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Top nuclear general says he would REFUSE Trump's order to drop a bomb on North Korea if he disagreed with the move and insists 'we're not stupid people'
  • Air Force General John Hyten said he wouldn't drop a nuclear bomb if he thought Trump's order was illegal
  • He said he's studied international war law, and that if it was an illegal order he wouldn't drop the bomb
  • Hyten said instead he'd work with Trump to come up with another solution
  • This comes amid mounting tensions with North Korea and Kim Jong Un


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Good on General Hyten...I guess he's like the anti-MacArthur then? You mean military men are not dumb stupid animals? Has count Kissinger the vampire squid been reached for comment? lol
'If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail. You could go to jail for the rest of your life,' he explained.
 

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The 'truck terrorist': Kim Jong-un is seen at the wheel of a lorry - just like The Donald - hours after US President declares North Korean regime is a state sponsor of terror
  • Kim Jong-un seen at the wheel of truck at the Sungri Motor Complex in the country's South Pyongan Province
  • Images drew comparisons with photos of Trump who posed for photos in a truck at the White House in March
  • Photo shoot comes as the US President put North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism


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WHY THE DEFECTING SOLDIER INDICATES THAT NORTH KOREA IS NOT READY FOR WAR WITH U.S?
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Published on Nov 21, 2017
INTRODUCTION

A North Korean soldier’s bold attempt to defect by crossing the heavily guarded border with South Korea galvanized attention this week.
But perhaps more surprising was the disclosure by surgeons struggling to save his life of what they found while repairing his intestinal wounds: dozens of parasitic worms, some as long as 11 inches.

In this video, Defense Updates analyzes why the defecting soldier indicates that North Korea is not ready for war with U.S?

DEFECTION
The North Korean soldier drove a jeep into the Joint Security Area, one of the most heavily guarded portions of the Demilitarized Zone, on Monday. He then ran across the border to defect to the South while fellow North Korean troops unleashed a hail of rifle and pistol shots trying to stop him.
He collapsed about 55 yards south of the border, bleeding profusely. South Korean officers pulled him to safety, and a United States Black Hawk military helicopter rushed him to a hospital near Seoul, where he underwent a series of surgeries.

WORMS

This defection was the most dramatic defection from the North in years, making headlines in South Korea.
But more startling news came from the doctors who were working to clean and patch up his dietary tract, which was torn by bullets
“In my 20 years as a surgeon, I have only seen something like this in a medical textbook,” said Dr. Lee Cook-jong, a lead surgeon about the worms in the soldier.

The discovery opened a window on the dire conditions in North Korea, including poor hygiene and nutrition. The news shocked many people in prosperous South Korea.
Surgeons raced to save the North Korean soldier, whose name and rank have not been released, who sustained serious bullet wounds racing across the border while his own troops fired on him.
“We have found dozens of fully grown parasitic worms in his damaged intestines,’’ said Dr. Lee Cook-jong, a lead surgeon. “It was a serious parasitic infection.”
During a news briefing this week, Dr. Lee showed photographs of worms as long as 10 or 11 inches.

Experts in parasitic worms were not surprised, however. They said that the finding was consistent with the broad sense of conditions in the isolated, impoverished North.
Defectors to the South have cited the existence of parasites and abysmal nutrition. Because it lacks chemical fertilizers, North Korea still relies on human excrement to fertilize its fields, helping parasites to spread, the experts said.
In a 2014 study, South Korean doctors checked a sample of 17 female defectors from North Korea and found 7 of them infected with parasitic worms.

POOR CONDITION
The soldier’s condition was particularly noteworthy because North Korean soldiers, especially those deployed near the border with South Korea, receive priority in food rationing. Yet, in addition to the parasitic worms, doctors found kernels of corn in his stomach.
Its easy to understand that civilians will be in far worse condition.
More than 30,000 North Koreans have fled to South Korea since a famine killed more than a million people in the North in the 1990s. Since then, international relief agencies have reported widespread malnutrition and stunted growth among many children in the North.
The wounded soldier, who is believed to be in his late 20s, is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 132 pounds. In contrast, an average high school male senior in South Korea is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 154 pounds.

CONCLUSION:

Napoleon had said: “An army marches on its stomach”.
This is true even today and with this state of affair North Korea will find it very hard to sustain a war effort against a well organized and well equipped rival.

