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Oct 17 11:37

Trump Sends Second Aircraft Carrier To Korean Peninsula With 7,500 Marines Aboard

Just one week after uttering his now-infamous “this is the calm before the storm” statement to the press ahead of a dinner with military leaders, we now learn that President Trump has dispatched a second nuclear aircraft carrier, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, filled with 7,500 marines, to the Korean Peninsula. Of course, this comes after rumors swirled earlier this week that North Korea is preparing to fire multiple short-range rockets around the opening of the Chinese Communist Party’s twice-a-decade congress on Oct. 18th.

Oct 17 11:05

U.S. Evacuation Drills in South Korea Heighten Fears of Military Action

The United States military said on Monday that it would practice evacuating noncombatant Americans out of South Korea in the event of war and other emergencies, as the two allies began a joint naval exercise amid heightened tensions with North Korea.

It has conducted similar evacuation exercises for decades. But with fears rising in the South that the United States might be preparing for military action against the North, the American military issued a rare news release on Monday stressing that the noncombatant evacuation exercise was a “routinely scheduled” drill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a non-combatant American in South Korea, understanding that this kind of drill was taking place, in and around the other drills being performed, I would definitely be more than a little antsy also.

Oct 17 09:14

North Korea Drops Propaganda Leaflets On Seoul: "Let's Behead Mad Dog Trump, Death To The Old Lunatic"

Following President Trump's United Nations' speech threats to "totally destroy" North Korea, lambasting the North's leader Kim Jong-un as "a rocket man on a suicide mission," it appears he is not the only one capable of public and aggressive hyperbole.

As The Independent reports, propaganda fliers presumed to be from North Korea and calling US President Donald Trump a “mad dog” have turned up across central Seoul, including near the presidential Blue House, according to posts on social media and people who found them.

“Death to old lunatic Trump!” reads one poster, with a North Korean soldier with rifle in hand, crushing what looks to be Trump’s head with his tongue dangling out of his mouth.

Oct 17 09:13

China’s Plot to Deploy Army Against North Korea Could Start WW3

New photos of a recent highway construction in China could be part of a contingency plan to invade North Korea or amass a huge army on their shared border. Experts fear this newly uncovered plot could stoke the fires of World War 3, inevitably involving the United States.

Oct 17 08:02

'War is SCHEDULED' US General reveals future timeline of North Korean nuclear crisis

A US GENERAL - known for his calculated comments - shocked a television interviewer last night when he revealed that "war is scheduled" with North Korea.

General Barry McCaffrey’s comments come as fears mount that the US and North Korea are headed towards an imminent war.

The respected retired general claimed that the US would be at war with the communist regime "by next summer" during a TV interview with NBC last night.

Kim Jong-Un has continued to escalate his threatening rhetoric against the United States and its allies, amid the deepening crisis on the Korean peninsula.

Oct 17 08:01

North Korea says 'a nuclear war may break out any moment'

Kim In Ryong told the U.N. General Assembly's disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to "such an extreme and direct nuclear threat" from the United States since the 1970s — and said the country has the right to possess nuclear weapons in self-defense.

Oct 16 10:57

US Deploys Special Forces "Decapitation" Team To South Korea

Today, the South Korean and U.S. navies kicked off massive combined drills off the coast of the Korean peninsula amid heightened tensions, a training exercise which North Korea has warned may prompt another ballistic missile launch potentially to coincide with the launch of the Chinese 19th Party Congress on October 18. The two allies plan to continue the Maritime Counter Special Operations Exercise (MCSOFEX) through Friday in the East Sea and the Yellow Sea.

As reported over the weekend, the drill involves the U.S. 7th Fleet's aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers - the USS Stethem (DDG-63) and the USS Mustin (DDG-89). The carrier strike group will train with South Korean warships and other defense assets, such as the Sejong the Great Aegis ship and P-3 Orion anti-submarine aircraft in the East Sea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While the info reported from Yonhap might be true, why blab it to the world, and lose the element of surprise?!?

Do they think that such a rumor is going to get Kim Jung Un to back down from his defense of his nuclear missile program?!?

Are they trying to provoke him into an attack by letting this info get out?!?

The ultimate reason for such a statement about the decap strike team to get made public like this is...very cloudy and occult right now.

Oct 16 10:33

North Korea invites Iran to struggle together against US’ unfair steps - delegation leaderMore:http://tass.com/world/970795

. North Korea invites Iran to pool efforts to "struggle against injustice" of the United States’ unfairness," Deputy Chairman of North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly An Tong Chun, who heads his country’s delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, said at a brief meeting with speaker of Iran’s parliament (Mejlis) Ali Larijani on Sunday.
"Thank you for your speech. It was a brilliant speech," he said.
"We have a strong will against offenders, we and you have been struggling for a long time," he noted. "Let us struggle together against injustice, for justice."

Earlier in the day, Larijani severely criticized the United States’ actions, including those related to the Iran nuclear deal. He said that US President Donald Trump is demonstrating disrespect to the United Nations and inability to implement international agreements.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Speaker Larijani, please do not go for this; sir, I am on my knees with lighted candles in each hand, because what passes for the alleged "free press" in this country, i.e., the corporate Presstitutes who simply regurgitate government propaganda, are already demonizing your country by linking it to North Korea, and suggesting that you are assisting North Korea in its nuclear weapons program.

And we have already heard the grating statement from President Trump's "BimboBassador to the UN, Nikki Haley yesterday:

US Envoy to UN Says Trump's Move on Iran Nuclear Deal Message to North Korea

Oh, yes, Ambassador Haley, a message was sent from President Trump, loudly and clearly; the US government believes that it has the right of refusal to honor any deals which have been made in good faith, therefore, North Korea is correct in their not engaging any negotiations with the US.

Oct 16 10:28

Macron says he warned Trump not to scrap Iran deal

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that he was opposed to a “tougher” approach toward Iran.

Speaking to TF1 and LCI in his first live TV interview since taking office, the French president said he had told Trump not to scrap the Iran deal.

