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Feb 24 05:36

It Begins: Samsung Shutters Smartphone Factory In South Korea After Virus Outbreak

South Korea now emerges as the next hotspot of the Covid-19 outbreak that has been tormenting China for the last several months.

Late on Friday, South Korea reported 142 new confirmed cases, up a mindboggling 70% in just one day, to 346. A second death was also reported.

Feb 23 03:57

Coronavirus: South Korea placed on ‘red alert’ as fifth person diesMore than 9,000 Shincheonji church members in self-quarantine as president describes coming days as ‘very important moment’

South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in has placed the country on “red alert” after it reported its fifth death and more than 123 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of infected to 556.

As the nation struggled on Sunday to contain the deadly Covid-19 outbreak in the city of Daegu, the president described the coming days as “a very important moment”, the news agency Yonhap said.

The government would bolster its fight against the virus by raising the alert level one notch to the highest of “red”, he told an emergency meeting of agencies in Seoul on Sunday.

Of the 123 new cases, 75 are related to the Shincheonji church in the country’s fourth-largest city of Daegu and a neighbouring hospital.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it has placed more than 9,000 Shincheonji members in self-quarantine and thousands of worshippers have been screened for the virus.

Feb 21 05:36

"It Looks Like A Zombie Apocalypse": City Streets Deserted Amid Surge In Korean COVID-19 Cases

Seemingly overnight, the public attitude toward the coronavirus outbreak in South Korea has gone from simmering apprehension to full-blown paranoia. And nowhere is that more apparent than in Daegu, the country's fourth-largest city, with a population of 2.5 million people - roughly one-tenth of the South's total population.

As the South Korean government debates whether to raise the alert level, the mayor of Daegu has asked all of the city's residents to avoid venturing outside as the government tracks down, tests and quarantines all the members of a church where an infected woman is believed to have spread the virus to more than 40 people.

Feb 21 05:35

CORONAVIRUS SPREADS TO SOUTH KOREA, CASES SURGE, DEATH REPORTED

Earlier Thursday, South Korea said it has confirmed a total of 82 cases of the virus. It seems to be spreading to other places with little hope of containment, although there are quarantine measures in place. “National quarantine efforts that are currently focused on blocking the inflow of the virus (from China) and stemming its spread are inadequate for preventing the illness from circulating in local communities,” said the mayor of the South Korean city of Daegu, Kwon Young-jin.

Feb 19 07:11

WHO says no indication of coronavirus cases in North Korea

The World Health Organization said on Wednesday it had no indications the new coronavirus had spread to North Korea, after South Korean media suggested there were cases and deaths there that were being covered up by the Pyongyang authorities.

Feb 19 06:43

South Korea says it’s successfully treating coronavirus patient with natural oxygen therapy

In a breakthrough for eradicating the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19), South Korean officials have successfully treated a patient using all-natural oxygen therapy.

Unlike our own Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which only advocates for pharmaceuticals and vaccines, Korea’s CDC effectively cured, dare we use that word, a patient by delivering oxygen through a face mask, according to the local news service Newsis.

Feb 13 09:27

South Korea's government explores move from Windows to Linux desktop

According to the Korean news site Newsis, the South Korean Ministry of Strategy and Planning has announced the government is exploring moving most of its approximately 3.3 million Windows computers to Linux.

The reason for this is simple. It's to reduce software licensing costs and the government's reliance on Windows. As Choi Jang-hyuk, the head of the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, said, "We will resolve our dependency on a single company while reducing the budget by introducing an open-source operating system."

How much? South Korean officials said it would cost 780 billion won (about $655 million) to move government PCs from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

Feb 11 11:34

Once again, North Korea is accused of enhancing its nuclear and missile programs despite UN sanctions

North Korea illegally exported millions of tons of commodities like coal last year to enhance its ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons programs, according to a confidential UN report.

Prepared by a UN-appointed independent panel of experts charged with monitoring sanctions enforcement and efficacy on the Pyongyang regime, the annual report -- which has not yet been publicly released -- reveals North Korea continued its weapons program last year in violation of long-standing UN Security Council sanctions.

Investigators also concluded that "despite its extensive indigenous capability it (North Korea) uses illicit external procurement for components and technology" to develop weapons.

Feb 07 07:34

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

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

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

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

Feb 07 07:32

All of its neighbors have it, so why hasn't North Korea reported any coronavirus cases?

It's now about two months since a deadly novel coronavirus was found in the Chinese city of Wuhan, and nearly every country and territory in East Asia has confirmed a case.

But not North Korea.

Jan 31 08:05

N Korea delays removal of S Korean facilities over outbreak

North Korea has postponed plans to tear down South Korean-made hotels and other facilities at the North’s Diamond Mountain resort to prevent the spread of a new virus that has reached the South after sickening thousands in China.

The North’s decision, which was conveyed to the South through a fax message late Thursday, came as it intensifies precautions against the outbreak, including blocking tourists, reducing flights and mobilizing screening efforts in a nationwide campaign state media described as a matter of “national existence.”

Jan 29 09:57

Latest North Korea quake shows legacy of instability at nuclear test site: South Korea

A small natural earthquake detected in North Korea on Wednesday was likely a result of seismic instability lingering in the area since North Korea conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test in 2017, the South Korean government said.

Jan 28 08:45

Kim Jong-Un’s Aunt Appears Alive After Six Years of Media Saying He Killed Her

The problem with these stories is that they largely emanate from one source: notorious conservative South Korean daily the Chosun Ilbo, which has a long and detailed history of printing lurid fake news. Yet Western press are dependent on the Chosun Ilbo for much of their reporting. As Business Insider said while falsely reporting that Kim Kyong-hui, aunt of Kim Jong-un was dead, “the Chosun Ilbo is generally considered a reliable source.”

Jan 21 09:36

North Korea won’t be bound by old commitments if US continues ‘most brutal and inhuman sanctions’ – senior diplomat

A North Korean envoy in Geneva has warned that denuclearization is impossible if the US maintains its “hostile policies,” pushing Pyongyang to seek a “new path” from the stalled bilateral talks.

“We found no reason to be unilaterally bound any longer by the commitment that the other party fails to honor,” Ju Yong-chol, a counsellor at Pyongyang’s mission in Geneva, said at the UN-backed disarmament conference on Tuesday, as quoted by Reuters.

Jan 11 11:02

The reality we must face: Our Country, the United States, is a Rogue Nation and Our Leaders are Criminals

For as long as I’ve been alive, my country has been a rogue state.

Actually, the US became a rogue state four years before my birth in 1949 when, in 1945, Washington decided to bomb two militarily insignificant cities in Japan with its new super weapon, the atomic bomb, instantly incinerating several hundred thousand Japanese civilians, including many, many children, and condemning at least that many more to slow agonizing deaths from resulting cancers and birth defects.

