U.S. athletes may not attend Olympics as threat of nuclear war with North Korea rises, Haley warns

Nikki Haley says it’s an “open question” whether the U.S. will participate in the Winter Olympics.

“I think those are conversations we’re going to have to have. But what have we always said? We don’t ever fear anything. We live our lives,” Haley, who serves as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said in an interview with FOX News on Wednesday.

PyeongChang, in South Korea, is set to host the Winter Olympics in less than two months, but the city’s location — less than 50 miles from the border of North Korea — has sparked some security fears, especially after the North Korean officials reported the successful launch of its largest and most powerful ballistic missile yet.  

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Haley insisted that no final decision had been made, but noted that safety of American athletes would be a number one concern. 

“What we will do is we’ll make sure that we’re taking every precaution possible to make sure that they’re safe, and to know everything that’s going on around them,” she said in an interview with FOX News. 

The comments came on the heels of North Korea warning that nuclear war had become inevitable — a matter of when, not if — thanks to U.S. rhetoric and joint drills with South Korea. 

“The remaining question now is: when will the war break out?” a spokesman for the North’s foreign ministry said late on Wednesday in a statement carried by North Korea’s official KCNA news agency. “We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it.”

When asked if Haley would send family to the area if they were going to compete she hesitated.

“I think it depends on what’s going on at the time. We have to watch this closely and it’s changing by the day,” she said.

Two American B-1B heavy bombers joined large-scale combat drills over South Korea on Thursday amid warnings from North Korea that the exercises and U.S. threats have made the outbreak of war “an established fact.”

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U.S. demands countries end ties with North Korea's 'sick puppy' Kim

A day after North Korea’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, President Trump condemned its leader as a “sick puppy,” and his administration demanded all countries, including China, sever economic and diplomatic ties with the secretive regime in Pyongyang.

“Little Rocket Man … he is a sick puppy,” Trump said on Wednesday in the middle of a speech focused on the Republican tax-cut plan in Congress. The president had just described the GOP proposal as energizing the U.S. economy with “rocket fuel,” which apparently made him think of his Elton John-inspired moniker for Kim.

At an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting called in response to Tuesday’s missile test, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley warned that North Korea’s actions had brought the world “closer to war.”

“And if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed,” said Haley, who pressed all nations to “cut off all ties with North Korea” in addition to implementing existing sanctions on the regime.

“All countries should sever diplomatic relations with North Korea and limit military, scientific, technical or commercial cooperation,” Haley told the council. “They must also cut off trade with the regime by stopping all imports and exports, and expel all North Korean workers.”

She also said that Trump had pressed Chinese President Xi Jinping during a telephone call earlier in the day to cut off oil supplies to North Korea.

“China can do this on its own, or we can take the oil situation into our own hands,” she said, without elaborating.

The Trump administration has notched several recent successes in its campaign to further isolate North Korea over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, notably a pair of 15-0 U.N. Security Council votes to tighten sanctions. Countries like Singapore and Sudan have promised to cut some economic ties. Even China, North Korea’s de facto patron and its largest export market, has reportedly curbed trade with the secretive Stalinist regime.

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Washington has been studying what new sanctions it could impose, either unilaterally or cooperatively through a forum like the United Nations. At the same time, senior U.S. officials have refused to rule out using force.

It’s unclear what value, if any, Trump’s repeated insults have to his administration’s efforts to roll back North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs. Kim’s regime in Pyongyang has repeatedly insulted him as well. A senior official on Wednesday called Trump an “old lunatic” and declared that the United States “should bear in mind that no force on Earth can check the advance of the DPRK,” as that country is known, according to the state-run news agency KCNA.

The schoolyard taunts came a day after North Korea defied escalating international pressure and tested an ICBM that, according to independent experts, could conceivably have reached Washington D.C. In response, Trump promised that the United States “will handle” Pyongyang and vowed to continue his efforts to isolate North Korea diplomatically and increase economic pressure on Kim’s regime.

Defense Secretary James Mattis, sitting near the president, said that the ICBM fired Tuesday “went higher, frankly, than any previous shot they’ve taken” and told reporters that the launch showed that North Korea was determined to build missiles “that could threaten everywhere in the world, basically.”

It was unclear what prompted North Korea’s launch, which came a week after Trump announced that his administration was putting the regime in Pyongyang back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism. At the time, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had noted the 60-day span since Kim had carried out a provocative act, adding: “We’re hopeful that he continues this quiet period. That’s our objective, is that he continue to be quiet.”

