Mar 21 08:48

China, not North Korea, to dominate Japan military planning

North Korea’s growing missile arsenal might be the most obvious and immediate military threat facing Japan, but defence planners in Tokyo are focused on a much larger and more challenging foe as they prepare for the years ahead.

Mar 21 08:15

Lavrov warns US against provocations aiming to break down Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un

Russian Foreign Minister said that US presidential administration officials rushed to say that further pressure on Pyongyang was needed

Mar 21 08:14

US & South Korea to start massive joint military drills on April 1

Following a months-long pause in military drills and despite a thaw in relations between Seoul and Pyongyang, South Korea and the US will resume joint military exercises on April 1, the Ministry of National Defense announced.
“The practice is slated to begin April 1, and it will be conducted on a similar size in previous years,” the Ministry of National Defense said, according to Yonhap.

The Pentagon confirmed the planned resumption of joint US-South Korean drills, noting that the exercises are expected to conclude toward the end of May.

Mar 20 08:31

World War 3? North Korea ‘on ALERT’ as Trump confirms joint military operation with South

NORTH Korea is on alert after Donald Trump confirmed mass military drills with South Korea will take place at the beginning of April after delays during the Winter Olympics, the US Department of Defence stated.

Mar 20 08:07

Administration scrambles to make North Korea talks happen

Even under the best of circumstances, President Donald Trump’s planned summit with North Korea’s leader would be a daunting challenge – a faceoff with the dictator of a pariah state about whom there is little reliable intelligence and whose regime has a history of breaking promises and violating agreements.

But for the Trump administration, that might be the least of its worries. In the breakneck rush to prepare Trump for his meeting with Kim Jong Un in May, the White House is overseeing a frantic scramble to resolve even the most fundamental questions on the U.S. side: Where will the summit be? Who will be at the table? What should be on the agenda?

Mar 20 08:07

K-pop stars to perform in North Korea for first time since 2005

South Korea has said it will send K-pop singers to perform in North Korea for the first time in more than a decade.

More than 150 artists, including K-pop stars, are to visit Pyongyang from 31 March, Seoul said on Tuesday, in what will be a reciprocal visit after North Korea sent performers to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The visit, which was agreed after talks between the countries in the border area of Panmunjom and will include a series of concerts, will last until 3 April, South Korea’s unification ministry said.

Mar 20 04:31

US & South Korea To Start Massive Joint Military Drills On April 1

Furthermore, the US military noted that the North Koreans were notified about the drills by the United Nations Command. The Pentagon spokesman further added that the maneuvers have been long planned and are not a response to any specific North Korean action.


Mar 19 09:31

NKorean diplomat heads to Finland for talks with US, SKorea

A senior North Korean diplomat who handles North American affairs was heading to Finland on Sunday for talks with the United States and South Korea.

Choe Kang Il’s trip comes ahead of a possible meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Mar 19 09:30

'They're directly threatened' Japan ‘concerned' over Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un

JAPAN will be “concerned” at US President Donald Trump’s failure to consult them prior to accepting an invitation to meet North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, an expert in the south-east Asian affairs has said.

Mar 17 10:07

White House Assembling a Team for Upcoming North Korea Summit

With the White House planning a direct meeting between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un “by May,” they are in a rush to get ready. That means a hastily assembled team of officials and “experts” on North Korea who can get the leadership prepared for negotiations.

Exactly what this team is ultimately going to look like is unclear, but Anthony Ruggiero from the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies is the first member announced. Ruggiero had worked for the Treasury Department, and most recently as an adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

Ruggerio’s recent writing has centered heavily on North Korea, with an eye toward advocating more and harsher sanctions against them, and pushing for moves against Chinese companies for “collaborating” with North Korea.

Mar 17 09:46

South Korean Report on Summit Discredits US Elites’ Assumption

Media coverage of and political reactions to Donald Trump’s announcement of a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have been based on the assumption that it cannot succeed, because Kim will reject the idea of denuclearization. But the full report by South Korean president Moon Jae-in’s national security adviser on the meeting with Kim last week—covered by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency but not covered in U.S. news media—makes it clear that Kim will present Trump with a plan for complete denuclearization linked to the normalization of relations between the US and North Korea, or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Mar 17 09:40

North Korean media have nothing to say about nuclear talks but plenty about alleged U.S. human rights abuses

Roughly a week has passed since President Trump announced his acceptance of a proposal to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss denuclearization. The proposal was relayed by visiting officials from South Korea, who had recently returned from Pyongyang, where they said Kim himself had made the offer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the way the Compost says "alleged" Human Rights abuses even as the debate about Gina Haspel's involvement in torture makes headlines.

Mar 16 07:24

North Korean media has nothing to say about nuclear talks but plenty about alleged U.S. human-rights abuses

Roughly a week has passed since President Trump announced he had accepted a proposal to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss denuclearization. The proposal had been relayed by visiting officials from South Korea, who had recently returned from Pyongyang, where they said Kim himself had made the offer.

The idea of a Trump-Kim summit quickly became headline news around the world. Everywhere, that is, except one place you might expect: North Korea.

Mar 15 15:43

Trump Suggests Withdrawing Troops From South Korea Over Trade Issues

President Trump’s Wednesday fundraiser in Missouri is raising eyebrows in the news, as he suggested to donors that he is considering withdrawing US troops from South Korea if he can’t get a better trade deal out of their government.

Trump didn’t go into tremendous details about whether this meant a full withdrawal or a drawdown, and a lot of analysts were very dismissive of the report, suggesting it was an empty threat and just a negotiating tactic.

Mar 15 08:25

Commentary: Tillerson's kick out the door damages Iran deal, but not North Korea talks

As far as firings under President Donald Trump go, Rex Tillerson's is not the most humiliating. That dishonor would have to go to former chief of staff Reince Priebus. He learned he was fired through three Trump tweets and soon after was decoupled from the president's motorcade.

But Tillerson's departure is nonetheless a slap in the face to a former CEO who advised and quarreled with a man who used to play one on TV. As Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Steve Goldstein said in a statement Tuesday, "The secretary did not speak to the president this morning and is unaware of the reason, but he is grateful for the opportunity to serve." Ouch.

Mar 14 12:36

BEX ALERT - U.S. Monitoring Possible North Korean Military Base in Syria

The United States is monitoring information indicating that North Korea may be running a large underground military base in Syria that could be used for advanced weaponry and nuclear-related work, according to regional reports and U.S. officials tracking the situation.

