The U.S. Military Will Be Conducting ‘A Major Military Exercise’ On The Korean Peninsula During The Solar Eclipse

The U.S. Military Will Be Conducting ‘A Major Military Exercise’ On The Korean Peninsula During The Solar Eclipse:

On August 21st, approximately 25,000 U.S. troops will join “tens of thousands” from the South Korean military to conduct a “major military exercise” that is already triggering threats from North Korea.  Considering the fact that any sort of provocation could cause a nuclear war to erupt on the Korean peninsula, is this really a wise thing to do?  The more research that I do on this upcoming solar eclipse, the stranger things become.  When I first started hearing about this eclipse many months ago, I didn’t pay too much attention, but now after looking into it extensively I do believe that it is going to be quite significant.

And I didn’t even know about this major military exercise that will happen during the eclipse until today.  The following comes from MSN

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Embattled Trump Praises Kim Jong Un For “Very Wise Decision”

Embattled Trump Praises Kim Jong Un For “Very Wise Decision”

“Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision. The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!”

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South Korea Warns Trump Only It Can Declare War On North

“War must never break out again on the Korean Peninsula. Only the Republic of Korea can make the decision for military action on the Korean Peninsula” said South Korean president Moon in a forceful speech overnight.

South Korea Warns Trump Only It Can Declare War On North:

A day after US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford promised him that the US would exhaust all diplomatic options, including another round of UN sanctions, before resorting to a “military solution” in its simmering conflict with North Korea, South Korean President Moon Jae-in reminded Washington during a forceful Tuesday speech that the US would need to seek, and receive, South Korea’s consent before risking another armed conflict on the Korean peninsula, signaling his country will no longer stay quiet as tensions escalate with its northern neighbor.

As Bloomberg summarizes, “Moon asserted the right to veto any military action against Kim Jong Un’s regime, saying that decision should be made by “ourselves and not by anyone else.” He vowed to prevent war at any cost – a statement that drew a sharp contrast with President Donald Trump, who has warned of “fire and fury” if North Korea continues to threaten the U.S.”

Some highlights from his speech:

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Ron Paul: “Attack Venezuela? Trump Can’t be Serious!”

Attack Venezuela? Trump Can’t be Serious!

There is something unsettling about how President Trump has surrounded himself with generals. From his defense secretary to his national security advisor to his White House chief of staff, Trump looks to senior military officers to fill key positions that have been customarily filled by civilians. He’s surrounded by generals and threatens war at the drop of a hat.

President Trump began last week by threatening “fire and fury” on North Korea. He continued through the week claiming, falsely, that Iran is violating the terms of the nuclear deal. He finally ended the week by threatening a US military attack on Venezuela.

He told reporters on Friday that,

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Defense Secretary Mattis Warns North Korea Standoff “Could Escalate Into War Very Quickly”

Mattis Warns North Korea Standoff “Could Escalate Into War Very Quickly”:

Less than a day after Joseph Dunford, the commander of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that the US is ready to use “the full range of military capabilities to defend our allies and the U.S. homeland,” Defense Secretary and retired Gen. James Mattis told reporters that the situation with North Korea “could escalate into war” if the isolated country fires a missile at the US.

“If they fire at the United States, it could escalate into war very quickly,” Mattis said, according to Reuters.

Mattis also assured reporters that the US would destroy any missiles fired at the US by the North Korean regime, saying the US would know the trajectory of the missile “within moments.”

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NYT Shocking Report: US “Ally” Ukraine Is Source Of North Korean Missile Engines

Imagine my total absence of shock …

Flashback:

Nuclear War Between Koreas: Brought To You By The US Government:

Just as with Saddam Hussein’s chemical and biological weapons program, it was Donald Rumsfeld who played a key role in arming Kim-Jong-Il.

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NYT Shocking Report: US “Ally” Ukraine Is Source Of North Korean Missile Engines:

The NYT reports that a Ukraine factory it is the most likely source of the engines that in July powered the two ICBM tests, which were the first to suggest that North Korea has the range, if not necessarily the accuracy or warhead technology, to threaten American cities with nuclear destruction.

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China Bans Coal, Lead, Iron Imports From North Korea

China Bans Coal, Lead, Iron Imports From North Korea:

China’s Ministry of Commerce said that Beijing will halt imports of coal, iron, iron ore and seafood from North Korea starting on Tuesday, cutting an important economic lifeline for the Pyongyang regime, as it implemented a package of sanctions passed by the United Nations Security Council on August 6.

