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Unholy alliance --  North Korea and Iran forming a new axis of evil

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Patriot Beat is reporting that North Korea and Iran have both been making headlines lately, and the two rogue nations seem to be doing their best to garner as much negative press as possible, given their current behavior.

On Friday, July 28, North Korea test and launched a long range intercontinental ballistic missile, which landed into the Sea of Japan.

This launch was yet another slap in the face to the rest of the world, who has tried for years to reach an international agreement with North Korea and stop them from developing and launching missiles, but lately, the small and isolated nation has completely disregarded all attempts at negotiations.

Friday's launch was the second time in a month that North Korea has launched an ICMB, having previously launched another missile on July 4.

North Korea claims these ICMB launches are merely tests designed to advance their space program, and this time, even had a re-entry module equipped, which landed about 600 miles from the launch, near Japan.

United States officials are still trying to determine the capabilities of this new ICBM, but it is widely believed to be able to reach the U.S. mainland, something that has just changed the tone of the recent events in a serious way.

North Korean dictator, the brutal Kim Jong-un, said that Friday's launch served as a "stern warning" for the United States, and claimed that the entire U.S. mainland was within striking range.

North Korea's actions have sparked a sea of condemnation from many different countries, including the United States, Japan, South Korea, and China, among others.

At this point, it appears that the rest of the world has begun seriously discussing measure which could go far beyond the usual sanctions and other failed attempts to dissuade the rogue nation from escalating violence.

As tensions are ratcheting up with each launch, it does appear at times that the North Korean dictator is intent on starting a war, bringing the fury of the rest of the world to his doorstep.

Just one day prior to the North Korean launch, Iran launched its own ICMB, based off the North Korean design.

According to analysis, the Iranian launch was widely believed to have failed; officials state that they believe is suffered "catastrophic failure" and exploded.

While experts say that North Korea is far more capable than Iran of producing successful ICBMs, Iran has a far more advanced nuclear weapon program, and that in itself should be a clear warning of the possible catastrophe that could occur should these two rogue nations decide to join forces and start a war.

Under former President Obama's weak leadership and embarrassing foreign policy, Iran was allowed to develop an advanced nuclear program, which is said to be 10 years more advanced than North Korea's.

The North Korean government, however, has focused more on the actual missile technology itself, and would only need to use Iranian-produced nuclear warheads in tandem with their ICBM armaments in order to wreak massive chaos and destruction on the rest of the world.

World leaders seem more concerned with North Korea than they do with Iran, likely because Iran is more prone to cooperation than Kim Jong-un's paranoid dictatorship, but Iran has proven to be a devious and dangerous entity itself.

An alliance between North Korea and Iran could spell global warfare, and both nations have laughed off sanctions levied against them in previous years, as well as recently.

The prospect of war is not pleasant, and by all means should be a last resort, but it is something to take into consideration, given the escalation of these two countries in recent months.

Supporters of President Trump are largely against any kind of interventionist International warfare, which was a big reason many backed him, but if we are being directly threatened on the mainland, as is the case with North Korea, there are not many other courses of action to take.

With North Korea brazenly testing dangerous armaments which could quickly become weapons of mass destruction, as well as their pointed and very descriptive threats about striking the United States mainland, they may well force America's hand.

From a rational standpoint, North Korea has nothing to gain from a war with the United States, as it is a war they cannot hope to win.

With South Korea and China surrounding them, and both nations being fed up with the North Korean behavior over the past decade, they're not exactly safe, and surely must be aware that the possibility of war does not bode well for them.

Unfortunately, Kim Jong-un is not a rational man, and is widely believed to be insane, so the prospect of bringing down the wrath of the world's military forces isn't a guaranteed deterrent.

One thing is for certain, however, and that is the fact that an alliance between North Korea and Iran could result in a deadly partnership, and potentially a nuclear war.



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Army Chief of Staff cautions "time is running out" on North Korea

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Natalie Johnson (FreeBeacon) is reporting that the Army chief of staff cautioned on Thursday that North Korea's successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this month significantly shortened the amount of time for American officials to broker a diplomatic solution with Pyongyang.

"Time is running out a bit," Gen. Mark Milley said in remarks at the National Press Club. "North Korea is extremely dangerous, and it gets more dangerous as the weeks go by."

Milley said the July 4 test of an ICBM capable of reaching the United States showed that North Korea's military capabilities had advanced significantly and faster than many anticipated.

The Pentagon warned on Tuesday that North Korea will be able to launch a nuclear-capable ICBM by early 2018, accelerating the previous timeline by two years.

