(Worthy News) – A unit of US special forces tasked with carrying out ‘decapitation’ operations may be aboard a nuclear-powered submarine docked in the South Korean port of Busan, the nation’s newswire reported on Monday, citing a defense source.
The USS Michigan, an 18,000-metric ton submarine, arrived in Busan on Friday, ahead of a ten day joint US-South Korean drill led by the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier.
The US Navy maintains that the Michigan, known for carrying special-ops teams, is docked in a “routine port visit.” The US military also denies training for decapitation missions or regime change, and does not typically comment on Navy SEAL deployments.
After North Korea threatened Sydney on Saturday, two Australian ministers clarified that their country’s support for the U.S. and South Korea will continue. “North Korea’s threats only strengthen our resolve to find a peaceful solution to the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula,” stated Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un Photo Credit: EPA-EFE
In response to North Korea’s direct threat against Sydney, Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop stated that her country will continue to support the U.S. and South Korea.
“Australia is not a primary target and North Korea has made threats against Australia before,” Bishop told reporters. “But North Korea’s threats only strengthen our resolve to find a peaceful solution to the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, caused entirely by North Korea’s illegal, threatening and provocative behavior.”
Bishop added that Australia is focused on stopping Pyongyang from continuing its missile and nuclear tests and bringing the pariah state back to the negotiating table. Australia’s Veterans Affairs Minister Dan Tehan echoed Bishop’s remarks in an interview with Sky News. “We will not be cowed by the North Koreans,” he stated. “We will continue to do everything we can to protect and help and support our allies.”
North Korea’s latest threat against Sydney was made on Saturday. The North’s state-run news agency KCNA said in a statement that Australia’s support for U.S. will result in a disaster for the country. In August, JOL reported that a North Korean Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson described Australia’s decision to continue to support the U.S. as suicidal.
During an interview to a Russian media outlet, the North Korean Foreign Minister launched an additional threat towards the US stating that Pyongyang’s nuclear program will never be a topic for discussion. “We’re almost at a state of equal power with the US,” the minister said.
Trump and Kim Jong-un Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
The North Korean Foreign Minister continues exchanging blows with the US launching yet another threat today (Wednesday) towards Washington. The minister provided an interview to a Russian media outlet criticizing and threatening the Trump administration.
“In his aggressive and crazy statement at the UN, Trump lit the war fuse against us,” the minister stated. “We need to compare the result with a hail of fire, not with words.”
During the interview, the North Korean Foreign Minister said that Pyongyang’s nuclear program promises peace and security within the region. “Our nuclear program will never be a topic for discussion, not as long as the US plans on crushing North Korea,” the minister added. “We’re almost at a state of equal power with the US.”
Amid the tensions surrounding the Iran nuclear deal and North Korea’s missile launches, US President Donald Trump said that he wanted a tenfold increase his country’s nuclear arsenal during a meeting with high-ranking national security officials last summer. According to three US officials present in the room, Trump’s remarks were made in response to a briefing he was shown detailing the decrease in nuclear weapons production within the US since the 1960s.
South Korean wartime emergency plans and other military documents were stolen by North Korean hackers, according to a lawmaker in Seoul. Among the documents was a plan to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un.
A South Korean lawmaker stated Tuesday that North Korean hackers stole many intelligence and military documents from the defense ministry’s data center. One of the documents was a plan to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un and other senior members of the regime in Pyongyang.
Another file included wartime emergency plans for South Korea, which were prepared by Washington and Seoul and included reports about the readiness of the South’s special forces and information about central power plants and military bases. The South Korean Defense Ministry refused to comment on the reports about the hack.
South Korean lawmaker Rhee Cheol-hee said that about 235 gigabytes of files were stolen and about 80 percent of the information has yet to be identified. The reports claim that the hackers infiltrated the computer system in September 2016. In May 2017, when South Korea asserted that hackers from the North stole a large amount of data, Pyongyang dismissed the claim.
Meanwhile, the Russian news agency Interfax reported this morning that the North Korean leadership informed senior Russian officials that it possesses a ballistic missile with a range of 3,000 kilometers (about 1,864 miles) and after a few adjustments, it will be able to reach the US. The news agency cited Russian lawmaker Anton Morozov, who was in North Korea last week. Morozov added that Pyongyang plans to increase the range of its missiles to 9,000 kilometers (about 5,592 miles).
North Korea carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3, worsening already fraught U.S.-North Korea relations. In response, the United Nations Security Council voted to intensify sanctions, including imposing a limit on oil imports, against the hermit state. While the duration and scope of such a conflict would be difficult to measure, North Korea remained an immense risk, Fordham said.
Japan issued a missile alert to mobile phones and on national television, notifying citizens that a missile may have been launched by North Korea, Bloomberg News reports.
EDITOR’S NOTE: With each passing few weeks, North Korea keeps firing missiles, many of them nuclear capable. President Trump has been showing tremendous restraint, choosing for the time being to use sanctions instead of a military option. But as the missiles continue to fly across Japanese airspace, the military option is growing more and more likely.
The unidentified missile passed over Japan airspace near Hokkaido on Friday at 7.06 am local time. The missile was fired from North Korea in an eastern direction, according to South Korea military.
