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Sep 22 14:01

'Situation Between US And North Korea Reaches Dangerous Level'

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

Sep 22 12:45

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 22 12:13

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

The article goes on to state:

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

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

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

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

I think not.

Sep 22 11:09

Korea? It’s Always Really Been About China!

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a good overview of Pacific geopolitics.

Sep 22 10:59

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

And why?!?

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

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

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 22 10:21

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

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

Sep 22 10:21

US Strategic Command: We Assume North Korea Has Nuclear ICBM

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 22 09:46

South Korea Unexpectedly Approves Aid to North

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 22 09:02

Former Pentagon Analyst Explains Why Trump Fostering Hysteria Over North Korea

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

Sep 22 08:58

Rep. Hunter calls for preemptive strike against North Korea

Rep. Duncan Hunter said that the United States needs to launch a preemptive strike against North Korea in order to prevent the rogue nation from harming the U.S. first.

“You could assume, right now, that we have a nuclear missile aimed at the United States, and here in San Diego. Why would they not aim here, at Hawaii, Guam, our major naval bases?” Hunter, an Alpine Republican, said during an appearance on a KUSI television Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Sep 22 08:57

BEX ALERT - N. Korea defector warns Kim would use nukes against US

A North Korea defector is telling NBC News that blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another convenient "defector" to demonize the intended target. Remember the Iraqi "defector" who "confirmed" Saddam had nukes before the invasion?

Sep 22 08:51

Putin urges talks with North Korea

Vladimir Putin says sanctions are not a solution to the country’s nuclear and missile development

Sep 22 08:50

China calls on all parties to abandon provocations and pass on to talks on Korea problem

Earlier on Friday, North Korea’s top diplomat stated that Pyongyang might consider the possibility of a new hydrogen bomb test in response to the US aggressive policy

Sep 22 08:45

South Korea Unexpectedly Approves Aid to North

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

Sep 22 08:44

China reiterates demand for THAAD's removal from South Korea

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday met with his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, and reiterated Beijing's demand for the removal of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile shield.

Sep 22 08:37

French Olympic Team To Skip 2018 Winter Games if North Korea Tensions Continue

The French Winter Olympics team will not travel to the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea if its security cannot be guaranteed, France's sports minister said Thursday — the first major doubts by a participating nation over the growing North Korean tensions.

Sep 22 08:36

War of words ratchets up between Kim and Trump

An escalating war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un ratcheted up a notch on Friday as the US president dubbed North Korea's leader a "madman," a day after the reclusive regime hinted it may explode a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

Hours earlier, in a rare personal attack, Kim took aim at Trump, branding him "mentally deranged" and warning he would "pay dearly" for his threat to destroy North Korea if challenged, uttered before the United Nations General Assembly.

The verbal clash came a day after Washington announced tougher sanctions aimed at curbing North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile program, on the heels of a Trump speech in which he which he branded Kim "Rocket Man" and declared him to be on a "suicide mission."

Sep 22 08:25

North threatens test of H-bomb in the Pacific

North Korea may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean to respond to U.S. threats of military action, Pyongyang’s foreign minister said, just hours after the dictator of the isolated regime issued a warning of “highest-level” action.

“I do not know what measure it will be, because the decision will be made by our Dear Respected Comrade [Kim Jong-un], the chairman of the State Affairs Commission,” said North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on Thursday in New York. Ri is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly later this week. “Probably it will be a test of a most powerful hydrogen bomb in the Pacific.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that Ri Yong-ho is just guessing here. Yet the corporate media is acting like this is a done deal. Is the US planning an EMP false-flag?

Sep 22 08:11

BEX ALERT - Inside Kim Jong-Un's feared inner-circle: North Korean despot has teenage sex slaves plucked from school, enjoys £1,000 a-time lunches and forces upper class elite to watch horrific executions (20 Pics)

A North Korean defector whose father was a senior officer under despot Kim Jong-Un has revealed a terrifying insight from within his feared inner-circle.
Ex-regime insider Hee Yeon Lim, 26, is risking her own life by telling the world how paranoid Kim lives like an emperor whilst casually ordering executions of confidantes and even relatives.

Yet another convenient "defector" to demonize the intended target.

Sep 21 15:49

North Korea Owes NYC $156k In Unpaid Parking Tickets

As the saber-rattling between the US and North Korea continues to escalate, a damning report has found that the ‘rogue state’ owes the City of New York over $150,000 in unpaid parking tickets.

“It is false. Whenever we have a ticket, we pay. Because, you know, if we have three tickets the city does not allow us to renew their permission,” Jong Jo, secretary of North Korea’s UN mission, told NBC.

Sep 21 15:10

US-N Korea War ‘Devastating,’ Not Likely To Happen: Analyst

US President Donald Trump’s threats of military action against North Korea are “overblown” statement that would never come true, an American analyst says, arguing American military officials are well-aware how “devastating” such warfare would be.

Sep 21 12:31

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

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

"We must keep in mind what a strike on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) may result in," Sivkov said. "If the US decides to begin an all-out war against North Korea it will mean only one thing: 25 nuclear reactors in South Korea will be destroyed by a retaliatory attack from the DPRK. This equates to 25 Chernobyl disasters on the Korean Peninsula."

Sep 21 12:07

Trump unveils new sanctions targeting North Korea

“Our new executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea’s efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind,” Trump told reporters. “In addition, what we will do is identify new industries — including textiles, fishing, IT, and manufacturing — that the Treasury Department can target with strong sanctions.”

Sep 21 12:00

New US Executive Order To Target Foreign Banks Doing Business With North Korea – Trump

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that gives the US broad new powers to sanction individuals, companies and financial institutions that facilitate trade with North Korea.

“I am announcing a new executive order to sign that significantly expands authorities to target individuals, companies, financial institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea,” Trump said.

Sep 21 11:58

Trump To Add Sanctions Against North Korea

US President Donald Trump says Washington will add more economic sanctions against North Korea, days after he threatened to “totally destroy” the country.

“We will be putting more sanctions on North Korea,” Trump said on Thursday in response to a question at a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in New York on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.

Sep 21 10:07

China says North Korean situation more serious by the day

The situation on the Korean peninsula is getting more serious by the day and cannot be allowed to spin out of control, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his German counterpart, the state-run China News Service said on Thursday.

A resolution to the North Korea issue cannot only rely on sanctions and not talks, Wang said, meeting German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on the sidelines of a United Nations meeting in New York on Wednesday, the report added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ambassador Yi is absolutely correct in his assessment.

China absolutely does NOT want to get mired in a war between the US and North Korea, and is very teed off that the confrontation has pushed tensions in the region to a knife's edge.

The US tolerates a nuclear-armed China; a nuclear-armed Israel; a nuclear-armed Russia; a nuclear-armed Pakistan; and a nuclear-armed India; why is it pathologically incapable, under President Trump's watch, of tolerating a nuclear-armed North Korea?!?

These weapons are developed as a deterrent to invasion, and would never be used in a first-strike capability by North Korea, because they understand that should they do so, the US, South Korea. and Japan would have their country reduced to molten glass in a heartbeat.

Sep 21 10:04

N. Korea says Trump threat is 'sound of dog barking'

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho slammed U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying his threat to destroy the nation amounted to "the sound of a dog barking."

Ri arrived in New York earlier in the day to attend the U.N. General Assembly.

Speaking to reporters in front of his hotel, he issued the regime's first response to Trump's threat a day earlier to "totally destroy" North Korea if it poses a direct threat to the U.S. or its allies.

"If he was thinking he could scare us with the sound of a dog barking, that's really a dog dream," Ri said, referencing a North Korean proverb that a procession moves even if dogs bark. In Korean, a dog dream is one that is absurd and makes little sense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Keep in mind that Koreans hold dogs in very low esteem, unlike Americans. So this is a major insult.

Sep 21 09:57

TRUMP FALLS IN LINE WITH INTERVENTIONISM

In discussing President Trump, there is always the soft prejudice of low expectations – people praise him for reading from a Teleprompter even if his words make little sense – but there is no getting around the reality that his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly must rank as one of the most embarrassing moments in America’s relations with the global community.

Trump offered a crude patchwork of propaganda and bluster, partly delivered as a campaign speech praising his own leadership – boasting about the relatively strong U.S. economy that he mostly inherited from President Obama – and partly reflecting his continued subservience to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump did NOT inherit "...relatively strong U.S. economy" from President Obama; look at all the corporate bankruptcies which have happened in 2016, and 2017, to begin to comprehend the problems with the US economy, which have seen massive Federal and personal debt increase, coupled with the steady outsourcing/offshoring of jobs which used to be the mainstay of the American middle class.

But the rest of the article is absolutely correct, in pointing out President Trump's embracing everything that has failed, spectacularly, with US foreign policy under Bush's and Obama's regimes.

And it appears he is about to double down with North Korea, Iran, and perhaps even Venezuela.

IF, in fact, the US government goes to war against both North Korea and Iran, and choses to fire the first shot, we may well see China defending North Korea, and Russia defending Iran, militarily.

I wish someone who has the President's ear, other than the official triumverate of Mc Master, Kelly, and Mattis, would politely inform President Trump that the US military does not have the money; the manufacturing; the weaponry; or the troop strength to positively militarily engage either country at this point.