Dec 30 08:19

2019: A disastrous year for Trump’s foreign policy

Twenty-nineteen could best be described as a year when Donald Trump’s foreign policy unraveled on so many fronts. It became ever more erratic, one-sided and personalized, changing with the US president’s mood swings. The crisis, as many would call it, has been a long time in the making, and the implications will surely cast a long shadow over the new decade.

Trump, a self-proclaimed deal maker, is floundering as much internationally as he is domestically. The US, on his watch, arguably has less leverage with its allies than it has had at any time in modern history. Trump’s foreign policies—from the Middle East and North Korea to Venezuela— have largely failed

Dec 23 09:56

Nuclear talks between the US and North Korea are 'more important than anything', the South tells China

Keeping up momentum for discussions between America and North Korea is of vital importance, South Korean President Moon Jae-in told Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Monday.

North Korea has set a year-end deadline for the United States to change what it says is a policy of hostility amid a stalemate in efforts to make progress on their pledge to end the North's nuclear program and establish lasting peace.

Dec 23 04:37

As Seoul loses faith in Trump’s approach on North Korea, China is poised to step in

As 2019 draws to a close, unease is growing in South Korea over US methods in dealing with North Korea, which has threatened a possible missile launch or nuclear test referred to by officials as a “Christmas surprise”.

Scepticism has deepened over Washington’s ultimate aims for the Korean peninsula, given the pressure on Seoul to buy more US arms and increase its share of costs to keep 28,500 American troops stationed in South Korea.

The South is already Washington’s fourth-biggest weapons market, spending US$6.23 billion between 2009 and 2018, and recently deployed a fleet of US F-35A stealth fighter jets, a move condemned by Pyongyang as a breach of last year’s inter-Korean summit agreement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump's US foreign policy trajectory, may well have the world deeply concerned about the possibility of more missile, and nuclear missile manufacturing by North Korea.

The four party talks might be the only answer to a potential expansion of North Korea's offensive missile capabilities; it would be a wonderful moment, if President Xi can make this happen, and President Trump actually becomes a part of this process, although it will be a "hard sell" to his base, in this coming election year.

Dec 20 12:27

South Korean Protest Against US Ambassador

The developments linked to the dispute between Seoul and Washington about sharing defense costs became an indirect reason for the hype surrounding the US Ambassador to South Korea, Harry B. Harris. Some far left politicians even demanded that he be deemed persona non grata.

Harry B. Harris was born in Japan. He became the first Asian American to head the US Pacific Command (USPACOM) and also the highest-ranking member of the American military of Japanese descent. Hence, his appointment immediately caused an uproar among Korean nationalists. After all, not only did the Japanese oppress them but now they were going to be the ones conveying orders from Washington to Seoul.

Dec 19 10:14

South Korea Rejects US Troop Cost Demands, Talks End Without Deal

Two days of negotiations between the US and South Korea on cost-sharing of the US military presence have ended in failure, and there are no more talks scheduled before the existing deal expires on December 31.

President Trump’s last minute demands for a massive increase could be shaping up to be a huge mistake, as South Korea was already paying more than most nations do for US troops, and had agreed to a more modest increase. Getting from $800 million per year to around $1 billion per year was one thing, but Trump’s zero-hero demand for $5 billion per year angered many in South Korea.

Dec 19 06:29

NEW YORK FED PLANS TO THROW $2.93 TRILLION AT WALL STREET’S TRADING HOUSES OVER NEXT MONTH

SOURCE: RIGGED GAME
PAM MARTENS AND RUSS MARTENS OF WALL STREET ON PARADE.
One has to wonder how much money it would take for the New York Fed to throw at Wall Street before the New York Times reports to its readers on the biggest Wall Street bailout by the Fed since the financial crisis.

Last Thursday, December 12, the New York Fed announced that over the next month it would shower the trading houses (primary dealers) on Wall Street with a total of $2.93 trillion in short-term loans. The money is for a Wall Street liquidity crisis that has yet to be explained in credible terms to the American people and yet the New York Times does not appear to have an investigative reporter assigned to investigate what’s really going on just 11 years after those same trading houses blew themselves up in the biggest financial crash since the Great Depression and took the U.S. economy along for the ride.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As an individual who really tries to be frugal, the numbers being thrown around here, are almost dizzying, both in terms of magnitude, and what they mean for the American economy as a whole.

I am very deeply concerned about two issues here; first, the real possibility of a financial crash which would dwarf that which caused the American Great Depression of the 30s, and secondly, the reality that so far, the US government has gotten out of its financial straits through wars.

And have you noticed all the potential "boogie-man countries" recently against which the US media has been waving its collective warmongering digits ?

Let's see; there is China; Iran; Russia; and North Korea.

I would like to hope that all who want President Trump's first term in office to succeed, will share with him the following, butt-ugly reality here; The US military does not have the money; the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the troop strength, with which to win a war with any of the above-mentioned countries.

A war with North Korea almost guarantees a war with China; a war against Iran almost guarantees a war with Russia.

President Trump needs, desperately, to understand these very dark realities, and craft a foreign policy which moves as far away from war, as the American answer to these challenges, as he can possibly move that foreign policy.

Dec 18 14:30

Missile-Toe? US General Frets Pyongyang’s ‘Christmas Gift’ Could be Long-Range Test

With North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s New Years’ deadline for resuming negotiations quickly approaching, some Pentagon leaders are fretting that Kim may send the US a “Christmas gift” or possibly ring in the new year with a new long-range missile test. Kim announced a unilateral moratorium on such tests in April 2018.

“A long-range ballistic missile” test is expected before year's end, according to Gen. Charles Brown, commander of Pacific Air Forces and air component commander for US Indo-Pacific Command.

“What I would expect is some type of long-range ballistic missile would be the gift. It’s just a matter of does it come on Christmas Eve, does it come on Christmas Day, does it come after the New Year,” Brown told reporters at a breakfast roundtable on Tuesday, according to The Hill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What does "negotiation" really entail?!?

We could, reasonably, say, that the process of negotiation demands a "quid pro quo" vision, where if the other country takes steps to negotiate, and provides tangible results to ratchet down tension, the country wanting the other country to take those steps, must then logically take steps of its own to ratchet down the tension.

And here has been the crux of the problem; President Trump has been, essentially telling North Korea that it must do everything the US demands, before it will even think about what the US government "just might" do in return.

President Kim Jung-Un did take some concrete, very visible steps, right after the first summit between himself and President Trump; but the US has done nothing demonstrable to even begin to prove that it is serious, by taking any further steps to lessen the tensions here.

Unfortunately, no matter the advice he may have been given to help shape his foreign policy on North Korea, no one in the bowels of power in DC has been able to successfully educate him on the concept of "face", which is critical to Asian countries and key to successfully deal with Asian leadership.

