Tag Archives: North Korea

It's time to end America's longest war

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"If the Korean War was a person, it would be old enough to collect Social Security benefits. It began on June 25, 1950 …. Coming up on 67 years later, it continues. The two Korean regimes still consider themselves at war, the US government still keeps nearly 30,000 US troops deployed along the ironically named 'Demilitarized Zone' separating the two countries, and the situation remains as tense and sporadically violent as ever since 1953 when a temporary ceasefire was signed. Today, South Korea is twice as populous and 35 times as wealthy (in terms of Gross Domestic Product) as the North, boasting the 11th largest economy in the world (North Korea ranks 113th). In what universe does it make sense for American taxpayers to continue picking up a substantial portion of the check for South Korea's defense from its smaller, poorer, less industrially advanced neighbor?" (03/22/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/9914

US, South Korean regimes say latest North Korean missile test fails

Source: Boston Herald

"North Korea's latest missile launch ended in failure on Wednesday as the United States sent a supersonic bomber streaking over ally South Korea in a show of force against the North, officials said. The reported launch failure comes as the North angrily reacts to ongoing annual U.S.-South Korean military drills that it views as an invasion rehearsal. Earlier this month, North Korea fired four ballistic missiles that landed in waters off Japan, triggering strong protests from Seoul and Tokyo." (03/22/17)

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/international/2017/03/us_south_korea_say_north_koreas_latest_missile_test_fails

Tillerson, China and the North Korea question

Source: Cato Institute
by Christine Guluzian

"Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's first visit to China came to a conclusion this weekend, having visited South Korea and Japan earlier in the week as part of his East Asia tour. As expected, policy options regarding North Korea were a top focus. Pyongyang's recent set of missile launches, including a more advanced ballistic missile which landed in the Sea of Japan, tested not only Washington's patience but also that of Beijing. Indeed, just hours prior to Tillerson's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, North Korea's state media reported the testing of a new high-thrust rocket engine, overseen by Kim Jong-un himself who declared it 'a new birth' for the isolated country's rocket industry. So what is the likelihood of China supporting changes in U.S. policy toward North Korea?" (03/20/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/tillerson-china-north-korea-question

Japan: Regime holds first evacuation drill to heighten fear of North Korea

Source: CNN

"The children are playing duck-duck-goose with their teacher outside their elementary school when the siren suddenly blares. On cue, teachers and students drop to the ground and wait for further instructions. 'This is a drill,' a voice echoes over a loudspeaker across this small coastal town.
'A missile has been launched.' … This is Japan's first evacuation exercise preparing for the scenario of a North Korean missile attack against this country." (03/19/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/19/asia/japan-north-korea-missile-drill/

Calm down about North Korea's nukes

Source: Cato Institute
by John Glaser

"To some observers, the fact that North Korea is trying to become a full-fledged nuclear power is evidence enough of its aggressive intentions. Failing to somehow block Pyongyang's path to the bomb, they argue, risks nuclear war with an unstable, irrational, paranoid totalitarian state. But scholarship counsels that we keep a cool head. Few experts go so far as to suggest that Pyongyang would initiate nuclear war with South Korea or the United States. The North Korean regime would have to be eager to commit national suicide, since such an act of aggression would trigger a retaliatory response that would promise its total destruction. Despite McCain's suggestion, North Korea is just as deterred by nuclear retaliation as was the Soviet Union, or Mao's China." (03/07/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/calm-down-about-north-koreas-nukes

Trump regime sends first parts of THAAD missile defense system to South Korea

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"Citing the threat posed by North Korean missiles, the U.S. military has sent the first elements of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea. China has opposed the move, which has also drawn mixed reactions in South Korea. The shipment landed in the night of March 6, with a C-17 cargo aircraft unloading two large mobile launchers on the tarmac at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul. The plan to install a THAAD system on the Korean peninsula was laid out by the U.S. and South Korea last summer." (03/07/17)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/07/518977830/u-s-sends-first-parts-of-thaad-missile-defense-system-to-south-korea

Tit-for-tat ratchets up North Korea-Malaysia tensions

Source: CBS News

"North Korea barred Malaysians from exiting its borders and Malaysia followed suit Tuesday, turning ordinary citizens into pawns in the diplomatic battle surrounding the investigation into the bizarre death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother. The tit-for-tat directives come as relations between the two countries disintegrate over the poisoning of Kim Jong Nam in a crowded airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 13. 'This is way out of normal diplomatic practice,' Lalit Mansingh, a New Delhi-based scholar and longtime top Indian diplomat, said of North Korea's decision. He could not recall anything similar in recent years, where so many everyday citizens were pulled into a diplomatic standoff." (03/07/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/tit-for-tat-steps-ratchet-up-north-korea-malaysia-tensions-as-they-bsr-each-others-citizens-from-leaving/

North Korea: Regime allegedly fires four banned ballistic missiles into sea

Source: US News & World Report

"North Korea on Monday fired four banned ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) on average, with three of them landing in waters that Japan claims as its exclusive economic zone, South Korean and Japanese officials said. The test-launches appeared to be a reaction to huge U.S.-South Korean military drills that those countries consider routine but that Pyongyang insists are an invasion rehearsal. It was not immediately clear the exact type of missile fired, but the tests will be viewed as a provocation by the Trump administration, which is working on its policy for North Korea. The New York Times reported over the weekend that the United States still can't effectively counter Pyongyang's actions despite efforts to perfect cyber and electronic strikes against North Korea's missile program." (03/06/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-03-06/north-korea-fires-4-banned-ballistic-missiles-into-sea

Report: Kim Jong Nam had offer to lead North Korea government-in-exile

Source: Korea Times [Republic of Korea]

"North Korean defectors in Europe and the United States had offered Kim Jong-nam to serve as head of a government-in-exile, if one had been established, but he rejected the offer, according to sources, Tuesday. 'He was concerned that accepting such an offer may not help end hereditary succession of power in the repressive regime,' a source said. The source said Kim's paternal half-brother and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may have ordered his death with suspicions that he may join the government-in-exile aimed at eventually overthrowing the regime." (02/21/17)

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2017/02/103_224432.html

Malaysia: Video shows alleged assassins striking Kim Jong Nam at airport

Source: CBS News

"Newly-revealed security video from Malaysia apparently shows the moment when the half-brother of North Korea's dictator was assassinated. The video from Kuala Lumpur's airport shows an attacker wiping Kim Jong Nam's face. He died a short time later. Malaysia wants North Korea's ambassador to explain his criticism of their investigation. Malaysia's prime minister said he believes police have been 'very objective.' North Korea's ambassador said Malaysia's investigation can't be trusted. He also denied that the man killed was Kim Jong Nam. … Seven suspects are at large. Four of them — all North Korean — left the country on the day of the attack. … Four others are already in custody including a North Korean chemistry expert and both alleged female attackers. The women, one seen leaving the airport, told investigators they thought they were pulling a prank for a hidden camera TV show." (02/20/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/kim-jong-nam-assassination-north-korea-new-security-camera-footage/