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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

August 22, 2017 ReadyMom 0

Kim Jong-Un secret escape route to China revealed as North Korea fears US strike
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/843287 … e-China-US

KIM Jong-un has an escape plan for fleeing over the border to China in the event of a US military attack on North Korea, intelligence sources reveal.

UPDATED: 13:01, Sun, Aug 20, 2017

The dictator would take only a tiny group of people with him, including his wife and two rocket experts.

Details of the secret plan were given to MI5 and the CIA by Thae Yong-ho last year after his defection to the West.

The former deputy North Korean ambassador to Britain, once a trusted member of Kim’s inner sanctum, said the dictator would direct his country’s military response from the safety of Chinese soil, close to the Yalu river which marks the border of the two countries.

He would be accompanied by Lieutenant General Kim Rak-gyom, head of rocket forces and rocket scientist Kim Jong-sik.

But for reasons unknown the once-favoured former air force General Ri Pyong-chol has been axed from the list.

Chinese president Xi Jinping has said he would remain “neutral” if North Korea launched a military attack, but China would stand by the Pyongyang regime if the US struck first.

However, recent comments that both sides should “hit the brakes” on military rhetoric cast doubt on how much support China would actually give to troublesome North Korea.

Thae revealed details of the plan during a lengthy debrief in Kent following his defection, before his wife and two children were flown to South Korea through Germany.

For his escape, Kim would use one of two small aircraft which are permanently on fully fuelled stand-by.

The plane would take off from one of five airstrips close to palaces owned by the supreme leader.

Many also border private train stations, which could also form part of any escape plan.

One is adjacent to a palace in the port city of Wonsan. The Kim family also has a fortified compound on Wonsan bay, where the ruler entertained NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman in 2013.

It boasts a £5.4million yacht, the Princess, moored nearby, and water slides, theme park rides, and a football pitch.

Kim said that his wife, 27-year-old Ri Sol-ju, would fly in the second plane along with General Kim Jong-sik.

Kim’s daughter, Ju-ae, was not discussed, though Thae said the leader “spoke of her often”.

His choice of other companions is telling. Rocket scientist Kim Jong-sik, a general in the Munitions Industry Department, is credited with being behind a 2012 rocket that successfully entered a lower Earth orbit.

In February he accompanied dictator Kim to a long-range rocket launch site. State television showed him flying in Kim Jong-un’s private plane.

He accompanied the young leader down a red carpet and received flowers from other senior officials.

Lt General Kim Rak-gyom, head of North Korea’s Strategic Rocket Forces, recently accused US President Donald Trump of “going senile” and “extremely getting on the nerves” of his soldiers.

Dropped from the flight manifest, Ri Pyong-chol, who worked for Kim’s father, is now deputy director of the Workers’ Party Munitions Industry Department, which oversees the development of North Korea’s ballistic missile programme.

He has visited China and, when head of North Korea’s air force, in 2008 had a meeting with China’s defence minister.

In 2011 he toured a Russian fighter jet factory.

Last night an intelligence source confirmed: “The deputy ambassador said that Kim had two small Cessnalike single-engine planes, made in North Korea, which are always fuelled and ready to go.

“He gave us the names of three people who would accompany him, one of whom is the country’s top rocket scientist.”

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:37 am


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

August 22, 2017 ReadyMom 0

Kim Jong-Un secret escape route to China revealed as North Korea fears US strike
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/843287 … e-China-US

KIM Jong-un has an escape plan for fleeing over the border to China in the event of a US military attack on North Korea, intelligence sources reveal.

UPDATED: 13:01, Sun, Aug 20, 2017

The dictator would take only a tiny group of people with him, including his wife and two rocket experts.

Details of the secret plan were given to MI5 and the CIA by Thae Yong-ho last year after his defection to the West.

The former deputy North Korean ambassador to Britain, once a trusted member of Kim’s inner sanctum, said the dictator would direct his country’s military response from the safety of Chinese soil, close to the Yalu river which marks the border of the two countries.

He would be accompanied by Lieutenant General Kim Rak-gyom, head of rocket forces and rocket scientist Kim Jong-sik.

But for reasons unknown the once-favoured former air force General Ri Pyong-chol has been axed from the list.

Chinese president Xi Jinping has said he would remain “neutral” if North Korea launched a military attack, but China would stand by the Pyongyang regime if the US struck first.

However, recent comments that both sides should “hit the brakes” on military rhetoric cast doubt on how much support China would actually give to troublesome North Korea.

Thae revealed details of the plan during a lengthy debrief in Kent following his defection, before his wife and two children were flown to South Korea through Germany.

For his escape, Kim would use one of two small aircraft which are permanently on fully fuelled stand-by.

The plane would take off from one of five airstrips close to palaces owned by the supreme leader.

Many also border private train stations, which could also form part of any escape plan.

One is adjacent to a palace in the port city of Wonsan. The Kim family also has a fortified compound on Wonsan bay, where the ruler entertained NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman in 2013.

It boasts a £5.4million yacht, the Princess, moored nearby, and water slides, theme park rides, and a football pitch.

Kim said that his wife, 27-year-old Ri Sol-ju, would fly in the second plane along with General Kim Jong-sik.

Kim’s daughter, Ju-ae, was not discussed, though Thae said the leader “spoke of her often”.

His choice of other companions is telling. Rocket scientist Kim Jong-sik, a general in the Munitions Industry Department, is credited with being behind a 2012 rocket that successfully entered a lower Earth orbit.

In February he accompanied dictator Kim to a long-range rocket launch site. State television showed him flying in Kim Jong-un’s private plane.

He accompanied the young leader down a red carpet and received flowers from other senior officials.

Lt General Kim Rak-gyom, head of North Korea’s Strategic Rocket Forces, recently accused US President Donald Trump of “going senile” and “extremely getting on the nerves” of his soldiers.

Dropped from the flight manifest, Ri Pyong-chol, who worked for Kim’s father, is now deputy director of the Workers’ Party Munitions Industry Department, which oversees the development of North Korea’s ballistic missile programme.

He has visited China and, when head of North Korea’s air force, in 2008 had a meeting with China’s defence minister.

In 2011 he toured a Russian fighter jet factory.

Last night an intelligence source confirmed: “The deputy ambassador said that Kim had two small Cessnalike single-engine planes, made in North Korea, which are always fuelled and ready to go.

“He gave us the names of three people who would accompany him, one of whom is the country’s top rocket scientist.”

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:37 am


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

August 22, 2017 ReadyMom 0

North Korea says US causing ‘uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war’ with military drills
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world … 02996.html

North Korea has threatened to unleash a “merciless strike” on American territory ahead of joint US-South Korea military drills.

Pyongyang warned the exercises, due to begin on Monday, were “reckless behaviour driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war”.

Thousands of troops will take part in 10 days of military simulations, designed to prepare American and South Korean forces for conflict with North Korea, amid heightened tensions in the peninsula.

Washington describes the drills as “defensive in nature” but Pyongyang has denounced them as a dress rehearsal for war.

“The Trump group’s declaration of the reckless nuclear war exercises against the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] … is a reckless behaviour driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war,” said an editorial in official government newspaper Rodong Sinmun.

It declared North Korea’s army could target the US mainland, Hawaii or the Pacific territory of Guam at any time, claiming America would be unable to “dodge the merciless strike”.

“The US should pay heed to the statement of the DPRK government that we would not rule out the use of any final means,” warned another article.

It added: “Reckless and wild acts of the US can accelerate its final ruin.”

Pyongyang says it has drawn up plans to fire four missiles towards Guam but North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said last week he had delayed a decision on carrying out the strike.

Donald Trump had said the US military is “locked and loaded” should North Korea “act unwisely”, having previously warned Pyongyang would face “fire and fury” if it continued to threaten America.

The escalating war of words, coupled with North Korea’s rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the US mainland, has fuelled a surge in tension.

The situation has added to pressure on the US and South Korea to stop the military drills. China, North Korea’s main ally and trading partner, called for the suspension of the annual exercises in exchange for Pyongyang halting its nuclear programme.

But the US has refused to back down.

“My advice to our leadership is that we not dial back our exercises,” said Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“The exercises are very important to maintaining the ability of the alliance to defend itself”.

The US military describes the software behind the drills as “state-of-the-art wargaming computer simulations”. There will be no field training during the exercise.

As part of the exercises, imagery from military satellites orbiting above the Korean peninsula is at times used to peer deep into North Korea, said a former South Korean government official who declined to be identified.

The US has about 28,000 troops in South Korea. Many of them will be joining thousands of South Korean forces in the exercises.

Other South Korean allies are also joining this year with with troops from Australia, the UK, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, the Netherlands andNew Zealand taking part.

Known as Ulchi Freedom Guardian, the joint drills have their roots in a 1968 raid on South Korea’s Blue House presidential complex, when a North Korean army unit secretly entered South Korea and unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate the then president, Park Chung-hee.

The US had been conducting regular “command and control” drills in the years following the 1950-53 Korean War, but merged exercises with the South Korean military following the failed raid, in which all but two of the North Korean commandos were killed.

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:33 am


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

August 22, 2017 ReadyMom 0

North Korea says US causing ‘uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war’ with military drills
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world … 02996.html

North Korea has threatened to unleash a “merciless strike” on American territory ahead of joint US-South Korea military drills.

Pyongyang warned the exercises, due to begin on Monday, were “reckless behaviour driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war”.

Thousands of troops will take part in 10 days of military simulations, designed to prepare American and South Korean forces for conflict with North Korea, amid heightened tensions in the peninsula.

Washington describes the drills as “defensive in nature” but Pyongyang has denounced them as a dress rehearsal for war.

“The Trump group’s declaration of the reckless nuclear war exercises against the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] … is a reckless behaviour driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war,” said an editorial in official government newspaper Rodong Sinmun.

