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Jan2412:52

US May Be Preparing Preemptive Strike Against North Korean Nuclear Sites

It’s no secret that the US military has been gradually amassing firepower on the Korean Peninsula since Pyongyang began testing a range of ballistic missiles in April, triggering a US military buildup across the border in South Korea. Now, it appears the Pentagon is preparing its forces there for a potential nuclear strike against North Korea.

The B-2 Spirit stealth bomber and B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber, the two planes comprising the “air leg” of the US’ nuclear triad, have both been deployed to the Korean Peninsula. Furthermore, Business Insider reported that the B-2s may soon be equipped with modified B-61 nuclear bombs.

The B-61 thermonuclear gravity bomb has been the US’ low yield strategic and tactical nuclear bomb of choice since the 1960s. Its compact design was recently modified to increase its penetrative potential so that it can better strike at underground targets — where most of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal is believed to be.

Jan2412:51

South Korea Slips Off the US Leash

The mainstream US media, when it comes to the idea of talks between the governments of North and South Korea, are focused on the idea that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is trying to drive a wedge between the Republic of Korea and the United States. No doubt that is true, but this focus misses a major part of the story.

What we’re really seeing here is South Korean President Moon Jae-in making a bold move to assert South Korea’s independence from the United States.

Nobody should be surprised that Moon, who was swept into power thanks to a surge of voters (he won by 41.1% against two conservative parties which received 24% and 21.1%) last year on a promise to reach out to North Korea and attempt to bring the two warring halves of the Korean Peninsula (they are still technically in a state of war that began in 1950, nearly 68 years ago) back together.

Jan2412:42

CIA Boss Gives Latest Indication Trump May Consider Preemptive Strike on North Korea

The spy agency is briefing the president about military options on North Korea, which outside analysts warn could escalate to nuclear war.

Jan2412:19

CIA Director Says North Korea’s Missile Program Is More Advanced Than We Thought

uring an interview with CBS This Morning on Monday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo repeated his claim that a nuclear North Korea is only a “handful of months” away from being able to strike the US, according to a new report. Previously, the public estimates from the intelligence community were that North Korea still has at least a year to go before it would acquire the capacity to launch a nuclear strike on the Continental US with a high degree of accuracy.

Jan2412:04

Pence: I’ll stop Kim Jong-Un hijacking the Winter Olympics and turning them into a propaganda victory for his ‘murderous state’

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence plans to use his attendance at the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month to try to counter what he sees as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un´s effort to ‘hijack’ the games with a propaganda campaign, a White House official said on Tuesday.

Pence will be present at the games not just for ceremonial purposes but to try to offset the ‘charade’ he expects the North Koreans to put on when they send a team and also march in the opening ceremony with their South Korean counterparts, according to the official traveling with the vice president and speaking on condition of anonymity.

‘Murderous state?!?’ Look who’s talking!!!

Jan2411:47

A North Korean soldier who made worldwide headlines by defecting to the South under a hail of bullets last November has confessed to committing murder in the North

Jan2410:21

Pence to Attend Winter Olympics to Stop North Korea ‘Hijacking’ Games

White House officials have announced Tuesday that Vice President Mike Pence will attend the Winter Olympics in South Korea in early February, with an eye seemingly toward ensuring that North Korea’s attendance of the event doesn’t lead to improved relations.

Officials say Pence believes North Korea’s Kim Jong Un intends to “hijack” the Olympics with his country’s involvement, and that Pence will be there to offset the “charade” that is North Korea’s Olympic team.

Bilateral talks between North and South Korea have improved relations in recent weeks, and a big part of that is their agreement on the Olympics. The US clearly has problems with this improved relations between the two, and has gone to great lengths to present North Korea as somehow trying to trick everybody in being willing to negotiate.

Does the Vice President have a clue as to how these statements make it painfully apparently, that the only option the US government believes it has, regarding North Korea, is war?!?

I have never, this lifetime, seen the US government so thoroughly afraid of peace breaking out, and a potential accord being reached between the two Koreas.

