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Russia / Strategy Media Update – 4 May 2017

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DPRK’s language insulting the PRC has been remarkably popular with the MSM, both in the West and in Asia. Effectively, the DPRK leadership have absolved Beijing of any obligations it may have had as an ally, and did so publicly.

Interpreting what the DPRK agenda is here presents an interesting challenge – emotionally blackmailing the Chinese and appealing to their anti-Western sentiments would be a more typical play. Accusing them of betrayal and siding with the enemy?

May you live in interesting times, as the Chinese like to say.

North Korea media directly threatens China with “grave” consequences over nuclear standoff – CBS News

Harsh rhetoric from North Korea's state-run media had, until now, avoided directly calling out Beijing — not any more

North Korea turns its hostility on Beijing

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In a rare direct criticism, North Korea says China’s ‘reckless remarks’ are testing its patience – LA Times

North Korea has issued a rare direct criticism of China through a commentary saying its “reckless remarks” on the North’s nuclear program could trigger unspecified “grave consequences.”

Relationship between Pyongyang and Beijing sharply deteriorates-INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily

Cracks in the alliance between North Korea and China widened Thursday as Pyongyang labeled its longtime communist ally a traitor, while Beijing expressed skepticism about renewing a 56-year old friendship and mutual assistance treaty. The North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency issued a commentary on Wednesday that included a rare and blunt attack on China. The commentary said China had violently crossed a “red line” in their relationship. “It is a “disloyal and betraying act,” it said. The North “will never beg for the maintenance of friendship with China, risking its nuclear program which is as precious as its own life, no matter how valuable the friendship is,” the commentary also said. In an attempt to avoid a formal diplomatic feud, the North issued the commentary in the name of a private citizen, Kim Chol, rather than having it come from a government official or entity. The statement was the North’s response to China’s intensifying pressure over its nuclear arms program. After a series of strategy meetings by top Chinese officials including Foreign Minister Wang Yu and Fu Ying, chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress, Beijing reportedly decided to bolster its sanctions and pressure on the North while creating a mood for talks at the same time. A series of measures were taken since late April to implement the plan.

North Korea Pens Singular, Scathing Criticism Of Its Singular Ally, China : The Two-Way : NPR

The country’s state-run news agency issued a rare broadside against Beijing, its most important trade partner and ally, for “its reckless act of chopping down the pillar of the DPRK-China relations.”

China gets rare rebuke from North Korea for ‘betrayal

North Korea’s official news agency Wednesday lashed out at China for ‘betrayal’ and reiterated it has no plans to end its nuclear program.

North Korea threatens ‘grave consequences’ for China in rare criticism of neighbour | The Independent

North Korea’s state media has published a rare criticism of China, saying Chinese state media commentaries calling for tougher sanctions over Pyongyang’s nuclear program were undermining relations with Beijing and worsening tensions.

North Korean state media lashes out at main ally China | North Korea News | Al Jazeera

In rare rebuke, N Korean news agency accuses China’s media of ‘dancing to the tune of the US’ amid rising tensions.

North Korean state media lashes out at China and suggests Trump is ignorant – The Washington Post

Enemies and allies alike come in for criticism from Pyongyang.

North Korea flexing military muscle as US works to determine its true capabilities | WJLA

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) – During the last few weeks, North Korea has been flexing its military muscle, with repeated missile tests and tough talk about its nuclear capabilities. It’s a show the whole world seems to be watching, and from the v

Exporting North Korea’s nukes | The Strategist

Nuclear weapons could be smuggled out of North Korea via China, or by fishing vessel or diesel electric submarine, and then be placed into containers on a cargo ship for transport to a port anywhere in the world. Concealing the weapons would be easy with 3,000 free trade zones around the world, many in countries with high levels of corruption, where goods can be rebadged and re-invoiced, with little or no scrutiny from a competent authority. North Korea’s knowledge of world trade systems, with help from countries friendly to it, has enabled it to evade the full impact of sanctions for years, allowing it to develop missile systems and for the regime to remain in power. If the Pong Su, a North Korean freighter could drop a large quantity of narcotics off the Australian coast near a major city, a fanatical regime facing extinction at the hands of a deeply hated enemy wouldn’t think twice about sending a container bearing a nuclear device into the US or an allied country and detonating it. Alternatively, similar to the use of Japanese midget submarines to attack Sydney harbor during World War 2, North Korea could sail a nuclear bomb laden diesel electric submarine into an American or Australian port and explode the weapon.

Trump’s Plan to Isolate North Korea Faces Trouble—in the South – WSJ

South Korea’s likely next leader favors economic engagement with Pyongyang, setting up a potential clash with the Trump’s policy of isolation.

Is South Korea about to reset its North Korea policy? –

North Korea casts a long shadow over any South Korean election. Having a belligerent, nuclear-armed neighbor is one hell of a campaign issue, but even by that measure, 2017 is unusual.

New Zealanders Think They’re Out Of North Korea’s Blast Radius And They’re Celebrating With A Meme

Being outside of a missile blast radius is lit, fam.

North Korea is building artificial islands that could be used for missile launches | Business Insider

North Korea is building artificial islands and…

North Korean architecture tour – Business Insider

In a country that keeps so much under wraps, North Korean architecture ends up speaking volumes.

What War With North Korea Looked Like in the 1950s and Why It Matters Now

U.S. war crimes committed during the Korean War in the 1950s have dominated North Korea’s national memory, but were largely forgotten by the West.