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War Games Begin as U.S., South Korea Brace for North’s Fury
AUGUST 21, 2017
A new cycle of escalation on the Korean Peninsula looks set to begin this week when the U.S. and South Korea kick off annual military exercises that have a history of enraging Pyongyang. The long-planned drills follow weeks of belligerent rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korea that stoked fears of a catastrophic outcome. In what many saw as a slight easing of tensions last week, dictator Kim Jong Un said he would hold off for now before deciding whether to carry out a
threat, announced days earlier, to fire missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. The 10-day drills, known as Ulchi Freedom Guardian, will test whether North Korea’s apparent easing of its immediate threat to Guam proves durable—or if the de-escalation was really a backdown at all. U.S. officials have long said the exercises are intended to ensure readiness for a possible North Korean attack. Pyongyang, though, has characterized them as preparation for an invasion.
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RUMORS OF WAR: North Korea warns of ‘merciless strike’ ahead of US-S.Korea drills…
AUGUST 20, 2017
North Korea warned Sunday that the upcoming US-South Korea military exercises are “reckless behavior driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war.” Pyongyang also declared that its army can target the United States anytime, and neither Guam, Hawaii nor the US mainland can “dodge the merciless strike.” The messages in Rodong
Sinmun, the official government newspaper, come a day before the US starts the Ulchi Freedom Guardian military exercises with South Korea. Tensions between the US and North Korea have grown in recent weeks. Just last week, Pyongyang said it had finalized a plan to fire four missiles toward the US territory of Guam. State media reported that leader Kim Jong Un would assess the US’ next move before giving launch orders.
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US and S.Korea War Games Begin on Day of Eclipse as Pyongyang warns of ‘Catastrophe’…
AUGUST 18, 2017
Are tensions cooling in the Korean Peninsula? The United States and South Korea will find out Monday, when the two allies are scheduled to start joint military exercises that are known to anger North Korea, sometimes triggering a show of force. This year’s war games come at a particularly delicate moment. There have been exchanges of war rhetoric between
President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has further complicated the situation, by stating in an interview there’s “no military option” in North Korea while floating a possible deal with Pyongyang that would leave Seoul hanging. Amid all this back and forth, the U.S. and South Korean military will simulate warfare with North Korea from Aug. 21 to 31, well aware that North Korea could respond with another missile test.
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Pentagon Sources Confirm North Korea Nearly Has an H-Bomb
AUGUST 17, 2017
Rumors of war with North Korea are subsiding for now, but another serious threat is still growing. CBN News has learned North Korea could be close to developing an even more powerful weapon than the nukes it has already built. For now, dictator Kim Jong Un has taken a step back from the brink of war, after vowing revenge against the United States over
U.N. sanctions against his country. But the rogue regime may just be buying more time. Pentagon sources confirm North Korea is anywhere from six to 18 months away from developing a hydrogen bomb. “It isn’t ludicrous to think that the North Koreans, even though their economy is one-third the size of Ethiopia, can do this,” said Harry Kazianis who heads up the defense studies at The Center for National Interest.
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North Korea Video Portrays US Capitol Building being obliterated by red missiles
AUGUST 17, 2017
North Korea’s latest propaganda posters show the country bombing the United States as their ‘answer’ to the latest UN sanctions against the country. The illustrations see Pyongyang warheads destroying the Capitol Building in Washington DC, and dozens of bombs falling over a burning map of the U.S. Proclaiming that the ‘entire region of the state [U.S.] is now within range of our missiles!’, the posters is the latest escalation in threats of nuclear war by North Korea. The three
drawings were released by Pyongyang mouthpiece Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Thursday. One shows warheads underneath a North Korean flag, all pointed at the Capitol, and captioned: ‘Our answer!’. Another has a cartoon tank with a bomb mounted on top, which reads: ‘No one can stop our way!’ The third claims that the U.S. is now within range of the country’s nuclear missiles, with dozens of bombs being launched at the United States on fire on a map.
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Iranian Military Officials Warn That They Will Never Allow U.S. to Inspect Military Sites
AUGUST 16, 2017
A top official with Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps expressed strong opposition to the notion that the United States should be allowed to inspect Iran’s military sites. “Both the great Iranian nation and the U.S. and the world should know that if there is only one demand in the whole world which will be rejected and if there is only one wish that will be taken to
the grave, it is the Americans’ demand to visit our military centers,” lieutenant commander of the IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Salami said, according to a report by the Iranian Fars news agency. Speaking on Saturday night, Salami said that “if (the Americans) want to visit a base, they should go to the military sites in the U.S.
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CIA Chief Assures Nuclear War with N. Korea Not ‘Imminent’
AUGUST 14, 2017
There’s no “imminent” threat of a nuclear war between the US and North Korea, according to CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who explained that Donald Trump’s threats against Pyongyang describe only a possible response for “certain actions.” “There’s nothing imminent today,” Pompeo told Fox News on Sunday. “But make no mistake about it, the continuation,
the increased chance that there will be a nuclear missile in Denver is a very serious threat and the investigation is going to treat it as such.” “What I’m talking about is I’ve heard folks talking about being on the cusp of a nuclear war,” he added. “No intelligence that would indicate that we’re in that place today.” Rather than an escalation to a nuclear war, Pompeo argued that Trump’s heated rhetoric towards Pyongyang was to send a message that its continued pursuit of a nuclear arsenal and
ballistic missile technology would not be tolerated.
READ MORE CIA Chief Assures Nuclear War with N. Korea Not ‘Imminent’
AUGUST 14, 2017
There’s no “imminent” threat of a nuclear war between the US and North Korea, according to CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who explained that Donald Trump’s threats against Pyongyang describe only a possible response for “certain actions.” “There’s nothing imminent today,” Pompeo told Fox News on Sunday. “But make no mistake about it, the continuation,
the increased chance that there will be a nuclear missile in Denver is a very serious threat and the investigation is going to treat it as such.” “What I’m talking about is I’ve heard folks talking about being on the cusp of a nuclear war,” he added. “No intelligence that would indicate that we’re in that place today.” Rather than an escalation to a nuclear war, Pompeo argued that Trump’s heated rhetoric towards Pyongyang was to send a message that its continued pursuit of a nuclear arsenal and ballistic missile technology would not be tolerated.
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Iran ‘to deploy navy for electronic Warfare drills’ amid rising tensions with the US
AUGUST 16, 2017
Iran plans to deploy naval forces as the country stages a massive series of battle games focusing on electronic warfare, a military chief declared. Iranian Naval Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced the plans as the Islamic Republic revealed it may abandon its nuclear agreement with world powers “within hours” if more new sanctions are imposed amid escalating tensions with the US. The commander added a specialized warfare drill would be held in the
southeast of the country in the next few days. A United Nations resolution calls for Iran not to undertake activity related to ballistic missiles designed to have a nuclear warhead. Electronic warfare, also known as EW, represents the ability to use the electromagnetic spectrum—signals such as radio, infrared or radar to sense, protect, and communicate. At the same time, it can be used to deny adversaries the ability to either disrupt or use these signals.
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Solar Eclipse on Eve of Elul Signals Downfall of North Korea, Says Century-Old Jewish Prophecy
AUGUST 16, 2017
An esoteric prophecy written over a century ago described the solar eclipse that will traverse the entire United States next week and predicted, in shocking detail, what the astronomical event portends for the outcome of the current North Korean-US conflict. The total solar eclipse’s timing is meaningful according to the Jewish calendar. Incredibly, it comes precisely at the beginning of a Hebrew month – Elul – singled out in a Jewish source as having significance for the specific political situation the US is facing today with Eastern aggressors.
“The prophecy states that when a solar eclipse occurs exactly as it will next week, in the beginning of the month of Elul, kings of the East will suffer great loss,” Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, revealed of the century-old text Yalkut Moshe (“Collection of Moses”). Just a few hours after the path of darkness departs the coast of South Carolina and the sun sets, the Hebrew month of Elul begins, ushering in a 40-day period of repentance corresponding to the period Moses spent on Mount Sinai repenting for the Jewish People.
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Al Qaeda Publishes Blueprint for Attacks on Key U.S. Transportation Systems…
AUGUST 15, 2017
The al Qaeda terror group’s chief bomb maker has published a blueprint for new attacks on U.S. transportation systems, including planes, trains, and boats, which the terror group views as “prime targets,” according to a copy of a lengthy manifesto that provides a guide for would-be terrorists to launch attacks. Ibrahim al-Asiri, a top al Qaeda leader known as the terror group’s chief bomb maker, detailed the extremist organization’s plans to target U.S. passenger and shipping
transportation services, which the terror organization views as weak links ripe for attack. While al Qaeda’s operations have been weakened by years of U.S. attacks on its key locations and apparatus, it has increasingly relied on promulgating its radical ideology to so-called “lone wolfs” who are not officially affiliated with the group but who are capable of carrying out terror attacks without detection by American authorities.
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Kim Jong Un will watch ‘stupid American behavior for a bit longer’
AUGUST 15, 2017
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un was briefed by one of his generals on the country’s plan to launch missiles toward Guam, according to South Korea’s largest news agency, but the combative leader appeared to put the heated rhetoric on pause, saying he would watch “stupid American behavior for a bit longer.” KCNA, the state news agency of North Korea, said in a
statement, “Dear supreme leader has spent a long time to review the plan to attack Guam by surrounding it and conferred with the leaders present,” according to a translation by the South Korean news agency Yonhap. On Monday Kim reportedly met with his Gen. Kim Rak Gyom, warning soldiers to stand ready to strike “at all times,” according to the Yonhap report.
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RUMORS OF WAR: US Defense Sec Warns “If North Korea Fires Missiles at US, It’s Game On”!
AUGUST 15, 2017
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday that if North Korea follows through on its threats to fire a missile at the United States, “it’s game on.” Speaking to reporters, Mattis added that the U.S. military would “take out” any North Korean missile it detects is heading for American soil, including Guam, a U.S. territory. Mattis said the U.S. would detect a missile of that nature heading towards Guam “within moments.” Mattis added that if North Korea fires at the U.S., “it could
escalate into war very quickly… yes, that’s called war, if they shoot at us.”North Korea has warned it was considering a plan to launch four ballistic missiles to land in the sea just outside Guam. Asked how the U.S. would respond, Mattis initially declined to say. When pressed, he said that if U.S. radars and other detection and tracking systems determine that a missile was going to fall into the sea, short of Guam.
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Kim Jong Un disappearance sparks concerns missile launch could be imminent
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,
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RUMORS OF WAR: DEFCON threat level increased over North Korea missile test fears
AUGUST 14, 2017
America’s nuclear warning system DEFCON has been upgraded as tensions between the US and North Korea reach a critical boiling point. Last week US President Donald Trump threatened the hermit state with “fire and fury” should it continue to test missiles and issue threats to the West. Now, the Defcon warning system, which has monitored and
assessed nuclear threats against the US for more than 33 years, has been upped from its lowest level to level four. A report said while there does not appear to be an “imminent nuclear threat”, there are events which are beginning to require close attention. The statement said: “Tensions between North Korea and the United States are reaching almost a fever pitch, with new threats coming out every day.
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RUMORS OF WAR: US ready to use ‘full range of military capabilities’ against North Korea
AUGUST 15, 2017
The United States is ready to use the “full range” of its capabilities if provoked by North Korea, the country’s top military officer said, noting that Washington is still hoping for a “peaceful resolution” to the crisis. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made clear on Monday that Washington is ready “to use the full range of military capabilities to defend our allies and the US homeland,” according to US military spokesman Capt. Darryn James,
as cited by AP. Dunford previously stressed to reporters, however, that the US is “seeking a peaceful resolution to the crisis,” local media reported. The comments were made during Dunford’s visit to South Korea, where he is meeting with the country’s military and political officials, as well as local media. Dunford, who is also visiting Japan and China during his trip, earlier told reporters traveling with him that he is aiming to “sense what the temperature is in the region.”
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Russia unveils new fleet of ‘invisible’ supersonic fighter jets
AUGUST 14, 2017
Russia has unveiled its new fleet of ‘invisible’ supersonic fighter jets, boasting that they are already the envy of air forces around the world. The £120million Sukhoi-57, which will have a top speed of 1,615 mph, is said to rival America’s F-22 and China’s Chengdu J-20, Kremlin officials say the fifth-generation stealth jet has been ‘christened like a baby after its
birth’ as Su-57 and will undergo another year of testing before it enters military service in 2019. The country’s air force chief Viktor Bondarev described the aircraft as a ‘wonderful machine’ and last month said: ‘Every country probably wants planes such as this, and we have them.’The plane was called ‘PAK FA’ and ‘T-50’ during its developmental stage. Russia says the Su-57 will use state-of-the-art stealth technology to make it hard to track on enemy radars.
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RUMORS OF WAR: DEFCON threat level increased over North Korea missile test fears
AUGUST 14, 2017
America’s nuclear warning system DEFCON has been upgraded as tensions between the US and North Korea reach a critical boiling point. Last week US President Donald Trump threatened the hermit state with “fire and fury” should it continue to test missiles and issue threats to the West. Now, the Defcon warning system, which has monitored and
assessed nuclear threats against the US for more than 33 years, has been upped from its lowest level to level four. A report said while there does not appear to be an “imminent nuclear threat”, there are events which are beginning to require close attention. The statement said: “Tensions between North Korea and the United States are reaching almost a fever pitch, with new threats coming out every day.
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Iran Begins Sending Warships To Atlantic…
AUGUST 14, 2017
Iran is preparing to send a flotilla of warships to the Atlantic Ocean following the announcement of a massive $500 million investment in war spending, according to Iranian leaders, who say the military moves are in response to recent efforts by the United States to impose a package of new economic sanctions on Tehran. The military investment and build up comes following weeks of tense interactions between Iran and the United States in regional waters, where Iranian
military ships have carried out a series of dangerous maneuvers near U.S. vessels. The interactions have roiled U.S. military leaders and prompted tough talk from the Trump administration, which is currently examining potential ways to leave the landmark nuclear deal. Iran’s increasingly hostile behavior also follows a little-noticed United Nations report disclosing that Iran has repeatedly violated international accords banning ballistic missile work.
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US and South Korea to stage huge military exercise despite North Korea crisis
AUGUST 14, 2017
US and South Korean militaries will go ahead with massive sea, land and air exercises later this month, despite a spiraling situation in which North Korea has threatened to fire missiles towards a US Pacific territory. The annual joint exercises, named Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, have long been planned for 21-31 August, but now come at a time when both
Washington and Pyongyang are on heightened alert, raising the spectre of a mishap or overreaction. The timing is doubly concerning as it is within a timeframe in which Pyongyang says it will be ready to fire four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles toward the US-run island of Guam, an unusually specific threat against the US.
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North Korea Backs Off Guam Missile-Attack Threat
AUGUST 15, 2017
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.”
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DEVELOPING: Satellite photos suggest North Korea preparing submarine missile test
AUGUST 13, 2017
Recent satellite photos suggest North Korea could be preparing for fresh submarine-based ballistic missile tests, an expert on its military said Friday. Joseph Bermudez, a specialist in North Korean defense and intelligence affairs, posted photographs on the authoritative 38 North blog of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University which he said could show preparations for a test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). “Recent commercial satellite imagery
reveals several developments suggesting that North Korea may be accelerating the development of the sea-based leg of its nuclear forces,” he said. Activity on a SINPO-class experimental ballistic missile submarine at the Mayang-do navy shipyard and submarine base, he said, suggests “that the North may be preparing for a new series of ‘at sea’ test launches, has undertaken modifications or upgrades to the submarine’s launch systems
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RUMORS OF WAR: Top U.S. General Readies Military Plan for North Korea
AUGUST 13, 2017
The Pentagon’s top military officer said here Sunday the focus remains on finding a diplomatic solution to the North Korea missile crisis, even as the military works up viable options in case they become necessary. Amid heated rhetoric between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, the military is quietly supporting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s effort to use diplomatic and economic pressure to avert war.
“As a military leader, I have to make sure that the president does have viable military options in the event that the diplomatic and economic pressurization campaign fails,” said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford in his first public remarks since the crisis escalated with North Korea’s launch of a second intercontinental ballistic missile late last month. READ MORE https://www.wsj.com/articles/top-u-s-general-readies-military-plan-for-north-korea-but-pushes-for-diplomacy-1502626832
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WAR DRUMS: General Mattis Warns North Korea: Stop or Face ‘Destruction of Its People’
AUGUST 10, 2017
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis warned North Korea to stop its missile tests and nuclear program or face devastation. The news comes after dictator Kim Jong Un threatened to attack U.S. forces in Guam after revelations that his regime now has mini-nukes. “The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons,” Mattis said in a statement, referring to North Korea. “The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that
would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”The statement goes on to state, “President Trump was informed of the growing threat last December, and on taking office his first orders to me emphasized the readiness of our ballistic missile defense and nuclear deterrent forces… The DPRK regime’s actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates.”
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RUMORS OF WAR: North Korea Reveals Targeted US Cities In Attack!
AUGUST 10, 2017
North Korea’s nuclear targets have already been chosen and his first strike will kill nearly half a MILLION people, Daily Star Online can reveal. Pyongyang’s battle plan for a devastating nuclear assault has been laid bare as war rhetoric reaches crisis level between the rogue state and US. US President Donald Trump claimed he would unleash “fire and fury” upon North Korea. His shocking threat came as US spooks confirmed Kim can now miniaturize nuclear warheads for use on his
ICBMs. Daily Star Online can now reveal where North Korea will strike should war come – hitting the continental US with an onslaught to kill as many as 493,000. North Korea is considering strikes on key cities across the US, with four being identified on a map seen in North Korean propaganda in the “war room” with Kim. These targets are marked under the subtitle “US Mainland Strike Plan”.
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Kim Jong Un Mocks Trump’s Threat To North Korea
AUGUST 10, 2017
North Korea dismissed on Thursday warnings by U.S. President Donald Trump that it would face “fire and fury” if it threatened the United States as a “load of nonsense”, and outlined detailed plans for a missile strike near the Pacific territory of Guam. North Korea’s apparently rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of
reaching the U.S. mainland has fueled tensions that erupted into a war of words between Washington and Pyongyang this week, unnerving regional powers and global investors. Trump’s unexpected remarks prompted North Korea to say on Thursday it was finalizing plans to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land 30-40 km (18-25 miles) from Guam, more than 3,000 km (2,000 miles) to the south.
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Russian Air Force jet flies over Pentagon, Capitol, and CIA…
AUGUST 10, 2017
An unarmed Russian Air Force aircraft overflew the US Capitol, the Pentagon, Central Intelligence Agency and Joint Base Andrews at low altitude on Wednesday as part of a longstanding treaty that allows the militaries of the United States and Russia to observe the other from the air, according to two people familiar with the flight. The flight was part of the Treaty on Open Skies, which allows military aircraft from the United States and Russia and other nations to fly aerial observation
flights to observe military sites of the 34 signatory nations. The Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-154 on Wednesday afternoon passed at around 3,700 feet over downtown Washington and Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where Air Force One is based, according to tracking website Flightradar24. The jet is authorized to enter P-56, the highly secure airspace surrounding the White House.
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US embassy employees in Cuba possibly subject to ‘acoustic attack’
AUGUST 10, 2017
The US believes several State Department employees at the US embassy in Havana were subjected to an “acoustic attack” using sonic devices that left at least two with such serious health problems they needed to be brought back to the US for treatment, several senior State Department officials told CNN. One official said the employees could have suffered
permanent hearing loss as a result. The employees affected were not at the same place at the same time, but suffered a variety of physical symptoms since late 2016 which resembled concussions. The State Department raised the incidents with the Cuban government over the course of several months and sent medical personnel to Havana, but have not been able to determine exactly what happened.
READ MORE http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/09/politics/us-cuba-acoustic-attack-embassy/index.html

