsDonald Trump asks Xi Jinping to cut off North Korea’s oil supply to stop nuclear programme

US President Donald Trump asked President Xi Jinping to halt all oil shipments to North Korea to stop its neighbour’s nuclear weapons programme following Pyongyang’s test launch of a ballistic missile experts say could reach the US mainland.

“President Trump called Chinese President Xi [Jinping] this morning and told him that we’ve come to the point where China must cut off the oil from North Korea. That would be a pivotal step in the world’s effort to stop this international pariah,” Washington’s United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said.

“We know the main driver of [North Korea’s] nuclear production is oil,” Haley said on Wednesday at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.
The Security Council meeting pitted the US, Japan and its other allies against China and Russia, which accused the US of intensifying North Korea’s determination to develop nuclear weapons capability. Haley also accused China of not enforcing existing sanctions against North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to say, regarding stiffening North Korea's resolve to develop a steerable, targetable nuclear missle, capable of hitting the US, the Chinese Ambassador is entirely correct, that the US is completely ignoring the joint Russian/Chines proposal of "suspension for suspension", which may give negotiations a slight chance of moving forward.

It appears, with President Trump, his approach represents a "My way, or the highway!" kind of thinking.

This is absolutely the polar opposite of the approach he, Nikki Haley, Mattis, and Tillerson should be taking, to get some real tangible progress moving here.

Nov 30 10:18

Trump talks to Jinping after Pyongyang's ICBM launch, says US to impose more sanctions on North Korea

The US will impose additional "major sanctions" on North Korea for its latest missile test, President Donald Trump said today as he spoke to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to press Pyonyang to halt its "provocative actions".
During the phone call, Trump underscored the determination of the US to defend itself and its allies from the growing threat posed by the North Korean regime, the White House said.

The two leaders discussed North Korea's latest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch, it said.

The missile was launched from Sain Ni, North Korea yesterday, and travelled about 1000 km before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan's Economic Exclusion Zone.

"Just spoke to President Xi Jinping of China concerning the provocative actions of North Korea. Additional major sanctions will be imposed on North Korea today. This situation will be handled!" Trump tweeted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder: just what does President Trump have left to throw at North Korea in terms of sanctions?!?

Food?!?

Medicine?!?

The optics of these kinds of sanctions would be thoroughly lousy, but it is possible Trump believes that they are the only methods left to avoid a military confrontation with Pyongyang.

And what of China's real influence here?!? A senior Chinese diplomat flew to Pyongyang a couple of weeks ago, but was rebuffed by Kim Jung Un.
Did North Korea's Kim Jung Un Just Slap China in the Face?!? This was as big an insult as Kim could possibly hurl at their benefactor, China, and yet he believed he could get away with it with impunity.

And if President Trump supports a military solution to the North Korean issue before the US or coalition members are actually attacked, how is China going to respond?!?

Nov 30 08:29

U.S. warns North Korean leadership will be 'utterly destroyed' in case of war

The United States warned North Korea's leadership it would be "utterly destroyed" if war were to break out after Pyongyang test fired its most advanced missile, putting the U.S. mainland within range, in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Nov 30 08:28

Russia rejects US call to cut North Korea ties

Russia on Thursday rejected a US call to cut ties with North Korea in response to Pyongyang's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Nov 30 07:32

The Latest: Russia opposes further isolation of North Korea

Russia says it opposes a U.S. push for further isolation of North Korea after its recent missile test.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday that the possibilities of pressuring North Korea with more sanctions have been exhausted. He deplored the U.S. refusal to engage in talks with North Korea and noted that a series of military drills by the U.S. and its allies in the region fueled tensions.

Lavrov referred to comments by the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, who warned that the North Korean missile test “brings us closer” to a war the U.S. isn’t seeking.

He said “the Americans need to explain to us all what they want: If they want to find a pretext for destroying North Korea ... they should say it openly.”

Nov 30 07:30

Beijing, Moscow Express ‘Grave Concern’ at ‘Explosive’ Situation After DPRK Test

In light of American foreign policy in the region, diplomats in China expressed “grave concern” following North Korea’s most recent ballistic missile test Tuesday, which reached higher altitudes than any previous test.

Nov 29 09:37

North Korean nuclear missile could easily stray off target and accidentally hit a neighbour, sparking World War Three, warns former NASA scientist

'This is quite dangerous given the proximity of peripheral states who would accept as a declaration of war any stray missile hitting their territory, whether it carried a warhead or not,' he said.

'The risk is considerable. Even technologically advanced nations struggle to keep these missiles on track.'

He pointed to the example of a British test off Cape Canaveral last year when a ballistic missile had to be destroyed after it was accidentally launched at America, rather than into open waters near Africa.

'North Korea is putting considerable faith in the guidance systems of these missiles,' he added.