This definitely makes me wonder if North Korea is absolutely the first country on the US government’s timeline for “regime change”, and a spontaneous reconcilliation between North and South Korea would absolutely destroy any attempts at regime change in the North.

Jan2409:49

CIA Boss Gives Latest Indication Trump May Consider Preemptive Strike on North Korea

The Central Intelligence Agency is briefing President Donald Trump on the risks and opportunities of a limited attack on North Korea, its director suggested on Tuesday.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo would not discuss the “wisdom of a preemptive strike” on Pyongyang or its nuclear weapons program, he told an audience at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. But in rare public remarks, Pompeo portrayed North Korea as an urgent priority for the agency, and disclosed aspects of its role in setting back Kim Jong Un’s nuclear program during his first year at Langley.

Kim is a rational man, Pompeo said the CIA had assessed. But it’s less clear that Kim takes seriously the prospect of a U.S. attack, something that could blunder the world into a devastating nuclear conflict.

The question here is … timing.

Faced with an economic collapse in this country, whatever war the US is going to trigger, be it against Russia, Iran, China, or North Korea, has to happen relatively quickly, to attempt to “misdirect” the American public as to the causes of the collapse, which they will immediately blame on the waror wars.

My best guess here would be, that the US will feign negotiations with North Korea, give them a time limit in which to engage, and if they “miss the window”, either generate a “false flag”, to be blamed on North Korea, or a actual attack, will happen.

I would like to politely remind CIA head Pompeo that China is producing some wonderful weapons which actually work as advertised; also, they conscript, which the Us does not at this time.

War with North Korea, unless they actually hit an American interest or target first, will most likely mean war with China.

Jan2310:54

INTERNATIONAL TRUST: North Korea Claims US Brings Strategic Assets ‘Under Pretext of Olympics’ in South Korea

Despite the promise to suspend annual military drills with South Korea in the wake of the 2018 Olympics, the US has been boosting forces near the Korean Peninsula since the beginning of the year.

Despite the promise to suspend annual military drills with South Korea in the wake of the 2018 Olympics, the US has been boosting forces near the Korean Peninsula since the beginning of the year.
The North Korean envoy said that the US is bringing its strategic assets to and around the Korean peninsula “under the pretext of the security of the Olympic games”, and urged Washington to completely stop, not just temporarily suspend, its joint military exercises with South Korea “and all other nuclear war drills”, RIA Novosti reported.

He added that North Korea’s decision to strengthen nuclear force was “absolutely the right choice”.

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Jan2015:12

Washington And Allies Go Orwellian On Korea Peace Talks

Just as North and South Korea achieve important peaceful exchanges, Washington and its NATO allies appear to be moving with determination to sabotage the initiative for averting war on the East Asian peninsula.

Further, the reckless, gratuitous provocations beg the conclusion that the United States is indeed trying to start a war.

Meanwhile, unprecedented accusations this week by US President Donald Trump that Russia is supporting North Korea to evade United Nations sanctions also point to the danger that any conflict could spiral out of control to engulf world nuclear powers.

Jan2010:04

BEX ALERT – US Cybersecurity Agency Accuses North Korea of Cryptocurrency Cyber Heist

Cybersecurity experts have linked North Korea to an apparent attack on South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges, claiming that Pyongyang’s black hats used the same malware code that was unleashed against Sony in 2014.

SONY turned out to be an internal leak, not a hack.

Jan2009:29

U.S. Humiliates South Korea, Threatens North Korea. Trump Undermines North-South Dialogue

Fearing that peace might break out with the two Koreas talking to each other, Washington instructed South Korean President Moon Jae-in to keep the message about anything but peace. It is not just Trump. A former top official for the Obama administration warned Moon that South Korea was not going to get anywhere with the North Koreans unless they have the “US behind them”. Humiliating, that is like saying that Moon’s “button” is not as big as Kim’s. The metaphor is exactly how the Washington elite see South Korea: as Washington’s obedient proxy state. The official went on to say,

“If South Koreans are viewed as running off the leash, it will exacerbate tension within the alliance”.