WAR DRUMS: North Korea Threatens to Strike US Military in Guam
AUGUST 9, 2017
North Korea’s military is “examining the operational plan” to strike areas around the U.S. territory of Guam with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic missiles, state-run news said early Wednesday morning. Specifically, the statement mentioned a potential strike on Andersen Air Force Base designed “to send a serious warning signal to the U.S.” The base
is one of two on the Pacific island, which are the closest bases on U.S. soil to North Korea and represent the westernmost tip of the country’s military might. North Korea’s comments were published after U.S. President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang that if it continued to threaten the U.S., it would “face fire and fury like the world has never seen.”The governor of Guam issued an urgent video message overnight attempting to reassure constituents.
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North Korea Missiles Capable Of Reaching Guam in 14 minutes
AUGUST 10, 2017
If North Korea fires missiles toward Guam, they would take about 14 minutes to reach the island, said Guam Homeland Security spokeswoman Jenna Gaminde. She said residents would be immediately notified by the 15 All-Hazards Alert Warning System sirens, located in low-lying areas throughout the island. North Korea announced Thursday that the
nation has a detailed plan for a missile strike near Guam using four intermediate-range ballistic rockets. “Our office will be notified from the military and will utilize all forms of mass communication to get the message out to the public,” Gaminde said. Local media, village mayors and social media would be used to disseminate information, she said. “If you hear the sirens, tune into local media — radio, print, television — for further instructions,” Gaminde said.
READ MORE http://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2017/08/10/north-korea-considers-mid-august-attack-plan-against-guam/554932001/


RUMORS OF WAR: North Korea may strike US targets in South Korea if provoked by Americans
AUGUST 11, 2017
North Korea may well fulfil its threat to hit US targets on South Korean territory if continued pressure by Washington puts Pyongyang at an impasse, Pavel Zolotarev, a retired Russian Major General, told RT. “A US strike against North Korea may go against common logic, but when a country is governed by propaganda – and the United States are going through such a period – political decisions go beyond rational logic, and there we can have consequences that are hard to foresee,”
Zolotarev warned. On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump promised to bring “fire and fury like the world has never seen” on North Korea if it doesn’t stop tests aimed at the developing a nuclear-tipped long-range ballistic missile. Than the next day he went even further to say that the “fire and fury” warning to North Korea may not have been “tough enough.” Increased pressure from Washington may force the North to “be more assertive in terms of retaliatory measures,” with South Korea becoming hostage in this situation, he warned.
READ MORE https://www.rt.com/news/399249-north-korea-us-conflict-missiles/

RUMORS OF WAR: China Warns America Not to Strike First!
AUGUST 11, 2017
If North Korea launches an attack that threatens the United States then China should stay neutral, but if the United States attacks first and tries to overthrow North Korea’s government China will stop them, a Chinese state-run newspaper said on Friday. President Donald Trump ratcheted up his rhetoric toward North Korea and its leader on Thursday, warning Pyongyang against attacking Guam or U.S. allies after it disclosed plans to fire missiles over Japan to land near the U.S. Pacific territory.
China, North Korea’s most important ally and trading partner, has reiterated calls for calm during the current crisis. It has expressed frustration with both Pyongyang’s repeated nuclear and missile tests and with behavior from South Korea and the United States that it sees as escalating tensions. The widely read state-run Global Times, published by the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily, wrote in an editorial that Beijing is not able to persuade either Washington or Pyongyang to back down.
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RUMORS OF WAR: Japanese troops begin joint military exercise…
AUGUST 11, 2017
More than 3,500 American and Japanese troops kicked off a weeks-long joint military exercise Thursday against the backdrop of an increasingly belligerent North Korean regime. The exercise, known as Northern Viper 17, will take place on Hokkaido — Japan’s northern-most main island — and will last until Aug. 28.
According to the U.S. Pacific Command, the drill will include 500 Marines and 18 aircraft operating out of the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa Air Base, on the northern tip of the island of Honshu. “We are improving our readiness not only in the air, but as a logistical support team,” Col. R. Scott Jobe, the 35th Fighter Wing commander, said in a statement. “We are in a prime location for contingency purposes and this exercise will only build upon our readiness in the case a real-world scenario occurs.”
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RUMORS OF WAR: What Will Happen if a Nuclear Bomb Detonates
AUGUST 10, 2017
As the United States volleys verbal assaults back and forth with North Korea, end-times expert John Shorey warns a nuclear bomb could trigger an electromagnetic pulse, which would destroy life as we know it. “The studies that the government has done, if an EMP blanketed America and took our grid down, and in fact, they even say that the rolling effect of taking part of the grid down could literally wipe out the whole grid,” Shorey shares on The Jim Bakker Show. He’s not the only one sounding the alarm. According to Business Insider:
When EMP passes through metal objects like a phone, computer, or radio, they can “catch” this incredibly powerful pulse. This can generate a rogue current of electricity that moves through a modern device’s tiny circuits and can disrupt or even destroy them. Power transmission or telecommunications equipment, meanwhile, can overload from the excess current, spark, and fail for miles around.
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RUMORS OF WAR: California Bunker Business Sees Spike As Tensions Rise With North Korea
AUGUST 10, 2017
The owner of a California-based bunker business said his phone is ringing off the hook, amid heightened tensions between the United States and North Korea. Fear sells, and Ron Hubbard knows this firsthand as president of Los Angeles-based Atlas Survival Shelters. Hubbard’s company builds 20 different types of shelters, ranging in price from $10,000 to $10 million. Interest in shelters has gone up after President Donald Trump threatened “fire and fury” at North
Korea as Kim Jong Un’s regime continues testing its missile program. “I take that as a preemptive nuclear strike,” Hubbard said. Plenty of other people have taken it that way as well, with Hubbard fielding calls from San Jose, San Francisco and Los Angeles for bunkers. “We’ve sold everything that we got, but we’re trying to produce as fast as we can,” Hubbard told KCBS. READ MORE http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/08/10/us-north-korea-tensions-bunker-fallout-shelter-business-spike/


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President Donald Trump issued another strong warning to North Korea Friday.

