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Aug 16 07:55

US report accuses Kim Jong-un of 'torturing and executing' North Koreans for practising religion

North Korea has been denying its people their right to freedom of thought, religion and conscience, the US State Department report says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: "Nobody bought the nuclear threat bovine excrement, so let's try something else!"

Aug 16 07:46

Germany supports Russian-Chinese ‘double freeze’ plan for North Korea crisis – FM Gabriel

Berlin supports the joint Russian-Chinese initiative for a “double freeze” to resolve the Korean crisis, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said. The plan involves freezing missile launches in North Korea and South Korea’s drills with the US.

Aug 16 07:44

'Hit the brakes’: China to US & N. Korea as both exchange strike threats

The US and North Korea must "hit the brakes" and find a peaceful resolution to their ongoing crisis, China's foreign minister said. It comes amid a war of words and mutual strike threats between Washington and Pyongyang.

The remarks by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi were made during a Tuesday phone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.

“The most important task for the US and North Korea is to ‘hit the brakes’ on their mutual needling of each other with words and actions, to lower the temperature of the tense situation and prevent an ‘August crisis,’” Wang said during the conversation, according to a statement published on the Chinese Foreign Ministry's website.

Aug 16 07:39

CONFIRMED: UKRAINE WILL NOT SUE NEW YORK TIMES OVER ALLEGED N. KOREAN DEALS

The State Space Agency of Ukraine (SSAU) will not sue The New York Times newspaper for its article about the possible purchase of Ukrainian-produced missile engines by North Korea, SSAU acting chairman Yuriy Radchenko told reporters on Tuesday.

On Monday, The New York Times published an article, citing classified assessments by US intelligence agencies and a study by Michael Elleman, a senior fellow for missile defense with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) think tank, which suggested that Pyongyang may be using a modified RD-250 high-performance liquid-propellant engine (LPE) for its latest missiles, the kind that used to be developed at Ukraine’s state-owned Yuzhmash and Russia’s Energomash companies. The article cited Elleman as saying that the engines for North Korean missiles likely came from Ukraine, and probably by illicit means.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That's probably a confirmation that the article was, indeed true.

Were it not, Ukraine would have been able to successfully sue the New York Times for a great deal of money, and probably win the suit.

And if so, with "friend"s like Ukraine, which would allow something like this to happen.....

Aug 16 02:11

North Korea has ability to make rocket engines on its own — US intelligence official

North Korea has the ability to produce rocket engines on its own, a US intelligence official told TASS on Tuesday commenting on media reports that the Communist state’s recent missile launches could be linked to purchases of Ukrainian-made rocket engines on the black market. "We have intelligence to suggest that North Korea is not reliant on imports of engines. Instead, we judge they have the ability to produce the engines themselves," the official said...

Aug 15 12:56

Quake hits off North Korea — experts rule out nuke test

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake off North Korea jolted watchers of the country's weapons development but experts say it was not caused by a nuclear test.

The quake was centered far offshore and very deep while North Korea's past nuclear tests were conducted on land.

Aug 15 11:09

Rocket factory’s chief says two North Koreans were convicted for espionage at Yuzhmash

Chief Designer of Ukraine’s Yuzhmash rocket-making company Alexander Degtyaryov said on Tuesday that two North Korean nationals had been convicted for espionage at Yuzhmash in 2012 and did not rule out that someone could have made a copy of the Ukrainian engine. "Our engines are highly valued and used all over the world. That is why, I don’t know, perhaps, someone could have managed to make some copies," the Yuzhmash chief designer said in an interview with Strana publication, commenting on an article in The New York Times on Yuzmash’s possible cooperation with North Korea. The Yuzhmash chief designer also said he was confident that "none of the plant’s employees was involved in helping North Korea develop a rocket engine." At the same time, Degtyaryov recalled the 2012 incident when two North Korean nationals working for North Korea’s trade mission in Belarus had been sentenced to eight years for espionage at Yuzhmash.

Aug 15 10:53

Rogozin: North Korea using Ukrainian engines for its ICBMs impossible without Ukrainian specialists

Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin commented on reports of North Korea "copying" Ukrainian rocket engines. According to him, it is impossible to do this without specialists from Ukraine. "What do they mean 'copies of engines'? It's not a painting or a sculpture. In order to make a "copy," you must have either the original engine or its detailed drawings. Yes, and without Ukrainian specialists, capable and ready to deploy production on a foreign technological platform, this can not be done. It comes down to a matter of smuggling in order to bypass all existing international bans," he said on his Twitter page... Earlier, journalists reported that the DPRK was using Ukrainian missiles. The New York Times reports that authorities in the DPRK nuclear program are primarily obliged to Ukraine, citing a new report of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Intelligence Services.

Aug 15 10:14

US, China, Koreas Revisit Diplomacy After Soaring Tensions

A flurry of threats last week had the whole region fearing a new Korean War was about to break out, but Monday gave way to at least a bit of an attempt by everyone involved to revisit the possibility of diplomacy.

That’s not to say that diplomacy is any more imminent this week than war was last week, but as North Korea put its Guam missile launches on hold, US officials against made it very clear they were at least open o a resolution that didn’t involve nuclear war.

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un said that US should show itself to be committed to an alternative to the conflict, while US officials continued to reiterate how ready they were for war. Either way, both sides agree it was entirely the other side’s fault, and that it’s entirely up to the other side to stop the provocations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

However this decision came down from Kim Jung Un to not send his missiles flying in a Guam-centric direction, the world is, collectively, breathing a sign of relief this morning.

The question is, what will the US, China, North and South Korea do now?!?

Will they take advantage of the slight ratcheting down of tensions in order to get to the conference table, and hammer out a true peace deal with which to replace the Armistice, in return for Kim Jung Un abandoning his nuclear program, and let North Korea trade, unimpeded by sanctions?!?

In the Chinese language, the ideogram for "Crisis" and "Opportunity" are one in the same; let us hope the US government takes great advantage of this slight lessening of tensions here.

Aug 15 10:12

South Korea Warns Trump Only It Can Declare War On North

"War must never break out again on the Korean Peninsula. Only the Republic of Korea can make the decision for military action on the Korean Peninsula" said South Korean president Moon in a forceful speech overnight.

Aug 15 09:24

North Korea rocked by EARTHQUAKE amid fears of a new NUCLEAR test

An earthquake registering 2.6 on the Richter scale reportedly struck an area near Pyongyang.

There is no indication yet from state propaganda that a nuclear test has happened, or was even planned.

But today is a national holiday in North Korea – and the regime has often used such occasions for big weapons tests.

Aug 15 09:16

What's Behind N Korea Summoning Envoys to UN, Russia, China

The meeting of key North Korean ambassadors in Pyongyang could help temporarily defuse the increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula, according to political analyst Dmitry Mosyakov.

Aug 15 09:03

Lewandowski Credits Trump's Tough Talk for N. Korea Backing Down on Guam Threat

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has decided not to carry out a missile attack on Guam, according to North Korea's state-run media.

Pyongyang's threat of striking the U.S. island territory prompted a surge in tensions in the region last week, with President Donald Trump saying the U.S. military was "locked and loaded" if North Korea acted unwisely.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

First off, North Korea never said they were going to attack Guam. They announced a missile test that was going to land near Guam. And yes, it is great that they are going to aim the test elsewhere, but this is Trump backing down and trying to look good while doing it.

Not that it matters, as it looks like the US is going to invade Venezuela and the Philippines next.

Aug 15 08:42

National security chiefs tamp down ‘fire and fury’ rhetoric

Senior national security leaders in the Trump administration are systematically walking back the president’s hard-line rhetoric toward provocations by North Korea, advocating over the past several days an approach that is less fire and fury and more of a pragmatic approach to Pyongyang’s saber-rattling.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Monday joined the heads of the administration’s military, intelligence and diplomatic corps in calling for a restrained approach to North Korea, tempering the threat of military action while leaving open avenues for a peaceful resolution.

Aug 15 06:49

North Korea says it will hold off on firing missiles toward Guam

North Korea's leader has delayed a decision on firing missiles toward Guam while he watches U.S. actions a little longer, the North's state media said on Tuesday, as South Korea's president said Seoul would seek to prevent war by all means.

In his first public appearance in about two weeks, Kim Jong Un inspected the command of the North's army on Monday, examining a plan to land four missiles near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, the official KCNA said in a report.

"He said that if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the latter will make an important decision as it already declared," the report said.

Aug 15 00:48

S.Korean Protesters Condemn US Nuclear War Threats against North during Rally

South Korean protesters held placards showing a caricature of US President Donald Trump during an anti-US rally to condemn Trump's threats of nuclear war with North Korea, outside a US Army base in Seoul. [PHOTOS]

Aug 14 18:14

What the Media Won't Tell You About North Korea

Aug 14 14:57

If War Comes, Don’t Blame The Military-Industrial Complex

As the drumbeat intensifies for what might turn out to be anything but a «splendid little war» against North Korea, it is appropriate to take stock of the ongoing, seemingly successful effort to strip President Donald Trump of his authority to make any foreign and national security policies that fly against the wishes of the so-called Military-Industrial Complex, or MIC. A Google search for «Military-Industrial Complex» (in quotation marks) with «Trump» yields almost 450,000 hits from all sources and almost 26,000 from just news sources.

Aug 14 14:49

US Remains Poised To Attack North Korea

In a further sign of US preparations for war against North Korea, the Pentagon’s top general is currently in South Korea for talks with the country’s president and leading military officials before visiting Beijing and Tokyo.