One day after the July 4 test, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said America is prepared to use "the full range" of capabilities, including military force, to defend the United States and its allies against Pyongyang.

Milley said the military supports current diplomatic and economic measures aimed at reining in the Kim Jong Un regime, warning that conflict with North Korea would be "highly deadly."

"We are at a point in time where choices will have to be made one way or the other," he said. "None of these choices are particularly palatable. None of them are good. The consequences of doing nothing is not good. The consequences of accepting them with a nuclear weapon that can strike the continental United States is not good … That doesn't relieve us of the responsibility of making a choice."

Upon completing a two-month North Korea policy review in April, the Trump administration announced it would pursue a strategy of "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang in an attempt to counter its nuclear and missile programs through sanctions, diplomatic means, and military options.

The review, led by National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, maintains the longstanding option of pre-emptive strikes against North Korea's military systems. It does not call for regime change.

Congress is expected to take up a new round of sanctions against North Korea in September, when lawmakers return from recess.



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Who do we have to thank for giving weapons to North Korea?  President Bill and Hillary Clinton.
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China issues dire warning about North Korea -- "Sooner or later it will get out of control"

Mac Slavo (SHTFPlan) is reporting that while the world watches in jest as Japanese residents prepare for the possibility of a confrontation with North Korea by panic buying nuclear shelters and air purifiers, we may soon realize that their efforts to desperately acquire protective gear and equipment for nuclear disaster were quite prescient.

Yesterday, North Korea successfully tested what is reportedly an ICBM (Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile) capable of striking Alaska from the Korean peninsula. Coupled with their purported advancements in nuclear technology, North Korea may now have the ability to launch devastating attacks on their southern neighbor, Japan and even the United States. And if they have not yet achieved the ability to fit a nuclear warhead on an ICBM and deliver it effectively to its target, they are inching closer by the day.

So close, in fact, that Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi's recent remarks on the matter suggest that we are nearing a dangerous breaking point:

"Currently tensions are high and we certainly would like to see a de-escalation," Liu told a news conference at UN headquarters as China takes over the Security Council presidency in July.

"If tension only goes up … then sooner or later it will get out of control and the consequences would be disastrous," he said.

Earlier this year President Trump deployed three carrier strike groups to the region, signaling the real possibility that the United States will no longer follow what Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calls a policy of "strategic patience" employed by Trump's predecessors.

Though the threat seems to be muted by global media, China and Russia appear to be taking it very seriously, with both having reportedly deployed tens of thousands of troops and equipment to their respective borders with the North.

All of the signs suggest that military action is about to occur. And while most Americans may think that North Korea would be another Iraq, wherein the battle could be won in a matter days, the fact is that North Korea has a massive military and now, as confirmed yesterday, an ICBM capable of striking long-range targets.

Now may be a good time to imitate the Japanese by preparing for the worst, because the moment the world realizes that war is imminent there will be a run on banks and grocery stores that will likely leave shelves and ATM machines completely empty. Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the price of government recommended anti-radiation pills skyrocketed from $15 to over $200 per unit. We expect to see a similar effect in coming weeks and months for preparedness equipment like gas masks and NBC body suits as tensions on the Peninsula heat up.

War is coming. President Trump has made this very clear and North Korea does not appear to be heeding his warning. All bets will be off once the missiles start flying.

Because all three of the world's major super powers will be involved in one way or another it is not only possible, but quite likely that things could spiral out of control very quickly.


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North Korean nuclear threat is president Trump's "top priority"

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Mac Slavo (SHTFPlan) is reporting that the nuclear threat from North Korea was addressed by CIA director Mike Pompeo during an interview with MSNBC's Hugh Hewittthat aired Saturday. Pompeo said that the topic was "at the top" of President Donald Trump's mind.

Trump is concerned about North Korea's nuclear capabilities daily.  The rogue nation has made many threats, and through tightening sanctions, have continued to test ballistic missiles and work toward obtaining a nuclear weapon. But Donald Trump is taking the threat of a nuclear-capable North Korea very seriously.

Pompeo said he and Trump talk for almost an hour every day, and that "I hardly ever escape a day at the White House without the President asking me about North Korea and how it is that the United States is responding to that threat."  Pompeo added, "For 20 years, America has whistled past the graveyard, hoping on hope, that North Korea would turn colors and become part of the Western civilization. There's no evidence that that's going to take place, absent a very real, very concrete set of policies that put pressure on the North Koreans to denuclearize. I think that's what you see Secretary Tillerson trying to do around the world." Pompeo was referring to the State Department's continued efforts to curb North Korea's nuclear program.