So President Trump, I am very sorry, but you have brought the current and potentially deadly developments with North Korea, upon your own head.

Because what we are looking at, should North Korea feel sufficiently threatened by your current course of action, will most probably be a war with both North Korea and China.

And that, sir, may just not be a winnable war for the US side.

Dec 18 06:17

China and Russia Try Lifting North Korea Sanctions They Helped Install, but It’s Already Too Late

Trump who was too much of a coward to put any concessions on the table in Hanoi is blowing up the Korean nuclear freeze. Russia and China are trying to save the freeze, by doing Trump should have done, and remove the very top layer of UNSC sanctions declared in 2017. As the Russians correctly point out Pyongyand should be rewarded for its willingness to talk and to limit and downscale its nuclear capabilities.

Of course, the effort was doomed from the start. US has veto power in the UNSC, so this is an illusion. In fact, as things stand the US and its Western European poodles won’t even let the Russian Chinese-backed proposal be voted on.

Dec 16 07:18

Empire’s Envoy to Seoul Making a Play to Unseat Grenell in Berlin as Its Most Ineffective and Hated by the Hosts

“In the past, remarks by American diplomats were kept secret, because they could cause diplomatic problems, but Harris’s remarks keep coming to light. They’re basically being leaked because even people who value the South Korea-US alliance feel that his remarks are inappropriate”

Dec 13 10:01

NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia Taught North Korea It Needed Nukes and to Never Trust the US

The current situation on the Korean Peninsula is a direct outgrowth of what Pyongyang observed in 1999

Dec 12 06:57

North Korea Says US Has Nothing To Offer If Nuke Talks Resumed

A week after North Korea resumed its "dotard" insults at President Trump and their ambassador to the United Nations said further denuclearization talks are no longer needed, Reuters reported Thursday via Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) that, even if denuclearization talks resumed between both countries, the Trump administration has nothing to offer:

North Korea's foreign ministry criticized the Trump administration for meeting with officials at the UN Security Council and suggested that it would be ready to respond to any corresponding measures that Washington imposes.

"The United States said about corresponding measure at the meeting, as we have said we have nothing to lose and we are ready to respond to any corresponding measure that the US chooses," said KCNA citing a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The real problem, to which President Trump appears to be utterly tone-deaf, is that issue of "quid pro quo", meaning, "If YOU do something, I will reciprocate by doing something."

But the American posture appears to be, to both Kim Jung Un, and North Korea; the following; "You ... do everything we have asked; then we will consider doing something for you."

This is the absolute antithesis of true negotiations ; and what President Trump may reap from this, is more nuclear North Korean tests, greater North Korean Nuclear capabilities, and more protection from China.

Dec 07 12:07

North Korea Says Denuclearization "Off Negotiating Table" After Breakdown In Talks

"We do not need to have lengthy talks with the US now and denuclearization is already gone out of the negotiating table."

Dec 06 09:06

Army Announces Deployments to Afghanistan, Korea for 2 Infantry Brigades

The U.S. Army announced Thursday upcoming winter deployments of two infantry brigade combat teams to Afghanistan and Korea.

Soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, stationed at Fort Drum, New York, will deploy in early 2020 to Afghanistan to replace the 3rd BCT, 82nd Airborne Division, as part of a regular rotation of forces to support Operation Freedom's Sentinel, according to a Dec. 5 Army news release.

Dec 05 07:57

Israel ‘discretionary spending’ on settlements up 50%

The Israeli government has increased discretionary spending on settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory by 50 per cent over the last two years, reported the Jerusalem Post.

According to data published by settlement watchdog Peace Now, so-called “discretionary spending” “is expenditure by various ministries outside the general budget, including from the Interior, Housing, Education, and Energy and Water ministries, as well as the National Roads Authority”.

These funds are directed towards the construction of settlement housing units, as well as for roads inside the settlements, “buildings for educational, social and religious purposes, commercial centres and industrial parks”, the report added.

Dec 03 03:04

North Korea warns US will choose its 'Christmas gift' if Trump fails to meet looming nuclear deadline

The North Korean foreign ministry said on Tuesday that Washington would decide what “Christmas gift” it would receive if the United States fails to change its “hostile policies” on denuclearization before the end of the year, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

North Korea has been ramping up missile tests and other military demonstrations in recent months in an apparent pressure tactic over the talks. Negotiations have faltered since a February summit between Kim Jong-un and Trump in Vietnam which broke down after the U.S. rejected North Korean demands for broad sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.

Kim later issued his end-of-year deadline and has also said the North would seek a “new path” if the U.S. persists with sanctions and pressure. Working-level talks last month in Sweden broke down over what the North Koreans described as the Americans’ “old stance and attitude.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem here is, zero "quid pro quo", which translates as "Let me give a little, then you give a little, toward creating a win/win situation."

But none of that has been displayed by those in the bowels of power in DC, and the never-ending, clanging leitmotif of "Give us everything we want now, and perhaps, MAYBE, down the road, we will do something you would like us to do!!", is what the US government characterizes as "good faith negotiations."

That complete absence of "quid pro quo" in the US's dealings with North Korea, unfortunately, has brought us to this very nasty, and potentially militarily, volatile chapter in US/North Korean relations.

Dec 01 05:41

Time Is Running Out For Trump’s North Korea Diplomacy; Year's end an artificial deadline, but lack of progress is causing problems

orth Korea has said the US has until the end of the year to come up with a new proposal to revive stalled diplomatic engagement between the two nations. US officials have similarly warned North Korea that time is running out, albeit without specific deadlines.

As a practical matter, these deadlines are all artificial and arbitrary, and the nations could engage whenever they want to. At the same time, many months have gone by without any progress, and the process is plainly growing stale for it.

It isn’t even that there are a slew of disagreements holding things up. Rather, there is a very specific issue: North Korea wants something in return for denuclearization, and the US just keeps demanding they denuclearize unconditionally, with hints they might get something in return eventually.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not any kind of negotiation, if one side demands XYZ from the other, and there is no Quid Pro Quo from the side doing the demanding; this is precisely what we have in the US position regarding North Korea.

Nov 28 06:57

South Korea Fires Warning Shots at North Korean Merchant Ship: Ship believed to cross disputed border over bad weather

he South Korean military reported that they fired warning shots at a North Korean merchant ship on Wednesday when it crossed the disputed maritime border off the country’s west coast, forcing the ship to flee.

The ship in question, which was not identified, was believed to have crossed into disputed waters because of a combination of bad weather and engine problems. It did, however, manage to flee back to North Korea.

Still, firing warning shots at a ship in distress at all probably isn’t idea for South Korea to have done, even if no further incidents came of it. South Korea’s military wants to strictly control the maritime border, but this was a decidedly unfriendly act.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will most certainly scotch any "reunification talks" in the immediate future; one has to wonder if, in fact, the South Korean military personnel who ordered the firing of the "warning shot" might have been an American agent; that might go a long way toward explaining why a North Korean ship in distress, would have been fired upon.

