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Mar 24 10:39

UN: Sanctions on North Korea Hindering Food Aid

A new report from the top UN official in Pyongyang is warning that the growing array of international sanctions against North Korea is having a serious deleterious impact on humanitarian aid shipments, saying they are facing a “radical decline” in donations because of sanctions fear.

In addition to the fear of accidentally violating sanctions with such donations of food, there is considerable diplomatic pressure not to feed the North Koreans, with South Korea’s government arguing that the North Korean government is using money not used on food for missile tests.

While that is true, North Korea’s government doesn’t appear to be interested in spending the money on food either way, and the UN is warning that about 41% of the population is undernourished at this point, with young children suffering from the most chronic malnutrition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The starvation of children, allegedly to "soften a country up" for invasion and/or occupation, is not a new tool of the West; the US and Saudi Arabia have been very effectively causing Yemeni kids to die of malnutrition over these last two years, courtesy of shutting down all Yemeni ports, so food cannot get in. Here's what THAT looks like:

Images: Yemeni children dying of malnutrition

Mar 24 08:11

If we're going to rule out negotiations with North Korea, we have to be ready for war

“Twenty years of talking has brought us to the point we are today,” Tillerson said at a news conference. “Talk is not going to change the situation.” If North Korea threatens South Korean or American forces or elevates the level of its weapons program, Tillerson warned, preemptive military action is “on the table.”

Tillerson’s comments did not come entirely out of left field. For months, Washington has been abuzz over the possibility that North Korea may successfully test an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon to an American city. In a New Year’s address, North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un indicated such a test could come sooner than we think.

But Tillerson’s warning did signal that the Trump administration is taking U.S. policy toward North Korea in a new direction — that we may be serious about abandoning engagement and willing to pursue containment through military action.

Mar 23 00:06

Nuclear War: Hopefully Just A Bad Dream

Go here
for the full text of my description, with images as closely resembling as I could find.

From the conclusion:

Notably, there were two types of nuclear scenarios with which The Powers That Be in my dreamworld had not seen fit to torture me, and with which I therefore had not had the misfortune to have had any familiarity. One of them is the aftereffects, environmental and political, of a modern-day First Strike by the United States....

Excerpts:

Dreamt, last night, that WW3 started.

And we may have started it.

Mar 22 10:30

BEX ALERT - Report: Pyongyang Military Exports Directly Threaten Israel; Latest Arms Convoy to Hezbollah Struck by IDF in Syria Contained North Korean Missiles

North Korean exporting of missile and other military systems to countries and terrorist organizations around the world directly threatens the Jewish state, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Monday.

According to Channel 2, Arab media outlets reported over the weekend that an arms shipment on its way to Hezbollah was attacked by the IDF in Syria late Thursday night/early Friday morning. The shipment, according to these sources, included advanced North Korean missiles. Channel 2 added that the nuclear reactor in Syria, which Israel destroyed in September 2007, was built for President Bashar Assad with the aid of the regime in Pyongyang.

Mar 22 09:53

OFFICIALS: US EXPECTS NEXT NORTH KOREAN MISSILE LAUNCH SOON

The U.S. military expects another North Korean missile launch in the next several days, American defense officials said Tuesday.

The officials said the U.S. has increased its surveillance over the isolated, communist country and has seen a North Korean missile launcher moving around, as well as construction of VIP seating in the eastern coastal city Wonsan.

The officials, who weren't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the new surveillance includes satellites, drones and other aircraft.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin, Spanish mine in Havana Harbor, Saddam's nukes...

I smell a false-flag on the way!

Mar 22 08:04

A peek into North Korea's Internet

For most North Koreans, it's nonexistent. There are only 1,024 known IP addresses in the entire country. The Internet is typically reserved for government officials, a few foreign ambassadors and outside assistance groups, according to a North Korean defector-turned-journalist.

By comparison, the United States has 1.5 billion IP addresses.

It's important to note that it's not one IP address per device, so there could be thousands of devices hooked up to the Internet in North Korea. Still, it has one of the smallest Internet presences in the world.

Mar 22 07:46

NSA Official Suggests North Korea Was Culprit in Bangladesh Bank Heist

A senior National Security Agency official appeared to confirm that North Korean computer hackers were behind a multi-million dollar heist targeting Bangladesh’s central bank last year.

Computer hackers attempted to steal $951 million, but only got away with $81 million, some of which was later recovered. After the theft, security firms quickly pointed the finger at North Korea. Other experts disputed that finding. But on Tuesday, NSA Deputy Director Rick Ledgett appeared to say North Korea was the culprit during a cryptic exchange at a Washington forum.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, "North Korean Hacker" has joined "Russian Hacker" on the list of boogeymen we are supposed to automatically be afraid of!

Mar 21 13:58

Exclusive: North Korea has no fear of U.S. sanctions move, will pursue nuclear arms - envoy

North Korea has nothing to fear from any U.S. move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue "acceleration" of its nuclear and missile programs, a Pyongyang envoy told Reuters on Tuesday.

Mar 21 11:37

The Korean Crisis, the US' Next Phase of Pan-Eurasian Containment

The security situation has markedly deteriorated on the Korean Peninsula in recent days following the North’s latest missile test, which Pyongyang antagonistically said was a drill for striking US bases in Japan in response to the latest US-South Korean military exercises that it rightly views as a sign of hostility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish the two "adults in the geopolitical room", and I am talking about Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov, would get involved here; they are about the only two human beings in the world who could, potentially, de-escalate this mess, and come up with a face-saving plan which all the major actors could get behind, and help forge a peace treaty with North Korea, in return for its abandoning its nuclear weapons program.

Unfortunately, I am very concerned that the American Deep State will not allow this to happen, and continue to push, and provoke North Korea into a place where it feels it has no choice but to lash out militarily, which will be the "excuse" for a huge, US-sponsored military decap strike against it.

At least, that is the way I'm reading the "tea leaves" on the issue at the moment.

The large scale US/South Korean military exercises will continue until the end of April of this year, right before the South Korean elections in May;

US, South Korea launch large-scale military exercises

After the impeachment and removal of President Park from office this month, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn took over as acting President. Moon Jae In, a progressive who advocates the "Sunshine Policy", and is doing very well in the polls,is encouraging more rapprochement with North Korea, and may, if elected, want direct negotiations with Kim Jong-Un at a summit, as reported at pressreader.com on 11 March, 2017:

South Korea likely to reset its relationship with the North after Presidential election

It is a very certain bet that, should he get elected, the US government will do everything in their power to crush such an outreach, and insure that his ability to negotiate with North Korea becomes limited in the extreme.

Mar 21 09:23

U.N. Nuclear Inspector: North Korea’s Capability Has Entered A ‘New Phase’

North Korea’s nuclear weapons program has entered a “new phase,” with the country having doubled the size of its uranium-enrichment facility in recent years, Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told The Wall Street Journal.

“The situation is very bad …. It has gone into a new phase,” Amano told the publication Monday. “All of the indications point to the fact that North Korea is making progress, as they declared.”

And while Amano believes a diplomatic solution, like the one he helped broker between world powers and Iran in 2015, is “essential,” he’s skeptical such an agreement can be reached with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his government.

“We don’t have the reason to be optimistic,” he told the Journal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, because "“We don’t have the reason to be optimistic”, is Amano "grooming" the US and the West for a war against Korea, and most probably China?!?

That would be a pure, utter catastrophe for the United States government right now, due to its military's lack of cost-effective, and militarily effective weaponry, compared to that of China and Russia; its lack of funds to pursue such a war; the lack of troop strength, compared to that of Russia and China; and a lack of domestic manufacturing.

To avoid such a war, negotiations present the only possible solution, with North Korea given full trade privileges, in exchange for abandoning its nuclear weapons program.

Mar 21 09:03

White House Considering Sweeping Sanctions On North Korea

The Trump administration is considering sweeping sanctions aimed at cutting North Korea off from the global financial system as part of a broad review of measures to counter Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile threat, a senior U.S. official said on Monday.

The sanctions would be part of a multi-pronged approach of increased economic and diplomatic pressure – especially on Chinese banks and firms that do the most business with North Korea – plus beefed-up defenses by the United States and its South Korean and Japanese allies, according to the administration official familiar with the deliberations.

While the long-standing option of pre-emptive military strikes against North Korea is not off the table – as reflected by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s warning to Pyongyang during his Asia tour last week - the new administration is giving priority for now to less-risky options.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very relieved that Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Trump are meeting in early April; I hope that the two leaders can come up with a plan which includes getting North Korea back to the negotiating table to create a peace treaty to replace the existing armistice, with full guarantees for trade, etc., in exchange for North Korea stopping its nuclear weapons program.

But these potentially upcoming, draconian sanctions make me nervous, because very frequently, such sanctions are a prelude to war. Let us remember what Security Council sanctions did to the children of Iraq, pre-invasion:

As many as 576,000 Iraqi children may have died since the end of the Persian Gulf war because of economic sanctions imposed by the Security Council, according to two scientists who surveyed the country for the Food and Agriculture Organization. The study also found steeply rising malnutrition among the young, suggesting that more children will be at risk in the coming years. The results of the survey will appear on Friday in The Lancet, the journal of the British Medical Association.

I am hoping that the US and China can find the right balance of "carrot and stick" in these negotiations.

Mar 20 10:18

Farm Credit Implodes, Korean Food Prices Up

Korean government has lost control of food prices in the country as massive bird flu culls of birds raising the prices of chicken and eggs by minimum of 30%, seafood 25% and vegetables up to 75%. The farm credit crunch will result in less acreage planted in 2017 and now department store sales are at record low, is this an indication people are spending more of food in the US and buying less non-essential items?

Mar 19 21:38

How to Survive a Nuclear Strike

Learning what to do in the event of a nuclear strike just took on a whole new urgency now that Kim Jong Un just threatened to nuke the US.

We don’t know if Kim Jong Un actually has the capability to nuke the United States, but we do know that little dictator in North Korea is batcrap crazy. So if he actually does have the ability to hit the United States with a nuclear weapon, do you have any doubt whatsoever that he’d do it?

Regardless, it's important to know what to do in a variety of emergencies, right?

Mar 18 10:42

China Pushes Back on U.S. Talk of ‘All Options’ Over North Korea

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pushed back against the tougher U.S. line on North Korea, reiterating his country’s view that the only way to rein in its reclusive neighbor is through talks.

Wang spoke at a briefing in Beijing with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who in Seoul on Friday refused to rule out a preemptive strike against Pyongyang if the threat from its weapons program was deemed severe enough. While that’s largely in line with prior U.S. positions, Tillerson’s comments -- and Twitter posts from President Donald Trump -- signal the level of concern over North Korea is rising.

“The most important principle we have identified is that no matter what happens, we have to stay committed to diplomatic means as a way to seek a peaceful settlement,” Wang said on Saturday. “We hope all parties, including our friends from the United States, could size up the situation in a cool-headed and comprehensive fashion and arrive at a wise decision.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Foreign Minister Wang has it entirely correctly.

The only thing that will de-escalate the situation is for North Korea, the US, China, and South Korea to go to the negotiating table and hammer out a peace treaty to replace the existing armistice, with very clear language that in exchange for the peace treaty, North Korea ends its nuclear weapons program.

Unfortunately, it appears that the US government wants war against North Korea, soon, and by any means necessary. Tillerson's position that Kim Jung Un has to give up his nuclear weapons program before negotiations can even begin, betrays an absolute cynicism toward any peaceful means of resolving this issue.

And Secretary Tillerson a word, please; if the US military attacks North Korea, China is treaty-bound to defend it militarily.

Have you, sir, wargamed this scenario with Sec Def Mattis?!? If not, I think it would be reasonable to do so. And the reason I am mentioning this is that, right now, the US military does not have the money, the weaponry, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to ensure a positive outcome to a conventional war against China.