"They are ever-closer to having the capacity to hold America at risk with a nuclear weapon," Pompeo added.  Though the US and China have agreed on the urgency and goal of possible talks with North Korea, the topic of denuclearization remains completely off the table for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Under Kim, North Korea has rewritten its constitution to include nuclear weapons as a guarantor of its safety, and the threat of nuclear North Korea is growing.

In the meantime, the dictator of North Korea is living in fear that South Korea is working with Donald Trump on a plan to take North Korea's tyrant down.  And South Korean intelligence services claim that the coordination between the US and South Korean forces have made Kim "extremely nervous," according to the Korea Herald. Apparently, Kim has been riding in his subordinates' cars and making fewer public appearances.

Trump is not the only person in the United States government taking a nuclear North Korea seriously. Although the Pentagon maintains that the US does not train for decapitation strikes of any kind, the threat from North Korea growing hotter every day.  Civilian casualties like Otto Warmbier may also signify that the US is preparing a quick strike option in case of an untenable provocation from the Kim regime.



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Hey Kim! Are you watching?

Don't worry, Mr. MSNBC reporter.

Kim doesn't have an ICBM (yet). We have an interceptor and -- equally important -- the systems to intercept an incoming ICBM.

Manufacturing additional interceptors is ice cream.


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North Korean weapons displayed during parade are fake

Ariel Zilber (DailyMail) is reporting that North Korea's soldiers mostly carry fake weapons during their mass-scale parades, a former US intelligence officer has said.

Michael Pregent believes many of the arms flaunted by menacing-looking North Korean troops during their displays are dummies, and claims even their sunglasses wouldn't be fit for combat.

Pregent says many of the accessories worn by the troops are also far short of military-grade.

The sunglasses worn by the "special ops commandos" are regular, flat-face frames that offer little protection for the eyes.

Soldiers in Western countries use specially tailored "ballistic safety glasses" that wrap around the head.

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Pregent was asked to look at photographs from an April 15 military parade in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

He suggested many of the guns were not real, and hinted many may have even been given toys, in a move designed to boast their strength to the world.

"This was more about sending a message than being combat effective," Pregent told Fox News, who now serves as an adjunct fellow at the conservative think-tank, the Hudson Institute.

The parade was held to mark the 105th birthday of North Korea's founder, Kim Il-sung, the late grandfather of the country's current ruler, Kim Jong-Un.

Images from the parade show what appear to be North Korean "commandos" carrying AK-47 assault rifles with attached grenade-launchers.

But Pregent says that the objects seen affixed to the rifles are really "helical" magazines designed to store bullets in a spiral shape.

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Pregent says these magazines are often faulty since they frequently jam. 

He also doubts that the AK-47s are even loaded since North Korea is believed to have serious shortages of domestically produced ammunition.

Then there are the projectiles the troops attach to the end of their rifles.

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Pregent says that these "weapons" are "laughable' because you can see the plastic is over the muzzle."

Though he concedes North Korea may have a substantial RPG capability, Pregent says that the soldiers on display during the parade were most likely given toy missiles "because Kim Jong-Un doesn't want them to launch one at the viewing stand."

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Russia is sending troops and equipment to its North Kora border

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The Conservative Tribune is reporting that in response to the international community's growing concern over the threat of an armed conflict between North Korea and the United States, Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly moved troops and weaponry to the border with North Korea.

According to the U.K. Daily Mail, Putin took action earlier this week to stem a potential flood of North Korean refugees into Russia should an armed conflict arise in the region. This move followed closely behind China's reported deployment of 150,000 troops to its own border with North Korea.

In unverified video footage, Yahoo! News reported that a train apparently loaded with military equipment was headed toward the border between the two nations. Two other trains were believed to be similarly loaded and moving.

Another as yet unverified video showed combat vehicles and military helicopters moving toward the border.

"The movement of military equipment by different means of transport to southern areas is being observed across Primorsky region over the past week," military official Stanislva Sinitsyn noted.

Justifying the movements, he said they were "preventive but necessary" and stated that it was done in response to North Korea "breaking peace in the region."

These troop movements follow closely on the heels of a clash between the U.S. and Russia this week over a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council statement that would have ordered North Korea "to conduct no further nuclear tests" and stop its missile launches.

Russia blocked the measure in hopes that wording would later be added to include a potential resolution of the situation through dialogue, not just military force.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated the U.S. was still considering all options to persuade North Korea to cease its combative behavior and "bring pressure on the regime in Pyongyang to re-engage with us."

