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  • North Korea Says It Won't Fire Missiles At Guam After All

    08/15/2017 10:02:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    NPR ^ | August 15, 2017 | by Bill Chappel
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reviewed his military's plans to rain "an enveloping fire" around the U.S. territory of Guam — but opted not to fire missiles at this time, according to state media. Despite the stand-down, some Guamanians were alarmed after two radio stations aired an erroneous emergency alert Tuesday. Kim visited the Korean People's Army as the self-imposed mid-August deadline for a missile demonstration approached, the Korean Central News Agency reports. But after hearing the plan and considering it, Kim opted not to give the order to launch missiles," the report says.
  • Report: US Intel Indicates North Korea Now Has Everything It Needs To Nuke The US

    08/13/2017 6:06:26 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 53 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Ryan Pickrell
    A confidential Central Intelligence Agency assessment of North Korea’s re-entry vehicles indicates the country has what it needs to carry out a nuclear strike on the continental U.S., sources knowledgable about the report told The Diplomat. North Korea conducted its second test of the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile in late July, and while the CIA assesses that the re-entry vehicle did not survive the lofted test, it assumes that the re-entry vehicle would perform properly if the missile were fired along a normal trajectory, the sources with direct knowledge of the assessment told The Diplomat. The CIA assesses that the...
  • Path to War

    08/12/2017 4:03:42 PM PDT · by Col Vit · 27 replies
    UNTO THE BREACH ^ | August 2th 2017 | Colonel Steven B. Vitali USMC (Ret)
    The United States is positioned on a trajectory toward a “hot war” with North Korea to end that country’s nuclear intercontinental threat. To avoid a conflict, only two options are available: First, the U.S. must strongly demonstrate to China and North Korea by various military, monetary, and strategic actions that America will end North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, even at the cost of a preemptive strike. The objective is to effectively persuade China to act against North Korea’s nuclear intentions. The second alternative is to abandon the U.S.’s stated-policy of not allowing North Korea (or Iran) the ability to threaten the...
  • There Is No Longer Any Way to Halt North Korea’s Nuclear Program

    08/04/2017 4:05:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | August 4, 2017 | Kevin Drum
    I don’t ordinarily do this, but I want to clear up what I said yesterday about North Korea and nukes. This time, I’ll say it in the plainest language possible. Fifteen years ago, it’s possible that diplomacy could have stopped North Korea from developing nuclear weapons. That’s certainly what I thought. It’s also possible that heavy sanctions could have done it. It’s even possible that military action could have done it, though that would have been very risky for reasons that everyone knows about—though here’s a map in case you don’t: None of this is true anymore. North Korea already...
  • How ‘isolated’ North Korea managed to build an ICBM that could reach Alaska

    07/08/2017 8:07:14 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | July 8, 2017 | Amanda Erickson
    North Korea is a country in isolation, a place where most citizens don't have access to the Internet or the means to travel abroad. In 2010, the New York Times described the country as a “‘hermit kingdom,’ so poor that there is almost no supply of concrete, bricks or window glass. People suffer shortages of rice, gasoline and even underwear.” And yet. It’s been able to expand its weapons technology at an astounding rate. Earlier this week, it test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that experts say could have reached Alaska. How has the North been able to make big...
  • Intelligence Community Leaking

    02/23/2017 4:51:01 AM PST · by detective · 11 replies
    Frontpage ^ | February 23, 2017 | Matthew Vadum
    Saboteurs in the U.S. intelligence community posing as patriots have been working hard to drive President Donald Trump from the White House. Former National Security Agency intelligence analyst and former War College professor John R. Schindler bragged on Twitter last week about the spy-led plot his friends are conducting against the president. “Now we go nuclear,” he tweeted. “IC [intelligence community] war [is] going to new levels. Just got an [email from] senior IC friend, it began: ‘He will die in jail.'” “US intelligence is not the problem here,” Schindler added. “The President’s collusion with Russian intelligence is. Many details,...
  • Obama pardons [Ret. Gen.] James Cartwright in leak case

    01/17/2017 2:21:41 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/17/2017 | Katie Bo Williams
    President Obama on Tuesday pardoned retired Gen. James Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff accused of lying to the FBI about his conversations with reporters regarding U.S. efforts to cripple Iran's nuclear program. Cartwright pleaded guilty in October to one felony count of making false statements during the FBI's investigation into leaks about the government's role in a highly classified operation known as Operation Olympic Games. The clandestine effort -- untaken with Israel -- deployed a computer virus known as Stuxnet that destroyed Iranian centrifuges. New York Times journalist David Sanger exposed the operation in...
  • In this New Cuban Missile Crisis, Are We Already in Checkmate?

