North Korea test-fires missile, apparently challenging Trump

A woman walks past a screen showing a TV news on a missile launch by North Korea with a photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the map of North Korea in Tokyo, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. North Korea reportedly fired a ballistic missile early Sunday in what would be its first such test of the year and an implicit challenge to U.S. President Donald Trump, who stood with the Japanese leader as Shinzo Abe called the move “absolutely intolerable.” Details of the launch, including the type of missile, were scant. Letters read: North Korea fired a missile. Chief Cabinet Secretary (Yoshihide) Suga said: “(this is) a clearly provocative act.” (Yoshitaka Sugawara/Kyodo News via AP)

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North Korea says it sees no need to negotiate with ‘gangster’ U.S

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front) watches a drill by the Korean People’s Army (KPA) for hitting enemy naval target at undisclosed location in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang January 31, 2015. Credit: Reuters/KCNA

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North Korea executes 80 people, many for watching banned TV shows

SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012 FILE PHOTO

Kim Jong-un waves during a recent public appearance. Approximately 80 North Koreans were executed earlier this month, many for watching the wrong TV shows.

Group executions were believed to be carried out in seven cities, including Wonsan, where 10,000 watched eight people die by firing squad in a sports stadium.

North Korea set to stage major military drill: report

SEOUL: North Korea appears to be gearing up for a major military exercise, a report said on Sunday, amid tensions over an expected missile test and South Korea’s pullout from a joint industrial complex.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspects an army unit at an undisclosed location, March 23, 2013. — Photo by AFP

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Preparations are under way near the North’s western port of Nampo for a combined live-fire drill involving artillery units and air force jets, the South’s Yonhap news agency said, citing a Seoul government source.

“It appears that the scale of the drill will be quite big,” the unnamed official was quoted as saying, voicing fears of military provocations against the South or a missile test by Pyongyang during the exercise.

A North Korean artillery attack on a South Korean island in November 2010 killed four people. Seoul also holds Pyongyang responsible for the sinking of one of its naval vessels with the loss of 46 sailors the same year.

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Chinese Professor: 70-80% Chance of War With North Korea

China abandoning its belligerent ally?

Image: Flickr/Daniel Foster

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
April 11, 2013

As the reclusive state prepares another imminent missile launch, a professor with the Chinese Communist Party has warned that there is a 70-80% chance of war with North Korea.

“There is a 70 to 80 per cent chance that a war will happen because North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may want to use this opportunity to force a reunification of the Korean Peninsula,” Zhang Liangui, a professor of international strategic research at the Communist Party’s Central Party School, told the South China Morning Post.

“The longer we delay fixing it, the more difficult the situation will become,” he added. “China needs to seriously consider how to tackle the problem.”

Liangui’s comments arrive in the aftermath of speculation that China is becoming increasingly exacerbated with its belligerent ally and is looking to shift away from the Hermit kingdom. In February, a deputy editor of a newspaper affiliated with the Central Party School was suspended for writing a Financial Times piece in which he urged China to abandon North Korea.

Observers are expecting another North Korean missile launch within days as reports emerge that rockets have been move into the firing position. South Korea has said that its missile defense system will intercept the rockets if they are aimed at South Korean territory.

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters yesterday that America “is fully prepared to deal with any contingency, any action that North Korea may take or any provocation that they may instigate,” adding that Kim Jong-un was “skating close to a very dangerous line.”

Last month, North Korea threatened to launch “all out nuclear war,” aimed at the United States and South Korea.

While tensions with North Korea continue to build, financial experts are also predicting that a new world war is on the horizon due to a number of economic factors.

“All too often war is the manifestation of simple economic entropy played to its logical conclusion. We believe that war is an inevitable consequence of the current global economic situation,” writes Karl Bass.

Former Goldman Sachs technical analyst Charles Nenner also warned of “a major war starting at the end of 2012 to 2013,” which will crash the stock market.

Billionaire investor Jim Rogers is also predicting that continued bailouts in Europe “could ultimately spark another world war.”

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Starving North Korean Army On Verge Of Revolt

Hungry Soldier Killed Colleague With Ax, Ate Flesh And Sold Rest 

(Before It’s News)

by Monica Davis

Kim is desperate. His country is crumbling around him; his soldiers are eating each other; spring floods have destroyed most of his food crops and war is the only money maker he has.

The situation is a slow moving nightmare which reportedly began in 2011, when the situation was so bad, government functionaries were blackmailing food vendors and farmers for rice to feed the army. the situation has gotten progressively worse since then.

This year, summer floods have devastated the food crops. Over  400,000 children are severely malnourished.  Others have simply faded away and starved to death.