From a Lost Age... HORROR Crawls from the Depths of the Earth!

Mar 14 11:06

Kim Jong Un Let The World In On A Secret That Could Change Everything

Donald Trump shocked the world when he agreed to meet with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

The big question was what would come of the possible sit down.

Kim Jong Un let everyone in on the secret and it could change everything.

A South Korean official in their President’s office revealed that Kim Jong Un would like a peace treaty with the United States that would formally end the Korean War.

The treaty would address the regime’s security, the status of U.S. troops in South Korea and their joint military drills, as well as North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US will never agree.

Mar 14 08:51

Pompeo & Haspel: ‘Hardliners that will do as Trump says’

The newly appointed US Secretary of State and CIA Chief are hardliners who will obediently follow President Donald Trump’s course for an even more confrontational foreign policy, former CIA officials told RT.

The appointment of Mike Pompeo as the US Secretary of State and “hardliner” Gina Haspel, who was picked to be his replacement as the head of the CIA, “confirms that the administration is moving to the right; to a more confrontational and a more aggressive foreign policy,” Philip Giraldi, a former CIA intelligence officer, told RT.

Mar 14 07:57

Game Theory Scowls at Trump-North Korea Talks

President Donald Trump’s possible meeting with Kim Jong Un to discuss North Korean nuclear weapons is considered a fairly unpredictable event. It’s worth a look at how an economist might use game theory to think about such a summit, if only to explain why there is more room for things to go wrong than to get better.

Mar 13 11:20

Summit raises hope North Korea will release 3 US detainees

Hopes for the release of three American citizens imprisoned in North Korea got a big boost by the news of a possible summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Freeing the prisoners would be relatively low-hanging fruit and a sign of goodwill by Kim. It would also mark something of a personal success for Trump, who has highlighted the issue since last June, when University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier died days after North Korea turned him over to American authorities.

Mar 13 06:30

Questions surround Kim Jong-un’s “separate message” to President Trump

A senior South Korean government official’s remarks about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un conveying “another message” besides his summit proposal to US President Donald Trump through a special envoy’s delegation that recently visited Pyongyang is raising questions about what the content may have been. The remarks came during a talk with South Korean correspondents in Washington on Mar. 9, as the official responded to questions about the message Kim wanted communicated to Trump.

“There was a message that he wanted given to the US,” the official said, adding that they could “not disclose everything that was exchanged between the heads of state.”

When asked for specifics, the official said the message was “part of trust-building efforts to ensure that the summit happens.” When asked if it concerned denuclearization, the official replied only that it was “very comprehensive in content.”

Mar 13 06:25

‘Dilbert’ Scoops ’em All On the Inside Story Of Trump Korea Talks

For those who haven’t been following the political commentary of Mr. Adams, it’s worth going back and reading.

Mar 12 08:53

CIA Director: US Will Make No Concessions Before North Korea Talks

In the aftermath of Trump's unexpected announcement that at the invitation of Kim Jong Un, he would meet with the North Korean leader in what is set to be a historic meeting, the first of its kind between the leaders of the two nations at a still unknown location, it emerged that not even Trump's top diplomats were aware of the impromptu decision.

According to press reports, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said during his ongoing Africa trip that he spoke with President Trump on his decision to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un only after it was announced by South Korean officials and the administration. Speaking in Djibouti, Tillerson was asked about his months-long public position that the time was not right for sitting down with North Korea.

Mar 12 08:02

Bill Richardson Praises Trump's NKorea Decision, Gambling for the 'Right Reason'

President Donald Trump deserves credit for boldly accepting an invitation to negotiate with North Korean President Kim Jong Un but needs to be careful because this is high-stakes diplomacy, former UN Ambassador and Bill Richardson said on Sunday.

Richardson, a veteran negotiator with North Korea, was speaking on "The Cats Roundtable" radio show on AM 970 in New York hosted by John Catsimatidis. He said he was flabbergasted and speechless when he heard about Trump's decision to negotiate with the North Korean leader.

Richardson, a Democrat, admitted that he has "real reservations about the president's foreign policy. But on this one, I think he's gambling for the right reason, [because] things with North Korea couldn't be worse."

Mar 12 07:57

Moon, Kim to hold summit at border next month: Official

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly agreed to hold a summit meeting with South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in next month and impose a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests if Pyongyang holds talks with the US, a senior South Korean official said Tuesday.

Chung Eui-yong, South Korea’s presidential national security director, said the third-ever summit between the two Koreas would take place in late April at the Joint Security Area in the Panmunjom border village at the Demilitarized Zone.

Mar 12 07:49

Trump believes North Korea will keep word on missile tests

President Donald Trump said Saturday he believes North Korea will abide by its pledge to suspend missile tests while he prepares for a summit by May with the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un.

Trump noted in a tweet that North Korea has refrained from such tests since November and said Kim “has promised not to do so through our meetings.”

“I believe they will honor that commitment,” the president wrote.

Trump shocked many inside and outside his administration Thursday when he told South Korean officials who had just returned from talks in North Korea that he would be willing to accept Kim’s meeting invitation.

Mar 12 07:15

Clinton Smells Danger and Lack of Professionals in Trump-Kim Meeting

While the international community has welcomed Donald Trump’s positive answer to Kim Jong-un’s invitation for direct talks, hoping that it could pave the way for a peaceful settlement to the North Korean issue, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has revealed Washington’s key weakness.

In an interview with Dutch tabloid Algemeen Dagblad, Hillary Clinton said that the Trump administration "was not recognizing the danger” in discussing denuclearization with North Korea and underscored a lack of experienced diplomats capable of handling the talks.

"If you want to talk to Kim Jong-un about his nuclear weapons you need experienced diplomats. These are people familiar with the dossiers and who know the North Koreans and their language," she told the media outlet.

Mar 12 07:06


Representative Gene Ward (R–Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley), a member of the House Military Affairs & Int'l Relations Committee, lauded President Donald Trump today for the President's acceptance of a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In a letter to the President, Ward also urged Trump to hold the meeting in Honolulu.

"This is truly historic and they're actually going to talk about the denuclearization of North Korea," Ward said. "The leaders of the United States and North Korea have never even talked to each other on the phone and now they're scheduled to meet face-to-face.