    05/06/2017 5:46:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2017 | Larry Kelly
    Dr. Peter Pry is the Executive Director of the Task Force on National Homeland Security, Chief of Staff of the Congressional EMP (Electric Magnetic Pulse) Commission, and is considered one of the country’s most knowledgeable experts on nuclear weapons technology. He is the undisputed preeminent authority on the existential threat presented by the proliferation of EMP weapons and gained national prominence in various testimonies before Congress, where he has categorically stated that the detonation of a single EMP weapon by a rogue state such as North Korea or Iran could destroy the US. In September of 2014, Peter and I...
  • You can thank Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton for North Korea's Nukes

    04/29/2017 1:30:14 AM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 17 replies
    http://nypost.com ^ | January 6, 2016 | Post Editorial Board
    Old article from last year. "North Korea’s boast that it just detonated its first hydrogen bomb met instant doubts from the White House and arms experts. If they’re right, Pyongyang “only” has plain-old atomic bombs. What a . . . relief? But, as one Chinese expert told The Wall Street Journal, the H-bomb claim still shows that tyrant Kim Jong-un is “marching in that direction.” For all this, thank Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. North Korea couldn’t have done it without their gullibility. Back in 1994, President Clinton prepared to confront North Korea over CIA reports it had built nuclear warheads and...
  • When Nobody Knows( The New Multipolar Proliferated World,...)

    04/19/2017 10:36:30 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    PJMedia ^ | APRIL 10, 2017 | RICHARD FERNANDEZ
    When Nobody Knows(The New Multipolar Proliferated World, Where Nobody Knows the Rules) After a slow start, North Korean nuclear weapons engineers seem to making definite progress. The intervals between successive nuclear tests are getting shorter while the yields obtained are becoming more consistent. Incremental improvements are also being achieved in their missile systems. /snp North Korea represents a crisis in strategy. We desire the ends but are ignorant of the means. The intellectual tools of the old bipolar world are no longer a sure guide to attaining stability. Nuclear proliferation has undermined great powers, even America's rivals, because it has...
  • Tillerson denies U.S. plan to assassinate Kim Jong Un

    04/09/2017 12:00:47 PM PDT · by kevcol · 33 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 9, 2017 | Anna Giaritelli
    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday denied a report that the U.S. has drawn up plans to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. . . . "If you violate international agreements, if you fail to live up to commitments, if you become a threat to others, at some point a response is likely to be undertaken and I think in terms of North Korea, we've been very clear that our objective is a denuclearized Korea peninsula," Tillerson said.
  • Treasury Designates Bank Melli Front Company in New York City

    12/18/2008 12:18:09 AM PST · by Cindy · 1 replies · 287+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/hp1330.htm December 17, 2008 HP-1330 Treasury Designates Bank Melli Front Company in New York City Washington, DC--The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated ASSA CORP., a front company created and controlled by Iran's Bank Melli and domiciled in New York, and its parent organization, ASSA CO. LTD, located in the Channel Islands. "This scheme to use a front company set up by Bank Melli -- a known proliferator -- to funnel money from the United States to Iran is yet another example of Iran's duplicity," said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial...
  • U.S. slaps sanctions on Iranian bank over missile programs

    01/09/2007 6:42:32 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 463+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | 01/09/07
    U.S. slaps sanctions on Iranian bank over missile programs (Kyodo) _ The Treasury Department said Tuesday it has cut off Iran's state-owned Bank Sepah from access to the U.S. financial system for its alleged support for developing missiles. The sanctions, issued under a presidential executive order aimed at freezing the assets of proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their supporters, prohibit the bank's any transactions in the United States and freeze any assets it may have under U.S. jurisdiction. "Bank Sepah is the financial linchpin of Iran's missile procurement network and has actively assisted Iran's pursuit of missiles capable...
  • FLASHBACK: Group that helped sell Iran nuke deal also funded media (re. Echo Chamber)

