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    Trafigura Denies Involvement in North Korea Oil Transfer

    January 2, 2018 by Bloomberg

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    The Lighthouse Winmore, a Hong Kong-flagged vessel suspected of transferring oil to North Korea in defiance of international sanctions, is seen in the sea off Yeosu, South Korea December 29, 2017. Picture taken December 29, 2017. Yonhap via REUTERS

    By Kanga Kong and Dan Murtaugh (Bloomberg) — Trafigura Group denied it was involved in the illicit transfer of fuel to North Korea after the South Korean government said the world’s third-biggest independent oil trader originally owned a cargo that was shipped in breach of United Nations sanctions in October.

    The controversy nonetheless could spook international traders working in the region worried their oil and refined products could find their way to North Korea. In turn, that could increase the pressure on Pyongyang, making it more difficult and expensive for the rogue regime to buy fuel in the face of international sanctions.

    President Donald Trump last week accused China of allowing ship-to-ship fuel sales to the isolated nation, which have been limited by UN Security Council resolutions in an effort to pressure Kim Jong Un to abandon nuclear weapons.

    Trafigura said on Tuesday that it didn’t order the shipment of oil to North Korea and it neither owns nor chartered the vessel Lighthouse Winmore that was seized by South Korea last year. Hours earlier, the South Korean foreign ministry said the trading house owned the cargo and authorities were investigating whether it ordered the transaction.

    To read an earlier story on oil shipments to North Korea, click here.

    The trading house, which has big operations in Singapore, Geneva and Houston, originally sold the shipment to a little-known Hong Kong-based company called Global Commodities Consultants Ltd. The deal was done on a free-on-board basis from South Korea for delivery to Taiwan, it said. The contract prohibited the on-sale of the cargo in breach of sanctions and Trafigura had no involvement in its final destination, according to the company.

    Global Commodities Consultants also sold the cargo onward after purchasing it from Trafigura and with the same contractual provisions on sanctions, according to a company official.

    Oil shipments often change hands repeatedly in the trading industry, often while vessels are at sea, leaving the initial seller unaware of the final destination of the commodity. Still, large trading houses such as Trafigura often monitor through vessel tracking systems the end point of cargoes they sell.

    Today’s controversy relates to a small cargo of fuel oil that changed hands in October last year in the Yellow Sea between China and the Korean peninsula.

    Lighthouse Winmore
    The Lighthouse Winmore tanker transferred the fuel in October in international waters, South Korean officials said last week, without naming Trafigura at the time. So-called ship-to-ship transfers are used in the petroleum industry to move liquids from one tanker to another without the use of on-shore infrastructure, a technique explicitly barred for supplies to North Korea by the UN Security Council because such sales are difficult to track.

    South Korea, which said it seized and inspected the Lighthouse Winmore in November, identified the charterer as Taiwan-based Billions Bunker Group. The company is incorporated in the Marshall Islands, according to Taiwan’s Maritime and Port Bureau.

    The vessel loaded oil products from Japan on Oct. 11 in Yeosu, Yonhap News reported last week, citing South Korean government officials. It then transferred 600 tons — about 4,000 barrels or enough to power a shipping vessel — to a North Korean vessel, the Sam Jong 2, on Oct. 19. At current prices, the cargo would be worth less than $1.5 million. Considering that traders often make as little as one percent of the value of the deal, whoever sold it likely earned as little as $15,000 from the operation.

    Vessel tracking data compiled by Bloomberg showed the ship making trips between Kaohsiung in Taiwan and Yeosu in South Korea during September and October. The vessel data, which are broadcast by ships voluntarily and cannot be independently verified, showed it south of Yeosu, with its destination listed as Tai Chung, Taiwan, on Oct. 15. The next transmission was Oct. 25, further to the south near Jeju island.