"This meeting is especially important for Hawaii since we are well within striking distance of North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Mar 11 17:54

Surprise: Norks not actually behind Olympic Destroyer malware outbreak – Kaspersky

The data wiping part of Olympic Destroy looks, at first glance, exactly the same as the Lazarus Group wiper used in the Bluenoroff malware responsible for the $81m cyber-heist against the Central Bank of Bangladesh last year – even down to the header.

“We can say with 100 per cent confidence that the attribution to Lazarus is false,” he said.

But the wiper function’s Rich header, which contains some metadata, included hints to the development environment the code was written in. The Olympic Destroyer code showed it was developed using Visual Studio 10 and made to look as though the code was the same as the C++-written Bluenoroff.

“The only reasonable conclusion that can be made is that the Rich header in the wiper was deliberately copied from the Bluenoroff samples; it is a fake and has no connection with the contents of the binary,” Kaspersky's technical report on the matter states.

Mar 10 08:39

Trump: Sanctions on North Korea Will Continue Until a Deal Is Reached

Issuing a statement on Twitter overnight, President Trump said that a meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un is in the process of being planned, but that in the meantime, US sanctions against North Korea will all remain in place until a final agreement is reached.

Administration officials are presenting this as part of a general need to maintain “maximum pressure” throughout the talks. This reflects a position within the government that the talks themselves are vindication of US sanctions and threats.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said as much during his visit to Kenya on Friday, that the talks showed the “policy we’ve put in place and executed by the State Department has succeeded.” This policy involved decades of mounting sanctions and acrimony.

Mar 10 08:35

Divide and Conquer - Why Does the U.S. Hate Peace?

Give peace a chance, the song urges.

But the United States won’t have it.

Olympic diplomacy seems to be working on the Korean peninsula. After a pair of South Korean envoys visited Pyongyang, they issued a promising communiqué. “The North Korean side clearly stated its willingness to denuclearize,” the statement said. Considering that the Korean crisis and a derpy emergency management official had Hawaiians jumping down manholes a few months ago, this news comes as a relief.

Then comes the rub. The South Korean statement continued: “[North Korea] made it clear that it would have no reason to keep nuclear weapons if the military threat to the North was eliminated and its security guaranteed [my emphasis].”

In other words, the DPRK is saying — reasonably — we’ll get rid of our nukes but only if you promise not to invade us. That guarantee would have to be issued by two countries: South Korea and the United States.

Mar 09 13:37

NY Times Reporter Tells CNN | Trump Deserves ‘Enormous Credit’ For North Korea Breakthrough…

Words you don't often hear on CNN...


Mar 09 08:18

Trump, Kim Agree to Meet ‘by May’

President Trump has announced that an offer conveyed to the United States from North Korea by way of South Korea’s visiting delegation, initially speculated to be a proposal for direct talks, is “almost beyond that,” and stands to be one of the most significant diplomatic proposals in decades. The offer was announced publicly by South Korea’s National Security Adviser Chung Eui-Yong.

North Korea is inviting President Trump to directly meet with Kim Jong-un, with the two talking about North Korea disarming its nuclear program. North Korea added that they would pause nuclear and missile development during the talks.

South Korea’s delegation of high-ranking officials visiting Pyongyang earlier this week was an historic move. A meeting between Trump and Kim would be far, far more important, which could reasonably be called the biggest diplomatic measure on North Korea since the Korean War.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks like Netanyahu told Trump, "Forget North Korea. Your job is to attack Iran!"

Mar 09 07:39

U.S., South Korea to Discuss Pyongyang’s Denuclearization Offer

White House National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will meet his South Korean counterpart as Washington weighs Pyongyang’s offer to discuss giving up its nuclear program, administration officials said.

Mar 08 17:47

President Donald Trump ACCEPTS Kim Jong-un's offer to meet and says he'll do it by May after North Korea vows to suspend its nuclear weapons testing program

President Donald Trump has accepted North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's dramatic offer to meet, and he'll do it by May, a South Korean official said Thursday evening.

South Korea's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong told U.S. press that the goal of the face-to-face talk is to achieve permanent denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

Chung did not say where the meeting would take place.

Kim sent a personal letter to the U.S. president that was delivered Thursday.

The message was passed to the White House through a South Korean delegation which held their own talks with the dictator this week.

In return, Kim is offering to suspend his nuclear missile testing program, Chung told White House officials before he briefed press from the building's North Lawn.

Mar 08 16:24

BREAKING | President Trump Will Announce ‘Major Statement’ On North Korea At 7 PM…

Just hit the wires a few minutes ago. Story is still developing...


Mar 08 08:32

Donald Trump 'lacks necessary expertise' for North Korea nuclear missile disarmament talks

NORTH Korea could be willing to halt the deadly nuclear weapons programme but Donald Trump’s administration lacks the expertise to engage in such sensitive talks as the White House lacks the strategic expertise to engage constructively, according to former officials and analysts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another attempt by the military industrial complex to undermine the White House and push for profitable war!

Mar 07 13:51

Kim Jong-un says US is 'the sworn enemy to humankind' as South Korean President Moon warns it's 'too early to be optimistic' over North's offer of denuclearisation

North Korea has described the US as 'the sworn enemy to humankind' as the South warned it was 'too early' to be optimistic' over Kim Jong-un's denuclearisation offer.

Pyongyang's Rodong news outlet accused America of being intent on 'pushing the planet into another dreadful nuclear disaster' and 'destroying world peace and security'.

It comes as South Korean President Moon Jae-in sounded a note of caution over the North's offer of denuclearisation talks.

Moon said it was 'too early to be optimistic', even as US leader Donald Trump welcomed the development.

Mar 07 13:22

US Wants Inter-Korean Thaw Undermined

Washington has been hostile toward North Korea throughout the entire post-WW II era because of its sovereign independence – not for any threat the country poses.

The DPRK never attacked another nation throughout its entire history, threatening none now.

Unless provoked to believe its security is gravely threatened, there’s isn’t the remotest possibility it would attack another country.

If Washington and the West had normalized relations with Pyongyang, respecting its sovereignty, its leadership never would have pursued the development of nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Mar 07 08:32

US Imposes More Sanctions On North Korea Despite Diplomatic "Breakthrough"

Barely 12 hours after a "breakthrough" report that North Korean leaders might be willing to shut down their nuclear program and surrender their existing nukes in exchange for assurances that the regime's safety would be guaranteed, the State Department announced that it would impose yet another round of economic sanctions on the North - its second batch of sanctions within the span of two weeks, per Reuters.

