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Jan 17 06:49

Beijing blasts ‘illegal’ US & Canada-led summit for evoking Korean War ghosts

China has criticized the US and Canada for holding a summit of nations, most of which supported Seoul during the 1950s war on the Korean Peninsula, saying evoking Cold War ghosts has no place in the world today.

The summit in Vancouver brought together foreign ministers and top officials from 20 nations, who agreed to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang through additional economic sanctions on top of those imposed by the UN Security Council. China and Russia, which both border North Korea and are major players in the ongoing crisis, were not invited.

Commenting on the results of the event, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang dismissed the summit, saying it “has not the slightest legality and representativeness to speak of.”

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Jan 16 13:23

Tillerson Breaks With White House, Rejects Freeze Of Military Exercises Near North Korea

In a direct reversal with the recently disclosed official White House policy, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. rejects a 'freeze for freeze' approach that would pause joint U.S./South Korean military drills in exchange for a pause to North Korea's nuclear program.

Speaking in Vancouver at a meeting with foreign ministers, Tillerson said that "we reject a 'freeze for freeze' approach, in which legitimate defensive military exercises are placed on the same level as the DPRK’s unlawful actions. The pressure campaign will continue until North Korea takes decisive steps to de-nuclearize."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a Jean-Luc Picard "double face palm", at warp speed, upon reading this.

Is it pathologically impossible for these to gentlemen to at least appear to be on the same page, regarding US foreign policy, for at least a millisecond?!?

This stuff is crazy-making; and I would like to believe that there is some kind of a strategy here, but for the life of me, I cannot see it!!

Jan 16 12:45

Lavrov: Russia, China urge freeze to any confrontation on Korean Peninsula

A military solution to the Korean crisis would lead to catastrophic consequences, the Russian foreign minister said, adding that Russia and China reiterate their call to freeze the confrontation and military drills in the area.
RT's LIVE UPDATES on Lavrov's annual press Q&A

The Russian foreign minister spoke about the Russian-Chinese roadmap for a resolution to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula during his annual press Q&A on Monday. Moscow and Beijing have called on all parties to “calm down” and freeze any military activities, including North Korean missile tests and US drills in the area with South Korea and Japan.

“I have already mentioned that the United States almost openly speaks about the inevitability of a military solution, although everyone understands the disastrous consequences of this gamble,” Lavrov stated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, what China and Russia are advocating is perfectly, completely logical... which is why the US government and military are objecting to it outright!!

Jan 16 08:34

At Bases Across US, Military Prepares to Attack North Korea

While US wargames on the Korean Peninsula tend to get a lot of publicity, and the fact that there aren’t going to be any new US wargames there until at least March was treated as a huge positive, the US is far from backing off their aggressive military footing.

Rather, reports indicate that military operations have largely moved to the US mainland, with drills across multiple military bases preparing troops for the rapid mobilization efforts and combat troop deployments that would be needed for a new Korean War.

Jan 16 08:33

US moves more warships, bombers near North Korea ahead of Olympics

The United States has moved more warships and aircraft near the Korean Peninsula, expanding its military presence in the region as South Korea prepares to host North Korean athletes in Winter Olympics next month.

The USS Wasp, an upgraded US Marine Corps amphibious assault ship that can carry troops and a crop of fighter jets including the F-35, arrived in southern Japan on Sunday.

The US Pacific Air Forces announced last week that it had deployed three B-2 "Spirit" stealth bombers along with some 200 personnel from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri to the Pacific island of Guam.

Jan 16 08:33

Japan Tightens Patrols Around N Korea at US Request - Reports

The latest round of sanctions adopted by the UN Security Council against Pyongyang limit refined petroleum exports to 2m barrels a year.

The US and 16 other countries have requested Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force to patrol the waters of North Korea to locate ships trying to freight oil in breach of UN sanctions, Kyodo news agency reported.

According to the agency, Tokyo can provide a report with the results of locating ships trying to smuggle fuel in the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea during the meeting of foreign affairs ministers about the Korean Peninsula that is set to take place on 16 January in Vancouver.

Jan 16 07:56

Japan public broadcaster falsely reports N. Korean missile launch

The incident comes just four days after a public warning was issued to residents in Hawaii to “seek immediate shelter” from an alleged incoming ballistic missile which had been launched.

That alert was issued in error by the Hawaii Civil Defense, which apologized profusely and sparked debate online about US President Donald Trump’s rhetoric regarding his country’s nuclear capabilities and the threat posed by the North Korean regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hmmmm...