China accounts for roughly 90% of North Korean trade but moved earlier in February to suspend North Korea’s coal imports until the end of the year. Coal normally accounts for about half of North Korea’s exports, but despite the coal ban, overall trade between the two countries remained healthy according to WaPo.

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North Korea Says Army Is “On Standby Waiting For An Order Of Attack”

North Korea Says Army Is “On Standby Waiting For An Order Of Attack”:

If the Trump administration does not want the American empire to meet its tragic doom in his tenure, they had better talk and act properly”…

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North Korea Issues “Emergency Standby Orders” To Civil Defense Units: Report

North Korea Issues “Emergency Standby Orders” To Civil Defense Units: Report:

With markets about to close for the next 2 days, the question on every trader’s mind is: “should i carry risk over the weekend, or should I dump it all in case North Korea fires another test, or non-test, ICBM launch which may be just the provocation Trump needs to give the green light to a squadron of B-1 bombers to begin a bombing campaign.” After all, Trump himself tweeted this morning that “military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” 

While we don’t know if Kim will “find another path”, late on Friday KBS World Radio, the official international broadcasting station of South Korea (which is owned by the Korean Broadcasting System), reports that according to Radio Free Asia (RFA), in a potential warning that Pyongyang may be preparing yet another imminent escalation, “North Korean authorities have dispatched emergency standby orders to the leaders of the ruling Workers’ Party committees and civil defense units.”

More details:

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China Warns Trump: “We Will Prevent A North Korea Regime Change”

China Warns Trump: “We Will Prevent A North Korea Regime Change”:

In a troubling repudiation of President Donald Trump’s demands that Beijing do more to rein in its bellicose neighbor, Beijing, through the state-owned media, cautioned the US president on Friday that it would intervene (militarily) on North Korea’s behalf if the US and South Korea launch a preemptive strike to “overthrow the North Korean regime,” according to a statement in the influential state-run newspaper Global Times.

“If the U.S. and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so,” it said.

At the same time, the Chinese regime  made it clear that its preferred outcome would be a continuation of the status quo, warning Kim Jong Un that it would “remain neutral if North Korea were to strike first.” The article, cited by Rueters,  reiterated calls for a diplomatic solution. However, the possibility of talks between the two sides was looking increasingly remote as both Trump and Kim continued to exchange threats of nuclear annihilation, with Trump clarifying Thursday that his earlier promise to respond with “fire and fury” should the North continue to threaten the US may not have gone far enough.

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Trump: “Military Solutions Are Now Fully In Place, Locked And Loaded” – #NorthKorea

Trump: “Military Solutions Are Now Fully In Place, Locked And Loaded”:

Confirming yesterday’s report that the Pentagon is now prepared for a “preemptive strike”, or response to any provocative action by North Korea, moments ago president Trump took the verbal war of words with Kim Jong-Un into the fourth day when he tweeted that “military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely.  Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”

To underscore his point, Trump moments ago retweeted the US Pacific Command’s tweets from Thursday night, in which it said: “#USAF B-1B Lancer #bombers on Guam stand ready to fulfill USFK’s #FightTonight mission if called upon to do so

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Pentagon Unveils Plan For “Pre-Emptive Strike” On North Korea

Pentagon Unveils Plan For “Pre-Emptive Strike” On North Korea: 

Just hours after Trump made his famously heated vow to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea if provocations by the Kim regime continued, the US Air Force issued a very clear statement in which it explicitly said that it was “ready to fight tonight”, launching an attack of B-1 bombers if so ordered:

“How we train is how we fight and the more we interface with our allies, the better prepared we are to fight tonight,” said a 37th EBS B-1 pilot. “The B-1 is a long-range bomber that is well-suited for the maritime domain and can meet the unique challenges of the Pacific.”