Nov 28 05:31

ISRAELI GOVERNMENT TO EXPAND GLOBAL ARMS EXPORTS IN 2020

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
The Israeli government is aiming to increase the volume of Israel’s defence exports, reported Globes, which has revealed the main points of the plan for the first time.

The project, being overseen by the Defence Ministry’s International Defence Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT) led by Brigadier General (Res.) Yair Kulas, will begin to be rolled out in early 2020.

According to Globes, the plan is based on “focused seminars for senior commanders in foreign armies”, Israeli military “assistance for promoting sales of Israeli weapons”, and “subsidising small and medium-sized defence companies seeking to sell arms around the world”.

Speaking this week, Kulas said that SIBAT favours a major expansion of agreements between countries, resulting in significant deals for the large defence companies, especially Elbit Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me unsurprised at this development; but one has to wonder how Israeli weaponry really stands up to that of China or Russia, at this point?!?

Nov 19 10:21

Worst deal ever? S. Korea fumes as US tries to raise price tag for hosting American troops by FIVE TIMES

A US demand for South Korea to quintuple spending for hosting American troops earned a stiff rebuke from Seoul, to which Washington responded by walking out of “cost-sharing” talks to give Koreans time to “reconsider.”

Some of the US’ closest allies have bowed to pressure and agreed to pay more for the US-provided protection and deterrence, but the price tag is still an issue for Seoul. The US and South Korea found themselves at an impasse when the former demanded that Seoul spend $5 billion each year for hosting 28,500 American personnel on its soil.

Nov 19 07:14

North Korea no longer interested in 'useless' meetings with US, says senior minister

North Korea has said it is not "interested" in further meetings with the US, a day after President Donald Trump tweeted a message to the country's leader Sunday saying "See you soon!"

A statement from North Korean Foreign Ministry adviser Kim Kye Gwan, posted by state news agency, KCNA, said: "I interpreted President Trump's tweet on the 17th to signify a new DPRK-US summit" but "we are no longer interested in these meetings that are useless to us."

Kim suggested that the US is trying to portray "advancement in Korean Peninsula issue" but that it was a delay tactic.

Nov 18 09:27

Trump tweets at North Korea's Kim, tells him to 'get the deal done'

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to “act quickly” to reach a deal with the United States, in a tweet weighing in on North Korea’s criticism of his political rival former Vice President Joe Biden.

Trump, who has met Kim three times since 2018 over ending the North’s missile and nuclear programs, addressed Kim directly, referring to the one-party state’s ruler as “Mr. Chairman”.

In his tweet, Trump told Kim, “You should act quickly, get the deal done,” and hinted at a further meeting, signing off “See you soon!”

Nov 15 10:54

Trump Demands Five-Fold Increase in Payments From South Korea: Officials scramble to justify Trump's demand for $4.7 billion

South Korea has historically paid an unusually large percentage of the cost of keeping US forces there, and under pressure from President Trump, agreed earlier this year to a substantial increase, with South Korea agreeing to pay $924 million annually.

Since then, Trump had suggested a few times that he wanted more, and that South Korea could easily afford it. His new demand, however, shocked everyone on both sides as he is demanding over five times what South Korea is paying, $4.7 billion annually.

This is raising a lot of questions in South Korea about the viability of keeping the US around, but the bigger task is for US officials, who are trying to somehow justify a $4.7 billion price tag that seemingly came out of nowhere.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Seriously?!?

Why?!?

Nov 15 10:37

North Korea negotiator willing to meet with U.S. 'any place, any time'

North Korea's top nuclear negotiator says he is prepared to meet with U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun ahead of a Pyongyang deadline for a U.S.-North Korea summit by the end of 2019.

In a statement published on KCNA, negotiator Kim Myong Gil said Biegun had suggested holding discussions in December in a third country, Yonhap reported Thursday.

"If the negotiated solution of issues is possible, we are ready to meet with the U.S. at any place and any time," Kim said.

Nov 15 09:26

North Korea Says U.S. Sought More Talks, but Calls It a ‘Trick’

The top North Korean envoy to the negotiations with Washington said he was not interested unless the United States was ready to make substantial concessions.

Nov 13 20:00

Nothing to see here: Rivers along Korean border run red with blood after massive pig cull (PHOTOS)

Heavy rainfall has been blamed for the spread of vast amounts of pig’s blood into rivers along the Korean border this week, following a cull of some 47,000 hogs amid an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF).

A local NGO claims that blood from a nearby burial site, where some 47,000 pig carcasses had been disposed of, had seeped into the Imjin River due to heavy rainfall.

Nov 13 07:33

In new North Korea talks, 'achievable' is the watchword

The United States and North Korea could open a new round of working-level talks later this month or in early December, a South Korean official has indicated, and the timing is critical due to Pyongyang’s year-end deadline to move past the negotiations’ current stall.

If 2020 arrives without further progress, North Korean state media warned in late October, the “close personal relations” between President Trump and leader Kim Jong-un will be no more.

Fresh working-level talks are always to be welcomed, but there are three important points to realize as Kim’s deadline draws near.

Nov 11 12:20

United States 'very actively' asking North Korea to return to talks: South Korea

The United States is “very actively” trying to persuade North Korea to come back to negotiations, South Korea’s national security adviser said on Sunday, as a year-end North Korean deadline for U.S. flexibility approaches.

Nov 07 09:43

If North Korea and Japan went to war, South Koreans would support Kim Jong-un, says new survey

In news that may shock many outside the Korean Peninsula, a recent survey found that, were conflict to erupt between Pyongyang and Tokyo, the majority of South Koreans would side with their neighbor to the North.

The survey, titled “The Situation in Northeast Asia and South Koreans’ Perception,” found that 45.5 percent of respondents would support North Korea, while just 15.1 percent would support Japan, while 39.4 were undecided.

The survey, which was carried out by a state-sponsored think tank led by research fellow Lee Sang Sin, involved 1,000 participants and was conducted between 2018 and October 2019.

The findings were presented on Wednesday at the Korea Institute for National Unification’s 11th annual Peace Forum.

Nov 05 08:34

North Korea Says Washington's Terrorism Blacklist Hinders Nuclear Diplomacy

North Korea said Tuesday the U.S. redesignation of Pyongyang as a sponsor of terrorism is dimming prospects for nuclear diplomacy between the countries.

The North’s statement comes as North Korea is escalating its pressures on the United States over a stalemate in nuclear negotiations. Last week, North Korea test-fired projectiles from what it called a newly developed “super-large” multiple rocket launcher in the country’s first weapons test in about a month.

The North’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday the State Department’s terrorism blacklist report released last week proves again the United States maintains a “hostile policy” and “inveterate repugnancy” toward North Korea.