Jan 16 07:50

US moves ships, bombers toward Korea ahead of Olympics

Jan 16 07:45

North Korean orchestra to perform in Seoul

North Korea will send a 140-member musical group called the Samjiyon orchestra to South Korea, Lee Woo-sung, the head of South Korea’s delegation, told reporters today.

Jan 16 07:43

Watch A Sitting Congresswoman Shred The MSM Narrative In Under A Minute

Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard appeared on multiple Sunday news shows a day after her state's false ICBM emergency alert sent the islands into a tense 40 minutes of panic before it was revealed to be a message sent in error, where she slammed the mainstream media's reporting on the North Korean nuclear threat, saying, "We've got to understand that North Korea is holding onto these nuclear weapons because they think it is their only protection from the United States coming in and doing to them what the United States has done to so many countries throughout history."

She further called for Trump to hold direct talks with Kim Jong Un in order to prevent the real thing from ever happening.

Jan 16 06:20

North Korea calls Donald Trump's nuclear button boast the 'bark of a rabid dog'

North Korea on Tuesday denounced US President Donald Trump's tweeted message that he has a bigger nuclear button than its leader Kim Jong-Un as the "spasm of a lunatic" and the "bark of a rabid dog".

Kim used his annual New Year address to warn he has a "nuclear button" on his table, sweetening his remarks by expressing an interest in dialogue and taking part in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South next month.

Jan 15 16:53

WW3 ALERT: US Military Silently Prepares For Nuclear War With North Korea

Pentagon officials and senior commanders said in interviews that the exercises largely reflected the military’s response to orders from Mr. Mattis and service chiefs to be ready for any possible military action on the Korean Peninsula.

Jan 15 16:53

Diplomacy Yes, but Pentagon Quietly Prepares for War on the Korean Peninsula

While the top Pentagon brass assert their commitment to the use of diplomacy to stop the threat of a nuclear confrontation with North Korea, military rank and file are quietly taking steps to prepare for the unthinkable.

Jan 15 05:22

Dem Rep Gabbard: American Foreign Policy Led to North Korea Developing Nuclear Weapons

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) said American foreign policy of “regime change” had led to North Korea developing nuclear weapons.

Partial transcript as follows:

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, and that leads to the question now, what should be done about it. Do you believe that President Trump should be speaking directly to the leader of North Korea?

GABBARD: Absolutely and immediately. This is something that I’ve been calling for for a long time.>>>

Jan 14 18:24

Trump says newspaper misquoted him on Kim Jong Un, points to audio tape

President Trump on Sunday accused The Wall Street Journal of “falsely” reporting him saying he has a “good relationship” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and publishing so-called fake news because the newspaper wanted a big story.

“The Wall Street Journal stated falsely that I said to them ‘I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un’ (of N. Korea). Obviously I didn’t say that. I said ‘I’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un,’ a big difference. Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters,” Trump said over two tweets. “And they knew exactly what I said and meant. They just wanted a story. FAKE NEWS!”

Jan 14 08:04

U.S. and allies must work more closely on North Korea: Japan expert

The United States, South Korea and Japan must coordinate more closely on North Korea, with whom they are engaged in a “pre-negotiation bargaining process”, a former Japanese defense official told Reuters.

Jan 13 10:03

World War 3 threat: North Korea ready to strike NOW as US bombers deployed to Guam

NORTH Korea is likely to be preparing for a nuclear strike now, after the US Pacific Air Forces deployed B-2 stealth bombers to Guam this week, an expert has claimed.

Jan 13 08:00

Buchanan: Little Rocket Man Wins the Round:

After a year in which he tested a hydrogen bomb and an ICBM, threatened to destroy the United States, and called President Trump “a dotard,” Kim Jong Un, at the gracious invitation of the president of South Korea, will be sending a skating team to the “Peace Olympics.”
An impressive year for Little Rocket Man.
Thus the most serious nuclear crisis since Nikita Khrushch missiles put missiles in Cuba appears to have abated.>>>

Jan 13 07:11

PUTIN: KIM JONG-UN ‘A SHREWD AND MATURE POLITICIAN’

(*just because he can control his use of profanity when his anger kicks in ?)

Jan 11 09:58

North Korea Is Walking Back War – And Pundits Are Strangely Disappointed

In talks this week at the DMZ, South Korea welcomed the participation of North Korea in the upcoming Winter Olympics. The two countries also discussed restarting reunions of divided families and reducing tensions on the Korean peninsula. Earlier, both sides reestablished their hotline.

