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May 29 08:44

FLASHBACK - 9/11: Cover For A Coup D'Etat?

September 11th 2001. The day that will forever live in infamy as the day when the reset button was hit on over two centuries of American history and allowed for the new doctrines of preemptive war, the domestic police state and the codifying of torture into the law of the land. The real meaning as well as the cause of 9/11 continues to resonate and be debated throughout the alternative media and the blogosphere despite the sanctimonious reverence given to it by the corporate, state controlled mainstream media where those who dare to even suggest that it was blowback are shouted down by angry demagogues standing atop their electronic soapboxes. That one single day more than anything else has been used as the justification the rise of the new American fascist state and the illegal wars of aggression that feed the colossus that is the military industrial complex.

May 18 07:48

Trump Willing To Speak To Kim Jong-Un Over Nukes

Presumptive US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has expressed willingness to talk with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in an effort to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

May 17 12:30

North Korea, Following China And India, Pledges No-First-Use Of Nuclear Weapons - So Could Obama

North Korea’s May 7 declaration that it would not be first to use nuclear weapons was met with official derision instead of relief and applause. Not one report of the announcement I could find noted that the United States has never made such a no-first-use pledge. None of three dozen news accounts even mentioned that North Korea hasn’t got one usable nuclear warhead. The New York Times did admit, “US and South Korean officials doubted that North Korea has developed a reliable intercontinental ballistic missile that would deliver a nuclear payload to the continental United States.”

May 15 17:46

The US In Korea: Lessons Lost, Lessons Learned

With the American public’s limited attention span for international affairs tied up by fears of ISIS (also known as Daesh), intractable wars in the Middle East and unease about Putin’s Russia, Obama’s much-touted Asia-Pacific pivot frequently gets third or fourth billing on the foreign policy marquee.

May 12 12:30

‘Ready To Make N Korea More Prosperous’: Massive Parade In Pyongyang

North Korea ends ruling party congress with colorful parade.

May 10 12:39

Ex-N. Korea army head, who Seoul said was executed, is alive

A former North Korean military chief who Seoul had said was executed is actually alive and in possession of several new senior-level posts, the North's state media said Tuesday.

The news on Ri Yong Gil marks yet another blunder for South Korean intelligence officials, who have often gotten information wrong in tracking developments with their rival. It also points to the difficulties that even professional spies have in figuring out what's going on in one of the world's most closed governments.

May 09 13:51

Korea’s Next Generation

The street protests of the Arab Spring happened largely because of disgruntled youth. The unemployment rate for young people in the Middle East and North Africa verged on the catastrophic in 2012: 42 percent for Tunisia and 38 percent for Egypt. Moreover, the rates had shot up significantly since 2010, so it seemed as though the already intolerable conditions were only getting worse. Young people came together through social media and took over the public spaces, demanding change.

May 09 13:29

North Korea Expels BBC Crew For ‘Distorted’ Coverage

A BBC crew is being expelled from North Korea after being detained over what the self-isolated state’s leadership called “distorted” reporting that spoke “ill of the system.”

Correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, his producer and cameraman were held in detention over the weekend but have since been taken to the airport, the BBC says.

May 03 09:19

Let’s Talk About Korea: The Dangerous Tone of US Media

Often, when people are first becoming personally acquainted with me and my political views, I will be asked point-blank: “Do you support North Korea?” I always respond, “No, I don’t support North Korea. I support all of Korea.”

May 03 08:04

China, Russia criticize US missile system in S Korea

China has for the second time in as many months officially protested Washington’s expected deployment of an advanced missile system in the Korean peninsula.

The US and its South Korean ally have been in talks for the past three months to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, as a response to Pyongyang’s recent ballistic missile tests; experts warn that some are designed for carrying nuclear warheads.

During a press conference with his Russian counterpart in Beijing on Friday China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that both countries considered the US move far exceeding relevant actual defense needs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Look, I am tired of pussy-footing around! I only have another 7 months in office. Let's get this @#$%ing World War going, already!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 28 07:05

China Will Not Allow War on Korean Peninsula

On Tuesday, reports emerged of North Korea preparing to launch another medium-range ballistic missile later in April.

"China fully complies with the UN Security Council resolution on North Korea… We stand for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, call for maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, stand for resolving problems through dialogue," Xi Jinping said on Thursday.

Apr 27 13:19

YOUR DAILY DOES OF BOOGA BOOGA - EMP ALERT: 2 N. KOREAN SATELLITES NOW ORBIT OVER U.S.

North Korea now has two satellites orbiting over the United States capable of performing a surprise electromagnetic pulse attack at an altitude and trajectory that evade U.S. National Missile Defenses, a national security expert warned in an interview with Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This clown does not understand orbital mechanics. Satellites orbit around the earth, and while they pass over the US, so do virtually all satellites. No satellite orbits just over one part of the ground except those in geosynchronous orbit, from which an EMP weapon would be useless.

Apr 26 15:44

Obama Reveals Plans To Build A "Missile Defense Shield" Around North Korea

While it has amounted to nothing more than mere populist posturing and jawboning, with the occasional entertaining (fabricated) clip of a submarine missile launch thrown in for good measure, North Korea's launches of ballistic missiles have succeeded in provoking anger among the international community, which has so far been unable (or unwilling) to provide an adequate response to Kim Jong Il's periodic "shows of strength", mostly for domestic consumption.

However, Obama now appears ready to respond. In an interview with CBS' Charlie Rose, Obama described the regime as "a massive challenge."

"Our first priority is to protect the American people and our allies, the Republic of Korea, Japan, that are vulnerable to the provocative actions that North Korea is engaging in," Mr. Obama said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And just who is paying for this new boondoggle?

Apr 25 12:21

Is China Massing Troops Along North Korea's Border?

n Saturday, North Korea test fired a submarine based ballistic missile off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula. Though the missile only traveled 19 miles, which has led South Korean officials to deem the test a failure, the test is the most successful to date. The US military tracked a previous submarine launch on April 14th, which didn’t appear to reach flight at all.

Prior to the launch, multiple international news agencies reported that 2,000 Chinese soldiers were massing along the border with North Korea, in anticipation of a possible 5th nuclear test (which hasn’t happened). China’s Defense Ministry vehemently denied the claim, saying “The relevant report does not accord with the facts…the Chinese military maintains normal combat readiness and training on the China-North Korea border.”

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Apr 25 10:14

Obama Dismisses NKorea Proposal on Halting Nuke Tests

A day after North Korea's foreign minister told The Associated Press that his country is ready to halt its nuclear tests if the United States suspends its annual military exercises with South Korea, President Barack Obama said Sunday that Washington isn't taking the proposal seriously and Pyongyang would "have to do better than that."

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong, interviewed Saturday by the AP, also defended his country's right to maintain a nuclear deterrent and warned that Pyongyang won't be cowed by international sanctions. And for those waiting for the North's regime to collapse, he had this to say: Don't hold your breath.

"Stop the nuclear war exercises in the Korean Peninsula, then we should also cease our nuclear tests," he said in his first interview Saturday with a Western news organization.

Obama dismissed North Korea's latest overture at a news conference Sunday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Hannover, Germany.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to President Obama: the longer you wait to engage with China in serious negotiations to replace the Armistice (which is simply a cessation of military activities)with a real peace treaty, the sooner Kim Jung Un, or his successor will possess - and be able to successfully aim - a nuclear weapon.

This should have been on your "to do" list from the very moment you took the oath of office; but obviously, you have chosen to just let the situation fester here, because you have been hoping for a potential war with China, in order to defeat the rise of the yuan.

But sir, I need to ask you: did you happen to get the memo that last week that China is issuing a gold-backed yuan, which is not convertible at all into US dollars?!?

Apparently, Mr. President, the Chinese government was way ahead of you on this.

Apr 25 08:40

Obama rejects North Korea's nuclear offer: 'You'll have to do better than that'

President says it will continue to stress ties to Japan and the South until North gets more serious about denuclearization than talk ‘based on a press release’

Apr 20 14:02

China deploying thousands of troops along North Korea border: Report

China is deploying troops along its border with North Korea, as Pyongyang could be preparing a fifth nuclear test ahead of its Seventh Party Congress in May.

The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy, a nongovernmental organization in Hong Kong, announced Wednesday that Beijing has dispatched 2,000 soldiers along the border, South Korean news service Newsis reported.

China has previously deployed troops along its border with North Korea.

Apr 19 17:50

No Free Ride: Keeping US Forces In South Korea Saves Money – US Army Pacific Commander

Keeping American forces stationed in South Korea is cheaper than it would be to have them in the US, said the incoming commander of US Forces Korea, in a seeming rebuke of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s claim that Seoul pays “peanuts” for defense.

Apr 19 08:48

CHINA ABANDONING N.KOREA IF CONFLICT OCCURS

Apr 18 06:47

'Hell within Hell': Children raped daily for years, forced to pick maggots out of open wounds and watch inmates being tortured and stamped to death at 'evil' South Korean labour camp 

The 14-year-old boy in the black school jacket stared at his shoes, his heart pounding, as the policeman accused him of stealing a piece of bread.

Even now, more than 30 years later, Choi Seung-woo weeps when he describes all that happened next.

The policeman yanked down the boy's pants and sparked a cigarette lighter near Choi's genitals until he confessed to a crime he didn't commit.

Then two men with clubs came and dragged Choi off to the Brothers Home, a mountainside institution where some of the worst human rights atrocities in modern South Korean history took place.

Apr 09 14:25

#PanamaLeaks: British Banker Linked To North Korea’s Nuclear Research

A British banker has been linked to North Korea’s efforts to create nuclear weapons, the Panama Leaks have revealed, suggesting the financier set up an offshore company used by Pyongyang to fund nuclear research.

Apr 09 08:26

South Korea Feeling Compelled To Take North Korean Nuclear Threat In Its Own Hands

On the heels of North Korea announcing that it had made nuclear warheads small enough to launch on a missile, South Korea has learned that one of those missiles, the Rodang, is capable of reaching South Korea. Whether or not that is correct, in the New York Times, Choe Sang-Hun reports:

… ONE SENIOR UNITED STATES MILITARY COMMANDER, ADM. WILLIAM E. GORTNEY, SAID AT A SENATE HEARING LAST MONTH THAT IT WAS A “PRUDENT DECISION” TO ASSUME THAT THE NORTH “HAS THE CAPABILITY TO MINIATURIZE A NUCLEAR WEAPON AND PUT IT ON AN ICBM.”

Apr 05 08:15

British banker set up firm ‘used by North Korea to sell weapons’

Nigel Cowie’s front company also allegedly helped regime expand nuclear programme, Panama Papers show

Apr 05 08:02

North Korea, Under Siege by ‘Hostile Forces,’ Threatens Nuke Strike on US

In a statement Monday by North Korea’s official KCNA news agency, a spokesman for the country’s National Defense Commission (NDC) said the recent round of UN sanctions imposed on Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons program was "anachronistic and suicidal." The spokesman went on to say that the sanctions could trigger a nuclear strike against the US mainland, likening recent Western actions against North Korea as akin to the siege against Leningrad in World War II and Cuba during the Cold War.

