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Jul 25 09:23

S. Korea and THAAD

Jul 22 18:36

North Korea makes extraordinary claim about Theresa May

NUCLEAR North Korea has accused Theresa May of misleading the British public over the threat the pariah state's atomic arsenal poses to the UK.

In an extraordinary intervention in the debate over the renewal of Britain's Trident nuclear weapons deterrent, North Korea's foreign ministry claimed it was "illogical" to suggest Kim Jong-Un's stockpile would be aimed at the UK.

A spokesman said: "It is illogical that the DPRK's nuclear weapons pose a threat to the UK.

"It is a pity that the UK makes an excuse for the building of [nuclear submarines] by finding fault with the DPRK, thousands [of] kilometres away from it."

Jul 22 10:38

Is Korean War Possible?

Today, the Korean peninsula is one of the most militarized places on the entire planet. It is here where the interests of large powers like the US, China, and Russia intersect. The range of forces that could be deployed in a possible conflict (within a fairly limited space on a rough terrain) is truly impressive. Yet, the prospects of a large military conflict are doubtful. Chances of an easy victory are too small for all potential parties. But if such a confrontation does take place, what would be the outcome of a second Korean war: a rapid blitzkrieg or a trench war massacre?..

Jul 18 20:06

North Korea launches three ballistic missiles in response to US defence system

North Korea fired three ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan early on Tuesday morning, the latest riposte against the decision by Washington to deploy a missile defence system in South Korea.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the weapons were Scud-type missiles, with a range of up to 360 miles, enabling them to strike targets anywhere in South Korea.

Jul 15 10:38

The US-Led Militarization of Southeast Asia. China, Russia, North Korea and Iran Are Targets in Pentagon World War III Scenarios

There are two central issues, Professor Chossudovsky explained. “One is the fact that the United States has a project to militarize the Asia Pacific region, specifically threatening China. The other issue is …the [territorial] disputes between China, the Philippines, Vietnam, etc.”

The second issue, according to the analyst, would be much easier to resolve if it weren’t for US involvement, which is using the territorial disputes as part of its so-called ‘pivot to Asia’, “essentially preventing these countries from reaching negotiations, and building a situation of crisis within the Asia-Pacific region.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully apparent that the folks in Foggy Bottom (DC) have collectively lost their reality license, to believe that they can simultaneously take on all of these countries.

China will come to the aid of North Korea; and Russia will come to the aid of Iran, if attacked; and China will come to the aid of Russia if attacked, and the converse will be true as well.

And the aspect to all of this which is completely confounding is, how do the players at the Pentagon, State Department, and White House believe that there can be a successful outcome to these wars, when the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure that successful outcome?!?

This is utter madness, writ large; and unfortunately, just because something the US government could do would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing it could do, is utterly no guarantee that it will not do just that.

The US government's weapons procurement system is absolutely incestuous, because those same corporations wanting weapons and systems contracts support the candidacies of those Representatives in Congress, overtly and covertly, who green light them.

The resulting products are, far too frequently, weapons which under-perform; are hideously expensive, and late, and incapable of keeping up with strides made by weapons developers in countries like China and Russia.

Please understand; I hate war as a method of resolving geopolitical disputes.

Having said that, however, when weapons are deployed in conflict, I want them to work beyond the expectations of our military personnel.

Jul 15 06:06

South Koreans Throw Bottles at Prime Minister in Protest Over THAAD

Residents of South Korea’s Seongju threw bottles at Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on Friday in protest over Seoul stationing the US THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system in the city, local media reported.

Jul 13 12:11

China calls on US to cease THAAD deployment in South Korea

China has reaffirmed its strong opposition to the US deployment of an advanced missile system in neighboring South Korea, warning that Beijing would take necessary steps to protect its interests.

Jul 13 12:10

North Korea test-fires short range ballistic missile: Seoul’s military

North Korea has reportedly test-fired a short-range ballistic missile a day after Seoul and Washington reached a controversial agreement on the deployment of an advanced US missile system to the Korean Peninsula.

