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Train Crossing N Korea -Michael Huniewicz

Train crossing in North Korea -Michael Huniewicz



By William Thomas



In the last year of his presidency, Obama found himself “increasingly disturbed” by North Korea’s looming missile threat. As he left office, Obama warned his clueless replacement that the country decimated by the U.S. military and subsequently threatened for decades would likely to be the most urgent danger Trump faced. Besides himself of course.


A hundred days into his rocky reign, a presidential pretender diagnosed as dangerously “paranoid” and “delusional by 35 top psychiatrists has shown that he’s disturbed all of the time. The Donald has consistently demonstrated a four-year-old’s bug-eyed curiosity about nuclear bombs, repeatedly asking an adviser, “If we have them, why can’t we use them?”


Even more than golf, he’s also discovered that he really gets off firing cruise missiles by the dozens.


In ”emergency" meetings of the entire Senate, followed by the House of Representatives, Trump warned he might put North Korea on a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth told CNN the only thing the Donald accomplished was “putting 100 people on three buses and tying up traffic in Washington D.C.”


“I seriously felt like I could have gotten all that information by reading a newspaper,” Duckworth said, adding that she felt the whole charade was a “dog and pony show.”


Sen. Jeff Merkley labelled Trump’s latest stunt, “complete optics.”

 In Pyongyang, there is a subway system that is actually one of the deepest subways in the world and it also doubles as a bomb shelter.

Extra-deep Pyongyang subways are also bomb shelters. -Andre Vltchek



As that faux-meeting was taking place, the U.S. Air Force test-fired an intercontinental Minuteman III ballistic missile over 4,000 miles downrange from a base in California. 

Adm. Harry Harris, head of Pacific Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee to brief lawmakers

that the U.S. may invade North Korea – a suicide mission by a few marines if there ever was one.


Characterizing Kim Jong Un's dash to a deliverable nuclear weapon as an "insurance policy" against perceived US aggression, Sen. Graham tried to assure the North Korean government that they're mistaken, and that the US isn't interested in regime change.


"Is it fair to say, we do not have any intention of invading North Korea at all?" Graham asked Adm. Harris. "Nobody has told you get ready to invade North Korea."


"That is not fair to say, sir," Harris countered. "I believe the President has said that all options are on the table."


“Well North Korea thinks we're going to invade at any moment," Graham pushed on. "Do you think that's part of our national security strategy – without provocation to attack North Korea?"


"I think North Korea has provided provocation already," Harris said.


A day earlier, during an interview with NBC, Graham defended the idea of a preemptive strike on North Korea.

"It'd be terrible, but the war would be over there, it wouldn't be here," Graham said. “What it would not do is hit America."

Gary Luck, commander of the U.S.-Republic of Korea forces under President Clinton, estimates that a new Korean War could result in one million deaths and $1 trillion economic damage.


Meanwhile, Kim Jong-un is acutely aware of SEAL Team 6 training to “decapitate” him.


“Now that the US is kicking up the overall racket for sanctions and pressure against the DPRK, pursuant to its new DPRK policy called ‘maximum pressure and engagement,’ the DPRK will speed up at the maximum pace the measure for bolstering its nuclear deterrence,” North Korea’s Foreign Ministry declared on May 1, 2017.


The North Korean government praised its country’s “powerful nuclear force,” which it said is the only thing preventing the U.S. from committing “the same brigandish aggression act in Korea as what it committed against other countries.” 


 B-29s bombing North Korea


“Moreover, the North Koreans have never forgotten the manner in which the U.S. government waged the Korean War – by massive bombing of Korean towns and cities and also by germ warfare against the North Korean populace,” adds Jacob G. Hornberger, founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation.


“The Pentagon and the CIA still want what they have always wanted for North Korea – regime change,” Hornberger adds. “That’s why the North Koreans have developed a nuclear program.”


North Koreans have deep memories of surviving indiscriminate U.S. bombing during the Korean War that destroyed 80% of North Korean cities and claimed one in four relatives,” echoes Korea expert John DeLury. “More bombs were dropped on Korea than on all of Asia and the Pacific islands during World War II.”

