The North Korean regime continues to persecute anyone practising religion within its borders, according to a new US government study, although reports from within the country suggest that more people are turning to religion.
In some cases, the regime’s persecution can be as extreme as imprisonment, torture and even execution, the study claimed.
The US State Department released the annual report on global religious freedoms on Tuesday, with North Korea singled out for denying its people the “right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion”.
When the US State Department supported Ukraine domestic forces and nationalist elements to stage a successful and deadly coup against then pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych in 2014, the outcome was supposed to be a nation that is a undisputed US ally and persistent threat, distraction and non-NATO opponent to bordering Russia. Instead, it now appears that it has been Ukraine which was, as the NYT writes, the secret behind the success of North Korea’s ballistic missile program.
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice acknowledged last week that America’s policies regarding North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program over the last three administrations had failed. She said, rightly, “You can call it a failure. I accept that characterization of the efforts of the United States over the last two decades.”
Former Vice President Al Gore said much the same. They should know. They served under President Bill Clinton, who started things rolling downhill with the Agreed Framework of 1994. This misbegotten deal provided Pyongyang 500,000 tons of heavy fuel oil annually and two light-water nuclear reactors in exchange for the North’s promise to abandon its nuclear-weapons efforts.
Pyongyang violated its promise before the ink was dry. In 1999, former Secretary of State James Baker denounced Clinton’s approach as “a policy of appeasement.” Baker’s characterization also applies to much of the subsequent U.S. diplomacy. North Korea has always been willing to promise to abandon its nuclear ambitions to get tangible economic benefits. It just never gets around to honoring its commitments.
North Korean state media continues to celebrate the launch of two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July and the nation’s status as a “global rocket power”, although there are growing suggestions that ordinary people are less enthusiastic about the regime’s achievements.
Quoting its network of covert contributors within North Korea, who communicate via mobile phone, the Seoul-based DailyNK news site has reported that ordinary citizens are asking – albeit quietly – how Kim Jong-un can afford missiles but continue to ration their food.
One of the unspoken ‘indications’ in the medical sense of the ever-metastasizing Trump Derangement Syndrome is that the sufferers have a deep conscious/unconscious fear that Trump is right. What if the man they have excoriated unremittingly as a barbarian-racist-xenophobe-homophobe -misogynist-nitwit turns out to have been on the correct side of a fair number of issues on which they have failed, sometimes miserably, for decades? Talk about personality disintegration — it would be hari-kari meets the Wicked Witch of the West. Well, emotionally anyway.
The current North Korea crisis is a perfect case in point.
For decades the U.S. military has had an open secret known as OPLAN 5027. It’s a plan to take out North Korea.
Bombard their arsenal. Devastate Pyongyang. Take out the top leaders. The plan has changed over the years, but the big picture is the same: If they mess with the U.S. or South Korea – the U.S. will seriously mess with them.
This is why everyone needs to stop freaking out over President Donald Trump’s recent tweets about North Korea. He’s just being a responsible commander-in-chief.
Let’s get one thing straight when it comes to the flare-up with North Korea: It has very little to do with Donald Trump. This scenario would be happening if Hillary Clinton was president or a different Republican.
It could have happened under President Barack Obama’s watch. In fact, Kim Jong-Un surely wishes it had. Not because he wanted a showdown with Obama, but because he’s always wanted the nuclear program to move along as speedily as possible. The sooner, the better.
The apparently sudden threat by North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, of a missile strike on the Pacific holiday paradise island of Guam is not as obscure as it first sounds.
The remote 210-square mile island in the western Pacific Ocean, known for its white beaches and crystal blue waters, is also a strategic US military outpost and host to nuclear bombers and at least 6,000 US service members.
On Monday night, two US B-1 bombers flew from Guam over the Korean peninsula, joining the South Korean and Japanese airforces in joint exercises that were bound to have riled Pyongyang, which over the weekend accused America of devising a “preventive war.”
North Korea has released a Canadian pastor who was serving a life sentence of hard labour, the country’s official KCNA news agency said on Wednesday.
“Rim Hyon Su, a Canadian civilian, was released on sick bail according to the decision of the Central Court of the DPRK on August 9, 2017, from the humanitarian viewpoint,” it said, using the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
President Donald Trump delivered his fiercest warning yet to North Korea this afternoon.
Trump told the country’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, that additional threats of violence against the U.S. ‘will be met with fire and the fury like the world has never seen.’
‘He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said they will be met with the fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before,’ Trump added in remarks at the top of an unrelated meeting.
North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power, U.S. intelligence officials have concluded in a confidential assessment.