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Kim Jong-un's hit list revealed: North Korea's top 15 targets for a nuclear strike include The White House, Manhattan and Tokyo
  • Report by a European think tank shows a list of 15 potential North Korean targets
  • As well as Washington landmarks, Manhattan, Guam, Kyoto and Tokyo all listed
  • Research compiled by analysing North Korea's state media under Kim Jong-un
  • Aim of the findings was to 'predict Pyongyang’s response to different scenarios'


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South Korea uses loudspeakers to taunt North Korea over a defecting soldier who was shot several times by his former comrades as he fled across the border
  • South Korea is reporting to the North using the FM Radio 'Freedom Voice' system
  • Loud speakers are installed near the heavily armed Demilitarized Zone border
  • The reports also highlight the perceived violations of an armistice agreement
  • A 24-year-old North Korean soldier was shot several times when he defected
  • Footage showed his former comrades opening fire on him as he raced over the line that divides the two countries, after driving to the border on November 13


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Dozens were killed in earthquakes triggered by Kim Jong-un's powerful nuclear missile test
  • North Korean test caused 6.3 magnitude earthquake injuring up to 150 children
  • Explosion triggered aftershocks in North Hamgyong Province within minutes
  • State defectors South and North Development revealed the fatalities today
  • Devastation hit farms, destroyed home and gave soldiers radiation sickness
  • Regime accused of not warning locals of the imminent nuclear missile tests
  • Pupils injured in the earthquake were in class as usual when it hit their school


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SOUTH KOREA HAS A SECRET WEAPON IF NORTH KOREA STARTS A WAR || WARTHOG 2017
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Korea’s peninsular nature means that the ocean is never far away from residents of both countries. It also means that armies fighting on the peninsula, friendly or not, run lines of communication and supply that are constantly in danger of being severed from the sea. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, well aware that the invading Korean People’s Army was reliant on increasingly tenuous supply lines as it inched south, planned and oversaw a successful amphibious assault at the port of Inchon. The result was an abrupt reversal of fortune for a KPA on the brink of victory, with the shattered remnants of Kim Il-sung’s army racing north to avoid entrapment and annihilation.

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Hillary says Trump and China should go EASIER on North Korea and stop taunting Kim Jong-Un to avoid all-out nuclear war
  • Former presidential candidate spoke via video-link to a magazine's conference in Beijing
  • She said the Trump and Xi administrations have been too hard on Kim Jong-Un
  • North Koreans have been racing toward the deployment of a nuclear missile
  • Hillary Clinton thinks years of added patient diplomacy will yield better results than 'bluster' and 'personal taunts'
  • Also complained about China building artificial military-oriented islands in contested regions of the South China Sea


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BREAKING NEWS: North Korea conducts new ballistic missile, US military confirm
  • Missile tracking radar was switched on at North Korean launch site on Monday
  • Comes as South Korean minister warned Kim Jong Un could achieve goal of developing a long-range nuclear weapon within a year
  • It is not yet clear how far it went or whether it flew over Japan as others did
  • News reported by South Korean military and confirmed by US military source


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[Peninsula 24] Ep.63 - DEFECTING SOLDIER & N.KOREA'S HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES _ Full Episode
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DEFECTING SOLDIER & N.KOREA'S HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES 귀순 병사를 통해 본 북한 인권

On November 13, a North Korean soldier defected to South Korea across the Joint Security Area (JSA) at the risk of his own life. The solder suffered critical gunshot wounds, but his poor health was more shocking, providing another glimpse at life inside Kim Jong-un's despotic regime.

This week on Peninsula24, we delve deeper into the reality of North Korea's human rights abuses and some possible solutions with Dr. Kim Chul-woo, a research fellow at the Korea Institute for Defence Analyses and Joanna Hosaniak, a human rights activist from Poland and Deputy Director of the Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights.
 

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North Korea completes its most powerful missile launch yet - as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warns they can hit 'everywhere in the world'
  • North Korea fired off it latest intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday
  • It abruptly ended North Korea's 10-week pause in its weapons testing
  • President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday to 'handle the situation' after launch
  • Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned that North Korea has the ability to hit 'everywhere in the world'
  • He said latest missile went higher than any previous shot North Korea has taken
  • Mattis said South Korea responded by firing pinpoint missiles out into the water
  • Missile traveled 620 miles and landed within 200 nautical miles of Japan's coast
  • Physicist calculates that missile tested had realistic range of just over 8,000 miles, puting Washington D.C., Europe and Australia in range


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North Korea tests LONGEST RANGE MISSILE that can reach most of USA
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North Korea has fired a ballistic missile, which reportedly passed through Japan’s airspace near Hokkaido, triggering a public alert. It's believed to have fallen in the Pacific Ocean some 2,000 km east of the island.

