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Fatty Spoonbanger sabre rattling again - fires missile into Sea of Japan

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Post  bb1 on Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:49 am

Doctors at the hospital said Warmbier had suffered a severe neurological injury from an unknown cause.

Walloped on the head with a baton or rifle butt, I suspect.

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Post  Lamplighter on Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:27 pm

North Korea says it's 'biggest victim' in US student's death

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday called itself the "biggest victim" in the death of an American student who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency denied that North Korea cruelly treated or tortured Otto Warmbier and accused the United States and South Korea of a smear campaign that insulted what it called its "humanitarian" treatment of him.

The comments published by KCNA were North Korea's first reaction to Otto Warmbier's death in a U.S. hospital Monday after it released him for what it called humanitarian reasons. Doctors at the hospital said Warmbier had suffered a severe neurological injury from an unknown cause. Relatives say they were told the 22-year-old University of Virginia student had been in a coma since shortly after he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea in March 2016.

His family and others have blamed North Korea for his condition. Warmbier was accused of stealing a propaganda poster. Through statements on KCNA, North Korea said it dealt with him according to its domestic laws and international standards.

"Although we had no reason at all to show mercy to such a criminal of the enemy state, we provided him with medical treatments and care with all sincerity on humanitarian basis until his return to the U.S., considering that his health got worse," the agency quoted an unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying.

The spokesman said "groundless" speculation of torture and beatings could be refuted by American doctors who came to North Korea at the time of Warmbier's repatriation and "recognized that his health indicators like pulse, temperature, respiration and the examination result of the heart and lung were all normal." The report did not mention Warmbier's neurological status.

"The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the U.S. in his normal state of health indicators is a mystery to us as well," the spokesman said. "To make it clear, we are the biggest victim of this incident and there would be no more foolish judgment than to think we do not know how to calculate gains and losses," he said.

"The smear campaign against (North Korea) staged in the U.S. compels us to make firm determination that humanitarianism and benevolence for the enemy are a taboo and we should further sharpen the blade of law," the spokesman added.

A separate KCNA article published hours earlier criticized South Korea for using Warmbier's case to seek the release of other detainees, including six South Korean citizens. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in an interview with CBS television earlier this week that it was clear North Korea bears a heavy responsibility for Warmbier's death.

The article said South Korea was tarnishing North Korea's image with "slanderous talk about cruel treatment and torture." It demanded that South Korea return 12 restaurant workers who defected to the South last year. South Korea said the women defected on their own, while North Korea claimed they were deceived and abducted to the South.

The United States, South Korea and others often accuse North Korea of using foreign detainees to wrest diplomatic concessions. Three Americans remain in custody in the North.
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Post  bb1 on Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:55 pm

Through statements on KCNA, North Korea said it dealt with him according to its domestic laws and international standards.

More according to its domestic laws, I somehow suspect...

The moral of this is don't go to North Korea and steal propaganda posters - even better, don't go there in the first place.

It's like those idiotic American evangelists that go to Iran and try to 'convert' Iranians - and then wonder why they find themselves inside Iranian jails.

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Post  Lamplighter on Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:21 am

N. Korea launches possibly most successful missile test yet

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea conducted what may be its most successful missile test yet on Tuesday, firing an intermediate-range weapon that could be powerful enough to reach Alaska. It's Pyongyang's latest step in a push for nuclear weapons capable of hitting any part of the United States.

While some details are still unclear, the launch seems designed to send a political warning to Washington and its chief Asian allies, Seoul and Tokyo, even as it allows North Korean scientists a chance to perfect their still-incomplete nuclear missile program. It came on the eve of the U.S. Independence Day holiday, days after the first face-to-face meeting of the leaders of South Korea and the United States, and ahead of a global summit of the world's richest economies.

Officials say the missile fired from North Phyongan province, in the North's western region, flew for about 40 minutes, which would be longer than any other similar tests previously reported, and covered about 930 kilometers (580 miles). South Korean analysts say it's likely that it was a retest of one of two intermediate-range missiles launched earlier this year.

Once U.S. missile scientist, David Wright, estimated that the missile, if the reported time and distance are correct, could have a possible maximum range of 6,700 kilometers (4,160 miles), which could put Alaska in its range if fired at a normal trajectory.