The military option is “locked and loaded” if North Korea makes an unwise decision, Trump tweeted.


North Korea has been especially provocative in recent months, testing a series of new short-, medium-, intermediate-, and long-range missiles. The intercontinental ballistic missile tested twice in July is believed to have the ability to strike American cities across the continental U.S. Over the past week, North Korea has signaled its intentions to fire intermediate-range ballistic missiles towards Guam, home to numerous U.S. strategic military assets.

Trump has responded to North Korea’s threats with his own fiery rhetoric. Friday’s tweet follows several additional warnings from the president to the North Koreans.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” the president declared before the White House press pool Tuesday. “They will be met with the fire and 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.”

“[Kim Jong Un] has been pushing the world around for a long time,” the president told reporters Thursday.

“If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack of anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous,” he explained. “They should be very nervous. Things will happen to them like they never thought possible.”

“Let’s see what he does with Guam,” Trump told reporters, referring to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. If he attacks Guam, it will be “an event the likes of which nobody’s ever seen before” in North Korea.”
“It’s not a dare, it’s a statement,” the president added.
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Trump Turns Up The Heat On N. Korea: ‘Things Will Happen To Them They Never Thought Possible’
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President Trump issued a new warning to North Korea Thursday, upping the ante after the president’s “fire and fury” statement Tuesday.

Trump suggested Thursday that his prior statements on North Korea, which received a great deal of criticism from some observers, were “not tough enough.”

“[Kim Jong Un] has been pushing the world around for a long time,” the president told reporters Thursday.

“I will tell you this, if North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack of anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous,” he explained. “They should be very nervous. Things will happen to them like they never thought possible.”

“North Korea better get its act together or they’ll be in trouble like few nations have ever been in trouble in this world,” Trump added.

In response to questions concerning the possibility of a preemptive strike on North Korea, he simply said, “We’ll see what happens.”

The president’s latest statements follow a strong statement Tuesday signaling that the U.S. will no longer tolerate North Korean hostility and aggression as past administrations have.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump declared Tuesday. “They will be met with the fire and 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.”




FLASHBACK 1994: Clinton Says His Deal With North Korea Would Make The World Safer http://conservativefighters.com/news/flashback-1994-clinton-says-deal-north-korea-make-world-safer/
Former President Bill Clinton thought he saved the world from a nuclear North Korea more than two decades ago, but he was wrong.

North Korea now has an intercontinental ballistic missile that can range most of the continental U.S., and a new Defense Intelligence Agency assessment suggests that North Korea has successfully miniaturized nuclear warheads for its missiles. The North is, according to a recent defense intelligence report, expected to be able to field a reliable, nuclear-armed ICBM as early as next year.

In the early 1990s, Clinton faced a growing nuclear threat from North Korea, but he ultimately chose diplomacy and deals over the application of military force.

“I was determined to prevent North Korea from developing a nuclear arsenal, even at the risk of war,” Clinton wrote in his memoirs. He decided to change course after receiving “a sobering estimate of the staggering losses both sides would suffer if war broke out.”

Before North Korea had nuclear weapons, the anticipated casualty count in the event of a renewed conflict on the peninsula was in the hundreds of thousands. Instead of war, Clinton chose the Agreed Framework, promising billions of dollars in aid for a North Korean nuclear freeze.

“This is a good deal for the United States,” he said at the time. “North Korea will freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program. South Korea and our other allies will be better protected. The entire world will be safer as we slow the spread of nuclear weapons.”
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The North Koreans negotiated in bad faith, however, offering false promises to convince the U.S. to unwittingly subsidize their nuclear program. The country began enriching nuclear material, and North Korea conducted its first nuclear test a little over a decade later. North Korea has since continued its steady march to becoming a fully-armed nuclear power. Evidence suggests that North Korea will achieve its nuclear weapons goals much sooner than analysts and experts previously expected.

North Korea advanced its program throughout the Bush and Obama administrations, bringing the U.S. to the risky situation it now faces.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Donald Trump declared to the White House press pool Tuesday. “They will be met with the fire and 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.”
While the casualty count in a North Korean crisis might have been high in the 1990s, the cost of a conflict now that North Korea has nuclear weapons would be in the millions.




RUMORS OF WAR: North Korea may strike US targets in South Korea if provoked by Americans
AUGUST 11, 2017
North Korea may well fulfil its threat to hit US targets on South Korean territory if continued pressure by Washington puts Pyongyang at an impasse, Pavel Zolotarev, a retired Russian Major General, told RT. “A US strike against North Korea may go against common logic, but when a country is governed by propaganda – and the United States are going through such a period – political decisions go beyond rational logic, and there we can have consequences that are hard to foresee,”

Zolotarev warned. On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump promised to bring “fire and fury like the world has never seen” on North Korea if it doesn’t stop tests aimed at the developing a nuclear-tipped long-range ballistic missile. Than the next day he went even further to say that the “fire and fury” warning to North Korea may not have been “tough enough.” Increased pressure from Washington may force the North to “be more assertive in terms of retaliatory measures,” with South Korea becoming hostage in this situation, he warned.
READ MORE https://www.rt.com/news/399249-north-korea-us-conflict-missiles/

Pyongyang may hit US targets in S. Korea if provoked by Americans – Russian general to RT
Published time: 10 Aug, 2017 22:45
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Pyongyang may hit US targets in S. Korea if provoked by Americans – Russian general to RT
FILE PHOTO: South Korean Army's multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) © Kim Hong-Ji / Reuters
North Korea may well fulfil its threat to hit US targets on South Korean territory if continued pressure by Washington puts Pyongyang at an impasse, Pavel Zolotarev, a retired Russian Major General, told RT.
“A US strike against North Korea may go against common logic, but when a country is governed by propaganda – and the United States are going through such a period – political decisions go beyond rational logic, and there we can have consequences that are hard to foresee,” Zolotarev warned.

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© Zach Gibson / Global Look Press‘Fire and fury’ wasn’t tough enough - Trump on North Korea
On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump promised to bring “fire and fury like the world has never seen” on North Korea if it doesn’t stop tests aimed at the developing a nuclear-tipped long-range ballistic missile. Than the next day he went even further to say that the “fire and fury” warning to North Korea may not have been “tough enough.”

Increased pressure from Washington may force the North to “be more assertive in terms of retaliatory measures,” with South Korea becoming hostage in this situation, he warned.

“Strikes may be carried out, targeting either US facilities in South Korea or the South Korean territory itself,” Zolotarev, who is the Deputy Director of the Institute for US and Canadian Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, said.

“One shouldn’t forget that the South Korean capital, Seoul, is within the reach of (North Korean) artillery,” he added.

READ MORE: N. Koreans denounce Trump's 'fire & fury' threat in massive rally (VIDEO)

The expert stressed that claims by Korean People’s Army that they have plans worked out to strike US bases in Guam are “no bluff.”

“Every country’s military have to elaborate deployment strategies for any eventuality. It is politicians – not the military – who decide on whether or not to use such plans… So, if North Korean military talk of such plans, it means they actually have them,” he explained.

If the armed confrontation between the US and the North eventually breaks out, the Americans shouldn’t expect it to be a walk in the park, Zolotarev said.

“The North Korean military may inflict significant damage to US forces during a conventional conflict. Though their equipment is far beyond the American assets, their combat readiness and military morale are much higher,” he said.

‘N Koreans will sell last shirt for ICBM’
No threats from Washington or even the harshest sanctions will make Pyongyang abandon its plan to develop its own intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Aleksandr Tsalko, a Russian retired Air Force general, told RT.

“[The North Koreans] will sell the last shirt from their back, but will make [the missile],” Tsalko said.

However, he expressed doubt that Pyongyang currently has the capability to carry out nuclear strikes against American bases in Guam and elsewhere if attacked.

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© KyodoTrump can strike North Korea without approval from Congress - Sen. Graham
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“They claim they have one, but having a long-range missile and being capable of delivering a nuclear strike are two different things. They need to make a nuclear warhead that their missile can carry, to learn how to hit a target with it at long range,” the co-founder of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policies said.

“I doubt North Korea now has a guidance system good enough for that. They can make a bang somewhere in the sea, but that’s all,” he added.

Despite the US being serious about North Korean claims that it tested an ICBM, the Russian military insists that its data shows that Pyongyang only fired a mid-range missile.

The former general said that while the US is overwhelmingly more powerful than North Korea, launching an attack at the country would come with a significant cost for America’s allies in the region, namely South Korea and Japan.

“However few short and intermediate-range missiles North Korea has, they are enough to cause unacceptable amount of damage, if a nuclear warhead is used,” he said.

“The Americans should have enough brains not to do it [attack Pyongyang]. As long as they don’t hurt North Korea, it will not take any action in return,” Tsalko said.

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Trump can strike North Korea without approval from Congress - Sen. Graham
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Trump can strike North Korea without approval from Congress - Sen. Graham
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President Donald Trump does not need Congressional authorization to carry out a preemptive strike against North Korea, according to Republican Senator Lindsay Graham.
The Senator from South Carolina said he “violently” disagreed with his colleague Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), who said that a “pre-emptive war” on the Korean peninsula “would require the authorization of Congress.”

“There’s nothing in the Constitution limiting the ability to use force to protect America,” Graham told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday.

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He also said that Trump is “mentally” ready to preemptively strike North Korea “if negotiations fail,” based on his conversation with the president.

“I think he’s there mentally,” Graham said. “He has told me this.”

Graham has been a vocal opponent of Trump on many other foreign policy issues, and has sponsored a bill that limited Trump’s ability to waive or lift sanctions against Russia without Congressional approval, which the president called an unconstitutional encroachment on his executive powers.

On Tuesday, Trump warned North Korea that it would “face fire and fury like the world has never seen” if Pyongyang continues threatening the US and its ally South Korea.

Since then, North Korea has threatened to bomb the US Pacific territory of Guam, saying that a plan to fire four missiles near Guam would be ready for Kim Jong-un’s consideration within days.

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North Korean state media issued a statement Wednesday, warning Washington that a “preemptive strike is no longer the monopoly of the US.”

On Thursday, Trump doubled down on his earlier comments saying that his “fire and fury” warning to North Korea may not have been “tough enough.”

North Korea should “get their act together” or it will “be in trouble like few nations have ever been,” Trump said when speaking to reporters at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf resort, where he is spending his vacation.

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While Congress is in recess, some lawmakers, including Senator Bernie Sanders, have blasted Trump over his rhetoric on North Korea, saying it could result in millions of people being killed.

“Trump’s bombastic rhetoric is not appropriate when we are dealing with the possibility of a nuclear war that could kill millions of people,” the senator from Vermont tweeted.

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Trump’s threats came on the heels of a report in the Washington Post earlier this week, which said that US intelligence analysts have assessed that North Korea has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead, which could potentially fit in a missile.

On Thursday, it was reported that the US has a plan for a preemptive strike on North Korean missile sites with bombers stationed in Guam, should Donald Trump order it.

An attack by Rockwell B-1 Lancer supersonic heavy bombers from Andersen Air Force Base in the US territory of Guam makes up a major part of the plan, senior acting and retired military officials told NBC News.

The bomber strikes are “the best of a lot of bad options,” the outlet cited one senior intelligence official as saying.


President Trump Issues Even Harsher Statement Against N. Korea: ‘Things Will Happen to Them’
http://conservativefighters.com/news/president-trump-issues-even-harsher-statement-n-korea-things-will-happen/
After Thursday’s security briefing at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, President Donald Trump told reporters that perhaps his “fire and fury” admonishments to North Korea weren’t “tough enough.”

“They’ve been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years,” Trump continued, speaking of North Korea and their threats of nuclear warfare against the United States. “And it’s about time that somebody stuck up for this country and for the people of other countries.”

Considering the statement he released earlier in the week which said that if North Korea didn’t back off their threats, “they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,” Trump added, “If anything, maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough.”

North Korea claimed earlier in the week that they were “seriously examining the plan for an enveloping strike at Guam through simultaneous fire of four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range strategic ballistic rockets in order to interdirect the enemy forces on major military bases on Guam and to signal a crucial warning to the U.S.”

Thursday saw Trump respond to the country’s threats in kind.

“I will tell you this, if North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack of anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous,” Trump promised. “They should be very nervous. Things will happen to them like they never thought possible.”

Speaking directly about Kim Jong-Un, Trump added, “He has disrespected our country greatly. He has said things that are horrific. And with me, he’s not getting away with it.”

