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May 24 11:58

U.N.’S NORTH KOREA INVESTIGATORS HIT BY [likely false-flag] CYBER ATTACK

U.N. Security Council's North Korea sanctions committee comes under "sustained" cyber attack

May 24 10:29

Trump discusses ‘madman Kim & good guy Xi’ in leaked call with Philippines’ Duterte

Donald Trump told Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte in a phone call last month that he is prepared to use force against “madman” Kim Jong-un but hoped the “good guy” Xi Jinping will help solve the North Korean nuclear issue, according to a leaked transcript.

May 23 13:52

South Korea’s New President Moon Jae-un: Back from the Brink, Small Steps Forward

Moon follows in the tradition of Presidents Kim Dae-Jung and Roh Mu-hyun. Kim was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his “Sunshine Policy” of tension reduction with North Korea. Moon had served as a chief administrator for Roh. During the decade of the Kim and Roh administrations from 1998 to 2007, inter-Korean conciliation and cooperation made unprecedented progress. The highpoint was the 15 June 2000 North-South Joint Declaration signed in Pyongyang by Kim Jong-Il for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Kim Dae-Jung for the Republic of Korea.

The Declaration set out reunification as a chief goal along with economic cooperation and building

“mutual confidence by activating cooperation and exchanges in all fields, social, cultural, sports, public health, environmental and so on.” Furthermore “The North and South agreed to hold dialogues between the authorities as soon as possible to implement the above-mentioned agreed points in the near future.”

May 23 13:21

In North Korea, the US Advertises Its Intentions

It’s no secret that the USS Carl Vinson has been near the peninsula for a few weeks. But now the USS Ronald Reagan, which is based near-theater in Japan, has joined it. The USS Nimitz, which is based in Washington state, is back in port, having recently completed a training exercise, as is the USS Theodore Roosevelt, farther south in San Diego. The U.S. Navy has said that the Roosevelt would deploy again soon, though it neglected to mention a destination. Dispatching three carrier groups is sensible, if not necessary, for military action against North Korea, but it’s not actually clear what role the Navy would play in the mission.

But the mission itself is clear: If it were to attack North Korea, the United States would try to destroy its nuclear facilities and eliminate the southern artillery batteries aimed at Seoul. And it would do so primarily through the air.

May 23 11:29

Xi asked Trump for ‘100 days’ to deal with North Korea problem

Chinese President Xi Jinping asked U.S. President Donald Trump for a 100-day grace period to deal with North Korea’s military provocations during their meeting in early April, according to several U.S. and Japanese sources.

At their talks in Florida, Trump asked Xi to strengthen economic sanctions against Pyongyang over its repeated ballistic missile and nuclear tests. China accounts for about 90 percent of North Korea’s foreign trade.

The U.S. president said that if Beijing did not cooperate, Washington was prepared to implement new sanctions against Chinese companies that have business dealings with North Korea, including several financial institutions, according to the sources.

Xi may have asked for the grace period to prevent such U.S. sanctions from making it difficult for the targeted Chinese companies to continue their business transactions with U.S. financial institutions and companies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this story is true, (and please note that this is not sourced), President Xi basically has until the end of June to turn Kim Jung Un's thinking around, when it comes to its nuclear weapons program.

The successful launching of a medium range missile last weekend does not seem to indicate that China has had an effect yet on moderating North Korea's missile program to date.

IF, in fact, these reports are true, I am hoping and praying that Chinese President Xi will "up his game" before the end of next month; otherwise, all hell could potentially break loose here, particularly if Kim Jung Un decides the "timing is right" to test a nuclear weapon

May 23 08:38

S. Korea fires shots at N. Korea after object crosses border

South Korea fired warning shots Tuesday after an unidentified object flew south from rival North Korea, Seoul’s military said. Local media said it may have been a North Korean military drone.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the military broadcast a warning to North Korea in response to the object before firing the warning shots. It said the military also bolstered its air surveillance. The statement provided no other details.

There was no immediate comment in North Korea’s state-run media, and no reports that the North had returned fire.

May 23 08:37

U.N. condemns North Korea missile launch, vows new sanctions

The Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's "flagrant and provocative defiance" of U.N. sanctions banning ballistic missile tests on Monday and again vowed to impose new sanctions in response to its latest launch.

May 22 12:02

North Korea's Latest Missile Test Brings Us One Step Closer To WWIII (Here's How We Got Here)

As time goes on, North Korea’s nuclear program is making war with the United States more and more likely. As SHTFplan.com's Daniel Lang details, we’re on a terrible path that no one knows how to escape from.

On the one hand, North Korea is clearly led by an unhinged and tyrannical government that can’t be trusted with nuclear weapons. So you can understand why the US is so determined to stop their progress with these weapons. But at the same time, those nuclear weapons could one day guarantee that the leaders of North Korea will remain in power for a long time. Those weapons would make any potential aggressor think twice about trying to invade the bellicose nation, so there’s no way that North Korea is going to abandon its nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This possibility is making residents of Oahu, military, or non-military, more than a little nervous.

May 22 10:07

North Korea's Kim Approves New Ballistic Missile "Deployment For Combat"

Just hours after today's second consecutive successful launch of a North Korean ballistic missile in one week, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un approved "the deployment of the new intermediate-range ballistic missile for combat use" as the country succeeded in test-firing it, Pyongyang's state media said Monday, cited by Yonhap. KCNA also redundantly added that Kim personally observed the launch of the new ground-to-ground Pukguksong-2 missile, and approved the deployment of the Pukguksong-2 for action, calling it a "successful strategic weapon," the KCNA said... as if there may have been something more important for Kim to do during that time.

"This type of missile should be rapidly mass-produced in a serial way" to arm the strategic force of the Korean People's Army, Kim was quoted as saying by the report.

May 22 09:58

KIM Jong-un has vowed to increase North Korea's military might following the successful deployment of a new-intermediate range ballistic missile on Sunday.

KIM Jong-un has vowed to increase North Korea's military might following the successful deployment of a new-intermediate range ballistic missile on Sunday.

After watching the launch of the new Pukguksong-2 missile, the North Korean dictator was reportedly satisfied with its accuracy and branded it a “successful strategic weapon”, according to state-run media outlet KCNA.

After the second missile launch in less than a week, KCNA reported: "Saying with pride that the missile's rate of hits is very accurate and Pukguksong-2 is a successful strategic weapon, [Kim Jong-un] approved the deployment of this weapon system for action.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

to President Donald Trump; China's President Xi Jinping; Japan's Prime Minister Abe; gentlemen, a word please.

As much a pain as North Korea's Kim Jung Un may be to deal with, the only resolution of the issue of North Korean missiles is through negotiation, and right the heck now, thank you very much!!

What should be happening is the establishment of a peace accord for North Korea, with iron-clad promises of free trade, and lack of any restrictions against its economy, with the quid pro quo of North Korea stopping its nuclear weapons program when this takes effect.

And a short memo to Secretary of State Tillerson, who has reiterated that only when North Korea ends its nuclear weapons program, will the US be ready to negotiate; Mr. Tillerson, Kim Jung Un understands that his only possible ploy for preventing an invasion of his country is the development of a nuclear weapon as a deterrent.

He has seen what has happened to countries which do not have this, and is trying to insure that North Korea doesn't become yet another victim of "regime change."

The time for serious negotiations is now: the potential for horrific damage from an attack against North Korea would be horrific for the region as a whole.

May 22 08:33

New North Korean missile test smaller than recent launches, White House says

North Korea's latest test launch Sunday was a medium-range ballistic missile that has a shorter range than others fired by the communist regime in recent months, the White House said.

The South Korean military said the projectile was launched Sunday afternoon Korean time from the vicinity of Pukchang, an area north of the capital Pyongyang most notable for its hard-labor camp for political prisoners.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rather gratuitous mention of the prison camp, which has absolutely nothing to do with the missile test.

May 22 06:07

WannaCry Ransomware: North Korea Denies Role in Global Cyber-Attacks

The code used in the latest attack is similar to that used in past hacks blamed on Kim Jong-Un’s regime, leading some to point the finger at Pyongyang.

But the North has now denied the claims, notably but not exclusively advanced by South Korean experts, and hit back Friday to accuse its opponents of spreading propaganda.

“It is ridiculous,” Kim In-Ryong, North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters, suggesting Washington and Seoul were behind the allegation.

“Whenever something strange happens, it is the stereotyped way of the United States and the hostile forces to kick off a noisy anti-DPRK campaign.”

May 21 09:12

North Korea fires ballistic missile about 310 miles, Seoul says

The rocket was fired from an area near Pukchang, in South Phyongan Province, and flew eastward about 310 miles, said South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. It did not immediately provide more details.

The White House said it was aware that North Korea had launched a midrange ballistic missile.

May 21 08:49

North Korea fires medium-range missile in latest test

North Korea on Sunday fired a medium-range missile, U.S. and South Korean officials said, in the latest ballistics test for a country speeding up its development of nuclear weapons and missiles.

The rocket was fired from an area near the North Korean county of Pukchang, in South Phyongan Province, and flew eastward about 310 miles, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. It did not immediately provide more details.

White House officials traveling in Saudi Arabia with President Donald Trump said the system, which was last tested in February, has a shorter range than the missiles launched in North Korea's most recent tests.

U.S. Pacific Command said it tracked the missile until it landed into the sea.

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Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears to me that perhaps China's President Xi Jinping has been instrumental in counseling restraint to President Trump on the is issue of North Korean missile tests, and that is a positive outcome of their meeting earlier this year.

May 20 02:49

Mattis: North Korea Military Solution Would Be "Tragic On An Unbelievable Scale"

With the media narrative once again focused squarely on Trump and the "Russian connection", something which will unlikely change over the next week absent "fireworks" elsewhere, the story of potential military intervention in South Korea has understandably dropped from the front pages. Although with a second US aircraft carrier now en route to the Korean Peninsula, and with Trump desperate for another "big bang" distraction, is it shortsighted to underestimate the potential of another geopolitical hotspot emerging in the next few days.

While the answer is unknown, on Friday afternoon Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reminded the American public just how high tht potential stakes are when he said that any military solution to the North Korea crisis would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale" and that Washington was working internationally to find a diplomatic solution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China is not the problem here; how the problem can best be characterised, is that the US government is intransigent in its position that there can be no negotiations before North Korea abandons its nuclear missiles program, which means, in Kim Jung Un's mind, that North Korea should be vulnerable to invasion.