It declared North Korea’s army could target the US mainland, Hawaii or the Pacific territory of Guam at any time, claiming America would be unable to “dodge the merciless strike”.

“The US should pay heed to the statement of the DPRK government that we would not rule out the use of any final means,” warned another article.

It added: “Reckless and wild acts of the US can accelerate its final ruin.”

Pyongyang says it has drawn up plans to fire four missiles towards Guam but North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said last week he had delayed a decision on carrying out the strike.

Donald Trump had said the US military is “locked and loaded” should North Korea “act unwisely”, having previously warned Pyongyang would face “fire and fury” if it continued to threaten America.

The escalating war of words, coupled with North Korea’s rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the US mainland, has fuelled a surge in tension.

The situation has added to pressure on the US and South Korea to stop the military drills. China, North Korea’s main ally and trading partner, called for the suspension of the annual exercises in exchange for Pyongyang halting its nuclear programme.

But the US has refused to back down.

“My advice to our leadership is that we not dial back our exercises,” said Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“The exercises are very important to maintaining the ability of the alliance to defend itself”.

The US military describes the software behind the drills as “state-of-the-art wargaming computer simulations”. There will be no field training during the exercise.

As part of the exercises, imagery from military satellites orbiting above the Korean peninsula is at times used to peer deep into North Korea, said a former South Korean government official who declined to be identified.

The US has about 28,000 troops in South Korea. Many of them will be joining thousands of South Korean forces in the exercises.

Other South Korean allies are also joining this year with with troops from Australia, the UK, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, the Netherlands andNew Zealand taking part.

Known as Ulchi Freedom Guardian, the joint drills have their roots in a 1968 raid on South Korea’s Blue House presidential complex, when a North Korean army unit secretly entered South Korea and unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate the then president, Park Chung-hee.

The US had been conducting regular “command and control” drills in the years following the 1950-53 Korean War, but merged exercises with the South Korean military following the failed raid, in which all but two of the North Korean commandos were killed.

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:33 am


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

August 22, 2017 ReadyMom 0
PatrioticStabilist wrote:
Seems I read somewhere the other day, they think might be some hacking into the
systems, I’m sure its being looked at. Hacking would make sense.

Son is really busy now, they are getting ready to start the latest war games in Korea.
Didn’t even have time to say much yesterday, he was off to a meeting, its expected.
Hope nothing goes awry there during them.

North Korea warns of ‘merciless strike’ ahead of US-South Korea drills
http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/20/asia/nort … index.html

Mon August 21, 2017

(CNN)Joint US-South Korean military drills are underway Monday despite warnings from North Korea a day earlier that they could lead to a “uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war.”
The 10-day Ulchi Freedom Guardian military exercises are conducted annually and touted by South Korea and the United States as defensive in nature.
But North Korea sees them as provocative and hostile, perhaps even preparation for an invasion.

“The Trump group’s declaration of the reckless nuclear war exercises against the DPRK … is a reckless behavior driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war,” North Korean state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun said, using the acronym for Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the nation’s official name.

The piece went on to say that the North Korean army can target the United States anytime, and neither Guam, Hawaii nor the US mainland can “dodge the merciless strike.”

“The Korean People’s Army is keeping a high alert, fully ready to contain the enemies. It will take resolute steps the moment even a slight sign of the preventive war is spotted,” it said.

It did not provide any details on what it meant by “preventive war.”

Guam in the firing line?

Just last week, Pyongyang said it had finalized a plan to fire four missiles toward the US territory of Guam, an important military outpost in the western Pacific. State media reported that leader Kim Jong Un would assess the US’ next move before giving launch orders.

Kim would “watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees,” a North Korean statement said last week.

As tensions have quickly risen in recent weeks, concerned parties like China and Russia have tried to tout a proposal in which the US and South Korea would pause its military exercises in exchange for a freeze or pause of North Korean missile testing.

The US has rebuffed the efforts so far and insisted that the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises would go ahead as planned, arguing they are lawful under international law as opposed to North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests.

Both US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis said last week that the US was keeping military options on the table in dealing with North Korea.

Tillerson said peaceful diplomatic pressure was the preferred way to get Pyongyang to stop its testing of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. But he added that the diplomatic approach “has to be backed with military threat” if North Korea chooses to move forward with destabilizing actions.

Mattis also made clear the US’ willingness to use force if North Korea steps out of line.

“In close collaboration with our allies, there are strong military consequences if the DPRK initiates hostilities,” he said.

Promise from South Korea’s President

As tensions escalate, South Korean President Moon Jae-in promised his citizens last week there “will be no war on the Korean Peninsula ever again.”
Moon, who took office in May, announced on his 100th day in office that US and South Korean policies are aligned on North Korea.

President Trump assured South Korea he would consult with them before making any military decisions on North Korea, according to Moon.

Moon said North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons technology was “nearing” a red line, which he described as “completing an ICBM and weaponizing it with a nuclear head.”

North Korea claims it has successfully miniaturized a nuclear weapon. While some experts believe it may have the technology, others caution that even if it doesn’t, North Korea should be taken at its word.

“If North Korea provokes again, it will face with much harsher sanction and won’t stand it in the end. I want to warn North Korea to do no more dangerous gambling,” Moon said.

His comments about averting war echoed similar statements he made Tuesday that only South Korea could give consent to initiate any conflict with the North.

“The government, putting everything on the line, will block war by all means,” Moon said.

China weighs in

China has urged both Washington and Pyongyang to tone down the rhetoric and stop actions that inflame tensions, missile testing on North Korea’s side and military exercises on the US and South Korean side.

China’s Global Times newspaper, a state-run tabloid, was scathing of South Korea’s decision to proceed with the drills.

“The drill will definitely provoke Pyongyang more, and Pyongyang is expected to make a more radical response,” it said in an editorial.
“If South Korea really wants no war on the Korean Peninsula, it should try to stop this military exercise.”

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:31 am


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

August 22, 2017 ReadyMom 0
PatrioticStabilist wrote:
Seems I read somewhere the other day, they think might be some hacking into the
systems, I’m sure its being looked at. Hacking would make sense.

Son is really busy now, they are getting ready to start the latest war games in Korea.
Didn’t even have time to say much yesterday, he was off to a meeting, its expected.
Hope nothing goes awry there during them.

North Korea warns of ‘merciless strike’ ahead of US-South Korea drills
http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/20/asia/nort … index.html

Mon August 21, 2017

(CNN)Joint US-South Korean military drills are underway Monday despite warnings from North Korea a day earlier that they could lead to a “uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war.”
The 10-day Ulchi Freedom Guardian military exercises are conducted annually and touted by South Korea and the United States as defensive in nature.
But North Korea sees them as provocative and hostile, perhaps even preparation for an invasion.

“The Trump group’s declaration of the reckless nuclear war exercises against the DPRK … is a reckless behavior driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war,” North Korean state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun said, using the acronym for Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the nation’s official name.

The piece went on to say that the North Korean army can target the United States anytime, and neither Guam, Hawaii nor the US mainland can “dodge the merciless strike.”

“The Korean People’s Army is keeping a high alert, fully ready to contain the enemies. It will take resolute steps the moment even a slight sign of the preventive war is spotted,” it said.

It did not provide any details on what it meant by “preventive war.”

Guam in the firing line?

Just last week, Pyongyang said it had finalized a plan to fire four missiles toward the US territory of Guam, an important military outpost in the western Pacific. State media reported that leader Kim Jong Un would assess the US’ next move before giving launch orders.

Kim would “watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees,” a North Korean statement said last week.

As tensions have quickly risen in recent weeks, concerned parties like China and Russia have tried to tout a proposal in which the US and South Korea would pause its military exercises in exchange for a freeze or pause of North Korean missile testing.

The US has rebuffed the efforts so far and insisted that the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises would go ahead as planned, arguing they are lawful under international law as opposed to North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests.

Both US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis said last week that the US was keeping military options on the table in dealing with North Korea.

Tillerson said peaceful diplomatic pressure was the preferred way to get Pyongyang to stop its testing of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. But he added that the diplomatic approach “has to be backed with military threat” if North Korea chooses to move forward with destabilizing actions.

Mattis also made clear the US’ willingness to use force if North Korea steps out of line.

“In close collaboration with our allies, there are strong military consequences if the DPRK initiates hostilities,” he said.

Promise from South Korea’s President

As tensions escalate, South Korean President Moon Jae-in promised his citizens last week there “will be no war on the Korean Peninsula ever again.”
Moon, who took office in May, announced on his 100th day in office that US and South Korean policies are aligned on North Korea.

President Trump assured South Korea he would consult with them before making any military decisions on North Korea, according to Moon.

Moon said North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons technology was “nearing” a red line, which he described as “completing an ICBM and weaponizing it with a nuclear head.”

North Korea claims it has successfully miniaturized a nuclear weapon. While some experts believe it may have the technology, others caution that even if it doesn’t, North Korea should be taken at its word.

“If North Korea provokes again, it will face with much harsher sanction and won’t stand it in the end. I want to warn North Korea to do no more dangerous gambling,” Moon said.

His comments about averting war echoed similar statements he made Tuesday that only South Korea could give consent to initiate any conflict with the North.

“The government, putting everything on the line, will block war by all means,” Moon said.

China weighs in

China has urged both Washington and Pyongyang to tone down the rhetoric and stop actions that inflame tensions, missile testing on North Korea’s side and military exercises on the US and South Korean side.

China’s Global Times newspaper, a state-run tabloid, was scathing of South Korea’s decision to proceed with the drills.

“The drill will definitely provoke Pyongyang more, and Pyongyang is expected to make a more radical response,” it said in an editorial.
“If South Korea really wants no war on the Korean Peninsula, it should try to stop this military exercise.”

