Tag Archives: North Korea

Flirting with war in North Korea

Source: Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald

"America remains in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, and myriad other locations across the globe. It continues to help Saudi Arabia destroy Yemen, which is now on the brink of utter disaster. Trump has even removed the meager restrictions on arms funding to Saudi Arabia that President Obama placed into effect in 2016. However, the question of the summer, and now the fall continues to be whether the US will proceed farther into a war with North Korea." (11/16/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2017/11/15/flirting-war-north-korea/

China: Regime will send envoy to North Korea following Trump visit

Source: Politico

"Following President Donald Trump's visit to Beijing, China said Wednesday that it would send a high-level special envoy to North Korea amid an extended chill in relations between the neighbors over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs. Song Tao, the head of China's ruling Communist Party's International Department, will travel to Pyongyang on Friday to report on outcomes of the party's national congress held last month, the official Xinhua News Agency said. … Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang downplayed any connection between Song's trip and Trump's visit, saying it was 'common practice' for the Communist Party and North Korea's ruling Workers' Party to exchange views." (11/15/17)

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/15/china-envoy-north-korea-following-trump-visit-244920

American detained trying to enter North Korea, while North Korean soldier escapes south

Source: Washington Post

"The Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas saw an unusual amount of action Monday, with an American man unsuccessfully attempting to cross into the North and a North Korean soldier successfully defecting to the South. … A 58-year-old man from Louisiana was arrested by South Korean forces Monday morning for crossing the Civilian Control Line, just outside the DMZ, as part of an attempt to get into North Korea 'for political purposes,' authorities said. … In a separate incident, a North Korean soldier manning a guard post on the northern side of the Joint Security Area — the area with the blue huts straddling the DMZ, where inter-Korean meetings are sometimes held — defected to the South. He was shot by North Korean soldiers while he was escaping across the line and is now being treated in a hospital, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said." (11/13/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/american-detained-trying-to-enter-north-korea-while-north-korean-soldier-escapes-south/2017/11/13/9b9f223c-c84b-11e7-b244-2d22ac912500_story.html

Pentagon: Ground invasion would be required to destroy North Korea nuclear weapons

Source: USA Today

"The only way to locate and destroy with complete certainty all components of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program is through a ground invasion. That blunt assessment from the Pentagon is in response to a letter from two Democratic congressmen asking about casualty assessments in a conflict with North Korea. Rear Adm. Michael J. Dumont of the Joint Staff offered the assessment in response to a letter from Reps. Ted Lieu of California and Ruben Gallego of Arizona." [editor's note: I'd translate this as "DoD doesn't want a war with North Korea." In fact, a ground invasion would be the worst way to destroy the North's nuclear weapons programs (the use of special operations teams under cover of an air war would be best). Since the ground invasion implies the most casualties, DoD is apparently trying to scare the pols out of going to war – TLK] (11/05/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/11/05/pentagon-ground-invasion-needed-destroy-north-korea-nuclear-weapons/833614001/

Report: North Korea nuclear test site collapse killed 200

Source: Newsweek

"More than 200 people are believed to have died in underground tunnels after a collapse at North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear facility. The test site was reportedly badly shaken by the aftermath of the country’s sixth nuclear test, a 100-kiloton hydrogen bomb roughly seven times more powerful than the atomic bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. North Korean sources told Japanese television channel Asahi TV that the collapse occurred in October during the construction of an underground tunnel at the facility." (10/31/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/north-korea-nuclear-test-site-collapse-killed-200-people-report-696878

Chinese, South Korean regimes pledge to ease tensions over US missile defense system

Source: Time

"South Korea and China will push to normalize their ties badly strained over the deployment of a contentious U.S. missile defense system in the South, both countries announced Tuesday, with Seoul saying their leaders are set to hold summit talks next week. South Korea allowed the United States to install the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system on its soil this year, triggering angry rhetoric and economic retaliation from China which views THAAD's powerful radar as a threat to its own security. South Korea and the United States have repeatedly said the system is only aimed at defending against North Korea's advancing nuclear threats, rather than peering into Chinese territory." (10/31/17)

http://time.com/5003532/south-korea-china-thaad-missile-defense/

US, South Korean and Japanese regime forces carry out anti-missile drill

Source: USA Today

"The United States, South Korea and Japan carried out their fifth joint military drill Tuesday, rehearsing to detect and track any ballistic missile launched from North Korea. The two-day exercise, in waters off South Korea and Japan, mobilized aegis combat system-equipped ships from each countries, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap." (10/24/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/10/24/u-s-south-korea-and-japan-carry-out-anti-missile-drill/793449001/

Trump and Kim madmen? Not so fast

Source: The American Conservative
by Peter Van Buren

"The seemingly accepted wisdom that President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are paired madmen on the edge of war has little to support it other than projected fears. There will be no war because war on the Korean peninsula benefits no one and is very bad for everyone. North Korea’s weapons, nuclear and conventional, are arguably the most defensive ever fielded. They have not been used offensively since 1953. They exist as a perfect example of how mutually assured destruction works." (10/16/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trump-and-kim-madmen-not-so-fast/

North Korean hackers believed to have stolen US-South Korean plans to kill Kim Jong Un

CNBC

Source: CNBC

"North Korean hackers are believed to have stolen a large amount of classified military documents, including a South Korean and U.S. plan to 'decapitate' North Korea's leadership, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap Tuesday who cited a statement by a ruling party lawmaker. The news agency said that Democratic Party Representative Lee Cheol-hee said that the hackers broke into South Korea's Defense Integrated Data Center (a center responsible for storing digital military data) in September last year to steal the secret files, with Operational Plans 5015 and 3100 mentioned in the article. Operational Plan 5015 relates to 'the latest Seoul-Washington scheme to handle an all-out war with Pyongyang, which reportedly contains detailed procedures to 'decapitate' the North Korean leadership,' Yonhap said." (10/10/17)

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/10/north-korea-hackers-stole-us-south-korea-plans-to-kill-kim-jong-un.html

South Korea: Regime threatens to drop "blackout bombs" on North

Source: news.com.au [Australia]

"South Korea is ready to deploy graphite bombs that can paralyse North Korea’s power grid in the event of a nuclear war. Military sources told the Yonhap news agency that the 'blackout bomb' works by spreading chemically treated carbon graphite filaments over electric facilities to short-circuit and disrupt the electricity grid. The weapons have been developed by South Korea’s Agency for Defence Development, as one element of the Kill Chain pre-emptive strike program. … The bomb is often referred to as a 'soft bomb' since it only affects targeted electrical power systems. It was first used by America against Iraq in the 1990—1991 Gulf War and again by NATO against Serbia in 1999." (10/09/17)

http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/south-korea-threatens-to-drop-blackout-bombs-on-north-korea/news-story/d4e2ce3f2583a115d5621506342ce78a