What should be happening here is a multi-lateral conference, between the US; North Korea; South Korea, and China, which would create a peace treaty to replace the existing armistice, with the quid pro quo being, that North Korea ends its nuclear weapons program in return for guarantees on trade and free movement of its people and its goods.

Of course, that...would be logical.

May 19 10:53

Pentagon’s Syria Strike Spurred North Korea to Prep for US Missile Attack

Following last month’s missile attack on a Syrian government airfield ordered by US President Donald Trump, North Korea is making preparations for a similar attack from Washington. Pyongyang is reportedly repairing walls so its gallery positions will be shielded against air raids.

May 19 10:53

More US Bombers to Korea? Not Right Now, Says Air Force General

A US Air Force general announced on Wednesday that the American bomber presence in the Pacific is sufficient, even considering the current North Korean crisis.

May 19 10:04

Hawaii Lawmakers Push To Re-Open Fallout Shelters Amid Nuclear War Fears

As AP reports, the state House Public Safety Committee unanimously passed a resolution Thursday (see below). Committee Vice Chairman Matt LoPresti says he's not trying to spread fear. But he wants the public to know the government is taking steps to protect them in the worst case scenario. He's aiming to get state funding to re-equip Cold War-era fallout shelters.

May 18 09:48

How Military Industrial Complex is Pushing US Toward New 'Missile Crisis

The US' dangerous muscle-flexing in Asia-Pacific is a continuation of Obama's "pivot to Asia" strategy, US peace activist Jan R. Weinberg told Sputnik. To avoid yet another missile crisis all the parties involved need to start negotiations over the long-term disarmament and eradication of nuclear weapons in the region, he stressed.

In his March interview with Sputnik the founder of "Show Up! America," Jan R. Weinberg, warned that the US-led militarization of the Asia-Pacific region might turn into the "American Missile Crisis."

"The American Missile Crisis may very well become the term that historians use to describe the precipitously dangerous, present day, militarization and terrorism issues within the Indo-Asia-Pacific region," he warned.

May 18 08:39

The Buttinski Should Butt Out of Korea

Korea is none of the U.S. government’s business. The only proper course of action is for the Pentagon and the CIA to exit the country and bring those 23,000 American soldiers stationed in Korea home. No negotiations. No agreements. No talks. Just butt out of what is none of your business and exit the scene by coming home.

Why are there 23,000 U.S. troops in Korea? It’s because the U.S. government, headed by President Harry S. Truman and his newly established national-security establishment, decided to intervene in another country’s civil war more than half-a-century ago.

That’s right — a civil war. That’s all it was.

May 18 08:15

Russia steps up North Korea support to constrain US

In spite of international sanctions on North Korea's communist regime, Russia has been increasing fuel exports to Pyongyang and filling in the supply gap created by China halting trade. Julian Ryall reports.

May 18 07:52

Ferry service opens between N. Korea & Russia’s Vladivostok

A tourist ferry has completed its first cruise from the North Korean port of Rajin to the Russian city of Vladivostok. The route’s opening marks Pyongyang’s bid to develop trade and tourism ties with Russia amid growing tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Representatives of Chinese and Russian tourism companies were on board the ferry that arrived in Vladivostok on Thursday, RIA Novosti reports, citing the route operator. The first tourists on the first-ever passenger connection between the two countries are expected next week, it added.

May 17 17:38

FLASHBACK 2013 - Largest known rare earth deposit discovered in North Korea

Privately-held SRE Minerals on Wednesday announced the discovery in North Korea of what is believed to be the largest deposit of rare earth elements anywhere in the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There's a reason to invade!

May 17 15:49

Putin: We Need To Stop Intimidating North Korea, Find Peaceful Solution

North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test’s prompted a chorus of condemnation from around the globe.

May 17 12:13

North Korean Missile Tests ‘Recipe For A Disaster’: US Admiral Harris

Admiral Harry Harris, the top US commander in Asia-Pacific, has warned against military escalation on the Korean Peninsula, saying missile tests by Pyongyang are “a recipe for a disaster.”

May 17 09:07

USS Carl Vinson to Remain Near Shores of Korean Peninsula in Open-Ended Mission

The US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson strike group, which has been stationed near the Korean peninsula since April, will remain deployed in the region for an indefinite period in the light of Pyongyang’s recent nuclear missile test, local media reported Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Call me silly, but "indefinite deployment" of the USS Carl Vinson strike group does not auger well for peace, particularly in light of the following disturbing development:

Seoul May Launch Preemptive Strike in Case of ‘Imminent’ Pyongyang Attack

The article goes on to state: "South Korea may carry out a preemptive strike if it becomes evident that North Korea will launch a massive missile attack against the country, South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo said Tuesday".

This statement appears to be completely at odds with South Korean President-elect Moon's "Sunshine Policy", which favors engagement with North Korea, almost as though Defense Minister Han "didn't get the memo".

So I have to wonder: Is Defense Minister Han DC's "Man" in South Korea?!? What could possibly be the agenda of making a threat like this, other than to provoke Kim Jun-un to do something completely, and irrevocably stupid?

The short answer is, there is no other reason; and that is cause for concern.

May 17 08:16

Video: ‘North Korea In Europe’ Ukraine Bans Most Popular Social Networks Because They Are Russian-Owned

The most popular social networks in Ukraine are now banned, in Ukraine.

May 17 08:14

‘You Either Support North Korea or You Support Us,’ U.S. Envoy Says

The American ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday called for stiffening sanctions against North Korea and perhaps even punishing those who continue to help it, even as she acknowledged that there was no consensus yet with the North’s powerful backers in China.

“We have to turn around and tell the entire international community: You either support North Korea or you support us,” the ambassador, Nikki R. Haley, told reporters. “The United States is not past looking at third-country entities who are helping North Korea and putting sanctions against them. If you’re supporting North Korea, you’re against the rest of the international community.”

May 17 08:07

South Korea Wants to Reopen Communications With North

Since his election last week, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has repeatedly made clear he wants to improve relations with North Korea. To that end, South Korean officials say their immediate priority is to reopen the lines of communication with them at all.

The biggest obstacle to doing that is the United States, and President Moon is dispatching a new Ambassador to DC. President Trump has made clear that he believes diplomacy has “failed,” and that he would only accept any discussions with North Korea under very limited circumstances, which other officials suggested meant they had to stop materially everything the US finds objectionable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Deep State in the Unhinged Surveilled States of America will do everything in its power to prevent this from happening.

So President Moon, a word please; kindly double, or treble, the personal protection detail you have around you.

The US government, and its agents, are not above assassinating heads of state they believe are not "in tune" with their agenda.

Just look at what happened to Libya's Qaddafi.

Please be communicating, diplomatically, with your Chinese counterparts, to see how they can help open the door for this dialogue to being with North Korea.

Because at the end of the day, it is only dialogue, and not war, which can achieve positive changes here.

May 16 14:20

UN Agency Exposed Helping North Korea with Patent Application for Banned Nerve Gas

For more than a year, a United Nations agency in Geneva has been helping North Korea prepare an international patent application for production of sodium cyanide -- a chemical used to make the nerve gas Tabun -- which has been on a list of materials banned from shipment to that country by the U.N. Security Council since 2006.

Sodium cyanide is used mainly to extract gold and other precious metals in mining industry. This application exploits the high affinity of gold(I) for cyanide, which induces gold metal to oxidize and dissolve in the presence of air (oxygen) and water, producing the salt sodium gold cyanide (or gold sodium cyanide) and sodium hydroxide:

4 Au + 8 NaCN + O2 + 2 H2O ? 4 Na[Au(CN)2] + 4 NaOH
A similar process uses potassium cyanide (KCN, a close relative of sodium cyanide) to produce potassium gold cyanide (KAu(CN)2). Few other methods exist for this extraction process.

Chemical feedstock[edit]

May 16 11:31

Claims of North Korea Links to Cyber Attack ‘Well Short of Proof’

Researchers investigating last week’s cyber attacks involving the WannaCry ransomware say that early versions of the software had some code in common with past attacks by the “Lazarus Group,” which some officials have accused of being North Korean hackers.

The Lazarus Group was behind a handful of past attacks, most notably the Sony hacking incident of 2014, which officials attributed to North Korea primarily because it came around the release of the movie The Interview, which involved a plot to kill North Korea’s leader.

The researchers who noted the similar code conceded that copying snippets of code between hacker groups is not uncommon, and that this was “well short of proof” of an actual relationship between the two. Indeed, most of the WannaCry code was a copy of exploits developed by the NSA.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that those in the bowels of power in the USSA (the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America), are desperate for ANY accusation which might "fly' in public opinion in terms of getting it to go along with a war against North Korea, which may well escalate into a war against China.

They seem to have missed the point, thank you very much, that Americans are profoundly war-weary, and war-skeptical at this point in their history.

And it is very damning that no 16 year old American teenager has ever lived through a time in their lives, when the US government hasn't been at war with SOME foreign power or another, somewhere else in the world.

May 16 10:55

Trump, Comey, Gowdy, the FBI, and North Korea. Michael Rivero - May 15, 2017

May 16 08:53

WannaCry ransomware shares code with North Korea-linked malware – researchers

The source for WannaCry ransomware, which has spread to 150 countries, may be Pyongyang or those trying to frame it, security analysts say, pointing to code similarities between the virus and a malware attributed to alleged hackers from North Korea.

May 15 17:19

BEX ALERT - Researchers see possible North Korea link to global cyber attack

Cyber security researchers have found technical clues they said could link North Korea with the global WannaCry “ransomware” cyber attack that has infected more than 300,000 machines in 150 countries since Friday.

Symantec and Kaspersky Lab said on Monday some code in an earlier version of the WannaCry software had also appeared in programs used by the Lazarus Group, which researchers from many companies have identified as a North Korea-run hacking operation.

“This is the best clue we have seen to date as to the origins of WannaCry,” Kaspersky Lab researcher Kurt Baumgartner told Reuters.

May 15 14:59

Missile Tests Show N Korean Leader Is Paranoid: Nikki Haley

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says a barrage of missile tests shows that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is “in a state of paranoia.”