Mar 07 08:29

‘Possibility of a Great Breakthrough': Korean Peace Talks Depend on US Approach

On Tuesday, it was revealed that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un informed a South Korean envoy that he was willing to discuss scrapping his nuclear program if the US was also willing to make some security guarantees.

"The North Korean side clearly stated its willingness to denuclearize," a statement from the office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in noted. "It made it clear that it would have no reason to keep nuclear weapons if the military threat to the North was eliminated and its security guaranteed."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US approach was more sanctions!

Mar 07 07:48

US State Department finds North Korea assassinated Kim Jong-un's half-brother with chemical warfare agent VX at airport in Malaysia, and imposes new sanctions

The US State Department has said that the North Korean government used chemical warfare agent VX to assassinate half-brother of Kim Jong-un in Malaysia in 2017

State Department says it has imposed additional sanctions on North Korea over the assassination.

An autopsy showed the banned VX nerve agent was found on Kim's face and in his eyes, blood, urine, clothing and bag

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The key part that is missing is proof that the North Korean government had anything to do with this. The new sanctions are just another way to goad North Korea into a reckless action to ignite a war.

Mar 07 07:04

N Korea reactor likely resumed plutonium production for weapons: 38 North

Commercial satellite images show that a key reactor at North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear research facility may have resumed production of plutonium for nuclear weapons, according to an article posted on 38 North, a website dedicated to analysis of North Korea.

Analysts Frank Pabian, Joseph Bermudez and Jack Liu said the photos from February 25 indicate that the 5-megawatt reactor at the facility continued to show signs of operation as indicated by steam-vapor plumes emanating from the generator hall and river ice melt near the reactor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hardly compelling evidence, but then again, nuclear weapons are the only real guarantee against invasion, so who could blame North Korea, given the track record of the US government in breaking promises not to invade nations that disarm.

Mar 06 15:23

Donald Trump cautious on N Korea nuclear disarmament talks

Donald Trump has reacted cautiously to news that North Korea is willing to talk about giving up its nuclear weapons if it did not feel threatened.

The US president said "the statements coming out of South Korea and North Korea have been very positive", but also said it might be a "false hope".

South Korea earlier said the subject was raised when its officials met the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, on Monday.

Seoul said Mr Kim was also open to US talks, and would pause weapons testing.

Mar 06 11:35

Kim Jong-un seeks reunification with South Korea– end of an era?

NORTH KOREAN leader Kim Jong Un met senior South Korean government officials for the first time and said it is his “firm will to vigorously advance” inter-Korean ties and pursue reunification, the North's official news agency said on Tuesday.

Mar 06 10:49

‘Truly Unprecedented’: High Level Inter-Korean Talks See Promising Start

"There were amazing pictures of the Korean delegate… they went to North Korea on a South Korean military aircraft… and the most interesting thing, truly unprecedented, is that they actually met with Kim Jong-un within three hours — that is truly something that has never happened before," she added, before saying that "if all goes well I think we're going to have some major breakthrough."

Mar 06 10:29

US preventing easing of tensions on Korean Peninsula

An analyst believes whenever there is an easing of tensions between the two Koreas, Washington sends a signal to Seoul to pull back.

Mar 06 10:11

Kim Jong-un says giving up North Korea's nuclear weapons was his father's last wish as the rogue state offers to halt missile tests if US agrees to talks

Kim Jong-un has revealed that giving up North Korea's nuclear weapons was his father's last wish.

The tyrant reportedly said his late father Kim Jong-Il had wanted de-nuclearisation across the Korean Peninsula.

His comments were revealed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in's top security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, who returned home earlier today from a two-day trip to Pyongyang.

During the visit, the rogue state said it will not need to keep its nuclear weapons if military threats against it are resolved and it receives a 'credible security guarantee'.

Mar 06 08:46

'The world is watching': North Korea reportedly would consider abandoning nukes program

North Korea said it is willing to talk to the United States about abandoning its nuclear weapons program if its security can be guaranteed, South Korea's government said Tuesday.

If confirmed, the move would mark a significant departure from North Korea's previous stance on its nuclear program and give momentum to South Korea's efforts to bring the United States and North Korea together for talks.

The North said it would stop testing nuclear weapons and missiles for the duration of any "candid talks" it may hold with Washington, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

In a tweet Tuesday, President Trump said the announcement signaled "possible progress" in efforts to get North Korea to discuss its nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Korea must reunify now, or North Korea will be attacked by the US as soon as it gives up its weapons of deterrence.

Mar 05 10:01

US Media Airs Pretexts for Preemptive Attack on North Korea

On February 27, a lengthy New York Times article featured allegations by unnamed “United Nations’ experts” that North Korea “has been shipping supplies to the Syrian government that could be used in the production of chemical weapons.” It asserted that

“possible chemical weapons components” were “part of at least 40 previously unreported shipments by North Korea to Syria between 2012 and 2017 of prohibited ballistic missile parts and materials that could be used for both military and civilian purposes.”

The article claims the newspaper “reviewed” a 200-page report by the purported UN experts. It admits that the document has not been officially released and, according to a UN official cited in the article, there are no plans to publish it. The article further concedes that “experts who viewed the report said the evidence it cited did not prove definitively that there was current, continuing collaboration between North Korea and Syria on chemical weapons” [emphasis added].

Mar 05 08:32

An attack on North Korea could start a US-China war -- Don't do it

Following the Winter Olympics, South Korean President Moon Jae-in indicated he was ready to talk to North Korea and engage in diplomacy. And while Vice President Mike Pence – who earlier announced severe sanctions on the North –first signaled a willingness to talk, he quickly seemed to change course.

President Trump further indicated that he is considering a preventive military strike on the North if the sanctions failed to denuclearize the communist nation. But such a so-called “bloody nose” strike against North Korean missile sites and nuclear facilities stands an excellent chance of becoming a bloody disaster.

China won't tolerate an unprovoked attack on North Korea, and President Moon will not support the use of South Korean forces as part of a U.S. military strike against North Korea.

Mar 05 08:06

South Korean Delegation Goes To The North For Peace Talks

Envoys representing South Korea regrouped at the Seoul Air Base in Seongnam on Monday before leaving for North Korea.

The purpose is with the aim to persuade Pyongyang to hold talks with the United States towards nuclear disarmament and peace on the Korean peninsula.

