Tag Archives: North Korea

Trump regime hints at meeting with Kim, but sends B-1 bombers on flights over Korean peninsula

Source: CNN

“US Air Force B-1 bombers have flown over the Korean Peninsula twice in the past seven days — a move that has drawn sharp criticism from North Korea amid rising tensions in the region. On Monday, two US B-1 bombers departed Andersen Air Force base in Guam and conducted a joint drill with South Korea and Japan’s air forces over the Korean Peninsula, according to the US Air Force. Separately, two B-1 bombers also flew over South Korea on April 26, a US defense official confirmed. … The second of the two flights came on the same day President Donald Trump said he would be willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ‘under the right circumstances’ to defuse tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear program. No sitting US president has ever met with the leader of North Korea while in power, and the idea is extremely controversial.” (05/02/17)


An optimistic perspective on a scary crisis: No US War on North Korea

Source: OpEdNews
by Dave Lindorff

“North Korea is threatening to destroy the US with its thus far largely undeliverable and sometimes unexplodable nuclear weapons, while the US, after an embarrassing navigational “mishap” that saw it steaming in the opposite direction, has successfully dispatched the USS Carl Vinson carrier battle group to a position reportedly within “strike range” of North Korea (albeit actually still in the South China Sea near the Philippines, some 1200 miles distant from North Korea). Now President Trump is threatening a possible attack on that country if it won’t halt its nuclear weapons program. So is the Korean War, which never really ended, going to be reactivated, as scare stories are now warning? While I often find myself the pessimist in these kinds of crises, given the penchant for US presidents to turn to war as a default foreign policy option, I’m guessing that won’t happen in this case, and for the same reason I don’t think we will see US troops confronting the determined ethnic Russian secessionists in eastern Ukraine.” (04/30/17)


Kasich goes full idiot pol, babbles in public about “taking out” top North Korean pols

Source: Christian Science Monitor

“‘The North Korean top leadership has to go.’ With that bold assertion, Gov. John Kasich (R) of Ohio raised a controversial argument for American action aimed at neutralizing the North Korean nuclear threat. ‘An ability to remove a number of the top people, and have a more benign leadership there that understands what’s at risk, I think is perhaps doable,’ Governor Kasich told reporters Friday at a breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor. Kasich (the final competitor against Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016) has not fully closed the door to running again in 2020, one more reason that his views on policy command an audience. He is currently on tour to promote his new book, Two Paths: America Divided or United.” (04/28/17)


Phony hysterics over North Korea

Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“A lot of my job as editorial director of Antiwar.com is cutting through the veil of obfuscation with which the War Party masks its ill intentions. But sometimes you don’t even have to read between the lines to see what our conniving rulers are up to. Such is the case with the current war scare around North Korea. President Trump is playing this for all it’s worth, summoning the Senate to a special conclave at the White House to inform them of the supposedly dire threat. This ostentatious display was preceded by a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee at which Admiral Harry Harris, in charge of the US Pacific Command, sounded the alarm: ‘Kim Jong-Un is clearly in a position to threaten Hawaii today, in my opinion. I have suggested that we consider putting interceptors in Hawaii that … defend (it) directly, and that we look at a defensive Hawaii radar.’ The idea that the North Korean despot is going to pull off another Pearl Harbor is so off the wall that one has to wonder what the Admiral is smoking.” (04/28/17)


Trump openly threatens military war on North Korea, trade war on South Korea

Source: Reuters

“U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute. ‘There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,’ Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview ahead of his 100th day in office on Saturday. … He also said he wants South Korea to pay the cost of the U.S. THAAD anti-missile defense system, which he estimated at $1 billion, and intends to renegotiate or terminate a U.S. free trade pact with South Korea because of a deep trade deficit with Seoul.” (04/28/17)


Trump regime makes show of “briefings” to prep Congress for North Korea military misadventure

Source: Politico

“Senators were alarmed by a Trump administration presentation Wednesday at the White House complex about the dangers of North Korea, though lawmakers in both parties said it was unclear what the president’s next action against the combative nation will be. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis, who led the session, did not divulge whether the United States is considering military options against North Korea after recent weapons tests and military activities were conducted by the regime of Kim Jong Un. … The administration briefed House members afterward at the Capitol.” (04/26/17)


South Korea: Protests as US deploys THAAD system

Source: CBS News

“In a defiant bit of timing, South Korea announced Wednesday that key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system had been installed. This, a day after rival North Korea showed off its military power. The South’s trumpeting of progress on setting up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, comes as high-powered U.S. military assets converge on the Korean Peninsula and as a combative North Korea signals possible nuclear and missile testing. … About 8,000 police officers were mobilized, and the main road leading up to the site in the country’s southeast was blocked earlier Wednesday, Yonhap reported. About 200 residents and protesters rallied against THAAD in front of a local community center, with some hurling plastic water bottles. More than 10 demonstrators were injured during clashes with police, Kim Jong-kyung, a leader of a group of residents protesting the deployment, told the Reuters news agency.” (04/26/17)


North Korea: Regime marks anniversary with massive artillery drill

Source: CNN

“North Korea’s military staged a ‘large-scale artillery drill’ in the country’s east Tuesday to mark the founding of the country’s army. A statement from the South Korean military said the live-fire exercises were underway in the Wonsan region on Tuesday afternoon, but gave no details on what kinds of weapons and military units took part in the drill. … North Korea’s drills coincided with military exercises held by US and South Korean navies in the Yellow Sea, off the western coast of the Korean Peninsula.” (04/25/17)


Entire US Senate to visit White House for North Korea “briefing”

Source: United Press International

“The entire U.S. Senate will visit the White House on Wednesday to receive a classified briefing on North Korea — a rare move that signals the Trump administration’s growing focus on the potential threat from socialist nation. All 100 lawmakers in the upper chamber are set to attend the meeting, along with select other officials involved in the government’s decision-making process, such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis.” [editor’s note: Well, that sounds rather ominous … – TLK] (04/24/17)


American detained in North Korea

Source: CNN

“North Korea detained an unidentified US citizen for unknown reasons as he was planning to fly out of Pyongyang International Airport on Saturday morning. The detention was confirmed by Martina Aberg, deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of Sweden in Pyongyang. The Swedish Embassy represents US interests in North Korea, since Washington and Pyongyang do not have direct diplomatic relations. … The detained American is a professor with the frequently-used Korean surname “Kim,” according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. At least two other US citizens are known to be in North Korean custody.” (04/23/17)