Macron said Trump “wants to get tougher with Iran. I told him I thought this was the wrong approach because we have to look at where we are now with North Korea.”

Oct 16 10:19

Joint US and South Korean Navy Drills Kick Off Around the Korean Peninsula

The joint week-long navy drills of the US and South Korean fleets have kicked off. About 40 vessels, including the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, are taking part in maneuvers in the waters around the Korean Peninsula.

The naval drills are aimed at exercising a possible strike against the key military sites of Pyongyang in case of an emergency situation on the Korean peninsula, the YTN TV channel said on Monday

US submarines USS Tucson and USS Michigan are also currently in the ports of South Korea, the media said.

On Thursday, the US 7th Fleet issues a statement, saying that US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Stethem and USS Mustin will also take part in the drills.

The exercises come against the backdrop of escalating pressure on Korean peninsula over Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear tests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these exercises only last for one week, then the "window" for a false flag/decap strike, is very small.

And that statement in the 2nd paragraph of the article, stating "The naval drills are aimed at exercising a possible strike against the key military sites of Pyongyang in case of an emergency situation on the Korean peninsula, the YTN TV channel said on Monday." is very worrisome.

That "emergency situation" will most likely come, courtesy of a US false flag.

It appears that those in the bowels of power in DC have gone deaf, dumb, and blind, to the Chinese government's statement that if the US attacks first, they will support North Korea.

In light of the fact that Mike and I are sitting on a first-strike target which China can actually target - and obliterate - color us more than a little nervous for the next week or so.

There is one resource I look at on a consistent basis, regarding North
Korea, and that is the website 38north.org: I encourage you to bookmark it.

This research group, under the auspices of John Hopkins University, is a pretty sober and sane evaluation of actions going on in North Korea, regarding their weapons program, and the information is done via satellite tracking.

Unfortunately, the last posed article is datemarked Friday. And on Friday, there was no mention whatsoever of movement of North Korean missiles as a prelude to a launch; and getting missiles to their launch sites does require preparation.

Oct 16 09:35

Tillerson Pledges Diplomacy With North Korea ‘Until the First Bomb Drops’

Tillerson’s comments on CNN’s “State of the Union” program on Sunday apparently weren’t meant literally as a timeline for war, as he preceded that quote by saying, “He has made it clear to me to continue my diplomatic efforts,” and that those efforts “will continue until the first bomb drops.”

Still, they came as South Korean military officials are readying for another possible missile launch by Pyongyang. Multiple South Korean media reports citing unidentified military officials on Saturday and Sunday said North Korean missile vehicles “kept appearing and disappearing” from the map and “transporter erector launchers” had been spotted carrying ballistic missiles

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I getting the very uneasy feeling, with Tillerson's having used that precise langugate, that we are looking at a "false flag" here, to be blamed upon North Korea, as the justification for an attack against it?!?

Oct 16 09:34

N Korea Rationalizes Nukes and Missiles as Way to Protect Itself From US

"We would like to make a statement that our country faces a threat that its existence is challenged and could be destroyed by the United States. History shows proof that we should protect ourselves on our own and our nuclear programs — are the programs of nuclear deterrence aimed at the protection of our independence," An Tong Chun, the first deputy speaker of the North Korean parliament, said Sunday.

Oct 16 09:24

North Korea Missile Jitters Surface Ahead of U.S. War Games

The U.S. and South Korea are readying for a new joint military exercise, the type of drill that in the past has prompted Pyongyang to respond with missile tests.

Oct 14 12:24

Majority of Republicans Support Preemptive Strike on North Korea, Déjà Vu Edition

By Eric Blair

After just a few short months of being propagandized, a recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University revealed that a majority of Republicans (46% to 41%) now support a preemptive strike on North Korea...

Oct 13 14:18

Australia Deploys For War With North Korea And Confrontation With China

One gauge of the advanced preparations for a US-led war on the Korean peninsula is the military and diplomatic activity of key American allies. For its part, the Australian government is mobilising its armed forces to support the Trump administration’s threat to “totally destroy” North Korea and the broader US aim of shattering China’s geo-strategic influence in Asia and internationally.

Oct 13 08:01

If a North Korean EMP Could Kill 90% of Americans in a Year, Why Did the DoD Just Defund the Congressional EMP Commission?

At a House hearing yesterday, experts warned members of Congress that a North Korean EMP attack could kill 90% of Americans within one year, calling it an "existential threat." But despite this looming crisis, the Department of Defense has decided now was the time to defund the Congressional committee that has been studying the threat since 2001.

Oct 13 07:26

North Korea Renews Guam Threat Ahead of Joint Naval Exercise

As the United States and South Korea prepared for next week’s joint naval exercise, North Korean officials on Friday renewed their threat to launch ballistic missiles near Guam, an American territory in the western Pacific.

The drill, which involves the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, is scheduled to begin on Monday in waters east and west of South Korea. The 10-day exercise will check the allies’ “communications, interoperability and partnership,” the United States Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a statement.

The nuclear-powered submarine Michigan arrived at the South Korean port of Busan on Friday. American and South Korean warplanes will also join the exercise, which takes place amid heightened tensions over North Korea’s advancing nuclear missile program.

Oct 12 08:46

Trump may be dangerously overconfident in US missile defences against North Korea

President Donald Trump gave an interview to Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday night where he discussed the North Korean crisis and perhaps a dangerous overconfidence in US missile defences.

Asked about the threat North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs pose to the US, Trump said the issue should have been handled in previous administrations, and praised China for its cooperation with a US-led sanctions push against Pyongyang.

But Trump also seemed to put faith in a not-so-reliable element the US’s defence against North Korea.

“We build the greatest military equipment in the world,” Trump told Hannity. “We have missiles that can knock out a missile in the air 97 per cent of the time, and if you send two of them, it’s going to get knocked out.”

