Category Archives: North Korea

Trump’s ‘Calm before the Storm’ is a Message to North Korea and Iran

Reporters continue scratching their heads about what PresidentTrum p meant when he spoke of the “calm before the storm” Thursday as he was hosting a dinner for military commanders and their spouses. It seems clear to me that he was sending a powerful message to North Korea and Iran: change your behavior now, or prepare to face new but unspecified painful consequences.

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CIA says North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is not crazy, but ‘very rational’

In contrast to President Trump’s assertion that Kim Jong-un is a “madman,” an influential CIA official said Wednesday that the North Korean dictator is actually a “very rational actor” who doesn’t want a war with the United States.

“The last person who wants conflict on the [Korean Peninsula] is Kim Jong-un,” said Yong Suk Lee, the deputy assistant director of the CIA’s Korea Mission Center — a special outfit the agency created in May to address the increased nuclear and ballistic missile threat from Pyongyang.

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Are Wars Caused by Accidents?

As tensions mount with North Korea, fears arise that President Trump’s tit-for-tat bellicose rhetoric with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un might lead to miscalculations — and thus an accidental war that could have been prevented.

Is there evidence in history that wars break out largely because of an accident or over a misplaced word?

Seldom.

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U.S. B-1B Bombers Fly Just Off Coast Of North Korea: 4 Reasons Why This Time It’s Different

Just before North Korea’s foreign minister was due to address the United Nations, the Pentagon announced that U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighter jets flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea on Saturday, in a show of force which “demonstrated the range of military options available to President Donald Trump.” The flight was the farthest north of the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea that any U.S. fighter jet or bomber has flown in the 21st century, the Pentagon added.

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On the Korean Peninsula

Breaking:

A shallow 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit North Korea near the country’s nuclear test site Saturday, US seismologists said, in what China’s seismic service said was a “suspected explosion”, but Seoul deemed a “natural earthquake”.

For some reason, I doubt that.

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An infographic on military might in Asia.

 

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Roh Moo-Hyun’s “shadow” insists that even more talking will fix things with North Korea:

President Moon Jae-in in a speech to the UN General Assembly on Thursday said pressure through sanctions and diplomatic efforts are the only ways to deal with the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Like it did before?

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In Canada, they may be given multi-million dollar awards:

A local court sentenced an underage girl to 20 years in prison and her teenage accomplice to life imprisonment on Friday for murdering an 8-year-old girl and dismembering her body, in a murder case that shocked the nation earlier this year for its brutality.

 

And, with Chuseok just around the corner (aren’t you excited?), Korean Air pilots threaten a strike:

Pilots at flag carrier Korean Air on Thursday threatened to go on a weeklong strike just as millions of Koreans forward to holiday abroad over the long Chuseok break.

The Korean Air pilots’ union said it notified its employer that 390 pilots will take part in the strike.

But the airline is designated as an essential public service, so only a certain portion of its 2,300 pilots can strike at once without risking jail. And the airline must maintain 80 percent of international flights, 70 percent of flights to Jeju Island and 50 percent of domestic flights.

That still leaves a wide margin for chaos and ruined breaks in a country with notoriously short holidays and excessive working hours.

Chuseok is like Korean Thanksgiving. To put this strike in context, imagine Air Canada pilots going on a strike a week before Christmas. But, because this is South Korea and not Canada, people won’t grumble; they’ll do something about it and it won’t be nice.

 

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North Korea says sanctions threaten survival of its children

Han said North Korea, whose population is 26 million, is a “people-centered socialist country… where protection and promotion of the rights and welfare of the child are given top priority … There is room for improvement.”

But Han said that new sanctions imposed by the United States and the U.N. Security Council over North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests were hampering the production of nutritional goods for children and provision of textbooks.

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When The Crazy Leader Of North Korea Calls Trump Deranged, It’s Time To Remove The President

In case anyone didn’t notice, Trump’s strategy of threatening N. Korea until they end their nuclear program is backfiring. The North Koreans are accelerating their testing and development of a nuclear weapon. Kim is widely considered to be one of the craziest people running a country in the world. He is a brutal dictator who has isolated, tortured and starved his own people, and he thinks that Donald Trump is deranged.

Synopsis: “Kim is insane and I am in total agreement with him.”

Which makes sense when you think about it.

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