Apr 04 08:25

Why the North Korean Regime Is Not Long for This World

At first glance you probably wouldn’t think that there is anything unusual going on in North Korea. Granted, compared to every other nation on Earth North Korea is a pretty unusual place, but their antics are fairly routine. Most of the time you won’t hear much about the country, but about once or twice a year they’ll start kicking and screaming like a toddler with nuclear weapons. They’ll threaten their neighbors and overseas enemies (that’s us) with destruction and beg for foreign aid, and maybe make a few high-profile executions before going dark again.

However, this round of provocations and demands is different.

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Apr 04 07:47

How to Ensure Peace on the Korean Peninsula: Replace the Armistice Agreement (1953) with a Peace Treaty

This important article presents the DPRK’s position. It is written by a North Korean researcher based at the Institute for American Studies (IFAS), a research and advisory agency affiliated to the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

We bring this text to the attention of our readers with a view to clarifying the ongoing debate regarding the DPRK. It is essential that this position be heard and understood by Western public opinion an the international community with a view to reaching a peaceful settlement on the Korean peninsula.

Apr 02 10:57

Seoul: N. Korea fires missile and tries to jam GPS signals

North Korea fired a short-range missile into the sea and tried to jam GPS navigation signals in South Korea, Seoul officials said, hours after U.S., South Korean and Japanese leaders pledged to work closer together to prevent North Korea from advancing its nuclear and missile programs.

North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency said Saturday that authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un expressed “great satisfaction” after observing a successful live-fire test of a new anti-air weapons system, but didn’t say when and where the test took place. South Korean military officials on Friday said they detected the North firing a surface-to-air missile off its east coast, and it wasn’t immediately clear if the two were linked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the jamming actually took place, it is a signal from Kim Jung Un that he (hubristically) believes that he is ready for a fight with South Korea, and the US. but is trying to make South Korea and the US government the "aggressors", so that he can legitimately call on China to defend North Korea, through the terms of their their mutual defense pact.

Unfortunately, it appears that China is completely unable, or unwilling, to bring him to heel on this. And the problem is, China and North Korea have a mutual defense pact, as does the US and South Korea.

And although the alliance between China and North Korea has been under stress because of North Korea's nuclear testing,the relationship, and pact, remain in place.

I would strongly caution the US and South Korea to do everything possible to ratchet down tensions between North and South Korea; unfortunately, the recent US/South Korean military exercises included a simulated decap strike against Pyongyang, which is the polar opposite of cooling down tensions in the region.

Apr 01 11:07

North Korea Will Pursue Nuclear Missile Program, Envoy Says

North Korea will pursue its nuclear and ballistic missile program in defiance of the United States and its allies, a top Pyongyang envoy said on Friday, adding that a state of “semi-war” now existed on the divided Korean peninsula.

So Se Pyong, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, denounced the huge joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises taking place which he said were aimed at “decapitation of the supreme leadership of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)” and conquering Pyongyang.

North Korea conducted a fourth nuclear test in January and launched a long-range rocket in February. The South Korean military said on Friday that North Korea had fired a missile into the sea off its east coast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, through their stances and threats to North Korea, the US and South Korean governments have no one else to blame for the sharp uptick in North Korean government rhetoric on their nuclear development.

I mean, a military de-cap strike simulation against North Korea in the military drills South Korea and the US have been holding?!?

No one has to be Fellini to figure that one out, and it does appear, very clearly, that the US and South Korea are pushing toward war against North Korea before it does develop a thorough, nuclear weapon capacity.

Apr 01 10:56

US, South Korea and Japan united against North Korea: Obama

US President Barack Obama says America, South Korea and Japan are united against North Korea’s “provocations”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Barack.

Mar 31 12:51

Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing deploying to South Korea

Several hundred members of the Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing will deploy to South Korea in April, the Minnesota Air National Guard announced Thursday.

The deployment involves about a dozen F-16s and about 300 members of the 148th. They'll be deploying to Osan Air Base, about 40 miles south of Seoul, South Korea, starting the week of April 10. Officials did not immediately announce how long the deployment is slated to last.

Mar 23 07:12

'I'll bury my enemies at sea': North Korea launches new missile test as Seoul unveils 'Spartan 3000' special ops unit and warns Kim's threats could turn into nuclear war

Kim Jong Un has threatened to 'bury his enemies at sea' as North Korea launched five missiles into the ocean today in response to ongoing South Korea-U.S. military drills.

South Korea said the missiles were fired near the city of Hamhung just before 3.20pm (6.20am GMT) and landed in the East Sea (Sea of Japan) around 120 miles away.

The short-range missile launches came days after Pyongyang test-fired two ballistic missiles in what the UN Security Council described as an 'unacceptable' violation of UN resolutions.

Mar 22 11:54

North Korean units fight for Bashar Assad regime in Syria — HNC

The Saudi-formed High Negotiations Committee (HNC) of the Syrian opposition has reported two militia units from North Korea are fighting for government forces. "Two North Korean units are there, which are Chalma-1 and Chalma-7," Asaad az-Zoubi, the head of the committee’s delegation to Geneva talks, said on Tuesday. According to az-Zoubi, several Iranian and Afghani nationals are also supporting the governmental troops, saying they are "pilgrims."

Mar 21 00:12

North Korea punished for helping to liberate Africa

Why is the West so obsessed with demonizing North Korea? And the answer is simple: Like Cuba, North Korea dared to step on the toes of Western colonialism and imperialism. Sacrificing its sons and daughters, it helped to liberate many African countries, and it provided assistance to the most progressive forces on the most plundered and devastated continent. This is one thing that the West never forgives. It lives off the unbridled plunder of all continents; it essentially thrives by looting its colonies. Those countries that assisted the liberation struggles, those nations that fought for freedom of the colonized world - Soviet Union/Russia, China, Cuba and the DPRK - were designated by Western ideologues as the most 'dangerous' and 'evil' places on Earth.

Mar 17 14:43

US Slaps N. Korea With More Sanctions Over Nuclear, Missile Tests

The US has imposed “robust” new sanctions, blocking businesses from any dealings with North Korea as Washington attempts to punish Pyongyang for its missile and nuclear tests. Despite crippling sanctions, the North threatens to carry out even more tests.

Mar 17 12:03

New North Korea sanctions issued by President Obama

US President Barack Obama has issued an executive order imposing new sanctions on North Korea, after its "illicit" nuclear test and satellite launch.

It freezes North Korean government property in America and bans US exports to, or investment in, North Korea.

The order also greatly expands powers to blacklist anyone, including non-Americans, dealing with North Korea.

The 6 January nuclear test and 7 February satellite launch were violations of existing UN sanctions.

Mar 17 10:09

US Imposes New Sanction Against North Korea Over Nuclear Test

US President Barack Obama has signed a new executive order that tightens the US trade embargo on North Korea over the country’s nuclear and missile tests.

Mar 16 13:28

US Treasury Official To Discuss North Korea In China Trip

A top US Treasury Department official will be visiting China this week to discuss North Korea’s recent actions and new sanctions aimed at curbing Pyongyang’s “destabilizing behavior.”

Mar 15 10:48

Russia to persuade North Korea to return to talks - Lavrov

Moscow will attempt to persuade Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table on the nuclear issue and cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Sputnik News cited Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying.

“We have been cooperating (with the United States) in the same way on the Iranian nuclear program, because we don't need new nuclear powers and at the same time we need to protect the universal right of every state to nuclear energy, which we did, once the agreement with Iran was reached,” Lavrov was cited by the website as saying on a Russian television channel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish Foreign Minister Lavrov the best of luck in getting Kim Jung Un back to the negotiating table.

But were I a betting woman, I would not necessarily bet on the success of such a gambit right now. Kim Jung Un is watching a mock invasion of his country by US and South Korean troops, and I cannot imagine that this is sitting quite too well with him, and notice that he has told his scientists to prepare more nuclear tests.

Unfortunately, because of the military poking and prodding he has received from both South Korea and the US government, he may feel that the only way he can negotiate from a position of strength is to have several workable nuclear bombs on tap, with guidance systems that will get them to go where he wants them to go; at least, that seems to be his thinking at the moment, based on what he has been doing militarily.

Also, reported yesterday at antiwar.com, we have the following:

According to the latest reports out of the reclusive nation’s state media, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who recently claimed his nation already had perfectly functioning nuclear warheads, announced today the country intends to test a design for such a warhead. If this happens the impact would be huge. North Korea has claimed an enormous nuclear capability for years, but beyond a few underground tests their capabilities are unclear, and most doubt they have a deliverable weapon. Kim was also said to announce planned test-fires of several types of ballistic missiles capable of carrying such warheads “soon,” though it was unclear exactly which ones. North Korea has some designs that could theoretically reach the US, but reliability and accuracy are in serious doubt.

Mar 14 19:46

Korea shifting to cashless society

As Koreans are carrying less cash, with the average standing at 74,000 won last year, down 3,000 won from the previous year, the central bank is also issuing less cash. It released 12.3 percent fewer 10,000 won banknotes last year from the previous year, while the issuance of 5,000 won notes dipped 5.9 percent and 1,000 won bills 3.7 percent.

The Bank of Korea is planning a "cashless society" by 2020. If a shopper buys a 9,500 won item and pays with a 10,000 won banknote, for instance, the shopper will be credited 500 won to his or her prepaid card instead of getting a 500 won coin in change.

Mar 14 11:37

Nuclear War With North Korea Coming?

On Sunday, North Korea warned the United States that it could wipe out Manhattan with a single hydrogen bomb, and earlier this month North Korea threatened to make a “preemptive and offensive nuclear strike” on the United States in response to aggressive military exercises currently being jointly conducted by South Korea and the U.S. military. So does nuclear war with North Korea actually pose a significant security risk to this country? Well, according to the Washington Post the entire west coast of the United States is within reach of North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missiles. The only question is whether or not North Korea’s ultra-paranoid leader Kim Jong Un would ever actually press the button.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or will someone press it for him, say that missing nuke from Minot Air Base going off on the west coast.

Mar 14 10:05

LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP IN NORTH KOREA

Meanwhile, a hugely provocative military exercise is underway, involving 15,000 US troops, 300,000 South Koreans, and an armada of US warplanes and warships. These war games are an annual event that enrages North Korea because they are obviously rehearsing an invasion of the North, and the decapitation of its leadership – namely Kim Jong-un.

Predictably, Kim threatened blood-curdling revenge on the US and its “South Korean and Japanese lackeys.” He ordered North Korea’s limited nuclear forces onto red alert. Whether pure bluff or not remained unknown. American generals claimed Kim’s ICBM’s can now hit the US West Coast. But the Pentagon also warned of Iraq’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction.