Oct 12 04:18

Most Americans Say Trump Making North Korea Situation Worse

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea’s nuclear weapons development is spooking most Americans, and two-thirds of them say President Donald Trump’s war of words with the isolated nation’s leader is making the situation worse. Less than 1 in 10 thinks Trump’s comments are making it better.
Those are the findings of a poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, as tensions between the adversaries escalate and North Korea comes closer to its goal of having a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the continental U.S.

(*For the record , I disagree with the concept that most Americans oppose Trump , on this , or torture , or stumping the first amendment during Flag Gate . No matter what he does , he's the outsider , that makes him a victim , and most Americans feel a patriotic duty to stand by Trump , unquestionably , that if they don't , they're somehow unfit to hold their position . this is Fake NEWS! , designed to make Americans look like something their not .)

Oct 11 15:44

Jimmy Carter Offers To Meet With Kim Jong-Un To Prevent War With North Korea

With tensions once again flaring up between the United States and North Korea, it was reported Tuesday that former U.S. president Jimmy Carter has offered to meet with leader Kim Jong-un to discuss ways to achieve peace.

Oct 11 13:21

US sends SECOND nuclear warship and 7,500 marines within strike range of North Korea

The USS Theodore Roosevelt, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, is en route to the western Pacific after leaving San Diego port last week.

Oct 11 11:08

Trump Summons Generals To War Room After Hawaii Students Get "In The Event Of A Nuclear Attack" Email

Here is what not to do when addressing your student population at a time when tensions with a nuclear-armed adversary are running at fever pitch: send an email to the student population with the subject title "in the event of a nuclear attack." Unfortunately for hundreds of students at the Aloha State school, that is precisely what they got in the inboxes on Monday, and as the NY Daily News notes, the message sent Cold War-style shivers down the spines of those not accustomed to the "duck and cover" drills of the 1950s, which in this day and age of pervasive snowflakyness, would be pretty much everyone.

"In light of concerns about North Korea missile tests, state and federal agencies are providing information about nuclear threats and what to do in the unlikely event of a nuclear attack and radiation emergency," says the email obtained by Hawaii News Now.

Oct 11 11:07

Supersonic US B-1B Bombers Fly Near Korean Peninsula in Drill

US Air Force, South Korean Air Force and Japanese Air-Self Defense jets conducted a military training exercise over the Sea of Japan Tuesday night, according to a US military statement, to hone their "combat skills."

Oct 11 10:32

US demands Egypt sever ties with North Korea or face further punitive action

US President Donald Trump's administration has demanded that Egypt cut all ties with North Korea or face further punitive action, diplomatic sources have said.

US diplomatic sources in Cairo told The New Arab on Wednesday that Washington has warned Cairo over its military relations with the pariah Asian state.

"The Trump administration has urgently demanded that Egypt close military attache offices and all related activity in both Cairo and Pyongyang," a source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said.

Oct 11 10:29

BEX ALERT - Has US military helicopter been SHOT DOWN? Aircraft crashes in Japan near North Korea

The helicopter came down in the Okinawa region near the village of Takamura Takae on Wednesday morning, local media reported.

Images taken from the scene showed the aircraft engulfed in a fireball with thick black smoke pouring into the sky.

The incident, which occurred shortly after US military drills over the Korean peninsula, led to speculation that North Korea could have shot down the helicopter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look on a map. We are talking about a minimum 800 miles to get from the coast of North Korea to Okinawa. Had the helicopter been hit with artillery or a missile, it never would have reached Japan.

Oct 11 07:25

US Army Chief Of Staff: 'No Risk-Free Options' On North Korea

US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley has warned that there are “no risk-free options” in solving the challenge of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.

Oct 11 02:50

Trump to Unveil 'Overall Iran Strategy' This Week

According to White House officials, President Trump will unveil his “overall” Iran strategy later this week. They offered no details on what that might include, though indications have been that it would be generally hostile toward Iran>>>

Oct 10 07:57

North Korea 'hackers steal US-South Korea war plans'

Hackers from North Korea are reported to have stolen a large cache of military documents from South Korea, including a plan to assassinate North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.

Rhee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker, said the information was from his country's defence ministry.

The compromised documents include wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South Korea.

They also include reports to the allies' senior commanders.

The South Korean defence ministry has so far refused to comment about the allegation.

Oct 10 05:31

Mattis: US Army Must Be Ready to Confront NK

Defense Secretary James Mattis warned Monday that the US Army needs to “stand ready” for put into action its various options for attacking North Korea >>>

(*Trump support is at an all time high right now . 'Strike while The Iron Is Hot !' Right Big Jim ? )

Oct 10 04:53

FOX: Four Ships Banned From All Ports for Violating North Korea Sanctions

UNITED NATIONS – The Security Council has banned all nations from allowing four ships that transported prohibited goods to and from North Korea to enter any port in their country.

Hugh Griffiths, head of the panel of experts investigating the implementation of U.N. sanctions against North Korea, announced the port bans at a briefing to U.N. member states on Monday.

Griffiths later told several reporters that "this is the first time in U.N. history" that the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against Pyongyang has prohibited ships from entering all ports.

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(*A Great Win For Trump !)

Oct 09 15:35

World War 3: Russia orders US to ABANDON North Korea fight as major conflict looms

Sergey Lavrov told his US counterpart, Rex Tillerson, the escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula is unacceptable.

Russia's foreign ministry, said: "Lavrov underlined the inadmissibility of any escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula, to which the USA's military preparations lead, and called for contradictions to be resolved by diplomatic means only."

Oct 09 12:11

Iran Vows "Decisive, Crushing" Response If Trump Designates Its Elite Guards As Terrorists

On Sunday, in its most explicit warning to Donald Trump not to revise the terms of the Nuclear Deal - something the US president is expected to do over the coming days - Iran warned the United States that U.S. regional military bases "would be at risk" if further sanctions were passed. "The Americans should know that the Trump government’s stupid behavior with the nuclear deal will be used by the Islamic Republic as an opportunity to move ahead with its missile, regional and conventional defense program," Iran Revolutionary Guards’ commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said, quoted by Reuters. He then threatened US presence in the region, warning that “if America’s new law for sanctions is passed, this country will have to move their regional bases outside the 2,000 km range of Iran’s missiles."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely suggest that President Trump take Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qasemi at his word.

