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  • The real reason China won’t exert economic pressure on North Korea

    03/23/2017 6:45:17 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    scmp.com ^ | 19 Mar 2017 | Tom Holland
    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson thinks that if only he can enlist Beijing’s support, sanctions will compel Kim Jong-un to give up his nuclear arsenal – here’s why he’s wrong ****************************************** Speaking on Thursday ahead of his first trip to Beijing, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged that Washington’s policy towards North Korea had failed.That’s putting it mildly. After more than 20 years of US efforts aimed at halting Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme, the North Korean regime is closer than ever to developing a credible strike capability. This month, it fired four medium-range missiles into the Sea...
  • North Korea missile tests fail seconds after launch, US officials say

    03/22/2017 11:41:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/22/2017 | By Lucas Tomlinson
    A North Korean ballistic missile test ended in failure when it exploded five seconds after launch, two US officials tell Fox News. North Korea attempted to launch an intermediate-range Musudan missile, the first attempted launch of this type of missile since President Trump took office. "The missile blew up five seconds after launch," said one official, who had seen satellite imagery of the launch showing a heavily damaged mobile launcher on a runway. The test occurred at an air base near the city of Wonsan on North Korea's east coast along the Sea of Japan. South Korea's Defense Ministry said...
  • Crazed North Korean despot Kim Jong-un’s troops blow up US aircraft carrier and shoot down bomber

    03/21/2017 6:06:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    www.thesun.co.uk ^ | Updated: 21st March 2017, 12:39 pm | By Ellie Flynn and Tom Michael
    NORTH Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un has released a propaganda video showing a US aircraft carrier being blown up and a bomber shot down in flames. Snaps from the secretive state’s recent ballistic missile launches are shown alongside the haunting message: “A knife will be stabbed into the throat of the carrier.” It comes days after Kim Jong-un threatened the US with nuclear destruction
  • KIM JONG-BOOM Crazed North Korean despot Kim Jong-un blows up US aircraft carrier and shoots down

    03/20/2017 6:49:16 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 41 replies
    The Sun ^ | March 21, 2017 | Ellie Flynn and Tom Michael
    KIM JONG-BOOM Crazed North Korean despot Kim Jong-un blows up US aircraft carrier and shoots down bomber in propaganda video KIM Jong-un has released a propaganda video showing a US aircraft carrier being blown up and a bomber shot down in flames. Snaps from the secretive state’s recent ballistic missile launches are shown alongside the haunting message: “A knife will be stabbed into the throat of the carrier.” It comes after the leader threatened to reduce the US “to ashes” as tensions with North Korea continue to increase. The shocking video goes on to declare: “The bomber will fall from...
  • Tillerson: Oh yeah, military action against North Korea is an option

    03/17/2017 9:49:40 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 30 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/17/17 | Dan Calabrese
    Done with "strategic patience." This is sure to bring about shrieking from the left that Trump “wants war,” and that under no circumstances should we even think about using weapons or the Armed Forces against Bowl Cut Jr.‘s hermit torture paradise. That’s been official U.S. policy for at least the past eight years, and de facto U.S. policy much longer than that, if only because of the presumption that the Norks either have nuclear weapons, or are awfully close to having them, and could turn Seoul into a sheet of glass if given enough of a provocation. Would the U.S....
  • Rex Tillerson Reaches Out to North Korea, Telling Them They “Need Not Fear” The United States.

    03/16/2017 5:49:22 PM PDT · by davikkm · 26 replies
    IWB ^ | Pamela Williams
    There are many in Washington who fear the silence of our new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. I just read an article about those in Washington who fear Tillerson will alienate us from the United Nations or the Human Rights Council. Tillerson has taken his time to review the work of the Human Rights Council of the UN, and he feels they are not doing all they are supposed to do. Therefore, he has warned them the United States will pull out of the United Nations if they do not do better. I, myself, am very supportive of the move...
  • Trump Weighs More Pain for Chinese Firms Found Aiding North Korea

    03/16/2017 5:25:52 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    WSJ ^ | March 14, 2017 | JAY SOLOMON
    Trump Weighs More Pain for Chinese Firms Found Aiding North Korea White House considering tougher financial penalties amid evidence Chinese firms are helping Pyongyang import and export weapons By JAY SOLOMON March 14, 2017 12:03 p.m. ET WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is considering increasing financial penalties on Chinese companies in response to growing evidence of their support for North Korea’s weapons programs, according to U.S. and Asian officials.
  • US to deploy missile-capable drones across border from North Korea