Mar 13 22:04

Russia Will Work to Persuade N Korea to Return to Negotiating Table

Russia favor further negotiations with North Korea in order to solve nuclear weapon issue by peasefull means, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Mar 13 15:48

BOOGA BOOGA : North Korea claims could wipe out Manhattan with hydrogen bomb…

North Korea claimed Sunday that it could wipe out Manhattan by sending a hydrogen bomb on a ballistic missile to the heart of New York City, the latest in a string of brazen threats.

Mar 13 09:36

World War Three? North Korean submarine 'goes missing' as US and South Korean soldiers carry out amphibious landing exercises 

North Korea has been searching for one of its submarines that has been missing for days off its east coast as tensions mount in the region, where U.S. and South Korean troops staged a big amphibious landing exercise today,

The submarine may be adrift under the sea or have sunk, perhaps after a technical problem during an exercise, CNN quoted U.S. officials with intelligence of secret U.S. monitoring of the North's activities as saying.

The missing submarine comes after North Korea has said it is developing submarine-launched ballistic missiles although doubts about that were raised after Western experts said publicly released footage of tests appeared to be fake.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sooooooooo ... if North Korea's threat is a fake, why is the US practicing for an invasion?

Mar 13 09:29

Korean Peninsula: On the Brink of a New War?

Northeast Asia is sliding towards a new conflict more than six decades after the Korean War, with the US and South Korea holding their largest-ever joint military drills, while North Korea is threatening the US and South Korea with a preemptive nuclear strike.

Mar 13 08:49

North Korean submarine missing and presumed sunk, say reports

A North Korean submarine has gone missing at sea and is presumed to have sunk, according to reports from the US and South Korea.

The vessel had reportedly been operating off the North Korean coast during the week when it disappeared.

A South Korean defence ministry said Seoul was investigating the reports. Pentagon officials declined to comment on the matter.

Mar 11 12:42

‘Flames and Ashes’: Pyongyang Orders More Nuclear Tests

Pyongyang claims to have miniaturized nuclear warhead capabilities, placing the world in North Korea’s crosshairs, but security analysts remain skeptical on how far the Kim regime has come.

Pyongyang claims to have miniaturized nuclear warhead capabilities, placing the world in North Korea’s crosshairs, but security analysts remain skeptical on how far the Kim regime has come.

Amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un ordered a fresh spate of nuclear tests, the country’s state media said Friday. The tests come days after South Korean and US forces began large-scale joint exercises simulating a full invasion of the country, which Pyongyang swiftly denounced.

Since the US-South Korean drills began Monday, Pyongyang has escalated its rhetoric, issuing daily warnings of a nuclear strike that would turn Seoul and Washington into "flames and ashes."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For North Korea, the problem with their missiles historically has been being able to target, accurately.

Unless some rogue nation (perhaps Israel?!? After all, they were ready to sell nuclear technology to the apartheid South African, for heaven's sake!) gives them the technology to fix this, I seriously doubt that the North Korean military can actually hit any target in the US with any degree of accuracy.

And a word to Kim Jung-Un; the joint US/South Korean exercises, which include a mock invasion of North Korea, are engineered to get you rattled, and the US government is hoping that you will do something phenomenally stupid, as the "excuse" to start a war against North Korea.

So just please don't that, OK?!?!?

Mar 10 09:35

North Korea announces annulment of trade and economic ties with South

North Korea announced on Thursday its decision to revoke all of its trade and economic agreements with South Korea pronouncing them as null and void, according to a statement from the North Korean Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea. The announced decision would have a direct impact in the Kaesong industrial complex, located in the border area between the North and South Koreas, but comes as not a surprise move as Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Unification stated in January that South Korea would set a limit for its citizens access to the Kaesong industrial complex in response to the hydrogen fusion bomb test of the DPRK on January 6. About 1,200 people from South Korea used to come to the Kaesong complex daily. Seoul announced in January its plan for cutting the number to about a hundred people. The Kaesong industrial complex was opened in 2004.

Mar 10 08:44

North Korea fires short-range missiles and says it will liquidate all South Korean assets worth £500million on its soil in response to latest sanctions

The asset seizure announced on Thursday referred to two now-shuttered joint projects, the Mount Kumgang tourism resort and the Kaesong joint industrial complex.

'We will completely liquidate all assets of South Korean firms and related institutions left behind in our region,' the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said in statement carried by the North's official KCNA news agency.

'From this time on, we nullify all agreements adopted by North and South Korea on economic cooperation and exchange programmes,' the committee said.

Mar 10 07:37

Report: China to block North Korea ships from returning home

China could soon be blocking the return of North Korean ships in Chinese ports from returning to their country of origin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the US thought North Korea was their back door to war with China, Beijing just slammed it shut.

Mar 10 07:36

‘Beheading’ Kim: Preemptive strikes are back and headed for China

Washington and Seoul’s rancor at North Korea in the wake of its missile tests, illustrated by negotiations on the joint deployment of Thaad (Theater High Altitude Air Defense), has shaken things up in ways that the US undoubtedly finds gratifying. Russia and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) supported a new UN Security Council sanctions resolution and have delivered, at the very least, stern language.

Russia delivered an unprecedented smackdown of Kim Jong-un for his most recent outburst of furious nuclear bloviating:

Mar 09 17:22

Guess It's Supposed to Be Scary, but Kim Jong-un Just Looks Stupid Posing with This Supposed Mini Nuke

He looks like a chubby man child wearing his dad's coat and a beaver on his head playing around at a science museum exhibit.

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Mar 09 14:54

Philippines Impounds Suspected North Korean Ship

Just days after the UN Security Council imposed harsh new sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear test and rocket launch this year, the Philippines became the first country to carry out significant action in enforcing them.

Mar 09 12:59

Rising Tensions: US Deploys Three B-2 Strategic Bombers to Asia Pacific

The United States has deployed three B-2 Spirit strategic bombers to the Asia Pacific on Tuesday, US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) announced in a Wednesday press release.

Mar 09 12:24

US-South Korean Militaries Rehearse Pre-emptive Nuclear Strikes on North Korea

Massive joint US-South Korean military exercises began yesterday under conditions of high tension on the Korean Peninsula following North Korea’s fourth nuclear test in January and rocket launch last month. Under pressure from Washington, the UN Security Council last week imposed the most far-reaching sanctions to date on Pyongyang that will limit its mineral exports and compound the economic crisis wracking the unstable regime.

Mar 09 09:27

Putin warns Kim Jong-un that making threats of 'preventive nuclear strikes' could create a legal basis for military action against the rogue state

Russia has warned Kim Jong-Un to stop threatening to launch nuclear weapons on foreign powers, as it could create 'a legal basis' for military action against North Korea.

The Russian warning followed a call by Kim for his military to be prepared to mount pre-emptive attacks against the U.S and South Korea and stand ready to use nuclear weapons.

Mar 09 06:26

South Korea has informed Russia about the suspension of the project "Rajin-Hasan"

South Korea's government has informed Moscow about her withdrawal from the project of transportation "Rajin-Hasan". This is due to introduced by the UN security Council on sanctions against North Korea. About it reports information Agency "Renhal". According to sources, the notice was sent through diplomatic channels. Russian Railways jointly with North Korea reconstructed the railway line Hasan-Rajin and the Rajin port. And South Korea could join to the project – due to the deal she could get Russian goods faster and cheaper. However, South Korea has suspended participation in the project in response to the launch by Pyongyang of the rocket with the satellite. Trade and economic zone "Rajin-Sonbon" is located on the Japan sea coast. This way allows you to save time and fuel costs for delivery of cargo from Russia to South Korea. However, the new UN sanctions restricted the export from the DPRK of coal, gold, titanium and natural minerals.

Mar 09 05:37

Kim Jong-un: North Korea may inflict pre-emptive nuclear strikes on US

Speaking at a meeting with nuclear weapons experts he said: "Without thinking twice North Korea will inflict preventive nuclear strikes on the United States if the US imperialists threaten its sovereignty and right to existence." On Wednesday, Kim Jong-un has met with the country’s nuclear weapons experts and discussed "the strengthening of the country's nuclear arsenal". North Korea's leader, according to KCNA, "has paid great attention to the research related to the creation of various types of tactical and strategic missiles with nuclear warheads, acquainted himself with the specialization and the mechanism of compact nuclear warheads of the Korean style". "The nuclear warheads have been standardized to be fit for ballistic missiles by miniaturizing them," KCNA quoted him as saying.

Mar 08 11:51

South Korea and the Art of Collaboration

While the Western brain-conditioning machine wants you to believe that it is actually the North that is successfully indoctrinating its citizens, those of us who have worked on both sides of the border (or on both sides of the "DMZ") know much better. And if they don't tell, they lie! From the "art work" on both sides of the barbed wire fences, to the institutions designated to brainwash millions of common people, South Korea is leading; its regime's propaganda (and the propaganda of its Western handlers) is much more experienced, determined, aggressive and therefore, effective. The curator of the "DMZ STORY, Berlin East Side Gallery & DMZ Story Exhibition" sounded more like an interrogator than an artist. When I visited this huge German-South Korean anti-Communist propaganda "project" in Seoul, I mentioned at the entrance that I would be very happy to write about the exhibition. Then, I was not allowed to simply enter, I was forced to meet the curator.

Mar 08 11:10

State Dept Hypes North Korea ‘Threat’ as Annual Military Drill Begins

A clear sign of that spring is at hand, 17,000 US troops and some 300,000 South Korean troops began their annual spring military exercise focused on fighting a war against North Korea, an operation military commanders insisted was totally “non-provocative.”

As it does literally every year, the drill has fueled North Korean condemnation and talk of full-scale nuclear war. And even though at any other time during the year US officials would point out North Korea doesn’t have deliverable nuclear arms, State Department officials insist now they take the threats “seriously.”

Which is in keeping with the annual dust-ups with the North Koreans as credible as possible, at least for the month or so they tend to last before North Korea eventually redeploys its military to plant crops in hopes of staving off famine for another year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a betting woman, I would not bet against a false flag while this exercise is going on, to be blamed on North Korea, and then, off the US military will go...on a war against China, which they will accuse of being North Korea's "enabler" in such an act.

Mar 08 10:58

Moscow Calls on N Korea, S Korea, US to Restraint Amid Joint Drills

The Russian Foreign Ministry called Monday on Washington, Pyongyang and Seoul to exercise restraint and now allow the situation to reach the point of uncontrollable spreading of conflict amid Seoul-Washington joint drills.
On Sunday, South Korea and the United States began their largest-ever joint exercises amid increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula. On Thursday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the military to prepare to use its nuclear weapons at any moment in light of the exercise, according to the country’s state media reports.
The Russian ministry called on all sides "to exercise prudence and restraint, and

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia sometimes appears to be the only adult in the room, looking at various geopolitical disputes.