The following article is very illuminative in describing what the Iranian government may do, should such a US decree be issued:

Iran to declare US Military a Terrorist organisation in a tit for tat response

On 24 September of this year, President Trump accused Iran of collusion with North Korea on its nuclear program, which is certainly not helping ratchet down the tensions with either country:

President Trump accuses Iran of Colluding with North Korea on its nuclear program

The US decertification is going to happen Sunday 15 October, this coming Sunday; South Korean/US military exercises are going to happen around 20 October.

I am sincerely hoping and praying that the Unholy Quartet of "President Whisperers", consistingof McMaster; Mattis; Kelly; and Netanyahu have not convinced President Trump that he could handle wars against both countries simultaneously and victoriously; such an attack would demonstrate, and create, the failing of the American empire in its last death throes.

Oct 09 11:37

US Warship Approaches Korean Peninsula for Drills with South Korea

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

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

The two allies will conduct joint drills to detect, track, and intercept ballistic missiles, in addition to anti-submarine warfare training, Yonhap News agency reported, citing an unnamed South Korean official.

The official said the military exercises will likely be held around October 20.

The drills are to prepare the US military to defend its allies as well as maintain stability in the area, Rear Admiral Marc Dalton, commander of the USS Ronald Reagan’s strike group, told the South China Morning Post.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...maintain stability", MY ASTROLABE!!

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

He will see this precisely for what it is; an hostile threat to his government, perhaps leading to a military assault against the country.

These exercises are supposed to start 20 October one week from this Friday; but one thing I have not been able to find, on any blog, is an end date to these exercizes, which is pretty unusual, and might well be telling in the context of what this exercize is actually engineered to do.

So I have to speculate; is this exercize to be open ended, and perhaps wind up the "sacrificial lamb" to make it look as though North Korea fired the first shot, even if that first shot may well be a false flag?!?

False flags have been tools of US Statescraft for some time now; so I frankly would not bet against it, were I a betting woman.

Oct 09 09:29

Britain 'draws up battle plan for war with North Korea'

Britain is reportedly preparing for the possibility of war breaking out with North Korea as concerns rise that another provocative missile test could trigger a military response by the US.

North Korea is being closely watched amid fears it could launch another long-range missile test on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the founding of its ruling party.

Bellicose rhetoric from Donald Trump has heightened tensions in the region in recent months, prompting British officials to draw up military plans for a response to a break out of hostilities, it was reported.

The possible move to deploy it ahead of schedule drew comparisons with the start of the Falklands War.

"In the Falklands we had to react to an event and HMS Illustrious was accelerated to respond," a Navy source told the Mail.

"This was a reaction to protect British territory, however. In this case [North Korea], the UK would be part of a united global coalition. We would see what support we could give."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that none of this is actually sourced, and even the writers of this article wanted to distance themselves from responsibility for having written it, by embracing anonimity, and only identifying them as "Telegraph Reporters".

I frankly think, at this point, that this was simply a "trial balloon" on the part of the British Government, to see and gague British public reaction to such a move, if, in fact, such plans are being contemplated at this time.

Oct 09 09:22

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

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

Oct 09 08:59

Trump: Rhetoric vs. Reality

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

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

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

Oct 09 08:13

Iran Dismisses Link with N. Korea's Nuclear Program

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

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

Oct 08 09:44

North Korea: Kim Jong-un promotes sister to politburo

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

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

Oct 08 08:00

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

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

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

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

Oct 08 07:50

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Oct 08 07:45

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

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

Oct 08 07:41

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

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

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

Oct 08 07:39

Kim says nuclear weapons needed to deter US threats

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

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

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

Oct 08 07:27

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

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

Oct 08 04:45

‘Only One Thing Will Work’

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

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

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

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

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Oct 07 09:41

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What President Carter is saying, is completely logical.

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

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

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

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

What is Really Behind North Korea's nuclear provocations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 07 07:44

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

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

Oct 07 07:40

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

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

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

Oct 07 07:23

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

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

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

Oct 07 07:23

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 06 12:28

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 05 09:15

Egypt dismisses Washington Post report on North Korean shipment 

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

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

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

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

Oct 05 08:35

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

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

Oct 05 08:12

Russia throws North Korea lifeline to stymie regime change

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

Oct 05 06:12

CIA Official Predicts North Korean Provocation on Columbus Day

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 04 07:46

North Korea now has a second internet link through Russia

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe I need a second line through Russia!

Oct 03 10:57

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 03 10:29

Are You Ready to Die?