Nov 29 07:49

New missile test shows North Korea capable of hitting all of US mainland

North Korea claims to have successfully tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile, topped with a "super-large heavy warhead," which is capable of striking the US mainland.

The country's state media made the announcement Wednesday, hours after leader Kim Jong Un ordered the 3 a.m. launch of the Hwasong-15 missile, which reached the highest altitude ever recorded by a North Korean missile.

State news agency KCNA called its so-called new missile "the most powerful ICBM" and said it "meets the goal of the completion of the rocket weaponry system development.
After the launch, Kim said North Korea had "finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force," according to KCNA.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

North Korea is now off the list of "to be invaded" countries by the US Government, which only attacks nations unable to fight back, like Yemen, Somalia, etc.

Nov 29 07:47

"It Can Reach Washington, DC": Latest North Korean ICBM Can Hit Anywhere In The Continental US

This would make it the most powerful of the three ICBM’s North Korea has tested so far. Furthermore, the mobile night launch appeared aimed at testing new capabilities and demonstrating that Pyongyang would be able to strike back to any attempt at a preventative strike against the regime.

“The missile was launched from Sain Ni, North Korea, and traveled about 1,000 km before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan’s economic exclusion zone. We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment of the launch,” Pentagon spokesman, Col Robert Manning said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good reason not to piss them off!

Nov 29 06:57

Inhofe Calls for Increased Missile Defense in Light of New N. Korea Missile Tests

As news spread Tuesday of a North Korean missile test, which proved to be one of its most successful attempts, many in Washington, D.C. are calling for action. That includes U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe.

“North Korea has been clear—they will not stop their aggressive behavior towards the United States and our allies until they have achieved a missile capable of reaching the United States with a nuclear warhead. While we must continue to pursue economic and diplomatic efforts with our strategic partners in the region, it is vital for the safety of American families to strengthen and grow our missile defense capabilities in the boost, mid-course, and terminal phases. We cannot afford to wait any longer,” said Inhofe in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And here I though that all that money Reagan spent on the Strategic Defense Initiative bought us a missile defense system; the one they were testing when they accidentally shot down TWA 800!

Nov 29 04:18

Trump on Missile Launch: We'll Take Care of It

President Trump’s surprise Tuesday press statement, mere hours after North Korea launched its latest test ICBM, had surprisingly little to do with North Korea, with President Trump prefacing his comments with an assurance that he’ll “take care of it.”

This is unusual, as Trump has tended to offer very bellicose screeds at every sign of North Korean activity, and talks of “totally destroying” the reclusive nation militarily. Trump followed this up with Twitter statements condemning illegal immigration and presenting North Korea’s test as proof it’s more important than ever to fund his agenda.

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Nov 28 12:08

North Korea reportedly launches ballistic missile

North Korea launched its latest ballistic missile test Tuesday, South Korean news agency Yonhap reports. The news agency cites South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff in its report that said the unidentified missile flew eastward and the South Korean military is analyzing details with the U.S.

Last week, the U.S. issued new sanctions on four Chinese trading companies and a Chinese national said to have conducted hundreds of millions of dollars in business with North Korea. The Treasury Department also designated six North Korean shipping and trading companies and 20 vessels in an effort to disrupt funding for the nation's nuclear and missile programs.

Nov 28 10:42

Can’t You See War on the Horizon?

According to news reports in the British press, Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed Russia’s industries to prepare themselves to be able to make a quick switch to war production.

Clearly, the Russian government would not make such an announcement unless it was convinced that the prospect of war with the West was real. For some time I have emphasized in my columns that the consequence of years of hostile actions taken by Washington and its European vassals against Russia was leading to war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war I see coming is bigger than just between the US government and Russia.

The demonization of Russia, North Korea, and Iran continues apace.

And note, of late, an attempted "linkage" between North Korea and Iran, regarding North Korea's weapons program.

Demonization, coupled with sanctions, are nearly always a prelude to war.

I hope to hell that I am wrong, but I see a world war coming to this planet, within this next year, and one which will bring back the draft, in this country, of both our young men and our young women.

Nov 27 13:10

Japan: North Korea preparing for new missile test.

Earlier today, Russia's deputy foreign minister Igor Morgulov warned that while there is a latent danger of an "apocalyptic scenario of developments" on the Korean Peninsula, he brought attention to the apparent "denuclearization" of the Kim regime, pointing out that North Korea’s last provocation was on Sept. 15, when it fired its second missile over Japan in as many months. The 73-day pause is the longest since a 116-day break between October 2016 and February.

That may soon be changing because according to a tweet from Michiyo Ishida, the Tokyo Bureau Chief for Channel News Asia, the Japanese government has deteced a "signal from #NorthKorea on preparation towards a ballistic missile launch according to local media"

Nov 27 08:06

Top North Korean Official Says Nuke Program Targets Only US - Reports

The North Korean nuclear program targets no other country than the US, Deputy of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly and director of the National Reunification Institute Ri Jong-hyok was quoted as saying by the Yonhap news agency on Sunday.