Nov 04 16:08

Trump and Kim to resume nuclear talks as North Korea missile tests infuriate neighbours

DONALD TRUMP may have made a breakthrough in his efforts to halt North Korea’s nuclear programme as talks could be restarted in November amid increasing anger over Kim Jong-un’s recent tests.

Talks could resume in the middle of this month according to a member of South Korean Parliament as Washington look for a meaningful denuclearisation agreement with Pyongyang. They met in Stockholm last month, but the talks in Sweden broke off with the North’s envoy saying the US failed to show flexibility. Any progress has been few and far between since fallout between both countries in Hanoi in February.

Nov 03 11:16

US, SKorea cancel joint military air drill

South Korea and the United States are expected to cancel a combined air drill for the second straight year to avoid tensions with North Korea as denuclearisation talks remain stalled, local media reports.

Citing an unnamed source, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that the military authorities from the two countries "shared the understanding" to postpone the "Vililant Ace" military air exercise.

Planned to take place around December across the Korean Peninsula, the source told Yonhap that the countries are likely to conduct their own individual drills instead.

Oct 28 08:55

North Korea Says It's Running Out of Patience With U.S. 'Cold War Mentality'

North Korea on Sunday said it’s running out of patience with the United States over what it described as hostile policies and unilateral disarmament demands, and warned that a close personal relationship between the leaders alone wouldn’t be enough to prevent nuclear diplomacy from derailing.

In a statement published by Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency, senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol said there has been no substantial progress in relations despite warm ties between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump. He said the persisting hostility means “there can be the exchange of fire at any moment.”

Oct 17 07:32

North Korea's Kim sends "defiant" sanctions message at sacred mountain

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rode a white horse to Mt. Paektu and lashed out at sanctions imposed on the country, the state-run KCNA news agency reported Wednesday — hailing the action as "a great event of weighty importance."

The big picture: The images at the sacred, active volcano and accompanying proclamation that "there will be a great operation to strike the world with wonder again and make a step forward in the Korean revolution" comes days after denuclearization talks between North Korea and the U.S. broke down.

Oct 11 11:48

U.S.-North Korea talks just broke down. Here’s what might happen next.

Pyongyang and Washington walked away from the negotiating table in Sweden this past weekend — with divergent statements on the first working-level meeting to be held since negotiations broke down at the February summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un in Hanoi.

The North Koreans declared that the most recent talks had broken down because the United States had arrived at the negotiations with an “empty hand.”

Oct 10 11:21

North Korea says may reconsider steps to build trust with U.S.: KCNA

North Korea said on Thursday its patience has limits and it could reverse steps to build trust with the United States, as it criticized a U.N. Security Council call for it to cease its weapons programs and denounced a U.S. missile test.

Oct 04 21:08

Beware Awakening China

By Eric S. Margolis

Special for LewRockwell.com

“China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move the world.” Napoleon

France’s future emperor never saw China, but he was wise enough to understand its immense latent strength and future importance. Two centuries after making this prediction, China has proved the Corsican correct.

While Washington fiddles and burns, Chairman Xi Jinping, the new Chinese emperor, is fast making China great again.

Oct 03 12:25

NK Tests Sub-Launched Ballistic Missile In Show Of "Second-Strike Capability"

North Korea has confirmed a new successful missile launch on Wednesday, which notably involved its first submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in three years, and a new type of "vertical mode" ballistic missile.

The test was "to contain external threats and bolster self-defense" as Reuters reports, and comes just two days ahead of working level talks with the United States in Stockholm, Sweden at the end of this week.

North Korea has confirmed a new successful missile launch on Wednesday, which notably involved its first submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in three years, and a new type of "vertical mode" ballistic missile.

The test was "to contain external threats and bolster self-defense" as Reuters reports, and comes just two days ahead of working level talks with the United States in Stockholm, Sweden at the end of this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; is the person ordering these tests actually Kim Jung Un, or is there someone else pulling the strings here?!?

Oct 03 09:56

Trump deserves credit for cooling tensions with North Korea & starting historic talks with Kim – Putin

Donald Trump’s decision to engage in direct talks with North Korea was a historic step that helped reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

“As soon as the US chose to engage in a direct conversation with North Korea… abandoning their usual, sometimes very harsh and even insulting rhetoric, the hope for a peaceful settlement immediately appeared,” Putin said.

Oct 02 07:48

North Korea launches ballistic missile a day after agreeing to US talks

North Korea fired a ballistic missile Wednesday from an underwater launch platform, a United States official told CNN, a day after Pyongyang and Washington agreed to resume nuclear talks.

The US assessed that the missile was not fired from a submarine although the tested missile is designed to function as a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), the US official, who was familiar with the situation, said.
The missile was launched toward the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, Wednesday morning, South Korea's military said. While North Korea has launched from an underwater platform before, it is the first time it has done so since talks with US President Donald Trump.

Oct 01 09:19

Bolton warns, amid stalled talks, that North Korea will never give up its nukes

President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor said the United States is in a “classic standoff” with North Korea as Washington seeks to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

In his first public remarks since leaving the Trump administration three weeks ago, John Bolton said Monday that it would be unacceptable for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to possess nuclear warheads.

“I think right now we are in a classic standoff with North Korea. They want a piece of something that we should not be prepared to give them,” Bolton said of Pyongyang’s ambition to maintain an arsenal of nuclear weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the US attacking every non-nuclear nation on Earth, would you give up your nukes?

Sep 30 11:16

North Korea to Trump: Make ‘bold decision’ to revive diplomacy

North Korea accused the United States on Friday of failing to follow through on summit agreements between U.S. President Donald Trump and the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, but said it is placing hope in the U.S. president’s “wise option and bold decision.”

A statement from Foreign Ministry adviser Kim Kye Gwan circulated by North Korea’s U.N. mission came days after Trump said, without elaborating, that another summit meeting with Kim “could happen soon.”

Sep 20 09:22

North Korea welcomes 'new method' from U.S. in nuclear talks

North Korea has welcomed President Donald Trump's suggestion of a "new method" in Washington's nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang and praised the president's decision to fire the hawkish former National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Those talks have been stalled for months by disagreements over trade-offs between sanctions relief and disarmament steps. In May North Korea said it wouldn't resume talks while the U.S. insisted on what it called unilateral disarmament.

In a statement released by state media, North Korean diplomat Kim Myong Gil, who will be leading planned working-level talks with Washington, said welcomed that relations would be conducted "from a more practical point of view" now that Bolton had gone.

Sep 16 07:39

North Korea’s Kim invites Trump to Pyongyang in letter: report

The White House reportedly received a letter from North Korea’s Kim Jong Un inviting President Trump to visit Pyongyang, which could be the first overture before the potential fourth official visit.

