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A veritable deluge today.
Russia is playing a very very foolish game acting out as the advocate for the DPRK – China may well flip and Russia will be out there all alone, the political owner of a psychopathic problem child, literally.
Proposal for what is in effect a comprehensive blockade is sound, but requires China’s cooperation to work. The dual lane railroad across the Friendship Bridge between Russia and the DPRK is not sufficient in capacity for Putin to successfully defeat a comprehensive blockade – although he might try simply to spite the US.
A good essay by a game theorist on the game of chicken, and the DPRK, noting that Kim’s game is more like an extortion themed prisoner’s dilemma rather than chicken. Schelling’s book is online now open access. Worth noting that the ideal game outcome for Kim would be to precipitate a full scale war between China and the US, taking his two most potent enemies off the chessboard, and entrapping China into siding with the DPRK.
Multiple articles on the DPRK’s scientists, noting that the Russians are known to have helped them with the R-27 Zyb / SERB SLBM, and may have aided and abetted both nalevo and covertly in other areas, to expedite progress.
The measure would fall short of a full blockade of the kind used in the Cuban missile crisis, but could set the stage for conflicts at sea.
The United States has proposed a resolution at the United Nations that would include broad new sanctions on North Korea and freeze the assets of leader Kim Jong Un, according to a UN diplomat.
A U.S. proposal for new United Nations sanctions against North Korea would target the country’s leader Kim Jong Un and key members of his regime with a full asset freeze and world-wide travel ban and clamp an embargo on oil and textile trade, according to a draft of the proposal.
The United States wants the United Nations Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban the country’s exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean laborers abroad, and subject leader Kim Jong Un to an asset freeze and travel ban, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
The U.S. is right to push an oil embargo of North Korea.
President Trump’s top national security advisers detailed the administration’s strategy for dealing with North Korea in back-to-back classified briefings.
The United States and South Korea have asked the United Nations to consider tough new sanctions on North Korea.
Putin warned it is “impossible to scare” North Korea on Thursday, adding that Pyongyang would always be opposed to quitting its nuclear program.
In a meeting with South Korea’s leader, Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said an oil embargo would hurt the people of North Korea more than its leadership.
Putin finds sanctions against DPRK to be meaningless, – Peskov. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin confirmed his attitude that the sanctions against DPRK are meaningless during the negotiations with the South Korean leader Moon Jae-in. The speaker of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov claimed this on September 6 as TASS reported. ‘We are not the supporters of the attitude that is necessary to press Pyongyang. Conversely, it should be involved in the dialogue, the terms should be created to make Pyongyang feel safe and to search for the ways out’, Peskov noted. The DPRK announced about the successful trial of the hydrogen bomb on September 3. The order to hold the trials was made by the leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un. The DPRK confirms that the trial of the hydrogen bomb did not lead to the radiation leak or any other negative influence on the environment. The world society condemned the actions of North Korea. The President of US Donald Trump claimed that Washington considers the possibility to stop the trade relations with any country that cooperates with DPRK, despite the strengthening sanctions. Also, Trump did not exclude the use of the nuclear weapons by the US against Pyongyang.
Putin is inserting his government into the nuclear crisis in public and private, creating another headache for the Trump administration.
The leaders of Japan and South Korea called for stronger sanctions against North Korea on visits to Russia's Vladivostok despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's warning against &quo…
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to urge Russia to accept the imposition of further UN sanctions on North Korea as he meets with President Vladimir Putin later on September 7. Th…
As North Korea’s primary patron, China, is growing tired of being caught in the middle of the rogue regime’s nuclear tests and U.S. condemnation of them.
China said on Thursday it agreed the United Nations should take more action against North Korea after its latest nuclear test, while pushing for more dialogue to resolve the crisis on the Korean peninsula.
Rising international tensions over Pyongyang’s missile launches and nuclear tests seem a distant concern in the Chinese border city of Dandong, where trucks rumble across the bridge to North Korea and people stroll the promenade beside the Yalu River within sight of North Korean border guards.
China’s defense ministry says it has carried out drills in waters near the Korean Peninsula amid tensions over Pyongyang’s most recent nuclear test.