“North Korea fired an unidentified missile eastward from the vicinity of Pyongyang this morning,” the JCS said. The missile reached an altitude of 770 km and covered a distance of 3,700 km before falling into the ocean, according to South Korea's military.

The South Korean and US militaries are analyzing details of the launch, Reuters reports.

NHK Television urged residents in Hokkaido and Tohoku regions to take shelter as the projectile passed over Japanese airspace near Hokkaido at around 7.06am local time.

The Japanese government will hold an emergency national security council session in response to Pyongyang's latest launch.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary told reporters the missile was likely “the same as before,” referring to the August 29 launch over Japan. Yoshihide Suga condemned Pyongyang’s missile test “in the strongest words,” saying the missile passed over Hokkaido and fell into the Pacific Ocean, roughly 2,000 kilometers east of Arimori Cape.

The Japanese government did not try to destroy the missile, according to reports. There's been no news of damage to aircraft and sailing vessels, or falling objects onto Japanese territory.

Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, however, issued instructions to prepare for unforeseen circumstances by communicating prompt and accurate information to citizens.

The North Korean launch comes shortly after South Korea staged a ballistic missile training drill in the Sea of Japan. The South Korean president has been notified and has immediately convened a National Security Council meeting.

Just prior to the launch, Pyongyang warned that it was time to “annihilate” the US, to “sink” Japan and to “wipe out” South Korea following the adoption of a new UN Security Council sanctions resolution this week, in response to the regime’s recent nuclear test.

The 15-member United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously approved a new round of sanctions Monday, targeting North Korea’s textile exports and its oil imports.

On August 29, North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Northern Japan. The Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile is believed to have flown about 1,700 miles (2,735km) and reached a height of 341 miles (548km) before falling into the Pacific Ocean.

After a number of last minute compromises, China and Russia supported the latest round of sanctions against Pyongyang Monday. While strongly condemning North Korea's actions, Moscow and Beijing continue to insist on the implementation of the so-called “double-freeze” proposal, which calls for Pyongyang to suspend its nuclear and ballistic missile tests in exchange for a halt to joint US-South Korea military drills.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are rapidly mounting with North Korea defiantly continuing its missile and nuclear tests and the US, South Korean and Japanese militaries regularly holding drills in the region, accompanied by strong rhetoric by Washington. Pyongyang says the boosting of its missile and nuclear program is justified as its only means of defense should these military maneuvers escalate into a direct confrontation.
 

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BREAKING NEWS: Russia says US comments about destroying North Korea are 'a blood-thirsty tirade' and warns using force against Kim is 'playing with fire and a big mistake'
  • Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said US comments were a 'bloodthirsty tirade'
  • Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said North Korea would be 'utterly destroyed'
  • Comes after North Korea launched its most sophisticated ballistic missile yet


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'Kim is getting closer and there's not much time left': Trump's national security adviser says the possibility of nuclear war with North Korea increases every day
  • President Trump's national security adviser HR McMaster said that each missile launch from North Korea increases the possibility of war
  • He spoke with Fox News' Bret Baier at the Reagan National Security Forum in California when he shared his thoughts on the possibility of nuclear war
  • North Korea fired a intercontinental ballistic missile last week, flying 1,000 miles higher than its first ICBM launch in July


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North Korea: Inside Information on Tillerson's Plan?
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China publishes NUCLEAR ATTACK survival guide as fears grow that North Korea will provoke a strike from the US
  • State-run paper in Jilin province, near North Korea, issued 'common sense' guide
  • Tells people to take cover from blast indoors, in a ditch, or by diving into a lake
  • People should then wash off fallout and avoid contaminated water or food
  • Comes after latest missile test by North Korea raised prospect of war


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NBC staffers afraid to go to cover the Winter Olympics in South Korea in case they get NUKED by Kim Jong-un
  • Winter Olympic Games are usually a huge pull for journalists across the world
  • But rising hostilities on Korean Peninsula means reporters are beind dissuaded
  • Upcoming Pyeongchang games to be held less than 200 miles from Pyongyang
  • South Korea has already invested millions into extra security to deal with threats


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North Korea says going to war with the US is 'an established fact' and 'the only question is when will it break out'
  • North Korea issued response to US military exercises over South Korea this week
  • The rogue state said: 'We will surely make the US dearly pay the consequences'
  • Its government blasted CIA Director Mike Pompeo for criticising Kim Jong Un
  • US excersises over five days from Monday involve B-1B supersonic bombers