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:31 am


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August 22, 2017 ReadyMom 0

MORE NEWS on bad fishing in PA: :(

DO NOT EAT – Fish in Pa. river are contaminated, officials say
http://www.wgal.com/article/do-not-eat- … y/12047167

PCB levels 10 times higher than threshold for consumption found

HARRISBURG, Pa. —

State officials are warning people not to eat fish caught in a stretch of a western Pennsylvania river after tests found extremely high levels of a potentially dangerous chemical.

Environmental protection officials issued the blanket warning Monday for all fish caught in the Shenango River in Mercer and Lawrence counties after previously advising people to stay away from certain species.

Officials say tissue samples of the fish had high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. In some cases, the results were 10 times higher than the threshold for issuing a consumption advisory.

Officials say the most recent tests by water companies did not show contamination in the water itself, but the companies agreed to increase the frequency of testing to ensure the safety of drinking water.

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:26 am


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August 22, 2017 ReadyMom 0

MORE NEWS on bad fishing in PA: :(

DO NOT EAT – Fish in Pa. river are contaminated, officials say
http://www.wgal.com/article/do-not-eat- … y/12047167

PCB levels 10 times higher than threshold for consumption found

HARRISBURG, Pa. —

State officials are warning people not to eat fish caught in a stretch of a western Pennsylvania river after tests found extremely high levels of a potentially dangerous chemical.

Environmental protection officials issued the blanket warning Monday for all fish caught in the Shenango River in Mercer and Lawrence counties after previously advising people to stay away from certain species.

Officials say tissue samples of the fish had high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. In some cases, the results were 10 times higher than the threshold for issuing a consumption advisory.

Officials say the most recent tests by water companies did not show contamination in the water itself, but the companies agreed to increase the frequency of testing to ensure the safety of drinking water.

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:26 am


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

August 16, 2017 ReadyMom 0

Something happened:

Earthquake in North Korea on August 15 2017 03:12 PM (UTC).
http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/database/? … -59502-PRK

Category CBRNE Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or High-Yield Explosive threat or attack
Certainty Observed Determined to have occurred or to be ongoing
Scope Public For general dissemination to unrestricted audiences
Severity Minor Minimal to no known threat to life or property
Urgency Past Responsive action is no longer required

Base data
EDIS Number EQ-20170815-59502-PRK
Event type Earthquake
Date/Time August 15 2017 03:12 PM (UTC)
Last update August 15 2017 03:14 PM (UTC)
Cause of event suspected nuclear test
Damage level Is not or not known Damage level
Affected area Local event : The affected area up to a few kilometers

Geographic information
Continent Asia
Country North Korea
County / State Province of North Hamgyong
Area Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility
Settlement
Coordinate 40.96, 129.34

Number of affected people / Humanities loss
Dead person(s) 0
Injured person(s) 0
Missing person(s) 0
Evacuated/rescued person(s) 0
Affected person(s) 0
Foreign people 0

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:41 pm


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General Food Topics • Re: Store fruitcake

August 15, 2017 ReadyMom 0

I’m English. I *LOVE* fruitcake!! My mom would make a fruitcake for every Christmas. And it was the BEST! Moist. Fruity. Full of liquor. Covered in Almond paste and Royal icing. Yummmmm! It would last a long time … if we didn’t eat it all!

When I got married, my mom made me a fruitcake for our wedding cake, at home. Decorated it with the silver beads & wedding ornaments that are traditional, in England. I’m so sad, because she wasn’t the kind of mom who encouraged you to help her in the kitchen or teach you how to do things. Everything I know how to do, I’ve had to teach myself. So … I never learned how to make that yummy fruitcake. And the tattered, yellowed Bistro cookbook that she brought with her,from England to use for her recipe, has disappeared (I think my SIL has it :( ).

When I went to England, on a trip with our soccer playing son … one of the first things I bought was a piece of REAL English fruitcake to eat on the way to the hotel. The stuff you get in America that is called ‘fruitcake’ is awful. Fruitcake has gotten a bad rap here. 🙁

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General Food Topics • Re: Store fruitcake

August 15, 2017 ReadyMom 0

I’m English. I *LOVE* fruitcake!! My mom would make a fruitcake for every Christmas. And it was the BEST! Moist. Fruity. Full of liquor. Covered in Almond paste and Royal icing. Yummmmm! It would last a long time … if we didn’t eat it all!

When I got married, my mom made me a fruitcake for our wedding cake, at home. Decorated it with the silver beads & wedding ornaments that are traditional, in England. I’m so sad, because she wasn’t the kind of mom who encouraged you to help her in the kitchen or teach you how to do things. Everything I know how to do, I’ve had to teach myself. So … I never learned how to make that yummy fruitcake. And the tattered, yellowed Bistro cookbook that she brought with her,from England to use for her recipe, has disappeared (I think my SIL has it :( ).

When I went to England, on a trip with our soccer playing son … one of the first things I bought was a piece of REAL English fruitcake to eat on the way to the hotel. The stuff you get in America that is called ‘fruitcake’ is awful. Fruitcake has gotten a bad rap here. 🙁

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:17 am


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

August 15, 2017 ReadyMom 0
PatrioticStabilist wrote:
I read that little fat boy decided to not shot the missiles around Guam, he will wait
and see. But I wouldn’t trust him.

Also, I too am really more worried about the EMP situation, that would devastate us
as a country. All the vultures would attack us.

Kim Jong Un appears to back down after Mattis, Trump warnings
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/08/15 … nings.html

Published August 15

Kim Jong Un appeared to blink first, with North Korean media reporting Tuesday the dictator had delayed a decision about whether to fire missiles toward Guam – a pronouncement that came hours after a particularly stark warning from Defense Secretary James Mattis promised further escalation would mean “game on.”

Kim Jong Un’s remarks came as he made his first public appearance in nearly two weeks, inspecting his army and examining missile plans, the official state media arm, KCNA, reported, according to Reuters. But the leader also tempered his recent fiery rhetoric, appearing to step back from the brink in an intensifying war of words between United States and North Korean leaders.

“He said that if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the latter will make an important decision as it already declared,” KCNA reported.

Kim Jong Un’s statement followed President Trump’s promise of “fire and fury” if North Korea continued to threaten the U.S. and, on Monday, Mattis saying any sign North Korea was attempting to fire a missile at the U.S. territory of Guam would amount to “game on.”

“It could escalate into war very quickly,” Mattis said. “…Yes, that’s called war, if they shoot at us.”

The Tuesday statement is a long way from previous declarations, in which Kim Jong Un went so far as to circle a date for his plan to fire a missile at Guam.

The latest uproar between Pyongyang and the rest of the world began following a stunning acceleration in North Korea’s nuke program. North Korea twice successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile in July, and dual reports last week – out of Japan and the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency – suggested North Korea had acquired the technology to miniaturize a nuclear weapon to fit on a missile. While Pyongyang still has hurdles to cross in developing a reliable nuclear ICBM delivery vehicle, the rogue regime’s rapid progress shocked the world.

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PatrioticStabilist wrote:
I read that little fat boy decided to not shot the missiles around Guam, he will wait
and see. But I wouldn’t trust him.

Also, I too am really more worried about the EMP situation, that would devastate us
as a country. All the vultures would attack us.

Kim Jong Un appears to back down after Mattis, Trump warnings
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/08/15 … nings.html

Published August 15

Kim Jong Un appeared to blink first, with North Korean media reporting Tuesday the dictator had delayed a decision about whether to fire missiles toward Guam – a pronouncement that came hours after a particularly stark warning from Defense Secretary James Mattis promised further escalation would mean “game on.”

Kim Jong Un’s remarks came as he made his first public appearance in nearly two weeks, inspecting his army and examining missile plans, the official state media arm, KCNA, reported, according to Reuters. But the leader also tempered his recent fiery rhetoric, appearing to step back from the brink in an intensifying war of words between United States and North Korean leaders.

“He said that if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the latter will make an important decision as it already declared,” KCNA reported.

Kim Jong Un’s statement followed President Trump’s promise of “fire and fury” if North Korea continued to threaten the U.S. and, on Monday, Mattis saying any sign North Korea was attempting to fire a missile at the U.S. territory of Guam would amount to “game on.”

“It could escalate into war very quickly,” Mattis said. “…Yes, that’s called war, if they shoot at us.”

The Tuesday statement is a long way from previous declarations, in which Kim Jong Un went so far as to circle a date for his plan to fire a missile at Guam.

The latest uproar between Pyongyang and the rest of the world began following a stunning acceleration in North Korea’s nuke program. North Korea twice successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile in July, and dual reports last week – out of Japan and the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency – suggested North Korea had acquired the technology to miniaturize a nuclear weapon to fit on a missile. While Pyongyang still has hurdles to cross in developing a reliable nuclear ICBM delivery vehicle, the rogue regime’s rapid progress shocked the world.

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Illini Warrior wrote:latest reports are that an intermediate missile is on the move into a firing position ….

Link, please. Could this be part of the ‘exercise’ that we read about this past week? -k

This???

Missile alarm: US satellites observe North Korea moving missiles into position, Mattis warns of high alert
http://www.news.com.au/world/missile-al … 8e949993fa

August 15, 2017

SPY satellites have observed North Korea moving a missile into position for a possible launch, with the US saying its forces are on high alert.

Officials have told US media that spy satellites have observed DPRK mobile missile launcher movement, indicating an intermediate-ballistic missile may be being prepared.

The report comes as US Secretary of Defence James Mattis warns any further escalation could rapidly lead to war: “Yes that means for a lot of young troops they’re going to be in a wartime situation.”

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SPY satellites have observed North Korea moving a missile into position for a possible launch, with the US saying its forces are on high alert.

Officials have told US media that spy satellites have observed DPRK mobile missile launcher movement, indicating an intermediate-ballistic missile may be being prepared.