North Korea has a reliable arsenal of shorter-range missiles, but is still trying to perfect its longer-range missiles. Some analysts believe North Korea has the technology to arm its short-range missiles with nuclear warheads, but it's unclear if it has mastered the technology needed to build an atomic bomb that can fit on a long-range missile. It has yet to test an ICBM, though it has previously conducted long-range satellite launches that critics say are covers meant to test missile technology.

President Donald Trump responded on Twitter: "North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!"

"This guy" presumably refers to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. China is North Korea's economic lifeline and only major ally, and the Trump administration is pushing Beijing to do more to push the North toward disarmament.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga suggested the altitude of this missile might have been higher than earlier tests. He did not give further details, including the distance of the flight and where the missile landed.

Just last week South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump met for the first time and vowed to oppose North Korea's development of atomic weapons. Japan's government said the missile was believed to have landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan, but no damage to ships or aircraft in the area was reported.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sharply criticized North Korea for the launch. "The latest launch clearly showed that the threat is growing," Abe said. Abe, who talked by phone with Trump on Monday, said the two leaders plan to seek cooperation from world leaders when they attend a G20 summit in Germany.

Lee Illwoo, a Seoul-based military commentator, said the missile traveled for a far longer period of time than if it would have been fired at a normal angle. A North Korean scud-type missile, with a range of 800-900 kilometers, would land in its target site within 10 minutes if fired at a standard angle of 45 degrees. Lee said it's likely that North Korea fired either Hwasong-12 missile or a solid-fuel Pukguksong-2, both of which were tested in May.

On May 14, North Korea launched the Hwasong-12 missile, which its state media later said flew as high as 2,111 kilometers (1,310 miles) and landed in a targeted area in the ocean about 787 kilometers (490 miles) from the launch site. On May 21, North Korea also tested the Pukguksong-2, which traveled about 500 kilometers (310 miles).

China's U.N. ambassador, Liu Jieyi, warned Monday that further escalation of already high tensions with North Korea risks getting out of control, "and the consequences would be disastrous." The Korean Peninsula has been divided between the American-backed South and the authoritarian North since before the 1950-53 Korean War. Almost 30,000 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea.

Tuesday's launch is the first by the North since a June 8 test of a new type of cruise missile that Pyongyang says is capable of striking U.S. and South Korean warships "at will." Since taking office on May 10, Moon has tried to improve strained ties with North Korea, but the North has continued its missile tests. Pyongyang says it needs nuclear weapons and powerful missiles to cope with what it calls rising U.S. military threats.

Guess what, there's a G20 summit taking place - can't bear not being the center of attention, can he? LL
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Post  bb1 on Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:49 am

Someone must have forgotten to put the faulty chip in that one. And they've still barely caught up on Von Braun...

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Fatty claims missile a '4th July present'

Post  Lamplighter on Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:31 am

N. Korea vows more 'gift packages' of missile tests for US.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Grinning broadly, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delighted in the global furor created by his nation's first launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, vowing Wednesday to never abandon nuclear weapons and to keep sending Washington more "gift packages" of missile and atomic tests.

U.S. and South Korean forces, in response to Tuesday's launch, engineered a show of force for Pyongyang, with soldiers from the allies firing "deep strike" precision missiles into South Korean territorial waters. South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered the drills arranged with the United States to show "North Korea our firm combined missile response posture," his office said.

A North Korean test of an ICBM, confirmed later by U.S. and South Korean officials, is a momentous step forward for Pyongyang as it works to build an arsenal of long-range nuclear-armed missiles that can hit anywhere in the United States. The North isn't there yet — some analysts suggest it will take several more years to perfect such an arsenal, and many more tests — but a successful launch of an ICBM has long been seen as a red line, after which it would only be a matter of time — if the country isn't stopped. More at link.

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Post  Lamplighter on Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:15 am

S. Korea offers talks on tension, family reunions with North

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea offered Monday to talk with North Korea to ease animosities along their tense border and resume reunions of families separated by their war in the 1950s. It's unclear if North Korea would agree to the proposed talks as it remains suspicious of the South Korean president's overtures, seeing the new leader's more liberal policy as still resorting to the United States to force North Korea to disarm.

Seoul's proposal for two sets of talks indicates President Moon Jae-in is pushing to improve ties with Pyongyang despite the North's first intercontinental ballistic missile this month. Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo Suk said the South's defense officials are proposing talks at the border village of Panmunjom on Friday to discuss how to end hostile activities along the border. Seoul's acting Red Cross chief Kim Sun Hyang said it wants separate talks at the border village on Aug. 1 to discuss family reunions.