Headed by President Moon Jae-in’s national security director Chung Eui-yong, the 10-member delegation was seen meeting at the airport before taking off for a two-day trip that may include a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Mar 04 07:57

We Won’t ‘Beg for Dialogue’: North Korea Rules Out Talks With US Preconditions

North Korea lambasted the US for making up preconditions for dialogue between states, as Seoul prepares to send an envoy to Pyongyang to find a way to ease the nuclear standoff.

A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said Saturday that dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington is "possible," but underscored that it will happen only on equal footing and without preconditions.

"There had been no case at all where we sat with the US on any precondition, and this will be the case in future, too" the spokesman said, according to North Korea's KCNA agency.

Mar 04 07:56

'Dark clouds of a war': North Korea will 'counter US' if it holds drills with Seoul

“If the US finally holds joint military exercises while keeping sanctions on the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea], the DPRK will counter the US by its own mode of counteraction and the US will be made to own all responsibilities for the ensuing consequences,” North Korea’s official KCNA news agency said in a commentary on Saturday. "The US should clearly understand this and exercise prudence."

Mar 04 07:42

North Korea threatens to 'counter' US over military drills

North Korea threatened on Saturday to "counter the U.S." if the United States holds joint military exercises with South Korea, saying the drills would harm reconciliation efforts on the peninsula.

The United States is due to start joint exercises in early April, a South Korean presidential security adviser said this week according to Yonhap news agency — the latest in a series of drills that the north has regularly described as a threat.

"If the U.S. finally holds joint military exercises while keeping sanctions on the DPRK, the DPRK will counter the U.S. by its own mode of counteraction and the U.S. will be made to own all responsibilities for the ensuing consequences," North Korea's official KCNA news agency said in its commentary.

Mar 03 07:48

At U.N., China delays U.S. bid to blacklist ships, companies over North Korea

China delayed a U.S. request for a United Nations Security Council committee to blacklist 33 ships, 27 shipping companies, and a Taiwan man for violating international sanctions on North Korea, diplomats said on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This illustrates what I have been saying about a disjointed US foreign policy. The US goads China in the South China Sea and then expects China to help the US with North Korea.

Didn't work out, did it?

Mar 02 08:37

Pentagon Predicts 10,000 US Military Casualties in Early Days of N. Korean War

American military leaders who met to discuss a prospective US invasion of North Korea have reportedly claimed the fighting would cause around 10,000 American casualties in the very earliest stages of what could become a protracted conflict.

The New York Times reported that on Wednesday, US military leaders attended a classified exercise in Hawaii to discuss various scenarios that would arise in the opening days of a prospective US invasion of North Korea. The Pentagon stressed that the exercises did not signal that the White House had decided to go to war with North Korea.

Mar 02 07:28

South Korea Tells U.S. It Will Send Envoy to North Korea

President Moon Jae-in of South Korea told President Trump on Thursday that he planned to send a special envoy to North Korea as part of his effort to broker talks between the United States and the North on ending its nuclear weapons program.

President Moon’s office said he talked with Mr. Trump on the phone on Thursday to discuss joint strategies, based upon the discussions Mr. Moon and his aides have held with senior North Korean officials who visited the South last month to attend the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Mar 02 07:16

It's 2002 Again - New York Times Makes Bogus WMD Claims

The valves, thermometers and acid resistance tiles Syria may have sought to acquire could be used for medical facilities, the production of candy or for dozens of other civilian purposes. They could be used to produce something for the military with chemical weapons probably being the most unlikely.

But like the discredited aluminum tube story, the current NYT piece, written by its UN reporter Michael Schwirtz, obfuscates the doubts about WMD connections of the issue. It makes false claims and is full of war-mongering assertions by hawkish figures. It is a scare story constructed to vilify various opponents to U.S. hegemony on meager factual grounds.

Mar 01 13:31

When hell freezes over: How the Corps plans to win a cold weather fight in Russia or North Korea

In the past year the Corps has upped the ante in its preparation for a major cold weather confrontation with a power like Russia or North Korea — a fight likely to prove more physically taxing and hellish than the Middle Eastern climes the Corps is accustomed to.

Attention to the smallest of details can be a matter of life and death, and even the most mundane of tasks take longer.

“What you see taking a long time is just day-to-day operations,” said 1st Lt. Wilson J. Fortune, a platoon ­commander with the U.S. Marines deployed to Norway.

Mar 01 09:07

The Pentagon’s “Ides of March”: Best Month to Go to War

Is it a coincidence?

In recent history, from the Vietnam war to the present, the month of March has been chosen by Pentagon and NATO military planners as the “best month” to go to war.

With the exception of the War on Afghanistan (October 2001) and the 1990-91 Gulf War, all major US-NATO and allied led military operations over a period of more than half a century –since the invasion of Vietnam by US ground forces on March 8, 1965– have been initiated in the month of March.

The Ides of March (Idus Martiae) is a day in the Roman calendar which broadly corresponds to March 15. The Ides of March is also known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC.

Lest we forget, the month of March (in the Roman Calendar) is dedicated to Mars (Martius), the Roman God of War.

For the Romans, the month of March (Martius) marked “the time to start new military campaigns.”

Mar 01 08:32

WAR BEX - North Korea Reportedly Sending Missile, Chemical Weapons Parts To Syria

North Korea has reportedly sent ballistic missile and chemical weapons components to Syria in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a draft of a new report authored by U.N. experts that has been viewed by several news organizations.

According to the 200-page report, expected to go public in mid-March, U.N. investigators say the items include acid-resistant tiles, valves and thermometers, according to The New York Times. The transfers reportedly date back as far as 2008.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trying to manufacture a justification to attack North Korea by linking it with Syria?

Feb 28 15:54

Blundering Into Iran – Philip Giraldi

Countering an assumed Iranian threat that is no threat at all and triggering a catastrophic war would be a major mistake that would lead to a breakdown in the current political alignment of the entire Middle East. And it would be costly for the United States.

Feb 28 10:12

Fort Shafter Faces Major Task in Planning Korea Evacuations

Fort Shafter faces a huge challenge in updating evacuation plans for American civilians in South Korea should war break out on the peninsula, experts say.

Asia expert Ralph Cossa said estimates of the number of Americans in Seoul on any given day run in the 200,000-to-300,000 range, if not more.