    © 2018 Bloomberg L.P

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    Nuclear button on my desk is 'much bigger' than yours: Trump warns Kim about the size of his arsenal and how it is vastly 'more powerful' than North Korea's after despot's New Year's threat
    • President Trump warned North Korea Tuesday that he has access to a 'bigger & more powerful' nuclear button than Kim Jong-Un's
    • The comment follows a previous taunt from Kim that 'the U.S. should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table' in his New Year's address
    • Also on Tuesday the UN warned of North Korea staging another missile test
    • US Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters that the US had heard North Korea might be planning another missile launch
    • North Korea has announced it will reopen a long-closed border hotline with South Korea on Wednesday


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    ‘Mine is bigger’: Trump dares Kim Jong-un to compare nuclear buttons
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    President Donald Trump has fired off a tweet against North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un, claiming to have a “more powerful” nuclear weapons launcher.

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    There is NO 'nuclear button' on Trump's desk: Here's what would actually happen if the president decides to launch a nuclear attack
    • Donald Trump has boasted he has a bigger 'nuclear button' than Kim Jong Un
    • Instead, Trump has access to 20kg (45lb) briefcase, known as the 'football'
    • Inside is an instructional guide for carrying out a nuclear strike, alongside a list of locations that can be targeted by the US arsenal of 900 nuclear weapons


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    Peace in Korea: Just a phone call away
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    Published on Jan 3, 2018
    North Korea and South Korea reopened a hotline after two years of silence. Sourabh Gupta, senior Asia-Pacific international relations policy specialist at the Institute for China-America Studies, tells RT America’s Manila Chan that “North Korea has done its requisite missile and nuclear testing that makes it feel comfortable and confident” enough to warm relations with the South and that the US is forced to reexamine its role as peace-broker in the region.
     
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    North Korea Sneaking Oil With Secret Ship Transfers at Sea

    January 5, 2018 by Bloomberg

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    The Lighthouse Winmore, a Hong Kong-flagged vessel suspected of transferring oil to North Korea in defiance of international sanctions, is seen in the sea off Yeosu, South Korea December 29, 2017. Picture taken December 29, 2017. Yonhap via REUTERS

    By Serene Cheong and Dan Murtaugh (Bloomberg) — Donald Trump’s desire to squeeze Kim Jong Un’s regime risks being undermined by the furtive maneuvers of oil tankers at sea.

    The enforcement of international measures limiting sales to North Korea — part of an effort to force Kim to abandon nuclear weapons — is becoming near impossible because suppliers of illicit fuel are using an old oil-trading practice that helps obscure its origin and destination.

    Ship-to-ship transfers, when cargoes are pumped from one tanker to another in the ocean, are legal and typically used to break up large oil shipments into parcels on smaller vessels. But they can also be used as a trick that makes it difficult to track supplies, and have been barred by the United Nations for sales to North Korea.

    And even if the tankers can be identified, seized and inspected, culprits are hidden under layers of ownership. A controversy that erupted last week over a shipment of fuel to the rogue nation has so far entangled the world’s third-biggest independent oil trader, a Hong Kong-based commodity company and mysterious shipping firms in Taiwan and the Marshall Islands. South Korean authorities have failed to identify the perpetrator and on Thursday said they are still investigating who owned the cargo.

    “These STS transfers can happen 200 nautical miles or more out at sea, as long as conditions are calm, where no one’s looking,” said Rahul Kapoor, an analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence in Singapore. “It’s very easy to black out a ship and hide it.”

    All ocean-going ships are equipped with a beacon that broadcasts their location around the world, so if a vessel tried to directly load or discharge oil in a sanctioned country, it could be identified. To get around that, two tankers can turn off their transmitters, known as the automatic identification system, rendezvous in secret and transfer the cargo, masking the true origin and destination of the shipment.

    A vessel, the Lighthouse Winmore, is said to have transferred 600 tons — about 4,000 barrels — to a North Korean vessel, the Sam Jong 2, on Oct. 19.

    Ship-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg showed Lighthouse Winmore making trips between Kaohsiung in Taiwan and Yeosu in South Korea during September and October.

    The vessel data, which are broadcast by ships voluntarily and cannot be independently verified, showed it south of Yeosu, with its destination listed as Taichung, Taiwan, on Oct. 15. The ship stopped reporting its location for the next 10 days, virtually disappearing during the period of the alleged transfer. The next transmission was Oct. 25, further to the south near Jeju Island.