The White House and the State Department did not immediately respond to Reuters to confirm the report in South Korea’s Joongang Ilbo newspaper. The letter reportedly pre-dated the country’s last short-range launch from a week ago.

The recent White House shakeup could have had implications in these discussions.

Sep 11 08:37

North Korea confirms second test launch of multiple rocket launcher

North Korea said Wednesday leader Kim Jong Un observed the test-launch of a super-large multiple rocket launcher, the latest in a series of weapons tests performed amid stalled diplomacy over the North's nuclear program.

Tuesday's rocket launcher test was made hours after North Korea said it was willing to resume nuclear negotiations with the United States in late September. While offering talks, North Korea still warned its dealings with the U.S. may end if Washington fails to come to the negotiating table without new acceptable proposals.

Some experts said North Korea aims to wrest concessions from the United States once their diplomacy resumes.

Sep 10 06:16

North Korea Test-Fires Two More Missiles Just Hours After Suggesting "Willingness To Sit With US"

Just a few short hours after North Korea said it was willing to resume denuclearization talks with the United States in late September, South Korea's Yonhap news reports that North Korea fired unidentified projectiles toward the eastern sea twice, citing South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The projectiles were launched from the western province of South Pyongan, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"Our military is monitoring the situation in case of additional launches and maintaining a readiness posture," they said in a statement carried by Yonhap.

Aug 22 08:00

China and North Korea Pledge to Boost Military Ties For 'Peace and Stability' in Northeast Asia

In other words North Korea will have the full backing of China in any confrontation with the US.
Every thing Trump does,turns into poop!

General Zhang Youxia, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, has pledged that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will move to boost defence ties with the Korean People’s Army (KPA) in neighbouring North Korea. The announcement came shortly after a high level meeting between PLA and KPA delegations in Beijing, the latter headed by director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People’s Army Kim Su Gil. General Zhang stated regarding plans or closer ties: “The Chinese People’s Liberation Army is ready to work along North Korea to implement the important consensus, which was achieved by the leaders of our nations,” and that both countries were “ready to contribute to peace and stability in the region together.”

Aug 18 17:50

China & N. Korea ‘to boost military ties & provide security in Asia-Pacific’ amid tensions with US

China and North Korea will boost military cooperation and work together to assure security in the Asia Pacific, a high-ranking Chinese commander has said. Both Beijing and Pyongyang view US activities in the region as a threat.

Aug 16 07:36

North Korea snubs peace talks with South Korea over war drills

North Korea has rejected any further talks with South Korea, calling its decision "completely the fault of South Korea's actions".

It issued a statement in response to a speech by South Korea President Moon Jae-in on Thursday.

Meanwhile, early on Friday North Korea test-fired two missiles into the sea off its eastern coast, the South Korean military said.

It is the sixth such test in less than a month.

Aug 15 08:38

North Korea: A Cutting-Edge, Renewable Energy Nation?

North Korea has turned to renewal energy workarounds to offset international sanctions on fossil fuels and faulty hydroelectric power.

Aug 13 10:05

North Korea Changes Up Its Game to Bypass U.S. Missile Defenses

North Korea has conducted a round of long range rocket tests designed to kick down the door and destroy ballistic missile defenses protecting South Korea. The new rockets fly under U.S. high altitude missile defense weapons, paving the way for further missile strikes. The missiles are proof that, far from disarming, the country with an economy smaller than Hawaii’s is prepared to do what it takes to keep South Korea—and the wider world—in fear of its missiles.

Aug 12 14:51

Trump Says Kim Jong Un Sent Him A ‘Small Apology’ For Testing Short-Range Missiles

President Donald Trump said Saturday that negotiations with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un could begin soon and that the leader issued a “small apology” for testing short-range missiles.

“In a letter to me sent by Kim Jong Un, he stated, very nicely, that he would like to meet and start negotiations as soon as the joint U.S./South Korea joint exercise are over. It was a long letter, much of it complaining about the ridiculous and expensive exercises,” Trump wrote Saturday on Twitter.

Aug 12 09:34

‘Nonsense’: N. Korea won’t stop tests, rejects talks with Seoul unless it ends drills with US

There will be no direct talks with South Korea if it continues to stage joint military exercises with the US, a senior North Korean diplomat has said. The warning comes just as Pyongyang test-fired two short-range missiles.

South Korea must know that “Inter-Korean contact itself will be difficult” unless “they put an end” to the ongoing joint military drill with the US, Kwon Jon-gun, director-general for American affairs at the Foreign Ministry, said on Sunday.

Aug 11 15:51

North Korea says no talks unless South Korea, U.S. end military drills

There will not be inter-Korean talks unless South Korea and the United States end joint military exercises that set North Korea as an "enemy," a senior official at Pyongyang's foreign ministry said on Sunday.

Kwon Jong Gun, director-general for American affairs at the ministry, said South Korea talked "nonsense" by urging the North to stop missile tests which served its right to self-defense."Given that the military exercise clearly puts us as an enemy in its concept," Kwon said in a statement carried by state media KCNA.

"They should think that an inter-Korean contact itself will be difficult to be made unless they put an end to such a military exercise or before they make a plausible excuse or an explanation in a sincere manner."

Aug 10 11:47

How Russian MIGs were able to punish whole U.S. Air Force?

Aug 09 09:39

Trump sours on South Korea as he downplays North Korea missile tests

President Donald Trump has reacted to four North Korean missile tests in less than two weeks with little more than a shrug. Instead, he appears to be turning his frustrations about the peninsula on South Korea.

Trump chided Seoul on Twitter Wednesday for paying "virtually nothing" for US protection, while two administration officials said that behind closed doors, the President is fuming that South Korea is not doing more to contain Pyongyang's increased aggression.

Aug 07 09:08

Kim Says North Korea's Missile Launches Were Intended to Send a Warning

North Korea said Wednesday leader Kim Jong Un supervised a live-fire demonstration of newly developed, short-range ballistic missiles intended to send a warning to the United States and South Korea over their joint military exercises.

The official Korean Central News Agency said two missiles launched from a western airfield flew across the country and over the area surrounding the capital, Pyongyang, before accurately hitting an island target off its eastern coast.

Aug 06 09:02

North Korea fired two projectiles, South Korean military says

North Korea on Tuesday continued to ramp up its weapons demonstrations by firing unidentified projectiles twice into the sea while lashing out at the United States and South Korea for continuing their joint military exercises the North says could derail fragile nuclear diplomacy.

Aug 06 08:02

S. Korea, US to hold joint military exercises despite Pyongyang warnings

Seoul and Washington were to begin annual military exercises on Monday, defying warnings from Pyongyang that the war games will jeopardize nuclear negotiations between the US and North Korea, AFP reports.

Aug 05 09:26

North Korea flexes military muscle ahead of US-South Korean drills

North Korea was a no-show at a key regional security conference last week, dashing U.S. hopes for a sideline meeting aimed at restarting nuclear talks.