Haley made the remarks in an interview with ABC News on Sunday after Pyongyang conducted another ballistic missile test over the weekend.

May 15 12:44

Kim Jong-Un Is In A 'State Of Paranoia' – UN Envoy Haley

The latest ballistic missile test carried out by North Korea was prompted by Kim Jong-un’s “paranoia,” US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said, adding that such actions reduce the chances of direct talks between Washington and Pyongyang.

May 15 09:09

North Korea's Latest Ballistic Missile Was A "New Type" With Dramatically Longer Range

fter North Korea provoked both its neighbors and the US when on Sunday morning it fired off yet another ballistic missile from Kusong near the border with China - one which this time did not explode upon launch - just days after the election of a new South Korean president who ironically advocates more engagement with Pyongyang, experts said the missile appeared to be a new type of ballistic missile, and had a far greater range than any other weapon North Korea has successfully launched.

May 15 09:05

‘Don’t intimidate North Korea’ Putin urges world to calm down over Kim missile launch

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin has said that North Korea’s latest missile launch is “dangerous” but has warned against “intimidating” Kim Jong-un amid fears of World War Three.

May 15 09:04

No new nations should have NUKES: Putin’s WAR RULES as he warns don't threaten North Korea

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin said today that Moscow was opposed to any new countries acquiring nuclear weapons, but that the world should talk to North Korea rather than threaten it.

May 15 08:09

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsNorth Korea Says Tested Missile Capable of Carrying Heavy Nuclear Warhead

North Korea’s state media has claimed that yesterday’s successful missile test was aimed at proving the nation’s capability of carrying a “large scale heavy nuclear warhead,” quoting leader Kim Jong-un as saying the United States mainland is in “sighting range for strikes.”

The missile flew 787 kilometers, landing between Russia and Japan. The Pentagon insisted that the missile was “not consistent” with an ICBM of the sort capable of traveling far enough to hit the US. Moreover, this is a rare successful test for North Korea, whose missiles have several times exploded during takeoff recently.

The claim of nuclear-capability is of course still a huge deal, however this too isn’t really proven by a missile test launch, as North Korea’s ability to miniaturize their nuclear weapons into a warhead is very much still in doubt, though clearly with tensions soaring in the region it is in their interest to claim they have such retaliatory capabilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

North Korea's missiles most probably cannot hit the mainland; they may, however, be able to hit Hawaii.

The US government "sacrificed" Hawaii once before to get public sentiment behind joining World War 11; would they perhaps, sacrifice the Hawaiian islands again to get public sentiment behind a military attack against North Korea, let's say, with a false flag attack against them, to be blamed on North Korea?!?

I would not bet against this, right now, were I a betting woman.

May 15 07:22

N.Korea's latest launch suggests progress towards long-range ballistic missile, experts say

North Korea's apparently successful launch of a mid-to-long range missile indicated a significant advance in its drive for an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The country boasted that the launch the previous day was aimed at verifying the capability to carry a "large scale heavy nuclear warhead."

The U.S. military's Pacific Command said on Sunday the type of missile that was fired was "not consistent" with an ICBM.

May 14 08:48

Trump Warns New South Korea President Against Call for North Korea Talks

New South Korean President Moon Jae-in has made clear he wants to get reconciliation talks going with North Korea, and took a bit of a shot at US sanctions pushes in comments yesterday, saying he thinks sanctions should only be considered as a tool to get North Korea to the table for talks.

The Trump Administration has insisted in recent weeks they consider diplomacy to have “failed,” and President Trump appeared very dismissive of the new push for diplomacy today, saying he would only accept discussion with North Korea “under certain circumstances.”

May 14 07:42

North Korea launches ballistic missile despite warning from international community

North Korea launched a ballistic missile Sunday despite warnings from the international community, according to the South Korean military.

The missile was fired from North Korea’s west coast just two weeks after the country’s last unsuccessful test launch which resulted in an embarrassing explosion.

May 13 16:34

North Korea Open To Talks With Trump

#Trump is a #MasterPersuader, This happened because Trump said that he would be honored to meet Kim Jong-un. Enjoy your #CognitiveDissonance.

May 13 09:48

Trump Warns New South Korea President Against Call for North Korea Talks

New South Korean President Moon Jae-in has made clear he wants to get reconciliation talks going with North Korea, and took a bit of a shot at US sanctions pushes in comments yesterday, saying he thinks sanctions should only be considered as a tool to get North Korea to the table for talks.

The Trump Administration has insisted in recent weeks they consider diplomacy to have “failed,” and President Trump appeared very dismissive of the new push for diplomacy today, saying he would only accept discussion with North Korea “under certain circumstances.”

Trump didn’t make clear what those circumstances would be, naturally, but did appear to reject the need for talks in the near term, bragging that he’s handling North Korea “very well, very firmly” without diplomacy. The State Department added that they want North Korea to “cease all illegal activities” for the possibility of talks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word here, please: your ultimatum to South Korean President Moon reeks with hubris.

And please remember; ultimately, without negotiation and diplomacy, there is absolutely no opportunity to move forward toward peace, and away from war.

May 12 14:33

Electromagnetic pulse attack on Hawaii would devastate the state

With North Korea developing its nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile capabilities, Hawaii defense experts are concerned North Korea could target the 50th state with an EMP attack. Such an explosion, if executed high enough in the atmosphere, could be hundreds of miles from Hawaii and still damage its operations and communications.

May 12 07:52

South Korea President Wants to Limit US Sanctions on North

South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-in has, in the day since his inauguration, engaged in a series of conversations with leaders from around the region and the world, and today insisted that he wants to see any sanctions imposed against North Korea done only parallel to negotiations with them.

Moon, who has long advocated peaceful reunification with North Korea, has made clear he wants a return to the Sunshine Policy, and the attempt to return to the old policy of trying to improve relations, and to avoid military confrontation.

The Trump Administration has rejected diplomacy in recent months, talking up either a military solution or the imposition of new sanctions. Moon likely figures he can avoid the former by accepting the later, though even here he insisted sanctions should only be used as a way to get North Korean officials to the bargaining table.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This approach will absolutely not be to the liking of those in the bowels of power in the Unhinged States of America.

I would highly suspect that as I type this, those individuals who see war as the best, and only answer, for American geopolitical disputes, are contemplating either a decap strike against South Korean President Moon (by some "lone nut assassin", of course), or a false flag to be blamed against North Korea, or both.

Please remember; the massed US naval fire-power hasn't gone away from the Korean peninsula.

So President Moon, whatever personal security you have around you right now, you had better double or treble it; the American Deep State is perfectly comfortable playing the "frenemy" card, so you had better be sleeping in your Kevlar undies right now.

May 12 07:44

North Korea sends protest to US Congress over sanctions

A North Korean parliamentary committee sent a rare letter of protest to the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday over its new package of tougher sanctions.

The sanctions were condemned as a "heinous act against humanity" by the foreign affairs committee of the North's Supreme People's Assembly, according to a state media report.

It was not immediately clear how the protest was conveyed — if it was sent by mail or how it was addressed — since North Korea and the United States have no diplomatic relations and virtually no official channels of communication. The report, carried by the North's Korean Central News Agency, said the letter was sent Friday.

The Republican-led House overwhelmingly voted May 4 to impose the new sanctions, which target North Korea's shipping industry and use of what the bill called "slave labor."

May 11 20:02

US intelligence director warns of more Russian cyberthreats

The director of national intelligence says Russia and other countries, including China, North Korea and Iran, are using cyberspace to target US and its allies, and will do so in future.
The Senate intelligence committee is holding a hearing on worldwide threats, and intelligence director Dan Coats says Russia is a threat to US government, military, diplomatic, business and critical infrastructure.

May 11 18:16

Kim Jong-un BOMBS and destroys the 'South Korean White House' in shock pics

North Korea built a mockup of the building, seen in propaganda photos, for its troops to destroy.

Images released by state-run media last year showed Kim's special forces storming the building in a mock invasion.

And now fresh satellite photos have revealed that this replica of the Cheong Wa Dae or Blue House has been totally destroyed.

They come as a chilling reminder to South Korea's newly-elected president, Moon Jae-in, of the crisis on the peninsula.

Comparing the new photos from satellite image provider, Airbus, to shots from last year provides a sharp contrast.

In the new images the replica is reduced to ruin, destroyed almost completely except for the facade.

There's also what looks like a test site for a laser or wire-guided anti-tank missiles to the north.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact, Kim Jung Un ordered this video done (and isn't just a heap of Western propaganda, fabricated with Photoshop, he is creating a situation where South Korean President Moon's wish to implement the "sunshine policy" may be a moot point.

I still strongly suspect a false flag here, to kick up a confrontation with North Korea; I hope to heck I am wrong, but it now feels that, with the election results having turned out the way they did (with the South Korean people choosing peace over war), those in the bowels of power in the Unhinged States of America will do everything within their power to undo this somehow.

May 11 18:10

Kim Jong-un BOMBS and destroys the 'South Korean White House' in shock pics

North Korea built a mockup of the building, seen in propaganda photos, for its troops to destroy.

Images released by state-run media last year showed Kim's special forces storming the building in a mock invasion.

And now fresh satellite photos have revealed that this replica of the Cheong Wa Dae or Blue House has been totally destroyed.

They come as a chilling reminder to South Korea's newly-elected president, Moon Jae-in, of the crisis on the peninsula.

Comparing the new photos from satellite image provider, Airbus, to shots from last year provides a sharp contrast.

In the new images the replica is reduced to ruin, destroyed almost completely except for the facade.

There's also what looks like a test site for a laser or wire-guided anti-tank missiles to the north.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact, Kim Jung Un ordered this video done (and isn't just a heap of Western propaganda, fabricated with Photoshop, he is creating a situation where South Korean President Moon's wish to implement the "sunshine policy" may be a moot point.

I still strongly suspect a false flag here, to kick up a confrontation with North Korea; I hope to heck I am wrong, but it now feels that, with the election results having turned out the way they did (with the South Korean people choosing peace over war), those in the bowels of power in the Unhinged States of America will do everything within their power to undo this somehow.

May 11 15:05

CIA Opens New Center To Monitor North Korea

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has announced the establishment of a Korea Mission Center, which it says will focus on countering military threats coming from North Korea.