“It’s not a dare,” Trump continued. “It’s a statement. It has nothing to do with dare. That’s a statement. He’s not going to go around threatening Guam, and he’s not gonna threaten the United States, and he’s not gonna threaten Japan. He’s not gonna threaten South Korea. No, that’s not a dare, as you say. That is a statement of fact.”

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WAR DRUMS: North Korea Claims Strike Plan Against US Will Be Ready In ‘Days’
AUGUST 10, 2017
North Korean state media has outlined details of the country’s Guam strike plan expected to be ready by mid-August. The attack will reportedly include four missiles fired over Japan and landing within a few dozen kilometers of US territory. Continuing the heated exchange with US President Donald Trump, Pyongyang’s state media outlet KCNA said that the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, will be presented with an elaborate plan of the attack by mid-August, Reuters reported.
The plan envisions launching four Hwasong-12 rockets that would “cross the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi Prefectures of Japan,” the report says, citing General Kim Rak Gyom. The missiles are set to “fly 3,356.7km (2,085.8 miles) for 1,065 seconds” before practically reaching the shores of Guam, landing in the waters just “30-40km away.” Pyongyang also ridiculed Trump’s promise to counter any incoming threats from the North with “fire and fury,” labelling the remark a “load of nonsense” and in its turn vowing to act with “absolute force.”
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‘Missiles to fly over Japan & land near Guam’: N. Korea’s strike plan vs US to be ready in ‘days’
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‘Missiles to fly over Japan & land near Guam’: N. Korea’s strike plan vs US to be ready in ‘days’
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North Korean state media has outlined details of the country’s Guam strike plan expected to be ready by mid-August. The attack will reportedly include four missiles fired over Japan and landing within a few dozen kilometers of US territory.
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Continuing the heated exchange with US President Donald Trump, Pyongyang’s state media outlet KCNA said that the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, will be presented with an elaborate plan of the attack by mid-August, Reuters reported.

The plan envisions launching four Hwasong-12 rockets that would “cross the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi Prefectures of Japan,” the report says, citing General Kim Rak Gyom.

The missiles are set to “fly 3,356.7km (2,085.8 miles) for 1,065 seconds” before practically reaching the shores of Guam, landing in the waters just “30-40km away.”

Pyongyang also ridiculed Trump’s promise to counter any incoming threats from the North with “fire and fury,” labelling the remark a “load of nonsense” and in its turn vowing to act with “absolute force.”

Trump’s initial remark courted controversy, prompting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to reassure Americans that North Korea poses “no immediate danger” to US, while Defense Secretary James Mattis stated that Washington is sure in its military preeminence, urging North Korea to refrain from “consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”

Trump’s national security aide Sebastian Gorka compared the current escalation between US and North Korea to the Cuban crisis of 1962, calling on US lawmakers to back Trump’s stance in the unfolding crisis.

"This is analogous to the Cuban missile crisis. We need to come together," Gorka said in an interview to Fox and Friends on Wednesday, recalling that “during the Cuban missile crisis, we stood behind JFK.”

Echoing Trump’s remark, Gorka also warned the self-isolated nation against “testing America.”

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Speaking about Washington’s military edge, he described the US as “not just a superpower” but a “hyperpower,” at the same time playing down the dangers posed by the North, calling it a “very, very insignificant threat in terms of scale.”

While Trump’s sharp tone has given rise to concern within the part of the US establishment, with Senator John McCain casting doubt that the US leader is ready back up his rhetoric with real actions, others appeared to be quite enthusiastic, estimating US chances in a face-to-face military confrontation.

Retired Gen. Tom McInerney argued that the US would emerge victorious, with its ability to level North Korea within 15 minutes in case it launches an attack on South Korea.

“If he [ Trump] gets our full nuclear retaliatory capability, within minutes after one round going into Seoul, there will be nothing left,” McInerney told Fox News on Monday.

Moscow, meanwhile, once again appealed for both sides to show restraint and to resume dialogue to defuse the tensions building up in the region.

"As we said, we want the tensions to ease, and we have to start seriously devising and inventing ways for a political dialogue on this issue," Russia’s UN envoy, Vasily Nebenzya, said on Wednesday, as cited by TASS.


Addressing the US administration in particular, Nebenzya said that he hopes Washington will “refrain from any moves that would provoke another party into actions that might be dangerous.”

The Japanese government responded to the new threat by saying that it deems itself to be fully within its rights to shoot down the North Korean rockets heading to Guam, as they pose an existential threat to Japan, the country’s defense minister Itsunori Onondera told Kyodo news agency on Thursday.

Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief government spokesman, said that Japan’s self-defense forces would “take necessary measures” in case of the military escalation outlined in the plan unveiled by KCNA.

"We can never tolerate this,” he said, stressing the importance of “US deterrent power.”

READ MORE: ‘Small enough to fit in a missile’: US & Japan issue warnings over Pyongyang’s nuclear plans

"President Trump has said all options are on the table and the government welcomes that policy,” Suga said, as cited by the Straits Times. Security experts estimate that the Japanese military currently lacks the ability to intercept the missile on its own.

Eddie Baza Calvo, the governor of Guam, meanwhile, called on residents and tourists visiting the state to proceed with their duties as usual, while admitting that the situation is growing tense.

"Obviously, for our administration, and for the people of Guam, there is concern and worry, but there is no panic," Calvo told Fox News on Thursday, adding that an "America community such as Guam, as well as other American communities, will be protected.”
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Bill Clinton’s 1994 Leaked Deal With North Korea:’North Korea Will Freeze And Then Dismantle…'[VIDEO]
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North Korea has always posed a threat to the U.S., although back in 1994, then-President Bill Clinton tried to conclude an agreement with the Republic that would cease their potentially violent agenda.

The agreement known as The 1994 Agreed Framework concluded that America will provide oil, two water reactors and one electric grid, plus a cash ‘prize’ of $5 billion, just so North Korea won’t practice it regime on the States.

If you’re asking me, this sounds more like a well-paid bribe.

“This is a good deal for the United States,” Clinton pointed out in 1994. “North Korea will freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program. South Korea and our other allies will be better protected. The entire world will be safer as we slow the spread of nuclear weapons.”

Due to his own personal fear, Bill decided that rationalizing with North Korea at the time would be much better than actually opposing their nuclear threats.
NKorea Flashback: Bill Clinton on his deal with North Korea "The world will be safer." Whoops.
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“NKorea Flashback: Bill Clinton on his deal with North Korea ‘The world will be safer.’ Whoops,” stated conservative Youtube entity Mark Dice.

North Korea knew America was already weak, agreeing to this ‘compromise,’ so they didn’t oblige the stipulations. As a result, they conducted their first nuclear test in 2006.

At the moment North Korea is in possession of around 60 nuclear weapons, waiting to be used, most likely against America alone.

Donald Trump didn’t care to see North Korea boost their confidence, so he responded that any potential attack from the Republic will be met with “with fire and fury unlike the world has ever seen.”

“(North Korean leader Kim Jong-un) 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 elaborated.

North Korea has set its gaze on America’s largest cities, that hold and protect the country’s biggest military stations. As far as their missile launch is concerned, if it happens, we can expect it sometime in 2018.

Aside from Trump, Secretary of Defense James Mattis also paid attention to the problem, noting that he won’t rest until North Korea is defeated alongside its people, in case they refuse to rethink their aggressive intentions.
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http://conservativefighters.com/news/nbc-just-sided-kim-jong-un-president-trump/
NBC Just Sided With Kim Jong-un Over President Trump 
We not only have a lying, fake news media; they are also vindictive and outright DANGEROUS.

President Trump stood up for the American people by telling the chubby North Korean dictator that if he threatens America, he will deal with “fire and fury,” the likes of which the world has never seen.

As many predicted, the LUNATIC dictator fired back at President Trump, upping the ante by claiming he’d attack Guam.

The man is CRAZY and unstable, does this come as a shock to anyone?

Well, apparently it’s a shock to CNBC, who prefers the feckless Obama approach.

So much so, they slammed President Trump and in doing so, took the side of North Korea’s cruel and evil dictator.

That’s how awful our media is.

https://twitter.com/4DC4USA/status/895288233113772035

Do you stand with President Trump against Kim Jong-un?

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JUST IN: US Spies Report Horrifying Item Inside N. Korea, Millions In Grave Danger
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North Korea has been working hard to try and bring fear into countries around the world. During that time, it appears they developed something that could cause swift military action.

Originally reported by The Washington Post, North Korea has officially moved a step forward in their weapons development. A US intelligence report came to the conclusion that Pyongyang has, in fact, developed nuclear warheads that can be fitted inside their ICBM missiles. This issue is a serious threat.

President Trump spoke out about the sanctions against North Korea in the early hours Tuesday morning via his Twitter account. He put out a tweet stating, “After many years of failure, countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea. We must be tough & decisive.”

The president conveyed that we are aware of the serious problem looming in North Korea. Luckily, Americans are not the only ones aware of the issue and what is at stake.

This news came in not long after North Korea threatened the world with “physical harm” for imposing sanctions against them. The UN Security Council came to a unanimous agreement to cut all ties with the country, aimed at forcing them to stop working on weapons.

Two of their biggest suppliers, China and Russia, even agreed that it is time to halt the madness. They understand that the money is not worth the loss of life that would occur if North Korea were to fire a nuclear-tipped missile.

CNN reports that the intelligence community document reads, “The IC assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class missiles.”

It is unknown whether or not the smaller-designed nuclear missiles have been tested, but the fact that they have missiles in their possession is more than alarming. The Defense Intelligence Agency is likely working hard to see what happens next.

North Korea has become more aggressive in their missile testing over the past couple of months. They have fired a total of 18 missiles during 12 separate tests since February, most of which were medium or short-range missiles. It is unknown whether they managed to perfect their technology through this number of tests.

Perhaps intentionally, one of their tests occurred on July 4th. This was the first intercontinental ballistic missile with which they experimented. During the testing, they boasted that it could reach “anywhere in the world.” The only questionable factor here is how much material was contained in the missiles that they’ve been launching.

A US intelligence report came to the conclusion that North Korea has developed nuclear warheads. Are we being tough enough against this dangerous rogue nation?

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If there isn’t a sizeable payload in missile, it can travel further. If they wanted to inflict significant damage, they might not be able to install enough of the dangerous payload to make the missile travel all the way to the United States.

Now that the threat is looming over the US, South Korea, Japan, and the rest of the world looks on to see what will happen next. There is no official word yet on what Trump’s plans are for dealing with Kim Jong-un or North Korea.
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WAR DRUMS: South Dakota Airmen arrive ready to ‘Fight Tonight’ from Guam
AUGUST 9, 2017
Two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, under the command of U.S. Pacific Air Forces, joined their counterparts from the Republic of Korea and Japanese air forces in sequenced bilateral missions, August 7. This serves as the first mission for the crews and aircraft recently deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence missions. After taking off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, the B-1s assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, flew to Japanese airspace, where they were joined by Koku Jieitai

(Japan Air Self Defense Force) F-2 fighter jets. The B-1s then flew over the Korean Peninsula where they were joined by Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 fighter jets. The B-1s then performed a pass over the Pilsung Range before leaving South Korean airspace and returning to Guam.  Throughout the approximately 10-hour mission, the aircrews practiced intercept and formation training, enabling them to enhance their combined capabilities and tactical skills, while also strengthening the long standing military-to-military relationships in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. 
READ MORE http://www.pacaf.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1272434/south-dakota-airmen-arrive-ready-to-fight-tonight-from-guam/
South Dakota Airmen arrive ready to 'Fight Tonight' from Guam
Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs / Published August 08, 2017