At a time when the world has been waiting with bated breath to see who -- North Korea or the U.S. -- will flinch first in this contentious time in international relations, Russia has made a bold move to protect its interests at home and abroad.

Unfortunately, however, Putin's latest actions are not in the best interests of the United States and its allies in the region. While it's certainly important to conduct negotiations to try to resolve conflicts without risking the lives of innocent civilians and military personnel, soft power sometimes fails and hard power tactics -- like military action -- become the only solution.

In the face of the insanity that is Kim Jong Un, Putin's desire for negotiations will likely fall flat, and the only solution may very well be the military action that President Donald Trump, the U.S. and its allies would like to avoid.

Oh, oh! Kim better watch his ass!

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North Korea is jamming GPS signals

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Voice of America is reporting that North Korea has begun jamming GPS signals in South Korea, affecting some communications and navigation systems, and it also said Friday it is blocking a number of popular websites.

Government officials in Seoul said North Korea should immediately cease its "dangerous and reckless" jamming activity.

Many computer networks and software programs rely on signals sent from the worldwide network of global-positioning satellites. North Korea has been sending signals from ground-based transmitters on frequencies overlapping those used by GPS satellites, so the jamming did not cause any significant, widespread effect.

However, GPS problems were reported by more than 50 airliners flying over the Korean Peninsula, and they evidently affected hundreds of South Korean fishing boats, some of which returned to port as a result.

Authorities in Seoul said the jamming did not hamper ongoing U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises, which have been repeatedly denounced by the communist North.

Separately, North Korea announced officially Friday that it is blocking web pages from YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, the Voice of America and a number of South Korean media sites. It also said gambling and "sex and adult websites" have been blocked. Very few North Koreans have Internet access, but foreign residents and visitors previously have been able to access web pages with almost no overt restrictions.

More than 2 million North Koreans now are estimated to use mobile phones, but with few exceptions access to the Internet is limited to officials, technicians or others who have special permission to use it, usually under close supervision.

The restrictions will make it more difficult for visitors or foreign residents to post real-time information about the reclusive country to the outside world. The announcement added that anyone who tries to hack onto such sites, access them in an "improper" way or distribute "anti-republic data" from them will be subject to punishment under North Korean law. It did not say what the punishment would be.

In another development Friday, North Korea launched another projectile presumed to be a ballistic missile into the sea, according to the South Korean military.

The launch and other North Korean provocations are the latest in a series of threatening acts by Pyongyang, both to protest against the U.S.- South Korean exercises, and in retaliation for tough new sanctions the U.N. imposed on North Korea after its most recent nuclear test.

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The South Korean Defense Ministry said it has detected disruptive radio waves being transmitted from North Korea’s southwest port city Haeju, and from Mount Kumgang on the east coast.

Seoul has previously accused Pyongyang of jamming activity, especially during a period of heightened tensions in 2012. North Korea was said to be using Russian-made jamming devices at the time, but authorities in Pyongyang said all such allegations were a "sheer fabrication."



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And you wonder how Obama was elected!

North Korea is claiming that they successfully detonated their first hydrogen bomb. You'd think that the idea that they might have an H-bomb would be somewhat alarming to those of us who are here on the West coast, but Jimmy Kimmel went out on the street and it seems like if you ask people a question in a cheerful enough way, we will offer congratulations for just about anything.


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Obama Regime suppressed intel -- North Korea transferred missile goods to Iran during nuke talks

Bill Gertz is reporting that North Korea supplied several shipments of missile components to Iran during recent nuclear talks and the transfers appear to violate United Nations sanctions on both countries, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

Details of the arms shipments were included in Barack Obama's daily intelligence briefings and officials suggested information about the transfers was kept secret from the United Nations, which is in charge of monitoring sanctions violations.

Critics of the U.S.-led nuclear framework agreement reached in Switzerland earlier this month have said one major deficiency of the accord is its failure to address Iran's missile program, considered a key nuclear delivery system for the Islamist regime.

CIA spokesman Ryan Trapani declined to comment on the missile component shipments, citing a policy of not discussing classified information, but other officials said the transfers included goods covered by the Missile Technology Control Regime, a voluntary agreement among 34 nations that limits transfers of missiles and components of systems with ranges of greater than 186 miles.

One official said the transfers between North Korea and Iran included large diameter engines, which could be used for a future Iranian long-range missile system.

The United Nations Security Council in June 2010 imposed sanctions on Iran for its illegal uranium enrichment program. The sanctions prohibit Iran from purchasing ballistic missile goods and are aimed at blocking Iran from acquiring "technology related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons."