The report comes as US Secretary of Defence James Mattis warns any further escalation could rapidly lead to war: “Yes that means for a lot of young troops they’re going to be in a wartime situation.”
A North Korean supplied image showing President Kim Jong-un being presented with plans to launch ballistic missiles towards the US territory of Guam. The map in front of him details the flight path of a missile over southern Japan, while the photo on the back wall shows Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base. Picture: KCNA

A North Korean supplied image showing President Kim Jong-un being presented with plans to launch ballistic missiles towards the US territory of Guam. The map in front of him details the flight path of a missile over southern Japan, while the photo on the back wall shows Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base. Picture: KCNASource:Supplied

‘DELIGHTFUL HISTORIC MOMENT’

Pyongyang’s state media has this morning reported President Kim Jong-un as “praising” his Strategic Force for drawing up a “careful” plan for a “power demonstration” to “envelop” Guam in fire.

“The nuclear force of the DPRK is strong in its guts and no one can guess its muscle as the flight trajectory of medium-to-long ballistic rocket Hwasong-12, firing data and the correct hitting-point are made public at home and abroad.”

Kim said he would “watch a little more” Washington’s behaviour, but he will make an “important” decision if the US continues its “extremely dangerous reckless actions”.

“The US Imperialists caught the noose around their necks due to their reckless military confrontation racket … (but) he would watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees spending a hard time of every minute of their miserable lot,” the report says.

“If the planned fire of our demonstration is carried out as the US is going more reckless, it will be the most delightful historic moment when the Hwasong artillerymen will wring the windpipes of the Yankees and point daggers at their necks.”

The missile being prepared may be a Hwasong HS-12. Such intermediate missiles do not have the capacity to reach the mainland United States, but can reach the US military bases of Guam and Japan.

‘WARTIME SITUATION’

Mattis told reporters in Washington this morning the situation could escalate to war “very quickly”.

He said it could be assessed “within moments” if a missile fired from North Korea was on track to hit Guam.

The United States would “take out” any seen to be heading for American soil.

If missiles were fired at US bases: “I think if they fire at the US it could escalate to war very quickly … Yes, that’s called war, if they shoot at us.”

He added: “If they shoot at the United States, I’m assuming they hit the United States. If they do that, it’s game on.”

North Korea’s has today repeated previous assertions that its plan was to fire missiles to land in the ocean around Guam, not at Guam itself. The US has stated this would be an unacceptable provocation.

Mattis was asked what response the US would give to such a ‘near miss’: “You can’t make all those kinds of decisions in advance,” he said. “There’s a host of things going on. There’s allies that we consult with … I need a certain amount of ambiguity on this.”

Mattis’s comments came after he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote in an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal that America has “no interest” in regime change in Pyongyang or the accelerated reunification of the two Koreas, and stressed the importance of a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

HOLIDAY SPECTACLE?

Today is a public holiday in North Korea (Liberation of the Fatherland Day — marking the end of World War II). Previous missile launches have been timed to coincide with such calendar events to maximise internal propaganda impact.

Another DPRK statement this morning attacked planned US-South Korea “Freedom Guardian” military drills scheduled for August 21.

“No matter what rhetoric they let out about “annual, regular and defensive drills”, they cannot cover up the danger of a war outbreak,” the statement says.

“If any accidental case would be sparked, though unwanted, it would never avert a war. What matters is that when a second Korean War breaks out, it would be a nuclear war.”

INTERNATIONAL CONCERN

The European Union’s foreign policy chief has called for “peaceful, not military” means to resolve the Korean peninsula crisis, urging Pyongyang to avoid any “further provocative action” that could stoke tensions.

“At such a critical juncture, the European Union supports diplomatic work with our partners aimed at the de-escalation of the situation and achieving the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula through peaceful, not military, means,” Federica Mogherini said in a statement.

The statement was issued after a meeting of a key EU panel which agreed the bloc would reach out to North and South Korea, the United States, China, Russia and Japan.

“There is an urgent need for a de-escalation of tensions on the situation on the Korean Peninsula,” Mogherini said.

“(…) We therefore call on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to refrain from any further provocative action that can only increase regional and global tensions.”

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Illini Warrior wrote:latest reports are that an intermediate missile is on the move into a firing position ….

Link, please. Could this be part of the ‘exercise’ that we read about this past week? -k

This???

Missile alarm: US satellites observe North Korea moving missiles into position, Mattis warns of high alert
http://www.news.com.au/world/missile-al … 8e949993fa

August 15, 2017

SPY satellites have observed North Korea moving a missile into position for a possible launch, with the US saying its forces are on high alert.

Officials have told US media that spy satellites have observed DPRK mobile missile launcher movement, indicating an intermediate-ballistic missile may be being prepared.

The report comes as US Secretary of Defence James Mattis warns any further escalation could rapidly lead to war: “Yes that means for a lot of young troops they’re going to be in a wartime situation.”

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SPY satellites have observed North Korea moving a missile into position for a possible launch, with the US saying its forces are on high alert.

Officials have told US media that spy satellites have observed DPRK mobile missile launcher movement, indicating an intermediate-ballistic missile may be being prepared.

The report comes as US Secretary of Defence James Mattis warns any further escalation could rapidly lead to war: “Yes that means for a lot of young troops they’re going to be in a wartime situation.”
A North Korean supplied image showing President Kim Jong-un being presented with plans to launch ballistic missiles towards the US territory of Guam. The map in front of him details the flight path of a missile over southern Japan, while the photo on the back wall shows Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base. Picture: KCNA

A North Korean supplied image showing President Kim Jong-un being presented with plans to launch ballistic missiles towards the US territory of Guam. The map in front of him details the flight path of a missile over southern Japan, while the photo on the back wall shows Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base. Picture: KCNASource:Supplied

‘DELIGHTFUL HISTORIC MOMENT’

Pyongyang’s state media has this morning reported President Kim Jong-un as “praising” his Strategic Force for drawing up a “careful” plan for a “power demonstration” to “envelop” Guam in fire.

“The nuclear force of the DPRK is strong in its guts and no one can guess its muscle as the flight trajectory of medium-to-long ballistic rocket Hwasong-12, firing data and the correct hitting-point are made public at home and abroad.”

Kim said he would “watch a little more” Washington’s behaviour, but he will make an “important” decision if the US continues its “extremely dangerous reckless actions”.

“The US Imperialists caught the noose around their necks due to their reckless military confrontation racket … (but) he would watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees spending a hard time of every minute of their miserable lot,” the report says.

“If the planned fire of our demonstration is carried out as the US is going more reckless, it will be the most delightful historic moment when the Hwasong artillerymen will wring the windpipes of the Yankees and point daggers at their necks.”

The missile being prepared may be a Hwasong HS-12. Such intermediate missiles do not have the capacity to reach the mainland United States, but can reach the US military bases of Guam and Japan.

‘WARTIME SITUATION’

Mattis told reporters in Washington this morning the situation could escalate to war “very quickly”.

He said it could be assessed “within moments” if a missile fired from North Korea was on track to hit Guam.

The United States would “take out” any seen to be heading for American soil.

If missiles were fired at US bases: “I think if they fire at the US it could escalate to war very quickly … Yes, that’s called war, if they shoot at us.”

He added: “If they shoot at the United States, I’m assuming they hit the United States. If they do that, it’s game on.”

North Korea’s has today repeated previous assertions that its plan was to fire missiles to land in the ocean around Guam, not at Guam itself. The US has stated this would be an unacceptable provocation.

Mattis was asked what response the US would give to such a ‘near miss’: “You can’t make all those kinds of decisions in advance,” he said. “There’s a host of things going on. There’s allies that we consult with … I need a certain amount of ambiguity on this.”

Mattis’s comments came after he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote in an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal that America has “no interest” in regime change in Pyongyang or the accelerated reunification of the two Koreas, and stressed the importance of a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

HOLIDAY SPECTACLE?

Today is a public holiday in North Korea (Liberation of the Fatherland Day — marking the end of World War II). Previous missile launches have been timed to coincide with such calendar events to maximise internal propaganda impact.

Another DPRK statement this morning attacked planned US-South Korea “Freedom Guardian” military drills scheduled for August 21.

“No matter what rhetoric they let out about “annual, regular and defensive drills”, they cannot cover up the danger of a war outbreak,” the statement says.

“If any accidental case would be sparked, though unwanted, it would never avert a war. What matters is that when a second Korean War breaks out, it would be a nuclear war.”

INTERNATIONAL CONCERN

The European Union’s foreign policy chief has called for “peaceful, not military” means to resolve the Korean peninsula crisis, urging Pyongyang to avoid any “further provocative action” that could stoke tensions.

“At such a critical juncture, the European Union supports diplomatic work with our partners aimed at the de-escalation of the situation and achieving the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula through peaceful, not military, means,” Federica Mogherini said in a statement.

The statement was issued after a meeting of a key EU panel which agreed the bloc would reach out to North and South Korea, the United States, China, Russia and Japan.

“There is an urgent need for a de-escalation of tensions on the situation on the Korean Peninsula,” Mogherini said.

“(…) We therefore call on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to refrain from any further provocative action that can only increase regional and global tensions.”

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Kim Jong Un briefed on possible Guam attacks: media report
http://abcnews.go.com/International/kim … d=49216116

Aug 14, 2017

Kim Jong Un was briefed today by a North Korean general on the country’s plan to launch missiles toward Guam, according to South Korea’s largest news agency.

“Dear Supreme Leader has spent a long time to review the plan to attack Guam by surrounding it and conferred with the leaders present,” reads a translated statement by Yonhap, attributed to KCNA, the state news agency of North Korea, of the meeting Kim had with General Kim Rak Gyom.

“Dear Supreme Leader has spent a long time to review the plan to attack Guam by surrounding it and conferred with the leaders present,” the statement added.

The war planning came during the leader’s visit on Monday to the the headquarters of Strategy Division of the North Korea’s People’s Army. While there, Kim warned soldiers there to stand ready to strike “at all times,” according to the Yonhap report.

