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. Continue reading »
Long before Kim Jong-Un launched his latest ballistic missile test in February, prompting an angry response from not only the US, Japan and various other countries, most notably China, which banned North Korean coal imports in retaliation and unleashed what may be a political crisis in Pyongyang, former president Barack Obama was already engaged in a cyberwar with North Korea.
According to the NYT, three years ago Obama ordered Pentagon officials to step up their cyber-strikes against North Korea’s missile program in order to sabotage missile test launches in their opening seconds. That explains why shortly after various North Korean launches, a large number of the country’s military rockets began to explode, veer off course, disintegrate in midair and plunge into the sea, as detailed here on various occasions.
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And what could possibly go wrong?
An internal White House strategy review on North Korean options includes the possibility of both military force and regime change to counter the country’s nuclear-weapons threat, the WSJ reports, a prospect that has some U.S. allies in the region on edge. The review comes 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.
The WSJ adds that U.S. officials have underscored the possible military dimensions of their emerging strategy in recent discussions with allies, suggesting that the planning is at an advanced stage.
President Trump has taken steps to reassure allies that he won’t abandon agreements that have underpinned decades of U.S. policy on Asia, his pledge that Pyongyang would be stopped from ever testing an intercontinental ballistic missile—coupled with the two-week-old strategy review—has some leaders bracing for a shift in American policy. During Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s two-day summit in February with Mr. Trump, U.S. officials on several occasions stated that all options were under consideration to deal with North Korea, according to a person familiar with the discussions.
It was clear to the Japanese side that those options encompassed a U.S. military strike on North Korea, possibly if Pyongyang appeared ready to test an ICBM. The Japanese side found that scenario “worrisome,” he said.
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Japan blanketed by sea effect snow so intense that it is creating wind vorticies off the islands in the East China Sea. Tottori Prefecture received a full years worth of snow in one day. Highways cut, millions of people stranded, power outages and in Hokkaido ski resorts closed due to too much snow. North Korea is upgrading its agriculture and Honey oranges out of China ripen six weeks late, no demand now that Chinese New Year is Passing.
Heavy snow stalls 650 cars in Tottori Prefecture
Severe winter storm hits Japan, intense sea-effect snow https://watchers.news/2017/01/15/wint…
The Coming Famine https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/01/j…
North Korea looking to modernize agriculture http://www.freshplaza.com/article/169…
Snow first time in 20 years Hikone city, Shiga prefecture https://www.iceagenow.info/japan-snow…
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As tensions escalate in and around Syria, Russia just added another straw to the camel’s back of ‘proxy’ wars between Washington and the rest. One Russian border patrol officer and nine North Korean fishermen were injured after Russian border patrol was forced to open fire during inspection of a North Korean fishing vessel whose crew resisted search, behaved aggressively, and tried to flee.
One of the injured fishermen later died in the hospital.
The incident happened on Friday evening at 22:20 Moscow time (19:20 GMT) in Russia’s exclusive economic zone in the country’s Far East, according to the FSB statement, released online on Saturday. The term “exclusive economic zone” describes an area of coastal water in a certain distance from the country’s shore, where the respective state has exclusive rights for fishing and other economic activities.
According to Federal Security Service website statement: Continue reading »
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.
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On Tuesday, North Korea announced it had “successfully” tested a hydrogen bomb.
According to Kim Jong-Un, the test was necessary because America is “a gang of cruel robbers” hell bent on waging nuclear war. “This is a self-defensive step for reliably defending the peace on the Korean Peninsula and regional security from the danger of nuclear war caused by the U.S.-led imperialists,” Kim said. Continue reading »
January 5-6, 2016 . North Korea has detonated a hydrogen bomb underground in the Eastern portion of the country, which simultaneously caused a large man made M5.2 earthquake across the region.
Here is the seismic wave signature per the IRIS system:
It is currently January 6th already in Asia where this occurred.