U.S. officials said the transfers carried out since September appear to be covered by the sanctions.

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Obama sanctions North Korea

Keith Koffler is reporting that Barack Obama issued new sanctions against North Korea for the hacking of Sony Entertainment’s computer systems, the White House announced this afternoon.

From the White House:

Today, the President issued an Executive Order (E.O.) authorizing additional sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. This E.O. is a response to the Government of North Korea’s ongoing provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies, particularly its destructive and coercive cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The E.O. authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to impose sanctions on individuals and entities associated with the Government of North Korea. We take seriously North Korea’s attack that aimed to create destructive financial effects on a U.S. company and to threaten artists and other individuals with the goal of restricting their right to free expression.

As the President has said, our response to North Korea’s attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment will be proportional, and will take place at a time and in a manner of our choosing. Today’s actions are the first aspect of our response.

Flexibility!

On December 17th, while lifting the embargo on Cuba, Obama told us that sanctions don't work.

This guy is capable of saying anything -- at any time.


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North Korea was NOT behind the Sony hack according to multiple security experts

Chris Spargo is reporting that the FBI just confirmed what many Americans already assumed to be a forgone conclusion when they revealed there was conclusive evidence that North Korea's government was behind the hacking of Sony, an attack the government bureau said was carried out as a way 'to inflict significant harm on a U.S. business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves.'

Then, in a press conference on Friday, Barack Obama not only attacked North Korea and leader Kim Jong-un for their attempts to "intimidate" Americans through their actions, but went so far as to warn the country that America would retaliate in response their actions.

Almost immediately the North Korean leader issued a statement denying involvement and demanding an apology from the United States for their "evil doings."

And while that apology is probably never coming, it seems that Kim Jong-un may be right, at least according to numerous cybersecurity experts and hackers who have come forward to not only point out the flaws in the FBI's investigation, but also possibly reveal the identity of the culprit.

The problems with the FBI's investigation are best explained by Marc Rogers in an article he wrote for The Daily Beast.

Working as both the director of security operations for DEF CON, the world’s largest hacker conference, and the principal security researcher for the world's leading mobile security company, Cloudflare, Rogers may be one of the foremost experts when it comes to hacking.

The first FBI claim that Rogers tears down also happens to be one the strongest that the FBI has, saying in their statement; "The malware used in this attack revealed links to other malware that the FBI knows North Korean actors previously developed."

There are two problems with this according to Harris, and both have to do with the bureau basing their findings on assumptions as opposed to fact.

First,while a similar malware may have been used in a previous cyber attack that North Korea has been linked to, that does not serve as definitive proof that this attack was carried out by North Korea.

Harris then further chips away at this statement, pointing out that he and many security experts do not believe North Korea was involved in those previous incidents, whose coding the FBI is referencing to tie the attacks together.

What's more, the coding for one of the two malwares, Shamoon, was leaked according to Harris, and would not be difficult for any hacker to find.

He then takes aim at the FBI conclusion that since the IP addresses used in the attack are addresses used by North Korea in previous attacks, they must be responsible.

According to Harris, the reasoning is flawed as these addresses are used by everyone from major hackers to even small time Internet criminals to avoid detection, meaning these addresses could tie virtually anyone in the hacking community, or even someone using stolen credit cards to shop online and avoid detection, to the attack.

Then, there is the fact that the demand by the hacking group, who call themselves the Guardians of Peace, that the The Interview not be released was not announced until weeks into the hack, and only after some members of the media had begun to perpetuate the now widely accepted story that the goal of the hack was to make sure The Interview would never be distributed by Sony.

Kurt Stammberger, a senior vice president with cybersecurity firm Norse, echoed many of Harris' statements in a separate interview, and said that given the severity of the hack it had to have been an inside job.

Stammberger, whose company decided to carry out their own independent investigation, told CBS News; "We are very confident that this was not an attack master-minded by North Korea and that insiders were key to the implementation of one of the most devastating attacks in history."

That's not all either, as he says their research seems to be pointing them towards a woman named Lena who even claims be a member of Guardians of Peace.

"This woman was in precisely the right position and had the deep technical background she would need to locate the specific servers that were compromised," revealed Stammberger.


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North Korea has threatened to blow up the White House

The Daily Mail is reporting that North Korea has threatened to "blow up" the White House after claiming to find "clear evidence" that Obama's government was behind controversial Sony film The Interview.

North Korea has threatened more attacks against the U.S. government and other American institutions in the wake of the hack on Sony which cancelled the release of the film, "The Interview."