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Top Trump aides have been saying since he took office in January that time is running out to find a diplomatic solution, suggesting that the White House believes that North Korea — unlike the Soviet Union or China — cannot be deterred and must instead be disarmed.

In July, North Korea fired two ICBMs potentially capable of reaching U.S. soil. In early August, news outlets reported that American intelligence confirmed a finding by Japan’s defense ministry that North Korea had likely developed warheads small enough to fit on its missiles.

But there are still many questions about Pyongyang’s capabilities — how reliable are its guidance systems? Has it devised reentry systems to ensure that its warheads would not burn up in the atmosphere?

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Sergey Lavrov Blasts Washington’s North Korea Policy

Sergey Lavrov Blasts Washington’s North Korea Policy



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



Everyone everywhere wanting peace, not war, should blast it, imperial madness threatening life on earth.



The Trump administration wants North Korea isolated, all countries urged to sever ties with its government.



China and Russia reject bellicosity toward the country, neither willing to sever ties, fundamentally against Washington’s imperial agenda, calling for stepping back from the brink, engaging in responsible diplomacy to resolve contentious issues – what the Trump administration refuses to do.



On Thursday, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said “sever(ing) ties with (the DPRK) would be the easiest thing to do. The question is what we will do to resolve the issue. We believe that we should pool our efforts to…reach a settlement.”



Sergey Lavrov was uncharacteristically blunt, saying “(t)he latest US action seemed to be directed towards provoking Pyongyang into taking some rash action.”



“The Americans should start with explaining their intentions to us all. If they are really looking for an excuse to destroy North Korea, as the US envoy to the UN said at a Security Council meeting, let them spell it out clearly and let the US leadership confirm it. Then we will decide how to react.”



“We have repeatedly stressed that the sanctions pressure is essentially exhausted, and that all those resolutions that had imposed sanctions necessarily included demands to resume the political process, resume negotiations, and this is completely ignored by the US side. I think this is a big mistake.”



It shows Washington wants war, not peace. Is North Korea next on its target list? Will preemptive war on Russia, China and Iran follow later on?



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N. Korea: ICBM test used new launch vehicle, warhead able to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere

State media reported on Wednesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un personally guided the missile test and referred to the new launcher as “impeccable” and a “breakthrough.” 

North Korea fired a ballistic missile which splashed down in the Sea of Japan early Wednesday, according to South Korean, Japanese, and US militaries. The Pentagon’s initial assessment indicated it was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Pyongyang said the missile reached an altitude of around 4,475 kilometers (2,780 miles), more than 10 times the height of the International Space Station. It said it flew 950 kilometers (690 miles) during its flight, which lasted 53 minutes. Similar altitude and distance figures were previously cited by the South Korean military.

Pyongyang announced in a statement read on North Korean state TV that the missile was the Hwasong 15, and is capable of hitting the US mainland. It went on to declare the country to be a full-fledged nuclear force.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced that the country has realized the great historic cause of completing a state nuclear force,” the statement said, as cited by Yonhap. 

If the missile was indeed a Hwasong-15, it woudl represent a new development for Pyongyang. Other launches taking place in 2017 were either said to be the older Hwasong-14 ICBM, or the intermediate range (IRBM) Hwasong-12.

Kim says his country’s nuclear weapons are aimed solely at “defending the sovereignty of the nation from the US nuclear threat and protecting the peaceful life of the people.” He has also stated that no other country is under threat from Pyongyang’s nukes.

The most recent launch has been condemned by Moscow. “Another missile launch is a provocative act that triggers further escalation and moves us further away from crisis settlement,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters earlier on Wednesday. “We do condemn the launch and hope all the parties will exercise restraint which is so much needed to prevent the situation in the Korean peninsula from going the worst way.”

China also expressed “grave concern” over the launch, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang stating that Beijing hopes all parties can act cautiously to preserve peace and stability. Both China and Russia have long been urging for Washington and Pyongyang to accept their “double freeze” proposal which would see the North suspend its nuclear and ballistic missile tests in exchange for a halt in joint US-South Korea drills. However, that plan was swiftly rejected by the US in August.

North Korea’s latest statement on the launch came after US Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) said the US is willing to go to war with Pyongyang “if things don’t change.” He stated that President Donald Trump is choosing America over regional stability, and acknowledged that “a lot of people would get hurt and killed” in the event of any war.