Mar 18 08:55

Tillerson Urges China to Refrain From Retaliation Against THAAD in S Korea

It isn't economic retaliation Tillerson is bleating about. China moved some heavy EW jammers up to where they can jam THAAD making it useless against an NK riposte!
The Chinese say checkmate.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged China on Friday to refrain from creating economic policies which could hinder South Korea’s deployment of a US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile system.

"While we acknowledge China's opposition, its economic retaliation against South Korea is inappropriate and troubling. We ask China to refrain from such actions," Tillerson said during a press conference following his talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se.

Mar 18 08:29

POSSIBLE FALSE FLAG? Kim Jong-un threatens ‘MERCILESS’ attack on America in retaliation for South Korea drills

He said he would attack his Western enemies from “ground, air, sea and underwater” in a sabre-rattling statement released through state media.

The propaganda press agency KCNA indicated the blood-thirsty despot was becoming increasingly agitated by the joint military drills south of the border.

A statement attributed to Kim said: “If they infringe on the DPRK's sovereignty and dignity even a bit, its army will launch merciless ultra-precision strikes from ground, air, sea and underwater.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Everything we think we know about what is going on in North Korea comes to us via the same corporate propaganda outlets that told us Saddam had nuclear weapons.

We know the US wants a war with North Korea, possibly as a means to limit China's sea lanes of communications while the South Chine Sea islands are invaded.

But the US needs to make it look like North Korea struck first and is the unreasonable party here.

But ...

Remember the Cheosan; sunk by a torpedo blamed on North Korea, until it was realized that the actual torpedo used was not one available to North Korea!

Mar 17 10:35

Rex Tillerson Rejects Talks With North Korea on Nuclear Program

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson ruled out on Friday opening any negotiation with North Korea to freeze its nuclear and missile programs and said for the first time that the Trump administration might be forced to take pre-emptive action “if they elevate the threat of their weapons program” to an unacceptable level.

Mr. Tillerson’s comments in Seoul, a day before he travels to Beijing to meet Chinese leaders, explicitly rejected any return to the bargaining table in an effort to buy time by halting North Korea’s accelerating testing program. The country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, said on New Year’s Day that North Korea was in the “final stage” of preparation for the first launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ruling out any negotiations before the DPRK stopped their nuclear weapons development program was a non-starter, because Kim Jung Un sees these weapons as a deterrent against Western aggression; Tillerson had to know that.

I also noticed that there were no real public statements from Tillerson after he met with South Korean dignitaries; I have to wonder if Tillerson actually got what he came for, which I believe, would have been the proverbial "blank check" for permission for an overt attack against North Korea.

I will be very interested to see what Tillerson's and Chinese officials' comments will be after the meeting in Beijing.

Mar 17 09:50

Russian senator warns US withdrawal from talks on North Korea could be disastrous

Washington’s refusal to take part in the six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear program could be disastrous, Konstantin Kosachev, head of Russia’s Federation Council International Affairs Committee, said on Friday. Earlier, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in an interview with CNN that the US does not "want to get back into the six-party talks" involving South Korea, North Korea, the US, China, Japan and Russia. "We're not willing to do that. Been there, done that." In comments to this statement, Kosachev voiced concerns over the attempts of the new US administration to solve the most important international issues, like on the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs, with the use of "Cowboys’ outbursts." "The consequences could be a disaster, especially when you deal with nuclear powers," the Russian senator stressed...

Mar 17 09:46

Tillerson not ruling out US deployment of nuclear weapons to Korean Peninsula

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has not ruled out that nuclear weapons may be deployed to contain North Korea’s nuclear threat. "Nothing has been taken off the table," Tillerson said in the interview with Fox News, in comments if Washington admits the possibility of increasing weapons supplies to Seoul and deploying nuclear weapons to South Korea. "We’re exchanging views," Tillerson said during his visit to the demilitarized zone on the border between two Koreas. "The policy of strategic patience has ended," he stressed at a press conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se.

Mar 17 09:24

Sirens blare as Japan, fearing North Korea, holds first missile drill

Sirens blared and loudspeakers broadcast warnings in Japan's first civilian missile evacuation drill on Friday, conducted in a fishing town by officials wary about the threat of North Korean missiles.

The exercise comes more than a week after North Korea launched four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan's northwest coast, with one rocket landing about 200 km (124 miles)from the town of Oga.

Friday's drill played out a scenario in which North Korea had fired a ballistic missile on the Japanese islands.

"The missile is seen to have landed within a 20-km (12-mile) boundary west of the Oga peninsula," a speaker blared during the evacuation. "The government is currently examining the damage." (For a graphic on missile evacuation drill in Oga, Japan, click tmsnrt.rs/2ngq11y)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My heart just wants to reach out and hug the kids in that top photo.

There are ways other than war with which to resolve this conflict, but the American Deep State will have none of it.

Mar 17 09:15

Trump says North Korea is 'behaving very badly' – after secretary of state draws new red line threatening pre-emptive strike if Kim's regime doesn't end its nuclear weapons program

President Donald Trump blasted the North Korean regime on Friday, supporting his secretary of state for drawing a new red line and hinting at a pre-emptive military strike against Pyongyang's nuclear threat.

'North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been "playing" the United States for years. China has done little to help!' Trump wrote on Twitter.

The message came while his secretary of state Rex Tillerson was still in the Far East. Tillerson bluntly warned North Korea's dictator hours earlier that he faces pre-emptive military action if he continues developing nuclear missiles.

Mar 17 08:05

US Expects More Missile, Nuclear Testing by North Korea

With tensions between the US and North Korea always rising in the first quarter of every year, only to fall off when North Korean forces are redeployed to help plant crops, there is still time for North Korea to launch another provocative round of tests for either missiles or their nuclear weapons program, and US officials believe such tests are likely imminent.

Officials quoted by CNN say that the US has deployed a growing number of surveillance satellites over North Korea to track equipment movements that might signal such tests, and that North Korea is moving equipment to unusual, previously unused locations, which they think might be a sign they’re going to try to test from places less covered by the satellites.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No sourced quotes whatsoever, and look at the mealymouth wording; " US officials believe such test are likely imminent" "which they think might be a sign..."

Could the US government be broadcasting more loudly for the world to expect a false flag to be blamed on North Korea?!?

Most probably, not!!

Mar 17 08:00

Trump's aggressive North Korea stance may face backlash in Seoul, Beijing

President Donald Trump, known to elude conventional foreign policy, is expected to seek out new solutions to reign in a belligerent Pyongyang, instead of continuing former President Barack Obama's strategy of economic sanctions. Speaking in Tokyo on Thursday, Tillerson highlighted the need for a fresh approach, acknowledging that two decades of American efforts to denuclearize North Korea have failed.

But while Tokyo may be open to a more forceful stance, the same isn't true for Beijing and Seoul.

South Korea's new president and Chinese sovereignty concerns could emerge as key obstacles to Washington's goal of a unified, confrontational stance against North Korea.

Mar 17 07:59

Swift severs remaining North Korean links to global banking

North Korea’s remaining links to global banking networks via Swift have been severed, according to the Brussels-based international system that supports most of the world’s financial transactions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

North Korea just broke free of the private central bankers!

Mar 17 07:58

US Sends Attack Drones to South Korea Ahead of Simulated Invasion of North

The United States has announced it will send a wing of Grey Eagle attack drones to be permanently stationed in South Korea. Is this a part of a larger strategy?

Brian Becker invited Will Griffin, a member of the US-based task force Stop THAAD in Korea and US Militarism in Asia and & Pacific, to discuss the issue.
The Korean Peninsula has captured the world's attention of late. While North Korea launched a ballistic missile that is in theory capable of delivering a nuclear device, the president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, was impeached over corruption allegations, leaving the nation in the state of disarray. So why would the US send a wing of attack drones to be permanently stationed in South Korea?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And that political message is, from the US government perspective, "My way, or the highway!!"

Mar 17 07:36

Rex Tillerson: When It Comes To North Korea, All Options Are On The Table

A U.S. policy of strategic patience with North Korea has ended, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in South Korea on Friday, adding that military action would be “on the table” if North Korea elevated the threat level.

Tillerson began his first Asian visit as secretary of state in Japan on Wednesday and will travel to China on Saturday with a main focus on finding a “new approach” on North Korea after what he described as two decades of failed efforts to denuclearize the insular nation.

“Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures. All options are on the table,” Tillerson told a news conference in Seoul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tillerson is telegraphing a coming false flag, to be blamed on North Korea, to "kick this up a notch"

Mar 17 07:11

Busted! US Soldiers Caught with $12M Worth of Crystal Meth in South Korea

South Korean prosecutors allege that two American troops stationed in the country smuggled nine pounds worth of methamphetamine from California using the Army’s postal service.

Mar 17 06:58

North Korea accuses United States of deploying supersonic bomber -- are "deepening the threat of nuclear weapons."

claim - For about an hour, the United States conducted atomic bombing exercises

Mar 17 05:19

Tillerson not ruling out US deployment of nuclear weapons to Korean Peninsula

"Nothing has been taken off the table," Tillerson said in the interview with Fox News, in comments if Washington admits the possibility of increasing weapons supplies to Seoul and deploying nuclear weapons to South Korea. "We’re exchanging views," Tillerson said during his visit to the demilitarized zone on the border between two Koreas. "The policy of strategic patience has ended," he stressed at a press conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se.

General Eisenhower wanted to deploy nukes to Korea during the Korean war, but Truman opposed the idea, instead sending bomb assemblies minus the fission cores as a warning.

Mar 16 15:11

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Reaches Out to North Korea, Telling Them They “Need Not Fear” The United States.

There are many in Washington who fear the silence of our new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. I just read an article about those in Washington who fear Tillerson will alienate us from the United Nations or the Human Rights Council.

Mar 16 14:59

Forecast Calls for ‘Sunshine’ on the Korean Peninsula

The bombshell disclosures, mass protests, and obstinacy from the president to the very end – the epic downfall of Park Geun-hye will reverberate in South Korea for years to come. Yet the consequences won’t be limited to the domestic sphere. The president’s removal comes at a delicate time for the alliances and interests that underpin East Asian security. If President Trump’s rhetoric doused the US alliance system in gasoline; Park’s downfall could just be the spark that ignites it.

Mar 16 11:41

N. Korea blasts U.S. bombing drills in S. Korea

North Korea on Thursday condemned South Korea and the United States for "escalating nuclear attack threats," citing the participation of U.S. strategic bombers and the nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson in joint military drills in South Korea.

North Korea's official news agency, KCNA, said a fleet of B-1B Lancer bombers from the Andersen air base on Guam made a stealth flight over the Sangdong firing range of South Korea on Monday for about an hour on a nuclear bomb-dropping drill aimed at making preemptive strikes at major targets of the DPRK. DPRK is an acronym for Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official name.

The defense ministry didn't confirm the deployment of the U.S. strategic assets to the region, where tensions have increased in recent weeks with North Korea's missile launches and the killing of Kim Jong-un's half-brother in Malaysia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We'll have to read the tea leaves on this, When Rex Tillerson finishes his meetings with South Korea's Interim President tomorrow, but I would almost be willing to bet real money that we see military conflict with North Korea, and sooner rather that later.

But the big question I have to ask is, in light of the reality that China and North Korea have a mutual defense pact, what will the Chinese government do, if the US, Japan, and South Korea, attack North Korea?!?

Mar 16 11:20

Diplomatic Remedies for THAAD Missile Madness: The US, China and the Two Koreas

The US decision, supported by the South Korean government, to deploy an antimissile system known as THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) may be one of the most thoughtless strategic moves in a generation. The official US justification is that close-in defense against North Korean missiles is necessary to protect South Korea. But the deployment is having more than a few negative repercussions: an argument in China for increasing its nuclear weapons stockpile; an incentive in North Korea for continuing to develop its long-range missile capability; a deep fissure in China-South Korea relations; a roiling of South Korean politics at a time when its corrupt president has been impeached; and a new source of tension in already fraught Sino-US relations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rex Tillerson meets with South Korean Interim President Dae-Jung tomorrow, and that Interim President will definitely be placed in a vice by Tillerson, to accept the continued build of the THAAD system, which, if completed on time should be operational by the end of next month.