May 11 13:37

Moon Elected in South Korea, Promising New Push for Peace With North

Moon is a major departure from the recent string of hawks in the South Korean presidency, advocating peaceful reunification with North Korea and promising to visit the reclusive nation at the first opportunity after the election. He is seen as keen to return to the Sunshine Policy of the early 2000s, aimed at improving bilateral ties and trying to avoid war.

That’s not likely to sit well with the Trump Administration, which has repeatedly panned diplomacy in general as a “failed” tactic and has been talking up increasingly confrontational policies toward North Korea. Moon, however, is well aware of this, saying he thinks it is very important that South Korea should develop a less lop-sided relationship with the US ,and “learn to say no to the Americans.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those in the Bowels of Power in the Unhinged States of America will not take very kindly to Moon's peaceful approach, and even as I am typing this, are probably plotting ways to make a peaceful rapprochement with North Korea absolutely impossible.

May 11 12:40

The Korea Crisis: Beyond The Smoke And Mirrors

Hong Kong.

Some outsiders to Asia are painting a skewed scenario of the current Korea tensions that casts China as co-villain (with the US), if not chief villain. This represents a serious misleading of what’s going on in Northeast Asia.

May 11 10:02

CIA Consolidates Assets, Expertise & ‘Creativity’ Against ‘North Korea Target’

The CIA has created a dedicated unit to monitor Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs amid reignited fears that North Korea’s sixth nuke test is imminent, and claims that the agency was planning a biochem attack against Kim Jong-un.

May 11 08:51

New South Korean leader who wants to talk to North's Kim Jong-un gets White House invitation from Trump

President Donald Trump on Wednesday invited South Korea's new president to visit the White House after an election victory that could cause friction between the allies over how to deal with North Korea's nuclear threat.

May 11 08:23

New CIA mission center targets North Korea over nuclear & ballistic missile threat

The CIA has created a dedicated unit to monitor Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs amid reignited fears that North Korea’s sixth nuke test is imminent, and claims that the agency was planning a biochem attack against Kim Jong-un.

May 10 12:56

‘Miserable Fate’: US Navy’s Nuclear Submarine Strikes a Nerve in North Korea

The US Navy’s recent mission to send a guided-missile submarine into the waters surrounding the Korean Peninsula appears to have struck fear into the top leaders in Pyongyang.

Following news that the USS Michigan was lurking in the waters off the Korean Peninsula, state-run North Korean website Uriminzokkiri wrote that the moment the USS Michigan “tries to budge even a little” North Korean forces would ensure that it became an “underwater ghost.”

May 10 11:24

S. Korea's new president willing to visit rival North

New South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday he was open to visiting rival North Korea under the right conditions to talk about Pyongyang's aggressive pursuit of nuclear-tipped missiles.

Moon's softer stance on North Korea could create friction with Washington, which has swung from threats of military action to hints of dialogue as it seeks to formulate a policy under President Donald Trump.

Moon, speaking during his oath of office as the first liberal leader in a decade, also said he'll "sincerely negotiate" with the United States, Seoul's top ally, and China, South Korea's top trading partner, over the contentious deployment of an advanced U.S. missile-defense system in southern South Korea. The system has angered Beijing, which says its powerful radars allow Washington to spy on its own military operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These statements and sentiments will be characterized by the American Deep State as "double plus ungood", and not the outcome they had wanted, particularly in light of the following:

New South Korean President wants to resolve THAAD issue through negotiations with China and US

So, what should be celebrated as a breath of fresh air for both North and South Korea, is most probably being viewed as an horrendous turn of events by the ever war-centric creatures in the bowels of power in the Unhinged States of America.

The question is, what are they actually willing to do about it, short of a decap strike against South Korean President Moon Jae-in, or a false flag, to be blamed on North Korea?!?

Unfortunately, this move in a peaceful direction by President Moon may well be thwarted by the American Deep State; it is a matter of when, and how, and tensions on the Korean peninsula will most probably be kept artificially high, courtesy of the US government, to achieve their goals, if possible.

May 10 08:25

South Korea's Moon Jae-In Says He Is Willing To Go To North Korea At Swearing-In

South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In was sworn in today, just a day after a landslide election victory, and immediately declared his willingness to visit Pyongyang amid high tensions with the nuclear-armed North.

May 10 08:21

Moon win puts allies approach to North Korea in doubt, but drastic policy shift unlikely, experts say

With Wednesday’s election of liberal candidate Moon Jae-in as South Korea’s new president, all eyes are on whether he will stick to his campaign promise of pursuing rapprochement with Pyongyang after years of a pro-sanctions push out of Seoul — a policy shift that, if realized, would destabilize relations with its close allies, Tokyo and Washington.

Moon, a human rights lawyer-turned politician, is known as a strong backer of the Sunshine Policy of engaging North Korea, having worked closely for late former President Roh Moo-hyun, who had been an outspoken proponent of the policy.

May 10 07:54

North Korea claims plot reveals US state-sponsored terrorism

After arresting two American university instructors and laying out what it says was an elaborate, CIA-backed plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un, North Korea is claiming to be the victim of state-sponsored terrorism — from the White House.

The assertion comes as the U.S. is considering putting the North back on its list of terror sponsors. But the vitriolic outrage over the alleged plan to assassinate Kim last month is also being doled out with an unusually big dollop of retaliation threats, raising a familiar question: What on earth is going on in Pyongyang?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I mean, it's just silly to think the US does assassinations and coups to other countries. Just SILLY!" -- ABCNNBBCBSFOX

May 09 17:27

New president wants South Korea to learn to say 'no to America,’ improve relations with Kim Jong-un

South Korea has just elected a liberal president who favors rebuilding tattered relations with neighboring North Korea, which could signal a policy shift and mute heightened saber-rattling on the peninsula.

May 09 15:00

North Korea 'not afraid' as it plans new nuclear test, says ambassador in UK

North Korea's ambassador to the UK has told Sky News his country will go ahead with its sixth nuclear test at the time and place of its leader's choosing.

May 09 13:26

Congressional Expert: North Korea Prepping EMP Catastrophe Aimed At U.S. Homefront

While the international community and news media focus on North Korean missile tests and the country’s nuclear program, one expert warned on Sunday that North Korea may be secretly assembling the capability to take out significant parts of the U.S. homeland via an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.

May 09 10:05

US warship & S. Korean fishing boat collide in Sea of Japan

The USS Lake Champlain Ticonderoga-class cruiser has collided with a South Korean fishing vessel during drills in the Sea of Japan, Yonhap state news agency reports.

The vessels crashed on Tuesday afternoon during a training mission in Japanese waters, 70 miles (112km) east of Gyeongbuk Province, according Yonhap citing defense officials. No casualties have been reported so far.

The cause of the accident remains unclear and is to be investigated. According to the South Korean news agency citing unnamed sources, the boat suddenly appeared near the warship, which at the time was involved in drills along with another vessel.

May 09 09:27

WASHINGTON'S REAL MOTIVES IN NORTH KOREA AND AFGHANISTAN - PSYCHOLOGY, GEOPOLITICS & RARE EARTH METALS

In Geopolitics, and especially when dealing with countries that you are technically still at war with, credible threats, combined with shows of force are irresponsible provocations, that can easily spin out of control. Both sides are off the rails, which isn’t all that surprising if you really think about it. Kim Jong-Un and Donald J. Trump are operating at roughly the same intellectual and emotional maturity level. Their psychology is remarkably similar. They’re both thin skinned, manicured, bullies, who mask their insecurities with pretense and bluster; tiny minds who make themselves feel bigger by putting others down. And here they are playing chicken with the nuclear trigger; like they’re auditioning for a part in an Idiocracy prequel, or Team America Part II.

May 09 08:36

Rice: Trump shouldn't meet with N. Korean leader

US President Donald Trump should not meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un unless the communist nation gives up its nuclear weapons program, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday.

Rice also said on CBS' "This Morning" that Kim is "reckless and maybe even a little unhinged."

May 09 07:14

Liberal Moon Jae-in wins South Korean election: exit polls

Liberal politician Moon Jae-in won South Korea's presidential election on Tuesday, exit polls showed, an expected victory that would end nearly a decade of conservative rule and bring a more conciliatory approach toward North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hopefully Moon will now kick the US out of South Korea and throw cold water on this damn-foolishness of war with North Korea.

May 08 09:42

BOOGA BOOGA! – Congressional Expert: North Korea Prepping EMP Catastrophe Aimed At U.S. Homefront

While the international community and news media focus on North Korean missile tests and the country’s nuclear program, one expert warned on Sunday that North Korea may be secretly assembling the capability to take out significant parts of the U.S. homeland via an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.

May 08 09:08

North calls Trump policy ‘empty’ and ‘ineffective’

North Korea has released what appears to be its first-ever statement on the Donald Trump administration’s policy toward the country, in a review published on the state-run Rodong Sinmun on Saturday that criticizes Trump’s “maximum pressure and engagement” policy as being one of “strategic impatience.”

“The Trump administration is following in the footsteps of the Barack Obama administration, which pursued the failed ‘strategic patience’ policy,” said the review, written by an individual named Ri Kyong Su. “Trump’s ‘maximum pressure and engagement’ policy is in fact a ‘strategic impatience’ policy.”

May 08 08:30

CNBC Tags a Parody Facebook Page of Kim Jong Un Thinking it is Really Him

CNBC intentionally tagged Kim Jong-un, the “supreme leader” of North Korea in an article written about the dictator. While the story is real, the Facebook page depicting Kim Jong-un is nothing more than a parody page, leading to a comment section full of laughs.

May 08 08:26

Chinese-North Korean Venture Shows How Much Sanctions Can Miss

For most of the past decade, a Chinese state-owned company had a joint venture with a North Korean company under sanctions for involvement in Pyongyang’s atomic-weapons program, Chinese corporate and government records show.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All US sanctions do is cut off the targeted countries from doing business with the US and its allies. But this simply drives the targeted countries into the Russian and Chinese spheres of influence while harming US/western economic activity!

May 08 07:45

North Korea Confirms US Citizen Detained Over ‘Hostile Acts’

Pyongyang has confirmed that an American citizen was detained in late April over “criminal acts of hostility” targeting the North Korean government.

North Korean officials detained the US citizen, identified as Kim Sang Dok, on April 22 following his interception at Pyongyang International Airport, state-run KCNA news agency reported on Wednesday.