Instead, the communist state sent a fiery message with a series of missile tests that showed its determination to expand its arsenal amid the diplomatic deadlock.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un likely has several reasons for the show of force, including an effort to increase his negotiating power and to protest U.S.-South Korean military exercises, which are expected to begin Monday.

Aug 03 10:30

Japan removes South Korea from trade 'whitelist'

Japan’s cabinet voted to remove South Korea from its 'whitelist' of preferred trading partners, accusing Seoul of failing to adequately protect dual use materials, while alluding to other influences.

Seoul claims that Tokyo’s move responds to recent court decisions awarding damages to South Korean forced laborers of colonial Japanese corporations. Civil leaders calling for a boycott of Japanese goods and visits rallied outside the Japanese embassy Friday. South Korean President Moon Jae-in addressed the nation in a live televised broadcast.

The South Korean president called for Japan to reverse policy and for talks, also threatening to place restrictions on trade with Japan, and withdraw from an intelligence sharing agreement.

Aug 02 10:33

North Korea Launches More Missiles, U.S. Says, Amid Stalled Diplomacy

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a conference in Bangkok that American negotiators were ready to meet with North Korean counterparts.

Aug 01 12:56

US Intel Tracking New Projectile Reportedly Launched From North Korea

According to US intelligence reports, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has launched a projectile that appears to be similar to those launched in previous weeks. It's unclear how many were launched, but US officials confirmed they pose no threat to North America.

Friday's test was preceded by tests on Wednesday and the previous Thursday, each of which saw two short-range ballistic missiles fired eastward from South Hamgyong Province on the country's easy coast into the Sea of Japan.

Aug 01 08:52

North Korean soldier defects to South across demilitarised zone

The South Korean military detained a North Korean soldier who crossed the heavily fortified demilitarised zone that separates the two countries, according to the South’s joint chiefs of staff (JSC).

The soldier expressed his intention to defect to South Korea, the JSC said on Thursday.

The unidentified active-duty soldier was first detected by thermal imaging equipment moving south near the Imjin river late on Wednesday and South Korean troops took him into custody just before midnight.

Also on Wednesday the South Korean military recovered a body near the DMZ suspected to be that of a North Korean civilian, a spokesman for South Korea’s defence ministry said.

Clad in military-type pants and a belt, the body was found in the Imjin river and appeared to have been dead for at least two weeks, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing of this defection is more than interesting; one has to wonder about which side is this guy really on, and why the defection now, right after Kim Jung Un has already tested a couple of missiles?!?

Aug 01 08:47

NORTH KOREAN MISSILE TEST: OBSERVERS SCRAMBLE TO IDENTIFY MYSTERY WEAPONS THAT MAY BE MODELED ON RUSSIAN TECHNOLOGY

North Korea conducted a fresh short-range missile tests on Wednesday, its second such launch in less than a week as Pyongyang tries to exert pressure on Washington and Seoul before major military exercises commence and nuclear talks resume.

Two short-range ballistic missiles of an unknown type were fired from a site close to the eastern city of Wonsan, where such tests are often conducted.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles flew around 155 miles at a maximum altitude of 19 miles before landing off the country's east coast, The Associated Press reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh yes, another excuse to demonize the Russians!

Jul 31 09:42

North Korea launches two short-range ballistic missiles, South Korea says

North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast Wednesday, South Korea's Joint Chief of Staff (JCS) said in a statement, the second such launch in less than a week.

The missiles were launched from the Wonsan-Kalma area just after 5 a.m. local time and 5:27 a.m. (4:27 p.m. ET) on Wednesday, and traveled an estimated distance of 250 kilometers (155 miles) and height of 30 kilometers (18 miles), according to South Korean officials.

A US official also confirmed the missile launches to CNN, adding that they had posed no threat to the US or its allies, and fell into the sea.

Jul 29 13:47

WSJ's 'Bombshell' Report On NK 'Producing 12 New Nukes' Was Based On Falsehood

The neocon propagandists at the Wall Street Journal falsely reported on Friday that "analysts" at the US Defense Intelligence Agency "say North Korea's scientists may have produced 12 nuclear weapons since the first Trump-Kim meeting in Singapore last year."

Jul 24 14:58

North Korea Fires "Unidentified Projectile", South Korea News Agency Reports

Just as Lighthizer and his band of merry trade-deals-men prepare to head to China for face-to-face talks, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports that North Korea has fired an unidentified projectile.

South Korea's joint chiefs of staff have confirmed the unidentified projectile's firing from the Wonsan region of North Korea. The launch took place “early morning” today, according to the statement.

Bloomberg reports that South Korean military are monitoring movement and preparing for additional launches.

As a reminder, at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan in June, Xi urged US President Donald Trump to show "flexibility" and act in a "timely" fashion to ease sanctions on North Korea, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said earlier this month.

Xi's request reflected Beijing's desire to boost economic engagements with Pyongyang, analysts said.

Developing...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kim's timing couldn't possibly have been worse, in order give President Trump room to maneuver to get "more flexibility" from the US sanctions.

Jul 24 13:02

Russia blames 'malfunction' for sending spy plane into South Korea and forcing Seoul's fighter jets to fire 360 warning shots at it

Yoon Do-han a press secretary at South Korea's presidential office, said: 'Russia has conveyed its deep regret over the incident and said its defence ministry would immediately launch an investigation and take all necessary steps.

'The officer said such a situation would have never occurred if it followed the initially planned route.'

The Russian military aircraft entered airspace over an island claimed by both South Korea and Japan during a long-range joint air patrol by Russian and Chinese aircraft.

Jul 24 10:04

North Korea just revealed one of its most potentially dangerous weapons yet

North Korea has released pictures of a new submarine that it could potentially use to launch nuclear weapons. If that’s the case, the country may have gained a very dangerous, stealthy ability to threaten the US and its allies — all in defiance of President Donald Trump.

Pyongyang released three images on Monday night showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un standing in front of a massive submarine inside a shipyard. Experts say it’s large enough that it could carry missiles equipped with nuclear bombs, allowing Kim to order nuclear strikes from unknown underwater locations.

Jul 23 11:18

South Korea claims ‘warning shots’ fired after Russian military aircraft ‘violated airspace’

The Republic of Korea's Air Force fired warning shots after Russian military aircraft allegedly violated the country's airspace twice on Tuesday, Yonhap news agency reports, citing officers from the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
South Korean F-15K and KF-16 fighter jets were scrambled after two Chinese and three Russian aircraft approached the ROK air defense identification zone (KADIZ) over the Sea of Japan on Tuesday morning, the JCS said.

While the Chinese only entered KADIZ, one of the Russian aircraft allegedly flew too close to the islets of Dokdo and actually breached the S. Korean airspace twice for about three minutes, forcing the South Korean forces to fire “warning shots.”