And unfortunately, the US military's "playing picador" with China's military in the South China Sea is not helping ratchet down tensions either.

Mar 08 10:54

Moscow Calls on N Korea, S Korea, US to Restraint Amid Joint Drills

The Russian Foreign Ministry called Monday on Washington, Pyongyang and Seoul to exercise restraint and now allow the situation to reach the point of uncontrollable spreading of conflict amid Seoul-Washington joint drills.
On Sunday, South Korea and the United States began their largest-ever joint exercises amid increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula. On Thursday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the military to prepare to use its nuclear weapons at any moment in light of the exercise, according to the country’s state media reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin is sometimes the only adult in the room, regarding geopolitical confrontations.

The US Government's consistently playing picador to China, as in new naval incursions in the South China Sea, is not helping at all here, either.

Mar 08 10:53

Moscow Calls on N Korea, S Korea, US to Restraint Amid Joint Drills

The Russian Foreign Ministry called Monday on Washington, Pyongyang and Seoul to exercise restraint and now allow the situation to reach the point of uncontrollable spreading of conflict amid Seoul-Washington joint drills.
On Sunday, South Korea and the United States began their largest-ever joint exercises amid increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula. On Thursday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the military to prepare to use its nuclear weapons at any moment in light of the exercise, according to the country’s state media reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin is sometimes the only adult in the room, regarding geopolitical confrontations.

The US Government's consistently playing picador to China, as in new naval incursions in the South China Sea, is not helping at all here, either.

Mar 06 10:28

Philippines impounds N. Korean ship under UN sanctions

The Philippines said Saturday it had impounded a North Korean vessel in response to tough new United Nations sanctions introduced in response to Pyongyang's recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

The 6,830-tonne cargo ship Jin Teng will not be allowed to leave Subic port, northeast of the capital Manila, where it had been docked for three days and its crew will be deported, presidential spokesman Manolo Quezon said on state-run radio station Radyo ng Bayan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Since when do UN sanctions include piracy?

Mar 02 14:06

US Student Caught Stealing N Korean Poster Sheds Tear, Apologizes For ‘Severe’ Crime

A US student arrested in North Korea for a “hostile act” has tearfully apologized for stealing a political banner “as a trophy”.

Mar 02 08:38

UN approves toughest sanctions on North Korea in 20 years

he U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved the toughest sanctions on North Korea in two decades, reflecting growing anger at Pyongyang's latest nuclear test and rocket launch in defiance of a ban on all nuclear-related activity.

The United States and North Korea's traditional ally China spent seven weeks negotiating the new sanctions. They include mandatory inspections of cargo leaving and entering North Korea by sea or air, a ban on all sales or transfers of small arms and light weapons to Pyongyang, and expulsion of diplomats from the North who engage in "illicit activities."

Feb 26 09:57

US blocked talks with North Korea before nuclear test

A revealing article published in the Wall Street Journal on Sunday lifted the lid on back-channel discussions between US and North Korean officials before Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test on January 6 and rocket launch on February 7.

To further its own right-wing political agenda, the newspaper suggested that Obama had made major concessions to North Korea. “Days before North Korea’s latest nuclear bomb test, the Obama administration secretly agreed to talks to try to formally end the Korean War, dropping a longstanding condition that Pyongyang first take steps to curtail its nuclear arsenal,” the article stated.

Feb 25 06:46

THAAD deployment in ROK to "directly" impair China's security interests: FM

The deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), an advanced U.S. missile defense system, in the Republic of Korea (ROK) will "directly" impair China's security interests, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday.

"We understand the ROK's legitimate security concerns, but no country should impair others' security interests when pursuing its own," Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing.

"We believe that the deployment of the THAAD system will directly compromise China's national security interests," said the spokesperson.

The United States and the ROK started talks on THAAD after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) allegedly launched an Earth-observation satellite to test ballistic missile technology earlier this month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The one and only move to de-escalate the tensions here here is something which the US government will not entertain at all: a full-scale, all parties negotiation between North and South Korea, the US, and China, to replace the armistice, which is simply a cessation of hostile military activities, with a true peace treaty, which guarantees that North Korea will not continue its weapons research, to the point of it ultimately having a nuclear bomb.

The degree to which logic, and the US government's leadership, do not have a good on-going relationship is absolutely frightening sometimes.

Feb 24 16:04

S. Korea dismisses China concern over US missile defense system

South Korea Wednesday dismissed China’s warning that the planned deployment of a US missile defense system could damage ties, stressing that it was to counter “growing threats” from North Korea.

“The deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) is a measure of self-defense against growing nuclear and missile threats from North Korea,” presidential spokesman Jeong Yeon-Guk said.

Feb 24 11:52

Military action against North Korea possible: Top US cmdr.

The United States does not rule out a possible military action against North Korea, if Pyongyang continues to develop its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, says a top US military commander.

On January 6, North Korea said it had successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb, a move that outraged Washington and prompted Congress to hit back with more sanctions against the country.

The standoff between Washington and Pyongyang further escalated on February 7, after North Korea successfully launched a long-range missile allegedly carrying an earth observation satellite.

The missile was thought to have a range of over 10,000 kilometers, enough to reach the US mainland.

Speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Admiral Harry Harris, commander of US Pacific Command, said North Korea’s nuclear test was a global threat and a US military action is possible if such moves continue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The one thing the US government refuses to do is to get all parties, including North, and South Korea, China, and the US, seated at a negotiation table to devise a workable peace treaty with which to supplant the armistice, which is simply a cessation of hostile military activity.

The restraints against nuclear, and other, weapons developments must be spelled out very clearly in that treaty.

But unfortunately, the only way North Korea has been able to get the US government's attention has been through its weapons development.

Someone in the US government should have the courage and honesty to start to make this happen; otherwise, the tensions in the region may well escalate to a full-bore war with China, which is just as pledged to assist its client state, North Korea, as is the US government to its client state, South Korea.

Feb 24 09:50

Kim Jong-Un promises US vendetta

According to the statement, first target will be the Presidential palace "Blue House" in Seoul, where "plots are woven in order to exacerbate confrontation with compatriots in the north". The secondary targets are the American bases in the Asian-Pacific Region, as well as on the US mainland.

Feb 24 09:42

N. Korea pledges attack on US mainland if 'high-density strike’ military drills go ahead

North Korea has threatened to attack South Korea and the United States if the two allies conduct joint drills in March. Pyongyang says the exercises are preparations for war and says it will retaliate.

"All the powerful strategic and tactical strike means of our revolutionary armed forces will go into preemptive and just operation to beat back the enemy forces to the last man if there is a slight sign of their special operation forces and equipment moving to carry out the so-called 'beheading operation' and 'high-density strike,'" the Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army said in a statement carried by state media, according to Reuters.

Pyongyang says its first targets would be South Korea’s presidential Blue House, while secondary targets would include US military bases in Asia and on the US mainland. There are approximately 28,500 US troops stationed in South Korea.

Feb 23 13:06

DPRK Promises Preemptive Strike If South Korea, US Hold Massive War Games

As the US and South Korea prepare to hold joint military exercises next month, North Korea has warned of harsh retaliation. Is this usual bluster, or an understandable reaction to signals of aggression?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember the sinking of the Cheosan? That was blamed on North Korea, but it turned out the recovered remains of the torpedo did not match any North Korean design. Was it a false flag to kick off a war? Possibly.

We know the US Government is desperate to get a massive bloody war going to duck the consequences of wrecking the economy to please the money junkies. It is not beyond the realm of possibility for the US and/or South Korea to sink one of their own ship and try to blame North Korea for it, especially after this inflammatory statement.

Feb 22 10:48

Largest ever US-South Korea military drill planned as a 'warning to Pyongyang'

The joint US-South Korean exercises scheduled for March will be largest military drills ever staged on the Korean Peninsula and are both a warning to Pyongyang and an effort to reassure the jittery public in the South.
The parallel Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises are scheduled to commence on March 7, with the field-training exercises that make up Foal Eagle lasting until April 30. The drills will involve 15,000 US troops, twice the number of previous years, and will serve to demonstrate Washington's firepower.
The US will deploy a combat aviation brigade to South Korea for the duration of the manoeuvres, as well as a mobile US Marine brigade, an aircraft carrier and its attendant fleet, a nuclear-powered submarine and aerial tankers to refuel fighter aircraft.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"ABRN"!!!!

(Anything but reasonable negotiations- official White House Souse)

Feb 21 05:20

The Empire Doesn’t Retreat or Compromise

Reading mainstream media news, analyses, and opinion pieces about this war is completely useless, as everything is either uninformed and clueless gibberish or propaganda and deception.

I wrote this text over several days and every time I sat down again to continue there came another headline to my mind. The first headline was “Nobody said, that it will be easy,” the second “Waiting for the Turkey-Russia showdown,” the third “Playing the terrorism game,” the fourth “Everything is better than war.”

In the end I settled for the header “The empire doesn’t retreat or compromise.”

This statement stands the test of time, it has been proven throughout human history, and there is only one single exemption, only one short period where retreat and compromise are a possibility. This short period is the time when the empire is in terminal decline and in the process of collapsing.

Feb 19 12:24

U.S. rejects Chinese offer of peace treaty talks with North Korea

The United States said Thursday that denuclearization remains its top priority when it comes to North Korea, rejecting a Chinese proposal to begin peace treaty negotiations with Pyongyang in tandem with denuclearization talks.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the offer earlier this week after talks in Beijing with his Australian counterpart. A peace treaty with the United States, which would formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, is one of the North's long-running demands.

"Denuclearization remains our top priority. We remain in close contact with the other five-party partners on our shared goal of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner," State Department spokeswoman Katina Adams said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To President Xi Jinping and the government of China; what you have proposed is completely logical and reasonable. Thank you for your suggesting this approach.

Having said that, it pains me to confess that I am sometimes dumbfounded by the ham-fisted, pig-headed stupidity of the US government, which more than occasionally, collectively, appears to be pathologically incapable of thinking anything through.

Using the peace treaty here would be the "carrot" in the negotiations which would ultimately lead to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. That the US government willfully refuses to see this logic is unfortunate.

Feb 18 09:20

Obama Sends F-22 Raptor Jets to South Korea to Back Up Defense Pledge

The US Air Force has confirmed that it has increased its combat force in South Korea, sending a flight of four F-22 Raptor jets over the country in what local media said was a show of force on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

4 planes. Big show! Have they fixed the problem with the pilots not being able to breath yet?

Feb 17 10:16

North Korea Set to Deploy KN08 Ballistic Missile

North Korea has taken steps toward the deployment of its KN08 (Hwasong-13) road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) which could potentially launch a nuclear strike on the United States.

Feb 16 12:15

China urges United States, North Korea to hold direct talks

China's foreign ministry on Monday urged the United States and North Korea to sit down with each other face-to-face and resolve their problems, as tension continues to climb on the Korean peninsula after North Korea's latest rocket test.