The actual direction the US government is going to be taken by reading of the "tea leaves" of Tillerson's statements after the meeting.

If South Korean Interim President Dae-Jung says NO to the THAAD system, unfortunately, South Korea can most likely expect some horrific "false flag" to be directed against it, blamed on North Korea, and the war is truly on for real, and much earlier than if he allows the THAAD project to continue.

The American Deep State will actually give this guy no real choice whatsoever, if, in fact, it has been decided that war is "the only way forward." with North Korea.

Unfortunately, as stated in the UK's Daily Mail yesterday, such an attack appears just about as real as a potential heart attack:

The US prepares to 'incapacitate' Kim: USS Carl Vinson carrying huge fleet of fighter jets arrives in South Korea as military sources reveal plan to 'remove' Jong-un's war chiefs

Mar 16 07:49

Tillerson promises new policy on North Korea after '20 years of a failed approach'

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for a new approach toward North Korea Thursday, saying all the efforts of the past 20 years have failed.

Tillerson was speaking in Tokyo, ahead of stops in Seoul and Beijing, where Chinese leaders are expected to present their own plan to defuse escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.

"The diplomatic and other efforts of the past 20 years to bring North Korea to a point of denuclearization have failed. So we have 20 years of a failed approach," Tillerson said at a news conference with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that North Korea, which is suffering huge economic hardships since China quit buying their coal, would gladly get rid of their nuclear weapons ... the instant the United States (the only nation to actually use nuclear weapons on the people of another country) gets rid of theirs.

But twenty years of demanding to control North Korea remotely from Washington DC, plus the parking of an armada off of the coast, is not going to defuse tensions, and only a fool would think otherwise!

Mar 15 18:42

Tillerson’s Asia Visit: Could US Change Stance on N. Korea Even If It Wanted To?

As US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson travels across Japan, China and South Korea, amid the impeachment of South Korean president Park Geun-hye and a recent missile launch by North Korea, Radio Sputnik’s Brian Becker invited columnist and author Patrick Lawrence to discuss what’s at the heart of the new diplomat’s trip.

Will a New South Korean Leader Improve Relations With Pyongyang?

The impeachment of South Korean president Park Geun-hye has plunged South Korea into a time of uncertainty. Between America's undecided foreign policy and the massive unpopularity of its THAAD system deployment in South Korea, Park's successor may take an unexpected stance. This seems likely, given that the most probable candidate to win the elections is Moon Jae-in, a supporter of the Sunshine Policy, the idea of close cooperation with North Korea without military intervention.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would love to think diplomacy had a chance here; unfortunately, for both citizens of both North and South Korea, China, Japan, and the world, it appears that the American Deep State has already made up its mind. As reported today at the dailymail.co.uk:

The US prepares to 'incapacitate' Kim: USS Carl Vinson carrying huge fleet of fighter jets arrives in South Korea as military sources reveal plan to 'remove' Jong-un's war chiefs

These troops, coupled with the 300,000 Korean and 17,000 American troops in exercises, called Foal Eagle, off the coast of North Korea, constitute a formidable force. The US has installed Gray Eagle attack drones near North Korea's borders. And, at the end of next month, presuming the South Korean government actually approves it, post-Park Geun-hye's conviction, and removal from office. the US will have its THAAD anti-missile system installed in South Korea, and operational.

You do not deploy a huge number of troops, weapons, and materials, unless you are pretty certain you are going to use them, and quickly; it is very hard to keep up morale and readiness for a long period of time without using those resources.

Therefore, I think that the US war with North Korea is pretty much a near certainty, and that the timing is eminent. Watch for the "false flag", to be blamed on North Korea, and we will be off and running.

I will be interested to see what Tillerson's statements are upon returning from South Korea; those will provide the clues about in which way the US government is going to act here.

Mar 15 15:22

The US prepares to 'incapacitate' Kim: USS Carl Vinson carrying huge fleet of fighter jets arrives in South Korea as military sources reveal plan to 'remove' Jong-un's war chiefs 

A growing US presence off the Korean Peninsula is reportedly part of a plan aimed at 'incapacitating' Kim Jong-Un's despotic regime in Pyongyang should conflict break out.

A nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea on Wednesday for joint military exercises in the latest show of force against the North.

The USS Carl Vinson arrived at the southern port of Busan as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson began a tour of the region, where tensions have escalated in recent weeks with missile launches from the nuclear-armed North and the assassination of Kim Jong-Un's estranged half-brother in Malaysia.

More than 80 aircraft, including the fighter aircraft F/A-18F Super Hornet, the E-2C Hawkeye and the carrier-based EA-18G Growler are on board the supercarrier.

South Korea's Yonhap News Agency claims the heightened military presence is part of a plan to decapitate North Korean leadership.

Mar 15 14:24

Will Pyongyang Respond to USS Carl Vinson Visit to South Korea?

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier made a port call in South Korea on Wednesday amid warnings from military leaders that their upcoming joint war games may be disrupted by a strike from North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They just telegraphed the false flag

Mar 15 11:39

KNOW THE FACTS: North Korea lost close to 30% of its population as a result of US bombings in the 1950s

From the Truman Doctrine to Obama. The history of the 1950s Korean war confirms that extensive war crimes were committed against the Korean people. As confirmed by the statement of General Curtis Lemay:

“Over a period of three years or so we killed off – what – twenty percent of the population.”1

North Korea lost close to thirty percent of its population as a result of US led bombings in the 1950s. US military sources confirm that 20 percent of North Korea’s population was killed off over a three period of intensive bombings:

Mar 15 09:25

North Korea Puts Army Into "Combat Mode"

A source in South Pyongan Province told Daily NK that following the order from Kim Jong Un, every last soldier-- even if away on business, on leave, off-base for training, or even those with a recent death in the family--were ordered back to their units. The authorities have ordered the military police in each region to summon all soldiers back to their bases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From North Korea's perspective, what the US claims is only a massive drill looks very much like preparations for an actual invasion.

The big question is, what sort of false-flag will the US use to make it look like North Korea started things!

Mar 14 15:21

FLASHBACK - THE BIG LIE SELLING YOU WAR WITH NORTH KOREA

In short, the torpedo recovered from the ocean where Cheosan was attacked is NOT the same torpedo shown in the North Korean plans. As I stated above, there are additional differences as well between the blueprints and the actual torpedo, but the actuators are the clincher.

The torpedo recovered fronm the ocean where the Cheosan was sunk is not the North Korean torpedo shown in the blueprints.

Read more: THE BIG LIE SELLING YOU WAR WITH NORTH KOREA | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/warwithkorea.php#ixzz4bL...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The LAST time a false-flag to start war with North Korea was tried (and failed).

Mar 14 10:12

Kim Jong-un threatens ‘MERCILESS’ attack on America in retaliation for South Korea drills

He said he would attack his Western enemies from “ground, air, sea and underwater” in a sabre-rattling statement released through state media.

The propaganda press agency KCNA indicated the blood-thirsty despot was becoming increasingly agitated by the joint military drills south of the border.

A statement attributed to Kim said: “If they infringe on the DPRK's sovereignty and dignity even a bit, its army will launch merciless ultra-precision strikes from ground, air, sea and underwater.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is where these threats break down; in the use of the words "ultra-precision strikes."

Unless the DPRK has been able to buy, or develop, some advanced guidance systems from rogue countries which are comfortable about ducking UN sanctions against such things, their guidance has generally been their proverbial Achilles' heel.

And threats like these are truly, geopolitically counter-productive, unless a country can actually back them up, but it is imminently possible that North Korea's guidance and nuclear capabilities have evolved to the point where they can do what they threaten. As reported today in http://www.theaustralian.com.au:

Imagine that instead of friendly, congenial New Zealand across the Tasman we had Kim’s North Korea firing nuclear capable missiles into the sea less than 200km from Sydney or Brisbane, and you get a sense of why Japan and South Korea consider North Korea an existential threat. Seoul has long been in range of North Korean’s short-range missiles and about 8000 artillery ­pieces that could devastate the South Korean capital within hours — not to mention the hundreds of thousands of North Korean troops likely to pour out of massive hidden tunnel systems along the demilitarised zone if hostilities, never formally ended following the 1953 Korean War, were to resume. But the recently acquired ability to arm these missiles with nuclear warheads means that Kim can destroy South Korea as a functioning society, since the south has no effective means of defending against them. Lacking a workable defensive missile shield of its own, it’s hardly surprising Seoul has turned to Washington for assistance by agreeing to host a THAAD battery on its soil, despite domestic resistance and the likely election of the dovish Moon Jae-in to replace the disgraced Park Geun-hye, whose impeachment was last week upheld by the constitutional court. Moon has already conceded it will be difficult to reverse the decision of the interim government to speed up the THAAD deployment. THAAD has been fiercely resisted by Beijing because the powerful X-band radar, which forms the heart of the system, can see thousands of kilometres into China from the outskirts of Seoul, allowing the US to potentially shoot down Chinese missiles, putting at risk China’s missile-centric military strategy in which it has invested billions of dollars. However, China’s threats of retribution are unlikely to delay or derail the planned THAAD deployment to South Korea, which is scheduled to be fully operational by the end of April. Japan and the US have an even bigger problem as the likeliest targets for Kim’s nukes. By launching four missiles simultaneously, Kim has demonstrated a previously unseen capacity to overwhelm Japan’s limited ballistic missile defence system with saturation attacks, threatening Tokyo and other major Japanese cities as well as the 54,000 US military personnel based in Japan and their 40,000 dependents.

I am absolutely not advocating for war with North Korea; that being said, at this moment, the US, China, and South Korea might have an opportunity to get North Korea back to the bargaining table, and replace the existing Armistice with a true peace deal, with the proviso that upon signing this treaty, North Korea would abandon its nuclear weapons program entirely.

In the Chinese language, the ideogram for "crisis" and "opportunity" is one and the same; I would like to hope that the US government understands that, but will not hold out a lot of hope right now.

Unfortunately, as things stand, with the THAAD units in South Korea being completed and operational at the end of April, I see a potential start to a military conflict happening at the beginning of May, unless some intelligent, moral, and hard-won negotiations are put into place to prevent this from happening.

Mar 14 09:42

Is the US Preparing for War Against North Korea?

The Chinese government is acutely concerned at the prospect of war on its doorstep involving its ally, North Korea. In unusually blunt language, China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, warned that the United States and North Korea were like “accelerating trains coming toward each other with neither side willing to give way.” The Trump administration flatly rejected China’s proposal for a “dual suspension”—of North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs and massive US war games underway in South Korea—as the basis for renewed negotiations.

By ruling out talks, the White House is setting course for confrontation, not only with North Korea, but also with China. By preparing for military action against North Korea, the US is also menacing China, which it has identified as the most immediate challenge to American global hegemony.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do is, unfortunately, no guarantee that it will not do it.

I would like to hope that when President Trump meets Chinese President Xi Jinping in April, that the two discuss setting up meetings between China, North Korea, South Korea, and the US to develop a peace treaty to replace the existing armistice, with the provision that such a peace treaty will mean that the North Koreans will not continue developing their nuclear weapons.

Of course, that...would be logical.

Mar 14 09:32

US deploying attack drones to South Korea

The United States has begun deploying attack drones to South Korea as tensions with North Korea remain high over Pyongyang’s persistence in its missile and nuclear program.

U.S. Forces Korea said Monday that the company of Gray Eagle Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) will be permanently stationed at Kunsan Air Base, about 150 miles south of Seoul.

“The stationing of this company, which will be assigned to the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division, directly supports the U.S. Army’s strategic plan to add one Gray Eagle company to each division in the Army,” U.S. Forces Korea said in a press release.

“The UAS adds significant intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability to U.S. Forces Korea and our [Republic of Korea] partners.”

