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Dec 02 12:37

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 02 10:23

N.Korea conducts massive artillery training near Wonsan

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

Dec 01 12:15

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 28 13:30

South Korea Is The Most VAIN And RACIST Country On Earth

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

Nov 26 12:11

More Than A Million March In Seoul Demanding Presidents Resignation

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

Nov 25 11:16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

G20: Obama warns Beijing against South China Sea aggression

Nov 23 09:34

South Korean authorities raid Samsung in Park Geun-hye probe

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

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

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

Nov 21 06:52

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

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

Nov 20 09:16

Thousands Demonstrate Against South Korean President

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Nov 07 13:51

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

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

Nov 05 11:33

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

G20: Obama warns Beijing against South China Sea aggression

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

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

Nov 04 16:16

US Blocks North Korea Access To Its Financial System

The US Treasury Department has issued new rules, banning American financial institutions from opening or maintaining accounts created on behalf of North Korean banks.

Nov 04 11:00

US To Deploy THAAD Missiles To South Korea In 10 Months

The US military says it will deploy its Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea within eight to 10 months.

Vincent Brooks, the commander of US forces in South Korea, made the remarks in an interview with the Yonhap news agency on Friday.

Nov 04 06:52

U.S., EU sanctions illegitimate: Russian Ambassador to N.Korea

Russia’s Ambassador to North Korea has said he does not consider U.S. and EU sanctions on North Korea legitimate at a press conference in Pyongyang on Wednesday.

Nov 01 15:32

North Korea’s Nuclear Ticket To Survival

In recent months, a number of U.S. officials have begun to reassess their understanding of why the North Korean government wants nuclear weapons.

Rather than repeating the standard claim that the North Korean government is taking extreme measures to intimidate its enemies into making concessions, some officials have begun to suggest that the North Korean government desires nuclear weapons for defensive purposes.

Oct 28 07:46

The Loosening Grip: A Beginner’s Guide to Death Throes

Oh good. The world reaches a crossroads, or probably a road off a cliff, just when I want to relax and watch gratuitous violence on the tube. To judge by the rapid drift of events aboard our planetary asylum, the talons of Washington and New York on the world’s throat are fast being pried a-loose. The Global American Imperium is dying. Or so it sure looks anyway.

I say talons of “New York and Washington” because America’s foreign policy, forged in those two cities, belongs entirely to them. Americans have no influence on it. Further, none of of what the Empire does abroad is of any benefit to Americans.

Oct 27 14:40

US, Japan, South Korea Agree To Put More Pressure On North Korea

Senior officials from the United States, Japan and South Korea have agreed to step up pressure on North Korea to get it to abandon its nuclear and missile programs.

The three deputy foreign ministers meeting in Tokyo on Thursday made clear that North Korea now requires broader international pressure and tougher sanctions because it poses a new level of threat.

Oct 25 09:16

IN PHOTOS ~~ PROTESTING U.S. MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM [THAAD] IN SOUTH KOREA

Over one hundred people gathered in Manhattan’s Korean business on October 21st to protest the American missile “defense” system [THAAD] in South Korea.

Oct 20 09:16

US threatens 'overwhelming' response if South Korea attacked

US commitment to South Korea is “unwavering” and any attacks will be met by an “overwhelming” response, top Washington officials said. They also threatened North Korea with reprisals if it used nuclear weapons.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter sent the message during their meeting with their South Korean counterparts, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Defense Minister Han Min-goo, in Washington on Wednesday.

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Oct 16 09:03

4,500 Sailors, Marines to Deploy from San Diego on Makin Island Ready Group

More than 1,100 Sailors and 1,500 Marines will deploy aboard Makin Island; 375 Sailors and 700 Marines will deploy aboard Somerset; and 410 Sailors and 400 Marines will deploy aboard Comstock. During deployment they will operate with the embarked forces of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Amphibious Squadron Five, the “Blackjacks” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 and detachments from Assault Craft Unit 5.

While deployed, the team will provide maritime security operations, crisis response capability, theater security cooperation and forward naval presence, according to the U.S. Navy.

Oct 13 14:21

Stoking the Fire: Group Urges Washington to Station Nukes in South Korea

In a move that will likely only escalate regional tensions, a South Korean National Unification Advisory Group has recommended bringing back US nukes to deter aggression from the North.

Over the past few months, North Korea has conducted a series of escalating nuclear and ballistic missile tests. These have been roundly condemned by the international community and led to the implementation of harsh new sanctions from the UN Security Council.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This unification Advisory Council needs to be sacked, and immediately, by the South Korean Government. And it's characterisation as an organisation which sends views to the South Korean President on " how to accomplish peaceful unification" is a complete fraud, if they are, in fact, advocating this deployment.

This potential deployment of US military nuclear weapons in South Korea would the absolutely wrong message to send North Korea at this point in time.

The message it would send is "The US and South Korea are willing, and able, to invade the North at this time, and have the desire to do so."

It would also destroy any possible chance of China bringing its reluctant client state, North Korea, to the negotiation table to work with the US and South Korea on a peace treaty to replace the existing armistice, with guarantees for trade and free naval movement, in exchange for North Korea's promise to stop its nuclear weapons development program.

This would be honest, honorable, and perhaps create some light in the darkness of the enigmas of why Kim Jong-Un does what he does.

But the deployment of US nuclear weapons will not only exacerbate the tensions in the region, but also nearly guarantee war with China over North Korea.

Is this a reasonable way to attempt to diffuse tensions in the region?!?

The short answer is, no. And why?!? Because, I am sensing, that both with internal DNC polls and the White House polls, Trump is beginning to overwhelm Clinton as the candidate of choice for the American people; so they want to "gift" him with a war or several, before he even has the chance to take the Oath of office in January.

Oct 07 17:25

N Korea Could Be Preparing For Another Nuclear Test

A US-based monitoring group says Pyongyang could be preparing to conduct another major nuclear test soon, after detecting increased activities at North Korea’s known test site.

The research group run by John Hopkins University made the speculation Friday on the basis of satellite images showing an increase in nuclear activities at all three tunnel complexes of North Korea’s main launch site, known as North Portal.

Oct 07 08:44

South Korea on High Alert Amid Claims North Readying New Weapon Test

According to media reports, south Korea’s Defense Ministry braces for a possible new nuclear detonation or a missile launch by the North ahead of an upcoming anniversary next week.

Oct 06 21:08

Global Firepower

Analysis of conventional war-making power of 125 countries based on weapons,resources,manpower,finances ect.

Oct 05 15:18

Amid US-South Korean Drills, Pyongyang Vows to Defend Itself With Nukes

North Korea has warned of dire repercussions for any preemptive attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This war fever, on the part of the US government, is most likely going to spark a nasty military conflict somewhere, or perhaps, several places, on this planet.

It feels as though more shooting wars, generated by American foreign policy, are on the brink-edge of inevitability.

What the US SHOULD be doing is engaging China to get North Korea back to the negotiating table to negotiate a full peace treaty between North and South Korea, to replace the armistice (a cessation of fighting) which has kept these countries from attacking each other by the slenderest of shreds.

But what did President Obama do as his parting shot at China at the WTO meeting in September, where China was the host member?!?

At G20, Crisis-Ridden Obama Warns Host China of 'Consequences'

As reported at telesur:

"Obama lectured China, saying "the United States arrives at its power, in part, by restraining itself."

As a guest of the Chinese government during the G20 Summit, U.S. President Barack Obama issued a threat, saying there would be “consequences” if China did not back down from what he called increasingly aggressive behavior in the South China Sea in an interview with CNN aired Monday."

Smoooooth move there, Mr. President!

This was the diplomatic equivalent of relieving oneself on another person's face, and telling them it's raining.

I am very concerned that the US and South Korea will continue "playing picador" against North Korea, to the point that Kim Jung-Un feels he has no choice but to respond militarily, in order to "save face", which is very, critically important to Asian leaders.

Oct 05 14:07

Directed against China: New Site for U.S. THAAD Missile Deployment in South Korea

The public’s security worries and doubts over the guarantee provided by the US are out of historic backgrounds and reality considerations. Trapping in the whirlpool of the peninsula tension, ROK would be the direct victim with a total turn in its destiny once the situation lost control.

What’s worse, the remote US is by no means reliable helper. In recent years, in order to expand its hegemony, the superpower has fallen into a breaker of international law. Employing a “puppet” strategy, it repeatedly threw other countries or regions into disarray and then escaped unscathed.