All of this adult conversation is a welcome change from the war of epithets between the “dotard” president of the United States and the “little rocket man” in Pyongyang.

Strange, then, that a politically diverse set of pundits in the United States has been worried only about how North Korea could use these talks to drive a wedge between South Korea and the United States.

Jan 11 09:13

It Is Not Time to Bomb North Korea

There’s no reason to start a devastating war when nonmilitary options are working.

Jan 11 08:15

North Korea's 'army of beauties' all set to invade South for Winter Olympics

With their good looks and sharp moves, North Korea`s female cheerleaders are a marked contrast to the regime`s menacing nuclear ambitions.

Dubbed the "army of beauties" in South Korea, the young North Korean women -- mostly in their late teens or early 20s -- have attracted huge publicity whenever they have been sent to the South.

Jan 10 14:59

North Korea: "All Our Atomic Bombs And ICBMs Are Aimed At U.S., Not At Southern Brethren, China Or Russia"

While there were some tentative signs of a diplomatic detente and mending of relations between North and South Korea after today's summit between the two nations, the first in more than two years, it appears any attempts to ameliorate tensions hit a sudden hurdle when the United States is brought into the equation. Case in point, as Reuters reports, North Korea said that it would not discuss its nuclear weapons with Seoul because they were aimed only at the United States, not its “brethren” in South Korea.

Jan 10 14:52

South Korean Envoy Vows 'Watertight' Coordination with U.S. on North Korea #POTUSVSG

"I plan to have various discussions here as part of our efforts for watertight coordination between South Korea and the U.S. on Korean Peninsula issues," Lee told Yonhap upon arriving at Dulles airport.

See also: http://blog.dilbert.com/2017/07/05/solving-the-north-korea-situation/

Jan 10 10:35

South Korea’s Leader Credits Trump for North Korea Talks

President Moon Jae-in of South Korea warned on Wednesday that North Korea would face stiffer sanctions if it resumed weapons tests, while crediting President Trump with helping force the North to resume dialogue and strike a broader agreement to improve Korean ties.

Jan 10 06:49

NIKKI HAYLEY FURIOUS

Koreans Agree To Talk to Koreans... Nikki Haley Furious!


In the last several days, North and South Korea have agreed to hold high-level talks, to re-establish a direct communication link, and to participate in the coming winter Olympic games. Taken together it appears a significant step toward reducing tensions on the peninsula and reducing the risk of catastrophic war. You would think the US would be pleased at the developments>>>

(*You'd at least think The US President would take to bragging about his big button again , and how it made all this peace possible !)

Jan 10 04:57

US Plans to Send 'Hawkish Clear Deterrent Message' to Russia, China and N Korea - Reports

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump's administration plans to diminish constraints on the use of nuclear weapons and create a new low-yield nuclear warhead for Trident ballistic missiles to deter Russia, The Guardian has reported, citing an Obama-era special assistant on arms control and nonproliferation.

Jon Wolfsthal, the special assistant to former US President Barack Obama on arms control and nonproliferation, has seen the most recent draft of the US nuclear policy review and held conversations with its authors, The Guardian reported. According to him, the new review prepared by the Pentagon envisages the use of modernized Trident D5 submarine-based missiles equipped with such warheads in order to deter Russia from using tactical warheads in the event of a potential conflict in Eastern Europe.
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According to the publication, the nuclear posture review (NPR) is expected to be published in late January, and this will be the first such document in eight years. The new nuclear policy is much more hawkish compared to the posture adopted by the Obama administration

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(*which explains the boredom , which was mistakingly reported as War Weariness in America during The Obama Era . This sounds like a 'more exciting then NFL Football' aproach to making war breathtaking again)

Jan 09 14:40

South, North Korean Negotiators Meet at DMZ for First Time Since 2015

The meeting is taking place at Peace House in the Joint Security Area, also known as Panmunjom or "truce village," the only part of the 250 kilometer (160 mile), heavily fortified demilitarized zone where North and South Korean soldiers stand face-to-face. [PHOTOS]>>>

Jan 09 10:16

US Supercarrier Sets Sails For Korean Peninsula Ahead of North-South Talks

The US Navy’s USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier is headed for the Western Pacific along with several guided-missile destroyers ahead of North and South Korean talks at the Panmunjom truce village on Tuesday.

Jan 09 09:21

Nuclear buttons to peace in a few days? Korea talks are significant but not foolproof

North Korea said it will send as many athletes as possible to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February

Jan 08 07:40

North Korea may suddenly want talks because of how powerful it has become

"The North has made significant advances in its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons program so I think they feel a bit more willing to engage in talks now that they've actually demonstrated an incipient nuclear capability that can strike the U.S.," said Taylor Fravel, associate political science professor at MIT.