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Oct 03 08:37

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

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

Oct 03 07:25

White House again rejects talks with North Korea on nuclear issue

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

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

Oct 02 15:22

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

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

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

Oct 02 08:39

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

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

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

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

Oct 02 08:39

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 02 08:38

Trump Readies U.S. Military Strike on North Korea

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

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

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

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

Oct 02 05:26

North Korea: UN Sanctions Causing Colossal Damages To Civilians

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

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

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

Oct 01 08:54

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 01 08:43

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

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

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

Sep 30 11:20

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 30 10:22

North Korea seen moving missiles from development center: report

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 30 09:19

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

10 October is one week from this Tuesday.

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

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

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

Sep 30 08:03

Israel’s missed opportunity with North Korea

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

Sep 30 08:00

North Korean figure skaters qualify for Olympics in South Korea

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

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

Sep 30 07:59

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 30 07:12

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

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

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

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

Sep 29 09:20

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 28 14:56

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

Sep 28 10:26

US imposes sanctions on North Korean banks, executives

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

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

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

Sep 28 10:08

South Korea Fires Taurus as Interest in Standoff Missiles Grows

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

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

Sep 28 09:36

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

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

Sep 28 09:31

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

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

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

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

Sep 28 09:14

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

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

Sep 28 09:06

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 28 08:59

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

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

Sep 28 08:34

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

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

Sep 28 08:29

North Korea Nuke Threat Is Multifold

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 27 14:59

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

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

Sep 27 11:58

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 27 08:32

USS Ronald Reagan Supercarrier to Conduct Exercises Off Korean Peninsula

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

Sep 27 08:30

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 27 08:28

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

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

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

Sep 27 08:28

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

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

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

Sep 27 08:27

Joint Chiefs Chair: Korea Military Posture Unchanged

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

Sep 27 07:37

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

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

Sep 27 07:17

Behind North Korea’s Bluster, Some See Caution

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 27 07:16

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 26 20:14

North Korea behind the scenes, with Evan Osnos

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

Sep 26 15:22

Fighter jets moved to coast after US show of force

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

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

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

Sep 26 14:06

Trump, Rajoy united against North Korea actions, Catalonia referendum

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

Sep 26 12:45

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

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

Sep 26 10:41

US sanctions 8 North Korean banks, 26 individuals

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US has declared economic war on North Korea.

Sep 26 09:33

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

By Brandon Turbeville

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

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

Sep 26 09:30

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

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

Sep 26 09:30

How powerful is the North Korean air force?

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 26 09:24

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

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

Sep 26 09:22

How North Korea Could Hunt U.S. Warplanes

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

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

Sep 26 09:16

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

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

Sep 25 18:03

How to end the North Korea problem

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

Sep 25 13:52

The New US Sanctions: Moving From Sanctions to Economic War

President Trump’s new Executive Order on North Korea sanctions is a unilateral declaration of economic warfare designed to bring the North to its knees through the aggressive use of secondary sanctions against any country that trades with or finances trade with North Korea. Rather than bring North Korea closer to the negotiating table for a peaceful resolution of the conflict, they are likely to hasten war and even the collapse of the regime if effectively enforced. It is unlikely, however, that this severe tightening of the sanctions screw will be successful.

Sep 25 12:48

Ron Paul: "How To End The Korea Crisis"

President Trump, who holds the lives of millions of Koreans and Americans in his hands, has taken to calling the North Korean dictator “rocket man on a suicide mission.”

Why? To goad him into launching some sort of action to provoke an American response? Maybe the US president is not even going to wait for that.

We remember from the Tonkin Gulf false flag that the provocation doesn’t even need to be real.

We are in extremely dangerous territory and Congress for the most part either remains asleep or is cheering on the sabre-rattling.

Sep 25 12:38

White House: "We Have Not Declared War On North Korea; That's Absurd"

Following the startling, impromptu allegation on Monday morning by North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho, who accused Trump of declaring war on North Korea, and warned Pyongyang would shoot down US jets, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday dismissed North Korea’s claims as "absurd."

“We have not declared war on North Korea and frankly the suggestion of that is absurd,” Sanders said during today's press briefing.

Sep 25 10:05

Why Trump's Foreign Policy May Result in 25 'Chernobyls' in Asia-Pacific

The US' foreign policy may lead to a nuclear nightmare in Asia Pacific, compared to which the Fukushima disaster is a "firecracker," an expert told Sputnik, adding that in his UN speech Donald Trump had repeatedly contradicted himself by calling upon nations to maintain their sovereignty while at the same time threatening to destroy North Korea.

US President Donald Trump's threat to "totally destroy" North Korea in case the US is "forced to defend itself or its allies" means a potential atomic Armageddon for the Korean Peninsula, Konstantin Sivkov, a Russian military analyst and president of the Academy for Geopolitical Problems, told Sputnik China.

Sep 25 09:59

??Is Trump All Talk on North Korea?

The disconnect has led to a deep uncertainty about whether Mr. Trump is all talk or actually intends to act. The ambiguity could be strategic, part of an effort to intimidate Mr. Kim and keep him guessing. Or it could reflect a rash impulse by a leader with little foreign policy experience to vent his anger and stoke his supporters’ enthusiasm.

Sep 25 09:58

No, We Cannot Shoot Down North Korea’s Missiles

The number one reason we don’t shoot down North Korea’s missiles is that we cannot.

Officials like to reassure their publics about our defense to these missiles. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told his nation after last week’s test, “We didn’t intercept it because no damage to Japanese territory was expected.”

That is half true. The missile did not pose a serious threat. It flew over the Japanese island of Hokkaido, landing 3700 km (2300 miles) from its launch point near North Korea’s capital of Pyongyang.

Sep 25 09:51

North Korea: Pentagon threatens to give Trump options if provocations continue

The Pentagon has warned that it is prepared to give Donald Trump options to deal with North Korea if its provocations continue. Its statement comes after the North Korean foreign minister accused Mr Trump of "declaring war" over the weekend.

"If North Korea does not stop their provocative actions, you know, we will make sure that we provide options to the President to deal with North Korea," Pentagon spokesman Colonel Robert Manning told reporters.

Sep 25 09:32

South Korea to Boost Military Arsenal With Nuclear Submarines, Spy Satellites

South Korea is considering boosting its three-axis defense program by building its own nuclear-powered submarines and acquiring spy satellites to counter the North Korea threat.

Sep 25 09:07

The truth about the division of Korea

As a rule, in most academic and media circles, mainly in the West, the history of the division of the Korean Peninsula is oversimplified, mainly due to political interests seeking to revise history to try to justify somehow the US military presence in Korea. In the following lines we try to give a little light to the subject, providing historical data that allow an objective analysis of the facts that have led to the division of an entire people and the fratricidal confrontation between Koreans.

Sep 25 08:37

Trump Accuses Iran of Cooperation with North Korea After Missile Test Launch

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that Iran was cooperating with Pyongyang following the latest Tehran's ballistic missile test.

"Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel. They are also working with North Korea. Not much of an agreement we have!" Trump posted on Twitter.

On Saturday, Iranian media reported that the country had successfully carried out the test launch of a new ballistic missile, dubbed Khorramshahr, with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,242 miles).