The timeline for the full deployment of the drone company is unclear.
The deployment comes as tensions on the peninsula remain fraught after North Korea’s latest missile test.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would suggest that this deployment will come sooner rather than later; it appears that all the pieces are being put into place for a war against North Korea.

North Korea and China do have a mutual defense pact:

Sino-North Korean Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty

So the question I hope keeps our senior lawmakers and military managers up at night is, how will China respond to a US/Japanese/South Korean attack on North Korea?!?

Living here on Oahu, such a question is very disturbing to contemplate.

Mar 14 08:26

U.S. Navy SEALs to take part in joint drills in S. Korea

U.S. special operations forces, including the unit that killed Osama Bin Laden, will take part in joint military drills in South Korea to practice incapacitating North Korean leadership in the case of conflict, a military official said Monday.

The U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six will join the annual Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercises between the two allies for the first time, along with the Army's Rangers, Delta Force and Green Berets.

"A bigger number of and more diverse U.S. special operation forces will take part in this year's Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercises to practice missions to infiltrate into the North, remove the North's war command and demolition of its key military facilities," the official told Yonhap News Agency

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Osama bin Ladin was NOT killed by Seal Team 6; they killed a guy who looked possibly a little like Bin Ladin (if you squint very hard), but the differences between this guy's appearance and that of Bin Ladin were so huge, that they caused the Seal Team to dump his body unceremoniously into the ocean, because they, and Obama's White House, wanted to stick with the false narrative of them actually having killed Bin Laden. Bin Laden died in December of 2001:

Osama bin Laden: A dead nemesis perpetuated by the US government

Read more: Osama bin Laden: A dead nemesis perpetuated by the US government | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/osama_dead.php#ixzz4bJWZ1LSP

But what concerns me is, if these are the kinds of exercises in which the US and South Korean military will be participating, like practicing for a decap strike against the North Korean government why advertise it, and have this reverberating around the world in news outlets, to give Kim Jung-Un and his government a chance to prepare, in depth, for such a possibility?!?

It appears that the US and South Korean government are attempting to "groom" both the American and South Korean government for a pre-emptive war against North Korea.

Mar 14 06:50

North Korea: The Grand Deception Revealed

In 2003 I had, along with some American lawyers, members of the National Lawyers Guild, the good fortune to be able to travel to North Korea, that is the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, in order to experience first hand that nation, its socialist system and its people. The joint report issued on our return was titled “The Grand Deception Revealed.” That title was chosen because we discovered that the negative western propaganda myth about North Korea is a grand deception designed to blind the peoples of the world to the accomplishments of the Korean people in the north who have successfully created their own circumstances, their own independent socio-economic system, based on socialist principles, free of the domination of the western powers.

Mar 13 16:45

U.S. sends attack drones to South Korea just days after the Army deployed an anti-missile system amid tension with the North

The US has started to deploy attack drones to South Korea, an Army spokesman said on Monday, days after the Army deployed an advanced anti-missile system to counter 'continued provocative actions' by North Korea.

The drones, Gray Eagle Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) coming to South Korea are part of a broader plan to deploy a company of the attack drones with every division in the US Army, the spokesman said.

'The UAS adds significant intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability to U.S. Forces Korea and our ROK partners,' United States Forces Korea spokesman Christopher Bush said in a statement.

Mar 13 12:36

US Delta Force, SEAL Team 6 Prepare To Take Out Kim Jong-Un, Practice Tactical North Korea "Infiltration"

On March 1, the WSJ reported that the options contemplated by the White House in response to recent North Korean acts, include "the possibility of both military force and regime change to counter the country’s nuclear-weapons threat." The review came es amid recent events have strained regional stability including last month's launch by North Korea of a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, and the assassination of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Malaysia.

And, according to a report in Yonhap, said "regime change" may come far sooner than expected: the South Korean website writes that U.S. special operations forces, including the unit that killed Osama Bin Laden, will take part in joint military drills in South Korea "to practice incapacitating North Korean leadership in the case of conflict", a military official said Monday.

Mar 13 12:05

U.S. Navy SEALs to take part in joint drills in S. Korea

U.S. special operations forces, including the unit that killed Osama Bin Laden, will take part in joint military drills in South Korea to practice incapacitating North Korean leadership in the case of conflict, a military official said Monday.

Mar 13 08:02

6 armed N. Korean soldiers crossed border to China

The North Korean soldiers with arms and ammunitions belonged to security forces along the border area with China and illegally crossed the border from the North’s Kim Hyung Jik County. It was not known why they deserted their posts. The Chinese border and public security forces are on the manhunt for the North Korean soldiers. There have been no reports of crimes or accidents involving them yet.

There have been an increasing number of North Korean soldiers, often in groups, crossing the border to China and killing Chinese people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Some third party trying to start war between North Korea and China?

Mar 12 09:01

The Korean Crisis and the THAAD Missile Deployment: A Growing Tinderbox in the South

Objections to THAAD are not only coming from Pyongyang. Moscow and Beijing have both spoken up against the new missile system for reasons that are routinely ignored in US media discourse.

South Korea is hardly unprotected and alone. The United States already has 28,500 troops in South Korea. It also has F-16 fighter aircraft and A-10 bomber jets. South Korea’s military is also very well stocked, with F-35 Fighter Jets, Aegis Destroyers, and all kinds of military hardware purchased from the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This implementation of the THAAD system in South Korea is being constructed there for one reason, and one reason only; preparations for war against North Korea.

What President Trump could do to ratchet down the tensions here, would be to engage China to bring back North Korea to the bargaining table with the upcoming new South Korean President and government, and the US in order to hammer out an actual peace treaty to replace the armistice, with guarantees of free movement for North Korean goods, in exchange for North Korea's ending of it's nuclear weapons program.

Of course, that...would be logical.

Mar 12 08:20

Washington Considers Military Action against North Korea to Force “Regime Change”

The White House is considering “possible military action to force regime change” in North Korea, another in a long succession of threats Washington has issued against Pyongyang, piled atop unremitting aggression the United States has directed at the country from the very moment of its birth in 1948.

North Korea has additionally been menaced by annual US-directed war games involving hundreds of thousands of troops, carried out along North Korea’s borders. While US officials describe the twice yearly assembling of significant military forces within striking range of the DPRK as routine and defensive, it is never clear to the North Korean military whether the US–directed maneuvers are defensive exercises or preparations for an invasion. Accordingly, the exercises are objectively minatory.

Mar 11 10:03

U.S. forges ahead with South Korea missile defenses, despite upheaval

The U.S. military said on Friday it plans to forge ahead with building the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea, separating the issue from a political crisis in Seoul that saw President Park Geun-hye's removal from office on Friday.

The United States started deploying the first elements of its advanced anti-missile defense system in South Korea on Tuesday in response to North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear tests.

Leading candidates to replace Park have split over THAAD. One prominent opposition candidate called for a review while another recently told Chinese media that THAAD deployment should be called off.

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis described THAAD as something that had already been decided upon between both nations and which was fully justified by the North Korean threat. He declined to comment on internal politics in Seoul.

"Leaders change over time, that's not new," Davis told a news conference.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at abc.com:

With Park now formally unseated, the country, by law, must hold a presidential by-election within 60 days. This means the vote will likely take place on May 9.

The winner of the election will be immediately sworn in as the country's leader, according to South Korea's National Election Commission.

Interesting timing; the US/South Korean military exercises, Operation Foal Eagle, end just before the election happens.

Mar 11 09:52

Trump Should Make a Deal With North Korea

President Donald Trump likes to be known for his deal-making, and now he has the opportunity to make deals that can impact world peace and security, not just real estate or other business deals for his profit. North Korea would be a great place to start.

Regardless of how one feels about any of those issues and Trump’s assertions, he now has a chance to do something Obama didn’t, which is to increase global and regional security by at least halting North Korea’s advances on nuclear weapons and ballistic missile technology.

The basic contours of what North Korea wants are well known, at least first steps, and it’s not rocket science. Not necessarily in this order, they are: a formal peace treaty to replace the supposedly temporary armistice at the end of the Korean War in 1953, direct talks with the United States, and relief from what it sees as a confrontational military posture by the US, South Korea and Japan, cessation of war games being the most obvious step.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a sane and reasonable approach to the issue of North Korea's nuclear weapons development program; I hope President Trump is at least open to the possibility.

Mar 11 09:40

UN Secretary-General: North Korea Missile Launches Undermine Regional Stability

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemns the recent missile launches by North Korea that violate Security Council resolutions and undermine regional stability, UN Secretary-General Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said in a statement.

"The Secretary-General condemns the reported firing of ballistic missiles by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea," the release stated on Monday. "Such actions violate Security Council resolutions and seriously undermine regional peace and stability."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The headline of this article should have read: UN impotent...yet again."

Mar 10 12:26

CHINA WARNS OF NUCLEAR FIRST STRIKE IN RESPONSE TO THAAD DEPLOYMENT

China warns that it is reconsidering its policy not to use nuclear weapons against South Korea in response to the U.S. deploying the THAAD missile system and sending B-52 bombers to protect its ally.

THAAD is being deployed to shield South Korea from North Korean ballistic missiles after several tests by the Stalinist state in recent months. Beijing is furious because the system will also be capable of detecting and tracking missiles launched from China.

It was also reported yesterday that the U.S. will send B-1 and B-52 nuclear bombers to South Korea in order to display a stern show of strength.

300,000 South Korean troops and 15,000 US personnel have also started their annual Foal Eagle military exercise. The USS Carl Vinson nuke-powered aircraft carrier will join the drill – carrying dozens of fighter jets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly would not test China to not keep its word on this.

but right now, the adults in the room in DC and Beijing have to step back from the brink of a war which benefits neither country.

I would like to hope that some intelligent, back-channel discussions are happening with reasonable, responsible diplomats, trying to keep things from escalating any further.

Because any further escalation between North Korea, the US, and China, may well lead to a war that the US military might well not win.

And I say this because I still care about this country.

Right now, the US military doesn't have the money; the manufacturing; the weaponry, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with China.

China needs to lean on its client state North Korea just as hard as it can right now, and do the best it can from preventing another barrage of missiles to go flying about, most probably landing in the Sea of Japan.

Because if that happens, all bets are off.

Hopefully, both sides will be able to deescalate without "losing face".

And someone close to President Trump, who has his ear, is going to have to make sure he understands this, and does not do something irrevocably stupid.

Mar 10 09:14

Donald Trump set to send B-52 NUCLEAR BOMBERS to South Korea after North fires missiles at Japan and US warns of ‘overwhelming’ response

DONALD Trump is reportedly planning to send nuclear bombers to the Korean peninsula as tensions in the region reach breaking point.

North Korea and the US have been teetering on the brink of war for months after Kim Jong-un carried out a series of controversial missile launches.

Earlier this week, trigger-happy Kim pushed his luck once more when he fired off four ballistic missiles into the seas near Japan.

Now US military chiefs are reportedly planning to fly in B-1 and B-52 bombers – built to carry nuclear bombs – to show America has had enough, according to the Korea Times.

South Korea and the US have also started their annual Foal Eagle military exercise sending a strong warning to North Korea over its actions.

A military official said 300,000 South Korean troops and 15,000 US personnel are taking part in the operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These military exercises are scheduled to last for two months, and have just begun. That's a lot of time for something to go "south", either in terms of an accidental blunder, or a deliberate"false flag", to be blamed on the North Korean government.

What would deescalate the situation would be if the US, Japan, South Korea, and China were to get North Korea back to the bargaining table, and replace the current armistice with an actual peace treaty with North Korea, with the caveat being, that in return for a legitimate peace treaty, North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons program.

Of course, THAT...would be logical.

Mar 10 08:03

US Rejects Talks over North Korea, Declaring “All Options on Table”… Including War against the DPRK?