Jul 13 11:14

Thousands of S. Koreans protest US missile defense system as Seoul announces location

South Korea’s military has announced the location of its THAAD anti-missile defense system, intended to deter threats from North Korea. The plan, which greatly angered regional powers, has led thousands of Koreans on to the streets in protest.
Seoul and Washington say the system is intended to both counter threats in the region and defend US troops stationed there. It forms the core element of the America’s multilayered defense program. But the local residents fear it will lead to deteriorating health and will negatively impact the agricultural economy. The system’s high-powered radar has been linked to infertility and cancer, according to local rumors, which the government dismissed as “baseless.”

Jul 11 19:45

North Korea closes only communication channel with U.S.

North Korea said Monday it has decided to close its only direct diplomatic link with Washington, a move made days after the United States slapped sanctions on the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, and other officials over human rights abuses.

Pyongyang and Washington do not have formal diplomatic relations, but North Korea's mission to the United Nations in New York has acted as the main communication conduit between the two countries.

Now it will deal with "DPRK-US relations under the wartime law of the DPRK," according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korea's state-run news agency.

Jul 11 07:09

“The Doomsday Forum”: Senior Military, Nuclear Weapons Officials Convene… America’s “$1 Trillion Nuclear Weapons Plan”. Take out Russia, Iran and North Korea?

On June 21, 250 top military brass, military planners, corporate military-industrial ”defense” contractors, top officials and scientists from the nuclear weapons laboratories as well as prominent academics gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico to discuss, debate and promote the Pentagon’s One Trillion Dollar Nuclear Weapons program.

Russia is allegedly “threatening the Western World”. The objective is to develop the pre-emptive use of nuclear weapons (i.e. nuclear war as a means of self-defense).

The event organized by “The Strategic Deterrent Coalition” (a non profit organization) was funded by Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Orbital ATK, BAE Systems among other generous donors.

Jul 10 18:01

Now SOUTH KOREA wants British free trade deal as UK ministers struggle to cope with demand

SOUTH KOREA has joined the race to tie-up a major free trade deal with the UK in the wake of its exit from the European Union.

Jul 08 10:29

U.S. Helps Deploy Anti-Missile System In South Korea

South Korea and the United States said on Friday they would deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea to counter a threat from North Korea, drawing a sharp and swift protest from neighboring China.

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, anti-missile system will be used only as protection against North Korea’s growing nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities, the South’s Defence Ministry and the U.S. Defence Department said in a joint statement.

“This is an important ... decision,” General Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. forces in South Korea, said in a statement. “North Korea’s continued development of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction require the alliance to take this prudent, protective measure to bolster our ... missile defense.”

Beijing said on Friday it lodged complaints with the U.S. and South Korean ambassadors over the THAAD decision.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In this instance, China is being the adult in the room, and their leadership is entirely right to protest the presence of THAAD missiles in South Korea.

And there is the consistent problem with North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs; a guidance system which is completely non-functional. And how soon that will be remedied (and most probably, by which foreign power, like Israel, which has robust guidance system), is anyone's guess.

But Kim Jung Un will see this as an absolute threat, and will respond accordingly, which is just what DC wants to see happen.

The logical thing to do here would be to get North Korea back to the negotiating table, with China, and iron out a real peace treaty, with guarantees for trade, to replace the Armistice in place right now.

Unfortunately,logic never wins in DC when there is a potential war to wage with which to potentially knock the other guy down.

But the US government knows that any military action against North Korea means war with China; and that, scarily enough, is what they want to see happen here, to beat down the growing Chinese economy, and currency, with some kind of excuse they hope the American public will sign off on.

Jul 08 10:04

US Urges N Korea To Avoid Sparking Tensions

The United States has warned North Korea to avoid actions and statements that could increase tensions in the region, following Pyongyang’s threat of taking “toughest countermeasures” against Washington over imposing sanctions on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Jul 07 10:33

North Korea says US sanctions on Kim Jong-un are 'a declaration of WAR'

North Korea has proclaimed that the new U.S. sanctions targeting its leader Kim Jong-un amounted to a 'declaration of a war' and vowed to take strong retaliatory measures.