"Our nuclear deterrence is a sword of justice aimed at fighting [the US] nuke and Asia and any country in the world need not worry about our threats as long as they do not join an invasion and provocations toward us," the official noted.

Nov 27 07:27

North Korea and Syria are growing closer: That's bad news for the US

Closer ties between two of the world's most acute political powder kegs — North Korea and Syria — are fanning fears of deeper cooperation on missile technology and chemical weapons.

The longstanding bilateral relationship, which stretches back to the late 1960s, has prospered this year even as both countries face international sanctions. Syrian minister of social affairs and labor Rima al-Qadiri met with North Korean ambassador Jang Myong Ho last week to discuss enhancing bilateral links, Syrian state media reported, with Jang saying his country wanted to help President Bashar al-Assad's regime with reconstruction efforts.

Nov 26 18:01

N.Korean politician 'optimistic' on ties with Turkey

A parliamentarian from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said he was "very optimistic about the future relations between" his country and Turkey.

Kim Chung Song, a member of the DPRK's Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA), told Anadolu Agency:

"There are many things in common between the independent foreign policy of Turkey and DPR Korea."

Nov 25 11:22

US F-22, F-35 Aircraft Marshalled to South Korea For Massive War Games

The US military is sending the most advanced aircraft in its arsenal, F-22 Raptors and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, to South Korea to take part in a massive show of force next month that will feature at least 230 warplanes.

Nov 24 08:37

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Nov 24 05:59

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

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

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

Nov 23 05:22

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

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

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

Nov 22 14:50

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

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

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

Nov 22 13:10

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Nov 22 10:17

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

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

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Nov 21 10:11

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Nov 20 11:42

White House Declares North Korea A State Sponsor Of Terror

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

The short answer is, nothing.

Nov 20 10:20

Trump declares North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism

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

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

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

Nov 20 08:58

South Detects "Engine Test" At North Korean Nuclear Facility

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Nov 20 01:40

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

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

Nov 19 08:19

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Nov 18 09:23

NEW COLD WAR? NORTH KOREA STRENGTHENS TIES WITH CUBA

Pyongyang hopes to rekindle a Cold War-era friendship.

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Nov 18 08:48

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

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

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

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

Nov 17 18:01

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 17 12:14

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

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

Nov 17 12:07

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

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

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

Nov 16 14:38

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

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

Nov 16 11:51

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

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

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

Nov 16 11:06

ALASKANS QUIETLY TOLD TO PREPARE FOR A NORTH KOREAN ATTACK

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

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

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

Nov 16 10:46

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

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

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

Nov 16 10:31

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

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

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

Nov 16 09:20

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed here......

Nov 16 07:43

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

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

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

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

Nov 15 09:51

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

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

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

Nov 15 08:42

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

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

Nov 15 08:06

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

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

Nov 15 06:21

Winter Olympics 2018

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

Nov 15 04:06

House Passes $700 Billion Military Spending Bill

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

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

Nov 14 08:12

North Korea has something bigger than nuclear bomb

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

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

Nov 14 08:11

North Korea responds to the CIA plan to change the regime

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

Nov 13 15:01

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

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

Nov 13 11:08

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

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

Nov 13 07:45

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

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

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

Nov 12 08:15

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

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

Nov 12 07:48

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

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

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

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

Nov 12 07:48

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

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

Nov 12 04:44

North Korea Accuses Trump Of ‘Begging’ For Nuclear War

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

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Nov 11 09:10

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Nov 11 09:07

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

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

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

Nov 11 08:35

KOREA: The Imposed Divide - A documentary by Anya Parampil


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

Nov 11 08:31

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

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

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

Nov 10 15:07

South Korea ‘To Partake In US Western Pacific Drills’

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

Nov 10 11:13

As North Korean threat grows, Hawaii prepares for nuclear attack

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

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

That’s no longer the case in Hawaii.

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Oahu surprised: FDR wasn't

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

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

Nov 10 10:07

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

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

Nov 10 09:56

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

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

Nov 09 11:38

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Nov 09 11:24

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Moving On: China Resolves THAAD Dispute with South Korea

Nov 09 11:01

Trump expected to demand China cut financial ties with North Korea

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Nov 09 02:22

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

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

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

Nov 09 01:36

Dick Cheney Once Warned Against Military Action on North Korea

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

Nov 08 12:09

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Nov 08 11:14

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

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

Nov 08 11:13

Korean F-16s Upgraded To Carry Israeli Weapon

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

Nov 08 10:17

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

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

Nov 08 10:17

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

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

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

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

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