China will never change its stance of opposing the deployment of the THAAD system since the missile shield, instead of easing regional tension, will pose serious threat to the strategic security balance of regional nations including China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The implementation of the THAAD system cannot possibly ratchet down tensions here; in fact, the impending implementation of the system seems to have been engineered to do just the opposite.

Oct 03 15:52

BEX ALERT - The Threat is Real and Imminent: “Two North Korean Satellites Orbiting Over U.S. May Be Armed With Miniaturized Super-EMP Weapon”

The next world war will be initiated by an EMP weapon detonated over the continental United States, followed by a limited nuclear exchange and conventional warfare.

North Korea is going to be either the key player or the key “puppet” used by one of the other nations, and one of those nations may very well be the United States, a false flag operation surreptitiously commenced by the Obama administration. Obama may either provoke North Korea into starting it, or carry it out with an American missile and blame it on them. North Korea does have the ability to strike the U.S. with an EMP weapon. This excerpt was taken from a press briefing at the Pentagon:

“I believe they [the North Koreans] have the capability to have miniaturized the [nuclear] device at this point, and they have the technology to potentially, actually deliver what they say they have.”

(General Curtis Scaparrotti, U.S. Military Commander, S. Korea, 10/24/2014)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like DC has figured out the "big bang" they will start WW3 with!

Sep 29 11:11

Nuclear war with North Korea coming?

On Sunday, North Korea warned the United States that it could wipe out Manhattan with a single hydrogen bomb, and earlier this month

Sep 28 13:33

US To Station THAAD In S Korea 'As Soon As Possible'

The United States aims to expedite the deployment of an advanced missile system to South Korea, amid ongoing threats from Pyongyang and opposition on behalf of Beijing.

US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia Daniel Russel said on Tuesday that Washington was committed to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system in Seoul “as soon as possible” to counter threats posed by North Korea following its repeated missile tests.

Sep 28 09:16

U.S. to crackdown on N.Korea access to international banking

The U.S. Department of State on Tuesday pledged to block North Korea’s access to banking infrastructure at the international level a day after affiliates of the Chinese HongXiang group were charged with illicit nuclear-related trades with North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Having cratered the relationship with the Philippines over how best to deal with drug dealers (US position: Leave them alone), the US is back to gratuitously pounding on North Korea as their back door to war with China!

Sep 25 21:39

An Obsolescent Military: Bombing Everything, Gaining Nothing

What, precisely, is the US military for, and what, precisely, can it do? In practical terms, how powerful is it? On paper, it is formidable, huge, with carrier battle groups, advanced technology, remarkable submarines, satellites, and so on. What does this translate to?

The American military is an upgraded World War II military, designed to fight other militaries like itself in a world like that which existed during World War II. The Soviet Union was that kind of military. Today there are no such militaries for America to fight. We are not in the same world. Washington seems not to have noticed.

Sep 25 07:20

Russia calls on US to stop militarizing Northeast Asia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned the US against the huge militarization of Northeast Asia, calling on Washington to stop using the threat of an alleged attack by North Korea “as a pretext” to deploy an advanced missile system in South Korea.

“It is inadmissible to use this situation as a pretext for the massive militarization of Northeast Asia and deployment of another position area for US global missile defense systems,” he said while addressing the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Friday.

Sep 23 14:14

First Click: North Korea's internet is as depressing as you'd think

On Tuesday, North Korea reconfigured its nameserver to reveal — apparently by accident — a full list of its .kp domain names. The discovery was made by security engineer Matt Bryant, who published the leaked data on Github, and first reported by Motherboard. According to the data, the country has just 28 registered domains.

Motherboard puts that number in perspective. There are more than 140 million .com and .net domains in the world, and millions more for each country code top level domain, like .fr for France and .cn in China. Writing on the North Korea Tech blog, Martyn Williams notes that the list doesn’t include domains for North Korea’s intranet, which is available to a select few in the country and inaccessible from the global web.

But the leak nevertheless offers a fascinating look at online life under a totalitarian regime. Among the 28 domains is a site for recipes, a travel website, and what looks like a social network.

Sep 22 07:17

US lands 1st B-1B bomber on Korean Peninsula in 20 years

The United States has landed a supersonic bomber in South Korea with an aim to remind Pyongyang of American powerful military assets in the region.

The move came after North Korea successfully ground-tested a new high-power rocket engine, saying it would be used for launching geostationary satellites. However, South Korea said it was designed to demonstrate progress towards attaining a long-range missile.

Sep 21 08:47

Pentagon Chief: US Troops Poised To ‘Fight Tonight’ Against North Korea

In the wake of Pyongyang’s recent nuclear weapons tests, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter stated Monday that American forces in South Korea must adopt a stance of readiness as if they were going to “fight tonight.”

Sep 20 11:27

The Real Enemy Of Both Koreas

Warring hotspots all over the world are flaring up in 2016 in what amounts to preparation for World War III between the military forces of the US-led Western Empire against the forces of the Eastern axis led by Russia and China joined by Iran and North Korea. Let’s be clear – the globalists are the puppet masters behind the Western forces intentionally provoking a catastrophic world war.

Sep 19 11:00

The Threat of World War III: The Great Unmentionable in the 2016 Campaign

The most important issue in the US presidential election is the one neither of the two main capitalist candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, is talking about: the increasing likelihood that the next US president will order direct military action against Russia, China or North Korea, all countries that possess nuclear weapons.

The mounting danger of such a war was underscored by the US bombing of a Syrian government military post on Saturday, killing dozens of Syrian army soldiers. The US claim that this was done accidentally—against a major, well-known Syrian military installation, the Deir ez-Zor Air Base—has no credibility. A similar US “mistake” could easily lead to the death of Russian soldiers and escalate into a full-scale military confrontation between the two powers that control 93 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

On his last paragraph, the writer is absolutely dead wrong; it was Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2008 where those rumors originated.

Of the two candidates, at this moment, Clinton seems the more war-centric, particularly against Iran, and Trump appears to want to ratchet down tensions with (at least) Russia, and perhaps Korea and China as well.

I am not exceptionally "giddy with joy" concerning the choices US voters have in our Presidential election; but right now, I am very much edging toward Trump, because he is a businessman, and is not part of the DC establishment.

I frankly think our country needs that right now.

And although I do want to see a woman president of this country, and soon, that woman most fit to run this country is not Hillary Clinton; she comes with more moral, financial, and emotional "baggage" than does Kim Kardashian on a photo shoot!!

Sep 15 11:00

Here's What Moscow Plans to Do About North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions

Pyongyang has managed to tick off even China, which had always been a natural ally to North Korea in the past, the journalist emphasized. "Beijing had good communication with Kim Jong-un's father, and restrained Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. But Kim Jong-un has managed to significantly complicate relations not only with world powers, but also with their closest neighbor."

In this regard, it's notable, according to the journalist, that Kim has never made an official visit to China, or even met with Chinese President Xi Jinping. "Russia and China are the only two countries that continue to engage in dialog with Pyongyang. The recent nuclear test in the peninsula has complicated the already delicate regional balance. Everyone understands that a war on the Korean peninsula would have far-reaching and unpredictable consequences."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why the leadership from China, South Korea, Japan, and the US need to meet, and develop a peaceful plan for de-escalating the military situation in South Korea, in return for North Korea stopping their development of nuclear weapons.

Sanctions and further Western "male attributes waving", through a show of military force against North Korea will only further exacerbate the situation.

Sep 15 09:07

Top diplomats from U.S., Japan, South Korea to meet on North Korea

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts in New York on Sunday to discuss responses to North Korea's latest nuclear test, South Korea's foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

The three countries are pushing for tough new U.N. Security Council sanctions on North Korea after the isolated country on Friday conducted its fifth and largest nuclear test.

The blast was in defiance of U.N. sanctions that were tightened in March.

China, the North's chief ally, backed the March resolution but is more resistant to harsh new sanctions this time after the United States and South Korea decided to deploy a sophisticated anti-missile system in the South, which China adamantly opposes.

South Korea said Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and his counterparts Kerry and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will meet during the annual U.N. General Assembly to discuss putting further pressure on North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Secretary of State Kerry, South Korean Foreign Minster Byung-se, and Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida: the one thing you all CAN do is invite both North Korea and China to a Peace Conference, to replaced the Armistice which has existed over 60 years, with a real peace deal, including North Korea's cessation of expanding their nuclear capability.

Then, negotiate in good faith to get it done, and make it happen.

Of course, that....would be logical.

But I do have a caveat for the Foreign Ministers of both Japan and South Korea; the US government may well not be amenable to such a solution, and let me share with you why.

As you have noticed, the American Presidential Election cycle has just heated up as though it were on industrial strength steroids.