    03/15/2017 1:01:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | March 14, 2017 | Julian Borger in Washington
    The US has declared it will permanently station missile-capable drones in South Korea in the latest round of military escalation in north-eastern Asia. The drone deployment comes a week after North Korea carried out a test salvo of four missiles that landed off the coast of Japan, and a day before the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, embarks on a tour of a region widely regarded as the most dangerous corner of the world. The US military in South Korea took the unusual step of publicly announcing the deployment of a company of Grey Eagle drones, which it said...
  • North Korea Puts Army Into "Combat Mode"

    03/14/2017 3:19:24 PM PDT · by blam · 43 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3-14-2017 | Tyler Durden
    It's been at least 24 hours since any further sabers were rattled between China, US, South Korea, and North Korea (oh and Japan), but it according to DailyNK.com, Kim Jong Un has ordered the entire North Korean army into "combat mode" to tighten security and consolidate sentiment in response to military drills conducted by South Korea and the US, which began in early March. A source in South Pyongan Province told Daily NK that following the order from Kim Jong Un, every last soldier-- even if away on business, on leave, off-base for training, or even those with a recent...
  • Delta, SEAL Team 6 Prepare To Take Out Kim Jong-Un, Practice Tactical North Korea "Infiltration"

    03/13/2017 11:54:21 AM PDT · by blam · 104 replies
    Zero Hedge (WSJ) ^ | 3-13-2017 | Tyler Durden
    On March 1, the WSJ reported that the options contemplated by the White House in response to recent North Korean acts, include "the possibility of both military force and regime change to counter the country’s nuclear-weapons threat." The review came es amid recent events have strained regional stability including last month's launch by North Korea of a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, and the assassination of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Malaysia. And, according to a report in Yonhap, said "regime change" may come far sooner than expected: the South Korean...
  • Malaysia will count on allies if N. Korea wants war, says defence minister

    03/13/2017 3:36:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Malay Mail Online ^ | March 13, 2017 | KAMLES KUMAR
    Malaysia will count on allies if N. Korea wants war, says defence minister BY KAMLES KUMAR KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — Malaysia will count on its international allies if the diplomatic situation with North Korea goes south, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today. The defence minister said Malaysia may not have enough military assets compared to Pyongyang if the two countries went to war, but it has other ways to counter the reclusive state which has nuclear weapons in its arsenal. “We will deal with it when the time comes, but don’t think we are only dependent on our own...
  • South Korea liberals likely to win power, may bring softer North Korea stance

    03/12/2017 4:37:53 PM PDT · by Mariner · 27 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | March 12th, 2017 | By Hyunjoo Jin and James Pearson
    SEOUL (Reuters) - The liberal politician expected to succeed disgraced Park Geun-hye as South Korea's next president could significantly soften Seoul’s stance toward North Korea and possibly delay deployment of a U.S. missile-defense system that has enraged China. A Constitutional Court on Friday dismissed Park from office after upholding her impeachment over a corruption scandal involving "chaebol", the family-run conglomerates that dominate Asia's fourth-biggest economy, and which could also face reform under a liberal leader. A presidential election will be held by May 9 and opinion polls suggest South Koreans will opt for change by electing a liberal into the...
  • North Korea Is a Danger

    03/11/2017 5:20:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 11, 2017 | Michael Curtis
    When a man knows he is to be hanged, said Dr. Samuel Johnson, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. When North Korea on March 6, 2017 simultaneously and successfully fired four missiles, the mind of the president of the U.S. as well as the eyes of the world, began concentrating on the ensuing danger to humanity. That demonstration of power, together with the murder on February 13, 2017 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia of Kim Jong Nam by two women on behalf of the victim’s half-brother, the dictator Kim Jong-Un, constituted for many a wakeup call and a "game-changer."Yet it should not have been....
  • March Missile Madness: Odds Of A North Korean WMD Attack In Next Month Tops 60%

    03/10/2017 3:58:14 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3-10-2017 | Tyler Durden - Marie DuMond
    Authored by Marie DuMond via Beyond Parallel A Predata-Beyond Parallel prediction indicates there is a 43% chance of North Korean WMD activity taking place in the next 14 days. In the next 30 days, there is a 62% chance for North Korean WMD activity. Beyond Parallel defines WMD activity as nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches. As seen below, Predata’s North Korea WMD overview signal captured a notable spike in conversations beginning on March 4, just two days prior to North Korea’s March 6 missile launches, and the signal has remained elevated since. Further, the signal’s 30-day exponential moving average...
  • China pivots on North Korea as U.S. missile defense system arrives in South