Jan 07 20:34

Donald Trump tweet on nuclear button keeps North Korea's Kim 'on his toes': Nikki Haley

U.S. President Donald Trump`s tweet about having a bigger nuclear button than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un`s has kept Kim "on his toes" and makes clear the risks of a nuclear standoff, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday.
After Kim asserted that he had a nuclear button at the ready, Trump last week dismissed the taunt by saying in a tweet that the U.S. button at his disposal was bigger and more powerful.

Jan 07 10:17

The Leftist Mainstream Media Is Now DEFENDING North Korea, Calling For The President Of The United States To Be BANNED From Twitter

In yet another example of the insanity that is the new liberal orthodoxy in the age of Trump, multiple mainstream news outlets, as well as numerous left-wing activists, are now publicly calling for Twitter to ban President Trump from their platform for threatening North Korea.

You read that correctly. American media outlets are not only defending North Korea, they are actually claiming that threatening the rogue nuclear nation constitutes “hateful speech” that must be censored.

Articles in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Slate Magazine, and the Globe and Mail have all called for censoring the president in the last week, ostensibly because of his threats against North Korea but in reality because the legacy media absolutely despises the fact that the president can speak to the American people without going through the establishment gatekeepers first.

Jan 07 09:30

How U.S. Intelligence Agencies Underestimated North Korea

Mr. Kim tested eight intermediate-range missiles in 2016, but seven blew up on the pad or shattered in flight — which some officials attributed partly to an American sabotage program accelerated by President Barack Obama. And while the North had carried out five underground atomic tests, the intelligence community estimated that it remained years away from developing a more powerful type of weapon known as a hydrogen bomb.

Within months, those comforting assessments looked wildly out of date.

Jan 07 07:08

US Intelligence Reportedly Admits It Underrated North Korea's Nuclear Potential

At the beginning of Donald Trump's presidency, the intelligence agencies assured the president that it would take about four years for North Korea to develop a ballistic missile capable of reaching US coast, so there was time to slow or stop the development of such missiles and Washington could focus on negotiations and countermeasures, The New York Times said.

However, after Pyongyang conducted hydrogen bomb test and launched several missiles with one of them capable of reaching US island of Guam, the intelligence community has come to a conclusion that it has underestimated North Korea's capabilities and chances to obtain foreign technologies>>>

Jan 07 06:58

Trump ready to speak to Kim under certain conditions

Donald Trump has said he is “absolutely” willing to talk on the phone to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un if Tuesday's North-South meeting yields positive results.

President Trump, who has shown nothing but contempt for his North Korean counterpart, spoke to the media at Camp David Saturday, once again claiming credit for facilitating the impending intra-Korean dialogue. Pyongyang and Seoul earlier this week reactivated a communication hotline that's been silent for nearly two years.

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Jan 06 08:37

Is North Korean leader Kim Jong Un now trying to portray himself as a statesman?

Last year, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un played the role of successful nuclear provocateur, ignoring international pressure to cease developing weapons and missile capability that sparked alarm around the world.

Now it seems that Kim, a third-generation dictator, wants a new persona: statesman.

Jan 06 07:31

The CDC Is Warning Americans to Prepare for Nuclear War

The CDC is warning Americans to prepare for nuclear war.

If you’ve been watching the news for years the way many of us have, you probably know that by the time the government starts warning you about something, it’s just about to happen.

For example, you may recall the Ebola scare back in 2014. First, the CDC released a warning on Sept. 15th, then just two weeks later, the first case in the US was confirmed in Texas. It wasn’t by any great master planning that it didn’t turn into a massive epidemic through a series of terrifying errors. It was sheer dumb luck.

The Center for Disease Control recently announced that they’d be giving a presentation on January 16th to help better prepare the public for nuclear war.

Here's what you need to know.

Jan 05 17:54

North Korea warned it faces a 'strong US military' response if talks fail

The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that while diplomacy was preferred “those diplomatic efforts are backed by a strong military option if necessary”.

Jan 05 10:55

North Korea accepts South's offer to meet for talks

North Korea has accepted South Korea's proposal for official talks in what will be the first high-level contact between the two countries in more than two years.
South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun told reporters Friday that North Korea informed Seoul by fax that it has accepted the offer to initiate talks.

The person-to-person talks will be held Tuesday -- the day after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's birthday -- at the Peace House in the village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, Baik said.