After a show of force in Syria, Russia has other countries clamoring for their weapons, because they work as advertised; most American weapons, unfortunately, do not.

Need I remind you of the utter fluster cluck and debacle which is the Lockheed Martin's F-35, which has cost taxpayers billions, but still cannot perform to speck, and may take billions more to ever fix?!?

I rest my case.

Sep 21 09:33

North Korea Warns US of ‘Final Ruin’ After Trump Takes Military Bluster to UN

The US will face a “horrible nuclear strike and miserable and final ruin” if US President Donald Trump puts his threat to “totally destroy” North Korea into action, according to a Wednesday statement published by the Korea Central News Agency.

Sep 21 09:33

Japan Moves Missile Interceptor Under Flight Paths of North Korean Missiles

Japan on Tuesday relocated an anti-missile battery to its Hakodate Base on the northern island of Hokkaido, near the flight paths of the ballistic missiles recently launched by Pyongyang.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an empty gesture. The North Korean missile flew over Hokkaido at an altitude of 475 miles, far too high for the interceptor to reach.

Sep 21 09:31

'Complete failure': US organizations unite to decry Trump's UN speech on N. Korea

Donald Trump's speech at the UN, in which he threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if necessary, has been slammed by progressive organizations calling it a "complete failure of American leadership" and "yet another reckless escalation."

The three organizations - MoveOn.org, CREDO Action, and Win Without War - blasted Trump's speech in a joint statement published on Tuesday.

Sep 21 09:29

U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY JIM MATTIS WEIGHS USING “KINETIC WEAPON” ON NORTH KOREA

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hinted at using a kinetic weapon on Tuesday while discussing tensions with North Korea when he made a Freudian slip.

Mattis was asked whether there was “any military option the US can take with North Korea that would not put Seoul at grave risk,” Mattis responded, “Yes, there are, but I will not go into details.”

Later during the press conference, another reporter questioned Mattis and caught him off-guard:

“Just to clarify, you said that there were possible military options that would not create a grave risk to Seoul,” a reporter asked. “Are we talking kinetic options as well?”

“Yes, I don’t want to go into that,” Mattis responded.

Previously, Mattis stated that a war with North Korea would “involve the massive shelling of an ally’s capital, (South Korea) which is one of the most densely packed cities on earth.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But can this weapon prevent the deployment of heavy conventional artillery, as is commonly known to be dispersed in bunkers all over North Korea, and aimed at South Korea?!?

That is a question I wish some reporter would ask Sec-Def Mattis, and soon.

Sep 21 08:35

North Korea amassing nukes to avoid the fate of Libya, Iraq: Writer

North Korea is building up a formidable nuclear arsenal in order to avoid the fate of Libya and Iraq, an American writer and retired professor says.

Sep 21 08:35

North Korea Suggests Libya Should Have Kept Nuclear Program

A North Korean statement that Libya’s dismantling of its nuclear weapons program had made it vulnerable to military intervention by the West is being seen by analysts as an ominous reinforcement of the North’s refusal to end its own nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

North Korea is correct. Had Libya kept their nukes, the US would have left it alone.

Sep 21 07:57

‘US is biggest rogue state but accuses others of what it does 100 times over’

The US begrudges North Korea for having a few nuclear weapons while having more nuclear weapons than any country on Earth, Prof. Dan Kovalik, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, told RT, commenting on Donald Trump’s UN address. Other analysts joined the discussion.

Donald Trump delivered his first address to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday. The US president lashed out at North Korea, Syria and Iran in his speech.

Dan Kovalik says he doesn’t think it’s appropriate to speak about defending the interests of one particular nation, America, at the UN.

Sep 21 07:52

The Contradiction Buried in Trump’s Iran and North Korea Policies

If Mr. Trump makes good on his threat to pull out of the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, how will he then convince the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, that America will honor the commitment to integrate North Korea into the world community if only it disarms — the demand Mr. Trump made from the podium of the United Nations.

Sep 21 07:51

Mattis: US Must Face ‘Somber Reality’ Of Military Option On North Korea

The United States must face the “somber reality” that military action against North Korea could be necessary should diplomacy fail to curb the nation’s hostile provocations, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sept. 20.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What provocations?!? I don't see North Korea sailing the warships along US borders or flying armed bombers along our costs!

Sep 21 07:35

We will be putting more sanctions on North Korea - Trump

"We will be putting more sanctions on North Korea," Trump told reporters on Thursday, as he was heading into a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told CNN Thursday morning that Trump will make a sanctions-related announcement about North Korea later today.

McMaster added that the announcement would follow meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, key US allies in the region.

Sep 20 11:52

Are We Really Capable of Shooting Down North Korean Missiles?

According to some analysts, Americans may be overly confident in our military’s ability to shoot down North Korean missiles if the country were to attempt to strike. Maybe the reason we haven’t shot down North Korea’s test missiles is that we can’t. While we all certainly hope that our military would be able to successfully defend the country against incoming missiles, we need to be prepared for any possibility.

According to an article by Joe Cirincione of Defense One, the reason we don’t shoot down North Korea’s missiles when they fire them over Japan is because…

We don’t have the capability.

Sep 20 09:09

The forbidden questions about the Korea crisis

US pressure on Beijing to pressure Pyongyang without regard to Beijing’s views does not work. The Chinese might do all they can to end North Korea’s tests and move toward denuclearization, but only if Washington gets out of their way and commits to accept whatever Beijing can accomplish. Beijing will not serve as Washington’s surrogate or tolerate provocative second-guessing. And Washington has to forswear its regime-change tactics, another violation of the UN Charter.

Sep 20 09:02

Mattis: Use of tactical nuclear weapons discussed with South Korea

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis confirmed Monday that the U.S. and South Korea have discussed employing tactical nuclear weapons as an option to defend against North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

The acknowledgment from Mattis comes as the U.S. and international community grapple with increasingly aggressive nuclear weapons testing by North Korea.

In the last few weeks, North Korea has tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland and tested a hydrogen bomb, according to U.S. Strategic Command’s assessment of the program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"OhmyGAWD they did a test. A TEST! Horrors! HORRORS!"

(Ahem)

The United States (the only nation to actually use nuclear weapons of mass destruction against the civilians of another country) tests missiles all the time and has a huge nuclear arsenal. Nobody makes a big deal about that. Russia just tested an ICBM. Nobody made a big deal about that.

North Korea has made it very clear that their attempt to build a nuclear deterrent is spurred on by US belligerence.

And the lesson from Iraq, Syria, and Iran is clear. No matter what weapons you surrender, the US will still target your country for invasion.

The only "threat" from North Korea is that it is standing up to US bullying, and by doing so inspiring other nations to do the same.

Sep 20 08:04

China rejects threats as solution for North Korea nuclear crisis

China has rejected any form of threatening action as a solution for North Korea's nuclear crisis, after US Defense Secretary James Mattis pointed to the likelihood of military options against Pyongyang.

Sep 20 08:04

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

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

Problem is: there is no deal that could address the totality of US-Iran tensions unless Trump is willing to engage in extensive diplomacy with Iran for such a grand bargain. Thus far, Trump has shown zero interest in negotiations with Iran. And mindful of how he has conducted himself on the world stage, significant doubts exist as to whether his administration has the capacity and competence to face Iran diplomatically.

Sep 20 08:02

Mattis hints at secret 'kinetic' military options for North Korea

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hinted that the United States still had military options left for dealing with North Korea, but did not elaborate when asked for details Monday.

Most experts think a military strike on North Korea would invite a devastating response from Pyongyang. The city of Seoul, South Korea, home to 25 million, is well within artillery range of the North, which would most likely use conventional artillery munitions and chemical weapons.

But according to Mattis, the Pentagon has a few tricks up its sleeve that wouldn't involve the decimation of Seoul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And if you believe THAT one, I have some of Saddam's nuclear weapons to sell you!

Sep 20 07:46

BEX ALERT - North Korea defector saw 11 musicians 'blown to bits' by anti-aircraft guns then 'ground into dirt' by tanks

A defector who fled Kim Jong-Un’s inner circle has told how she witnessed first hand the brutality the dictator unleashes on his oppressed people.

Hee Yeon Lim risked her own life to lift the lid on the paranoid North Korean leader who casually orders the ­executions of anyone he deems to have crossed him or his party.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now that we are set for war with N. Korea, here come the stories of N. Korean defectors. Sounds familiar? Just like Iraqi defectors who turned out to be liars later who filled the media reports about the cruelty of Saddam. Ditto Assad. Ditto Gaddafi. Ditto Ahmadinejad. Ditto ....

Sep 20 07:43

Hannity: ‘There’s Going to Be a Major Military Conflict with North Korea’

On his nationally syndicated radio talk show program Monday, host Sean Hannity suggested it’s “only a matter of time,” but “[t]here’s going to be a major military conflict with North Korea.”

“You better keep an eye, I’m just warning everybody, on North Korea,” said Sean Hannity. “North Korea, this guy keeps firing missiles. It’s not ‘if,’ it’s when. There’s going to be a major military conflict with North Korea. And as I’ve been saying, there are not good options.”