Aug 14 14:31

Kiev in immediate denial of reports that N. Korea used Ukrainian engines for missile 'success'

Western experts have suggested that Pyongyang's "astounding progress" with its missile program might be directly linked to an illegal acquisition of engines produced by a Ukrainian factory. Kiev appeared to be extremely infuriated with the reports, with top officials and agencies releasing official disclaimers.

"No other country has transitioned from a medium-range capability to an ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] in such a short time. What explains this rapid progression? The answer is simple. North Korea has acquired a high-performance liquid-propellant engine (LPE) from a foreign source," a report published by a London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Monday, claimed.

Aug 14 11:59

Dunford: "Military Options" For North Korea Ready If Sanctions Fail

After President Donald Trump warned on Friday that the US military is “locked and loaded” and presumably prepared for an all-out nuclear showdown with North Korea, administration officials engaged in that most artful of Trump-era maneuvers: softening the president’s rhetoric without appearing to undercut him.

Now that financial markets are taking the threat of nuclear war between the US and North Korea seriously - or were until this morning - the administration is trying to walk a fine line between reassuring investors that nuclear war isn’t imminent, while stressing that all military options remain on the table.

Echoing comments made by CIA Director Mike Pompeo on the Sunday talk shows, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford emphasized during a meeting with South Korea's president that the US will only resort to military options once all "diplomatic and economic sanctions" have been exhausted, according to Reuters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In looking at these very mixed messages, I'm coming down with intellectual whiplash!

Aug 14 11:42

Is Trump Spear-Heading a Bluff on North Korea?

If you want to radically change the dynamic then you have to apply extreme pressure. I feel this is what Trump and his advisors are doing. They are appearing to “have the strength to force the moment to its crisis” to quote T.S. Eliot.

And that strength or purpose is creating large movements. Trump is a bully. It’s what he does, at least publicly. The response so far from China has been to denounce the idea of regime change in Pyongyang.

The response from Russia, through Foreign Minister (and top diplomat in the world right now), Sergei Lavrov was to announce a deal brokered between it, North Korea and China to get what Trump wants; no potential for nukes in North Korea.

"Russia together with China developed a plan which proposes 'double freezing': Kim Jong-un should freeze nuclear tests and stop launching any types of ballistic missiles, while US and South Korea should freeze large-scale drills which are used as a pretext for the North’s tests."

Aug 14 11:34

Raising the stakes: Why North Korea is talking up Guam

SETTING THE STAGE

In March, at around the time of the biggest annual maneuvers between the U.S. and South Korea, the North fired four extended-range Scud missiles into waters off the Japanese coast in what was intended to be a mock attack on Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni.

Iwakuni is one of the main U.S. bases in Japan and was the staging point for F-35 stealth fighters believed to be training for precision strikes on North Korea against Kim Jong Un and his top lieutenants.

The March missile launch was not as bold as the plan for Guam — the North didn’t tell the world beforehand and deliberately sent the missiles much farther north than the base itself, an easy tweak. But the move sent a strong message that such an attack would be possible.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that North Korea will go ahead with its plans, to test launch missiles around Guam; what is very important, should they do it, is how the US and China respond to such an act.

I think Chinese President Xi Jinping should be working very closely with President Trump on presenting a united US/Chinese response if this happens; Kim Jung Un needs to realise that both countries are working in concert on this issue, and he cannot separate the US from China here.

War with China, over North Korea, would be the worst possible scenario imaginable here, and would create a genocide of the South and North Korean people.

Please, let's not go there.

Aug 14 09:59

China implements UN sanctions against North Korea, as Trump trade probe looms

In an unprecedented move against North Korea, China on Monday issued an order to carry out the United Nations sanctions imposed on the rogue regime earlier this month.

China made the announcement amid not only Pyongyang's escalating war of words with the United States regarding the North Korea nuclear missile program, but also as President Trump was reportedly set to order an investigation into China's trade practice -- a probe which could lead the U.S. to levy its own sanctions on Beijing.

Trump has sought China's help in dealing with North Korea, as China has remained one of the last defenders of dictator Kim Jong Un and could apply enormous financial pressure should it turn on the North Korean leader.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What concerns me here, is the way in which trade wars can morph into shooting wars, and that would be the worst of all possible options with China.

Aug 14 09:31

NYT SHOCKING REPORT: US "ALLY" UKRAINE IS SOURCE OF NORTH KOREAN MISSILE

When the US State Department supported Ukraine domestic forces and nationalist elements to stage a successful and deadly coup against then pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych in 2014, the outcome was supposed to be a nation that is a undisputed US ally and persistent threat, distraction and non-NATO opponent to bordering Russia. Instead, it now appears that it has been Ukraine which was, as the NYT writes, the secret behind the success of North Korea's ballistic missile program.
Specifically, in a blockbuster report this morning, the NYT alleges that North Korea has been making black-market purchases of powerful rocket engines from a Ukrainian factory citing "expert analysis being published Monday and classified assessments by American intelligence agencies."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact true...holy cow!!

I love the smell of irony in the morning!!

Aug 14 09:24

CIA Director: "We Are Not On The Cusp Of A Nuclear War"

How close is the US to war with North Korea? That was the question several top military and national security advisors struggled to answer over the weekend, mitigating fears of an imminent nuclear war even as Trump raises geopolitical tensions and boosts bellicose rhetoric with every public appearance.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday", and walking a fine line of backing Trump's tough talk but not wanting to raise the alarm at home, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said there’s no indication war will break out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Made ya look!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 14 09:00

Chilling new satellite images suggest North Korea may be about to test a submarine missile

NEW satellite images of North Korean military bases appear to show the volatile state is overhauling its missile sub fleet as tension rises during the nuclear stand-off between Kim Jong-un and the US.

The pictures show activity at a test site which is scarily similar to preparations before the Stalinist nation’s last test of their Pukguksong-1 submarine-launched ballistic missile in August 2016.

The images emerged after Mr Trump warned North Korea that the US military was “locked and loaded” as Pyongyang accused the US leader of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.

Aug 14 08:56

North Korea and Trump administration quietly involved in 'back channel' diplomacy

Beyond the bluster, the Trump administration has been quietly engaged in back channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, addressing Americans imprisoned in the communist country and deteriorating relations between the long-time foes, The Associated Press has learned.

It had been known the two sides had discussions to secure the June release of an American university student. But it wasn't known until now that the contacts have continued, or that they have broached matters other than U.S. detainees.

Aug 14 08:53

Officials downplay idea that nuclear war with North Korea is imminent

After a week of incendiary language from President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, administration officials on Sunday tried to tamp down fears that the two nations are on the brink of a nuclear war.

The officials projected calm, a message directed as much to North Korea as to Americans, in a concerted effort to be more cautious in the language they use about the nuclear-armed nation and not further escalate an ­already perilous situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Really, we thought you knew we were only kidding!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 14 06:16

North Korea: Killer Sanctions Imposed By The UN Security Council

It is mind boggling how the world has been brainwashed accepting almost without questions Washington's atrocities , and crimes against humanity >>>

Aug 14 06:01

North Korea crisis: South's leader in plea to avoid war

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has called on his US allies to help prevent a war, amid worsening tension over the North's nuclear threat.

Mr Moon told the visiting top US military official that there must be a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

Gen Joseph Dunford said the US priority was diplomacy but added that military options were being prepared should sanctions against the North fail.

The North on Monday said any war could "only be turned into a nuclear war".

Also on Monday, China's commerce ministry issued an order banning a slew of imports from North Korea, in line with additional UN sanctions that were announced earlier this month.

Aug 14 04:46

Is Donald Trump or Kim Jong-Un More Dangerous?

(*a legitimate question , deserving a legitimate answer)

Aug 14 00:00

On the Kuala Lumpur conspiracy against People's Korea

The simple facts are that a DPRK citizen named Kim Chol who was the holder of a DPRK diplomatic passport became ill at Kuala Lumpur airport and died. The Malaysian authorities informed the DPRK about this. They informed the DPRK that the DPRK citizen had died of a stroke or heart attack. However subsequently the DPRK was not given access to the body or the autopsy which is required under international law. Sensational and wild stories began to flow from the south Korean puppet media machine and the hacks of the capitalist media in countries such as the US, UK and other countries. The Malaysian authorities then arrested some nationals of third countries and later a DPRK citizen (who has now been released due to insufficient evidence). There is not a shred of evidence to link these people to the DPRK. They are not even ethnic Koreans.From where I stand the case against the DPRK is pretty threadbare and basically a cock and bull story.

Aug 13 10:10

UK AT WAR? ‘Britain will be dragged in to any war with Kim Jong-un’s North Korea’

The UK would most likely join the US in fighting the regime if North Korea started a war, Trevor Taylor, professorial research fellow in defence management at the highly-respected Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) think tank, said.

He said if a war in the region started due to North Korean aggression then the UK would be “obliged” to support.

However, if the US started it, then the UK would be unlikely to join.

"AWMYGAWDLOOKATTHATUNPROVOKEDKOREANATTACK!"

Aug 13 09:50

North Korea factories humming with ‘Made in China’ clothes, traders say

Chinese textile firms are increasingly using North Korean factories to take advantage of cheaper labor across the border, traders and businesses in the border city of Dandong told Reuters.

Aug 13 08:45

North Korea On Standby To Launch At Mainland USMac Slavo

According to state run propaganda media, North Korea is on standby to launch a missile at the mainland United States. Responding to President Donald Trump’s recent warnings to the rogue regime in this manner has just flung tensions to heights never seen – not even during the Cold War.