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Kim Jong-un laughs off global condemnation of his regime's nuclear programme as he visits 'sacred' mountain where North Korea claims its first dictator was born
  • North Korea says Mount Pektu on border with China is birthplace of Kim Il-Sung
  • The brutal regime's first leader was born in Russia but mountain deemed sacred
  • Kim was smiling after the latest missile test drew world condemnation
  • U.S warplanes carried out drills this week as the threat of war looms


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ONLY ONE US SUBMARINE CAN DROP HUNDREDS TOMAHAWKS ON NORTH KOREA || WARTHOG 2017
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The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine (SSBN) was built to destroy cities and military installations in the event of a nuclear war—or more

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‘What Korea really needs is a treaty to end the war’ – peace activist
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North Korea's siege mentality is to be expected because the Korean War never actually ended, national coordinator emeritus of US Labor Against the War Michael Eisenscher tells RT America’s Ed Schultz. He is skeptical that Kim Jong-un would provoke open war with the US, which amount to suicide.
 

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Dennis Rodman finally admits that his dictator 'friend' Kim Jong Un is 'probably a madman' and reveals the very first thing he asked the NBA legend when they met
  • Dennis Rodman, 56, candidly spoke about his bizarre friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un while on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • Rodman said Kim is 'probably a madman' but that he doesn't see it
  • He also said the dictator is more a kid than anything and that he hopes to help open communications between the US and North Korea
  • Rodman added Kim does not want war and had said as much a couple years back


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S. Korean, U.S. forces hold drill for removing North Korea's WMDs
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SEOUL, Dec. 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korean and U.S. forces conducted a joint training last week for infiltrating North Korea and removing weapons of mass destruction in case of conflict, military sources said.

The "Warrior Strike" exercise was held at Camp Stanley, located north of Seoul, and other places from Tuesday to Friday, involving hundreds of soldiers from the two sides, they said.

The U.S. 2nd Infantry Division said on Facebook on Friday that Gen. Jung Kyung-doo, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, and Lt. Gen. Thomas S. Vandal, commander of Eighth Army-Korea, visited the U.S. base and observed Warrior Strike training on the final day of the drill.

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Australian man, 59, charged with being a North Korean 'agent' and trying to 'broker the sale of weapons of mass destruction' including MISSILE parts for rogue regime
  • An Australian man has been arrested for allegedly working with North Korea
  • Chan Han Choi, 59, was apprehended by AFP units in Sydney on Saturday
  • He allegedly brokered deals for hermit state to buy weapons of mass destruction
  • The man attempted to transport oil and coal to countries including Indonesia


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Fears Kim will launch ANOTHER missile to mark the sixth anniversary of Kim Jong-il's death as thousands of North Koreans mark a national day of mourning
  • Thousands marched up Pyongyang's Mansu Hill to pay their respects on Sunday
  • They bowed and put flowers at statues of Kim Jong-il and his father, Kim Il-sung
  • Kim Jong-il, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's father, died in December 2011
  • North Koreans are expected to avoid entertainment on the death's anniversary


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WHY U.S MAY USE C.H.A.M.P. TO FRY NORTH KOREA’S MISSILES ?
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North Korea was behind Wannacry: Trump administration points finger at Kim's regime for ransomware attack which infected hundreds of thousands of computers and crippled Britain's NHS
  • Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said North Korea was 'directly responsible' for the Wannacry ransomware attack
  • He also warned that Pyongyang will be held accountable for the cyber hack
  • Attack infected hundreds of thousands of computers around the world and crippled Britain's NHS
  • Bossert says Tump administration will continue to use its 'maximum pressure strategy to curb Pyongyang's ability to mount attacks, cyber or otherwise'
  • North Korea has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attack


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U.S. Asks U.N. to Blacklist 10 Ships Over Banned North Korea Cargo

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By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The United States has proposed that the United Nations Security Council blacklist 10 ships for transporting banned items from North Korea, according to documents seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

The vessels are accused of “conducting illegal ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum products to North Korean vessels or illegally transporting North Korean coal to other countries for exports,” the United States said in its proposal.

If none of the 15 members of the Security Council’s North Korea sanctions committee object to the ships being designated by Thursday afternoon, the U.S. proposal will be approved.

Countries are required to ban blacklisted ships from entering their ports. Four ships were designated for carrying coal from North Korea by the council’s North Korea sanctions committee in October.