Jan 05 08:49

Why we need a new approach to North Korea

That North and South Korea apparently are prepared to talk is progress. But any negotiations concerning North Korea’s nuclear program should be designed to avoid repeating the same approaches that doomed past negotiations, including the so-called “Six Party Talks”, which collapsed in 2009. Among other things, some believe those negotiations were unsuccessful because their principle focus, which was on Pyongyang’s nuclear program, raised North Korean fears that the international community’s ultimate goal was regime change. This fear continues, and has helped create the current deadlock.

Jan 05 07:37

North Korea's ballistic missile accidentally hits own city: Report

A report in The Independent quoted US officials as saying that the Hwasong-12 ballistic missile landed in Tokchon - about 150 kilometers from Pyongyang - after being launched on April 28 of last year. Initially, reports had suggested that the intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) had exploded into pieces in mid-flight but new evidence suggest that it in fact crashed into the city of 200,000.

Jan 05 04:36

There Will Not Be a War With North Korea in 2018 (unless America Starts One)

It is the time of year of predictions and forecasts. The course of large tangled relationships like those of the Middle East, or the United States and China, are hard to foresee, but here is a fairly easy prediction regarding otherwise extremely opaque North Korea: there will be no war between the United States and North Korea unless Washington chooses to start one. Western media would have you think we are on the brink of a massive conflict. That is grossly inaccurate. The only war in Northeast Asia would be a war of choice, not necessity, driven by the mistaken insistence of Donald Trump’s administration that the United States absolutely cannot live with a nuclearized North Korea. By contrast, all other players in the region are adjusting to the North’s new capabilities.

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Jan 04 15:19

US announces it will delay joint military exercises with South Korea until after the Winter Olympics following Trump's boast to Kim Jong-Un that he also has a nuclear button

The US has agreed to delay joint military exercises with South Korea until after the Winter Olympics, the Pentagon has said - just a day after Trump bragged about his 'nuclear button'.

Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning said President Donald Trump agreed to the delay in consultation with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Col Manning said in a brief written statement: 'The Department of Defense supports the president's decision and what is in the best interest of the ROK-US alliance.'

Jan 04 11:31

North Korea missile test ended in disaster and crashed into a major city

The Tokyo-based Diplomat news website has reported that a missile test conducted in early 2017 went wrong and landed in a city instead.

The site claimed that it had seen evidence from a US government source revealing how a test of the Hwasong-12 missile on the 28 April ended badly when the rocket crashed into the city of Tokchon, north-east of Pyongyang.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not sure I trust this report.

Jan 04 08:36

Donald Trump and North Korea: Big Button, Small President

For seventy years, North Korea has baited America with threats of mayhem, and, for seventy years, American Presidents, with rare exceptions, understood that squabbling with a pariah state whose economy is smaller than that of Rhode Island would diminish their own stature and America’s standing. Trump, by contrast, summoned the world’s attention and then sawed himself off at the knees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess I am not the only one who thought Trump looked childish in all this.

Meanwhile, the fact that Trump engaged North Korea has only improved their standing in the world.

Jan 03 09:18

North Korea reopens border hotline as Trump boasts of 'bigger' nuclear button

North Korea reopened a long-closed border hotline with South Korea on Wednesday, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to mock the North`s leader by saying he has a "bigger and more powerful" nuclear button than he does.

Jan 03 09:16

Donald Trump's new message for Kim Jong Un: Have bigger and more powerful nuclear button

This comes just hours after the North Korean dictator ordered his scientists to build the country's biggest Inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), which would be launched in September, the 70th anniversary of the regime.
Earlier, in a televised New Year address, the North Korean leader had said that the entire US is within range of his nuclear weapons, and that a nuclear button is always on his desk.

Jan 03 09:14

WW3 ALERT: Chinese Troops Told To ‘Ready For War’ And Sent To North Korean Border

Chinese tanks, soldiers, and military trucks have been gathering on the border in preparation for a war. The Chinese military was quickly rushed to the border they share with North Korea after being told to get “ready for war.”

Jan 03 07:44

DPRK reopens hotline with S. Korea in Panmunjom -- DPRK media

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) announced Wednesday that it will re-open the north-south hotline with South Korea in its truce village of Panmunjom, DPRK media reported.

The channel for communications will be reopened from 3:00 p.m. local time (0630 GMT) to discuss with South Korea the DPRK's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The Korean Central Television showed a top official of the DPRK's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland reading an order by the country's top leader Kim Jong Un on re-opening the hotline.