    While STS transfers are an integral part of the oil and fuel-trading business, “when in the wrong hands, this every-day operation can be misused,” said Den Syahril, an analyst at industry consultant FGE in Singapore. “During past sanctions, there’s a possibility that ships with Iranian fuel turned off their trackers and conducted these operations in the Middle East gulf, only to have the cargo labeled as Middle East origin afterwards.”

    Controversial Trades
    Now that the practice is in the spotlight, it may become harder to get away with it. Reports that U.S. satellites have been capturing Chinese ships transferring fuel to North Korean vessels could deter perpetrators while major oil trading companies may take additional precautions not to be involved in the controversial transactions.

    On Tuesday, South Korea’s foreign ministry said Trafigura Group owned the Lighthouse Winmore cargo and authorities were investigating whether it ordered the transfer to North Korea. Within a few hours, the trading house denied it was involved in the illicit transaction, saying it neither owns nor chartered the ship.

    Trafigura added that it originally sold the cargo to Hong Kong-based Global Commodities Consultants Ltd., which in turn said it sold the shipment to another company called Oceanic Enterprise Ltd. Both Trafigura and GCC said their contracts stipulated that any resale of the supply must abide by international sanctions.

    No contact information was immediately available for Oceanic Enterprise. South Korea identified Lighthouse Winmore’s charterer as Taiwan-based Billions Bunker Group. The company is incorporated in the Marshall Islands, according to Taiwan’s Maritime and Port Bureau.

    Risk Management
    Taiwan is investigating if the head of Kao Yang Fishery Co. has any connection with the Lighthouse Winmore, according to a Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office statement on Jan. 3. Kao Yang allegedly sold oil products in international waters instead of Hong Kong, which was identified in export declaration as its destination, according to the statement.

    “Trading houses have full teams that are involved in risk management,” said Bloomberg Intelligence’s Kapoor. “Ideally, these teams will screen through counterparties, and it’s unlikely that they’ll dabble in a one-off illegitimate dealing for a small profit as there’s so much risk to reputation involved.”

    China refused to designate Lighthouse Winmore and Sam Jong 2, among other ships, as sanctions violators in a disagreement with the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reported last week. While American officials shared with the UN declassified intelligence reports that they said supported Washington’s position that 10 vessels be formally declared as breaching measures, China successfully got the list whittled down to just four tankers, the newspaper said, citing unidentified diplomats.

    U.S. President Trump last week tweeted: “Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!”

    Spy Satellites
    American spy satellites had observed Chinese vessels allegedly transferring oil to North Korean ships in the sea between the two countries about 30 times since October, Seoul-based newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported Dec. 26, citing unidentified South Korean government officials. China has denied the reports.

    The vast majority of ship-to-ship transfers are legal. Most of them take place in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, where the practice is also known as lightering. It’s cheaper to ship oil on larger vessels, so oil traders tend to book the biggest vessel they can find for long haul journeys such as from Saudi Arabia to Texas.

    U.S. ports aren’t deep enough to handle the massive tankers, so they stop a few miles from shore and parcel out the oil to smaller ships that are able to dock. The transfers are common enough that most merchant seamen can do them, said Kapoor, who spent five years working on an oil tanker.

    But “even with mounting international sanctions on countries such as North Korea, these operations are often attempted as a way to get around them,” FGE’s Den said.

    © 2018 Bloomberg L.P

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    Koreans Agree To Talk To Koreans...Nikki Haley Furious!
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    The North and South Koreans have moved closer to starting direct negotiations aimed at defusing the high tension levels on the peninsula. Instead of cheering an opening to diplomacy, however, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has warned that the US will not support such talks unless North Korea gives up its nuclear program first...
     
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    WHY U.S PUTTING B 52 IN 24 Hrs PATROL WITH NUKES IS A DIRECT MESSAGE TO NORTH KOREA & RUSSIA ?
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    Published on Jan 5, 2018
    INTRODUCTION

    The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991.