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North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) early Wednesday morning, the Pentagon has said.

According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JOC), the launch came from the South Pyongan province at 3:17 a.m.

Both South Korean and U.S. authorities are currently analyzing the trajectory, the JOC added. The Pentagon stated that the missile came from a mobile launcher.

The Pentagon’s initial assessment found that the ICBM traveled roughly 1,000km at an altitude of 4,500km before splashing down into the Sea of Japan.

“This is the highest performance we’ve seen in North Korea’s ICBM to date,” Shea Cotton, research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, said on Twitter.

The Japanese Prime Minister’s office said the North Korean missile appeared to fly for 50 minutes.

“The missile flew over Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido and fell into the Pacific Ocean,” Japanese news outlet NHK reports.

Experts say the rare nighttime launch is intended to simulate a real-world military scenario.

The South Korean military staged a “precision strike” missile exercise in response to Pyongyang’s launch.

President Donald Trump addressed the media at 3:30 p.m. EST to discuss the DPRK’s actions.

The North Korean test follows reports out of Japan and the U.S. that said a missile test could come within days after radio signals and radar activity were detected at a North Korean missile base.

Pyongyang’s last missile launch was more than two months prior on Sept. 15. The 75 day pause was the longest seen in 2017, which has produced 20 missile tests in total.

South Korea’s unification minister had warned Tuesday that North Korea’s nuclear program could be completed by as early as next year.

“North Korea has been developing its nuclear weapons at a faster-than-expected pace. We cannot rule out the possibility that North Korea could announce its completion of a clear force within one year,” Cho Myoung-gyon said.

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New fears of World War III as North Korea tests ICBM that can “hit anywhere in the world” — regime will field nukes by next year

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President Donald J. Trump campaigned on a pledge to never allow North Korea to develop nuclear weapons or the capability to threaten the U.S. with them.

But after Tuesday Pyongyang appears on the verge of doing both following the successful test of an ICBM that flew longer and farther than previous ballistic missiles the North has launched over the past year.

In short, North Korea is forcing Trump’s hand, especially after analysts at the Defense Intelligence Agency estimate that Pyongyang will field a nuclear-capable ICBM sometime next year.

As reported by CNN, Trump told reporters at the White House shortly after Pyongyang launched its missile that the United States “will handle” the situation in no uncertain terms.

“We will take care of it,” Trump promised, later adding that North Korea “is a situation that we will handle.

Without question, Trump now has no choice.

Seated with the president during a meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters that the missile involved in the latest test traveled “higher, frankly, than any previous shot they have taken.”

Later, Mattis — who has said North Korea cannot hope to defeat the United States — told reporters that Pyongyang now has developed the capability to send a missile “everywhere in the world, basically,” obviously putting the U.S. in range — and in danger.

At the Pentagon, spokesman U.S. Army Col. Rob Manning III told reporters the North Korean ICBM was “launched from Sain Ni, North Korea, and traveled about 1,000 kilometers before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan’s Economic Exclusion Zone.”

He added that the U.S. tracked the missile after it was launched.

“The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America, our territories or our allies,” Manning added.

The launch came just days after Japanese intelligence determined that a launch was imminent. As reported by Forward Observer, earlier this week Japan said its intelligence service believed a launch could come “in the next few days,” in a forecast that proved to be spot-on. (Related: Pentagon says a ground invasion of North Korea only way to secure nuclear weapons.)

One official in Tokyo said that the Japanese had intercepted radio signals from North Korea indicating that a launch was imminent.

Shortly after Pyongyang’s launch, the South Korean military launched a missile of its own, demonstrating at “precision strike” capability that Seoul could target North Korean launchers and the country’s leadership with ease.

“South Korea apparently used this launch to prove it has the ability to hit the North’s mobile missile launchers or leadership targets,” Adam Mount, a North Korea expert and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, told CNN.

“It is a measured and pointed response but also a reminder that the peninsula remains on hair trigger alert,” he added. “In this situation, provocations or even mistakes could quickly escalate out of control.”

In recent days the Russian government has praised the North’s restraint, noting that Pyongyang had not launched any missiles in two months. But Russian diplomats have also warned that the situation on the Korean peninsula could turn apocalyptic as well, and very quickly.

“I hope that a common sense, pragmatism and an instinct of self-preservation would prevail among our partners to exclude such negative scenario,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said at an annual conference in South Korea.