North Korea took its turn Saturday to raise tensions in the back-and-forth escalation toward war with President Trump and the United States. The state-run newspaper said that North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un’s revolutionary army is “capable of fighting any war the U.S. wants.” The same newspaper also noted that the Paektusan army is now “on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack.” Unfortunately, it is possible that we will witness World War 3 and these heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea could be the catalyst.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has been confirmed by other media, including zerohedge.com; express.co.uk; and the nypost.com.

With General Dunford making the "grand tour" of South Korea, Japan, and China, I am hoping and praying that a peaceful solution can ultimately be found.

But if Kim Jung-Un actually goes ahead, and follows through on his threats, all bets are off for a peaceful resolution of this issue.

Aug 13 08:14

Top U.S. General Readies Military Plan for North Korea, but Pushes for Diplomacy

The Pentagon’s top military officer said here Sunday the focus remains on finding a diplomatic solution to the North Korea missile crisis, even as the military works up viable options in case they become necessary.

Amid heated rhetoric between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s rogue leader, Kim Jong Un, the military is quietly supporting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s effort to use diplomatic and economic pressure to avert war.

“As a military leader, I have to make sure that the president does have viable military options in the event that the diplomatic and economic pressurization campaign fails,” said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford in his first public remarks since the crisis escalated with North Korea’s launch of a second intercontinental ballistic missile late last month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how real is that part of this headline which states that the General"... Pushes for Diplomacy" and how much of that is simply for domestic Unhinged, Surveilled States of America consumption.

Aug 13 08:01

Putin: North Korea Doesn't Have Nuclear Weapons, It Has Trillions in Minerals

"I will tell you the facts about North Korea: They don't have nuclear bombs. They don't have Western-controlled banks. They don't depend on the US dollar. What they do have is a land full of wealth in unmined minerals."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Korea also has opium!

Aug 13 08:00

Jeremy Corbyn urges Theresa May ‘not to drag us into military action’ over North Korea

Jeremy Corbyn has urged the Government to stay out of military intervention as nuclear threats between North Korea and the US escalate. The Labour Leader called for Theresa May to rule out committing any of the British Armed Forces over the Korea crisis, including for joint exercises in the region. His plea came after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Kim Jong-un’s regime was responsible for the crisis over its nuclear programme and must now “fix it”.

Aug 13 07:40

Did media miss real story in North Korea’s war of words?

The error, according to 38 North, lies in an inept English translation of a statement made by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho at the ASEAN Regional Forum meeting on July 26.

The English translation was: “We will, under no circumstances, put the nukes and ballistic rockets on the negotiating table. Neither shall we flinch even an inch from the road to bolstering up the nuclear forces chosen by ourselves, unless the hostile policy and nuclear threat of the US against the DPRK are fundamentally eliminated.”

38 North says the splitting of the sentences raises several questions as to what was covered under the qualifier of “unless” the hostile policy is removed. But 38 North says the answer can be found in the Korean-language version in which the formula was presented as one sentence, not two.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's amazing what one mistranslation from a foreign language, into English, can do to people's interpretation of what actually was said.

Right now, that mistranslation could well translate into a shooting war between the US, China, and North Korea.

Aug 13 07:27

Trump and Mad Dog Mattis: Ultimatum to North Korea, Miscalculations Could Lead to Catastrophic War

On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Mattis issued an ultimatum to North Korea, saying “cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and destruction of its people.”

His warning came in response to Pyongyang suggesting plans to fire ballistic missiles to within 30 – 40 km from Guam by mid-August.

On Thursday, Trump said his “fire and fury” warning perhaps wasn’t “tough enough.” The DPRK should “get (its) act together (or it’ll) be in trouble like few nations have ever been.” Its leadership should be “very, very nervous” if it does anything harmful to America or its allies.

Kim Jong-un “disrespected our country greatly. He’s not getting away with it.”

On Friday, China warned Washington, saying if it tries to forcefully topple North Korea’s government, it’ll intervene to stop it.

It repeated calls for calm and diplomatic outreach – easing tensions, not escalating them further. China’s People’s Daily said

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right now, China is behaving like the adult in the room on this issue, with this editorial.

But I have to really wonder; just what kind of power does he wield over Kim Jung Un, to prevent him from carrying out his threat to bomb the mainland USA?!?

North Korea set to launch 'FINAL ATTACK' - WW3 fears grow as Pyongyang ESCALATES rhetoric

Aug 12 18:21

Inside the Pyongyang subway - the best place to escape American fire and fury (32 Pics)

Built in 1970s, it includes only 17 stations on two lines, with a total length of 30 km. Construction of the metro service began in 1968 and was inaugurated in 1973 by Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of Kim Jong-un.

Aug 12 12:10

North Korea displays submarine-based missiles for first time as nuclear tensions with US rise

North Korea displayed its submarine-launched ballistic missiles for the first time on Saturday ahead of a massive military parade in the capital, Pyongyang.

Weapons analysts said they believed some of the other missiles on display were new types of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

North Korea warned the United States on Saturday to end its "military hysteria" or face retaliation as a US aircraft carrier group steamed towards the region and the reclusive state marked the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founding father.

The North Korean ceremony began with a massive parade of military personnel and hardware through Pyongyang on Saturday morning to mark the birthday of Kim Il-sung, the revered founder of the nation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is not Kim Jung Un's military parades, and both his and President Trump's bombast which concerns me here; it is what each leader is actually prepared to do, in this latest war of words which may well escalate to a shooting war which concerns me, particularly in light of the fact that Mike and I live very close to a first strike target, which China can actually hit!

Aug 12 09:27

Even Precise US Strike Would Prompt North Korean Retaliation: There Is No 'Limited War' Option With North Korea

As the rhetoric continues to pick up around North Korea, the talk of military options, or worse the “military solution” increasingly appears to center around the conceit that there is some possibility for a limited war, or some other way that the US could make a quick attack on North Korea and fix everything militarily.

Experts, however, broadly agree that’s simply not the case. North Korea has spent the last 60+ years worrying about a US attack, and preparing to retaliate with everything that they have. This retaliation, even before factoring in North Korea’s nuclear program would destroy much of South Korea, and likely kill upwards of a million people.

That threat of massively destructive retaliation was always the ace up North Korea’s sleeve that kept them from getting attacked in the first place, sort of a mutually-assured destruction build around conventional arms and the fact that the huge, and economically important, city of Seoul is so close by.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are no good military options here; the only option which makes sense is to get North Korea, China, Japan, South Korea, and the US back to a negotiating table where the existing armistice would be replaced by a true peace treaty, guaranteeing freedom of unsanctioned trade, in exchange for Kim Jung Un letting go of his nuclear weapons program.

Of course, THAT... would be logical.

Aug 12 09:24

North Korea versus the United States: Who are the Demons? North Korea Lost 30% of Its Population as a Result of US Bombings in the 1950s

The American people should, in the words of Vietnam War Veteran Brian Willson “place themselves in the position of people living in targeted countries. That North Korea, a nation of 24 million people, i.e., one-twentieth the population of the U.S., many of them poor, a land slightly larger in area than the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, continues to be one of the most demonized nations and least understood, totally perplexes the Korean people.”

What most people in America do not know –and which is particularly relevant when assessing the “threats” of the DPRK to World peace– is that North Korea lost thirty percent of its population as a result of US led bombings in the 1950s.

Aug 12 09:08

UK AT WAR? ‘Britain will be dragged in to any war with Kim Jong-un’s North Korea’

BRITAIN would be “obliged” to go to war with North Korea if Kim Jong-un makes good on his promise to fire missiles at the United States, a defence expert has told Express.co.uk.

Aug 12 08:58

NBC's Brian Williams: "Our Job Is To Scare People To Death" Over North Korea

On Tuesday night MSNBC's Brian Williams bluntly told his panel on the channel's flagship prime time program, The 11th Hour, that "our job tonight actually is scare people to death" over North Korea. The remarks came in the midst of a vigorous discussion which included Andrea Mitchell giving a detailed description of what the potential death toll on the Korean peninsula might be should a ballistic missile exchange occur. The panel also included MSNBC contributor Malcolm Nance, to which Williams' remarks were specifically directed.

Aug 12 07:35

North Korea and Nuclear War: 5 Things People Are Talking About

This week, everyone’s talking about North Korea and nuclear war.

While there is a debate in many circles about whether there is actually a threat, it’s important to keep abreast of what’s going on. The following headlines will give you a variety of resources to consider.

Aug 11 18:49

IFS: Income Disparity Between UK's Rich And Poor Families Doubled

A new research reveals a widening adult pay gap between those born into Britain’s wealthier families and those from less well-off parents.

Aug 11 17:42

Is North Korea Showing the Emperor is Naked?

Amid the thick fog of (rhetorical) war between Washington and Pyongyang, it’s still possible to detect some fascinating writing on the (unbuilt) wall.

A case can be made that President Trump is using North Korea to kick the 24/7 Russia-gate narrative out of the US news cycle. It's certainly working. After all, in Exceptionalistan weltanschauung, the prospect of war and its possible rewards certainly trumps hazy accusations of Russian hacking and election interference.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, what Escobar is saying is true, this could potentially destroy the entire structure of the US international security relations horrifically quickly.

Aug 11 15:19

Why There’s No Reason To Worry About War With North Korea

I think it best to assume that the sanctions against North Korea imposed by the UN with PRC and Russian support will not deter Pyongyang from pursuing its nuclear weapons program. The North Korean economy has been growing in recent years; even if it’s hit by declining coal exports it will muddle on.

Aug 11 14:28

US Will Win War Against North Korea: Senator Graham

US Republican hawk Lindsey Graham has said the United States should be ready for war against North Korea and predicted that Washington will win the conflict.