Sep 20 07:21

Why China Won’t Pressure North Korea as Much as Trump Wants

At the center of the North Korean nuclear crisis is a pivotal question: How much is China really willing to pressure and punish its longtime ally in Pyongyang? Recent conversations in Beijing and Washington suggest that Chinese leaders have decided to increase pressure substantially but are not—and probably never will be—willing to help President Trump strangle North Korea into submission. China doesn’t trust Kim Jong Un—but it trusts Trump even less.

Sep 20 06:52

Israel and Saudi Arabia Loved Trump’s Nuke-Happy U.N. Speech

Trump's controversial United Nations speech—in which he threatened to "destroy" North Korea—was condemned by European allies and cheered by hardliners in the Mideast.

Sep 20 04:50

Trump's Threats Make It Harder to Get N. Korea to Talk Disarmament

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Indeed, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has made clear his goal is to have a defensive capability that totally precludes the possibility of an American attack. Nothing Trump said gave the impression that there was an alternate route to prevent being attacked by the US.

Least of all diplomacy.>>>

Sep 19 14:03

US Is Sending Another Aircraft Carrier To Korea: Yonhap

After carrying out bombing drills over the Korean peninsula on Monday following North Korea’s firing of an intermediate-range missile over the Japanese island of Hokkaido, US and South Korean forces are planning to continue their displays of military might early next month, according to a report from Yonhap, the South Korean news agency. However, in a move that is sure to provoke a barrage of threats from North Korea, the US is reportedly sending a nuclear-armed aircraft carrier to the waters off the Korean peninsula, where it will take part in an upcoming round of military drills.

Earlier this year, the US sent three aircraft carriers to waters near North Korea in an unprecedented show of force. However, it's unclear if any of those carriers are still positioned so closely to the peninsula. Here's the latest map of US naval strike groups, which was compiled by Stratfor using publicly-available information. Deployments considered "sensitive" would not be included on this map.

Sep 19 13:59

War With North Korea Starts to Look Inevitable

We have pretty much exhausted all the things that we could do at the Security Council at this point,” said Nikki Haley on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, referring to North Korea. “We wanted to be responsible and go through all diplomatic means to get their attention first,” the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said. “If that doesn’t work, General Mattis [Defense Secretary James Mattis] will take care of it.”
The comments, no off-the-cuff remarks, mirrored her words at a White House press briefing Friday, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, standing next to Haley at that briefing, was even more explicit. “I think we ought to make clear what’s different about this approach is, is that we’re out of time,” he noted, referring to sanctions. “As Ambassador Haley said before, we’ve been kicking the can down the road, and we’re out of road.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I was amazingly, horrifically stunned by President Trump's address at the UN today.

He has come as near to publicly declaring war against North Korea as one can without actually declaring war against it.

Kim Jung Un saw what happened when Iraq and Libya denuclearized; there was regime change, coupled with grisly assassinations of their heads of state; he knows, because of what the US has done before (sometimes backed by the UN and/or NATO) that if he denuclearizes before sitting down for negotiations, the precise, same fate awaits him.

And if the US fires first, China has publicly stated that they will stand with North Korea, militarily. This means we are most probably likely to see a false flag blamed on North Korea, as the "justification" for a war against it.

Mike and I live on a first strike target here on Oahu, which the Chinese military can actually accurately hit, which makes us more than a little nervous.

The only thing I can tell our readers right now is, please make sure your prep plans are fulfilled; make sure that you have food, potable water, and medications on hand for you, your family, and your pets. Make sure you have a plan to regroup, if you are separated. Have a bug-out kit close to hand.

And if you are of a mind to do so, please pray, that somehow, the catastrophe such a war will bring to the world can be averted.

Sep 19 10:44

BEX? Is North Korea Building Their First Nuclear Submarine?

Japanese newspaper Sekai Nippo claims that the "informed" source "familiar with the North Korea situation" told them that the DPRK has been clandestinely building the nuclear submarine, which would be a massive leap forward from the current DPRK Navy, which may maintain a fleet of 50 to 60 diesel-electric submarines.

The source went on to claim that Chinese and Russian engineers have been lending their expertise to the DPRK at North Korea's Nampo Naval Shipyard, in North Korea's manufacturing capital.

Sep 19 10:44

Kim Jong-Un – A Danger By Himself Or Just Somebody’s Puppet?

This is the second article just today claiming that North Korea is working with China and Russia.

Sep 19 10:39

US Is Sending Another Aircraft Carrier To Korea: Yonhap

After carrying out bombing drills over the Korean peninsula on Monday following North Korea’s firing of an intermediate-range missile over the Japanese island of Hokkaido, US and South Korean forces are planning to continue their displays of military might early next month, according to a report from Yonhap, the South Korean news agency. However, in a move that is sure to provoke a barrage of threats from North Korea, the US is reportedly sending a nuclear-armed aircraft carrier to the waters off the Korean peninsula, where it will take part in an upcoming round of military drills.

Sep 19 10:22

This Is What It's Like Inside North Korea's Luxury Ski Resort

Sep 19 10:21

Never before seen real life footage inside of North Korea (Documentary)

Sep 19 08:45

Trump Warns World At UN: "No Choice But To Destroy Rocket Man's North Korea"

While President Trump fell just short of "fire and fury," his first address to The United Nations was very clear in its perspective on North Korea (Iran and Syria).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Says the President of the only nation to ever actually use nuclear weapons against the civilians of another country.

Sep 19 08:34

U.S. jets drop live bombs in a new show of force aimed at North Korea

The Pentagon deployed a formation of 14 bombers and fighters over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday that also included South Korean and Japanese aircraft, the latest show of force in response to North Korea’s missile launches and nuclear tests.

The warplanes were dispatched after North Korea launched a ballistic missile over northern Japan on Thursday, triggering a widespread emergency alert for those who call the region home. Two Air Force B-1B bombers from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam and four Marine Corps F-35B fighters from Iwakuni, Japan, combined with four South Korean F-15K fighters and four F-2 Japanese fighters, U.S. defense officials said.

The aircraft carried out a simulated attack on the Pilsung training range in South Korea, a few dozen miles from the demilitarized zone separating the North and South, while using live bombs.

Sep 18 17:14

North Korean Leader Has To Give Up His Nuclear Weapons: White House

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has to give up his nuclear weapons, the White House has said, days after US President Donald Trump hinted at launching a possible military strike against the North.

Sep 18 11:59

In "Warning To Pyongyang", B-1B Bombers, F-35s Hold Mock Bombing Drills

Both Haley and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared on the Sunday talk shows to stress – using language that’s ringing increasingly hollow - that the administration wouldn’t hesitate to authorize a military response to the North should diplomacy fail.

And to demonstrate that, four US F-35 stealth fighters and two B-1B bombers conducted another round of "mock bombing exercises" over the Korean peninsula on Monday, according to Reuters. The US aircraft, which were joined by four South Korea F-15K fighter jets, returned to their bases in Japan and Guam after the exercise, but the latest demonstration of western capabilities likely assures that Kim Jong Un, who views such exercises in the same way the international community views his missile launches, will seek to retaliate with his own show of force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless President Trump is willing to kill millions of South Koreans, courtesy of North Korea's conventional arms poised against it, there is precious little he can do, militarily, against the country.

Sep 18 11:54

North Korea Warns More Sanctions Will Only Accelerate Its Completion Of A Nuclear Force

In the ongoing game of escalating verbal ping-pong, North Korea responded on Monday to the latest condemnation by the UN Security Council which responded to Pyongyang Friday missile launch with a harsly worded verbal rebuke, and warned that the more sanctions pursued by the US and its allies, "will only increase our pace towards the ultimate completion of the state nuclear force,” KCNA reported, citing ministry of foreign affairs.

The latest sanctions represent “the most vicious, unethical and inhumane act of hostility to physically exterminate the people of the DPRK, let alone its system and government,” a foreign ministry spokesman said, as cited by Reuters.

The North Korean statement also said that “it is a foolish dream to hope that the sanctions could work with the DPRK while the sanctions have failed to stop it from becoming a full-fledged nuclear weapons state and making rapid progress in the building of an economic power for more than half a century.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is not a question of what Kim Jung Un says he is going to do; it is a question of what he is willing to do.

And understanding that Mike and I live on a first-strike target the Chinese can actually hit, that makes us....more than a little nervous.

Sep 18 09:50

Nikki Haley Meltdown: Assad Must Go… and War With North Korea!

There must be something about being named US Ambassador to the UN that brings out the inner mass murderer in people. Madeline Albright famously admitted that she thought 500,000 dead Iraqi children due to US sanctions was “worth it.” John Bolton never met a disagreement he didn’t want to turn into a war. Samantha Power barked about human rights while her Administration’s drones snuffed out human life in unprecedented numbers. The real “butcher of the Balkans” Richard Holbrooke sold the Yugoslavia war on lies. John “Death Squad” Negroponte sold the lie that Saddam Hussein needed to be killed and his country destroyed for democracy to flourish, and so on.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right now, Ambassador Haley behaves like the alleged adult (yet emotionally infantile) "poster child", representing every single Deep State Member in the Occupied, Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika, who never saw a potential war into which they wouldn't love to see the US get dragged in.

