Tag Archives: North Korea

Why does North Korea hate us?

Source: Antiwar.com
by Robert Koehler

"'The bombing was long, leisurely and merciless …' And so we return to the Korean War, when North Korea was carpet-bombed to the edge of existence. The American media doesn't have a memory that stretches quite so far back, at least not under present circumstances. One commentator at MSNBC recently explained, for instance, that the tiny pariah nation 'has been preparing for war for 63 years!' That would be since, uh, 1954, the year after the war ended. But the war wasn't mentioned. It never is. Doing so would disrupt the consensus attitude that Kim Jong-Un is a nuclear-armed crazy and that North Korea's hatred of the United States is just … hatred, dark and bitter, the kind of rancor you'd expect from a communist dictatorship and certified member of the Axis of Evil. And now Donald Trump is taunting the crazy guy, disrupting the U.S.-maintained normalcy of global relations and putting this country at risk." (08/17/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/robert-koehler/2017/08/16/north-korea-hate-us/

North Korea: Regime says it won't conduct US-like missile demonstration near Guam after all

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reviewed his military's plans to rain 'an enveloping fire' around the U.S. territory of Guam — but opted not to fire missiles at this time, according to state media. Despite the stand-down, some Guamanians were alarmed after two radio stations aired an erroneous emergency alert Tuesday. Kim visited the Korean People's Army as the self-imposed mid-August deadline for a missile demonstration approached, the Korean Central News Agency reports. But after hearing the plan and considering it, Kim opted not to give the order to launch missiles, and instead 'would watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees,' the report says. Kim also warned that the U.S. should not test North Korea's self-restraint." [editor's note: The media reports are phrased to make it sound like Kim threatened to attack Guam. What he actually threatened was to show that he COULD attack Guam by landing missiles near it — in response to the US regime flying bombers across the Korean peninsula to show they could attack him – TLK] (08/15/17)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/15/543603140/north-korea-says-it-wont-fire-missiles-at-guam-after-all

China: Regime bans North Korean iron, lead, coal imports as part of UN sanctions

Source: Washington Post

"China announced a ban on imports of iron ore, iron, lead and coal from North Korea on Monday, increasing the economic pressure on the Pyongyang regime, as it moved to implement a package of sanctions put together by the U.N. Security Council. The ban will take effect from Tuesday, the Ministry of Commerce announced, although China will continue to clear goods that have already arrived in port until Sept. 5. But at the same time, Beijing warned the Trump administration not to split the international coalition over North Korea by provoking a trade war between China and the United States. The warning comes as President Trump is expected to sign an executive memorandum Monday afternoon instructing his top trade negotiator to launch an investigation into Chinese intellectual property violations, a move that could eventually result in severe trade penalties." (08/14/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/china-bans-north-korea-iron-lead-coal-imports-as-part-of-un-sanctions/2017/08/14/a0ce4cb0-80ca-11e7-82a4-920da1aeb507_story.html

Trump cranks North Korea bluster to 11

Source: Washington Post

"President Trump warned North Korea on Thursday that 'things will happen to them like they never thought possible' should the isolated country attack the United States or its allies. Trump told reporters here that his Tuesday statement warning of 'fire and fury' may not have been 'tough enough,' but even as he continued his brinksmanship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the president sought to reassure anxious people around the world that he has the situation under control." (08/10/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-escalates-rhetoric-on-threat-from-north-korea/2017/08/10/ff49e018-7ded-11e7-83c7-5bd5460f0d7e_story.html

North Korea: Regime releases jailed Canadian pastor

Source: USA Today

"North Korea has released a Canadian pastor who was imprisoned for allegedly attempting to overthrow the regime of Kim Jong Un on humanitarian grounds, state media reported Wednesday. Rim Hyon Su, also known as Hyeon Soo Lim, was sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labor in Dec. 2015. His release came a day after Canadian officials said a delegation led by the country's national security adviser had traveled to North Korea to discuss his jailing, Canada's Global News website reported." (08/09/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/08/09/state-media-north-korea-releases-jailed-canadian-pastor-humanitarian-grounds/551685001/