North Korea is under a U.N. arms embargo and the Security Council has banned trade in exports such as coal, textiles, seafood, iron and other minerals to choke funding for Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programs.

In September, the council put a cap of 2 million barrels a year on refined petroleum products exports to North Korea.

The ships proposed to be blacklisted are: Xin Sheng Hai (flag unknown); Hong-Kong-flagged Lighthouse Winmore; Togo-flagged Yu Yuan; Panama-flagged Glory Hope 1 (also known as Orient Shenyu), Kai Xiang, and Billions No. 18; and North Korean-flagged Ul Ji Bong 6, Rung Ra 2, Rye Song Gang 1, and Sam Jong 2.

Reclusive North Korea has boasted of developing a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and reaching the mainland United States in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions and international condemnation.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged North Korea to carry out a “sustained cessation” of weapons testing to allow the two countries to hold talks. He did not specify how long the lull should last.

North Korea conducted missile tests at a steady pace since April, then paused in September after firing a rocket that passed over Japan’s Hokkaido island. But it renewed tests in November when it fired a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile, which flew higher and further than previous tests. (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Additional reporting by Jonathan Saul in London; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and James Dalgleish)

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US military forces training to capture North Korean nuclear missiles 'in case of conflict'
  • Photos of a recent exercise named Warrior Strike IX, show a US military unit known as 'The Black Jack Brigade' training alongside South Korean counterparts
  • The images show soldiers training with night-vision equipment, armored vehicles and full-face protective gear, including gas masks
  • North Korea is infamously secretive about its arsenal, reportedly hiding a number of weapons in mountains and underground tunnels
  • If conflict did break out, a key task early on would be capturing control of, or destroying, Pyongyang's weapons of mass destruction
  • Both China and Russia have accused the US of escalating tensions with North Korea by increasing the military drills


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'There's a war coming': Marine Corps commandant tells troops to be ready for a 'big-ass fight' as US military planners say next conflict could be against Russia or North Korea
  • The nation's top Marine Corps commander told American soldiers stationed in Europe that 'there's a war coming' and that a 'big-ass fight' was on the horizon
  • General Robert Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, made the remarks during a holiday visit with US troops stationed in Norway this week
  • Neller was speaking to a 300-member contingent of US troops stationed at the Norwegian Home Guard base near Trondheim
  • On Friday, Defense Secretary James Mattis told US soldiers in Fort Bragg, North Carolina that 'storm clouds are gathering' over the Korean Peninsula


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WOULD AMERICA HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SHOOT DOWN NORTH KOREA'S MISSILE? || WARTHOG 2017
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North Korea tested an intermediate range ballistic missile on August 28 during Pyongyang’s latest provocation against the United States and its allies.

During this latest missile test, the weapon overflew Japan. But did the United States or Tokyo have the option to shoot down the North Korean missile? Analysts are not certain, but the answer is likely: No.

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Is China secretly selling oil to Kim Jong-un? US satellites 'have spotted Beijing tankers transferring fuel to North Korean ships 30 times in three months' despite UN trade embargo
  • Satellite images 'show Chinese and North Korean ships tied together off China'
  • South Korea claims there have been 30 such transactions in just three months
  • Such trades are banned under a UN resolution adopted in September this year


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After Trump Criticism, China Denies Selling Oil Illicitly to North Korea

December 29, 2017 by Reuters


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By Philip Wen and David Brunnstrom BEIJING/WASHINGTON, Dec 29 (Reuters) – China on Friday denied reports it has been illicitly selling oil products to North Korea after U.S. President Donald Trump said he was not happy that China had allowed oil to reach the isolated nation.

Trump said on Twitter the previous day that China had been “caught” allowing oil into North Korea and that would prevent “a friendly solution” to the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs that it conducts in defiance of heavy U.N. Security Council sanctions.

“I have been soft on China because the only thing more important to me than trade is war,” Trump said in a separate interview with The New York Times.

South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper this week quoted South Korean government sources as saying that U.S. spy satellites had detected Chinese ships transferring oil to North Korean vessels about 30 times since October.

U.S. officials have not confirmed details of this report.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters she had noted recent media reports including suggestions a Chinese vessel was suspected of transporting oil to a North Korean vessel on Oct. 19.

“The Chinese side has conducted immediate investigation. In reality, the ship in question has, since August, not docked at a Chinese port and there is no record of it entering or leaving a Chinese port,” Hua said.

