On March 1, the WSJ reported that the options contemplated by the White House in response to recent North Korean acts, include “the possibility of both military force and regime change to counter the country’s nuclear-weapons threat.” The review came es amid recent events have strained regional stability including last month’s launch by North Korea of a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, and the assassination of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Malaysia.
And, according to a report in Yonhap, said “regime change” may come far sooner than expected: the South Korean website writes that U.S. special operations forces, including the unit that killed Osama Bin Laden, will take part in joint military drills in South Korea “to practice incapacitating North Korean leadership in the case of conflict”, a military official said Monday.
North Korea has announced it has successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb following an “artificial seismic event” that has likely become the country’s fourth known nuclear test.
In a “special and important” announcement at noon, North Korean TV claimed that the country has successfully conducted a hydrogen bomb test at 10:00am local time.
“Through the test conducted with indigenous wisdom, technology and efforts, the DPRK fully proved that the technological specifications of the newly developed H-bomb for the purpose of [the] test were accurate and scientifically verified the power of [the] smaller H-bomb,” the statement said.
– North Korea Threatens To “Invade USA,” Use Weapons “Unknown To The World” (ZeroHedge, Aug 16, 2015):
If Washington does not cancel its planned military exercises with South Korea, North Korea has issued new nuclear threats and says it is ready to use its latest weapons, which “are unknown to the world.” The drills, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, are due to start Monday are designed to “protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean peninsula.” However, as expected Pyongyang is not happy, “If [the] United States wants their mainland to be safe,” said state TV, “then the Ulchi Freedom Guardian should stop immediately.”
The US-led exercises involve South Korea, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, New Zealand and the UK, due to take place Monday, have become an annual event for the US, South Korea and other allies, a fact that has often irked North Korea. As RT reports,
Russia’s Foreign Minister has warned his American counterpart that fresh sanctions against Moscow could damage relations between the two countries ‘for a long time’.
Sergei Lavrov made the comments to John Kerry during a phone call amid growing concerns for Russia’s crisis-hit economy.
It came as a spokesman revealed Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un to Moscow for the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in World War Two.…
– Why a Very Specific Kind of Coup May Explain Kim Jong-un’s Disappearance (Vice, Oct 10, 2014):
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has not been seen in public since September 3. And today for the first time he did not take part in the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Korean Workers Party.
Meanwhile, on October 3, three of the highest ranking officials in the country made a surprise visit to the closing ceremony of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, when they agreed with senior South Koreans to resume the inter-Korean dialogue that has been suspended for years.
If the tensions between the Koreas were to escalate into all out war, don’t expect the castrated American corporate media to mention how Kim Jong-Il grew to be such a threat in the first place – with the aid of nuclear weapons enthusiastically supplied by the U.S. government and its surrogates.
– Report: N. Korea Has Nuclear Warheads for Missiles (Washington Free beacon, May 5, 2014):
“Bottom line: if you don’t like your uncle, you can execute your uncle.”
– “Despicable Human Scum” Uncle Of Kim Jong-Un Executed For “Attempting To Overthrow The State” (ZeroHedge, Dec 12, 2013):
The good news: there are always greater banana republics out there, somewhere, if one only looks hard enough.
With some epic, if purely unwarranted, humor here is KCNA’s account:
Pyongyang, December 13 (KCNA) — Upon hearing the report on the enlarged meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the service personnel and people throughout the country broke into angry shouts that a stern judgment of the revolution should be meted out to the anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional elements. Against the backdrop of these shouts rocking the country, a special military tribunal of the DPRK Ministry of State Security was held on December 12 against traitor for all ages Jang Song Thaek.
– North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un’s powerful uncle executed (Reuters, Dec 12, 2013):
North Korea said on Friday the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un, previously considered the second most powerful man in the secretive state, has been executed for treason, the biggest upheaval since the death of Kim’s father two years ago.
The North’s official KCNA news agency said Jang Song Thaek had been executed after a special military tribunal found him guilty of treason, only days after he was stripped of all posts and expelled from the ruling Workers’ Party.
– North Korea sailors killed when ship sinks during ‘combat duties’ (Reuters, Nov 4, 2013):
At least 19 North Korean sailors were killed when a naval vessel sank during “combat duties” off the east coast last month, state media said, a rare admission by the impoverished and reclusive country.
South Korean media said the ship sank during a drill killing “scores”.
Photos released by North Korea’s KCNA state news agency showed leader Kim Jong Un laying flowers at the foot of a memorial to the dead, encircled by at least 19 graves emblazoned with the faces of the sailors.