Any evacuation would be "extremely daunting, and likely to cause chaos, even if air assets are available, but especially if they are not," said Cossa, president of the Pacific Forum in Honolulu, a subsidiary of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Adm. Harry Harris, head of U.S. Pacific Command on Oahu, revealed at a Feb. 14 House Armed Services Committee hearing that Gen. Robert Brown, commander of U.S. Army Pacific at Fort Shafter, and his staff had been tasked with creating an updated "noncombatant evacuation operations" plan, or NEO, for South Korea

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is not a question of "if" this war will happen; it is now more a question of "when", since this study has been greenlit about two weeks ago.

Feb 28 10:01

US Special Envoy on North Korea Retires After Trump Rejects Talks

US special envoy on North Korea Joseph Yun, an advocate of direct diplomacy with the reclusive nation since 2016 has informed the State Department of his intention to retire on Friday.

Though he didn’t offer a specific statement on this sudden decision, it came immediately after President Trump’s most recent comments spurning direct talks with North Korea without massive preconditions.

Though North Korea has expressed willingness to talk, the White House has made clear that they will only talk if they are guaranteed that total nuclear disarmament of North Korea results before the talks themselves begin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can certainly understand why Yun did this; he must be catastrophically disappointed in Trump, and in the Trump Administration's hard line on North Korea, which most probably means that Trump is getting ready to greenlight a military action against it.

Remember: demonization of a country, plus placing harsh sanctions against it (as the Trump Administration did last week) is nearly always a prelude to war.

Speaking of which, also at antiwar.com, comes the following article, linked from wapo.com:

Trump’s team is floating an attack on North Korea. Americans would die.

It is foolish, and magical thinking, to believe that such an attack would not escalate, and spiral completely out of control.

Feb 28 09:13

Canadian sub on mission to bolster North Korea surveillance

The last time HMCS Chicoutimi crossed an ocean, the boat flooded, caught fire, and a sailor died. Nearly a decade and a half later, the diesel-electric submarine has deployed to Asia — farther from home than any Canadian sub in five decades — on a mission the Canadian military hopes will erase doubts about the vessel's effectiveness.

Though planned for more than a year, the mission comes at a particularly sensitive time.

North Korea's nuclear and missile development activity has spiked in recent months despite trade sanctions. International tensions have risen to the point where the U.S. is considering options that could include a military strike on the Korean Peninsula.

Feb 28 08:44

‘Very Skeptical of That’: UN Claims North Korea, Syria Trade in Chemical Weapons

The United Nations has shared a yet-unreleased report with US newspapers contending that North Korea has been sending material to Syria to make chemical weapons, but Rick Sterling of the Syria Solidarity Movement says there is good reason to be skeptical.

"I wouldn't be surprised if they do have some trade between those two countries — but chemical weapons? I'm very skeptical of that," Sterling told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear on Tuesday. "Just because something comes from the United Nations doesn't mean it's objective or neutral."

Feb 28 08:38

Trump Accuses Russia of Undermining US Sanctions on North Korea

President Donald Trump ripped Russia on Monday by accusing Moscow of undermining U.S. and international sanctions on North Korea.

Addressing a gathering of state governors at the White House, Trump lauded China for its efforts to curb North Korea’s economic activity but said "Russia is sending in what China is taking out".

The Trump administration has been leading international efforts to curb Pyongyang's ballistic missile and nuclear programs through robust UN and Washington-imposed sanctions regimes.

In addition to Russia, Trump blamed previous presidents George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama for failing to reign in the North, saying they should have solved the problem "long before I got here.

Feb 28 07:23

BEX? North Korea sending chemical weapon supplies to Syria, UN report says

North Korea has been sending supplies to Syria that could be used to produce chemical weapons, a United Nations Security Council diplomat has told CNN.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the diplomat said that North Korea had sent acid-resistant tiles, valves and thermometers to Syria. The diplomat was citing a report on North Korea authored by a UN panel of experts.
The same report also claims North Korean missile experts visited Syria in 2016 and 2017, after the chemical weapons supplies had been sent to the Middle Eastern state.
During one of the trips, the technicians stayed at Syrian military facilities. A UN member state reported to the panel of experts that scientists from North Korea may still be operating in Barzeh, Adra and Hama.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's start with the fact that once again, a claimed chemical weapon attack blamed on Assad doesn't have any proof connected with it. And we know that Trumps' big problem is that he doesn't have any real justification to carry out an unprovoked attack on North Korea. So, this so-called UN report smells like propaganda to drag North Korea into the "Assad is gassing his own people" fable. For all we know, the anonymous United Nations Security Council diplomat could be Nikki Haley herself.

Feb 27 11:45

U.S. prepares high-seas crackdown on North Korea sanctions evaders

While suspect ships have been intercepted before, the emerging strategy would expand the scope of such operations but stop short of imposing a naval blockade on North Korea. Pyongyang has warned it would consider a blockade an act of war.

Feb 27 11:22

South Korea Pushes for US, North Korea Talks; Trump Says ‘We’ll See’

Hoping to expand on diplomatic gains made surrounding the Winter Olympics, South Korea is pushing for the US and North Korea to both ease their stances a bit and get to the table for direct negotiations and quickly as possible.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in in particular said the US needs to lower its threshold for talks, citing long-standing US preconditions, while North Korea should make it clear they’re willing to discuss nuclear disarmament.

North Korean officials have broached the subject in the past, saying they would be willing to disarm their nuclear program if the deal ends the threat of US attack, which they believe they need a nuclear deterrent to preclude.

White House officials reiterated over the weekend that they would only talk if there was a guarantee that the talks would end in North Korea’s denuclearization.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would love to think that this was possible; but North Korea will not stand down from its position to remain a nuclear-armed country, as a deterrent to a US invasion, and the US government will not stand down from its position that it will not talk unless North Korea denuclearises.

So what we have here... is the potential for a catastrophe which may will impact the entire planet.

Expect China to join the fray on North Korea's side, should the US start this war; the best hope would be for China to remain neutral, if North Korea started an attack on any US assets, but were I a betting human being, I would not bet on that happening.

Feb 27 11:08


Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org
On Wednesday, February 21st, the UK’s Minister of Defence, Conservative Gavin Williamson, announced that the United Kingdom is changing its fundamental defence strategy from one that’s targeted against non-state terrorists (Al Qaeda, etc.), to one that’s targeted instead against three countries: Russia, China, and North Korea. He acknowledged that a massive increase in military spending will be needed for this, and that “savings” will have to be found in other areas of Government-spending, such as the health services, and in military spending against terrorism.