1/6/16 or 6/1/16…. too weird of a date for N. Korea to choose wouldn’t you say?
Of course that date was picked by North Korea to be a backwards upsidedown 911 of sorts. Of all the days to choose to do your Hydrogen bomb nuclear “test”… this cannot be an accidental date choice.
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. Continue reading »
Update: North Korea has confirmed that it has “successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.” The test was “an act of self-defense” against threats like the US.
A 5.1-magnitude earthquake detected near North Korea’s nuclear test site appears to have been artificial, according to South Korea’s meteorological service, raising the prospect the isolated regime tested a nuclear device. As Bloomberg reports, the “earthquake” follows North Korea’s threat in September that it is ready to use atomic weapons against the U.S. at any time and that its main nuclear facility was fully operational. The Pentagon is reportedly “looking into” the quake reports.
– North Korea Declares State Of War After Argument Over Loudspeaker Spirals Out Of Control (ZeroHedge, Aug 20, 2015):
Kim Jong-un has declared a state of war following an escalation of hostilities across the DMZ. Here’s Xinhua:
The top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un has ordered the country’s frontline combined forces to enter state of war from 5pm (0830 GMT) Friday. the official KCNA news agency reported Friday, the official KCNA news agency reported early Friday. Continue reading »
– 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, Continue reading »
– North Korea faces famine if worst drought in years continues, says South Korea (Independent, 12, 2015):
– Obama Sanctions North Korea For Sony Hack Which Was Perpetrated By Disgruntled Former Employee (ZeroHedge, Jan 2, 2014):
US foreign policy just jumped the shark: a few days after both the FBI and the US State department were humiliated when it was revealed that it wasn’t North Korea but a disgruntled, laid off Sony employee that was responsible for the “hack”, and when the best possible course of action would have been to simply let this latest embarrassing incident fade from memory, moments ago Obama – currently not working out next to a rainbow or flashing his support of “Shaka” – just signed his first executive order of 2015, imposing even more sanctions against North Korea.
President Obama signs order imposing additional sanctions on North Korea in response to country’s “efforts to undermine U.S. cyber-security and intimidate U.S.businesses and artists exercising their right of freedom of speech,” according to Treasury Dept statement. Continue reading »
– It Wasn’t North Korea Or Russia: Sony Hack “Perpetrator” Said To Be Laid-Off, Disgruntled Employee (ZeroHedge, Dec 30, 2014):
First it was, with “absolute certainly”, North Korea. Then, out of the blue, an even more ridiculous theory emerged about the origin of the Sony hackers: Russia. Now, we finally get the truth, and as it turns out it was neither of the abovementioned sovereign actors who had nothing better to do than to hack movie scripts and racist emails: it was Sony’s own disgruntled worker who was the source of the hack. According to Politico, FBI agents investigating the Sony Pictures hack were briefed Monday by a security firm that says its research points to laid-off Sony staff, not North Korea, as the perpetrator.”
Researchers from the cyber intelligence company Norse have said their own investigation into the data on the Sony attack doesn’t point to North Korea at all and instead indicates some combination of a disgruntled employee and hackers for piracy groups is at fault.
– North Korea Trolls Obama: Compares US President To “A Monkey In A Tropical Jungle” (ZeroHedge, Dec 27, 2014):
While North Korea had made it very clear that it had nothing to do with the Sony hack, it did demand a full UN-backed investigation, a proposal quickly shot down by none other than the US which always demands full “transparency” of all actions except when actions are its own, or when the resulting transparency would shine an unwanted light on the hypocrisy behind US national interests. Furthermore, in its first statements regarding The Interview, North Korea was actually quite cordial, and said nothing offensive regarding Obama. All that changed overnight when in its first official statement since its Internet went dark – something which if indeed North Korea did not hack Sony, as it claims, would be seen as a clear act of war if it were to happen to any other “developed” country – North Korea finally lost it and decided that the time to troll the US president has finally arrived, when, as the TV anchor says beginning 1:10 minutes in the clip blow, “Obama always goes reckless in speech and action like a monkey in a tropical jungle.“
– North Korea Internet, Cell Phones Go Dark (ZeroHedge, Dec 27, 2014):
When it comes to crude attempts at humor, The Interview may (and should) have been a stunning flop, but meanwhile the real comedy continues in the real world, whose absurdity has made any IPO of The Onion impossible.