The move by the United States constituted 'the worst hostile act' and 'an open declaration of a war' against the North, Pyongyang's foreign ministry said in a statement, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

It comes after the U.S. announced sanctions against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for the first time on Wednesday, citing 'notorious abuses of human rights'.

Jul 01 04:56

Corbyn: Clowns to the left of him, jokers to the right

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am...

A political beacon is about to be extinguished unless he breaks with the doomed Labour Party and sets up on his own

Well I don’t know why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.
Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you,
And I’m wondering what it is I should do,
It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face,
Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place,
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right…
— Lyrics from ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’

Jul 01 04:51

Victory Is Possible – Israel Shamir

Brexit is a game-changing event. Now Euro-sceptics all over Europe has got fresh wind in their sails.

Few people expected the positive outcome of Brexit referendum. Among other doubters, I expected the UK government will borrow a trick from the Clinton collection, and proclaim the "Bremain" hath it.

The political establishment of both leading parties, the Tories and Labour, wished to remain in the cosy lap of the EC. This was the will of the Bank of England, and of the City of London; of the powerful media lords, of the creative minority of yuppies, of cosmopolitan intellectuals.

Jul 01 04:41

How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote

What you are seeing with the Brexit is the result of the Obama administrations pro-war, new Cold War policy.

With us to discuss the economic and political context of the Brexit is Michael Hudson. He is a research professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy. Also, he is an economics adviser to several governments.

Jun 29 17:08

North Korea Drill Under Personal Guidance Of Nation’s Leader Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong Un supervises aircraft, navy and artillery exercises, communicates with military officers, according to state news channel.

Jun 23 10:51

North Korea Test Necessitates Stronger US Defense: Carter

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says North Korea’s latest launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile raises the need for strong missile defenses for all the allies of Washington in the region.

Jun 22 15:09

US Condemns North Korea Missile Tests, Says Ready For 'Any Attack'

The US State Department has condemned North Korea for launching two Musudan mid-range ballistic missiles, saying the US remains “prepared” in the face of any threat.

Jun 22 01:31

North Korea conducts second launch of ballistic missile

North Korea has conducted the second launch of a ballistic missile during the day, Reuters news agency reported referring to a South Korean military source. According to the agency, North Korea carried out a second launch of medium-range missile Musudan about two hours after the first launched had failed. There have been no reports yet about whether the last launch was successful or not. The first launch of the Musudan missile took place earlier on Wednesday at 05:58 local time near Wonsan on North Korea's northeast. Japan’s Defense Ministry noted that no security threats were registered in connection with the launch of a ballistic missile, but called it a threat to the global community.
Washington wants UN Security Council to consider new missile launches in North Korea - http://tass.ru/en/world/883869

Jun 20 13:59

Trump as the ‘Relative Peace Candidate’

The danger to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton. She is no maverick. She embodies the resilience and violence of a system whose vaunted ‘exceptionalism’ is totalitarian with an occasional liberal face.”

Hillary Clinton has shown no real remorse over her support for neocon “regime changes,” aggressive wars and belligerence toward Russia, leaving the oft-obnoxious Donald Trump as the relative peace candidate, says John V. Walsh.

Let us hear from these heretics, among them William Greider, Glen Ford, John Pilger, Jean Bricmont, Stephen F. Cohen and William Blum. Their words are not to be construed as “endorsements,” but rather an acknowledgement of Trump’s anti-interventionist views, the impact those views are having and the alternative he poses to Hillary Clinton in the current electoral contest.

Jun 20 12:36

North Korea threatens to strike US bases in case of provocations

North Korea (DPRK) is ready to deliver a strike on the American bases in the region in case of provocations, a representative of the DPRK National Defense Commission (NDC) said in a statement released by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Monday. According to him, the US facilities, including the Anderson Air Force Base on Guam where B-52Hs bombers are deployed and naval bases for nuclear submarines "have long been put into the range of the Korean People’s Army precision strike"...