    03/09/2017 7:24:05 AM PST · by mandaladon · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9 Mar 2017 | Guy Taylor
    A sophisticated missile defense system being delivered to South Korea may give President Trump a bargaining chip that no other U.S. president has had to pressure China to rein in North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs. Beijing has long expressed anger over the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) shield, and on Wednesday, just two days after the Trump administration announced the start of the system’s deployment, Chinese officials suddenly signaled that they may be ready to increase pressure on Pyongyang. In an unusual and public proposal that analysts say exposed Beijing’s growing alarm over the situation on the Korean...
  • North Korea: We were aiming at US bases in Japan

    03/07/2017 8:18:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/07/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    In case anyone wondered what the Kim regime was up to yesterday, the North Korean state-run media would like to clear up the confusion. The simultaneous launch of four mid-range ballistic missiles was a practice run for the war than Kim Jong-un insists is coming, a little target practice using Uncle Sam as a bulls-eye. The firing range practice got a significant response from the US that raises the stakes for both China and South Korea: North Korea was practicing to strike United States military bases in Japan with its latest barrage of missiles, state media in Pyongyang reported...
  • White House Is Exploring Use Of Military Force Against North Korea

    03/01/2017 3:52:58 PM PST · by blam · 45 replies
    Zero Hedge - WSJ ^ | 3-1-2017 | Tyler Durden
    An internal White House strategy review on North Korean options includes the possibility of both military force and regime change to counter the country’s nuclear-weapons threat, the WSJ reports, a prospect that has some U.S. allies in the region on edge. The review comes amid recent events have strained regional stability including last month's launch by North Korea of a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, and the assassination of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Malaysia. The WSJ adds that U.S. officials have underscored the possible military dimensions of their emerging strategy...
  • North Korea executes five senior security officials with anti-aircraft guns for making [tr]

    02/27/2017 9:39:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 56 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 27, 2017 | Gareth Davies
    North Korea executed five senior security officials with anti-aircraft guns because they made false reports that enraged Kim Jong-un. South Korea's spy agency the National Intelligence Service (NIS) said Monday the five victims were from the state security department. They are said to have produced false reports which angered the country's leader which resulted in them being murdered with the hugely powerful weapons.
  • Have the Chicoms finally had it with the Norks?

    02/24/2017 4:42:15 PM PST · by saywhatagain · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 24, 2017 | Monica Showalter
    For the Chinese to suddenly talk publicly about the North Korea's imminent demise and the importance of enforcing UN sanctions against what had been a close ally until now suggests something fairly unfriendly going on.
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-nam 'killed by VX nerve agent found on his face'

    02/23/2017 7:04:08 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 48 replies
    BBC ^ | 2017/02/24
    Kim Jong-nam 'killed by VX nerve agent found on his face' Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, was killed by a highly toxic nerve agent, says Malaysia. Mr Kim died last week after two women wiped a substance over his face in a check-in hall at Kuala Lumpur airport. Malaysian toxicology reports have identified the chemical as "VX nerve agent", classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations.
  • Have the Chicoms finally had it with the Norks?

    02/24/2017 9:14:54 AM PST · by AU72 · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 24, 2017 | Monica Showalter
    From the South China Morning Post: China will take ‘necessary steps’ for security if North Korean regime collapses Beijing vows to ‘fully enforce’ UN sanctions against Pyongyang, despite being ‘friendly neighbour’ For the Chinese to suddenly talk publicly about the North Korea's imminent demise and the importance of enforcing UN sanctions against what had been a close ally until now suggests something fairly unfriendly going on. China's actions suggest that the Norks finally have a whipping coming. It would be a welcome thing if China ended its games-playing, even if it helped itself to North Korea's mineral resources, and just...
  • N. Korean Defector's Association, "Proposed Kim Jong-nam to Head the Government-in-exile...but