North Koreans have been smuggling video out of the country. One shows a Communist Party official demanding rice from a market vendor. Another shows a starving girl, who is looking for grass to eat.  The once powerful north Korean Army was once immune to food shortages. The leaders fed the army first, which makes sense: no dictatorship can afford to have a starving army.  That’s a good way to get deposed and shot.

Unfortunately, right now, there isn’t enough food to keep the military wolf off his back. Which brings us to this current threat level. The North’s leaders are playing an old game: threaten to shoot missiles at South Korea, threaten American military interests in the Pacific reagion, and wait for Uncle Same to send food.  But this time, Kim may be more desperate than his father ever was.

His army is starving. Some of the military are resortiing to cannibalism.  At least one soldier killed a comrade, ate some of the flesh and tried to sell the rest.  Government food handouts have been small or non-existent for 2 years. Half of the army is malnurourished.

Smuggled footage of the hermit nation reveals food shortages, government blackmail of food vendors and farmers, and drastically reduced food rations. Kim;s back is up against the wall. He could start a war simply to reduce his population and give the army an enemy to focus on.

Some of the footage comes from desperate North Koreans who smuggle the information out. The fooftage below shows the escalation of the crisis, where communist functionaries are now extorting grain from market vendors.

June 2011

In the footage, a party official is demanding a stallholder make a donation of rice to the army.

“My business is not good,” complains the stallholder.

“Shut up,” replies the official. “Don’t offer excuses.”

It is clear that the all-powerful army – once quarantined from food shortages and famine – is starting to go hungry.

“Everybody is weak,” says one young North Korean soldier.”Within my troop of 100 comrades, half of them are malnourished,” he said. MOREHERE

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In one account, a male guard who could not bear his hunger killed his colleague using an ax, ate some of the human flesh and sold the remainder in the market by disguising it as mutton, the report said, without giving any further details such as when the alleged crime occurred.

JUNE 2011

North Korea has drastically cut public food handouts as it heads towards a new hunger crisis with people again eating grass to survive, one of the most experienced aid workers in the isolated nation said.

Food rations have been cut to as low as 150 grammes (5.3 ounces) a day per person in some parts of the country as foreign donations collapse and higher international prices make imports more expensive, said Katharina Zellweger, head of a Swiss government aid office in Pyongyang. SOURCE

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A photo that makes North Korea look a lot less scary

Kim Jong Un inspects "new" military technology made by unit 1501 of the Korean People's Army. (REUTERS/KCNA)

Posted by Max Fisher on March 25, 2013; Washington Post

North Korea loves to threaten to start World War III. In the last week alone, it has warned Japan that it might launch a preemptive nuclear strike against it and released a video detailing its plan for a three-day invasion of South Korea.

The threats – turning Seoul into a sea of flames, eradicating the American military presence and maybe America itself – are empty, of course. And not just because North Korea doesn’t actually have any incentive to start a second Korean War (it has every incentive to make empty threats). They’re also empty because the North Korean military is just not that powerful anymore.

The photo at the top of this page helps to make my point, but first a bit of background.

It is true that the North Korean military is very big, one of the world’s largest standing armies: 1.1 million troops! 4,200 tanks! 820 fighter jets! It’s also, by virtue of Pyongyang’s “military first” policies, perhaps the most privileged and best funded arm of the state, maybe outside of Kim Jong Un’s personal piggy banks.

Even the military’s size and political backing, though, can’t make up for North Korea’s isolation and impoverishment. Most of those fighter jets, for example, will never take off because the regime can’t afford enough fuel to fill them up. Even if they could somehow procure enough jet fuel, the fighters “would have been shot out of the sky in the first few hours of a conflict,” Dartmouth professor and North Korea-watcher Jennifer Lind told NPR recently. The tanks, likewise, are old and inferior.

North Korean propaganda frequently tries to make the case that, not only is their national army fearless and enormous, but it’s also breathtakingly advanced. This propaganda is for domestic consumption, of course, but seeing it from the outside is a nice reminder of the wide technological gap between North Korea and its neighbors South Korea and Japan, not to mention the United States.

Take the above photo, just released by North Korean state media from leader Kim Jong Un’s big trip to visit Unit 1501 of the Korean People’s Army, which is reportedly developing new and exciting military technology.

 Now, it’s possible that this computer – encased in a giant metal box, looking very retro – does something amazing. But note some of the environmental details: the dining room chair, the consumer desktop keyboard and Logitech mouse. None of those really scream “advanced military computing technology” so much as they suggest “we should put an old Dell in this metal box to show to Dear Leader.”

If you’ve been spending a lot of time reading about North Korea’s recent flurry of threats and provocations, apparently edging right up to the line of starting a war, perhaps it will ease your mind a bit to glimpse the technology and leadership behind its million-man army.