The purpose of the UN is that of promoting peace, and creating ways of ratcheting down international tensions; what Ambassador Haley is attempting to do is quite the opposite, and that President trump hasn't had her sacked, for being an absolute embarrassment to the US's world credibility (if, in fact, we have any left) concerns me greatly.

Sep 18 09:28

Haley: UN Out of Options on North Korea: Says She Is 'Perfectly Happy' With Having Pentagon Attack North Korea

US Ambassador Nikki Haley declared the UN Security Council to have “run out of options” for dealing with the “North Korea problem,” in comments made during an interview on CNN’s State of the Union show. She talked up a shift to unilateral US military options.

Haley insisted that the US has “a whole lot of military options on the table,” and that President Trump’s threat to give North Korea “fire and fury” was not an empty threat. She went on to say that if the US uses any military options “North Korea will be destroyed. And we all know that. And none of us want that.”

Despite saying she didn’t want that in this segment of her comments, the ambassador also said in the course of her comments she is “perfectly happy” to see the North Korea issued referred to the Pentagon to be solved by Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ambassador Haley, a word, please: what the UN has run out of are intelligent options with the North Korean nuclear issue.

The refusal of Tillerson to negotiate with North Korea, prior to its thinking about denuclearization, was a deliberate effort to prevent any kind of dialogue which could have ratched down the tensions across the North Korean peninsula; Tillerson understood that when he did it.

U.S. Opens Door to Talks With North Korea, While Flexing Military Muscle

By making this statement, asking North Korea to do what he knew North Korea was entirely unwilling to do, seeing what happened to two world leaders when they did denuclearise: and those guys were Saddam Hussein, And Moamar Ghadaffi; both countries were regime changed, and both leaders were assassinated.

So what you, Madame Embassador, believe the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika is left with is the pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid US unilateral option of a decap strike on North Korean.

As reported at quora.com:

Nuclear Deterrence - While North Korean nuclear weapons and missiles are relatively rudimentary, they nonetheless pose a threat. For example, what would happen if an invasion force gets completely obliterated by nuclear weapons? Or even worse, if North Korea decides to launch nuclear missiles at South Korea or Japan. Given the extremely high population densities, hundreds of thousands could die and leave East Asia devastated by the fallout.

Oh, and Madame Secretary did you happen to overlook the memo from the Chinese government regarding what it would do if the US strikes first against North Korea?!?

China pledges neutrality unless the US strikes North Korea First

Frankly, Madam Ambassador, I would strongly suggest that you take the Chinese government at their word on this threat/promise.

Sep 18 09:25

General Confirms "US Policy Is Not To Defend Canada" In The Event Of A Missile Attack

Conservative MP James Bezan asked St-Amand whether he agreed with the common Canadian perception that the Americans would shoot down an incoming intercontinental ballistic missile heading for a Canadian city, even though Canada is not a participant in the U.S.’s ballistic missile defence program. His response jolted the committee members from their late-summer stupor.

“I’m being told in Colorado Springs that U.S. policy is not to defend Canada. That’s fact I can bring to the table,” he said.
St-Amand conceded that in the “heat of the moment,” American commanders might act contrary to their stated policy, “but that would be entirely a U.S. decision.”

The news was greeted with stunned silence.

Sep 18 09:04

Get Out and Stay Out: US Tells Kuwait to Kick Out North Korea Ambassador

Kuwait has decreed that the ambassador from North Korea must depart the Middle Eastern nation’s borders within the month, following a request from Washington.

Sep 18 09:00

Ships, subs & helicopters: Russia & China kick off massive naval drills near Korean Peninsula

A joint Russian-Chinese naval force of more than a dozen military vessels, including submarines, will participate in the upcoming second stage of the Joint Sea-2017 naval drills in the Sea of Japan and Okhotsk.
The drills will kick off Monday and continue for a week, according to the spokesman for Russia’s Pacific Fleet, Vladimir Matveev.

Sep 18 08:58

Haley: ‘North Korea Will Be Destroyed’ if the U.S. Has to Defend Itself

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Sunday "North Korea will be destroyed" if the U.S. is forced to defend itself against the belligerent country.

CNN host Dana Bash asked Haley on "State Of The Union" if President Donald Trump's "fire and fury" remarks last month against dictator Kim Jong Un was an empty threat.

Haley said the threats were not empty and if the diplomatic process with North Korea doesn't work she "would be perfectly happy to send this over to [Defense] Secretary Mattis" since he has "plenty of military options."

"It was not an empty threat. What we were doing is being responsible. Where North Korea is being irresponsible and reckless, we were being responsible by trying to use every diplomatic possibility that we could possibly do. We've pretty much exhausted all the things that we could do at the security council at this point," Haley said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

North Korea has made no statements indicating a desire to invade the United States. They have repeatedly stated that the reason for their nuclear arsenal is to deter the United States from invading North Korea.

Sep 18 08:41

Haley calls for marking Trump’s fire and fury comment ‘not empty’

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has defended US President Donald Trump’s threats against North Korea.

The US envoy appeared on CNN Sunday, asserting that the president’s "fire and fury" comment about North Korea's nuclear program last month is serious.

Sep 18 07:55

Trump: Military Options Against North Korea ‘Overwhelming’

Speaking at Andrews Air Force Base, President Trump reiterated that he is “confident” that the US military options for attacking North Korea are both “effective and overwhelming,” saying the US is prepared to “defend our civilization” from them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

North Korea is not a threat to "our civilization" unless our civilization is based on world conquest!

Sep 18 07:36

N. Korea says the more sanctions imposed, the faster it will move towards completing nukes

North Korea has warned that the more sanctions pursued by the US and its allies, the more quickly it will complete its nuclear force, official state news agency KCNA reports.

The latest sanctions represent “the most vicious, unethical and inhumane act of hostility to physically exterminate the people of the DPRK, let alone its system and government,” a foreign ministry spokesman said, as cited by Reuters.

Sep 18 07:30

Russia cannot allow military conflict with N. Korea near its borders

Moscow can’t allow the US or other countries to provoke North Korea into a military conflict as that could mean the use of weapons of mass destruction near Russian borders, the head of the upper house Committee for International Relations says.

Sep 18 07:29

NK slams UNSC statement condemning its latest missile launch

North Korea on Monday blasted the United Nations Security Council's statement that condemned yet another firing of a mid-range missile late last week, warning that beefing up international pressure will only accelerate its move toward the "completion of nuclear force."

Sep 18 07:28

North Korean Missile Test Raises Questions About Why Allies Didn’t Try To Shoot It Down

The United States and its allies knew the North Koreans had fired a missile and tracked its path over Japan last week. Sirens blared in Hokkaido, and the Japanese government urged people to take cover.

The advance warnings — with one report saying Vice President Mike Pence saw pictures of the missile a day before it was launched on Friday — raise questions about why the U.S. and Japan didn’t try to shoot it down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because of the potential embarrassment if they tried and missed!

Sep 18 07:27

North Korea fuel prices soar after U.N. sanctions capping supply

Gasoline and diesel prices rose sharply in North Korea after its sixth nuclear test and as the U.N. Security Council imposed new sanctions capping fuel supply, market data analyzed by Reuters on Monday showed.

Sep 18 07:27

Kuwait downgrades relations, expels N.Korea ambassador

Kuwait has ordered North Korea's ambassador to leave within a month as the Gulf country downgraded diplomatic relations with Pyongyang, a North Korean diplomat in the Gulf region said on Sunday.

The measures follow a visit to Washington less than two weeks ago by Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

The source said Kuwait will not renew permits given to North Korean workers to re-enter the country after projects they are currently working on are completed "within one or two years".

Sep 17 08:37

North Korea's Nuclear Tests Could Trigger "Supervolcano" Eruption

China has limited access to a nature reserve on its border with North Korea after a mysterious series of seismic shakes at the rogue nation's nuclear test site were detected less than 10 minutes after it conducted its latest test, which also triggered a sizable tremor. The severity of the tremors prompted Beijing to close the site over fears that underground detonations by the North Koreans at a facility near Punggye-ri could lead to rockslides, or worse, trigger an eruption of the active "super volcano" Mount Paektu, according to Disclose.tv.

Sep 17 08:07

New Poll Shows US Majority Backs Military Action Against North Korea

A majority of Americans support military action against North Korea if economic and diplomatic efforts fail, according to a Gallup poll released on Friday, amid rising tension over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program and recent missile launches.

Sep 17 08:07

Do you back US military action against North Korea?

YES
6% (73 votes)
NO
94% (1151 votes)
Total votes: 1224
Sep 16 09:13

UN Security Council Resolution 2375 on North Korea: Preparation for War?

This formula begins with sanctions under Chapter VII of the UN Charter: approximately eleven sanctions have been inflicted upon North Korea, and four presidential statements. The sanctions are, in themselves aggressive action, intended to weaken and demoralize the intended nation-targeted victim, and ultimately destroy the will, the spirit and unity of the nation. The now twelve sanctions on the DPRK are reminiscent of the words Richard Nixon used for the CIA engineered destruction of the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende in Chile:

“Make the economy scream!!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US position, over decades, has forced Kim Jung Un and his predecessors into the only posture he believes will save his country; creating a creadible nuclear threat, in order to prevent regime change in Pongyang.

I cannot tell you precisely when this war will start; but China has already announced that if the US fires first, they will stand with North Korea.