According to Reuters, North Korea’s Internet and 3G mobile networks were paralyzed on Saturday evening, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.
The network had not returned to normal as of 2130 local time, Xinhua reported, citing reporters in the country that had confirmed the situation over fixed telephone systems. Continue reading »
– North Korea Warns Of Attacks Against White House, Pentagon And Entire “Cesspool Of Terrorism” That Is America (ZeroHedge, Dec 22, 2014):
The whole “North Korea hacking Sony” story had gotten so bizarre over the past week, there was nothing stopping it from jumping fully into the rabit hole. Which it did overnight when as the FT reported, North Korea warned of strikes against key sites in the US in retaliation for Washington blaming Pyongyang for the recent Sony cyber attack, saying any US punishment over the incident would lead to damage “thousands of times greater”. The NDC said its 1.2m-member army was ready to use all types of warfare against the US. “Our toughest counteraction will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon, and the whole US mainland, the cesspool of terrorism, by far surpassing the ‘symmetric counteraction’ declared by Obama,” said the NDC statement, carried by official news agency KCNA.
– Defiant North Korea Says Can Prove It Is Not Behind Hack “Without Resorting To Torture Like The CIA” (ZeroHedge, Dec 20, 2014):
Just hours after the FBI announced that, with absolute certainty, it had determined that North Korea was behind the Sony hack, a “theory” that has become the butt of global jokes, we learned, in a far less prominent release, that according to an internal inquiry, FBI evidence if “often mishandled.” According to the NYT, “F.B.I. agents in every region of the country have mishandled, mislabeled and lost evidence, according to a highly critical internal investigation that discovered errors with nearly half the pieces of evidence it reviewed.
The evidence collection and retention system is the backbone of the F.B.I.’s investigative process, and the report said it is beset by problems.
It gets better: according to the report, the F.B.I. was storing more weapons, less money and valuables, and two tons more drugs than its records had indicated. Almost as if the FBI was siphoning off cash, while hoarding guns and blow. Continue reading »
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.…
– North Korea launches upgraded Soviet-era ballistic missile submarine – report (RT, Nov 2, 2014):
Pyongyang is modernizing once obtained decommissioned Soviet diesel submarine capable of carrying ballistic missiles either for active service or as a test bench for constructing a similar sub of its own, South Korean government sources say.
North Korea “imported a Soviet-era Golf-class diesel submarine and modified it,” Yonhap news agency has reported, citing a government source.
The Soviet Union constructed various modifications of Golf-class diesel-electric submarines, also known as ‘Project 629’, starting from 1958. The sub was capable of carrying three single stage liquid-propellant ballistic missiles (types vary on different modifications of the subs), with one nuclear warhead and six torpedo tubes, which could use nuclear torpedoes as well. Continue reading »
– Our Imperial Rulers Are Deranged: Leon Panetta’s Memoir Proves It (David Stockman’s Contra Corner, Oct 15, 2014):
Want proof of the craziness of US foreign and military policy? Just turn to Leon Panetta’s Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace, wherein the former Secretary of Defense and longtime Democratic party hack congressman recounted a 2010 conversation with the top commander of US troops stationed in South Korea, who told him:
“If North Korea moved across the border, our war plans called for the senior American general on the peninsula to take command of all U.S. and South Korea forces and defend South Korea – including by the use of nuclear weapons, if necessary. I left our meeting with the powerful sense that war in that region was neither hypothetical nor remote but ever-present and imminent.” Continue reading »