The new Iranian long range missile Khoramshahr (front) is displayed during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq, on September 22,2017 in

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, please think for a moment; if you were Iran's President Rouhani, and listening to American, Israeli, and Saudi authorities all screaming in unison about regime change in Tehran, would you not be wanting to be creating, and manufacturing, the best, and longest-range missiles your scientists could create?!?

Of course you would!!

And sir, where is your proof that North Korea is assisting Iran in its missile program?!? Wouldn't the situation actually be the converse, with Iran assisting North Korea, because North Korea's guidance and staging of their missiles needs much to be desired before they can actually target something successfully?!?

And please remember: As of October 17th, 2014, irandaily.com carried the following comment:

Iran argues that it has rejected nuclear weapons as incompatible with Islam and cites a fatwa of Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei as proof. American and European officials remain skeptical, however, that the issue is really governed by Shia Islamic principles. They have relied instead on murky intelligence that has never been confirmed about an alleged covert Iranian nuclear weapons program.

But the key to understanding Iran's policy toward nuclear weapons lies in a historical episode during its eight-year war with Iraq. The story, told in full for the first time here, explains why Iran never retaliated against Iraq's chemical weapons attacks on Iranian troops and civilians, which killed 20,000 Iranians and severely injured 100,000 more. And it strongly suggests that the Iranian leadership's aversion to developing chemical and nuclear weapons is deep-rooted and sincere.

Sep 25 08:01

BREAKING - N. Korea has right to shoot down strategic US bombers even not in our airspace - foreign minister

Sep 25 07:53

Pentagon Greenlights $700 Million Program To Combat Commercial ISIS Drones

The Pentagon is throwing $700 million at a rapidly progressing program to combat the threat of commercial drone use by the Islamic State, The New York Times reports.

The program has commissioned U.S. defense contractors to begin attempting to find solutions to the drone threat, including using lasers to shoot them out of the sky. The technology is in its infancy and has yet to yield any significant results. ISIS has pioneered the use of relatively cheap commercial drones as airborne improvised explosive devices, for surveillance, and propaganda purposes.

The Pentagon program comes as it increases the number of U.S. troops in Syria to assist training for the Syrian Democratic Forces in the fight against ISIS. The Pentagon reportedly worries that its bases could be vulnerable to ISIS drone attacks, and it sees the broader trend in warfare.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly don't think that it is only commercial drone use by Isis the Pentagon is attempting to counter; please note that, to date, the US military has been unable to shoot any Korean test missiles out of the sky.

Sep 25 07:42

Almost no North Koreans travel to the U.S., so why ban them?

President Trump’s extension of the travel ban to North Korea is mostly symbolic and will have little to no effect on Kim Jong Un’s regime, experts said Monday.

Trump on Sunday issued an executive order indefinitely banning travel to the United States from eight countries. The list includes all but one of the countries covered by the original ban plus three more: Chad, Venezuela and North Korea.

While the entire order is sure to be controversial, the timing of the North Korea addition is particularly sensitive because it comes amid a protracted standoff over North Korea’s weapons program.

Sep 25 07:37

Russia's Lavrov on why the US won't attack North Korea

"The Americans won't carry out a strike on (North) Korea because it's not that they suspect, they know for sure that it has nuclear bombs," Lavrov said.

Sep 25 07:36

‘N. Korean missiles can reach Chicago, would not be stopped’

US arms control expert: Hwasong-14 could even reach East Coast, but US anti-missile defenses probably couldn't shoot it down. Pyongyang likely has warhead that fits, he adds

Sep 25 07:34

Trump's Iran decision could shake up North Korea stand-off

Opponents of the Iranian nuclear deal argue that Iran is watching North Korea’s belligerence to see what they might be able to get away with. Supporters of the deal, meanwhile, say scrapping it would send a signal to Pyongyang that the United States cannot be trusted in any potential future negotiations.

Sep 25 07:33

General Wesley Clark: "We'll Need All of the U.S. Armed Forces" to "Deal with Iran and North Korea"

On Saturday evening, Iran announced it successfully tested a new-medium range missile. This test comes after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday Iran would increase its military power "as a deterrent” against hostile nations.

Iran’s Defense Minister, General Amir Hatami said that the purpose of this missile was to have "the ability to evade the enemy's air defense line and to be guided from the moment of launch until the target is hit turns Khoramshahr into a tactical missile.”

He also noted that Iran does "not seek permission from any country for producing various kinds of missile.”

Sep 24 09:30

U.S. B-1B Bombers Fly Just Off Coast Of North Korea: 4 Reasons Why This Time It's Different

“This mission is a demonstration of U.S. resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat,” said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White, calling North Korea’s weapons program “a grave threat" adding that “we are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the U.S. homeland and our allies.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Defend us from what? Bad words? Because that is all North Korea has done, call us names and test their weapons.

Sep 24 09:21

US Cannot Shoot Down DPRK Missiles: Global Defense Experts

The US State Department stated on Friday that the country’s military defense networks will shoot down a North Korean ballistic missile if it flies over the island territory of Guam, but experts in the field have claimed that the Pentagon is flat-out wrong.

Sep 24 08:39

Lavrov slams war of words between Trump, Kim as 'kindergarten fight'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has urged the United States and North Korea to reduce tensions and described the trading of insults between their leaders as a "kindergarten fight between children."

Sep 24 08:14

North Korea’s top diplomat says strike against U.S. mainland is ‘inevitable’

North Korea’s foreign minister warned Saturday that a strike against the U.S. mainland is “inevitable” because President Trump mocked leader Kim Jong Un with the belittling nickname “little rocketman.”

U.S. bombers, escorted by fighter jets, flew off the North Korean coast in a show of force shortly before Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho strode to the podium to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York, capping an extraordinary week of militaristic threats from both nations before an organization founded to maintain international peace and security.

Ri said that Trump’s bombast had made “our rockets’ visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable” and linked it to Trump’s insulting shorthand references to Kim.

Sep 24 08:13

Trump Accuses Iran of Cooperation with North Korea After Missile Test Launch

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that Iran was cooperating with Pyongyang following the latest Tehran's ballistic missile test.

"Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel. They are also working with North Korea. Not much of an agreement we have!" Trump posted on Twitter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Mr. President. Is there any provision in the P5+1 deal that says Iran cannot test missiles? Is there any provision in the P5+1 deal that says Iran cannot work with any nation they choose to? Is not the United States constantly working for Israel sowing death and destruction across the middle east?

Sep 23 20:10

Trump Cracks Up Diplomats After SKorea President Calls North Korea ‘Deplorable’

This is pretty damn funny. Trump knows how to work a room...

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Sep 23 14:17

China imposes limit on oil supply to North Korea

China announced Saturday that it will limit energy supplies to North Korea and stop buying its textiles under U.N. sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile development, further reducing support from Pyongyang's last ally.

Exports of refined petroleum to the North will be limited to 2 million barrels per year, effective Jan. 1, the Commerce Ministry said. Sales of liquefied natural gas are banned outright.

North Korea depends on China for almost all its oil and gas but estimates of its consumption are low, leaving it unclear how Beijing's new limit will affect them. The restrictions announced Saturday do not apply to crude oil, which makes up the biggest share of energy exports to the North.

China also will ban textile imports from the North, the ministry said. Textiles are believed to be the North's biggest source of foreign revenue following rounds of U.N. sanctions under which Beijing cut off purchases of coal, iron ore, seafood and other goods.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to admit; I did NOT see this coming, but good on the Chinese government for having taken this step; now, we are going to see how North Korea responds to this stiffening of sanctions against it.

Sep 23 12:27

Enough Already With All The Bombast

Behind all the hysteria over North Korea lies the basic question: why would rather small North Korea embark on a nuclear war with the United States? Its leadership, however zany and eccentric, is in no mood to commit suicide. US nuclear weapons would vaporize North Korea before any of the missiles it might fire at North America could detonate. Having nuclear-armed missiles does not necessarily make one’s nation a public menace that must be destroyed. India has them. So do Pakistan and Israel, China and Russia. Add France and Britain. We don’t keep threatening to invade them and overthrow their governments. That’s why they are not threatening us.

Sep 23 10:25

North Korea sanctions rattle Russian, Chinese businesses

As the U.S. exerts more pressure on Pyongyang, economic exchanges between Russia and North Korea, which the government of Vladimir Putin had sought to use as a diplomatic bargaining chip, are beginning to ebb.

In late August, Vladivostok in Russia's Far East suspended service on the Mangyongbong, a North Korean ferry and cargo ship. The ship started service to Vladivostok in May, making one round-trip per week from the port of Rajin in Rason, in northeastern North Korea. Now the ship remains moored at Rajin.

Sep 23 06:53

‘N. Korea has already suffered untold devastation by US, knows ‘fire & fury’ firsthand’

Trump threatened violence against North Korea 'like the world has never seen,' but the country has lived under an existential threat from the US since the middle of 20th century, says Christine Hong, professor at the University of California in Santa Cruz.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, while addressing a media briefing during the UN General Assembly in New York on Friday, urged the United States and North Korea to end their sabre-rattling and establish dialogue.
RT spoke to Christine Hong>>>

Sep 23 06:42

Barbarism and Shame: Why the US Refuses a Korea Peace Treaty

The Korean crisis is a powerful lens on American barbarism, past and present. Despite Washington’s self-righteousness and pretensions of virtue, the modern history of Korea is an especially powerful lesson that destroys the American national mythology.

Listening to President Trump’s conceited rhetoric about wiping out North Korea has an eerie resonance with the rhetoric of President Truman. Truman launched into the Korean War more than six decades ago with same arrogant, mythical presumptions of American virtue and self-ordained right to use overwhelming military force.

For reasons of political self-preservation, Washington must live in denial of historical reality.>>>

Sep 22 14:01

'Situation Between US And North Korea Reaches Dangerous Level'

The situation between the United States and North Korea has reached a very dangerous level and Washington must take an initiative to lessen the tensions, an American writer and retired professor says.

Sep 22 12:45

US nuclear carrier conducts naval drills with Japan as N. Korea threatens H-bomb test

The 100,000-ton US Navy supercarrier ‘Ronald Reagan’ has conducted drills with Japanese warships south of the Korean Peninsula, Japan's military said. Pyongyang, meanwhile, has threatened a further “hydrogen bomb test” over the Pacific.
The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force said in a statement on Friday that the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier ‘Ronald Reagan,’ based in the Japanese town of Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, and its escort ships have been holding drills with Japanese Navy vessels in waters south and west of Japan's main islands since September 11. The strike group is also set to stage a separate drill with the South Korean Navy in October, the Defense Ministry added.

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US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2017 © Timothy A. Clary / AFPTrump: US may have no choice but to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sometimes, I do despair; this last week has been a real armpit of a week for peace and social justice; but that doesn't mean I'm giving up the fight for it, in a peaceful, logical, and analytical way.

Sep 22 12:13

China Fears "Vicious Circle" On Korean Peninsula, US Sees "Tipping Point" If Kim Tests H-Bomb Over Pacific

In a considerably more aggressive, and less diplomatic, 'story' in China's government mouthpiece Xinhua, writers warn:

"It is not hard to tell that the situation has become a vicious circle where more missile tests trigger more sanctions, while more sanctions trigger more tests..." urging the double-freeze solution once again, saying that "the parties concerned need to respect each other's security concerns."

However, following last night's less than veiled threat from North Korea that the next escalation will be to test a hydrogen-bomb over the Pacific:

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho suggested leader Kim Jong Un was considering testing “an unprecedented scale hydrogen bomb” over the Pacific in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat at the United Nations to “totally destroy” the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I fully expect that either North Korea is going to haul off, and test some kind of a bomb, (or the US will create a false flag to make it appear that he has done so), and relatively soon.

The North Korean holiday, Party Foundation Day, comes up on 10 October, and Kim Jung Un likes to "couple" missile tests with national holidays: he may decide to do such a test then, or perhaps sooner.