Running off the leash! Now more humiliation, is South Korea a US poodle? Instead President Moon Jae-in is showing that he has teeth, and that South Koreans want their country back from US humiliating domination.

What concerns me now, in the US government’s rush to get a war- any war – going, is the possibility of a false flag at the Winter Olympics, to be blamed on North Korea.

Jan2009:17

North Korean athletes will compete at Winter Olympics

Athletes from North Korea will participate in the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Saturday.

North Korea will send 22 athletes who will compete in three sports, Bach said, following a meeting between delegations from the two Koreas and Olympic officials in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Athletes from the North and South will also march together under one flag at the opening ceremony for the Games in Pyeongchang, which begin February 9, Bach said.

Jan1909:39

US Lawmakers Warn Any Strike Against DPRK Would Cause ‘Massive Casualties’

US Democratic congressmen have warned the White House that even a “limited strike” against North Korea would in all likelihood lead to all-out war and massive casualties. This comes after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned of just such a limited strike if Pyongyang doesn’t relinquish their nuclear weapons.

Jan1909:36

NORTH KOREA USING WINTER OLYMPICS TO FUEL ONLINE ‘REUNIFICATION’ PROPAGANDA

North Korea is using its impending participation in next month’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang to bolster its ongoing propaganda campaign that the rogue state and democratic South Korea should be reunified.

BINGO!

Jan1812:06

Either Negotiate, or We’ll Take Military Action! – U.S. Secretary of State Uses Extortion on North Korea

There was a 20-nation security meeting in Vancouver on Tuesday, 1/15/18, and the nations in attendance agreed to impose stronger sanctions against North Korea in a bid to stop their nuclear weapons buildup and tests. China and Russia did not attend, and stated the meeting was evidence of another Cold War forming. The most alarming rhetoric, however, emanated from the U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson, who flat out stated that if the North Koreans do not negotiate, it will bring about a military response. Here is the video clip and an excerpt heading as released by Reuters on 1/17/18, entitled US Warns Pyongyang on Military Option:

Jan1812:02

More War Threats and Sanctions against North Korea. Vancouver Group Diplomatic Disaster

Sanctions don’t work. They’re counterproductive. They don’t change how nations operate. They’re illegal unless imposed by Security Council members.

They’re imposed as punishment against sovereign independent states, harming ordinary people in targeted nations, not ruling authorities.

On January 16, foreign ministers from 20 nations met in Vancouver on North Korea – hosted by Washington and Canada.

Participating nations were involved in America’s naked aggression on North Korea in the 1950s – Russia and China not invited because they favor diplomacy, not confrontation.

Jan1810:07

Koreas’ Olympic Détente Upends US Strategy

The 20+ nations in Vancouver talking about North Korea repeatedly heard the same message from US officials: pay no attention to the bilateral talks between North and South Korea, with officials suggesting they not be “fooled” by the talks and suggesting that nothing would come of them.

That’s a problem for the US though, because something is coming of those talks. North and South Korea may have generations of mistrust to work through, but made big progress in just a few meetings, agreeing to march unified at next month’s Winter Olympic, and even field a common team for ice hockey.

Significant reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula seems to be happening, and it’s a big blow to Trump Administration strategy, which has centered on isolating North Korea and presenting the whole world, beyond China and Russia of course, as unified against them.

This…is the absolute, polar opposite from what the US government wanted to see out of these talks, which was more acrimony and more separation between North and South Korea.

Which is why you see Rex Tillerson, sounding nearly completely unhinged, and detached, again from all reality, making the following statement:

Tillerson threatens military action against North Korea

The article goes on to state:

“Tillerson’s position doesn’t make a lot of sense with all factors considered, suggesting the US goal is negotiations, and that the US would respond to North Korea’s refusal to negotiate with military force against them.

In reality, North Korea has repeatedly suggested negotiations in recent weeks, and been rebuffed every single time by the US. Tillerson is clearly aware of this, as every time he’s suggested talks, he too has been condemned by other Trump Administration officials.”

It is unfortunate that the 25th Amendment to the US constitution only applies to the President, and not others down the chain of command.