She said she was not aware if the vessel had docked at the port in other countries but the relevant media reports “did not accord with facts.”

“China has always implemented U.N. Security Council resolutions pertaining to North Korea in their entirety and fulfills its international obligations. We never allow Chinese companies and citizens to violate the resolutions,” Hua said.

“If, through investigation, it’s confirmed there are violations of the U.N. Security Council resolutions, China will deal with them seriously in accordance with laws and regulations.”

In the New York Times interview, Trump explicitly tied his administration’s trade policy with China, North Korea’s lone major ally, to its perceived cooperation in resolving the North Korea standoff.

“When I campaigned, I was very tough on China in terms of trade. They made — last year, we had a trade deficit with China of $350 billion, minimum. That doesn’t include the theft of intellectual property, O.K., which is another $300 billion,” Trump said, according to a transcript of the interview.

“If they’re helping me with North Korea, I can look at trade a little bit differently, at least for a period of time. And that’s what I’ve been doing. But when oil is going in, I’m not happy about that.”

An official with the U.S. State Department said the U.S. government was aware of vessels engaged in such activity involving refined petroleum and coal.

“We have evidence that some of the vessels engaged in these activities are owned by companies in several countries, including China,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The United States says the full cooperation of China, North Korea’s neighbor and main trading partner, is vital to the success of efforts to rein in North Korea, while warning that all options are on the table, including military ones, in dealing with it.

China has repeatedly said it is fully enforcing all resolutions against North Korea, despite suspicion in Washington, Seoul and Tokyo that loopholes still exist.

‘EVADING SANCTIONS’
South Korea said on Friday it had seized a Hong Kong-flagged ship suspected of transferring oil to North Korea.

A senior South Korean foreign ministry official said the ship, the Lighthouse Winmore, was seized when it arrived at a South Korean port in late November.

“It’s unclear how much oil the ship had transferred to North Korea for how long and on how many occasions, but it clearly showed North Korea is engaged in evading the sanctions,” the official told Reuters.

South Korea’s customs service concluded that the Lighthouse Winmore had loaded about 14,000 tons of Japanese refined petroleum products in South Korea on Oct. 11, reportedly bound for Taiwan, the official said.

But instead, it transferred as much as 600 tons to the North Korea-flagged Sam Jong 2 on Oct. 19 in international waters between China and the Korean peninsula, on the order of its charterer, Billions Bunker Group Corp., based in Taiwan, the ministry official said.

It was not immediately possible to find contact information for the company.

A spokesman for Taiwan’s presidential office, Alex Huang, said the company was not incorporated in Taiwan.

“As a responsible member of international society, Taiwan will continue to fully comply with all U.N. sanctions against North Korea, in order to support peace and stability in the region,” he said in a statement.

The Hong Kong government said it was “liaising with the Korean parties concerned to obtain further information about the incident, and will take appropriate actions as necessary.”

Employees at the office of Lighthouse Ship Management, the ship’s registered manager, in the Chinese port city of Guangzhou, declined to comment and said they had no knowledge of the situation.

China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman said she did not have any information about the matter.

Both ships were among 10 vessels that the United States had proposed that the U.N. Security Council should blacklist for transporting banned items from North Korea, documents seen by Reuters this month showed.

China and Russia subsequently asked for more time to consider the U.S. proposal.

Ship tracking data in Thomson Reuters Eikon shows that the Lighthouse Winmore has mainly been doing supply runs between China and Taiwan since August.

Prior to that, it was active between India and the United Arab Emirates. In October, when it allegedly transferred petroleum products to the North Korean ship, the Lighthouse Winmore had its tracking transponder switched off.

The Trump administration has led a drive to step up global sanctions on North Korea in response to its efforts to develop nuclear-tipped missiles capable of hitting the United States.

The U.N. Security Council last week unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea for a recent intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, seeking to further limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil.

The U.S.-drafted U.N. resolution seeks to ban nearly 90 percent of refined petroleum exports to North Korea by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year.

It also caps crude oil supplies to North Korea at 4 million barrels a year and commits the Security Council to further cuts if North Korea conducts another nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile test.

In September, the Security Council put a cap of 2 million barrels a year on refined petroleum products exports to North Korea. (Additional reporting by Hyonhee Shin and Josh Smith in Seoul, Venus Wu and Tyrone Siu in Hong Kong and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel and Nick Macfie)

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Russian Tankers Fueled North Korea Via Ship-to-Ship Transfers at Sea – sources

December 30, 2017 by Reuters


security sources said the Russian-flagged tanker MT Vityaz was one vessel that had transferred fuel to North Korean vessels. Photo: MarineTraffic.com/Sergey Bushmakin

By Guy Faulconbridge, Jonathan Saul and Polina Nikolskaya

LONDON/MOSCOW, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Russian tankers have supplied fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months by transferring cargoes at sea, according to two senior Western European security sources, providing an economic lifeline to the secretive Communist state.