North Korea's state media hasn't immediately responded to South Korea's overtures. Earlier this month, Moon reiterated he's willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if conditions are met. Moon also said the two Koreas must halt hostile activities along the border, restart family reunions and cooperate on the 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Moon has said he would use both dialogues and pressures to resolve the standoff over North Korea's nuclear program. But his push has reported little progress with the North test-firing a series of newly developed missiles since Moon's May 10 inauguration.

The North's ICBM launch has stoked security worries as it showed the country could eventually perfect a reliable nuclear missile capable of reaching anywhere in the United States. Analysts say the ICBM that was tested could reach Alaska.

After the launch, Kim said he would never negotiate his weapons programs unless the United States abandons its hostile policy toward his country. Kim's statement suggested he will order more missile and nuclear tests until North Korea develops a functioning ICBM that can place the entire U.S. within its striking distance.
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Post  Lamplighter on Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:18 pm

US bans citizens from travel to N.Korea.

US officials say the Trump administration will ban American citizens from travelling to North Korea following the death of university student Otto Warmbier who fell into a coma in a North Korean prison.

The officials say Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has decided to impose "geographic travel restriction" for North Korea, which would make the use of US passports to enter the country illegal.

They say the restriction will go into effect 30 days after a notice is published in the Federal Register, but it is not immediately clear when that would be.

Two tour operators that organise group trips to North Korea say they have already been informed of the decision.

Koryo Tours says the ban will be announced on July 27. It did not say how long the ban would last.

Another tour operator, Young Pioneer Tours, said in a Twitter message that it has also been informed of the ban, citing the same date.

Young Pionner was the agency that took Warmbier to North Korea. He was subsequently arrested there and sentenced to 15 years of hard labour.
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Post  bb1 on Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:40 pm

Any American actually choosing to go to North Korea has clearly never heard of Darwinism.....beyond foolhardy.

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Post  Lamplighter on Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:33 pm

bb1 wrote:Any American actually choosing to go to North Korea has clearly never heard of Darwinism.....beyond foolhardy.
Maybe I am being a tad thick but I don't see the connection .... I thought Darwinism was all about natural selection? LL
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Post  bb1 on Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:44 pm

Exactly, LL. Any American stupid enough to go to NK voluntarily, especially if they then behave badly, is better out of the gene pool..... biggrin

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Post  Lamplighter on Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:51 pm

bb1 wrote:Exactly, LL. Any American stupid enough to go to NK voluntarily, especially if they then behave badly, is better out of the gene pool..... biggrin
Oh, right. LL
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Post  Lamplighter on Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:07 pm

North Korea fires intercontinental ballistic missile over 1,000km landing in the sea off Japan.

North Korea fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday, the Pentagon said, which travelled 1,000km and was believed to be more advanced than the one tested on July 4.

The projective landed in the sea off Japan only weeks after the rogue state claimed to have successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that officials are analyzing the apparent launch and that he has called a meeting of the National Security Council.

"I have received the first report that North Korea again launched a missile and it possibly landed inside the exclusive economic zone," Mr Abe said

In Washington, a Pentagon spokesman, Navy Captain Jeff Davis, confirmed that a launch of a ballistic missile from North Korea had been detected.

He said: "We are assessing and will have more information soon."

If confirmed, Friday’s launch would be the 14th to be conducted by North Korea in 2017, and the latest act of defiance from Pyongyang against a UN ban.

Pyongyang tested an ICBM on July 4, a missile that experts believe could reach Alaska and a game-changer in the North’s long-held aspirations to reach the continental United States with a projectile.

Japan's top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Friday’s missile flew for about 45 minutes and that there were no signs of damage.

South Korean media said the missile was launched from Jagang Province, in northern North Korea, at around 11:41pm local time (3.41pm GMT).

Yonhap news agency said: “South Korean President Moon Jae-in convened an emergency meeting of the National Security Council on Saturday to discuss how to deal with North Korea's latest provocation.”

The latest test comes after Mr Moon reached out to North Korea for talks earlier this month, an offer that was rejected by Pyongyang.

It also comes amid growing concerns in Washington over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

Donald Trump’s administration has said that the period of ‘strategic patience’ towards North Korea is over,

US officials have also expressed growing frustration with Beijing for not doing more to pressure its neighbour to rein in its military ambitions.

Britain and Australia this week joined the US in calling for China to exert more pressure on Pyongyang.