    02/21/2017 1:46:42 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 2017.02.21 | Yoo Ji-han
    /begin translation N. Korean Defector's Association, "Proposed Kim Jong-nam to Head the Government-in-exile...but He Opposed Third Generation Hereditary Rule" Yoo Ji-han 2017.02.21 Representatives from defector's organizations both inside and outside S. Korea proposed Kim Jong-nam to be a head of N. Korean government-in-exile, but he refused, arguing, "That is another third generation hereditary rule." In an interview with Donga-ilbo on Feb. 19(local time,) Kim Ju-il, the Secretary-general of International North Korean Defector's Association based in UK, said, "I have been in contact with Kim Jong-nam for last year and a half, asking him to head the government-in-exile." According to the...
  • Kim Jong Nam's death: Body has no puncture wounds

    02/21/2017 1:49:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/21/2017 | By Joshua Berlinger and Kocha Olarn
    <p>Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN)Kim Jong Nam didn't have a heart attack and the medics who conducted his autopsy found no obvious puncture marks or wounds, a top Malaysian health official said Tuesday, compounding the mystery over the North Korean's death.</p>
  • N. Korea: Jong-nam’s son Han-sol arriving in KL

    02/20/2017 7:51:13 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    The Star ^ | 20 February 2017 | AKIL YUNUS
    Jong-nam’s son Han-sol arriving in KL By AKIL YUNUS 20 February 2017 PETALING JAYA: Members of the media from local and international organisations are rushing to Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) following a tip-off that the son of Kim Jong-nam is arriving in Malaysia Monday evening. The international press, including Korean, Japanese, and Chinese news outlets, earlier received a message saying that Kim Han-sol, 21, is due to land at KLIA2 on an AirAsia flight tonight. “Dear press members, (this is) to inform that the son of Kim Jong-nam will be arriving at KLIA2 today on an AirAsia flight....
  • N. Korea: CCTV Video Footage of Kim Jong-nam Assassination

    02/19/2017 3:22:30 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies
    LINK It is 2min 20sec long(It is repeated again. So the whole video is over 5 min long.) It starts with Kim Jong-nam walking in. It shows the moments of attack from different angles. The footage of actual attack starts at 43 seconds into the video. He was seen walking around after the attack, talking to securities and escorted into some place(probably clinic.)
  • China suspends North Korean coal imports, striking at regime’s financial lifeline

    02/18/2017 3:24:57 PM PST · by NRx · 44 replies
    WaPo ^ | 02-18-2017 | Simon Denyer
    BEIJING — China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea until the end of the year, the Commerce Ministry announced Saturday, in a surprise move that would cut off a major financial lifeline for Pyongyang and significantly enhance the effectiveness of U.N. sanctions. Coal is North Korea’s largest export item, and also China’s greatest point of leverage over the regime. The ministry said the ban would come into force Sunday and be effective until Dec. 31. China said the move was designed to implement November’s United Nations Security Council resolution that tightened sanctions against the regime in the...
  • Oversight chair asks WH for security details of Mar-a-Lago meeting

    02/14/2017 3:34:45 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 14, 2017 | Max Greenwood
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is asking the White House to provide his panel with details about how sensitive information was handled during a weekend meeting at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. In a letter to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Chaffetz requested detailed explanations of the Trump administration's security protocols at the Florida estate, including what documents were present at Saturday's powwow and how the administration vetted club guests. The request came after it was revealed that Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a meeting in plain sight on Saturday to discuss North Korea's...
  • Potential successor to Kim Jong-un assassinated by poison needle while in exile overseas

    02/14/2017 10:55:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/14/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    Kim Jong-un may be obese, but he is no fool when it comes to guarding his flank.  You just can't be too careful when watching your back if you are a murderous dictator.  He believes in killing off any possible rivals before they can act against him.  He already had an uncle executed, and now a potential rival, the actual firstborn child of his father, has been executed in exile. ZeroHedge reports: Just two days after North Korea embarrassed both the US and Japan by test-firing a new, nuclear-capable ICBM with a 2000 mile range, with neither Trump nor Abe...
  • North Korean leader’s half-brother killed by ‘poison needles’ in Malaysia, reports claim

    02/14/2017 8:08:55 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 14 at 10:32 AM | Anna Fifield
    he older half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been killed in Malaysia by two female agents with “poison needles,” South Korean media outlets reported Tuesday. The reports — which could not immediately be verified — said Kim’s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, was attacked at Kuala Lumpur airport Monday by two women who fled the scene in a taxi, according to reports on South Korea’s TV Chosun and Korea Broadcasting System. Both outlets cited an unidentified government source describing the death of the 45-year-old, who was once considered the next in line for power but apparently fell from...
  • CNN Panel Whines: Trump ‘Whiffed’ Statement on North Korea Launch, too Reserved