May 08 07:40

North Korea Detains Another American Citizen Over Unspecified 'Acts of Hostility'

The country's official Korean Central News Agency said Kim Hak Song was detained Saturday and that "a relevant institution is now conducting detailed investigation into his crimes."

He worked at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, the same workplace as another American, accounting instructor Kim Sang Dok, whose detention was announced last Wednesday. The KCNA didn't say whether the two cases are connected.

The university said in a statement early Monday that Kim Hak Song was doing agricultural development work at an experimental farm. It said his detention was not related to his work at the university and therefore it could not comment further.

May 08 07:39

North Korea claims plot reveals US state-sponsored terrorism

After arresting two American university instructors and laying out what it says was an elaborate, CIA-backed plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un, North Korea is claiming to be the victim of state-sponsored terrorism — from the White House.

The assertion comes as the U.S. is considering putting the North back on its list of terror sponsors.

May 08 07:37

Liberal son of war refugees projected to win S. Korea vote

A former anti-government student leader, Moon Jae-in stands poised to succeed ousted leader Park Geun-hye, the daughter of the slain South Korean dictator who jailed him in the 1970s.

Moon, the current front-runner in Tuesday's election, has led a life that seems custom-made for a starring role in South Korean opposition politics.

The son of North Korean refugees, he waited in line as a boy in war-ravaged Busan for free U.S. corn flour and milk powder. Imprisoned as a university student for trying to topple South Korea's military rulers, the dictatorship later forced Moon into South Korea's elite special forces. He became a human rights lawyer and then rose to what the media called "King Secretary" to the last liberal leader of the country, with whom he worked to reconcile with North Korea. He later defended that mentor from corruption charges.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If, in fact, this man gets elected tomorrow, look for either a massive false flag to happen, to be blamed on North Korea, or an assassination attempt against him, because his policies are not to the liking of the American Deep State and the people in the bowels of power in the Unhinged States of America.

May 07 19:09

CHINA ISSUES UNHEARD-OF ORDERS TO CITIZENS NEAR BORDER... HISTORIC

In an unheard-of move, the Chinese Embassy in North Korea urged Korean-Chinese residents to return home over rising tensions between the the North and the United States.

May 07 10:41

North Korea Arrests Another US Citizen, Threatens To Nuke White House And Destroy "Murderous American Ogres"

Exactly two weeks after North Korea arrested Tony Kim, a Korean-American professor in his 50s at Pyongyang International Airport as he was leaving North Korea, Kim Jong-Un has again provoked the US and overnight North Korea detained another U.S. citizen tied to the Christian-backed university in Pyongyang. According to the report issued on Sunday by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency, Kim Hak-song was arrested for committing “hostile acts”, and works for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a university founded in 2010 by James Kim, a Korean-American Christian businessman.

"A relevant institution of the DPRK detained American citizen Kim Hak Song on May 6 under a law of the DPRK on suspension of his hostile acts against it,"KCNA said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly don't think President Trump is going to really act here, unless Kim Jung Un does something spectacularly idiotic, like test a nuclear weapon, or missile yet again.

I am sure that Kim Jung Un wants to see the "Sunshine Candidate" elected this coming Tuesday in South Korea's Presidential election, and would be singularly unwilling to launch anything which might compromise the election's outcome against him.

May 07 10:41

North Korea Arrests Another US Citizen, Threatens To Nuke White House And Destroy "Murderous American Ogres"

Exactly two weeks after North Korea arrested Tony Kim, a Korean-American professor in his 50s at Pyongyang International Airport as he was leaving North Korea, Kim Jong-Un has again provoked the US and overnight North Korea detained another U.S. citizen tied to the Christian-backed university in Pyongyang. According to the report issued on Sunday by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency, Kim Hak-song was arrested for committing “hostile acts”, and works for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a university founded in 2010 by James Kim, a Korean-American Christian businessman.

"A relevant institution of the DPRK detained American citizen Kim Hak Song on May 6 under a law of the DPRK on suspension of his hostile acts against it,"KCNA said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly don't think President Trump is going to really act here, unless Kim Jung Un does something spectacularly idiotic, like test a nuclear weapon, or missile yet again.

I am sure that Kim Jung Un wants to see the "Sunshine Candidate" elected this coming Tuesday in South Korea's Presidential election, and would be singularly unwilling to launch anything which might compromise the election's outcome against him.

May 07 08:04

TRUMP JUST SHOWED LI’L KIM HOW IT'S DONE WITH A BLAZING DISPLAY CAUGHT ON THIS VIRAL VIDEO

Despite international condemnation and multiple United Nations resolutions to the contrary, North Korea has increasingly thumbed its nose at other countries and persisted in test launching prohibited intercontinental ballistic missiles.

May 07 07:19

North Korea says detains another American citizen, reports KCNA

North Korea said on Sunday it has detained another American citizen for suspicion of acts against the state, which if confirmed would make him the fourth U.S. citizen to be held by the isolated country amid diplomatic tensions.

May 05 10:56

If Trump Nukes North Korea Who Will Be Stuck With The Nuclear Refugees?

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>>> Once a nuclear war has taken place, much of the land will be unlivable for hundreds if not thousands of years.>>>

May 05 10:52

What the North Korean “Crisis” is Really About. Pretext to Nuke Both Russia and China?

So what is the demonization of N. Korea by the presstitutes and Trump administration about?

It is about the same thing that the demonization of Iran was about. The “Iranian threat” was an orchestration that was used as cover to put US anti-ballistic missile bases on Russia’s borders. An anti-ballistic missile (ABM) is intended to intercept and destroy nuclear-armed ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) and prevent them from reaching their targets.

Washington claimed that the anti-ABM bases were not directed at Russia, but were for the protection of Europe against Iran’s nuclear ICBMs. Insouciant Americans might have believed this, but the Russians surely did not as Iran has neither ICBMs nor nuclear weapons. The Russian government has made it clear that Russia understands the US bases are directed at preventing a Russian retaliation against a Washington first strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For many years now, I have been utterly appalled at the quality of thinking from the American deep state and government, no matter who allegedly "runs" the country (and after President Trump's flipflops, I can assure you, it is NOT our President).

It's like that dream of a slo-mo train wreck, from which I cannot awaken.

But to even be contemplating a nuclear first-strike against both Russia and China is horrifically, insanely hubristic in a way I cannot even begin to articulate.

And to the Russian and Chinese governments: thinking, moral Americans would never, ever want such a war to happen. Please understand that the American people no longer control their own destinies, but those destinies are, in large part,scripted by the American Deep State, where "Hegemony Uber Alles" rules supreme, no matter how many people on the planet will get killed or maimed for life in such a war.

Unfortunately, as has been borne out by history, just because something is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing for the US government to do, is absolutely no guarantee that it won't do it.

May 05 09:57

US House Bill on Port Controls Amounts to ‘Declaration of War’ against Russia

A US House of Representatives bill establishing control over the Russian Far East ports envisions a show of force and thus amounts to a declaration of war, the chairman of the Russian upper house of parliament’s international committee told Sputnik.

“This bill, I hope will never be implemented because its implementation envisions a scenario of power with forced inspections of all vessels by US warships,” Konstantin Kosachev said Friday.

His comments follow the reported passage on Thursday of a House bill enhancing sanctions against North Korea, outlining “inspection authorities” over Chinese, Iranian, Syrian and Russian ports. The latter include the ports of Nakhodka, Vanino and Vladivostok.

“Such a power scenario is beyond comprehension, because it means a declaration of war,” Kosachev underscored.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, Kosachev's assessment is absolutely correct here.

May 05 09:07

US House Bill on Port Controls Amounts to 'Declaration of War' - Russian Senator

A US House of Representatives bill establishing control over the Russian Far East ports envisions a show of force and thus amounts to a declaration of war, the chairman of the Russian upper house of parliament's international committee told Sputnik.

"This bill, I hope will never be implemented because its implementation envisions a scenario of power with forced inspections of all vessels by US warships," Konstantin Kosachev said Friday.

His comments follow the reported passage on Thursday of a House bill enhancing sanctions against North Korea, outlining "inspection authorities" over Chinese, Iranian, Syrian and Russian ports. The latter include the ports of Nakhodka, Vanino and Vladivostok.

May 05 08:45

North Korea accuses the CIA of plotting to assassinate Kim Jong-Un in a 'poison attack at a public ceremony carried out by a lumberjack'

North Korea's Ministry said the CIA and South Korea have 'hatched a vicious plot'

The plot involves unspecified 'biochemical substances', the ministry said

The assassination would take place during public events, the ministry claimed

The ministry accused the US of bribing a 'DPRK citizen surnamed Kim' who worked as a lumberjack in Russia to carry out the attack

It vowed to launch an 'anti-terrorist' attack against the US and South Korea

Accusation comes amid claims that Kim is planning an attack on South Korea

May 05 08:23

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsPentagon Seeks to Link Iran, North Korea Citing ‘Similar Looking’ Missiles

Every failed missile test or official warning by North Korean state media against attacking them is a new excuse for the US to offer loud condemnations and new threats, and while the US also likes to threaten Iran, they really haven’t had much in thew way of excuses for doing so in recent weeks.

Pentagon officials are looking to resolve that with testimony to Congress claiming that Iranian missiles look suspiciously similar to North Korean missiles. They don’t offer any proof, of course, that this means anything about them having a common origin, but this is clearly the connection Congress is meant to make.

The attempts at “sort of” connections continued throughout the testimony, with officials citing a North Korean submarine missile launch and noting that Iran is also working on the idea of firing missiles from submarines. Attempts to ratchet up the tensions didn’t stop there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having an industrial-strength, John-Luc Picard face-palm moment, upon reading this, and at warp speed

Because, apparently, at the Pentagon, there is not a single solitary soul who understands the concept of form following function.

Because, given what a missile is supposed to do, it would be obvious that the Iranian and North Korean missiles would look "somewhat similar", because they were engineered to achieve the same objective, even without the sharing of technologies!!

And why in the name of Heaven would Iran be reaching out to North Korea for such technology, which the North Koreans have extensive problems with staging, and guidance?!?! I mean, come on; this is ludicrous on the face of such an accusation!!!