The order to his army was reportedly followed by more bluster.

“The United States, which was the first to bring numerous strategic nuclear equipment near us, should first make the right decision and show through actions if they wish to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula and prevent a dangerous military clash,” Kim was quoted as saying.

“Dear Supreme Leader said that the Americans’ reckless military confrontational behavior has ended up the U.S. trapping themselves with their own hands and are spending pathetic fate by weary minutes and seconds and that Dear Supreme Leader will watch such stupid American behavior for a bit longer,” KCNA said, according to Yonhap.

The report claimed that it was the Americans who were the provocateurs, for their “reckless military confrontational behavior has ended up the U.S. trapping themselves with their own hands and are spending pathetic fate by weary minutes and seconds and that Dear Supreme Leader will watch such stupid American behavior for a bit longer.”

When the preparation for battle was complete, Kim decided to take a photo with his soldiers.

“Dear Supreme Leader took a commemorative photo with the soldiers, who welcomed the Dear Supreme Leader with utmost excitement, to whom the Dear Supreme Leader responded by waving at them,” KCNA reported.

Pyongyang’s saber rattling comes a week after the North Korean army declared it would complete an assault to launch four intermediate ballistic missiles near Guam by mid-August. And it’s one day after the U.N. passed sanctions to devastate the region; China on Tuesday announced it would phase out supplying North Korea with crucial coal imports.

Kim’s rhetoric on Monday came shortly after Secretary of Defense James Mattis harshly warned North Korea of considering any sort of aggression against the U.S.

“If they shoot at the United States, I’m assuming they’ve hit the United States. … If they do that, then it’s game on,” he said.

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Kim Jong Un briefed on possible Guam attacks: media report
http://abcnews.go.com/International/kim … d=49216116

Aug 14, 2017

Kim Jong Un was briefed today by a North Korean general on the country’s plan to launch missiles toward Guam, according to South Korea’s largest news agency.

“Dear Supreme Leader has spent a long time to review the plan to attack Guam by surrounding it and conferred with the leaders present,” reads a translated statement by Yonhap, attributed to KCNA, the state news agency of North Korea, of the meeting Kim had with General Kim Rak Gyom.

“Dear Supreme Leader has spent a long time to review the plan to attack Guam by surrounding it and conferred with the leaders present,” the statement added.

The war planning came during the leader’s visit on Monday to the the headquarters of Strategy Division of the North Korea’s People’s Army. While there, Kim warned soldiers there to stand ready to strike “at all times,” according to the Yonhap report.

The order to his army was reportedly followed by more bluster.

“The United States, which was the first to bring numerous strategic nuclear equipment near us, should first make the right decision and show through actions if they wish to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula and prevent a dangerous military clash,” Kim was quoted as saying.

“Dear Supreme Leader said that the Americans’ reckless military confrontational behavior has ended up the U.S. trapping themselves with their own hands and are spending pathetic fate by weary minutes and seconds and that Dear Supreme Leader will watch such stupid American behavior for a bit longer,” KCNA said, according to Yonhap.

The report claimed that it was the Americans who were the provocateurs, for their “reckless military confrontational behavior has ended up the U.S. trapping themselves with their own hands and are spending pathetic fate by weary minutes and seconds and that Dear Supreme Leader will watch such stupid American behavior for a bit longer.”

When the preparation for battle was complete, Kim decided to take a photo with his soldiers.

“Dear Supreme Leader took a commemorative photo with the soldiers, who welcomed the Dear Supreme Leader with utmost excitement, to whom the Dear Supreme Leader responded by waving at them,” KCNA reported.

Pyongyang’s saber rattling comes a week after the North Korean army declared it would complete an assault to launch four intermediate ballistic missiles near Guam by mid-August. And it’s one day after the U.N. passed sanctions to devastate the region; China on Tuesday announced it would phase out supplying North Korea with crucial coal imports.

Kim’s rhetoric on Monday came shortly after Secretary of Defense James Mattis harshly warned North Korea of considering any sort of aggression against the U.S.

“If they shoot at the United States, I’m assuming they’ve hit the United States. … If they do that, then it’s game on,” he said.

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North Korea Backs Off Guam Missile-Attack Threat
https://www.wsj.com/articles/north-kore … 1502751054

Aug. 14, 2017 6:50 p.m. ET
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SEOUL—North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has decided not to launch a threatened missile attack on Guam, Pyongyang’s state media reported on Tuesday, but warned that he could change his mind “if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions.”

The report, published early Tuesday, could help dial back tensions that had spiraled last week following an exchange of threats between North Korea and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Mr. Trump warned Pyongyang last week that the U.S. military was “locked and loaded” and could engulf the North in “fire and fury,” while North Korea, through its state media, had threatened to fire four missiles in a bid to surround the U.S. territory of Guam in “enveloping fire.”

North Korean state media said in its report Tuesday that Mr. Kim had made his decision not to fire on Guam after visiting a military command post and examining a military plan presented to him by his senior officers.

While Mr. Kim said he had decided not to launch the attack on Guam yet, he advised the U.S. “to take into full account” whether the current standoff was to its benefit. He also said it was incumbent on the U.S. to “stop at once arrogant provocations against the DPRK and unilateral demands and not provoke it any longer,” using an abbreviation for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the formal name for North Korea.

“If the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean Peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the [North] will make an important decision as it already declared,” the report quoted Mr. Kim as saying.

Mr. Kim added that the planned launch could still be carried out at any moment, and said that such a strike would be a “most delightful historic moment” that would “wring the windpipes of the Yankees and point daggers at their necks.”

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North Korea Backs Off Guam Missile-Attack Threat
https://www.wsj.com/articles/north-kore … 1502751054

Aug. 14, 2017 6:50 p.m. ET
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SEOUL—North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has decided not to launch a threatened missile attack on Guam, Pyongyang’s state media reported on Tuesday, but warned that he could change his mind “if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions.”

The report, published early Tuesday, could help dial back tensions that had spiraled last week following an exchange of threats between North Korea and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Mr. Trump warned Pyongyang last week that the U.S. military was “locked and loaded” and could engulf the North in “fire and fury,” while North Korea, through its state media, had threatened to fire four missiles in a bid to surround the U.S. territory of Guam in “enveloping fire.”

North Korean state media said in its report Tuesday that Mr. Kim had made his decision not to fire on Guam after visiting a military command post and examining a military plan presented to him by his senior officers.

While Mr. Kim said he had decided not to launch the attack on Guam yet, he advised the U.S. “to take into full account” whether the current standoff was to its benefit. He also said it was incumbent on the U.S. to “stop at once arrogant provocations against the DPRK and unilateral demands and not provoke it any longer,” using an abbreviation for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the formal name for North Korea.

“If the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean Peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the [North] will make an important decision as it already declared,” the report quoted Mr. Kim as saying.

Mr. Kim added that the planned launch could still be carried out at any moment, and said that such a strike would be a “most delightful historic moment” that would “wring the windpipes of the Yankees and point daggers at their necks.”

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Kim Jong Un’s disappearance sparks concerns missile launch could be imminent
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/08/14 … inent.html

August 14, 2017

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has vanished from the public eye for two weeks, South Korean media reported, prompting fears that he may be preparing to mark Tuesday’s public holiday by firing a new rocket.

The last time Kim went days without being seen was prior to the ICBM launch in late July, when he remained incognito for two weeks before making his grandiose public appearance. His public withdrawal comes as nuclear tensions mount between Washington and Pyongyang, and on the heels of the leader’s threat to attack the U.S. island territory of Guam.

On Tuesday, North Korea is set to commemorate the Korean Peninsula’s liberation from Japan at the end of World War II.

Adding to the speculation of an imminent rocket-fire test, last week U.S.-based North Korea watchdog site 38 North released satellite imagery of a submarine base in the hermit country, showing that tarps had been placed above both the fore and aft decks of the Sinpo-class submarine base, presumably to conceal any inside movements.

However, other analysts have also pointed out that Kim has previously disappeared for lengthy periods due to an unknown “physical condition.” Furthermore, his father, Kim Jong Il, disappeared for around six weeks after the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, prompting speculation that he simply may have felt threatened.

Trump vowed last week that the U.S. would respond with “fire and fury” and is “locked and loaded” should North Korea dare come close to carrying an attack on the U.S. territory of Guam. Pentagon officials have told Fox News that the U.S. military stands ready to “fight tonight.”

Pyongyang, in turn, warned that “even a single shell dropped on the Korea Peninsula might lead to the outbreak of thermonuclear war” and that North Korea considers “the U.S. no more than a lump” which it “can beat to a jelly at any time.”

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Kim Jong Un’s disappearance sparks concerns missile launch could be imminent
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/08/14 … inent.html

August 14, 2017

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has vanished from the public eye for two weeks, South Korean media reported, prompting fears that he may be preparing to mark Tuesday’s public holiday by firing a new rocket.

The last time Kim went days without being seen was prior to the ICBM launch in late July, when he remained incognito for two weeks before making his grandiose public appearance. His public withdrawal comes as nuclear tensions mount between Washington and Pyongyang, and on the heels of the leader’s threat to attack the U.S. island territory of Guam.

On Tuesday, North Korea is set to commemorate the Korean Peninsula’s liberation from Japan at the end of World War II.

Adding to the speculation of an imminent rocket-fire test, last week U.S.-based North Korea watchdog site 38 North released satellite imagery of a submarine base in the hermit country, showing that tarps had been placed above both the fore and aft decks of the Sinpo-class submarine base, presumably to conceal any inside movements.

However, other analysts have also pointed out that Kim has previously disappeared for lengthy periods due to an unknown “physical condition.” Furthermore, his father, Kim Jong Il, disappeared for around six weeks after the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, prompting speculation that he simply may have felt threatened.