The sales of oil or oil products from Russia, the world’s second biggest oil exporter and a veto-wielding member of the United Nations Security Council, breach U.N. sanctions, the security sources said.

The transfers in October and November indicate that smuggling from Russia to North Korea has evolved to loading cargoes at sea since Reuters reported in September that North Korean ships were sailing directly from Russia to their homeland.

“The Russian vessels made transfers at sea to the North Koreans,” the first security source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters. The source said the transfers of oil or oil products took place on several occasions and were a breach of sanctions.

A second source, who independently confirmed the existence of the Russian ship-to-ship fuel trade with North Korea, said there was no evidence of Russian state involvement in the latest transfers.

“There is no evidence that this is backed by the Russian state but these Russian vessels are giving a lifeline to the North Koreans,” the second European security source said.

In comments carried by Russia’s RIA Novosti state news agency on Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the country was observing sanctions against North Korea.

The two security sources cited naval intelligence and satellite imagery of the vessels operating out of Russian Far Eastern ports on the Pacific but declined to disclose further details to Reuters, saying it was classified.

The Russian Customs Service declined to comment when asked on Wednesday if Russian ships had supplied fuel to North Korean vessels. The owner of one ship accused of smuggling oil to North Korea denied any such activity.

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The U.S. State Department, in a statement, called on Russia and other U.N. members to “strictly implement” sanctions on North Korea and to work “more closely together to shut down U.N.-prohibited activities, including ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum and the transport of coal from North Korea.”

The latest report came as China, responding on Friday to criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump, denied it had illicitly shipped oil products to North Korea.

North Korea relies on imported fuel to keep its struggling economy functioning. It also requires oil for its intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear program that the United States says threatens the peace in Asia.

“The vessels are smuggling Russian fuel from Russian Far Eastern ports to North Korea,” said the first security source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Reuters was unable to independently verify that the vessels had transferred fuel to North Korean vessels, whether the Russian state knew about the sales or how many Russian vessels were involved in the transfers. It was also unclear how much fuel may have been smuggled.

Ship satellite positioning data consulted by Reuters and available on Reuters Eikon shows unusual movements by some of the Russian vessels named by the security sources including switching off the transponders which give a precise location.

The security sources said the Russian-flagged tanker Vityaz was one vessel that had transferred fuel to North Korean vessels.

The Vityaz left the port of Slavyanka near Vladivostok in Russia on Oct. 15 with 1,600 tonnes of oil, according to Russian port control documents.

Documents submitted by the vessel’s agent to the Russian State Port Control authority showed its destination as a fishing fleet in the Japan Sea. Shipping data showed the vessel switched off its transponder for a few days as it sailed into open waters.

According to the European security sources, the Vityaz conducted a ship-to-ship transfer with the North Korean Flagged Sam Ma 2 tanker in open seas during October.

Reuters could not independently verify the transfer as ship tracking data showed that the Sam Ma 2 had turned off its transponder from the start of August.

The owner of the Russian vessel denied any contact with North Korean vessels but also said it was unaware that the vessel was fueling fishing boats.

OIL PRODUCTS
Yaroslav Guk, deputy director of the tanker’s owner, Vladivostok-based Alisa Ltd, said the vessel had no contacts with North Korean vessels.

“Absolutely no, this is very dangerous,” Guk told Reuters by telephone. “It would be complete madness.”

When contacted a second time, Guk said the vessel did not have any contacts with North Korean ships and that he would not answer further questions.

An official at East Coast Ltd, the vessel’s transport agent, declined to comment.

Two other Russian flagged tankers made similar journeys between the middle of October and November, leaving from the ports of Slavyanka and Nakhodka into open seas where they switched off their transponders, shipping data showed.

In September, Reuters reported that at least eight North Korean ships that left Russia loaded with fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, a ploy that U.S. officials say is often used to undermine sanctions.

A Russian shipping source with knowledge of Far Eastern marine practices said North Korean vessels had stopped loading fuel in Russia’s Far Eastern ports but that fuel is delivered at sea by tankers using ship-to-ship transfers, or even by fishing vessels.