However, China says it has little leverage over leaders in Pyongyang, and regularly calls on the US and South Korea to halt military drills in the region as a means of diffusing tensions.

Reports this week suggest that Beijing is preparing for a potential crisis along its shared border with North Korea by building bunkers for civilians and realigning forces in the region.

The US and China earlier this week said they are making progress on a new UN resolution that would impose additional sanctions against North Korea in response to the

The rogue state is already under tough UN sanctions which have been enforced since it carried out its first of five nuclear tests in 2006.
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Post  Lamplighter on Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:00 am

North Korea says 2nd ICBM test puts 'entire' US in range

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Saturday the second flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile demonstrated his country can hit the U.S. mainland, hours after the launch left analysts concluding that a wide swath of the United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of North Korean weapons.

The Korean Central News Agency said that Kim expressed "great satisfaction" after the Hwasong-14 missile reached a maximum height of 3,725 kilometers (2,314 miles) and traveled 998 kilometers (620 miles) before accurately landing in waters off Japan. The agency said that the test was aimed at confirming the maximum range and other technical aspects of the missile it says was capable of delivering a "large-sized, heavy nuclear warhead."

Analysts had estimated that the North's first ICBM on July 4 could have reached Alaska, and said that the latest missile appeared to extend that range significantly. Immediately after the launch, U.S. and South Korean forces conducted live-fire exercises. South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo called for the deployment of strategic U.S. military assets — which usually means stealth bombers and aircraft carriers — as well as additional launchers of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system. More at link.
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Post  Lamplighter on Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:03 am

Japan says allies working on new UN resolution.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Japan's foreign minister says he and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will work closely with South Korea on a new U.N. Security Council resolution that includes more stringent measures against North Korea following its second test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Kyodo News service says Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida held telephone talks with Tillerson hours after Pyongyang's latest launch of a missile that analysts say is capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.

Kishida told reporters he and Tillerson agreed that they "absolutely cannot tolerate" North Korean provocations, including the launching of Friday's missile, which fell into Japan's 200-mile exclusive economic zone. He says they also agreed to make appeals to China and Russia.

Tillerson also spoke by phone with his South Korean counterpart. China, meanwhile, urged its ally North Korea to abide by the relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions and halt any moves that could escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Washington will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea, and calls on China and Russia to do more to curb the growing threat to regional and global stability posed by Pyongyang's missiles.

Hours after North Korea's second test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that's capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, Tillerson said in a statement the firing is a blatant violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions that reflect the will of the international community.

He says: "All nations should take a strong public stance against North Korea by maintaining and strengthening U.N. sanctions to ensure North Korea will face consequences for its relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them."

Tillerson also says Russia and China are "the principal economic enablers of North Korea's nuclear weapon and ballistic missile development program" and bear "unique and special responsibility for this growing threat to regional and global stability."

He says the U.S. seeks the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the end to belligerent actions by North Korea.

He says Washington "will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea nor abandon our commitment to our allies and partners in the region."
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Southeast Asia issues strong rebuke, warning to North Korea.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Southeast Asia's top diplomats slammed North Korea with a sharp rebuke Saturday over its intercontinental ballistic missile tests and admonished Pyongyang to comply with its duty of helping avert conflicts as a member of Asia's biggest security forum.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations foreign ministers, however, were split on an American proposal to suspend Pyongyang from the ASEAN Regional Forum, a 27-nation bloc that includes North Korea and its bitter adversaries the U.S., South Korea and Japan.

The ASEAN ministers reiterated in a joint statement their grave concerns over the escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula due to the North's two ICBM tests last month, saying the launches threaten world stability. The ministers traditionally issue a communique containing their diverse concerns, and their issuance of a separate statement on North Korea's missile tests and nuclear weapons program reflects their deep worries about the issue.

"These developments seriously threaten peace, security and stability in the region and the world," the ministers said in their statement. They urged the North to immediately and fully comply with its obligations under U.N. Security Council resolutions. More at link.
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Post  Lamplighter on Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:38 am

Donald Trump discusses Pyongyang’s 'grave and growing' threat with South Korean president.

Donald Trump has spoken with the president of South Korea over the “grave and growing” threat of North Korea, the White House said, as foreign ministers from Pyongyang and Seoul met amid heightened tensions.

The US President held a telephone call with Moon Jae-In after sweeping sanctions were agreed unanimously by the UN on Saturday, a vote which Mr Trump said in a Tweet made him “very happy and impressed”.   More at link.
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Post  bb1 on Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:58 am

Jaw-jaw is better than war-war...let them all keep talking. And keep Trump off Twitter!

