Tag Archives: North Korea

Trump tries to distract from failing domestic agenda with new sanctions on North Korea

Source: CNN

"President Donald Trump announced a new set of sanctions on North Korea Thursday and praised China for taking action to limit financial transactions with the isolated communist nation. The effort to project forward momentum in his bid to isolate Pyongyang came at the end of Trump's four-day visit to the United Nations General Assembly, where the crisis has taken prominence in rapid-pace meetings with more than a dozen world leaders. … The executive order Trump inked just ahead of the lunch enhances US Treasury Department authorities to target individuals who provide goods, services or technology to North Korea, Trump said." (09/21/17)


North Korea: Regime fires missile over Japan in longest-ever flight

Source: Denver Post

"North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean on Friday, U.S. and South Korean militaries said, its longest-ever such flight and a clear message of defiance to its rivals. … Friday’s missile test was met with the usual outrage." (09/14/17)


South Korea: Dozens injured during protests as nation wrestles with North missile threat

Source: Independent [Ireland]

"Dozens of people have been injured in clashes between South Korean protesters and police as the US military added more launchers to the missile-defence system it installed in a southern town to handle North Korean threats. Seoul has hardened its stance against Pyongyang after its torrent of arms tests, the latest on Sunday being a detonation of what North Korea said was a thermonuclear weapon built for missiles capable of reaching the US mainland. The clashes came as South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe met in Russia's Far East and repeated their calls for stronger punishment of North Korea over its nuclear ambitions, including denying the country oil supplies. The demand contradicted the stance of their host, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has dismissed sanctions as a solution." (09/07/17)


Sanctions doubts grow as North Korea warns of "gift packages" for US

Source: Reuters

"A top North Korean diplomat on Tuesday warned that his country is ready to send 'more gift packages' to the United States as world powers struggled for a response to Pyongyang’s latest nuclear weapons test. Han Tae Song, ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, confirmed that North Korea had successfully conducted its sixth and largest nuclear bomb test on Sunday. 'The recent self-defense measures by my country, DPRK, are a gift package addressed to none other than the U.S.,' Han told a disarmament conference, using the acronym for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the country’s formal name. 'The U.S. will receive more 'gift packages' … as long as it relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK,' he added without elaborating." (09/05/17)


Interventionism and the Korean crisis

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Notice something important about North Korea’s behavior: None of it is aimed at Switzerland, notwithstanding the fact that Korea is about 1,000 miles closer to Switzerland than the United States. Why not? Why is North Korea’s attention devoted toward the United States and not toward Switzerland? The answer lies in interventionism, the immoral and destructive foreign-policy philosophy that undergirds the United States but not Switzerland. Notice that Switzerland has no troops stationed in Korea. The United States does — tens of thousands of troops. Notice that Switzerland does not conduct joint military exercises with the South Korea military. The United States does, on a regular basis. Notice that Switzerland is not committed to regime change in North Korea. The United States is." (09/05/17)


Replacing Washington's failed North Korea policy

Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

"Throughout the series of crises during the spring and summer, US and allied officials continued to insist that a nuclear-armed North Korea, especially one with a robust delivery system of ballistic missiles, is 'unacceptable' and 'intolerable.' The Trump administration warns that 'all options are on the table,' implicitly including a preemptive US military strike. Yet the actual policy response to date has varied little from the measures implemented over the past quarter century. The strategy consists of gradually tightening economic sanctions, combined with making unrealistic demands and vague threats if Pyongyang does not agree to return to nuclear virginity and abandon its missile program. One thing should be extremely clear by now: that strategy has failed miserably." (09/04/17)


North Korea: Regime conducts sixth nuclear test

Source: Chicago Tribune

"North Korea announced it detonated a thermonuclear device Sunday in its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date, a big step toward its goal of developing nuclear weapons capable of striking anywhere in the U.S. The North called it a 'perfect success' while its neighbors condemned the blast immediately. Though the precise strength of the blast has yet to be determined, South Korea's weather agency said the artificial earthquake it caused was five to six times stronger than tremors generated by its previous tests. It reportedly shook buildings in China and in Russia." (09/03/17)


US fighter jets stage mock bombing drill over Korean Peninsula

Source: CNN

"Two days after North Korea flew a missile over Japan, the United States and South Korea staged their own show of force with state-of-the-art stealth fighters Thursday. Four US F-35B fighter jets joined two US B-1B bombers and four South Korean F-15 fighter jets in the joint US-South Korean flyover of the Korean Peninsula, an official with the South Korean air force told CNN. … They conducted a mock bombing drill, which simulated a surgical strike of key enemy facilities, over the Pilsung Range in the eastern province of Gangwon. In a statement, US Pacific Command said the flyover was a 'direct response to North Korea's intermediate range ballistic missile launch.'" (08/31/17)


North Korean missile flies over Japan, escalating tensions

Source: Washington Post

"North Korea launched a ballistic missile Tuesday morning that flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, the most brazen provocation of Kim Jong Un’s five-year-long rule and one that will reignite tensions between Pyongyang and the outside world. … This missile appears to have been a Hwasong-12, an intermediate range ballistic missile technically capable of flying 3,000 miles, easily putting the U.S. territory of Guam within reach. However, the missile flew east, over Hokkaido and into the Pacific Ocean, rather than on a southward path towards Guam." (08/28/17)


Russian nuclear bombers fly near North Korea in rare show of force

Source: Reuters

"Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown a rare mission around the Korean Peninsula at the same time as the United States and South Korea conduct joint military exercises that have infuriated Pyongyang. Russia, which has said it is strongly against any unilateral U.S. military action on the peninsula, said Tupolev-95MS bombers, code named 'Bears' by NATO, had flown over the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea, prompting Japan and Seoul to scramble jets to escort them. The flight, which also included planes with advanced intelligence gathering capabilities, was over international waters and was announced by the Russian Defence Ministry on the same day as Moscow complained about the U.S.-South Korean war games." (08/24/17)