ON THE WORLD SCENE

August 15, 2017

 

KOREA, why all this hype on North Korea? There has been an escalation of war proponents which are sounding more like a practicing symphony being played out on the world stage. The pot is being stirred up in a frenzy because we feel North Korea is going to missile Guam, is that right?

 

Well, now no, since the news feeds are stating...

Seoul (AFP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said Tuesday he would hold off on a planned missile strike near Guam, but warned the highly provocative move would go ahead in the event of further "reckless actions" by Washington.

 

Background of the historical Korean War

Wikipedia:

The Korean War had devastated both North and South Korea, and while neither side renounced its claims to reunify Korea under its control, neither side was in a position to force reunification.

 

(You can play the media of the

1958 deployment of U.S. atomic weapons in Korea on Wikipedia.)

 

In September 1956, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Radford indicated within the U.S. government that the military's intention was to introduce atomic weapons into Korea, which was agreed to by the United States National Security Council and President Eisenhower. However paragraph 13(d) of the Korean Armistice Agreement mandated that both sides could not introduce new types of weapons into Korea, so preventing the introduction of nuclear weapons and missiles. The U.S. decided to unilaterally abrogate paragraph 13(d), breaking the Armistice Agreement, despite concerns by United Nations allies.At a 21 June 1957 meeting of the Military Armistice Commission, the U.S. informed the North Korean representatives that the U.N. Command no longer considered itself bound by paragraph 13(d) of the armistice.

 

In January 1958, nuclear-armed Honest John missiles and 280mm atomic cannons were deployed to South Korea,[8] followed a year later by nuclear-armed Matador cruise missiles capable of reaching China and the Soviet Union.

 

North Korea denounced the abrogation of paragraph 13(d) as an attempt to wreck the armistice agreement and turn Korea into a U.S. atomic warfare zone. It responded by digging massive underground fortifications resistant to nuclear attack, and forward deployment of its conventional forces so that the use of nuclear weapons against it would endanger South Korean and U.S. forces as well. In 1963, North Korea asked the Soviet Union for help in developing nuclear weapons, but was refused. China later, after its nuclear tests, similarly rejected North Korean requests for help with developing nuclear weapons. 

 

First, I did a search and asked if we had military stationed in North Korea, well not there but in South Korea, lots of military. 

 

According to Wikipedia...

With 28,500 American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines in South Korea, U.S. forces in South Korea are a major presence in the region and a key manifestation of the U.S. government's aim to rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific. The USFK mission also includes planning non-combatant evacuation operations to ensure that if the need arises, U.S. and other previously agreed-upon countries' citizens are removed from harm's way. To this end, USFK conducts routine exercises to ensure that this process is effective, efficient and orderly.

 

Why in the world would we send off more troops to South Korea when we already have 28,500 soldiers stationed and armed with military equipment. What was all this talk about we can't have war on our soil so we have to send off these young women and men to fight a war for us. TV sets were filled with stars, bangles, banner and brawn along with the appropriate blare of music. This is not a game folks or advertisement for ratings.  We would go to war over a possible missile launch which North Korea has done in the past. Is it rational to test a missile towards Guam, no because the consequences would mean innocent blood on his hands and ours. Are there any consciences left standing on the soils of this earth?

 

According to Wikipedia North Korea's military is the fourth largest in the world next to the U.S., China and India.

 

Wikipedia:

North Korea follows Songun, or "military-first" policy. It is the country with the highest number of military and paramilitary personnel, with a total of 9,495,000 active, reserve, and paramilitary personnel. Its active duty army of 1.21 million is the fourth largest in the world, after China, the U.S., and India.

Due to the centrally-planned economy of North Korea, there are few companies and they are managed by the government.

 

According to the Washington Post our sanctions do not amount to much...

 

By Anna Fifield March 13, 2015 

 

DANDONG, China — The textile factories producing “made in China” goods from compounds just across the Yalu River from North Korea offer a glimpse into a hidden world that is helping North Korea’s economy to thrive.

Operated by North Koreans, the factories produce clothes and other goods that are exported under foreign-company labels, making it impossible to tell that they have been made with North Korean hands and have contributed to North Korean profits.

 

The thriving operations belie the perception in Washington that U.S. and international sanctions are working to strangle North Korea’s ability to make money. While an overwhelming majority of North Koreans live in poverty, the country’s output has been steadily increasing, and an estimate by South Korea’s Hyundai Research Institute forecasts that the North’s economy will grow this year by a whopping 7 percent.

 

A lot of that growth comes through Dandong, a hive of North Korean and Chinese managers and traders, with middlemen helping them all cover their tracks. One local Chinese businessman estimates that one-quarter of this city’s population of 800,000 is involved in doing business with North Korea in some way.

 

From Companylist.org we have North Korea doing business right in our backyard. They are eating a nice picnic lunch on our soil and maybe a few fast food delights too. Something smells fishy to me.

 

According to the Telegraph news posted 8/15/2017 we have North Korean rulers having an appetite for something more than Kimchi. This article looks like it was written in 2011, but posted today.

 

TELEGRAPH 8/15/2017

North Korea's elite defies international sanctions ban by importing McDonald's

Six million of North Korea's citizens may be facing starvation, but it has not stopped the regime's elite from using the national airline to bring back McDonald's.

By Julian Ryall in Tokyo

6:04PM BST 20 Jul 2011

Comment

Pyongyang is thumbing its nose at international sanctions imposed by the United Nations in 2006 and 2009, after North Korea detonated two nuclear warheads, and increasing its imports of luxuries for its leadership, according to a South Korean government official.

 

The official told the Yonhap news agency that North Korea spending lavishly on Armani and Gucci, Omega watches, Hennessy Cognac, high-end whisky, Japanese beer and foreign-brand cigarettes. Some officials have had had McDonald's hamburgers delivered to their homes from China through North Korea's Air Koryo. While North Korea has no McDonald's franchises, its neighbour has 850.

 

The North spent an estimated £4.7 million on Marlboro and Mild Seven cigarettes in the first five months of the year, an increase of 117 per cent on the same period in the previous year. Imports of alcohol came to around £1.5 million, up 94 per cent, according to figures from South Korea and China.

 

The majority of the luxury imports are distributed to senior members of the workers' party and the military in order to ensure their loyalty.

With Kim Jong-il apparently ailing and trying to force through the transfer of power to his son, Kim Jong-Un, it is more important than ever that he has the support of the key power-brokers in North Korea, which accounts for the increase spending on imports.

 

The South Korean official added that senior officials have been treated to McDonald's meals delivered by Air Koryo from China.

 

Earlier this year, the UN food agency appealed for 430,000 tons of food aid to feed the 6 million people identified as being most at risk of starvation, fully one quarter of the entire population.

 

Many North Koreans are risking crossing the border into China in order to find food.

Reports about spending on luxury goods by the leadership are likely to cause heightened concern about North Korea's efforts to develop more nuclear weapons and the intercontinental ballistic missiles to deliver them. If the regime is able to circumvent controls on luxury goods, analysts said, it is likely they have been successful in similarly avoiding checks on the transfer of weapons technology.

 

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