Amid sharply rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the Trump administration has flatly rejected a Chinese proposal for negotiations with North Korea despite warnings from the Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, that Washington and Pyongyang were on a collision course. A confrontation looms as huge South Korean-US military exercises are underway, involving over 300,000 troops backed by an US aircraft carrier strike group, stealth fighters and strategic bombers.

China is clearly alarmed at the prospect of war on its doorstep. Speaking in uncharacteristically blunt terms in Beijing yesterday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned:

“The two sides are like accelerating trains coming toward each other with neither side willing to give way,” he said. “The question is: Are the two sides really ready for a head-on collision? Our priority now is to flash the red light and apply the brakes on both trains.”

Mar 10 07:26

South Korea's Ex-President Refuses To Vacate Residence After Impeachment, Two Dead During Protests

As discussed last night, in a historic ruling, the South Korean Constitutional Court upheld an impeachment decision against President Park Geun-hye, removing her from office on Friday over a graft scandal involving the country's conglomerates at a time of rising tensions with North Korea and China. The ruling sparked protests from hundreds of her supporters, two of whom were killed in clashes with police outside the court.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Start of a global trend? :)

Mar 09 23:53

South Korea’s Constitutional Court upholds impeachment of President Park

South Korea’s Constitutional Court has upheld the impeachment of scandal-hit President Park Geun-hye. Friday is Park’s final day in office. Under the ruling, broadcast nationwide, Park will be stripped of presidential immunity and will have to vacate the Blue House state residence in downtown Seoul. The early presidential elections will be held within 60 days, most likely on May 9. Park, South Korea’s first female president, is deprived of all her benefits: life pension in the amount of 70% of salary ($10,400), three assistants, personal driver and free medical care in state clinics. She will be under protection of guards for five years instead of ten years. The former president will also lose immunity from criminal prosecution. South Korea’s prosecutors will be able to question her on many issues, including the high-profile corruption scandal involving her close friend Choi Soon-sil and Samsung's de facto head Lee Jae-Yong.

Mar 09 10:37

World facing HEAD-ON COLLISION: China urges US to talk to North Korea over missile tests

CHINA is urging the United States Government to re-open talks with North Korea in a bid to de-escalate rising tensions over missile tests.

The move by Beijing comes after the pariah state tested four missiles on Monday - stoking international condemnation.

President Xi Jinping's main hope is that Donald Trump's administration will create a new way of dealing with Pyongyang to alleviate the problem.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said if North Korea co-operates, in exchange, the US and South Korea could halt annual joint military drills, which upsets the North.

Mar 08 15:45

North Korea Diplomat Warns Of “Major Escalation That Might Turn Into Actual War”

Yesterday’s snap deployment of the US THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea has led to significant reverberations among the region, with not only North Korea, but also Russia and China slamming the move.

Mar 08 07:22

Your daily dose of BOOGA BOOGA! North Korea Could Soon Launch Attack on Hawaii

North Korea could soon have the capacity to launch an attack on Hawaii that would devastate America's Pacific military bases, accelerating the need for the United States to upgrade missile defenses in the area.

The United States today relies on ground-based ballistic missile interceptors deployed in California and Alaska to protect Hawaii, but these defenses would do little to guard U.S. territory in the Pacific against a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which officials believe is nearing completion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pearl Harbor: The Sequel? The US flings a missile at Hawaii, "misses", produces a spectacular mushroom cloud on the horizon for the tourists, and declares war on Korea!

Mar 07 14:46

North Korea Says Preparing To Attack US Bases In Japan

Washington says it has begun the deployment of its THAAD missile system to South Korea as North Korea announces that its latest missile tests were practice for attacking US military bases in Japan.

Mar 07 14:04

North Korea Missiles 'Drill For Strike On US Bases'

Nuclear-armed North Korea said Tuesday its missile launches were training for a strike on US bases in Japan, as global condemnation of the regime swelled.

Three of the four missiles fired Monday came down provocatively close to US ally Japan, in waters that are part of its exclusive economic zone, representing a challenge to US President Donald Trump.

Mar 07 11:50

THAAD Arrives on the Korean Peninsula

U.S. Forces Korea continued its progress in fulfilling the Republic of Korea (ROK) – U.S. Alliance decision to install a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) on the Korean Peninsula as the first elements of the THAAD system arrived in the ROK.

North Korea’s repeated nuclear and ballistic missile tests have underscored the importance of the Alliance decision to deploy THAAD. Work continues to operationalize THAAD as quickly as possible.

“The timely deployment of the THAAD system by U.S. Pacific Command and the Secretary of Defense gives my command great confidence in the support we will receive when we ask for reinforcement or advanced capabilities,” said Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, U.S. Forces Korea commander.

THAAD is a missile defense system aimed solely at defending the ROK against North Korea missiles. THAAD is strictly a defensive system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The huge military exercises, featuring 320,000 US and Korean troops; the 60 day timeline of these games; and now, coming implementation of the THAAD.

At the moment, I would not bet against a major strike against North Korea in the next 60 days.

Mar 07 11:21

North Korea Warns Of ‘Actual War’ Over Military Exercises

North Korea said on Tuesday it would pursue its nuclear deterrent and weapons program as huge U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises it says model a “pre-emptive nuclear attack” against Pyongyang continued.

South Korea and the United States, which led condemnation of North Korea’s latest missile tests at the Conference on Disarmament, said their military drills were to test defensive readiness against possible aggression from the North.

North Korean diplomat Ju Yong Choi told the United Nations-backed forum that the allies’ annual exercises were “a major cause of escalation of tension that might turn into actual war”.

“The DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) is firm in its determination to further bolster its defense capabilities with a nuclear deterrent as a pivot so as to put an end to danger of nuclear war caused by the United States,” Ju said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at the World Socialist Website this morning:

The missile launch took place amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula as the US and South Korean militaries started their annual Foal Eagle war games. The joint exercises over the next two months reportedly involve at least 320,000 South Korean and American military personnel backed by a US aircraft carrier and its strike group, and advanced US fighters and bombers.

OK, let me wrap my head around this: 320,000 troops?!? A US aircraft carrier and its strike group?!? Advanced fighters and bombers?!? In a military exercise set to last for 60 days, for Pete's sake?!?

It sure looks the heck to me that the US "deep state" and military, are spoiling for a war against North Korea.

And 60 days is one heck of a long time for a military exercise to carry forward, and long enough that a huge tactical, communications, or other kind of " mistake" (or false flag) to happen, leading to military confrontation between South Korea, the US government, and North Korea.

Mar 07 11:07

Government is the problem in Both Koreas


I made this in English back in 2007

Mar 07 09:51

US Begins Deployment Of Controversial THAAD Anti-Missile System To South Korea

Well that escalated quickly. Just a day after North Korea's test firing of 4 missiles towards US bases in Japan, and hours after North Korea warned the world was "on the brink of nuclear war" due to US-South Korea "maneuvers," CNN reports the first pieces of the controversial US-built missile defense system (designed to mitigate the threat of North Korean missiles) arrived at the Osan Air Base in South Korea Monday night, according to the US military.

Mar 07 09:49

North Korea Warns US-South Korea "Maneuvers" Are "Driving [World] Towards Nuclear Disaster"

North Korea warned Monday that U.S.-South Korean military exercises, which it called "the most undisguised nuclear war maneuvers," are driving the Korean Peninsula and northeast Asia toward "nuclear disaster." The North Korean ambassador to the United Nations, Ja Song Nam, said in a letter to the U.N. Security Council that the U.S. is using nuclear-propelled aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, nuclear strategic bombers and stealth fighters in the joint exercises that began Wednesday. "It may go over to an actual war," Ja warned of the military drills, "and, consequently, the situation on the Korean Peninsula is again inching to the brink of a nuclear war."

Mar 07 08:49

North Korea bans Malaysians from leaving in Kim spat

North Korea on Tuesday banned Malaysians from leaving the country, dramatically escalating an already-heated diplomatic row over the murder of Kim Jong Nam.

Moments later, Kuala Lumpur retaliated, banning diplomats and staff at the North Korean embassy from leaving Malaysia.

Mar 05 18:17

Kim Jong-un fires FOUR DEADLY 'ICBM' missiles in TERRIFYING World War 3 warning to Trump

NORTH Korea has fired four high-powered missiles towards east Asia, fuelling world war fears.

Days after President Donald Trump ordered a White House review of North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, Kim Jong-un’s state released a series of unidentified projectiles from its military base in Tongchang-ri.

South Korea’s military originally reported that one projectile had landed in the sea off North Korea's east coast.

But later confirmed that three of the four missiles had landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone.

Mar 05 10:13

Obama Used Cyberattacks To Sabotage North Korean Launches For Years

According to the NYT, three years ago Obama ordered Pentagon officials to step up their cyber-strikes against North Korea’s missile program in order to sabotage missile test launches in their opening seconds. That explains why shortly after various North Korean launches, a large number of the country's military rockets began to explode, veer off course, disintegrate in midair and plunge into the sea, as detailed here on various occasions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My bad. I thought it was inferior engineering.

Mar 03 11:40

White House: Military Force An Option Against North Korea

The Trump Administration, and Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland in particular, are seeking “outside the mainstream” options for dealing with North Korea, according to reports, and that among these options would be attacking North Korea outright.

While the US has kept a large number of troops on North Korea’s border for generations now, but has long centered that deployment on deterrent factor, keeping the two sides, though technically still at war, from too much direct fighting with one another.

McFarland requested multiple options along with the usual one, citing a “fresh series of provocations” from North Korea, including a possible US military attack on North Korea and also the possibility of just recognizing North Korea as a nuclear state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please, God, Mr. President: NO to an outright attack against North Korea, because China would be obliged to fight the US in behalf of North Korea.

And right now, the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a war with China.

What would make sense, however, is engaging China to get North Korea back to the negotiating table with China, the US, and South Korea, and hammer out a peace deal with which to replace the existing armistice, in return for North Korea dropping its nuclear weapons program.

This, so far, has worked with Iran, and the UN Nuclear Agency has stated that Iran is complying with all the rules and regulations.

Additionally, it would ratchet down the tensions in this area of the world, and that ....would be a good thing.

Mar 02 09:12

White House Options on North Korea Include Use of Military Force

An internal White House review of strategy on North Korea includes the possibility of military force or regime change to blunt the country’s nuclear-weapons threat, people familiar with the process said, a prospect that has some U.S. allies in the region on edge.

Mar 01 11:19

China reacts with anger, threats after South Korean missile defense decision

Chinese state media have reacted with anger and boycott threats after the board of an affiliate of South Korea's Lotte Group approved a land swap with the government that allows authorities to deploy a U.S. missile defense system.

The government decided last year to deploy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, in response to the North Korean missile threat, on land that is part of a golf course owned by Lotte in the Seongju region, southeast of Seoul.

The board of unlisted Lotte International Co Ltd approved the deal with the government on Monday.

Mar 01 08:28

US May Return North Korea to List of State Sponsors for Terrorism

On Monday, the US informed South Korea and Japan that North Korea may be reinstated to a list of state sponsors of terrorism, after being removed in 2008.

Feb 27 11:34

SKULDUGGERY MOST FOUL

Anyway, it transpires that Kim Jung-nam, the recently assassinated half-brother of North Korea’s fun-loving Communist monarch, Kim Jong-un, was a proud Ecolint attendee. Interestingly, younger brother Kim Jong-un attended another excusive Swiss school outside Bern. Apparently, he learned nothing about Swiss good manners and discretion.

In fact, Kim Jung-un appears to have a proclivity for grisly executions. He is alleged to have fed an irksome uncle to hungry dogs (which is fine because Koreans like to eat dogs) and blown to smithereens a general who had the audacity to nod off during one of Kim’s speeches. The novel method of execution was apparently by a four-barrel heavy anti-aircraft 12.7mm gun.

Feb 27 08:13

South Korean Acting President Refuses Extending Park's 'Shadow Adviser' Probe

South Korea's Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn has refused to extend the probe into the "shadow adviser" allegations against suspended President Park Geun-hye, Hwang's spokesperson said Monday.