Jul 23 11:16

S. Korean pilots ‘acted unprofessionally’, Russian bombers did not violate airspace – Moscow

The Russian Defense Ministry accused South Korean pilots of acting “unprofessionally” while dangerously crossing the path of Russian bombers, which were on a routine mission over “international waters.”

Two Russian Air Force Tu-95MS bombers were flying over the Sea of Japan when they encountered a pair of South Korean F-15 and F-16 fighter jets. The respective planes “performed unprofessional maneuvers while crossing the course of the bombers, thus putting their safety at risk,” the Russian MoD said in a statement. The fighters also did not attempt to communicate with the Russian crews.

Earlier in the day, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff committee claimed their jets were scrambled to intercept the intruding Russian aircraft which violated South Korean airspace twice. Moscow insists the encounter took place over 25km from the isles of Dokdo (known as Takeshima in Japan), and that they recorded no violation of aerial borders by Russian planes.

Jul 23 10:30

North Korea’s Kim inspects new submarine, signals possible ballistic missile development

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected a large newly built submarine, state news agency KCNA reported on Tuesday, potentially signalling continued development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) programme.

Kim inspected the operational and tactical data and combat weapon systems of the new submarine which was built under “his special attention” and will be operational in the waters off the east coast, KCNA said.

KCNA said the submarine’s operational deployment was near.

Jul 23 09:51

Russia-China joint bomber patrol meets Japanese & S. Korean fighters, but missions will go on

Russian and Chinese strategic bombers have flown their first mission together over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea. Tokyo and Seoul are up in arms, but Moscow points out it's all within international rules and regulations.

Two Russian Tu-95ms and two Chinese Xian H-6 bombers patrolled a pre-planned route above the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea, “strictly in accordance with international law,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Seoul claims the bombers breached its air defense identification zone (KADIZ), but Moscow insists this designation is not supported by any international rules and that no third country's airspace was violated.

Jul 22 09:14

Huawei reportedly helped North Korea build its wireless network

Huawei worked with the North Korean government to build and maintain a commercial wireless network, The Washington Post reported based on people familiar with the situation and internal documents.

The documents show that Huawei partnered with Chinese state-owned firm Panda International Information Technology on several projects over eight years, according to the Post, though it is unclear what role Huawei played. The Post said it obtained work orders, contracts and spreadsheets from people who believed they would be of public interest, including a former Huawei employee.

Jul 21 12:30

U.N. Sanctions Cut North Korea’s Trade Volume in Half

A report published Friday by the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), an organization funded by the government of South Korea, showed that North Korea’s trade volume was cut in half during 2018, evidently as a result of sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council.
The KOTRA report showed North Korea’s trade volume falling to $2.84 billion in 2018, a 48.8 percent decline from the previous year. Exports fell by a dizzying 86.3 percent, imports declined 31.2 percent, and the North Korean trade deficit rose by 17.5 percent.

The Korea Times cited the specific U.N. Security Council resolutions that appeared to deflate North Korea’s trade volume so sharply, saying:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yikes; considering the degree to which these US sanctions have crippled North Korea's economy, can one blame its leadership, for being not terribly talkative about peace and denuclearization right now?!?

And as adding more salt into the wound, Secretary Mike Pompeo has just completely disregarded North Korea's charges regarding more military drills with South Korea: Pompeo rejects North Korean charges on Military Drills

The article goes on to state: "North Korea’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday Trump had reaffirmed in a meeting with Kim last month that joint exercises would be halted and the U.S. decision to forge ahead with them was “clearly a breach” of the two leaders’ agreements at a summit in Singapore last year.

The spokesman said this was putting a resumption of nuclear talks with the United States at risk and the ministry said Washington’s pattern of “unilaterally reneging on its commitments” was leading Pyongyang to reconsider its commitment to discontinue tests of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles."

Mr. President, you have GOT to seriously understand what you want here, and allow that to stand, looking at how some "good faith efforts" on the part of the US government might make this doable.

The only alternative here, is war with North Korea, which would most probably pull in China as well; not a great option.

Jul 18 10:35

North Korea suggests it might lift weapons test moratorium

North Korea on Tuesday suggested it might call off its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests because of summertime U.S.-South Korean military drills that the North calls preparation for an eventual invasion.

The statement by the North’s Foreign Ministry comes during a general deadlock in nuclear talks, but after an extraordinary meeting of the U.S. and North Korean leaders at the Korean border that raised hopes that negotiations would soon resume.

The comments ramp up pressure on the United States ahead of any new talks.

Jul 15 09:27

Yes, a nuclear freeze is the logical next step with North Korea

Much discussion has occurred about a possible freeze of North Korea’s strategic weapons programs. Is it part of the Trump administration’s strategy in the hopefully soon-to-be-resumed talks with Pyongyang, or not? Is there a debate about it within the administration, or not? Is it a good idea, or not? Unnamed sources in the administration say “yes” to some or all of these questions; national security adviser John Bolton emphatically says “no” to all of them.

But, as it turns out, a freeze of North Korea’s nuclear and long-range missile programs could be a good thing — for two reasons. First, it would build trust that could lead to subsequent deals resulting in cuts and permanent limits to North Korea’s weapons programs. It is difficult to overstate the trust gap that currently exists between the two countries, making a single, one-step agreement that resolves the nuclear issue an impossibility.

Jul 12 09:16

North Korea Vows to Respond to South's Deployment of F-35s

North Korea slammed South Korea over its ongoing deployment of high-tech U.S. fighter jets, warning Thursday that it will respond by developing and testing unspecified special weapons of its own to "destroy" the aircraft.

The statement, which also urged South Korea to abandon its "preposterous illusions" for improved ties, comes as Seoul has expressed hopes that a recent summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will help revive dialogue between the Koreas.

Under its biggest-ever weapons purchase, South Korea is to buy 40 F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin by 2021. The first two arrived in March and two others are to be delivered in coming weeks, according to Seoul officials.

Jul 11 07:23

N. Korea vows to respond to South's deployment of F-35 jets

North Korea slammed South Korea over its ongoing deployment of high-tech U.S. fighter jets, warning Thursday that it will respond by developing and testing unspecified special weapons of its own to "destroy" the aircraft.

Jul 09 09:39

The Son of a Prominent South Korean Defector Has Also Defected to North Korea, State Media Reports

The son of the highest-profile South Korean to defect to North Korea has arrived in the North to permanently resettle, North Korean state media said. If confirmed, it would be an unusual case of a South Korean defecting to the impoverished, authoritarian North.

The state-run Uriminzokkiri website reported that Choe In-guk, about 72, arrived in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, on Saturday to dedicate the rest of his life to Korean unification at the guidance of leader Kim Jong Un. The website published photos and a video showing a bespectacled Choe in a beret reading his arrival statement at Pyongyang’s airport.

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