Trump vowed last week that the U.S. would respond with “fire and fury” and is “locked and loaded” should North Korea dare come close to carrying an attack on the U.S. territory of Guam. Pentagon officials have told Fox News that the U.S. military stands ready to “fight tonight.”

Pyongyang, in turn, warned that “even a single shell dropped on the Korea Peninsula might lead to the outbreak of thermonuclear war” and that North Korea considers “the U.S. no more than a lump” which it “can beat to a jelly at any time.”

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EXCLUSIVE – Congressional Expert: North Korea Satellites Orbiting U.S. Could Be Used for ‘Surprise’ EMP Attack
http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2017 … mp-attack/

TEL AVIV — While the news media and U.S. intelligence community continues to focus on North Korea’s missile capabilities, one expert warned on Sunday that we are ignoring two North Korean satellites currently orbiting the U.S. that could be used to carry out a devastating electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.

Such a “surprise” attack could paralyze the U.S. electrical grid and critical civilian infrastructure, resulting in the death of large numbers of Americans.

So warned Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Congressional Task Force on National and Homeland Security and chief of staff of the Congressional EMP Commission.

Pry was speaking on this reporter’s Sunday night talk radio show, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” broadcast on terrestrial radio on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and NewsTalk 990 AM in Philadelphia and online.

“We should not be tolerating the North Korean satellites that are orbiting over our country. There are two of them. And the intelligence community is still silent about those,” said Pry.

The expert was referring to the KMS 3-2 and KMS-4 earth observation satellites launched by North Korea in April 2012 and February 2016 respectively. The KSM-4 was launched one month after North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test, prompting a debate about sanctions at the United Nations Security Council.

“The EMP Commission has officially been warning about those satellites especially now that the (intelligence) community admits that North Korea can miniaturize warheads,” Pry stated. “Our argument all along has been that they could make weapons small enough to put on those satellites that pass over the United States on the optimum trajectory for an EMP attack on North America.”

“And they would obviously be a basis for a surprise EMP attack if North Korea wants to commit aggression against South Korea. Or to blackmail us if we were going to intervene to deliver on our security guarantees for Japan, South Korea or the Pacific.”

Pry said the satellites are orbiting at the “optimum height for putting an EMP field over all 48 contiguous United States.”

Pry warned that deploying satellites for the purpose of an EMP option against the U.S. “is exactly the kind of thing that he (North Korean leader Kim Jong Un) would do. It would make strategic sense to do it. We do know that Kim Jong Un is a risk-taker.”

Pry surmised that the North Koreans may be utilizing the satellites for an attack plan pioneered by the Soviets during the Cold War to attack the U.S. with an EMP as part of a larger surprise assault aimed at crippling the U.S. military.

Unlike the Soviet plan, Pry opined, the North Koreans may be seeking to use an EMP attack to target “our electrical grid and our civilian critical infrastructure. And they only need one weapon to do that.”

Pry continued:

The North Koreans basically I think got this idea from the Russians. They had called it the Fractional Orbital Bombardment System. … The idea was that you would use a peaceful space launch vehicle to launch what would appear to look like a peaceful satellite. And it would even fly away from us on a South Polar trajectory so that it wasn’t coming toward the United States. But it would really be a nuclear weapon. And the reason it would come up from the south is because we don’t have any ballistic missile early warning radars facing the south and no interceptors. We are blind and defenseless from the South.

The first thing we would know is when the [North Korean] satellite detonated at high altitude over the United States at about three hundred kilometers which is the orbit of these satellites. The optimum height for putting an EMP field over all 48 contiguous United States. In the Soviet plan, the idea was to paralyze command and control, our bombers, our missiles so that they would then be able to launch a massive disarming strike that would then come across the North Pole and strike us. The North Koreans don’t have enough missiles to do something like that, and their object is not to paralyze our strategic forces as much as it would be to kill our people.

Pry faulted the U.S. intelligence community for its supposed silence on the threat. “This is such an act of irresponsibility for both the intelligence community and … the mainstream media. To leave the American people pretty much in the dark about this. Because if we did get an international crisis where we were gearing up to intervene on our security guarantees it would be an enormous shock for people.”

He added: “People will be psychologically unprepared for that at all levels of the government from the president all the way down to the man on the street. So, the failure to at least talk about this possibility is actually helping our enemies put us in a situation where they could achieve their political and military goals.”

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EXCLUSIVE – Congressional Expert: North Korea Satellites Orbiting U.S. Could Be Used for ‘Surprise’ EMP Attack
http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2017 … mp-attack/

TEL AVIV — While the news media and U.S. intelligence community continues to focus on North Korea’s missile capabilities, one expert warned on Sunday that we are ignoring two North Korean satellites currently orbiting the U.S. that could be used to carry out a devastating electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.

Such a “surprise” attack could paralyze the U.S. electrical grid and critical civilian infrastructure, resulting in the death of large numbers of Americans.

So warned Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Congressional Task Force on National and Homeland Security and chief of staff of the Congressional EMP Commission.

Pry was speaking on this reporter’s Sunday night talk radio show, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” broadcast on terrestrial radio on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and NewsTalk 990 AM in Philadelphia and online.

“We should not be tolerating the North Korean satellites that are orbiting over our country. There are two of them. And the intelligence community is still silent about those,” said Pry.

The expert was referring to the KMS 3-2 and KMS-4 earth observation satellites launched by North Korea in April 2012 and February 2016 respectively. The KSM-4 was launched one month after North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test, prompting a debate about sanctions at the United Nations Security Council.

“The EMP Commission has officially been warning about those satellites especially now that the (intelligence) community admits that North Korea can miniaturize warheads,” Pry stated. “Our argument all along has been that they could make weapons small enough to put on those satellites that pass over the United States on the optimum trajectory for an EMP attack on North America.”

“And they would obviously be a basis for a surprise EMP attack if North Korea wants to commit aggression against South Korea. Or to blackmail us if we were going to intervene to deliver on our security guarantees for Japan, South Korea or the Pacific.”

Pry said the satellites are orbiting at the “optimum height for putting an EMP field over all 48 contiguous United States.”

Pry warned that deploying satellites for the purpose of an EMP option against the U.S. “is exactly the kind of thing that he (North Korean leader Kim Jong Un) would do. It would make strategic sense to do it. We do know that Kim Jong Un is a risk-taker.”

Pry surmised that the North Koreans may be utilizing the satellites for an attack plan pioneered by the Soviets during the Cold War to attack the U.S. with an EMP as part of a larger surprise assault aimed at crippling the U.S. military.

Unlike the Soviet plan, Pry opined, the North Koreans may be seeking to use an EMP attack to target “our electrical grid and our civilian critical infrastructure. And they only need one weapon to do that.”

Pry continued:

The North Koreans basically I think got this idea from the Russians. They had called it the Fractional Orbital Bombardment System. … The idea was that you would use a peaceful space launch vehicle to launch what would appear to look like a peaceful satellite. And it would even fly away from us on a South Polar trajectory so that it wasn’t coming toward the United States. But it would really be a nuclear weapon. And the reason it would come up from the south is because we don’t have any ballistic missile early warning radars facing the south and no interceptors. We are blind and defenseless from the South.

The first thing we would know is when the [North Korean] satellite detonated at high altitude over the United States at about three hundred kilometers which is the orbit of these satellites. The optimum height for putting an EMP field over all 48 contiguous United States. In the Soviet plan, the idea was to paralyze command and control, our bombers, our missiles so that they would then be able to launch a massive disarming strike that would then come across the North Pole and strike us. The North Koreans don’t have enough missiles to do something like that, and their object is not to paralyze our strategic forces as much as it would be to kill our people.

Pry faulted the U.S. intelligence community for its supposed silence on the threat. “This is such an act of irresponsibility for both the intelligence community and … the mainstream media. To leave the American people pretty much in the dark about this. Because if we did get an international crisis where we were gearing up to intervene on our security guarantees it would be an enormous shock for people.”

He added: “People will be psychologically unprepared for that at all levels of the government from the president all the way down to the man on the street. So, the failure to at least talk about this possibility is actually helping our enemies put us in a situation where they could achieve their political and military goals.”

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N. Korea ‘on standby to launch,’ state-run paper says in response to Trump’s latest warnings
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08 … nings.html

August 12, 2017

North Korea took its turn Saturday in the country’s escalating, back-and-fourth with President Trump, with the state-run newspaper saying leader Kim Jung Un’s revolutionary army is “capable of fighting any war the U.S. wants.”

The assertion was made in an editorial that also states the Paektusan army is now “on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack.”

The editorial also argues that the United States “finds itself in an ever worsening dilemma, being thrown into the grip of extreme security unrest by the DPRK. This is tragicomedy of its own making. … If the Trump administration does not want the American empire to meet its tragic doom in its tenure, they had better talk and act properly.”

DPRK stands for North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The editorial appears to be in response to a series of comments made by Trump in recent days, most recently Friday that the United States is “locked and loaded.”

The president’s recent comments are in response to Kim threatening a missile attack on U.S. territory Guam.

Trump, meanwhile, continues to pursue a diplomatic solution to North Korea’s purported development of a nuclear warhead that could reach the United States and other countries on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The White House says Trump has a phone conversation Friday with Chinese President Xi Jinping in which the leaders reiterated their commitment to the de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The president also saluted Xi for China’s recent United Nations vote to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea, in response the country’s escalating pursuit of nuclear weapons, according to the White House.

As the crisis has unfolded, Trump has alternated praising China for its help and chiding it for not doing more.

The White House says Trump also told Xi he looked forward to seeing him in China later this year.

During Trump’s phone conversation Friday with Xi, the Chinese leader also requested that the U.S. and North Korea tone down their recent rhetoric and avoid actions that could worsen tensions between the two nations, Chinese Central Television reported.