IF internal polls at the White House and the Democratic National Committee indicate that Donald Trump may well win our Presidential election in a landslide in November, they may very well want to "gift" him with a war (any war will do, but with the US public sentiment not warm toward Kim Jong Un, it's a good starting place, in their minds) before he has the opportunity to take the Oath of Office.

Yes, I know this may sound crazy; however, logic and prudence, and care for the real concerns of the American people, haven't been around for quite some time in American governance, resulting in:

Massive poverty:

Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes

Multiple military misadventures:

U.S. troops staying in Afghanistan? New look at reduction plan

Endless corruption is leaving Iraq a failed state

Libya: From Africa’s Richest State Under Gaddafi, to Failed State After NATO Intervention

"What A Mess!" - Pentagon At War With CIA In Syria

And of course, an absolutely unpayable National Debt:

U.S. NATIONAL DEBT CLOCK

Coupled with a monumental trade imbalance:

US current account trade deficit narrows to $119.9 billion

A logical, responsible government, at this point, would be trying to fix the fundamentals of an economy gone wrong, and evaluate why the US's military interventions have been such blatant failures; but this will not happen because more military interventions will fatten the coffers of the 1 percenters, heavily invested in the military industrial complex, and campaign donations to Congressional representatives who deliver what they want, in terms of national and international policies.

Additionally, those in the bowels of power in DC believe that another war may distract many Americans from the grinding poverty to which they have been condemned through the offshoring/outsourcing of the jobs which used to underpin the American middle class.

South Korean Foreign Minster Byung-se, and Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida, I encourage you both to have conversations with your counterparts in the Chinese government, and see how far they are willing to go to reach a consensus about inviting North Korea for a peace conference. The way President Obama threatened China about their activities in the South China Sea at the G20, you may have a rough road here, but please counsel patience; Obama will be out of the White House in January of next year.

I frankly think that such a move, toward a legitimate peace conference with North Korea, will be the only way to stop a US war against North Korea, and ultimately, China.

Sep 14 13:44

Free trade zone between Eurasian Economic Union, South Korea to be discussed on October 5

The possibility to establish the free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union and South Kore will be discussed on October 5 in Moscow...

Sep 14 10:38

No Evidence Of Escalation In Korean Peninsula, Analyst Says

The situation in the Korean Peninsula should be observed “in the context,” an analyst say, asserting that the test flight of two US heavy bomber jets over South Korea does not necessarily refer to any particular escalation in the volatile region, where two world powers, the US and China, have military forces.

B-1 Lancer strategic bombers took off from an American base in Guam on Tuesday and performed a low-altitude flight over Osan Air Base near the South capital Seoul.

Sep 13 13:05

South Korea readies to wipe Pyongyang off the face of Earth

The South Korean authorities do not rule out the destruction of the communist regime in North Korea, if the latter launches a missile with a nuclear warhead. South Korean President Park Geun-hye said at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers that South Korea should deploy the US missile complex THAAD. According to the President, this is vital for the security of the country. At the same time, the South Korean opposition expressed doubts about the necessity of such a step. According to its representatives, the deployment of the US complexes would lead to tensions with Beijing and Moscow. It should be noted that the South Korean authorities have declared the readiness of the South Korean military to "wipe Pyongyang off the map" in the case of a nuclear threat.
Lavrov warns Seoul against unproportioned buildup in response to North Korean nuclear test http://tass.com/politics/899574

Sep 13 09:50

US Taunts North Korea By Flying Bombers Over South

The US has flown two heavy bomber jets over South Korea, a move that is expected to stir more tension on the Korean Peninsula following a recent nuclear test by the North.

The B-1 Lancer strategic bombers took off from an American base in Guam on Tuesday and performed a low-altitude flight over Osan Air Base, near Seoul, the South’s capital.

Sep 13 09:25

China calls Washington ‘cause & crux’ of N. Korean nuclear issue as US flies bombers over peninsula

Beijing has blamed Washington for exacerbating the “vicious circle” of tensions on the Korean Peninsula after the US pinned the responsibility for Pyongyang’s nuclear test last week on China’s alleged lack of effort to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis.

On Friday North Korea made headlines after conducting its fifth nuclear test. The 10 kiloton explosion set off an artificial earthquake and an avalanche of international responses condemning the test.

While Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called for a more “creative” response to the situation rather than issuing endless rounds of sanctions, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter over the weekend blamed China for its failure to curb the North Korean threat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Ash Carter: what the US government keeps doing is exacerbating tensions in the region, to "egg" Kim Jong Un to more heights of brinkmanship.

And Lavrov is absolutely correct when he suggests ".. a more creative response to the situation."

And Sec Def Carter, what about a 4 way meeting with delegates from the US, North and South Korea, and China to hammer out a peace treaty, with which to replace the armistice, which is simply a cessation of fighting, under which North and South Korea have been living, since the 50s?!?

If there would be a way to guarantee that North Korea could be dissuaded from further developing its nuclear capabilities, that would be a peace treaty with guarantees about trade, and cessation of sanctions against it.

Or, sir, are you ruling it out, because it is....the most logical answer to the problem, and doesn't offer a pretext for a "back door" war against China?!?

The following was reported at sputniknews.com today:

US Nuclear Capable bombers Fly over South Korea to Warn Pyongyang

Sec Def Carter, I can assure you; this is not going to help ratchet down tensions here in the least.

In fact, this is the kind of provocation which is going to push North Korea toward more nuclear testing, which the US government - and China - appear, collectively impotent to stop.

Sep 12 12:43

Independence Day

Before discussing the September 9, 2016 event, it is worth mentioning the September 5 missile launches – although both may seem less important than the recent successful launch of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). On closer scrutiny, the early September events are just as important and interesting. Monday, September 5, saw a salvo launch of three missiles from road-mobile missile complexes to a distance of around 1,000 kilometres. The initial impression was that it was a regular test of the Nodong, a fairly well known medium-range ballistic missile, with the salvo practice being the only thing that was new in Monday’s launches. Yet, after the North Koreans published more detailed photographs of their launches, it became clear that it was a test of a heavily upgraded Scud-class missile harking back to Soviet-made missile complexes.

Sep 12 09:49

'Negative consequences' Putin sends CHILLING warning to North Korea after nuclear test

The Russian leader has pledged to work with its allies to "solve" the worrying North Korea problem.

Pyongyang has rattled the world by holding a nuclear warhead test, which triggered a massive 5.3 magnitude earthquake on Thursday morning.

The North Korean state media confirmed it had carried out the test and revealed the country has a strategic ballistic missile it is ready to use.

But Putin has hit back at Kim Jong-Un's ambitious dictatorship, with a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry stating: "Such demonstrative disregard for international law and opinion of the international community deserves the strongest condemnation.

"North Korea’s actions, aimed at undermining the global non-proliferation regime, pose a serious threat to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in the Asia-Pacific Region. This will have negative consequences primarily for North Korea itself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that North Korean leader Kim Jung Un is listening; Putin doesn't make idle threats, he makes promises.

Unfortunately, however, Kim Jung Un appears to be marching to the beat of his own drummer; and that guy's on bagpipes!!

Sep 12 07:35

Second North Korea Nuclear Test in a Matter of Days is Imminent

Pyongyang has completed preparations for its second nuclear test in just a week after the unhinged regime of Kim Jong-un sent shockwaves through the world following a major test blast.

Sep 11 10:08

North Korean authorities mobilize population for disaster relief in country’s north

The Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea said in a statement published on Sunday that "this is was the most devastating natural disaster since the liberation of Korea in 1945." Tens of thousands of residential houses and civil facilities were destroyed in floods in the northern part of the country, particularly in the North Hamgyong province. Transport and energy infrastructure suffered as well, along with industrial enterprises and agricultural areas. In this regard, the Workers’ Party of Korea is taking emergency measures together with different ministries and agencies to provide assistance to residents of the flooded areas... The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported earlier that at least 60 people were killed in floods in the North Hamgyong province, and 25 more people are missing. Over 44,000 people were evacuated from the area where the Tumangan River burst its banks following heavy rains from August 29 to September 2.

Sep 10 10:26

'Negative consequences' Putin sends CHILLING warning to North Korea after nuclear test

But Putin has hit back at Kim Jong-Un's ambitious dictatorship, with a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry stating: "Such demonstrative disregard for international law and opinion of the international community deserves the strongest condemnation.

"North Korea’s actions, aimed at undermining the global non-proliferation regime, pose a serious threat to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in the Asia-Pacific Region. This will have negative consequences primarily for North Korea itself.