That means that we are most likely looking at either a US/ South Korean decap strike against Kim Jung Un, or a false flag, to be blamed on North Korea, to get a military strike against it justified.

But either way, my sense of this is that it will come relatively quickly; within the next couple of months, perhaps.

What the US government dares not wait for, is for Kim to actually acquire or develop the nuclear weapon he wants to use as a threat against US intervention, so my sense is that the action will come sooner rather than later.

Sep 16 08:44

North Korea's Nuke Program Won't End Until 'Equilibrium of Real Force' Achieved

Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un promised the Korea's People Army will continue refining its ballistic missile and nuclear deterrent capabilities until Pyongyang can fully match the power of the US military, KNCA reports.

Sep 16 08:44

North Korea seeks to establish ‘equilibrium of force’ with US – Kim Jong-un

Pyongyang must strive for parity of “real force” with Washington on the Korean peninsula so that US leaders “dare not talk about military options,” North Korean leader Kim Jong-un told defense officials during the latest test of IRBM.

Sep 16 08:43

Russia urges US to take diplomatic steps if it seeks ‘strict implementation’ of N. Korea sanctions

Russia’s UN envoy has reminded Washington that while Moscow and Beijing are implementing the sanctions part of the UNSC resolution, the US must deliver on its obligation to pursue diplomacy to defuse the crisis.

The UN Security Council has “condemned the highly provocative launch of a ballistic missile” by North Korea, the 15-member body said in a statement following an emergency closed door session that was called in wake of the 19th missile test by North Korea this year.

Sep 16 08:40

Trump stands in front of nuclear bomber to warn Kim Jong-Un that when America's Air Force is overhead enemies 'know the day of reckoning has arrived'

'Our aviators have given America total dominance of the air and space no matter where we fly. Now when our enemies hear the F-35's engines, when they're roaring overhead, their souls will tremble and they will know the day of reckoning has arrived.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Interesting. When Kim Jung-Un says "We can destroy you" the media says he is being provocative but when Trump says "We can destroy you" the media says he is being Presidential!

Sep 16 08:37

Gallup Poll: US Majority Backs Attacking North Korea

A new poll from Gallup shows that a majority of Americans, 58%, are in favor of attacking North Korea militarily if the US “cannot accomplish its goals by more peaceful means first.” Americans were split more or less evenly on whether sanctions and diplomacy could work.

This is the first time Gallup has asked about attacking North Korea since 2003. At the time, only 47% favored an attack. The shift in the last 14 years appears to have been greatly along political lines, with an overwhelming 82% of Republicans now backing war, compared to just 37% of Democrats.

The possibility of such an attack has been discussed a lot more this year than any time in decades. Repeated North Korean tests have been presented as a growing threat to the US mainland, with the Trump Administration declaring diplomacy a failure from the start.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at this response, I can only conclude that Gallup was either push polling, working in zip codes where a positive outcome to such a question is assured, or polling the criminally insane, or both.

Don't these nincompoops comprehend that if the US shoots first, China will protect North Korea, and a war against China right now is a war we most probably cannot win?!?

These must be the graduates of Common Core, with lots... of participation trophies, but absolutely zero critical thinking capabilites!

Sep 16 07:31

The awkward history of ‘decapitation’ plots against North Korea

Confronted by North Korea’s increasing belligerence, Seoul has recently begun showing off its “decapitation unit.” The implication is that, if worse comes to worst, South Korea could preemptively take out Kim Jong Un.

Sep 16 07:16

Syria's President Exposed A Flaw In US Foreign Policy That No One Wants To Talk About

Would the death of one man rid every single North Korean of the hostility and hatred they harbor toward the United States when many know full well that in the early 1950s the U.S. bombed North Korea so relentlessly they eventually ran out of targets to hit — that the U.S. military killed off at least 20 percent of the civilian population?

If Kim Jong-un is removed, will North Koreans suddenly forget that nearly every North Korean alive today has a family relative that was killed by the United States in the 1950s?

Sep 15 12:17

Nikki Haley at the UN: Agree With Us or We Go It Alone

Haley’s actions and attitudes in the UN begin to seem more and more like efforts to undermine the organization rather than reform it.

Sep 15 11:55

How NBA star Dennis Rodman came to stand between the world and nuclear war

Earlier this year Rodman’s agent said that his client helped convince North Korea to release American college student Otto Warmbier before his death. Now, nearly everyone else involved with Warmbier’s release has denied that Rodman had much to do with it, but the mere fact that he was in position to take credit is proof enough that he has become the unlikely face of US-North Korean relations. As North Korea expert Ken Gause said to Time that “he’s not the best ambassador we could have but it’s who we have.”

In just about any other situation, Gause would be correct in describing Rodman as an utterly inappropriate ambassador – as the man himself admits “[Kim and I] ride horses, we hang out, we go skiing, we hardly ever talk politics and that’s the good thing.” Rodman also fundamentally lacks the tact and restraint required in most diplomatic situations, and has a tendency to make events all about himself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, we are past the point where Rodman could possibly do any real good, and as of 1 September, Americans are forbidden from going there; it appears that the Deep State of the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled State of Amerika is utterly ready to declare war on both North Korea...and the world.

Sep 15 09:39

Lindsey Graham says U.S. should threaten military option against North Korea

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday that the U.S. should threaten a "credible military option" against North Korea because he suggested that the United Nations sanctions aren't effectively deterring the regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Lindsey...

Sep 15 09:26

A South Korean delegation asks Washington for nuclear weapons

The heated debate in South Korea over redeploying U.S. nuclear weapons on its territory has now reached Washington. A senior delegation of South Korean lawmakers is in town making the case to the Trump administration and Congress that such a move is needed to confront North Korea’s growing nuclear capability and place more pressure on China.

Sep 15 08:52

Pentagon Chief Warns ‘Don’t Try It’ as North Korea Readies for Next Nuke Test

America’s top defense official has a simple message for North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, whose forces are preparing yet another underground nuclear test, according to recent imagery intelligence reports: “Don’t try it. It won’t work. You can’t take us out.”

Sep 15 07:46

South Korea Fires Ballistic Missiles in Response to North's Latest Test-Launch

Two Hyunmoo-2 missiles were launched from a site near the inter-Korean border six minutes after the North fired a missile from the Sunan district of Pyongyang, Yonhap reported Friday citing the South Korean military.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't hear anyone screaming that the South Korean missile launches are a "provocation."

Sep 15 07:45

South Korean President Threatens to Destroy North Korea

Pyongyang overtly disregards the appeals of the international community to halt ballistic missile tests which makes it practically impossible to engage in any diplomatic procedures. Its South neighbor has lost patience and threatens with destruction.

Sep 15 07:34

North Korea fires second missile over Japan as US tells China and Russia to take 'direct action' 

North Korea has fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile that flew over Japan before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean.

It was the second aggressive test-flight over the territory of the close US ally in less than a month and it followed the sixth and most powerful nuclear test by North Korea to date on September 3.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile travelled about 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) while reaching a maximum height of 770 kilometers (478 miles).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's illegal for NK to launch missiles but legal for the USA.
The USA can illegally invade countries but the whole world will (and must) keep silent. See Syria.
The USA refuses to sign a peace treaty with NK because it wants to take over a nation bordering China and Russia.
You see again that the USA's Thad missiles didn't shoot down the missile, maybe they don't work !
I think the USA's call for Russia and China to "do more" is hysterical, it shoes the USA can't do shit.

Sep 14 15:32

North Korea 'fires missile from Pyongyang'

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile eastwards from its capital, Pyongyang, media reports say.

Japan said that the missile likely passed over its territory and has warned residents to take shelter, local media report.

South Korea and the US are analysing the details of the reported launch, Yonhap news agency reports.

Sep 14 11:31

North Korea Preparing For ICBM Launch: Japan Press

Gold spiked and USDJPY tumbled as headlines from Japan's Nikkei newspaper confirmed US military officials' observations last night that North Korea is said to show signs of missile launch preparation.

According to the Nikkei, citing an unidentified Japanese government official, the missile is being prepared for launch has engine for liquid fuel, suggesting missile is an ICBM. It adds that the missile is said to be fueled already, ready for launch. As Japan's Asahi further notes, the North Korean missile prep may be for a Hwason 14 ICBM and adds that missile prep is said to have started on Wednesday.

The immediate reaction was a risk-off spike in the Yen and dollar.

Sep 14 11:04

 Sanction America, Not North Korea

Ideally, sanctions should be abolished, prohibited for any reasons.

They’re counterproductive, achieving pain and suffering alone for ordinary people in targeted countries, nothing else.

As long as they’re permitted, legally by Security Council members alone, illegal unilaterally, sanction America for its high crimes of war and against humanity, not North Korea, threatening no other countries - even though a US veto would block adoption.

A symbolic 14 - 1 statement would send a powerful message, especially if enough world community nations no longer are willing to put up with endless US wars on humanity.

The leadership of any country threatened by Washington would be foolhardy not to seek powerful weapons and munitions for self-defense.

Abandonment of powerful weapons programs by Iraq and Libya led to their rape and destruction by US-led aggression - a lesson well understood in Pyongyang.