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, flew from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for a 10-hour mission, flying in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean peninsula, Aug. 7, 2017 (HST). During the mission, the B-1s were joined by Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15s as well as Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 fighter jets, performing two sequential bilateral missions. These flights with Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) demonstrate solidarity between Japan, ROK and the U.S. to defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater. (Courtesy photo)
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Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, flew from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for a 10-hour mission, flying in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean peninsula, Aug. 7, 2017 (HST). During the mission, the B-1s were joined by Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15s as well as Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 fighter jets, performing two sequential bilateral missions. These flights with Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) demonstrate solidarity between Japan, ROK and the U.S. to defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater. (Courtesy photo)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, prepares to take off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for a 10-hour mission, flying in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean peninsula, Aug. 7, 2017 (HST). During the mission, the B-1s were joined by Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15s as well as Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 fighter jets, performing two sequential bilateral missions. These flights with Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) demonstrate solidarity between Japan, ROK and the U.S. to defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger)
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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, prepares to take off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for a 10-hour mission, flying in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean peninsula, Aug. 7, 2017 (HST). During the mission, the B-1s were joined by Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15s as well as Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 fighter jets, performing two sequential bilateral missions. These flights with Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) demonstrate solidarity between Japan, ROK and the U.S. to defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, refuels during a 10-hour mission mission from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, flying in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean peninsula, Aug. 7, 2017 (HST). During the mission, the B-1s were joined by Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15s as well as Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 fighter jets, performing two sequential bilateral missions. These flights with Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) demonstrate solidarity between Japan, ROK and the U.S. to defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Gerald Willis)
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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, refuels during a 10-hour mission mission from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, flying in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean peninsula, Aug. 7, 2017 (HST). During the mission, the B-1s were joined by Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15s as well as Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 fighter jets, performing two sequential bilateral missions. These flights with Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) demonstrate solidarity between Japan, ROK and the U.S. to defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Gerald Willis)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, during a 10-hour mission from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, flying in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean peninsula, August 7, 2017 (HST). During the mission, the B-1s were joined by Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15s as well as Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 fighter jets, performing two sequential bilateral missions. These flights with Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) demonstrate solidarity between Japan, ROK and the U.S. to defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Gerald Willis)
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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, during a 10-hour mission from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, flying in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean peninsula, August 7, 2017 (HST). During the mission, the B-1s were joined by Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15s as well as Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 fighter jets, performing two sequential bilateral missions. These flights with Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) demonstrate solidarity between Japan, ROK and the U.S. to defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Gerald Willis)

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, prepare to take off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for a 10-hour mission, flying in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean peninsula, Aug. 7, 2017 (HST). During the mission, the B-1s were joined by Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15s as well as Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 fighter jets, performing two sequential bilateral missions. These flights with Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) demonstrate solidarity between Japan, ROK and the U.S. to defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger)
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Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, prepare to take off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for a 10-hour mission, flying in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean peninsula, Aug. 7, 2017 (HST). During the mission, the B-1s were joined by Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15s as well as Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 fighter jets, performing two sequential bilateral missions. These flights with Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) demonstrate solidarity between Japan, ROK and the U.S. to defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger)

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, flew from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for a 10-hour mission, flying in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean peninsula, Aug. 7, 2017 (HST). During the mission, the B-1s were joined by Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15s as well as Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 fighter jets, performing two sequential bilateral missions. These flights with Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) demonstrate solidarity between Japan, ROK and the U.S. to defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater. (Courtesy photo)
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Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, flew from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for a 10-hour mission, flying in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean peninsula, Aug. 7, 2017 (HST). During the mission, the B-1s were joined by Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15s as well as Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 fighter jets, performing two sequential bilateral missions. These flights with Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) demonstrate solidarity between Japan, ROK and the U.S. to defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater. (Courtesy photo)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --
Two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, under the command of U.S. Pacific Air Forces, joined their counterparts from the Republic of Korea and Japanese air forces in sequenced bilateral missions, August 7.
 
This serves as the first mission for the crews and aircraft recently deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence missions.

After taking off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, the B-1s assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, flew to Japanese airspace, where they were joined by Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) F-2 fighter jets. The B-1s then flew over the Korean Peninsula where they were joined by Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 fighter jets. The B-1s then performed a pass over the Pilsung Range before leaving South Korean airspace and returning to Guam. 
 
Throughout the approximately 10-hour mission, the aircrews practiced intercept and formation training, enabling them to enhance their combined capabilities and tactical skills, while also strengthening the long standing military-to-military relationships in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
 
Ellsworth B-1s were last deployed to Guam in August 2016 when they took over CBP operations from the B-52 Stratofortress bomber squadrons from Minot AFB, North Dakota, and Barksdale AFB, Louisiana.

“How we train is how we fight and the more we interface with our allies, the better prepared we are to fight tonight,” said a 37th EBS B-1 pilot. “The B-1 is a long-range bomber that is well-suited for the maritime domain and can meet the unique challenges of the Pacific.”
 
Aircrews, maintenance and support personnel, will continue generating B-1 bomber sorties to demonstrate the continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, providing commanders with a strategic power projection platform and fulfilling the need for anytime mission-ready aircraft, an important part of national defense during a time of high regional tension.

“While at home station my crews are constantly refining their tactics and techniques so that we can better integrate with our counterparts from other nations,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Diehl, 37th EBS, commander. “As demonstrated today, our air forces stand combat-ready to deliver airpower when called upon.”
 
The U.S. has maintained a regular bomber presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific since 2004 and this mission demonstrated our continued ironclad commitment to regional allies. Further, it increased our readiness and exercised our rights under international law to fly legally in the place and time of our choosing.

WAR DRUMS: North Korea Threatens to Strike US Military in Guam
AUGUST 9, 2017
North Korea’s military is “examining the operational plan” to strike areas around the U.S. territory of Guam with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic missiles, state-run news said early Wednesday morning. Specifically, the statement mentioned a potential strike on Andersen Air Force Base designed “to send a serious warning signal to the U.S.” The base

is one of two on the Pacific island, which are the closest bases on U.S. soil to North Korea and represent the westernmost tip of the country’s military might. North Korea’s comments were published after U.S. President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang that if it continued to threaten the U.S., it would “face fire and fury like the world has never seen.”The governor of Guam issued an urgent video message overnight attempting to reassure constituents. 
READ MORE http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2017/august/north-korea-threatens-to-strike-us-military-in-guam

North Korea Threatens to Strike US Military in Guam, Trump Vows 'Fire and Fury'
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North Korea's military is "examining the operational plan" to strike areas around the U.S. territory of Guam with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic missiles, state-run news said early Wednesday morning.

Specifically, the statement mentioned a potential strike on Andersen Air Force Base designed "to send a serious warning signal to the U.S." The base is one of two on the Pacific island, which are the closest bases on U.S. soil to North Korea and represent the westernmost tip of the country's military might.

North Korea's comments were published after U.S. President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang that if it continued to threaten the U.S., it would "face fire and fury like the world has never seen."

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The governor of Guam issued an urgent video message overnight attempting to reassure constituents.

"I am working with Homeland Security, the rear admiral, and the United States to ensure our safety," Gov. Eddie Bazo Calvo said.

Some nuclear experts doubt the North is actually capable of striking Guam. Still, world leaders are reacting swiftly, with the Japanese and South Korean governments standing with the United States, saying all options remain on the table.

The escalating tensions were made all the more alarming amid new revelations about North Korea's nuclear capability. CBN News confirmed with U.S. intelligence sources that North Korea can now produce a miniaturized nuclear warhead, one that can fit onto an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Harry Kazianis heads up the Defense Studies at The Center for National Interest. He said North Korea had been preparing for this moment for years.

"It's military might be old, but they have 1.1 million troops, 7.7 million in reserve, chemical weapons, biological weapons," Kazianis said. "They have 10,000 artillery troops pointed at Seoul. The damage they could do would be catastrophic."  

The news comes days after North Korea test fired a long-range ballistic missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland. U.S. intelligence now believes Kim Jong Un could have as many as 60 nuclear weapons.

Many argue the U.S. should have done something to stop the North Korean nuclear program years ago.

North Korea Releases Hyeon Soo Lim From Custody
http://thepoliticalinsider.com/hyeon-soo-lim-release/?utm_medium=web-push&utm_source=os-dashboard-send
By Matt | Contributor | August 9, 2017 4:07PM
Tensions are flaring with North Korea – but are there signs they’re hoping we don’t attack.

It’s hard to get that perception from the public statements made by President Donald Trump and the Supreme Leader. President Trump threatened on Tuesday to unleash “fire and fury” against North Korea if it endangered the United States, while Kim Jong-un said his military is “examining the operational plan” to bomb the U.S. territory of Guam with strategic ballistic missiles.

North Korea has performed five nuclear weapons tests over the past decade—all of which violated past agreements with the communist State. This year alone they’ve conducted 14 ballistic missile tests, some of which are believed to have a range of 4,000-6,200 miles. But should we be fearful?

Keep in mind that we are more than capable of intercepting North Korea’s rockets. We have ground-based interceptors stationed in South Korea that could intercept their missiles mid-course – and there are other interceptors in Alaska, California, and other potential targets. Who knows if North Korea is aware of that reality, but it is interesting to note that they just made a move that’s an unusually positive gesture to the West.

As North Korea and the United States exchange bellicose rhetoric, North Korea has released a Canadian pastor who had been in prison since 2015.
Hyeon Soo Lim, 62, was serving a life sentence for allegedly trying to overthrow the North Korean government, an allegation Canadian officials denied.

Lim’s release came nearly two months after the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who had served a little over a year in a North Korean prison after being accused of stealing a propaganda poster.
Lim’s health has deteriorated, and he has experienced “dramatic” weight loss, said family spokeswoman Lisa Pak.

“We are relieved to hear that Rev. Lim is on his way home to finally reunite with his family and meet his granddaughter for the first time,” Pak said in a statement. “There is a long way to go in terms of Rev. Lim’s healing. Therefore, in the meantime we ask the media for privacy as he reconnects with his loved ones and receives medical attention.”

Lim’s son, James Lim, said he was told that over the weekend Canadian officials carrying a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un went to North Korea to secure Lim’s release.

Lim was detained in February 2015 while on a humanitarian mission, a family spokesperson said at the time. He was acting on behalf of the Light Korean Presbyterian Church, which he had led since 1986.
H/T Western Journalism

The timing certainly is odd, especially given the fact that Lim was supposed to be serving a life sentence.

Meanwhile, three Americans (that we know of) are still in North Korean custody. We are praying for their safe return.

Is It Time To Go To War With North Korea?

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'God has given Trump the authority to take out Kim Jong Un,' says senior US evangelical pastor
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Pastor Robert Jeffres has claimed that God has given Donald Trump the authority to 'take out' the North Korean leader.
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A senior evangelical pastor has said that 'God had given [Donald] Trump the authority to take out Kim Jong-Un' of North Korea, in a controversial statement issued as tensions are heightened between the two countries.

Robert Jeffress, pastor of the 12,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, told the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBS): 'When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary – including war – to stop evil. In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-Un.'

He added: 'I'm heartened to see that our President – contrary to what we've seen with past administrations who have taken, at best, a sheepish stance toward dictators and oppressors – will not tolerate any threat against the American people. When President Trump draws a red line, he will not erase it, move it, or back away from it. Thank God for a President who is serious about protecting our country.'

The statement comes after Trump raised the stakes by saying that North Korea would be 'met with fire and fury like the world has never seen' if Kim Jong Un continues to threaten the United States.

The senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas was a member of Trump's evangelical advisory committee during the 2016 presidential election and since has attended several meetings of prominent evangelicals at the White House, including a dinner ahead of the National Day of Prayer at which he said: 'Mr President, we're going to be your most loyal friends.'

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His reference to not backing away from a 'red line' was seen as an attack on the former President Barack Obama's handling of the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

Jeffress also recently hosted a Fourth of July concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, at which Trump pledged his support to the military and to people of faith.