    02/12/2017 10:59:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | February 12, 2017 | Nicholas Fondacaro
    News broke late Saturday night that North Korea launched a missile in a show of force during the Japanese Prime Minister’s visit to the United States. During a quickly put together media event PM Shinzo Abe spoke first to condemn the launch and was backed up with a brief statement of support from President Donald Trump. But that wasn’t enough for CNN’s Inside Politics, whose Nia-Malika Henderson proclaimed, “He has talked tough, I think Trump, on Twitter about North Korea, but when it got to his time to be that tough person that we've come to know, he just kind...
  • Live Thread: President Trump and Japan PM Abe Speak on N Korea Missile Test 2/11/17 10:30 PM EST

    02/11/2017 7:38:37 PM PST · by kristinn · 24 replies
    You Tube ^ | Saturday, February 11, 2017 | Kristinn
    President Trump and Prime Minister Abe will be speaking from Trump's estate Mar a Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, about the North Korea ballistic missile test. They were supposed to speak at 10:15 p.m. but are running late.
  • NYC should expose and shame those using a concert to praise North Korea

    02/04/2017 9:14:55 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 4, 2017 | Thor Halvorssen
    NYC should expose and shame those using a concert to praise North Korea By Thor Halvorssen February 4, 2017 | 12:59am North Korea is a horrible dictatorship ruled by a family of psychopaths that shows no respect for human rights. So why is Manhattan-based Ureuk Symphony Orchestra celebrating North Korea’s Kim Jong-il at the Kaufman Music Center on Saturday? No, the orchestra’s ads don’t mention the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea, but the agenda is obvious to anyone who knows how the North Korean propaganda machine works. This performance is titled “February Spring,” a phrase used in North Korea...
  • Mattis warns North Korea: US will counter nuclear attack

    02/03/2017 5:56:44 PM PST · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/3/17 | Joel Gehrke
    Any North Korean attack on an American ally will meet with an "overwhelming" counterattack from the United States, particularly if the regime uses nuclear weapons. "Due to some of the provocations out of North Korea and other challenges that we jointly face, I want to make certain that Article Five of our mutual defense treaty is understood to be as real to us today as it was a year ago, five years ago and as it will be a year and 10 years from now," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters before a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...
  • North Korea leader Kim Jong Un dismisses security chief instead of killing him in latest purge

    02/03/2017 2:44:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 02/03/2017 | JESSICA SCHROEDER
    Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea Kim Jong Un fired minister of state security Kim Won Hong instead of sending him out to the firing squad in his latest purge. Won Hung was dismissed from his position with secret police “bowibu” for apparent charges of “corruption, abuse of power and human rights abuses,” South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee said in a press conference. “There is always a possibility that purges continue as part of constantly strengthening power,” Joon-he said, while adding Won Hung could face more severe punishment — such as execution — if the outcome of...
  • How North Korea became a magnet for pot-seeking tourists

    01/16/2017 3:30:45 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    news.com.au ^ | January 15, 2017
    How North Korea became a magnet for pot-seeking tourists January 15, 2017 NORTH Korea has been getting some pretty high praise lately from the stoner world. Marijuana news outlets including High Times, Merry Jane and Green Rush — along with British tabloids, which always love a good yarn — are hailing North Korea as a pothead paradise and maybe even the next Amsterdam of pot tourism. They’ve reported North Korean marijuana to be legal, abundant and mind-blowingly cheap, sold openly to Chinese and Russian tourists at a major market on the North’s border for about $3 a pound (or $AU4...
  • Is Russia setting the stage for a nuclear apocalypse?