"We insist that the North Korean side end its dangerous and reckless misadventures, comply in good faith with all UN Security Council directives, completely abandon its nuclear missile programmes and return to the NPT regime."

Sep 10 09:00

UN Security Council to work on new North Korea sanctions

The UN Security Council (UNSC) says it will begin to prepare a new round of sanctions against North Korea in the wake of Pyongyang's recent nuclear test.

During a closed-door meeting Friday, the council strongly condemned the test and agreed to begin drafting a new resolution under Article 41 of the UN Charter, which sets the terms for sanctions.

Sep 08 20:03

North Korea 'carries out most powerful nuclear test yet' after 'quake' detected

North Korea is believed to have conducted a fifth nuclear test, its most powerful to date, South Korea's military said on Friday after monitors detected a 5.3-magnitude "artificial earthquake" near its main nuclear site.

The tremor - an "artificial earthquake", according to the South Korean government - was recorded at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site at around 9:30 am on Friday, the 68th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean regime.

North Korea has not as yet confirmed that it has carried out a new nuclear test, which would be its fifth. The last underground detonation at Punggye-ri took place in January, with Pyongyang claiming it was of a hydrogen bomb.

Sep 08 08:04

South Korea trade deal cited by EU as landmark trade policy slammed as bungled mess

BUNGLING EU negotiators want to re-write the Union's biggest free-trade deal because of a major cock-up set to cripple European aerospace firms.

Sep 06 09:28

Hawkish lawmakers call for nuclear submarines to counter N. Korea's missile threats

A group of lawmakers from South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party said Monday the country should consider building a nuclear-powered submarine, amid escalating provocations by Pyongyang.

The remark came as North Korea on Wednesday test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in waters off its east coast. The South Korean military said the missile flew about 500 kilometers toward Japan, making the longest flight by such a missile launched by the communist country.

Sep 06 08:55

US Expert Accuses China of Arming North Korea Citing Missile Launched Last Week

An American weapons expert claims that the submarine missile launched by North Korea last week was identical to China’s JL-1 and argues that Beijing has long been providing weapons to Pyongyang in violation of international laws.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That's odd. When Israel was caught trying to sell a nuclear weapon to the former government of South Africa, there was barely a peep from Washington DC!!!!!

Sep 06 08:01

Obama Vows to Work to Tighten Sanctions on North Korea

In the wake of another missile launch, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday to work with the United Nations to tighten sanctions against North Korea, but added that the U.S. was still open to dialogue if the government changes course.

Obama signaled the U.S. would redouble its effort to choke off North Korea's access to international currency and technology by tightening loopholes in the current sanctions regime. Obama called the series of ballistic missile launches "provocations" that flouted international law and would only lead to further isolation.

"We are going to work diligently together with the most recent U.N. sanctions," Obama told reporters after meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-hye. "We're going to work together to make sure we're closing loopholes and make them even more effective."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to President Obama; sir, in order to really ratchet down the tensions, you really need the diplomatic assistance of North Korea's long-term provider.

That, sir, would be China.

However, do you remember what you said yesterday at the G-20 about China?!?

If, not, sir, please allow me to refresh your memory:

After being poorly received at the airport ahead of the G20 Summit, President Obama created a stir at the summit threatening "consequences" against China while in the country as a guest. On Monday, President Barack Obama leveled a severe warning against what he views as China’s continued misbehavior in the South China Sea saying that there will be "consequences" if Beijing refuses to back down from its increasingly aggressive behavior that he says is worrying its neighbors.

Forgive me, sir, but for an Asian country, and particularly China, the host of this year's G-20, this was the geopolitical equivalent of "relieving yourself" in a host's swimming pool, and assuring them it is raining.

I cannot imagine what in heaven's name possessed you to make those statements, but I can assure you of one thing; those statements will cause China to provide absolutely zero assistance on this issue of the North Korean missile program; you and South Korean President Park Geun-hye are almost, completely on your own with this.

And ultimately,you and President Geun-hye cannot resolve it with Chinese participation.

This is a damned shame, Mr. President, but you have brought this on yourself with those petulant, ill-conceived and ill-timed remarks at the G-20.

The repercussions from those statements will, unfortunately sir, come back to bite you in some very delicate areas of the human anatomy; that is, unless you made those statements which were calculated to provoke China into a shooting war in the South China Seas before the end of your Presidency, because you want to "gift" Trump with an horrific war (because your numbers predict a Trump landslide) even before he takes the oath of Office.

Sep 05 11:37

Abe "Strongly Protests" After North Korean Ballistic Missile Launch Into Japan's Air Defense Zone

Just a month after Japan ordered its military to a "state of alert," and as world leaders gather in China for the G-20 summit, AP reports that North Korea fired three ballistic missiles off its east coast Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Abe "strongly condemned" the actions, as the missiles fell into Japan's air defense zone, declaring the launch a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

As AP reports, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the three missiles, launched from the western North Korean town of Hwangju, flew across the country before splashing in the waters off its east coast, but officials did not describe the range of the missiles.

Before the firing, on Monday on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, South Korean President Park Geun-hye criticized the North for what she called provocations that are hurting Seoul-Beijing ties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kim Jung-Un is using some nasty brinkmanship in his attempt to get the world's attention, and it could - literally - blow up in his face, resulting in an invasion by South Korea and the US, perhaps supported militarily by Japan.

I don't know what his advisors are telling him, or what he is thinking, to be doing this at this time.

I would like to hope that if China still holds any influence whatsoever over this guy, that Chinese diplomats quietly tell him that they do not want a military confrontation with Japan, the US and South Korea at this time, and to stop these bombing runs.

Sep 03 06:51

South Korea’s Hard Line on Hanjin Shipping Signals New Attitude

South Korea’s decision to withdraw support for its largest shipping company has sent shock waves through an ailing global industry. It also shows Seoul’s toughening stance when it comes to troubled firms.

Hanjin Shipping Co.’s potential bankruptcy would be the largest container-shipping failure in history, dwarfing all previous carrier bankruptcies, says shipping consulting firm Alphaliner. Not knowing whether they would get paid, ports and handlers from South Korea to China, the U.S., Canada, Spain and elsewhere have refused to handle its cargo. That has stranded 45 ships at sea, according to the company, and more than half a million containers.

Berthing and unloading services for Hanjin ships resumed at South Korea’s main ports of Busan and Incheon on Friday after the government said port authorities would guarantee payments for service providers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless retailers in the US got their shipments early, this bankruptcy will put a real crimp in Christmas sales this year, as so many toys and electronics are imported from Asian countries.

As reported today at zerohedge.com:

When we first reported about the imminent paralysis of an unknown number of global supply chains and a potential shock in worldwide trade as a result of the historic bankruptcy of Hanjing Shipping, one of the world's largest container shipping companies which handles 8% of Trans-Pacific trade volume for the US market, we concluded that "the global implications from the bankruptcy are unknown: if, as expected, the company's ships remain "frozen" and inaccessible for weeks if not months, the impact on global supply chains will be devastating, potentially resulting in a cascading waterfall effect, whose impact on global economies could be severe as a result of the worldwide logistics chaos. The good news is that both economists and corporations around the globe, both those impacted and others, will now have yet another excuse on which to blame the "unexpected" slowdown in both profits and economic growth in the third quarter." However, not even this extreme forecast captured what would happen just 48 hours later, when as the WSJ reported overnight, retailers have gone far beyond simply blaming the Hanjing bankruptcy for their upcoming woes: they are petitioning for a government bailout, or as the WSJ put it, they are "bracing for a blow as they stock up for the crucial holiday sales season, asked the government to step in and help resolve a growing crisis." Or, as America's banks would call it, "get bailed out." And, in taking a page right out of the 2008 bank bailout, the doom and gloom scenarios emerge: “While the situation is still developing, the prospect of harm is significant and apparent,” Sandra Kennedy, president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association, wrote in a letter to the Department of Commerce and the Federal Maritime Commission. Hanjin’s recent bankruptcy filing “presents an enormous challenge to U.S. shippers,” she said, and “could have a substantial impact on consumers and the economy at large.” The biggest hit may come for the $25 billion US toy industry, however, which has been sweating the Hanjin news, as it prepares for the holiday season, responsible for half its annual sales. Jeff Bergmann, managing director of the Toy Shippers Association, said his customers are fortunate that only about 20 containers are on Hanjin or affiliated vessels. They’ve been told their freight will be delivered to the ports, but from there, “nobody knows,” Mr. Bergmann said. Beyond that, the general concern is how long the turmoil will last. “The ripple effect could be tremendous,” he said.

