25 thoughts on “Those nutty North Koreans and their nuclear weapons tests

  1. CRM 114 says:

    In a fiery speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York Saturday, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho responded to a string of threats from Mr. Trump throughout the week — particularly Mr. Trump’s threat to “totally destroy” North Korea if the U.S. is “forced to defend itself or its allies.” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/north-korea-united-nations-general-assembly-live-updates/ Moments before Ri was set to speak, U.S. Air Force bombers flew in international airspace east of North Korea. The Pentagon said it’s the furthest north any U.S. fighters have flown in the 21st Century.

  2. Hope says:

    “Ri Yong-ho: the North Korean diplomat who could defuse the crisis” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/24/ri-yong-ho-north-korean-diplomat-defuse-crisis “Writing in the Atlantic last week, Joel S Wit, a senior fellow at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, suggested that a meeting between Ri and the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, could break the “counterproductive cycle of escalation” between Washington and Pyongyang.
    “Ri is not a typical communist bureaucrat,” Wit wrote. “He has impressive diplomatic skills. Smart, thoughtful, and articulate, he is a careful listener who often asks perceptive questions and chooses his responses with care. He can be both reasonable in trying to understand the other country’s point of view and tough in defending North Korea’s interests. Moreover, he is clearly ‘connected’.” https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/09/ri-yong-ho-nuclear-negotiations/540060/

  3. Eve of Distruction says:

    Twitter is citing “newsworthiness” and the public interest as reasons why it didn’t remove President Donald Trump’s declaration in a tweet that North Korean leaders may not “be around much longer.” (US News and World Report 9/26/17) https://www.usnews.com/news/technology/articles/2017-09-26/twitter-explains-why-trump-nkorea-tweet-wasnt-removed “Twitter’s rules state users “may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism.” Twitter responded to questions about the policy Monday, saying in a series of messages on its public policy account that “newsworthiness” is one of the factors it considers in determining if a tweet breaks the platform’s rules. It says the policy has been internal, but its public-facing rules will be updated to reflect it.”
    See also Twitter PublicPolicy (‘voice of global public policy team’) https://www.usnews.com/news/technology/articles/2017-09-26/twitter-explains-why-trump-nkorea-tweet-wasnt-removed

  4. Politically motivated ingrate says:

    “In a fresh set of Twitter messages from his New Jersey golf club, where he was spending the weekend, Mr. Trump diminished Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson’s outreach to Pyongyang and its autocratic leader, Kim Jong-un, leaving the impression that he was focused on possible military action. On a visit to China, Mr. Tillerson acknowledged on Saturday that he was trying to open talks.
    “I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man,” Mr. Trump wrote, using the derogatory nickname he has assigned to Mr. Kim. “Save your energy Rex,” he added, “we’ll do what has to be done!” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/01/us/politics/trump-tillerson-north-korea.html

  5. Duck&Cover says:

    “North Korea is likely planning something very provocative around Columbus Day next week, which happens to fall the day before the anniversary of the founding of the North Korean communist party, a top CIA official warned on Wednesday.” (Newsweek 10/5/17) http://www.newsweek.com/north-korea-planning-dangerous-provocation-columbus-day-top-cia-official-warns-678667
    “Our Reality TV President Just Left Us With a Cliffhanger : What is the “calm before the storm”? (Esquire 10/6/17) http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a12794421/trump-calm-before-storm-reality-tv/

  6. 짱이야! says:

    “Why I Went to North Korea” Nicholas Kristof, (NYT Oct 14, 2017) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/14/opinion/sunday/propaganda-north-korea.html (see also Kristof’s North Korean articles in sidebar)
    “What America’s key diplomat on North Korea says about ‘Rocket Man'” (Oct 14 @ 6:45 pm) http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/fl-op-north-korea-rocket-man-rosemary-ohara-20171014-story.html
    “North Korea is reportedly moving missiles into position as American and South Korean forces prepare for joint drills. The Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered supercarrier USS Ronald Reagan will lead allied military exercises next week, training for the possibility of a conflict in Northeast Asia.” http://dailycaller.com/2017/10/14/report-north-koreas-moving-missiles-ahead-of-us-south-korean-drills/
    See also: Dong A Ilbo (Hangul: 동아일보) “N.K. missiles mounted on TEL [transporter-erecter-launcher] being transported in 3 to 4 regions” (Oct 14 @ 0:800) http://english.donga.com/3/all/26/1093647/1

  7. How now says:

    North Korea has taken the unprecedented step of writing to the Australian Parliament in a blistering letter that demonizes US President Donald Trump and which offers Australia “assurances of its highest consideration”. http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/julie-bishop-reveals-unprecedented-letter-from-north-korea-says-pressure-is-working-20171019-gz485l.html
    Letter from the Embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in Indonesia: https://www.scribd.com/document/362007181/North-Korea-letter#from_embed
    North Korea is a nuclear state — US foreign policy must recognize that http://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/356399-north-korea-is-a-nuclear-state-american-foreign-policy-needs-to

  8. BUFF says:

    Oct 22, 2017: The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991. http://www.defenseone.com/threats/2017/10/exclusive-us-preparing-put-nuclear-bombers-back-24-hour-alert/141957/
    Oct 21, 2017: “Trump executive order lets Air Force recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for active duty” https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/21/trump-executive-order-lets-air-force-recall-up-to-1000-retired-pilots.html “on Sunday an Air Force official indicated they had no current plans to act on the authority granted them by the president’s order.”

