Tag Archives: North Korea

Malaysia: Kim Jong Nam met with American four days before murder, trial hears

Source: NBC News

“The estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader met with a Korean American man on a Malaysian resort island four days before he was killed, a police witness told a murder trial on Monday. Indonesia’s Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnam’s Doan Thi Huong, 29, are accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam’s face in a crowded airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur last Feb. 13. They pleaded not guilty to murder charges when their trial began Oct. 2. The two are the only suspects in custody, though prosecutors have said four North Koreans who fled the country were also involved. Chief police investigating officer Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz told the court Monday that Kim flew from Macau to Kuala Lumpur last Feb. 6 and went to the northern island of Langkawi two days later. He said Kim met with the Korean American at a Langkawi hotel the next day, but he didn’t know the man’s identity and it wasn’t related to the $138,000 in cash found in Kim’s backpack when he was murdered.” (01/29/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/kim-jong-nam-met-american-4-days-murder-trial-hears-n841886

North Korea: Kim Jong Un calls for unification with South Korea in rare public announcement

Source: Metro [UK]

“North Korea sent an incredibly rare public message to ‘all Koreans at home and abroad’ today, calling for unification with South Korea. Kim Jong un said both North and South should make a ‘breakthrough’ to unite without the help of other countries, according to state media. The announcement from Pyongyang said all Koreans should ‘promote contact, travel, cooperation between North and South Korea.’ It also added that North Korea will ‘smash’ all challenges against reunification of the Korean peninsula. The announcement, issued after a joint meeting of government and political parties, added Koreans should wage an energetic drive to defuse the acute military tension and create a peaceful climate on the Korean peninsula.” (01/25/18)

http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/25/kim-jong-un-calls-unification-south-korea-rare-public-announcement-7259694/

Japan: Regime tries to escalate North Korea panic with Tokyo “missile attack drill” theatrics

Source: US News & World Report

“Tokyo held its first missile evacuation drill on Monday with volunteers taking cover in subway stations and other underground spaces that would double as shelters for the Japanese capital in the event of a North Korean missile strike. The choreographed evacuations at a fair ground and park ringing the Tokyo Dome baseball stadium involved around 300 volunteers. Small groups of protesters scuffled with police as they demonstrated against what they criticized as a war game that fanned public fear.” (01/22/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-01-21/japanese-capital-holds-first-north-korean-missile-attack-drill

Why Trump’s North Korea “bloody nose” campaign is a big bluff

Source: Antiwar.com
by Gareth Porter

“The Trump administration’s leaks of plans for a ‘bloody nose’ strike on North Korean nuclear and/or missile sites is only the most recent evidence of its effort to sell the idea that the United States is prepared for a first strike against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). But the ‘bloody nose’ leak — and the larger campaign to float the idea of a first strike against North Korea — isn’t going to convince Kim Jong Un or anyone else who has paid close attention to the administration’s propaganda output. That’s because national security adviser H.R. McMaster and other senior advisers know the Trump administration has no real first-strike option that is not disastrous.” (01/19/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/porter/2018/01/18/trumps-north-korea-bloody-nose-campaign-big-bluff/

North, South Korea to form joint team for Winter Olympics

Source: NBC News

“North and South Korea agreed during rare talks on Wednesday to form a combined women’s ice hockey team to take part in next month’s PyeongChang Winter Olympics and to march together under a unified flag at the opening ceremony. North Korea won’t be dominating any medal counts at the Games, which will hosted by its neighbor next month. But it’s hoping to grab as much of the spotlight as it can. … The plan for a unified team has prompted some criticism in the South because of concerns that South Korean athletes who made the team might be bumped off to make room for the North’s players. Even so, Seoul appears to be firmly behind the idea.” (01/16/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/north-south-korea-will-form-joint-team-winter-olympics-n838336

Tillerson opens summit with vow to double down on “Kim Jong Un is COMING TO GET YEWWW!” theatrics

Source: Washington Post

“Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that the United States would not stop joint military exercises with South Korea in exchange for North Korea freezing its nuclear weapons program, and promised to keep squeezing Pyongyang economically and diplomatically until [American TV viewers get bored and change the channel]. … The summit, at a convention center overlooking the Pacific, highlights Tillerson’s efforts to [keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary].” (01/16/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/tillerson-opens-summit-with-a-vow-to-keep-up-pressure-on-north-korea/2018/01/16/b04bbac8-d95b-4115-97ed-9ed7b451cda3_story.html

Moon Jae-in’s battle to denuclearize North Korea

Source: Students For Liberty
by James Paek

“While Washington D.C. and Pyongyang are busy powering up for a standoff over nuclear tests and ballistic missiles, South Korea has shifted the playing field considerably for all sides by electing President Moon Jae-in. The Korean peninsula was already bristling with the heady mix of tension, sanctions, nuclear testing, dictatorship, corrupt leaders, severed relations, and, most recently, a glittering parade of ballistic missiles in the North. What will Moon bring to the table and how is he different from his disgraced predecessor? His history, his career, and his words make it clear that he plans to take a new approach with his Northern neighbors.” (01/12/18)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2018/01/12/moon-jae-ins-battle-denuclearize-north-korea/

US tries to ratchet cooling Korea tensions back up with dispatch of B-2 bombers to Guam

Source: Japan Times [Japan]

“The U.S. Air Force has sent three B-2 nuclear-capable stealth bombers to Andersen Air Force Base on the island territory of Guam amid cooling tensions with North Korea. Around 200 airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri were recently deployed to Andersen in support of the U.S. Pacific Command’s Bomber Assurance and Deterrence mission. ‘During this short-term deployment, the B-2s will conduct local and regional training sorties and will integrate capabilities with key regional partners, ensuring bomber crews maintain a high state of readiness and crew proficiency,’ the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said on its website.” (01/11/18)

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/01/11/asia-pacific/u-s-deploys-three-powerful-b-2-stealth-bombers-guam-amid-cooling-tensions-korean-peninsula/

Korea: Peace breaks out

Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“North Korea today is depicted as practically an alien civilization peopled by soulless robots who move in unison according to the dictates of the Supreme Leader: that’s why it’s so easy for H.R. McMaster and his fellow demons to plot and scheme a ‘limited’ military strike on North Korea because Kim is not to be permitted to possess nukes capable of hitting the US, even theoretically (they probably don’t have the aiming device perfected). But of course several countries already possess this capability, among them one of the most radical Islamic nations on earth: Pakistan. Why wouldn’t deterrence work with Kim, as it worked with Stalin and others? Indeed, we can see it working now even as Kim initiates peace talks.” (01/11/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/01/10/korea-peace-breaks/

Why the Korean “crisis” is completely phony

Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Washington’s interest is to contain or eliminate Kim, while maintaining relations with the new South Korean government of liberal President Moon Jae-in, who campaigned on making peace with Pyongyang. Now Moon is following up on his campaign promises, and there isn’t a single thing Tillerson can do about it. South Korea’s interest is to a) avoid war with the North, and b) restart peace negotiations with Pyongyang and move toward fulfilling the promise of reunification. Both countries have ministries devoted to reunification and there is much political capital to be gained if progress can be made along this path. The fact is that Washington is the third man out on this date. The Americans have zero cards to play, while Kim has one card of inestimable value: the nuclear card. The United States cannot attack Kim, because the result would be the instant vaporization of Seoul and environs. The 30,000 US troops on the peninsula would share a similar fate.” (01/09/18)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/01/08/korean-crisis-completely-phony/