Sep 01 08:43

Global Supply Chains Paralyzed After World's 7th Largest Container Shipper Files Bankruptcy, Assets Frozen

After years of relentless decline in the Baltic Dry index today the largest casualty finally emerged on Wednesday when South Korea's Hanjin Shipping, the country's largest shipping firm and the world's seventh-biggest container carrier, filed for court receivership after losing the support of its banks, leaving its assets frozen as ports from China to Spain denied access to its vessels.

Aug 29 12:35

Arms Race: China’s New Missile Defense System to Defend Against US, South Korea

With ongoing tensions in the South China Sea and on the Korean peninsula, Beijing has deemed its third-generation surface-to-air missile combat-ready. In the latest sign of a new arms race between the United States and China, Beijing’s Air Force has announced the completion of a new missile defense system. © AP PHOTO/ CHIANG YING-YING Taiwan to Indict Three Soldiers Over Accidental Missile Launch Toward China "Through innovation, ground-to-air defense troops are able to deal with far-range, medium-range and short-range missiles which can come in on high, medium and low altitudes," PLA Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke said in a statement released on China’s Defense Ministry website, according to the International Business Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As much as I hate to say this, it appears that the US government is escalating its plans for initiating a shooting war with both China and Russia.

As we have said many times on this site, what matters most is an intelligent preparation for such an act on the part of the US government.

Aug 29 11:53

Iran, South Korea to trade in Euros

Iran and South Korea are to start trading in euros, legally circumventing US sanctions on dollar transactions with Tehran, a senior official announced Friday.

Aug 27 10:30

Korea’s Lotte Group vice chairman found dead, suicide suspected

One of the seniormost executives at South Korea’s Lotte Group was found dead on Friday, a suspected suicide, hours before he was to be questioned by prosecutors conducting a criminal probe into the family-run conglomerate.

Aug 24 16:29

North Korea launches a Netflix-style streaming service called Manbang

Some days, life just throws you a giggle. Today is one of those days.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (aka North Korea) has announced a new Netflix-style on-demand streaming service. It’s called Manbang.

In Korean, ‘manbang’ means ‘everything.’ In English-speaking countries, it has some different connotations. Obviously.

Aug 24 13:36

US Condemns N Korea Missile Test, Says Ready For 'Any Attack'

The US military has denounced North Korea’s ballistic missile as a “provocation” and vowed to defend Washington and its allies allies from any attack from the East Asian country.

North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile at 2029 GMT Tuesday (4:59 am Wednesday local time), just two days after threatening a nuclear attack in retaliation to large-scale US and South Korean joint military exercises.

Aug 24 11:31

The Strategies of Global Warfare: War with China and Russia? Washington’s Military Design in the Asia-Pacific

It is important to focus on Southeast Asia and East Asia in a broader geopolitical context. China, North Korea as well as Russia are potential targets under Obama’s “Pivot to Asia”, involving the combined threat of missile deployments, naval power and pre-emptive nuclear war.

We are not dealing with piecemeal military endeavors. The regional Asia-Pacific military agenda under the auspices of US Pacific Command (USPACOM) is part of a global process of US-NATO military planning.

US military actions are carefully coordinated. Major military and covert intelligence operations are being undertaken simultaneously in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and the Asia Pacific region. In turn, the planning of military operations is coordinated with non-conventional forms of warfare including regime change, financial warfare and economic sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why are peace and prosperity never the options here, only more wars and more destruction?!?

That is a question I want answered by our politicians.

I have a tremendous respect for Professor Chossudovsky; he does have a real gift for calling geopolitical issues like he sees them.

I cannot tell you when a major, dramatic moment of conflict is going to take place; but I can tell you, with a reasonable degree of certainty, that it is coming.

Watching what is going on around the world, courtesy of the US government, is kind of like watching that archetypal dream, where you see the coming of a slow-motion train wreck, and it is impossible to stop. And Mike and I have seen this coming for quite some time.

Here are some links about intelligent prepping, which I hope you will find useful; because at this moment, the most powerful, life-affirming thing we can do is take care of ourselves, and the people we care about.


How to be an intelligent prepper without breaking the bank

Why This NYC Firefighter Is Prepping For The End Of Civilization

Back to Basics: How to Start Prepping Before the SHTF

Prepping 101 – A Step By Step Plan for How to Get Started Prepping – pt.2

Prepping: 10 simple ideas on how to start

Aug 24 10:25

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile on Wednesday that flew about 500 km (311 miles) towards Japan, a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a series of launches in defiance of UN sanctions.

Having the ability to fire a missile from a submarine could help North Korea evade a new anti-missile system planned for South Korea and pose a threat even if nuclear-armed North Korea's land-based arsenal was destroyed, experts said.

The ballistic missile was fired at around 5:30 a.m. (2030 GMT) from near the coastal city of Sinpo, where a submarine base is located, officials at South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Defence Ministry told Reuters.

The projectile reached Japan's air defence identification zone (ADIZ) for the first time, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a briefing, referring to an area of control designated by countries to help maintain air security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More wars in the region are not going to stop the trajectory of North Korea's growth in military hardware; and with this test firing, it appears as though North Korea's capabilities are improving rapidly.

I wish that China, South Korea, Japan, and the US could get Kim Jung Un to the negotiating table, and negotiate a true peace treaty to replace the armistice, with guarantees on military and trade opportunities if North Korea stops their nuclear missile development; but of course, that... would be logical.

If not, I would not be surprised to see North Korea actually being able to target their missiles by the end of this year, with this much improvement seen on this sub-launched missiles.

Aug 24 07:49

Fresh tensions as North Korea test-fires submarine-launched ballistic missile off its east coast

The missile, fired from a North Korean submarine, flew about 500 km (300 miles) towards Japan in a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a nuclear test and as series of missile launches this year.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday's missile breached his country's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and condemned what he called an 'unforgivable, reckless act.'

Aug 23 10:30

N. Korea lays land mines near border to prevent defection by soldiers: sources

North Korea was seen laying anti-personnel mines along its side of the inter-Korean border, presumably to block potential defection by its own soldiers, a government source said Tuesday.

"Several North Korea military-laid land mines were seen on the northern side of a bridge in Panmunjom last week," the source said. The small bridge known as the Bridge of No Return is located within the truce village and spans the military demarcation line between the two Koreas.

It was the first time North Korea was seen planting mines in Panmunjom since the inter-Korean armistice agreement in July 1953, although two South Korean soldiers were maimed last August in mine blasts blamed on the North in the eastern part of the inter-Korean border.

The source said the North Korean action "appears to be designed to prevent its front-line servicemen from defecting."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports are true (because they are not sourced), they may indicate further North Korean preparations for war, coupled with preparations to keep their front-line soldiers from defecting.

Aug 18 12:32

Will the Korean Powder Keg Explode? Seoul Holds Biggest Artillery Drill Ever

Artillery drills on the North Korean border constitute a stark escalation in South Korea’s military practice, causing concern that Pyongyang may react amid heightened provocation.

On Thursday, South Korea’s army conducted its largest-ever artillery drills near the tense border with North Korea, risking an escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

An underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile is pictured in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on April 24, 2016.
© REUTERS/ KCNA
North Korea Threatens to Destroy US Military Bases in Asia-Pacific Region
Dozens of military units along the border on Thursday deployed some 300 artillery systems that simultaneously fired shells in multiple directions, according to an army official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to Military.com.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears, with US government enabling, South Korea's military is attempting to get a military provocation going from North Korea, that the South could use as an "excuse" for invading North Korea.

There is one minor problem with that however, and that is....China.

China has a mutual defense pact, which is renewed about every 20 years or so. As reported at pri.org in April, 2013:

North Korean threats to launch a nuclear attack on the United States have left its closest ally, Beijing, in a difficult position. Under a treaty signed half a century ago, China is obliged to “render military and other assistance by all means at its disposal” in the event North Korea comes under “armed attack by any state.” According to the Council on Foreign Relations, China has been ambivalent about its commitment to the Sino-North Korean Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance. But as tensions on the Korean peninsula escalate, China is likely to come under increasing pressure to state its position. The Pentagon confirmed earlier on Wednesday that an advanced ballistic missile defense system was being sent to Guam to protect US interests in the event of a North Korean attack. In a statement published by the North's official KCNA news agency, the General Staff of the Korean People's Army said war with the United States could break out "today or tomorrow." China, along with South Korea, would bear the brunt of hostilities in the region and Beijing is no doubt working around the clock to prevent such an event. As the largest provider of food, fuel and industrial machinery to North Korea, China is seen as wielding the greatest influence over the hermit kingdom.

Sounds eerily contemporary, doesn't it?!?