The official said Kim highly appreciated the immediate and positive response from the South Korean authorities, after Kim expressed his willingness to send DPRK athletes to join in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Monday.

Jan 02 12:20

South Korea Seizes 2nd Ship Suspected Of Violating UN Sanctions On Oil Sales

After we reported yesterday that South Korean authorities had seized a ship suspected of illegally delivering oil to North Korea via clandestine ship-to-ship transfers, Reuters reported Sunday that the South also seized a Panama-flagged vessel suspected of violating UN sanctions restricting oil sales to North Korea.

The seizure was the second to be revealed by South Korea within a few days, as the United Nations steps up efforts to squeeze essential oil supplies to the reclusive North following its nuclear or ballistic missile tests.

The ship, the KOTI, was seized at Pyeongtaek-Dangjin port, the official told Reuters, without elaborating, due to the sensitivity of the issue. The port is on South Korea’s west coast, south of Incheon.

Jan 02 12:11

China Resists US Push To Blacklist Ships Caught Trading With North Korea

After the US Treasury Department released satellite images purporting to show Chinese ships transferring oil to a North Korea-flagged vessel in blatant violation of UN Security Council sanctions, the US is pressing for 10 ships, several of them Chinese, to be added to the list of entities banned by the UN.

But there’s one problem: China, which like the US holds a permanent veto over UN Security Council decisions, is pushing back. It says it will only accept sanctions on four ships, according to the Wall Street Journal.

While there’s some skepticism about how well these rules are enforced, UN sanctions would require members to bar blacklisted ships from their ports.

Jan 02 12:04

US-North Korea nuclear war ‘closer than ever’: Ex-US military chief

Retired Admiral Mike Mullen, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told ABC News on Sunday that resolving the standoff between Washington and Pyongyang through diplomacy was not going to be an easy job.

"We're actually closer in my view to a nuclear war with North Korea and in that region than we've ever been," he said.

Jan 02 07:59

South Korea proposes high-level talks with North, after Kim Jong-Un's New Year olive branch

Tuesday proposed holding high-level talks with Pyongyang on January 9, after the North`s leader Kim Jong-Un called for a breakthrough in relations and said Pyongyang might attend the Winter Olympics.
Kim used his annual New Year address to underscore Pyongyang`s claim that it has developed a weapons deterrent and warn that he had a "nuclear button" on hand, but sweetened his remarks by expressing an interest in dialogue and participating in the South`s Games.

Jan 01 09:26

How Donald Trump Learned to Love War in 2017

The president promised to deliver peace. But in his first year, he expanded every war he inherited.

President Trump has maintained or expanded the wars that he inherited from his predecessor.

As Jennifer Wilson and I pointed out in an appropriately titled column in August, “Donald Trump Is Dropping Bombs at Unprecedented Levels.” Within eight months of assuming office, Trump — with the announcement of six “precision aistrikes” in Libya — had bombed every country that former President Barack Obama had in eight years. One month after that, the United States surpassed the 26,172 bombs that had been dropped in 2016. Through the end of December 2017, Trump had authorized more airstrikes in Somalia in one year (33), than George W. Bush and Obama had since the United States first began intervening there in early 2007 (30).

Jan 01 07:31

Kim calls on North to mass-produce nukes, missiles

Kim Jong-Un urged North Korea to mass-produce nuclear warheads and missiles in a defiant New Year message today suggesting he would continue to accelerate a rogue weapons programme that has stoked international tensions.

Pyongyang dramatically ramped up its efforts to become a nuclear power in 2017, despite a raft of international sanctions and increasingly bellicose rhetoric from the United States.

Dec 31 09:52

Russia denies North Korea sanctions breach

Senior European security sources have claimed that Russian tankers have undermined U.N. Security Council sanctions by transferring fuel to North Korean tankers in international waters.

Russia's Foreign Ministry vehemently denied the accusations Saturday, saying Russia has "fully and strictly observed the sanctions regime." A recent round of tighter sanctions unanimously passed by the U.N. Security Council sharply limits the amount of refined oil products that North Korea can import.

The reports came a day after China denied similar accusations. On Friday, President Trump claimed China had been caught "red-handed" transferring oil to North Korean vessels. Beijing has denied any wrongdoing and said it would punish any such actions, should they be found to have happened.

Dec 30 11:01

'Wipe out North Korean regime' Top US advisor issues CHILLING warning of Trump's NEXT step

FORMER US ambassador John Bolton said that force was the only way that the North Korean threat to the US would be neutralised, as tensions escalate towards a military outbreak.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bolton thought Saddam had nuclear weapons, remember?