It may come to that. Mound says that it’s become obvious that Pyongyang is more interested in developing what it believes will secure the regime of Kim Jong-un — a nuclear deterrence — than avoiding a possible retaliatory strike.

“Today’s test proves that Pyongyang still feels able to test at will,” he told CNN, adding that it also indicates to the Trump administration that it “has to get serious about deterring an atmospheric nuclear test.”

He also noted that the 50-minute flight time suggests that this was a major ICBM test “possibly in operational settings.” He said it should “disabuse U.S. officials from thinking military displays, sanctions, or threats are deterring North Korean tests.”

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.

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BREAKING: North Korea Just Sentenced Donald Trump To Death

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Uh oh. US President Donald Trump — who is somewhat famous for his relentless commentary on Twitter — has offended the wrong leader. After tweeting, “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!”, he not only offended Kim Jong-un, but the entire populace of North Korea.

According to the newspaper Rodong Sinmun, Trump “hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership” when he criticized Kim Jong-un’s regime during his visit to South Korea. Because of this, he apparently deserves the death penalty. The editorial reads, “The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that he dared (to) malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership. He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people.”

The article went on to accuse Trump of canceling a visit to the country ruled by a dictatorship because he is “too scared to face the glaring eyes of our troops.” In reality, the trip was called off due to inclement weather, according to the White House.

The entire purpose of Trump’s tour through Asia was to unite the continent’s powers against Kim. The goal, reportedly, is to “end the isolated nation’s nuclear weapons program.” While he was in South Korea, the US President denounced the regime up north as a “cruel dictatorship.” His tweet on November 11, 2017 did nothing to smooth things over.

To help contain the North Korean threat, President Trump called on China to intervene. According to China’s foreign ministry, President XI Jinping’s special envoy will be sent to Pyongyang within the week to talk with Trump. In previous meetings, the US president urged XI to act. He warned that “time is quickly running out.” It doesn’t look like China is in the mood to pick sides, however.

Fortunately, “China is now actively making diplomatic efforts,” according to Wang Dong, a foreign policy specialist at Peking University.  He said, “Before Trump’s visit to China, there was a strong smell of gunpowder between the US and North Korea. The nuclear issue at a key point. If the US or North Korea make a wrong move, it will likely result in military conflict. So China is trying to do all sorts of work, first to persuade the United States, and now also North Korea.”

As The Independent reports, the state newspaper has attacked Trump before. Earlier this year, it called him a “rabid dog,” a “psychopath” and even suggested that it could “reduce the US mainland” to rubble at any moment.

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Trump Begging for Nuclear War on North Korea?

Trump Begging for Nuclear War on North Korea?



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



War on the DPRK would be madness – if nuclear, risking catastrophic slaughter and destruction on the Korean peninsula and elsewhere regionally.



No precedent exists for trying to destroy a nation’s nuclear capability by military means. The possibility of nukes detonating on the Korean peninsula should deter any country from risking the world’s first nuclear war, assuring losers, not winners.



Trump earlier threatening a “major, major conflict” with Pyongyang sounded like the ravings of a madman.



He rejects diplomatic outreach, the only possible way to resolve differences, avoiding a war only a lunatic would launch.



Trump’s trip to five East Asia countries, nearing completion, is all about selling war and weapons.



During his visit, Washington launched provocative Asia/Pacific drills, involving three US aircraft carrier strike groups, along with Japanese and South Korean warships.



Pyongyang considers it rehearsing for war, blasting Trump’s trip as “a warmonger’s visit for confrontation to rid the DPRK of its self-defensive nuclear deterrence.”



Its Foreign Ministry said he “laid bare his true nature as destroyer of the world peace and stability and begged for a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula.”



He insulted the nation and its leadership, recklessly accusing Pyongyang of “threaten(ing) (US cities) with destruction.”



A Foreign Ministry response said “(t)he reckless remarks by a dotard like Trump can never frighten us or put a stop to our advance.” The nation will defend its “sovereignty and rights to existence and development by keeping a real balance of force with the US.”



North Korea’s UN envoy Cha Son Nam said “(t)he DPRK will not lay its nukes and ballistic missiles on the negotiating table in any case, unless the hostile policy and nuclear threat of the US against the DPRK are thoroughly eradicated.” 