Sep 14 10:55

US Military Observes North Korean Missile Launchers Being Prepared

On the heels of the release of satellite imagery showing notable instability around the site of North Korea's nuclear bomb testing facility, NBC reports that three US military officials have observed North korea moving mobile missile launchers and preapreing hard sites in the last 48 hours.

Sep 14 09:10

North Korea Threatens To "Sink" Japan With Nuclear Weapons, "Reduce The US To Ashes"

Less than a day after US officials observed North Korea moving mobile missile launchers and engaging in preparations for what appears to be another missile test, a North Korean state committee has stepped up its belligerent rhetoric, threatening to use nuclear weapons to “sink” Japan and reduce the US to “ashes and darkness” after the UN Security Council passed new sanctions against the isolated country earlier this week, Reuters reported. The North also accused the US of “cooking up” the latest restrictive measures against it and demanded that the US be beaten “to death as a stick is fit for a rabid dog.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The rhetoric, we're used to by now; the question is, what will Kim Jung Un actually do, and when will he do it?!?

38north.org had the following article in its blog yesterday:

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Satellite Imagery Shows Post-Test Effects and New Activity in Alternate Tunnel Portal Areas

China is limited in what it can actually do to calm Kim Jung Un down, but the statement has been made that should the US attack first, China will defend North Korea.

So I have to wonder; what "sacrificial lamb" spot in the US has been chosen by those in the Bowels of Power in the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika to make it appear that North Korea hit the US first, to give cover for a multi-pronged attack against it?!?

If Hawaii has been chosen, it would not be the first time that has happened, because of its remote location relative to the continental US.

Pearl Harbor: Hawaii Was Surprised; FDR Was Not

Sep 14 07:32

North Korea threatens to sink Japan and turn US to 'ashes and darkness'

Tokyo condemns ‘absolutely unacceptable’ provocation, as Pyongyang reacts to imposition of new UN sanctions following missile tests

Sep 13 13:41

Trump Calls North Korea Sanctions ‘A Very Small Step’

US President Donald Trump has described as “a very small step,” the latest round of United Nations sanctions against North Korea, calling for tougher measures to rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Trump made the remarks on Tuesday, a day after the UN Security Council voted unanimously to impose additional economic sanctions against North Korea following its underground hydrogen bomb test on September 3.

Sep 13 12:39

North Korea’s low-tech military another cause for concern

hile North Korea’s launches of longer range missiles and it’s sixth and largest nuclear weapon test this month have generated concern, Pyongyang also has low-tech weaponry for use in any conflict with the US and its allies.

One example that doesn’t get headlines is the 300 An-2 biplanes in the North Korean airforce.

Designed in 1946, the aircraft is made largely from wood with a small engine and is difficult to detect by radar. The planes can carry as many as ten paratroops for low-level incursions, but their most unnerving application would be in dispersing biological or chemical weapons.

Sep 13 11:51

S. Korea rehearses use of bunker-buster missile that can reach entire North

The South Korean Air Force has performed a live-fire military drill for the long-range Taurus missile, according to media citing Seoul’s military. The 500-km-range air-to-surface missiles can hit precise targets in Pyongyang and all of North Korea.
The exercise was conducted in the air over Taean County, South Chungcheong Province in the country’s west on Tuesday, Yonhap news agency reported, citing the country’s military.

Sep 13 09:48

Trump Says North Korea Sanctions Are Nothing Compared to What Must Be Done

President Trump appeared very dismissive today of having successfully gotten new sanctions against North Korea through the UN Security Council. Trump referred to the resolution, which was watered down from initial US demands to get China to sign off, as “not a big deal,” saying he wasn’t sure if it would have any impact at all.

Given the instability of the situation and US threats of war, anything that’s not a big deal might be good news. That would be the case, if President Trump weren’t saying that he intends to follow it up with much bigger moves against North Korea.

Speaking during a meeting with the Malaysian Prime Minister, Trump says much tougher measures are needed, and that the Monday sanctions pale in comparison with what’s likely to “have to happen” to North Korea in the future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "Unilateral Moves" the US may make, could possibly borrow a page from those items not included in the UN Sanctions, such as tasking US Naval and Coast Guard ships with interdicting North Korean and other ships bound for North Korea, and demanding that the cargo be inspected.

Such a move, in international Naval Law, is considered an act of piracy, if not an outright act of war.

Sep 13 09:31

North Korea Slams ‘Evil’ Sanctions, Vows Faster Nuclear Push

North Korea rejected the latest round of United Nations sanctions on the isolated state, and vowed to accelerate its plans to acquire a nuclear weapon that can strike the U.S. homeland.

In its first official response to the new resolution, North Korea’s foreign ministry released a statement on state-run media saying the sanctions justified its nuclear push and strengthened its will to “follow this road at a faster pace without the slightest diversion until this fight to the finish is over.”

“The adoption of another illegal and evil ‘resolution on sanctions’ piloted by the U.S. served as an occasion for the DPRK to verify that the road it chose to go down was absolutely right,” the ministry said, according to the Korean Central News Agency. “The DPRK will redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and right to existence,” KCNA said, using the country’s formal name.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is not the rhetoric coming out of North Korea, but precisely what Kim Jung Un is really prepared to do, coupled with a potential confrontation by the US, and approached by China and Russia as an issue which must be resolved diplomatically, avoiding all military confrontation.

The question of possible scenarios dealing with North Korea's nuclear push become more complicated, in light of President Trump's having vowed on the campaign trail that he would never allow North Korea to develop a working nuclear missile.

So one has to ask: how does he honor that in a way that China and Russia can sign off on?!? China has already warned the US that should the US strike first, they will take North Korea's side, militarily.

China warns Trump: we will back North Korea of the US strikes first

It appears, with the promises he made regarding North Korea's nuclear program, that President Trump has painted himself into a corner, and one has to wonder just what his "way out" is going to be, if in fact it is NOT a military confrontation with North Korea.

Sep 13 08:50

US threatens to ‘cut China off’ from dollar if it does not uphold sanctions against N. Korea

The US could impose economic sanctions on China if it does not implement the new sanctions regime against North Korea, the US Treasury Secretary has warned. Steven Mnuchin said the restrictions could involve cutting off Beijing’s access to the US financial system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, China is trying to delink from the US system.

Sep 13 07:59

North Korea sanctions: US drops oil embargo and naval blockade proposals

In effort to avoid veto from China, US nixes proposal to freeze Kim Jong-un’s assets in revised draft proposal circulated to UN

Sep 13 07:54

BEX ALERT - North Korea’s hackers are reportedly targeting bitcoin exchanges

North Korea’s hackers have been linked with many attacks, including the 2014 Sony hack, but it looks like the totalitarian state is now targeting bitcoin, and crypto coin exchanges in particular, with its hacking teams.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The SONY "hack" turned out to be an internal leak which North Korea had nothing to do with. But any lie will suffice on the path to war!

Sep 13 07:28

Senator Warns Of Imminent Nuke Attack On Seattle…But A Law Forbids Them From Preparing

A United States senator has just warned that a nuclear attack by North Korea is imminent. He wants Washinton state to prepare for the strike, but right now, a little law is getting in his way.

According to Senator Mark Miloscia, the danger to Washington state, which is the closest part of the contiguous US to North Korea, is “starting to become imminent.” Miloscia has warned that the threat of a nuclear attack is growing with each weapons test done by the North and their defiant leader, Kim Jong-Un. He is urging lawmakers to back the bid for an emergency response plan when they meet tomorrow. But he’ll be fighting against a law that says the state of Washington cannot prepare for a nuclear war.

It’s a throwback to the Cold War when it was feared that planning for a nuclear strike might suggest the US was preparing to launch one itself and expected a response.

Sep 13 07:26

North Korea "categorically" rejects new U.N. sanctions

North Korea will be feeling the pain of new United Nations sanctions targeting some of its biggest remaining foreign revenue streams. But the Security Council eased off the biggest target of all: the oil the North needs to stay alive, and to fuel its million-man military.

Though the United States had proposed a complete ban, the sanctions by the U.N. Security Council to punish North Korea for its sixth nuclear test cap Pyongyang's annual imports of crude oil at the same level they have been for the past 12 months: an estimated 4 million barrels. Exports of North Korean textiles are prohibited, and other nations are barred from authorizing new work permits for North Korean workers, putting a squeeze on two key sources of hard currency.

Sep 12 11:56

USDJPY Slumps On North Korea Threat About "Next Measures"

NORTH KOREA AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA SAYS NORTH KOREA HAS ONLY ONE PATH - DEVELOPMENT OF NUCLEAR FORCES: IFX

NORTH KOREA DEVELOPING, IMPROVING NUCLEAR WEAPONS AS MEANS TO DETER U.S. HOSTILE POLICY - NORTH KOREAN AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA: IFX

NORTH KOREA ABSOLUTELY DISMISSES U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS, THEY ARE UNLAWFUL - NORTH KOREAN AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA: IFX

NORTH KOREA AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA SAYS OUR NEXT MEASURES WILL THRUST U.S. INTO WORST PREDICAMENT IT HAS EVER KNOWN: IFX

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Verbal belligerence against the US and UN is Kim's stock in trade; the questions Washington's leadership have to ask, realistically, are, what is he actually prepared to do, against the US, and when does he intend to do it?!?