"Although it was a very difficult decision for the acting president to make, [he] has reached a conclusion that it would be desirable for the state prosecution to continue a probe… in light of our efforts to stabilize state affairs, rather than extending the special probe," presidential press secretary Hong Kwon-heui said, as quoted by the Yonhap news agency.

Feb 24 11:35

South Korea’s Artist Blacklist

What do a brilliant feminist novelist, a cutting-edge film director, and a Nobel-nominated poet have in common, in South Korea?

Feb 24 10:10

China Prepares For "Regime Collapse" In North Korea

Over the weekend, following reports that China has banned all North Korean coal imports - in the aftermath of last week's North Korean ballistic missile launch- which marked a troubling escalation in relations between the two formerly "amicable" nations, we discussed how China was tipping its hand that not only was Kim Jong-Un potentially losing a "very big ally", but that it could also lead to "jeopady" for his regime, and a potential political coup in the generally unstable dictatorship.

Now, it appears that the likelihood of a regime collapse in North Korea is being taken seriously by none other than the country's formerly largest trading partner, China, which as SCMP reports, "will take the necessary measures to safeguard national security in the event of the collapse of the neighbouring North Korean regime", a defence official said on Thursday.

Feb 24 09:32

'Dancing to US Tune': North Korea Slams China Over Sanctions

North Korean state media on Thursday criticized the Chinese government over Beijing’s decision to suspend all imports of North Korean coal, following Pyongyang’s launch of a ballistic missile.

Feb 24 08:02

Kim Jong-un's half brother 'was killed by a weapon of mass destruction': Police reveal 'North Korean assassins' used deadly banned NERVE AGENT in airport murder 

Kim Jong Nam, 45, whose sibling denies plotting his murder, had traces of the banned chemical weapon VX, which is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations, on his face and his eyes.

The revelation raised serious questions about public safety in a building that authorities went 11 days without decontaminating.

Feb 20 12:45

North Korean officials are preparing to come to U.S. for talks with former officials

Preparations are underway to bring senior North Korean representatives to the United States for talks with former American officials, the first such meeting in more than five years and a sign that Pyongyang sees a potential opening with the Trump administration.

Feb 20 10:08

NORTH KOREA'S REGIME IN JEOPARDY AFTER CHINA BANS ALL COAL IMPORTS

North Korea just lost a very big ally.

On Saturday, China said that it was suspending all imports of coal from North Korea as part of its effort to implement United Nations Security Council sanctions aimed at stopping the country’s nuclear weapons and ballistic-missile program. The ban, according to a statement posted on the website of the Chinese Commerce Ministry, takes effect on today and will last until the end of the year. While China will hardly suffer material adverse impacts, Chinese trade - and aid - have long been a vital economic crutch for North Korea, and the decision strips North Korea of one of its most important sources of foreign currency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing of this economic blow to North Korea is a very clear message to the Trump administration; now is the time to get China, North and South Korea, and the US to the negotiations table to cobble together a peace deal which will guarantee trade, and freedom of movement for North Korea, in exchange for North Korea's ending its nuclear weapons development program forever.

Feb 20 09:58

Watch as assassins take out Kim Jong-un’s half-brother at airport

A video which purportedly shows the assassination of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother hit the interwebs recently gathering a ton of views.

Feb 20 09:44

North Korea's Regime In Jeopardy After China Bans All Coal Imports

China’s move to ban coal imports from North Korea, effectively crippling the country’s already battered economy, will have two implications: it may prompt Beijing and Washington to sit deal and figure out how to "resolve" the problem, and it may risk the start of a political crisis with unpredictable regional consequences.

Feb 16 07:22

The joke was on her! 'LOL assassin' may have been duped into murdering Kim Jong Un's brother by 'friends' who told her to wipe poison on him 'as a prank' as a second woman and her boyfriend are arrested

Police sources said Doan - which may be a false name - had told officers that she had been convinced by another woman and four men to play a prank on Kim and it was never her intention to kill or even hurt him and she thought it was 'a harmless joke'.

It comes as a second woman named as Siti Aishah, 25, from Indonesia and her Malaysian boyfriend Muhammad Farid Bin Jalaluddin, 26, were arrested over the death.

Feb 14 13:10

KIM JONG-UN’S BROTHER ASSASSINATED IN MALAYSIA

Feb 14 09:18

Official: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's brother slain in Malaysia

Kim Jong Nam, the older brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was attacked at a Kuala Lumpur airport and died on the way to a hospital, a senior Malaysian official said Tuesday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the incident's diplomatic sensitivity, said Kim Jong Nam was attacked with a spray on Monday in the shopping concourse and sought help at an information counter. He was taken to the airport clinic and then died en route to the hospital, he said.

Feb 13 14:31

US and Japan demand UN action after North Korea reveals pictures of new nuclear-capable missile that will be impossible for Western satellites to spot before it's fired 

The United States and Japan have demanded UN action after North Korea boasted about the launch of its latest ballistic missile, which is almost impossible for Western satellites to spot before it's fired.

Kim Jong Un's men successfully launched a new type of medium-to long-range ballistic missile on Sunday, the first test of U.S. President Donald Trump's vow to get tough on the isolated regime.

The missile test came as Mr Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Mr Abe condemned the launch as 'absolutely intolerable', and Mr Trump said Washington would stand behind Japan, 'its great ally, 100 per cent'.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"North Korea is preparing to fight back! Are they allowed to do that?!?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 12 08:09

North Korea shoots missile 500km in 'show of force' to Trump, says South

North Korea has launched a missile that flew 500km before coming down in the Sea of Japan in what the South characterised as a “show of force” to Donald Trump.

Feb 10 13:31

Strategy to 'destroy' North Korea missiles to be applied during exercises

A bilateral U.S.-South Korea strategy to detect, defend, disrupt and destroy North Korea missiles, also known as 4D, is to be applied to the upcoming Key Resolve joint military exercises.

The 4D operations, jointly approved in November 2015, were first employed in drills in 2016.

In March, the strategy is to become more "concrete," according to Yonhap news agency.

The Command Post Exercises are to simulate a full-scale war scenario that assumes the deployment and readiness of THAAD, the U.S. missile defense system, at its designated location in central South Korea.

This year's Key Resolve exercises are expected to be the largest on record.

Details of strengthening the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises were discussed during recent talks between U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and his Seoul counterpart Han Min-koo, a Seoul defense official told Yonhap.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but I am having a palm-to-face moment, at warp speed upon reading this.

I do have a memo for both the US and South Korean governments; such exercises, as those described in this article, are simply going to push Kim Jung-Un to accelerate his drive for guideable, nuclear weapons.

IF both countries want to reduce this possibility, what you need to do is obtain China's cooperation in getting the North Korean government to the conference table to create a peace deal, with guarantees on trade, to replace the armistice, in exchange for the North Korean military ending their nuclear weapons program.

These exercises are likely to make an already more than slightly mentally unhinged Kim Jung-Un go ballistic...literally.

There were days when the US government understood how to do intelligent, smart negotiations to get what they wanted. If what the Trump administration wants is for North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program, an intelligently
negotiated deal is the only answer here; not more military belligerence, by way of these exercises.

Feb 08 06:51

RT Headlne News 8 Feb Russia invaded Korea LOL

Feb 07 11:01

House Armed Services Chair Says US Needs Missiles That Can Reach Iran, N Korea

The chairman of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee has called for long-range ballistics, citing concerns about Iran and North Korea. Both countries have released statements claiming to only be preparing to act in self-defense.

Feb 03 10:27

U.S. Warns North Korea Of ‘Overwhelming’ Response If They Use Nukes

U.S. President Donald Trump’s defense secretary warned North Korea on Friday of an “effective and overwhelming” response if it chose to use nuclear weapons, as he reassured South Korea of steadfast U.S. support.

“Any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said at South Korea’s defense ministry, at the end of a two-day visit.

Mattis’ remarks come amid concern that North Korea could be readying to test a new ballistic missile, in what could be an early challenge for Trump’s administration.

North Korea, which regularly threatens to destroy South Korea and its main ally, the United States, conducted more than 20 missile tests last year, as well as two nuclear tests, in defiance of U.N. resolutions and sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Sec-Def Mattis; sir, there is an entirely differently way to go about resolving this, rather than threatening war, which will almost inevitably result in war with China, with which, as you should know, the American military is woefully unprepared to cope.

It may well be useful if the US government and military drop its collective bellicosity, and work quietly, behind the scenes, with China, to get North Korea, South Korea, China and the US into negotiations about replacing the Armistice with a full-on peace treaty, guaranteeing trade and freedom of navigation in exchange for stopping their nuclear weapons development program.

And you're welcome for that idea, sir!! :-)

Feb 02 04:45

North Korean reunification committee urges Seoul to take steps to improve ties

Seoul should "positively react to a patriotic appeal that Pyongyang has made this year to take moves on a reciprocal basis for an improvement of inter-Korean relations," a statement by a representative of the North Korean Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland said on Thursday. The statement lashed at South Korean authorities who continue "their insane policy of confrontation with the North, practically daily speculating about a need to take efficient counter-measures to a threat and unprecedented provocations from Pyongyang". According to the statement, North Korea believes Seoul "continues to blindly pursue its pro-American course and is incapable of correctly assessing the quickly changing situation in the region". "The US remains a principal enemy of the Korean nation," the committee’s representative said.

Feb 01 10:02

Defense Secretary Mattis 'Reaffirms The U.S. Commitment To Defend South Korea'

Not only has U.S. Secretary Of Defense Mattis assured Israeli of his "Unwavering Commitment To Israel's Security", but he had now pledged to do the same for South Korea. A DoD press release issued yesterday stated that "Mattis spoke by telephone with South Korean Defense Minister Han Minkoo to introduce himself and reaffirm the U.S. commitment to defend South Korea and provide extended deterrence using the full range of U.S. capabilities..." It's unclear how our bankrupt U.S. government is going to pay for being policeman of the world.

Jan 31 08:12

North Korea Eyes Another Ballistic Missile Launch

On Monday South Korean military officials indicated that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may order the launch of a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), instead of a long-range missile.

Jan 29 09:27

North Korea Restarts Plutonium Production Reactor

"Imagery from January 22 shows a water plume (most probably warm) originating from the cooling water outlet of the reactor, an indication that the reactor is very likely operating," the 38 North website reported Friday.

"Currently, most of the river is frozen over except where this water mixes with the river. Currents carry this mix downstream — visible as a plume of ice-free water. Without being able to measure the water temperature rise or water flow from the reactor, it is impossible to estimate at what power level the reactor is running, although it may be considerable," the North Korea watchdog said.

Jan 28 12:26

North Korea restarts nuclear reactor used to fuel weapons program

The controversial reactor at Yongbyon has been at the center of a years-long feud between North Korea and the UN. Past agreements with the North to close the reactor have eventually been violated, leading to sanctions.

Satellite photos suggest North Korea has restarted the nuclear reactor that used to produce plutonium for its nuclear weapons program, according to a Washington-based think-tank.

Initial photos from January 18 showed preparations underway to restart the reactor at Yongbyon, having previously unloaded spent fuel rods for reprocessing to produce additional plutonium for its nuclear weapons stockpile.

"Imagery from January 22 shows a water plume (most probably warm) originating from the cooling water outlet of the reactor, an indication that the reactor is very likely operating," the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this story is true, I do have a suggestion for President Trump; it is high time for threats and posturing against North Korea to stop.

What the US, China, and South Korea need to do, is sit down at the negotiating table with Kim Jung-Un, and create a peace treaty, with trade guarantees, with which to replace the existing Armistice between North and South Korea, in exchange for North Korea's stopping its nuclear weapons development program.

As has been seen with the P5+1 deal with Iran (which is hardly perfect, I will concede), countries can be persuaded to stop their nuclear weapons development programs, if the terms and conditions are favorable.