In an interview with a South Carolina CBS affiliate on Thursday the South Carolina senator supported President Trump’s fiery rhetoric against North Korea.

Aug 11 12:01

US Can 'Tolerate' Nuclear North Korea, Says Obama Adviser Blasting Trump

Susan Rice, former US ambassador to the UN and national security adviser to Barack Obama, has blasted President Donald Trump’s “reckless rhetoric” on North Korea, saying that the US can “tolerate” a nuclear-armed Pyongyang.

Aug 11 11:28

US-South Korea drills to go ahead despite spike in tension with North – officials

Joint US and South Korean military drills will go ahead as planned later in August despite a spike in tensions in the region, officials in Seoul said, as Donald Trump continues to threaten the use of force to make North Korea curb its missile program.

The ‘Ulchi-Freedom Guardian’ exercises are held annually and cause outrage from North Korea, with Pyongyang calling them preparation for war.

The 2017 wargames were planned before the outbreak of the current crisis and won’t be rescheduled, military officials in the South Korean capital, Seoul, told AP.

The drills, which are to take place between August 21 and 31, will begin without delay, the unnamed officials said on Friday, without elaborating.

On Thursday, the US military launched another exercise in the region, teaming up with its Japanese counterparts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Timing of multinational military drills is never accidental.

You've got the US/South Korean drills running from between August 21 and 31.

You've got the ongoing drills with Japan ending on 28 August.

Were the US government to create a false flag, I would suspect that the most likely time would be from 21 August through 28 August, when you have the maximum US/South Korean/Japanese military participation in these drills, presenting, potentially, a target-rich environment with which to create that false flag, to be blamed on North Korea as the justification for war against it.

Aug 11 10:55

Lavrov: "There Is A Russian-Chinese Plan To Defuse Korea Crisis"

In a glimmer of hope that a military conclusion to the North Korean crisis may yet be averted, Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said that "Russia does not accept a North Korea that possesses nuclear weapons", cautioned that there is an "overwhelming amount of over-the-top belligerent rhetoric on North Korea’s nuclear and rocket programs from Washington and Pyongyang", but most importantly said that there is a joint Russian-Chinese plan to defuse the North Korean crisis, according to which North Korea would freeze its missile tests, while the US and South Korea would stop large scale exercises.

"Russia together with China developed a plan which proposes 'double freezing': Kim Jong-un should freeze nuclear tests and stop launching any types of ballistic missiles, while US and South Korea should freeze large-scale drills which are used as a pretext for the North’s tests."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is completely logical; which is why the US government will most likely reject it out of hand.

Aug 11 10:47

Guam Issues "Preparing For An Imminent Missile Threat" Guide: "Do Not Look At The Fireball"

Guam Homeland Security issued a new fact sheet Friday, which the agency says will help residents prepare for an imminent missile threat.

The information was released following this week's threat by North Korea to launch a missile attack against Guam. The advice includes tips such as:

"Do not look at the flash or fireball – It can blind you" and

"Take cover behind anything that might offer protection."

“Lie flat on the ground and cover your head. If the explosion is some distance away, it could take 30 seconds or more for the blast wave to hit,” the sheet states.
During a press conference at Adelup late Friday afternoon, USA Today reports that Gov. Eddie Calvo told reporters that the threat level remains the same and that the island is "safe and sound."

"There are no changes," Calvo said.

"Everyone should continue to live their lives."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, what North Korea said was that it would be missile testing around the vicinity of Guam, and wanted to make sure that aircraft stayed out of the way when that happened.

But in light of the reality that the North Koreans don't really have a working guidance system yet, were I a resident of Guam or Japan, I would be more than a little nervous right now.

Aug 11 10:44

Geography 101: “Get Trump an Atlas”. Trump Wants to Bomb North Korea With Nuclear Weapons. Where is the Target Country?

George W, Bush was known for his total ignorance of geography. “Dubya the Geographer: Someone Buy This Man an Atlas” appears in dubyaspeak.com, Dubya Speaks, We Record the Damage.

Fast forward to 2017: What about Donald Trump who has his thumb on the nuclear button. What is his knowledge of geography.

“If you’re sweating the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency, take this to heart — at least he’s not running to be anyone’s eighth grade geography teacher.” Jeva Lange quoted in This Week, June 15, 2016)

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”. Martin Luther King Jr.

Aug 11 10:41

China Warns Trump: "We Will Prevent A North Korea Regime Change"

In a troubling repudiation of President Donald Trump’s demands that Beijing do more to rein in its bellicose neighbor, Beijing, through the state-owned media, cautioned the US president on Friday that it would intervene (militarily) on North Korea’s behalf if the US and South Korea launch a preemptive strike to “overthrow the North Korean regime,” according to a statement in the influential state-run newspaper Global Times.

"If the U.S. and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so," it said.

At the same time, the Chinese regime made it clear that its preferred outcome would be a continuation of the status quo, warning Kim Jong Un that it would "remain neutral if North Korea were to strike first."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So President Trump's only action here, if he wants to get this war going, is by a "false flag" to blame on North Korea; China will, of course, see right through it.

The US government's capacity for subtlety in creating these events is generally very close to non-existent, for people able to analyze them in an intelligent way.

Aug 11 10:16

China weighs in on North Korea crisis saying it will intervene if US strikes first

China has warned the USA that it will only stay neutral in any conflict involving North Korea if Kim Jong-un’s regime is first to attack.

An editorial in the state-run Global Times revealed that if the US strikes first, China will side with North Korea and aim to ‘prevent’ any attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Okay, we gotta make it look like Korea fired the first shot. Nuke Hawaii!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 11 10:14

Merkel takes swipe at Trump’s fiery North Korea comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday implicitly criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s fiery comments on North Korea and called for the crisis over Pyongyang’s missile program to be resolved through diplomacy.

When asked at a press conference in Berlin whether Germany would “stand by the U.S. in case of war,” Merkel did not respond directly but said: “I consider an escalation of rhetoric the wrong answer.”

Aug 11 10:13

Kim Jong Un doesn't need to strike Guam — he's already won

Whether or not North Korea follows through with its threat, which is really just an announcement of the intention to create a plan to present to Kim, it has already dealt a severe blow to the US's credibility.

Aug 11 10:07

Ron Paul: “I Fear Our Government More Than North Korea”

Ron Paul just brilliantly explained how the US government is a far greater threat to your freedom and liberty than the insane dictatorship that is North Korea.

Aug 11 10:05

Donald Trump announces that US is 'locked and loaded' for action against North Korea

Donald Trump has issued an ominous threat to North Korea amid growing tensions between the two nations.

On Friday morning, Trump tweeted: "Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"

Aug 11 09:24

U.S. Ambassador Haley Loses Two Key Aides at United Nations

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has lost two of her top aides, key departures that come at a time of growing international tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

Haley’s Chief of Staff Steven Groves resigned, as did her communications director Jonathan Wachtel. Haley said on Twitter Wednesday it was because of "family concerns." The departures also come ahead of Haley’s trip to Vienna to review Iran’s nuclear activities with the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency.

Groves, an adviser who had arrived from the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation had argued for the U.S. to “sever relations” with UN’s Human Rights Council for criticizing Israel and to pull out of the Paris climate change agreement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They may have had various and sundry reasons for leaving the employ of US Ambassador Haley, but I think the bottom line here with both men, is that they know something wicked this way comes, in regard to both North Korea and Iran, and soon, and ultimately, could not, in good conscience, continue to serve.

Aug 11 09:04

United States needs to prepare for total ANNIHILATION of North Korea, says US politician

FORMER presidential candidate Newt Gingrich warned the United States needs to prepare an aggressive alternative solution to deal with North Korea should diplomacy talks fail.

Aug 11 08:49

China will prevent US first strike against North Korean regime – govt daily

China will prevent the US and South Korea from carrying out strikes on North Korea and trying to overthrow the leadership there, but will remain neutral if Pyongyang launches missiles at American targets first, the state-run Global Times said.

Aug 11 08:43

Can US Attack North Korea and Claim ‘Self Defense’? Officials Are Already Trying to Build Legal Justification

In the course of trying to structure the narrative around soaring tensions with North Korea, the Trump Administration has made major efforts to play up North Korea as an imminent threat, and the possibility that North Korea might attack as a realistic possibility.

And yet, realistically, most analysts agree that if a war does happen, it would be the US attacking North Korea, and not the other way around. This grim possibility necessarily comes with a question: can the US, having attacked North Korea and started a calamitous war, claim it was done in “self defense“?

Obviously they can, and would, try to do so. Some officials are already try to build a legal case that North Korea is a special case and that US military action would be justified, which only adds to concerns that a US attack might be forthcoming.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am watching the Faux crawl, stating that Guam is preparing for a potential attack from North Korea, even though North Korea has only stated that it was going to do a missile test in the vicinity of Guam, which is far from stating that it was about to stage an attack against it.

In the next couple of weeks, and definitely before the BRICs meeting in China, which starts on the 31st of this month, were I a betting woman, I would not bet against an horrific false flag, to be blamed on North Korea, and off we go, into an ill-advised, and ill-considered war against it.

Aug 11 08:29

Moscow Urges Pyongyang Against Using Force Ahead of China Summit

Russia has urged North Korea to steer clear of using force and instead opt for “maximum restraint” as Pyongyang’s feud with neighbor South Korea simmers.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the plea, addressed to “all sides involved” in the conflict’s resolution, during a meeting with his North Korean counterpart in the Philippines Monday. Lavrov’s comments, paraphrased by Russia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, come as he confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss North Korea further with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a meeting next month.