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RUMORS OF WAR: Tensions Rise Between China and India
AUGUST 5, 2017
China has stepped up its rhetoric in an increasingly tense border row with India, hinting at the possibility of military action in a propaganda push that analysts are calling “genuinely troubling.” For more than a month, Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a standoff on a remote but strategically important Himalayan plateau near where Tibet, India and Bhutan meet. On Thursday, Chinese defence ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang warned that Beijing had shown
restraint but had a “bottom line.” “No country should underestimate the Chinese forces’… resolve and willpower to defend national sovereignty,” he said in a post on the ministry website. It is a line that has been echoed almost word for word this week by the foreign ministry, the official Xinhua news agency, the ruling Communist Party mouthpiece the People’s Daily, the official military news website of the Chinese armed forces, and other outlets.  
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North Korea threatens to ‘end the US’ as UK warns nuclear provocations could be ‘catastrophic’
AUGUST 6, 2017
North Korea has threatened to “end” the US in its latest war-mongering rant. State-controlled media slammed America’s recent decision to fly two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula.  The B-1 bombers were escorted by South Korean fighter jets as they performed a low-pass over an air base near the South Korean capital of Seoul last month. But Kim Jong-un’s media branded the move a “hysteric fit” and warned against such “provocations”. North Korea’s KCNA
news agency ranted: “The day the DPRK is provoked means the end of the US.” Earlier this week, government-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun declared Donald Trump was sitting on the “knife edge of life and death” and that he should brace himself for “gift packages” from Kim. An editorial said: “Every minute and every second, the new reality that US mainland is on the knife’s edge of life and death is forcing US administration to wave a white flag and fundamentally change her North Korea policy. READ MORE https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4179499/north-korea-kim-jong-un-nuclear-threat-us-uk/
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RUMORS OF WAR: North Korea demands America to Surrender or Else….
AUGUST 3, 2017
North Korea has demanded Donald Trump “wave the white flag now” as it promised to deliver “gift packages” to the US. Kim Jong-un launched the thinly veiled threat in the wake of its latest ICBM test as tensions reach breaking point between Pyongyang and Washington. North Korea’s state media declared the US was sitting on the “knife edge of life and death” as
it appeared to threaten nuclear war. The White House led the world in condemning Pyongyang’s unstoppable quest of nuclear weapons, amid fears their new missiles can strike the continental US. Today, one of US President Trump’s top advisors H.R McMaster warned Kim to “not sleep easily at night” as the peninsula faces conflict. 
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Russia slams US sanctions as ‘Economic War’
AUGUST 3, 2017
 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev labelled new US sanctions “economic war”, as businesses in Moscow pledged Thursday to shrug off the impact of the measures approved reluctantly by Donald Trump. The US president signed off on the new sanctions Wednesday, bowing to domestic pressure after the White House failed to scupper the bill or water it down. Expecting the move, Moscow already responded to the measures last week after they were passed by the Senate,
ordering the US to slash staff at its diplomatic mission in Russia by 755 personnel. The Kremlin said Trump’s formal approval did not “change anything” and no further retaliation was planned. But Prime Minister Medvedev fumed Wednesday evening on Facebook that the move “ends hopes for improving our relations with the new US administration.” “It is a declaration of a full-fledged economic war on Russia,” Medvedev wrote. 
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RUMORS OF WAR: US Deploying 12 Extra F-16 Jets and 200 Troops to South Korea
AUGUST 1, 2017
The US Air Force is to send 12 additional F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighters for a four-month deployment in South Korea. It comes amid heightened tensions in the region over North Korea’s latest missile tests. The aircraft and some 200 airmen will be withdrawn from the 176th Fighter Squadron of the Wisconsin Air National Guard, the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) said Tuesday. They will arrive later in August and will be stationed at the Kunsan Air Base, some 180km south of the South Korean capital, Seoul. “The United States routinely evaluates readiness and repositions forces as needed to
ensure capabilities necessary to meet obligations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region,” PACAF said. “These deployments demonstrate the continued US commitment to fulfill security responsibilities throughout the Western Pacific and to maintain peace in the region.” The announcement comes days after the two nations conducted joint drills with Japan, which involved flying a pair of supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers over South Korea. The mission was meant as a demonstration of force in response to North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test last week.  
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RUMORS OF WAR: ‘Leave Chinese land or face war’: China MoD official warns India amid border standoff
AUGUST 2, 2017
A combative Indian defense expert who accused Beijing of running bellicose news stories against Delhi drew a strong response from his Chinese TV show counterpart, who said Indian troops must leave the contested Doklam area if they do not want war. The remarks came amid a heated debate between a retired Indian Army major general and now defense commentator, Ashok Mehta, and the director of the Chinese Defense Ministry’s Center for International Security Cooperation, Senior Colonel Zhou Bo. The two officers were apparently invited to comment on the tense border standoff
over the Doklam plateau – a contested area sandwiched between India, China and Bhutan – on a Tuesday news show run by China Global Television Network (CGTN). Offered to speak first, Mehta fired off a lengthy yet passionate tirade, accusing the Chinese of fanning anti-Indian sentiments in an overly aggressive way. “Chinese media, think tanks, Xinhua, Global Times, PLA Daily have written the most aggressive and most belligerent stories about threatening India, taking India to war, opening a two-front conflict, teaching India a lesson,” the former general complained. “I mean, that kind of language is not being used in India!” Mehta added.  
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 China Sends Strong Warning To America In Latest Missile Tests
AUGUST 2, 2017
In a brazen broadside to America, China performed a dramatic series of missile tests this weekend — targeting mock United States missile batteries and jets — as the superpower flexes its muscles amid global tensions with North Korea and the threat of U.S. intervention, U.S. officials told Fox News. U.S. spy agencies detected the Chinese military launching a series of 20 missiles at mock targets designed to look like American THAAD missile batteries and advanced U.S. Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets.
China has long protested the deployment of U.S. THAAD anti-ballistic missiles to South Korea, and doubled down on its condemnation after the government in Seoul said they want four more American launchers over the weekend, following North Korea’s Friday test of a second KN-20 intercontinental ballistic missile, a record-setting launch that flew the farthest distance in the regime’s history. 
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China Carries Out Flight Test of Anti-Satellite Missile…
AUGUST 2, 2017
China recently carried out a flight test of a new anti-satellite missile that highlights the growing threat of Beijing’s space warfare capabilities. The flight test of the Dong Neng-3 direct ascent missile was tracked by U.S. intelligence agencies on July 23 from China’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Inner Mongolia, in northwestern China, said U.S. defense
officials familiar with reports of the launch. The officials said the launch was not successful and the DN-3 appeared to malfunction in the upper atmosphere after the launch at night. The launch took place after Chinese authorities posted a notice to airlines to avoid flying near the flight path of the missile. The missile’s flight was captured in photographs and video by several Chinese internet users near the Jiuquan facility. 
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 Chinese Army vows to protect country’s sovereignty & integrity against ‘all invasions’
AUGUST 1, 2017
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) must be ready to defend China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, warning other nations to steer clear of Chinese interests, President Xi Jinping said Tuesday. Beijing will continue to invest in reforming and modernizing the capabilities of the armed forces, as the PLA is pivotal in protecting the sovereignty of China, he said.  Speaking at a ceremony to mark the 90th anniversary of the PLA, Xi urged the army to set up an elite unit that will be
able to respond swiftly to global challenges. “The Chinese people love peace. We will never seek aggression or expansion, but we have the confidence to defeat all invasions,” Xi said, according to Reuters. Indirectly referencing the expansion of US interests in Southeast Asia, Xi warned Washington and its allies to steer clear of contentious issues in the region, 
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RUMORS OF WAR: Could Iran’s Moves in Syria Be the Seeds of the Next War with Israel?
AUGUST 1, 2017
President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin recently announced a ceasefire in parts of southern Syria.  A cease fire on the surface sounds like a great idea, but some Israeli leaders feel it presents a clear and present danger to the Jewish state. President Trump discussed the ceasefire in an exclusive interview with CBN founder Pat Robertson. “Now I don’t know what’s going to happen, maybe as we’re speaking they start shooting again, but this has held unlike all of the
other ceasefires that didn’t mean anything. So that was a great thing that came out of that meeting,” the president said. CBN News recently visited the area on Israel’s northern border covered by the ceasefire agreement. According to a number of reports, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t share President Trump’s optimism about the ceasefire agreement for one main reason: Iran. 
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North Korea likely to conduct 6th nuclear test
JULY 31, 2017
North Korea is likely to conduct its sixth nuclear test as well as an additional intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, the Ministry of National Defense said Monday. “There is a possibility North Korea will test its nuclear warhead and missile capabilities through a nuclear test with more explosive power,” the defense ministry said in a report to the National Assembly. “North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site is always ready to conduct a nuclear test at any time.”
The prospect came during an emergency meeting of the Assembly’s National Defense Committee, convened following North Korea’s alleged second ICBM test late Friday night.  Defense Minister Song Young-moo said South Korea and the U.S. are discussing the temporary deployment of four additional launchers of a U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system here following President Moon Jae-in’s recent order for it during a National Security Council (NSC) meeting.  READ MORE http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/08/103_233920.html

America and Japan Vow to take ‘all necessary measures’ to protect allies from North Korea
JULY 31, 2017
Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe have agreed to take fresh action against North Korea as they pledged to take “all necessary measures to protect allies” from the nuclear-armed state. The US President and Japanese Prime Minister held a telephone call on Monday and agreed on the need for more measures aimed at curbing the country’s military ambitions, just hours after America’s ambassador to the United Nations said Washington was “done talking about North Korea”. Mr
Abe told reporters after his conversation with Mr Trump on Monday that repeated efforts by the international community to find a peaceful solution to the North Korean issue had yet to deter Pyongyang. “International society, including Russia and China, need to take this seriously and increase pressure,” he said. Mr Abe added that he backed Mr Trump’s “commitment to taking all necessary measures to protect allies”.  
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New Russian fighter will employ powerful lasers to burn enemy missile
JULY 31, 2017
Air-to-ground or air-to-air missiles have one thing in common — they have a seeker head, or targeting system on the missile that uses radar or heat-seeking technology to find and lead the weapon to the target to destroy it. The Russian defense industry says it will deploy powerful lasers on its new sixth-generation fighter that will be able to “burn” enemy homing systems on projectiles fired in their direction, to make them unable to hit a target.
“We already have laser protection systems installed on aircraft and helicopters, and now we are talking about developments in the field of powered lasers that will be able to physically destroy attacking missiles’ homing heads. … Roughly speaking, we’ll be able to burn out ‘the eyes’ of missiles that ‘look at us.’ Naturally, such systems will be installed on sixth-generation aircraft as well,” said the Adviser to the First Deputy CEO of Radio-Electronic Technologies Group (KRET) Vladimir Mikheyev, reported Russian state news agency TASS. 
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RUMORS OF WAR: The U.S. Is Inches From A War With North Korea In Which Millions Could Die
JULY 31, 2017
(Reported By Michael Snyder) We are just inches away from the outbreak of World War III, and yet most Americans seem completely oblivious to what is happening.  On Friday, North Korea conducted a missile test which proved that it now has the capability of hitting major U.S. cities in the western half of the country.  Every diplomatic effort to end North Korea’s nuclear program has completely failed, the Chinese have shown that they do not intend to do much of anything to intervene in this crisis, and the United Nations is a dead end.  Given enough time, the North Koreans will build hundreds of ICBMs capable of

delivering nukes to cities all over America, and the Trump administration has already indicated that they will never accept this.  If no other way can be found to derail North Korea’s nuclear program, President Trump will almost certainly order a military strike, and that could set off a war in which millions could die. Personally, I am stunned that North Korea’s missile test on Friday didn’t receive more attention from the mainstream media, because the truth is that this was the biggest step toward war on the Korean peninsula since 1953… 
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New Research Reveals Devastating Health Effects of Fatherless Homes
AUGUST 1, 2017
New research shows boys who suffer the loss of a father, such as through death, incarceration or divorce, have worse health than boys whose fathers live in the same home. There are some exceptions, however, such as boys with a sufficient household income after his parents’ divorce. The research was published in the medical journal Pediatrics and was part of the federally funded Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. In this particular case, scientists looked at the DNA obtained through saliva samples from nearly 2,500 children from 20 cities. Scientists used telomere length as a basis for
determining a child’s overall health. Longer telomeres signal better health.Telomeres are caps of DNA on the tips of our chromosomes. Think of them like the cap on a bicycle tire or the plastic tips of shoelaces that prevent the laces from fraying. Certain things cause our telomeres to shorten, and when that happens, we experience cell dysfunction leading to various health problems. READ MORE http://www.charismamag.com/life/health/33438-new-research-reveals-devastating-health-effects-of-fatherless-homes
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WAR DRUMS: US & South Korea discuss ‘military response’ to North Korean missile test
JULY 29, 2017
Top US and South Korean military officials discussed “military options” in response to North Korea’s latest test of what the Pentagon called an intercontinental ballistic missile. South Korea has requested additional missile defense units from the US. Following Friday’s launch, Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and head of
the US Pacific Command Admiral Harry Harris called General Lee Sun-jin, chairman of the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff. “During the call, Dunford and Harris expressed the ironclad commitment to the US – Republic of Korea alliance. The three leaders also discussed military response options,” said a statement from the Pacific Command, confirmed to Reuters by Dunford’s spokesman Captain Greg Hicks.  READ MORE https://www.rt.com/usa/397895-us-seoul-response-north-korea/

Pentagon Warns North Korea could develop nuclear missile to strike US as early as next year
JULY 28, 2017
US officials announced on Tuesday that they believe North Korea will be able to field a reliable, nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile as early as next year, in an assessment which significantly increases concern about the rogue regime in Pyongyang. The new assessment by the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) reduces by two years the previous forecast of North Korea’s capability. The timeline was reduced as a result of Kim Jong-un’s recent flurry of missile tests, which showed surprising technical advances by the country’s weapons scientists. It came as North Korea fired its 14th missile this year.