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Defiant N. Korea issues new threats.

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Defiant N. Korea issues new threats against US after latest UN sanctions

North Korea vowed Monday to strike the U.S. with “thousands-fold” revenge after the United Nations imposed new sanctions in response to a recent intercontinental ballistic missile launch from the rogue regime.

The dictatorship’s official KCNA news agency described the recent sanctions as “crimes” that were a “violent violation of our sovereignty” and a “heinous plot to isolate and stifle” the communist country.

North Korea, which consistently threatens to send “gift packages” to the U.S., vowed to take “righteous actions” that would make America pay “thousands of times.”

The fiery response from the nation came in the face of the sanctions and as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson demanded the rogue nation halt its missile tests so the U.S. and North Korea could start negotiations.

Tillerson made the comments at a regional security meeting in Manilla, Philippines, and offered his most specific outline to date of what preconditions the U.S. has for talks with Pyongyang. He said stopping the launches would be the “first and strongest signal.”

He added the caveat that it would not be as simple as The Hermit Kingdom simply stopping launches for a few days or weeks, saying that he would not give a concrete timeframe but that the U.S. will “know it when we see it.”

The secretary of state also praised the most recent sanctions imposed on North Korea over their recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests, saying that it leaves no doubt in anyone’s mind whether there is a common view on the matter among the international community.

The sanctions against the communist nation include a ban on coal and other exports worth more than $1 billion — a huge bite in its total exports, valued at $3 billion last year.

The comments come after President Trump tweeted late Sunday that he spoke with South Korean President Moon Jae-In and was “very happy and impressed” with the United Nations Security Council’s 15-0 vote to hit Kim Jong Un’s regime with the tough new sanctions.

The White House added that Trump and Moon “committed to fully implement all relevant resolutions and to urge the international community to do so as well.”

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called the resolution “the single largest economic sanctions package ever leveled against the North Korean regime” and “the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation.”

Haley told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” “What we basically did was kicked them in the stomach, told them to stop and told them they are not going to put up with it anymore and the ball is now in North Korea’s court. They have a big decision to make. They can either respond by pulling back and said that they’re not going to be part of this reckless activity anymore, or they can see where it goes and we’ll continue to keep up the strength and keep up the activity to make sure that we stop them.”

The sharp new U.N. sanctions also received a welcome boost on Sunday from China, North Korea’s economic lifeline, as Beijing called on its neighbor to halt its missile and nuclear tests.

For the U.S., it was a long-awaited sign of progress for Trump’s strategy of trying to enlist Beijing’s help to squeeze North Korea diplomatically and economically. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, meeting with North Korea’s top diplomat during the gathering in Manila, urged the North to “maintain calm” despite the U.N. vote.

“Do not violate the U.N.’s decision or provoke international society’s goodwill by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests,” Wang said, in an unusually direct admonition.

The North’s statement issued Monday on state media came two days after the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions, saying they were caused by a “heinous U.S. plot to isolate and stifle” North Korea.

It says the U.N. sanctions will never force the country to negotiate over its nuclear program or to give up its nuclear drive and that will take “action of justice” but didn’t elaborate.
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Post  bb1 on Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:16 pm

The sanctions against the communist nation include a ban on coal and other exports worth more than $1 billion — a huge bite in its total exports, valued at $3 billion last year.

Communist? It's an absolute dictatorial monarchy, with goodies being reserved for the powerful and the rest like slaves...

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Post  Lamplighter on Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:46 am

NKorea nukes, missiles top concerns in Japan defense review,

TOKYO (AP) — The threat to Japan from North Korea has reached a "new stage" now that the country is capable of launching an intercontinental ballistic missile and its nuclear weapons program has advanced, a defense ministry report said Tuesday.

North Korea was the main concern cited as Japan's Cabinet approved the report, less than two weeks after the North test-fired a second ICBM that analysts say has a range that could include more of the U.S. mainland, including Los Angeles and Chicago.

The security review came just a week after Itsunori Onodera, who was defense minister in 2012-2014, resumed that job when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe revamped his Cabinet after a slew of politically costly scandals.