Dec 30 10:50

S. KOREA SEIZES HK-FLAGGED VESSEL SUSPECTED OF SHIPPING OIL TO N. KOREA

Yonhap reports the Lighthouse Winmore was chartered by the Billions Bunker Group, a Taiwanese company. The news agency said the ship’s “claimed destination” was in Taiwan, but instead the ship “transferred oil to a North Korean ship, Sam Jong 2, and three other non-North Korean vessels in international waters in the East China Sea.”

Dec 30 07:48

Russian Ships Accused of Selling Fuel to North Korea

Adding to the allegations coming from unnamed Western sources of North Korean sanctions violations, officials are now accusing a pair of private, Russia-flagged ships of having sold fuel to North Korean vessels on the open sea, and are saying this violates UN sanctions. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-russia-oil-excl...

Details on what was sold and how much of it are scant, and one such instance saw the ship in question only carrying crude oil, which would not be illegal to sell to North Korea in the first place.>>>

(*so we could be talking about a nothing burger/heavy on the bex , here )

Dec 29 12:41

Russian Federation ready to act as mediator for USA and North Korea

"The two discussed concerns related to the DPRK's destabilizing nuclear program and emphasized that neither the United States nor Russian Federation accepts the DPRK as a nuclear power", Nauert said in a statement, using the acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Meanwhile, the latest USA sanctions target North Korean officials Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol, who are believed to be heavily involved in the country's intercontinental ballistic missile program, by seizing any assets within US jurisdiction and prohibiting American citizens from dealing with them.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday urged the United States and North Korea to start a dialogue and said the U.S. should make the first move.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US just rejected Russia's offer to act as mediator.

Dec 29 07:39

After Trump criticism, China says no illicit oil sales to North Korea

South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper this week quoted South Korean government sources as saying that U.S. spy satellites had detected Chinese ships transferring oil to North Korean vessels about 30 times since October.

U.S. officials have not confirmed details of this report. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters she had noted recent media reports including suggestions a Chinese vessel was suspected of transporting oil to a North Korean vessel on Oct. 19.

"The Chinese side has conducted immediate investigation. In reality, the ship in question has, since August, not docked at a Chinese port and there is no record of it entering or leaving a Chinese port," Hua said.

She said she was not aware if the vessel had docked at the port in other countries but the relevant media reports "did not accord with facts".

Dec 28 14:51

How Cheney and His Allies Created the North Korea Nuclear Missile Crisis

The Trump administration has been telling people for months that the crisis with North Korea is the result of North Korea's relentless pursuit of a nuclear threat to the US homeland and past North Korean cheating on diplomatic agreements. However, North Korea reached agreements with both the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations that could have averted that threat, had they been completed.

Instead, a group of Bush administration officials led by then-Vice President Dick Cheney sabotaged both agreements, and Pyongyang went on to make rapid strides on both nuclear and missile development, leading ultimately to the successful late November 2017 North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test.

Dec 28 08:05

NEWSWEEK BEX - HOW NORTH KOREA WOULD WAGE WAR AGAINST THE U.S.

If North Korea launched a war against the U.S. it would not begin with a direct hit against the U.S., its territories or bases, but would most likely occur in the form of an assault on American allies—possibly with chemical and nuclear weapons—in an effort to complicate the U.S. response, according to Lieutenant General Jan-Marc Jouas, the former deputy commander of U.S. Forces in Korea.

“Given the certainty of U.S. retaliation, it’s unlikely that [North Korea] would attack the U.S. mainland, Alaska or one of our islands or bases in the Pacific in isolation from an attack against [South Korean] and U.S. targets on the [Korean Peninsula],” Jouas told Newsweek.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

North Korea is not going to launch a war against the US. It is the US that wants war with North Korea. North Korea wants to be left alone. That is why they are building weapons of deterrence rather than weapons of invasion.

Dec 27 22:21

US Navy "Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser" has no working radar whatsoever, struck by 60 foot fishing vessel near Korea.

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Shoddy seamanship to blame in USS Lake Champlain collision
... The collision occurred because an inexperienced Bridge team failed to follow safe navigational practices and take proper actions to avoid collision,”
... awareness of the vessel was inconsistent due to poor radar operation and backup radar equipment that wasn’t working

(Please note that the fishing vessel goes lass than half as fast as the US warship.)

Dec 27 09:48

Intelligence Insider Warns Of Imminent War: “Likely In The Next 12 Weeks… The Director Of The CIA Told Me”

How can I be so sure about the timing? The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency told me.