    That means the long-dormant concrete pads at the ends of this base’s 11,000-foot runway — dubbed the “Christmas tree” for their angular markings — could once again find several B-52s parked on them, laden with nuclear weapons and set to take off at a moment’s notice.

    Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, said in an interview during his six-day tour of Barksdale and other U.S. Air Force bases that support the nuclear mission, “This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared. I look at it more as not planning for any specific event, but more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in and how we ensure we’re prepared going forward.”

    In this video, Defense Updates analyzes WHY U.S PUTTING B 52 IN 24 Hrs PATROL WITH NUKES IS A DIRECT MESSAGE TO NORTH KOREA & RUSSIA ?

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    Goldfein and other senior defense officials stressed that the alert order had not been given, but that preparations were under way in anticipation that it might come. That decision would be made by Gen. John Hyten, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, or Gen. Lori Robinson, the head of U.S. Northern Command. STRATCOM is in charge of the military’s nuclear forces and NORTHCOM is in charge of defending North America.

    Putting the B-52s back on alert is just one of many decisions facing the Air Force as the U.S. military responds to a changing geopolitical environment that includes increasing North Korea & Russian threats.

    North Korean regime was successfully tested 100 kilotons nuke as well long range inter continental ballistic missiles Hwasong 14 & Hwasong 15. Apart from taking many hostile steps, Russian leader Vladimir Putin has put 13 more submarines into active service since 2014. Russia’s submarine activity is now at its highest level since the Cold War.


    OVERVIEW

    The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is an American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber. The B-52 was designed and built by Boeing, which has continued to provide support and upgrades. It has been operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) since the 1950s.
    Superior performance at high subsonic speeds and relatively low operating costs have kept the B-52 in service despite the advent of more advanced aircrafts, including the variable-geometry B-1 Lancer, and the stealthy B-2 Spirit.
    After being upgraded between 2013 and 2015, it is supposed to serve into the 2040s. The B-52s are expected to reach the end of their service lives by 2045, and be replaced by B-21 Raiders.



    ARMAMENT

    The B 52 is capable of carrying both conventional as well as nuclear weapons.
    The ability to carry upto 20 AGM-69 SRAM nuclear missiles was added to G and H models, starting in 1971. To further improve its offensive ability, air-launched cruise missiles were fitted.
    After testing of both the Air Force-backed Boeing AGM-86 and the Navy-backed General Dynamics AGM-109 Tomahawk, the AGM-86B was selected for operation for the B-52.

    AGM-86 MISSILE

    The AGM-86 is a subsonic air-launched cruise missile built by Boeing. This missile was developed to increase the effectiveness and survivability of the Boeing B-52 bomber as the missile can be fired from standoff ranges. In combination, the missile dilutes an enemy’s forces and complicates air defense of its territory.
    All variants of the AGM-86 missile are powered by a Williams F107 turbofan jet engine that propels it at sustained subsonic speeds and can be launched from aircraft at both high and low altitudes. The missile deploys its folded wings, tail surfaces and engine inlet after launch. Sophisticated guidance makes the missile very accurate.
    The missile deploys W80 thermonuclear warhead.
    It has a range of 1,100 to 2,400 km depending on variant. This enables the B 52 to launch it far off from the target.
    As stated earlier a single B 52 can launch upto 20 of these missiles. Hence, an enemy force could have to counterattack more than one missile at a time, making defense against them costly and complicated. The enemy’s defenses are further hampered by the missiles' small size and low-altitude flight capability, which makes them difficult to detect on radar.

    W80 THERMONUCLEAR WARHEAD

    The W80 is a thermonuclear warhead in the U.S. nuke stockpile with a variable yield of between 5 and 150 kt of TNT. It is specifically designed to be used by AGM-86 as well as the BGM-109 Tomahawk. It is essentially a modification of the widely deployed B61 weapon, which forms the basis of most of the current US stockpile.

    Depending on variant G or H , B 52 will be able to launch 12 or 20 of these W80 warheads carried by AGM-86 missile . This means a single aircraft has a destructive capacity of 12 * 150 that is 1800 or 20 * 150 that is 3000 kt tons of TNT.

    This is enough to obliterate major military assets of any country.
     