“At present, the relevant parties must maintain restraint and avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean Peninsula,” Xi was quoted as saying.

Trump has urged China to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons program, which North Korea says is nearing the capability of targeting the United States.

China is the North’s biggest economic partner and source of aid, but says it alone can’t compel Pyongyang to end its nuclear and missile programs.

Trump also spoke this weekend with Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo, reassuring him that U.S. military forces stand ready to ensure the safety and security of the U.S. territory, a White House statement said.

Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Saturday to do “everything, to the best of my ability,” to protect his nation’s people as tensions escalate over North Korea’s plans to send missiles over Japan toward Guam.

On Friday, Japan’s Defense Ministry said it was deploying four surface-to-air Patriot interceptors in western Japan to respond to a possible risk of fragments falling from missiles.

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N. Korea ‘on standby to launch,’ state-run paper says in response to Trump’s latest warnings
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08 … nings.html

August 12, 2017

North Korea took its turn Saturday in the country’s escalating, back-and-fourth with President Trump, with the state-run newspaper saying leader Kim Jung Un’s revolutionary army is “capable of fighting any war the U.S. wants.”

The assertion was made in an editorial that also states the Paektusan army is now “on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack.”

The editorial also argues that the United States “finds itself in an ever worsening dilemma, being thrown into the grip of extreme security unrest by the DPRK. This is tragicomedy of its own making. … If the Trump administration does not want the American empire to meet its tragic doom in its tenure, they had better talk and act properly.”

DPRK stands for North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The editorial appears to be in response to a series of comments made by Trump in recent days, most recently Friday that the United States is “locked and loaded.”

The president’s recent comments are in response to Kim threatening a missile attack on U.S. territory Guam.

Trump, meanwhile, continues to pursue a diplomatic solution to North Korea’s purported development of a nuclear warhead that could reach the United States and other countries on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The White House says Trump has a phone conversation Friday with Chinese President Xi Jinping in which the leaders reiterated their commitment to the de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The president also saluted Xi for China’s recent United Nations vote to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea, in response the country’s escalating pursuit of nuclear weapons, according to the White House.

As the crisis has unfolded, Trump has alternated praising China for its help and chiding it for not doing more.

The White House says Trump also told Xi he looked forward to seeing him in China later this year.

During Trump’s phone conversation Friday with Xi, the Chinese leader also requested that the U.S. and North Korea tone down their recent rhetoric and avoid actions that could worsen tensions between the two nations, Chinese Central Television reported.

“At present, the relevant parties must maintain restraint and avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean Peninsula,” Xi was quoted as saying.

Trump has urged China to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons program, which North Korea says is nearing the capability of targeting the United States.

China is the North’s biggest economic partner and source of aid, but says it alone can’t compel Pyongyang to end its nuclear and missile programs.

Trump also spoke this weekend with Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo, reassuring him that U.S. military forces stand ready to ensure the safety and security of the U.S. territory, a White House statement said.

Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Saturday to do “everything, to the best of my ability,” to protect his nation’s people as tensions escalate over North Korea’s plans to send missiles over Japan toward Guam.

On Friday, Japan’s Defense Ministry said it was deploying four surface-to-air Patriot interceptors in western Japan to respond to a possible risk of fragments falling from missiles.

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Kim Jong-un may have ‘chosen a path of no return’
http://www.businessinsider.com/kim-jong … urn-2017-8

US President Donald Trump has capped off a week of escalating tension with North Korea with some of his toughest talk yet.

After tweeting that military solutions were “fully in place, locked and loaded”, he later underscored his comments, saying the message to North Korea was “pretty obvious”.

“I hope that they’re going to fully understand the gravity,” Trump said. “What I said is what I mean. Those words are very very easy to understand.”

The risk that these tensions may spill over into some kind of conflict in the Pacific has significantly escalated over the past five days, reflected in global markets sinking and the so-called “fear index” — a measure of anticipated market volatility — spiking.

It all stems from the threats from North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un this week to launch missiles at Guam, the US territory in the Pacific which is around 3000km north of Cairns.

While US defence officials this week accepted that it is possible North Korea has the capability to attach a nuclear warhead to an ICBM, a nuclear conflict remains an extremely remote possibility. Robert Carlin, former chief of the Northeast Asia Division at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, characterised it more as posturing than a threat to actually strike Guam even with conventional weapons, which would likely lead to a significant military response from the US.

Carlin said North Korea’s threat amounted to the regime saying: “We’re going to put our missiles 25 or 30 kilometers offshore. Your bombers come within tens of kilometers of the Demilitarized Zone. If you can ‘reach out and touch’ us, we can ‘reach out and touch you’.”

While a de-escalation of the current tensions may still be achievable through diplomatic channels, the nature of Kim’s threats and his statements to his people this week now has him on a path where the standoff will inevitably need to be brought to a head, according to Kevin Lai, a strategist at Japanese investment bank Daiwa Capital Markets.

Lai wrote in a client note (emphasis added):

[Kim] has made clear to his people that a plan is under way to fire four ICBMs into the sea off Guam by mid-August. He knows Guam is a major platform for the US to launch any attacks against his country, as strategic bombers would play a key role and most of them are stationed in Guam.

By making such a promise, Kim looks to have chosen a path of no return. If he delivers the plan, the US will almost certainly respond aggressively with a range of military options — and the situation will escalate to a major military conflict involving several more parties, including South Korea and Japan. There would be little room for either side to step back. If Kim doesn’t deliver, he risks creating a political crisis for himself and permanently weakening his regime. He is now in a position similar to the one Saddam Hussein was in before Desert Storm. His primary goal is regime survival.

Giving up nuclear weapons would mean abandoning that goal; bending to US pressure would leave him politically vulnerable at home. Perhaps Kim believes the US will soon engage in ‘regime change’ through military strikes, and he wants it to happen sooner rather than later. Perhaps he thinks that, by making a credible threat to the US, he can extract the best deal from negotiations (if they reopen in the future). This is where we think things could go very wrong. There have been numerous miscalculations before, and one more would take us to a disastrous
situation.

Earlier this year Lai sketched out four major endgame scenarios. “We believed there was a 60% chance a diplomatic resolution would fail, within which a major military conflict was 20%. The other 40% is simply that the US will have to tolerate and live with North Korea’s nuclear threat forever. As things stand, our assessment holds,” he said.

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Kim Jong-un may have ‘chosen a path of no return’
http://www.businessinsider.com/kim-jong … urn-2017-8

US President Donald Trump has capped off a week of escalating tension with North Korea with some of his toughest talk yet.

After tweeting that military solutions were “fully in place, locked and loaded”, he later underscored his comments, saying the message to North Korea was “pretty obvious”.

“I hope that they’re going to fully understand the gravity,” Trump said. “What I said is what I mean. Those words are very very easy to understand.”

The risk that these tensions may spill over into some kind of conflict in the Pacific has significantly escalated over the past five days, reflected in global markets sinking and the so-called “fear index” — a measure of anticipated market volatility — spiking.

It all stems from the threats from North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un this week to launch missiles at Guam, the US territory in the Pacific which is around 3000km north of Cairns.

While US defence officials this week accepted that it is possible North Korea has the capability to attach a nuclear warhead to an ICBM, a nuclear conflict remains an extremely remote possibility. Robert Carlin, former chief of the Northeast Asia Division at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, characterised it more as posturing than a threat to actually strike Guam even with conventional weapons, which would likely lead to a significant military response from the US.

Carlin said North Korea’s threat amounted to the regime saying: “We’re going to put our missiles 25 or 30 kilometers offshore. Your bombers come within tens of kilometers of the Demilitarized Zone. If you can ‘reach out and touch’ us, we can ‘reach out and touch you’.”

While a de-escalation of the current tensions may still be achievable through diplomatic channels, the nature of Kim’s threats and his statements to his people this week now has him on a path where the standoff will inevitably need to be brought to a head, according to Kevin Lai, a strategist at Japanese investment bank Daiwa Capital Markets.

Lai wrote in a client note (emphasis added):

[Kim] has made clear to his people that a plan is under way to fire four ICBMs into the sea off Guam by mid-August. He knows Guam is a major platform for the US to launch any attacks against his country, as strategic bombers would play a key role and most of them are stationed in Guam.

By making such a promise, Kim looks to have chosen a path of no return. If he delivers the plan, the US will almost certainly respond aggressively with a range of military options — and the situation will escalate to a major military conflict involving several more parties, including South Korea and Japan. There would be little room for either side to step back. If Kim doesn’t deliver, he risks creating a political crisis for himself and permanently weakening his regime. He is now in a position similar to the one Saddam Hussein was in before Desert Storm. His primary goal is regime survival.

Giving up nuclear weapons would mean abandoning that goal; bending to US pressure would leave him politically vulnerable at home. Perhaps Kim believes the US will soon engage in ‘regime change’ through military strikes, and he wants it to happen sooner rather than later. Perhaps he thinks that, by making a credible threat to the US, he can extract the best deal from negotiations (if they reopen in the future). This is where we think things could go very wrong. There have been numerous miscalculations before, and one more would take us to a disastrous
situation.

Earlier this year Lai sketched out four major endgame scenarios. “We believed there was a 60% chance a diplomatic resolution would fail, within which a major military conflict was 20%. The other 40% is simply that the US will have to tolerate and live with North Korea’s nuclear threat forever. As things stand, our assessment holds,” he said.

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ВREАKING: Аuѕtrаliа Таkеѕ HUGЕ Ѕtаnd Fоr Аmericа… Putѕ Nоrth Коreа Оn Nоticе
http://ariseresist.com/news/australia-p … l-says-if/

While the world watches and waits to see the next moves made by Washington and North Korea, other world leaders are setting the table for what could end up a conflict, or worse, a full-on war. Our dear friends down under just stunned the world with one epic statement about defending the United States and how they feel about North Korea.