What China has got to do, goading both the US and South Korea diplomatically, is resume 4-way talks to create a breakthrough in replacing the current Armistice (which is simply a cessation of violence between North and South Korea) with an actual peace treaty, guaranteeing various rights and privileges for North Korea, and needs to it very much being tied into North Korea's stopping of its nuclear weapons program.

Aug 17 14:31

North Korea resumes plutonium production at Yongbyon

North Korea has resumed plutonium production by reprocessing spent fuel rods at its main Yongbyon nuclear facility, citing the United States’ hostile policy toward Pyongyang.

Aug 17 11:51

THAAD Comes To Korea, But At What Cost?

The recent announcement that South Korea had agreed to deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on its territory marks an important advance in the Obama Administration’s militarized Asia pivot. The THAAD battery threatens to destabilize the military balance of power and draw South Korea into an anti-China alliance with the United States and Japan.

Aug 08 08:35

South Korea Scoffs at China’s Fear of THAAD, Tells Beijing to Stop North Korea

Seoul argues that North Korea poses a present and immediate threat to regional security, but China worries more about being encircled by an increasingly aggressive United States.

Aug 06 09:32

Japan Convokes National Security Council Meeting Amid North Korean Missile Test

Japan convoked an emergency meeting of the National Security Council after North Korea fired a missile on Wednesday, which presumably dropped in the Japanese exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan, media reported.

The decisions made at the meeting are not disclosed so far, Kyodo agency said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to the Japanese Security Council: what will ultimately get Kim Jung Un to stop testing missiles is a true, solid peace treaty, to replace the armistice (which a mere cessation of fighting between North and South Korea) which currently exists, with guarantees on trade, the cessation of sanctions, and freedom of navigation.

Any military response - from ANY country- will only accelerate North Korea's race to develop a maneuverable nuclear device, as a deterrent to being attacked, most probably by South Korea and the US.

And of course, any such move like that will involve China on North Korea's side, so...double plus ungood.!!

Aug 03 11:03

US Warns North Korea Over Ballistic Missile Test

The United States has issued a stern warning over North Korea’s new ballistic missile test, saying it was prepared to “defend ourselves and our allies.”

Aug 01 09:42

US-S Korea Military Drills Proceed as N Korea Warns of 'Vicious' Showdown

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are at a fever pitch as rhetoric spouted from Pyongyang’s top brass is even more militaristic than ever before with statements of direct action and declarations of war.

Secretary of the US Army Eric Fanning said on Saturday that annual military drills between the United States and South Korea will move forward as scheduled despite North Korea’s dire warning of a "vicious" showdown if the war games proceed only days after Pyongyang declared war on America.

The commitment to proceeding with the drill follows statements by North Korea’s top diplomat for US affairs saying that the maneuvers are perceived by Pyongyang as open aggression and that the regime of Kim Jong-Un is ready to go to war in response.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that these US/South Korean drills are engineered to drive Pyongyang to respond militarily, as a way of starting a back-door war with China, and we have been perilously close enough to that with operations like the joint Japanese/Indian/US military maneuvers, called "Operation Malabar", conducted in the South China Sea.

Jul 30 09:03

‘Irreparable Consequences’: China, Russia Angry About THAAD in South Korea

The United States and South Korea announced plans in July to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, ostensibly to counter threats from North Korea, but the move received immediate condemnation from Russia and China, who view the installation as a veiled attempt by Washington to undermine Beijing and Moscow’s mutual nuclear deterrent.

“This missile defense system tends to undermine stability in the region. We hope that our partners will avoid any actions that could have irreparable consequences,” cautioned the Russian foreign ministry in the wake of Washington and Seoul’s announcement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Jul 30 08:27

South Korea Outlawing Opposition to War With North Korea: Seoul Used National Security Laws to Arrest Citizens Opposed to War

Little is known in the outside world about the National Security Act in South Korea. It was enacted in 1948 and has been used to quash any opposition to the US military in South Korea or to the South Korean political establishment, which was founded by Washington when it selected the subservient and traitorous Korean collaborators that worked for the Japanese during Tokyo’s occupation of the Korean Peninsula to run South Korea instead of allowing the fiercely independent Korean resistance fighters that had fought against the Japanese during the Second World War takeover.

Jul 30 08:01

Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List

General Dumbford head of the joint chiefs of staff is headed to Turkey to convince Erdogan that the US didn't try to overthrow him.
Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.
The world no longer believes the lies that spew from the mouths of American politicians and generals like vomit!
China 1949 to early 1960s
Albania 1949-53
East Germany 1950s
Iran 1953 *
Guatemala 1954 *
Costa Rica mid-1950s
Syria 1956-7
Egypt 1957
Indonesia 1957-8
British Guiana 1953-64 *
Iraq 1963 *
North Vietnam 1945-73
Cambodia 1955-70 *........
Add Turkey to the list!

Webmaster addition: Also Cuba in 1898 and 1955, Chile in 1973, Philippines in 1899 and 1965, Hawaii in 1893, China 1900, Panama and Honduras in 1903, Mexico 1914, Panama again in 1989, Dominican Republic 1965, Cuba again in 1961 (failed), etc.

Jul 29 13:08

Police State South Korea Clamps Down on Peace Movement. Deployment of US THAAD Missile System in South Korea

On July 26, 2016, the South Korean government blocked the entry of two Korean American peace activists – Juyeon Rhee and Hyun Lee – into its country. The two are representatives of the U.S.-based Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea. They had traveled to South Korea to participate in the annual Jeju Peace March as well as join protests against the recent U.S.-South Korean decision to deploy the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in South Korea.

After being detained by immigration officers at Incheon International Airport, the two were deported pursuant to Articles 11 and 12 of the Korea Immigration Law, which prohibits the entry of foreigners who, among other things, are “deemed likely to commit any act detrimental to national interests of the Republic of Korea or public safety.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Under President Park, South Korea has morphed into a dictatorship of immeasurable proportions, behaving as though she is Obama's "poodle", and doing everything humanly possible to provoke North Korea, including the acceptance of the THAAD deployment in her country.

Jul 28 11:40

N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing

North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month.

Han Song Ryol, director-general of the U.S. affairs department at the North's Foreign Ministry, said in an interview that recent U.S. actions have put the situation on the Korean Peninsula on a war footing.

The United States and South Korea regularly conduct joint military exercises south of the Demilitarized Zone, and Pyongyang typically responds to them with tough talk and threats of retaliation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Until North Korea actually finds and masters a weapons delivery system which works, Kim Jung Un is impotent to cause any real harm.

That having been said, however, there have been numerous speculations this year about North Korea having developed, or being in the process of developing an EMP weapon.

Should that ultimately prove true, it would really be nasty for South Korea and certain areas of the US (particularly here in Hawaii).

Jul 26 15:08

Kerry Warns N Korea Of 'Real Consequences' Of Nuclear Program

US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned North Korea of “real consequences” of its nuclear and missile tests.

Jul 25 09:23

S. Korea and THAAD

Jul 22 18:36

North Korea makes extraordinary claim about Theresa May

NUCLEAR North Korea has accused Theresa May of misleading the British public over the threat the pariah state's atomic arsenal poses to the UK.

In an extraordinary intervention in the debate over the renewal of Britain's Trident nuclear weapons deterrent, North Korea's foreign ministry claimed it was "illogical" to suggest Kim Jong-Un's stockpile would be aimed at the UK.

A spokesman said: "It is illogical that the DPRK's nuclear weapons pose a threat to the UK.

"It is a pity that the UK makes an excuse for the building of [nuclear submarines] by finding fault with the DPRK, thousands [of] kilometres away from it."

Jul 22 10:38

Is Korean War Possible?

Today, the Korean peninsula is one of the most militarized places on the entire planet. It is here where the interests of large powers like the US, China, and Russia intersect. The range of forces that could be deployed in a possible conflict (within a fairly limited space on a rough terrain) is truly impressive. Yet, the prospects of a large military conflict are doubtful. Chances of an easy victory are too small for all potential parties. But if such a confrontation does take place, what would be the outcome of a second Korean war: a rapid blitzkrieg or a trench war massacre?..

Jul 18 20:06

North Korea launches three ballistic missiles in response to US defence system

North Korea fired three ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan early on Tuesday morning, the latest riposte against the decision by Washington to deploy a missile defence system in South Korea.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the weapons were Scud-type missiles, with a range of up to 360 miles, enabling them to strike targets anywhere in South Korea.