USS Missourt firing on the city of Chongjin, North Korea 

One year into this brutal “police action” that would kill 4 million people, General MacArthur told Congress:


“The war in Korea has already almost destroyed that nation of 20,000,000 people. I have never seen such devastation. I have seen, I guess, as much blood and disaster as any living man, and it just curdled my stomach... After I looked at that wreckage and those thousands of women and children and everything, I vomited... If you go on indefinitely, you are perpetuating a slaughter such as I have never heard of in the history of mankind.”


Pyongyang before and after war, 1953 -Vox 

McArthur’s “solution” – “nuking” North Korea and bombing China – got him fired.


Curtis LeMay took his place. The champion of aerial carpet-bombing later lamented, "We burned down just about every city in North Korea and South Korea both."


Child of the Korean War 1950-1953. - STR AFP Getty

 Child of the Korean War 1950-1953. - STR/AFP/Getty


In 1994, President Clinton considered blowing up North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear reactor, but grew shy when told the body count could exceed “a million lives in the first 24 hours – well before Pyongyang possessed nuclear weapons,” Ahn notes.


President Obama also considered surgical strikes, but backed off after learning that Pyongyang’s cave-dwelling mobile launchers could not be found, let alone hit.


Instead of offering urgently needed food, medicine and rapprochement in return for Pyongyang quitting its nuclear ambitions, Obama opted for “strategic patience” involving extremely impatient stepped-up sanctions, increasing isolation and even more aggressive military exercises in the “hopes” of collapsing the North Korean regime.


But hope is not a plan. Instead, “North Korea’s Gross Domestic Product grew by more than the EU,” Ahn remarks.

TV news program reporting South and North Korea face-saving agreement after nine killed 2 South Korean solders, Aug. 25, 2015 -Ahn Young-joon AP



While U.S. territories lies thousands of miles beyond the range of Pyongyang’s missiles, “any military action by Washington will undoubtedly trigger a counter-reaction from Pyongyang that could instantly kill a third of the South Korean population,” cautions South Korean pace activist Christine Ahn.


“There is no South Korean leader who thinks the first strike by the U.S. is okay," concurs Suh Choo-suk, a Senior Research Fellow at the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses.


"The Security of South Korea is as important as that of the U.S.," reminds Moon Jae-in, the leading South Korean presidential candidate.

 Protesters shouted slogans Wednesday, as an advanced U.S. missile defense system, the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, was being installed in South Korea. Lee Jin-man:AP

South Koreans oppose THAAD deployment

“The U.S. missile defense system, THAAD has prompted massive protests across South Korea and is straining Seoul's relations with Beijing. The rapid deployment of THAAD – ahead of schedule and pushed during the political vacuum in South Korea – is just the latest example of US intrusion into Korean affairs to further its own geopolitical interests,” Ahn adds.


The risky Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system is supposed to intercept live and decoy ballistic missile warheads as they steady on course during the final seconds of their terminal flight. If the defenders miss those tiny targets travelling at multiple Mach, detonations could follow instantly.

A U.S. military vehicle which is a part of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system arrives in Seongju, South Korea, April 26, 2017. © Kim Jun-beom : Reuters

THAAD arrives, Seongju, South Korea, Apr 26/17 -Kim Jun-beom/ Reuters

Rushed into place in the governing vacuum following the impeachment and imprisonment of South Korea’s leader for Trump-scale corruption, despite massive street protests by an outraged populace, the THAAD missiles could be operational next month, promises U.S. Pacific Command Admiral Harry Harris.


Opening the hatches to a preemptive attack, the admiral declared that the USA can defeat any North Korean missile attack.


“And so it’s just been forced down the throat of the South Korean people… without any public debate, without any presidential approval,” protests Christine Ahn.


South Korean women organizing against THAAD say, “They are taking us so far away from building trust, and rapport, and reconciliation with North Korea. We don’t want this.”


“Who’s benefitting?” Ahn asks. “The military contractors.




