Category: Wars & Rumors of Wars

US closer than ever to ‘nuclear war with North Korea’

Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen on Sunday gave a dire predication about U.S.-North Korea relations, suggesting the countries are closer than ever to a nuclear war with no diplomatic solution. “We’re actually closer, in my view, to a nuclear war with North Korea and in that region than we’ve ever been,” Mullen, a retired Navy admiral, told ABC News’ “This Week.” “I don’t see the opportunities to solve this diplomatically at this particular point.” Relations between the countries certainly have gotten worse — even threatening — in recent months, analysts have pointed out, as President Trump...

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‘US mainland in our nuclear strike range’, Kim Jong-un says in New Year’s speech

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has declared his county a nuclear power in possession of technology capable of striking the US mainland should there be need. “The US mainland is in our nuclear strike zone,” Kim said in his New Year’’s message which was broadcast on Chosun Central TV. “The United States will never start a war with me and our country,” he added, noting that Pyongyang has“completed the creation of North Korea’s nuclear forces.” Tensions between Washington and Pyongyang reached unprecedented tensions last year, as the North continued to pursue its missile and nuclear programs. As the standoff continues, the US...

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North Korea sanctions are not working – a naval blockade might

U.N. sanctions against commerce with North Korea are proving toothless. In the last few days we have learned via open sourced U.S. and Western intelligence that both China and Russia are selling oil and petro chemicals to North Korea. The sales are in violation of U.N. Security Council sanctions. The sales permit continued development of the rogue nation’s nuclear weapons program. Existing U.N. sanctions simply stop the Kim regime sourcing oil on the open market. The U.S. can publically castigate countries like Russia and China for violating the sanctions, to no effect. Even with concrete proof the White House...

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South Korea seizes second ship suspected of selling oil to North Korea

South Korea announced Sunday that it has seized another ship suspected of violating U.N. sanctions by selling oil to North Korea at sea – this time a Panama-flagged one. The announcement Sunday came just days after South Korea said it is holding the crew of a Hong Kong-flagged ship that allegedly handed over oil to a North Korean vessel in October. The 5,100-ton ship, named the KOTI, is being held in the western port of Pyeongtaek-Dangjin, maritime officials told Yonhap News Agency on Sunday. Watch the latest video at One official said the vessel has been blocked from departing the...

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US Defense chief ‘cannot imagine’ Washington accepting nuclear North Korea

The US secretary of defense says he “cannot imagine” the US ever accepting North Korea as a nuclear state, and claimed that possessing nuclear arms makes Pyongyang vulnerable rather than more secure. The Pentagon head spoke after a week-long trip to America’s allies in Asia, culminating in a visit to the DMZ, or demilitarized zone, the tense border between South and North Korea. After meeting his counterpart, Song Young-moo, Mattis said Washington would not back down in its pressure on North Korea over its development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. “I cannot imagine a condition under which the United...

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