But this attempt to demonize an alleged link between North Korean weapons programs and Iranian weapons programs, concerns me greatly, because it signals an uptick in hostilities against both of them, potentially and ultimately leading to war.

May 05 07:10

Is Trump Really President?

IS TRUMP REALLY PRESIDENT ?

Is Trump being allowed to “play at President” for public consumption, while the generals, spooks, and financial pirates run the show?

May 05 06:39

FOX REPORTS: Pentagon eyes Iran-North Korea military connection

When Iran attempted to launch a cruise missile from a “midget” submarine earlier this week, Pentagon officials saw more evidence of North Korean influence in the Islamic Republic – with intelligence reports saying the submarine was based on a Pyongyang design, the same type that sank a South Korean warship in 2010.

According to U.S. defense officials, Iran was attempting to launch a Jask-2 cruise missile underwater for the first time>>>

May 05 06:35

BREAKING! The House Just Delivered A Devastating Blow To North Korea!

From The Hill: The House voted Thursday to impose new sanctions on North Korea amid heightened tensions.

Legislation approved handily on a 419-1 vote would target North Korea’s shipping industry and people who employ North Korean slave labor abroad.

It would also require the Trump administration to report to Congress within 90 days on whether North Korea should be reinstated onto the government’s state sponsors of terror list.

May 04 15:17

War Of Words Escalates: China Blasts "Hyper-Aggressive" North Korea's "Irrational Logic"

The last few days have seen the unprecedented war of words between China and North Korea escalate dramatically. Following China's non-veiled final threats of sanctions (or oil embargoes) unless North Korea de-escalates with US (and embassy calls for Chinese citizens to return home from North Korea), North Korea struck back with claims of "betrayal" and threats of "grave consequences," The Global Times, published by the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, then hit back on Thursday, dismissing Pyongyang’s broadside as a “hyper-aggressive” move motivated by “nationalist passion” and “irrational logic”.

Analysts said that although North Korea constantly engaged in sabre-rattling with Washington and Seoul, it usually held off from direct verbal attacks on Beijing, its traditional diplomatic and economic backer.

They said the escalating rhetoric between the two neighbours showed Beijing’s “strategic patience” with Pyongyang was rapidly running out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A Chinese oil embargo could absolutely cripple the DPRK's economy, and nearly overnight.

May 04 12:51

Korean Village's Message To THAAD Missile Defense System: 'Go Away'

Next to a river flowing from lush green hills, Lim Sun-bun, 64, tills her land — onions, garlic, potatoes and peppers.

She's lived in rural Seongju county, about 130 miles from Seoul in the southeastern region of the Korean Peninsula, all her life. It's a quiet, conservative, agricultural place, famous for growing melons.

But this past winter, Lim started hearing U.S. helicopters overhead.

"They fly low, and it's scary," she says. "No one asked us if we want to host this U.S. base. I'm worried about contamination of this river — our livelihood."

May 04 12:50

North Korea, the US-UK's latest target?

Washington and London's joint military exercises with Seoul raise questions that should be asked in Britain's election campaign.

May 04 12:50

REVEALED: 1.4 million Americans would have ‘minutes’ to flee from North Korea nuke attack

MORE than 1.4 million Hawaiian civilians would have “just minutes” to hide underground if North Korea launched a nuclear attack.

May 04 09:05

Why Do North Koreans Hate Us? One Reason — They Remember the Korean War.

North Korean officials make wild threats against the United States while the regime, led by the brutal and sadistic Kim Jong-un, pumps out fake news in the form of self-serving propaganda, on an industrial scale. In the DPRK, anti-American hatred is a commodity never in short supply.

“The hate, though,” as longtime North Korea watcher Blaine Harden observed in the Washington Post, “is not all manufactured.” Some of it, he wrote, “is rooted in a fact-based narrative, one that North Korea obsessively remembers and the United States blithely forgets.”

May 04 09:01

‘War will see Japan under radioactive clouds before any country’ – N. Korean state media

If the Korean Peninsula standoff evolved into an armed conflict, Japan would be the first to suffer from the fallout – both political and nuclear – North Korean state media said, warning Tokyo against any hostile actions.

May 04 09:01

Korean for Soldiers: Chinese Troops Taught to Say ‘Don’t Move Or I’ll Shoot’

Japanese media reported Tuesday that troops from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) stationed near the North Korean border are being taught key phrases in Korean, in case people the from the North attempt to cross the border during an attack from the US.

May 04 07:53

China urges all sides in North Korea standoff to 'stop irritating' one another

China on Wednesday urged all parties in the Korean standoff to stay calm and "stop irritating each other," a day after North Korea said the United States was pushing the region to the brink of nuclear war.

North Korea's state media published a rare, strong, criticism of China on Wednesday, saying Chinese state media commentaries calling for tougher sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear program were undermining relations with Beijing and worsening tensions.

The United States has urged China, North Korea's only major ally, to do more to rein in its neighbor's nuclear and missile programs, which have prompted an assertive response from the Trump administration, warning that an "era of strategic patience" is over.

May 04 07:52

China gets rare rebuke from North Korea for 'betrayal'

North Korea's official news agency leapt into overdrive Wednesday, accusing Chinese politicians and journalists of fomenting trouble and outright "betrayal."

"China should no longer recklessly try to test the limitations of our patience," said the commentary released by the rogue state's Korean Central News Agency.

KCNA added, "We have so devotedly helped the Chinese revolution and suffered enormous damage." It said China has regularly "infringed upon the strategic interests" in becoming closer to the U.S. and thus committed a "betrayal" in the process.

May 04 07:48

What the N. Korean “Crisis” Is Really About

The North Korean “crisis” is a Washington orchestration. North Korea was last at war 1950-53. N. Korea has not attacked or invaded anyone in 64 years. N. Korea lacks the military strength to attack any country, such as South Korea and Japan, that is protected by the US. Moreover, China would not permit N. Korea to start a war.

So what is the demonization of N. Korea by the presstitutes and Trump administration about?

It is about the same thing that the demonization of Iran was about. The “Iranian threat” was an orchestration that was used as cover to put US anti-ballistic missile bases on Russia’s borders. An anti-ballistic missile (ABM) is intended to intercept and destroy nuclear-armed ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) and prevent them from reaching their targets.

May 03 18:35

US readying new North Korea sanctions if needed: Rex Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Washington was considering imposing new sanctions on North Korea if it takes steps that deserve a further response, and is threatening to impose secondary sanctions on those doing illicit business with Pyongyang.

May 03 12:50

Trump needs N Korea tensions to shake off opponents: Analyst

US President Donald Trump is counting on the ongoing standoff with North Korea as a way of distracting his domestic political opponents, says American analyst E. Michael Jones.

The Indiana-based editor of Culture Wars Magazine made the remarks while discussing the US military’s second test-firing of a nuclear-capable missile over the last seven days, despite warning the North over similar tests.

May 03 12:38

US Commandos Set to Counter North Korean Nuclear Sites

U.S. special operations forces are set to conduct operations against North Korean nuclear, missile, and other weapons of mass destruction sites in any future conflict, the commander of Special Operations Command told Congress Tuesday.

Army Gen. Raymond A. Thomas stated in testimony to a House subcommittee that Army, Navy, and Air Force commandos are based both permanently and in rotations on the Korean peninsula in case conflict breaks out.

May 03 09:39

North Korea Looks To Be Gearing Up For More Sub-Launched Missile Tests

Satellite images of North Korea suggest that the reclusive regime may be preparing for additional submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) tests.

Commercial satellite images show a second submersible testing barge at Nampo Naval Shipyard. The other is located at Sinpo South Shipyard, where North Korea has conducted at least four, but possibly more, tests of the Pukguksong-1 (KN-11) SLBM, Joseph Bermudez Jr., an analyst for independent research site 38 North, explained in a new report.

(This first appeared on The Daily Caller News Foundation Site here.)

Sinpo is located on the east coast, and Nampo is situated on the west coast of the country.

The submersible barges were first detected in 2014. These submersibles allow the North to test SLBMs and relevant launch systems before they are installed on a submarine.

May 03 09:28

China Warns its Citizens in North Korea to Leave as Conflict with US Looms

Fearing a possible US attack on North Korea, Beijing is urging its citizens there to return, as Pyongyang continues its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests.

May 03 09:20

US To Test Fire Another Minuteman III ICBM Tonight (Last Night)

The U.S. Air Force is set to conduct a second test launch of a Minuteman III nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday morning, one week after a similar successful test took place and in the wake of a series of defiant actions by the rogue North Korean regime, including a failed ballistic missile launch on Saturday. The launch will occur between 12:01 and 6:01 a.m. from Vandenberg Air Force Base, northwest of Santa Barbara, according to the LA Times.

“The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness and accuracy of the weapon system,” Air Force Global Strike Command said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We can test our weapons, but you can't! Nyah, nyah, nyah!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 03 09:08

Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange in Korea DMZ Will Have Easier Path to Benefits

Veterans exposed to herbicides while serving along the demilitarized zone in Korea will have an easier path to access quality health care and benefits under a VA final regulation that will expand the dates when illnesses caused by herbicide exposure can be presumed to be related to Agent Orange.

Under the final regulation published this week in the Federal Register, VA will presume herbicide exposure for any veteran who served between April 1, 1968, and Aug. 31, 1971, in a unit determined by VA and DoD to have operated in an area in or near the Korean DMZ in which herbicides were applied.

May 03 08:59

North Korea Ratcheting Up Sub Missile Launch Program, Satellite Images Suggest

New satellite images indicate that North Korea could be expanding its submarine-launched ballistic missile program (SLBM), as photos show the presence of Pyongyang’s second submersible test-stand barge.

The barge was spotted on North Korea’s west coast in aerial photos taken of the Nampo Naval Shipyard, 38 North, a North Korean watchdog site hosted by Johns Hopkins University’s US-Korea institute, noted in a Monday analysis.

The report, written by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., suggests that "Barges such as these are used by navies to conduct underwater tests of new and modified submarine missile launch tubes and launch systems, as well as to conduct initial missile test launches before these systems are installed in a submarine."

Since 2014, Pyongyang has conducted at least six test launches of the KN-11 (Pukguksong-1) missile from its other barge at the Sinpo South Shipyard on the country’s east coast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless and until the North Koreans can actually hit what they are targeting, (at which they have been officially horrible to date) I frankly wouldn't sweat this!!