Jan1809:51

Trump says Russia is helping North Korea skirt international sanctions and undoing the help China is giving the U.S. as Kim inches closer to having nuclear missiles

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Russia is helping North Korea get supplies in violation of international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting ‘closer every day’ to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States.

‘Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,’ Trump said during an Oval Office interview with Reuters. ‘What China is helping us with, Russia is denting. In other words, Russia is making up for some of what China is doing.’

Today, the Kremlin bit back with Moscow calling the allegation that it is in breach of UN sanctions on North Korea as ‘absolutely groundless’.

The reaction came from an unnamed source at the Russian Foreign Ministry.

With North Korea persisting as the major global challenge facing Trump this year, the president cast doubt during the 53-minute interview on whether talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would be useful. In the past he has not ruled out direct talks with Kim.

Jan1809:47

North And South Korea Agree To Form Joint Team, Will March Together At Olympic Opening Ceremony

In a decision that Yonhap called an “unprecedented breakthrough”, North and South Korea have agreed to form their first joint Olympic team and will march together under a unified flag during the opening ceremony. The two Koreas agreed to form a joint women’s ice hockey team to take part in the Winter Olympics to be held February 9-25 in Pyeongchang, the two countries announced Wednesday.

Seoul’s Unification Ministry said the agreement was during talks on Wednesday at the border village of Panmunjom, after the North agreed to make its first appearance in the Olympic games in the South. North Korea boycotted the last Olympics held in the South in 1988.

Jan1809:43

Trump: “Very Possible” Crisis With North Korea Can’t Be Resolved Peacefully

In an exclusive interview with Reuters, President Trump said on Wednesday that Russia is helping North Korea get supplies in violation of international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting “closer every day” to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States. As a result, Trump said he hoped the standoff with Pyongyang could be resolved “in a peaceful way, but it’s very possible that it can’t.”

Having learned his lesson from his recent WSJ interview, Trump declined to comment when asked whether he had engaged in any communications at all with Kim, with whom he has exchanged public insults and threats, heightening tensions in the region. He did, however, blame Moscow:

“Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,” Trump said during the Oval Office interview. “What China is helping us with, Russia is denting. In other words, Russia is making up for some of what China is doing.”

Jan1808:35

US Deploys Tactical Communications-Scrambling Plane To Korean Peninsula

South Korea’s deal to allow North Korean athletes and dignitaries to attend the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appeared to ease tensions on the peninsula earlier this month. Still, it appears the US air force has been expanding its presence in South Korea.

Local media reported Monday that an EC-130H Compass Call aircraft, an advanced plane capable of denial of service attacks on enemy plane’s communication systems, was deployed to South Korea’s Osan Air Force Base by the US Air Force earlier this month.

According to Sputnik, it’s unclear why the state-of-the-art tactical aircraft was deployed to the base. Some critics have speculated that it may be used to collect data on North Korea’s military during the Games, which are set to begin Feb. 9.

Jan1807:41

Immediate threat from North Korea, long-term challenge from China a worry: Top US military commander

Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue, Admiral Harris Jr. said – without taking names – that several countries in the Indo-Pacific region are detrimental to stability in the region. “There are nations, entities in Indo-Pacific region that are disrupting potential for prosperity, openness & inclusivity,” he said. “As like-minded democratic nations, we are burdened by an immediate threat from North Korea, long-term challenge that China poses and terrorism is real in Indo Pacific region in 2018. Multilateralism is way ahead.”

Jan1807:38

Olympic Détente Upends U.S. Strategy on North Korea

North and South Korea reached an agreement Wednesday for their athletes to march together under one flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics next month, a powerful gesture of reconciliation that further complicates President Trump’s strategy for dealing with the nuclear-armed regime of Kim Jong-un.

South Korea, the host of the games, said it hoped a partnership in sports could contribute to a political thaw after years of high tensions on the Korean Peninsula. It came even as the prospect of war over the North’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests has loomed large.