I would like to also politely remind President Trump that any war against North Korea will most probably mean war with China; and at this time in our country's history, our military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a successful outcome to a conventional war with China.

China, and Russia, are spending far less for their weapons than does the US government, but are getting considerably more technological "bang" for their military bucks; unfortunately, however, the way contracts are awarded for US weaponry, these weapons many times are obsolete upon delivery; do not function at all as advertised, and are screamingly over budget.

This is an area of US military spending your administration has to fix, and quickly, sir.

Jan 26 15:21

Kim Jong-Un Wants to Meet Trump

When he was running for president of the US, Donald Trump clearly stated something that no president in the history always avoided – he wouldn’t mind speaking to Kim Jong-Un in order to put an end to frequent threats coming from North Korea. It looks like Jong-Un wouldn’t mind either.

Jan 22 15:47

Trump Announces New “Missile Defense System” Against Iran And North Korea

By Brandon Turbeville

Only minutes after being sworn in to office, President Donald Trump announced that his administration will develop a “state of the art” missile defense system to protect Americans against attacks from North Korea and Iran.

The announcement was posted minutes after the inauguration on the White House website...

Jan 20 10:45

North Korea may be readying missile test, timing unclear: U.S. officials

The United States has seen indications that North Korea may be preparing for a new missile test-launch in the coming days or weeks, U.S. officials said on Thursday, in what could be an early test of President-elect Donald Trump's administration.

South Korean media, citing intelligence agencies, said Pyongyang may be readying a test of a new, upgraded prototype of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as early as Friday, the day Trump is inaugurated.

U.S. officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, cautioned however that they did not have such precise information about the range or potential timing of Pyongyang's missile test, should it happen.

One official suggested Pyongyang could be largely seeking to provoke the Trump administration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to President Trump: please tread carefully here.

One guy you need to get on your speed-dial, and right the heck now, is China's President Xi Jinping.

And I say this because what needs to happen here is the US working with China and South Korea to get North Korea back to the negotiation table, and to substitute the current armistice with a true peace treaty, with trade guarantees, in exchange for North Korea's walking away from their nuclear weapons development.

Any US military response will almost inevitably bring China into war on North Korea's side, and we are so horrifically unprepared for such a war, that you will find it incredible, as you are briefed on US military readiness.

We do not have the troop strength; the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the money to successfully fight a conventional war against Russia and/or China right now.

And while you and your administration wil need to fix this mess, regarding US military readiness, bringing North Korea back to the negotiating table would truly be a victory for your administration, and one that is absolutely doable.

Jan 19 10:36

Will Trump Attack North Korea?

In his New Year’s Day address, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un said his nation was close to testing an ICBM which could hit the United States. Put a nuclear warhead on top and the North will have developed an effective deterrent against the global superpower.
Predictably, President-elect Donald Trump responded via tweet: “It won’t happen.”
Which means precisely what? He doesn’t believe the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will be able to develop such a missile or miniaturize such a weapon? That’s unlikely, since Pyongyang’s weapons programs have developed further and faster than had been predicted. American officials might hope for technical difficulties, but it would be foolish to make hope the basis of U.S. policy toward the North.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What President-Elect Trump should do here is not rattling sabres (which would most likely mean an unwinnable war against China), but working directly with the Chinese government to get North Korea back to the negotiating table, and developing a real peace deal, which offers iron-clad guarantees regarding trade in exchange for North Korea stopping its nuclear weapons development program.

At the end of the day, negotiations here are the only real solution, coupled with the replacement of the armistice (which is simply a cessation of fighting between North and South Korean) by a true peace treaty.

Jan 17 12:05

Unidentified Hackers Attempt to Disrupt Probe Into Park Geun-hye’s Scandal

A special prosecution team investigating the political scandal maelstrom surrounding President of South Korea Park Geun-hye has implemented enhanced security measures after a hack attack on the team’s intranet.

Jan 16 14:23

Russia and China vow action against U.S. ABM plans on Korean Peninsula

On Jan. 12, Moscow and Beijing said they will take joint action against the U.S. missile defense system to be deployed on the Korean Peninsula. Experts say this ABM system may be easily transformed from defensive into offensive, and that Washington is basically pushing Russia and China towards cooperation in missile defense...

Jan 13 13:11

China, Russia agree on more 'countermeasures' against U.S. anti-missile system: Xinhua

China and Russia have agreed to take further unspecified "countermeasures" in response to a U.S. plan to deploy an anti-missile system in South Korea, state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday.

The countermeasures "will be aimed at safeguarding interests of China and Russia and the strategic balance in the region", Xinhua said, citing a statement released after a China-Russia security meeting.

China and Russia held a joint anti-missile drill last May after Washington and Seoul began discussions over installing the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to counter any North Korean threats.

THAAD is now due to be deployed on a South Korean golf course, unsettling Moscow and Beijing, which worry that the system's powerful radar will compromise their security and do nothing to lower tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh, hair-tearing out noises): What the US government should be doing right now is working with China and Russia to get North Korea back to the negotiating table to create a peace treaty, which gives North Korea assurances on trade, in exchange for them stopping their nuclear weapons program.

But of course...THAT...would be logical.

And unfortunately, the US government hasn't had a really on-going relationship with logic for quite some time now.

Jan 11 16:04

US Might Not Shoot Down North Korean Ballistic Missile: Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the United States might decide not to shoot down a North Korean ballistic missile, as long as the launch did not pose a threat.

“If the missile is threatening, it will be intercepted. If it’s not threatening, we won’t necessarily do so,” Carter said Tuesday in his final news conference before President Barack Obama’s administration leaves office on January 20.

Jan 09 17:24

Two Dozen Apache Choppers En Route To Seoul Over Growing Threats from Pyongyang

A US battalion of two dozen AH-64D Apache heavy attack choppers and 360 US troops will replace a division of 30 observation and light arms helicopters currently in service at Camp Humphreys in South Korea.

"The rotational deployment of Apache helicopters is a demonstration of strong US will in implementing its security commitments," US Army Col. Rob Manning said recently. The move is expected to "significantly strengthen" military capabilities aimed at deterring North Korea’s leaders from maliciously launching an intercontinental ballistic missile, the colonel added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the White House State Department, and the Pentagon: please, folks; collectively, cool your jets; any direct attack against North Korea will, almost absolutely, insure a shooting war with China.

And looking at Chinese weaponry vs/ US weaponry right now, this is a place the US government and military should not go.

What is desperately needed here, is to reach out to China to get them to get their recalcitrant client state, North Korea, to come back to the negotiating table, and express a concrete willingness to forego their nuclear weapons program for trade and safety guarantees.

This peace agreement, replacing the armistice which has been in existence for over 60 years, would be laying the groundwork for a more peaceful Asia, and this is absolutely not a bad thing.

I mean, folks; we've been trading with Vietnam for 23 years, for Pete's sake!!

Jan 09 15:11

PEOPLE OF SOUTH KOREA DEMAND PRESIDENT STEPS DOWN - Million Strong Protest

Hundreds of thousands of protesters returned to the streets of Seoul on Saturday, demanding impeached President Park Geun-Hye´s immediate removal and the salvaging of a sunken ferry which left more than 300 dead.

Jan 09 11:09

End All the Craziness Over North Korea

North Korea has ‘entered the final stage of preparation for the test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile(ICBM)’. So crowed North Korea’s young leader, Kim Jong-un, in his New Year’s Day message aimed at tough-talking US president-elect, Donald Trump.

But there no need to squander trillions on new anti-missile defenses based in Alaska and California that may not work as advertised. North Korea’s missiles are designed to deter a US attack.

The alleged dire threat from North Korea can be better and more swiftly resolved by intelligent diplomacy and some calm thinking.

North Korea is a small, backwards, dirt poor nation of 25 million that has been under a fierce US-imposed sanctions regime for over half a century. Call it a North Asian Cuba. Without modest economic and military help from China, North Korea would likely have collapsed long ago. It remains under constant siege by the US and allies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to President-Elect Trump; in order to get negotiations going, the US government will have to enlist the assistance of China (remember; that same China Obama dissed while a guest of the Chinese at the G-20 last year G20: Obama warns Beijing against South China Sea aggression)

That may well take some time and a lot of finesse, but a working relationship with China regarding North Korea will be critical to get this going.

What we need here are trade guarantees, coupled with a firm quid pro quo that to get this peace treaty to replace the existing armistice, North Korea must end its nuclear weapons program, period, end of discussion.

It can be done, with enough will and hard-won, intelligent, moral negotiations.

The last thing in the world this country needs, President-Elect Trump, is a shooting war with China. Please have one of your military advisors talk to you about recent strides in weaponry, ships, and fighter jets the Chinese have made over the last decade, then ask yourself; can the current standoff with North Korea be overcome by any other means than war?!?

Thankfully, sir, the short answer, is yes.

Jan 05 11:56

Talk Grows in U.S. of Possibility of Military Strikes on North Korea

Talk is growing in the United States of the possibility of using military strikes to take out North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities after the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, threatened he’s close to testing a long-range missile apparently capable of hitting the U.S.

Kim said in his New Year’s Day address that the communist nation has reached the final stage of preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile. The remark was seen as a thinly veiled threat that Pyongyang is close to developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the continental U.S.

The threat appears to have stoked genuine fears of security among Americans, with reporters bombarding the Defense Department with questions of what the U.S. is going to do about the North’s missile, including whether it’s going to shoot it down or even launch a preemptive strike before it’s fired.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is one very critical word left out of this debate; that word is "China".

I would like to very politely remind those who think that a massive, pre-emptive attack on North Korea would be a "good thing" of the following:

The Sino-North Korean Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty was a treaty signed on July 11, 1961 between North Korea and the People's Republic of China.

This treaty includes military aid.

China's military has been doing a great deal of incredible weapons development in the last couple of years; it is a nuclear-capable country, and its jets have the ability to reach the US for tactical bombing runs, should Chinese leadership want to do that.

And in December of last year, this happened:

China to give Philippines $14mn in guns, offers $500mn long-term loan

So, rather than sabre-rattling, once Trump is inaugurated, there should be some very discreet, brutally honest, back-channel discussions with the Chinese leadership about what, other than an outright military strike, the US, and China could do, in concert, to get North Korea and Kim Jung Un back to the negotiating tables to talk peace and trade guarantees, in exchange for giving up its nuclear weapons program.

And now would be an excellent time to do this, because in many Beijing's inner circle now consider China's relationship with North Korea to be infinitely more of a liability than an asset, because of its dogged insistence on continuing its nuclear weapons programs, even after UN sanctions against it, which China supported last November:

Toughest UN sanctions yet to cost North Korea $800 million

Jan 03 09:38

Trump Responds to North Korea Nuke Threat: "It Won't Happen"

Kim Jong-un has claimed that the secretive state of North Korea is close to testing ballistic missiles that could reach the United States.

President-Elect Trump responded on Twitter since he (quite reasonably) doesn't trust the MSM to report accurately, with "It won't happen."

But what does Trump actually mean by that?

Dec 22 14:17

NATO Ramps Up Ukraine War After Defeat in Syria

The timing of the large-scale attacks on Donbas comes just as the US and its NATO allies incur a strategic setback in their covert war for regime change in Syria.

A surge in military attacks this week by NATO-backed Kiev regime forces on the breakaway eastern Ukraine regions is no mere coincidence.

It is the reaction to events in Syria by the US-led military alliance in its hybrid warfare against Russia.

Dec 22 14:14

Bipartisan War – A new study urges more U.S. interventions

Written before the presidential election, the co-authors could not have anticipated a Donald Trump victory, but they might be hoping that the report would serve as a guideline for the new administration.

Hopefully they will be wrong in that expectation, but it is difficult at this point to see where the next White House will be going with its Middle Eastern policy.

There are a number of things wrong with the report from my perspective. Most significant, it assigns to the United States the responsibility to set and enforce standards of governance in parts of the world where the American people have little in the way of actual interests.