Breitbart reports: CANBERRA, Australia — Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says if North Korea directy launches an attack on the United States mainland or any of its overseas territories including Guam, Australia will immediately join the conflict.

“America stands by its allies, including Australia of course, and we stand by the United States,” Mr Turnbull told local radio station 3AW on Friday morning. “So be very, very clear on that. If there’s an attack on the US, the ANZUS Treaty would be invoked and Australia would come to the aid of the United States, as America would come to our aid if we were attacked.”

The ANZUS Treaty binds the U.S., Australia and New Zealand together in a defense pact covering military matters in the Pacific Ocean region. It provides that an armed attack on any of the three parties would be dangerous to the others, and that each should act to meet the common threat.

Mr Turnbull also revealed he had discussed North Korea’s behaviour with U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence overnight, calling it “the most dangerous flashpoint in the world today, ” adding the terms of the Australia-U.S. alliance were clear.

“But be under no misapprehension, in terms of defence, we are joined at the hip,” he said. “The American alliance is the absolute bedrock of our national security. If there is an attack on the U.S. … we would come to their aid. “Now, how that manifests itself obviously will depend on the circumstances and the consultations with our allies.”

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ВREАKING: Аuѕtrаliа Таkеѕ HUGЕ Ѕtаnd Fоr Аmericа… Putѕ Nоrth Коreа Оn Nоticе
http://ariseresist.com/news/australia-p … l-says-if/

While the world watches and waits to see the next moves made by Washington and North Korea, other world leaders are setting the table for what could end up a conflict, or worse, a full-on war. Our dear friends down under just stunned the world with one epic statement about defending the United States and how they feel about North Korea.

Breitbart reports: CANBERRA, Australia — Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says if North Korea directy launches an attack on the United States mainland or any of its overseas territories including Guam, Australia will immediately join the conflict.

“America stands by its allies, including Australia of course, and we stand by the United States,” Mr Turnbull told local radio station 3AW on Friday morning. “So be very, very clear on that. If there’s an attack on the US, the ANZUS Treaty would be invoked and Australia would come to the aid of the United States, as America would come to our aid if we were attacked.”

The ANZUS Treaty binds the U.S., Australia and New Zealand together in a defense pact covering military matters in the Pacific Ocean region. It provides that an armed attack on any of the three parties would be dangerous to the others, and that each should act to meet the common threat.

Mr Turnbull also revealed he had discussed North Korea’s behaviour with U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence overnight, calling it “the most dangerous flashpoint in the world today, ” adding the terms of the Australia-U.S. alliance were clear.

“But be under no misapprehension, in terms of defence, we are joined at the hip,” he said. “The American alliance is the absolute bedrock of our national security. If there is an attack on the U.S. … we would come to their aid. “Now, how that manifests itself obviously will depend on the circumstances and the consultations with our allies.”

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ВREАKING: Аuѕtrаliа Таkеѕ HUGЕ Ѕtаnd Fоr Аmericа… Putѕ Nоrth Коreа Оn Nоticе
http://ariseresist.com/news/australia-p … l-says-if/

While the world watches and waits to see the next moves made by Washington and North Korea, other world leaders are setting the table for what could end up a conflict, or worse, a full-on war. Our dear friends down under just stunned the world with one epic statement about defending the United States and how they feel about North Korea.

Breitbart reports: CANBERRA, Australia — Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says if North Korea directy launches an attack on the United States mainland or any of its overseas territories including Guam, Australia will immediately join the conflict.

“America stands by its allies, including Australia of course, and we stand by the United States,” Mr Turnbull told local radio station 3AW on Friday morning. “So be very, very clear on that. If there’s an attack on the US, the ANZUS Treaty would be invoked and Australia would come to the aid of the United States, as America would come to our aid if we were attacked.”

The ANZUS Treaty binds the U.S., Australia and New Zealand together in a defense pact covering military matters in the Pacific Ocean region. It provides that an armed attack on any of the three parties would be dangerous to the others, and that each should act to meet the common threat.

Mr Turnbull also revealed he had discussed North Korea’s behaviour with U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence overnight, calling it “the most dangerous flashpoint in the world today, ” adding the terms of the Australia-U.S. alliance were clear.

“But be under no misapprehension, in terms of defence, we are joined at the hip,” he said. “The American alliance is the absolute bedrock of our national security. If there is an attack on the U.S. … we would come to their aid. “Now, how that manifests itself obviously will depend on the circumstances and the consultations with our allies.”

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China hangs North Korea out to dry: Start a war with the U.S. and you’re on your own
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/08/11 … ign=buffer

China recently announced through a state-run newspaper that it will not come to North Korea’s aid if the communist country starts a fight with the United States, but would intervene if Washington struck first.

The announcement was made through The Global Times newspaper. According to The Washington Post, experts said the news outlet is not an official mouthpiece of China’s communist government, but does reflect government policy in the editorial for this announcement. Experts labeled The Global Times as “semiofficial,” according to The Washington Post.

In the Friday editorial, China urged both Pyongyang and Washington not to escalate the tensions between themselves, or create any more instability in the Korean Peninsula. It noted, however, that it has been unable to persuade either side to de-escalate up to this point.

Beijing said it will intervene in order to protect its own interests, if this “reckless game” is continued, and a fight breaks out that no one wants:

Beijing is not able to persuade Washington or Pyongyang to back down at this time. It needs to make clear its stance to all sides and make them understand that when their actions jeopardize China’s interests, China will respond with a firm hand.

China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the US retaliates, China will stay neutral. If the US and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so.

China opposes both nuclear proliferation and war in the Korean Peninsula. It will not encourage any side to stir up military conflict, and will firmly resist any side which wants to change the status quo of the areas where China’s interests are concerned. It is hoped that both Washington and Pyongyang can exercise restraint. The Korean Peninsula is where the strategic interests of all sides converge, and no side should try to be the absolute dominator of the region

.

This announcement from The Global Times answers the question of where China will stand should fighting break out. Until recently, it was not certain what Beijing would do in the event of a U.S. war with North Korea, however, this announcement may put pressure on both the U.S. and North Korea to reconsider peaceful options.

As the tension between the U.S. and North Korea continues to increase, President Donald Trump and his administration have been critical of China for their soft-handed approach in dealing with their communist allies.

On July 29, Trump blasted Beijing openly in a tweet where he expressed his disappointment in China for not doing enough to help the U.S. dissuade North Korea from their war footing despite being a massive trade partner.

Also, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released a statement on July 28, and laid the blame for North Korea’s swift advancements in missile technology at China’s feet.

However, China said it believed it has taken large steps to decrease tensions in the region. According to The Guardian, China’s viewed its participation in the sanctions passed by the U.N. against North Korea as a large concession. The Guardian also reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping found Trump’s threat to North Korea of “fire and fury” both unhelpful and unnecessary.

The instability in the Korean Peninsula aside, China and the U.S. are engaged in a separate conflict in the South China Sea over trade route territorial disputes.

On Thursday, the U.S. destroyer USS John S. McCain sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island China built in the area. The maneuver was part of a “freedom of navigation operation” meant to challenge China’s claim over a South China Sea trade route that Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam all claim as theirs as well.

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China hangs North Korea out to dry: Start a war with the U.S. and you’re on your own
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China recently announced through a state-run newspaper that it will not come to North Korea’s aid if the communist country starts a fight with the United States, but would intervene if Washington struck first.

The announcement was made through The Global Times newspaper. According to The Washington Post, experts said the news outlet is not an official mouthpiece of China’s communist government, but does reflect government policy in the editorial for this announcement. Experts labeled The Global Times as “semiofficial,” according to The Washington Post.

In the Friday editorial, China urged both Pyongyang and Washington not to escalate the tensions between themselves, or create any more instability in the Korean Peninsula. It noted, however, that it has been unable to persuade either side to de-escalate up to this point.

Beijing said it will intervene in order to protect its own interests, if this “reckless game” is continued, and a fight breaks out that no one wants:

Beijing is not able to persuade Washington or Pyongyang to back down at this time. It needs to make clear its stance to all sides and make them understand that when their actions jeopardize China’s interests, China will respond with a firm hand.

China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the US retaliates, China will stay neutral. If the US and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so.

China opposes both nuclear proliferation and war in the Korean Peninsula. It will not encourage any side to stir up military conflict, and will firmly resist any side which wants to change the status quo of the areas where China’s interests are concerned. It is hoped that both Washington and Pyongyang can exercise restraint. The Korean Peninsula is where the strategic interests of all sides converge, and no side should try to be the absolute dominator of the region

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This announcement from The Global Times answers the question of where China will stand should fighting break out. Until recently, it was not certain what Beijing would do in the event of a U.S. war with North Korea, however, this announcement may put pressure on both the U.S. and North Korea to reconsider peaceful options.

As the tension between the U.S. and North Korea continues to increase, President Donald Trump and his administration have been critical of China for their soft-handed approach in dealing with their communist allies.

On July 29, Trump blasted Beijing openly in a tweet where he expressed his disappointment in China for not doing enough to help the U.S. dissuade North Korea from their war footing despite being a massive trade partner.

Also, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released a statement on July 28, and laid the blame for North Korea’s swift advancements in missile technology at China’s feet.

However, China said it believed it has taken large steps to decrease tensions in the region. According to The Guardian, China’s viewed its participation in the sanctions passed by the U.N. against North Korea as a large concession. The Guardian also reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping found Trump’s threat to North Korea of “fire and fury” both unhelpful and unnecessary.

The instability in the Korean Peninsula aside, China and the U.S. are engaged in a separate conflict in the South China Sea over trade route territorial disputes.

On Thursday, the U.S. destroyer USS John S. McCain sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island China built in the area. The maneuver was part of a “freedom of navigation operation” meant to challenge China’s claim over a South China Sea trade route that Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam all claim as theirs as well.

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:18 pm