Trump vows "fire and fury" if North Korea regime continues threatening to defend itself

Source: Washington Post

"President Trump on Tuesday issued a stern warning to North Korea, saying that if its threats to the United States continue, the outcast nation will be 'met with the fire and the fury like the world has never seen.' Trump comments came as North Korea spurned a new round of sanctions approved by the United Nations Security Council and pledged to continue to press forward with development of nuclear weapons that could reach the U.S. mainland. … The Washington Post on Tuesday reported that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power, according to a confidential assessment by U.S. intelligence officials. … North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told diplomats that his country will never negotiate away what he called a rational 'strategic option' against the threat of attack from the United States." [editor's note: In my opinion, it would be a mistake to believe the claims of EITHER regimes concerning the North's nuclear capabilities – TLK] (08/08/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/08/08/trump-vows-north-korea-will-be-met-with-fire-and-fury-if-threats-continue/

China: Regime troops fire "dozens of missiles" in show of strength near North Korea

Source: Daily Mail [UK]

"China's navy and air force flexed their muscles in live-fire drills close to North Korea amid escalating tension over Kim Jong-un's nuclear test. The drill included the firing of missiles and according to the ministry aimed to hone the military's abilities to conduct coastal assaults. It comes as China announced it was prepared to face the consequences of backing a US-drafted UN Security Council resolution on sanctions against North Korea." (08/08/17)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4771190/China-fires-dozens-missiles-strength.html

Ri: North Korea won't give up nuclear weapons as "strategic option" against US attack

Source: Washington Post

"North Korea spurned harsh new U.N. sanctions Monday and threatened to defend itself with nuclear weapons if necessary, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson repeated an offer to bargain with the outcast nation under the right circumstances. There was no sign at a major Asian security conference here that the sanctions hailed by President Trump as a ­foreign policy achievement would succeed where past efforts have failed in trying to persuade the country to give up its nuclear weapons. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told diplomats that his country will never negotiate away what he called a rational 'strategic option' against the threat of attack from the United States. … In the printed version of his speech, Ri said Pyongyang will use nuclear weapons only against the United States or any other country that might join it in military action against North Korea." (08/07/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/north-korea-under-no-circumstances-will-give-up-its-nuclear-weapons/2017/08/07/33b8d319-fbb2-4559-8f7d-25e968913712_story.html

Graham's deranged desire to start a war with North Korea

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

"This isn't the first time that Graham has blithely talked about starting a war with North Korea, and I'm sure it won't be the last. Graham has never seen a war — preventive or otherwise — that he couldn’t support, but it is a measure of how fanatical he is that he won't even shy away from what would be a major, very costly war that could potentially involve the use of nuclear weapons. Perversely, he justifies an illegal attack on North Korea as though it is an act of self-defense, which it clearly is not, but the result of such an attack would be to make the U.S. and all of our regional allies less secure." (08/01/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/grahams-deranged-desire-to-start-a-war-with-north-korea/

North Korea or Iran … where will President Trump attack first?

Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

"President Trump seems to be impatiently racing toward at least one disastrous war. Maybe two. The big question is who will be first? North Korea or Iran? Over the past several days President Trump has sent two nuclear-capable B-1 bombers over the Korean peninsula to send a clear message that he is ready to attack North Korea. … Twice in the past week the US military has fired at Iranian ships in the Persian Gulf. On Tuesday an Iranian military ship in the Persian Gulf was warned off by machine gun blasts from a US Naval vessel. Then on Friday the US Navy fired warning flares toward another Iranian ship operating in the Persian Gulf. Imagine if the US Navy had encountered Iranian warships in the Gulf of Mexico firing machine guns at them when they approached the Iranians." (07/31/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/north-korea-iranwhere-will-president-trump-attack-first