Scott Bray, national intelligence manager for East Asia at the Office for the Directorate of National Intelligence (ODNI), said in a statement that the recent test of an intercontinental range ballistic missile “was not a surprise to the intelligence community” but he described it as a “milestone”. “This test, and its impact on our assessments, highlight the threat that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs pose to the United States, to our allies in the region, and to the whole world,” he said.  
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Japan warns, Ships and Planes may have been struck by missile launched by North Korea
JULY 28, 2017
A missile fired from North Korea has landed in Japan’s territorial waters, the country’s government has confirmed, with officials fearing it may have hit ships or planes. The intercontinental ballistic missile is believed to have landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone. It is not yet known whether any vessels or aircraft were damaged. The Japanese government
has established an emergency participation team with members of relevant ministries and agencies.   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the launch showed the threat to his country was ‘grave and real’.  He added that there was a need for Japan, the US, South Korea, China and Russia to increase pressure on North Korea over its missile programme. The missile launch came just after Japan had announced it would increase its sanctions on North Korea. 
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RUMORS OF WAR: South Korea Considers Nuclear Arsenal to Counter North Korea
JULY 30, 2017
No longer sure they can rely on the United States, an increasing number of South Korean lawmakers say their country should develop its own nuclear arsenal to deter an attack by Kim Jong Un, their belligerent neighbor to the north. North Korea’s rapid missile advances, including successful tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in July and again on Friday, are reviving calls for South Korea to assert its “nuclear sovereignty.” South Koreans are wary of President
Donald Trump’s isolationist rhetoric and his calls for Asian allies to shoulder more of the defense burdens borne by the U.S. military. “Trump’s ‘America-first’ policy has triggered this kind of public sentiment,” said Moon Chung In, a top national security adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae In. Trump also has wavered on his commitment to defending South Korea, he said, including suggesting during the campaign that South Korea and Japan should develop their own nuclear arsenals. 
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WAR DRUMS: US commissions largest-ever warship
JULY 30, 2017
The United States has just sent “a 100,000-ton message to the world,” says US President Donald Trump. The message comes in the form of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford, a $13 billion behemoth commissioned into the US Navy’s fleet on Saturday. “Wherever this vessel cuts through the horizons, our allies will rest easy and our enemies will shake
with fear because everyone will know that America is coming and America is coming strong,” Trump said. Although the Ford’s deployments are far off and yet to be determined, it has officially joined a US military arsenal trying to stay supreme in the face of new challenges in an increasingly tense North Asia. China has recently launched its second aircraft carrier and its most-advanced destroyer ever.  
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RUMORS OF WAR: North Korea missile test puts major US Cities in Crosshairs!
JULY 29, 2017
North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile Friday that appears to have the range to hit major US cities, experts say, and prompted a fresh round of condemnation from the United States, China, Japan and South Korea. A combination of US, South Korean and Japanese analyses of the launch from Mupyong-ni, near North Korea’s border with China, shows the missile flew about 45 minutes, going 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) high and for a distance of 1,000
kilometers (621 miles). If the missile were fired on a flatter, standard trajectory, it would have major US cities such as Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago well within its range, with the possible ability to reach as far as New York and Boston, according to David Wright, a missile expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists. However, early analysis of Friday’s test cannot determine how heavy a payload the missile was carrying in its warhead, Wright said. The heavier the payload, the shorter the range. 
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WAR DRUMS: US & South Korea discuss ‘military response’ to North Korean missile test
JULY 29, 2017
Top US and South Korean military officials discussed “military options” in response to North Korea’s latest test of what the Pentagon called an intercontinental ballistic missile. South Korea has requested additional missile defense units from the US. Following Friday’s launch, Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and head of

the US Pacific Command Admiral Harry Harris called General Lee Sun-jin, chairman of the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff. “During the call, Dunford and Harris expressed the ironclad commitment to the US – Republic of Korea alliance. The three leaders also discussed military response options,” said a statement from the Pacific Command, confirmed to Reuters by Dunford’s spokesman Captain Greg Hicks.  
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Following Friday’s launch, Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and head of the US Pacific Command Admiral Harry Harris called General Lee Sun-jin, chairman of the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“During the call, Dunford and Harris expressed the ironclad commitment to the US - Republic of Korea alliance. The three leaders also discussed military response options,” said a statement from the Pacific Command, confirmed to Reuters by Dunford’s spokesman Captain Greg Hicks.

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US and South Korean militaries staged a “joint ballistic missile exercise” in response to the North Korean launch.

A statement by US military said the missiles were fired into "territorial waters of South Korea along the East Coast," Reuters reported.

The missile originated from Mupyong-ni, a weapons facility in the North Korean province of Jangang, around 11:40 pm local time Friday, the Pentagon said. According to Pentagon, it traveled for about 620 miles (997 km) before splashing down into the Sea of Japan.


The missile is believed to be the Hwasong-14, also known as the KN-20. Both North Korea and the US have described it as an ICBM, while the Russian military has described it as an intermediate-range (IRBM) weapon.

The Russian military said that the missile reached the height of 681 kilometers and traveled for 732 kilometers, adding that that it didn’t present any direct threat to Russia, as it was fired in a different direction.

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“The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America,” said Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis.

Japanese officials said the missile flew for 45 minutes and reached an altitude of more than 1,860 miles (nearly 3,000 km).

“As a result of their launches of ICBM-level missiles, this clearly shows the threat to our nation's safety is severe and real,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a statement, adding that he would be convening Japan’s National Security Council.

Pyongyang has claimed that it test-fired an ICBM on Friday night, which covered a distance of 998km in 47 minutes at an altitude of 3,724km before landing into the sea, KCNA reports

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned North Korea's launch of a "ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range," his spokesman said on Friday.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in has requested renewed talks with the US on deploying additional Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense systems, his office announced.

Moon was sworn into office in May, having triumphed in a snap election after his predecessor, Park Geun-hye, was impeached on corruption charges. He initially criticized the previous government’s decision to host THAAD systems and announced he would delay additional deployments until environmental concerns were addressed.

Before the July 4 test of the KN-20, US intelligence believed that North Korea wouldn’t have long-range strike capability for four more years. New intelligence estimates, however, suggest the ICBM might have have the range to hit the West Coast of the US, and not just Alaska and Hawaii, the Washington Free Beacon reported Wednesday.

“Time is running out” for diplomatic and political efforts to resolve the standoff with North Korea, US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley warned on Wednesday, adding that there were “no good options” on the table but that a choice will have to be made.

On Tuesday, Pyongyang threatened to “strike a merciless blow at the heart of the US with our powerful nuclear hammer,” if Washington made any moves towards regime change in North Korea, after CIA Director Mike Pompeo made comments to that effect at a security forum in Colorado.
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US & South Korea discuss ‘military response’ to North Korean missile test
WAR DRUMS: 
JULY 29, 2017
Top US and South Korean military officials discussed “military options” in response to North Korea’s latest test of what the Pentagon called an intercontinental ballistic missile. South Korea has requested additional missile defense units from the US. Following Friday’s launch, Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and head of
the US Pacific Command Admiral Harry Harris called General Lee Sun-jin, chairman of the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff. “During the call, Dunford and Harris expressed the ironclad commitment to the US – Republic of Korea alliance. The three leaders also discussed military response options,” said a statement from the Pacific Command, confirmed to Reuters by Dunford’s spokesman Captain Greg Hicks. 
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Following Friday’s launch, Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and head of the US Pacific Command Admiral Harry Harris called General Lee Sun-jin, chairman of the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“During the call, Dunford and Harris expressed the ironclad commitment to the US - Republic of Korea alliance. The three leaders also discussed military response options,” said a statement from the Pacific Command, confirmed to Reuters by Dunford’s spokesman Captain Greg Hicks.

Chairman @TheJointStaff and Commander @PacificCommand discuss response to #NorthKorea ICBM launch with ROK JCS Chairman Gen. Lee Sun-Jin pic.twitter.com/dUfzhXMMOp

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US and South Korean militaries staged a “joint ballistic missile exercise” in response to the North Korean launch.

A statement by US military said the missiles were fired into "territorial waters of South Korea along the East Coast," Reuters reported.

The missile originated from Mupyong-ni, a weapons facility in the North Korean province of Jangang, around 11:40 pm local time Friday, the Pentagon said. According to Pentagon, it traveled for about 620 miles (997 km) before splashing down into the Sea of Japan.

The missile is believed to be the Hwasong-14, also known as the KN-20. Both North Korea and the US have described it as an ICBM, while the Russian military has described it as an intermediate-range (IRBM) weapon.

The Russian military said that the missile reached the height of 681 kilometers and traveled for 732 kilometers, adding that that it didn’t present any direct threat to Russia, as it was fired in a different direction.

DETAILS: The ICBM traveled some 1000km & landed in the waters of the Sea of Japan - Pentagon (FILE PHOTO) https://t.co/VDgRAEXPwWpic.twitter.com/WkQxZPlXGJ

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“The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America,” said Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis.

Japanese officials said the missile flew for 45 minutes and reached an altitude of more than 1,860 miles (nearly 3,000 km).

“As a result of their launches of ICBM-level missiles, this clearly shows the threat to our nation's safety is severe and real,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a statement, adding that he would be convening Japan’s National Security Council.

Pyongyang has claimed that it test-fired an ICBM on Friday night, which covered a distance of 998km in 47 minutes at an altitude of 3,724km before landing into the sea, KCNA reports

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned North Korea's launch of a "ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range," his spokesman said on Friday.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un © ReutersRussian military says North Korean missile launch was IRBM, flew 732 km
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has requested renewed talks with the US on deploying additional Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense systems, his office announced.

Moon was sworn into office in May, having triumphed in a snap election after his predecessor, Park Geun-hye, was impeached on corruption charges. He initially criticized the previous government’s decision to host THAAD systems and announced he would delay additional deployments until environmental concerns were addressed.

Before the July 4 test of the KN-20, US intelligence believed that North Korea wouldn’t have long-range strike capability for four more years. New intelligence estimates, however, suggest the ICBM might have have the range to hit the West Coast of the US, and not just Alaska and Hawaii, the Washington Free Beacon reported Wednesday.

“Time is running out” for diplomatic and political efforts to resolve the standoff with North Korea, US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley warned on Wednesday, adding that there were “no good options” on the table but that a choice will have to be made.

On Tuesday, Pyongyang threatened to “strike a merciless blow at the heart of the US with our powerful nuclear hammer,” if Washington made any moves towards regime change in North Korea, after CIA Director Mike Pompeo made comments to that effect at a security forum in Colorado.


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Responding to CIA chief Mike Pompeo’s remark last week that North Koreans would be better off without Kim Jong-un, Pyongyang warned it would not hesitate to launch a nuclear strike at “the heart of the US” if Washington ventures to remove him.
Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday, Pompeo argued that “from the administration’s perspective” it would be desirable to “separate” Kim from the nuclear capacity of the rogue state, calling the authoritarian leader “the thing that is the most dangerous” about the North Korean situation.

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“The North Korean people I’m sure are lovely people and would love to see him go,” CNN quoted Pompeo as saying.

While Pompeo appeared to soften the statement, saying that he was not supporting regime change in North Korea, but merely the separation of “that regime from this system,” the North Korean authorities were up in arms over what they denounced as Pompeo’s “reckless remarks.”

Saying that the CIA director’s comments “have gone over the line,” North Korea’s foreign minister said in a statement Tuesday that it would “preemptively annihilate those countries and entities” by all possible “kinds of strike means, including the nuclear ones,” if there is imminent danger to their leader’s well-being, the statement, circulated by Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency.  

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Referring in particular to the rhetoric of the CIA director, the ministry added it would take immediate action “should the US dare to show even the slightest sign of attempt to remove” Kim.

“We will strike a merciless blow at the heart of the US with our powerful nuclear hammer, honed and hardened over time,” it said, adding that “the likes of Pompeo” would face “catastrophic and miserable consequences” if they attempted to overthrow Kim.
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Army personnel and people gather at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang July 6, 2017 © KCNA‘Will reduce US to ashes’: N.Korea celebrates first ICBM launch with dance & fireworks (VIDEOS)

Meanwhile, there have been reports from US military sources indicating that North Korea could be bracing for another missile launch to be carried out as soon as this week.

An unidentified Pentagon official told AFP on Tuesday that Washington believes North Korea may launch an intermediate-range missile or Hwasong-14 type of an inter-continental ballistic missile on July 27, ironically, to mark the date of signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement of July 27, 1953.

Earlier, North Korea claimed it had successfully test-fired a Hwasong-14 missile on July 4, saying that the rocket flew 933 kilometers and reached an altitude of 2,802 kilometers. Pyongyang alleged the launch was its first ever successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. However, this data was disputed by South Korean and Russian military experts. Following the launch, South Korea’s intelligence service said that it was unlikely the North had succeeded in “securing the technology,” pointing out that the pariah state lacks the appropriate testing facilities and casting doubt over whether the missile reentered the atmosphere.

The Russian Defense Ministry called into question Pyongyang’s assertions that the missile was in effect an ICBM. Citing its own estimates, the ministry said the missile flew just about 535km and reached an altitude of 510km.

Nevertheless, the launch was followed by days of lavish celebrations in North Korea, including a dazzling fireworks display, pop concerts with high-ranking North Korean officials in attendance, as well as Kim Jong-un himself.