While China was angered by the launch, it has also expressed concern at plans by Washington and Seoul to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system, saying it would impact upon China's own security.

"The focus of the nuclear issue on the peninsula is between the United States and North Korea," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily news briefing.

"We urge the United States and North Korea to sit down and have communications and negotiations, to explore ways to resolve each other's reasonable concerns and finally reach the goal we all want reached."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a very positive, reasonable proposal from China, but it left out one key player: South Korea.

Unless there is a rapprochement between all four countries, no true peace deal can be realized. Unfortunately, right now, it appears that South Korea is not amenable to that approach. As reported today in the Washington Post:

North Korea’s pursuit of a nuclear weapons program “will only hasten its collapse,” South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Tuesday, forgoing her usual caution to warn in uncharacteristically blunt terms that her government would do all it could to punish Pyongyang for its recent provocations. Talk of the North’s collapse is normally a no-go topic here, because the prospect not only alarms South Koreans but also enrages Kim Jong Un’s irascible regime. But following the North’s nuclear and missile tests this year, Park is taking a markedly more confrontational approach. “Dear people of South Korea, it’s obvious now that our previous methods and goodwill cannot break Pyongyang’s nuclear will,” she said in a special televised address to the National Assembly. “I believe we should not provide them with unconditional support anymore nor succumb to their provocations. We now need to find a fundamental solution to effectively change North Korea, and it is our time to be brave.” Her tough words come at a time when South Korea, Japan and the United States are in unusual accord on how to deal with North Korea.

Unfortunately, this approach will have the polar opposite result from what is needed in this situation. Getting more "muscular" with North Korea, rather than sitting down with all parties at the negotiating table, and replacing the armistice with a true peace treaty, may incite him to further acts of aggression, and kick off a war into which the US and China will be inevitably dragged.

War with China right now, from the US government's perspective, should be a very lousy thing to do. And I would like to politely remind those in the bowels of power in this country that at this time in the US Military's history, it does not have the weaponry, the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against China.

Feb 16 08:50

Turkey About to Conclude a Deal With Israel on 'All Issues': Turkish Official

...compensation agreement for the killing of 10 Turkish activists by Israeli commandos in 2010...the Mavi Marmara, which had been trying to breach a blockade on the Gaza strip.
Note: Should read "murder" of activists and breach the ILLEGAL blockade.

Feb 13 10:00

US sends extra Patriot missiles to S Korea amid rising tensions with North

The US military has deployed additional Patriot missile systems in South Korea, citing Pyongyang’s recent rocket launch.
The Seoul HQ of the US Forces Korea (USFK) said Saturday that the deployment of additional assets is part of an emergency readiness exercise being carried out in cooperation with the South Korean military.

"North Korea’s continued development of ballistic missiles against the expressed will of the international community requires the Alliance to maintain effective and ready ballistic missile defenses. Exercises like this ensure we are always ready to defend against an attack from North Korea," said Lt. Gen. Thomas Vandal, Commanding General of Eighth Army, the commanding formation of the USFK.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This deployment, coupled with the potential deployment of the THAAD system, is yet one more glaring demonstration (as if the American people need more demonstrations) of the reality that just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government can do, is absolutely no guarantee that the US government won't do it.

And I have a short memo, and question, to the White House, Congress, the Pentagon, and the State Department: why is it that the only time you tend to pay attention to North Korea is when they test another, bigger, more sophisticated bomb?!?

Has it not occurred to you that this is the only way Kim Jung-un believes he can get your attention?!?

Instead of sanctioning and hurriedly deploying more weapons to South Korea, will someone, please pick up the damned phone, and call China's President, Xi Ping, and start the dialogue leading to a 4 way conference between North Korea, China, South Korea, and the US to replace the Armistice (which is just a cessation of fighting) with a genuine peace treaty?!?

Because when this happens, and with one of the iron-clad articles in the treaty stating that North Korea never develops weapons again, these countries would do a great job of ratcheting down the tensions in the region, noticeably.

Of course, what I am suggesting is...logical, which it may never have occurred to the American government, at least not so far.

Feb 12 14:09

Russia concerned over possible deployment of air defense system in S.Korea

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday expressed concerns over possible deployment of U.S. missile defense system in South Korea.

The Pentagon said Monday that the United States and South Korea have begun negotiations on the issue in response to the missile launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Feb. 7.

The Russian ministry noted that the action of DPRK was used by Washington to expand the deployment range of the U.S. global missile defense system, according to an online statement.

"The emergence of elements of the U.S. global missile defense system in the region, characterized by a rather difficult security situation, could provoke an arms race in northeast Asia and will further complicate the solution of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula," the statement said.

"This step could only enhance the destructive impact of the U.S. global missile defense system on international security and strategic stability."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government just signed off on more sanctions against North Korea today; this is a ham-fistedly, pig-headedly wrong approach, and will do nothing to tone down the situation, nor will the introduction of US global missile defense systems in South Korea help.

What should happen here is the US going to China to arrange for a four-party negotiation between the US, China, South Korea, and North Korea to replace the Armistice between North and South Korea, which has existed for over 60 years, with a true, actual peace treaty, which guarantees trade, and peaceful relations among all the above-mentioned nations.

Of course, that... would be logical.

Feb 12 12:29

North Korea: closing the Kaesong zone is a Declaration of war

The authorities of North Korea ordered all South Korean staff member of the industrial complex of Kaesong to immediately leave the country. However, many of them left before that, taking with them the equipment and finished goods. The failure of Seoul to continue cooperation Pyongyang called a "dangerous Declaration of war": Kaesong was the only joint project continuing the work, despite the difficulties in bilateral relations. Industrial zone of Kaesong was the crowning of the "sunshine policy", which was held by South Korea in the late 90's – early 2000-ies. It was opened in 2004 and has experienced several crises in bilateral relations. Only in 2013 the complex was 5 months closed due to the deterioration, which was also caused by nuclear and missile tests of the DPRK.

Feb 11 09:30

Seoul refutes reports on Russian components in North Korean missile — Russian ForMin

A source in the Russian Foreign Ministry has said that the South Korean side had sent a letter of clarification on the issue to Moscow. "The relevant reports are obvious misinformation," the document says. "The contents of reports in South Korea and Russia media differ essentially from the explanation given by a representative of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) of the Republic of Korea to members of the National Assembly during the closed parliamentary hearings.

Feb 11 08:23

South Korea abandons manufacturing enclave in nuclear North

North Korea's launch of a useless satellite atop a thinly-disguised intercontinental ballistic missile has turned out to have immediate terrestrial implications, including some for the technology industries, after South Korea closed a manufacturing enclave in the North.

The South's Ministry of Unification has announced that henceforth the Kaesong Industrial Complex will be “completely closed.”

Feb 09 09:09

Another Bush, Another Preemptive War? Jeb Supports U.S. Military Strikes Against North Korea

North Korea is facing international condemnation after launching a long-range rocket over the weekend carrying what it called a satellite. The issue came up during Saturday’s Republican debate.

Feb 08 11:40

N. Korea, not Russia: Sanders argues with Clinton over global threat source

Between Iran, North Korea, and Russia, Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders disagreed about which was the “greatest threat” to America in the final Democratic debate before the New Hampshire primary.

Feb 07 17:55

North Korea rocket launch: Pyongyang faces UN sanctions and a planned new missile defence system

The launch of a long-range rocket by North Korea has heightened tensions in north-east Asia and pushed South Korea and the US into talks on the deployment of a controversial high-altitude missile defence system that China and Russia both bitterly oppose.

Feb 07 10:04

North Korea: We Will Launch More Rockets

North Korea has defied international warnings and has said it will continue to launch more long-range rockets after sending what it claims is a satellite into space.

Sunday's rocket took off at around 9am Pyongyang time from the North's west coast, according to South Korea's defence ministry.

Feb 06 18:15

Behind the North Korean Nuke Crisis

In response to North Korea’s recent announcement that it plans to launch a satellite within a few days, Washington and its partners are speaking loudly to condemn the regime but carrying very small sticks to stop it. If Teddy Roosevelt were still alive, he would not be impressed.

Feb 06 09:09

North Korea brings forward rocket launch to as soon as Sunday

North Korea could launch a rocket that it says will carry an earth observation satellite as soon as Sunday, after bringing forward and shortening the time frame for the launch, the Japanese and South Korean governments said on Saturday.

North Korea had earlier told the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) it would launch the rocket some time between Feb. 8 and Feb. 25, triggering international opposition from governments that see it as a long-range missile test.

Feb 05 18:36

Strange Times: Pentagon Talks up Conflicts with Iran, Russia, China, North Korea

It could happen today or tomorrow. Maybe in the years to come. But potential conflicts with Russia, China, North Korea and Iran are inevitable. That’s what the Pentagon says in its new budget request from the US Congress!

Feb 05 14:27

South Korea preparing tougher sanctions against Pyongyang — foreign ministry

"At the meeting attended by ambassadors of the United States, Japan, Australia and a representative of EU, the process of developing sanctions in UN Security Council was discussed, the issue of introducing unilateral restrictions against North Korea was also touched upon," the foreign ministry said. The sides exchanged opinions on Pyongyang’s plans to launch a ballistic missile and discussed how they can persuade North Korea to refrain from such actions.

Feb 03 14:19

Japan Threatens To Shoot Down North Korea Rocket

The proposed satellite launch heightens tensions, but Pyongyang claims to a sovereign right to pursue a space programme.

Jan 29 08:42

Cuba, DPRK sign protocol on cooperation in bilateral trade

The documents were signed by the Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment and the DPRK ambassador to Cuba. The trade agreement envisions barter exchanges of commodities and opens up the road for exports of North Korean railway technologies and equipment for sugar refineries. The two sides hope the package of agreements will assist development of healthcare, education, culture, sports, and agriculture. After the signing of the documents that took place in the mansion of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment, Minister Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz said Havana had a firm political will to develop relations with the DPRK, while Ambassador Pak Chang Yul gave the assurances he was satisfied with the signing of the documents and the consolidation of ties between the North Korean and Cuban governments. The two countries established diplomatic relations on August 28, 1960. They cooperate at present in the oil industry, agriculture and trade.

Jan 27 18:17

Next North Korea is ‘planning to launch a long-range missile’ just days after dictator Kim Jong-un claimed he had the capability to target America

North Korea may be preparing to launch a long-range missile as soon as next week, just days after dictator Kim Jong-un claimed he had weapons capable of obliterating the U.S.

Japan's Kyodo news agency, citing an unnamed Japanese government official, said there are signs of possible preparations for a missile launch based on analysis of satellite imagery of the North's Tongchang-ri missile test site on its west coast.

Jan 27 07:43

US to Deploy Newest Missile Attack Drones in South Korea

The United States intends to deploy in South Korea the newest MQ-1C Gray Eagle drones, that can not only conduct reconnaissance flights, but also missile attacks, a South Korean news outlet reported Wednesday.