China on Friday denied reports it had been illicitly selling oil products to North Korea in violation of U.N. sanctions, after U.S. President Donald Trump said he was unhappy that China had allowed oil to reach the isolated nation.

China’s denial came a day after it blocked a U.S. effort at the United Nations to blacklist six ships Washington believes had engaged in illicit trade with North Korea, a U.N. Security Council diplomat said.

According to documents seen by Reuters this month, the United States had proposed that the U.N. Security Council blacklist 10 ships for illicit trade with North Korea.

It accused the vessels of “conducting illegal ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum products to North Korean vessels or illegally transporting North Korean coal to other countries for exports.”

Three North Korean ships among the 10 were blacklisted, along with a Panama-registered vessel. (Additional reporting by David Brunnstrom in Washington, and Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber in Moscow; Editing by Giles Elgood, Leslie Adler and Alison Williams)

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South Korea Seizes Second Ship Suspected of Providing Oil to North

December 31, 2017 by Reuters


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 Yuna Park and Hyunjoo Jin

SEOUL, Dec 31 (Reuters) – South Korean authorities have seized a Panama-flagged vessel suspected of transferring oil products to North Korea in violation of international sanctions, a customs official said on Sunday.

The seizure was the second to be revealed by South Korea within a few days, as the United Nations steps up efforts to squeeze essential oil supplies to the reclusive North following its nuclear or ballistic missile tests.

The ship, KOTI, was seized at Pyeongtaek-Dangjin port, the official told Reuters, without elaborating, due to the sensitivity of the issue. The port is on the west coast, south of Incheon.

A marine official also confirmed the seizure, which he said was done “recently.”

The KOTI’s estimated time of arrival at the port was Dec. 19, according to VesselFinder Ltd., a tracking service provider,

The ship can carry 5,100 tonnes of oil and has a crew mostly from China and Myanmar, Yonhap News Agency reported, adding that South Korea’s intelligence and customs officials are conducting a joint probe into the vessel.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed the probe, declining to provide details.

“The government has been in close consultations with related countries and ministries to thoroughly implement the sanctions by the U.N. Security Council,” the spokesman said.

PROPOSED BLACKLISTING
On Friday, South Korea said that in late November it seized the Hong Kong-flagged Lighthouse Winmore, which is suspected of transferring as much as 600 tons of oil to the North Korea-flagged Sam Jong 2.

The U.N. Security Council last month unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea for a recent intercontinental ballistic missile test, seeking to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil.

The United States has also proposed that the United Nations Security Council blacklist 10 ships for transporting banned items from North Korea, according to documents seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

The Lighthouse Winmore is one of the 10 ships proposed to be blacklisted. The KOTI does not seem to be included on the list.

On Thursday, China blocked a U.S. effort at the United Nations to blacklist six foreign-flagged ships, a U.N. Security Council diplomat said.

China’s Foreign Ministry, responding to a question from Reuters on the blocking, said Beijing always fully and strictly implemented Security Council resolutions.

“At the same time, any measures taken by the Security Council must have a basis in conclusive and actual proof. China will continue to participate in the work of the relevant Security Council sanctions committee on this principle,” it said in a short statement, without elaborating.

China also denied reports it had been illicitly selling oil products to North Korea in defiance of U.N. sanctions, after U.S. President Donald Trump said he was unhappy that China had allowed oil to reach the isolated nation.

Russian tankers have supplied fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months by transferring cargoes at sea, breaching U.N. sanctions, sources told Reuters. (Reporting by Yuna Park and Hyunjoo Jin; Additional reporting by Hyonhee Shin in SEOUL and Ben Blanchard in BEIJING; Editing by Kim Coghill and Richard Borsuk)

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'The nuclear button is always on my desk': North Korea rings in the New Year by warning the US that the entire country is within range of its weapons
  • Many of the isolated nation's citizens spent New Year's Eve at the Pyongyang Ice Sculpture Festival
  • Visitors took pictures in front of large ice sculptures of Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile
  • It comes after a former top US military officer said the United States iscloser than it has ever been to a nuclear war with North Korea


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South Korea offers to talk with North on Winter Olympics cooperation after Kim Jong-un's New Year's Day olive branch
  • South Korea has proposed the two countries meet Jan 9 at border village
  • Kim Jong-un said in his New Year's address he was willing to send delegation to the Olympics
  • The event takes place in Pyeongchang from February 9 to 25
  • Kim also used his speech to remind the world of the country's nuclear power


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