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    China announces new restrictions on trade with North Korea
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    Beijing’s new trade restrictions on Pyongyang comes as North and South Korea agreed to a groundbreaking meeting ahead of the Winter Olympics. In a move to facilitate talks, the US and South Korea have also halted military drills before the games. RT America’s Anya Parampil discusses the moves with investigative journalist Gareth Porter.
     
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    US is weighing up the likelihood of a 'limited' strike on North Korea to give it a ‘bloody nose’
    • The Trump administration is weighing the pros and cons of a possible strike on North Korea
    • The intent is meant to be a retaliation for future weapon tests, a new report says
    • Some officials believe the 'bloody nose' attack could do more harm and good
    • President Trump's National Security Advisor Herbert Raymond McMaster is pushing for the strike
    • He said in an interview that that leader Kim Jong un's weapons programs development 'has been quicker than most people believed'
    • The US intelligence community had told the Trump administration there would be at least four years to stop or slow a missile attack
    • In November 2017, North Korea launched a new missile called Hwasong-15
    • Officials said the missile is able to fly over 8,000 miles and reach Washington


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    North Korea agrees to send high-level delegation to the Winter Olympics in the South including athletes and cheerleaders as two countries hold first direct talks in two years
    • South Korean officials said North Korea agreed during their talks in Panmunjon
    • North Korea's delegation to include officials, athletes, cheerleaders, journalists
    • Seoul said it is willing to lift sanctions temporarily to allow North's attendance
    • South Korea proposed the two countries could conduct joint march at games


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    TRUMP AND KIM talk about who has the biggest Nuclear Button
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    Published on Jan 8, 2018
    North Korea and Trump compare nuclear buttons in a war of words. (About this sound listen), officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK About this sound listen), is a country in East Asia, in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. Pyongyang is both the nation's capital as well as its largest city. To the north and northwest the country is bordered by China and by Russia along the Amnok (known as the Yalu in China) and Tumen rivers.[10] The country is bordered to the south by South Korea, with the heavily fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two.

    Following the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II in 1945, Korea was divided into two zones along the 38th parallel by the United States and the Soviet Union, with the north occupied by the Soviets and the south by the Americans. Negotiations on reunification failed, and in 1948 two separate governments were formed: the communist Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the north, and the Republic of Korea in the south. An invasion initiated by North Korea led to the Korean War (1950–1953). The Korean Armistice Agreement brought about a ceasefire, and no actual peace treaty was ever signed.[11]

    North Korea officially describes itself as a self-reliant socialist state[12] and formally holds elections. Critics regard it as a totalitarian dictatorship. Various outlets have called it Stalinist,[21][22][23] particularly noting the elaborate cult of personality around Kim Il-sung and his family. International organizations have assessed human rights violations in North Korea as belonging to a category of their own, with no parallel in the contemporary world.[24][25][26] The Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), led by a member of the ruling family,[23] holds power in the state and leads the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland of which all political officers are required to be members.[27]

    Over time North Korea has gradually distanced itself from the world communist movement. Juche, an ideology of national self-reliance, was introduced into the constitution as a "creative application of Marxism–Leninism"[28] in 1972.[29][30] The means of production are owned by the state through state-run enterprises and collectivized farms. Most services such as healthcare, education, housing and food production are subsidized or state-funded.[31] From 1994 to 1998, North Korea suffered from a famine that resulted in the deaths of between 0.24 and 3.5 million people, and the country continues to struggle with food production.[32] North Korea follows Songun, or "military-first" policy.[33] It is the country with the highest number of military and paramilitary personnel, with a total of 9,495,000 active, reserve, and paramilitary personnel. Its active duty army of 1.21 million is the fourth largest in the world, after China, the U.S., and India.[34] It possesses nuclear weapons.[35][36] North Korea is an atheist state with no official religion and where public religion is discouraged.[37]
     