“Buoyed by a total of 18 speculative verb forms – five ‘mays,’ eight ‘woulds’ and five ‘coulds’ – New York Times reporters David E. Sanger and William J. Broad

created a “dire picture of a Trump administration forced to react to the growing and impending doom of North Korea nuclear weapons,” writes contributing analyst for FAIR.org, Adam Johnson.


“As North Korea Speeds Its Nuclear Program, US Fears Time Will Run Out” opens by “breathlessly” warning that time is running out for the USA to “deal with” the North Korean nuclear “crisis”.


Unnamed and unproduced “expert studies and classified intelligence reports conclude the country is capable of producing a nuclear bomb every six or seven weeks,” the New York Times rattled on in a piece picked up by every sycophantic media outlet in a nation of limited attention spans and zero discernment – adding, “That acceleration in pace [is] impossible to verify until experts get… access to North Korean facilities.”


“’Impossible to verify’” is another way of saying it’s an unverified claim,” Johnson helpfully points out.


Three years ago, President Obama ordered the Pentagon to step up their cyber-attacks on North Korea’s fledgling missile program, sabotaging test launches in a kind of sequel to the Stuxnet cyber-sabotage of Iran’s uranium enrichment centrifuges. Soon the North’s military rockets “began exploding, veering off course, disintegrating in midair and plunging into the sea,” the New York Times reported.


According to veteran reporters, David E. Sanger and William J. Broad, “Most flight tests of an intermediate-range missile called the Musudan ended in flames.”


With its overall failure rate running at a brisk 88%, over the past eight months, Pyongyang has still managed to successfully toss three medium-range rockets downrange toward Japan. The fourth and latest exploded shortly after launch.




South Korea’s interim government says it will not allow any U.S. action not supported and sanctioned by Seoul.


But the U.S. retains wartime operational control over South Korea, where 28,500 U.S. troops are currently stationed.


Trump does not have to declare this new war because the Korean War never formally ended.


Heightening the chances for a catastrophic miscalculation by either side, more than 2,000 South Korean and American troops completed firing drills just one day after the North practiced firing between 300 and 400 long-range artillery pieces capable of decimating Seoul.


Further ratcheting tensions in both Koreas, the nuclear-armed ballistic-missile submarine USS Michigan has arrived in the port city of Busan.



Students in Chongjin North Korea -flickr


Trump’s warning that “North Korea is looking for trouble” is a nasty coincidence since he is, too.


In an April 23 phone call with Chinese president Xi Jinping, Trump disparaged North Korea’s “continued belligerence.” He also decried actions he considered dangerous and destabilizing – though it was unclear whether he was referring to North Korea or the USA.


Reportedly “shocked” by the Donald’s failed cruise missile stunt-strike on Syria, in which less than half of 59 cruise missiles reached their intended target, China has deployed medical and backup units from the People's Liberation Army forces to the Yalu River


Beijing has also moved 150,000 troops to its border to handle North Korean refugees and 'unforeseen circumstances' – code for U.S. preemptive attacks on North Korea.




The good news is that Kim Jong-un did not conduct a nuclear test last weekend to honour the anniversary of the birth of his much-emulated grandfather – founder of the foundering country and its unknown nuclear deterrent.


China’s recent sanctions may have given “that crazy fat kid” - as Senator McCain refers to North Korea’s Great Leader – pause.


In a follow-up to its February cancellation of imported North Korean coal, rumours that China might halt all crude oil sales to the DPRK are already causing petrol station lineups and fuel shortages across that country.




Adding rocket fuel to this simmering crisis, Prime Minister Theresa May says she’s prepared to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against any enemies – even if Britain is not under attack.


“We have made it very clear that you can’t rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike,” Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told the BBC.


Probably not a good idea suggested a Russian deputy. Frants Klintsevich, noting that the UK runs the risk of being “wiped off the face of the Earth.




South Korea and Trump have warned North Korea against engaging in any “provocation” – such as a nuclear or missile test – to mark an ominously-named “Day of the Sun”.