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North Korea unlikely to have ICBM technology, South intel says as Kim celebrates launch
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North Korea does not appear to have the technology to build intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) or have testing facilities for them, South Korean intelligence services said, referring to a recent long-range missile test Pyongyang claimed was successful.
"Although North Korea claimed that [the missile's] heat resistance was verified, whether it re-entered [the atmosphere safely] was not confirmed and the country has no relevant test facility, making it look like it has not secured the technology,” South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) said in a report to the parliamentary intelligence committee, as cited by Yonhap news agency. 

The NIS has not been able to confirm that the Hwasong-14 missile test was successful, Yi Wan-young, a member of the South Korean parliament's intelligence committee, said, as cited by Reuters.

READ MORE: Missile launched by North Korea was intermediate range, not ICBM – Russian Defense Ministry

“Considering how North Korea does not have any testing facilities [for re-entry technology], the agency believes [North Korea] has not yet secured that technology,” he said. 

The intelligence agency believes that the missile was a modified version of an intermediate-range missile that North Korea tested in May, Yi added.


On Tuesday North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un joined a pop music concert devoted to the ICBM test launch. 
‘Song of Hwasong Rocket’ and ‘Make Others Envy Us’ were performed at the celebrations, Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency reported, as cited by AP. 

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Earlier in July, North Korea test-launched a Hwasong-14 missile which it said flew 933km in 39 minutes, reaching an altitude of 2,802km.

However, the Russian Ministry of Defense assessed it was an intermediate-range missile (IRBM), saying it flew some 535km and reached an altitude of 510km. 

The North Korean missile test was carried out despite a ban by the UN Security Council and once again caused serious concern among the international community.
Pyongyang has been under UN sanctions since 2006, when the Security Council demanded that it cease nuclear testing and banned the provision of large-scale arms, nuclear technology and related training to Pyongyang. North Korea, however, has continued its research and development in the nuclear area. 
Pyongyang claimed to have successfully tested Pukguksong-2 Hwasong-12 IRBMs in May.
The US also said it had tested an ICBM interceptor missile of its own in May. A Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor was fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, while the target vehicle, designed to resemble an ICBM, took off from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The intercept took place above the Pacific Ocean, the US Missile Defense Agency said.


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Thousands of soldiers and civilians gathered at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang Thursday, dancing to a dazzling fireworks display while marking the launch of what North Korea say is its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

"We enthusiastically celebrate the successful test launch of the intercontinental ballistic rocket, the greatest landmark in the history of our republic," read a banner across the square, AFP reported.

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Several high-ranking officials including Kim Yong-nam, the President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea, and Vice-Marshal Hwang Pyong-so of the Korean People’s Army joined in the celebrations.

If ”US imperialists commit even the slightest military provocation,” the North Korean army would "show to the world how the territory of the US will be reduced to ashes,” AFP reported the officials telling the assembled crowd.

People on the square then danced to patriotic songs, the first of which was "Glory to General Kim Jong-un".


On Tuesday, July 4, North Korea test-launched a Hwasong-14 missile which it said flew 933km in 39 minutes, reaching an altitude of 2,802km.

READ MORE: 'N. Korea now has capacity to target heart of US Pacific Command'

The Russian Ministry of Defense assessed it be an intermediate range missile (IRBM), saying it flew some 535km, reached an altitude of 510km, which fell into the Sea of Japan.

The missile test was carried out despite a ban by the UN Security Council and has increased anxieties among the international community.

North Korea has been under UN sanctions since 2006, when the Security Council demanded that it cease nuclear testing and banned the provision of large-scale arms, nuclear technology, and related training to Pyongyang. Despite intense political and economic pressure, North Korea defiantly continues to pursue its research and development in the nuclear sphere.



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The most sensible path, at this point, is for the US to end the Korean War, sign a peace treaty with North Korea, and withdraw its troops from the Korean peninsula, Hyun Lee, a member of the National Campaign to End the Korean War, told RT.
South Korean and US forces fired missiles into the Sea of Japan in a display of resolve toward North Korea as a part of a joint ballistic missile exercise between Washington and Seoul.

According to officials, the exercise used missiles that can be "easily deployed".

It all came in response to North Korea's latest missile test on Tuesday, which the Pentagon said was an intercontinental ballistic missile.

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RT: North Korea is clearly aware the US and South Korea possess a wide range of missiles. Was this show of force really necessary?

Hyun Lee: North Korea has been saying from the beginning of this year, from the beginning of the Trump administration, that it will test launch an intercontinental ballistic missile and it has always said it is a form of deterrence against US threats against North Korea. The US and South Korea conduct annual military exercises, including the collapse of the North Korean regime and the simulation of the decapitation of the North Korean leadership. North Korea has always said these are threats to its sovereignty and that is why it is developing an ICBM as a form of deterrence.

RT: China and Russia have been calling on the international community to try and talk to North Korea to avoid provocation. Why did the US and South Korea decide to stage these exercises anyway?

HL: I think what the US and South Korea are doing is basically flexing their muscles to show ‘We are not afraid of North Korea. We also have big bad weapons.’ But what they are doing is answering fire with fire in a region that is a powder keg. We know that the world’s greatest military powers face off in this region: that is the US, China, Japan, South Korea. Former US army generals have warned that even the slightest miscalculation on the Korean peninsula can trigger a conflict that basically mires the entire region in a protracted war that could have catastrophic consequences not only for the region but also for the global economy. And that is not in anyone’s interest.

 
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RT: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said North Korea launching an intercontinental ballistic missile is a new escalation of the threat against the US. Is Pyongyang's new launch a game changer?

HL: Yes, but not because it will attack the US; Washington doesn’t truly believe that. But more because this changes the US strategic calculus in the region. North Korea now has the capacity to target the heart of the US Pacific Command, which is located in Hawaii, as well as the West Coast of the US continent. This means US policy of basically intimidating countries through military might and collapsing uncooperative regimes as it has done in the Middle East for decades: this is not going to work vis-à-vis North Korea.
And if this encourages other countries around the world to follow the example of North Korea, it threatens the nuclear non-proliferation regime, which is essentially intended to ensure that only the prominent five countries of the UN Security Council, and its allies, like Israel, can have nuclear weapons and no one else. North Korea is obviously not a party to the NPT; it is not a US ally but now appears to have the capability to threaten a nuclear attack on the US. This is why this missile test is a big deal and it makes Washington very nervous. If the US wants North Korea to stop, then the path is very clear – it has to stop its provocations and its military exercises and then resolve the conflict fundamentally by signing a peace treaty to end the ongoing state of war between the US and North Korea.

If you are the Pentagon, and you are Donald Trump, you are not about to pass up on the opportunity to fire off a few of the guns and show the people what they are spending their money on. The North Korea thing is filled with a lot of theatrics... What Russia and China basically said is that North Korea has to stop its nuclear program, and the US and South Korea have to stop their war games, and we have to sit down and begin the negotiations. - Jim W. Dean, managing editor at Veterans Today

RT: Is there an end to this vicious circle where opposite sides just fire missiles trying to up the ante on each other?

HL: I think there is a clear path: North Korea, we should note, has repeatedly offered to freeze its own nuclear and missile program in exchange for a freeze of US provocation, including the very provocative military exercises. I think the most sensible path at this point is for the US to end the Korean War, sign a peace treaty with North Korea, finally withdraw its troops from the Korean peninsula. That is the only way to put the nuclear crisis to rest. Washington knows that this is the answer. The only thing that is standing in the way is, not surprisingly, the interest of the military-industrial complex, which feeds off of perpetual war.

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RUMORS OF WAR: Hawaii seeks to prepare residents for threat of nuclear missile strike from North Korea
JULY 25, 2017
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency is kicking off an educational campaign aimed at helping residents and visitors figure out what to do if the state is the target of a nuclear missile attack from North Korea. Hawaii is the first state to prepare the public for the possibility of a ballistic missile strike. The state’s emergency management agency said the threat to the islands from the rogue nation is “currently assessed to be low.”  But officials added ongoing North Korean
missile tests — and growing public concern — have prompted officials to work on preparedness and disaster management plans. Vern Miyagi, administrator of the emergency management agency, stressed that the public shouldn’t be alarmed by the planning. Rather, he said, the public should see the preparation and education much like the work being done to prepare the public for hurricane and tsunami, which pose a greater risk to the state. 
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China warns India not to ‘push its luck’ amid border stand-off in Himalayas
JULY 24, 2017
China has warned India not to “cling to fantasies” amid a tense border stand-off, which also involves Bhutan, involving disputed territory in the Himalayas. Earlier, China staged live-fire drills in the area while India deployed troops there. “China’s determination and resolve to safeguard national security and sovereignty is unshakable,” Defense Ministry spokesman Senior Colonel Wu Qian said in a statement on Monday, as cited by AP and local media. His words come
ahead of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). “Don’t push your luck and cling to any fantasies,” Wu said. “The 90-year history of the PLA has proved but one thing: that our military means to secure our country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity has strengthened and our determination has never wavered. It is easier to shake a mountain than to shake the PLA.”
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RUMORS OF WAR: America Banning All Citizens from Traveling to North Korea
JULY 21, 2017
Dennis Rodman will be disappointed to learn that the US is set to ban all citizens from traveling to North Korea, according to two agencies that operate tours there. Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours said the ban would be announced on 27 July to come into effect 30 days later, the BBC reported. “After the 30-day grace period any US national that travels to North Korea will have their passport invalidated by their government.” The ban comes one month after US student Otto Warmbier died following his imprisonment by the Kim regime. China-based Young Pioneer Tours, which
had taken Warmbier to North Korea, and Koryo Tours said the ban will come into force on July 27 – the anniversary of the end of the Korean War – with a 30-day grace period. Koryo Tours added that the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang, which handles consular affairs for the United States in the North, informed it of the ban, but did not say how long it would last. The U.S. embassy in the South Korean capital, Seoul, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.  
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Dennis Rodman will be disappointed to learn that the US is set to ban all citizens from traveling to North Korea, according to two agencies that operate tours there. Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours said the ban would be announced on 27 July to come into effect 30 days later, the BBC reported. "After the 30-day grace period any US national that travels to North Korea will have their passport invalidated by their government." The ban comes one month after US student Otto Warmbier died following his imprisonment by the Kim regime.

China-based Young Pioneer Tours, which had taken Warmbier to North Korea, and Koryo Tours said the ban will come into force on July 27 - the anniversary of the end of the Korean War - with a 30-day grace period. Koryo Tours added that the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang, which handles consular affairs for the United States in the North, informed it of the ban, but did not say how long it would last. The U.S. embassy in the South Korean capital, Seoul, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Rowan Beard said that the 30-day grace period would "give leeway for any [Americans] currently in the country as tourists or on humanitarian work". Simon Cockerill, of Koryo Tours, said: "It remains to be seen what the exact text is, but the indication is it's just a straight up ban on Americans going." Mr Cockerill told the BBC the agency would still conduct tours and take Americans until the ban came into effect.

Additionally, Rowan Beard of Young Pioneer Tours, told the BBC the embassy was urging all US nationals to depart immediately. He said the embassy was trying to check on the number of US tourists left in the country.

For now there has been no official confirmation from the US: the state department continues to have an alert dated 9 May strongly warning US citizens not to travel to North Korea.
As the BBC adds, there has been movement towards a ban for a while in the US, which increased with the Warmbier death.

In May, two congressmen introduced the North Korea Travel Control bill to cut off the foreign currency the country earns from American tourists. The House foreign affairs subcommittee is scheduled to take up the draft legislation on 27 July but it would still have to go to the Senate. So there could be an executive order. Last month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: "We have been evaluating whether we should put some type of travel visa restriction to North Korea. We have not come to a final conclusion, but we are considering it." Apart from the treatment of Americans in North Korea, tension has been increasing over Pyongyang's nuclear programme.
Some are suggesting the US is using the date the ban is set to be announced - 27 July - to cloud North Korea's Victory Day on the same day. It was not clear if the urge to clear out US citizens from North Korea is a precursor to more "aggressive" (or kinetic) action by the US government.

 
Chinese military vessels enter Russia’s Baltic for first time as joint drills kick off
JULY 21, 2017
The ‘Joint Sea 2017’ drills of the Russian and Chinese naval forces have begun the first stage of major exercises, marking the first time they have taken place in Europe. As the Chinese ships entered the Russian sea port of Baltiysk on Friday, the first phase began, with the active phase commencing on July 24. While the Baltic stage of the exercises is set to last through July 28, the second phase of the Joint Sea maneuvers will be held in the Russian Far East, the Sea of Japan, and
the Sea of Okhotsk in September. “This is the first visit of Chinese fleet in Baltiysk in the history of the Russian-Chinese relations,” Tass agency quoted Russian Baltic Fleet spokesman Roman Martov as saying. Joint Sea 2017 will feature China’s most advanced military vessels, including the Type 052D missile destroyer Changsha, missile frigate Yungchen, and the Luomahu supply ship, which concluded live-fire drills in the Mediterranean last week. 
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