Chinese soldiers were rushed to the country’s northeastern coast to fire missiles and machine guns designed to blast enemy planes out of the air.
Mitchell says China’s “long-term interests are the exact opposite of ours.”
Underestimating Pyongyang’s capability could be a mistake of devastating proportions.
North Korea for the first time this week revealed plans for using its nuclear arms for space-based electronics-disrupting EMP attacks.
Dozens of people were injured in clashes between South Korean protesters and police Thursday as the U.S. military added more launchers to the high-tech missile-defense system it installed in a southern town to better cope with North Korean threats.
South Korea says it expects another North Korea intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch “on September 9,” according to the country’s Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon.
South Korea’s defense ministry announced Thursday the deployment of a THAAD missile defense system has been completed in a “tentative” step to counter urgent threats from North Korea.The announcement came soon after the US Forces Korea (USFK) transported four additional THAAD rocket launchers into its new base in Seongju, some 300 kilometers south of Seoul, despite fierce protests by local residents and activists. Th…
South Korean protesters clashed with thousands of police over the deployment of a defence system aimed at countering North Korean missile attacks, while China and the United States discussed options to rein in Pyongyang.
President Trump and Kim Jong Un’s saber-rattling is dangerous, but not irrational.
Realist and other scholars commonly hold that rationally led states can and sometimes do fight when no peaceful bargains exist that both would prefer to war. Ag…
Trump threatens war with North Korea, but what kind? Nuclear? Note: Congress has constitutional powers regarding war …
Robin Wright on how U.S. military experts believe a potential military conflict with North Korea would play out.
Before anything happens in Korea, we should be aware of speculative long-term strategic implications.
News flash: Pyongyang and its nuclear missiles are here to stay.
Sharon Squassoni, director of the Proliferation Prevention Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, explains.
Meanwhile, Russia calls for dialogue, not sanctions, to address Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.
North Korea has so far tested its missiles and its nukes separately. But some experts worry Pyongyang may decide to put the two together into a single test.
North Korea’s latest nuclear test was part theater, part propaganda and maybe even part fake. But experts say it was also a major display of something very real: Pyongyang’s mastery of much of the know-how it needs to reach its goal of becoming a full-fledged nuclear state.
“They’ve been systematically underrated for years.”
Pyongyang’s recent weapons tests are a reminder of a conundrum: How has the nation advanced in arms despite international efforts to keep expertise out of its hands? The answer may lie in students it sends abroad.
Ri Hong Sop and Hong Sung Mu were pictured standing alongside leader Kim Jong Un ahead of the latest horrifying weapons test at the weekend
No traces of radioactive materials, including xenon gas, were detected following North Korea’s latest nuclear test. Here are the aircraft that helped determining that. On Sunday Aug. 3, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test. According to Pyongyang the test involved a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded onto a long-range missile. The test was anticipated and observed by different intelligence gathering platforms, including U.S. spyplanes launched from Japan and South Korea, whereas air-sampling equipment installed on planes, ships and land radiation detection stations was used to look for any traces of radionuclides released after the nuclear test. South Korea’s nuclear safety agency said it has detected no traces of radioactive materials, including xenon gas, following North Korea’s latest nuclear test: South Korea’s background radiation currently remains at the usual level of 50-300 nanosieverts per hour, apparently unaffected by the North’s nuclear test, Yonhap News Agency reported. Interestingly the air sampling activity was carried out by at least two type of aircraft. First of all, the quite famous WC-135 Constant Phoenix “nuclear sniffer”. The WC-135C 62-3582 was tracked as it crossed the Pacific to forward deploy to Kadena, Okinawa, from where it has alsways operated in the last months.
As North Korea continues to test nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, the South Korean government has tried to lower tensions in the area. This has led to problems with both the United States and China.
The U.S. is sending visible signals of military strength to the Pacific, as North Korea continues testing missiles and weapons of mass destruction.
A global network of 3,600 sensors is monitored around the clock by the Air Force Technical Applications Center, headquartered at Patrick AFB.
As the U.S. bans its travelers from visiting and tensions mount, curiosity about what life is like there has increased.