TOKYO (Sputnik) — According to the Chosun Ilbo, citing a US military source, deployment of Gray Eagle unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), that are superior in combat characteristics to drones used in Iraq and Afghanistan, is scheduled for July. Equipped with night vision cameras, they can make flights lasting up to 30 hours, and are designed to monitor the areas along the demilitarized zone separating South and North Korea.

South Korea, US, Japan Set Up Data Sharing Channel on N Korea's Missiles

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is amazing to see how absolutely, consistently, and catastrophically wrong-headed US foreign policy is here.

What Kim Jung Un wants, is a real peace treaty between North Korea, South Korea, and the US with guarantees for peace and trade.

The US and South Korean governments utterly refuse to negotiate in good will here, and this is the only thing which will resolve the issue, other than war with North Korea, which will certainly mean war with China.

War with China right now would be the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government and military could do right now; unfortunately, that is utterly no guarantee that the US government won't just haul off and do it.

Jan 25 16:18

Phony North Korean Threat to America

Pyongyang long sought normalized relations with America and other Western nations. Washington wanting adversarial relations maintained prevents it.

A previous article explained why North Korea wants nukes. It fears America for good reason. It knows it wages endless imperial wars, raping one country after another.

Jan 23 13:13

NORTH KOREA INVENTS HANGOVER FREE ALCOHOL

Jan 20 07:47

THE 21st CENTURY: AN ERA OF FRAUD

In the last years of the 20th century fraud entered US foreign policy in a new way. On false pretenses Washington dismantled Yugoslavia and Serbia in order to advance an undeclared agenda. In the 21st century this fraud multiplied many times. Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Libya were destroyed, and Iran and Syria would also have been destroyed if the President of Russia had not prevented it.

Jan 16 10:22

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsNorth Korea Would End Nuclear Testing for Peace Treaty, End to US Military Drills

North Korea’s official news agency today issued a statement reiterating the nation’s willingness to suspend all nuclear testing in return for a peace treaty to end the Korean War, and the cessation of US military exercises aimed at them.

Tensions have been rising since North Korea tested another atomic weapon earlier this month, the fourth such test the nation has performed. They claimed it was a hydrogen bomb, though experts agree it was almost certainly not.

The State Department immediately spurned the latest proposal, saying the military exercises would continue because the US has “commitments” to South Korea to keep having them. The annual military exercises have fueled annual tensions with North Korea, tending to end in mid-Spring.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have been saying this for years.

The US government, however, must feel it is in its interests to avoid a true peace process,and continue its threatening stance toward North Korea.

Such a stance is great for the potential of war, and all the money the military industrial complex makes from war; it is not, however, great for the present and future Americans who wind up paying the price, in blood and money, to fight that war.

Why is logic the most impossible thing to embrace for the US government?!?! Sometimes, that inability just boggles the minds of thinking people.

Jan 13 13:09

B-52s Over Korea: Blatant display of bully-boy tactics

Why did the US fly a B-52 over South Korea yesterday? Was it a sign of superiority…or insecurity? North Korea tested some sort of nuclear device last week and the fly-over was part of a multi-pronged US response to the test.

Jan 13 04:31

S Korea Fires Warning Shots at N Korean Drone in Demilitarized Zone

South Korea’s military fired warning shots at a North Korean drone which flew near the border between the two states on Wednesday, local media reported. According to the Yonhap news agency, the drone then turned back north. The incident reportedly occurred at South Korea’s Dorasan observation post in the western part of the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

Jan 12 09:15

US Troops in South Korea Placed on ‘Highest Alert’

The US commander for troops in Korea has placed his 28,500 troops on the “highest-level” alert possible, a move that his statement said would be a long-term one because of planned spring military exercises in South Korea.

Those joint exercises are scheduled to begin in late February, and annually fuel a few weeks of soaring tensions with North Korea, and a lot of talk of war on all sides. Inevitably, however, planting season forces North Korea to send its troops back to the farms, and the situation calms until the next year.

The early raising of the alert level, of course, centers on North Korea’s test of an atomic weapon last week, which they claimed was a hydrogen bomb but is now virtually unanimously agreed to be an ordinary atomic weapon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to both the US's President Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye; this nasty stunt, on the part of Kim Jung Un, was simply to remind both countries that his ultimate goal is that of replacing the Armistice, which is simply a cessation of war, with an actual peace treaty, with guarantees about trade, and the safety of his country from military attack by either the US or South Korea.

The raising of the alert level now sends absolutely the wrong signal, as though both countries are baiting North Korea for a military conflict.

And BTW, China's President Xi Jinping: would your negotiators please get back to Pyongyang, and urge Kim Jong Un to get back to the negotiating table with South Korea and the US?!?

You appear to me to be both a pragmatic and very intelligent man; with the financial turmoils your country has recently experienced, the last think you need right now is to be dragged into a military conflict because the head of your client State, North Korea, is not listening to a thing you are saying.

Jan 11 11:48

Expert: Armed conflict on Korean peninsula unlikely but may 'start by error'

This new episode is not quite new or unusual either, the expert said. This happened many times before and the response from South Korea and the United States was the same, he added. "I don’t think that anyone is now ready for a real military conflict and that the situation may deteriorate to an extent that shooting will begin. However, a military conflict may start by error as the nerves of all the sides are strained. In particular, South Korea’s decision to resume broadcasts may do the evil service of a grenade ignitor. If North Koreans try to fire at South Korean loudspeakers and the latter respond, then the situation may deteriorate seriously. But I don’t expect a full-blown conflict because no one is interested in it and no one is ready for it. For Americans, such all-out war would mean big losses both for themselves and among the South Korean population and for North Korea this would signify complete destruction of their country.

Jan 11 10:19

South Korean Defense Minister Urges to Boost Missile Readiness

Defense Ministers Han Min-goo has called on the military's missile command to boost missile readiness in order to be able to quickly retaliate in case of North Korean provocations, local media reported.

Jan 11 09:49

U.S. Troops Put On Highest Alert For Any North Korea Provocation

The commander of the U.N. Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea made the order during a visit to the Osan Air Base.

U.S. forces in South Korea were put on their highest level of alert on Monday in case of any provocation from North Korea, following North Korea's nuclear test last week.

Curtis Scaparrotti, Commander, U.N. Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea (USFK), made the order during a visit to the Osan Air Base, operated jointly by the United States and South Korea, a USFK official said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly don't think there will be any more "provocations" on the North Korean side here.

What Kim Jung Un wants here is a real peace treaty to replace the armistice, which is is simply a cessation of war, which has been in place for far too many years.

Serious, good faith negotiations on the part of the US, China, and South Korea could end North Korea's nuclear ambitions in a heartbeat; but of course, because this is a logical step, you can bet your sweet bippy that the US is not even going to entertain such a move.

Jan 10 09:55

U.S. Flies B-52 Bomber Over South Korea In Show Of Force Against North Korea

The United States deployed a B-52 bomber on a low-level flight over its ally South Korea on Sunday, a show of force following North Korea's nuclear test last week.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un maintained that Wednesday's test was of a hydrogen bomb and said it was a self-defensive step against a U.S. threat of nuclear war.
North Korea's fourth nuclear test angered both China, its main ally, and the United States, although the U.S. government and weapons experts doubt the North's claim that the device was a hydrogen bomb.
The massive B-52, based in Guam and capable of carrying nuclear weapons, could be seen in a low flight over Osan Air Base at around noon (0300 GMT). It was flanked by two fighter planes, a U.S. F-16 and a South Korean F-15, before returning to Guam, the U.S. military said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This flyover was not only a message to North Korea; it was also, primarily, a message to China to yank North Korea's leash over this kind of activity.

Jan 10 03:17

US Transfers Strategic Bomber to South Korea After DPRK Nuclear Test

The bomber transferred from the US military base of Guam in the Pacific Ocean and entered the South Korean airspace in the area of Osan in the Gyeonggi Province.
Korean Air Launches $333.5Mln-Worth Mass Production of Spy Drones http://sputniknews.com/military/20160110/1032890581/korea-spy-drones.html

Jan 08 12:15

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsWhy Is North Korea Our Problem?

For Xi Jinping, it has been a rough week.

Panicked flight from China’s currency twice caused a plunge of 7 percent in her stock market, forcing a suspension of trading.

Kim Jong Un, the megalomaniac who runs North Korea, ignored Xi’s warning and set off a fourth nuclear bomb. While probably not a hydrogen bomb as claimed, it was the largest blast ever in Korea.

And if Pyongyang continues building and testing nuclear bombs, Beijing is going to wake up one day and find that its neighbors, South Korea and Japan, have also acquired nuclear weapons as deterrents to North Korea.

And should Japan and South Korea do so, Taiwan, Vietnam and Manila, all bullied by Beijing, may also be in the market for nukes.

Hence, if Beijing refuses to cooperate to de-nuclearize North Korea, she could find herself, a decade hence, surrounded by nuclear weapons states, from Russia to India and from Pakistan to Japan.

Jan 08 09:30

U.S. Prods China on North Korea, Saying Soft Approach Has Failed

In a striking public rebuke of China, Secretary of State John Kerry warned Beijing on Thursday that its effort to rein in North Korea had been a failure and that something had to change in its handling of the isolated country it has supported for the past six decades.

“China had a particular approach that it wanted to make, and we agreed and respected to give them space to be able to implement that,” Mr. Kerry said a day after North Korea’s latest nuclear test, after a phone call with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi. “Today in my conversation with the Chinese I made it clear: That has not worked, and we cannot continue business as usual.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: The White House is desperate for a bloody war on which to blame the coming economic crash and doesn't care who that war is with any more!

Jan 07 16:26

To End North Korea’s Nuclear Program, End the Korean War

North Korea announced recently that it had successfully detonated its first hydrogen bomb. “This test is a measure for self-defense,” state media announced, “to firmly protect the sovereignty of the country and the vital right of the nation from the ever-growing nuclear threat and blackmail by the U.S.-led hostile forces.”

Jan 07 10:01

South Korea to restart propaganda loudspeakers on North's border

South Korea says it will restart propaganda loudspeaker broadcasts along the border with the North, following Pyongyang's claimed hydrogen bomb test.

Jan 06 15:33

Unedited Footage of Underground Nuclear Bomb Blast

OK everybody (who cares), THIS is how underground nuclear test explosions look. Like just about everything else the corporate media broadcasts, the intended-to-be frightening video of the mushroom cloud in North Korea is a hoax.

Jan 06 15:26

North Korea's 'Hydrogen Bomb' Test Was Only Partly Successful

First size estimates from seismic data measured by China and others say that the bomb developed a force equivalent to about 10 kilotons TNT. The very exited DPRK TV anchor announced that its scientist exploded a "miniaturized H bomb". The English announcement says it "scientifically verified the power of smaller H bomb." A hydrogen bomb consist of two stages. A primary nuclear fission device is exploded to trigger a secondary nuclear fusion device consisting of hydrogen isotopes. Such bombs are very powerful and the rather low yield of roughly 10kt make it quite doubtful that this was an actual working H bomb as these are usually several magnitudes stronger...