The North Korean government -- which was outraged by the film showing the assassination of its leader, Kim Jong Un -- also claimed to have "clear evidence" that the U.S. government engineered the project as a "propaganda" attack against North Korea.

In a ranting post published by the state news agency KCNA, Korean authorities hit back in an escalating war of words in which they say they will "blow up" the White House -- while bizarrely continuing to deny they have anything to do with the cyber attacks on Sony.

Referring to the United States as a "cesspool of terrorism," the communist dictatorship said that it has already lashed out at the "citadels of the U.S. imperialists," naming the White House and Pentagon in particular.

A release, translated from Korean, said: "The DPRK [North Korea] has already launched the toughest counteraction."

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Related:  Hacking collective Anonymous says "North Korea is not source of hack"

I hope they wait until after the holidays!


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North Korea planned attacks on US nuclear plants

Bill Gertz is reporting that North Korea dispatched covert commando teams to the United States in the 1990s to attack nuclear power plants and major cities in a conflict, according to a declassified Defense Intelligence Agency report.

The DIA report, dated Sept. 13, 2004, reveals that five units of covert commandos were trained for the attacks inside the country.

According to the report, the "Reconnaissance Bureau, North Korea, had agents in place to attack American nuclear power plants."

The document states that the North Korean Ministry of People's Armed Forces, the ministry in charge of the military, "established five liaison offices in the early 1990s, to train and infiltrate operatives into the United States to attack nuclear power plants and major cities in case of hostilities."

"One of the driving forces behind the establishment of the units and infiltration of operatives was the slow progress in developing a multi-stage ballistic missile."

North Korea is known to have at least two long-range missiles capable of hitting the United States, the Taepodong-2 intercontinental ballistic missile, and the KN-08 road-mobile ICBM, which has not yet been flight tested.

The report indicates that power plants would be targeted for attack "in the event of hostilities between the United States and DPRK" -- the acronym for the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea.

The Reconnaissance Bureau is part of the Ministry of People's Armed Forces and is in charge of the estimated 60,000 North Korean special operations commandos.

The heavily redacted report is what is known as a raw intelligence report, consisting of information possibly provided to the United States by a defector or agent, or possibly obtained from electronic surveillance.

Reconnaissance Bureau commandos have undertaken terrorist operations in the past in South Korea and other locations.

But the DIA report is the first intelligence document indicating North Korea had planned attacks inside the United States and dispatched agents for the operations.

Disclosure of the report, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, comes amid threats by presumed North Korean agents to conduct September 11-style terrorist attacks against U.S. movie theaters.

The threats coincided with efforts by North Korea to prevent the showing Dec. 25 of the Sony Pictures film "The Interview," a comedy involving a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The U.S. government determined that the massive hack targeting against Sony, which stole an estimated 100 terabytes of data including unreleased films, has been determined to be the work of North Korean hackers or those working for the regime of Kim Jong Un.

S.Y. Lee, a Department Homeland Security spokesman, declined to comment on the 2004 document.

A DHS official said the department is aware of the threat to attack movie theaters.

"We are still analyzing the credibility of these statements, but at this time there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States," the official said.

The official said DHS will adjust its security procedures to protect Americans.

"This includes continued, regular information sharing with our state, local, federal and international partners, builds on ongoing work, such as enhanced protection at federal facilities," the official said, adding that the public is encouraged to report suspicious activity to law enforcement agencies.

The FBI, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, said it was unaware of the DIA intelligence report on North Korean commando teams. In a July 9, 2012 letter, the FBI stated that it was unable to find any file records on North Korea's Reconnaissance Bureau.

An FBI spokesman had no immediate comment. A DIA spokesman did not return emails seeking comment on the documents.

A second DIA document reveals that an American defector identified only as "Jackson" and as a former Air Force officer was working inside North Korea for the Reconnaissance Bureau.

The 1998 document stated that the officer had been "captured by North Korea" and was teaching North Koreans "U.S. Special Forces tactics, English [language], and interrogation techniques as chief of psychological operations studies at Madonghui Military College to North Korean seaborne snipers."

The American also "visited the 52nd Seaborne Sniper Battalion to teach U.S. Special Forces tactics, American English, and interrogation techniques since before 1983," the report said, noting that the training was carried out under the Reconnaissance Bureau.

The reference to "American English" is an indication the training may have been preparation for the future dispatch of North Korean snipers to the United States.

Mark Sauter, a security adviser to corporations and long-time North Korea watcher said the documents clearly raise alarms about whether North Korea could follow through on threats to conduct 9/11-style terrorist attacks.