China and Russia are North Korea’s only neighbors besides South Korea. Russia has so far not taken a hard stance on the dispute. Moscow’s strategy has largely reflected that of Beijing, unquestionably North Korea’s most important trading partner.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Serge Lavrov: as you are aware, the BRICS summit runs from 31 August to 4 September of this year.

BRICS meeting schedule, 2017

Sir, you may well not have until 31 August to get these tensions ratcheted down, depending upon what Kim Jong Un and the American Deep State decide to do here.

This is 11 August, and the next two weeks will be critical to resolving this situation, before it breaks in to a shooting war between the US, North Korea, and potentially, China.

And I can guarantee you, Foreign Minister Lavrov, no thinking American I know wants this war.

Aug 11 07:51

North Korea: fire, fury and fear

Beware the dogs of war. The same intel “folks” who brought to you babies pulled from incubators by “evil” Iraqis as well as non-existent WMDs are now peddling the notion that North Korea has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead able to fit its recently tested ICBM.

Aug 11 07:34

PEPE ESCOBAR ON NORTH KOREA: FIRE, FURY, FEAR, & FALSE FLAGS

Beware the dogs of war.

The same intel “folks” who brought to you babies pulled from incubators by “evil” Iraqis as well as non-existent WMDs are now peddling the notion that North Korea has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead able to fit its recently tested ICBM.

That’s the core of an analysis completed in July by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Additionally, US intel believes that Pyongyang now has access to up to 60 nuclear weapons.

On the ground US intel on North Korea is virtually non-existent – so these assessments amount to guesswork at best.

But when we couple the guesswork with an annual 500-page white paper released earlier this week by the Japanese Defense Ministry, alarm bells do start ringing.

The white paper stresses Pyongyang’s “significant headway” in the nuclear race and its “possible” (italics mine) ability to develop miniaturized nuclear warheads able to fit on the tips of its missiles.

Aug 11 06:55

China will prevent US first strike against North Korean regime – govt daily

China just said NO!

China will prevent the US and South Korea from carrying out strikes on North Korea and trying to overthrow the leadership there, but will remain neutral if Pyongyang launches missiles at American targets first, the state-run Global Times said.

Beijing should make it clear that “if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the US retaliates, China will stay neutral,” the Global Times wrote.

But if the US and its ally South Korea take on Pyongyang and try to “overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so,” the paper stressed.

Aug 11 06:27

American Fire n' Fury atrocities against North Korea: Finding a perspective

Fire and Fury: The Sinchon Massacre, one of the paintings on the walls of the Sinchon Museum of American War Atrocities in South Hwanghae Province, DPR Korea (so-called North Korea) is shown in the photograph illustrating this article. It depicts the torture and murder of civilians by mainly South Korean military personnel but also US soldiers, acting under the auspices of Washington. See below this paragraph. The main photo shows the habitual US terrorist strikes against civilian structures. The USA deployed 32,557 tons of chemical weapons on North Korean civilians...

Aug 10 16:20

‘Best Of Bad Options’: US Has Plan To Strike N. Korea Nuclear Sites With B-1 Bombers, Reports Say

The US reportedly has a plan for a preemptive strike on North Korean missile sites with bombers stationed in Guam, should Donald Trump order it. It is apparently viewed as “the best of all bad options” amid mounting tensions between the states.

An attack by Rockwell B-1 Lancer supersonic heavy bombers from Andersen Air Force Base in the US territory of Guam makes up a major part of the plan, senior acting and retired military officials told NBC news. 

Aug 10 14:09

Japan Deploys Patriot Missiles To Shoot Down North Korean Rockets

Following North Korea's threat on Wednesday to fire ballistic missiles over Japan toward Guam, it was only a matter of time before Japan - which overnight said it has the authority to shoot down any such projectile above its territory - took appropriate steps, and according to the Nikkei, the Japanese government is starting to deploy Patriot missile interceptors in its western regions ahead of a North Korean launch.

Aug 10 11:47

"You're Childish and Stupid" - North Koreans to Trump as They Prepare for a Guam US Base Strike

The North Korean general said that Pyongyang plans to launch the “Hwasong 12” ballistic missile which will fly over Japan and hit the targets in the waters about 30 to 40 kilometers off the coast of the American-held territory of the island of Guam. “The Korean People's Army (KPA)'s action will be an effective way to curb the frantic movements of the United States in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and the surrounding areas”, Kim Rak Yom said. He also said the plan would end in mid-August and that the KPA would then wait for further orders from the “commander-in-chief of nuclear power” in North Korea.

Aug 10 11:38

Which Destroys More, Trump’s Arsenal Or North Korea’s Tests?

Nine countries are believed to have nuclear arsenals with the US and Russia on top of the list with an estimated 7,000 nuclear warheads each and North Korea at the bottom probably with less than 20, if any. How come Kim Jong-un’s nuclear weapons launch tests have become more dangerous than Donald Trump’s arsenal of about 2,000 deployed warheads?

Aug 10 11:14

Trump's Psychopathy Threatens the Internal Stability of the United States and the World

His recent "fire and fury" threat to North Korea was belligerent, foolhardy and dangerous. The president simply does not understand, or care, that his words matter. In this instance, financial markets around the world were rattled for a time. Moreover, Trump's biblical sounding threat came a day before the US dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki...

Aug 10 10:32

North Korea Promises Guam Strike Plan for August

North Korean state-run media said Thursday that by mid-August Pyongyang will have a plan to launch four intermediate-range missiles at the US territory of Guam. The plan will then go for approval to leader Kim Jong-un.

The report, carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) cited General Kim Rak-gyom, who commands the Korean People's Army's Strategic Force.

"The Hwasong-12 rockets to be launched by the KPA [Korean People's Army] will cross the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi Prefectures of Japan," he said, according to the statement.

"They will fly 3,356.7 km (2,085.8 miles) for 1,065 seconds and hit the waters 30 to 40 km away from Guam."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the important part to keep in mind. North Korea is NOT "attacking" Guam. This is another test, with the missiles hitting international waters near Guam, to send a message.

Aug 10 10:30

US Pacific Air Forces ‘Ready to Fight Tonight’ as North Korean Crisis Looms

As US President Donald Trump enters one of the biggest crises of his first year as commander-in-chief, the US Pacific Air Force reminded Trump and the world of their mantra over Twitter: "Ready to fight tonight."

Aug 10 10:30

South Korea Calls Urgent Security Meeting After North's Newest Threat

South Korea’s National Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday afternoon, the presidential office said, hours after the North announced a plan was in the making to strike waters off a US island.

Aug 10 10:29

‘You will lose’: Mattis warns N. Korea against starting a war

The US and its allies are confident they can win a war with North Korea, Defense Secretary James Mattis said, warning Pyongyang to refrain from any actions that could mean the end of its government and the “destruction” of the North Korean people.

“While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth,” Mattis said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The DPRK regime’s actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates.”

Mattis further warned Pyongyang to refrain from “any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”

Aug 10 10:25

CNN Gives Hawaii Advice on How to Survive on a Nuclear Attack

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I AM FULLY PREPARED!!!

Aug 10 10:21

US May Use Heavy Bombers in Guam for Preemptive Strike on North Korea

The Pentagon has prepared a contingency plan to launch a preemptive strike against North Korea, which may involve US fighters on the Pacific island of Guam, US military sources told NBC on Wednesday.

Aug 10 08:43

‘Best of bad options’: US has plan to strike N. Korea nuclear sites with B-1 bombers, reports say

The US reportedly has a plan for a preemptive strike on North Korean missile sites with bombers stationed in Guam, should Donald Trump order it. It is apparently viewed as “the best of all bad options” amid mounting tensions between the states.

An attack by Rockwell B-1 Lancer supersonic heavy bombers from Andersen Air Force Base in the US territory of Guam makes up a major part of the plan, senior acting and retired military officials told NBC news.

“Of all the military options … [President Donald Trump] could consider, this would be one of the two or three that would at least have the possibility of not escalating the situation,” retired Admiral James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe and an NBC News analyst, said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How in the name of heaven can Admiral James Stavridis make this claim with a straight face?!?

Apparently, he and I have a very different definition of "escalation."

And what does he expect China to do, if President Trump orders this attack?!? Sit by with hands folded, and sing "Kumbyah"?!?

I don't think so.

And as someone who lives on a first strike target on Oahu, call me just a little nervous to see this escalation of tension with North Korea and China.

Aug 10 07:57

Why it could take months for the US to get ready for war with North Korea

Despite bellicose rhetoric coming from US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, analysts say there are no signs the US is planning a first strike on North Korea or that Kim will make good on threats to hit the US territory of Guam.

The US military isn't in any position right now to strike North Korea with the kind of campaign that would be needed to bring battlefield success and would need weeks, if not months, to sort out the logistics, analysts say.

Mark Hertling, a retired US Army general and CNN analyst, said the tens of thousands of US civilians, many of them military dependents, would first need to be evacuated from South Korea.

Aug 10 07:56

Only Morons Believe What The US Government Says About North Korea

Usually foreign analysts of the American political scene are either sycophantic or just annoying, but no one would dare say that about Aussie observer Caitlin Johnstone, whose punk rock style of cutting to the chase is as refreshing as it can be shocking (I am not a fan of the strong language, but I get it). Since President Trump's "fire and fury" explosion yesterday Americans have to an unsettling degree once again rallied 'round the (false) flag of war propaganda. Today Ms. Johnstone provided a much-needed slap in the face to the mind-numbed masses once again clamoring for US bombs on a country they could not find on a map if their lives depended on it.