The outbreak of military conflict on the Korean Peninsula would be destabilizing and could possibly result in a global war, according to Citi’s top global political analyst.
While it was impossible to put a number on the scale of the North Korea risk, war games carried out through history have simulated what could happen as a result, said Tina Fordham, managing director and chief global analyst at Citi.
“A conflict on the Korean Peninsula would not only be very disruptive in the region, but could potentially lead to World War III because of the U.S. security guarantee, so it would be internationalized overnight,” Fordham told CNBC’s “Street Signs” on the sidelines of the Milken Institute Asia Summit in Singapore.
North Korea carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3, worsening already fraught U.S.-North Korea relations. In response, the United Nations Security Council voted to intensify sanctions, including imposing a limit on oil imports, against the hermit state.
While the duration and scope of such a conflict would be difficult to measure, North Korea remained an immense risk, Fordham said.
“It is the single biggest geopolitical threat and one that would also move markets … When we look at political risk, we look at whether it’s likely to cause an oil price shock or a growth shock. And in the North Korea case, if the worst were to happen, it would be both,” she added. source
A satellite view of Hurricane Irma in the tropical Atlantic Ocean. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
When the solar eclipse crossed over the continental United States two weeks ago, it was immediately followed by a hurricane of epic proportions in a manner that conformed precisely to prophetic sources. Two weeks ago, a rare solar eclipse transversed the US, the first time in 99 years such an event had occurred. Four days later, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. The connection between the eclipse and the hurricane was implicit in how events unfolded.
When the eclipse’s path of totality passed out to sea over the Atlantic Ocean, it crossed over three storm systems. At the time, meteorologists stated that “the odds for development of those systems is very low”, but one of the systems revealed itself to be far more than the scientists anticipated. One of the systems touched by the dark path of the eclipse was the now infamous Hurricane Harvey, currently the second-most costly natural disaster in US history.
The connection was explicitly prophetic. One week before the solar eclipse, Breaking Israel News presented an article describing a prophecy in the Yalkut Moshe, written by Rabbi Moshe ben Yisrael Benyamin in Safed in 1894. Rabbi Benyamin predicted that when a solar eclipse occurs at the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul, as this one did, “It is a bad sign for the other nations, bringing great damage to the kings of the East, and bringing great storms.”
But the Yalkut Moshe promised “storms”, and now the second storm system over which the eclipse passed is poised to inflict more damage. Irma is now a category three hurricane lingering off the coast, gaining strength and threatening to wreak havoc in an already devastated region.
“Prophecy is meant to reinforce that God is behind all these events. If God says that he is going to do something, and then it happens right in front of your eyes, you should believe the entire message,” Rabbi Yosef Berger, rabbi of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, told Breaking Israel News of the storms.
“If a person sees totally unanticipated events, wonders of nature arriving in unexpected fashion, if that person still refuses to believe the prophecy that predicted them, then there is nothing you can say to such a person.”
At the time of the eclipse, Rabbi Berger explained that the prophecy concerning “kings of the east” referred to Kim Jong Un, the despotic leader of North Korea. In the wake of the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Harvey, less attention has been focused on the conflict with North Korea, but that political situation has also progressed in its prophesied manner.
One week after the eclipse, North Korea fired a missile over Japanese airspace. The American response, live-fire runs by heavy bombers, contained an unmistakable threat any sane leader would heed. But in the most illogical manner that seemed intended to lead the rogue Asian nation to destruction, North Korea exploded a hydrogen bomb in their most powerful nuclear test to date. The underground test generated a 6.3 magnitude tremor under the earth and perhaps even greater tremors in international relations.
Rabbi Daniel Asore, a member of the nascent Sanhedrin, also understood current events as part of a prophetic process.
“The eclipse transversed the entire US so it was clearly a message for that nation,” Rabbi Asore told Breaking Israel News. Rabbi Asore quoted the Talmud (Sukkot 29a), which stated that a solar eclipse was a bad sign for the non-Jewish nations, who are represented by the sun and figure their calendar according to the solar year.
“It comes as a natural phenomenon, but it is really meant to affect the people,” Rabbi Asore told Breaking Israel News. “Natural disasters are meant as a warning, like a father slapping the table in order to warn his children that they are doing something that angers him.”
The rabbi noted that the prophecy had two parts: storms, which are entirely natural disasters, and wars, which are entirely man-made.
“Man is the connecting point, made up of body and soul,” the rabbi said. “The two are connected and play off of each other. If you look at America, they are seeing these extreme natural phenomena, but at the same time, there has been rise in Nazism on the right and the extreme left, both sides united by a hatred for Israel.”
The rabbi explained that by emphasizing the physical and denying the spiritual, man gives himself over to nature and is at the mercy of natural disasters. He cited this as the basis of the verse in Jeremiah.
Thus said Hashem: Do not learn to go the way of the nations, And do not be dismayed by portents in the sky; Let the nations be dismayed by them! Jeremiah 10:2
“By accepting God’s rule and his commandments, man can transcend nature and offset disaster,” Rabbi Asore explained.