“Submarine chaser No. 233 fell while performing combat duties in mid-October,” KCNA said.
– North Korea Sentences US Citizen To 15 Years ‘Hard Labor’ (ZeroHedge, Mai 1, 2013):
While details are somewhat sketchy of the reasons, Kenneth Bae (a US Citizen known by the Korean rendering Pae Jun-Ho and likely unrelated to this gentleman) has been sentenced to 15 years ‘hard labor’ for committing ‘hostile crimes’ against the regime. As AP notes, Bae was arrested in November after entering the China/North-Korea special economic zone city of Rason as a tourist. Of course, there could be well-reasoned facts that lead to the need for this man to serve this sentence – though it seems former-President Jimmy Carter may soon be traveling to North Korea (likely without Dennis Rodman) to seek Bae’s release. We hope this is not a temper-tantrum from the nation’s leader for not causing enough uproar with his rhetoric earlier in the month…mirroring 2009’s US-vs-North Korea standoff.
An American detained for nearly six months in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years of “compulsory labor” for unspecified crimes against the state, Pyongyang announced Thursday.
– BREAKING: N. Korea army says it has final approval for nuclear attack on US (AFP, April 3, 2013):
#BREAKING: N. Korea army says it has final approval for nuclear attack on US
— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) April 3, 2013
I guess there are many who are monitoring this situation very closely now, because of Major Ed Dames’ predictions:
YouTube Added: 24.01.2013
Former military Major in charge of remote viewing, Ed Dames, discusses predictions of coming events.
– North Korea Says It Enters “War” Against South Korea, And North Korea Kaption Kontest (ZeroHedge, March 29, 2013):
Ordinarily this would be Good Friday humor (unless we are very wrong, and it turns out to be Good Friday Global Thermonuclear War) because when one cries wolf a few too many times, this is what happens (from Yonhap):
North Korea announced Saturday that it has entered a state of war against South Korea.
In a special statement, the North said it will deal with every inter-Korean issue in a wartime manner.
– North Korea demands apology from South Korea for ‘open declaration of war’ (RT, March 10, 2013):
Recent statements by Seoul have angered Pyongyang to the extent that the latter considers them a cry for war. This follows North Korea’s nullifying all non-aggression pacts and cutting the hotline with its southern neighbor.
According to North Korea’s official news agency KCNA, Pyongyang’s senior official with the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea demanded an apology on Saturday, reacting to the South Korean Defense Ministry’s threat that North Korea “will vanish from earth”, should it choose to strike first. Pyongyang has said that it views the statement as “an open declaration of war.”
– North Korea Forces Await ‘Final Strike Order’ from Kim Jong-un (IBTimes, March 10, 2013):
South Korea vows strong response if provoked
North Korea’s armed forces are reported to be awaiting a “final order” from the country’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un before launching a campaign against South Korea.
Ahead of a ten-day joint computer-simulated drill to be conducted by the US and South Korea on 11 March, the North’s most widely circulated mouthpiece Rodong Sinmun said: “Our front-line military groups, the army, the navy and the air force, the anti-aircraft units and the strategic rocket units, who have entered the final all-out war stage, are awaiting the final order to strike.”
The mouthpiece said the North’s nuclear weapons are also in full readiness.
“Puppet regimes in the US and South Korea will be turned into a sea of fire in the blink of an eye,” said the daily, raising tensions further in the Korean peninsula.
– Uncle Jang emerges as real power in North Korea (Independent, Dec. 22, 2011):
North Korea’s anointed “Great Successor” Kim Jong-un will have to rule from under the thumb of an uncle widely regarded as “the regent” who is both coaching him on how to govern, and telling him what to do.
That is the view of South Korean analysts as Kim Jong-il lies in a glass coffin in Pyongyang and weeping mourners file by for a last glimpse of the man who ruled North Korea for 17 years before dying last Saturday.
Behind the scenes of mourning, a backstage plan to ensure a smooth transition of power has thrust Jang Song-thaek into the spotlight. The brother-in-law of the former leader is thought to wield the most power in the new North Korean administration and is joined by his wife Kim Kyong-hui, and the highest ranking military commander, General Ri Young-ho in the country’s most powerful decision-making group.
Ha Tae-keung, director of a small short-wave radio station that broadcasts news into North Korea for two hours a day, believes Jang exercises the most power of all of those now scheming for influence in this time of transition.
“It’s not a junta,” Mr Ha said. “One person has the most power, and that’s Jang.”