The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Gara tweeted, “North Korea appears to have crossed a dangerous threshold and developed a fully-functioning calculator.”

The ever-obsessive blog North Korea Leadership Watch of course has notes on the trip.  Apparently, this military unit also manufactures playground equipment, such as plastic slides.

They also allegedly made this bit of equipment, in the photo below, which looks like it might be some sort of range-finder or infrared sensor, perhaps of the kind meant to use with guided munitions. It’s difficult to tell what it’s resting on top of: a vehicle of some kind? The hatch suggests it’s maybe an armored personnel carrier, although that armor looks awfully thin. It could also possibly be a submarine, given that other photos appear to show a long series of top-side hatches that might be launch tubes.

(REUTERS/KCNA)

Of course, the point of this photo is less about the maybe-infrared viewfinder and more about having Kim Jong Un leaning jauntily against it, alongside some poor general who looks like he doesn’t really understand what pose he’s supposed to take. But that’s North Korea for you: irreverence in the service of militarism, itself in the service of dictatorship.

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North Korea threatens nuclear attack on US bases in Japan

North Korea has threatened to launch a nuclear attack on US bases in Japan and Guam after Washington used B-52 bombers in a joint military drill with the South.

North Korea: Latest photos of leader Kim Jong-un watching military exercises

Photo: Reuters/KCNA
 

By Julian Ryall in Tokyo

11:22AM GMT 21 Mar 2013

 The threat came one day after Pyongyang condemned the use of the nuclear-capable bombers in the drills as “unpardonable provocation”.

The aircraft are based at Andersen Air Force base in the Pacific island of Guam and flew over South Korea as part of annual joint exercises, while missile-carrying attack submarines can operate out of Japanese ports.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting a live fire drill (AFP/Getty Images)

“We cannot tolerate the US carrying out nuclear strike drills, setting us up as targets, and advertising them as strong warning messages,” as spokesman for the North Korean military was quoted as saying by the state-run KCNA news agency.

“The US should not forget that the Andersen base … as well as naval bases on Japan’s main island and Okinawa are all within the range of our precision target assets,” he said.

A still taken from a video showing drones

“As the US has started naked nuclear blackmail, we will move on to corresponding military actions.”

The warning coincides with a senior US military commander admitting that North Korea had made more rapid advances in its nuclear and missile programmes than expected.

Members of the North Korean airforce (EPA/KCNA)

Military tensions on the Korean peninsula are at their highest level for years, with North Korea – angered by UN sanctions imposed after its nuclear test last month – threatening a second Korean War backed by nuclear weapons.

Speaking before the House Armed Services Committee in Washington, General Charles Jacoby, head of the US Northern Command, said, “I think that North Korea proceeded at a pace faster than we had anticipated.”

An explosion during the live fire test drill (REUTERS/KCNA)

Pyongyang successfully test-fired a ballistic missile in December, although the regime insists it was the peaceful launch of a rocket to put a satellite into orbit, and followed that up in February by conducting its third nuclear test.

North Korea’s state news agency also released a bizarre series of images of military drills being conducted.

North Korean soldiers attending military drills (EPA)

On Thursday, an air-raid drill was ordered in Pyongyang. Broadcast on television and over the radio at 9.30 am, civilians and members of the armed forces were ordered to take cover, with the military also ordered to take “swift countermeasures”.

South of the Demilitarised Zone that divides the two Koreas, officials said they strongly suspect that North Korea was behind the coordinated hacking attack against South Korean broadcasters and banks on Wednesday. Three television stations were forced off the air and the computer networks of three national banks were brought to a halt by the introduction of malicious code.

A spokesman for the presidential office told Yonhap News that the government “is closely analysing the incident, with all possibilities open, while bearing a strong suspicion that North Korea conducted the attack.”

The Korea Communications Commission announced earlier in the day that the infected code had come from a China-based internet protocol address, although experts point out that it would be relatively simple for North Korea to route any cyber attack through China or another country.

According to the National Intelligence Service, Pyongyang’s hackers have carried out six cyber attacks against targets in Seoul over the last five years, targeting government institutions, the presidential office and media outlets.

The TV companies and banks that were targeted in the latest incident had all managed to get their systems operational again by early on Thursday.

The attacks were not limited to targets in South Korea, however, with the Washington-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea reporting that its web site had also come under attack.

“Publications, together with other documents and key components of our web presence, have been taken out,” said Greg Scarlatoiu, executive director of the organisation, adding that the attack came one day before the UN Human Rights Council votes on the resolution calling for the establishment of a commission of inquiry into human rights in North Korea.

Pyongyang announced on Thursday that it will convene its parliament on April 1, with analysts anticipating economic reforms designed to create what the regime has termed an “economic power.”

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