Jul 15 10:38

The US-Led Militarization of Southeast Asia. China, Russia, North Korea and Iran Are Targets in Pentagon World War III Scenarios

There are two central issues, Professor Chossudovsky explained. “One is the fact that the United States has a project to militarize the Asia Pacific region, specifically threatening China. The other issue is …the [territorial] disputes between China, the Philippines, Vietnam, etc.”

The second issue, according to the analyst, would be much easier to resolve if it weren’t for US involvement, which is using the territorial disputes as part of its so-called ‘pivot to Asia’, “essentially preventing these countries from reaching negotiations, and building a situation of crisis within the Asia-Pacific region.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully apparent that the folks in Foggy Bottom (DC) have collectively lost their reality license, to believe that they can simultaneously take on all of these countries.

China will come to the aid of North Korea; and Russia will come to the aid of Iran, if attacked; and China will come to the aid of Russia if attacked, and the converse will be true as well.

And the aspect to all of this which is completely confounding is, how do the players at the Pentagon, State Department, and White House believe that there can be a successful outcome to these wars, when the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure that successful outcome?!?

This is utter madness, writ large; and unfortunately, just because something the US government could do would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing it could do, is utterly no guarantee that it will not do just that.

The US government's weapons procurement system is absolutely incestuous, because those same corporations wanting weapons and systems contracts support the candidacies of those Representatives in Congress, overtly and covertly, who green light them.

The resulting products are, far too frequently, weapons which under-perform; are hideously expensive, and late, and incapable of keeping up with strides made by weapons developers in countries like China and Russia.

Please understand; I hate war as a method of resolving geopolitical disputes.

Having said that, however, when weapons are deployed in conflict, I want them to work beyond the expectations of our military personnel.

Jul 15 06:06

South Koreans Throw Bottles at Prime Minister in Protest Over THAAD

Residents of South Korea’s Seongju threw bottles at Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on Friday in protest over Seoul stationing the US THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system in the city, local media reported.

Jul 13 12:11

China calls on US to cease THAAD deployment in South Korea

China has reaffirmed its strong opposition to the US deployment of an advanced missile system in neighboring South Korea, warning that Beijing would take necessary steps to protect its interests.

Jul 13 12:10

North Korea test-fires short range ballistic missile: Seoul’s military

North Korea has reportedly test-fired a short-range ballistic missile a day after Seoul and Washington reached a controversial agreement on the deployment of an advanced US missile system to the Korean Peninsula.

Jul 13 11:14

Thousands of S. Koreans protest US missile defense system as Seoul announces location

South Korea’s military has announced the location of its THAAD anti-missile defense system, intended to deter threats from North Korea. The plan, which greatly angered regional powers, has led thousands of Koreans on to the streets in protest.
Seoul and Washington say the system is intended to both counter threats in the region and defend US troops stationed there. It forms the core element of the America’s multilayered defense program. But the local residents fear it will lead to deteriorating health and will negatively impact the agricultural economy. The system’s high-powered radar has been linked to infertility and cancer, according to local rumors, which the government dismissed as “baseless.”

Jul 11 19:45

North Korea closes only communication channel with U.S.

North Korea said Monday it has decided to close its only direct diplomatic link with Washington, a move made days after the United States slapped sanctions on the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, and other officials over human rights abuses.

Pyongyang and Washington do not have formal diplomatic relations, but North Korea's mission to the United Nations in New York has acted as the main communication conduit between the two countries.

Now it will deal with "DPRK-US relations under the wartime law of the DPRK," according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korea's state-run news agency.

Jul 11 07:09

“The Doomsday Forum”: Senior Military, Nuclear Weapons Officials Convene… America’s “$1 Trillion Nuclear Weapons Plan”. Take out Russia, Iran and North Korea?

On June 21, 250 top military brass, military planners, corporate military-industrial ”defense” contractors, top officials and scientists from the nuclear weapons laboratories as well as prominent academics gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico to discuss, debate and promote the Pentagon’s One Trillion Dollar Nuclear Weapons program.

Russia is allegedly “threatening the Western World”. The objective is to develop the pre-emptive use of nuclear weapons (i.e. nuclear war as a means of self-defense).

The event organized by “The Strategic Deterrent Coalition” (a non profit organization) was funded by Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Orbital ATK, BAE Systems among other generous donors.

Jul 10 18:01

Now SOUTH KOREA wants British free trade deal as UK ministers struggle to cope with demand

SOUTH KOREA has joined the race to tie-up a major free trade deal with the UK in the wake of its exit from the European Union.

Jul 08 10:29

U.S. Helps Deploy Anti-Missile System In South Korea

South Korea and the United States said on Friday they would deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea to counter a threat from North Korea, drawing a sharp and swift protest from neighboring China.

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, anti-missile system will be used only as protection against North Korea’s growing nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities, the South’s Defence Ministry and the U.S. Defence Department said in a joint statement.

“This is an important ... decision,” General Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. forces in South Korea, said in a statement. “North Korea’s continued development of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction require the alliance to take this prudent, protective measure to bolster our ... missile defense.”

Beijing said on Friday it lodged complaints with the U.S. and South Korean ambassadors over the THAAD decision.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In this instance, China is being the adult in the room, and their leadership is entirely right to protest the presence of THAAD missiles in South Korea.

And there is the consistent problem with North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs; a guidance system which is completely non-functional. And how soon that will be remedied (and most probably, by which foreign power, like Israel, which has robust guidance system), is anyone's guess.

But Kim Jung Un will see this as an absolute threat, and will respond accordingly, which is just what DC wants to see happen.

The logical thing to do here would be to get North Korea back to the negotiating table, with China, and iron out a real peace treaty, with guarantees for trade, to replace the Armistice in place right now.

Unfortunately,logic never wins in DC when there is a potential war to wage with which to potentially knock the other guy down.

But the US government knows that any military action against North Korea means war with China; and that, scarily enough, is what they want to see happen here, to beat down the growing Chinese economy, and currency, with some kind of excuse they hope the American public will sign off on.

Jul 08 10:04

US Urges N Korea To Avoid Sparking Tensions

The United States has warned North Korea to avoid actions and statements that could increase tensions in the region, following Pyongyang’s threat of taking “toughest countermeasures” against Washington over imposing sanctions on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Jul 07 10:33

North Korea says US sanctions on Kim Jong-un are 'a declaration of WAR'

North Korea has proclaimed that the new U.S. sanctions targeting its leader Kim Jong-un amounted to a 'declaration of a war' and vowed to take strong retaliatory measures.

The move by the United States constituted 'the worst hostile act' and 'an open declaration of a war' against the North, Pyongyang's foreign ministry said in a statement, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

It comes after the U.S. announced sanctions against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for the first time on Wednesday, citing 'notorious abuses of human rights'.

Jul 01 04:56

Corbyn: Clowns to the left of him, jokers to the right

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am...

A political beacon is about to be extinguished unless he breaks with the doomed Labour Party and sets up on his own

Well I don’t know why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.
Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you,
And I’m wondering what it is I should do,
It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face,
Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place,
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right…
— Lyrics from ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’

Jul 01 04:51

Victory Is Possible – Israel Shamir

Brexit is a game-changing event. Now Euro-sceptics all over Europe has got fresh wind in their sails.

Few people expected the positive outcome of Brexit referendum. Among other doubters, I expected the UK government will borrow a trick from the Clinton collection, and proclaim the "Bremain" hath it.

The political establishment of both leading parties, the Tories and Labour, wished to remain in the cosy lap of the EC. This was the will of the Bank of England, and of the City of London; of the powerful media lords, of the creative minority of yuppies, of cosmopolitan intellectuals.

Jul 01 04:41

How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote

What you are seeing with the Brexit is the result of the Obama administrations pro-war, new Cold War policy.

With us to discuss the economic and political context of the Brexit is Michael Hudson. He is a research professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy. Also, he is an economics adviser to several governments.

Jun 29 17:08

North Korea Drill Under Personal Guidance Of Nation’s Leader Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong Un supervises aircraft, navy and artillery exercises, communicates with military officers, according to state news channel.

Jun 23 10:51

North Korea Test Necessitates Stronger US Defense: Carter

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says North Korea’s latest launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile raises the need for strong missile defenses for all the allies of Washington in the region.

Jun 22 15:09

US Condemns North Korea Missile Tests, Says Ready For 'Any Attack'

The US State Department has condemned North Korea for launching two Musudan mid-range ballistic missiles, saying the US remains “prepared” in the face of any threat.