Aug 10 06:31

As Tensions Rise, Here's What You Need to Know to Prepare for a Nuclear Attack

Last weekend, incendiary words between the two countries leave little doubt in anyone's mind that a nuclear attack is likely to happen. The international smack-talk is leading somewhere.

Many people strongly believe that this is a media creation and that North Korea isn't actually a threat. Even if that is the case, it wouldn't be hard to imagine that an attack could happen on US soil, regardless of the perpetrator. Although we must always watch the news with a healthy dose of skepticism, this isn't the purpose of the article. Survival is.

It's time to talk about how to prepare for a nuclear attack.

Aug 10 05:16

URGENT MESSAGE FOR THE LEADERS OF NORTH KOREA AND THE USA

I DECIDED TO FORMALLY ADDRESS THOSE PLAYING NUCLEAR CHICKEN RECENTLY.

PLEASE SNAP A SELFIE, POST A LINK, I WILL ADD IT.

ANYONE WANT TO CREATE A FACEBOOK MIRROR PAGE, FEEL FREE.

MAYBE SOMEONE IS LISTENING. I KNOW HAVING SEEN SOME THINGS, I HAD TO SAY SOMETHING.

THANK YOU.

Aug 09 12:50

Is America Trying to Start a World War? This Is How It Would Happen

Last Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump signed new sanctions into law against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The legislation was supported so overwhelmingly in Congress that President Trump’s ability to veto the legislation was rendered completely ineffective.

Even anti-interventionist Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted in favor of the bill, once again proving that Republicans and Democrats always find common ground when it comes to beating the drums of war against sovereign nations who have taken very little unwarranted hostile action — if any — towards the United States.

But these are just sanctions, not acts of war, right? There’s nothing wrong with economically bullying other countries into submission over non-compliance with the current global order, right?

Not quite.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears to me that those in the bowels of power, in the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America, are looking for some war - any war - to happen ahead of the complete financial collapse this country is looking at experiencing, most likely, relatively soon.

Aug 09 12:44

North Korea v the US: how likely is war?

No one in the region, not even North Korea, wants another war. But Kim Jong-un is going to push it as far as he can to get what he wants: recognition from the United States that North Korea is a nuclear power, and legitimacy at home as a ruler who can defend his people against the big, bad US.

In some ways, Trump’s threats play into the North Korean calculus: Kim Jong-un wants his people to believe that the United States continues to threaten the very existence of North Korea. That fearmongering brings the North Korean people together, and justifies the regime’s diversion of precious resources into building nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's that "uncertainty factor" of one stupid mistake, one clumsily missed communication, that could tip the region - and by extension, the US military, into a shooting war.

Aug 09 12:39

Why it could take months for the US to get ready for war with North Korea

The US military isn't in any position right now to strike North Korea with the kind of campaign that would be needed to bring battlefield success and would need weeks, if not months, to sort out the logistics, analysts say.
Mark Hertling, a retired US Army general and CNN analyst, said the tens of thousands of US civilians, many of them military dependents, would first need to be evacuated from South Korea.

"How do you get the families off the peninsula? You have to do that first," he said.
The US would also need to add to its forces in the region in what Hertling called "a reinforcement of shooters." These would include US Navy ships and submarines armed with cruise missiles, plus Air Force bombers that could operate out of bases in Japan or Guam, he said.

"Some of these are in places in the region, but not enough to decapitate North Korea in terms of their artillery," Hertling said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Kim Jong Un actually decides on a first strike against American assets (or elements in his military decide for him that this is to be done), the US government may well not have "months" to prepare.

Aug 09 12:05

Lockheed Sees Surge in Interest in Missile Defense Over North Korea Tensions

Several times a week, US officials threaten military action against North Korea. Even on days when they don’t media reports of tensions with North Korea continue the narrative that a huge war could erupt at any moment.

All these rumors of war are a big windfall for the Pentagon’s number one arms supplier, Lockheed Martin, as they are reporting that the surge in talk about North Korea’s missiles is leading to a surge in interest in their missile defense systems.

On the one hand, the reliability of any missile defense system is questionable under even optimal conditions, as evidenced by US failures. On the other hand, those Lockheed systems are very expensive, and have a really good profit margin on them.

Aug 09 11:41

‘Fire And Fury’ Is Not A Strategy, We Need Diplomacy With North Korea

In response to reports that North Korea may have achieved the capability to miniaturize nuclear weapons and mount them on its missiles, and in response to President Trump’s belligerent threat that more aggression from North Korea will be met with “fire and fury,” Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement:

Aug 09 11:16

US expert links North Korea's nuclear stockpile with light water reactors

North Korea can significantly increase its nuclear stockpile if a light water reactor under construction at its Yongbyon nuclear complex goes into operation, a U.S. nuclear scientist warned, urging Washington to restart negotiations with Pyongyang.

North Korea has so far used a 5-megawatt reactor at Yongbyon to make plutonium for nuclear weapons, roughly at a speed of one bomb worth of plutonium a year. But since a few years ago, the North has been building a larger-scale light water nuclear reactor that experts say could give Pyongyang enough plutonium to make about five or six weapons a year.

Aug 09 11:12

The two faces of Rumsfeld

LINK FIXED

Randeep Ramesh

Friday 9 May 2003 03.48 EDT
First published on Friday 9 May 2003 03.48 EDT
Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, sat on the board of a company which three years ago sold two light water nuclear reactors to North Korea - a country he now regards as part of the "axis of evil" and which has been targeted for regime change by Washington because of its efforts to build nuclear weapons.

Mr Rumsfeld was a non-executive director of ABB, a European engineering giant based in Zurich, when it won a $200m (£125m) contract to provide the design and key components for the reactors. The current defence secretary sat on the board from 1990 to 2001, earning $190,000 a year. He left to join the Bush administration.

The reactor deal was part of President Bill Clinton's policy of persuading the North Korean regime to positively engage with the west.

Aug 09 11:07

FLASHBACK:Clinton, in Letter, Assures North Koreans on Nuclear Reactors

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26— President Clinton promised North Korea's leader in a letter released today that if the planned international financing for new nuclear reactors fell through, he would do his utmost to have the United States provide them.

Last week the United States and North Korea reached an agreement in which the North pledged to freeze its nuclear program in return for having the United States and other members of an international consortium build two light-water reactors and provide oil until the reactors are built.

Aug 09 09:22

Never Forget: The Nukes N. Korea is Threatening to Use on America CAME FROM AMERICA

In fact, the only thing that makes North Korea a threat is their nuclear capability — made possible by the Clinton and Bush administrations.

These two administrations played key roles in helping the late Kim Jong-Il develop North Korea’s nuclear prowess from the mid 1990’s onwards.
Former US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld was on the board of technology giant ABB when it won a deal to supply North Korea with two nuclear power plants.

According to the 2003 report from SWI, the Swiss-based ABB told swissinfo that Rumsfeld was involved with the company in early 2000, when it netted a $200 million (SFr270million) contract with Pyongyang.

The ABB contract was to deliver equipment and services for two nuclear power stations at Kumho, on North Korea’s east coast.

However, Rumsfeld was simply taking the baton from the Clinton administration, who, in 1994, agreed to begin replacing North Korea’s domestically built nuclear reactors with light water reactors.

Aug 09 08:57

N. Korea crisis spurs surge in global missile defense requests to Lockheed Martin

The Pentagon’s top weapons supplier, Lockheed Martin, says that customers’ requests for missile defense systems are rising, and North Korea’s continued threats as well as the US reaction may be responsible.

Acquiring missile defense systems is at the top of some countries’ to-do list, as interest has risen over the last 12 to 18 months, the vice president of Lockheed’s Air and Missile Defense business, Tim Cahill, told Reuters.

Aug 09 08:54

Lindsey Graham: Trump will attack 'unless the world can stop North Korea'

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham warned Wednesday the United States will continue on a war footing against Kim Jong Un "unless the world can stop North Korea."

"President Trump has basically drawn a red line saying he'll never allow North Korea to have an ICBM missile that can hit America with a nuclear weapon on top, he's not going to let that happen — he's not going to contain the threat, he's going to stop the threat," Graham told CBS.

Aug 09 08:50

'North Korea has called Donald Trump's bluff and his options are running out'

The US President warned North Korea was drawing "fire and fury" if it continued to threaten America.

Hours later, North Korean state media said the country is reportedly considering a strike on the island of Guam, where the US maintains military bases.

In response to this, the US Department of Defense said they were capable of defending the island against any threat.

Aug 09 08:45

Guam Governor Calms Residents Down After N Korea Threatens With Missile Strikes

The US-held Pacific island of Guam is currently not in any danger, the island’s governor, Eddie Baza Calvo, said in a statement Wednesday, following North Korea's statement on possible strikes on Guam.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, North Korea announced it was considering ballistic missile strikes near Guam, which hosts several US military bases.

"I want to reassure the people of Guam that currently there is no threat to our island or the Marianas. I spoke to Joint Region Marianas Commander Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield who confirmed this with me," the governor posted on his Facebook.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only way they can know for a fact that Guam is safe is if the original report of a direct threat from North Korea is a Saddam-has-nukes total fabrication.

Aug 09 07:56

Merkel orders Trump 'CALM DOWN' as North Korea crisis peaks over Guam threat

NORTH KOREA and the United States must be stopped from their war of words before the situation escalates to war - Germany has demanded.

Aug 09 06:25

WATCH: Unearthed archive footage reveals what Trump REALLY thinks about North Korea

DONALD TRUMP said that he would “negotiate like crazy” to resolve issues with North Korea during an unearthed interview from 1999.