Jan 06 14:33

N. Korea Claims Successful Hydrogen Bomb Launch; Un Meets to Decide World Response

Considering that North Korea is a lukewarm threat at best, and everything they do is terror theater, one has to wonder what else is going on worldwide right now that we should be paying attention to instead while this news continues to suck up all the headlines like a mutant vacuum cleaner.

Jan 06 12:30

UN Security Council working on resolution in response to N. Korea nuclear test

The UN Security Council is immediately launching work on the resolution detailing measures in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear test, Uruguay's UN Ambassador Elbio Rosselli, current president of the Security Council, has said. The diplomat has condemned the test calling it a "serious violation" of the UN Security Council’s resolutions that ban Pyongyang from carrying out any activity linked to developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Rosselli reminded that after the underground nuclear test conducted by North Korea in 2013, the UN Security Council agreed to adopt retaliatory measures in case of repeated tests.

Jan 06 12:18

North Korea HYDROGEN BOMB blast creates Man Made M5.2 Earthquake

Jan 06 10:52

NORTH KOREA SAYS IT TESTED H-BOMB, THOUGH ADVANCE DOUBTED

Soon after the ground shook around its nuclear testing facility, North Korea trumpeted its first hydrogen bomb test - a powerful, self-proclaimed "H-bomb of justice" that would mark a major and unanticipated advance for its still-limited nuclear arsenal.

Pyongyang's announcement Wednesday was met with widespread skepticism, but whatever the North detonated in its fourth nuclear test, another round of tough international sanctions looms for the defiant, impoverished country.

Jan 06 10:08

NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR BLACKMAIL

North Korea says it has successfully carried out its first underground test of a hydrogen bomb – a more powerful weapon than an atomic bomb.

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Jan 06 08:55

Is North Korea LYING about successful hydrogen bomb test? Experts pour scorn on Kim Jong-un's claims, saying the explosion was nowhere near powerful enough

Nuclear experts have cast serious doubts on North Korea's claims that it had detonated a hydrogen bomb, saying the resulting seismic activity suggested a far smaller device.

The hermit nation crowed on state TV that it had carried out a 'perfect' H-bomb test this morning, an explosion that triggered a 5.1-magnitude earthquake.

But scientists and intelligence agencies were quick to dismiss the report, saying the size of the blast was too small to have come from such a weapon and was likely disguised to appear like one.

As opposed to the atomic bomb, like the one dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, a hydrogen device can be up to 1,000 times more powerful.

However, South Korea's spy agency said the blast from North Korea's device produced an explosive yield of just six kilotons, even smaller than Hiroshima's.

Dec 31 12:39

Japan and South Korea: A New Beginning?

Japan and South Korea have very close alliances with the United States. They also have had diplomatic relations with each other for 50 years, not to mention considerable trade back and forth during that time. At a popular level, many Japanese are wild about Korean bulgogi and soap operas while many Koreans love Japanese sushi and anime. That doesn’t mean, however, that the two countries are particularly close. For decades, the legacy of Japanese colonialism and wartime conduct has remained a major stumbling block to improved relations.

Dec 28 10:14

Hillary Clinton Touts Overthrow of Gadhafi, but Doesn’t Mention That Clinton Foundation Donors Did Big Business in Tyrant’s Libya

On Saturday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton again justified the 2011 U.S. policy of regime change in Libya, citing, at least in part, the fact that dictator Moammar Gadhafi had killed Americans.

“We have to continue to do what is necessary when someone like Gadhafi, a despot with American blood on his hands, is overturned,” Clinton said during the weekend’s Democratic presidential debate in Manchester, New Hampshire. “But I’ll tell you what would have happened if we had not joined with our European partners and our Arab partners to assist the people in Libya, you would be looking at Syria.”

But early in the administration, Clinton had championed an allegiance with the Libyan regime under Gadhafi, during a time when some of the major U.S. corporations doing business in Libya were also donating heavy sums to the Clinton Foundation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Do not for a moment imagine that this "pay to play" mentality will suddenly leave her consciousness, if she is able to win (or steal) the election; it will simply continue, unabated. For her and Bill Clinton, inhabiting the White House is simply another way to make millions of dollars through her foundation, and the public be damned.

And this is why we have to bring her past behaviour to the unblinking gaze of documented fact, because, if in fact, past is prologue to the future, we can expect massive international interventionism from a second Clinton presidency.

And has anyone out there had the "male attributes" to ask her if the current post-Ghadaffi situation in Libya, which has been rife with civil war since 2011; whose leadership has been badly factionalised and has just this month created a basis for a national unity government, was the outcome she desired when she green-lit Ghadaffi's assassination?!?

And what about the reality that Libya has become a
second home to ISIS?!?

Because if all I have stated here were not the outcomes Clinton desired as Secretary of State, and were simply "unintended consequences" of her policies here, please consider Libya a thoroughly terrifying, but very real, "prequel" to what a Clinton presidency will look like.

Dec 26 17:10

The Anthrax Files: US Forces Conducted Multiple Secret Anthrax Experiments in South Korea

By Janet Phelan

The initial admission by the Department of Defense that one sample of live anthrax was inadvertently sent to Osan Air Base in South Korea has now been revealed to be grossly inaccurate...

Dec 19 09:07

Experts Suggest the CIA, Not Kim Jong-il, is Counterfeiting Dollars

“Sources allege that the CIA prints the falsified ‘Supernotes’ at a secret facility near Washington to fund covert operations without Congressional oversight.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why not? The CIA runs smuggles drugs into America to fund covert operations without Congressional oversight. Nothing is off limits for the CIA.

Dec 11 10:58

ISRAEL SHIPPED $400K IN GOLD TO NORTH KOREA DESPITE UN BAN

Israel shipped in recent years $400,000 in gold to North Korea in defiance of a UN ban, it emerged in a hearing of the Knesset Economics Committee on Wednesday.
Israel was required to give explanations for the exports.

The committee approved Wednesday the import and export order regarding the regulation of export goods to North Korea and forbidding luxury exports, as per UN Security Council Resolution 1718, adopted in 2006.

Committee chairman Eitan Cabel (Zionist Union) criticized the delay in submitting the order for committee approval.

A representative of the Economy Ministry’s legal department, Dalit Rennert, presented the order and said it would allow supervision of exports to North Korea and set that the export will be allowed only with a license. Likewise, the order sets a list of luxury products banned from exports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why did Israel do this?!?

Because the Israeli government of the country believes it can do anything it wants with impunity, and is above the law, including international law, and was surprised when it got caught doing this.

But the question must be asked of a nation which, some years back, attempted to sell nuclear weapons and technology to apartheid South Africa: if they are willing to sell gold to North Korea, in spite of a UN ban to do so, what else are they willing to sell, if they believe they will get a nice price for it?!?

Dec 10 13:04

ISRAEL SHIPPED $400K IN GOLD TO NORTH KOREA DESPITE UN BAN

Israel shipped in recent years $400,000 in gold to North Korea in defiance of a UN ban, it emerged in a hearing of the Knesset Economics Committee on Wednesday. Israel was required to give explanations for the exports. The committee approved Wednesday the import and export order regarding the regulation of export goods to North Korea and forbidding luxury exports, as per UN Security Council Resolution 1718, adopted in 2006.

Nov 24 08:12

The Obama Administration and the Anonymity of Jewish Death

It had been years since I descended into the dark and depressing literature of the Holocaust, a netherworld that demands a capacity to anesthetize one’s emotions while permitting the various facets of its complex meanings and symbols to penetrate the mind.
Note: More holocau$t lies and if you don't believe them you go to jail! When will this end...when you say it ends!

Nov 16 10:35

South Korea police clash with 70,000 protesters at anti-government Seoul rally

The rally united the supporters of various labor, agricultural and civil organizations protesting the government's drive to change labor laws, open protected markets for some agricultural goods and impose state-issued school textbooks in 2017.

The proposed labor laws would allow companies to keep wages low and fire workers and activists, according to the militant Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU).

Earlier on Saturday, KCTU activists scuffled with scores of plainclothes policemen who tried to arrest the confederation's president, Han Sang-goon, during a news conference.

"If lawmakers try to pass the (government's) bill that will make labor conditions worse, we will respond with a general strike, and that will probably be in early December," said Han, minutes before fleeing, while his colleagues prevented the police from getting to him
.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

70,000 protesters...and not even one brief mention by Western whorespondents?!?

Nov 13 13:24

Russian military delegation, North Korean defense minister discuss army cooperation

The Russian military delegation and North Korean Defense Minister Pak Yong Sik have discussed at a meeting in Pyongyang the ways to develop cooperation between the armies of the two countries... During the visit, Russians commemorated Soviet soldiers at the "Liberation" monument in the North Korean capital. Honor Guard were called to perform their duties at the monument with inscription "Eternal glory to Great Soviet Army that freed Korean people from burden of Japanese militarists and opened path toward freedom and independence".
Seoul ready for ‘any form of dialogue’ with Pyongyang — South Korean president http://tass.ru/en/world/836040

Nov 10 17:55

35 Countries Where the U.S. Has Supported Fascists, Drug Lords and Terrorists

The U.S. is backing Ukraine's extreme right-wing Svoboda party and violent neo-Nazis whose armed uprising paved the way for a Western-backed coup. Events in the Ukraine are giving us another glimpse through the looking-glass of U.S. propaganda wars against fascism, drugs and terrorism. The ugly reality behind the mirror is that the U.S. government has a long and unbroken record of working with fascists, dictators, druglords and state sponsors of terrorism in every region of the world in its elusive but relentless quest for unchallenged global power.
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Behind a firewall of impunity and protection from the State Department and the CIA, U.S. clients and puppets have engaged in the worst crimes known to man, from murder and torture to coups and genocide. The trail of blood from this carnage and chaos leads directly back to the steps of the U.S. Capitol and the White House.

Nov 10 17:44

FLASHBACK: Al Qaeda and the “War on Terrorism”

Not to worry. Cause they are back. Those pesky Russkies are are enemy once again. Moderate terrorists are our friends!Orwell must be rolling in his grave.

One of the main objectives of war propaganda is to “fabricate an enemy”. The “outside enemy” personified by Osama bin Laden is “threatening America”.

Pre-emptive war directed against “Islamic terrorists” is required to defend the Homeland. Realities are turned upside down. America is under attack.

In the wake of 9/11, the creation of this “outside enemy” has served to obfuscate the real economic and strategic objectives behind the war in the Middle East and Central Asia. Waged on the grounds of self-defense, the pre-emptive war is upheld as a “just war” with a humanitarian mandate.