Now, according to an NBC report, it appears that the B-1 pilot was dead serious, as the Pentagon has unveiled a plan for a preemptive strike on North Korean missile sites with bombers stationed in Guam, once Donald Trump gives the order to strike. Echoing what we said yesterday that war “under any analysis, is insanity“, the preemptive strike plan is viewed as the “best option available” out of all the bad ones:

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Trump Escalates War Of Words With N.Korea: “Things Will Happen To Them Like They Never Thought Possible”

Trump Escalates War Of Words With N.Korea: “Things Will Happen To Them Like They Never Thought Possible”: 

The verbal “war of words” ping-pong between Trump and North Korea notched up another level on Thursday afternoon, when instead of de-escalating growing US threats (which are now backed by the US air force ready to conduct a preemptive strike on N.Korean missile and nuclear facilities at a moment’s notice) Trump told reporters in Bedminster, NJ that “if anything” his statement on “fire and fury” “was not tough enough,” in response to questions on North Korea’s regime calling the U.S. leader’s warning “nonsense.”

Trump said that if North Korea does anything to U.S. or its allies “they can be very, very nervous” and said that “It’s not acceptable” what North Korea has “been doing and what they’ve been getting away with.”

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A “Furious” North Korea Threatens “Simultaneous Strike” On Guam By Mid-August

A “Furious” North Korea Threatens “Simultaneous Strike” On Guam By Mid-August:

So much for Rex Tillerson’s tepid attempt to de-escalate Trump’s “fire and fury” statement.

Moments ago, the state run-KCNA news agency issued a statement in which it cited a commander of the Korean People’s Army according to whom President Donald Trump’s threat was a “load of nonsense,” it failed to grasp the “grave situation,” and said that “sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him,” referring to Trump’s comments about unleashing “fire and fury.”

Reaffirming its intentions to strike Guam, N. Korea said it is “seriously examining the plan for an enveloping strike at Guam through simultaneous fire of four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range strategic ballistic rockets in order to interdict the enemy forces on major military bases on Guam and to signal a crucial warning to the U.S.” Noting that it is getting exhausted and angry with Trump’s “load of nonsense“, the General said that Trump’s threats are “extremely getting on the nerves of the infuriated Hwasong artillerymen of the KPA.

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“Under Any Analysis, It’s Insanity”: What War With North Korea Could Look Like

“Under Any Analysis, It’s Insanity”: What War With North Korea Could Look Like:

Now that the possibility of a war between the US and North Korea seems just one harshly worded tweet away, and the window of opportunity for a diplomatic solution, as well as for the US stopping Kim Jong-Un from obtaining a nuclear-armed ICBM closing fast, analysts have started to analyze President Trump’s military options, what a war between the US and North Korea would look like, and what the global economic consequences would be. Needless to say, this is a challenging exercise due to the countless possible scenario, event permutations and outcomes, not least because China and Russia may also be sucked in, leading to a true world war.

Realistically, war has to be avoided,” said John Delury, an assistant professor of international studies at Yonsei University in South Korea. “When you run any analysis, it’s insanity.”

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“Only Morons Believe What The US Government Says About North Korea” (Ron Paul Institute)

Only Morons Believe What The US Government Says About North Korea:

Usually foreign analysts of the American political scene are either sycophantic or just annoying, but no one would dare say that about Aussie observer Caitlin Johnstone, whose punk rock style of cutting to the chase is as refreshing as it can be shocking (I am not a fan of the strong language, but I get it). Since President Trump’s “fire and fury” explosion yesterday Americans have to an unsettling degree once again rallied ’round the (false) flag of war propaganda. Today Ms. Johnstone provided a much-needed slap in the face to the mind-numbed masses once again clamoring for US bombs on a country they could not find on a map if their lives depended on it.

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Two-Thirds Of Americans Say North Korea Poses “Very Serious” Threat

Two-Thirds Of Americans Say North Korea Poses “Very Serious” Threat:

It appears the mainstream media propaganda machine is working… Almost two-thirds of Americans – 62% –  say Kim Jong Un’s isolated dictatorship is a threat to the US, the most since CNN launched the poll back in 2000.

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Defense Secretary Mattis Warns North Korea: You’ll Lose, Your People Will Be Destroyed

Mattis Warns North Korea: You’ll Lose, Your People Will Be Destroyed: 

With anxiety briefly ticking down on The New York Times story about Trump’s “fire and fury” comments being off-the-cuff – as opposed to policy – The Pentagon just turned the dial back on the threats.

Defense Secretary James Mattis warned North Korea in stark terms on Wednesday that it faces devastation if it does not end its pursuit of nuclear weapons: “The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons,” Mattis said in a statement adding “The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”

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