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    Trump deserves big credit for helping spark talks with North Korea, says South Korean President
    • South Korean President Moon Jae-In thanked President Donald Trump for his efforts on Wednesday
    • This weekend, Trump himself declared that, without his own help, such talks might never have occurred
    • North Korea slammed Trump and called the idea a 'ridiculous sophism'
    • Pyongyang and Seoul have been holding the first inter-Korean talks in more than two years at Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone in Paju, South Korea
    • North Korea agreed to send athletes to the Winter Olympics next month in Pyeongchang
    • Moon said he was willing to hold a summit 'at any time' as long as it was 'under the right conditions'


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    A NEW KOREAN WAR WOULD KILL MORE U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL THAN YOU MIGHT THINK || WARTHOG 2018
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    Published on Jan 10, 2018
    Is the United States on the brink of war with North Korea? Many observers are worried that the answer is yes — but for a conventional war rather than a nuclear war. And that would put the tens of thousands of U.S. military personnel stationed in South Korea in harm’s way, with much higher human costs — and many more fatalities — than the United States has seen in its recent military conflicts.

    By Tanisha M. Fazal

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    Has Trump been talking to North Korea's reclusive dictator? 'I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un,' he boasts claiming 'people are surprised'
    • President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that he's been in contact with North Korea's reclusive dictator
    • Trump would not say in an Oval Office interview that he had actually talked to Kim: 'I don’t want to comment on it. I’m not saying I have or haven’t'
    • Yet he claimed, 'I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un. I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised'
    • Trump has derided Kim as 'Little Rocket Man,' threatened him with the 'might' of the U.S. military and 'fire and fury' and called him 'short and fat'


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    North Korea set to send its elite 'army of beauties' cheerleading squad to pep up its team at Winter Olympics
    • Hermit nation's squad will attend Winter Olympics in South Korea on February 9
    • North Korea's First Lady Ri Sol-Juis among famous former members
    • The two countries agreed to 'resolve problems' with 'dialogue and negotiations' earlier this week during pivotal talks in the Demilitarised Zone


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    US scientist who inspected North Korea’s nuclear facility warns they have up to 60 bombs as fellow expert says Trump is underestimating Kim Jong-un
    • Sig Hecker was in charge of designing nuclear weapons for America for 11 years
    • He was invited to look around North Korea's secret nuclear complex in Yongbyon
    • Here, Hecker handled plutonium which had been extracted at the weapons base
    • It is now estimated the Yongbyon plant has developed up to 60 nuclear weapons


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    Kim Jong-un says Trump's tweet about having a bigger nuclear button is the 'spasm of a lunatic' and the 'bark of a rabid dog'
    • State newspaper Rodong Sinmun called Trump's tweet the 'spasm of a lunatic'
    • It also described the President as having the mental capacity 'of a preschooler', suggested he has 'the symptoms of dementia' and called him a 'psychopath'
    • Trump compared the size of his nuclear button to Kim's after the North Korean leader warned he had one placed on his desk
    • President recently suggested he would be open to talks with North Korea


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    COULD NORTH KOREA SINK A U.S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER || WARTHOG 2018
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    Published on Jan 17, 2018
    Could North Korea’s armed forces sink an American aircraft carrier? Yes—depending on what type of carrier they confront, how skillfully U.S. Navy commanders employ the flattop and its consorts, how well North Korean warriors know the tactical surroundings and, most crucially, whom fortune favors in combat. Fortune is a fickle ally, prone to switch sides and back again in battle. It’s doubtful an American carrier would fall prey to undersea or aerial attack—but only the foolish say never or always in martial competition, a topsy-turvy affair in which the weak sometimes best the strong.

    It could happen, and that warrants forethought.

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    Trump says 'very likely' Korean crisis can't be solved peacefully
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    Donald Trump says there's a possibility that the North Korean crisis won't be resolved peacefully.
    The U.S. President claims that's because having dialogue with Pyongyang is next to impossible.
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    Military option’ would totally destroy both Koreas, may cause WWIII – fmr CIA officer
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    As North and South Korea create unprecedented Olympic partnership, the US continues its military buildup in the region. Are North Korea’s overtures to the South evidence of successful sanctions, or a“charm offensive” disguising something sinister? Former CIA officer and counterterrorism specialist Philip Giraldi joins “News with Ed” to offer his insight.
     

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