Sep 12 10:03

Threat to China: Nuclear Radiation Leak 'Inevitable' in Northern DPRK Province

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is risking a major radioactive disaster by continuing to test increasingly powerful nuclear weapons at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site located in the DPRK’s North Hamgyong province.

Sep 12 08:56

After U.S. Compromise, Security Council Strengthens North Korea Sanctions

The United Nations Security Council on Monday ratcheted up sanctions yet again against North Korea, but they fell significantly short of the far-reaching penalties that the Trump administration had demanded just days ago.

While the sanctions were described in Washington and other capitals as the most extensive yet, in the end they amounted to another incremental increase of pressure on the country, even after it detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear device.

It was far from clear that the additional penalties would accomplish what the Trump administration said was its goal: To force North Korea to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile tests and reopen some kind of negotiation toward eventual nuclear disarmament.

Sep 11 15:22

UN Security Council unanimously approves resolution on North Korea

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thus is the "watered down" version.

Sep 11 15:06

UN to vote on watered-down new sanctions against North Korea

The U.N. Security Council was scheduled to vote late Monday on a new, watered-down sanctions resolution against North Korea that eliminates initial U.S. demands to ban all oil imports to the country and freeze international assets of the government and its leader Kim Jong Un.

The draft resolution, agreed to late Sunday after final negotiations between the U.S. and China, the North's ally and main trading partner, also eliminates a U.S. proposal to authorize the use of force to board and inspect nine named ships, which it said violated previous U.N. sanctions resolutions.

The resolution to be voted on represents a swift response to North Korea's recent nuclear test, which it says was a hydrogen bomb, and to its escalating launches of increasingly sophisticated ballistic missiles it says can reach the United States.

Sep 11 08:08

North Korea official blasts France over nuclear criticism

Ri Tok-Son, deputy director of the foreign ministry's European department, said France's claim that a nuclear missile launched from the North could strike Europe was "preposterous".

He stressed that the North's atomic arsenal was a deterrent against US nuclear threats which Paris does not face.

Sep 11 07:43

John McCain: North Korea must know price for aggression is 'extinction'

Sen. John McCain on Sunday called for the United States to step up its presence around North Korea and make clear to its leader, Kim Jong Un, that aggressive acts would lead to the annihilation of his country.

Washington needs to "make sure that Kim Jong Un knows that if he acts in an aggressive fashion, the price will be extinction," McCain said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Does that also hold true for an aggressive United States, John?

Sep 11 07:41

US Comes to Russia With 'Absurd' Request for More Sanctions Against North Korea

Given the US approach to its relations with Russia, it is "absurd" for Washington to expect Moscow's support for its sanctions plan for North Korea, Georgiy Toloraya of the Russian Academy of Sciences told Sputnik.

Sep 11 07:40

No nuclear ties between Iran, North Korea: FM spokesman

Foreign media reports on Iran-North Korea nuclear cooperation is not thought-out, and far from reality, a senior Iranian official said on Monday.

Sep 10 09:15

North Korea's Capital City Clears Out After Latest Nuclear Tests

A Singaporean pilot was shooting aerial footage over North Korea when he noticed something peculiar: Pyongyang, the capital city which is normally home to 2.58 million, was absolutely deserted.

According to the New York Post, the eerie footage was shot by 41-year-old Aram Pan and was originally supposed to be part of his larger project, DPRK360, which aimed to show the totalitarian regime from a “different perspective.”

Sep 10 08:56

Trump will urge UN to impose North Korean naval blockade and oil embargo

The US will embark on an aggressive effort to tighten North Korea’s isolation on Monday with a call for an oil embargo and a partial naval blockade.

A draft United Nations resolution seen by the Observer would also block textile exports and the hiring of North Korean labour by foreign countries. The American delegation has called for the UN security council to debate the draft, in an attempt to force decisive action following last Sunday’s massive nuclear test of a bomb, Pyongyang’s sixth.

The most striking language in the resolution authorises naval vessels of any UN member state to inspect North Korean ships suspected of carrying banned cargo and to use “all necessary measures to carry out such inspections”. The implications of such a resolution would be far-reaching. Any attempt to board or divert a North Korean vessel could trigger an exchange of fire.

Sep 10 08:55

Pyongyang Will 'Inevitably Respond' to South Korea's New 'Frankenmissile'

Seoul plans to create a powerful new 'Frankenmissile' bunker-busting weapon capable of destroying North Korea's underground military facilities, South Korean media has reported. Speaking to Sputnik, military analyst Vladimir Kozin said such a missile would affect the balance of forces in the region, and inevitably prompt a North Korean response.

Sep 10 08:54

BEX ALERT - Report: British Suspect Iran Or Russia May Have Helped North Korea Nuclear Program

Britain's Telegraph newspaper is reporting that U.K. officials fear that Iran or Russia may have helped North Korea’s "sudden advancement" in the development of nuclear weapons.

Sep 10 08:34

Report: Trump to Call for UN Naval Blockade of NKorea

The United States' effort to further isolate North Korea with tough measures including an oil embargo will also call for a partial naval blockade, the Guardian reported.

In striking language, the draft United Nations resolution authorizes naval vessels of any U.N. member state to inspect North Korean ships suspected of carrying banned cargo and to use "all necessary measures to carry out such inspections," the Guardian reported.

The Guardian noted the implications of such a resolution would be far-reaching, since any attempt to board or divert a North Korean vessel could trigger an exchange of fire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any interception of a vessel in international waters is technically an act of piracy. And a naval blockade is an act of war.

Sep 10 08:04

BEX ALERT - Exclusive: North Korea 'secretly helped by Iran to gain nuclear weapons', British officials fear

North Korea’s sudden advancement in developing nuclear weapons may be due to secret support from Iran, British officials fear.

The Foreign Office is investigating whether “current and former nuclear states” helped Kim Jong-Un in his drive to mount nuclear warheads on missiles.

Sep 10 07:55

Your daily dose of BOOGA BOOGA! - Risk of war with nuclear-armed North Korea is 'extremely great' and London could end up within range of regime's missiles, warns defence secretary

Sir Michael Fallon raised concerns about the danger of a 'miscalculation' causing a military confrontation, saying it must be avoided 'at all costs'.

He also pointed out that our capital is closer to Pyongyang than Los Angeles and the range of its weapons is getting 'longer and long'.

Sep 10 07:54

Instead of Launching a Missile, North Korea Throws a Party

North Korea marked its government’s 69th anniversary not with another missile test, as many had feared, but with a gala party for the scientists involved in carrying out the country’s most powerful nuclear test yet last week, the state-run news media reported on Sunday.

The country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, celebrated the national holiday on Saturday by bringing his nuclear scientists and engineers to Pyongyang, the capital, and holding a banquet.

On their way from the country’s underground nuclear test site in northeast North Korea to Pyongyang, the technicians had been cheered by people who poured out to see them passing by, the country’s official Korean Central News Agency reported. And upon their arrival in the city, on Wednesday, they were met with a hero’s welcome, including a huge outdoor rally and firecrackers.

Sep 09 10:08

US Assault Ship Loaded with Joint Strike Fighters Heads to North Korea

The USS Wasp is sailing from its homeport in Virginia to Sasebo, Japan, to join the US Navy’s 7th Fleet and bring Washington’s most advanced fighter jets to North Korea’s backyard.

The Wasp, an Amphibious Assault Ship and lead ship of her class, doesn’t have quite as much surface area for jets to take off and land as the larger Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, but the ship will still bring a new squadron of carrier-compatible F-35B aircraft to the 7th Fleet’s area of operations.

The F-35 B jets have the AV-8 B Harrier’s capability of taking off vertically, as a helicopter does, while also being able to operate in the air like fighter jets.

Placing the Amphibious Assault Ship in proximity to the Korean Peninsula “ensured that our most technologically-advanced air warfare platforms are forward deployed,” USS Wasp Cmdr. Andrew Smith said in an August 30 release.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This does not auger well for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Sep 09 08:24

US formally requests UN vote on North Korea sanctions

Proposed sanctions over nuclear arms buildup would include oil embargo,assets freeze and punishment of guest workers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I predict China or Russia will veto.

Sep 09 08:20

Pyongyang diplomat says North Korea-U.S. tensions are not Mexico’s business

North Korea’s ambassador to Mexico on Friday said its tensions with the United States were not Mexico City’s business after President Enrique Pena Nieto ordered that he leave the country in protest over Pyongyang’s nuclear tests.

Mexico on Thursday said it had given the ambassador, Kim Hyong Gil, 72 hours to leave Mexico in order to express its “absolute rejection” of North Korea’s recent nuclear activity, describing it as a grave threat to the region and the world.

The North Korean ambassador branded the move as “ignorant” and said disagreement over the country’s nuclear program is an issue for the United States and “has nothing to do with Mexico.”

Sep 09 08:12

Another North Korean holiday? It’s probably time for another missile launch.

Saturday is the 69th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and neighboring countries are bracing for the rogue country to celebrate in a classic North Korean way: by conducting a test of its nuclear and missile program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the Washington Compost struck out again. It's midnight in North Korea and nothing has been launched.

Sep 09 05:48

Serious about peace? 'US should withdraw 50,000 troops from Japan, 30,000 from S.Korea'

The US wants more war because it means more profit and distracts from the social problems. The US tries to paint Pyongyang as the world’s enemy, however, we know who the true aggressor is, says international affairs commentator Daniel Shaw.