Nov 10 10:13

Source: Russian military delegation in Pyongyang to start talks with North Korean command

The Russian military delegation, which is headed by First Deputy Chief of Russia’s General Staff Nikolay Bogdanovsky, will stay in North Korea until November 13. The talks with the command of the Korean People’s Army will start on Wednesday, the source said, without specifying the subject matter of negotiations...

Nov 05 15:18

The “War On Terror” Is The Hoax Foundation Of The Police/Spy State — Paul Craig Roberts

The “war on terror” was a hoax. Americans were deceived by policymakers, who are pursuing a hegemonic agenda. The American people were too trusting and too gullible and, consequently, Americans were easily betrayed by Washington and by the presstitute media.

The consequences of the deceit, gullibility, and betrayal are horrendous for Americans, for millions of peoples in the Middle East, Africa, Ukraine, and for Washington’s European vassals.

The consequences for Americans are an aborted Constitution, a police/spy state and rising resentment and hatred of America around the world.

The consequences for peoples in Somolia, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Syria, Palestine, and Ukraine have been massive deaths and dislocations, infrastructure destruction, internal conflicts, birth defects, invasions, bombings, drones. Millions of peoples have been murdered by Washington’s pursuit of hegemony, and millions have been turned into refugees.

Oct 29 11:06

Russia buzzes US carrier

Earlier this week, Russian aircraft ignored repeated U.S. warnings and flew within one nautical mile of the USS Ronald Reagan just east of the Korean peninsula, Stars and Stripes reports this morning.

Oct 27 12:27

Disgust at Walmart’s Israeli soldier costume for kids

Mstrong>Walmart’s Israeli soldier’s costume for children shows insensitivity to victims and survivors of war crimes.

Oct 22 09:56

The ‘Six Million’ Myth

The obsessive invocation of the cabalistic fable of “6,000,000 dead or dying Jews” dating back at least four decades prior to the events of WWII directly undermines and betrays the notion that 6,000,000 Jews perished in Europe between 1939-1945, as Jews have claimed. It was a lie the first time, and it is a lie today!

Webmaster addition: One of the main reason to question the "six million" figure of WW2 is that it was also used during WW1!


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Oct 19 12:41

North Korea rejects more nuclear talks, demands peace treaty with U.S.

North Korea on Saturday rejected the idea of resuming talks to end its nuclear program, saying previous such attempts ended in failure, and reiterated its demand that Washington come to the table to negotiate a peace treaty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We can;t do that! We need to start a war with North Korea so we can justify war with the Yuan ... I mean, with China!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 19 11:58

Government of South Korea and Samsung Developing Robots to Manufacture Consumer Electronics

South Korea’s government said Monday that it will join forces with Samsung Electronics Co. to develop precision manufacturing robots that could open new horizons for the local manufacturing sector.

The plan calls for 16.75 billion won ($14.8 million) worth of taxpayers’ money to be invested in the next three years to develop key components that can allow more robotic parts to be made in the country and lower overall prices of industrial machines, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said.

Developed robots can be used to make small products like mobile phones and consumer electronic products that require a high degree of precision, it said, adding all technology developed will be used to assist small and medium-sized robotics companies.

Oct 11 19:45

Updated Map of Syria.

If you are having a hard time working out who is where in Syria, the linked map at Wiki seems to be accurate and being updated regularly.
It's large and detailed. You can check Maddog McCain's facts on who is getting bombed and indeed it is his buddies Alnusra/Alqueda.

In this video a heavily sedated disorientated old man can't come to terms with reality. He admits to arming Islamists in Afghanistan and wants to arm ISIS to fight the Russians. The last minute decends into meaningless waffle.

Oct 08 09:57

U.S. says ready to defend against North Korean nuclear threat

The U.S. government believes North Korea has the capability to launch a nuclear weapon against the U.S. homeland and stands ready to defend against any such attacks, a high-level U.S. military official said on Wednesday.

Admiral Bill Gortney, commander of U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, said he agreed with U.S. intelligence assessments that North Korea had nuclear weapons, as well as the ability to miniaturize them and put them on a rocket that could reach the United States.

"We assess that they have the capability to reach the homeland with a nuclear weapon from a rocket," Gortney told an event hosted by the Atlantic Council think tank.

Gortney said it was very difficult to predict the behavior of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but the U.S. military was prepared to respond if he were to use a nuclear weapon.

"We’re ready for him, and we’re ready 24 hours a day if he should be dumb enough to shoot something at us," Gortney said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Commander Gortney, I have a couple of of questions for you.

And the first is, which in the name of heaven would Kim Jong Un do something which he knows will result in North Korea's being turned into a sea of molten glass, courtesy of the US's military response to such an attack?!? Is the guy REALLY this batshit crazy?!?

And secondly, have North Korea's guidance systems evolved to such a point that they can actually hit the target at which they are aiming?!?

You are not helping the American people with this fearmongering, Commander.

You and I both know that what Kim Jung Un wants; a peace treaty to replace the armistice, negotiated in good faith with the US, guaranteeing the right to commerce.

We've just normalized relations with Cuba, and have been doing business with Vietnam for some time, sir; why not North Korea?!? Do you not believe that such a treaty will not rachet down the tensions here?!?

Oct 08 08:22

America Pivots to Brzezinski’s Delusion of Eurasian Conquest

Russia historian Stephen Cohen points to the neoconservative establishment for America's latest outbreak of what can only be referred to as late-stage imperial dementia. Neocons Robert Kagan and wife Victoria Nuland have certainly done the heavy lifting to make Ukraine the staging ground for what appears to be a NATO blitzkrieg on Moscow. But whatever the determination of the neocon plot, they are only the barking dogs of master imperialist Zbigniew Brzezinski, whose grand design has been creeping over the globe since he stepped into the Oval office as National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter in 1977.

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For you Doctor Who fans, have you noticed how much Zbigniew Brzezinski looks (and acts) like Davros? :)

Oct 02 06:18

Russia Bombs ISIS

The US Military by constant violations of their oath of office have become a totally discredited institution that is nothing more than an enforcer and collection agency for private banks and corporations.All Wars Are Bankers Wars,which makes the Joint Chiefs of Staff nothing more than Banker's Whores.
I am Disgusted and Ashamed!

After announcing it would conduct aerial operations in Syria, Russian warplanes struck Islamic State targets straightaway – in contrast to Washington’s campaign, attacking Syrian and Iraqi infrastructure targets, supporting its Islamic State foot soldiers on the ground.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hfEBupAeo4

Sep 17 10:19

Moscow concerned over possible rocket launch in North Korea — Foreign Ministry

"We have concerns over the possibility of a new rocket launch and North Korea’s ongoing work to create a nuclear weapon banned under relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council," Zakharova said.
"We hope all parties concerned will exercise maximum restraint and responsibility to prevent escalation of the situation in Northeast Asia," Zakharova added. She stressed that the resolution of the nuclear and other problems of the Korean peninsula by political and diplomatic means had no alternative.

Sep 15 14:19

BEX ALERT - CIA chief Brennan: U.S. watching for nuclear cooperation between Iran, North Korea

The head of the CIA said Tuesday that U.S. intelligence officials are wary that Iran may attempt to violate this summer’s nuclear accord by outsourcing elements of its clandestine nuclear program to another rogue state such as North Korea, or by colluding with Pyongyang toward the secret purchase and transfer of nuclear weapons to Tehran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember when they tried to explain away not finding nuclear weapons in Iraq by claiming Saddam sent them to Syria?

Sep 10 11:43

Peace had a short run: Seoul renews military operations on North Korean border

Despite reached armistice agreements, South Korea intents to renew military operations on the border of demilitarized zone with the North. The South Korean Ministry of Defence explained this fact with more frequent provocations from the DPRK. "South Korea plans to renew its military posture by taking into account the North's land-mine provocations and the outcome of joint military drills between Seoul and Washington. In particular, the South plans to draw up measures to conduct aggressive military operations at the DMZ," the Ministry reported.

Sep 10 10:06

FLASHBACK - So You Think Military Intervention is a Good Idea?

Well, if you really feel that strongly about it..

Here's your rifle..

Here's your parachute..

We ran out of the desert camo, but here is a bright day-glo orange jumpsuit left over from Gitmo..

Watch your head climbing into that transport plane..

And we'll call whoever it is you are telling us needs to be invaded this week and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But given the very long history of the United States government and the corporate media lying and tricking us into wars, you will forgive We The People if we sit this one out and keep our children safe at home.

And just in case you are one of those poor government or media people who are not as well educated in history as the average American citizen, here is a comprehensive but by no means complete list of just how many times We The People have been made total fools of by the US Government and the corporate media.

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Sep 09 05:07

AMERICAN FALSE FLAGS THAT STARTED WARS

This is a tried-and-true method in the U.S. of getting wars started: Tell lies about some situation that can be construed as a threat to U.S. security (or in this case, Israel’s national security, which seems to be threatened by just about everything), get the populace riled up with jingoistic fervor, watch pompous politicians proclaim their great patriotism on the evening news, and then go bomb some country or other.

The U.S. again gets to flex its international muscle, the citizenry is, for some bizarre reason, proud of the destruction the country has caused, the weapons manufacturers spend all their time tallying their astronomical profits, and all is once again right in the twisted world of U.S. governance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lying to get this country into war is standard operating procedure from DC; this is why one cannot believe anything this government says, anymore, because its credibility no longer exists.

In the onslaught of the propagandized demonization of Iran, China, the Syrian leadership, and Russia, one has to be very careful, and check the facts for yourselves; the only thing you will get from the US government is yet another pack of lies to sell you yet another war.

And please remember; Charlie Rangel's bill to reinstate the draft is still sitting in the House Armed Services Committee, and has been for the last two years. This does not happen by accident.

And this time, this legislation will not be coming just for our young men, but also our young women.

Congressman Charles B. Rangel introduced legislation on Friday that would reintroduce the draft and would require all women to register for the Selective Service. These two bills aim to challenge the decisions that are made to send our troops into harm's way. Ten years ago on February 15, 2003, fifteen million people across 800 cities protested the invasion of Iraq, making it the largest antiwar rally in history. "Now that women can serve in combat they should register for the Selective Service alongside their male counterparts," said Rangel. "Reinstating the draft and requiring women to register for the Selective Service would compel the American public to have a stake in the wars we fight as a nation. We must question why and how we go to war, and who decides to send our men and women into harm's way."http://rangel.house.gov/press-release/rangel-introduce-legislation-reinstating-draft-and-requiring-women-register-selective

Sep 06 08:02

U.S. Drops Fleas With Bubonic Plague on North Korea

This happened some 63 years ago, but as the U.S. government has never stopped lying about it, and it's generally known only outside the United States, I'm going to treat it as news. Here in our little U.S. bubble we've heard of a couple versions of a film called The Manchurian Candidate. We've heard of the general concept of "brainwashing" and may even associate it with something evil that the Chinese supposedly did to U.S. prisoners during the Korean War. And I'd be willing to bet that the majority of people who've heard of these things have at least a vague sense that they're bullshit.

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