    12/12/2016 6:28:10 AM PST · by maggief · 3 replies
    AP ^ | May 20, 2016 | BRADLEY KLAPPER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A group the White House recently identified as a key surrogate in selling the Iran nuclear deal gave National Public Radio $100,000 last year to help it report on the pact and related issues, according to the group's annual report. It also funded reporters and partnerships with other news outlets. The Ploughshares Fund's mission is to "build a safe, secure world by developing and investing in initiatives to reduce and ultimately eliminate the world's nuclear stockpiles," one that dovetails with President Barack Obama's arms control efforts. But its behind-the-scenes role advocating for the Iran agreement got more...
  • Iran promises to 'surprise' Trump if he cancels nuclear deal

    01/19/2017 10:58:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    INN ^ | 01/20/17 05:35 | Elad Benari
    U.S. president-elect Donald Trump will be “surprised” by Iran if he annuls the nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday, according to the Trend news agency. “As I said earlier, Trump will be surprised if he tries to renegotiate the deal,” Zarif was quoted as having told the Iranian IRNA news agency. “We believe that nuclear deal is an international one and we are not worried about it at all,” he continued. “We are not going to be wary of what Trump does and we will have our options,” Zarif added, noting...
  • Report: US cyberattack on North Korea was ineffective

    05/29/2015 7:29:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/29/15 | Mark Hensch
    An American cyberattack on North Korea half a decade ago was fruitless overall, sources say. The National Security Agency (NSA) led a mission in 2010 to damage North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, Reuters reported on Friday. Operatives tried using a variant of the Stuxnet computer virus deployed against Iran that same year, the news service said, with developers crafting a version that would activate once it reached Korean-language settings on targeted machines. Operatives hoped the virus would disable centrifuges for enriching uranium, much like it had when used against Iran, Reuters said, but the cyberattack stumbled when it encountered North...
  • Justice Dept. targets general in leak probe

    06/27/2013 7:33:23 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 27, 2013 | By Greg Miller, Sari Horwitz
    A retired four-star Marine Corps general who served as the nation’s second-ranking military officer is a target of a Justice Department investigation into a leak of information about a covert U.S.-Israeli cyberattack on Iran’s nuclear program, a senior Obama administration official said. Retired Gen. James E. “Hoss” Cartwright served as deputy chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was part of President Obama’s inner circle on a range of critical national security issues before he retired in 2011. The administration official said that Cartwright is suspected of revealing information about a highly classified effort to use a computer virus...
  • Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence

    01/17/2017 1:31:47 PM PST · by BradtotheBone · 275 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 01/17/2016
    President Obama has commuted the 35-year sentence of former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning for leaking classified information in 2010 to WikiLeaks.
  • Satellite Pics Suggest Iran, North Korea Cooperating on Nuclear Research

    12/30/2016 7:18:11 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies
    The Tower ^ | Dec. 29, 2016
    Satellite Pics Suggest Iran, North Korea Cooperating on Nuclear Research by TheTower.org Staff | 12.29.16 4:28 pm The discovery of a working North Korean missile site that was previously thought to be inactive may suggest that the country is cooperating with Iran on ballistic missile and nuclear technology, Voice of America reported Wednesday. PRESS RELEASE: Strategic Sentinel Finds Previously Unknown North Korean Site Read more here: https://t.co/NJk9a9LBgd#NorthKorea #VOA @W7VOA pic.twitter.com/f3S24izQOn — Strategic Sentinel (@StratSentinel) December 28, 2016 Satellite images taken and analyzed by the intelligence firm Strategic Sentinel discovered a missile silo in Geumchang-ri, a mountainous area in North Pyongan...
  • BOMBSHELL: Obama Never Met With His Defense Intelligence Chief

    07/12/2016 9:51:05 PM PDT · by blueyon · 47 replies
    PatDollard.com ^ | 7/12/16 | Jack Flash
    Bombshell yes, surprising no. Excerpted from The Daily Caller: President Barack Obama twice appointed former Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn to key national security jobs in his administration, including as deputy director of national intelligence and later as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, yet he never once met with Flynn face to face. The general, who spent 33 years in the intelligence field, told The Daily Caller News Foundation he was never called in for a face-to-face meeting with Obama to offer his assessment of ISIS as it rampaged through the Middle East, or during the political meltdown of...