The headline in the London Times on February 22nd was “Russia ‘is a bigger threat to our security than terrorists’”. Their Defence Editor, Deborah Haynes. reported:

The threat to Britain from states such as Russia and North Korea is greater than that posed by terrorism, the defence secretary said yesterday, marking a significant shift in security policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has this gentleman, and the entire government of the UK, gone collectively barking-dog mad, in this assessment?!?

Or, was it theirs to make in the first place, or a determination forced upon them by the current US administration?!?

With so much of their country already living in the abject misery of poverty because of the British government's austerity program, what will the future tooling up of their war machine, possibly coupled with conscription of Britain's youth, mean for Britain's future?!?

So I have a statement for Mr Williamson to ponder: Those who do not understand the past (Iraq) are doomed to repeat it (Russia, China, Korea).

Feb 26 13:43

Sanctions, Rhetoric, and Possible Boarding of Vessels vs. North Korea

On Friday, 2/23/18, the Trump Administration announced the implementation of even stronger sanctions against North Korea to force it into compliance regarding its nuclear weapons. The New York Times reported on the revised sanctions, and here’s an excerpt:

The measures target 27 shipping companies and 28 vessels, registered in North Korea and six other countries, including China. The Treasury Department said the shipping firms are part of a sophisticated campaign to help North Korea evade United Nations sanctions restricting imports of refined fuel and exports of coal.

President Trump later released the following statement to reporters during a joint news conference with the Prime Minister of Australia as reported by Reuters on Friday, 2/23/18:

“If the sanctions don’t work, we will have to go to phase two, and phase two may be a very rough thing, may be very, very unfortunate for the world.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Boarding another nation's ships in international waters without permission constitutes piracy under maritime law.

Feb 26 13:37

Trump: If North Korea Doesn’t Obey Me, I Might Punish the Whole World

On Friday, president Trump announced that his administration would be hitting North Korea with the “heaviest sanctions ever imposed on a country before.” The new penalties target dozens of ships and shipping companies that have (allegedly) been helping Pyongyang sustain its economy — and thus, its nuclear program. Specifically, these firms have allegedly enabled Kim Jong Un’s regime to evade previous sanctions by helping it trade illicitly with other countries while at sea, as opposed to on land, where such verboten commerce would be more easily detected.

The move represents an escalation of the White House’s latest strategy for combating the North Korean nuclear program: Pursue direct talks with Pyongyang — while imposing maximum economic pain on the regime — in hopes of forcing Kim Jong Un to denuclearize without unleashing “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

Feb 26 11:57

Sum of All American Fears in Korea: Peace

North Korea has been depicted by the Western media as a dangerous rogue state, plotting the nuclear holocaust of America and holding global peace and stability hostage with its irrational aggression. It is the supposed threat North Korea poses to the world that the United States uses to justify its enduring decades-long military presence on the Korean Peninsula.

In the recently released 2018 US Department of Defense Nation Defense Strategy, it claims:

North Korea seeks to guarantee regime survival and increased leverage by seeking a mixture of nuclear, biological, chemical, conventional, and unconventional weapons and a growing ballistic missile capability to gain coercive influence over South Korea, Japan, and the United States.

Feb 26 11:37

Trump Uses Australian PM’s Visit to Threaten North Korea

US President Donald Trump yesterday exploited a joint press conference at the White House with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to once again menace North Korea with crippling economic sanctions and a military onslaught. Trump’s comments come as the Winter Olympics in South Korea are about to close and the US and South Korea prepare for massive joint war games in April.

Feb 26 11:26

North Korea Warns Washington "Running Amok" Heralds "Dark Cloud Of War"

In a suspiciously soft response - particularly after its ally China accused the US of "long-arm jurisdiction - North Korea criticized Washington's decision to impose sanctions on marine vessels supplying North Korea with banned goods that could help support its nuclear program, but said it would still be open to talks with its longtime geopolitical archnemesis.

Feb 26 11:25

China Slams New "Unilateral" U.S. Sanctions On North Korea

China issued a stern rebuke of enhanced US sanctions on North Korea on Friday, saying the unilateral targeting of Chinese firms and individuals accused of supplying Pyongyang with prohibited cargo risks harming international cooperation on the problem.

"The Chinese side firmly opposes the US imposing unilateral sanctions and 'long-arm jurisdiction' on Chinese entities or individuals in accordance with its domestic laws," said the Chinese Foreign Ministry in a statement. "We have lodged stern representations with the US side over this, urging it to immediately stop such wrongdoings so as not to undermine bilateral cooperation on the relevant area."

Feb 26 11:20

US sanctions, economic warfare against China: Analyst

An analyst believes US sanctions on Chinese companies over having ties with North Korea are a form of “economic warfare” against China.

“This may be seen as sanctions in the Western press, all over the British newspapers for example … but it is not. It is a form of warfare and economic warfare nowadays is becoming much more important in many ways than actually fighting on the ground. So this is a very clear signal to Beijing that Washington is trying now to impose policy on Beijing,” Tony Gosling told Press TV in an interview on Sunday.

The US has engineered some unprecedented and crippling international sanctions on North Korea since July when Pyongyang intensified its tests of long-range missiles and nuclear bombs.

Feb 26 09:52

North Korea ‘Very Willing’ to Hold Talks With US

The latest North Korean delegation to the South has reiterated the nation’s eagerness to pursue diplomacy, saying North Korea is “very willing” to hold direct talks with the United States.

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has been pushing such talks, saying that the US and North Korea need to talk at “an early date” as a way to make further diplomatic progress after some major improvements between North and South Korea at the Winter Olympics.

Getting the US to the talks may be easier said than done, however, with the White House issuing a statement Sunday saying they would only be interested in entering the talks if it were guaranteed that North Korea’s denuclearization would be the result of the talks.

Feb 26 09:44

China: New US sanctions threaten cooperation over North Korea

China has demanded the US reverse its decision to impose fresh sanctions on North Korea, saying the "unilateral actions" could undermine cooperation between Beijing and Washington.

China's foreign ministry said it had lodged "stern representations" with the US over the measures - which prohibit US citizens from dealing with more than 50 vessels and companies, and one person, located in countries including North Korea, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong - in a statement on Saturday.

"The Chinese side firmly opposes the US imposing unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction on Chinese entities or individuals in accordance with its domestic laws," Geng Shuang, foreign ministry spokesperson, said.

Feb 26 09:40

US Prepares For "Aggressive" High-Seas Crackdown On North Korea Sanctions Violators

The Trump administration is coordinating with key Asian allies to crack down on ships suspected of violating sanctions imposed on North Korea, Reuters reports.