"What they've done by the Sony hack is shown they're certainly willing to attack a U.S. corporation," said Sauter, who obtained the documents. "Now they're threating a physical attack along the lines of 9/11 and it is certainly possible they could have agents inside the United States capable of carrying out terrorist attacks."

"North Korean agents have committed terrorist attacks and kidnappings around the world," said Sauter, a former Special Forces and infantry officer. "Why wouldn't they send agents to the homeland of their biggest enemy?"

Sauter noted that it took the U.S. government weeks to determine that North Korea was capable of hacking a major company. "It would be a mistake for the government now to assume North Korea is not capable of launching a terrorist attack in the U.S.," he said. "They may or may not have the desire to attack the U.S. homeland now or in the future, but there's a good chance they have at least some capability."

Bill Cowan, a former Army Special Forces officer, agreed and called the document an alarming disclosure.

"This demonstrates the North Koreans have capabilities most of us didn't realize they had," Cowan said. "It talks about them being on U.S. soil to carry out attacks and that takes the threat to a whole new level. And they're probably still here."

Past Reconnaissance Bureau operations included the bombing in Rangoon, Burma in 1983 in an attempt to kill then-South Korean President Chun Do-hwan. Three senior South Korean government ministers were killed in the attack.

Bureau commandos also carried out the attack on South Korea's presidential Blue House in 1968 in an attempt to assassinate then-President Park Chung Hee, father of current South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

The Reconnaissance Bureau also is in charge of covert operations to infiltrate South Korea through tunnels and seaborne insertion of intelligence personnel.

North Korean intelligence activities in the United States have been limited.

In 2003, the FBI arrested Korean-American businessman John Joungwoong Yai, who was identified as a North Korean agent. He pleaded guilty to financial charges and served two years in prison.

Yai was paid for sending reports to North Korea through China based on publicly available sources. He had been tasked by North Korean officials to locate a North Korean agent who had defected.

Documents in the case revealed plans by North Korea to try and plant one of its agents inside the U.S. government.


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Add this to the list of Obama's empty threats

Reuters is reporting that Barack Obama said on Saturday the United States did not use its military might to "impose things" on others, but that it would use that might if necessary to defend South Korea from any attack by the reclusive North.

The North warned last month it would not rule out a "new form" of atomic test after the UN Security Council condemned Pyongyang’s launch of a mid-range ballistic missile into the sea east of the Korean peninsula.

Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye presented a united front against North Korea at a joint news conference following their summit on Friday, warning that they would respond firmly to any "provocations" by Pyongyang which routinely threatens the United States and South Korea with destruction.

"We don’t use our military might to impose these things on others, but we will not hesitate to use our military might to defend our allies and our way of life," Obama told cheering US forces at the Yongsan garrison on a sunny spring morning.

"So like all nations on Earth, North Korea and its people have a choice. They can choose to continue down a lonely road of isolation, or they can choose to join the rest of the world and seek a future of greater opportunity, and greater security, and greater respect – a future that already exists for the citizens on the southern end of the Korean peninsula."

North Korea is already subject to UN sanctions over its previous three atomic tests.

Recent satellite data shows continued work at the nuclear test site in North Korea, although experts analyzing the data say that preparations do not appear to have progressed far enough for an imminent test.

Adding to tensions surrounding Obama’s visit to South Korea, the North announced on Friday it had detained a 24-year-old American this month who demanded asylum after arriving in the country on a tourist visa.

Obama is using his week-long Asia tour to try to ease doubts among US allies about his promise to "rebalance" military, diplomatic and economic resources toward the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region.

He has sought to strike a balance between showing the United States will be a counterweight to China without alienating Beijing, which worries that Washington wants to contain its growth and influence.

Obama and Park also urged China, North Korea’s main ally, to uses its influence to help rein in its unpredictable neighbor.

Underscoring the vast differences between the economically dynamic South and the impoverished North, Obama met earlier with a business roundtable in Seoul where he hailed the benefits of a US-South Korea trade agreement that took effect in 2012.

Obama’s visit came at a time when South Koreans remain preoccupied with the aftermath of the sinking of a ferry carrying hundreds of youngsters, one of the worst tragedies to hit the country in modern times.

Stressing a deep US bond with South Korea during his visit, Obama has expressed condolences to Park and the Korean people. More than 300 people drowned or are missing and presumed dead after the April 16 sinking. Investigations are focused on human error and mechanical failure.