Jun 22 01:31

North Korea conducts second launch of ballistic missile

North Korea has conducted the second launch of a ballistic missile during the day, Reuters news agency reported referring to a South Korean military source. According to the agency, North Korea carried out a second launch of medium-range missile Musudan about two hours after the first launched had failed. There have been no reports yet about whether the last launch was successful or not. The first launch of the Musudan missile took place earlier on Wednesday at 05:58 local time near Wonsan on North Korea's northeast. Japan’s Defense Ministry noted that no security threats were registered in connection with the launch of a ballistic missile, but called it a threat to the global community.
Washington wants UN Security Council to consider new missile launches in North Korea - http://tass.ru/en/world/883869

Jun 20 13:59

Trump as the ‘Relative Peace Candidate’

The danger to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton. She is no maverick. She embodies the resilience and violence of a system whose vaunted ‘exceptionalism’ is totalitarian with an occasional liberal face.”

Hillary Clinton has shown no real remorse over her support for neocon “regime changes,” aggressive wars and belligerence toward Russia, leaving the oft-obnoxious Donald Trump as the relative peace candidate, says John V. Walsh.

Let us hear from these heretics, among them William Greider, Glen Ford, John Pilger, Jean Bricmont, Stephen F. Cohen and William Blum. Their words are not to be construed as “endorsements,” but rather an acknowledgement of Trump’s anti-interventionist views, the impact those views are having and the alternative he poses to Hillary Clinton in the current electoral contest.

Jun 20 12:36

North Korea threatens to strike US bases in case of provocations

North Korea (DPRK) is ready to deliver a strike on the American bases in the region in case of provocations, a representative of the DPRK National Defense Commission (NDC) said in a statement released by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Monday. According to him, the US facilities, including the Anderson Air Force Base on Guam where B-52Hs bombers are deployed and naval bases for nuclear submarines "have long been put into the range of the Korean People’s Army precision strike"...

Jun 20 07:52

Call for a National Debate on U.S. “Regime Change” Policy

We are a group of concerned U.S. citizens currently visiting Russia with the goal of increasing understanding and reducing international tension and conflict. We are appalled by this call for direct U.S. aggression against Syria, and believe it points to the urgent need for open public debate on U.S. foreign policy.

Jun 17 09:46

North Korea Predicts War in August, Says US Planning a Preemptive Strike

The country’s foreign ministry released a statement accusing the United States of planning preemptive airstrikes and vowing to treat such an assault as an act of war.

Jun 17 05:38

South Korea Holds Sea Drills to Prepare for Pyongyang’s ‘Provocations

South Korea is conducting maritime exercises off the western coast to prepare for possible North Korean provocations, the country’s Navy said in a Thursday statement.

"We are keeping full combat readiness to swiftly respond to the enemy's possible provocations in waters off the west coast," the statement says, as quoted by the South Korean Yonhap news agency.

The three-day exercise started on Thursday and involves around 20 warships. The drills aim to prepare South Korean servicemen for North Korea’s possible crossing of the western maritime border (Northern Limit Line), the Navy said.

South Korea Welcomes US Financial Restrictions Against North Korea
In May, North Korea warned that it would open fire at any South Korean warships that trespass the maritime border following an incident involving North Korean patrol and fishing vessels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Keeping "full combat readiness" takes a very definite toll on your soldiers, and is generally not done unless a country's leadership and military intend to use those resources quickly.

One can only imagine what the South Korean government, enabled and abetted by the US, may be planning to do against North Korea, courtesy of some contrived false flag event.

Jun 12 03:57

Hillary Comes Out as the War Party Candidate

Choosing to speak in San Diego, home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, on a platform draped with 19 American flags and preceded by half an hour of military marching music, Hillary Clinton was certain of finding a friendly audience for her celebration of American “strength”, “values” and “exceptionalism”. Cheered on by a military audience, Hillary was already assuming the role to which she most ardently aspires: that of Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

As usual, she goes for the military solution, ridiculing the notion of diplomacy.

Jun 03 09:15

Trump Wins Support From North Korea

Donald Trump appears to be finding some friends in North Korea.

The presumptive U.S. Republican presidential nominee has been getting good press this week in the North’s carefully controlled media, first in an opinion piece that praised him as “wise” and full of foresight, then Wednesday in the official mouthpiece of the ruling Worker’s Party itself.

Jun 01 15:02

N Korea Backs ‘Wise Politician’ Trump, Slams ‘Dull Hillary’

An editorial published by North Korean state media is singing the praises of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, singling him out as a key figure in helping to unify the Korean peninsula.

The DPRK Today article by Han Yong Mook, a self-described Chinese North Korean scholar, labels Trump as a “wise politician” and a “far-sighted presidential candidate”.

May 30 10:04

Japan Puts Military On Alert For Possible North Korea Missile Launch

Japan put its military on alert on Monday for a possible North Korean ballistic missile firing, while South Korea also said it had detected evidence of launch preparations, officials from Japan and South Korea said.

Tension in the region has been high since North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test in January and followed that with a satellite launch and test launches of various missiles.

Japan ordered naval destroyers and anti-ballistic missile Patriot batteries to be ready to shoot down any projectile heading for Japan, Japan’s NHK state broadcaster said.

A Japanese official, who declined to be identified as he is not authorized to speak to the media, confirmed the order. A spokesmen for Japan’s defense ministry declined to comment.

A Patriot missile battery on the grounds of Japan’s Ministry of Defense had its missile tubes elevated to a firing position.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Historically,the guidance systems on North Korean missiles have performed miserably, to date.

That having been said,however, if another country, like Israel, (which was caught attempting to sell nuclear technology to then-apartheid South Africa) , sells North Korea a functional guidance system, which North Korean scientists can reverse-engineer, then all bets are off, and the region may well be headed into war.

May 29 08:44

FLASHBACK - 9/11: Cover For A Coup D'Etat?

September 11th 2001. The day that will forever live in infamy as the day when the reset button was hit on over two centuries of American history and allowed for the new doctrines of preemptive war, the domestic police state and the codifying of torture into the law of the land. The real meaning as well as the cause of 9/11 continues to resonate and be debated throughout the alternative media and the blogosphere despite the sanctimonious reverence given to it by the corporate, state controlled mainstream media where those who dare to even suggest that it was blowback are shouted down by angry demagogues standing atop their electronic soapboxes. That one single day more than anything else has been used as the justification the rise of the new American fascist state and the illegal wars of aggression that feed the colossus that is the military industrial complex.

May 18 07:48

Trump Willing To Speak To Kim Jong-Un Over Nukes

Presumptive US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has expressed willingness to talk with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in an effort to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

May 17 12:30

North Korea, Following China And India, Pledges No-First-Use Of Nuclear Weapons - So Could Obama

North Korea’s May 7 declaration that it would not be first to use nuclear weapons was met with official derision instead of relief and applause. Not one report of the announcement I could find noted that the United States has never made such a no-first-use pledge. None of three dozen news accounts even mentioned that North Korea hasn’t got one usable nuclear warhead. The New York Times did admit, “US and South Korean officials doubted that North Korea has developed a reliable intercontinental ballistic missile that would deliver a nuclear payload to the continental United States.”

May 15 17:46

The US In Korea: Lessons Lost, Lessons Learned

With the American public’s limited attention span for international affairs tied up by fears of ISIS (also known as Daesh), intractable wars in the Middle East and unease about Putin’s Russia, Obama’s much-touted Asia-Pacific pivot frequently gets third or fourth billing on the foreign policy marquee.

May 12 12:30

‘Ready To Make N Korea More Prosperous’: Massive Parade In Pyongyang

North Korea ends ruling party congress with colorful parade.

May 10 12:39

Ex-N. Korea army head, who Seoul said was executed, is alive

A former North Korean military chief who Seoul had said was executed is actually alive and in possession of several new senior-level posts, the North's state media said Tuesday.

The news on Ri Yong Gil marks yet another blunder for South Korean intelligence officials, who have often gotten information wrong in tracking developments with their rival. It also points to the difficulties that even professional spies have in figuring out what's going on in one of the world's most closed governments.

May 09 13:51

Korea’s Next Generation

The street protests of the Arab Spring happened largely because of disgruntled youth. The unemployment rate for young people in the Middle East and North Africa verged on the catastrophic in 2012: 42 percent for Tunisia and 38 percent for Egypt. Moreover, the rates had shot up significantly since 2010, so it seemed as though the already intolerable conditions were only getting worse. Young people came together through social media and took over the public spaces, demanding change.

May 09 13:29

North Korea Expels BBC Crew For ‘Distorted’ Coverage

A BBC crew is being expelled from North Korea after being detained over what the self-isolated state’s leadership called “distorted” reporting that spoke “ill of the system.”

Correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, his producer and cameraman were held in detention over the weekend but have since been taken to the airport, the BBC says.

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