The US President claimed that negotiating with the North Korean's was the way to stop the country developing nuclear weapons as he spoke in a 1999 NBC episode of 'Meet the Press'.

The footage was unearthed after the US President sent a fiery warning to Kim Jong-un’s North Korea arguing that they would be met with “fire and fury” if the state continued to threaten America.

Aug 08 17:58

Trump Urges Nations To Be ‘Tough & Decisive’ Against North Korea

US President Donald Trump has praised the United Nations for addressing North Korea’s missile and nuclear program, urging countries to increase their efforts in dealing with the threat posed by the North amid rising tensions between Washington and Pyonyang.

Aug 08 17:36

Canadian envoy arrives in NORTH KOREA: Why has Trudeau sent top ambassador to Pyongyang?

The rare meeting is widely thought to focus on the release of Korean-Canadian pastor Lim Hyeon-soo.

Aug 08 14:10

US Offers N. Korea Direct Talks If Missile Tests Stop, Doesn’t Mention Nuclear Testing

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seems to have dropped a condition for direct talks between Washington and Pyongyang. North Korea must halt its missile tests, but the top US diplomat left out any stipulation on nuclear testing.

Aug 08 11:26

North Korea May Be In Possession Of A Miniature Nuclear Warhead, Japan Warns

One day after Kim Jong Un's regime balked at this weekend's UN sanctions, promising retaliation and threatening to attack the US with a nuclear weapon, Japan's government has released a new 500-page report in which it warns that the threat from North Korean nuclear weapons has reached a “new stage” and that Pyongyang’s weapons program had “advanced considerably,” to the point where it was possible that the regime had acquired the ability to miniaturize nuclear warheads.

The white paper, approved by Japan’s cabinet on Tuesday morning, was published less than two weeks after North Korea test-fired its second ICBM, which US experts have said may be able to reach most of the continental United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Where, in its almost pathological absence of logic, did the Wa-Compost make the leap from "where it was possible that the regime had acquired the ability to miniaturize nuclear warheads.", as stated by the Japanese government's report, to "North Korea has miniaturized nuclear weapons", being regurgitated endlessly for over an hour on the Faux news feed, with no commercials to break up the "fear factor" this coverage was supposed to implant in the hearts and guts of the people watching ?!?

Folks, something wicked this way comes, and I must, unfortunately, inform you that it feels like we are very close to a US-engineered false flag, to be blamed on North Korea, as the justification for attacking it.

Kim Jong Un is many things; but crazy and suicidal are probably not among them. He is consistent in his anti-US rhetoric, and is developing weapons as a deterrent to keep his government from getting regime changed, and losing his power.

Aug 08 10:26

Lavrov Holding Talks With N. Korean Foreign Minister in Manila

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is holding talks with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on Monday on the sidelines of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings in Manila.

Lavrov arrived in the Philippines on Sunday to participate in the events within ASEAN. The minister has already held a number of bilateral meetings including with the foreign ministers of Turkey, China and the United States.
Earlier in the day, the North Korean foreign minister held a meeting with his Chinese counterpart.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am watching the Faux feed, and it is going droning and on about the WaPustule claiming that North Korea has already produced a nuclear warhead which can fit inside missiles, with no commercial interruptions after about 20 minutes that I have been able to see.

I frankly think that Americans, and potentially the rest of the world, are being set up by such "reporting" (if one can ascribe it as such) for an industrial strength false flag happening, to be blamed on North Korea, and off we go....

Aug 08 10:18

North Korea now making missile-ready nuclear weapons, U.S. analysts say

North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power, U.S. intelligence officials have concluded in a confidential assessment.

The new analysis completed last month by the Defense Intelligence Agency comes on the heels of another intelligence assessment that sharply raises the official estimate for the total number of bombs in the communist country’s atomic arsenal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given that the Russian Foreign Ministry claimed that North Korea was still years away from a deployable nuclear weapon, this sudden, "OhmyGAWD, they have warheads and lots of them (Just like Saddam did, Honest)!!!!" feels more like propaganda leading to a strike against North Korea.

Aug 08 09:59

US spy satellites detect North Korea moving anti-ship cruise missiles to patrol boat

Despite the United States' insistence that North Korea halt its missile tests, U.S. spy agencies detected the rogue communist regime loading two anti-ship cruise missiles on a patrol boat on the country’s east coast just days ago.

It's the first time these missiles have been deployed on this type of platform since 2014, U.S. officials with knowledge of the latest intelligence in the region told Fox News on Monday.

It also points to more evidence that North Korea isn't listening to the diplomatic threats from the West.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe they are not tests. Two anti-ship cruise missiles, two approaching carriers...

Aug 08 08:46

Beijing Signals It’s Ready for Battle Off Korean Peninsula

In the wake of the announcement of a $1 billion sanctions program targeting North Korea’s coal, lead and iron exports, Beijing is staging almost a dozen military exercises in the Yellow Sea.

The navy drills surely send a signal that the Chinese “will be effective in any conflict if war is to break out,” Malcolm Davis of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute told the South China Morning Post.

However the message isn’t intended for Pyongyang alone, Collin Koh of Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University says. “States do this because they want to send a signal … it’s not just targeted at North Korea,” Koh said.

Aug 08 08:44

China Ready to Pay Price for Sanctions Against N Korea for Stability in Region

China as the main trade partner of North Korea is ready to pay high price for the new UN Security Council sanctions against Pyongyang for the sake of denuclearization and stabilization on the Korean peninsula, according to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Aug 08 08:43

North Korea Loads Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles on Patrol Boat – Reports

According to the Fox News channel, citing US officials, two Stormpetel missiles were loaded on a patrol boat at Toejo Dong at the eastern coast of the country several days ago, where the East Coast Fleet’s headquarters is located.

This points to a possible missile test in near future, the officials said, as cited by the media, adding that the last time such deployment happened in North Korea was in 2014.

Aug 08 08:27

‘Big mistake for US to think it’s safe’ – N. Korea hits out after new UN sanctions

Pyongyang has criticized the new round of UN restrictions against it, promising to respond with “righteous action” and hinting that the US mainland cannot consider itself safe, North Korean state media reported.

Sanctions approved by all 15 members of the UN Security Council on Saturday outraged North Korea, which for years has refused to negotiate its nuclear program, instead accusing the US and its allies of aggression.

Aug 08 08:23

US offers N. Korea direct talks if missile tests stop, doesn’t mention nuclear testing

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seems to have dropped a condition for direct talks between Washington and Pyongyang. North Korea must halt its missile tests, but the top US diplomat left out any stipulation on nuclear testing.

Aug 08 07:49

North Korea Threatens 'Ultimate Measures' Over New U.N. Sanctions

As global pressure ratchets up against North Korea with a new package of sanctions, the rogue nation is blaming the United States and threatening "ultimate measures" in response.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved the new sanctions over the weekend, which are aimed at cutting roughly a third of North Korea's annual export revenue. Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., called the package the most stringent in a generation. It was introduced in response to North Korea's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month.

North Korea has responded to the sanctions with characteristically strong rhetoric.

Aug 08 07:39

Tillerson: To Signal Readiness for Talks, North Korea Should End Missile Tests

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday the best step North Korea could take to signal it is ready for dialogue would be to halt its missile tests.

“We've not had an extended period of time where they have not taken some type of provocative action by launching ballistic missiles. So I think that would be the first and strongest signal they could send to us is just stop these missile launches,” Tillerson said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How is it that the same type of tests, carried out by the United States during the same time period, are not "provocative?"

Aug 08 07:37

How Trump’s Iran Threats Could Backfire—in North Korea

Walking away from the deal with Tehran could leave us with a nuclear crisis on two fronts.

Aug 08 04:22

North Korea ready for physical action to respond to new UN sanctions

Officials with the North Korean administration stated that the new UN resolution imposing new sanctions against the country was a "gangster-like action," the purpose of which is to undermine sovereignty and the right of the DPRK to exist and develop. The North Korean authorities warned that they were ready for "physical action" in response to the new economic restrictions. "It will be followed by material measures of justice of the army and people for their protection. They are supposed to realize that the DPRK will mercilessly take strategic steps, including physical actions, mobilizing all of its national power," the statement from the Korean Peace Committee in the Asia-Pacific region said.

Aug 07 11:50

Why China and Russia Agreed to Tough New Sanctions on North Korea

On Saturday, Security Council members imposed sanctions on North Korea for the seventh time since its first 2006 nuclear test.

New ones aim to deprive Pyongyang of around one-third of its export revenues, cutting them by about $1 billion.

They ban DPRK exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore, and seafood. They prohibit all new joint ventures, ban new investments in current ones, and prohibit sending more workers abroad for jobs.

They tighten restrictions on technology to prevent Pyongyang from acquiring military related items. North Korean vessels caught violating SC resolutions will be banned from entering foreign ports.

Imposing sanctions is one thing, enforcing them another. North Korea is adept at exploiting loopholes in restrictions and minimizing them other ways.

Most important, China wants Pyongyang’s economy kept from imploding. It accounts for around 90% of its exports. It’s the DPRK’s key ally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These sanctions may well have slowed down the US rush to war against North Korea; but ultimately, these sanctions may not stop it from using war against North Korea to achieve the outcome it wants, which, in spite of what Rex Tillerson has stated publicly, is regime change in the North.

That, would - of course - most likely to cause China to enter into the hostilities on North Korea's side.

But the biggest thing with which the UN Security Council has to contend is not Kim Jung Un's threats; it is what he is actually willing to do, militarily, to confront these sanctions, or whether he will, begrudgingly, enter into negotiations with the US, China, and Japan.