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Kim Jong-Un is the natural end result of Marxist socialism.  I agree with everything you wrote Claudia, but Marxism is de-humanizing, not only to the people enslaved by it, but the leadership is ultimate corrupted into people like the Kims.  Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, Pol Pot, Ho Chi Min, all killed millions of their own people that they were "trying to help".  And there are hundreds of other minor leaders that did the same in the name of "Socialism". Kim 'Three' is just a little bit worse than the 'normal' Marxist because that is all he has ever known, he was raised a psychopath by psychopaths.

Socialism is the boot of totalitarianism stomping on the face of humanity..... forever.

Kim Three is an intentional pun on kim chi: stinking, rotten, little cabbage that he is! LOL!
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Kim Jong Un is not a human, he is an animal himself or rather a barbarian who behaves like an animal.....   how could he stand there for three hours and watch something like that happening to a living breathing person???  He is worse than an animal because he is supposed to feel emotion and have a brain that does NOT justify that kind of treatment, no matter who the person thrown into the cage was/is.....

Our world -- under the leadership of the various groups of Islamists and Jihadists, and Kim Jong Un and other maniacal DICTATORS has LOST ALL or the majority OF ITS CIVILITY.  These groups and people who behave this way are paving the way for a complete return to basic CAVE MAN ETHICS and morals.....  and they want to do this to every person who loves, has tendencies for being compassionate, giving and understanding of human behavior, they want to see every one of them treated as a meal for those others who think we don't deserve to have the grace of being loving humans..... towards our fellows who believe in something more than being the worst of what God would say our humanity conceives...
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Third generation psychopath and totalitarian socialist dictator, what do you expect?  He's just carrying on an old family tradition.

You can't 'negotiate' with crazy, narcissistic  people, especially those with no concept of civilization and morality. Kim Jong-Un is Obama without the thin veneer of Liberalism.
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Kim Jong-Un killed his uncle by feeding him to starving dogs

Elizabeth Sheld is reporting that according to a detailed report, Kim Jong Un fed his Uncle Jang Song Thaek to a pack of hungry dogs, a deviation from the traditional method of execution by firing squad.

"Jang was stripped naked and thrown into a cage, along with his five closest aides. Then 120 hounds, starved for three days, were allowed to prey on them until they were completely eaten up. This is called "quan jue", or execution by dogs."

The report, appearing in a Chinese controlled newspaper, stated that the "execution" lasted for one hour and was supervised by Kim Jong Un and "300 senior officials." 

Six months ago, the North Korean dictator executed his ex-girlfriend by firing squad.

And Obama and Kerry are convinced they can negotiate with these people.


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Reflections of disaster

Tensions continue to rise on the Korean peninsula. Bill Whittle wonders why a poverty stricken totalitarian state like North Korea is setting the terms of debate, and not President Obama. Could the problem be that Obama and his security team fail to properly understand Kim Jong-un and his Stalinist regime? Is President Obama bumbling his way towards nuclear war? Find out.


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It could be something to think about......  but just like the Saudi that they took into custody yesterday and let loose today, because it could be construed as terrorism from another nation, (thus racially biased or not "politically correct" and is incendiary to accuse someone from another enemy country) in the case yesterday at the marathon, he was Saudi, if it really was a person who was NKorean, would they ever tell us anything, Obama won't ever let anyone know the truth about anything, let alone who in the world might have bombed the Marathon........  to hot of potatoes.  And it would downgrade Kerry's perception, honor, effectiveness among Americans..... as well as tell everyone in the world that even making good with the Chinese and giving them the reduction in Missile effectiveness on our Pacific side, that all the State Dept does is foolishness, and our Presidential negotiations WORD is full of crap....

This is another attack, like the attack at Benghazi, that will never have cohesive answers......to any of these needed questions.....  Me thinks.
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Has it occurred to anyone else that North Korea just might have been responsible for yesterday's Boston Bombings? Yesterday was after all their founder's birthday. We were all watching to see if they fired a missile that would have been an expensive splash into the ocean and would most likely not hurt anyone. A covert bombing on this auspicious occasion, well that's another story and look at the results!
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North Korea gives notice that blitz attack on South will start without notice

Huh?

Charlotte Meredith is reporting that "The supreme command of the Korean People's Army Tuesday issued an ultimatum to the South Korean puppet group," Pyongyang's official news agency, KCNA, said.

Threatening that it would not give any advance notice before attacking South Korea, the North warned: "Our retaliatory action will start without any notice from now."

North Korea said it was responding to insults from the "puppet authorities" in the South, who yesterday held a rally against the North in Seoul.

Anti-North Korea protesters burnt effigies of past and present leaders of the secretive state while the North celebrated the 101st anniversary of its founder's birth.

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