Dec 21 15:18

US To Regularly Deploy Strategic Weapons To South Korea: Officials

The United States will regularly deploy strategic weapons to South Korea to counter nuclear and missile threats from North Korea, US and South Korean defense officials said in a joint statement.

Dec 16 12:38

Scary Fact: North Korea DOES Have Nuclear Launch Capabilities

If you needed something else to keep you up at night, here it is:

You know that crazy little dictator, Kim Jong-un, the maniac in charge of the highly oppressed country of North Korea?

It turns out that he really does have nuclear launch capabilities. Let that sink in.

Dec 15 12:41

South Korea comes a step closer to LIMITLESS energy: Country's fusion reactor sustains plasma for more than a minute in a new world record

Engineers in South Korea have pushed the boundaries of nuclear fusion by setting a new record for maintaining plasma.

Plasma is one of the four states of matter - the others being liquid, gas and solid - with examples being lightning and the sun.

In a reactor at a national fusion facility, a team managed to keep superheated plasma in a steady state for more than a minute.

The new record marks another step towards nuclear fusion as a potentially limitless source of energy.

Dec 09 12:28

SOUTH KOREA PRESIDENT PARK IMPEACHED IN CORRUPTION SCANDAL

Overnight, political turmoil migrated to Asia after South Korean lawmakers voted 234-56 to impeach President Park Geun-hye over accusations of bribery, abuse of power and violating her constitutional duties, setting the stage for her to become the country's first elected leader to be expelled from office in disgrace.

The impeachment motion was carried by a wider-than-expected margin in a secret ballot in parliament, meaning more than 60 of Park's own conservative Saenuri Party members backed removing her. The votes of least 200 members of the 300-seat chamber were needed for the motion to pass. The Constitutional Court must now decide whether to uphold the motion, a process that could take up to 180 days.

"I solemnly accept the voice of the parliament and the people and sincerely hope this confusion is soundly resolved," Park said at a meeting with her cabinet, adding that she would comply with the court's proceedings as well as an investigation by a special prosecutor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that Chinese diplomats in serious talks right now with North Korean diplomats, about how this would be a double plus ungood time to attack South Korea, in the midst of its political turmoil; I would suggest that the deep state in US government would love nothing more than a war, generated by the North Koreans, as its "justification" for a full-blown attack against it.

Dec 09 08:15

South Korean lawmakers vote to impeach President Park Geun-hye

South Korean lawmakers on Friday impeached President Park Geun-hye, a stunning and swift fall for the country's first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the streets in united fury.

Dec 02 12:37

North Korea rejects U.N. resolution, vows stronger self-defense measures: KCNA

North Korea's foreign ministry said on Thursday it rejects the latest U.N. Security Council resolution imposing fresh sanctions against the country for its September nuclear test, saying it denied its sovereignty and right to survival.

The North's foreign ministry said in a statement that the country will be taking stronger self-defense measures in response to the resolution, the country's KCNA state news agency said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congrats, UN, for creating sanctions which are pushing North Korea into the polar opposite direction from where you say you want them to go!! Smooth move, there, folks!

What the UN, South Korea, Japan, China and US SHOULD be doing, at this juncture, is getting Kim Jung-Un and North Korea back to the negotiating table, and presenting a peace treaty to replace the existing armistice, which guarantees freedom of trade in exchange for North Korea stopping their nuclear weapons program, and becoming a signatory to the NNPT.

Unfortunately, however, it appears that this solution is....logical.

And I have learned, very painfully, that logic and the geopolitical process, are frequently mutually exclusive.

And, should North Korea accept such terms and conditions, it cannot be used as a "justification" for a US government's "back door war" against China.

Dec 02 10:23

N.Korea conducts massive artillery training near Wonsan

More than 90 of 152mm howitzers seen in photos, equivalent to seven to eight battalions

Dec 01 12:15

China military says it's seriously concerned by Japan-South Korea pact

China's Defence Ministry on Wednesday expressed serious concern about South Korea and Japan signing a military intelligence pact to share sensitive information on the threat posed by North Korea's missile and nuclear activities.

The signing of the General Security of Military Information Agreement had originally been expected in 2012, but South Korea postponed it due to domestic opposition.

The case for the neighbors to pool intelligence has increased, however, as North Korea has been testing different types of missiles at a faster rate, and claims it has the capability to mount a nuclear warhead on a missile.

Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said the move would add a new unsafe and unstable element to northeast Asia and smacked of a Cold War mentality.

"China's military expresses serious concern about this," Yang told a monthly news briefing, adding to previous opposition to the deal from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun: please, try to this from both the Japanese and South Korean perspectives.

Your client State, North Korea, appears drifting toward more instability, and this is coupled with the reality that its President, Kim Jung-Un, appears to be hell-bent to develop a viable nuclear weapons program, which has guidance that works, and soon.

Sir, forgive me, but if you were heads of state, or even citizens, in either South Korea or Japan, would you not be just a little ...nervous, knowing that this was going on?!?

I would strongly suggest, sir that your President, Xi Jinping, needs to recommence negotiations with North Korea, bringing in South Korea, Japan, and the US government, to hammer out a true peace treaty.

This would replace the current Armistice, which is simply a cessation of hostilities, and would include the provision for trade guarantees, as long as North Korea stops developing nuclear weapons, and becomes a signatory to the NNPT, as Iran did.

It can be done, if the will is there. And I hope China's experience with President-Elect Trump will be a far more positive working relationship than it has been with the current (and soon to be Ex) President Obama.

That Obama dissed China at the last G20 meeting, hosted by China, by accusing them of South China Sea "aggression", was the geopolitical equivalent to relieving oneself in someone's face, then telling them it was raining.
G20: Obama warns Beijing against South China Sea aggression

Nov 28 13:30

South Korea Is The Most VAIN And RACIST Country On Earth

Everyone. EVERYONE gets plastic surgery. It's like something from a science fiction novel.

Nov 26 12:11

More Than A Million March In Seoul Demanding Presidents Resignation

Around 1.3 million protesters have gathered in Seoul demanding the resignation of the South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Nov 25 11:16

Japan Releases Instructions for Citizens in Case of Nuclear War with North Korea

JAPANESE people are bracing themselves for nuclear attack with chilling advise on what to do if Kim Jong-un presses the red button.

For the first time since North Korea began a series of nuke tests, people in Japan are being issued with terrifying instruction on how to deal with nuclear war.

A downloadable pamphlet is now available on the island nation’s civil defence website.

Called “Protecting Ourselves against Armed Attacks and Terrorism,” it outlines emergency measures in the event North Korean missiles are fired at the country.

It bears similarities to the creepy Protect and Survive documents issued in Britain and Northern Ireland during the early 1980s following the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan.

Like the UK’s booklet it give top-tips on how to avoid being fried and radiated.

It urges people to take shelter indoors behind thick walls to avoid blast injuries but also radiation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing of the release of such information by any government is never accidental. But I have to ask: why is this info being disseminated now?!?

Is the Japanese government concerned about an "accidental" nuclear strike because of the historical failure of North Korea's missile guidance systems?!?

Traditionally, the big problem for the North Korean military and scientists have had with their missiles, has been that of guidance.

I have a hard time believing that this has been miraculously "cured" since North Korea's last underground nuclear test last September.

That being said, I think we may be in for at least another missile test, or underground nuclear test...or perhaps both, from North Korea, and soon.

Kim Jung-Un appears to be using these tests as "leverage" against the US, South Korea, and Japan, after seeing what happened with the P5+1 agreement with Iran.

What Kim Jung-Un wants is a true peace treaty to replace the armistice which has existed between North and South Korea for the last 60 years, with guarantees on trade, in exchange for stopping his nuclear weapons program.

And the sooner the US can cajole China into sitting down at the table to make such negotiations happen, the better.

Of course, that will not happen now until Trump is President, looking at the horrific gaffe Obama pulled that last time he was at the G20 meeting in China, where he excoriated China about its actions in the South China Sea.

G20: Obama warns Beijing against South China Sea aggression

Nov 23 09:34

South Korean authorities raid Samsung in Park Geun-hye probe

South Korean authorities have raided the offices of Samsung and the national pension fund as part of a corruption investigation linked to the president.

They are probing whether Park Geun-hye pressured the fund to support a Samsung merger, said the Yonhap news agency.

In return, Samsung is alleged to have given financial favours to Ms Park's confidante Choi Soon-sil, Yonhap said.

Nov 21 06:52

YUUUGE! 700,000 Strong This Should Be An Inspiration To The World. Protest Video From South Korea.

This is mind blowing! I know we have had some big movements in DC but I have never seen anything like this.

Nov 20 09:16

Thousands Demonstrate Against South Korean President

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Seoul on Saturday in the fourth straight weekend of protest against embattled President Park Geun-hye.

Park is resisting calls to step down amid an ongoing political crisis in which she is alleged to have let an old friend meddle in state affairs.

The scandal has rocked Park’s presidency and united Koreans in disapproval, culminating in a protest last weekend that saw a million people march on Seoul by some estimates.

Saturday’s protest was smaller as protest groups also organized demonstrations in regional capitals. Police said at least 155,000 people had packed into a central Seoul square early on Saturday evening for a candle-lit rally. Organizers said the number was 500,000.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No photoshop here, folks; you are looking at a large group of some VERY ticked off South Koreans!!

Nov 07 13:51

‘Female Rasputin’ had no influence on Moscow-Seoul ties - experts

Russian experts say South Korea's unnecessarily tough and inflexible policy towards North Korea may have been the result of the influence that Choi Soon-sil had on President Park Geun-hye. Korea experts in Russia do not believe that Choi Soon-sil, who has been termed the ‘female Rasputin’ by the Korean media, had any influence on President Park Geun-hye's Russia policy. Choi, who has been a friend of the South Korean President since 1974, has been accused of using her friendship with Park to influence state affairs. The 60-year-old daughter of a South Korean religious leader, Choi, has no government post, but is alleged to have a ‘Rasputin-like grip’ on the president's trust and affections. “Investigations will reveal what specific decisions Choi Soon-sil did take part in,” says George Toloraya, Director of Asian strategy Center at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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Nov 05 11:33

U.S. acts to block North Korea access to financial system

The United States on Friday formally prohibited U.S. financial institutions from opening or maintaining accounts created on behalf of North Korean banks, extending sanctions imposed on the isolated Asian country over its nuclear and missile programs.

The U.S. Treasury Department said North Korea was using front companies and agents to conduct illicit financial transactions to support the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and to evade international sanctions.

“Such funds have no place in any reputable financial system,” Adam Szubin, the department's acting under secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence said in a statement.

It said that while U.S. law already generally prohibited transactions with North Korean financial institutions, the move would support international sanctions and better protect the U.S. financial system from illicit North Korean activity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To a child with a hammer, everything it sees is in desperate need of getting nailed down.

IF the US Treasury Department really wanted to accelerate North Korea's missile testing program, it couldn't have pulled a better tactic than by issuing these sanctions.

However, in the immortal words of the American comedian Ron White: "You can't fix stupid."

And the most completely stupid thing the US government could have done right now is behaving in such a way as to move Kim Jong Un away from potential talks to end the armistice with South Korea, and replace it with a peace treaty, with guarantees and permissions, in exchange for stopping its nuclear weapons development program.

And of course, to have that happen, you will need a lot of TLC from China, to make such talks palatable to North Korea.

So apparently not understanding that, what did President Obama do at the last G-20 meeting in China in September?

G20: Obama warns Beijing against South China Sea aggression

To accuse one's host country of "aggression" in such a charged, rarefied atmosphere as a G-20 meeting, is the geopolitical equivalent to relieving yourself in someone's face, then making the remark that "it's really raining, isn't it?!?"

So help from China on this issue will not be forthcoming, at least not while President Obama is in power, and perhaps not for a long time afterward: the Chinese government has a very long memory for insults like this, and may well just bide its time until it believes it is in their best interests to get North Korea to the negotiating table.

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