Jun 20 07:52

Call for a National Debate on U.S. “Regime Change” Policy

We are a group of concerned U.S. citizens currently visiting Russia with the goal of increasing understanding and reducing international tension and conflict. We are appalled by this call for direct U.S. aggression against Syria, and believe it points to the urgent need for open public debate on U.S. foreign policy.

Jun 17 09:46

North Korea Predicts War in August, Says US Planning a Preemptive Strike

The country’s foreign ministry released a statement accusing the United States of planning preemptive airstrikes and vowing to treat such an assault as an act of war.

Jun 17 05:38

South Korea Holds Sea Drills to Prepare for Pyongyang’s ‘Provocations

South Korea is conducting maritime exercises off the western coast to prepare for possible North Korean provocations, the country’s Navy said in a Thursday statement.

"We are keeping full combat readiness to swiftly respond to the enemy's possible provocations in waters off the west coast," the statement says, as quoted by the South Korean Yonhap news agency.

The three-day exercise started on Thursday and involves around 20 warships. The drills aim to prepare South Korean servicemen for North Korea’s possible crossing of the western maritime border (Northern Limit Line), the Navy said.

South Korea Welcomes US Financial Restrictions Against North Korea
In May, North Korea warned that it would open fire at any South Korean warships that trespass the maritime border following an incident involving North Korean patrol and fishing vessels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Keeping "full combat readiness" takes a very definite toll on your soldiers, and is generally not done unless a country's leadership and military intend to use those resources quickly.

One can only imagine what the South Korean government, enabled and abetted by the US, may be planning to do against North Korea, courtesy of some contrived false flag event.

Jun 12 03:57

Hillary Comes Out as the War Party Candidate

Choosing to speak in San Diego, home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, on a platform draped with 19 American flags and preceded by half an hour of military marching music, Hillary Clinton was certain of finding a friendly audience for her celebration of American “strength”, “values” and “exceptionalism”. Cheered on by a military audience, Hillary was already assuming the role to which she most ardently aspires: that of Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

As usual, she goes for the military solution, ridiculing the notion of diplomacy.

Jun 03 09:15

Trump Wins Support From North Korea

Donald Trump appears to be finding some friends in North Korea.

The presumptive U.S. Republican presidential nominee has been getting good press this week in the North’s carefully controlled media, first in an opinion piece that praised him as “wise” and full of foresight, then Wednesday in the official mouthpiece of the ruling Worker’s Party itself.

Jun 01 15:02

N Korea Backs ‘Wise Politician’ Trump, Slams ‘Dull Hillary’

An editorial published by North Korean state media is singing the praises of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, singling him out as a key figure in helping to unify the Korean peninsula.

The DPRK Today article by Han Yong Mook, a self-described Chinese North Korean scholar, labels Trump as a “wise politician” and a “far-sighted presidential candidate”.

May 30 10:04

Japan Puts Military On Alert For Possible North Korea Missile Launch

Japan put its military on alert on Monday for a possible North Korean ballistic missile firing, while South Korea also said it had detected evidence of launch preparations, officials from Japan and South Korea said.

Tension in the region has been high since North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test in January and followed that with a satellite launch and test launches of various missiles.

Japan ordered naval destroyers and anti-ballistic missile Patriot batteries to be ready to shoot down any projectile heading for Japan, Japan’s NHK state broadcaster said.

A Japanese official, who declined to be identified as he is not authorized to speak to the media, confirmed the order. A spokesmen for Japan’s defense ministry declined to comment.

A Patriot missile battery on the grounds of Japan’s Ministry of Defense had its missile tubes elevated to a firing position.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Historically,the guidance systems on North Korean missiles have performed miserably, to date.

That having been said,however, if another country, like Israel, (which was caught attempting to sell nuclear technology to then-apartheid South Africa) , sells North Korea a functional guidance system, which North Korean scientists can reverse-engineer, then all bets are off, and the region may well be headed into war.

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.

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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.

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