The US president has offered to help Middle East countries resolve the blockade of Qatar, a country which he branded a sponsor of terrorism just a few months ago when Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE cut diplomatic and transport links with the Gulf nation.

The US maintains a significant military presence in Qatar with the biggest air base in the region; around 11,000 American troops are stationed there. Just weeks after welcoming the blockade, President Trump approved a fighter jet deal with Qatar worth $12 billion.

Sep 09 05:07

Nato chief: world is at its most dangerous point in a generation

The world is more dangerous today than it has been in a generation, the head of Nato has said, days before the mobilisation of an estimated 100,000 Russian troops on the EU’s eastern borders, and as a nuclear crisis grows on the Korean peninsula.

Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of the military alliance, said the sheer number of converging threats was making the world increasingly perilous.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the problem lies more with NATO, which has been pouring arms and soldiers on the Russian border for months now, along with the US, which can;t seem to go 2 months without invading or drone striking some other country!

Sep 09 05:05

North Korea Slams "Political Prostitute" Nikki Haley, Whose "Tongue Lashing" Will Cost US Dearly

With North Korea expected to launch another ballistic missile as soon as September 9, a local holiday, a statement carried on North Korea’s state-run KCNA news service warned that Washington's UN Ambassador Nikki Haley’s remarks that Pyongyang was “begging for war” would not be left unanswered and that the US will “pay dearly” for this provocation..

On Friday, a news broadcast from the official state-run Korean Central News Agency described Haley as a “political prostitute” whose “hysteric fit” would have dire consequences for the United States.

“Nikki should be careful with her tongue though she might be a blind fool,” said the statement on KCNA. “The US administration will have to pay a dear price for her tongue-lashing.”

Sep 09 05:03

US Assault Ship Loaded with Joint Strike Fighters Heads to North Korea

The USS Wasp is sailing from its homeport in Virginia to Sasebo, Japan, to join the US Navy’s 7th Fleet and bring Washington’s most advanced fighter jets to North Korea’s backyard.

The Wasp, an Amphibious Assault Ship and lead ship of her class, doesn’t have quite as much surface area for jets to take off and land as the larger Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, but the ship will still bring a new squadron of carrier-compatible F-35B aircraft to the 7th Fleet’s area of operations.

The F-35B jets have the AV-8B Harrier’s capability of taking off vertically, as a helicopter does, while also being able to operate in the air like fighter jets.

Sep 09 04:57

Trump orders US military to shoot down North Korean missiles

US President Donald Trump has ordered military to shoot down any missile launched from North Korea and heading toward Guam or the United States.

Sources close to the White House national security team told Newsmax on Thursday the order was issued to the US military in the wake of last month's threat by North Korea to fire a ballistic missile toward Guam, a US territory.

"The threat provoked the president," one source told the news agency.

Another national security source told Newsmax that Trump also is considering a new "shoot down" order for any North Korean missile fired toward Japan or South Korea.

Sep 09 04:55

What would happen if North Korea fires a missile at the US

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said recently it would be "game on" if North Korea were to fire a missile at the United States or its allies, but how fast things would happen is not so clear.

A leading expert in missile defense told Fox News there would not be much time to decide to shoot down a North Korean missile.

“This is a game of minutes, but the initial detection of a launch would be really in terms of seconds,” said Thomas Karako, senior fellow and director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“Keep in mind the entire flight time from North Korea to the United States is well under any hour [and] the authority is given in advance. It's predesignated,” he added.

Sep 09 04:36

South Korea braces for another possible missile test by North Korea

NORTH Korea has called for more and better nuclear weapons to deter the US ‘and its puppets’ as NATO’s chief warns the world.

Sep 08 21:37

China detects rising radiation levels in areas close to North Korean nuclear blast site

Chinese scientists are considering whether a small but gradual increase in environmental radiation picked up by monitoring stations close to the border with North Korea is related to the nuclear test carried out over the weekend.

The changes could be down to environmental factors and unrelated to the nuclear test, but the trend was “worthy of attention”, said a scientist who sits on a panel that advises the Chinese government on emergency responses to radioactive hazards.

The radiation level in Changbai Korean autonomous county – the closest Chinese urban area to the Punggye-ri test facility – climbed gradually from an average of 104.9 nanograys per hour immediately after the test on Sunday to 108.5 on Tuesday, according to figures released by China’s environment ministry.

Sep 08 13:09

China Tips its Hand: How it Would Prevent a US Attack on North Korea

The unanswered question of the past several weeks is “What would China do to prevent a US attack on North Korea?” Well, the Chinese began to answer that question with military exercises and deployment of air defense forces designed to expand the roles of anti-missile units in size and scope of territory defended. RT News released an article on September 6 entitled China carries out live-fire exercise fending off ‘surprise’ overseas attack, and here is an excerpt:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American military is singularly unprepared to fight a war against China over North Korea, because it doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive result in a war against China.

Sep 08 12:53

Washington’s Draft UN Security Council Resolution on North Korea

n its current form, a draft US sponsored SC resolution on the DPRK is unacceptable to Russia and China, calling for:

an asset freeze and travel ban on Kim Jong-un and other designated DPRK officials;
designating additional “WMD-related items,” including specified materials, equipment, goods and technology;
designating “conventional arms dual-use and munitions” and related items, including specified materials, equipment, goods, and technology;
designating vessels used to transport coal, its purchase by other countries prohibited;
authorizing UN member states to interdict and inspect North Korean vessels at sea in international waters;
banning exports of crude oil, condensate, refined petroleum products and natural gas to the DPRK;
prohibiting textile exports to the country;
preventing illicit (sic) DPRK coal exports through Rajin;
banning the hiring and use of North Korean workers by other countries; and

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sergei Lavrov is someone I consider "an adult in the room" in the vicious playpen which is international politics.

But I have to tell you, very frankly, that the way the language has been structured, insuring that China and Russia cannot possibly approve this resolution, will be the "trigger" which will enforce the Treasury's threat to
impose a ban on all US trade with dozens of nations that trade with North Korea."

Such sanctions cannot possibly be construed as anything but a prelude to a war against North Korea.

Sep 08 11:26

US Seeks UN Permission to Board North Korean Ships

Despite Russian opposition already having effectively killed the chances of a total oil ban on North Korea being enforced, the US is still pushing the plan at the UN Security Council. It’s not just a ban, however. The US wants permission to militarily enforce it.

The resolution includes broad language allowing the US Navy and Air Force to capture and board North Korean ships at sea, and to use “all necessary measures” to force them to reveal if they are complying with the ban.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley is looking for a vote by Monday, though it seems like any language within the bill about interdiction of North Korean ships is likely to be removed at the behest of both China and Russia if the resolution is to survive at all.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should such a completely reckless and irresponsible act move forward, either on the part of the UN (which is doubtful) or the US Department of Treasury (which is more likely), it will be interpreted as an act of war by both North Korea and China, and will be responded to accordingly.

Sep 08 11:15

Iran Condemns Pyongyang’s Nuke Tests, Says War 'Imminent’ Without Talks

According to Iranian parliamentarian Morteza Saffari Natanzi, who is a member of the country’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Iran is against nuclear weapons tests by any country and strongly condemns Pyongyang’s latest test of an alleged hydrogen bomb, the Iran Front Page reported.

"Based on a religious decree by Iran's leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei], Tehran is totally against any production of weapons of mass destruction," he said in an interview.

Iran has a nuclear program that included a research reactor, uranium mines, uranium processing facilities and uranium enrichment plants. It maintained for decades that its nuclear program was purely peaceful and civil, but was slammed repeatedly with sanctions by the US and the UN, alleging that Iran was secretly trying to develop a nuclear weapons program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, THIS... is a statement you will NEVER be allowed to hear from the US corporate presstitutes and whorespondents!!

Well spoken, Majlis Member Natanzi: WELL SPOKEN!! :-)

Sep 08 11:06

China’s Xi Jinping tells Donald Trump that North Korea nuclear issue must be solved via talks

China is focused on solving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue through talks and peaceful means, Chinese President Xi Jinping told US President Donald Trump in a telephone call on Wednesday (Sept 6).

The United States and South Korea have asked the United Nations to consider tough new sanctions on North Korea after its nuclear test on Sunday that Pyongyang said was a advanced hydrogen bomb.

Washington and its allies have said there is a growing urgency for China, North Korea’s top trading partner, to apply more pressure on its already isolated neighbour to get it to back down on its nuclear weapons and missiles programmes.

China “unswervingly” works to realise denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula and to safeguard the international nuclear non-proliferation system, Xi told Trump, according to a statement from China’s Foreign Ministry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am glad that there is dialogue on North Korea between President Trump, and his counterpart, Xi Jingping.

But that being said, if Kim Jong Un orders that a missile be fired tomorrow, which is the anniversary of the founding of the Country of North Korea, as many North Korea watchers are anticipating, all bets may well be off.

President Trump may well believe that he has "got to do something" to demonstrate American resolve; and that "something" may well be a full-blown military response, coupled with a decap strike against Kim, and the whole of Pyongyang.

IF China comes in on the side of North Korea, we may well be looking at World War III.

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