The North will celebrate the 105th anniversary of the birth of North Korea’s state founder, Kim Il Sung, next Saturday. Pyongyang has invited 200 suicidal foreign journalists from various media outlets, including CNN, AP, and Japan’s NHK, for “a big and important event.”


Kim Jong-un is set to detonate his sixth nuclear bomb during the state holiday, Military Foundation Day, on April 25.


Britain’s former First Sea Lord, Admiral Lord West has warned that the U.S. will be left with “no choice” but to launch a “massive strike” against North Korea.

 North Korean workers pass billboard of Kim Il Sung



By repeatedly telling his nation that their antiquated military will “destroy” the U.S. and then announcing a “big event” next weekend, Kim has boxed himself in. If he foregoes the atom bomb test, he will lose enormous “face” in the eyes of his people – something no dictator can afford. Happily for the world, a threatened fuel boycott by Beijing may allow the bellicose leader to save face and back down. 


For his part, if he’s going to attack North Korea, Trump knows he has to hurry. Following a popular uprising that saw the impeachment and imprisonment of a president nearly as corrupt as himself, on May 9 the South Korean people are certain to elect a peace president with close ties to Pyongyang and a desire for normalized relations between the two arbitrarily-split nations.


Though the deposed president’s “hardline policy against North Korea strained inter-Korean relations, the leading candidate, Moon Jae-in, has pledged to improve relations with Pyongyang, noting that diplomatic relations are the best bet to ensure South Koreans' security, reports Christine Ahn.


“I think it’s crucial that Americans understand… it’s not about them, it’s about us,” says this International Coordinator of Women Cross DMZ. 

Women To End Korean War walk into the DMZ

Two years ago, Ahn’s group organized a historic crossing of the demilitarized zone by 30 women from 15 countries – including many that had fought in the Korean War.


Ahn went on to slam America’s “aggressive posturing” and constant “military exercises where South Korean and U.S. forces simulate an invasion of North Korea.”


“For a U.S. president to do something so reckless like that would spell the death, basically, of the U.S./South Korea alliance,” Ahn continued. “And I think the U.S. needs to be very careful in this moment, especially when you have a citizenry, in South Korea, that wants more justice. They want greater equality. They want more transparency. They want good government. And they want a different kind of policy, inter-Korea policy. They don’t want to maintain the hardline, isolationist stance.”


Though the American media and public appear unfazed, North Korea’s UN ambassador, Kim In Ryong, has accused the United States of disturbing global peace and stability, using “gangster-like logic”, while “seriously threatening the peace and security of the peninsula and pushing it to the brink of war.” 


Don't tread on us - N. Korean ICBMs -Damir Sagolj : Reuters

Don't tread on us: N. Korean ICBMs -Damir Sagolj / Reuters

North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol warned that Pyongyang is ready to launch its own pre-emptive strikes against U.S. forces should it show any sign of carrying out "reckless" military aggression against the North.


The White House has similarly pledged to launch cruise missiles if the North goes ahead with preparations for this weekend’s atomic test.


One target for two U.S. guided missile destroyers steaming 200 miles off the North Korean coast will be the Chamjin missile factory just outside Pyongyang.

Just three days ago, a U.S. spy satellite spotted “a flurry of activity at the country’s nuclear test site,” the New York Times reports. Three volleyball games were taking place around the site.


Veteran North Korean analyst Joseph Bermudez

stated definitively, “They’re either sending us a message that they’ve put the facility on standby, or they’re trying to deceive us. We really don’t know.”


Turns out, the North Koreans are mad about… volleyball. Instead of hurling nuclear missiles at each other, why not volleyballs?


How about, best out of five games wins… \


North Korean women play volleyball on Kim Il Sung Square at the end of work day in Pyongyang, North Korea -Wong Maye-E /AP

North Korea’s 4.25 players celebrate their victory over Lien Viet Post Bank at the 2015 VTV-Binh Dien International Women’s Volleyball Championship on March 29. Photo credit- Tuoi Tre

North Korea’s  players celebrate their victory over Vietnam team in 2015 VTV-Binh Dien International Women’s Volleyball Championship. -Tio Tre 

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