I frankly do not hold out a lot of hope for the latter.

Aug 07 10:31

Unexpected North Korea Breakthrough Delays Trump Trade War With China (For Now)

A global punitive campaign on North Korea propelled by sharp new U.N. sanctions - amounting to a $1 billion ban on North Korea exports - received a welcome, and unexpected, boost on Sunday from China, the North's economic lifeline, when Beijing slammed its neighbor for its ongoing missile and nuclear tests.

The Saturday sanctions agreed to unanimously in a 15-0 Security Council vote are aimed at cutting North Korean exports by about $1 billion a year, a move that would hit laborers and fishermen. Existing joint ventures would be prevented from expanding their operations. The new sanctions could cut off roughly one-third of North Korea's estimated $3 billion in annual exports, ostensibly denying the nation of funds for its weapons programs. All countries are now banned from importing North Korean coal, iron, lead and seafood products, and from letting in more North Korean laborers whose remittances help fund Kim Jong Un's regime.

Aug 07 10:16

Video: UNSC Approves New Sanctions Against N. Korea

UN Security Council members have met to vote on the new North Korea sanctions resolution.

Aug 07 09:51

US to Respond to Russia's Move to Reduce US Diplomatic Mission by September 1

Talking to reporters after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings, which is currently underway in Manila, Tillerson said that he had informed his Russian counterpart about it, according to the Associated Press.
Tillerson, however, did not specified regarding the US retaliatory measures.

According to Tillerson, the White House wants to continue cooperating with Russia and not to cut off ties due to the existing contradictions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid sanctions that Congress placed against Russia, North Korea, and Iran, may well have far worse consequences than imagined.

It has already brought North Korea and Iran closer together.

Iran ditched the dollar earlier this year.

Iran ditches US dollar as a medium of exchange

China and Russia ditched the dollar earlier this year.

Russia and China bypass US Dollar

What happens when the rest of the world follows this trend, and the US, even with all of its military might, is unable to stop this?!?

Aug 07 09:15

‘Violent violation of our sovereignty’: North Korea defiant after new sanctions, rejects talks

North Korea on Monday angrily insisted tough new United Nations sanctions would not stop it from developing its nuclear arsenal, and warned it would not negotiate while being threatened by the United States.

The message of defiance was the first major response to the US-drafted sanctions that the UN Security Council unanimously approved over the weekend that could cost North Korea US$1 billion a year while restricting crucial economic links with China.

Aug 07 09:12

North Korea warns US would turn into 'sea of fire' after fresh UN sanctions

North Korea has warned that the US would turn into a "sea of fire" after the UN announced a fresh round of punitive sanctions over the country's weapons programme.

On Saturday, 5 August, the UN Security Council unanimously agreed to impose economic sanctions targeting the exports of seafood, coal, iron ore, iron, lead and lead ore. The US-drafted resolution also calls for capping the number of North Korean workers allowed overseas – those who earn money for the reclusive Pyongyang regime.

Aug 07 08:29

‘Keep your stinky face out’ North Korea’s bizarre threat to teach US 'some manners'

The strange comments come following a series of condemnations from American officials over the hermit state’s latest missile test and ongoing nuclear weapons programme.

State newspaper Rodong Sinmun has published a series of articles threatening the United States with military force in response repeated condemnations of its violations of international law.

And one article cites an unnamed spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry, who promised to use “strategic nuclear force” to “teach the US some manners.”

Aug 07 08:15

North Korea can show it’s ready for negotiations by stopping missile launches, Tillerson says

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday that North Korea could show it is ready for negotiations by stopping missile launches, and said he told Russian diplomats that the Kremlin’s meddling in U.S. elections had created “serious mistrust” of them among Americans.

Aug 07 08:04

Video: Spy Game: South Korean Intel Agency ‘Hacked’ Country’s 2012 Presidential Race

South Korea’s spy agency has admitted playing a role in the country’s 2012 presidential election.

Aug 06 13:28

Russia, China share position on ‘double freeze’ on Korean peninsula

"As you know, Russia and China have the joint position," Lavrov said. "This position, as you know, is sealed in the joint statement by the foreign ministers of both countries of July 4 and implies the move towards the political process through the Chinese initiative on the double freezing: the freeze of any missile launches and any nuclear tests by North Korea and simultaneously the freeze of large-scale military drills of the United States and the Republic of Korea".

Aug 06 08:50

China stages 'large scale' drills in warning to US and North Korea

Precise details of the exercise have not been released by Beijing, save for the fact the event will begin on Saturday, August 5, and end on Tuesday, August 8.

The drill comes amid escalating tensions between Pyongyang and Washington, with Chinese officials becoming increasingly concerned about being dragged into war.

Donald Trump has put pressure on Beijing to try and dissuade its North Korean allies from progressing its illicit missile programme.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un conducted to the country's latest weapons test late last month, when he launched an intercontinental ballistic missile believed to have been capable of hitting the US mainland.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the worst-case scenarios I could see happening here, would be a US pre-emptive attack against North Korea, followed by China coming into the fray on the North Korean side.

Aug 06 08:44

China renews THAAD retaliation

Beijing has stepped up economic retaliation against Korean businesses despite Seoul’s efforts to ease tensions over the deployment of a U.S. missile shield here, industry sources said Friday.

Aug 06 08:43

North Korea Sanctions: Isolating the Isolated

So, if isolation is not a particularly effective strategy, what might work instead?

The only effective way of changing North Korea’s behavior is to embed it in the international community, subjecting it to international rules and regulations and tying its economy to the global market. Of course, negotiators will present this economic engagement as a quid pro quo for North Korea freezing its nuclear program and imposing a moratorium on missile launches. But the bottom line is that engagement would be more effective than isolation even if US negotiators received no guarantees from North Korea in return.

Only through this kind of economic and geopolitical engagement will the actual nature of the North Korean system begin to change over time. And only through this kind of engagement will the international community acquire any meaningful leverage over Pyongyang. Indeed, this is what North Korea fears the most: the “poisoned apple” of engagement.

Aug 06 02:04

Trump appreciates China, Russia for voting on DPRK resolution in UN SC - White House

US President Donald Trump extended appreciation to Russia and China for support in approval of the resolution on tougher sanctions regime against North Korea by the UN Security Council, press secretary of the White House Sarah Sanders said on Saturday. "The President appreciates China’s and Russia’s cooperation in securing passage of this resolution," Sanders said. "He will continue working with allies and partners to increase diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea to end its threatening and destabilizing behavior," she added.

Aug 06 01:55

UNSC unanimously backs new sanctions against North Korea

The UN Security Council has imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea over the country’s recent missile tests. The sanctions were unanimously backed by the council’s 15 members, including Russia and China. The document bans North Korean exports of minerals and other raw materials and goods, including coal, iron, lead and seafood. The countries that had struck deals with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are to complete imports of previously bought raw materials and goods within 30 days starting from August 5, the day the resolution was passed. The resolution bans new joint ventures with North Korea and additional investments in existing joint ventures. Under the resolution, countries are not allowed to employ any new North Korean workers. Besides, the document bars ships, designated by a UN Security Council special committee as responsible for breaking sanctions, to enter ports all over the world, except emergency cases.

Aug 05 09:40

U.S. PREPARED TO LAUNCH ‘PREVENTIVE WAR’ AGAINST NORTH KOREA, SAYS H.R. MCMASTER

The United States is preparing for all options to counter the growing threat from North Korea, including launching a “preventive war,” national security adviser H.R. McMaster said in an interview with MSNBC that aired Saturday. The comments come following North Korea carrying out two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) last month.

Related: A North Korea Attack Would Take Out Los Angeles, Chicago or New York, And Be The Deadliest In U.S. History

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The worst case scenario on this I can see here, is that of China providing military assistance to North Korea, in the case of a US attack against it.

Aug 05 08:25

North Korea's 'No. 2' official on 10-day visit to Iran that may signal wider military ties

Amid new U.S. sanctions, North Korea's "No. 2" official began a 10-day visit to Iran on Thursday that could result in the two sides expanding their ties.

Iran's official IRNA news agency reported Kim Yong Nam, chairman of the Supreme Assembly of North Korea, arrived Thursday for the weekend inauguration ceremony for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

But given the head of North Korea's parliament is expected to stay for 10 days in Iran, the trip is being seen as a front for other purposes, including expanding military cooperation. At the same time, Pyongyang is looking for ways to counter sanctions and to boost the hard currency for Kim Jong Un's regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

US-sanctioned countries see a value in working together, against that entity which has sanctioned them; this is a completely reasonable, and normal development.

And President Trump, a word, please: sanctioning countries (like Iran) for what they absolutely have not done (like alleging them to have violated the P5+1, which the IAEA has stated unequivocally they have not), draws them closer to other US-sanctioned countries like Russia, and soon, China.

So sir, please look for a rapid escalation in the dropping of the US dollar in international trade, and you, and Congress, have no one but yourselves to blame!!

Aug 05 07:47

China 'seals off' Yellow Sea for 2nd large-scale naval drill in fortnight

Beijing has declared an area the size of West Virginia off-limits to civilian vessels, ahead of extensive three-day naval exercises near the coast of North Korea. A similar drill took place in the area at the end of July.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What China appears to be telegraphing through these exercises, is that should the US attempt to resolve its issues with North Korea through military force, that force will be responded to with the best weaponry and tactics the Chinese military can present.

President Trump, I would urge extreme caution in how you respond to what North Korea may be doing in the near future; most of the experts whose work I have read on the North Korean missiles program have stated that guidance is their "Achilles's heel", and that this challenge will most likely take them several years to sort.

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