The joint effort between the U.S. Coast Guard and regional partners including Japan, South Korea, Australia and Singapore, would go further than ever before to physically block deliveries of banned weapons, components for its nuclear missile program and other prohibited cargo. Suspected violators could be targeted on the high seas or in the territorial waters of countries which cooperate with the coalition. Up to now, suspect ships have been intercepted on a far more limited basis.

Depending on the scale of the campaign, the U.S. might even devote a portion of air and naval power from the Pacific Command - though the plan would stop short of a full naval blockade according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Boarding another nation's ships in international waters without permission constitutes an act of piracy under maritime law.

Feb 26 09:20

China wants US to abandon new North Korea sanctions

Unilateral' US sanctions threaten to undermine cooperation efforts over North Korea, China's foreign ministry says.

China has demanded the US reverse its decision to impose fresh sanctions on North Korea, saying the "unilateral actions" could undermine cooperation between Beijing and Washington.

China's foreign ministry said it had lodged "stern representations" with the US over the measures - which prohibit US citizens from dealing with more than 50 vessels and companies, and one person, located in countries including North Korea, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong - in a statement on Saturday.

"The Chinese side firmly opposes the US imposing unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction on Chinese entities or individuals in accordance with its domestic laws," Geng Shuang, foreign ministry spokesperson, said.

"The Chinese government has been comprehensively and strictly implementing the Security Council resolutions on the DPRK and fulfilling its international obligations, and never allows any Chinese citizen or company to engage in activities in violation of the Security Council resolutions."


Feb 25 09:51

North Korea condemns new sanctions, but opens door to talks with U.S.

A North Korean envoy making an uncommon visit to South Korea said Sunday that his country was willing to open talks with the United States, a rare step toward diplomacy between enemies after a year of North Korean missile and nuclear tests and direct threats of war from both Pyongyang and Washington.

Kim Yong Chol, who Seoul believes masterminded two attacks in 2010 that killed 50 South Koreans, was in South Korea for the end of the Olympics. He said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wanted to improve ties with Washington and had "ample intentions of holding talks" with its rival, according to the South's presidential office.

Feb 25 09:19

US warns Iraq of 'consequences' if it buys Russian S-400 missile systems

The United States has warned Iraq, among a number of other countries, of the consequences of extending military cooperation with Russia, and striking deals to purchase advanced weaponry, particularly the S-400 surface-to-air missile defense systems.

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Neuert said on Thursday that Washington has contacted many countries, including Iraq, to explain the significance of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), and possible consequences that would arise in the wake of defense agreements with Moscow.

On August 2, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed into law the CAATSA that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia.

Feb 24 11:01

Trump Warns World Of "Very, Very Unfortunate Phase 2" If North Korean Sanctions Fail

If you weren't paying attention, you might have missed it; but during today's joint press conference with Aussie PM Turnbull, US President Trump let slip a brief comment that the rest of the world should likely be paying close attention to.

After unveiling the "heaviest sanctions ever imposed on a country before" against North Korea earlier in the day, President Trump told the gathered media that the US will go to "Phase 2" if those sanctions do not have the desired effects of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

As Reuters reports, in addressing what the Trump administration calls its biggest national security challenge, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned one person, 27 companies and 28 ships, according to a statement on the U.S. Treasury Department’s website.

The United States also proposed a list of entities to be blacklisted under separate United Nations sanctions, a move “aimed at shutting down North Korea’s illicit maritime smuggling activities to obtain oil and sell coal.”

Feb 23 07:27

North Korea Brands UN Secretary General a 'Henchman' of the United States

The decision of the head of the UN to endorse economic sanctions against North Korea has provoked a sharp retort from the country’s representatives, who accused him of being an American lackey.

Pyongyang has accused UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of making “reckless remarks” after he delivered a speech at the Munich Security Conference praising the international restrictions imposed against North Korea.

"This is nothing but an absurd sophistry inappropriate to his duty as Secretary-General of the United Nations and only make us to think whether he is a kind of henchman who is representing the United States,' a statement made by North Korean envoys to the UN said.

Feb 23 07:24

VP Mike Pence at CPAC Rebukes Media Glorification of North Korean Dictator’s Sister, U.S. ‘Doesn’t Stand with Murderous Dictatorships, We Stand up to Murderous Dictatorships’

CPAC attendees raucously cheered Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday when he harshly rebuked positive media coverage of North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un’s sister at the Olympics.

“I think it’s important that every American knows who this person is and what she’s done,” Pence said of Kim Yo-jong.

From the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) stage Pence countered positive media coverage of Kim Yo-jong at the opening of the Olympics in South Korea, with details of her role as a “central pillar of the most radical and oppressive regime on the face of the planet. An evil family clique that brutalizes, subjugates, starves, and imprisons its 25 million people.”

“Even the United Nations reported that, in their words, the gravity, scale and nature of these violations would be a state that does not parallel in the contemporary world,” he continued.

Feb 22 13:06

REVEALED: The long-suppressed official report on US biowarfare in North Korea

Written largely by the most prestigious British scientist of his day, this official report, containing hundreds of pages of evidence about the use of US biological weapons during the Korean War, was effectively suppressed upon its original release in 1952.

Courtesy of researcher Jeffrey Kaye, INSURGE now publishes the report in text-searchable format for the first time for the general public, with an exclusive, in-depth analysis of its damning findings and implications.

The report provides compelling evidence of systematic violation of the laws of war against North Korea through the deployment of biological weapons?—?a critical context that is essential for anyone to understand the dynamics of current regional tensions, and what might be done about them.

Feb 21 13:11

US, S. Korean militaries to conduct joint drills despite detente with Pyongyang

The US and South Korea will go ahead with military drills off the Korean peninsula despite the “Peace Olympics” and the recent thaw in North-South relations, the South’s defense ministry said in a report to the National Assembly.

In the run-up to the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Seoul was able to convince Washington to delay the start of their annual winter/springtime joint military exercises until after the games. The temporary halt to the annual Foal Eagle/Key Resolve US-South Korea joint military exercises allowed North and South Korea to develop a dialogue that the South hopes will ease the mounting tension in the region.

Feb 21 09:38

South Korea to announce joint military drill plan with U.S. before April

South Korea and the United States will announce plans before April for joint military drills that had been postponed until after the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, South Korea’s defense minister said on Tuesday.