In a private conclave in Washington DC on October 20, 2017, CIA Director Mike Pompeo told a small think tank group (including me) that it would be imprudent to assume it would take North Korea more than ‘five months’ to have a reliable arsenal of nuclear-armed ICBM missiles. These could strike U.S. cities and kill millions of Americans.

Five months from October 20, 2017 is March 20, 2018. That’s an outside date but the war will likely begin before then.

That would create an element of surprise — and avoid the surprise of a faster than expected deployment of strategic weapons by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Dec 27 07:57

North Korea likely to pursue talks, South says in rosy New Year forecast

South Korea predicted on Tuesday that North Korea would look to open negotiations with the United States over its weapons programmes next year and pursue at least some rapprochement with Seoul in an optimistic government outlook for 2018.

Dec 27 07:57

China Stops All Oil Exports To North Korea In Rare Move As Sanctions Take Hold

China did not export any oil products to North Korea in November as U.S. sanctions against the isolated country continue take effect, according to a report Tuesday from Reuters.

The move comes as North Korea ratchets up ongoing nuclear and missile programs despite years of U.N. resolutions prohibiting the actions. U.N. Security Council imposed a new batch of limits of oil products earlier this month to the communist country.

China did not export any gasoline, jet fuel, diesel or fuel oil, or any other petroleum products to North Korea last month, according to the report, that relied on General Administration of Customs data for its conclusion.

Dec 27 07:37

Does North Korea Have Weaponized Anthrax? What You Need to Know

Sky News is reporting this morning that a North Korean soldier who defected to the South is immune to anthrax.  No big deal right? Well yes, actually it's a very big deal. It means the guy was either exposed to anthrax or was vaccinated against it.

And that means North Korea has anthrax.

Here's what you need to know about anthrax.

Dec 27 06:12

US SPY SATELLITES CATCH CHINESE SHIPS ILLEGALLY SELLING OIL TO NORTH KOREA

A government source said, “We need to focus on the fact that the illicit trade started after a UN Security Council resolution in September drastically capped North Korea’s imports of refined petroleum products.” Meanwhile, on paper, China’s trade with North has recently collapsed after U.S. President Donald Trump unleashed a barrage of sanctions in September targeting North Korea’s imports of refined petroleum products.

Back in November, the US. Treasury Department sanctioned an additional six North Korean shipping and trading companies and 20 of their ships after the satellite pictures surfaced. In the above picture, the North Korean ship named Ryesonggang 1, was easily identified and connected to the illegal sale of oil from China.

According to Chosun Media, "the department noted that the two ships appeared to be illegally trading in oil from ship to ship to bypass sanctions."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This puts China on the horns of a dilemma, as she really, really cannot interdict all transactions, unless she puts herself on a blockade on North Korea, which is what the US government sees as something they want to see happen.

Dec 27 01:53

French magazine causes uproar after putting Israel next to N. Korea as ‘not a real country’

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The magazine, which is aimed at children aged from five to eight, includes trivia card games. On one of the cards, Israel is put on a par with North Korea, both of which are apparently not “real countries.”

"197: We call these 197 countries states, like France, Germany or Algeria. There are others, too, but not all the world’s countries agree that all of them are real countries (for example the State of Israel or North Korea),” reads the card, which has sparked a fierce backlash.

“Shocked by this lie taught to children. Such rhetoric can only encourage anti-Zionism, inseparable from anti-Semitism,” Aliza Bin Noun, the ambassador of Israel to France, said on Twitter, while tagging French President Emmanuel

Francis Kalifat, the president of CRIF (the Federation of Jewish Communities and Organizations of France) condemned the cards, calling them a “factual lie and a flagrant one at that.”

Following the backlash, the magazine was removed from kiosk sales in France and Belgium.

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Dec 26 09:41

US Germ Warfare Apology to North Korea Could Advance Dialogue

With mounting evidence that the US conducted germ warfare operations against North Korea during the Korean conflict, a US apology to the North Korean people could go a long way toward bringing Washington and Pyongyang into a dialogue over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missile programs. During the Korean War, there were substantive charges from the international community that the United States used chemical and biological weapons (CBW) on the Korean peninsula.

Dec 26 09:06

NORTH KOREA THREATENS U.S.: LAY OFF IF “IT WANTS TO LIVE SAFELY”

North Korea said Sunday that it was a “pipe dream” for the United States to believe it would ever give up its nuclear weapons program.

The statement came after the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a set of tough new sanctions on the country. The sanctions were largely in response to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un launching a ballistic missile that Pyongyang claims can reach anywhere in the U.S.

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