May 03 08:38

Donald Trump's pick for China Ambassador promises to mend US-Sino ties

US President Donald Trump's pick for Ambassador to China ,Terry Branstad, expressed confidence to take ties between Washington and Beijing in a positive direction.
Branstad promised to take a firm stand with Beijing on issues pertaining to North Korea nuclear programme, trade disputes and human rights.

May 03 08:30

‘North Korea’s true crime? It’s not completely dominated by the US’

There’s a plan in place with every US presidency to topple the government in North Korea because – like Syria – it’s not completely dominated and recolonized by Washington, says Daniel Shaw, a public affairs expert and professor at the City University of New York.

Donald Trump recently opened up about the difficult decisions he’s had to make since taking office.

In an interview with CBS News, Trump shared why his decision to strike Syria last month gave him pause for thought.

May 03 07:40

House to vote on toughest sanctions ever on North Korea nuclear weapons

Congress took the first steps Tuesday to impose the toughest sanctions yet on North Korea and companies from any country, including China, that facilitate its nuclear weapons and missile program.

The bipartisan bill, which seeks to close loopholes in existing sanctions and create new barriers to North Korea’s ability to generate income for its weapons programs, could alienate China, which President Trump is depending on to diffuse the situation.

May 02 14:45

US Deploys High Altitude Drone To Spy On North Korea

The US Air Force deployed an RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude surveillance drone at Yokota Air Base on Monday night, starting a five-month operation in Tokyo, Japan Times reports. The drone, the first of five to arrive in Japan, is tasked to survey ballistic missiles and nuclear facilities in North Korea, and is part of the 69th Reconnaissance Group Detachment 1. Global Hawks do not have offensive capabilities.

Its mission is to provide near real-time aerial imagery reconnaissance support to U.S. and partner nations, according to the base’s website. Four more Global Hawks are slated to be deployed to the base, and a total of 110 staff members, including mechanics, are set to be stationed there in a related move.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an act of war, perpetrated by the United States Government against North Korea.

And I have to wonder about the public nature of the announcement of this deployment; are they giving North Korea the "opportunity" to shoot the drone down,or is there a false flag planned, to down one of these over North Korea, and claim North Korea actually did this?!?

Either way, the lack of discretion in this announcement, plus the timing, telegraphs that something may well not be right here.

May 02 14:10

Trump, Putin Hold Phone Call, Discuss North Korea, Syria; Agree To Set Up Meeting

As the White House announced late on Monday, today shortly after noon. Russia's Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump held a phone conversation in which they agreed to try to meet in July and work together to try to strengthen a shaky ceasefire in Syria, the Kremlin said in a statement.

“Vladimir Putin has called for restraint and decreasing of the level of tensions on the Korean peninsula" the statement said. “It has been agreed to work jointly on a diplomatic solution that will settle the crisis.”

The Kremlin called the talks between Putin and Trump business-like and constructive, and said the two leaders had emphasized coordinating their actions to fight international terrorism, the traditional cop out when the real topic of discussion is something entirely different.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me (slightly) cautiously optimistic on this; more communication always leads to less of a tendency to escalate military threats. I would hope that this brings a better level of trust between these two leaders.

May 02 11:46

N. Korea Warns Of Nuclear Test ‘At Any Time’

North Korea warned Monday that it will carry out a nuclear test “at any time and at any location” set by its leadership, in the latest rhetoric to fuel jitters in the region.

May 02 11:30

America’s Financial War Strategy

The three theatres of war that offer the best prospects for further escalation are Syria, Korea, and Iran. They are in two regions where significant quantities of dollars are owned and invested, offering the potential for capital flight, which should be kept in mind, when reading this article.

Trump is also seeking congressional approval for an increase in defence spending totaling $54bn, a massive increase which, to put it in perspective, compares with Russia’s total defence budget of $66bn.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When Karl Marx observed that all wars are economic in nature, he was as serious as is a heart attack.

Major-General Liang's analysis appears to be bang spot-on here.

May 02 10:59

South Korea: Pyongyang’s Missile ‘Failure’ on Saturday Was Deliberate

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) most recent missile test, which ended in mid-flight explosion, was intentional and not part of a failed launch, South Korean officials said.

"We don't believe the mid-air explosion was an accident," a government official told South Korean TV outlets. Instead, they believe that the ploy was intended as a test "to develop a nuclear weapon different from existing ones," the official said, according to the Korea Times.

The "unidentified missile" was launched from South Pyeongan Province early Saturday morning. The missile never left North Korean territory, but it did reach a height of 71 kilometers before the projectile blew up, according to US and South Korean military officials.

May 02 10:57

McMaster Threatens North Korea

Trump, Tillerson and now National Security Advisor McMaster threatened war on North Korea - madness if Washington launches it.

The USS Carl Vinson strike group is conducting military exercises with South Korean and Japanese warships in international waters off the Korean peninsula - a reckless provocation Pyongyang believes is preparation for war.

Given Trump’s rage for waging them, it’s justified in fearing possible US aggression. Last week, Tillerson said “(d)iplomatic and financial leverage or power will be backed up by willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action, if necessary.”

No DPRK aggression occurred any time throughout its history. No evidence suggests it plans any now or ahead.

Tillerson and other US officials represent Washington’s rage for unchallenged global dominance - color revolutions and naked aggression its strategies of choice.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gentlemen, a word, please: would one of you kindly explain to the American people just HOW North Korea is a threat, because it is developing its nuclear weapons program as a deterrent against invasion, and there is absolutely no history of aggression toward other countries in its history?!?

Yes, they bluster and threaten, and make horribly infantile videos about blowing up the US; but do you think that North Korean leadership would actually attempt to do that, understand that the US's military response would be to turn their country into a sea of molten glass?!?

So the short answer is, they would not.

May 02 10:47

North Korea says U.S. bomber flights push peninsula to brink of nuclear war

North Korea accused the United States on Tuesday of pushing the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war after a pair of strategic U.S. bombers flew training drills with the South Korean and Japanese air forces in another show of strength.

The two supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers were deployed amid rising tensions over North Korea's pursuit of its nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of U.N. sanctions and pressure from the United States.

The flight of the two bombers on Monday came as U.S. President Donald Trump said he would be "honoured" to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the right circumstances, and as his CIA director landed in South Korea for talks.

South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun told a briefing in Seoul that Monday's joint drill was conducted to deter provocations by the North.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American Deep State is hungry for war; and in light of the fact that the demonisation of Russia appears to be somewhat subdued, at least at the moment, North Korea made itself a convenient target when it resumed its bombing tests.

I would like to hope that South Korea is able to, peacefully, elect its new president one week from today, but that remains to be seen.

IF North Korea holds off on any testing until well after the elections in the south, hoping for a "dove" who favors the Sunshine Policy with the north, the only way the US government can get its war going is through a false flag; and if South Korea gets its peace candidate elected, look for a US-generated false flag, to be blamed on North Korea to get the war well and truly moving.

And looking at the predilections of the American Deep State, I would not put it past the US government to do just that.

May 02 10:01

South Korean media is warning about 'Trump's mouth' threatening US alliance

South Korean media on Monday warned of a "Trump risk" threatening the alliance between Washington and Seoul amid high tensions over the North's weapons ambitions.

The two countries are bound by a defence pact and 28,500 US troops are stationed in the South.

But the new US president has said in recent interviews that Seoul should pay for a "billion-dollar" US missile defence system being deployed in the South to guard against threats from the nuclear-armed North.

He has also pushed for renegotiation of what he called a "horrible" bilateral free trade pact that went into effect five years ago, calling it an "unacceptable... deal made by Hillary".

The remarks stunned Seoul, with South Korean politicians immediately rejecting his push for payment for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can understand that South Korea is nervous at the way President Trump appears to be "bundling" the issues of the trade deal and defense against North Korea.

This may well be enough to push the South Korean electorate to elect the Presidential candidate who is a "dove" on North Korea, and favors a sunshine policy toward it, which is peace, and trade.

As reported this March by AP, via ctv news:

Many conservatives are seen as toxic because of their past association with Park, so some political pundits believe South Korea's next leader will be determined in the primaries of the liberal Democratic Party, the largest of the country's opposition parties. And the party's two leading presidential contenders have remarkably different tones on major issues, including the country's approach to belligerent North Korea.

Moon Jae-in, who lost to Park in 2012 but is now the clear presidential favourite, argues that Seoul should pursue dialogue, not just the use of sanctions, to try to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear ambitions. He vows to reopen an industrial park in the North Korean border town of Kaesong that was jointly run by the Koreas before Park's government closed it last year following a nuclear test and long-range rocket launch by the North.

Moon has also shown a willingness to challenge the United States, the country's main ally, saying Seoul should reconsider its plans to deploy THAAD, an advanced U.S. anti-missile system, to cope with North Korean threats. Moon argues that THAAD's security benefits would be curtailed by worsened relations with China and Russia, which see the system's powerful radar as a threat. Moon's strongest challenger in the primaries will likely be An Heejung, the centrist governor of South Chungcheong Province.

So President Trump, a word here. The issue of "face" is very important in Asian countries, and South Koreans getting dissed by your bundling of trade with defense issues, is not helpful, and particularly not now.

That May 9th election is one week from today, so please; a little, genuine diplomacy here would not be a bad move; and if you cannot do it yourself, please outsource it to someone in your administration who can!!

May 02 08:40

North Korea threatens to strengthen nuclear force 'to the maximum'

A spokesman for the North Korea foreign ministry claimed its latest threat came in direct response to mounting warnings by the U.S. that it would no longer stand by while North Korea tests its nuclear arsenals.

Last week, President Donald Trump said a “major, major conflict” with North Korea has been a possibility. The U.S. has sent an aircraft carrier group to the waters off North Korea to carry out drills with South Korea.

May 02 08:39

China demands ‘immediate’ halt to THAAD deployment in South Korea

Beijing has called for an immediate stop to the deployment of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system to South Korea and is ready to protect its interests, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang voiced the government’s position against the move during a briefing on Tuesday.

May 02 08:36

North Korea says US bomber flights are pushing peninsula to 'brink of nuclear war'

North Korea accused the United States on Tuesday of pushing the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war after a pair of strategic U.S. bombers flew training drills with the South Korean and Japanese air forces in another show of strength.