But Youtube has just done something completely, thoroughly, amazingly idiotic, realtive to North Korea; as reported at 38north.org, a program run by Duke University to track what North Korea is doing via satellite.

Thanks to YouTube, North Korea Has Just Become Even More Opaque

The article goes on to state:

"YouTube’s decision to delete North Korean YouTube channels has served to highlight the sometimes-unintended consequences of sanctions and the absolute power enjoyed by Internet companies over their users. In doing so, the company has cut off a vital supply of video used by open source researchers, which means there is now less visibility into what’s happening in North Korea. The Western world’s understanding of North Korea is limited to begin with, cutting off access to these few windows into North Korean thinking and life further hampers our knowledge of the country.

On September 8, some in the open source intelligence community logged on to YouTube to find the “Uriminzokkiri” (우리민족끼리) channel was gone.

The only explanation from Google was a simple notice: “This account has been terminated for violating YouTube’s community guidelines.” At about the same time, the same message appeared on the “StimmeKoreas” YouTube channel."

Could the timing possibly have been any worse, in this very dangerous moment when it appears that the US and North Korea appear to be closer to actual military conflict than they have for years ?!?

I think not.

Sep 22 11:09

Korea? It’s Always Really Been About China!

A Gallup poll issued last week showed that a majority of Americans, 58%, favor war with Korea if a peaceful resolution fails. The figure climbs to 82% among Republicans. This is madness of the first order. A peaceful resolution is more than possible if the American public wakes up to realities (of the present and past) and demands such an outcome. Diplomacy actually stopped North Korea’s earlier efforts to build nukes and then in each case the U.S. violated the terms. It can happen again but the United States government will not do what is necessary owing to the longstanding commitment to the Open Door.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a good overview of Pacific geopolitics.

Sep 22 10:59

Trump is conflating Pyongyang with Tehran. The results could be catastrophic

President Donald Trump took a page out of the George W Bush playbook at his UN address on Tuesday. To justify confrontation with Iran, conflate it with Pyongyang. To justify confrontation with North Korea, conflate it with Tehran.

This is the latest gimmick in Trump’s desperate efforts to kill the nuclear deal with Iran: by focusing on Tehran’s objectionable non-nuclear policies and false claims of the unevenness of the Iran deal, Trump is arguing that sustaining the international accord can no longer be justified since it doesn’t address the totality of America’s concerns with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What I am seeing, in Trump's conflating Iran with North Korea and Russia, is an arc of desperate geopolitical insanity from this administration, stretching from Asia all the way through the Middle East, and over to Russia.

And why?!?

Because the US economy is about to tank, and the US government wants to have something to blame for that happening, and attempt to misdirect Americans from it with a world war.

A very "serious as a heart attack" political analyst, Paul Craig Roberts, has recently claimed that the US government is looking to nuke both Russia and China.

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

This isn't some raving lunatic, screaming that the sky is falling; he is an accomplished author, politician, and lecturer. As his wikipedia bio states:

"Paul Craig Roberts (born April 3, 1939, in Atlanta, Georgia) is an economist and a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate. He served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration earning fame as the "Father of Reaganomics". He is a former editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Scripps Howard News Service. He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He was a post-graduate at the University of California, Berkeley, and Oxford University where he was a member of Merton College.

In 1992 he received the Warren Brookes Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 1993 the Forbes Media Guide ranked him as one of the top seven journalists in the United States.[1] His writings frequently appear on OpEdNews.com, Antiwar.com, VDARE.com. Lew Rockwell's web site, CounterPunch, and the American Free Press."

This guy has "street cred", and is no intellectual slouch by any standard. So when he told us, as he did back in April, that the US government is getting ready to militarily knock the heck out of Russia and China, to prevent the rise of the ruble and yuan in international business trade, I would suggest that you take him at his word.

Mike and I have been looking at this coming, for about the last 20 years; it's like the architypal dream of seeing a slow-motion train wreck about to happen, but being powerless to prevent it.

And unfortunately, unless we on planet earth wind up on the receiving end of a miracle, such a train wreck appears imminent.

I hope to heck I am absolutely, completely wrong; but I cannot but help seeing that the momentum toward such a war is growing exponentially for those in the Bowels of Power in the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika.

Sep 22 10:21

Gold Tops $1300, USDJPY Tumbles After North Korean "H-Bomb Test" Threat Reports

After an initial slide on Kim's "deranged dotard" reaction to President Trump, both USDJPY and US equity futures are falling further after Yonhap reports, North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho says the “highest level of hard-line” countermeasure could refer to hydrogen-bomb detonation in the Pacific.

Sep 22 10:21

US Strategic Command: We Assume North Korea Has Nuclear ICBM

Air Force General John Hyten spoke at a Wednesday forum held by the Hudson Institute, a right-wing think tank whose stated goal is to promote "global security, prosperity and freedom." Hyten, whose background is in military engineering and space warfare, said that the United States must "look at [the ICBM] capability of North Korea as a matter of when, not if."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good reason to NOT attack, don't you think?

Sep 22 09:46

South Korea Unexpectedly Approves Aid to North

In a move no one expected, and which puts them squarely at odds with the US, South Korea today announced the provision of a new $8 million aid package for neighboring North Korea. The provision of humanitarian aid is directly in contrast with US calls for “more pressure.”

South Korea’s Unification Ministry says that there is no risk of the aid being diverted to military use, and will not include any cash payments. Rather, the aid is to wholly be in the form of food and medicine for children and pregnant women.

This is particularly timely, as North Korean Ambassador Han Tae Song was complaining to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on Wednesday that the mounting UN-imposed sanctions are endangering local children, and forcing cuts in both health and education for them.

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This appears to be South Korea's way of saying to the US government, "back the *&*&"* off these threats to destroy North Korea!"

Sep 22 09:02

Former Pentagon Analyst Explains Why Trump Fostering Hysteria Over North Korea

Former Defense Department analyst Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski says that Donald Trump and members of his administration have been deliberately fostering public hysteria over North Korea.

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