Onodera told reporters Friday he planned to update Japan's defense guidelines to reflect the threat from the North, suggesting he may seek an offensive missile capability. "North Korea's missile launches have escalated tensions both in terms of quality and quantity. I would like to study if our current missile defense is sufficient just with the Aegis destroyers and (surface-to-air) PAC 3," said Onodera, who headed a ruling party study in March that called for beefing up Japan's missile response capability.

The ICBM North Korea tested July 30 flew on a highly lofted trajectory and landed about 200 kilometers (120 miles) off Japan's Hokkaido island. North Korea has been increasing the range, accuracy and versatility of its missiles and diversifying its launch sites and methods. It has conducted two nuclear tests and more than 20 missile launches over the past year alone, exceeding the total of 16 missiles launched over 18 years under former leader Kim Jong Il, the report said.

"North Korea's development of ballistic missiles and its nuclear program are becoming increasingly real and imminent problems for the Asia-Pacific region including Japan, as well as the rest of the world," it said.

The 532-page defense report also raised concerns over China's ongoing assertiveness in air and maritime activity in the regional seas, and raised concerns about the lack of transparency in the country's military buildup with its budget tripling over the past decade.

While North Korea's intentions are mainly to put the mainland U.S. in range, its weapons advancements have furthered Abe's effort to beef up the role of Japan's military and its missile defenses. Joint exercises with its ally the U.S., also, have dramatically increased. The Defense Ministry already plans to acquire upgraded ship-to-air interceptors SM-3 Block IIAs and mobile PAC-3 MSEs, which would double the coverage area of Japan's current defenses.

The defense report was originally meant to be issued Aug. 1, but that was delayed by the Cabinet reshuffle. Days before that, defense minister Tomomi Inada stepped down after admitting that ministry officials had covered up information about dangers faced by Japanese peacekeeping troops while they were stationed in South Sudan.

The rise in regional tensions with both China and North Korea has raised the level of alert in Japan. Despite Onodera's comments, the ministry's report did not mention the possibility of installing more advanced defense systems such as the land-based Aegis Ashore or Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missiles, or THAAD, or allowing Japan's self-defense-only troops to conduct retaliatory attacks as proposed by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

The THAAD system was deployed last year in South Korea, much to the irritation of China, which has opposed the installation of systems that it suspects could be used to conduct surveillance from outside its borders.

In the East China Sea, China has stepped up activity around Japanese-controlled islands claimed by both countries, expanding to the south and also elsewhere along the Japanese coast, the Defense Ministry report said.

Increased Chinese activity in the East China Sea prompted Japanese air defense troops to scramble against Chinese military aircraft a record 851 times during fiscal 2016, up from 571 times the year before.

"China, particularly when it comes to maritime issues where its interests conflict with others, continues to act in a coercive manner," the report said. It expressed "strong concern" over China's behavior and its impact on regional security.
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Post  bb1 on Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:52 pm

An interesting report:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-09/north-korea-releases-canadian-prisoner-tillerson-talks-down-imminent-threat

In two welcome signs of de-escalation after yesterday's sudden spike in bellicose rhetoric, moments ago North Korea released a Canadian man from prison on humanitarian grounds, the Korean Central News Agency reported on Wednesday. He was serving a life sentence in the country for anti-state activities. As CGTN adds, Rim Hyon Su, also known as Rev. Lim Hyeon-soo was sentenced to life in prison with hard labor in December 2015.


At least there's some jaw-jaw going on.

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Separately, in a parallel attempt at de-escalataion, Sec. State Rex Tillerson also stepped in to calm the mood, when speaking to reporters this morning, he says he doesn't believe there is "any imminent threat" from North Korea, and says that they should "have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days." As the AP adds, he downplayed speculation that the US was moving closer to a military option.


Fingers crossed, the grown-ups are isolating Trump. I wish he and Fattie would just insult each other on tw@tter, they seem to have certain traits in common.

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Post  Lamplighter on Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:18 pm

AP sources: US-NKorea talking behind the scenes for months.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration and North Korea have had more diplomatic contact over the last several months than has been known publicly. The Associated Press has learned that he two governments have quietly engaged in back-channel diplomacy to address Americans imprisoned in the North and deteriorating relations between the two longtime foes.

People familiar with the contacts tell the AP that the interactions have done nothing to tamp down tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile advances. But they say the behind-the-scenes discussions could still be a foundation for more serious negotiation, including on North Korea's nuclear weapons.

They say that could take place should President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un put aside the bellicose rhetoric of recent days and endorse a dialogue.
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Well, that's a bit of a relief, anyway.....now take Trump's damned phone off him.

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