  9. Calavera says:

    💀 “North Korea bargains with nuclear diplomacy” (Jane’s) http://www.janes.com/images/assets/111/75111/North_Korea_bargains_with_nuclear_diplomacy.pdf
    💀 Washington was on brink of war with North Korea in 1994 – the Pentagon predicted up to a million deaths would result http://edition.cnn.com/US/9910/04/korea.brink/ “…according to former Pentagon officials, the U.S. military drew up plans to send cruise missiles and F-117 stealth fighters to strike a small nuclear reactor at Yongbyon, in order to prevent North Korea from recovering the raw material to make nuclear bombs.”
    💀 “Examining The Lessons Of The 1994 Us-North Korea Deal” http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/kim/themes/lessons.html “In June of 1994, North Korea was preparing to remove some fuel rods from a research reactor which they’d been operating at Yongbyon. [The] fuel rods contained five or six bombs’ worth of weapons-grade plutonium. They were going to take those fuel rods and extract the plutonium from them. We felt that that would bring a potentially hostile nation to the United States across the nuclear finish line and that that wasn’t acceptable to us. Ashton Carter, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy (1993-1996)
    💀 “1994 nuclear crisis in retrospect: Assessing likelihood of {a unilateral} US pre-emptive strike” http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=14483&cataId=nk03600
    💀 Re: Operations Plan (OPLAN) 5015 http://mengnews.joins.com/view.aspx?aId=3008407 (Aug 27,2015) “Under the new war plan, if there is a clear sign of an invasion, the combined forces will strike back at the North as soon as it launches the attack, focusing on destruction of nuclear and missile facilities as top priority targets. This translates into de facto preemptive strikes against the North’s weapons of mass destruction.” See also https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=OPLAN%205027&item_type=topic

  10. Mike says:

    “‘They Want to Know If Trump’s Crazy’ : Inside the secret back-channel North Korea talks.” https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/11/13/north-korea-trump-secret-talks-global-politico-215822 “Four times over the past year, in Geneva, Pyongyang, Oslo and Moscow, Suzanne DiMaggio has secretly met with North Koreans to talk about the country’s nuclear program. But what they really want to talk about, DiMaggio said in an extensive new interview for The Global Politico, is America’s volatile president.”
    For years, DiMaggio and Joel Wit, a longtime U.S. diplomat turned scholar at Johns Hopkins University who founded the influential North Korea-watching website 38North [ http://www.38north.org/ ], have been quietly meeting with North Koreans to talk about the country’s nuclear program. In the past, they hardly acknowledged the conversations, part of a “Track 2” dialogue that has kept a line open to the isolated dictatorship even when the two governments officially were not on speaking terms.
    But that was before Trump.” See also Nov 7th NYT Op-Ed “How Trump Should Talk to North Korea” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/opinion/trump-north-korea-talk.html
    Vanity Fair 11/13/17: “North Korea Can’t Figure Out If Trump Is Actually Crazy : Trump’s “Mad Man” theory of diplomacy may be backfiring.” by Abigail Tracy https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/11/north-korea-cant-figure-out-if-trump-is-actually-crazy

  11. KRAKA-DOOM! says:

    “North Korea’s Submarine Ballistic Missile Program Moves Ahead: Indications of Shipbuilding and Missile Ejection Testing” http://www.38north.org/2017/11/sinpo111617/
    North Korea is rejecting calls from China to step away from its nuclear program, claiming such weapons are vital to the security of its people, the Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency reported Friday. http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2017/11/17/0200000000AEN20171117006000315.html “The conclusion that our army and people have reached via the history of North Korea-U.S. confrontations is there is no way other than standing against the repressive U.S. imperialists only with a nuclear deterrent of justice,” the Rodong Sinmun, a daily of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, said in a commentary titled “(U.S) Should Abandon Stupid Ambition.”

  12. 작은 로켓맨 says:

    Video Launching “Hwasong-15” North Korea ICBM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaXlbvu0Yf8 “A test-fire of the inter-continental ballistic rocket Hwasong-15 was successfully conducted on November 29 under the guidance of Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army. Kim Jong Un personally supervised the whole course of the test-fire. He indicated the orientation of developing a new type rocket that can make the final victory of the country in the showdown with the U.S. imperialists and gave detailed instructions every day to the Academy of Defence Science for doing so and thus made sure that the Hwasong-15 weapon system was successfully completed.”

  13. Update says:

    North Korea is reportedly expanding its nuclear arsenal, all while participating in nuclear disarmament discussions with the USA.
    Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Director Dan Smith claims that Kim Jong Un may have around 30 to 40 nuclear warheads in his possession (as everything in North Korea belongs to the dictator).
    While North Korea has not officially tested a nuclear weapon or ballistic missile since 2018, Smith believes the ‘Hermit Kingdom’ is continuing its nuclear weapon research.
    “The definition of denuclearization is a big thing to be worked out,” he said.
    Reportedly experts believe that North Korea will likely maintain nuclear weapons, regardless of any treaty it may sign. https://www.newsweek.com/north-korea-still-expanding-nuclear-weapon-arsenal-40-warheads-2020-arms-watchdog-says-1459623

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