For the White House, however, the budding détente scrambles its strategy of pressuring the North, with sanctions and threats of military action, to give up its nuclear arsenal. This latest gesture of unity, the most dramatic in a decade, could add to fears in Washington that Pyongyang is making progress on a more far-reaching agenda.

Jan1802:45

It’s All Right Ma… I’m Only Bleeding!

Many thanks to Bob Dylan’s great song of the same name. What rankles me is how so many of my friends, neighbors and acquaintances seem to accept how far down the rabbit hole our Amerikan society has fallen. We live under the broken umbrella of an empire that cares not to protect the overwhelming majority of us. We live under the auspices of a regime that spends half or our hard earned tax dollars on phony wars, illegal foreign occupations and excessive militarism at home. Yet, most of the lemmings I cohabit with are only concerned about tripe news on sexual scandals and other base events that have nothing to do with their health or financial well being. For every person who can profit from this insane stock market run up, there are a thousand times more folks who are lucky to afford the bare necessities of life. Many of us, even we who earn more than the median income level, still walk around with missing teeth, knees and necks in need of operative repair and so on.

We Amerikans have become like those serfs on the feudal manors, working hard and still bowing and scraping when the lord of the manor passes>>>

Jan1802:18

‘If US is sidelined, 2 Koreas can work towards peace and stability’

The US is interfering with the ongoing Korean talks, which Seoul hopes will eventually lead to the denuclearization of the entire peninsula, security analyst Charles Shoebridge told RT.

The third session of inter-Korean talks in a week signalled a significant breakthrough in the frosty ties between the two Koreas. And while the thaw in relations was welcomed by Seoul, the recent rapprochement was greeted with skepticism by 20 foreign ministers of the so-called “Vancouver Group,” which defended South Korea during the Korean War more than five decades ago.

The US is adamant that it will apply not only economic and diplomatic pressure, but also issue military threats to force N. Korea to disarm.>>>

Jan1714:35

Scott Adams: How North Korea Can Become Switzerland of the East

Kim Jong Un went to school in Switzerland. He knows it as a country that gets just about everything right and does it without a traditional army. Is Switzerland safe from attack? Yup. Safer than just about any other country. Their famed neutrality is like a psychological army that costs nothing. No one has a reason to attack them, and everyone knows they won’t cause trouble.

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

Jan1711:06

North Korea and South Korea will march TOGETHER under unified Korea flag at Olympics

NORTH Korea and South Korea have confirmed plans to march under a unified Korea flag at the Olympics’ opening ceremony next month in an unprecedented thawing of relations between the two countries.

The Koreas also agreed to form a joint women’s hockey team at the upcoming Winter Olympics south of the border, with the decision now waiting for approval from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Jan1706:49

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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Jan1613:23

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.”

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!!

Jan1612:45

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.

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!!

Jan1608:34

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.

Jan1608:33

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.

Jan1608:33

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.

Jan1607:56

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.

Hmmmm…

Jan1607:50

US moves ships, bombers toward Korea ahead of Olympics

Jan1607:45

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.

Jan1607:43

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.

Jan1606:20

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.

Jan1516:53

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.

Jan1516:53

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.

Jan1505:22

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.>>>

Jan1418:24

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!”

Jan1408:04

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.

Jan1310:03

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.

Jan1308:00

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.>>>

Jan1307:11

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

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

Jan1109:58

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.

Jan1109:13

It Is Not Time to Bomb North Korea

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

Jan1108:15

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.

Jan1014:59

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.

Jan1014:52

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/

Jan1010:35

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.

Jan1006:49

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 !)

Jan1004:57

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)

Jan0914:40

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]>>>

Jan0910:16

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.

Jan0909:21

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

Jan0807:40

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.

Jan0720:34

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.

Jan0710:17

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.

Jan0709:30

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.

Jan0707:08

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>>>

Jan0706:58

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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Jan0608:37

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.

Jan0607:31

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.

Jan0517:54

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”.

Jan0510:55

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.

Jan0508:49

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.

Jan0507:37

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.

Jan0504:36

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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Jan0415:19

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.’

Jan0411:31

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.

Not sure I trust this report.

Jan0408:36

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.

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.

 

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