    08/26/2009 7:16:32 PM PDT · by Irisshlass · 53 replies · 1,981+ views
    Canadian Free Press ^ | Monday, August 24, 2009 | By Doug Hagmann and Sean Osborne
    can’t say anything about the roots of this story and I don’t plan to dig further… I need to think about my own skin too. Understand that as you will.” —Mikhail Voitenko, editor of the Russian maritime Bulletin Sovfrakht., speaking about the “hijacking” of the Arctic Sea While it might seem like an unusual morphing of the movies Inside Man and The Hunt for Red October, the account of the cargo ship Arctic Sea is far stranger than either fictional account. Based on information developed through our extensive investigation, we can authoritatively state, without hyperbole, that the mysteries surrounding the...
  • North Korea 'Very Far Along' In Developing New Ballistic Missile

    01/06/2017 3:13:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | 01/06/2017 | Geoff Brumfiel
    North Korea got 2017 off to a menacing start. In his New Year's address, supreme leader Kim Jong Un warned that the nation was in the "final stage" of preparations to test an intercontinental ballistic missile. A day later, President-elect Donald Trump said the North would never develop a nuclear weapon capable of striking the U.S. "It won't happen!" Trump tweeted. Bombast aside, independent arms control experts agree that North Korea is moving rapidly to develop an ICBM. And many suspect it will test a missile capable of reaching the continental U.S. later this year. "They are very far along...
  • Thanks to our mistakes with Iran, the North Korean threat to the US is at record levels

    01/06/2017 2:34:28 PM PST · by detective · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 06, 2017 | Van Hipp
    Well you know it’s the New Year when North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is threatening a new ballistic missile or nuclear test.  This time, though, Kim Jong-un is saying the “Hermit Kingdom” is in the final stages of preparing to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).  This would be Pyongyang’s first test of an ICBM. For years, right after Iran made news, we could always count on the North Korean dictator’s late father, Kim Jong-il, to try and grab headlines with the latest test of the Taepodong Missile, which usually failed on the launch pad or broke apart in pieces...
  • Satellite Pics Suggest Iran, North Korea Cooperating on Nuclear Research

    12/30/2016 7:18:11 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies
    The Tower ^ | Dec. 29, 2016
    Satellite Pics Suggest Iran, North Korea Cooperating on Nuclear Research by TheTower.org Staff | 12.29.16 4:28 pm The discovery of a working North Korean missile site that was previously thought to be inactive may suggest that the country is cooperating with Iran on ballistic missile and nuclear technology, Voice of America reported Wednesday. PRESS RELEASE: Strategic Sentinel Finds Previously Unknown North Korean Site Read more here: https://t.co/NJk9a9LBgd#NorthKorea #VOA @W7VOA pic.twitter.com/f3S24izQOn — Strategic Sentinel (@StratSentinel) December 28, 2016 Satellite images taken and analyzed by the intelligence firm Strategic Sentinel discovered a missile silo in Geumchang-ri, a mountainous area in North Pyongan...
  • Trump Responds to Kim Jong-un’s ICBM Threat: ‘It Won’t Happen!’

    01/02/2017 8:27:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 2, 2017 | 9:51 PM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    A pledge by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to advance efforts this year to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile received a blunt Twitter slap down Monday from President-elect Donald Trump: “It won’t happen!” “North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S.,” Trump tweeted. “It won’t happen!” In a subsequent post, the president-elect criticized China — North Korea’s closest ally and biggest trading partner — for not doing enough to rein in its unstable neighbor. “China has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth...
  • North Korea Says US Should Expect ‘Imminent War’ Over Sanctions

    12/22/2016 9:48:53 AM PST · by kevcol · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller news Foundation ^ | December 22, 2016 | Ryan Pickrell
    “The latest UNSC ‘resolution on sanctions’ has created the danger of imminent war on the Korean Peninsula, as there are no judicial and institutional mechanisms to avert a war and armed conflicts and the ‘resolution’ is as good as a declaration of war,” the North Korean foreign ministry said in a statement Thursday, according to Yonhap News Agency. “The U.S. and other countries involved in adopting the ‘resolution on sanctions’ will have to be wholly responsible for the ensuing consequences.” . . . “The DPRK is building the most powerful country in the world on the basis of the self-defensive...
  • North Korea prepares ballistic-missile sub for sea worthiness

    12/21/2016 8:36:13 AM PST · by Former Proud Canadian · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dec 20, 2016 | L. Todd Woods
    North Korea’s GORAE-class, experimental, ballistic missile submarine may be preparing to put to sea, possibly heralding further testing of sea-launched ballistic missiles or SLBMs. North Korea has tested SLBMs from land and sea multiple times over the last two years. The most recent test possibly may have been in December of this year from a land-based test site.
  • Kim Jong Un wakes up from blackout, wonders why everybody is crying