“Despite the serious concerns of the international community, the US continues to stage, annually, the aggressive joint military exercises, with the aim of planning a nuclear attack against the DPRK.”



On November 11, Professor of International Law/staunch human rights defender Francis Boyle delivered the following remarks sent me by email at a Refuse Fascism rally, saying:



“The US government threats of “preventive warfare” against DPRK are illegal and criminal.” 



“The Nuremberg Tribunal in their Judgment of 1946, which the US helped organize, condemned ‘preventive war’ when the lawyers for the Nazis made the argument on their behalf.” 



“This is an illegal and criminal threat in violation of international law. According to the World Court in its Advisory Opinion (1996) on the Threat or  Use of Nuclear Weapons, the legality vel non of a threat stands or falls on the same legal grounds as if the threat were carried out.”



“The repeated US government threats to ‘destroy’ or ‘annihilate’ DPRK are an international crime under the 1948 Genocide Convention to which the United States is a party.” 



“These genocidal threats are also illegal and criminal under the rationale of the 1996 World Court Advisory Opinion mentioned above.”



“The United States has an absolute obligation under UN Charter article 2(3) and article 33 to open ‘negotiation’ with DPRK in good faith in order to produce a peace resolution of this dispute. Instead, the US government has repeatedly rejected these obligations under the UN Charter.”



“The proposal by Russia and China for a ‘dual-freeze’ is an excellent basis to produce good faith and direct negotiations between the USA and DPRK as required by the UN Charter.”



“The United States is deliberately provoking the DPRK, ratcheting up these provocations in the hope that they will provoke the DPRK to commit an act of aggression against the United States that the USA can then use as a pretext for war.” 



“Pursuant to the terms of their mutual self-defense treaty, China has stated that if the US attacks first it will defend the DPRK, but that if the DPRK strikes first, China will remain out of any war. So the United States is trying to provoke DPRK into striking first.”



“It is an extremely dangerous situation. It is really up to the United States to take the first step down the Ladder of Escalation that it has constructed here.” 



“Instead it appears that the Trump administration is going to escalate up the Ladder of Escalation in the hope and expectation that DPRK will capitulate.” 



“This is what International Political Scientists call a Game of Chicken – with cosmic consequences. Who will blink first? Anything can go wrong.”



“Thank you so much for being here today to prevent World War III.”



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‘Vastly outnumbered’ US forces would struggle to win war with North Korea – former general

Now retired, Lt. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas gave his views on a possible conflict with North Korea in a letter to Representatives Ted Lieu (D-CA), Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona), and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) earlier this week.

Jouas, formerly deputy commander of US Forces Korea, said the near 30,000-strong US forces stationed in the neighboring South would struggle to counter the North Korean Army, which the country claims almost 5 million people have volunteered for.

“The 28,500 US Armed Forces personnel in South Korea are vastly outnumbered by North Korean forces,as well as ROK (South Korean) forces that will conduct the overwhelming majority of the fighting,” he wrote.

Jouas also stressed that unlike previous conflicts, the US would not be able build up its forces prior to engagement with the North Koreans, stating that it “will take days to months to arrive in theater [of war].”

In the meantime, the 25 million inhabitants of the South Korean capital, Seoul would be in grave danger from the enemy to the north and that US and allied forces would be “subject to attack by conventional or chemical weapons” which would further delay their entry into the war.

The retired general, who was “deeply involved” with developing plans to counter any potential attacks on South Korea from the North, warned that despite the US’ clear technological advantage, the sheer number of North Korean troops, coupled with the country’s “artillery, rockets and missiles,” would result in an “enormous casualty and evacuee crisis.”

Furthermore, the North Korean submarine force, “although technically inferior,” is among the largest in the world and “capable of sinking allied vessels, sowing mines and inserting Special Forces units.” There’s also the small matter of the country deploying unknown quantities of nuclear weapons against its enemies.

Jouas believes that there’s no such thing as a surgical strike designed to knock out North Korea’s nuclear capabilities and that any US attack, “no matter how limited,” would result in a full-scale war.

“An attack by the US on North Korea’s strategic nuclear capabilities, which they deem essential to the regime’s survival, would most likely be viewed as an existential threat and generate a corresponding response,” he wrote.

The letter comes just days after thousands of South Koreans flocked to the streets of Seoul to demand peace with North Korea and protest the visit by US President Donald Trump, who previously promised to unleash “fire and fury” against the “rocket man,” Kim Jong-un.  

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