The two supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers were deployed amid rising tensions over North Korea's pursuit of its nuclear and missile programs in defiance of U.N. sanctions and pressure from the United States.

May 02 08:29

Is North Korea really a threat to the United States?

Some US officials and pundits are fond of talking about the "threat" from North Korea. But what are the chances that its leader Kim Jong-un would initiate some kind of conflict or attack on the United States?

The suggestion prompts snorts of amusement from some Korea experts.

“The likelihood of a sneak attack by North Korea,” says Frank Jannuzi, “especially one with nuclear weapons, to me, is infinitesimally small.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 
May 01 18:53

NORTH KOREA SHOCK: Donald Trump would be 'honoured' to meet Kim Jong-un

In an interview with Bloomberg News, Mr Trump said: “If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honoured to do it.

“Under the right circumstances I would meet with him.”

He added: “Most political people would never say that but I’m telling you under the right circumstances I would meet with him. We have breaking news.”

The White House later said the meeting is unlikely to happen in the near future.

May 01 17:30

Would be 'honored' to meet North Korea's Kim Jong-Un: Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump on Monday said he would not rule out meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, saying he would be "Jong-Un, saying he would be "honored to do it," despite weeks of tough talk against the regime.

May 01 13:34

Beautiful Bus ride through Pyongyang City and countryside (North Korea)

Pyongyang is not so crappy after all! Beautiful buildings with style, clean streets and
parks! No fattys and a lot of pedestrians! Please USA enrich them with your culture!

May 01 12:28

Korea Times: "China Bracing For Emergency Situation Involving North Korea"

With the North Korean situation tense after Friday's latest failed missile attempt, the South Korea's Korea Times reports that a Chinese town near the border with North Korea is "urgently" recruiting Korean-Chinese interpreters, "stirring speculation that China is bracing for an emergency situation involving its nuclear-armed neighbor."

The Korea Times cites The Oriental Daily, a Hong Kong-based news outlet, which reportedly published the story on Apr. 27, including a photo of a Chinese government document ordering the town of Dandong to recruit an unspecified number of Korean-Chinese interpreters to work at 10 departments in the town, including border security, public security, trade, customs and quarantine.

May 01 12:20

Trump floats Kim Jong Un sit-down: ‘Absolutely’ would meet with North Korean leader

This makes a lot of sense if there is follow through.

President Trump said in an interview Monday that he “absolutely” would meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un under the right circumstances.

“If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Trump told Bloomberg News, adding: “If it’s under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I would do that.”

May 01 11:17

CIA chief in South Korea for ‘internal visit’

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has traveled to South Korea for what the US embassy there described as an “internal meeting,” as North Korea remains defiant in the face of US threats to drop its development of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.

“The CIA director and his wife are in Seoul for an internal meeting with the United States Forces Korea and embassy officials,” an embassy official said Monday.

The confirmation of the unannounced visit came hours after the South’s largest daily Chosun Ilbo first reported the weekend visit.

According to the newspaper, Pompeo held back-to-back closed-door meetings with the head of the South's spy agency and senior presidential officials.

The spymaster briefed Korean officials on US President Donald Trump’s policy against Pyongyang, the report stated.

The future of South Korea’s leadership and the May 9 presidential vote in the country were also on the agenda.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Pompeo is "testing the waters" to see how the election on May 9th could give the US government the kind of candidate it wants to see elected, and they do NOT want a candidate winning in South Korea who favors a "sunshine policy" there, which calls for engagement with the North.

At the moment, unless there is a massive alleged "false flag" against South Korea, engineered by the US military, or there is another North Korean nuclear test by 9 May, there is no rationale for the US, South Korea, and Japan to attack North Korea.

Therefore, the US government may well be hedging its bets (and doing everything possible, including the hacking of South Korean voting machines) to insure they get the candidate they want, voted into the office of the South Korean presidency.

The ease with which this can be done has been very well documented in the following film:
Hacking Democracy, by Bev Harris

May 01 11:00

The Relentless Push Towards War: “What Could Possibly Go Wrong… How About EVERYTHING?”

Possible reasons range from an itchy military industrial complex that is disappointed that it cannot seem to goad the US into war with Russia and North Korea just happened to be next on the list, to the idea that Trump is really seeking trade deal concessions from South Korea and is using the North Korean situation as leverage.

The latter is not out of the realm of the possible, with Trump having said he wants South Korea to pay for the THAAD system being installed and that he wants to renegotiate our balance of trade with them, too.

Who says stuff like that at a time when war might break out? Someone who doesn’t really appreciate the gravity of the situation, I’d suggest. I mean, if it’s a negotiating tactic, it’s one that could end up with a lot of people losing their lives and a ruined economy. If it’s a negotiating tactic stapled to a crisis, it’s still an odd thing.

Conclusion

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope and pray that the Trump Administration will find a way, other than war, to deal with North Korea; but right now, as this article indicates, elements in the Deep American state are leading the drive toward a war against it.

And unfortunately,just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing our government could do, is absolutely no guarantee that it won't do it!!.

May 01 10:44

The North Korea Nightmare Continues

So where do we go from here? As I have explained on a few occasions now, we do have options short of a unilateral strike - not an option at all if you consider what happens if you can’t guarantee taking out every single one of Kim’s nuclear weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This last suggestion is one I believe the US government should be taking, but most probably won't; they have gone to far in "grooming" the American people for the inevitability of an attack against North Korea to back down now.

May 01 09:56

What The Corporate Media Never Tells You About North Korea

There is a great deal of propaganda and deliberate misinformation about North Korea, which the public should know.

While neocons, a cheering corporate media, and Deep State, rush to war with North Korea, information is the ultimate weapon.

For example, did you know that North Korea, China, and India, are the only three nations who have committed to a “no nuclear first” policy? They have pledged never to use nuclear weapons “first”, but of course reserve the right to use them if attacked.

How many times has the US threatened to use nuclear weapons against North Korea?

Do you know that North Korea has repeatedly asked the US to engage in bilateral talks, to cool off the ever-escalating tension? The offer was flatly rejected by both Obama and Trump.

Can you resolve differences within your family without dialog? No dialogue, no peace. Why won’t the US talk to North Korea??

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know precisely when such an attack against North Korea may be coming; but all indications are that it is coming.

I will breathe a heavy sign of relief, and I hope to heck I am absolutely, completely, dead wrong in my assessment of what is happening here, but don't think I am.

One does not place the kinds of military assets as the US government has placed just off the Korean peninsula, and not use them.

May 01 09:42

McMaster says US must be prepared for military operations in North Korea

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster attempted to make clear Sunday that President Trump is seeking international support in trying to stop North Korea’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, reasserting Trump’s vow that the U.S. will no longer be the world’s policeman.

“It’s an open defiance of the international community,” McMaster told “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s important for all of us to confront this regime… . None of us can accept a North Korea with a nuclear weapon.”

From essentially the start of Trump’s winning presidential campaign, he has criticized previous administrations about the financial and geo-political consequences of leading efforts to police or overthrow foreign regimes. He even threatened to resign from NATO unless other countries started paying their fair share for such efforts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These comments were not made for international effect but specifically for domestic consumption, as the American people are being mentally "groomed" toward the inevitability of military conflict with North Korea.

May 01 09:36

Trump Not Ruling Out Attacking North Korea

After weeks of mounting international concerns about the possibility of the United States attacking North Korea, President Trump appeared extremely non-committal about the possibility of him ordering such an attack, insisting he wasn’t going to rule it out.

“I don’t know, I mean, we’ll see,” Trump insisted on CBS’ Meet the Press. This was a surprisingly mild response after weeks of talking about “taking care of” North Korea and bragging about dispatching a “armada” to the Korean Peninsula with an eye toward such a strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All the elements are now in position for such an attack, and if, in fact, President Trump greenlights it, that has to come soon; South Korean elections happen next Tuesday, 9 May, and the man favored to win the election is an advocate of the "sunshine policy" toward North Korea, which is one of engagement.

May 01 09:27

North Korea warns of nuclear test 'at any time'

North Korea warned on Monday (May 1) that it will carry out a nuclear test "at any time and at any location" set by its leadership, in the latest rhetoric to fuel jitters in the region.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been running high for weeks, with signs that the North might be preparing a long-range missile launch or a sixth nuclear test - and with Washington refusing to rule out a military strike in response.

May 01 09:25

Why is North Korea Being So Unreasonable?

Why hasn’t the Kim Jong-Un regime responded with open arms and shouts of joy for this generous and fair-minded proposal from Uncle Sam?

Maybe it is because North Korea not only has first-hand knowledge of US “diplomacy,” but it can point to the grisly consequences that happen to regimes that do not have nuclear capabilities when they fall out of favor with Washington war mongers. Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria are just some recent examples.

Nor does North Korea have to look around the globe for what the US does to nations without nuclear arsenals, but can recall events which took place not so far away. For more than a decade, America mercilessly pulverized the little, defenseless country of Vietnam. Despite the destruction and mass murder inflicted, it was to no avail except, of course, to line the pockets of arms manufactures while American citizens were drained of their wealth and blood.

May 01 09:22

Why China 'urgently' recruiting Korean-Chinese interpreters for town near North Korea

A Chinese town near the border with North Korea is "urgently" recruiting Korean-Chinese interpreters, stirring speculation that China is bracing for an emergency situation involving its nuclear-armed neighbor.

May 01 08:49

JAPAN DEPLOYS WARSHIP TO SUPPORT US 'ARMADA', AUTHORIZES "NECESSARY USE OF WEAPONS" FOR FIRST TIME SINCE WORLD WAR II

In a post-World War II precedent-setting move (under the country’s expanded military doctrine), the Japanese Navy has reportedly deployed a helicopter carrier (and authorized it to use weapons, if necessary), to escort and protect a US supply vessel.

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada ordered the Izumo Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier to protect a US Navy supply ship, which is heading towards the Pacific to resupply the American armada sent by Donald Trump to keep North Korean nuclear ambitions at bay, sources told Kyodo news.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At the moment, I can see nothing which is moving away from military action against North Korea and very soon.

The South Korean elections will be held next Tuesday, 9 May. If the attack does not happen by that point, and with a political "dove" who favors the "sunshine policy" apt to become the President of South Korea, this will have to happen quickly, or not at all.

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