    12/14/2016 2:23:17 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 30 replies
    Kim Jong Un is not a happy drunk. The ruthless North Korean dictator had overindulged on spirits this September when he ordered several top military vets to write apology and self-criticism letters, according to a Japanese media report. “That none of you were able to produce not even one military satellite is a misconduct that is commensurate to treason,” the sauced despot allegedly told his country’s top military brass during an all-night reprimand. But the next morning, the tyrant was no longer inebriated and asked why the elderly officials were at his villa, apparently having no memory of his tanked-up...
  • China says opposed to unilateral sanctions on North Korea

    12/10/2016 6:51:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 10, 2016 5:13 AM EST
    China remains opposed to unilateral sanctions against North Korea taken without the approval of the U.N. Security Council, the country’s chief negotiator on the North’s nuclear program was quoted Saturday as saying. Wu Dawei also told his South Korean counterpart in talks Friday that China is “adamantly opposed” to the South’s deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system that China says poses a threat to its own security, China’s foreign ministry said in a statement. […] China demands that South Korea “give weight to China’s concerns” about the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, missile system, which is intended...
  • Which Foreign Policy Sacred Cows will Donald Trump Slaughter Next?

    12/09/2016 5:29:31 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 22 replies
    CNN.com ^ | December 9, 2016 | Stephen Collinson
    Donald Trump shook up America. Now it's the world's turn. The President-elect's decision to flout 40 years of diplomatic convention and take a call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen last week suggested he may be just as disrespectful of protocol on the world stage as at home. The call produced days of speculation about how the President-elect's impulsive style will reverberate around the globe and whether it could threaten the architecture of international relations. There are many global traditions and arrangements that he could target, though each could carry a geopolitical or diplomatic price -- one reason even presidents who...
  • Communist studies in real time

    12/05/2016 8:37:39 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 5, 2016 | Spencer Irvine
    Don't expect the word "communist" to join the host of adjectives that precede the word "studies" in academe. Genuine studies of communist oppression don't fit the academic narrative. At a Heritage Foundation panel discussion recently, Kim Jeong-Ah, founder of Tongil Mom, spoke through a translator to detail the human rights situation of North Korean defecting mothers who have to leave their Chinese-Korean children behind in China due to Chinese policies. As the Heritage Foundation's announcement read: "One of the tragic consequences of the dire human rights situation in North Korea has been defectors risking imprisonment or death to escape to...
  • New UN Security Council Resolution Strengthens Sanctions against North Korea

    11/30/2016 6:12:41 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/30/16 | Joseph Klein
    But Iran, freed of sanctions, is likely to be the spoiler The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2321 (2016) on November 30th. It condemns the North Korean (DPRK) regime’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles while its people continue to suffer under inhumane conditions. The resolution strengthens previous UN-imposed sanctions on the DPRK in response to its fifth nuclear test conducted on September 9, 2016. The prior resolutions have failed to slow, much less eliminate, the DPRK’s nuclear program involving the development and testing of both nuclear device and ballistic missile capabilities. As UN Secretary General...
  • North Korea Commands 3-Day Mourning Period for Fidel Castro

    11/28/2016 6:48:59 AM PST · by detective · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Nov 2016
    North Korea is observing a three-day period of mourning for Fidel Castro, seen by the North as a rare comrade-in-arms against the common enemy of the United States. State media reported Monday that the North has ordered flags outside official buildings be flown at half-staff to honor Castro. The iconic Cuban leader died Friday at age 90. Reports from Pyongyang said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a wreath to the Cuban Embassy and that a delegation of senior North Korean officials has left for Havana to attend Castro’s memorial services.
  • The last Communist City

    11/27/2016 3:34:29 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 34 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2014 | Michael J Totten
    Neill Blomkamp’s 2013 science-fiction film Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, takes place in Los Angeles, circa 2154. The wealthy have moved into an orbiting luxury satellite—the Elysium of the title—while the wretched majority of humans remain in squalor on Earth. The film works passably as an allegory for its director’s native South Africa, where racial apartheid was enforced for nearly 50 years, but it’s a rather cartoonish vision of the American future. Some critics panned the film for pushing a socialist message. Elysium’s dystopian world, however, is a near-perfect metaphor for an actually existing socialist nation just 90...
  • Foreign Ministry denies application for refugee status by U.S. eating contestant Lena Dunham[tr]

    11/10/2016 10:58:28 AM PST · by matt1234 · 17 replies
    [full text:] Foreign Ministry denies application for refugee status by U.S. celebrity eating contestant Lena Dunham, due to lack of ideological merit