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    Things seem to heat up on the Korean peninsula. Especially after NK launched 4 ballistic missiles towards Japan not so long ago. Will we see preemptive strikes soon?

    The US has decided enough is enough as North Korea looks more unhinged than ever.

    SEAL Team 6 is reportedly training for a decapitation strike against North Korea's Kim regime

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    North Korea's Kim Jong Un: From punchline to world menace

  • #2
    For a deeper understanding of how we got here ....

    Bruce Cummings
    • North Korea: Another Country. The New Press, 2004.


    • #3
      From what I've read the western provinces seem to have a closer relationship with Beijing than Pyongyang. I kind of think if China gave the nod they would secede if they felt China would protect them. If that happened I bet there would be wholesale defections in the military for sanctuary in the western areas. Hopefully young Un will just stroke out and drop dead and they'll end his family cult for good.


      • #4
        North Korea turning Scud-ER into anti-ship ballistic missile

        North Korea has tested technology necessary to give its Scud-ER ballistic missiles with an anti-ship capability, JoongAng Ilbo reports.

        Officials from South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense said tests were carried out last September and February.

        Sources say Pyongyang probably inherited the know-how from Iran which has turned its Fateh missile into an anti-ship weapon.


        • #5
          My guess is that the smarter elements of North Korean leadership will see the writing on the wall.

          Their only hope for survival is a North Korean version of the Chinese transition to a market/merchantile economy dictatorship where quality of life and standard of living improvements go hand in hand with harsh social/political control.

          Otherwise they are doomed.

          The "Tony Soprano economy" with main exports being WMD tech, weapons, methamphetamine, counterfeit currency, extortion, and VX assassinations and the main imports being kidnapping foreigners cannot continue indefinitely.

          They have to transition or inevitably implode.


          • #6
            Previous posters have expressed doubt about the AA gun executions as propaganda. Its on live leak. This sadistic type of government has t collapse sooner or later and it will be a staggering cost to all those involved. Not to mention the vast stockpiles of WMDs to be secured.


            • #7
              Originally posted by Kilgor View Post
              Previous posters have expressed doubt about the AA gun executions as propaganda. Its on live leak. This sadistic type of government has t collapse sooner or later and it will be a staggering cost to all those involved. Not to mention the vast stockpiles of WMDs to be secured.

              It is? Because I can find a Video of ISIS doing it and another one of 'North Korea' doing it which is just the ISIS Video with Korean Text put over it


              • #8
                Military action against North Korea is "an option on the table", US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said during a visit to South Korea.
                He said the policy of "strategic patience" had ended and the US was exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures.
                North Korea has sparked concern with recent missile and nuclear tests.
                Mr Tillerson spoke shortly after visiting the Demilitarized Zone which divides the two Koreas.
                He arrived in South Korea from Japan, where he said that 20 years of efforts aimed at persuading North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions had failed.
                Asked if the possibility for military action existed, he said: "Certainly we do not want to, for things to get to military conflict."
                But he said: "If they elevate the threat of their weapons programme to a level that we believe requires action, then, that option's on the table."


                • #9
                  Sirens blared and loudspeakers broadcast warnings in Japan's first civilian missile evacuation drill on Friday, conducted in a fishing town by officials wary about the threat of North Korean missiles.
                  The exercise comes more than a week after North Korea launched four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan's northwest coast, with one rocket landing about 200 km (124 miles)from the town of Oga.
                  Friday's drill played out a scenario in which North Korea had fired a ballistic missile on the Japanese islands.
                  "The missile is seen to have landed within a 20-km (12-mile) boundary west of the Oga peninsula," a speaker blared during the evacuation. "The government is currently examining the damage." (For a graphic on missile evacuation drill in Oga, Japan, click


                  • #10
                    How China could stop a US strike on North Korea — without starting World War III


                    • #11
                      JOHN MCCAIN: There's a 'crazy fat kid' running North Korea


                      • #12
                        High-level North Korean defector: 'Desperate' Kim Jong-un would use nukes if US attacked

                        One of the highest-ranking North Korean defectors seemed to confirm the West's greatest fears - that the Kim regime would use nuclear weapons at the first sign of an imminent threat.

                        In an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, Thae Yong Ho, former North Korean deputy ambassador to Britain, said that Kim Jong-un is "desperate in maintaining his rule by relying on his [development of] nuclear weapons and ICBM," referring to an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the United States.

                        Thae added that once Kim "sees that there is any kind of sign of a tank or an imminent threat from America, then he would use his nuclear weapons with ICBM."

                        Thae's statement comes as the US mulls the prospect of military action against North Korea more openly than ever before, and North Korean experts unanimously tell Business Insider that the nation's nuclear and missile programs have increased in speed and scope, ramping up to a finished ICBM.


                        • #13
                          North Korea fires ballistic missile as Trump, Xi prepare to meet

                          Ahead of the first meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, North Korea fired a ballistic missile off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, US and South Korean officials said.

                          The missile -- which fell into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, on Wednesday morning -- is one of several the country has test-fired in recent months.
                          Even before the missile test, North Korea's nuclear program was expected to be an important talking point between Xi and Trump.


                          • #14
                            Trump and the US could go to NK alone, but their backyard China has to do something. I'm convinced that the US Army can overthrow the dear leader Dick-tator. I just hope in the meantime say dear leader won't launch more ballistic missiles toward Japan or South Korea if a conflict starts.


                            • #15
                              One week bombing campaign focusing on NK's nuclear and missile facilities, could set them back many years. Without worrying China about 'western' forces at their border. Nice and clean.